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Boy Scout perversion files reveal charges

Former Tigard doctor accused of more sex abuse allegations


A former Tigard doctor accused of sexually abusing a teenager in the 1990s was included in Boy Scouts’ records that detail decades of child sex-abuse allegations in the program.

Raymond Martin Johnson, 80, who worked at Pacific Medical Group on Pacific Highway until his retirement in 2003, resigned from the Boy Scouts of America in 1983 after he allegedly acknowledged to a Scout official that he had inappropriate conduct with an underage boy, according to documents.

The records, known among Boy Scout officials as the “perversion files,” have gained international attention following a ruling by the Oregon Supreme Court that the documents be made public, revealing for the first time once-private files from the Boy Scouts of America, including internal reports of alleged child molestations by scoutmasters and volunteers across the country.

Johnson was placed in the files — officially known as the Ineligible Volunteer Files — in 1991, making him permanently ineligible to participate in scouting. Johnson’s name was not included in the most recent string of files released this month, but was released by a California court following a 1992 case and obtained by The Times through an agreement with the Corpus Christi Caller Times newspaper, as part of an investigation looking into the files from 1970 to 1991.

In a letter sent to the Boy Scouts’ Columbia Pacific Council in 1991, James Bean, a senior vice president of the council, said Johnson should be placed in the files after Johnson allegedly told him he had inappropriate encounters with young boys.

“Dr. Johnson acknowledged in my presence ... that he had had inappropriate relations with young boys, which would disqualify him from ever serving as a volunteer in the Scout organization,” Bean wrote to the Columbia Pacific Council in 1991.

Bean wrote that he told Johnson to resign, or Bean would take “whatever action was necessary to have him removed.”

Johnson resigned from the Scouts in a letter sent in April 1983.

Johnson did not mention the alleged abuse or his conversation with Bean in his resignation, but said he did not feel he was “in a position to be of service to the movement any longer as a volunteer.”

The council was notified of Johnson’s resignation in 1983. It was not told about the conversation until Bean found Johnson’s resignation letter in 1991 while going through old files, he told the Scouts.

Johnson’s attorney Ted Brindle did not return calls for comment.

Not repeating the past 

This is not the first time Johnson has been accused of sexually abusing young boys.

Johnson was placed on probation by the Oregon Medical Board of Examiners in 1971, after he admitted to the board to having sex with a 14-year-old boy from 1969 to 1970.

After undergoing rehabilitation, Johnson was taken off probation in 1977. He asked the board to put restrictions back onto his license in 1980, which forbade him from examining underage male patients without supervision. Johnson was also told to arrange his “personal commitments in such a manner as to eliminate continuous close contact” with underage boys.

Johnson also agreed not to indulge in any act with minors that might be deemed an act of “sexual deviation” or make sexual advances to his patients.

Those restrictions were not removed until 2004, when Johnson surrendered his medical license after moving to Texas.

Johnson is also accused of abusing a teenage boy in the 1990s while volunteering at a Beaverton church. A lawsuit filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court in May alleges that Johnson befriended a 12- or 13-year-old boy in 1992 or 1993 while volunteering at Beaverton Foursquare Church, and — beginning when the boy was 15 or 16 — allegedly abused him for years until the boy turned 18.

The lawsuit claimed the abuse often took place immediately before, after or during church-approved activities and events. The lawsuit was filed by Portland attorney Kelly Clark, who specializes in sex abuse cases.

The boy, now 37 and living in Beaverton, is seeking more than $1 million in damages for “severe debilitating physical, mental and emotional injury, including pain and suffering and permanent psychological damage.”

Johnson told the Corpus Christi Caller Times after the allegations came to light that while he had abused teenage boys in the past, he had stopped all such behavior and had become a community volunteer to make up for his past mistakes.

“There’s not enough money in the world to change your past,” he reportedly told the paper in 2011, “but you don’t have to repeat it.”



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