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The Boy Scouts of America have agreed to settle a lawsuit with six former scouts who alleged that they were molested in the 1980s by their Portland area scout leader. The settlement is confidential, but to avoid trial, the Boy Scouts have agreed to pay an additional $2.25 million in punitive damages.

One of the plaintiffs participating in the settlement was Kerry Lewis, a 38-year-old who actually won a separate trial last April, when a jury awarded him $20 million in damages for the molestation he endured as a scout in the 1980s. In order to avoid the expected appeal by the Boy Scouts, and to get on with his life, Lewis participated in the settlement this week. What was stunning about Lewis’s trial was that the trial judge allowed into evidence files maintained by the Boy Scouts that documents complaints made about suspected molestation:

From the Oregonian:

A 31-year-old emergency room technician was arrested last week for raping a woman inside the emergency room at Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo. The woman was reportedly too intoxicated to resist.

According to reports, police received a 911 call from inside the hospital from the woman, who said she believed she had been raped. Police responded, and an examination produced DNA that was later linked to EMT Jesse Karin Pena, who lives in Winchester. Pena was arrested and is expected to appear in court Monday morning.

“This is a hideous crime,” said Jim Amormino, spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. “One should expect to get treated and this is the last thing you have to worry about.”

FACTS: During a routine traffic stop in East San Diego County, police discovered an elderly woman bound and gagged in the back seat of the Dodge Magnum. According to reports, 75-year-old Natalie Vinje was kidnapped from her home on Friday night, and bound with duct tape. It was discovered that she had been beaten, and police speculate she may have been on the way to her death.

Police say one of the suspects arrested in the crime worked for a carpet company and sold the victim an vacuum cleaner on Monday. After he had performed work for the victim, he returned later that evening with accomplices to commit the crime. Three people have been arrested.


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