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Summary

  • Netflix’s Scouts Honor sheds light on over a century of child abuse coverups by the Boy Scouts, including the disturbing story of Scoutmaster Thomas Hacker.
  • Hacker admitted to sexually abusing hundreds of boys in Illinois and Indiana, exploiting his positions in BSA, Catholic churches, and Chicago Park District programs.
  • Despite accusations and arrests, BSA leadership buried any evidence against Hacker, allowing him to escape convictions for decades before finally being sentenced to 100 years in prison.


Potentially disturbing descriptions of sexual abuse involving minors

Netflix’s Scouts Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America highlights the harrowing revelations of over 100 years of child abuse coverups by the Boy Scouts of America, including the story of Scoutmaster and pedophile Thomas Hacker and his 1988 arrest. The stories in the documentary were told by whistleblowers, lawyers, and survivors. Among many segments detailing how deep the level of abuse and the deliberate negligence by the BSA were, the chilling story of Hacker, a scoutmaster in the suburban South, comes to mind.

Thomas Hacker’s name was mentioned in the BSA’s secret files, dubbed “The Perversion Files,” with shocking new details. In the 1960s, Hacker worked as a scout leader in Indiana. He was arrested in 1960 for assaulting minors during a scout campout. This was merely the beginning of a series of arrests that followed. He joined at least two other scout camps in the same state. Ten years later, Thomas Hunter was arrested again in Chicago “for taking indecent liberties with a child“, according to the Chicago Tribune. Despite being put on the red flag list, Hacker was nevertheless permitted to join other BSA troops between the 1970s and 1980s.

Related: 10 Most Shocking Boy Scouts Reveals From Netflix’s Scout’s Honor Documentary


Thomas Hacker Was Convicted in 1989 & Confessed to Abusing Hundreds of Boys

In an astounding confession, Hacker admitted to molesting and sexually abusing hundreds of boys over several decades in Illinois and Indiana, exploiting his leadership roles in the BSA, Catholic churches, and Chicago Park District programs. He was deemed the most prolific pedophile in American history according to Scouts Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America. Hacker was jailed on a $500,000 bond and faced five counts of aggravated criminal sexual assault.

A married father of three with a master’s degree in guidance and psychology, Hacker he had a troubled childhood, with his grandmother molesting him for over a decade and his father being an alcoholic and beating his mother. It all played into Hacker growing up to inflict that abuse upon others. According to Hacker’s own court testimony, in addition to police records and school documents reviewed by the Tribune, the serial pedophile had over a hundred survivors of his sexual abuse, all young boys. However, Thomas Hacker was allowed to escape convictions for decades across different states due to BSA leadership burying any accusations made against Hacker and merely shuttling him to a different troop.

Thomas Hacker Was Sentenced to 100 Years in Prison (But Died in 2018)

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When he was asked in a deposition why he chose serving in the Boy Scouts as a way to hunt for his victims, he testified that he knew it would be easy to get back into scouting every time he was removed due to the lack of background checks. “I was positive. I never even gave it a second thought,” said Hacker. The testimony underscored the environment of gross negligence created by the BSA that allowed sexual predators and pedophiles to hunt their victims over decades.

Ultimately, Thomas Hunter was finally caught, convicted, and sentenced to 100 years in prison in 1989, and what happened after wasn’t covered in Scouts Honor: The Secret Files of the Boy Scouts of America. Police authorities had identified at least 34 additional victims, though Hunter claimed that his victims would be in the hundreds. In 2018, at the age of 81, Hacker died of cardiac failure at the Big Muddy River Correctional Center in Ina, Illinois.

Source: Chicago Tribune

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