Ineligible Volunteer File on Joel Lachica

Added November 15, 1920

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.

The following information was taken directly from the Ineligible Volunteer file of Joel Lachica. If you continue to scroll down on this page, you will be able to view the entire file and/or download the entire file. If you have any problems downloading or viewing the file, please contact us.


Joel Lachica


Boy Scouts of America

Troop Number(s)

Troop 355 (Los Angeles, California)

Date Ineligible Volunteer File Opened

November 15, 1920
Residence City: Unknown
Residence State: CA
Approximate Age When File Created: 40
Occupation: Unknown
Weight: 130
Height: 5' 3"
Hair Color: Unknown
Eye Color: Unknown
Summary: Joel Lachica was a Scoutmaster for Troop 355. He came under suspicion for suspicious reports involving hazing rituals with the boys in his troops. When investigated it became apparent Mr. Lachica had indoctrinated the boys in the troops to institute a hazing ceremony where boys would run naked through the room while having their photos taken. _x000D_ _x000D_ Apart from this misconduct Mr. Lachica also paid boys for sexual favors and encouraged boys to perform sexual acts on each other. This encouragements led to boys inserting enemas into themselves, one boy sodomizing his three year old nephew and other incidents. Mr. Lachica’s molestation of one boy was discovered when the boy’s mother discovered blood in his undergarments. After the local police concluded their investigation and reported their findings, the Troop was dissolved and Mr. Lachica was removed from scouting and arrested.

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