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LAPD, Boys Scouts not liable in abuse case
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
November 2, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO -- The LAPD and the Boy Scouts of America may not be held liable for alleged sexual abuse of teenage boys by a former police chief, the California Supreme Court ruled unanimously Thursday. The state high court said the alleged victims had failed to show that the LAPD and the scouting group knew or should have known that retired Deputy Police Chief David Kalish had committed sexual misconduct with other minors before he was accused by the teenagers. The decision clarified a law that permits victims of child abuse older than 26 to sue a molester's employer or organization if they can show the employer "knew or had reason to know or was otherwise on notice" of any sexual misconduct by the employee or volunteer. Without such evidence, a victim older than 26 is barred from suing by legal time limits.