was an LDS church member and scout leader in California and Korea; convicted in 1987 in California of child sexual abuse; moved to Korea; was assigned to be an LDS young men's president and scoutmaster; was accused of molesting several boys; disappeared in 1991; FLOODLIT is attempting to locate him

Case Summary

David Bennett was an LDS church member and scout leader in Yongsan, Korea in 1990-91. He previously lived in the United States and Canada.

His local chartered organization for scouting was the Latter-day Saint Usagy Chaplain Office. Bennett was the scoutmaster for a Boy Scout troop that met regularly at the Yongsan US Army Base in Seoul, Korea.

In 1981-82, Bennett was registered as a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America local council in Santa Cruz, California (Troop S0650). In 1983, he was listed as an assistant scoutmaster there.

In 1982, Bennett was arrested for child molestation, but the case was dropped.

In 1987 in California, Bennett was accused and convicted of misdemeanor sexual abuse of a minor (not related to Scouting). He entered into a plea bargain as part of that conviction.

Bennett was sentenced 120 days in jail, but that term was suspended – and the California Probation Department allowed him to leave for Korea – with the provisions that he get mandatory counseling, not be with small children without another adult present, and maintain contact with his probation officer.

He was also sentenced to three years of probation.

According to California law enforcement authorities, Bennett absconded in 1988 after serving about one year of his probation. Around 1988, he moved to Korea to do computer programming work.

While in Korea, Bennett broke the terms of his probation by ceasing his treatment and severing contact with his probation officer. He then molested a 12-year-old boy over a period of several months during 1991.

On August 20, 1991, two Boy Scout executives served a letter to Bennett at the Yongsan, Korea Police Station’s Foreign Affairs Office, terminating his BSA membership. That letter was signed by council Scout executive Roger Wall.

They also gave Bennett a letter requesting that he turn in all camp records and funds. He replied that he “needed a couple of days to get things together.”

Bennett’s response to the membership termination letter was, “When these charges prove false, then what?”

On September 10, 1991, Bennett failed to show for an appointment with the Korea National Police (KNP) for further questioning. The KNP were unable to locate Bennett.

Around or before that time, Bennett fled Korea and reportedly returned to the United States.

On September 12, 1991, Boy Scout executive Roger Wall met in Korea with LDS church representatives, victims’ parents, and military representatives. A Colonel Dunn was the local Mormon leader at the time.

At that meeting, the BSA and parents reported that between $1,500 and $2,000 appeared to be missing from BSA funds managed by Bennett.

Multiple victims’ families reported receiving phone calls where no response was given when the call was answered.

In late 1991, the Korea victim’s family filed a civil lawsuit against the BSA.

Bennett allegedly molested at least six boys, including at least one in the Washington, DC area.

He may have moved to Santa Clara, California after returning to the United States from Korea.

On February 1, 2024, one of Bennett’s victims spoke about his experiences on a Mormon Stories Podcast episode. He said that Bennett was called to be a ward young men’s president after being convicted for child sexual abuse. He said that Bennett would have several boys over at his house for sleepovers. He said he woke up one morning after a sleepover without any clothes on. He reported that the abuse continued at Bennett’s house and at campouts. He also described not remembering the abuse until he was in his 20s.

The abuse survivor also told Mormon Stories that Bennett sexually abused him while making other boys watch.

note: may have been born in 1949

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    PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL SUBJECT: DAVID WILLIAM BENNETT

    Dear Roger:

    Thank you for the detailed information sent concerning the above Scooter.
    This case has been reviewed with our attorney and is now on our permanent
    Ineiigible Volunteer Fiie.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Ernst, director
    Registration and Statistical Service

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    October 23, 1991

    Mr. Roger L. Haii

    Scout Executive

    Far East Councii, No. 803
    PERSOHAL AND COHFIDENTIAL SUBJECT: DAVID NILLIAH BENNETT

    Dear Roger:

    I am sorry for the confusion concerning the above named individual. It seems

    that the information must have crossed somewhere in the maii, and as
    indicated, when I received the information from you, I contacted Dean Grafton -

    I am sure that there is no concern on my part at this time, although - may
    have some concern reiated to iegai action against us.

