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The jury decided to award $1.4 million in emotional damages to 38-year-old former scout Kerry Lewis, who was sexually abused by his former Assistant Scoutmaster, Timur Dykes.
But the jury split the blame (and burden of payment) between the Texas-based Boy Scouts, the Portland-based Cascade Pacific Council and the Church of Latter Day Saints. The decision will hit the Boy Scouts for $840,000, the Cascade Pacific Council for $210,000 and the Latter Day Saints for $350,000, but it's only the first round of damages in Lewis' case.
In addition to the money paid out for emotional suffering, the jury also found the Boy Scouts liable for punitive damages for allowing Dykes to continue to associate with the troop after he had admitted to a Scout leader and also to a bishop that he molested 17 children.
The next round of the trial, which begins Tuesday, will decide whether the Scouts will have to pay Lewis and the state of Oregon up to $25 million for those punitive damages. News media pounced on Lewis as he exited the courtroom, but he and lawyer Kelly Clark offered up only, "No comment." Until the second phase of the trial concludes, they're not allowed to discuss the case.
We'll be keeping track of the trial as it progresses, but for more background on the trial, check out the Oregonian's string of stories on the case.