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Sexual abuse lawsuit against scout leader allowed to proceed in court

Illinois Appellate Court decided on Friday, September 30 that a civil lawsuit lodged by former members of the Oak Lawn Boy Scout troop in Cook County can proceed to trial. Their trial concerns the members’ claims that they were sexually molested by their scout leader, Thomas Hacker, in the 1980’s.

The lawsuit was filed in 2013 by 16 former Boy Scouts of America – who are now adult men – after the agency released a list of names of hundreds of pedophiles in the scouting system. The complaint alleges that the BSA oversight committee made it possible for Hacker to gain access into the upper echelons of the organization and molest many young boys.

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Man charged for sexual abuse of a minor

A man is being held currently at the Champaign County Jail on a bond of $75,000 for allegedly touching a six-year-old girl inappropriately.

Thirty-five-year-old Gregory Allen Pruett of Thomasboro, Illinois claimed he was innocent of charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a victim under age 13 last Tuesday, April 23.

Police investigations revealed that the girl was at the suspect’s house in Block 500, Pearl Drive on or around March 3 when the incident happened, according to Thomasboro Police Chief Keith Willis.

Pruett was arrested April 22 at his residence by Thomasboro police after the authorities had investigated a complaint placed by the victim’s mother against the suspect on March 10. Acting on the report, Thomasboro police filed the report at the Champaign County state attorney’s office and obtained a warrant to arrest Pruett.

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