A man who was recently re-elected as fire chief in a Pennsylvania town resigned after it emerged that he had been convicted of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.
Robert Gilbert Jr. resigned as fire chief of the Spartansburg Fire Department after public outrage, with Gilbert saying he didn’t want the department to be attacked.
“My family and our community are being attacked. I didn’t want that to continue. All I have done for 18 years is good things. But outsiders are tearing us up. I felt the best thing to do was back away,” he told JET 24.
Gilbert Jr. has worked with the department for 25 years, starting as a volunteer and working his way up before becoming chief a year ago.
He said he has changed since his conviction, adding, ” It seems you can never do wrong and do good again.”
SULPHUR, Okla. – An Oklahoma prosecutor has resigned after negotiating a plea deal that gave probation to a legally blind man who raped a 13-year-old Texas girl at a church camp.
Murray County District Attorney Craig Ladd said he disliked the way the case was handled. On Wednesday, he announced the resignation of David Pyle, the assistant prosecutor who handled the case.
Pyle said Monday that a major factor in his decision not to insist on prison time was that the defendant was legally blind. Instead, Benjamin Lawrence Petty, 36, was sentenced to 15 years’ probation after pleading guilty to first-degree rape and other charges.
“I want it to be known that I strongly disagree with the lenient manner in which the Benjamin Petty case in Murray County was prosecuted in many respects,” Ladd said.
Under the terms of his probation, Petty will be required to wear an ankle monitor for 24 months,
Shortly before it became public today that the president of the University of Rochester (U of R) will resign next month, an outside investigator hired by the school to examine its handling of sexual harassment allegations against linguistic researcher T. Florian Jaeger announced her conclusion that Jaeger did not violate university policies or sexually harass students and that accounts by his accusers are “exaggerated and misleading in many respects.”
“We … do not believe that any potential claimant or plaintiff would be able to sustain a legal claim for sexual harassment in violation of [federal law],” according to the report by investigators led by Mary Jo White, a partner at the law firm Debevoise Plimpton in New York City who is
Tina Trent writes about crime and policing, political radicals, social service programs, and academia. She has published several reports for America’s Survival and helped the late Larry Grathwohl release a new edition of his 1976 memoir, “Bringing Down America: An FBI Informer with the Weathermen,” an account of his time infiltrating the Weather Underground.
Dr. Trent received a doctorate from the Institute for Women’s Studies of Emory University, where she wrote about the devastating impact of social justice movements on criminal law under the tutelage of conservative, pro-life scholar Elizabeth Fox-Genovese.
Dr. Trent spent more than a decade working in Atlanta’s worst neighborhoods, providing social services to refugees, troubled families, and crime victims. There, she witnessed the destruction of families by the poverty industry, an experience she describes as: “the reason I’m now a practicing Catholic and social
An Ohio University English professor accused of sexually harassing several students has resigned.
Andrew Escobedo’s resignation will be effective Nov. 1, according to a statement from Ohio University President Duane Nellis.
His resignation comes months after two students reported sexual misconduct to the Office of University Equity and Civil Rights Compliance. Investigators with that office found that the evidence supported the finding that Escobedo, 50, sexually harassed them.
The complaints stemmed from events at an end-of-semester gathering at two Athens bars in December 2015, according to documents outlining the findings of the investigation. The women accused Escobedo of touching their bodies in a sexual manner without their consent and making verbal statements of a sexual nature to at least one of the students. Both were enrolled in one of Escobedo’s courses at the time and said they feared that refusing his advances would