What follows is Ed’s account of the incident and subsequent charges he faced for sexually molesting my sister’s fourteen year old friend. I have omitted her name for her privacy and protection.
Her account and Ed’s account of this tragedy are similar, but differ in key areas: she was ruthlessly grilled by Ed’s attorney, and his sexual impropriety did not stop with his fondling her breasts and masturbating. Both she and Ed agree the act was non-consensual. She will tell you it was rape.
In Ed’s own words:
“This is a very static rendition of what happened from my view. Not much emotion, but for me was the easist [sic] way to write it.
Lewd and Lascivious- the story
This was another of the things I had to resolve within myself, separate from what I did to you. As a matter of fact this charge was what got me into therapy, for my second time, after being relased [sic] from jail. It was Court Ordered
This happened one night when (name omitted for her privacy and protection) and Elizabeth were staying at my apartment, because they were going on a school field trip very early the next morning and I was going as a chaperone. [sic] I had been out all day and when I came home they were both dressed for bed and were going to sleep in my waterbed while I was going to sleep on the couch. I still don’t understand what ever possessed me to move from the couch to the waterbed, but I did and got on top of the covers between the two of them. During the night I fondled (name omitted) breasts and masturbated. I don’t remember if I stayed there the rest of the night or moved back to the couch.
The next day on the field trip (name omitted) didn’t talk with me at all. I often wondered if Elizabeth felt lost that I would molest (name omitted) and not her. The following night or the night after I received a call while at a meeting in Sacramento, to come immediately to Pat’s house. When I got there I found Pat, Elizabeth, and my current girlfriend there (I’m not sure if you were there or not) and was told that (name omitted) had told her parents I had raped her. I went over to (name omitted) house with my girlfriend to confront her. I don’t exactly remember how that went, but I’m very sure “not well”.
Shortly thereafter, I received notice I was being charged with rape and being sued. At that time I got a lawyer and met with (name omitted), her mother, and their attorney for a deposition. This was the only time (name omitted) was interviewed or examined. She was never put on a stand in count. The attorneys negotiated the charge from Rape down to Lewd and Lascivious with a fine of originally $100,000 (this was negotiated down to $10,000 which I paid), charged as a misdemeanor and without the need to register as a “sex offender”. The agreement was I would pled [sic] “No Contest” to lewd and lascivious conduct without a court trial on a rape charge and be open to a civil suit for damages (see above).
I was found guilty and sentenced to 1 year in jail, of which I served 9 months with 3 years’ probation and court ordered counseling. Later on these records were expunged and sealed.
This sounds so sterile, but it is the “facts” as I remember them”
I have been deeply disturbed by this email since I received it, but this quote:
“I often wondered if Elizabeth felt lost that I would molest (name omitted) and not her.”
There are no words to explain how that makes me feel; what kind of father would wonder that? What kind of man? … that is incest, actually incestuous rape, he is speaking of.
No sane father’s thoughts would wander … there.
And the father in me feels compelled to point out that if you sexually assaulted my daughter, the last place in the world you’d want to be is at my house. I’m sure it did go, “not well.”
His thoughts and actions, then and now, are, to my mind, creepy, vile, disordered and disconcerting.