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On July 8th & 9th, 2014 a two-day jury trial was conducted, The Plaintiff, Anthony Brooks filed suit after he was reported to Child Protection Services for suspected sexual abuse and was suing for $1,000,000 in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages against Mark Moreno and his son Michael.
The following instructions were delivered to the jury on day two of the trial by the Hon. Marc Jacobson, Ret.
First Instruction: The plaintiff contends the defendant Mark Moreno made the following defamatory statements to Christopher Swanenburg on April 28, 2012. During a general telephone conversation stated plaintiff, quote, had taken photos of boys’ crotches, end of quote, and could be resigning. Trial Transcript Day 2

Next instruction: Your verdict must be based on the facts as you find them and on the

law contained in all of these instructions. The plaintiff contends that defendant Mike Moreno made the following defamatory statement to Sherry Hamel on April 28, 2012, quote, you don’t fucking know what’s going on, Ethan came to me at Wednesday’s practice and told me that Coach Brooks had taken inappropriate pictures of him in his compression shorts when the boys were changing into their uniform and called the plaintiff a pedophile and a pervertTrial Transcript Day 2
  • On the first instruction the Jury found in favor of the Plaintiff, Anthony Brooks against Mark Moreno.
  • On the next instruction the Jury found in favor of the Defendant, Mike Moreno.
Essentially, the Jury decision means that they did not believe what Michael Moreno said was false. Michael Moreno never denied making the statement which essentially means that a jury of Brook’s peers believed that Brooks did take inappropriate pictures of a player in his compression shorts. As a matter of fact, the minor signed a sworn affidavit after he turned 18 years old, the affidavit was precluded from the trial by the judge in a pretrial conference.
Mr. Moreno adamantly denied the statement attributed to him by Christopher Swanenburg. Mark Moreno contends that the statement offered by Swanenburg was a finely crafted false statement constructed by Swanenburg and his attorney to instigate a lawsuit. Swanenburg throughout his litigation in Newport News always seemed to have a problem with the truth.
In April 2015, Swanenburg lost his fourth and final lawsuit related to his termination from Christopher Newport University in which he sued his former assistant coach and the parent of one of the players. On June 25, 2015 Judge Timothy S. Fisher, the trial judge who presided over Swanenburg’s nearly four years of litigation wrote “This is about as unfortunate course of litigation as I have had the opportunity to observe and it appears to achieved absolutely nothing.”
The Moreno’s represented themselves, Brooks was represented by D.Hayden Fisher of Richmond, VA. Fisher  who also represented Christopher Swanenburg in multiple lawsuits related to his termination from Christopher Newport University. Swanenburg failed to prevail in any of the (4) suits that he filed and the last case was settled by a jury that found in favor of the defendant.  Hayden Fisher is the same lawyer who filed a writ to have the confessed murderer of a VCU coed released from prison in 2008. The confessed murderer left the body of his victim wrapped in plastic and duct tape near a public beach in Matthews County. According to published reports, Fisher had not been requested or retained by anyone to file the action but conceivably did so to bring media attention to himself.

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So now Brooks thinks that he is deserving of a $250,000 award from a jury. The judgement is a small price to pay when one considers the potential devastation that Brooks could have caused as a result of his apparent predatory tendencies. How can a 67 year-old man justify walking around a partially clothed minor with a camera in his hand and say that he was only checking the lighting on a perfectly sunny day?
The jury decision for Brooks against Mark Moreno apparently has more to do with whether he “could” or “would” be resigning considering the fact that the same jury found in favor of Mike Moreno.
So that’s it, Brooks made the players of a high school lacrosse team refer to him as “creepy” and “weird” because more than likely he is a pervert who either did or attempted to take photos of partially clothed minors and a jury of his peers did not believe that to be false. The Moreno’s defended and protected those players despite the personal risks, they did not hide behind lawyers, they did not settle, and they never folded to the threats and tactics of a disreputable publicly reprimanded sleazy attorney.   Brooks, Swanenburg and their despicable lawyer Hayden Fisher apparently fabricated this lawsuit not to clear Brooks’ name but to profit from it. For Hayden Fisher it’s just a way to collect fees, for Swanenburg it’s just a way to fuel his ego by finding a way to get even with anybody that opposes him, and for Brooks it’s just plain perverted stupidity.
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The Honorable Timothy S. Fisher, Newport News Circuit Court heard oral arguments on June 11, 2015, on a Motion for Sanctions filed against Christopher T. Swanenburg and D. Hayden Fisher, Swanenburg’s attorney. Frank A. Edgar, Jr., Todd Boward’s attorney argued that since the moment that Swanenburg was fired from Christopher Newport University he has used the court to extract revenge against the person that he contends “orchestrated” his firing.

