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-- July 2011 Statement by Oakland Public Schools Police Chief Pete Sarna, referring to an African-American police officer.
Top News Story! The People of the State of California! Guilty As Charged!
Posted: 10/20/2011 12:03:22 AM PDT Updated: 11/12/2011 04:08:30 PM PDT
MARTINEZ, CA -- A judge dismissed the criminal indictment against Michael Gressett, 52 (pictured left) the Contra Costa County sex crimes prosecutor who was charged with raping a junior colleague at his Martinez condominium in a case that has scandalized the District Attorney's Office for the past three years. The judge said that while he found sufficient evidence to indict Gressett, state prosecutors introduced inadmissible evidence to the grand jury and failed to offer other evidence that would have cast doubt on the credibility of Gressett's accuser -- most notably that she received a $450,000 settlement from the county and "her alleged statement that she was raped by strangers."
"These cumulative errors violated (the) defendant's right to due process under the state constitution to not be indicted in the absence of a determination of probable cause by a grand jury acting independently and impartially," retired Santa Clara County Judge Thomas Hastings wrote in his 68-page order. He dismissed the 13-count felony indictment that alleged Gressett used a gun and ice pick in the commission of a rape.
The decision was a big victory for Gressett and his attorneys who have contended since Gressett's 2008 arrest that the sex was consensual. They argued last month that the grand jury heard perjured and biased testimony and that Gressett, a former candidate for district attorney, had been railroaded by a politically motivated investigation. Gressett, who had been scheduled to go to trial Feb. 14, is not commenting about the dismissal, his attorney said. The 54-year-old veteran prosecutor and divorced father was facing life in prison had he been convicted in the case that divided the DA's office and was a central issue during last year's district attorney's race. He has been on paid administrative leave since February, when he won back his job with back pay and benefits at an arbitrator's hearing over his firing.
State prosecutors had told Hastings that they did not know about Gressett's accuser's $450,000 settlement with Contra Costa County, which coincidentally was approved by the board of supervisors the same day in October 2009 that the woman known as Jane Doe testified before the grand jury. Former District Attorney Robert Kochly and his chief assistant, Brian Baker, had said they knew of the settlement but did not notify the state attorneys on the Gressett case. The woman, now 32 and living out of state, testified as part of the dismissal motion in August that she filed her claim against the county in April 2009 because she believed that she was not hired as a permanent prosecutor in retaliation for reporting a sexual assault. She said she told her supervisor that she was raped by Gressett during a lunch break May 8, 2008, but did not want to press charges at the time.
The former District Attorney's Office administration has since been criticized for not taking action against Gressett until she changed her mind about pressing charges and went to Martinez police. Gressett was arrested as he walked to work in September 2008.
Contra Costa District Attorney Mark Peterson (pictured left) Gressett's friend and former supervisor, who recused his office from the case when he took office in January, declined to comment. "Even though the case has been dismissed, there are still decisions to be made by the Attorney General's Office," Peterson said.
One of Gressett's contentions was that the district attorney's offices' "pursuit of these charges was tainted by political animosity because he had run for DA and currently supported Mr. Peterson against (Dan) O'Malley." Kochly and others in the office endorsed O'Malley, a former prosecutor and judge who is now a defense attorney. The state Attorney General's Office said it is still pondering whether to refile rape charges against Contra Costa prosecutor Gressett. See: Michael Gressett, Deputy District Attorney (Rapist)(2008)
Part IX - 2011!
Part IX - 2011!
Posted: 10:57 PM EDT, Fri September 20, 2013 - Updated: 02:24 AM PDT, Sun. September 22, 2013
Lackawanna County, Pa. (WCJB) -- Rev. W. Jeffrey Paulish, a Catholic priest in Pennsylvania has been charged with molesting a teenage boy. According to a police criminal complaint filed Friday in Lackawanna County, police said he was found in a car on a college campus with a 15-year-old who was wearing no pants. Dunmore police say they found him and the boy on Thursday in a car on the Worthington Scranton campus of Penn State University, according to the complaint. Dunmore police officers say they discovered Paulish and the boy after responding to a call of a suspicious vehicle, according to an arrest warrant affidavit filed with the court.
