ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Boy Scout who says he was molested is now suing the Boy Scouts of America. The man who is now in his 40s says it happened at a camp near Cloudcroft in the 1980’s.
The lawsuit alleges Mike Kessler, who is now deceased, ran a troop in Abilene, Texas and abused and molested the 13-year-old scout for several years. It also alleges Kessler attempted to have sex with the boy during a 1982 trip to Camp Dale Resler near Cloudcroft.
The attorney for the plaintiff, who is just listed as John Doe, says the abuse continued once they got back to Abilene. The lawsuit states Kessler’s role was to educate and mentor.
The suit claims the Boy Scouts of America should have instructed the scoutmaster not to sleep in tents with boys who were not related to them, which puts scouts like the plaintiff at a risk of being assaulted.
Levi Monagle says abuse at this young age is devastating for a child, and they carry it with them their whole lives.
The plaintiff says he has suffered emotional distress and years of paying for counseling and psychiatric treatment.
Monagle says the Boy Scouts of America took too long to put in regulations restricting the access of scout leaders on these type of trips.
Boy Scouts of America sent a statement saying it could not comment on the lawsuit. They stated that nothing is more important than the safety of our kids, and allegations contained in the suit run against everything the organization stands for.