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Exclusive: Convicted Boy Scout molester reveals horrific tactics, motives

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Thomas Hacker has been called one of the worst child molesters in history. He has been convicted three times for sexual assaults on young boys; many of them Boy Scouts in south suburban Burbank, in the 1980's.

The former south suburban scoutmaster has never discussed what he calls his addiction to young boys or his crimes. That is, until three weeks ago, when lawyers handling the civil lawsuit against the Boy Scouts had their first chance to question him. They talked for over four hours, and the stories were chilling.

Hacker was asked about his preference for boys. He responded: "Right before puberty. It usually turns out to be seventh grade, sometimes eighth grade."

Asked if he recalled his victims' names, Hacker answered, "The whole troop at one time or another was initiated."

"Hacker molested so many children, over 20/25 years, that he doesn't remember the names of all the kids he molested," plaintiff's attorney Christopher Hurley explains.

And Hacker said that troubles him.

"I mean that would be horrible to say," Hacker said. "You mean, that guy did this to me and he doesn't even remember me?"

Hacker described using his position as a volunteer scoutmaster to gain a boy's trust, and then as he says, groom them for abuse.

"You know, psychological manipulation," he said. He became more than a friend. "Confidante, builder upper, whatever you want to call it, esteem builder; a lot of grooming techniques there; let them feel comfortable with you."

"What's interesting about Mr. Hacker is how persuasive he can be, so even as you're sitting there questioning him, he's telling you things that you know aren't true, and you're tempted to believe him," Hurley says. "So you can see how parents got victimized, and especially how kids got victimized."

Hacker was asked if after almost 25 years in prison, he felt the same inappropriate urges.

"Oh no. Number one, you're not around any--they call them triggers," Hacker said. "The urge may be there, but have you become strong enough to throw in the intervention and say that is not what I want to do. I do not want to cause any damage to any child again."

He also apologized to the Boy Scouts.

When asked if he thinks Hacker's apologizes are sincere, Hurley says, "I'm not sure what to believe when I talk to Mr. Hacker, because some of the things he said are true, some of the things he said are just blatant lies."

The 16 alleged victims claim that the Boy Scouts allowed Hacker to serve as a scoutmaster without checking into his past.

Hacker had some advice to the Scouts during his deposition. Even if it's the Pope who wants to work with the youngsters, check out his background.

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