Paulish allegedly told police he was at the campus working on his homily when he met the teen, who he said was in emotional distress, and began counseling him. According to the affidavit, he later admitted to police that he had arranged the meeting with the teen through the "casual encounters" section of Craigslist. Paulish told investigators that he had asked the boy three times if he was over the age of 18, the affidavit said.
Paulish was charged with one felony count of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and one felony count of unlawful contact with a minor. after Paulish, 56, of Scranton, was also charged with three misdemeanor counts -- indecent contact with a person under 16, indecent exposure and corruption of a minor. He is being held at the Lackawanna County jail on $50,000 bail.
A telephone message left by media sources for Paulish's attorney was not immediately returned Friday.
Paulish has been removed from his post at the Prince of Peace parish and has been suspended from acting in the capacity of a priest, according to a statement released by the Diocese of Scranton. The diocese pledged its cooperation with the investigation, and it called on anyone who "may have been sexually abused by Father Paulish or any member of the clergy" to notify the district attorney's office. "I wish to acknowledge how unsettling this is to me personally and to countless others, that yet again a priest has been involved in such inappropriate, immoral and illegal behavior," the Bishop of Scranton, the Rev. Joseph Bambera, said in the statement.
Posted: Sunday, November 13, 2011, 04:50 PM PDT
Duty! Honor! Country!
CHARLESTON, South Carolina -- Louis "Skip" ReVille (pictured above, center) prayed with, and preyed upon, vulnerable kids he coached and groomed over a decade in the Lowcountry of South Carolina. He taught school, led sports teams, guided Bible studies and took kids into his home as a foster parent. In nearly every area of his life, ReVille positioned himself to be close to children, to share their time and win their trust.
At the Citadel, we have only just learned of a years-old coverup at the highest level that prevented this alleged child sex abuser from being punished and left him free to molest children. A camper told the Citadel that 4 years before, school alum and counselor Louis "Skip" ReVille invited two campers into his room, showed them pornography and engaged in sexual activity.
Although the Citadel counselor's acts are chargeable as felonies in South Carolina the Citadel chose not to tell police. Citadel had their general counsel investigate: they found a clean background check; no other allegations; and they accepted ReVillez's denials. ReVille went on to molest 5 children and sits jailed for those offenses. His attorney says he's sorry.
Posted: Friday, October 28, 2011, 12:40 PM
5 Students! 4 Years!
Ohio -- Stacy Schuler was found guilty today on 16 counts of sexual battery for having sexual relations with five of her students. Schuler tried to plead insanity, but Judge Robert Peeler rejected her plea and sentenced Schuler to four years. Schuler, a former gym and health teacher at a school in the suburbs of Cincinnati, had sex with five students. On top of the sex charges, Schuler was also convicted of three misdemeanor counts of providing alcohol to minors. See: Schoolyard Predators! - Part VIII - 2011
Posted: 08/22/2011 10:23:38 AM PDT Updated: 11/12/2011 04:08:30 PM PDT
"We've been doing everything in our power to lock him up for the rest of his life. We continue to be frustrated by the inability to, No. 1, move this case along as fast as possible and, No. 2, find 12 jurors willing to find him competent and guilty."
-- San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, regarding the (lack of) prosecution or detention of Dr. William Ayres, the once-prominent child psychiatrist accused of molesting numerous male patients, under the guise of physical exams during psychiatry sessions, over a several year period.
San Mateo, CA -- Accused child molester William Ayres will not go to prison. The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office was expected to announce today whether it will retry Ayres on the issue of competency. Ayres asserts dementia has sapped his cognitive abilities, preventing him from defending himself against sex-abuse charges leveled by several former patients. A jury in June deadlocked 8-4 in favor of finding Ayres unfit for trial.
The San Mateo County District Attorney's Office conceded in a court hearing today morning that Ayres has dementia and is incompetent to stand trial on sex-abuse charges. The DA's office says Ayres is likely headed to Napa State Hospital. "It's disappointing, I think, for a lot of people that we didn't get a better outcome than this," said Chief Deputy District Attorney Karen Guidotti after the hearing in San Mateo County Superior Court. Ayres, once a prominent child psychiatrist to whom the county referred troubled adolescents for counseling, has been accused of molesting numerous male patients. He was tried in 2009 on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor, but the jury hung -- 11-1 in favor of conviction on some counts -- and a mistrial was declared.
