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.

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."

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.

Maggie, the Explorer abused by former Sergeant 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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Chester
Chester

This article is really hot!

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...

sean
sean

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

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Dude, most 15 year old girls are quite sexually active and know exactly what they want!www.Total-Privacy dot US

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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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