The two cardboard boxes contain 231 files, all listing cases of adults who molested Boy Scouts. Newspaper clippings, reports and letters detail the evidence of abuse by Scoutmasters, Cubmasters and other Scout leaders.

Last week, the cases were admitted into evidence in a civil trial involving a former Scout leader who was able to lead a troop in the Washington suburb of Reston, Va., and molest more boys despite a history of child abuse with another troop.The reason, attorneys for an abused Scout have argued, is that the national organization's filing system for detecting abusers was faulty. Attorneys for the Scouts argued against use of the files in the trial and have countered that the responsibility for screening volunteer applicants lies with local charter groups, such as churches or PTAs.