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1 February 2007 at 9:13 a.m.
bridy - I wholeheartedly agree with you - it is almost always a “trustworthy” person. Who in a million years would suspect a youth minister? This is a crazy world we live in. It is comforting to hear that some parents are not sweeping this under the rug because “he was a good guy”, but rather teaching their children a valuable lesson in trust. I know these children will all survive and move forward, but I also know they will always have this “incident” lingering in the back of their minds. Sad. Children should never even have to think of such things, let alone experience them. And none of us really know what kind of lasting effects will impact these kids.
I am astonished that any parent would come to this guy's defense. I don't care how much good he did, the bad was SO bad that in my mind, erases any good. Personally, I would rather have seen him dragged through the streets, stoned and hanged on the courthouse lawn. I don't care who you are, you don't touch children in a sexual manner - not even once. In fact, it should never even be thought of. That is sick beyond comprehension. But, however he is gone - at least he is gone and I would hope this community would send out a strong message that we will not tolerate sick crimes against our children. There is nothing okay about that.
Again, my heart truly goes out to the children and their families. They say time heals. I hope that is true. I am deeply saddened to think of any child having to heal from such a thing.
1 February 2007 at 8:45 a.m.
No one will ever know the truth? So you are saying that these kids are liars and the creep took his own life because….? Do you even comprehend the fact that there most likely are many more children that have suffered at the hands of this monster? Where did he live before he came here? Is that why he came here? No, this was not his first time - this was his first time caught. Inappropriate touching of a child is not a “mistake”. As someone said earlier, he has been grooming kids for years. He knew exactly what he was doing. There is no excuse and I don't care how much good he did - his bad outweighed any good he could ever have accomplished.
You go ahead and hold that place in your heart - that is your right. I do think it sad that you would teach your children to look the other way. You are showing them that this behavior is okay as long as you are a “good person with an excuse”. To include sex and a child in the same thought process is sick. Again, I'm glad he is gone. I am glad there is one less predator on the streets…and for him to be a youth minister is even more vile. And in my opinion, it is people like you that are making people like them so comfortable in commiting these heinous acts. To even think it makes me choke back the puke.
1 February 2007 at 8:36 a.m.
The debate going on in this forum is sad. I know that what I write isn't going to change the minds of those of you who still support him. (Notice how no one is using his name?) I can only hope that one day the proof against him is made public (minus the victim information) that way the truth will have come out as much as it could in the situation. I am not glad that he is dead. That saddens me and adds one more layer of pain to all of his victims. I am glad that he can't hurt any more of our children.I don't know if my children will ever be able to trust the way they did before this, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. With this knowledge, they are more prepared to protect themselves from the other predators still walking our streets. They learned a painful but valuable lesson. The people that prey on our children aren't the scary strangers, but people that they know, trust, and often love.The pain will fade. The lesson learned will be with them forever and it will help them protect themselves. I don't want my children to forget what happened, I do want them to heal.I don't want people to hate him. I want compassion for his victims and understanding of the behavior and process that allowed him to victimize.A note for the people that believe that he was innocent… Please protect your children, and teach your children to protect themselves with knowledge. Blind trust is what allows predators like this to have victims. A pedophile that is going to victimize your child isn't going to be a scary stranger. The pedophile has to gain the childs trust and most times, the family's trust as well. If your child is a victim, the vast majority of the time, you know the predator. Help make this awful event into a positive learning experience for the young people in your life and help them learn to listen to their instincts and to have open communication with the adults in their lives so that they do not become victims.
1 February 2007 at 5:17 a.m.
my kids spent a lot of time with him to. what he was being accused of is wrong, but no one will ever know the truth. and for everyone to say they are glad to see him gone is sad. no, you don't ever get over the situation, i have been through this same thing, but you can go on with your life. as i have done. my son is still upset about what has gone on, as he spent a lot of time with him, i told him that everyone is intitled to their opinion, and that he will hear a lot of stuff, and also told him to just go on and ignore it. we all in this house still have a place in our hearts for him, and always will.
1 February 2007 at 12:18 a.m.
My heart truly goes out to all those children he touched directly and indirectly. I am both saddened and sickened. So he takes the easy, painless way out and all the families are left with the pain to deal with. Do you ever really get over something like that? Will those kids be able to just flush those memories out of their minds?
I normally would not say this, but I am glad he is gone and no longer able to cause harm. Too bad he could not have suffered a little more first. For anyone to defend him is mind boggling.
31 January 2007 at 1:41 p.m.
I have three children. Two if them were in his youth group. One male and one female. My son went on a number of trips both out of town and out of state with him. Both of my children were at his house more than once. The kindness and “good” behavior on his part is what they call grooming. In order to victimize a child, a predator first has to get that child to trust them in a process called grooming. It is an evil, vile process that strips away the childs defenses so that they may become a victim. All of it comes across as kindness and caring. That is what makes it so vile. I have absolutely no doubt that he is 100% guilty. My concern is for the young people that he violated, and for my children. My daughter is disgusted by him and what he did. In addition, she is questioning the christian faith as well. She feels betrayed not only by this predator, but by the church as well. My son is broken hearted. He just keeps asking me how someone can betray your trust in those ways. There are alot of victims of this predators actions. The young people who very bravely came forward and deserve our support and a commendation for the courage it took to voice how they had been injured by someone so “trusted and respected”. His family is a victim as well, and my heart goes out to them. But, there are dozens of unnamed victims in the children and families who have been betrayed by his lies. My children and our family are a prime example of that, and so are dozens of others. The proof was there to convict him had it gone to trial. My daughter asked how he could do these things and be a pastor. I told her there are two types of people. There are good people who sometimes do bad things, and there are bad people who sometimes do good things. He is one of the bad people who happened to do some good things in order to further the bad things he was doing. Sad, but true.
