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Phoenixville Man Listed in Boy Scouts' 'Perversion Files'

A court ordered the release of the previously confidential list of men the scouts suspected of sex crimes.

A Phoenixville man is among those listed in the Boy Scouts of America’s “perversion files” released Thursday by a Portland attorney.

According to Philly.com, an Oregon court ordered the release of the files after a two-year legal battle.

Lawrence Wakely, 73, was arrested for the rape of a scout and for assaulting two young girls, according to the previously confidential files the Boy Scouts kept. According to the report, Wakely also “killed someone in retaliation of the boy scouts.”

Wakely was a registered member of Troop 105 of Spring City in the late 1950s when he was a teenager. 

According to Limerick Patch, the documentation that was released on Wakely (his complete report can be viewed here) was created in 1971, after he was convicted of the rape of two teenage girls and sent to Graterford Prison. Letters in the file state that Wakely would be placed on the so-called "confidential list" in case he tried to join Scouts again in the future. 

As of June 2012, Wakely was incarcerated in Huntingdon County Prison following convictions in 1991 for kidnapping, assault and other charges.

In addition to Wakely, 15 other area men were among the 1,892 listed in the boy scouts private files of men they suspected of child sex abuse.

See the full list here.

Kevin R Pound October 20, 2012 at 12:13 PM
"No further information available?" Honestly, Patch, did you even try? A Google search of the name immediately returned this document: http://documents.latimes.com/lawrence-wakely/ The guy was born in 1938, arrested for two rapes in Phoenixville, and as of 1971 was in Graterford Prison. Stop with the sensational yellow journalism already.
John Q. Public October 20, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Thanks, Kevin. The BSA's 40 year-old record of his imprisonment, and inclusion on their 'unfit' list would quality as 'yellow journalism.'
Gil Zimmerman October 20, 2012 at 12:46 PM
And more on the Limerick Patch: http://limerick.patch.com/articles/three-local-cases-listed-in-boy-scouts-perversion-files
Kevin R Pound October 20, 2012 at 01:08 PM
I'm not defending the guy; just pointing out that there is, indeed, scads of further information available. All one has to do is look. As a former Scout leader, I'm appalled at the actions of the national leadership.
Tom Sunnergren (Editor) October 20, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Thanks for the heads up Kevin. The article was initially written and formatted for publication before the scads of information became available.
harry finster October 20, 2012 at 06:24 PM
phoenixville area certainly has its share of deviates
Curious Cat October 21, 2012 at 05:51 PM
Makes me curious...what was the time frame of the boy scout that was murdered while camping at St. BASIL's in Kimberton. .that was never solved?
SCANDAL October 21, 2012 at 09:48 PM
@ Curious Cat I just looked that story up and read it So sad.... I think it should be something they look into.
Bill Bowers December 06, 2012 at 02:46 PM
April 26, 1970 was the day my cousin Terry was murdered.

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