Former KidsPeace employee charged wit...

Former KidsPeace employee charged with unlawful contact

There are 65 comments on the The Morning Call story from Aug 15, 2008, titled Former KidsPeace employee charged with unlawful contact. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

A former teacher's aide at KidsPeace in Salisbury Township was charged this afternoon with making inappropriate comments to three students at the school and showing them photos of his penis, Lehigh County ...

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huh

Bethlehem, PA

#48 Aug 15, 2008
Peter wrote:
This guy is a jerkoff and all you losers are defending him & the Mayor of Bethlem who got his 17 year old girlfriend pregnant.
what????????
toobadsosad

Northumberland, PA

#49 Aug 16, 2008
I am a former employee of KP,(by choice), and I worked with Asar for a year or so. There's no doubt in my mind that this is true. Yes, we worked with "disturbed" youth who could easily make accusations against any staff member-but there are too many other red flags that people don't know about. I hope for his wife's sake and his son's sake that Asar gets some psychiatric help after he serves whatever sentencing he may receive.
It's ashame what's happening in KP. I had worked there for 12 years before leaving and in the beginning, it really was a great program (under the leadership of John Peters). The organization really did help kids; but of course, that was before they started bringing in all of the gang bangers and mixing them in with kids who have severe psychiatric issues. It is no longer about the kids, it's all about the big guys making the almighty buck!
The Truth

United States

#51 Aug 16, 2008
Do Not Believe It wrote:
I worked with A-Sar at KidsPeace as well as in the school and residential. I do not for a second buy any of these charges. There have been many times that you give out consequences to these kids and in turn they will do whatever to punish even ruin a counselor. The crappy part of it is that there were many times that the kids would file a greivence or attempt to notify police of a supposed incident and rather than back the counselor KP threw them under the bus. I am not saying that there aren't many incidents that occur at KidsPeace with counselors and clients but not I just can not believe that A-Sar did what he is being charged with.
The police siezed the pictures from the phone. When you delete pictures from your phone they don't really "go away". It's always hard to hear that a friend did something like this.
Luke

Bethlehem, PA

#52 Aug 16, 2008
The Truth wrote:
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The police siezed the pictures from the phone. When you delete pictures from your phone they don't really "go away". It's always hard to hear that a friend did something like this.
You know what's hard to hear? That this took place on Nov.2nd of 2007. It is August 2008. If this is true, why did they take so long to charge him. According to Penn Live, he's been coaching at Allen. If this is true, then that's hard to believe that they would let him be around kids.
Rick

Philadelphia, PA

#53 Aug 16, 2008
duh wrote:
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One of the best **** youth football coaches in the valley. Just ask the kids who played for him. What's scary is that you have convicted him before hearing the facts. Facts like these girls were not exactly housed in a convent...but what is really scary is your spelling!
Just because someone is one of the best "****" youth football coaches in the valley doesn't mean they can't do something wrong. Just look professional sports people like O.J. and quite a few others.
TWIZZLE

Allentown, PA

#54 Aug 16, 2008
Rick wrote:
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Just because someone is one of the best "****" youth football coaches in the valley doesn't mean they can't do something wrong. Just look professional sports people like O.J. and quite a few others.
O.J. was found "not guilty" by a jury of his peers?!?!
TWIZZLE

Allentown, PA

#55 Aug 16, 2008
toobadsosad wrote:
I am a former employee of KP,(by choice), and I worked with Asar for a year or so. There's no doubt in my mind that this is true. Yes, we worked with "disturbed" youth who could easily make accusations against any staff member-but there are too many other red flags that people don't know about. I hope for his wife's sake and his son's sake that Asar gets some psychiatric help after he serves whatever sentencing he may receive.
It's ashame what's happening in KP. I had worked there for 12 years before leaving and in the beginning, it really was a great program (under the leadership of John Peters). The organization really did help kids; but of course, that was before they started bringing in all of the gang bangers and mixing them in with kids who have severe psychiatric issues. It is no longer about the kids, it's all about the big guys making the almighty buck!
I used to work with A-sar also...and I believe that he did what he is accused of.

2 out of the 3 girls that accused him are no longer at KidsPeace; they are not afraid of consequences of anything of the sort...they are no longer in the program and are still moving forward with the case. The girls that accused him are from 3 separate programs and had no way to corroborate or organize any story...he did what they said and that’s that! Just because the kids there have problems doesn’t make them insane liars…that’s probably what he was counting on. He probably thought,“Who’s going to believe them?” Apparently the Police Department and the District Attorney’s Office did.

