Manhattan man’s name listed in Boy Scout files

By The Mercury

Files made public Thursday by an Oregon attorney investigating the possible cover-up of abuse cases several decades ago by the Boy Scouts include one case involving a Manhattan man.

The files were made public by Kelly Clark, a Portland-based attorney. The 14,500 pages of confidential documents included 14 cases related to Kansas dating from 1959 to 1985.

The sole case with a Manhattan connection involved an incident that allegedly took place at a summer camp in Texas in July of 1962.  The case involved a Manhattan man named Jack Goddard, whose age at the time was listed as 35 and who was listed as living on Judson Street. In the documents, officials of Longhorn Scout Council near Fort Worth recorded statements from boys taking part in the summer camp who said Goddard entered their tent and attempted to engage in various sexual acts.  They said the boys, whose names were redacted in the documents made public Thursday, rejected Goddard’s offers. Goddard apparently worked in supply service for the Boy Scouts at the time, and his job appeared to involve traveling to camps to furnish materials used at the camps.

In releasing the documents, the law firm stressed that simply because a case is on the list does not mean the allegations are true. It was not clear whether the case ever resulted in criminal litigation. The documents made public Thursday contained statements indicating that Goddard’s connection to the Boy Scouts of America was immediately terminated as a result of the organization’s internal investigation.

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