Men sue Scouts, Mormon church

$25 million – The six allege a former troop leader and church teacher abused them

Thursday, October 04, 2007

PETER ZUCKERMAN

The Oregonian Staff

Six Portland men sued the Mormon church and the Boy Scouts of America on Wednesday, seeking more than $25 million for alleged sexual abuse by a church teacher and Scout leader more than 20 years ago.

The lawsuit contends that Timur Van Dykes, 51, molested Boy Scouts in Troop 719, which was supervised by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The lawsuit includes two brothers who dropped a previous complaint. It does not name Dykes as a defendant.

Dykes, a registered sex offender who now lives in Southwest Portland, has been convicted of at least 26 sex crimes since 1983. He is one of about 50 Oregon leaders expelled by the Boy Scouts for sex abuse between 1970 and 1990 and more than 5,100 leaders expelled nationally since 1946, according to confidential Boy Scout files and summaries obtained by The Oregonian.

The number of Boy Scout leaders ejected in Oregon eclipses the number of abusive priests identified statewide in the recent Catholic Church sex-abuse scandal and presents an enormous potential legal liability for both the Mormon Church and the Boy Scouts.

Under Oregon‘s flexible statute of limitations, victims of sexual abuse can bring cases once they’ve discovered how the abuse affected them, sometimes decades after the actual crimes.

Kelly Clark, the Portland attorney who filed Wednesday’s complaint and several similar previous lawsuits, said in a statement that he intends to do more than hold the Boy Scouts and Mormon Church accountable for the suffering of his clients:

"We also intend to prove that both the Mormon Church and Boy Scouts were well aware, by at least the 1960s, that they had a serious institution-wide infestation of child abuse, stretching across the country, involving hundreds of predators and thousands of children, and that they failed miserably to take responsible steps to clean up their organizations."

The lawsuit reserves the option to seek punitive damages against both the Boy Scouts and the Mormon church. Both organizations knew pedophiles were using their organizations to access victims and failed to implement adequate child sex-abuse policies, the lawsuit says.

Officials of the Mormon Church, their Portland attorney, Steve English, and representatives of the Cascade Pacific Council of the Boy Scouts did not return phone calls Wednesday afternoon. Dykes, who left prison in 2005, declined to discuss the lawsuit. "Nothing I say will make any difference," he said.

Several recent lawsuits target pedophilia in Scouting, including church-sponsored troops. The Mormon church became a chartered partner of the Boy Scouts in 1913 and supervises troops throughout the United States.

The Mormon church considers Scout leadership a sacred calling, Clark said, giving leaders spiritual and moral authority over the boys in their troops. "It’s equivalent or identical to children abused by Catholic priests," he said.

Internal Boy Scout documents show that as of Dec. 31, 2004, two of every three traditional troops in the organization’s western region were chartered by the Mormon church. Nationwide, about a third of troops are part of the Mormon church.

Clark said abuse affected the men he represents in different ways. Some can’t stay employed or married. Some turned to drug or alcohol abuse. Others are more functional, he said. The lawsuit did not identify the men, which is common in cases of sexual abuse.

In the lawsuit filed Wednesday in Multnomah County Circuit Court, the six men allege that the Mormon church discovered in 1981 or 1982 that Dykes had molested a Scout. The lawsuit contends that after learning of abuse the organizations failed to thoroughly investigate and interrogate Dykes, failed to report abuse to law enforcement, failed to provide mental health services to victims and failed to remove Dykes from contact with children.

After the alleged 1981 or 1982 incident, which does not appear to have resulted in a criminal investigation, Clark said Dykes "continued abusing for another four or five years."

Dykes has been a source of legal troubles for the Boy Scouts before. Three lawsuits alleging abuse filed in 1987 resulted in undisclosed settlements. The mother of one of Dykes’ earliest alleged victims told The Oregonian in 1995 that abuse of her son contributed to his suicide.

The first criminal sex-abuse charges against Dykes came in 1983, when two boys told Portland police that the Scout leader molested them. Dykes pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree sexual abuse and was sentenced to probation.

In 1985, Dykes admitted abusing more Scouts. He pleaded guilty to first-degree sexual abuse and sexual penetration with a foreign object and spent time in prison before he was paroled in 1987.

In subsequent years, Dykes committed 23 more sex crimes unrelated to Scouting.

Dykes now lives in an apartment in Southwest Portland. The state sex offender registry lists him as a predator who targets infant males and boys ages 7 to 15, warning that he "has used intimidation and threats to maintain victim compliance."

