Victims, Again

As former state probation officer Richard Straub was led out of the Danielson courthouse in shackles, headed to jail for 15 years, many of the men he had molested when they were his teenage clients thought they ... Full Story
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Grim Reaper

Stevenson, CT

#1 Apr 14, 2008
One can only hope that this Straub fellow will experience an untimely death shortly after his release from prison.

Hopefully a slow and painful untimely death.

What a piece of work.
Very tragic very sad

Simsbury, CT

#3 Apr 14, 2008
Mr. Straub gives a whole new meaning to the term "predator". It's beyond me how this man can live with the damage he has done to these other men and on to their victims as well. What a legacy!
danielkc

East Berlin, CT

#4 Apr 14, 2008
ditto
Marian Morrison

Providence, RI

#5 Apr 14, 2008
This man should never be able to walk the streets. It is high time CT follow the lead of NY State and pass a civil committment law so if Mr. Straub wishes to return to CT, he can do so @ Whiting.

David Politt, Leslie Williams, this guy... taking notes Mr. Lawlor and Mr. McDonald, or are we too busy worrying about witchcraft
CHERRY

Danbury, CT

#6 Apr 14, 2008
THE AUTHORITIES WOULD NOT LISTEN
REPORTS WERE MINIMIZED AND IGNORED
THE LAWYERS AND STATE GOT PAID

WHAT HAS CHANGED?

NOTHING
CHERRY

Danbury, CT

#7 Apr 14, 2008
WILLIAMS DOESN'T REMEMBER HIM....

I CANNOT BELIEVE HE SAID THAT RIGHT OUT LOUD...

IS THIS THE SAME GUY WHO RUMOR HAS IT IS WANTING TO RUN FOR GOVERNOR....WILLIAMS...?

AND ARE THESE VICTIMS THE ONES WHO ARE GOING TO GET A 27 MILLION DOLLAR DOG COLLAR THROUGH PETFINDER.COM ?
Boat Man

Niantic, CT

#8 Apr 14, 2008
If there were ever a case for revoking the pensions of corrupt officials, this is it.

Straub, though, will not come out of prison (if he makes it out) "smelling like a rose" with a $50,000 per year pension. If he has any money left over after paying his body guards, it won't be for fine dining ... even 'happy meals' won't be.

Let's not forgot that since many of his victims are now convicted felons, he is not in an envious position.
ANGEL

Danbury, CT

#9 Apr 14, 2008
TO ALL THE VICTIMS OF THIS HORRIFIC CRIME I APOLOGIZE...FOR THE STATE, LAWYERS, POLITICIANS AND FINALLY THE JUDICIAL SYSTEM WHO CONTINUE TO IGNORE AND VICTIMIZE YOU EVEN TO DATE.

YOU ARE ALL IN MY PRAYERS...

THANK YOU FOR HAVING THE COURAGE TO SHARE YOUR STORY...

VERY BRAVE MEN
Jerry

Meriden, CT

#10 Apr 14, 2008
Pass legislation now that would revoke any state employee's pension if they are convicted of a felony. What happen with the probation officer is a disgrace. Like I said before," We can't pass that type of legislation just think when I get caught I will loose my pension." Term limits for all elected officials now. I applaude the Attorney General for at least trying.
Retired -Cop

AOL

#11 Apr 14, 2008
I think the victims should sue Blumenthal for lack of protection when they were under the supervision of a state officer of the court.
We Are Doomed

Winsted, CT

#12 Apr 14, 2008
Nice pension for a felon. Just goes to show you the extent of parasitism in state employee contracts.

As for the lawyers, it's no surprise that they played the role of blood-sucking zombies in this case. What a most dishonorable, distasteful profession.
Konnecticut_Bett er_Yet

Brewster, NY

#13 Apr 14, 2008
Retired -Cop wrote:
I think the victims should sue Blumenthal for lack of protection when they were under the supervision of a state officer of the court.
I think that should be the chief state's attorney's office who they sue, not the attorney general.

And yes, anyone who ever fought a bogus ticket or other offense in this state know that prosecutors can't be bothered to look at evidence, let alone ignore it. They couldn't care less--they can and do railroad whoever they want. Judges, cops and prosecutors are nothing but high salaried fund raisers for the state treasury.

This state is a joke--on every and any level.
WTF

Hartford, CT

#14 Apr 14, 2008
Dear God - please recruit one of your evil followers to mow this beast down in his tracks. He's demonic.

