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Prosecutor: Teachers Would Not Help Investigate Predator Who Molested Boy

Posted on | January 27, 2014 | 63 Comments

Matthew LoMaglio, 37, pleaded guilty to molesting an 8-year-old boy who was a student at the elementary school in Rochester, N.Y., where LoMaglio taught gym classes. On Jan. 14, LoMaglio was sentenced to four years in prison, but the prosecutor said many of the criminal’s colleagues did not cooperate with the investigation:

Many in the community were also surprised and disappointed that more than 20 educators wrote to the court in the pre-sentencing phase, expressing support for LoMagio but little or no sympathy for the young victim.
“Some of the people (on the school staff) who were cooperative told us there was talk at school, sort of like ‘Are you for the teacher or for the student,’” Kyle Rossi, the assistant district attorney who tried the case against LoMaglio, told EAGnews. “It was very disappointing to make contact with teachers who wouldn’t give us the time of day until they were instructed to.” . . .
But building a case against LoMaglio was not easy, because a significant number of teachers and other school employees who had worked with the gym teacher over the years refused to cooperate with police and prosecutors during the investigation, Rossi said.
“I would say that many teachers and administrators at several schools where this guy had taught wouldn’t talk to us at all,” Rossi said. “We ran into cold shoulders all the way around. They would say things like ‘nothing happened here’ and ‘I don’t know anything, I don’t want to talk about anything.
“One person even told a police investigator ‘don’t call me again.’ Some were even rude.” . . .
“It was problematic for us. No one was volunteering to help. There were people who complied – they were cooperative because it was a police investigation – but nobody was excited to participate. There were teachers who simply refused to speak to us.”
Rossi said he was also troubled by the 22 letters the court received from various teachers, expressing support for LoMaglio. He said he is not authorized to turn over the letters to the public or divulge the names of the teachers who wrote them.
Some of the letters were written on school district letterhead. . . .
“These are people entrusted to work with children and they show no compassion for this kid.”

If this pattern sounds familiar, remember how the Michigan teachers union sided with convicted molester Neal Erickson. Besides, people who are against male teachers having sex with young boys are obviously just a bunch of right-wing homophobic bigots.

 

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  • Zohydro

    Mordete me!

  • ChrisDavis2011

    Perhaps the Pink Triangle of Pedestry?

  • Zohydro

    It’s “Pederasty”

  • http://evilbloggerlady.blogspot.com/ Evi L. Bloggerlady

    I suspect S:OE is a concern sock puppet Moby troll Dianna. FYI

  • http://wizbangblog.com/ Adjoran

    Paterno did exactly what the university policy required in the case of allegations against a member of his coaching staff: he immediately recused himself and referred it to the office of the President.

    For that, they took down his statue.

  • ChrisDavis2011

    Thank you my Hydrocodone brother.

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    That, unfortunately, isn’t complete. When the first allegations were made concerning Mr Sandusky, Messrs Curley, Schultz and Spanier were considering going to the police. Then, unfortunately, one of them talked to Coach Paterno, and whatever Mr Paterno said led the administrators to try to handle it internally, to “talk” to Mr Sandusky.

    It was at that point that those four men really got themselves in trouble. What the NCAA did to Coach Paterno was unfair — they vacated victories from 1998, when Coach Sandusky was first accused, even though that was investigated by law enforcement and dismissed — but he was not blameless in all of this.

    Coach Paterno said that he just never could understand the whole thing, and maybe that’s true, but it doesn’t matter: his intervention was the deciding factor in the other three gentlemen trying to handle it internally.

  • Escher’s House

    Common Core is Intellectual Pederasty.

  • Rosalie

    I still don’t think we know the whole story. Maybe one day Paterno will be vindicated. But I do think that Sandusky was under suspicion for a long time. He was supposed to get a coacing job in VA and then suddenly, after vetting him, they didn’t hire him.

  • Jeanette Victoria

    What do teachers call it when they protect one of their own from criminal prosecution, especially from such a heinous crime as sexual child abuse? …… TENURE

  • http://www.journal14.com/ Dana

    The problem was, I believe, that vetting Mr Sandusky would have turned up the abuse investigation in 1998, even though no charges were filed. No school would take that on.

    I live in Pennsylvania and had a daughter at Penn State, so we heard a lot about this, and there has been so much, a lot of it contradictory, that I’m uncertain about some things. Some reports have Coach Paterno not getting along with Mr Sandusky, that they were not friends after he retired. It seems as though Jerry Sandusky, that great pillar of the community, widely respected in State College, had a million acquaintances, but no friends.

  • Rosalie

    We live in Pennsy too and had football season tickets for many years. We had the utmost respect for Paterno. I felt he should have retired at 70. If only he had.

  • cmdr358

    Yes… Sandusky was just freeing them from their Judeo – Christianity imposed hetero- bondage so that they could flourish unrestrained by society’s antiquated and stifling…….ah, I can never keep up with all that leftwing crap. :-