MAYVILLE – A Lakewood family is suing the local boys scouts council as well as the national organization for failing to provide proper training and oversight, resulting in a volunteer affiliated with the organization allegedly sexually molesting a child family member.
The family filed the lawsuit in State Supreme Court in Mayville last Friday, naming the Boy Scouts of America Inc., Allegheny Highlands Council Inc., and Donald Shriver of Lakewood as the defendants.
According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff in the case is the alleged victim’s parent. The case states the victim began participating in the local scouting program when he was 6-years-old. In August 2017, the child – who was 12 at the time – joined other members of the Lakewood troop for a weekend retreat at Camp Chickasaw in Meadville, Pa. Shriver was responsible for transporting the youth to the camp and serving as a chaperone. At the Camp Chickasaw, the lawsuit claims the youth was told to sleep in a lean-to or shack with Shriver and that was when the sexual assault occurred.
In February it was announced that Shriver was charged with third-degree felony charges of corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minor in a Pennsylvania court and in June he was sentenced to 11 to 24 months and five years probation. He was also sentenced to pay a $150 fine, court costs and have no contact with minor children unless they are biologically related to him.