Day care teacher gets 35 years for sexual assaults on 12 boys

February 2, 2012 Comments Off on Day care teacher gets 35 years for sexual assaults on 12 boys

Ex-teacher gets decades in prison for child molestations
Monday, January 30, 2012 By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

A former teacher at Tender Care Learning Center in Scott pleaded guilty to 13 cases involving child molestation and child pornography this morning in Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas.

Matthew K. Byars, 26, was sentenced to 35 to 70 years in prison for his actions abusing 12 boys, ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old. He also must register for life as a sex offender.

The families of the boys agreed to the plea deal in part to end the case quickly and avoid having them testify.

“We made an offer that will not victimize these boys any further,” said Deputy District Attorney Laura Ditka….

According to Ms. Ditka, Mr. Byars molested seven boys he taught at Tender Care, met the cousin of a boy there who he also abused, and molested two other boys.

He befriended the boys at the daycare, as well as their families, and often took them on outings, organized pickup hockey games, brought them to his church and invited them to sleepovers at his home.

In some instances, the boys were fondled and photographed or recorded on video. In others, they were forced into sex acts or sexually assaulted, Ms. Ditka said….

Speaking briefly, Mr. Byars apologized.

“I do realize the affect of my actions on so many people,” he said. “I truly am sorry.”
http://www.postgazette.com/pg/12030/1207008-100.stm

Day care teacher gets 35 years for sexual assaults on 12 boys
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
By Paula Reed Ward, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scrawled across the page in all capital letters, written in the hand of a child, the statement read, “I HATE MATT.”

Another boy, in blue ink, wrote to the judge, “I feel sad and lonely. But once I see the other kids, I’m not so lonely because I know I’m not the only one.

“But what’s the worst is that every morning I wake up, I think of that.”

They were two of 11 boys who sat in the jury box in Allegheny County Common Pleas Judge Donna Jo McDaniel’s courtroom Monday and listened as the prosecution listed each one’s case, and the horrific things they had to endure at the hands of Matt Byars, a man they trusted.

In the middle of Deputy District Attorney Laura Ditka’s summary, one of those boys, who is now 9, shouted, “Find someone your own age, Matt,” and fled the courtroom….

Mr. Byars, hired at Tender Care in 2007, pleaded guilty Monday to sexually abusing 12 boys, ranging in age from 6 to 17 years old, over a period of several years….

According to Ms. Ditka, Mr. Byars, 26, of the West End, sexually abused seven boys he taught at Tender Care, as well as the cousin of a boy who attended the center. He also abused four others.

He befriended the boys at the day care, as well as their families, and often took them on outings, organized pickup hockey games, brought them to his church and invited them to sleepovers at his home.

While at Tender Care, Ms. Ditka said, Mr. Byars would sometimes call boys out of line when they were going outside and have them stay back with him. In some instances, he assaulted them there.

In other cases, he took the boys to his home where he showed them pornography and photographed and recorded them on video performing sex acts. He also set up a video camera in his shower and recorded the boys while they washed.

Mr. Byars told them to “flex” their muscles when he photographed them, the prosecutor said.

In one instance, Mr. Byars made a boy engage in oral sex to let him play video games.

Police became aware of Mr. Byars’ actions when the mother of one boy told her son “Mr. Matt” wanted to take him to the movies.

The woman explained the terror she saw in her son’s eyes that day, and how the boy reacted to what she had said.

“It all makes sense now,” she said. “How my son went from an open, caring, loving little boy to an angry, fearful and sad lost soul.”

Her son had been having head- and stomachaches daily. She took him to doctors, and he was diagnosed with having anxiety.

“I blamed myself,” she said.

As a single mother of two, she wondered if her son was jealous of his little brother, or was mad that she no longer read to him.

“My life will never be the same,” she said.

All of the family members who spoke talked about betrayal and the loss of innocence.

“He has taught them hate. He has taught them fear,” read one woman who is the grandmother of one victim and the great-aunt of another.

Another mother called Mr. Byars a “monster.” She told the court that her son has only recently been able to cuddle with his own father after having been abused.

