At least five cases from Springfield are among nearly 5,000 files where the Boy Scouts blocked someone from volunteering with the organization because of allegations of child molestation, even though critics say the Scouts often did not report the alleged abuse to authorities.
Details on some of those 5,000 cases are now being made public after a court ordered the disclosure of the documents, but it appears most of the newly-released files date back farther than the Springfield cases. The local cases all happened between 1988 and 2002.
There are also cases from Taylorville, Jacksonville, Lincoln and Decatur among those 5,000 files. One Decatur case from 1977 shows that it took months to formally ban an accused sex offender who was serving as a scoutmaster. The man continued to serve as a scoutmaster even after he was convicted of a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the sexual delinquency of a minor. He wasn't officially banned until at least nine months after that conviction.