This dude had poor boundaries with both the kids and staff...always touching and poking everyone around him. He was always cursing at and around the kids and making sexual comments and stuff. Don’t get me wrong, when I worked there, I joked with the kids too; I even sometimes let some curse words fly…I worked there for over 10 years and never had a kid make such and accusation against me. Even when they would make accusations the truth would eventually come out through an investigation by DPW and other governing bodies, The PA State Police, Local Police and Detectives and internal KidsPeace investigation. Here we are almost 11 months later and they decided to charge him?!?! He’s guilty and he knows it…he should just plea bargain and get it over with so that KidsPeace and those kids can move forward!

This guy did what they say he did. He put all those kids and staffs in jeopardy now…KidsPeace was already in hot water before November 2nd and he still went and messed with these girls…what a selfish freak.
Do Not Believe It

Allentown, PA

#56 Aug 16, 2008
The Truth wrote:
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The police siezed the pictures from the phone. When you delete pictures from your phone they don't really "go away". It's always hard to hear that a friend did something like this.
Point well taken.
Rick

Philadelphia, PA

#57 Aug 16, 2008
TWIZZLE wrote:
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O.J. was found "not guilty" by a jury of his peers?!?!
There is a difference between "not guilty" and innocent.
Dont believe the hype

Allentown, PA

#59 Aug 16, 2008
Rick wrote:
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There is a difference between "not guilty" and innocent.
We are well aware that most people in this country believe OJ was guilty and got off due to great defense lawyers, not-so-great prosecutors, and the race card. We're not one of those people. We followed both trials very closely, know many of the lawyers involved, and have never been convinced that O.J. killed his wife or asked anyone else to kill his wife.
We also believe, on the basis of information in the public domain, including court filings, that Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Michael Skakel, Louise Woodward and the parents of JonBenet Ramsey are innocent.
So why do so many people believe they are guilty? Because guilt sells. The media runs with guilt. Remember how the media convicted Gary Condit? Yet, he was innocent of the murder of Chandra Levy. The media convicted Richard Jewell in the Atlanta bombings case. He was innocent.
Think of all the innocent people released from prison after 20 years for crimes they didn't commit. Can you remember one of their names? Not likely. The media reports their release and unless they become activists, never mentions them again. The media focuses on the guilty because guilt sells.
Guilt sells. What a sad statement of affairs for a country whose criminal justice system is grounded in the presumption of innocence.
It doesn't matter what happens with this case; this guys life is over as he knew it...he is already guilty because guilty sells!! Just like in the OJ case...
Resume

Philadelphia, PA

#60 Aug 17, 2008
Resume get it ready folks. Why do people still think it will be OK?
Rick

Philadelphia, PA

#61 Aug 17, 2008
Dont believe the hype wrote:
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We are well aware that most people in this country believe OJ was guilty and got off due to great defense lawyers, not-so-great prosecutors, and the race card. We're not one of those people. We followed both trials very closely, know many of the lawyers involved, and have never been convinced that O.J. killed his wife or asked anyone else to kill his wife.
We also believe, on the basis of information in the public domain, including court filings, that Kobe Bryant, Michael Jackson, Scott Peterson, Michael Skakel, Louise Woodward and the parents of JonBenet Ramsey are innocent.
So why do so many people believe they are guilty? Because guilt sells. The media runs with guilt. Remember how the media convicted Gary Condit? Yet, he was innocent of the murder of Chandra Levy. The media convicted Richard Jewell in the Atlanta bombings case. He was innocent.
Think of all the innocent people released from prison after 20 years for crimes they didn't commit. Can you remember one of their names? Not likely. The media reports their release and unless they become activists, never mentions them again. The media focuses on the guilty because guilt sells.
Guilt sells. What a sad statement of affairs for a country whose criminal justice system is grounded in the presumption of innocence.
It doesn't matter what happens with this case; this guys life is over as he knew it...he is already guilty because guilty sells!! Just like in the OJ case...
What is with all the "WE" stuff? Are you speaking in the royal plural?
Albert DeSalvo aka the Boston Strangler was found "not guilty by reason of insanity" but that didn't mean he hadn't killed a dozen women.
My nuts

Sunbury, PA

#62 Aug 19, 2008
Luke wrote:
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You know what's hard to hear? That this took place on Nov.2nd of 2007. It is August 2008. If this is true, why did they take so long to charge him. According to Penn Live, he's been coaching at Allen. If this is true, then that's hard to believe that they would let him be around kids.
It is hard to hear that number one a friend, family member or co-worker did something like this. It is also hard to hear that it took a long time between time of incident to time of arrest. Many things could be the cause. Timely reporting by the victim. Lengthy investigation. Lack of cooperation. And the most probable cause is the time it takes to get the search warrants and evidence back fromt eh cell phone companies as well as the forensic analysis done on the phone itself. There are only a few people in the valley that can do the forensics on a phone and they are overwhelmed with all the students taking/sending pics and the pervs on the computers.
Get Real