“[He] is having trouble learning how to trust men again, including his dad,” she said.
http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/12031/1207105-55-0.stm

online child abuse and ritual abuse conference transcripts

August 28, 2011 Comments Off on online child abuse and ritual abuse conference transcripts

CD information on the 2011 ritual abuse conference information is at http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2011-conference/

Always Getting Stronger: Giving Survivors a Voice in the World
– Neil Brick.  He is a survivor of Masonic based Ritual Abuse and MK-ULTRA. He is the editor of S.M.A.R.T. – A Ritual Abuse Newsletter. His topic is:
http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2011-conference/always-getting-stronger-giving-survivors-a-voice-in-the-world/

Alleged ritual abuse by Freemasons and The Order of the Eastern Star, otherwise known as Co-Freemasonry in Australia

Kristin Constance has a Diploma in Community Welfare and Professional Counselling. She works with people with disabilities some who have been abused severely. She is a survivor of alleged masonic and order of the eastern star ritual abuse within a multi-generational family. She has been healing for twenty years.  Her topic is: Alleged ritual abuse by freemasons and order of the eastern star (co-freemasonry) in Australia.
http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2011-conference/alleged-ritual-abuse-by-freemasons-and-the-order-of-the-eastern-star-otherwise-known-as-co-freemasonry-in-australia/

The Official Story vs. Reality: Survivors as Whistleblowers
Carmen Yana Holiday is a survivor of  child pornography, human trafficking,  ritual abuse-torture and mind control. She has been an advocate for other survivors since 2001, developing and facilitating trauma recovery workshops and presenting as a survivor of RA-MC for several organizations. Her topic is: The Official Story vs. Reality: Survivors of Extreme Abuse as Whistleblowers.
http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2011-conference/the-official-story-vs-reality-survivors-as-whistleblowers/

The Myth of Panic – Exposing Theories Used to Cover Up Ritual Abuse Crimes – Neil Brick
http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/2011-conference/the-myth-of-panic-exposing-theories-used-to-cover-up-ritual-abuse-crimes/

Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas

August 20, 2011 Comments Off on Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas

Deal Frees ‘West Memphis Three’ in Arkansas By CAMPBELL ROBERTSON August 19, 2011

JONESBORO, Ark. — The end, if it can be called that, came all of a sudden. After nearly two decades in prison for the murder of three young boys, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., commonly known as the West Memphis Three, stood up in a courtroom here on Friday, proclaimed their innocence even as they pleaded guilty, and, minutes later, walked out as free men….

Under the terms of a deal reached with prosecutors, Mr. Echols, Mr. Baldwin and Mr. Misskelley leave as men who maintain their innocence yet who pleaded guilty to murder, as men whom the state still consider to be child killers but whom the state deemed safe enough to set free.

Last November, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled that there was enough evidence to call a hearing to determine whether to have a new trial. The hearing was scheduled for this coming December.

But it was less than three weeks ago that lawyers representing Mr. Echols began working on a deal to offer to prosecutors that would free the men.

Under the seemingly contradictory deal, Judge David Laser vacated the previous convictions, including the capital murder convictions for Mr. Echols and Mr. Baldwin. After doing so, he ordered a new trial, something the prosecutors agreed to if the men would enter so-called Alford guilty pleas. These pleas allow people to maintain their innocence and admit frankly that they are pleading guilty because they consider it in their best interest.

The three men did just that, standing in court and quietly proclaiming their innocence but at the same time pleading guilty to charges of first- and second-degree murder. The judge then sentenced them to 18 years and 78 days, the amount of time they had served, and also levied a suspended sentence of 10 years.

The prosecuting attorney, Scott Ellington, said in an interview that the state still considered the men guilty and that, new DNA findings notwithstanding, he knew of no current suspects.

“We don’t think that there is anybody else,” Mr. Ellington said, declaring the case closed.

Asked how he could free murderers if he believed they were guilty, he acknowledged that the three men would likely be acquitted if a new trial were held, given the prominent lawyers now representing them, the fact that evidence has decayed or disappeared over time and the death or change of heart of several original witnesses. He also expressed concern that if the men were exonerated at trial, they could sue the state, possibly for millions of dollars.

“I believe that with all the circumstances that were facing the state in this case, this resolution is one that is palatable and I think that after a period of time it will be acceptable to the public as the right thing,” Mr. Ellington said.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/08/20/us/20arkansas.html

‘West Memphis Three’ — Convicted Of Killing Boy Scouts — Free After Serving 17 Years In Prison by David Lohr 8/19/11

After serving 17 years behind bars for the brutal murder of three children in eastern Arkansas, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin — dubbed the “West Memphis Three” — have been released from prison.