Peter Zuckerman: 503-294-5919; peterzuckerman@ news.oregonian.com

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  • Terry Wagar
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    My wife Joan Wagar started an affair with a man named Eric Carlson in early 2005 they met while workingt together at East Port Walmart!

    Affairs are common nowadays but this was different, Eric Carlson was almost a twin to Terry Wagar, Joan Wagar’s husband!

    Everyone at East Port Walmart knew this and they agreed to hide their affair from their spouse’s, they also tried to hide Eric Carlson’s appearance from Joan Wagar’s husband!

    Walmart employees nick named Eric Carlson Doubleclick because of his likeness to Joan Wagar’s husband!

    After a while Joan Wagar wanted her too youngest daughters to meet Eric Carlson so she told her husband Terry Wagar that she was going to have her daughters stay the night at Walmart so they could meet her friends their and to see what her job was like.

    Eric Carlson and Joan Wagar both worked the night shift.

    My daughters were introduced to Eric Carlson and for some reason they did not want me to know about his appearance either!

    At this point I knew nothing about the affair or Eric Carlson’s appearance, but I did know someone there was nick named Doubleclick because someone with that nick name was in my wife’s contact list on her cell phone.

    About a week or too later I was suspicious of my wife Joan Wagar, I suspected an affair, and I suspected my daughters knew of the affair.

    Why? because my daughters were being secretive ever since they went down to spend the night at Walmart, they would whisper to each other while we were all in the same room together, they were hiding something from me yet they did not care that I knew they were hiding something.

    My wife bat this point was not trying very hard to hide the fact that she didn’t love me anymore, but she did not want to admit to that, but I could tell by her mannerisms that bshe did not love me anymore.

    At this point all the classic signs of an affair were present, wearing sexier cloths, buying large bottles of perfume, her not wanting to be home and instead her getting excited when it’s close for her to leave for work.

    I started getting ill at this time, I suspected that it was a broken heart, at first, because I loved her so much at the time and I couldn’t deal with it emotionally, I found out later that I was being poisoned!

    About two and a half weeks later ny wife admitted to my daughters that she now has a nick name, I was not in the same room but I over heard it from the other room, Joan Wagar admitted her nick name was Dash, she admitted to my daughters “That’s what their calling me at work” to my daughters.

    At this point I suspected an affair but had no proof, and I suspected it was the person nick named Doubleclick that she was having an affair with, I suspected my daughters knew of the affair and were helping their mom Joan Wagar to hide it, and I find out everyone at Walmart was calling my wife Dash, and I was ill at that time.

    I had no idea what the nick names stood for at this point but I was suspicious of Joan Wagar’s nick name, considering my decline in health.

    I was not working at the time but I was a regular plasma donor donating twice a week for extra income, my wife was the only one working and from time to time she would donate too but mostly she didn’t bother.

    I wanted to believe my suspicions were wrong, we were married for almost twenty years, I loved her, and I wanted to give her the benefit of the doubt, I had no proof at the time, and I wanted to believe her.

    A month later I overheard a very unusual conversation while sitting on our balcony at our apartment, it came from the apartment below us, people inside that apartment were having what sounded like a argument, it sounded like a lady was arguing with her teenage son.

    Based on that weird conversation I got the impression that they were not mother and son at all, but instead investigators undercover.

    I smoked out on our balcony so I went out to it a lot to smoke, after hearing very unusual topics from the apartment below I became suspicious that they were investigating us!

    More suspicions to deal with, but I was not overly worried about it ether, just another thing that I uncovered.

    At this time I suspected my wife of an affair, suspected they nick named each other, and for some reason people down below us were investigators and they were trying to hide it, but not very hard, and yes I was still under the weather health wise and not sure at the time what was wrong.

    I was very depressed at this time, it felt like I was losing everything I cared about, and I did not understand why it was happening, my whole world was turned upside down, it felt like I was living in a apartment with strangers, my daughter Megan was never around anymore, my daughter Kayle spent most of her time in her room, both daughters were teenagers at the time, and my wife was like a stranger to me but she would claim to love me, but the feeling of love just wasn’t there!

    I was very very depressed, and I wanted to believe that it was depression that was making me sick, Joan was hiding poison in seasoning shaker at this time, I seen it in the fridge but ignored it at first because I was busy making dinner when I first spotted it.

