Ineligible Volunteer File on Richard H. Ardrey

Added August 17, 1983

In around 1920, soon after the Boy Scouts of America (“BSA”) was formed, the organization began keeping files on adult leaders and volunteers who were alleged to have committed various crimes and offenses. The files are known today as the “Ineligible Volunteer” or the “I.V. Files.”

The I.V. Files are made up of six categories of offenses including Perversion, Morals, Financial, Leadership, Theft and Criminal. By far the largest category is the Perversion Files, or “P Files” as the BSA internally refers to them. The Perversion Files contain the names of adult leaders who have been accused of, or convicted in a criminal court of, molesting or otherwise sexually abusing Boy Scouts.

Disclaimer: The information contained in each of the I.V. files was created solely by the Boy Scouts of America. The I.V. files for the period 1965 through 1985 were made public pursuant to a court order. By the terms of the court’s order, the names and contact information of persons identified as victims of sexual abuse and those that reported the abuse were redacted. If the person identified as the reporter of alleged abuse was a professional Scouter, i.e., an individual employed by the Boy Scouts of America or an affiliate, then the person’s name was not redacted. In 2012, the I.V. Files for the period 1986 through 1991 were made available to the public through the Los Angeles Times.

The information in the Perversion Files concerns allegations of child sexual abuse. In a number of the cases, the allegations were later substantiated by court proceedings. However, in a great many cases no such substantiation ever occurred.

The first page of each I.V. File is a “Confidential Record Sheet,” which provides basic background information on each individual. The information includes the individual’s date of birth, daytime job, and most importantly, his troop number and the basics of the allegations of abuse.

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Richard H. Ardrey


Boy Scouts of America

Troop Number(s)

Troop 171 (Riverside, California)

Date Ineligible Volunteer File Opened

August 17, 1983
Residence City: Riverside
Residence State: CA
Residence Zip: 92504
Date of Birth: February 1, 1927
Approximate Age When File Created: 56
Occupation: City Of Riversie, Property Services Division
Weight: 170
Height: 5' 11"
Hair Color: Sandy
Eye Color: Blue
Summary: Richard H. Ardrey was Scoutmaster for troop 171 in Riverside California. He was added to the list when a scout submitted a letter detailing Mr. Ardrey’s attempts to seduce the scout. Mr. Ardrey tried to molest the scout on the troop’s trip to a World Jamboree between July 1st and July 15th in 1983. The incident began with a consensual back rub after a night at the movies. The morning following the back rub the scout awoke to Mr. Ardrey rubbing his chest, the scout asked him to stop and ended and the contact. Mr. Ardrey would attempt to seduce the scout several more times on the trip by offering to give more backrubs. Mr. Ardrey’s efforts culminate with another unsolicited chest rub given to the unwilling scout while he slept, which Mr. Ardrey then tried to escalate to groping before the scout stopped him. Following the trip the scout wrote a letter detailing Mr. Ardrey’s attempts to abuse him which resulted in his addition to the IV file.

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