“They will be free men … on suspended sentence,” prosecuting Attorney Scott Ellington told reporters during a Friday press conference.

“Only time will tell as to whether this was the right decision.”

All three men had been imprisoned since 1994, when they were convicted of killing three 8-year-old boys: Stevie Branch, Michael Moore and Christopher Byers.

Prosecutors alleged the trio killed the children in Robin Hood Hills on the morning of May 6, 1993, as part of a satanic ritual. According to police, the boys’ bodies were mutilated and left in a ditch. Each had been hogtied with his own shoelaces.

At the time of their arrests, Baldwin was 16. Misskelley was 17, and Echols was 18.

Echols was sentenced to death, Misskelley was sentenced to life imprisonment plus 40 years, and Baldwin was sentenced to life.

DNA testing was not available at the time of the defendants’ trials. In 2007, it was found that DNA collected at the crime scene did not match that belonging to any of the three men. In November 2010, the state Supreme Court ruled that all three could present new evidence in court.

A new court date had been set for December, but on Thursday Judge David Laser ordered all three men transported to Jonesboro for today’s surprise hearing. In a brief statement released to the press, Laser only said that the hearing was to “take up certain matters pertaining to the cases” of the three defendants.

Experts believe both sides have entered into a complex legal agreement, in which the three men have entered into so-called Alford pleas.

“The plea means that you maintain your innocence but you believe there is a substantial likelihood that a jury will find you guilty so you are pleading guilty per State v. Alford,” Anne Bremner, a Seattle attorney and legal analyst, told The Huffington Post. “The effect of the corresponding finding of guilt by the court is the same as with a straight guilty plea.”….
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/08/19/west-memphis-three-free_n_931449.html

West Memphis 3 confession, witness corroboration and physical evidence
https://eassurvey.wordpress.com/2009/12/14/west-memphis-3-confession-witness-corroboration-and-physical-evidence/

CD recordings now available from the 14th Annual Ritual Abuse Conference

August 8, 2011 Comments Off on CD recordings now available from the 14th Annual Ritual Abuse Conference

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Internet conference CD information: http://ritualabuse.us/smart-conference/

The conference was very successful this year. S.M.A.R.T. wants to thank all those that attended and participated in the conference, including the speakers, cosponsors, volunteers and those in the survivor community that helped us promote the conference.

CDs are now available of the conference speakers. Please print out the form below to order them. Information on ordering is below.

These CDs are educational and not intended as therapy or treatment. Statements made on these CDs are the speaker’s own statements only and don’t necessarily represent the policies or views of conference sponsors, cosponsor, speakers, exhibitors or organizers.

1) Neil Brick – Always Getting Stronger: Giving Survivors a Voice in the World

2) Janet Thomas – Writing Out Loud—The Power of Story to Save Our Lives and Change the World

3) Kristin Constance- Alleged ritual abuse by freemasons and order of the eastern star (co-freemasonry) in Australia.

4) deJoly LaBrier – The Challenges of Recovering From Extreme Abuse

5) Maria – Why I never married.

6) Alexandra – What I have learned so far

7)  Mary Keats – Continuing Hope and Healing

8) Carmen Yana Holiday – The Official Story vs. Reality: Survivors of Extreme Abuse as Whistleblowers

9) Dave – Finding Meaning

10) Neil Brick – The Myth of Panic – Theories Used to Cover Ritual Abuse Crimes

CDs are approximately 60 minutes long. CDs are $12 each.

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Special price until 9/15/2011- all 11 CDs only $115 US, Canada $125.
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Former Daycare Worker Gets 40 Years In Prison For Sexually Abusing Preschoolers

July 23, 2011 Comments Off on Former Daycare Worker Gets 40 Years In Prison For Sexually Abusing Preschoolers

Benjamin Janicki, Former Daycare Worker, Gets 40 Years In Prison For Sexually Abusing Preschool Kids

7/22/11 Benjamin Janicki, 20, a former Denver church daycare worker, has been convicted of sexually molesting nine preschool children and sentenced to 40 years in prison, the maximum allowed under a plea agreement, according to The Denver Post.

The plea agreement was arranged so the nine young girls would not have to testify about the horrifying abuse they faced at the hands of Janicki, who was a summer hire aide for pre-Kindergarten aged kids at the daycare center, according to 9News….

