Seeking Information on William Airey When He Was Youth Group Leader at Brookwood Presbyterian Church

William Airey, former CEO/Director General of Moose International served as the head of the youth group at Brookwood Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio in the 1970′s. I am interested in hearing from anyone who was a member of that youth group during the time of William Airey’s leadership.

 

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Sex Abuse Charges Against Former Clayton, N.C. School Teacher

Six students have now come forward with allegations of being abuse by their former teacher Paul Clifton Canally.  It is often the case that additional victims come forward after an initial report of abuse is made.

http://www.wral.com/news/local/story/10874459/

 

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Teachers

No Religious Exemption When It Comes to Abuse

Today’s New York Times ran a very thoughtful article about how child abusers can be in any religious or secular institution.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/us/no-religious-exemption-when-it-comes-to-abuse.html?ref=todayspaper

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse by Clergy

Prep School Deals With Sexual Misconduct by Headmaster

The Brooks School, an exclusive prep school in Massachusetts, revealed sexual misconduct by its former Headmaster. It is interesting to note that the school recently sent out letters “to alumni, parents and others” asking if anyone had personal knowledge that called into question the headmaster’s conduct. The school also revealed that they had conducted an investigation which involved outside legal counsel.  The Brooks School’s response  stands in stark contrast to that of Moose International when more serious allegations were lodged against William Airey, then CEO and Director General.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/01/05/education/brooks-school-reveals-misconduct-by-ex-headmaster.html?ref=todayspaper&_r=0

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims and Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Questions that Moose International Needs to Answer about William Airey and Senior Management

When Moose International spokesperson first commented on the lawsuit brought by my client Jason Peck against then CEO and Director General William Airey, he stated that upon  Mr. Airey’s return from vacation, Moose International would investigate the matter and decide what needed to be done. Eight days later Moose International issued a press release which said that Mr. Arey had “retired” effective immediately but would remain as a consultant to Moose International through January 31, 2013.Nothing was said about any investigation. Moose International leadership have not stated anything else about the matter, which leads to many important questions:

1. Does William Airey still have access to the children at Mooseheart?

2. Does William Airey’s “retirement” end the matter as far as the leadership of Moose International is concerned or are they conducting any kind of investigation into Mr. Airey’s past conduct with children?

3.How could the leadership allow Mr. Airey to consult and help train their new CEO, without first conducting an in depth investigation into William Airey?

4. How long was William Airey’s contract of employment with Moose International and will he continue to be paid the approximately $250,000 per year in salary,perks and benefits that he received as Director General and CEO.

5. Have there been other accusations of sexual misconduct with a child at Mooseheart made against any former executives of Moose International and if so, how did the leadership deal with such accusations?

The hundreds of thousands of Moose members and the general public are entitled to have these questions answered.

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims of Sex Abuse

Moose International’s Failure to Protect Children in Light of the Allegation that Former CEO William Airey’s Sexually Abused a Child

The Moose’s announcement this past Friday of former CEO William Airey’s retirement was woefully inadequate.  It evidenced an attempt by the Moose leadership to cover up the seriousness of the allegations and possibility that there are others who will make similar reports. Studies have shown  that most child sex offenders have multiple victims.

Noticeable in both of the Moose press releases on this subject was the failure of the Moose leadership to take any action to determine  the truth of the accusations and whether anyone in the Moose organization had been aware of any allegations of sexual misconduct with children by Mr. Airey.

When accusations are lodged against any employee, let alone a CEO of an organization, institutions have a moral obligation to not only investigate them, but also to determine whether other children were sexually molested.  This responsibility requires the notification  of all other students who attended Mooseheart from 1983 to December 13th, 2012  and the encouragement of anyone who was abused to come forward. The Moose’s doing so would help ensure that any victims get the treatment they require and to determine what further action needs to be taken by the Moose. The need to appoint an independent person who is an expert on handling such delicate matters and to whom such reports of abuse should be should be made is critical, especially in light of the fact that  head of security for Moose International is a long time employee of the organization and a former law enforcement officer.

Moose International’s responsibilities do not end there. An independent investigation, such as the one that Penn State University authorized in connection with the Jerry Sandusky case is clearly the best course of action. The resulting Freeh report http://thefreehreportonpsu.com/ found that other officials of Penn State had knowledge or reason to know that Sandusky was abusing children.

Moose International has not only failed to arrange an independent investigation, but has apparently decided not to conduct any kind of internal investigation. All that the Moose have stated is first that William Airey would not be around the children at Mooseheart until “further notice” and that he “retired” a mere eight days later.

These statements by Moose International suggest that their leadership is afraid of what they might find out with a thorough investigation. Mooseheart School and members of the Moose have provided great services to children for many years.  The Moose leadership, by its inaction,threatens to obscure all of the good work that the Moose have done and to permanently stain the Moose. This is similar to what has occurred with the Catholic Church and the Boy Scouts of America, where millions of good deeds by members, have been overshadowed by the misdeeds of leadership.

Organizations that work with children such as the Moose must have the courage to investigate themselves when a leader is accused of sexual abuse. When they fail to do so, it is hard to escape the conclusion that they have something to hide. Anything less than such a probe is an abdication of responsibility and a callous indifference to the welfare of the children that have been entrusted to them.

Seth Langson, an attorney for Jason Peck

 

 

 

William Airey Retired as Director General and CEO of Moose International After Lawsuit Filed on Behalf of Jason Peck

According to a late afternoon press release by Moose International  William Airey retired, effective immediately. I hope this means he will never have access to the children of Mooseheart. I continue to believe that there needs to be an independent investigation authorized by Moose International into William Airey’s conduct while he was associated with the Moose.

If anyone has additional information on William Airey that they think would be helpful, please contact me. If there are any victims across the country, please give me a call  at 704-377-1504 as I may be able to help you.

 

Seth Langson, Attorney at Law
A Voice for Victims of Sex Abuse