    Please do not send us any copies of anything eise, since we do have everything
    we need. -

    Sincereiy,

    Paui Ernst, Director

    Registration and Statisticai Service
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    October 10, 1991

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    Mr. Roger L. Hall
    Scout Executive
    Far East Council, H0. 803

    PERSONAL AND CONFIDENTIAL SUBJECT: DAVID HILLIAH BEMHETT

    Dear Roger:

    Thanks for much for the complete report concerning Hr. Bennett. we are
    setting up a file, so he cannot again register with the Boy Scouts of America.

    we have checked with the council which serves San Cruz, California, and find
    that Mr. Bennett was registered with them as a Scoutmaster in l98l and 1982 in
    Troop S0650. He was listed as an Assistant Scoutmaster in l983. They have no
    word on him, since that time.

    The Scout Executive, Dean Crafton, also checked with the District Attorney and
    found that there was a misdemeanor conviction which he plea bargained. The
    District Attorney also indicate that under no conditions should he be
    registered at the present time.

    we also called Brian Allen who is the Scout Executive in Santa Clara. He
    carefully reviewed all of his old employment records, but could not find an
    individual by this name who was ever employed by the council. I also checked
    with the Personnel Division in the national office and they also could find no
    evidence of employment by the Boy Scouts of America.

    I have no indication in this office of whether Mr. Bennett.was registered in
    1987 and l988. He only keep the last three years of registration records in
    the national office on microfilm, and to find anyone without a specific
    location is very difficult.

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    which you receive. 00 not hesitate to contact me, if you have any further
    questions.

    Sincerely,

    Paul Ernst, Director
    Registration and Statistica1 Service

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    RE: NEW CLAIM
    TYLER JONES

    Dear Mr. Wall:

    This is to advise you that we received the enclosed letter dated
    10/02/91 from Attorney Mans who has been hired to represent the
    Eamily in a legal action against BSA.

    Also enclosed is a copy of the 10/09/91 letter which we have faxed
    this date to the CIGNA office in Seoul, Korea. You should expect
    a telephone call from a claim representative with CIGNA Insurance
    Company in the near future. If you should have any questions
    regarding who you should talk to, please give me or Mark_Dama a
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    or David William Bennett were registered through your council.

    It has also come to our attention that David William Bennett, the
    alleged perpetrator, has not been placed on the Inelligble
    Volunteer File. Please provide the necessary information to Paul
    Ernst, Director of Registration, as soon as possible with a_copy to
    me.

    Sincerely, -
    Debra C. Griffith, CPCU, ARM
    assistant Director

    Insurance and Risk Management

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    Re: Mr. David William Bennett 0

    Dear Sir or Madam:

    I a who has been retained by the
    family. I and his family are U.S. citizer

    While living in Korea,

    oldest son, came in contact with a Mr. David Wi liam

    residing in Seoul, Korea.

    Bennett. We are aware that a company called Summit Memory
    Systems had sent Mr. Bennett to Seoul to be seconded to Goldstar
    Telecommunications. While in Korea on this assignment, Mr.

    Bennett became the scoutmaster for_ Boy Scout troop which
    commonly met on the U.S. Military facilities in downtown Seoul

    the Yongsan Army Base).

    As your organization should be aware, Mr. Bennett was
    convicted of sexual abuse of a minor in l987. As a result of
    this conviction, he was sentenced to three years' probation.
    While in Korea, Mr. Bennett broke the terms of his probation by
    ceasing his treatment and severing contact with his probation
    officer. More tragically, he sexually molested who
    is only twelve years of age. This molestation a the
    hands of his scoutmaster David Bennett occurred over a period of
    several months at the outset of 1991. In that his behavior
    constitutes a serious crime under Korean law, Mr. Bennett was
    questioned by the Korean olice and he fully confessed to
    sexually molesting At least two other families have

    young boys who were also molested by David Bennett.

    Obviously this matter has brought severe emotional and
    financial damage to--and the entire family. I
    have been instructed by my clients to seek full legal redress for
    their injuries and I am in the process of preparing a civil
    complaint on their behalf against inter alia the Boy Scouts.
    Your organization's liability arises from its negligence in this
    matter. We demand to know what steps the Boy Scouts take

    generally (and took in this case specifically) to ensure that the,

    people who supervise and come in contact with scouts ,arei not
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    Please refer this letter to the relevant person within your
    organization as soon as possible and have them notify me of your
    organization's position. I thank you for your prompt attention
    to this extremely serious situation.

    Sincerely yours,

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    David A. Mans
    Attorney at Law

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    23 September 1991

    National Office

    Boy Scouts of America

    Mr. Paul Ernst, Director

    Registration and Statistical Service 5108
    P.O. Box 152079

    Irving, TX

    PERSONAL CONFIDENTIAL
    Dear Paul,

    I've been on a fast track of late and am not
    positive if I sent you a copy of the David Bennett
    letter of denial of registration or not.

