NEWARK, NJ — A former Jackson resident who was associated with Boy Scout Troop 40 in Belmar in 1989 is among 51 men from New Jersey named on a list released today of those accused of sexually abusing boys.

William Howard Holzschuh, 67, is included in the list that was unveiled during an April 23 press conference by the New York-based law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates, which is demanding that the Boy Scouts of America release all names of alleged sex offenders in its “Ineligible Volunteer Files”— also dubbed the “Perversion Files” by the organization.

While this list was initially made public in 2012 — with more than 7,000 alleged child abusers and 12,000 victims named in them — the Anderson law firm and attorney Gregory Gianforcaro of Phillipsburg are pushing for BSA to release the identities, background information and files on all BSA perpetrators in New Jersey who have been accused of sexual misconduct with minors.

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According to documents provided by Anderson, Holzschuh was denied registration as an assistant scout master for Troop 40 in October 1989 after BSA learned that he was convicted of aggravated sexual assault on a juvenile boy in Warren Township in 1981. His 15-year sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation, according to the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office.

The documents did not indicate whether Holzschuh had actually served in any capacity with Troop 40 before his registration was denied.

In a statement released prior to the press conference, BSA said they “care deeply about all victims of child sex abuse and sincerely apologize to anyone who was harmed during their time in scouting."

We believe victims, we support them, and we have paid for unlimited counseling by a provider of their choice,” the statement continued. “Nothing is more important than the safety and protection of children in scouting and we are outraged that there have been times when individuals took advantage of our programs to abuse innocent children.”

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