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Lawrence sex offender one of 14 Kansas men listed in Boy Scout files

October 23, 2012

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James Douglas Jackson

James Douglas Jackson

A convicted Lawrence sex offender was one of 14 Kansas men listed in the recently released “perversion files” kept by the Boy Scouts of America and released Thursday by order of the Oregon Supreme Court.

According to the file, 72-year-old Lawrence resident James Douglas Jackson — convicted in Douglas County in 2001 of several sex crimes — was removed from a Kansas City, Kan.-area Boy Scout unit following allegations that Jackson sexually assaulted a boy during a scouting trip.

Jackson had been registered with a scouting unit in Kansas City since 1981, and the allegations allege that Jackson abused a boy in May 1985, according to the file, obtained from a database operated by the San Jose Mercury News. Days following the alleged abuse, Jackson was sent a letter indicating he’d been removed from the Boy Scouts.

Included in Jackson’s file is a three-page letter detailing the abuse. However, the letter is handwritten, and some of it is illegible.

In 2001, Jackson was convicted in Douglas County of four sex crimes, including two counts of criminal sodomy on a minor, and two counts of indecent liberties with a child. Jackson spent more than 10 years in Kansas prisons but was released in April of this year and is required to register as a sex offender for life.

The other 13 cases in Kansas include alleged abuse in several Kansas cities such as Wichita, Olathe, Leavenworth, Kansas City and Manhattan.

According to a criminal record search with the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, Jackson has no other arrests or convictions in Kansas.

Jackson’s file does not indicate whether the Boy Scouts reported the case to police. One of the major criticisms in the wake of the released reports is that the Boy Scouts failed to report many cases of abuse to authorities, instead concealing cases in confidential files to protect the organization.

— The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Comments

bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

Shaun, but hasn't it been public information where he is and has been living?
yes I'm glad he's an RSO, but again, that doesn't tell us much beyond the registry.

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shaunepec 1 year, 5 months ago

Bearded gnome, In article says he's a lifelong registered sex offender, and his address is listed in Kansas sex offender registry. We only identified him as a Lawrence resident.

Shaun

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bearded_gnome 1 year, 5 months ago

LJW: your article has a serious omission: no mention of where Jackson has lived/is living now. no mention of his current status RE probation/monitoring etc.

sadly this dude was pre sentencing to Larned state for the habitual sex offenders.


Agnostick is right, it is very very rare for these kinds of offenders t be truly rehabilitated.

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oldbaldguy 1 year, 5 months ago

Scouting has come a long ways and does lead many organizations in youth protection. When I came back to Scouting as a adult I was shocked by the requirements compared to when I was a kid back in the 60's. Pedophiles will always be around. Youth organizations have to have procedures in place to try to stop them. Scouting has done that in the last two decades and should be recognized for it. However, it does not excuse prior inaction or attempts to cover up in the past.

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JustMyThought 1 year, 5 months ago

It is just my thought that the LjWorld reporter could have factually researched http://www.scouting.org/BSAYouthProtection.aspx

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Agnostick 1 year, 5 months ago

You this known sex offender.... SURVIVED... ten years in prison?!?!?

More than a few people were asleep at the switch on that one!

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JustMyThought 1 year, 5 months ago

I wish that the LjWorld would have also printed information about the BSA Youth Protection initiative that began 25 years ago and that continues to evolve into one of the most comprehensive youth protection programs around for serving youth. http://www.scouting.org/Training/YouthProtection.aspx My thoughts and prayers go out to any victim (and their families) no matter what, no matter when. It is just my thought that the LjWorld reporter could have come forward from 1985 and factually mentioned that every scout handbook has a parental youth protection pamphlet that they are to read together with their child. It is just my thought that the LjWorld reporter could have factually mentioned two-deep leadership requirements. It is just my thought that the LjWorld could have factually mentioned mandatory background checks. My son is safe in scouts in Douglas County and he is on his way to Eagle.

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08Champs 1 year, 5 months ago

Toe - obviously you have an issue with the United Way besides the Boy Scouts - so just say it.

As for the Scouts in this area, I can assure you that not all groups follow all of the procedures that have been developed to protect children. You can HAVE rules and procedures, but enforcement and oversight must be adhered to just as closely. Does Camp Nash still have an open shower area that is used simultaneously by men and boys? Do the year-round camp outs still allow 14 year olds to sleep in the same tent as 18 year olds? Scout supporters will say this is all clean and wholesome, but the facts tell a different story. I wish the protections weren't necessary, as it prevents some well-meaning leaders from having normal interactions - but the potential for abuse is too great to ignore.

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toe 1 year, 5 months ago

The United Way made no effort to determine if criminals and illegal activity were a part of the Boy Scouts. They should be held accountable.

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somebodynew 1 year, 5 months ago

You can try to go the route a city in Florida did awhile back (I can't remember which one). It is a small community and raised the limit as to how close a registered offender can live, and voila - - there was no place inside the city limits where they could live, because of the number of schools and where they were !!!

Not positive, but I think the courts eventually ruled that unconstitutional.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 5 months ago

Consider the story above and the proximity of children to a known offender:

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 5 months ago

And? The story expresses concern, which is quite justified, over the Boy Scouts' apathy toward sex offenders. Shouldn't society attempt to protect children also? Does it not make sense to keep sex offenders away from schools and neighborhoods ripe with children?

Consider the story above and the proximity of children to a known offender:

Kansas has no restrictions on where sex offenders may reside.

Kansas has no restrictions on where sex offenders may reside. by Benjamin Roberts

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 5 months ago

Kansas does not have any distance prohibitions:

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 5 months ago

Twenty-one states prohibit sex offenders from living within a specified distance from schools:

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0380.htm

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Bob Forer 1 year, 5 months ago

For years now the right wing has been repeatedly arguing that we need more god in our lives. I disagree. God has always been prominent in Scouting, and, of course, is the raison d'être for the Catholic Church. Given the lessons and experiences of both organizations, perhaps a little less god would be more appropriate.

In my humble opinion, the "grace" of the Christian god encourages rather than inhibits harmful conduct by Christians against other others. All one has to do is "get right with god" and all indiscretion is forgiven and forgotten.

When someone tells me they are a "good Christian" I run like hell.

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Benjamin Roberts 1 year, 5 months ago

Twenty-one states have laws prohibiting sex offenders from living within a specified distance from schools.

http://www.cga.ct.gov/2007/rpt/2007-R-0380.htm

Kansas does not have such restrictions; nor, do sex offenders:

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Enlightenment 1 year, 5 months ago

This is an awful disgrace to the BS that could have been prevented by reporting the pedophiles to the authorities. It's criminal to harbor these types of individuals allowing them to perpetrate over and over again. This situation is similar to the Catholic church and their cover up of sexual abuse among the clergy. These types of organizations need to stop supporting this type of behavior through failure to report and covering up the fact that abuse is ongoing in their organizations.

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