Scouts Canada dismisses volunteer after Scott Stanley sex abuse case

At least one volunteer leader of an Ottawa Scouts Canada group has been asked to leave the organization after it was determined he did not heed warnings about a colleague who later admitted to molesting four boys.

Complaints about Stanley never made it to national organization, says CEO

Scouts Canada admits that internal complaints about Scott Stanley were not acted upon before it was too late. Stanley was convicted of molesting boys. 2:49

Scouts Canada has asked at least one local Ottawa volunteer to leave the organization after it was determined he did not heed warnings about a colleague who later admitted to molesting four boys.

Scott Stanley, a former Scouts Canada leader in Ottawa, admitted to molesting four boys involved with the organization. (CBC)
Scott Stanley pleaded guilty on Thursday to 10 counts of sexual interference, three counts of luring and three counts of invitation to sexual touching.

Stanley, a Scouts volunteer for five years beginning in 2009, was also a former City of Ottawa lifeguard and swim coach.

Andrew Price, the executive commissioner and CEO of Scouts Canada, said the first the national level of the group heard about the allegations was at Stanley's arraignment. 

A Scouts Canada leader told CBC News that he warned the organization that Stanley was spending time alone with boys, despite the "two-deep rule" that requires scouts to always be under the supervision of at least two adults. He said some of the abuse could have been prevented had the organization heeded his warnings sooner.

An Ottawa group commissioner has now been dismissed for inaction.

Several volunteers leave after investigation

But Price said those allegations never made it from the group level to the area commissioner, who would have informed the national organization.

"It is deeply upsetting to us and since that time we have taken a hard look at our procedures," Price said.

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He said several people in the local group have left and at least one person was asked to leave for not forwarding the complaints.

Others at the local level have since been "re-trained" on the requirement to forward complaints like this to area leaders.

Scouts Canada CEO Andrew Price said a volunteer was asked to leave the organization because warnings about Scott Stanley were not forwarded to area and national leaders. (CBC)
The boys in the Stanley case were between the ages of 12 and 15 at the time of the abuse.

The molestation began in the summer of 2012 and continued for a year and a half, according to an agreed statement of facts read in an Ottawa courtroom. Stanley took the boys to movies, hosted visits in his parents' basement and drove the boys to secluded locations, the Ontario Court of Justice heard Thursday.

Stanley told one boy not to tell anyone about the sexual abuse because he would get in trouble, the court heard.

Stanley is expected to be sentenced on Sept. 25.