Swanenburg’s attorney argued against the sanctions by essentially arguing that the core issue was that Boward had defamed his client by falsely stating that Swanenburg was fired for calling people the n-word which was different from using the n-word although in previous proceedings he had argued that it was a distinction without a difference. Fisher argued that Boward had admitted that he did not know why Swanenburg was fired and therefore Boward’s statement was actionable.

In his 18 page Opposition to Motion for Sanctions Swanenburg’s attorney argues that Todd Boward is seeking the sanctions to bully his client and accuses the defendant of leaving a four-year paper trail and states that if Todd Boward has incurred significant legal expenses it is because “he has been the architect of his own misfortune”. Swanenburg further argues that the defendants motions for sanctions exceed the 20 page limit by 8 pages according to Rule 4:15 (c) of the Supreme Court of Virginia.

Most importantly, Swanenburg argues in his brief that he has already agreed not to appeal the the jury decision and that it is Boward who is unsatisfied with merely winning the case and is now piling on by filing a Motion for Sanctions against Swanenburg and Fisher.

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Coaches are Mandated Reporters Part II

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Beginning in January 2012, Anthony Brooks, Mark Moreno, and Michael Moreno, (Mark Moreno’s oldest of three sons),  were coaches on a high school boy’s lacrosse club team that was part of Hampton Roads Lacrosse League (HRLAX). In addition to being a coach, Mr. Moreno (Mark) was also the Vice President of York Lacrosse Club, Inc. (YLC) which was formed in January 2012 to fund and develop a boys high school club team to compete within the Hampton Roads Lacrosse league. The entire Moreno family had been huge proponents of building a boy’s high school club team in the Williamsburg area and earlier that year had received an email from Jim Old, President, Hampton Roads Lacrosse in May 2011 outlining the formation of a York / Williamsburg Boys High School Club team.

(HRLax), a 501(c)(3) Corporation, whose stated purpose is to provide a youth lacrosse experience in the Hampton Roads geographical region. Hampton Roads Lacrosse collects membership dues for US Lacrosse (USL), The National Governing Body of Lacrosse. In addition to collecting membership dues for US Lacrosse, HRLax also collects a participation fee from members to administer league operations and provide certification for coaches. Teams that participate within the league were required to play (10) scheduled games within the league.

Prior to the formation of the team, Mr. Moreno was invited by the Director of Development, HRLax, to a formation meeting in York County to encourage the development of the new boys’ team in York County. The team was to include players from Williamsburg and York County and Mr. Moreno was urged by those present to serve as President of the new club. Mr. Moreno declined the offer to be the club’s president and was unanimously elected as Vice President. At that time the Moreno’s were introduced to Mr. Brooks who had offered to serve as head coach for the newly formed team.

In the months that followed Mr. Moreno and his son Michael received Level 1 coaching certifications from US Lacrosse to assist Mr. Brooks with the team. Michael worked directly with Mr. Brooks both at games and practices as an assistant coach. Michael and Mr. Brooks appeared to have enjoyed a good working relationship and were very successful in developing this first year team. Both the Moreno’s enjoyed a very positive experience with Mr. Brooks.

Mr. Moreno attended board meetings, worked on promoting and marketing fundraising campaigns, acquired the team uniforms, and developed the team’s website, Facebook, Blog, and Twitter. Mr. Moreno was focused on the welfare of the players and focused on safety to include proper hydration, concussion awareness, and abuse and injury prevention. Mr. Moreno provided Gatorade coolers and ice for hydration and basically attended to the sideline activities and did not actively coach the games or practices.

