Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Why hasn't the Southside Sentinel demanded an investigation into Middlesex & statewide Social Services? An editorial by Wes Fager

On Feb. 11, 2008 Betty Wade Coyle of the Virginian-Pilot, the daily in Norfolk, Va., wrote an editorial declaring that Virginia needs a children's ombudsman because "even though concerns are expressed to authorities, very little is done." She cited the Art Bracke case as the catalyst that brought on her editorial. Now Norfolk is a good 80 miles from Middlesex, besides, on Feb. 11 when she wrote her article Bracke had only been accused of arson, attempted murder and molestation, not convicted. Furthermore, the molestation charge had occurred shortly after Bracke had left Middlesex Social Services, that is, he was not even a CPS officer when he was accused of these bad acts. So why was Ms. Coyle so concerned about what happens 80 miles from her and her city, by a man who was no longer with social services, by a man who had only been accused of crimes--not yet convicted? She was concerned because child abuse is everybody's business. She wants to know whether Bracke had ever molested a child(ren) when he was a CPS worker, and if so how many? She views this as a state issue, as well as a local issue. continued

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