Written by Travis Koch, Posted: Thu, October 18 2012 at 6:10 PM, Updated: Thu, October 18 2012 at 7:15 PM
Of the nearly 1,900 confidential files kept by the Boy Scouts of America, at least one name stands out locally. A former scout leader.
Richard Allen Backes was a "Scouter" (leader) with the Boy Scouts of America Explorer Post #5 from 1975-1977 until he was promoted to an Associate Adviser in January 1979 through that year until December.
In 1978, Backes was arrested for sodomizing a young neighborhood boy during a camping trip. Newly released documents show testimony from both the boy and Backes himself.
He was convicted for that crime a year later and was ultimately taken of the BSA list.
Five yeasr passed when Richard Backes turned up back a boy scout camp looking for new recruits. In July 1984, he collected registration forms from the Crater Lake Council office in Central Point looking to start a new Explorer Post for Jackson County Sheriff's Search and Rescue Division. Having done some research, the director at the time brought the matter to light and Backes was denied access to ever participate with the BSA again.
This is one of many cases of reported abuse around Southern Oregon that involve the Boy Scouts of America. Reports have also bee filed in Myrtle Point, Powers, Grants Pass, Ashland, Eagle Point, Selma and more recently Cave Junction.There are hundreds more listed in the 'Perversion Files' of the BSA that spans decades long. This is one of many that have only now come to the public eye.
News at Sunrise Co-Anchor Travis Koch started his career as a filmmaker. He wrote and directed documentaries about traveling and extreme sports.
Among his many life experiences, he was a dog musher in Alaska and a baker in Minnesota. Travis began his career at NBC5 News as a weekend photographer and has continued to follow his dreams in television broadcasting and multimedia.