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Files Suit Against Boy Scouts

Victim Said Abuse Occurred for Two Years in Southwest Suburbs

A 35-year-old man who said he was the victim of sexual abuse by Scoutmaster Thomas Hacker has filed a lawsuit against the Boy Scouts of America.

The unnamed victim was repeatedly molested by Hacker often dating back to 1985, according the lawsuit. The suit was filed Tuesday in the Cook County Circuit Court.

Hacker, 75, is serving a 100-year prison sentence for molesting a 14-year-old member of a Boy Scout troop at St. Louis de Montfort Parish in Oak Lawn during the 1980s.

Arrests for sexual assault had occurred frequently with Hacker dating back to the early 1970s. He was arrested and charged in Indiana while teaching public school in 1970.

He also was convicted and pled guilty for molesting a boy in Mount Prospect in 1971.

Despite these convictions, Hacker was able to move on and began working at Most Holy Redeemer School in Evergreen Park in 1982. According to reports, he quit after just a few months when it became known that he managed to have one of three students drop his pants while staying after class that day.

Hacker did not teach but became a leader of Boy Scout Troop 1600 six years later at St. Louis de Montfort. He had this role while also serving as a youth director for the Burbank Park District.

The Chicago Archdiocese did not return calls about the lawsuit and incidents that reportedly took place at St. Louis de Montfort and Holy Redeemer.

The victim stated in the lawsuit that he was first molested in 1985 as a 10-year-old. The abuse continued for the next two years, according to the victim.

Chris Hurley, the attorney for the victim, said that his client was one of 34 people who have been identified as being abused by Hacker.

People who have encountered Hacker have stated that he was intelligent and had a pleasant personality.

A Fulbright scholar who earned a master’s degree in psychology and counseling, Hacker was married and had three children. He was divorced in 1988.

The Boy Scouts of America have been sued in 1990 and 1992 under similar circumstances.

ÒAny instances of child victimization or abuse is intolerable and unacceptable,” wrote Deron Smith, a spokesperson for the Boys Scouts of America after this latest lawsuit.

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