Mr. Moreno routinely worked to create awareness for the team to enhance fundraising and participation through social media, the team’s website, and a blog. Before the season started, Mr. Moreno coordinated and scheduled a lacrosse clinic that included the coaching staff from the University of Richmond Men’s Lacrosse Team, River City Lacrosse, Play in School, and Elkins Sport Performance of Richmond, VA. Mr. Moreno also encouraged the scheduling of a scrimmage with Walsingham Academy in Williamsburg which was later played. Mr. Moreno enlisted area restaurants to help support the team and created some cross-promotions that essentially created traffic and goodwill for the restaurants and awareness for the team.

On or about April 20, 2012, Mr. Moreno was contacted by the head coach of Christchurch School Boy’s Lacrosse Team, inviting the YLC team to play a scrimmage game with the Christchurch JV team in Urbana, VA. Mr. Moreno sent an email message to Mr. Brooks who approved of the game and also pointed out that there were some potential conflicts with the proposed Friday. Subsequently, Mr. Moreno learned that a majority of both team’s players were required to take SAT tests on Saturday morning. Mr. Moreno rescheduled the scrimmage game to Saturday afternoon to address all conflicts and communicated the game through Facebook, Blog, Twitter, Slideshare, and the team website even naming the game the “Rappa Riva Lax Classic” and coordinating with a local restaurant to sponsor a BBQ dinner after the game.

On Friday, April 28, 2012 immediately following a game Mr. Brooks gathered players and parents for some after game remarks and then invited Mr. Moreno to address the group. Mr. Moreno addressed the group promoting the upcoming Christchurch game and all in attendance were genuinely excited. Mr. Brooks interrupted Mr. Moreno telling him that he could not be at the game because he had to work. Mr. Moreno quietly acknowledged his objection and dismissed the group to avoid any controversy in front of the players and parents after the game. Mr. Moreno admits to being surprised with Mr. Brooks’ objection given that the game was widely publicized and that Brooks had already approved the scheduling of the game. Mr. Moreno elected to call Mr. Brooks after leaving the game to discuss the apparent misunderstanding.

In the ensuing phone conversation Mr. Moreno stated that he considered Mr. Brooks as a retired service member and had no knowledge that he worked outside of his volunteer activities on the team and could not be present for a game a week later. Mr. Moreno stated that the conflict was unintentional, and apologized to Mr. Brooks and stated to Mr. Brooks was not the only certified coach on the team and that the scrimmage game could be played without his attendance. Mr. Moreno ultimately agreed that the scrimmage game could either be rescheduled or canceled and concluded the phone call.

Shortly thereafter, Michael Moreno advised Mr. Moreno that some players on the team had directly told him that the coach had made some of them feel “creepy” and “weird”. When Michael asked them to elaborate on why they felt that way, Michael told Mr. Moreno that the players related that Brooks;

  1. had taken pictures of one of the players in his compression shorts
  2. had photographed another in urinated shorts

Mr. Moreno immediately contacted a US Lacrosse Official outside of the immediate area for advice on what should be done. The official told Mr. Moreno that he had to report the allegations but was not sure to whom it should be reported.

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The following morning, Saturday, April 29, 2012, Mr. Moreno received a text message from Richard Blovad, then Boys High School Commissioner, HRLAX,  telling him that Mr. Brooks was complaining about the Christchurch scrimmage game. Mr. Moreno immediately called Blovad to ask what the issue was regarding the game. Mr. Blovad advised that he saw no reason why the game could not be played and that he did not understand Brooks’ objection considering that there were two other coaches available for the game. At the end of that part of the conversation Mr. Moreno asked Blovad a hypothetical question related to suspected sexual abuse by a coach. Blovad immediately disengaged from the call prompting Mr. Moreno to call Blovad again. Mr. Blovad did not answer. Mr. Blovad has subsequently denied that any references to suspected abuse were discussed on that call and recently testified that he first heard one of the allegations from Christopher Swanenburg. Blovad also works directly with Swanenburg as a coach for the Patriots tournament team operated by Swanenburg.