    This one is very sticky and sounds as though one
    parent is talking about a possible suit.

    The CID does not share a great deal of information,
    but the situation is briefly as follows: five boys
    from four families have been involved violations
    of Republic of Korea Criminal Code 305 (Indecent Acts
    with a Minor).

    In spite of the fact that all involved in this case
    are civilians, the Army is going "all out". The
    attached "point papers" are the result of church
    (LDS)/parent meetings with military officials of
    Yongsan, 8th Army. Full counseling services are
    available thru the Army. CID is doing "follow-up"
    work with some families that have returned to the
    states and were thought to have close ties with
    Bennett.

    Things came out in the CID investigation:

    - Bennett had been arrested in 1982 for child
    molestation. Case dropped. pg.'

    - He was accused and convicted.in 1987 of child

    molestation in Santa Cruz, CA in a case that was

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    not Scouting related.

    JAPAN

    BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
    FAR EAST COUNCIL
    JAPAN DISTRICT

    APO SAN FRANCISCO

    CA 96328

    PHONE 225-879 7/8798

    KOREA

    80 SCOUTS OFAMERIO4
    FAR EAST COUNCIL
    KOREA DISTRICT

    EAST

    APO SAN FRANCISCO

    CA 96301-0074

    PHONE 738-8228

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    30 SCOUTS OFAMERIC4
    FAR EAST COUNCIL

    OKINA WA DISTRICT BOX 482
    FPO SEATTLE

    WA 987 73

    PHONE 535-3350

    PHILIPPINES

    BOYSCOUTS OF AMERICA
    FAR EAST COUNCIL
    PHILIPPINES DISTRICT
    APO SAN FRANCISCO

    CA 962 74

    PHONE 394-4125

    822-1201

    Far East Council Boy Scouts of America, Yokota Air Base, 2000 Fussa-shi Tokyo 197

    Phone: 0425-52-2511 Ext- 8797

    JAPAN PHILIPPINES TAIWAN KOREA THAILAND

    OKINAWA

    CONFO27044

    - He was sentenced to 120 days suspended with
    the provisions that:

    1. mandatory counseling

    2. not to be with small children without
    another adult present

    3. maintain contact with his probation
    officer

    Bennett claims to have been a Para-Pro in Santa Clara - can you
    please check this out and advise me?

    Also, was Bennett registered in 1937/88?

    According to California Law Enforcement authorities, he "absconded"
    in 1988 later showing up in Korea.

    I flew to Korea to attend a meeting of the church/parents/military.
    held on 12 Sep 91. During the time I was there, I visited with:
    Family Advocacy Program Manager, Agents Butman and Downing, of CID,
    and the President of the Church, Col Dunn. This was done prior to
    the meeting to be "up to speed" as much as possible. Three of the
    four families involved were present at the meeting. As you can see
    from the "point paper" from that evening, their concerns were with
    the screening process used by the BSA. They had a particular desire
    to know if the National Crime Information Center was used.

    SDE in Korea,

    Jerry Sakamoto, is keeping me up to date as things

    develop. Bennett has disappeared, but Jerry talked to the Korean
    National Police (KNP) on Friday, 20 Sep 91, and they think he is
    still in Korea. The word on the street is that he has left the
    country.

    I have been promised as much information as CID can give me, when
    the case is completed.

    Please advise me, as you can, on any of the information requested.

    ROGER L. WALL
    Scout Executive

    cc: Richard Parker

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    were calls that no response was given when the call
    was answere' - open line. but silence only.

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    to insure that Mr Bennet is never able to
    iliate with the BSA.

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    Mr. Bennett

    After oareful review, we have decided that
    your registration with the Bov Scouts of
    America should be denied. We are therefore
    compelied to request that vou sever anv
    relations that you mav have with the Eov
    Scouts of America. A refund of vour -
    registration fee is enclosed.

    You should understand that BSA membershi:
    registration is a ;rivilege and is not
    automaticaily granted to evervone who anolies.
    We reserve the right to refuse reoistration
    whenever ZHETE is ncern that an individuai
    may not meet the high standards of membersnio
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    If you wish to have this decision reviewed bv
    a 35% regional committee, please write to the
    regional director within 60 days of the date
    or this letter, explaining your version of the

    registration as a BSA member should be
    granted. The procedures for a review of this
    decision are attached.

