LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A Louisville church, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), and a former scout leader have been sued in Jefferson County Circuit Court by a man who says the scout leader repeatedly sexually abused him as a child during the 1970s. The church and BSA also are accused in the lawsuit of ignoring previous child abuse claims against the man, causing the plaintiff to become one of his victims.
According to the lawsuit, defendant Timothy Fleming was an adult church leader at Audubon Baptist Church (ABC) on Hess Lane and also served as a scout leader for BSA Troop 364, which the church sponsored during the period when the alleged abuse occurred. Church officials confirm Fleming was a member of ABC, but they have no record that he was a church leader.
The plaintiff said Fleming's abuse of him included oral sex and the fondling of genitals. He said the incidents happened at Fleming's home, on church property, and during at least two out-of-town trips he took with Fleming.