First person sentenced in Michigan's Boy Scouts of America investigation
(For Immediate Release December 15, 2022)
The first person convicted in Michigan’s ongoing investigation into Boy Scouts of America was sentenced in Macomb County Circuit Court to multiple prison terms Wednesday. This is a clear-cut example of how important secular investigations into an organization and institutional abuse and subsequent cover-up.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has used her office's authority to investigate cases of child sexual abuse within the Boy Scouts of America. Previously, BSA leadership attempted to keep the issue internal, similar to how Catholic officials handled the issue of abuse. We firmly believe that outside oversight is critical to understanding what went wrong in the past and what must be done to prevent these crimes in the future.
AG Nessel has been an unwavering defender of survivors and children. Her ongoing investigation into Catholic sexual abuse in Michigan is one of the most effective in the country. We hope that her track record will encourage those who have been abused in the BSA or other similar organizations to come forward and report their abuse to the AG's confidential hotline at (844) 324-3374.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network, has been providing support for victims of sexual abuse in institutional settings for 30 years. We have more than 25,000 survivors and supporters in our network. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)