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    FAR EAST COUNCIL

    JAPAN DISTRICT

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    CA 96328
    PHONE 225-4979718798

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    BOYSCOUTS OFAMERIC4
    FAR EAST COUNCIL
    KOREA DISTRICT

    EAST

    APO SAN FRANCISCO

    CA 96301-0074

    PHONE 738-8228

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    BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

    FAR EAST COUNCIL

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    Attachment to Letter

    owing information is provided should you desire
    'y the Western Region. BSA, of the decision to deny
    istration.

    1. Within 60 day, you must request in writing a review of
    this decision. Your request should be sent to: Western
    Region, BSA, P.O. Box 3464, Sunnyvale, CA 94688-3464. In
    your request you must include your version of what occurred
    in support of your claim that registration should not have
    been denied.

    2. Upon the receipt of your written request, a committee
    will be appointed to review the situation.

    3. If the regional review committee determines that a review
    hearing is necessary the committee will advise you whether or
    not you may attend. In some instances, no useful purpose
    should he served by having the applicant present. The
    hearing is not adversarial in nature and neither the
    committee for you, if you attend, will be represented by
    legal counsel. If you wish, in the event you attend, you may
    be accompanied by no more than two other individuais if their
    testimony might assist the committee in discovering the truth
    and arriving at a correct decision.

    4. he committee will review the facts as presented, and may
    interview any persons whose testimony might assist them in
    arriving at a correct decision.

    5. You will receive a letter setting forth the decision of
    the committee.

    6. If you are dissatisfied with the decision of a regional
    review. you may request a further review by the national
    Council. The decision of the National Council will be final.

    CONFO27049

    MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD

    SUBJECT: REGISTRATION REVOCAIION NOTICE TO DAVID W. BENNETT

    DATE: TUESDAY, 20 AUGUST 1991

    L. at approximately 1535 hours, Robert E. Harding (Korea District Vice--Chairman
    and Far East Council Executive Board member) and Jerry J. Sakamoto (Senior
    District Executive) served a letter terminating David W. Bennett's

    membership with the Boy Scouts of America to David W. Bennett.

    2. The location was the Yongsan, Korea Police Station, Foreign Affairs
    office.

    3. Also given to David W. Bennett was a letter from Jerry J. Sakamoto
    requesting the turn-in of all camp records and monies. Mr. Bennett's

    response to this letter was that he needed a couple of days to get things
    together.

    4. Mr. Bennett's response to the membership termination letter signed by
    Council Scout Executive Roger Wall was "When these charges prove false,

    then what?"

    Mr. Harding replied that this matter needed to go through the system.

    END OF

    The above statement is true to the best of my knowledge.

    324113: J. SAKAMOTO

    SENIOR DISTRICT EXECUTIVE
    KOREA DISTRICT
    FAR EAST COUNCIL

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    NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE
    PRIVACY ACT APPLIES

    13 Sep 1991

    POINT PAPER
    Child Sexual Abuse

    PURPOSE: Updated information resulting from 12 September parent
    meeting.

    FACTS:
    - CIDC reported the following information:

    KNP reviewed translated criminal record for the 1987 case
    of child molestation in which Mr. Bennett was found guiltY.and
    given 3 years probation.

    -- Mr. Bennett served 1 year of his 3 year probation in
    California. In L988 California Probation Dept allowed Mr.
    Bennett to leave for Korea on three conditions:

    1. Continue counseling

    2. No further contact with children without another adult
    present.

    3. Continue contact with California Probation Dept
    Mr. Bennett failed to comply with all three terms of probation.

    -- CIDC is checking with California Probation Dept to
    determine status of probation and interest in the case.

    -- Mr. Bennett did not keep a 10 Sep appointment with KNP for
    further questioning. To date, KNP cannot locate Mr. Bennett.

    The U.S. Embassy has been informed of Mr. Bennett's
    disappearance in case he should try to procure a new passport.

    - A parent added that Mr. Bennett once lived in Canada and may
    have a second (Canadian) passport.

    - BSA Executive Council Representative from Japan attended the
    meeting. He presented information regarding BSA volunteer
    screening procedures. Most of the parental questions were
    directed toward BSA screening procedures.

    - BSA and parents reported that between $1,500 and $2,000
    appears to be missing from BSA funds managed by Mr. Bennett.

    -- PAC reported that generally. the Korean press uses restraint
    when reporting stories involving children under 19 years, but
    that gxceptions occur.

    - A parent reported a conversation with KHP that leads him to
    believe may use the press to look for Mr. Bennett.

