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Attorney: Boy Scouts civil trial likely next year

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A civil trial in California where documents detailing two decades of sexual abuse allegations within the Boy Scouts of America could be released isn’t expected to begin until next year.

Lawyer Timothy Hale, who represents an ex-Scout who claims a leader molested him in 2007, said Thursday a hearing seeking dismissal of the lawsuit is set for January. If a Santa Barbara County judge rejects the Boy Scouts’ motion, a trial date will likely be set.

The judge has ruled that roughly 120,000 pages of internal files detailing sexual abuse allegations dating to 1991 could be made public if they are entered as evidence in the case.

The Boy Scouts have been forced in other court cases to turn over files, dating from 1960 to 1991, on alleged sexual abuse.

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