This is INSANE and every citizen of CT should be revolted !!!
BLD

Southington, CT

#15 Apr 14, 2008
I don't understand. What about the supervisor who was told about it and did nothing. The state mandated these kids to meet with Straub with jail the penalty if they didn't, he molests them, Straub's supervisor is told by several employees something is wrong and he never investigates or reports it. Then, they are uncooperative in the investigation, deny they were notified, and claim the supervisor is a great employee? These people aren't liable? How can the state walk away from this incompetence. I bet these clowns are still working for the state in some capacity, earning a pension, or both. Why doesn't the Courant look at them?
Samuel

United States

#16 Apr 14, 2008
Day after day, we hear stories about how Americans are victimized by our legal system. I'm not sure which would be worse news; that my son has become a drug pusher or a lawyer.
who the

Hartford, CT

#17 Apr 14, 2008
BLD wrote:
I don't understand. What about the supervisor who was told about it and did nothing. The state mandated these kids to meet with Straub with jail the penalty if they didn't, he molests them, Straub's supervisor is told by several employees something is wrong and he never investigates or reports it. Then, they are uncooperative in the investigation, deny they were notified, and claim the supervisor is a great employee? These people aren't liable? How can the state walk away from this incompetence. I bet these clowns are still working for the state in some capacity, earning a pension, or both. Why doesn't the Courant look at them?
No Media outlet is that bold.....just think what's underneath the surface...they'll touch on this and then shelf it...as if the public doesn't have a memory!
Checkers

AOL

#18 Apr 14, 2008
"don't understand. What about the supervisor who was told about it and did nothing."

OBVIOUSLY, YOU NEVER WORKED FOR THE GREAT STATE OF CONNECTICUT!
tina

Haddam, CT

#19 Apr 14, 2008
something has to change,people have to be held accountable no matter who they are and should not be able to to avoid any consiquences by the victims.
mae

Danielson, CT

#20 Apr 14, 2008
These courageous victims should sue the State,the State forced them to go with this 'man',who is now doing to all of us,by getting such a huge pension and keeping his home, doing
to us what he did to them.but then again,it is all in the hands of the state isn't it? He is continuing to molest us all from behind bars,while waiting to live happy ever after : we will pay him then,as we pay him now,as these victims pay with their entire one and only lives.

the State has the final say over all of it: The forcing of the children to go with a pervert or face jail, btw,this happens in domestic relationships too,the parent HAS to send the child with a known pervert,the keeping of the perv in the mannner to which he has been accustomed by them,the'hands tied apology' of the biggest lawyer,Atty Blumenthal, leave us all with,no justice and all at the abeissance of The State, what is this Russia? Nazi Germany?
no justice for us and pensions forever for them all.

All the cases where a state or town offical or employee, or a cop that kills someone,etc..these all just about get away with murder,as their own bureaucracies and unions cover for them.

A fire chief takes and also sells drugs,a senior housing manger steals using her master key to enter the apartments, bank official robs the IRAs..where are they now? getting back rubs and pensions,or like Jeff Davis former state rep who molested a foster child, at home after having had his town picnic at Mashmoquet given by his local 'supporters'. but their victims struggle on,the worse for having known them.

This is a good expose, but why get us all fired up and no place to go with it,let justice be served and let these vicitms get paid,he helped put some of them in jail with his perversions,and he gets a pension while in jail,let those he doomed be treated half as fairly as he has been.

"the state" is our employee, not we,theirs.

btw,who keeps u p his place on Soap street? It is not ramshackle or unkempt,is he getting rent paid to him too, while we pay his present lodging?

A good candidate for 'old sparky".
Unfair compensation

Taftville, CT

#21 Apr 14, 2008
I can only hope that Gov. Rell is going to read the article on Sunday and Monday and feel the same way we do - how could this happen? and then to have that one law firm represent these victims, some who were incarcerated...and never met their attorney? Wouldn't they have had to sign something. Atty Blumenthal needs to look into how this was handled, if the law firm was hired to represent all of these victims, why were they not required to meet with each one - at least a few times? This monster should be getting out of prison to little or nothing. The fact that he can still keep his house and pension is unbelievable. How come the victims can't sue the state? I think our legistlators need to meet to discuss this. How is it that a wrongly convicted man of rape - was just released last year and our state gave him several million dollars to compensate him... these other victim s of Staub - aren't they also "in a prison" of their own? They were given "life in a prison of hell" not by their own doing either? They were manipulated and taked advantage of by a person of authority and a member of the judicial system.. smells like Mayor Giordano all over again...seems to me like our state of CT owes these men more - Gov, Rell are you listening?

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