In a timeline largely based on a 1969 New Yorker article by Calvin Trillin, the lawyers said Dyer moved from Eugene to Sisters for a new Forest Service position in 1969, serving as a scoutmaster and also overseeing programs with the Youth Conservation Corps and Young Adult Conservation Corps.
They said Dyer organized and led week-long backpacking trips into the wilderness, and would instruct newer boys to undress while he photographed them, also abusing the boys in the woods.
He moved to the outskirts of Redmond in the early '70s and served as scoutmaster for a troop sponsored by the Redmond LDS church. After an allegation of abuse, trooper leaders allegedly learned of his history of abusing children, Dyer promised to turn himself in to authorities and seek counseling, but never did so, and trooper leaders never called police.
At a time when Dyer was abusing Conner, in 1984, an adult with ties to the Redmond Scout troop contacted police about the sexual misconduct that had prompted his discipline and removal from Scouting.
Oregon State Police investigated and eventually arrested Dyer, who claimed his encounters with Conner were consensual. In January 1986, a judge sentenced Dyer for his abuse of Conner and another boy, a sentence that included just 20 days in jail and a restriction against seeing boys under 18.
On Jan. 22, 1986, before Dyer began to serve his sentence, Conner arrived at Dyer's home with the shotgun Dyer had given him and shot Dyer, who died at the scene. Three months later, a judge ruled the shooting was manslaughter, and Conner was sent to a residential facility for youth that emphasized intensive counseling.