Fleetwood, PA

#63 Aug 19, 2008
LV Outlawz Fan wrote:
A-Sar Long is a good father, a former Marine, a dedicated Bethlehem youth league and Liberty High football coach. I don't know all of the facts or allegations, but I am curious how the courts can prove that these images even existed.
They seized his phone, they have the proof. You don't have to believe it but it's true. Let's hope you're more protective of your kids then what you showed in your posting by instantly disbelieving not 1, not 2 but 3 girls.
Get Real

Fleetwood, PA

#64 Aug 19, 2008
bob wrote:
Isn't he a coach a a local High School ?....does he know Melosky?
You are not real. He isn't going to trial. Bet he cops a plea.
Get Real

Fleetwood, PA

#65 Aug 19, 2008
Luke wrote:
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You know what's hard to hear? That this took place on Nov.2nd of 2007. It is August 2008. If this is true, why did they take so long to charge him. According to Penn Live, he's been coaching at Allen. If this is true, then that's hard to believe that they would let him be around kids.
Don't worry he wasn't coaching for Allen yet, he never coached one day there. These things take time and remember his wife is an attorney, he's got some protection for now.
Lucky

Philadelphia, PA

#66 Aug 21, 2008
Hopefully neither the "alleged victims" or "alleged perpertrator" are reading these comments which largely reflect the sorry state of public discourse in this country about sexual abuse and/or false allegations of abuse. The reality is that not a single person who has posted a comment has any first-hand knowledge of the facts of this case. Indeed, most of the comments reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the criminal justice system, which, when it comes to allegations of sexual abuse, especially those involving minors, presumes guilt. Accordingly, the standard for arrest is so low that the uncorroborated statements of any child will in 99.9% of cases result in an arrest. An arrest however, is only based on "probable cause." In contrast, a conviction--i.e., the deprivation of someone's liberty--requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. At this point the only thing that has been established is that a prosecutor's office, which undoubtedly feels pressure to ensure that it is aggressively pursuing alleged crimes involving children, has decided to proceed in this case. Until this case is resolved by a court of law, I would hope that the court of public opinion would back off.
Rasa Gonl

Westtown, PA

#67 Aug 21, 2008
Lucky wrote:
Hopefully neither the "alleged victims" or "alleged perpertrator" are reading these comments which largely reflect the sorry state of public discourse in this country about sexual abuse and/or false allegations of abuse. The reality is that not a single person who has posted a comment has any first-hand knowledge of the facts of this case. Indeed, most of the comments reflect a fundamental misunderstanding of the criminal justice system, which, when it comes to allegations of sexual abuse, especially those involving minors, presumes guilt. Accordingly, the standard for arrest is so low that the uncorroborated statements of any child will in 99.9% of cases result in an arrest. An arrest however, is only based on "probable cause." In contrast, a conviction--i.e., the deprivation of someone's liberty--requires proof beyond a reasonable doubt. At this point the only thing that has been established is that a prosecutor's office, which undoubtedly feels pressure to ensure that it is aggressively pursuing alleged crimes involving children, has decided to proceed in this case. Until this case is resolved by a court of law, I would hope that the court of public opinion would back off.
Why did the principal(Miss Gina)let him work there for so long (no pun intended) if he was pinching and touching others in an inappropriate manner? What is the current status of the Washinton School? Are all of the Teacher's Aides laid off? If so, they should get some sort of unemployment compensation...correct?
Freedom Pats Fan

Bethlehem, PA

#68 Aug 24, 2008
How did the Prelim Hearing go? Is this going to trial or was it settled?
Bethlehem Steeler Parent

Peach Bottom, PA

#69 Aug 27, 2008
Where do I begin? I see this man at the steelers youth facility everyday and he walks around like he did nothing wrong. He may be a good coach but what he is being charged for should be enough for the steelers organization to keep him away from the children there. He is being charged for a very SERIOUS crime. These girls may be in kids peace but they are still minors. While the few that stand by him after what he is being charged for and yes lets not forget the state police did seize his phone and did find the pictures and lewd acts on it that is why he was charged and out on bail. He is around young children and if this would happen again to one of those children that he is around over there how would the city of bethlehem cover their butt knowing that the organization is allowing this man to help coach and be around these young children. If you look at the history on sex offendors most of them repeat this time after time. I have to be honest and say that the steelers organization has known about this issue since last year and still allowed him to coach and now that he has been charged. Does a issue at the steelers organization have to happen in order to keep this man away from kids? Today I read a story about the man who is the steelers president "the article was such a joke that people cannot beleive that the newspaper would actually write it" but this man knows exactly the truth about Mr Long and still allows him to be around the children. WOW what a blow to the organization. I know that everyone is innocent unitl proven guilty but to all that said that just think of the 3 young girls that were affected by this man. How would you feel if this was your child?

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