PORTLAND, Ore. — A jury ordered the Boy Scouts of America yesterday to pay $18.5 million to an Oregon man sexually abused by a former assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s.
Lawyers for Kerry Lewis had asked the jury to award at least $25 million to punish the Boy Scouts for what the jury had already agreed in the first phase of the trial was reckless and outrageous conduct.
The jury decided on April 13 that the Boy Scouts were negligent for allowing former assistant Scoutmaster Timur Dykes to associate with Scouts, including Lewis, after Dykes admitted to a Scouts official in 1983 that he had molested 17 boys.
The jury awarded Lewis $1.4 million in compensatory damages with that verdict and agreed the Boy Scouts of America were liable for punitive damages to be determined in the second phase of the trial that ended Wednesday. The case was the first of six filed against the Boy Scouts in the same court in Oregon, with at least one other separate case pending.