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Out of the 14,500 pages of the Boy Scouts' so-called "perversion files" that were made public this week, one of the cases was local.  In 1969, William Oman Jr. of Boonville was committee chairman of Troop 13 in Boonville and pleaded guilty to endangering the welfare of a child.  The file stated that Oman was a science teacher in the Boonville school system, and told authorities he planned to leave the area and seek help.  The Boy Scouts took steps to make sure Oman could never be part of their organization again, but the file also shows the Boy Scouts were very concerned about publicity, citing a letter from a Boy Scout executive which reports the state police commander and investigating officers "are active Scouters and alerted us to all details will in advance of the
arrest and were helpful in avoiding public knowledge of the problem."  The documents released date from 1959 to 1985 & marks first time the earliest documents, which are from 1959 to 1971,  have been made public.

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