Thursday, February 21, 2013
Burbank Park District named in lawsuit against convicted serial pedophile, Thomas Hacker.
Additional lawsuits were filed Wednesday against a currently incarcerated sex abuse convict who served as an Scout leader, schoolteacher and park district executive. Connect with Patch: Oak Lawn / Evergreen Park / Beverly-Mt. Greenwood Thomas Hacker, now 76, is serving a sentence on multiple convictions of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of young boys. The victims' reports date back to the 1980s and four others came forward this week, leading to even more charges filed in the Circuit Court of Cook County. The latest victims allege that they were also sexually abused as children. They claim they suppressed memories of the alleged abuse until recent news reports of Hacker’s name surfacing among the 1,200 secret “perversion” files compiled …
Friday, February 15, 2013
Local aspiring Eagle Scout is collecting donations for the homeless at event featuring live music and entertainment at Our Lady of Loretto Church in Hometown this Sunday, Feb. 17.
He’s Eddie Seitz and he’s poised to achieve the highest rank that the Boy Scouts have to offer. This Hometown Boy Scout is on the final leg of his journey to earning his Eagle rank where he’ll be hosting an item drive featuring refreshments, live music and entertainment at Our Lady of Loretto Church, 8925 S. Kostner Ave. in Hometown, from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday. Eddie, 17, who belongs to Troop 682, is collecting toiletries, socks, underwear, sweatshirts and jeans for his Eagle service project. The items will be donated to Pilgrim Faith United Church of Christ’s PADS homeless shelter in Oak Lawn. Patch caught up with Eddie to learn more about the process for becoming an Eagle Scout. Patch: How long have you been in scouting? Eddie Seitz: I …
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
The decision whether to allow gays in the scouts may soon be a local one depending on Wednesday's vote.
One year after reaffirming its stance against gay membership, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) will vote this week on whether to lift the ban, the Chicago Tribune reports. The BSA board is convening at the organization’s headquarters in Texas to discuss the controversial decision, reports say. The board has said it will consider lifting the national restriction against gay membership, instead leaving the call up to local troop leaders. A Wednesday vote will determine how the group proceeds, but there’s already plenty of influence on both sides of the fence. On Sunday, President Barack Obama strongly voiced his support for equal access to the organization, regardless of sexual orientation. However, other notable figures such as Texas …
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Scouts were stripped naked and rubbed with ice cubes, forced to have oral sex with their troop leaders and molested on camping trips. These and other sex crimes are detailed in files the Boy Scouts of America kept secret for decades.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Almost 300 Illinois records are included in the Boy Scouts of America's once-secret "perversion files." Search for your town or troop number.
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Patch's searchable database allows you to search by cities in Illinois. Information gathered by the Los Angeles Times shows the leaders of the Boy Scouts of America who were expelled between 1947 and 2005 on suspicions or confirmation of sexual abuse. If a troop is listed, a case file exists. At this time, not all case files are available online. As new documents become available, Patch will update this database.
Friday, February 18, 2011
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