    Afew days later I forgot about it, but it was still inside the fridge, my wife was on her day off and she made it known she was heading to Walmart to get listerene, me and my daughter Megan went with my wife Joan to the store.

    Once we were inside the store we started walking past the cashier aisle’s and there was a large group of Walmart employees at the other end, it looked like a employee meeting.

    Joan Wagar started walking faster than me and my daughter, a red headed man from the group saw her aproaching and walked up to her fast and said to her, “There making a new rule they don’t want girl employees wearing sexy shirts anymore!” me and my daughter were behind them by 25-30 feat, but it was late and the store was quiet at that time so I over heard what he said.

    My wife would not look at him she kept walking but I got the impression it was because she was whispering to him, I was thinking to myself this must be that Doubleclick she is having an affair with, and as I was thinking that he turned facing my wife and for the first time I saw his face, at least one side of it, with the exception of his hair color he was almost a twin to me.

    I was about to confront them when I saw that, when I realized what he looked like my first thought was “Oh my god, my wife’s messing with a twin of me!” my second thought was much much darker,” Oh my god this whole store was hiding this fact from me, and my daughters too!” my third thought scared me, “oh my god this is a conspiracy! why hide him!” at this point I pretended not to notice him and I acted like I was there just to shop!

    On the drive back home I was thinking my whole family is hiding a body double of me, the store was hiding him, then I remembered those people I suspected were investigators down below us!

    Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god, I was in shock over this, I didn’t know what to do or think, it just replayed in my head over and over again, then I remebered the seasoning shaker sitting in the fridge, I was very scared at this point, I was in shock over it and I was not sure what to do!

    Once we got home I waited for everyone to call it a night and I looked in the fridge and took out that seasoning shaker and opened it, it had a little bit of green liquid in it, the seasoning shaker was a garlic salt shaker!

    I thought to myself she is poisoning me with this, my whole world turned upside down about twenty times after this discovery!

    I put it back where it was thinking to myself “i can put our camcorder in the kitchen and catch her in the act!

    At this point I discover what those nick names stood for, I knew everyone was concealing a body double of me, and now strongly suspected those investigators were behind this somehow, I suspected I was being framed for something!

    Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!

    Please keep in mind I was ill at this time, it felt like a weird head flu my head hurt all the time and I suffered lethargy, I had very little energy, and now I was suffering from shock of my discovery!

    I wanted to wake my wife up and confront her, but then thought better of it, I knew her well enough to know if she was poisoning me then she would simply deny it!

    Based on the talks those investigators were having before I now believed they were involved in this, my thinking was at least at the time that maybe they might have planted it there, I wanted to believe that because I did not want to believe my family could do such a thing, I have had confrontations with authority’s in the past and I know they don’t like me so I had good reason to believe such a thing posible!

    I decided from now on I will try to not eat anything my wife makes, I decided to not say anything to anyone yet because I had no proof, only a seasoning shaker with god knows what and authority’s down below trying to hide an investigation from me while everyone hides a body double from me!

    Yeah I didn’t have much in the way of trust at this point!

    I also had no where to turn for help, I lost contact with friends over the years being a stay at home dad while my wife Joan Wagar had many friends at Walmart!

    I was so ill that it was hard to walk anywhere and I knew no one that I could trust that I could call!

    The next day I got very ill again, after my wife went to work the seasoning shaker was gone, I thought to myself “Damnit I just fucked that up now I cant catch her, I decided I better stop donating until I kno3w for sure if I’m being poisoned!

    The next day the seasoningt shaker returned back where it was, ok, I thought to myself “just play it cool and get the camera in the kitchen while Joan’s asleep and hide it somewhere and turn it on before I wake her up to get ready for work” sounds easy, but it’s not, not when I had to hide it from my daughters as well, I was worried they might warn Joan and then I would never be3 able to catch her in the act!

    It’s around this time when I made the discovery that my wife was emailing Eric Carlson and I got to read the emails they sent each other!

    It’s at this point where I found proof of their affair and also discovered they had it out for their spouse’s!

    Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!

    At this point I was angry, scared, very very very worried for the safety of my family, and once again in shock!

    Oh my god, oh my god, oh my god!

    I decided, stupidly I might add, to finally confront her about the affair, believe me when I say that was a bad idea on my part!

    I confronted her about the affair, but said nothing about Eric Carlson’s appearance, and nothing about me suspecting she is a poisoner!
    I only brought up the affair, and just as I thought she would she denied it, but she was scared while denying it, I know her enough to not confront her on anything like this without proof, I mentioned I found her emails with Eric Carlson and I know your lying about it!

