Former Rochester Troop Leader Accused of Sex Abuse

Posted at: 09/11/2013 11:20 AM
Updated at: 09/11/2013 6:51 PM
By: Dan Conradt

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Another person has come forward, claiming he was sexually abused by a former Rochester Boy Scout leader.

John Doe 17, who came forward and is now identified as Scott Hart, filed a lawsuit against Richard Hokanson, the Boy Scouts of America, the local Gamehaven Council, and St. Piux X Catholic church.

The lawsuit, which you can read here in it's entirety, Doe 17 says from 1975 to 1981, he was abused 200-300 times at Saint Pius Catholic Church in Rochester, as well as on camping trips and during scouting activities.

"The organization that teaches the children the oath and boy scout laws, to be honest and have integrity, to do the right thing couldn't practice what it preached" said Scott Hart.

Hart was only 11 years old at the time.

Two former scouts filed a similar lawsuit against the same four defendants in July, claiming they were abused by Hokanson in the 1970's while he was scoutmaster of Troop 210.

Scott Hart is seeking more than $50,000 dollars in damages.

The lawsuits have been filed 30 years after the abuse allegedly occurred because of a new state law that eliminates the statute of limitations for children who are sexually abused.