Former Ore. Boy Scouts allege decades-old abuse




PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Four men who say they suffered sex abuse by a Boy Scout troop leader in the 1970s have filed suit against the organization and its Portland branch, alleging the Scouts knew the leader was a threat but did nothing to stop him.

The suit filed Tuesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court seeks $5 million per victim. The four say they were between the ages of 12 and 14 in 1976 when they were abused.

The national Boy Scouts of America said in a statement Tuesday its reviewing the lawsuits.

The men say in the suit that the Scouts organization in Oregon had been warned by its California counterpart that the leader had abused children, but didn't bar him from the organization.