Fifty-eight years ago, Edward Pittson says, the Scoutmaster who had taught him skills like how to use a compass and light a campfire said he was going to teach Pittson about sex. The Scoutmaster invited Pittson, who was 12, to his house and asked him to lie on the bed. The man assured the boy he had seen other Boy Scouts naked. About four years later, Pittson, around 16 and furious that the man remained a Scoutmaster, told his parents what had happened. He says his parents went to the bishop at their local church in Northern California, the same church that sponsored the Boy Scout troop, and the Scoutmaster was quietly removed from his position. Pittson says he also spoke to the bishop, but as far as he knows, nobody reported the Scoutmaster to the police.
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A former Boy Scout leader in the Hudson Valley has been accused of singing naked in front of several young boys in his troop, according to a new report. The ongoing lawsuit, of which new details have recently emerged, details multiple accusations from members of his former troop while he was an assistant scoutmaster of Troop 95 in Fishkill. The mother was allegedly told about the misconduct, though the troop never investigated the claims. In a statement, the Boy Scouts of America claim the incident was investigated, and that it did not involve Kelsey at all. No other information was released by the organization. Kelsey, a longtime member of the Boy Scouts, has repeatedly maintained his innocence since his conviction, though an attempt in July to get that conviction overturned was denied in court. Click here to sign up for Daily Voice's free daily emails and news alerts.
But a short time later, the mom told NBC News, she got a call from the troop leader Richard Robbins that left her shaking her head in disbelief. Four years later, Kelsey, who was then a Dutchess County, New York, lawmaker, was convicted of sexually abusing two year-old scouts on an overnight camping trip. Nor is it identifying the name of the worried mother who filed the affidavit and who, like the others, lives in Dutchess County. Instead, they did nothing. The youth was not identified by name and the statement did not say whether he was a scout. The lawsuit, in which Kelsey is representing himself even though he was disbarred after his conviction, comes as the BSA has been battling hundreds of other lawsuits around the country as former scouts have come forward with abuse allegations.
The naked singing incident is among those accusations. I said, 'My son misunderstood a naked man singing 'Hakuna Matata'? Her complaints were ultimately disregarded, but similar accusations soon followed. In , two year-old boys accused Kelsey of molesting them during a summer camping trip. He was found guilty in and sentenced to seven years in prison.