Veteran US Democrat accused of abuse

Veteran US Democrat Gary Ackerman (L) is accused of molesting a teenage boy scout.
Veteran US Democrat Gary Ackerman (L) is accused of molesting a teenage boy scout.

Former US congressman Gary Ackerman is being called a sexual "predator" in a lawsuit accusing the New York Democrat of violating a teenager at a Boy Scout camp five decades ago.

The New York Post reports that in papers filed last week in state Supreme Court, the now 76-year-old Ackerman allegedly abused the 17-year-old while he was a director at the Ten Mile River Camp near upstate Narrowsburg, west of Poughkeepsie.

According to the lawsuit, the teen said Ackerman took him to a back road where he tried to fondle him before forcing oral sex.

Lawyer Oscar Michelen told the Post that Ackerman denies any wrongdoing. Michelen did not respond to a message Saturday from The Associated Press.

The 15-term Democrat retired in 2012.

Australian Associated Press