LOS ANGELES -- The Boy Scouts of America says it will conduct a comprehensive review of files on suspected sexual predators, marking the first time it will thoroughly study its own confidential blacklist meant to keep predators out of scouting.
The review will examine allegations of abuse in the last 47 years to ensure all have been reported to law enforcement, the organization said.
The announcement comes nine days after the Los Angeles Times published an investigation that found officials did not report hundreds of cases of alleged abuse from 1970 to 1991 to law enforcement. The findings were based on a review of 1,600 files from a 1992 court case.
For decades, the Boy Scouts have argued the confidential files contain no information of value to the public or for protecting youth in general against pedophiles.
In announcing the review, the Boy Scouts also released a summary of a study it commissioned that suggested the confidential files had helped protect Scouts from abuse.
The analysis covered 1,200 files dating from 1960 to 1995 and was conducted for the Scouts by Janet Warren, a University of Virginia psychiatrist.
Warren testified as an expert witness for the organization in a 2010 lawsuit brought by a victim of abuse.
The Scouts did not respond to a Times request to review the Warren study, but the newspaper obtained a copy of a preliminary 2011 study by Warren from another source.