September 11, 2014
Attorney Adam Horowitz announced this week that a lawsuit has been filed in Miami-Dade County on behalf of a former boy scout who alleges that he was sexually abused on multiple occasions by his troop’s assistant scoutmaster Jerold Mackinnon in 1983-84. The lawsuit names the Boy Scouts of America and the South Florida Council as defendants. It is alleged that the scoutmaster, Dr. Robert Grumet, and the assistant scoutmaster, abused multiple children in the troop and knew that each other had a sexual interest in boys. Neither the scoutmaster nor assistant scoutmaster had any family connection to any of the boys in the troop. Dr. Robert Grumet is a retired dentist in the State of Florida.
According to the lawsuit, the victim, who is now 40, met the scoutmaster in 1983 or 1984. The men gave the scouts in their troop alcohol and showed them pornography, and molested them during scouting events and at the mens’ houses, the lawsuit alleges. One incident occurred at T.Y. Park in Hollywood when the assistant scoutmaster climbed in to the boys’ tents during an overnight camping trip and had them expose their genitals.
The Boy Scouts have been the subject of countless sexual abuse lawsuits around the country in recent years. In 2012, the organization’s “ineligible volunteer” files, formerly known as “Perversion Files”, revealed more than 1,200 files on suspected and convicted pedophiles. The Boy Scouts had kept the files secret until a judge ordered the files to be made public.
The victim, who is now 40 years old and his attorney Adam Horowitz spoke on camera regarding the facts of his abuse and the victim’s reasons for coming forward.
Exposing perpetrators and the institutions responsible for their supervision can be a milestone part of the hearing process for child sex abuse victims. In so doing, the victim not only gets to tell their story, but also give courage to other victims to come forward. This particular case is a good illustration of civil justice being used by a victim to obtain recourse because the criminal statute of limitations has expired.