Boy Scout Leader Thomas George Seifert was recently charged with sexually assaulting two Boy Scouts in York County, Virginia. Seifert, age 56, who was an assistant scoutmaster at Troop 226 in York County, stands accused of assaulting two boys over the past four years, with 14 felony counts of taking indecent liberties with a child.
The most disturbing part of this story, however, is that according to published reports, Thomas Seifert was already supposed to be permanently barred from the Boy Scouts of America after an allegation that he sexually abused a Scout while stationed overseas in the 1980s. This egregious oversight by the Boy Scouts of America highlights the fact that even after years of facing sexual abuse litigation and making promises to the public that they have revamped their procedures, the Boy Scouts of America still have no adequate method of ensuring that their scouts are safe from sexual abuse.
In 1988, a former Boy Scout came forward to say Seifert had sexually assaulted him twice in 1982. At the time, the boy was in his teens, and Seifert was in his mid-20s and stationed in Okinawa, Japan, while in the U.S. Air Force. Soon after that complaint, an executive with Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas, informed Scouting officials in Fairbanks, Alaska — where Seifert was then stationed — about the allegations. “I am going to set up a confidential file and refuse registration should he attempt it anywhere in the country,” Paul Ernst, then the national registration director for the Scouts’ Texas headquarters, wrote to an Alaska Boy Scout official in June 1988.
It is well know that the Boy Scouts of America have a central database repository for all allegations of sexual abuse. Despite this, Thomas Seifert managed to infiltrate the ranks of Troop 226 in York County, Virginia and allegedly sexually abuse two boys AFTER he was placed on a list of persons ineligible for scouting.
Our attorneys have experience handling sexual assault and sexual abuse cases involving the Boy Scouts of America. If you or someone you know has been a victim of sexual abuse by an adult involved in scouting, contact our law firm at 855-700-PATH or send an email to sexual abuse attorney Adam Horowitz at [email protected]. Farmer Jaffe Weissing handles sexual abuse cases nationwide.