Town of Tonawanda employee named in list of former boy scout leaders accused of abuse

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The Tonawanda Town Supervisor says he was caught by surprise earlier this week when an attorney named a town employee as a former boy scout leader accused of sexual abuse.

Peter Naffky, who Town Supervisor Joe Emminger says works in the town’s water reserve department, was one of 130 people in New York State who attorney Jeff Anderson claims appears in the Boy Scouts “perversion files”. 

Anderson says those files contain names of boy scout leaders who were accused of sexual abuse.

Naffky used to be an assistant scoutmaster. Correspondence between boy scout leaders, which has been published online, show he was kicked out of the boy scouts in 1989. The letters reference allegations of sexual molestation against scouts as the reason for Naffky’s expulsion.

Now, Emminger says town officials will have a discussion about what, if any, action they can take.

“Everybody is on vacation this week, so we’ll be talking about it next week to see if we can do anything,” Emminger said. “I don’t think he’s been charged with anything. We know he’s been alleged to have done something.”

Emminger said those conversations will include the town board, the town’s personnel director, and the town attorney.

Naffky has not responded to requests for comment.

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