Chicago-area Boy Scouts 'deeply regret' abuse


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Originally Posted Online: Dec. 04, 2012, 3:42 pm
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CHICAGO (AP) — The head of the Chicago-area Boy Scouts of America council is apologizing for the sexual abuse of scouts.

CEO Charles Dobbins says he hasn't seen a lawsuit filed Tuesday accusing his group and the national organization of failing to protect children from a convicted pedophile.

The suit was filed in Cook County on behalf of a former scout who said he was molested by Thomas Hacker in 1985.

New documents show Hacker was banned from scouting in Indiana in 1970 for sexually assaulting boys but later became an Illinois scoutmaster and went on to molest more boys.

The 75-year-old Hacker was convicted in 1989 and is serving concurrent 50-year prison terms.

Dobbins says the Boy Scouts now routinely conduct background checks and members must report suspected abuse to law enforcement.

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