Ayres will now be sent to the Golden Gate Regional Center for evaluation. The center will make a recommendation by Aug. 30 on where Ayres should be placed. There will be a Superior Court hearing on the recommendation Sept. 7. Guidotti said Ayres will likely head to Napa. If he does not regain competency within six months, which is unlikely, since dementia is a condition that gets progressively worse, he will be sent to a different locked facility, Guidotti said. San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine said it's important that Ayres not wind up in a facility with amenities or where he is allowed to come and go. "I just think it's critical that Mr. Ayres be placed at Napa," he said.
In a last-ditch effort to show William Ayres was competent to stand trial on molestation charges, families of alleged victims hired a private investigator to tail the once-prominent child psychiatrist last week to a restaurant in San Francisco. A video shot by the investigator showed Ayres, who claims dementia has made him unable to aid in his defense, engaging in animated conversation with his wife and two male acquaintances.
A group of about a dozen people -- including an alleged victim of Ayres and the families of several other alleged victims -- paid for the private investigator to shadow Ayres after they heard rumors that he had been seen out and about, acting in a manner they felt was inconsistent with the defense's portrayal of him in the competency trial. On Thursday, a private investigator followed Ayres and his wife, Solveig, from their home in San Mateo to a lunch date at La Vie, a Vietnamese restaurant in San Francisco's Outer Richmond District. The video, a copy of which was provided to media sources last Saturday morning, showed Ayres holding a conversation with two men during the lunch, which lasted roughly one hour and 15 minutes. Ayres at times dominates the conversation, gesturing with his hands and smiling often.
Victoria Balfour, who helped organize the hiring of the private investigator, said the video contradicts defense attorney's depiction of a man whose mind is failing. "They're trying to portray him as some doddering old man who doesn't leave the house," Balfour said Saturday. "There's nothing about it that makes him look incompetent." The investigator's footage does not include any audio, as California law prohibits recording a person's conversation without his knowledge, so there is no proof Ayres was speaking coherently. Balfour's group interprets Ayres' body language, however, as that of someone who was "holding court," not a senile man whose ramblings are indulged by friends.
The investigator took notes based on snippets of conversation he could hear. Among the topics of discussion was the recent Republican straw poll in Iowa, according to the notes, a copy of which was also provided to media sources. Solveig Ayres, who sits silently through much of the lunch, was the first witness in the June competency trial, testifying that her husband was having trouble with his short- and long-term memory, once forgetting the name of his son. "He asks a question, he asks the same question 10 minutes later," she told the jury. Reached by phone Sunday morning, Solveig confirmed she and her husband were at La Vie on Thursday. Asked about the video, she declined to comment. "I can't make any comment except he has good days and bad days and he was with very, very good friends," she said.
William Ayres, who was 79 at the time of the June competency trial, is accused of molesting several young male patients over a period of many years under the guise of physical exams during psychiatry sessions. A criminal trial ended in a hung jury and mistrial in 2009. Before he can be tried again on nine counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with minors younger than 14, Ayres must be found capable of participating in his defense. The defense attorney did not respond to several messages seeking comment.
The group that paid for the private investigator is concerned that the DA's office will concede that Ayres is incompetent, which could result in his transfer to a psychiatric institution such as Napa State Hospital. They are also worried the DA could cut a deal that enables Ayres to spend his days in a more comfortable facility, a proposition that District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe asserted Friday his office is not considering. The group has been sharply critical of the DA's handling of the case. Members claim the prosecution of Ayres, who was once a pillar of the community, has been halfhearted and plagued by missteps.
Wagstaffe said he is "mystified" by the notion that his office has not pursued the case aggressively. He defended the work of the prosecutor in charge of the case, Melissa McKowan. "We've been doing everything in our power to lock him up for the rest of his life," Wagstaffe said. "We continue to be frustrated by the inability to, No. 1, move this case along as fast as possible and, No. 2, find 12 jurors willing to find him competent and guilty." The district attorney said under normal circumstances he would not retry a case in which a jury hung 8-4 against him. However, he has authorized McKowan to pursue a second competency trial Monday if a satisfactory deal cannot be reached with the defense. "We are prepared to do that here, because this is such a serious case," he said. As for the videotape, Wagstaffe said Sunday that, on the eve of a possible retrial, he could not comment on its evidentiary value. "It's evidence," Wagstaffe said. "Potentially it could be used at trial."
