In the fall of 2004 I called my ex to speak with our two daughters. It was about 6:00 pm. She says "we need to talk" and handed the phone to my then 6 year daughter. First thing she says is "Daddy, an older boy made me pull my pants down today."
I was a bit taken back. I listened as she told the whole story, as a 6 year old would. My impression at the time was that an 8 year old got to agressive playing doctor.
At 10:00 pm, when my ex finally called me back to fill me in on what happened, I found out this "older boy" was 15.
I was shocked. Details of what she and the rest of the twits at the event disgusted me even more.
She had taken our daughters to a branch meeting in Fall River, Mass at the home of the branch coordinator for Southeast Mass. It started at 10:30. After the meeting a dinner was planned. While everyone was preparing the meal this pedophile, Zachary Brodeur, lured my daughter into a garage under the pretense to look at the cars. He then cornered her and did what pervert pedophiles do. He then told her not tell anyone. When the meal was ready my daughter could not be found.
From what I'm told, when my ex finally found her she was visibly upset. Fortunately she has been raised to feel comfortable telling either of us anything and eventually told her what happened. What happened after this disgusts me almost as much as what happened prior.
This is what they did to this pervert:
My ex yelled at him. Even used swear words
The branch coordinator made him apologize to my daughter.
That's it. No one called the police. No one sought medical attention for my daughter to make sure she was ok. And no one notified me of what happened.
After ending my call with the ex and getting the name and phone number of the brach coordinator I called him. The only name I have in my notes is Stoncyplus, which is probably spelled wrong. Anyone who knows the name of the branch coordinator for Southeast Mass in 2004 I'd love to know. Our conversation when like this:
his wife answers
me: I'm [me] I want the address of this Zachary Brodeur.
her: Just a minute (puts phone down, gets husband)
him: This is (whatever his name was).
me: I'm [me]. I want the address of Zachary Brodeur.
me: So I can call the police on him.
him: (big sigh) Well....all the paperwork as been filed. Harve Platig has promised a full investigation.
me: That's nice. Are you going to give me his address or not?
me: So I can call the police on him.
him: (even bigger sigh) Ok. He lives at......
I got off the phone with him and called the state police who, after instructing me to get her looked at by a doctor (which took over an hour of arguing with the ex to get her to do) redirected me to the Fall River police. I called them and they said the detectives that would be handling the case would be in at 9:00 the next morning and to call back then -- which I did. When I called, The Way after apparently many late night phone calls up and down the "way tree" decided to throw the pervert and his father under the bus and had him bring Zachary into the police station Monday morning. No idea where they got the idea I was ....ed and wasn't going to go away....
The detectives said they would need DSS to interview my daughter and that would be used against him in court. I told him I had such a hard time getting my ex to get my daughter to a doctor to be examined I didn't know how I was going to be able to do this. He said, "Don't worry. Once she went to the doctor the state gets involved and she has no choice." Thankfully.
My daughter did the DSS interview with the case worker and 2 detectives behind a one-way mirror. She told everything that happened.
That was it for us. The detectives and state did the rest. I never heard anything else. Going through old paperwork today I came across my notes for this and looked up what became of this pervert:
Massachusetts Department of Public Safety
Homefacts Sex Offender Registry
Harve Platig: You were on the board of directors of The Way International. You did not notify the authorities of this. You did not ensure my daughter received medical attention. You did not even notify me of what happened at your group's event. All you apparently did was work to cover it up and protect the reputation of your religious group.
Chris Gramlich: You were the region coordinator of New England. You did not notify the authorities of this. You did not ensure my daughter received medical attention. You did not even notify me of what happened at your group;s event. All you apparently did was work to cover it up and protect the reputation of your religious group.
Stoncyplus (whatever your name is): This happened in your home. You did not notify the authorities of this. You did not ensure my daughter received medical attention. You did not even notify me of what happened at your group;s event. All you apparently did was work to cover it up and protect the reputation of your religious group.
No one from The Way International ever contacted me. My only contact with them was when I called the branch coordinator to get the bastards address to call the police. If he hadn't given it to me, I would have had the police come to his house and let them extract it from him.
There's more but I'm tired of typing.
tl;dr: The Way International is more concerned about their reputation than protecting those most vulnerable among us -- including 6 year old girls