Looks to me like someone else needs to go to jail

From The Philadelphia Inquirer:

Prosecutor: Bucks coach who assaulted girl had past accusations
Ben Finley, Inquirer Staff Writer | Last updated: Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 1:08 AM | Posted: Monday, January 27, 2014, 2:52 PM

Eric Romig, another sexual predator. Click to enlarge if you want a bigger picture of this scumbag.

DOYLESTOWN A former softball coach at a Bucks County high school pleaded guilty Monday to having sex with one of his players last year, five years after he had been allowed to quietly resign from another school where he made sexual advances toward girls.

Eric Romig, 36, is expected to face up to 20 months in prison after pleading guilty to institutional sexual assault and possession of child pornography, for having sex and trading explicit videos and photos with a 16-year-old girl at Pennridge High School.

In a turn that made Romig’s case stand out from the wave of recent cases against sexually predatory coaches in the region, the prosecutor said Monday that another area school may have concealed warning signs about the coach.

Jennifer Schorn, chief of the Bucks County District Attorney Office’s major crimes division, said Romig made advances to two basketball players he coached at Faith Christian Academy in Sellersville in 2008 and 2009. One was a girl who got a text message from the coach, as she sat next to him on a bus, saying he wanted to have sex with her, Schorn said.

Faith Christian officials learned about the accusations but failed to report them to authorities, according to Schorn.

Instead, they let Romig resign.

More at the link.

Had Faith Christian Academy done its job, Mr Romig might have faced a misdemeanor charge. He would (probably) not have been in jail when he committed the offenses for which he has been convicted, but Pennridge, which had no warnings about Mr Romig’s past, would have been alerted when they did a background check, and he almost certainly would never have been hired. Mrs Schorn stated that too much time has elapsed, and no criminal case can be pursued against Faith Christian Academy, but I wouldn’t be particularly surprised if Faith Christian wasn’t sued by the recent victim’s family.

Let me be blunt here: if the Inquirer story is accurate, the victim at Pennridge High School would almost certainly not have been raped by Mr Romig if the officials at Faith Christian Academy had done their jobs!

Now, despite the title of this article, there won’t be anyone else going to jail, even though there damned well should be. But the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania should investigate and revoke the professional credentials of anyone who was involved at Faith Christian Academy, to get them out of the teaching profession altogether, and they should be individually sued by the victim’s parents, along with the school.

As I noted in my previous article, the only way to prevent school administrators and teachers from covering up for this stuff is to make it so personally costly, in terms of career losses and possible jail time, that there can never be a question that such sexual predators can be covered for. I understand why some of this happens, the school officials and other teachers know and like the malefactors, and tend to justify lenient treatment, and that’s part of the nature of friendship, and thus it must be made so personally costly that no rational consideration of friendship can outweigh the consequences.

2 Comments

  1. Another part of the problem is the lenient sentences given due to plea bargain arrangements. The Inquirer story noted that Mr Romig faces up to 20 months, months, not years, in prison, but further down in the article (meaning: further down that I quoted), Mrs Schorn noted that while sentencing guidelines call for far less, Mr Romig could potentially face 48 years in the penitentiary. He needs to be in prison for a whole lot longer than 20 months.

  2. Nowadays there seems some sort of correlation going on between gayness and athletics, sports, coaching and gym. When I was a kid the gym teachers/coaches were the “tough guys” at the school. If there was a fight in the cafeteria Mr. Matteo would jump in, punch faces and bash skulls. That’s just the way we rolled at South Philadelphia High School. However, even then the lady gym teachers were obvious dykes. Hell, they didn’t even wear bras they wore “wife beaters” and swaggered down the halls like sailors. Nobody, not even the jocks, screwed with them.

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