Dear Mr. Sickler,
Thank God for my law enforcement training. The ESPN article below concerning Gold-medal gymnast McKayla Maroney is very troubling to say the least on several fronts. So it was widely known among the girls, coaches, and their parents that pedophile Dr. Larry Nassar was sexually abusing the female gymnasts. In McKayla’s case, no right-minded loving parent would allow at minimal allegations of abuse to go on for five years, unless they wanted their daughter to reach the long-desired goal of an Olympic gold medal. Then all the years of hard work and sacrifice while going through periods of sexual molestation would be worth it. Yes! gold medals, fame, and wealth (money). These parents literally prostituted their daughters to a pedophile doctor.
And when the training was over, and millions are sought from the victim’s family, attorney Gloria Allred approaches USA Gymnastics, requesting that the organization participate in a confidential mediation process to cover up the actions of pedophile Dr. Larry Nassar. In my unadulterated opinion, attorney Gloria Allred is a whore of the first order.
Mr. Sickler, who in the world would allow these atrocities (years of sexual abuse) to happen to their daughters? Well, to name a few, parents of McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas — teammates on the “Fierce Five,” the gold-medal-winning team from the 2012 London Olympics — allowed pedophile Dr. Larry Nassar to sexually assault their daughters during medical exams so that they could remain on the team and compete in the Olympics. This is absolutely unconscionable.
So this is how those young girls were really trained: “to be silent, suck it up, and deal with this temporary inconvenience toward your goals of gold medals, fame, and wealth.” Wow!
On a personal note, although Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on the child pornography charges, I firmly believe that the totality of what he has done to dozens of girls (some say as least 140), including drugging them, warrants the death penalty at least in the various countries were he abused the girls.
Mr. Sickler, some of these girls will never be ‘right’ psychologically. Some will have attempted suicide, and a few will unfortunately succeed. But sadly, what society has taught women manifested itself in the sexual harassment case of 66-year-old Florida Republican State Senator Jack Latvala.
Facing a public corruption investigation and possible expulsion from the Florida Senate, Jack Latvala resigned yesterday, a day after a retired judge concluded that he likely violated state corruption laws by trading legislative favors for physical contact and for sexually harassing and groping multiple women.
Latvala, 66, of Clearwater, a long-time Tampa Bay leader and Republican candidate for governor, sent a letter of resignation to Senate
President Joe Negron in an abrupt and dramatic end to a controversial career that spanned three decades, yes! 30 years.
Latvala’s resignation was the third in the 40-member Senate this year. Frank Artiles, a Miami Republican, resigned in April after other senators complained about his use of racial insults, and Lake Worth Democrat Jeff Clemens resigned in late October after he acknowledged an affair with a lobbyist.
Now, before he resigned, Latvala called the allegations “totally fabricated” and a “witch hunt.” He denied harassing women and hired his own attorney. In interviews with the Times/Herald and other news outlets, Latvala has called the allegations an attempt to undermine his candidacy for governor.
“There are 200 female employees in the Florida Senate, and the one that complains is married to a political consultant,” he said. “That’s not a coincidence. I announced for governor on Aug. 15. Why weren’t these allegations made before then? This is politically motivated.”
Latvala has undergone a polygraph test, and his attorney has collected the sworn statements of women who have worked with him in his office, or as lobbyists, in an attempt to serve as character witnesses. You’ve got to be kidding. What was Mr. Latvala thinking? And to run for governor with this type of illicit behavior lurking in the background.
“Ms. [name withheld] … testified that Senator Latvala expressly intimated to her on multiple occasions, that if she engaged in sexual acts or allowed him to touch her body in a sexual manner he would support particular legislative items for which she was lobbying,” the report said.
The report said her “testimony is supported by explicit text messages purportedly sent from Senator Latvala.”
The woman, who met Latvala in 1995 and said she developed an “intimate” relationship with him, said the sexual relationship persisted even after he was remarried in 2015.
“The allegations of quid pro quo conduct (physical contact or sexual intimacy in exchange for support of legislative initiatives) made by a witness other than Complainant, and seemingly confirmed in text messages from Respondent, appear to violate ethics rules, and may violate laws prohibiting public corruption,” Swanson wrote.
The woman testified that she finally left lobbying in “large part so [she] would never have to owe [Sen. Latvala] anything.”
Still, she “testified that between 2015 and 2017, Senator Latvala touched and groped her in an unwelcome manner every time she went to his office, and that she believed tolerating such behavior was part of her job as a lobbyist. If she went to his office in the Capitol and the door closed, she pretty much [was] always touched.
“Ms. [name withheld] stated that Senator Latvala placed his hands up her dress, touched the outside of her underwear at her vaginal area, her buttocks, and her breast.”
To All Florida Elected Officials: Beware of the Power of the Police
By Ezell Harris Jr., , Director, Floridians Monitoring Law Enforcement (FMLE)
November 1, 2017
How many of you elected officials remember the shocking story of former State Representative Bob Allen being arrested at the Veterans Memorial Park in Titusville for allegedly soliciting an undercover black male officer inside the restroom after offering to perform oral sex for $20?
Robert (Bob) Allen (born September 30, 1958) is a former American politician who was a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives from 2000 until 2008, representing the 32nd district. His district included portions of Brevard and Orange Counties.
He made headlines in 2007 after being arrested for offering $20 for the opportunity to perform fellatio on an undercover black male police officer in the restroom of a public park and was released on bail.
