Three brothers who claim they were sexually molested by their Boy Scout and Mormon youth leader in the 1970s and 1980s have sued both organizations.
The suit filed in San Francisco Superior Court alleges that church officials in Sunnyvale ignored complaints of abuse from the three boys and failed to notify law enforcement.
The plaintiffs, identified in the suit only as John Does, say they were molested hundreds of times by the man.
The suit identifies the former scout and church leader as 65-year-old William E. Knox, a Georgia resident.
A law firm in Canton, Ga., contacted by The Associated Press, said it was no longer representing Knox. His phone number could not be located.