Mormon Church, Boy Scouts named in 2007 sex abuse lawsuit

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Six Portland men have filed a new lawsuit against the Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts of America seeking $25 million in damages for alleged sexual abuse in the 1980s.
    
The lawsuit claims both organizations knew the danger of having 51-year-old Timur Dykes as a scout leader and did not take steps to protect the boys.

Dykes was convicted of child sexual abuse on several different occasions, according to the previous lawsuit filed by Portland attorney Kelly Clark, who has also represented victims of alleged abuse by Roman Catholic priests.  
    
The new lawsuit also claims both the Boy Scouts and the Mormon Church failed to thoroughly investigate Dykes after learning of the abuse.

Earlier this year, KATU tried to contact Dykes at his downtown home about the alleged abuse, but he refused to speak to reporters.
    
Two brothers sued the Boy Scouts earlier this year but dropped their previous case to join the current lawsuit.
    
Officials with the Boy Scouts were not available for comment.
    
An attorney for the Mormon Church, also known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, says it is investigating the claims.