BOISE -- More former Boy Scouts want to join a sex abuse lawsuit against the scouts organization and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Attorneys filed papers in court on Monday to add more plaintiffs.
Four more men, three of whom still live in Idaho, have come forward with allegations and now attorneys are asking the judge to allow them to join the eight men already suing.
In June, attorneys announced four men were suing the Boy Scouts of America and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The claim is fraud, alleging the organizations covered up information about a known problem of pedophiles targeting scouts.
The initial complaint was that in the 1970s and 1980s the four men were abused by scout volunteers, some of whom, their attorneys say, had previously been identified as possible abusers in what became known as the "Perversion Files" made public in 2010.
A month after the initial filing, four more men filed, including John Elliott, the only named plaintiff.
"I've only shared this with a handful of people, and it's um, it's a little scary," said Elliott in July.
Now, with the other four men coming forward, there are now 12 men who say they were abused by four Boy Scout volunteers between 1972 and 1982.
Some were together when they say they were abused in a tent during a camping trip. Many say they were abused at scout summer camps or overnight trips in McCall, others in LDS ward buildings or the Boy Scouts Council Headquarters in Boise.
The judge must now decide if the men can join in the lawsuit and if their cases will all go forward together or separately.
As outlined in court filings after the last group of men filed, both the LDS Church and Boy Scouts are denying the allegations with a number of legal defenses, including that if any injury happened, it was caused by negligence or conduct of others, not them. Also, they're saying any abuse by the alleged perpetrators, if true, happened outside the course of their duties as volunteers, so the organizations aren't liable.
Both organizations told KTVB when the suit was filed that they have zero tolerance for abuse.