Public Reports and Databases about Molesters in Youth Groups

 Boy Scouts of America

Various sets of Confidential Files show about 5,000 leaders banned from 1947 to 2004.

* Confidential Files from 1965-85, totaling 1,247 – Posted by attorney Kelly Clark here.

* Database summary of nearly 1,900 Confidential Files, 1971-91 – posted by attorney Tim Kosnoff here

Catholic Church

A John Jay College study found 4,392 priests and deacons accused of abuse from 1950 through 2002. Files on 3,764 priests and deacons accused of sex abuse (some discovered since the John Jay study) are publicly available at

USA Swimming

The national governing body for competitive swimming in the United States posts online the names of those it has banned for life for violating its codes of conduct. Most of the 64 people now listed are coaches and officials who were accused of sexual offenses against youths. The list includes categories of offenses for each person but no details about the incidents.

USA Gymnastics

The national governing body for competitive gymnastics in the United States posts online the names of those it has banned for violating its codes of conduct. Most are coaches. The violations are usually not listed.

USA Figure Skating

The national governing body for competitive figure skating in the United States posts online the names of those it has banned and suspended for violating its codes of conduct. The list specifies the sections of its code or of state laws that that person violated, but usually do not describe the offense; that can be determined by looking up the section of code or law.

Public Schools

A report done for the U.S. Department of Education in 2004 estimated that “more than 4.5 million students are subject to sexual misconduct by an employee of a school sometime between kindergarten and 12th grade.” An Associated Press investigation found at least 1,801 educators “whose teaching credentials were revoked, denied, surrendered or sanctioned” for alleged sexual misconduct with youth (mostly students) from 2001 through 2005. 

Some states, such as Florida and Ohio, have created online databases of educators who have been disciplined for misconduct, searchable by name.

Scouts Canada

An independent study released in June found 468 people banned for alleged “sexual misconduct against youth” from 1947 to 2011.


TIMELINE: How BSA Files Went from Confidential to Public


The Sets of Confidential Files

Cases in which judges ordered the BSA to submit files, the number of files, and the years they cover

Infant C v. BSA

Virginia, 1989

231, spanning 1975-84


Doe v. Trueman

California, 1992

1,871, spanning 1971-91


T.S. et al v. BSA

Washington, 2007

About 3,200 spanning 1947-2004

(Not public; does not include files that were submitted in Doe v. Trueman)


Doe v. BSA

Oregon, 2012

1,247, spanning 1965-85


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