In addition to hiring a private investigator, Balfour and families of alleged victims have taken other steps to put pressure on the DA's office, reaching out to politicians for support and filing a request for a change of venue with the California Attorney General's Office. A spokeswoman for the attorney general confirmed Friday that the office has received a letter regarding a change of venue but declined to comment further. Wagstaffe claimed Friday there is no legal standing for the change-of-venue petition, however, since these requests are valid only when there is concern about finding an impartial jury, which he said has not been an issue so far. San Mateo County Supervisor Dave Pine, one of the politicians contacted by the group, declined to criticize the DA's handling of the case, but said he is concerned that Ayres will elude a guilty verdict. "It's a very sad situation," Pine said. "Mr. Ayres has destroyed the lives of many families. ... We're at a watershed point in the case and I hope justice is done. It's been a long, difficult road for the victims to see justice done in this case."
Chronicles of Penn State!
November 13, 2011
Penn State: 'Moral Obligations'!
HARRISBURG, Pa. (WCJB) — The Penn State football coach who told a grand jury that he saw another coach molest a child failed to meet "a moral obligation" to intervene, Pennsylvania's governor said Sunday, adding that he expects more victims to come forward. The coach who testified, Mike McQueary, had said he saw retired Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky sexually assaulting a boy in a shower at a campus football facility almost a decade ago. Sandusky is accused of assaulting eight boys over 15 years and has maintained his innocence. The university has put McQueary on leave from his job.
McQueary told the grand jury he was distraught by what he witnessed and walked away after both Sandusky and the boy saw him. He said he told his father what happened and then told head coach Joe Paterno, who reported it to his superiors. But those school officials, athletic director Tim Curley and school vice president Gary Schultz, face perjury charges, accused of covering up McQueary's 2002 report. The charges were filed last weekend and the grand jury's report made public, and the resulting outrage made it clear that Paterno, who had coached for decades at Penn State, would share the blame. He was fired Wednesday. In his last game, a win over Illinois, he'd become the coach with the most wins in Division I history. As for McQueary, the current attorney general had clearly decided that he was to be treated as a witness in the case, Gov. Tom Corbett said. Sandusky encountered all the boys through a charity he founded to help at-risk children, Second Mile, prosecutors have said. Leaders of the organization plan to meet soon to determine its future, Corbett said. "If you talk to people who have worked with Second Mile, it has done great work," he said. "And if it should cease to exist, I am hopeful that other organizations will pick up the work that they did. We need to reach out to these children. We need to give them guidance." (More Below ...)
Penn State: Pedophiles!
November 12, 2011 Pennsylvania -- The Penn State scandal has cost several university officials their jobs, most notably longtime football coach Joe Paterno (pictured left) and President Graham Spanier. They were fired because trustees felt they did not do enough to alert law enforcement authorities after an alleged child-sex assault in March 2002 by Jerry Sandusky, Paterno's former assistant and onetime heir apparent, who has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years. Sandusky retired in 1999 but continued to use the school's facilities for his work with The Second Mile, a foundation he established to help at-risk kids, where authorities say he encountered other boys he allegedly sexually molested/assaulted. (Pictured left to right: Jerry Sandusky; Tim Curley; and Gary Schultz.) In 2002, a graduate assistant saw Sandusky sexually assault a naked boy, estimated to be about 10 years old, in a team locker room shower. The grad student and his father reported what he saw to Paterno, who immediately told Tim Curley, prosecutors said. Curley and Gary Schultz met with the graduate assistant about a week and a half after the alleged attack. ''Despite a powerful eyewitness statement about the sexual assault of a child, this incident was not reported to any law enforcement or child protective agency, as required by Pennsylvania law.'' The local media of Harrisburg identified the assistant as Mike McQueary, now a Penn State wide receivers coach and the team's recruiting coordinator. McQueary was out of town on a recruiting trip Sunday, according to his father, John McQueary, who declined to comment about the case or say whether they were the two named in the grand jury report. ''I know it's online, and I know it's available,'' John McQueary told media sources. ''I have gone out of my way not to read it for a number of reasons.'' It’s difficult to imagine a more no-win scenario than what ESPN faced covering Penn State’s first game after the horrible scandal that cost Joe Paterno his job as head coach, sullied his legacy and triggered local riots. Play-by-play man Dave Pasch, analyst Chris Spielman, and sideline reporters Tom Rinaldi and Lisa Salters drew the short straws calling the game. And even grading on a curve, they appeared in over their heads. Pasch kept calling the day “emotional,” but that hardly sounds commensurate with the scandal’s magnitude. Nor did anyone ever broach an obvious question — whether Paterno’s assistants who remain on the staff (including son Jay, who broke down during a postgame interview with Rinaldi) might have been aware about the charges against Jerry Sandusky that have rocked the program. During his intro, Spielman said, “Penn State is bigger than one person,” which sort of flies in the face of the mystique surrounding Paterno and a tenure spanning parts of six decades. Spielman then sounded a little like Dr. Phil, adding, “They’re on the road to healing.”
