Scout veteran of 22 years, Jack Walls, was trusted by most of the people who lived in Lonoke Arkansas and was considered a “pillar of the community.” Walls was married, had three children, and even won Lonoke’s “man of the year” award.
Jack Walls used alcohol and pornography to persuade young boys into engaging in sexual acts with him. One victim said he was too afraid to tell because of the shame that would dominate him in the small town. Many of the boys felt this way and this enabled Walls to continue molesting several boys in secret.
When one of Wall’s victims finally revealed what had been happening, Walls was put on trial but his other victims lied on the stand and some took vows of silence. Walls was acquitted, and the one boy who had turned him in became the town pariah. Even the other victims ostracized the boy. They considered him “the enemy.” This shows how far a victim will go to protect an abuser. This was not even their own father and yet these boys lied for Jack Walls.
In spite of the acquittal, the Boy Scouts removed Jack Walls from their organization but this didn’t stop him. He began his own group of boys to go “camping” with and Walls continued raping boys. The victims eventually began to plummet into self-hatred and depression. Eventually, a victim -who had originally defended Walls in court- decided to speak up. Walls gave a gift to the victim’s younger brothers and he knew his brothers would be next. He was not willing to allow this to happen. He told everything to his parents and this triggered events that led to Jack Walls confessing.
It was reported by one of the victims that Wall’s wife knew about his “problem” long before the abuse was exposed. Another victim said that after Jack Walls confessed, his wife commented to Jack, “I thought you told me you weren’t going to do this anymore.”
The new Police Chief in Lonoke said the abuse of boys by Jack Walls was “swept under the rug for thirty years.” Prosecutors believed that Walls possibly had more than fifty victims over three decades. Walls plead guilty and all of the boys finally spoke against him. He was given three life sentences, and three forty-year terms.
Yet, even after the molestations had come out of the dark, and after Jack Walls confessed and was sentenced, the boy who had originally exposed Walls told Court TV that some people still see him as, “The guy that wouldn’t keep his mouth shut and let it go.”
As far as I am concerned, the non-offending members of the community who condemned and ostracized a child who was raped by a degenerate man, are just as guilty of child sexual abuse. Their blind ignorance perpetuates abuse and silences victims. I bet if we saw photos of the people who turned on the victim, they would look like mainstream Americans, all dressed nicely with tidy hair cuts. I bet most of them even attended church every Sunday. Makes me sick.
Court TV “Crime Stories”
Justice Files/Discovery Channel and Court TV’s The Scoutmaster’s Secret)