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2 minutes ago, Jeff Ream said:

And a former Cathokic yet I didn’t bash them

Yep and was a weird week for me when that was going on. Attended a funeral mass for friends mom and found out an ex roommate from college passed. Journalism major who became a priest. Ended up a Monsignor and did journalism work for Johnstown (or is it Altoona) dioceses. 

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If I read the PA AG report and Mr. Rutherford's letter correctly, this individual was investigated but was not charged with/convicted of a crime. Rutherford specifically states that there was no report of misconduct while he was a YEA/Cadets2 employee.

Were there accusations of something more here from some other source?

If not, it seems like YEA must already have something pretty close to the zero-tolerance policy that so many people online are calling for in DCI.

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1 hour ago, ShortAndFast said:

If I read the PA AG report and Mr. Rutherford's letter correctly, this individual was investigated but was not charged with/convicted of a crime. Rutherford specifically states that there was no report of misconduct while he was a YEA/Cadets2 employee.

Were there accusations of something more here from some other source?

If not, it seems like YEA must already have something pretty close to the zero-tolerance policy that so many people online are calling for in DCI.

Read in another source that he was accused of being in chat rooms where child porn is passed around. Think it was in one of the links but not sure which one. Seems like bits and pieces all over the place as far as information is concerned.

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12 hours ago, IllianaLancerContra said:

It is better right now to over-report than under-report.

 

Is there a fine line though? Please hear me, protecting kids from sexual predators is paramount. There are not enough means for institutions, whether they be schools or corps, to find out the information. But let me give a recent incident at Texas Tech.....

A high profile football player was arrested last week on an outstanding warrant for theft from 9 months ago. It made the front page of the newspaper, 6 o'clock news, and social media sites. Mere hours later it was reported that the arrest should have never happened. The campus police had actually found the correct thief and the player was innocent. But the police had failed to correct their police report before it was turned over to a grand jury. There is video evidence the player was innocent. Now, even though the news has tried to get the correct information out, the player is still being ostracized by the public as a "star player beating the system" or "getting off due to back door deals." Despite the evidence, he is still guilty to many people for a crime he didn't commit.

My point....where does public knowledge start, institutional privy begin, and where does legal rights begin? I don't know the answer. I realize this isn't apples to apples. But is there information that should only be available to employers (who have proved at times to not use the info correctly) or is the information so important to the public that people be ostracized with no hope of possible correction with facts? Gosh, I don't know. I hear the arguments. I hear the torture of the victims. Its so frustrating that people in trust positions have failed, both as employers and as people committing criminal acts. I mourn that we have lost our ability and first intuition of trusting people. I guess just take this as a vent.

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9 minutes ago, Rileydog said:

Is there a fine line though? Please hear me, protecting kids from sexual predators is paramount. There are not enough means for institutions, whether they be schools or corps, to find out the information. But let me give a recent incident at Texas Tech.....

A high profile football player was arrested last week on an outstanding warrant for theft from 9 months ago. It made the front page of the newspaper, 6 o'clock news, and social media sites. Mere hours later it was reported that the arrest should have never happened. The campus police had actually found the correct thief and the player was innocent. But the police had failed to correct their police report before it was turned over to a grand jury. There is video evidence the player was innocent. Now, even though the news has tried to get the correct information out, the player is still being ostracized by the public as a "star player beating the system" or "getting off due to back door deals." Despite the evidence, he is still guilty to many people for a crime he didn't commit.

My point....where does public knowledge start, institutional privy begin, and where does legal rights begin? I don't know the answer. I realize this isn't apples to apples. But is there information that should only be available to employers (who have proved at times to not use the info correctly) or is the information so important to the public that people be ostracized with no hope of possible correction with facts? Gosh, I don't know. I hear the arguments. I hear the torture of the victims. Its so frustrating that people in trust positions have failed, both as employers and as people committing criminal acts. I mourn that we have lost our ability and first intuition of trusting people. I guess just take this as a vent.

Hear here!

My Dad taught in a school where a student lied about her lost pregnancy and blamed a teacher for the paternity.  It was all over the papers and the man's reputation was ruined. When the tests finally came back, he was proven 100 per cent innocent, but the newspapers never reported that. He had to move to a different State to regain life for him and his family. He had failed her on a math test, or rather she failed herself, and thus did not qualify for a school ski trip.

I taught at a school where a similar situation befouled the reputation of a veteran gym teacher doing spotting as junior high kids learned to use the pommel horse. Accusations of inappropriate touching of one student who later admitted that he lied to get back at the teacher who had given him demerits for failing to bring proper materials to school class. The grandmother cancelled the kid's Disney trip.  Newsday had the story at the beginning for 5 days but printed the retraction 6 months later at the bottom of p. 104 under the classified and obit notices. The teacher died of a stroke having lost his career.

There is also one case in  1980's drum corps where a volunteer discovered a drug selling ring between a nationally well known instructor and several corps members. Two of the instructor's friends went to jail as a result. Twenty years later the nephew of the drug dealer made a bogus claim against the volunteer and went public with it; the variance in surnames never alerted the volunteer to be wary. The volunteer was banned from drum corps tours although the police later rescinded the charges and record. The corps has since neither apologized nor welcomed that person claiming safety first despite the truth. Eventually other corps sadly discovered the reality of that nationally known designer no longer included on any corps' staff.

 

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Gosh every time I log on here, it's more bad news. 

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while some are trying their best to poo poo what YEA did here...this speaks volumes on the new culture at YEA

 

 

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12 hours ago, Jeff Ream said:

I'll admit.....I've known Don for many years and taught an HS Band with him. Had no idea. Nicest guy, never saw him do anything inappropriate on a staff full of colorful characters. All that aside, YEA did the right thing as soon as they knew.

The sad truth is, innocent or guilty, once this story popped, YEA had no choice.  

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1 minute ago, Terri Schehr said:

The sad truth is, innocent or guilty, once this story popped, YEA had no choice.  

Maybe the moral is you never can tell even by being around a person. Have a distant in law who we’d see few times a year (usually when he’d mooch a holiday meal). Lazy sack, kind of sorry for himself but ok to be around as had a funny personality. He missed a few holidays and found out he was in prison on child porn charges. Jaw dropper to say the least. He got out and back in again for a few years. Worked with an IT contractor who was always top of his game and professional. He was arrested as a VIOLENT predator so never can tell.

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