    - Three families are continuing to receive anonymous phone
    calls.

    -- Appreciation was expressed for EUSA's efforts in this case.

    CONCLUSIONS:

    - The next meeting for parents will be held only after a major
    development or change occurs in the investigation.

    APPROVED BY:

    THOMAS A. HOOPER
    COL, OD
    Commanding

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    NOT FOR PUBLIC RELEASE

    POINT PAPER
    Child Sexual Abuse

    PURPOSE: Updated information re: KNP investigation of
    allegations of child sexual abuse by BSA Scout Master.

    ACTS:

    - CIDC received a hard copy of Mr. Bennett's criminal record
    from the state of California.

    - Records indicated two prior arrests for child molestation.
    One in 1982, in which charges were dropped; and one in 1987, in
    which Mr. Bennett was found guilty.

    - A translation of portions of the criminal record into Hangul
    is in progress, and will be made available to KNP by 4 September;
    authorities appear to be near charging and indictment.

    - On 29 August, nd his son appeared at the office
    for a scheduled interview with Mr. Bennett and their respective
    attorneys.

    Mr. Bennett reportedly responded in part to the merits of
    the allegations by the - boy.

    -- Mr. Bennett's attorney approached the _attorne;r
    regarding an out of court settlement.

    - An article reporting allegations against a BSA Scout Master
    appeared in the 1 Sep 91 edition of the Stars Stripes (Encl)..

    - 23 children have been interviewed, 8 leads for interviews of
    families in CONUS, and 2 children located in Taejon, pending
    interviews.

    CONCLUSION:

    - The state of California may still have jurisdiction due to the
    terms of the 1987 sentence. CIDC is contacting the
    Parole/Probation Department of California to make that --
    determination.

    APPROVED BY:

    THOMAS A. HOOPER
    COL, OD
    Commanding

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    30 August 1991

    POINT PAPER
    Child Sexual Abuse

    PURPOSE: 'To answer list of questions/concerns expressed by Boy
    Scout parents.

    - CID's report will be sent to the National Crime Information
    Center (NCIC) in Washington D.C.

    - Although Mr. Bennett's last offense in Califiornia occurred
    while he was affiliated with the Boy Scouts, the child involved
    was not a boy scout.

    - The Korean press does print names of juvenile victims.

    Children will have to testify again in court after qivi
    statement to the KNP unless there is a guilty plea. There is no

    age limit that would affect children in this case.

    APPROVED BY:

    THOMAS A. HOOPER
    COL, OD
    Commanding

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    23 August 1991

    POINT PAPER
    Child Sexual Abuse

    PURPOSE: To provide a list of questions/concerns expressed by
    oy Scout parents.

    FACTS: (From the 22 Aug 91 parent meeting)

    - Does CID's final report get sent to the National Information
    Center? (Action: CID)

    - Was Mr. Bennett's last known offense, in California, committed
    during his Boy Scouting affiliation? (Action: CID)

    -- What is the policy of the Korean press in regard to publishing
    victim's names; especially minors? (Action: PAC)

    - Do children have to testify again in court after giving
    statements to the is there an age limit? (Action: JAG)
    CONCLUSIONS:

    - Answers to above questions will be disseminated to parents as
    soon as possible.

    - Additional information sessions will be held by request, for
    families by the Installation Commander. -

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    MEMORANDUM FOR THE RECORD
    SUBJECT: REGISTRATION REVOCATION NOTICE TO DAVID W. BENNETT
    DATE: TUESDAY, 20 AUGUST 199i
    I. At approximately 1535 hours, Robert E. Harding (Korea District Vice--Chairman
    and Far East Council Executive Board member) and Jerry J. Sakamoto (Senior

    District Executive) served a letter terminating David W. Bennett's
    membership with the Boy Scouts of America to David W. Bennett.

    2. The location was the Yongsan, Korea Police Station, Foreign Affairs
    office.

    3. Also given to David W. Bennett was a letter from Jerry J. Sakamoto
    requesting the turn--in of all camp records and monies. Mr. Bennett's
    response to this letter was that he needed a couple of days to get things
    together.

    4. Mr. Bennett's response to the membership termination letter signed by
    Council Scout Executive Roger Wall was "When these charges prove false,
    then what?"

    Mr. Harding replied that this matter needed to go through the system-

    END OF

    The above statement is true to the best of my knowledge.

    J. SAKAMOTO

    SENIOR DISTRICT EXECUTIVE
    KOREA DISTRICT
    FAR EAST COUNCIL

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