was a Mormon church member and scout leader in Idaho; convicted in 1984 of child sexual abuse; a Mormon bishop approved his application to be a scout leader despite his prior sex crime conviction

Case Summary

12/22/1989 – Idaho

LDS Sidney Spencer was placed on the BSA Confidential files but received another Adult
Application 12/18/91 to the BSA approved and signed by Bishop Walz from the LDS church.

Church (Charter Organization) but this was denied by the BSA. On this application, Spencer answered the question, ‘Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offense,’ to which he replied – ‘Incest, 1984, 16 yr-old girl.’

This application was approved by Bishop Walz despite this admission by Spencer.

Perpetrator: Spencer, Sidney – Mormon

Place: Rexburg

Troop & Location: Attempted to register with the Grand Teton Council Troop 107

Years in BSA: Put in the IV Files in 1989


Convicted of Incest in 1984 with 16 yr. old per Adult Application for registration

Never allowed to join BSA was put in IV Files immediately.

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