    She lied some more even though she knew I read the emails, then after a minute of crying and bullshit coming out of her mouth it finally sunk in that she cant talk her way out of it so she admitted to her affair, but she quickly lied saying she was only with him once and that it ended the other night! yeah right!

    This became my way of having an outlet and at the same time getting her to discuss Eric Carlson, I gained much information about him, while she continues to hide his appearance from me, and I knew it!

    I learned Eric Carlson is from Idaho, that he is married, with two kids of his own!

    While she talks about this stuff I’m thinking “oh my god oh my god oh my god!” and wondering based on those emails if this is a multi murder conspiracy, Eric Carlson was not hiding from Joan Wagar that he hated his wife, according to Joan Eric Carlson was still with his wife!

    The way Joan Wagar, my wife, talked about Eric Carlson’s wife it gave me the impression Joan hated Eric Carlson’s wife too!

    Oh my god!

    From this point forward for I’m guessing two month’s Joan pretended much harder to act as though she was sorry and that she loved me, but it was still pretended, when you intimately know someone for almost twenty years you can tell it was pretended on her part!

    At this point I knew of the affair between Eric Carlson and my wife Joan Wagar, I knew they are still trying to hide Eric Carlson’s appearance from me, and my wife keeps removing and putting back a seasoning shaker into the fridge!

    And I knew of their nick names Doubleclick and Mrs Dash!

    I put the Mrs with the Dash because like I said Joan Wagar was hiding poison in a seasoning shaker! and I have every reason to believe that’s what it stood for, my wife for one stocked the isle at walmart where the seasoning’s are for one, there’s more but I wont get into that at this point!

    My daughters pretended to be bothered by their affair but I have reason to believe it was put on, I know they knew before hand, and they even loaned their mother their teenager type cloths so Joan could look more pretty,,,,for work!

    Around the end of July 2005 I knew of their affair, of their nick names Doubleclick and Mrs Dash, I knew my daughters and my wife as well as East Port Walmart was concealing a body double from me!

    I decided at this point to verbally just focuse on their affair and say nothing about the rest, why? so I could fucking prove it!

    I told Joan from now on I will drive her to work and also pick her up, I behaved as though I didn’t believe her affair was over but wanted to give her the chance to prove to me it’s over, she believed I was trying to spy on her at that point to see if I could catch her in her affair!

    That’s what I wanted her to believe, what I really wanted was video of Eric Carlson so I could prove he is a twin to me, and I didn’t want their guard up so I acted as though I didn’t know about his appearance!

    It wasn’t easy it took time on my part, remember I was ill, the type of pain that makes it hard to do anything type of pain!

    After this I realized that this is just too big, way way too big for me to handle! Too many people agreed to hide a body double! Too many!

    It’s at this point when I believe I proved what those fucking nick names stood for when I realized I need to warn people, I had reason to suspect they had it out for their spouse’s with their emails, but my wife also talks in her sleep, and everyone in the family knows that!

    In her sleep she would talk about Eric Carlson, other employees at work, she spoke of Eric Carlson’s wife, in her sleep she kept saying over and over again that she “Hated Her” referring to Eric Carlson’s wife!

    I decided that I should try to warn Eric Carlson’s wife, but I didn’t know how to find her, but I did know Eric Carlson’s cell phone number and I knew he worked graveyard so I decided to call Eric Carlson’s phone during the daytime hoping Eric Carlson’s wife would answer, and she did!

    It was a auk word call, how do you tell someone their spouse is having an affair my spouse, when I told her about the affair all she wanted to know was what was the name of my wife, I don’t blame her for that, but I wanted to meet with her in person, I could not tell her about the rest of it, she would need to see it for herself, she needed to see that I was almost a twin to her husband and that she needed to know how many people was hiding it!

    I told her that I have something she needs to see and asked if we could meet to discuss this, she agreed to meet with me at Fred Meyers on 145th and division in the evening, around 9 pm If I remember right, but she never showed up!

    I went back to the apartment and my wife had already left for work, I’m sitting in the living room and about a half hour goes by and then my wife comes home yelling and screaming at me because I told Eric Carlson’s wife about their affair!

    My daughter Megan was in the living room and my daughter Kayle was in her bedroom, everyone had to hear it, but I’m sure my daughters now will just pretend that didn’t happen, why? because my wife yelled for the next hour about it then she left to go back to work!