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Christopher T. Swanenburg

Mr. Moreno then contacted Chris Swanenburg, then Director of Boys’ Coaches Training for HRLax and after approximately 25 to 30 minutes of discussion related to summer travel team opportunities Mr. Moreno asked Swanenburg a hypothetical question related to suspected sexual abuse. The question he asked was “what do you do if you have a coach taking pictures of a kid in his compression shorts?” Swanenburg only acknowledged the question by telling Mr. Moreno about an incident that he had witnessed where a player was knocked to the ground by a coach never responding to the hypothetical question that Mr. Moreno had asked.  Swanenburg has had numerous lawsuits related to his termination at CNU and is represented by D. Hayden Fisher.  At the time of the call Mr. Moreno did not have any knowledge that Swanenburg had lawsuits pending in Newport News and did not discover that fact until almost eight months after the call. The call ended shortly thereafter and Swanenburg promptly sent an email to Mr. Moreno attaching participation documents for Capital Lacrosse.

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The Patriots Lacrosse program participates in summer tournaments and is owned and directed by Mr. Swanenburg. Swanenburg sent an email to Brooks on Thursday, May 3, 2012,  almost one week after the conversation, and only  after Swanenburg’s attorney D. Hayden Fisher had sent an email to Brooks asking for “exact words”. Swanenburg’s purported version of the conversation only occurs after his attorney is apparently engaged by Brooks and Mr. Moreno adamantly disputes Swanenburg’s finely crafted version of the conversation.

In his email Swanenburg states: “On Saturday, April 28 Mark Moreno called me on my cell phone at 9:33 am. The phone call lasted 35 minutes and 13 seconds. Almost the entire conversation was spent discussing miscellaneous lacrosse topics. After around 33 minutes on the phone Mark mentioned to me that you (Anthony Brooks) had taken photos of boys crotches and that you were going to be resigning. I don’t recall his exact words and I’m not certain if he actually said boy or boys. I am, however, 100% certain that he accused you of photographing at least one boy’s crotch and that you were going to be resigning. Upon hearing Mark’s accusation, I may have said something like “I am sorry to hear that” or “that’s too bad” and told him that I had to get to watching my daughter’s lacrosse game. I asked no follow-up questions and the call ended shortly thereafter.”

Later that day, Mr. Moreno became aware that the Team Statistician and Scorekeeper, Shari Hamel circulated an email to the parents and players stating that because of the disagreement over the Christchurch scrimmage game that the Moreno’s were trying to remove Mr. Brooks from his coaching duties. Mr. Moreno responded to Hamel telling her that her information was incorrect and that Brooks was disseminating false information about the game. Immediately thereafter, Mr. Moreno received a call from one of the players that had reported the allegations to Michael. The player called Mr. Moreno and related to Mr. Moreno that he had been contacted by Brooks and that Brooks was now offering him a captain spot in the upcoming playoff game.

Mr. Moreno became very concerned that Brooks was now allegedly contacting one of the players that had related allegations about Brooks as well as being present when the other players shared their allegations with Michael. Mr. Moreno sent an email to the other board members requesting an emergency meeting and to remove Brooks from the team immediately. Mr. Moreno subsequently received an email from Crystal Clark, President YLC stating that she was not going to take any actions. Mr. Moreno followed with another email telling her that this was a serious situation and that action needed to be taken immediately. Clark refused to schedule an emergency meeting despite being told in a subsequent telephone call that there were allegations of suspected sexual abuse.

That evening, Michael Moreno called Shari Hamel, team statistician, in response to the email that she was now circulating,  stated “you don’t f**** know what’s going on, Player 1 came to me at Wednesday’s practice and told me that Coach Brooks had taken inappropriate pictures of him in his compression shorts when the boys were changing into their uniforms.”

At 11:08 pm that evening, Richard Blovad, High School Boys Commissioner, Hampton Roads Chapter of US Lacrosse,  sent an email to all players and parents of YLC announcing that all team activities were suspended. At 11:59 pm on the same evening Blovad sends the following email to Mr. Brooks:

“I’ll call you tomorrow!! I am doing everything I can do to shut the Marino’s [sic] up and they are causing quiet [sic] the problem for me.”

Blovad, called Michael Moreno the next day to ask about the allegations and the call lasted about 5 minutes and Blovad only called Michael after Michael had called him requesting him to do so. Michael related the allegations and approximately four hours later Blovad reinstated the team stating that he had conducted an investigation. He reinstated Brooks and subsequently removed the Moreno’s from the league. Blovad never contacts Mr. Moreno after the suspension of the team on Saturday night despite the fact that he admits that he received his “first” information from Swanenburg at approximately 9:00 pm Saturday night.

