Former Scout Leader Again Accused Of Abuse In Lawsuit

A Lakewood man and former Boy Scout leader who pleaded guilty last year to corruption of minor charges has again been named in Child Victims Act lawsuit filed this week in state Supreme Court in Chautauqua County.

The 20-page lawsuit identifies Donald C. Shriver, a former head scoutmaster for Troop 131, and lists the Allegheny Highlands Council Inc., Lakewood Memorial Post 1286 Inc. and American Legion, Department of New York, as defendants.

The lawsuit claims the victim was sexually abused by Shriver in 1995 on two occasions.

“Donald Shriver Jr. led plaintiff and other scouts in scouting activities, including troop meetings, swimming, hiking and camping trips, and in relation and proximity to scouting activities and events, Donald Shriver Jr. sexually molested plaintiff,” the lawsuit claims.

The victim was about 14 years old when the abuse took place.

The lawsuit claims the defendants breached its duties by:

¯ failing to conduct a background check on Shriver when he registered with the council;

¯ failing to timely adopt policies and procedures to protect children;

¯ failing to properly train local troops and sponsoring organizations in the vetting and registering of scout leaders;

¯ failing to supervise Shriver when he was with children; and

¯ failing to put safeguards in place to prevent child abuse from occurring at its camps or while its troops were in camps.

Shriver was named in a Child Victims Act lawsuit filed in September 2019. According to the lawsuit, the plaintiff is the parent and natural guardian of a then-14-year-old who began participating in a scouting program organized, supervised and established by the Allegheny Highlands Council and Boy Scouts of America when the child was 6. From Aug. 18-20, 2017, the youth and other members of the Lakewood troop attended an event known as the Gold Rush at Camp Chickasaw in Meadville, Pa..

The Lakewood man volunteered to transport youth to the camp and accompany the troop. While at Camp Chickasaw, the lawsuit alleges Shriver arranged to have the youth sleep in a lean-to or shack with Shriver and that heallegedly sexually molested and abused the youth while the youth was trying to sleep.

He was charged with third-degree felony charges of corruption of minors and unlawful contact with minor — sexual offenses. In addition, the Lakewood man faced first-degree misdemeanor charges of indecent assault of a person less than 13, endangering the welfare of children and criminal attempt at indecent assault of a person less than 13.

Shriver eventually pleaded guilty in June 2019 in the Crawford County Orphans Court to charges of corruption of minors and was sentenced to 11 to 24 months, less one day, in the Crawford County Jail and five years probation. He remains jailed in Pennsylvania.


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