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Four local allegations included in 'perversion files'

Though four cases of alleged abuse in H.B. exist, documents for only two such cases have been released.

January 09, 2013|By Anthony Clark Carpio

Four allegations of sexual abuse among Boy Scouts of America troop leaders in Huntington Beach appear in a Los Angeles Times database recently compiled from Scouting and court records.

The Times, which owns the Huntington Beach Independent, last month published 1,200 previously unreleased documents related to the Scouts' so-called perversion files, which the organization used to keep tabs on accusations of sexual misconduct.

The Boy Scouts were ordered by the Oregon Supreme Court to release the files — with names of minors and other identifying information redacted — after losing an Oregon lawsuit. Before they were released, the files were kept internally by the organization to prevent suspected child abusers from rejoining.

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Though there are four cases of alleged sexual abuse in Huntington Beach, only two have documents outlining each event. Information regarding the other instances has yet to be released by the Boy Scouts, but the database states they occurred in 1994 and 1996.

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First H.B. case

David Negrette, a then-25-year-old scoutmaster, was accused of sexually abusing one of the boys in his troop in 1988.

The Boy Scouts suspended Negrette's registration renewal in May 1988 for alleged "inappropriate behavior."

A letter written by one of his Scout members dated May 4, 1988, describes an alleged event that took place a few days earlier on May 1. The Scout, who was 12 at the time, was asked by Negrette to help him with the Scout newsletter, but was later asked to enter in sexual activity, the letter asserts.

After Negrette was removed by the Boy Scouts, he was arrested in April 12, 1989, for allegedly being involved in a ring that produced and distributed pornographic videos of minors from Mexico and Southern California, according to a Los Angeles Times article.

The Times' article also stated that Negrette and others involved with the case were members of NAMBLA, the North American Man-Boy Love Assn.

Carl Dobos, a manager of the Westminster mobile home park he lived in at the time, was shocked to see the Scoutmaster arrested.

"He was always real nice — a quiet fellow, always well-dressed and never a problem," he told The Times.

Negrette pleaded guilty and was sentenced to five years of probation, according to Orange County Superior Court records.

Just four months later, Negrette was arrested again, this time facing "four counts of lewd acts with a child and one count of crimes against children," according to the Orange County Register.

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