November 10, 2011
November 9, 2011
A Legend Exposed!
"This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more." -- Penn State football coach Joe Paterno responding to public outrage that he did not do more to stop Jerry Sandusky after a graduate assistant came to Paterno in 2002 after allegedly having seen the former Penn State assistant coach molesting a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State showers.(Penn State football coach Joe Paterno arrives home Nov. 9, 2011, in State College, Pa.) STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Joe Paterno, the Penn State football coach who preached success with honor for half a century but whose legend was shattered by a child sex abuse scandal, said Wednesday he will retire at the end of this season. Paterno said he was "absolutely devastated" by the case, in which his one-time heir apparent, Jerry Sandusky, has been charged with molesting eight boys over 15 years, including at the Penn State football complex. The 84-year-old Paterno has been engulfed by outrage that he did not do more to stop Sandusky after a graduate assistant came to Paterno in 2002 after allegedly having seen the former assistant coach molesting a 10-year-old boy in the Penn State showers. Paterno, whose football program bore the motto "Success with Honor," could not withstand the backlash from a scandal that goes well beyond the everyday stories of corruption in college sports. Paterno has been questioned about how he acted when a graduate assistant, Mike McQueary, reported the incident to him in 2002. Paterno notified Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice president Gary Schultz. Curley and Schultz have since been charged with failing to report the incident to the authorities.
November 9, 2011 One of the questions surrounding the sex-abuse case against Jerry Sandusky is why a former district attorney chose not to prosecute the then-Penn State assistant coach in 1998 after reports surfaced that he had inappropriate interactions with a boy. We will never know the answer to this question because of an unsolved mystery: What happened to Ray Gricar (pictured left) the Centre County, Pa., district attorney? Gricar went missing in April 2005. The murky circumstances surrounding his disappearance — an abandoned car, a laptop recovered months later in a river without a hard drive, his body was never found — have spawned Web sites, television programs and conspiracy theories. More than six years later, the police still receive tips and reports of sightings. The police in central Pennsylvania continue to investigate even though Gricar’s daughter, Lara, successfully petitioned in July to have her father declared legally dead so the family could find some closure and begin dividing his estate.
Posted: Monday, November 7, 2011, 9:40 AM STATE COLLEGE, Pa. – The sexual abuse scandal involving a former Penn State football coach has cost a top administrator his job and put another on indefinite leave. Athletics director Tim Curley is going on administrative leave at his request, according to a statement from the school board of trustees late Sunday. Senior vice president for business and finance Gary Schultz will step down and go back into retirement. The two face charges they perjured themselves before a grand jury and failed to notify law enforcement authorities of child sexual abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky, the one-time presumed successor to legendary coach Joe Paterno. Sandusky, 67, faces 40 abuse charges, including 21 felonies. Sandusky, released on $100,000 bail, is charged with abusing eight boys between 1994 and 2009, with some incidents said to have taken place in a Penn State athletics building. He retired from Paterno's staff in 1999. Curley and Schultz are expected to turn themselves in to law enforcement in Harrisburg today. Attorneys for all three say they are innocent. The move follows an emergency meeting of the trustees.
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