15 ex-Burbank Boy Scouts sue scouting organization

Published: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 12:15 p.m.CDT • Updated: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2013 12:17 p.m.CDT

CHICAGO – Fifteen former Boy Scouts from the Chicago suburb of Burbank are suing the scouting group for failing to protect them from a scout leader who was later convicted of molestation.

The litigation filed Wednesday in Cook County Circuit Court names the Boy Scouts of America and the group's Chicago Area Council.

It was filed by unnamed men who were all members of the same troop from 1980 until 1987. Their lawyers say they were sexually abused by Thomas Hacker when they were between the ages of 10 and 13.

The 76-year-old is serving consecutive 50-year sentences for molesting three boys.

The plaintiffs say the Boy Scouts knew about abuse allegations against Hacker.

The Boy Scouts of America says they haven't seen the lawsuit, but extend "deepest sympathies" toward abuse victims.

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