Former Kirkwood Man Named in Boy Scouts 'Perversion Files'

The man resigned from a Des Peres Boy Scout troop in 1970 after reportedly confronting two boys in a bathroom, according to the recently released files.

is the case of a Kirkwood man who resigned from a Des Peres Boy Scout troop in 1970 after being arrested.

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Des Peres police arrested Leonard Cromer after two boys said he confronted them in a department store bathroom, according to the Boy Scout’s files.

Patch is in the process of requesting the official paper report from the police department and did not find any records for Cromer in Missouri's online court records.

"Mr. Cromer was involved in an incident that is a matter of record at the Des Peres, Missouri Police Court and he has admitted other incidents of a similar nature," according to the report.

Cromer had volunteered to resign from his position as Explorer Advisor for the Des Peres troop, and then-Deputy Scout Executive Gerald Ulrich Ulrich requested that Cromer no longer be associated with the Scouts.

In the file, Boy Scout officials say the information would be used to keep Cromer from serving with the Boy Scouts in the future.

Cromer is now 90 and lives in Florida.

"As far as I know, no one was harmed in any way while I was in the Scouts," he said. "I don't think there's anything that I've done that is against the law or detrimental to the boys."

Cromer did not have any comment about his arrest. He said that he resigned from the Scouts because he no longer had the time and that there was no reason for him to continue serving after his son completed the Boy Scout program.

To see the file, click the PDF attached to this article.

For more on this story, read about the case of a Hazelwood man accused of sexual assault in the 1960s while serving as a Boy Scout leader.

The Oregon Supreme Court in June ordered the so-called "perversion files"—which the Boy Scouts organization collected over several decades—to be released at the request of media organizations following a $20-million judgment in a 2010 lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.

If you or someone you know has been the victim of sexual assault or rape, call the 24/7 Safe Connections hotline at 314-531-2003.

Kirkwood Patch Editor Owen Skoler contributed to this report.


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