By Attorney David Engler
The Louis J. Freeh report came out this week regarding the callous indifference shown by men in leadership at Penn State University towards child victims of sexual abuse by Jerry Sandusky. Judge Freeh was the former head of the F.B.I. and a federal judge. This Board of Trustees had requested a full throttled examination of the scandal, no matter how damaging.
One commentator stated the essence of the report was that Joe Paterno, the University President and Vice President all allowed Jerry Sandusky, a pedophile, on campus and bestowed upon him the gifts from which he would lure more young boys into his sick world. We now know that Sandusky will be in jail for life and undoubtedly in hell thereafter.
I had stated when the scandal first broke that Paterno should be fired immediately. Now his reputation and legacy will be that he put the importance of the football program over the safety of children. The others lost their jobs and at least one faces perjury charges.
Compare the Sandusky scandal to the one in Trumbull County, Ohio. The case is remarkably similar: There, inside the Trumbull County Children Services facility, a pedophile named Cody Beemer was allowed lengthy, private, closed-door access to his 9 month old infant victim! Even though Trumbull’s CSA was in possession of a Court Order prohibiting any such contact by the known pedophile, the staff at the CSA simply ignored the order. They also ignored what was going on behind that closed door, they never saw the pedophile rape an innocent child. He raped a 9 month old baby who had been placed into the CSA’s protection specifically to prevent this type of attack. What exposed his heinous actions were his own cell phone. Left at the baby’s grandmother’s house, she discovered the video he had taken with his phone of his actions inside the closed room in The Children Services Agency. He had plenty of time to create a sick movie of his rape of his own infant child and was monstrous enough to do so. Thankfully one human being stood tall, the Grandmother who promptly delivered the cell phone to the Police, who finally took appropriate action. As I said, the Court acknowledges in their Order that the child should be protected and that no unsupervised visitation should ever take place. Both the Court and Children’s Services knew Cody Beemer. Not only would he come to sexually molest his own baby daughter, he also engaged in the sexual molestation of another infant outside the agency and will likely serve a life sentence for his crimes. But they also knew that Cody Beemer had previously raped his 3 year old sister.
Pedophilia has no cure. He was not in any treatment. He was not chemically or physically castrated. He was an immediate and present danger and CSB knew it. They put the baby rapist in a room without any supervision. Why was he even allowed to be there? The State of Ohio’s investigation of Trumbull’s CSA was beyond obvious:the CSA should improve their risk assessment. Really? The Commissioners, unlike the Penn State Board of Trustees, have said nothing. The Sheriff said nothing. The County Prosecutor belatedly brought in the State to conduct an investigation. This request was made well before the P.S.U. Scandal. No response. When the State investigated it was discovered that the records were not only incomplete but in the end one supervisor got two weeks off, during the holidays for fudging visitation records. That is all that has happened.
A board member and high ranking County law enforcement official said the event was unforeseeable. Let me make this final analogy. What would happen if a ten year old boy was put in a cell with Jerry Sandusky or any other pedophile behind bars? Are the leaders of Trumbull County so naive to think that a pedophile cares where they are at? Most of the rapes occur with known family members or people in a position of trust.
Penn State stated this week that the Freeh Report was the first step toward creating a culture of transparency and accountability. Sadly for Trumbull County it appears that allowing a pedophile to have free access to victims on its property is not such a big deal. As Commissioner Frank Fuda told me once “these sort of things happen to kids in Children Services” (I was telling him about the insane number of murdered children in Trumbull County over the last ten years)
Callous indifference towards the sexual abuse of children by men in leadership positions does not seem to be isolated only in Happy Valley.
Attorney David Engler
Also published on Family Fault Lines Blog http://familyfaultlines.com/