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Boy Scout Child Sex Abuser Ruled Incompetent

Posted by on Jan 12, 2016 in Child Sexual Abuse, Recent News

Boy Scout Child Sex Abuser Ruled Incompetent

An Orange County circuit judge has ruled that Fleet Peeples, Jr., is not competent to stand trial on child pornography charges that have been pending since February 2014, according to an article published on WFTV.com. Apparently, Mr. Peeples has been evaluated twice and has been found not mentally competent to stand trial. If he is not competent to stand trial soon, the State Attorney’s office may have to drop the case against Mr. Peeples based upon Florida law. Mr. Peeples is free on bail, and living at home. In addition, and importantly to me as a Florida child sex abuse attorney, while Mr. Peeples was being arrested for possession of hundreds of images of child pornography, he admitted to molesting and sexually abusing nearly a dozen young boys when he was a Central Florida Boy Scout leader. There is no mention in the story regarding whether Mr. Peeples is being prosecuted for the sexual abuse he admitted to inflicting upon those poor Boy Scouts. In the event that Mr. Peeples Boy Scout victims cannot received justice through the criminal justice system, they may be able to seek some satisfaction – probably in the form of money damages — for Peeples’ deplorable actions from the Boy Scouts. Organizations that cater to children owe the children a duty to supervise any adults that are placed in contact with children, including Scout leaders. Florida’s Statute of Limitations for past acts of child sex abuse is somewhat complicated. Any adult who wishes to assert a claim for past acts of abuse should definitely speak with an experienced Florida child sexual abuse attorney in order to learn his or her rights. If you have any questions regarding historical acts of child sex abuse in Florida, call Winter Park child sex abuse attorneys Kim Cullen and Robert Hemphill at 407-254-4901. Consultations are always free, and without...

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Boy Scouts’ Child Sexual Abuse Settlement Keeps Internal Files Private, For Now

Posted by on Feb 3, 2015 in Child Sexual Abuse

Boy Scouts’ Child Sexual Abuse Settlement Keeps Internal Files Private, For Now

A California child sexual abuse lawsuit settlement last week will allow the Boy Scouts of America to keep its “perversion files” outside of public view for a little bit longer. The Los Angeles Times is reporting that a settlement has been reached between a 20-year old Santa Barbara man and the Boy Scouts of America.  The man was sexually abused at age 12 and 13 by a Scout leader named Al Stein.  Mr. Stein plead no contest to charges that he endangered three boys in 2007.  He later violated his probation when child pornography was found on his cell phone. The case had begun to receive attention from lawyers across the nation because the victim’s attorney had been successful in securing the Boy Scouts’ “perversion files” during the course of discovery and fact-finding.  The “perversion files” are internal files that Boy Scouts of America has been amassing since the 1920’s identifying sexually abusive scout leaders and their victims. Boy Scouts of America has fought for many years to keep these files secret.  The Supreme Court of Oregon ordered 20 years of files (1965 to 1985) released in a 2012 child sexual abuse lawsuit that ultimately led to a $20 million jury verdict.  Had the California lawsuit gone forward, much more recent perversion files could have been introduced into evidence.  This evidence would presumably serve to refute Boy Scouts’ claims that in recent years they have cleaned house and are taking child protection much more seriously. Perhaps it is the cynic in me, but this settlement seems much more motivated by the Boy Scouts’ preference to keep the newer “perversion files” sealed from public view, rather than by an interest in doing right by the victimized person.  Boy Scouts claims the files need to be kept secret in order to protect the victims, as well as those scout leaders who have been “falsely” accused.  According to the L.A. Times, a review of some previously disclosed “perversion files” reveals a dogged effort  by the Boy Scouts to protect abusive scout masters from criminal responsibility, and protect the organization’s reputation. It seems to me that the Boy Scouts could easily release the perversion files – if they wanted to — and redact or black out the names of the victims in order to protect their privacy.  This is what the Boy Scouts would do if they were truly interested in seeing justice done for the kids who were entrusted to them. It never ceases to amaze me the lengths that organizations will go to in order to avoid responsibility for the reprehensible actions of a small group of sick individuals — quite often to the detriment of admittedly innocent child victims.  Don’t these organizations realize that their tactics and strategies actually serve to compound the damage that has already been done to these young kids? I am guessing that it won’t be...

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What Rights Do Adult Victims Of Casselberry Scout Leader Sex Abuser Have?

Posted by on Feb 21, 2014 in Child Sexual Abuse

What Rights Do Adult Victims Of Casselberry Scout Leader Sex Abuser Have?

A slip-and-fall accident inside an Orlando self-storage unit has led to a stunning confession and the arrest of local former Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader on child pornography charges, according to the Orlando Sentinel. Apparently Fleetwood Peeples’ Jr. slipped and fell at his self-storage in Orlando, struck his head, and was found lying in a puddle of blood.  Emergency workers who came to his aid became suspicious when, rather than worrying about his own injuries, Mr. Peeple seemed preoccupied with a camera he has been working with, the security of the contents of his storage unit, and whether his wife would have to be informed be about the existence of the unit. Apparently Mr. Peeples had forgotten that he had asked the EMT’s to grab his camera, and consequently they brought the camera with Mr. Peeples to the hospital.  When questioned about the camera in the hospital, Mr. Peeples admitted that he was using the camera to record images from child pornography magazines he was secretly keeping in his storage unit. When police searched the storage unit they found numerous movies and magazines featuring child pornography.  Most shockingly, police also found more than 100 Polaroid photographs of young boys in lewd and sexually suggestive poses.  When confronted, Mr. Peeples broke down and admitted to police that the photos were of boys he had taken on camping trips as a Cub Scout and Boy Scout leader in Casselberry.  Mr. Peeples also told police that he had molested many of the boys, and forced them to perform sex acts. Interesting to me as a Florida child sexual abuse attorney, the Boy Scouts of America have disavowed Mr. Peeples, and have indicated that he no longer has no ties to the organization.  However, the Boy Scouts don’t say when or why ties were cut with Mr. Peeples, or whether there were ever any questions raised about Mr. Peeples at or near the time he was involved in Scouting. The article indicates that Mr. Peeples’ victims would likely be between 30 and 50 years old.  What rights would these men have if they decided to pursue claims for damages related to their abuse? Due to the Statute of Limitations, the boys who were abused by Mr. Peeples would likely only be able to pursue claims if they could show that the shock of the abuse lead to a repression or inability to remember the events or tie current problems to the abuse, or that there was otherwise some very good reason that they could not assert claims within the typical Statute of Limitations.  Obviously, these circumstances will only apply to a limited number of victims, so there is not likely to be an explosion of claims related to Mr. Peeples’ abuse, although there may be some. Whatever happens, I am glad that Mr. Peeples has finally been caught.  Perhaps this will provide...

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