MASON, Ohio - A Warren County judge has denied the Boy Scouts of America's request for dismissal in a suit involving an Arizona man.
Thomas Abner is suing the group because he claims he was sexually assualted by a scoutmaster while he was on a scouting trip to Kings Island as a teen.
The attorney for Abner, Konrad Kircher, amended his client's lawsuit on July 11 in Warren County court to include three additional incidents of assault that allegedly took place at Kings Island when Abner was under the supervision of Scoutmaster Steven Woodard. The initial lawsuit claimed Woodard molested Abner in a hotel room near Kings Island during a trip in the late 1990s.
In at least one of the new incident allegations, Abner is claiming Woodard molested him in the Kings Island parking lot during an official Boy Scout trip, according to Kircher.
"We pursued more investigations and learned that Thomas was abused on three additional trips in Ohio that were Boy Scout trips," Kircher added.
The amendment to the lawsuit was at least in part a response to a motion on May 29 to dismiss the civil suit filed by attorney Carolyn Taggert, one of the attorney's representing the Boy Scouts of America. Kircher stated the grounds for dismissal filed in Warren County were based on the presumption that the initial incident mentioned in the February filing was not during an official Boy Scout function, and therefore the suit against the Boy Scouts in Ohio was not filed in the proper jurisdiction.
The suit claims the Boy Scouts were responsible for Abner's safety in terms of the organization's hiring and screening of Woodard as a scoutmaster and for not better monitoring Woodard in situations with those he mentored in scouting.
The time limit for filing suit against the Boy Scouts in Ohio has not passed in relation to when the alleged Ohio incidents occurred.
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