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Minnesota judge orders release of more Boy Scout files

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - A Minnesota judge has ordered the release of confidential Boy Scout records on sexual abuse from 1999 to 2008.

Ramsey County Judge Elena Ostby issued the order Tuesday in a lawsuit involving a former Burnsville scoutmaster who is serving a 21-year prison sentence for molesting four scouts. The lawsuit was filed by one of the victims.

That victim's attorney, Jeff Anderson, says the files are from a later period than the internal Boy Scouts of America records known as the "perversion files," which were released last October by court order in Oregon.

Anderson says the newly released records cover the time when the Burnsville scoutmaster was active. He calls the order a triumph in the fight against institutional secrecy.

Attorneys for the Boy Scouts did not immediately return messages.

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