Media Advisory: Former Boy Scout to Speak About Sexual Abuse by Scoutmaster Richard Hokanson in Rochester

Attorney to discuss “Perversion Files” from 1999-2008 and the BSA’s failure to warn about pedophiles in scouting

WHAT:  At a news conference on Wednesday in St. Paul, prominent sexual abuse attorney Jeff Anderson will:

  • Announce the filing of a lawsuit involving the National Boy Scouts of America Foundation d/b/a The Boys Scouts of America (BSA) filed under the new Minnesota Child Victims Act. The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a former Boy Scout Doe 17, names the Boy Scouts of America, Gamehaven Council, Inc., St. Pius X Catholic Church, troop sponsor, and former troop leader and convicted child molester Richard Hokanson, as defendants.
  • Introduce survivor, Doe 17, who has courageously decided to speak publicly about the abuse he suffered by Hokanson from the age of 11-16 while a member of Troop 210 in Rochester, Minnesota.
  • Two sets of IV Perversion Files, one already made public in an Oregon sexual abuse case, and the second, not yet able to be publicly released but intended to be used at a canceled trial in Ramsey County this week, will be in boxes at the news conference.
  • Alert the community and other sexual abuse survivors in Minnesota about the Child Victims Act and encourage them to come forward and tell others about the new legislation.

Wednesday, September 11th at 11:00 AM

Offices of Jeff Anderson & Associates
366 Jackson Street, Suite 100
St. Paul, MN 55101

Attorney Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based, internationally known trial lawyer widely recognized as a pioneer in sexual abuse litigation. Anderson has represented thousands of survivors of sexual abuse by authority figures and clergy.  Doe 17, a brave sexual abuse survivor, who suffered abuse by Hokanson as a member of Troop 210 in Rochester and aided in the criminal prosecution of Hokanson in the early 1980s.

• Information packets including Hokanson’s Ineligible Volunteer (“IV”) file from the Boy Scouts will be available at the press conference.
• Richard Hokanson is alive and living in Faribault, Minnesota. He is believed to have spent 22 years as a Boy Scout leader and held other positions in the Rochester area involving youth activities.
• The press conference will be streamed live, nationally, from our website at

Contact Jeff Anderson:  Office/651.227.9990 Mobile/612.817.8665