Suit: Connecticut scoutmaster abused 19 kids in '60s, '70s

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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Seventeen men and two women are suing the Boy Scouts of America and local chapters in Connecticut, saying a now-dead scoutmaster sexually abused them as children in the 1960s and 1970s.

The suit alleges that some of the accusers were assaulted hundreds of times.

The lawsuit filed in state court in Stamford last month claims Boy Scout leaders knew or should have known that Ridgefield Scoutmaster Donald Dennis was a danger to the scouts and didn't protect them. Dennis died two years ago.

Named in the lawsuit are the national Boy Scouts organization, the Fairfield County Council and the Connecticut Yankee Council.

The Boy Scouts of America said Tuesday it was only made aware of the allegations last month. It extended its sympathies to anyone affected by child sexual abuse.