Former Hilliard School Teacher On Boy Scouts' "Perversion Files"
The list of the so-called "Perversion Files" was made public after a long court battle with victimsâ attorneys and media organizations. A Los Angeles Times data base of the files indicates more than 230 Ohio scout volunteers were banned from the organization between 1960 and 2004. The Central Ohio cases include a college student who was volunteering for a Northwest Columbus troop. Records say Michael Shriver Highman, an Eagle Scout, was banished from the organization in July of 1984 for four separate occasions of alleged sexual misconduct, including fondling a Scout while at a state park. 25 years later in 2009, Highman was teaching and coaching at Hilliard Weaver Middle school when investigators found child pornographic pictures in his home. He was convicted of distributing child pornography in 2010 and sentenced to 11 years in prison. In court filings he told investigators he had a preference for adolescent boys. In a statement the Boy Scouts of America stresses it has increased its child protection efforts including more rigorous background checks and training for leaders.