SANTA BARBARA COUNTY, Calif. -

A judge has issued a tentative ruling that would force the Boy Scouts of America to turn over 20 years of personnel files to the plaintiff in a sexual abuse lawsuit.

Santa Barbara County Superior Court Judge Donna Geck made her ruling Wednesday but it won't become final until after a hearing Friday.

An attorney for a teen who alleges he was molested by a Scout leader has obtained copies of Boy Scout files from 1971 to 1991 and wants the organization to authenticate them. In court motions, the Boy Scouts say authenticating every page would be too time-consuming.

Geck says instead the Boy Scouts should turn over the original files within 30 days. Plaintiff attorney Tim Hale also has files from 1991 to 2011 under a court seal.