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Three Plaintiffs in Boy Scout Sex Abuse Case Finalize Settlement

Assaults allegedly occurred in 1974 and 1975 when girls were part of Kalispell Explorer post

GREAT FALLS — Three women who said they were sexually assaulted by an adult Boy Scout leader in the 1970s when they were part of an Explorer post in northwest Montana have finalized a settlement.

The Great Falls Tribune reports the terms of the settlement, which was finalized Tuesday, are confidential.

The lawsuit filed against the Boy Scouts of America in 2011 says the plaintiffs were between the ages of 11 and 14 when William Leininger Jr. sexually assaulted them from 1974 to 1975 while they were part of a Kalispell Explorer post. Leininger died in 2002.

Originally, six women sued the Scouts, but a judge divided the cases into two groups. The other case was settled in 2017.

The Boy Scouts did not respond to the newspaper’s request for comment Tuesday.