Still having the same discussion 43 years later.Posted: December 17, 2020
Thanks to a reader for sending this article from the LA Times, dated May 26, 1977 with the headline: Child Exploiters Often Rich, Educated, Not ‘Dirty Old Men.’
The article quotes then Genesee County, MI, prosecutor Robert F. Leonard, who had just testified before a House subcomittee regarding the sexual exploitation of children. Leonard described the pernicious nature of child porn rings and pedophelia rings and observed that offenders are often “wealthy, mobile, educated, sometimes very important members of a community.”
Despite this newly gained knowledge, the only person who was busted for the crimes against children in Michigan was Gerald Richards, who got left holding the bag after Frank Shelden and all of his sick pals hit the road. Richards was not in prison long and after his release was busted by the Postal Inspector for child porn. Richards told law enforcement he was just ordering it to conduct his own little sting. Greg Greene was also disposable and unable to hire a big gun attorney and he got warehoused for raping children in Flint during this same time period. As we all well-know, his rich buddy got sprung for $1,000, and free to continue his abuse of children, he did just that.
And despite this 1977 legislation being introduced by Michigan Representative Dale Kildee, the supporting testimony from prosecutor Leonard, and extensive discussion of Richard’s testimony concerning child porn and child sex operations based in Michigan that extended internationally, back at home base in Michigan, nothing was being done to address what was being hashed out in D.C.
Police were not making arrests for very blatant crimes against children, confidential informants were raping children, the money trail including N. Fox Island and Cass Corridor was not being investigated, we now know the Chris Busch information in the OCCK was being walled off in the hopes it would never surface, and the OCCK task force was being shut down (after blowing so much grant money it boggles the mind). The LA Times was talking about this. The Traverse City Record-Eagle was talking about it. The Detroit-area press, not so much.
Such good window dressing in D.C. for the corruption occurring in Oakland County, Midland County, Genessee County, Detroit PD, Birmingham PD, the Michigan State Police and the FBI in the OCCK and related crimes against children from that era. How do you ever approach the issue of justice and meaningful change in a system that has always just protected its own at the expense of all others?