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Boy Scouts ordered to pay $18.5 million in sex abuse case

PORTLAND, Ore. (WKOW) -- A jury in Oregon has ordered the Boy Scouts of America to pay $18.5 million in a sex abuse case.

That is believed to be the biggest award ever granted by a jury in a sex-abuse lawsuit against the Boy Scouts.

the $18.5 million is on top of another $1.4 million in compensatory damages awarded to Kerry Lewis last week after the jury found the Scouts were negligent for failing to prevent abuse by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s.

The punitive damages award on Friday came in the second phase of a month long trial centered on files the Scouts have kept on suspected child molesters since the 1920s.

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