AUBURN, Mass. – A former Auburn Boy Scout coordinator in the 1970s and 1980s is listed in the secret “perversion files,” or ineligible volunteer files, maintained by the Boy Scouts of America, which were released Thursday by an Oregon legal team under an order from the Oregon Supreme Court.
Aubrey E. Pulling, of 6 Paul St. at the time, was convicted in 1985 of two counts of rape of a child, which occurred in Oxford that year. Pulling was 51 years old when the incident occurred.
Pulling, who was a scouting coordinator of Troop 101 in Auburn, was sentenced to 3-5 years at Walpole State Prison for the rape that involved a 13-year-old boy. He was also given two years probation after pleading guilty to the two counts of rape.
Pulling no longer lives in town, according to the town clerk’s office.
Tim Kosnoff, a Seattle lawyer who has represented dozens of victims of sexual abuse in cases against the Boy Scouts of America, posted records from the “perversion files” on his website this week that includes a listing of 1,932 former Boy Scout volunteers who were “expelled for alleged inappropriate sexual conduct with children” between 1971 and 1991, according to his website.
“This information is being provided in the interests of public safety and education,” Kosnoff wrote on his website.
Three local cases were also listed without names or records attached, indicating complaints exist for a 1989 case in Whitinsville, a 1992 case in Northbridge and a 1993 case in Shrewsbury.
Pulling was a Mohegan Council scouter. The council did not return a voicemail from The Daily Voice, but on its website, the council states its modern youth protection programs and policies, including:
“All volunteers must complete a rigorous application and screening process before joining scouting. As part of this requirement, applicants must provide references and submit to a national criminal background check. We also verify that our organization has not received any prior allegations of misconduct on the volunteer’s part by checking names in our Ineligible Volunteer Files. Our goal is to ensure that all adult volunteers represent the values and character outlined in the Scout Oath and Scout Law and are good leaders for your child.
“Scouting’s two‐deep leadership policy requires at least two adults to be present for all scouting activities. No youth should ever be alone with a scout leader for any reason.
“Anyone suspected of inappropriate behavior will be immediately and permanently banned from scouting. If you ever have any concerns about your child’s safety, please contact the BSA immediately through your local council. You can find the contact information by typing ‘Local Council Locator’ into the search bar on our website.”
The Worcester County District Attorney’s Office said it is currently reviewing the “perversion files” of the individuals in its jurisdiction.