On Monday morning, Blovad sends an email to the Mark and Michael Moreno essentially removing them from the league citing that they had either not reported the incidents in a timely manner or did not provide information as to what happened or what players were involved.

The following night, YLC conducted a practice in which Mr. Moreno’s youngest son Thomas was expelled from the team as well as one of the players who had reported allegations to Michael Moreno. A third player who had also reported the allegations against Mr. Brooks was threatened with expulsion but not expelled. Later that evening the player authored an email in which he said the following, “wow f*** this, apparently our opinions don’t matter and won’t change anything. Apparently, I was almost kicked off?? What the f***?, Brooks told the team that I quit because I went to talk to Charlie Turner, volunteer coach, with the other concerned players. Brooks has destroyed his own reputation and I have lost all respect for him, Blovad, and Ms. Hamel.”

The following morning, now convinced that Blovad has not reported the alleged abuse to proper authorities, Mr. Moreno placed a call to the abuse hotline giving only his name and the allegations electing initially not to give the names of the players. Subsequently, after being requested to do so, Mr. Moreno provided the hotline operator with names of the alleged victims. Mr. Moreno was contacted by an investigator approximately an hour after placing the call to the hotline, requesting to interview Mr. Moreno concerning the allegations of suspected sexual abuse. Mr. Moreno offered to travel with Michael Moreno to meet with the investigator. The Moreno’s were interviewed for about an hour at the York/Poquoson Department of Social Services. The Moreno’s were advised that the allegations were reportable and that they had fulfilled their duties as mandated reporters. Mr. Moreno was contacted later in the week by the investigator requesting some additional information, which he provided.

Later that week the Moreno family received a hand delivered letter from Jim Old, President of HRLax that they were now “barred” from all HRLax events, games, practices, etc. That letter was delivered prior to the conclusion of the Department of Social Services investigation. The letter does not cite any specific reasons other than to state “due to your attendance at practices”.  Mr. Moreno then contacted US Lacrosse to inform them that he and has family were now the targets of retaliation for fulfilling their duties as mandated reporters.

On May 7, 2012, Mr. Moreno was contacted by the investigator who informed him that the investigation had concluded and the finding was “unfounded”. The investigator specifically told Mr. Moreno that he had met his obligations under the law as a mandated reporter. According to A Guide For Mandated Reporters In Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect a finding of unfounded is one in which “The investigation reveals insufficient evidence that abuse or neglect occurred. This finding does not necessarily mean that abuse or neglect did not occur, but that the evidence was not sufficient for a founded disposition.”

Anthony Brooks v. Michael Moreno, et al Case No: CL12-4935 York/Poquoson Circuit Court

On August 28, 2012 the Moreno’s were served with Plaintiff’s Complaint alleging two counts of Defamation per se. After nearly two years of discovery and litigation a two-day jury trial was held on July 8th & 9th in which the jury found in favor of the defendant Michael Moreno, and against Mark Moreno in favor of the Plaintiff Anthony Brooks.

Trial Transcript Day 1

Trial Transcript Day 2

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Petition for Appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia 

Brief in Opposition to Petition for Appeal

Mr. Moreno has now filed a Petition for Appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia and  contends that he should have been immune from civil liability as a result of his lawful reporting of suspected sexual abuse and further contends that the Plaintiff in this case never proved that Mr. Moreno acted with actual malice. In order to prove actual malice the Plaintiff needed to prove that the alleged statement to Christopher Swanenburg was knowingly false.

Mr. Moreno believes as a matter of opinion that this lawsuit was instigated for improper purpose by Christopher Swanenburg and D. Hayden Fisher, his attorney. Swanenburg and his attorney have essentially prosecuted a series of legal actions in Newport News for nearly 4 years making numerous claims and have thus far have failed to prevail in any of them. Upon knowledge and belief, Swanenburg’s email account of the phone conversation is a finely crafted false statement and his subsequent testimony at trial was either factually false, evasive, or both.

Both Michael and Mark Moreno represented themselves in this case electing to withdraw from counsel in the early stages of the case.

Mr. Moreno has now begun the appeal process to the Supreme Court of Virginia and is asking for your help. If you are associated with a non-profit that exists to protect children and have access to legal resources, we need your help. Mr. Moreno is now scheduled to appear before a writ panel hearing at the Supreme Court of Virginia on March 31, 2015 at 1:00 pm.

