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War vet named in Boy Scouts 'perversion files'

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - The Boy Scouts "perversion files," released to the public online last month, named 1,200 leaders and adult volunteers suspected of abusing young boys between 1965 and 1985.

The "perversion files", also known as the "ineligible volunteer files" surfaced after a handful of civil court cases against the Boy Scouts of America, including some claims in South Carolina.

The files were made available to the public in October by Kelly Clark of the law firm O'Donnell, Clark and Crew LLP and attorney Paul Mones, pursuant to an order of the Multnomah County Circuit Court.

Lawyers for the victims say the files, which some believe name innocent men, just prove that the Boy Scouts were aware of the dangers and took no steps to protect the Scouts until the 1980s.

Three of the men on the list are noted to live in the Pee Dee, including E. Flynn Menius Jr. of Hartsville.

"That list is complete untrueness," Menius said. "Whatever happened to innocent until proven guilty?"

Menius says he's outraged at the fact his name shows up in the files, saying while the parents of two boys did make claims against him while he was scoutmaster, officials found no basis to the claims.

The files for each man include personal information including marital status, children's names, educational background and employment status.

Mr. Menius' file also includes a letter of resignation for the position of Scoutmaster, which documents show was submitted after a meeting between the District Chairman and two fathers of boys in his troop.

Though the letters do not detail the possible accusations, it's clear that Menius never faced charges.

Menius tells WMBF News that he's played an active role in the Hartsville community where he grew up and was employed as an electrical engineer for Sonoco Products. He was also a volunteer firefighter, fire house chaplain, and member of First Presbyterian Church.

After the first accusations were made in the fifties, he adopted four children, and was interviewed by DSS and had several background checks.

After passing those he thought he would never hear about the "unfounded" accusations again, so when those files were released he was furious.

In fact, Menius says several of the scouts that were in his troop reached out to him, saying they were willing to testify on his behalf.

"My telephone has been busy with my old boy scouts calling me," he said. "They say, 'We know there's not a bit of truth to this.'"

Menius says when he retired as the Scoutmaster for Troop 512, it was because work obligations did not allow the time and energy to devote to the job, but felt he left the troop with capable leadership.

Would he like to sue over the public files? Mr. Menius believes that he probably should take some sort of legal action, but is unsure who he should file suit against.

"Some judge in Oregon is responsible for this being done," he said. "They ought to impeach him."

Menius served in the armed forces during World War II. He was wounded thrice, and shot by a sniper in Germany. He has received several military citations including one for distinguished service.

The complete files are available for download at: www.kellyclarkattorney.com. All names and contact information for child abuse victims and those who reported the abuse have been redacted from the files under court order.

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