Hands-On Experience

Dozens of teenage Explorers have been sexually abused by police officers. Critics say the Boy Scouts, who oversee the program, should share the blame.

Citing that oversight, an arbitrator found that Meade hadn't been properly informed, and reduced his punishment to a written reprimand. Bethany wasn't so lucky. Expelled from the Explorers, her career in law enforcement was over before it had begun.

Six years later, when an outgoing 18-year-old brunette with chipmunk cheeks and a fondness for police officers signed up as an Explorer, the integrity of Bremerton's police department would again be put to the test. "Natalie" quickly made an immediate impression on both the departmental rank-and-file and the top brass, friending officers on Facebook, chatting with them online and going on ride-alongs as often as she could.

Having built up her online network, Natalie sought to hang out with her new police friends away from work. One officer took her to dinner and a movie, invited her over and allowed her to spend the night in his bed, but denied having sex with her. Another, Captain Tom Wolfe, took Natalie to a pizza joint, where he was seen caressing her inner thigh in public (an assertion he denies), and gave her special assignments that allowed her to bring home confidential paperwork. A third officer, Brandon Greenhill, admitted to inviting Natalie to his house while his wife was out of town and, as a movie played on TV, having sex with her.

Brownwood, Texas, Sergeant Vince Ariaz allegedly forced himself on one underage Explorer and performed oral sex on another.
Brownwood Police Department
Brownwood, Texas, Sergeant Vince Ariaz allegedly forced himself on one underage Explorer and performed oral sex on another.
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 Samuel 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.

The first officer, along with four others suspected of improper relations with Natalie, was cleared of wrongdoing by a subsequent department investigation. Wolfe and Greenhill were found to have broken department rules. But because the no-fraternization policy still hadn't made it into the department's official rule book, both officers, like Meade before them, received nothing more than written reprimands. Like Bethany, Natalie was kicked out of the program.

The investigation did yield one positive result: The department's rule book has since been updated. It is now officially forbidden for Bremerton cops to sleep with Explorers.

"To have an incident like that and not have policies in place is inexcusable," says Jeffrey Noble, the police accountability expert. "But then it happens again? That is outrageous. Someone is asleep at the wheel."
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In the years since Walker's report brought police-on-Explorer sex into the open, Bremerton has not been the only department faced with an embarrassing lack of leadership.

In Tualatin, Oregon, the extent of an Explorer sex case — the second such case in the small department in recent years — which included a female Explorer, three officers and a state patrolman was not revealed until The Oregonian undertook a months-long investigation. It found that at least a third of Tualatin's 36-member police force had known of the abuse for years before any action was taken.

Two years ago in Madison, Connecticut, police chief Paul Jakubson resigned after an outside investigation found that he had "deliberately and repeatedly ignored, condoned and thereby facilitated sexual misconduct" for more than a decade. In addition to turning a blind eye to his officers' having sex with prostitutes, Jakubson allegedly reversed a lieutenant's decision barring an officer from repeatedly taking an underage Explorer on ride-alongs, thereby allowing that officer to continue to have sex with the girl unimpeded.

And earlier this year in San Bernardino, it took months for a complaint from an administrator at a 15-year-old Explorer's school that a sheriff's deputy had an unusually close relationship with her to result in an investigation that quickly found that they'd been sleeping together all along. The inquiry found that another deputy was also having sex with a different Explorer. Both men were fired and face criminal charges. A third deputy suspected of similar behavior was allowed to remain in his job.
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In a locked, fireproof cabinet at their national headquarters in Irving, Texas, sits a carefully maintained record of the Boy Scouts' most shameful secrets. "The perversion files," as they're known within the organization, hold the names of more than 5,000 suspected child molesters dating back to the 1940s. The documents gained public notice last year when a former scout from Oregon, suing the Boy Scouts for hushing up his troop leader's serial molestations in the 1980s, successfully fought to get six boxes of the files — containing the names of some 1,200 suspected pedophiles — entered into evidence. A coalition of news organizations have since sued to make those files public. Citing privacy concerns, the Boy Scouts have resisted. The case is now before Oregon's Supreme Court.

Whether the Boy Scouts keep similar records for the Explorer program is not a question the organization is willing to answer. Thus the same culture of secrecy and scandal-aversion that has earned unflattering comparisons to the Catholic Church appears to be at work at Learning for Life. Beyond the organization's opacity is the matter of how it deals with police departments that have proven themselves incapable of keeping their officers' hands off their Explorers. When asked if Learning for Life has expelled, suspended or reprimanded any police department with an Explorer program for failing to uphold its rules, Thornton declined to answer directly. "[Police] departments investigate and take appropriate action to help insure the quality of the Exploring program and the safety of the youth in those programs," she responded. "If needed, city and county officials would also get involved."

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Chester
Chester

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hdmi
hdmi

Guess this was just too much for 'The Blue Wall of Silence" to handle... Well, anymore...

Some professions just draw certain types. Authoritarian professions like police officer attract everything from do-gooders (the majority and barely tolerable) to BTK types to these guys.

But notice how if you ever go to court over so much as a ticket, and imply that the officer is anything but angelically perfect they will look at you like you've commited a blasphemy?

Pete Townshend said it best: Its an eminence front... Its a put on...

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The US Park Police in Washington DC has had a problem with this for several years.

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At the end of a lengthy career as a mental health professional in the Texas prison system, I can safely say that one thing, "nothing surprises me anymore." I have seen it all & then some.

Here is a word of the wise most people don't want to hear. Most psychopaths possess one major element to assist them in their crimes, they can charm you so very well. I believe the judge who passed sentence on Bundy even commented on this.

If a seasoned judge can be swayed, why in the hell do you think you won't be fooled? Many cops think they know the minds of offenders, but they don't, really. Many officers are trained to deal with the detection of criminal activity and the suppression of such with various arrests. Then, they get carted off to jail. Cops don't spend time talking to offenders for years and years. Probation workers, parolee officers, & those who work with this group know what I am talking about.

But, to sit in a prison office & listen to hours upon hours of offenders bragging about their crimes, manipulating others, & preying upon the good nature of the public, you get a completely different perspective.

I've listened to pastors, former prison guards, turn keys (see Ruiz lawsuit), youth workers, Boy Scout Leaders, and police officers talk about themselves and their crimes, particularly those involving underage sex.

Do I believe in rehabilitation? Well, not really. In some cases, when a person was actually "habilitated", had a job, was dependable, and then got busted for a crime, one might argue for rehabilitation.

The worst of the sex offenders I have encountered are generally high verbal, cunning, and quite charming in their action. Churches are sometimes easy targets for criminals. Anyone can ask for redemption after a life of crime. Some Christians are all too forgiving for their own good. Even with this knowledge, it does not deter their tendency to trust others.

But, when some steamy pile of shit molests a child and is a member of the help community, I immediately think of an inverted cross on which to crucify that motherfucker! Cops are no different. Piss on you.

I know this is a crude message, but I hope I've thumped your trusting fucking heads. Be careful with your children. If a priest wipes his chin after hearing confession from your child, you might need to rethink your trust in others.

A rather jaded view in Texas.

Jkubica2001
Jkubica2001

So, how many of these cops are serving time?

 
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