Disturbing End of a Nightmare

The Scott County sex-abuse cases draw to a confusing close

Jordan, Minn., is a town of Rockwellian prettiness, nestled amid stands of hardwood trees and rolling bluffs. With its four churches, lagoon park and first-rate public school system, the Scott County hamlet (pop. 2,900), 35 miles from Minneapolis-St. Paul, would seem to be a model American community. But over the past year and a half, the town's idyllic image has been eroded by allegations of widespread sexual abuse of children. In all, 24 adults were charged by the local prosecutor with molesting 37 youngsters. Some of the defendants were couples accused of engaging in sexual activities with their own children. Local...

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