An Oregon jury awarded Kerry Lewis, a former boy scout, $18.5 million dollars stemming from his negligence claim against the Boy Scouts organization. Lewis alleged he was sexually abused by a former scout master, and the Boy Scouts were negligent in allowing the scout leader to maintain his position after he admitted to Scout officials he had molested boys in the past.
Lewis’s lawyers asked the jury to award $25 million in punitive damages, on the grounds the damages should punish the boy scouts for their reckless and outrageous conduct. The jury seemed to mostly agree, and also noted that the Boy Scouts organization never apologized to Lewis. There are five other cases against the Boy Scouts pending in the same court in Oregon.