    The next day Joan Wagar poisoned the living shit out of me! and my family acted as though nothing’s wrong! Megan I believe was also poisoned! we both became deathly ill that next day, me first, then Megan!

    I know now my daughter Megan will lie about that, I got her on video now with Eric Carlson and Joan Wagar and they are asking my daughters to lie for them!

    But back them Joan Wagar wanted us all dead, and after this she even admitted in her sleep she wanted us dead!

    I was so badly poisoned I can barely remember what it was like, I remember the pain more than anything, and hard to think, and hard to talk, I could manage one or too words and that’s it, I felt like a zombie, and I had to somehow take care of Megan!

    Megan was laid out on the couch for a week and I had to help her to the bathroom and back to the couch and I had to make soups for her, and to help with her temperature to try to keep it down!

    The whole fucking time my daughter Kayle stayed in her room and never helped at all! and Joan, that bitch! came home from work and acted like she cared about Megan but I could see a slight smirk on Joan’s fucking face!

    The pain, was so disabling that I could do nothing but suffer, I couldn’t even scream!

    During this time Joan pretended to be a loving wife and mother but it was just a front, because she was concealing a slight smirk the hole time! and I couldn’t do a fucking thing about it!

    Megan started getting better 7 or 8 days later and she was up and about and slowly started becoming herself again, me on the other hand was not!

    I didn’t figure it out then but I figured it out later that she was either poisoning my coffee cup or she was poisoning the coffee pot itself! Joan herself had coffee through her espresso machine, not the coffee pot!

    For me my life would never be the same again, I was so badly fucked up by it then that I could not even make a call let alone go anywhere!

    To this day I cannot function normally because of that!

    After Megan got better Megan started hanging out with her friends a lot more while my daughter Kayle just stayed in her room!

    I greatly, greatly, feared for the safety of my family, I feared so badly for their safety that I believed if I tried to warn another person that my whole family may be killed!

    The whole time my family did not give a shit that I was a victim, and at the time I could not realize that!

    Back then I could not think, I had to endure never ending pain so acute that I could do almost nothing but suffer!

    I believe a month went by and all of a sudden something inside of me burst and I was bleeding internally, when I went to the bathroom I must have lost a pint or more of blood in the bole!

    This time Joan toke me to the OHSU hospital and the doctor said they didn’t know what was wrong but they suspect a hernia!

    Joan Wagar was not worried at all!

    I was treated badly at the hospital, they did not care how much pain I was in and they did not care about what I tried to describe to them!

    Looking back at it now I know damn well they know my wife was poisoning me and they just did not give a shit! it was not fucking easy to talk mother fuckers how could a hernia cause that! how you going to find poison with a x-ray doctor! that’s all you did OHSU and you were not even trying to hide the fact that you don’t give a shit!

    I was like an invalid back then, I could hardly do or say anything that’s how fucking bad it was! and my family acted as though nothing’s wrong!

    I was in severe shock over this because I realized there was no help at all, not even a hospital would give a shit! I uncovered a large murder conspiracy, tried to protect my family from it, tried to warn other possible victims, and they just cover the shit up by poisoning me and then they pretend nothing’s wrong!

    It put an end to me going anywhere, I couldn’t even drive, my vision was fucked up! I COULDN’T EVEN FUCKING TALK!

    I don’t remember how much time went by, less than a month, and we got a 24 hour notice that we need to leave the apartment for a 24 hour period because maintenance wanted to do some painting in our apartment!

    They were not our normal maintenance personnel, they were under cover officer’s and they were trying to hide it, but I already knew, long story, suffice it to say they put our apartment under video surveillance at that point, and Joan knew about it, and she is good good buddies with these folks!

    It was at this time I realized I am not going to survive this murder conspiracy no matter what I do! too much, it was just too much! too much against me, and no one cared! I knew I was being framed at this point, I suspected I was being framed for what Eric Carlson was doing, I knew I stumbled onto a very large conspiracy! an entire Walmart store agreed to hide a body double is that enough to know how large this was!

    I was a family man! I cooked our meals, washed our cloths, toke care of the kids, I donated plasma twice a week, I loved my family, I always believ4ed they loved me, I protected them from a conspiracy, I tried to warn people of this danger born out of Eric Carlson and Joan Wagar’s affair, I stopped donating when I suspected Joan was a poisoner, WHERE’S MY FUCKING MEDAL AMERICA!

    This was just the beginning of the hell I had to endure!



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