Janicki plead guilty to to two counts of first degree assault and two counts of attempted sexual assault on a child, according to CBSDenver.

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/22/benjamin-janicki-former-d_n_907343.html

Plea Deal Announced In Church Day Care Molestation Case
May 9, 2011 Benjamin Janicki entered a guilty plea in court Monday morning to two counts of first degree assault and two counts of attempted sexual assault on a child. He was charged after being accused of molesting four preschool-aged children at the Park Hill United Methodist Church.

Janicki worked as an aid at Park Hill United last summer when he was 19.

Originally the charges Janicki faced stemmed from four victims. On Monday during court proceedings it was revealed that five more victims were added to the list.

http://denver.cbslocal.com/2011/05/09/plea-deal-announced-in-church-day-care-molestation-case/

Casey Anthony family “dysfunctionality,” West Point Day Care Ritual Abuse Case

July 8, 2011 Comments Off on Casey Anthony family “dysfunctionality,” West Point Day Care Ritual Abuse Case

also:  Video of the documented CIA mind control history 1979

Jesse Grund, Casey Anthony’s Ex-Fiance, Calls Family A ‘Carnival Of Dysfunctionality.’

Casey Anthony’s ex-fiance Jesse Grund calls the Anthony family a “carnival of dysfunctionality.”  In an interview with NBC’s Matt Lauer, Grund says he witnessed the dynamics between Casey, her parents, and her brother, and says that “there is no way Casey goes back home.”

“There is no way they have any semblance of a normal family life,” he says.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/06/jesse-grund-casey-anthony_n_891351.html

Video of the documented CIA mind control history 1979 http://www.brasschecktv.com/videos/government-corruption/control-freaks-sadists-and-thugs.html

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West Point Day Care Sexual Abuse Case with Ritual Abuse allegations

Cunningham, Douglas and Alan Snel “A Legacy of Pain: Settlement Doesn’t Ease Abused Children’s Fears,” The Times Herald Record (Middletown, New York), June 11, 1991.

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The Record photos: A new sign indicates a building number  change.  The red brick West Point Child Development Center was at the center  of controversy in 1984. Mug photos: Judge W. Knapp  William E. Crain  Dr. Walter R. Grote

Record photo by Jeff Goulding: New center Director Nancy Campbell-Capen,  above, talks about improvements to the building, including viewing windows in  doors.

The Record photo: The West Point Child Development Center as it was in the  mid-1980s, when the child abuse charges first surfaced. Back then, the  building number was 666, leading to speculation that the abuse was satanically motivated.

A LEGACY OF PAIN  SETTLEMENT DOESN’T EASE ABUSED CHILDREN’S FEARS
WEST POINT
Seven years have passed since she was sexually abused at West Point’s child-care center. Yet today, the 10-year-old girl can’t go to the bathroom  without her mother waiting by the door.

The girl – who was 3 when West Point child-care workers were accused of  sexually abusing her and 10 other children in 1984 – also asks her mother  about whether she will be able to bear children when she grows up.
“This happened seven years ago, and it’s not any better,” the girl’s  mother said. “She’s constantly asking, `What if we’re out in the store,  Mommy, and we see these people? Are they going to hurt me?’ . . . But this is  constantly on her mind because she knows these people are not in jail for what they did.”

In the U.S. District Court files in Manhattan, the West Point sexual abuse  case is resolved. The government failed in 1985 to indict any suspects in its  criminal investigation. But last month, it settled a civil suit brought by the parents of the 11 victims. Nine of the victims will receive $2.7 million, with awards ranging from $25,000 to $625,000.

But even as the legal dust has settled, the case lingers as a legacy of  pain for the families.
“These people stole our children,” the mother said. “(She’s) nothing  like she used to be. She’s a very angry little girl. She doesn’t trust anyone. She’s nothing like she was before this happened.

“It’s never going to be over for them, or for us.”
The case began in 1984, when allegations surfaced of sexual and physical  abuse of children at the West Point Child Development Center.
The incidents unfolded against a backdrop of satanic acts, animal  sacrifices and cult-like behavior among the abusers, whose activities extended beyond the U.S. Military Academy borders to Orange County and a military base  in San Francisco, parents charged.

The specter of satanism would later spur U.S. Military Academy officials to change the West Point child-care center’s building number from 666 to 673.

