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Tuesday 18 June 2019

Gardai may investigate surviving scout abusers

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Maeve Sheehan

Maeve Sheehan

Gardai may receive formal complaints this week relating to some of the surviving alleged child abusers on file in Scouting Ireland.

Detectives with the Garda's Protective Services Bureau will meet Scouting Ireland's child safety review team and the child and family agency Tusla later this week.

The meeting is expected to discuss the 71 alleged perpetrators and 108 alleged victims identified to date in a review of historic child abuse at Scouting Ireland.

Many of the alleged perpetrators are dead and sources estimate up to 20 survive, none of whom are involved in Scouting Ireland.

Gardai are expecting to receive more detail on the survivors from Tusla and Scouting Ireland's review team but will require formal complaints in order to open or re-open investigations into any of the alleged abusers. A key concern will be whether any of the surviving alleged abusers have access to children.

Ian Elliot, the child safety consultant who conducted the review of historic complaints, told an Oireachtas Committee that victims have been coming forward in increasing numbers. A helpline, set up last week by Scouting Ireland, was reported to have received up to 20 calls from victims. As of this weekend, it is understood no complaints have been made to the Garda's Protective Services Bureau, which investigates child abuse.

Sunday Independent

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