Well, Rep. Bob Allen was a statistic, a victim of political dirty tricks of the worst kind. This “set-up” was a vicious payback to Rep. Bob Allen for not voting a certain way the lobbyist wanted. But strangely enough, the lobbyist with a connection to a major law enforcement official did the bidding for other Republican elected officials to get Bob out of the way. That is how this so-called “surveillance of a public restroom” at Veterans Memorial Park in Titusville took place specifically targeting Rep. Robert “Bob” Allen.
Facing a public corruption investigation and possible expulsion from the Florida Senate, Jack Latvala resigned yesterday (December 20), a day after retired Judge Ronald Swanson concluded that he likely violated state corruption laws by trading legislative favors for physical contact and for sexually harassing and groping multiple women.
A disgraced Jack Latvala sent a letter of resignation to Senate President Joe Negron in an abrupt and dramatic end to a controversial career that spanned three decades.
“I have never intentionally dishonored my family, my constituents or the Florida Senate,” Latvala wrote in the letter. But sadly, his intentional text messages convicted him.
P.S. Florida Sen. Jack Latvala took a lie detector test to clear his name of sexual misconduct
“They were willing to engage in a systematic cover-up of the entire matter,” Manly said Wednesday when asked about the confidentiality agreement.
USA Gymnastics: McKayla Maroney’s attorney in 2016 initiated confidentiality request
LOS ANGELES — In late 2016, when the sexual assault allegations engulfing USA Gymnastics and former team doctor Larry Nassar made national news, attorneys for the governing body of the sport and one of its biggest stars, McKayla Maroney, struck a deal to keep any mention of her abuse by Nassar out of the public eye.
In late 2016, USA Gymnastics paid Maroney to sign the confidentiality agreement, Manly said, effectively buying the silence of one of the sport’s most recognizable Olympians. Manly would not disclose the amount, but The Wall Street Journal reported that Maroney was paid $1.25 million.
“I want people to understand that this kid had no choice. She couldn’t function. She couldn’t work,” Manly said. “They [USAG] were willing to sacrifice the health and well-being of one of the most famous gymnasts in the world because they didn’t want the world to know they were protecting a pedophile doctor.”
Manly was not part of the negotiations between Maroney and USA Gymnastics that led to the confidentiality agreement.
Maroney violated the terms of her confidentiality agreement in October, Manly said, when she publicly revealed, first on Twitter, that she had been abused by Nassar.
“In 2016, McKayla’s attorney at the time, Gloria Allred, approached USA Gymnastics, requesting that the organization participate in a confidential mediation process,” the statement said. “USA Gymnastics cannot speak to the mediation process, which is confidential and privileged under California law. The process culminated in a settlement agreement that included a mutual non-disclosure clause and a mutual non-disparagement clause.”
The lawsuit filed Wednesday names the United States Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics, Nassar and his full-time employer, Michigan State, as defendants. It could further expose Maroney to a counter suit from USA Gymnastics, Manly said.
“People need to understand the courage it took to put out that Twitter post. She not only was exposing her humiliating story, but she was also putting herself at legal risk,” Manly said, adding that he thinks the chances of a successful countersuit are remote.
“Confidentiality agreements in child sex abuse cases are unlawful in the state of California and have been for years,” Manly said. “We’re basically saying USAG and its lawyers violated the law by asking McKayla to agree to it and that she should be free to talk about her abuse to whomever she wants, whenever she wants.”
USA Gymnastics said in its Wednesday statement: “The settlement in 2016 was in accordance with state law, despite what has been alleged. At all times, McKayla was represented by Allred, a California-based attorney, who actively negotiated and approved the settlement agreement signed by McKayla.”
Those letters detailed years of sexual abuse by Nassar, a former osteopathic physician who treated Team USA gymnasts at four Olympic Games and now stands accused in civil lawsuits of sexually abusing more than 140 females during medical exams.
One of the more disturbing incidents described in the letters by Maroney and her mother occurred when Maroney, then 15 years old, competed in the 2011 world championships in Tokyo.
“[Nassar] had given me a sleeping pill for the flight, and the next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting treatment,” McKayla Maroney wrote.
Erin Maroney detailed the same incident in her letter to the federal court.
“[Nassar] drugged her, made her lay nude on a treatment table, straddled her and digitally penetrated her while rubbing his erect penis against her,” Erin Maroney wrote. “She was only 15 years old. She said to me, ‘Mom, I thought I was going to die.’
“This experience has shattered McKayla. She has transformed from a bubbly, positive, loving, world-class athlete into a young adult who was deeply depressed, at times suicidal. At times, I was unsure whether I would open her bedroom door and find her dead.”
Nassar, 54, was sentenced to 60 years in prison on the child pornography charges. Maroney attended Nassar’s federal sentencing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, but did not speak with reporters.
Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas — teammates on the “Fierce Five,” the gold-medal-winning team from the 2012 London Olympics — have all publicly accused Nassar of sexually assaulting them during medical exams. Maroney is the first of the three to file a lawsuit.
Using an ungloved hand, with no other adult present and without the consent of Maroney’s parents, Nassar first digitally penetrated Maroney when she was 13 in her dorm room at the Karolyi Ranch — USA Gymnastics’ national team training center run by former Team USA coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi — according to the lawsuit.
Maroney’s lawsuit alleges that Nassar continued to abuse her on dozens of occasions for nearly five years on three different continents.
“In addition to the sexual acts … Nassar would continuously, obsessively and compulsively photograph McKayla Maroney,” the lawsuit states. “Maroney alleges that she believes photographs were taken of her while Nassar was sexually abusing her under the guise of treatment.”
In her recent letter to the federal judge, Erin Maroney asked: “Did [Nassar] trade those images with other pedophiles? Are those images on the dark web today? Will she wake up one day to find an image of her 13-year-old self being assaulted on the internet? This is what our family must live with and it will never go away.”