Despite 950 interviews by 60 FBI agents assigned to the investigation, an  investigation led by former U.S. Attorney Rudolph Giuliani produced no federal grand jury indictments. The investigation did find “significant indications  that children may have been abused” at the center.

Until now, no official reports or investigations have verified the sexual  abuse. The Times Herald-Record, however, has learned that a still-secret,  independent report – prepared by one of the nation’s top experts on child  sexual abuse – confirms the children’s accusations of abuse. The report also  played a vital role in ending the seven-year legal ordeal and in enabling the  case to be settled without the children undergoing potentially hostile  questioning on the witness stand, said U.S. District Judge Whitman Knapp, who  heard the civil case.

The expert, Dr. Ann Wolbert Burgess, a professor of psychiatric nursing at  the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia and the author of the book,  “Child Pornography and Sex Rings,” entered the case in 1989.

She interviewed all the children. She said yesterday that her goal in the  case had been to reduce harm to the children because testimony in open court  could have triggered symptoms of abuse, prompted by a “resurfacing” of the  original incident.

Knapp said that because Burgess worked for neither the government nor the  plaintiffs, but reported directly to the court, her findings carried  additional credibility. Neither Burgess nor others would speak about her  specific findings.

“You can draw your own conclusions from the fact that (the government)  paid all this money,” Knapp said about Burgess’ report. “The government  wouldn’t have likely paid that money unless the report gave them a basis for  doing that.”

The families’ lawyer, William E. Crain, who now practices in Elkin, N.C.,  and formerly worked in Newburgh, said the report is independent confirmation  of the children’s claims. He received nearly $300,000 in legal fees in the  case. The amount, 25 percent of the settlement, is set by law.

“Just generally speaking, it corroborated the children’s allegations they  had been sexually abused by day-care center staff,” Crain said of the  report.

“That report was sealed and has never been seen by anybody else and I hope it never will be,” Knapp said. “That has all the intimate details of what  happened to these children. Certainly, they don’t want to be plagued by that  when they grow up.”

The government, however, admitted none of the allegations in making the  settlement. Edward T. Ferguson III, the assistant U.S. attorney in charge of  the case, declined to comment on Burgess’ role. He said that the settlement  was in the best interests of the children and did not require them to testify  in court.
“Everyone involved – the parents, the government and the court – all  wished to avoid (the children taking the witness stand), if an accommodation  could be reached,” Ferguson said.

Among other things, several of the settlements – made individually with  each child’s family – provide for medical costs, counseling and a college  fund. The actual cost of the settlement is $1.175 million. Much of the money  will be invested and paid out during the victims’ lives, thereby increasing  the total to $2.7 million.
“They’re children. They’re going to have to live with what happened to  them. So are their parents,” Crain said. “But in terms of legal work, the  legal end of it is finished.”

Nancy Campbell-Capen’s job began just four months ago. West Point hired the New Jersey native to run its child-care program, including the center, a  red-brick building tucked on a hill between playing fields and a playground.
Ms. Campbell-Capen recalled talking about the sexual abuse case with her  boss and other center staffers.
“More people were reacting to the media coverage than the actual possible  event,” Ms. Campbell-Capen said she was told.

The center serves 150 children – 80 percent from military families and 20  percent from civilian workers. There are 120 children on a waiting list for  the center that now complies with federal guidelines, which were strengthened  in 1989.
“They certainly tightened the old regulations,” said Ms. Campbell-Capen,  who ran child-care centers at Army bases in Germany. “We discovered the need  to tighten up with staff training.”

Only a handful of the center’s 86 workers remain from the 1984 staff. Ms.  Campbell-Capen said the staff had no response to the lawsuit settlement.
The center is trying to receive accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The center’s dedication to meeting child-care standards contrasts with the  way victims’ parents were treated when they sought to alert West Point and the military that their children had been sexually violated.
The Army’s reaction to the parents’ plight so enraged former Army Dr.  Walter R. Grote that the ex-captain refused a promotion to major in 1985  because of the treatment of his child’s sexual abuse case at West Point. He  was one of the first parents to file the lawsuit, but later dropped out of  seeking money from the case.

“Unfortunately, money can’t . . . undo the trauma incurred by scores of  children at West Point . . . because people with responsibility didn’t  exercise that responsibility,” said Grote, now in private practice in New  Jersey. “What the hell is a settlement? . . . They could have caught these  people doing it at the time that they were doing it.
“We have a tendency to think that everything that’s evil and bad is on the other side of the Pacific or the Atlantic.
“And that’s not the case.”

