Ineligible Volunteer File on Walter D. Scott

Added March 31, 1983

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 Walter D. Scott. 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.

Name

Walter D. Scott

Organization

Boy Scouts of America

Troop Number(s)

Troop 634 (El Toro, California)

Date Ineligible Volunteer File Opened

March 31, 1983
Residence City: El Toro
Residence State: CA
Residence Zip:
Date of Birth:
Approximate Age When File Created:
Occupation: Unknown
Weight: Unknown
Height: Unknown
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Summary: In 1983, Scoutmaster Walter Scott of Troop 634 in El Toro, California, reportedly pleaded guilty to sexual abuse charges involving a 16-year-old boy.  Scott was subsequently placed in the BSA’s Ineligible Volunteer file. According to Scott’s file, in 1984, his ex-wife sent a letter to BSA advising that, years ago, Scott was jailed and institutionalized for sexual abusing her children, which led her to ask “Don’t you bother to check the backgrounds of your volunteer Scout leaders before you let them work closely with young boys?”  At that time, BSA Scott was still working in Scouting.  Scott threatened his former wife with a lawsuit to keep her silent about his predations. Two years later, in 1986, Scott’s ex-wife again contacted BSA to express her concern and frustration that Scott was still working with children as Scoutmaster of Troop 634.   She presented research showing that mental health treatment is unsuccessful for pedophiles and pleaded with BSA to remove him immediately.  At the time of the second letter, Scott was being prosecuted for sexual abuse of a child.  Following the second letter, Scott agreed to resign from Scouting.

Approximate Location(s) where Walter D. Scott Served

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