Blacklisted Boy Scout leader says he's a changed man

Blacklisted Boy Scout leader says he's a changed man

OGDEN Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - 72-year old Lee Dalton was convicted of child sex abuse. But his behavior first surfaced while serving as a boy scout leader. The public didn't know about it until decades later.
OGDEN Utah (ABC 4 Utah) – Lee Dalton admits to molesting children.
But there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
Dalton remains on the sex offender registry for sexually abusing one victim in 1997. But the former Boy Scout leader won’t be charged with other crimes because the statute of limitations ran out.
Dalton was outed after the Boy Scouts of America was forced to release files on scoutmasters accused of sex abuse.
The 72-year old says he's paid for his sins.

In 1966 while serving as a scoutmaster in Ohio Dalton was booted out for "assisting boys of Troop 61 in group masturbation.”
Dalton now lives in Ogden.

"This whole thing has turned into one heck of a nightmare I tell you," says Dalton.

In one of the confidential letters a Boy Scout executive sought to have Dalton reinstated in 1984 in Woodruff Utah.

The letter says Dalton was "called by his L.D.S. bishop to serve as scoutmaster. The scout executive wrote "I believe the Ohio incident is behind him."

In 1997 Dalton was convicted of child sex abuse. Utah court records say little about the victim. He doesn't deny he's molested others during his lifetime.

“I couldn't come up with an accurate answer,” he says. “There were a bunch. But I'm not sure there were that many.”

Boy Scouts of America issued this statement: "There have been instances where people misused their positions in scouting to abuse children, and in certain cases, our response to these incidents and our efforts to protect youth were plainly insufficient, inappropriate, or wrong.”

Dalton's says he's changed.

"Heavens yes,” he says. “That's the thing that makes it so hard to accept what's happening now. There's been a complete change. Like I tried to tell people it's not something that happens in your head its something that has to happen in your heart.”

But those living around him today aren't thrilled his around.

“I take him as a threat,” says Hunter who lives in the same apartment complex. “I definitely don't want him around my children or talking to them which he has.”

The Los Angeles Times has a complete list of all blacklisted former Boy Scout leaders. To learn more about those living in your area visit the newspaper's spreadsheets
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