Ineligible Volunteer File on Alan H. Grossman
Added July 18, 1977
In around 1920, soon after the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) was formed, the organization began keeping files on adult leaders and volunteers who were alleged to have committed various crimes and offenses. The files are known today as the “Ineligible Volunteer” or the “I.V. Files.”
The I.V. Files are made up of six categories of offenses including Perversion, Morals, Financial, Leadership, Theft and Criminal. By far the largest category is the Perversion Files, or “P Files” as the BSA internally refers to them. The Perversion Files contain the names of adult leaders who have been accused of, or convicted in a criminal court of, molesting or otherwise sexually abusing Boy Scouts.
Disclaimer: The information contained in each of the I.V. files was created solely by the Boy Scouts of America. The I.V. files for the period 1965 through 1985 were made public pursuant to a court order. By the terms of the court’s order, the names and contact information of persons identified as victims of sexual abuse and those that reported the abuse were redacted. If the person identified as the reporter of alleged abuse was a professional Scouter, i.e., an individual employed by the Boy Scouts of America or an affiliate, then the person’s name was not redacted. In 2012, the I.V. Files for the period 1986 through 1991 were made available to the public through the Los Angeles Times.
The information in the Perversion Files concerns allegations of child sexual abuse. In a number of the cases, the allegations were later substantiated by court proceedings. However, in a great many cases no such substantiation ever occurred.
The first page of each I.V. File is a “Confidential Record Sheet,” which provides basic background information on each individual. The information includes the individual’s date of birth, daytime job, and most importantly, his troop number and the basics of the allegations of abuse.
The following information was taken directly from the Ineligible Volunteer file of Alan H. Grossman a.k.a. Michael Allan Ross, Alan Hirsch Grossman, Allan Bagration. If you continue to scroll down on this page, you will be able to view the entire file and/or download the entire file. If you have any problems downloading or viewing the file, please contact us.
Troop 222 (Santa Monica, California)
Date Ineligible Volunteer File Opened
In 1974, with several felony warrants outstanding in New York, Grossman successfully registered with BSA under the alias “Michael Allan Ross” as the Scoutmaster of Troop No. 222 in Santa Monica.
In March 1977, the Santa Monica and Los Angeles Police Departments opened an investigation into Grossman after an informant turned over photos taken from Grossman’s home showing adult men engaging sexual acts with adolescent boys. The investigation revealed that Grossman had been sexually abusing two boys, ages 11 and 14, who he had met through Scouting. Grossman was arrested a month later on charges of child molestation.
Police investigators were “very critical of the Boy Scouts of America and [local] council for permitting individuals like [Grossman] to become Scout leaders.” The police investigation had uncovered evidence that BSA officials had received concerning reports from a local school principal regarding Grossman’s behavior but failed to take any action. Police investigators expressed dismay over “the apparent laxness in the control over the type of leadership” allowed in BSA’s ranks.
Grossman eventually pled guilty to three counts of child molestation and was subsequently extradited back to New York where he still faced outstanding charges.