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Scouts' files on sex attackers

THE Boy Scouts of America has released decades of so-called "perversion files", showing how authorities let scoutmasters accused of molesting children to go free.

In many instances -- more than a third, according to the Scouts -- police weren't told about the reports of abuse. And when they were, local police often did nothing.

The papers, released by order of the Oregon Supreme Court, contain details about proven molesters but also unsubstantiated allegations.

At a news conference, Portland attorney Kelly Clark criticised the Boy Scouts for their continuing legal battles to keep the files secret.