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This is the first in a multipart series of articles related to actual cases involving the reporting of suspected sexual abuse in Virginia. It is also important to note it was the events at Penn State and the alleged cover-up that made it’s way into the headlines everyday and continued until June of 2012 when Jerry Sandusky was found guilty on 45 counts of sexual abuse stemming back to 1998.

In November of 2011, Joe Paterno, America’s most well known college football coach was fired by Penn State after the indictments against Sandusky. Apparently the Board of Visitors concluded that Coach Paterno had not done enough to report the allegations against Sandusky.  Coach Paterno had been at the helm of the storied program since 1950 and after Joe Paterno’s firing one of his last public quotes was “This is a tragedy. It is one of the great sorrows of my life. With the benefit of hindsight, I wish I had done more.” Joe Paterno died two months later and after over 60 years as one of America’s most beloved icons, one of his most notable quotes will be one of sadness and regret,  however;  in a book, by his son Jay Paterno,  released in September 2014, Joe Paterno is quoted as saying, “Maybe the silver lining in this is that some good can come out of this.”

Also at the time the world also learned how some at Penn State either sought to cover up the reported sexual abuse and even allegedly lied to a grand jury which indicted Jerry Sandusky on 48 separate counts. In June of 2012 Sandusky was found guilty on 45 of the 48 counts and sentenced to between 30 and 60 years in prison. According to at least one media report he will probably spend the rest of his life in Greene State Prison in southwestern Pennsylvania with many of if not most of the state’s death row inmates.

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To reiterate what Joe Paterno is quoted as saying, “Maybe the silver lining in this is that some good can come out of this.”

With respect to the emotional, mental, and physical damage that Jerry Sandusky inflicted upon his victims, there is apparently little doubt that most could have been prevented had members of the university and even the district attorney not chosen to dismiss or bury the allegations as early as 1998.

The Penn State story is depicted here to show the dilemma that people face when confronted with allegations of sexual abuse and to give context to a dark time in our history and the actions that some took to neglect, ignore, or conceal a situation that could have prevented further injury to multiple victims at Penn State.

As a direct result of Sandusky’s heinous acts and the alleged neglect and cover-up at Penn State, numerous states have strengthened Mandated Reporter laws to include more reporters, increasing the penalties for not reporting, and shortening the time required to report allegations of suspected sexual abuse. In Virginia, § 63.2-1509, often referred to as the “Mandated Reporter Law”,  one of the additions including adding the following:

16. Any athletic coach, director or other person 18 years of age or older employed by or volunteering  with a private sports organization or team;

The events at Penn State seem to have heightened the awareness in youth sports in the prevention and reporting of suspected sexual abuse.

This and other changes in the law appear to be directly attributable to the failures at Penn State and were reported locally in the media. What is most instructive about Mandated Reporter Laws is that it is the suspicion of abuse that you are required to report; it is the job of the investigative agency after determining that there is probable cause to investigate;  to determine whether or not those suspicions are founded or unfounded.

In September 2014,  Paterno Legacy: Enduring Lessons from the Life and Death of My Father by Jay Paterno was released. Excerpts already released help to shed light on the tragic failure by many at Penn State to prevent the abuse.

Locally, the Sandusky case has some similarities with a case in Salem, Virginia in which Former Salem youth volleyball coach Dewayne Barger was sentenced to 42 years, after being found guilty in September of 2013 for illegally taping teen girls changing their clothes. He’ll serve a suspended sentence of eight years and three months in prison. Upon his release, he’ll be on probation for ten years. In that case at least one of the victims and her parents attempted to report their suspicions to the youth organization years prior and were ostracized as a result.

Both, Hampton Roads Lacrosse (HRLax) and US Lacrosse have made changes to their stated and published policies regarding suspected sexual abuse.

Disclaimer: This story above has absolutely no connection with the events in Virginia and no inference should be suggested or implied nor is any implication intended or inferred by the author. To be absolutely clear, nothing in the story below comes remotely close to the heinous acts for which Sandusky was convicted of perpetrating. The stated purpose for the inclusion of this information is educational and instructional for those involved in youth athletics in preventing and reporting suspected sexual abuse.

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