Ceding oversight to the police departments and whatever local authorities they answer to may be a sound legal strategy, says Patrick Boyle, author of Scout's Honor, a book detailing cases of sex abuse within the Boy Scouts. But it is disappointingly hands-off. "In a program that pushes kids to go above and beyond," Boyle says, "the kids would be better served if their leaders went above and beyond, too."

Judith Cohen, a psychology professor at Temple University specializing in youth sex abuse, is more blunt. "Before [Learning for Life] has any more kids enroll [as Explorers], they should take a very systematic look at the problems and why they're arising," she says. "You can't just trust the police departments and hope for the best."

San Bernadino deputy Nathan Gastineau allegedly had sex with an underage Explorer.
Courtesy of San Bernardino County Sheriff
San Bernadino deputy Nathan Gastineau allegedly had sex with an underage Explorer.
University of Nebraska professor Samuel Walker was the first to publicize the cops-having- sex-with-Explorers phenomenon in a paper he co-authored in 2003.
Courtesy of Sam Walker
University of Nebraska professor Samuel Walker was the first to publicize the cops-having- sex-with-Explorers phenomenon in a paper he co-authored in 2003.

Maggie, the Explorer abused by former Sgt. Vince Ariaz in Texas in 2007, is a prime example of who suffers when Learning for Life cedes oversight of its program to locals, says her lawyer, Jeffrey Edwards. "Every person that was supposed to look out for her not only failed, but really turned their back on her," he says. "In this case, the authorities were notified. They just didn't do their job."

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StopChildAbuse-ReadTaxReturns
StopChildAbuse-ReadTaxReturns

It is my firm philosophy that when one wants to stop molestation, abuse of minors, one should go for the money exchanging hands as the "smoking gun." Many times this involves nonprofits, or justice-diversionary programs.

Appreciate the posting of this article. I am wondering how many children would never have been molested if more just normal type, common people learned how to look up charitable returns of major nonprofits that deal with kids -- and call 'em on it when they fail to file.

It's like when something involves "children" or "family" (etc.) the public's mind goes brain-dead. No one likes to deal with corruption -- we prefer to hire others to. However, it's not going to be a free society if we don't understand BOTH patterns of excellence and how patterns of corruption actually happen.

Check it out:www learningforlife org/ about-us/youth-protection-training

I just saw the annual report. It looks just "too" bright, shiny, and carefully multicultural (in TEXAS?) -- and no mention of funding, only testimonials.

There's a "learning for life" foundation EIN# 26-2270708 and then the organization itself, EIN# 75-2396057, no return shows for year 2006. Looks like they are esp. marketing in part to the homeschool/charter school crowd, and have a "Fr." (priest) on a committee. Looking at the highest income year for first EIN#, we see two of the Board of Directors were Scouts, with long tenure, and salary of (Chief) close to $1 mil ($988K) and the other, just short of $500K. "Please donate" to their salaries.

I'm heading off to Texas URLs to see if they've been filing properly with the state. Will report back if I find anything. NB: California charities supposed to be helping kids are notorious (but not notorious enough yet in my opinion) for functioning as channeling money to/from the courts.

Major congratulations to Texas Ranger Hanna (hope the young woman recovered...) and Jonathan Kaminsky for this article. It was far better than the one on California Courts Giving Custody to Pedophiles, which didn't even identify the source of the problem very well.

Happy New Year. Good Job.

Signed, a Mom(I have adolescent (very young adult) daughters who've been in the care of religionists recently, thanks to non-prosecuting law enforcement several years ago + the local family court apparatus)

(note: URL I provided is not mine, it links to an article about a SF charity's fundriaiser)

Rebecca_ae
Rebecca_ae

it is sad but not surprising that men would abuse their power to dominant and take advantage of young women.

Federale
Federale

Riding along every night. Sounds like consent. If a 15 year old goes out to night clubs and dresses like an adult, and sleeps around, San Francisco considers that sexual liberation. But because a Texas cop was invovled it is now rape.

MorttenC
MorttenC

Right!Because getting into a car means an underage girl is agreeing to have sex with any man in that car, especially one she perceives as having power over her physically, and power over her future employment.

Not only did these cops repeatedly molest these underage kids, all the cops who knew about these repeated unlawful and morally reprehensible acts took NO action to stop them. That means there are many more police complicit in these crimes.

There should be enhanced penalties for any public servant who uses their power to commit crimes, especially sex crimes against youths from their own communities.These sexual predators should all be behind bars.

Whoapprovedthatgraphic
Whoapprovedthatgraphic

Looks like the cops are the problem, not the Boy Scouts. Looks like those in charge of the police are not following the very laws they are supposed to enforce. Although I appreciate this article (as it brings a great injustice to light) I feel the blame must remain on the molesters. The Boy Scouts are not hired public servants. The police are.

Citizenwatch
Citizenwatch

Thanks to SF Weekly, now people can see how hypocritical the bad cops are!

Citizenwatch
Citizenwatch

More evidences validate that cops are bad guys

Williesmith692
Williesmith692

These cops enjoy excellent pay & benefit with our hard earned tax money while they are doing the ugly things in the dark corner. SHAME on THEM!!

Adamwong
Adamwong

Then who to arrest these cops?

Gguest
Gguest

The comparison to the Catholic Church is very interesting because it shows that virtually any organization that allows adults to work with children are probably having these same crimes take place.

Gguest
Gguest

How is it that these cops are not charged with rape? Along with a dozen other crimes. It seems that punishment usually is a few days suspension without pay, and of course they have to keep their pensions...

Our society falls deeper into the abyss every day...

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Grownups
Grownups

You can chop you know what off, any adult that takes advantage of their power over a young person who is in their 'trust'. Any servie agency or program that supplies adults as teachers or mentors are ACCOUNTABLE for setting standards of behavior and then monitoring these relationships. "Adults who work with children have a duty of care. They must safeguard children from emotional, sexual and physical harm."

 
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