BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Two men who lived in Whatcom County are among the more than 1,200 volunteers who were banned from the Boy Scouts because of suspected child sexual abuse.
Arnold Newman lived in Lynden and Arthur Downing III lived in Blaine when both were black-listed by the Boy Scouts in the mid 1970s.
Local criminal defense attorney Bob Butler says some of the volunteers were banned because they were convicted of sex crimes and then allowed back into the Boy Scouts.
The Boy Scouts of America's so-called "ineligible volunteer files" were released Thursday, and cover the years 1965 to 1985.
The more than 14,000 pages of documents were released at the request of a lawyer from Portland, Ore., and may prove helpful to thousands of former scouts nationwide who were molested.
The files have been posted online and are searchable by name, city and even troop number.