Hulu’s ‘Leave No Trace: A Hidden History of the Boy Scouts’ is an original documentary that can only be described as equal parts harrowing and influential owing to the subject matter at hand. It reveals the hidden history of how the once-revered organization was used as a breeding ground for pedophilic predators. Amongst those to have been accused of the same by quite a few former members (including John Humphrey) is Thad Alton — so now let’s find out everything there’s to know about him, shall we?
Who is Thad Alon?
From what we can tell, Thad Alton is not only a former Boy Scout troop master but also a former educator, counselor, and assistant principal, who’d embarked on his teaching career in 1972. He was initially hired by New Jersey’s Short Hills Country Day School, where he remained even after it merged with the elite preparatory Pingry School in 1974, just to part ways with them in 1978. During this period, he’d taken up the responsibility of serving as the soccer coach, band coach, and counselor at Maine’s Camp Waganaki as well, where many students spent their summers.
Thad was indicted for criminal sexual misconduct against minors the year after he had left the institution. He never served any time behind bars. This is because he received just a suspended sentence and five years of probation in exchange for pleading guilty to three counts each of “private lewdness” as well as “impairing the morals” of a child. He admitted in court that he played strip poker and then masturbated with three 12-year-old boys from his class at Pringy while on a scouting trip in 1978, yet he didn’t even get registered as an offender.
Thad later relocated to New York to work as a program administrator at the private Clarkson University in Potsdam, but he didn’t let go of his ways and was thus arrested again in 1989. He was convicted of first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sodomy, which led to a sentence of 2-6 years. According to state records, the whitewater kayak and canoeing club founder spent around five years in prison. He was then released and has been added to the New York State Sex Offender Register.
Where is Thad Alton now?
In the six years since Thad Alton’s arrest, many more men have accused him of taking advantage of them at Pringy. This led to both an internal and external investigation. A 44-page report published by T&M Protection Resources in 2017 actually verified almost all these allegations by revealing that he assaulted at least 27 of his students, most of whom were between 10 to 12 years of age. Moreover, there were supposedly undeniable signs that should’ve raised alarms, yet other faculty members and school officials practically turned a blind eye.
Coming to Thad’s whereabouts, because he has not been officially arrested or charged with any additional offense, he continues to lead a free life in Manhattan at the moment. Although he did write a few workbooks to assist the prisoners in their therapeutic programs, it seems that the 76-year old prefers to stay out of the spotlight. We should mention that he’d successfully petitioned for a reduction in his Sex Offender Registration Risk Level in the early 2010s, so he is now under the reclassified Level 2.
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