The mother of the 10-year-old said the settlement will pay her daughter’s  college bills. But the mother said she would have preferred the government  kept its money and punished the abusers.
Without the prosecution, West Point has retained its polished national  image, she said. Even last month, the government admitted none of the  allegations in making the settlement, a reminder of what parents say was West  Point’s callous denial.

“They wouldn’t acknowledge what happened,” the mother said. “I’m sure if it was done anywhere else but West Point, it would have been acknowledged.”

Another parent whose son was sexually abused recalled that the Army was not prepared to treat satanic abuse.
“You had a bunch of kids who had some kind of abuse and the concerns of  the parents seeking assistance fell on deaf ears. The medical treatment for  the satanic abuse was not meeting the bill. It was far beyond what (the Army)  could handle,” said Maj. Bob Caslen, an infantry officer reached stationed at Fort Campbell, Ky.
Two teacher aides were suspended and later quit after the charges  surfaced.

After a federal grand jury failed to return indictments, community members  joined the parents in calling for another investigation in 1985.
Joan Benedict walked with parents at a protest in Highland Falls in hopes  of inspiring another probe. And she was a member of an Orange County  anti-pornography group that sponsored a forum to allow the victims’ parents to speak out in 1986.

Ms. Benedict said she used to pray and walk at West Point because of the  189-year-old institution’s majestic Hudson River views. But no more.
“When I saw the headlines of the child pornography ring at West Point, it  cut me to the heart,” Ms. Benedict said. “I know West Point is only surface  beauty. They were outright cruel to the parents.”
Ms. Benedict, a Town of Cornwall resident, started her own crusade to spark the Justice Department to reopen the abuse case. She ended her efforts in 1988 when she was convinced of a federal cover-up after receiving a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice.

Mary C. Spearing, a special attorney with the Justice Department’s National Obscenity Enforcement Unit, wrote that the case was closed.
“Unfortunately, no new evidence, revelation or hint of wrongdoing or  negligence surfaced during our review,” she wrote. She noted in her letter  that the assistant U.S. attorney on the case was a father of four and that she had two children herself.

The monetary settlement, however, did not resolve the parents’ bitterness  over what they still maintain was a botched FBI investigation. In fact, court  papers filed by parents showed federal investigators not only refused to  believe the children, but, in some cases, also criticized some parents for not keeping their children under control in their homes.

“When the agents came to the house, they did not appear to have a tape  recorder and they were not taking notes during the interview,” one parent  said in a sworn statement, according to 1984 court papers. “He became annoyed and frustrated and said, `It looks like she’s just trying to get attention.’  ”

Recalled Grote: “The tragedy is the abusers could have been caught . . .  with a little imagination and a lot less chauvinistic narcissism on the part  of West Point and the initial FBI investigator.”

Prosecutor Giuliani did not return calls last week. In 1987, Giuliani said  his detailed investigation showed only one or two children were abused. The  federal investigation cleared the center staff members accused by the  children.

The mother of the 10-year-old girl still tries to cope with the abuse’s  aftermath.
“As far as I’m concerned, the government gave them a license to go out and abuse other children,” the mother said. “I have to explain to my daughter  these people are still out there.
“And she still has nightmares. She’s afraid they’re going to come through  the window at night to get her.”

Center changes
Despite sexual abuse charges that surfaced in 1984 and a $1 million  renovation of the building, the West Point day-care center was hit with 79  violations in January 1988. Here are some of the violations found by the  14-member Pentagon task force and how they have been resolved:
– Doors lacked windows. According to inspectors, this “increases the  potential for child abuse.” All center doors now have windows.

– No background checks. The names of the 22 child-care providers were not  submitted to the Army Central Registry to determine whether they had prior  criminal records. All employees now have background checks done.

– Unprotected electrical outlets. All outlets now have protective caps.

– Toilets not immediately adjacent to activity areas.  Restrooms have been  renovated and child-size toilets have been installed.

– Some workers, from the center’s acting director to receptionists, did not receive proper training. Training has begun.

An Army Child Care Evaluation team spent a week in August scrutinizing the  center and did not list any infractions, said Ray Aalbue, a West Point  spokesman.

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