Eagle Scout reacts Boy Scouts controversy

Nate McMurray troubled by news about sexual abuse within Boy Scouts ranks

Mike Baggerman
April 24, 2019 - 1:43 pm

FILE - In this July 31, 2005 file photo, Boy Scouts salute as they recite the Pledge of Allegiance during the Boy Scout Jamboree in Bowling Green, Va. In 2019, financial threats to the Boy Scouts have intensified as multiple states consider adjusting their statute-of-limitations laws so that victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have a chance to seek redress in the courts. (AP Photo/ Haraz N. Ghanbari)

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BUFFALO, N.Y. (WBEN) - Following the revelation by Jeff Anderson & Associates that thousands of scout leaders since the 1940's were allegedly child molesters, including at least 12 with ties to Western New York, a well-known local scout is speaking out.

"I think we have a duty to stand up and say it's wrong and to hold those who made these mistakes accountable," Nate McMurray, an Eagle Scout, told WBEN.

The 12 scout leaders from Western New York named in the report are:

  •     Albion: Kenneth Allan Dingman (Troop 48)
  •     Angola: Douglas Louis White (Troop 399)
  •     Barre Center: William Charles Parker (Troop 175)
  •     Buffalo: Timothy H. Jones (Explorer Post 10), Richard Earl Martin (Troop 335)
  •     Clarendon: Gary R. Germeo (Explorer Post 59)
  •     Corfu: Lowell L. Merritt (Troop 67)
  •     Depew: John E. Grace (Troop 567), Douglas W. Nail (Troop 565)
  •     Lackawanna: William D. Baker (Troop 547), Raymond W. Culbertson (Troop 547)
  •     North Tonawanda: Alfred L. Cote (Pack 185)
  •     Tonawanda: Peter Naffky (Troop 450)

Anderson said more than 12,200 victims were named in the files that featured more than 100 scout leaders from across New York State.

McMurray said the Boy Scouts has been in a decline over the years because they've failed to change and reflect the current values of society.

"When you have news like this, I think it's sad because there's a lot of good in the Boy Scouts organization," he added. "When you have such a terrible thing happen, it's hard for people not to walk away."

McMurray said Boy Scouts taught him things like discipline, self-reliance, and to love nature and enjoy the outdoors.

"It gave me leadership opportunities when I was young," McMurray said. "I'm sad that an organization that offered so much is devolving and I'm so sad that so many children who were brought to Boy Scouts and looking for the same opportunities I had were taken advantage of by some very bad men."

We've reached out to multiple local organizations that are connected to the Boy Scouts of America. All referred comment to the national organization, who will hold a press conference on Wednesday afternoon.

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