31 January 2007 at 6:30 a.m.
Unfortunately all the “good” you say he did was a lie. It was satan speaking to you the entire time. Maybe he was only sizing you up is why he was kind to you. Setting up his next victim when the current one turns 18. What pediphyle wouldn't be kind and supportive? The last thing they want to do is draw attention to themselves!
28 January 2007 at 11:13 p.m.
While I cannot argue that the act he commited was vile, I feel compelled to stand up for at least one of the good things he did in his life. He saved my life and soul in many ways. I know it is hard to hear good things about someone that is so vehemently hated, but he was one of the only people in my life growing up that was there to support me in any way. I have always been thankful for him and his kindness towards me. Nothing inappropriate ever transpired. I can only hope that with his passing maybe he can be remembered for his better acts. Let his soul be weighed out by God and concentrate on taking care of your children rather than spending your time demonizing him further.
18 January 2007 at 9:39 p.m.
I heard one of his victims actually went to his funeral with her parents. Don't ya think that's a little bizarre?
18 January 2007 at 9:47 a.m.
As I said before, there is no punishment harsh enough for crimes committed against children. Personally, I am glad we did not have to rely on our “system” (yes, Bonnie) to get this creep out of our town and to protect other children. It makes me ill to realize how many children he hurt before getting caught.
On a good note…happy to hear the SO has done a great job in being helpful and supportive to the families involved in this heinous crime.
16 January 2007 at 8 p.m.
Taylor the punishment he would have gotten in prison would have been very harsh had he actually been convicted. Child molesters are often raped or killed in prison. Instead he chose to end his own life which he should have known was not a sin that could be forgiven. The punishment he will face in Hell guilty or not guilty will be far greater than any this world can offer.
12 January 2007 at 6:48 a.m.
I want to commend the police and sherrif's departments for a wonderful job they have done with the recent tragedy in the community. They have been available to help my family through this horrible time and offer any assistance they can. We should be proud of the hard work they do.
11 January 2007 at 1:15 p.m.
though the bonnie situation, 100% with you.
Rather than get upset, I will just say I disagree.
11 January 2007 at 12:58 p.m.
I do understand what you are saying, and most times would agree…but in the case of child molestation, I am instantly outraged and further infuriated when I see them walk free - bond or otherwise. His was one life that I am not sorry to see end. I think anyone that touches a child inappropriately is sick beyond measure and should not be permitted to walk amongst the masses. I cannot even dream of a punishment harsh enough to bring justice in this type of crime.
11 January 2007 at 11:47 a.m.
Likewise, if he isn't guilty that isn't an exactly easy claim to fight. It seems that its one of few cases in court where simply someones word has all the power in the world. If he is guilty, which by what he did makes it seem so, then he deserved to go to jail.
If he isn't though, he was in a tough predicament that would have been next to impossible to escape from. Sorry I attacked you personally it was un warranted.
11 January 2007 at 7:50 a.m.
Well, based on his own choice of action - I would have to say he admitted his guilt. And yes, when an innocent CHILD makes that sort of claim, I tend to listen to the child. I find it disgusting that anyone would ever come to the defense of a pedophile.
As for my involvement in this community, you don't have a clue and if HIS great “service” was molesting children, I think this community would have fared much better without his involvement. My heart and my prayers are with the children he hurt - and I imagine God will straighten all that out now.
11 January 2007 at 1:28 a.m.
Oh Taylor. You are just like everyone else in that town. Quick to assume that because they were arrested, they are guilty. I'm not saying he's not guilty, I am saying you're too quick to judge… He gave more to the community than you probably ever will…
Innocent until proven guilty… at least thats what it was in this country.
10 January 2007 at 9:53 a.m.
Actually, get a petition w/even signatures, and she could be voted out soon! I agree. She only goes after the easy cases. The ones that involve children that are just trying to grow up. And they get in trouble for things we used to do 25 years ago as part of learning how to grow up. It's sad. Kids can't be kids…but true criminals can continue through life as though they just got slapped on the hand for grabbing a cookie before dinner! 30 lbs of dope into our town was an example, just as a drunk driver killing his best friend…both totally uncharged. But don't look at a kid wrong in the middle school, you're liable to get charged w/racial discrimination or intimidation!! And it will stick! Probation for 2 years, 100 hours of community service, $300 for victims assistance, etc.!! It's happening daily. When will we get someone in DA's office that actually wants to put the real criminals behind bars?
9 January 2007 at 12:49 p.m.
Two very disturbing stories today - I am disgusted by another pedophile on the loose…how do they always make their way into a position of trust? At least he was caught and behind bars - I hope Roesnick does not screw it up now.
And speaking of Roesnick…unbelievable how she always picks the wrong side. Once again, it is obvious to me that she does not pick between right vs wrong, but rather easy vs hard. My heart goes out to the Bailey family.
How much longer before we can vote her out?
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