By Patsy R. Brumfield/NEMS Daily Journal
Steve Allen Adams is the only person named as a Mississippi Scouting sexual abuser in a massive document release this week of what the Boy Scouts of America termed its “perversion file.”
The 15,000 pages of information, some very explicit, became public by order of the Oregon Supreme Court as evidence in an $18.5 million judgment against Scouting.
Adams was a 31-year-old Schriever, La., collection agent described on his 1987 Scouting suspension document as “grossly overweight” and a volunteer auxiliary sheriff’s deputy.
Bay St. Louis attack
At age 33, he was convicted in Bay St. Louis in 1989 of a sexual attack on a 15-year-old junior counselor at Camp Salmen Scout Reservation north of Kiln. He was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Adams reportedly worked for BSA about five years and assisted with summer camp programs for three. At Camp Salmen, Adams was hired to work in the mini-hospital and help Scouts earn merit badges in health because he was a certified emergency medical technician.
News reports stated that after Adams was sentenced, jurors learned he had a prior sex conviction in California.
In national coverage of the document release, Scouting was cited for a “corrosive culture of secrecy” that compounded the incidents.
In the 29-page Adams report, in August 1987 correspondence between Louisiana Scouting officials, one writes that their New Orleans executive “has been advised to say as little as possible to the media” and hopes that if and when Adams were charged criminally, it “may not come to the media’s attention.”
Also in the report is a note that one Scouting official had “expressed a concern” about Adams because he was in his mid-30s and “not married.”
Another result of revelations about Adams’ behavior was that camp staff was ordered to immediately stop “attitude adjustment sessions,” which apparently were hazing rituals during which condiments and other substances were rubbed over the body of the person being hazed.
Nineteen other Scouting sex-abuse incidents were reported for Mississippi in the document release for 1959-1985, although alleged perpetrators are listed only by identification numbers along with the town and Scout unit number affected by the allegations.