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Scout leader may have abused boys before coming to First Baptist
Plaintiffs claim Boy Scouts file would shed light on former Gainesville scoutmasters behavior
Fleming Weaver
Court documents show the Boy Scouts of America have since learned of sexual abuse allegations against a Gainesville scoutmaster possibly occurring “in other troops from a time period prior to his appointment” at First Baptist Church on Green Street. Robert William Lawson III filed a lawsuit in March 2016 in Cobb County Superior Court alleging he was raped by Royal Fleming Weaver Jr., who formerly led Troop 26 at First Baptist Church of Gainesville. Lawson’s allegation surrounded a 1985 scouting event at Camp Rainey Mountain.