Allegations surround man who killed h...

Allegations surround man who killed himself

There are 47 comments on the WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan story from May 30, 2008, titled Allegations surround man who killed himself. In it, WOOD-TV Grand Rapids and Michigan reports that:

Donald Bentley killed himself May 21. But the Ottawa County Sheriff's Department is looking into his past involving allegations of sexual assaulting children.

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Angel Eyes

Coopersville, MI

#45 Jun 2, 2008
golden girl wrote:
Reality Check- I think you are right. I believe the other person's name is John Bentley. Does anyone know if the two are/were brothers?
Yep, they sure are/were.... Donny's the oldest, then John Mark and there's another boy too but he was alot younger and I don't remember his name.
Angel Eyes

Coopersville, MI

#46 Jun 2, 2008
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Yes, and he's currently incarcerated in prison for his crime. He was a Boy Scout leader.
He also was a coach to a little league team or one of those teams like that.... maybe it was SKRA..... I do know he was a coach and worked with younger kids.

Portage, MI

#47 Jun 2, 2008
I don't see anything in the report where he was arrested or convicted. Of course the investigation should continue. If he didn't do this and someone else did, that person would still be out there.

Ionia, MI

#48 Jun 3, 2008
Angel Eyes wrote:
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His family wasn't abusive.... they used to live across the street from me so I saw the boys often. It's a shame that 2 of the boys ended up like this.... what a heartbreak!
Funny you say this...because I've been seen the Mother interact with her sons...and she's a little more affectionate than a Mother really should be with her sons. Especially the way she kisses them and holds their hands!

Denver, CO

#49 Jun 5, 2008
I knew him. Real swell fella. I liked him. I'm not afraid to admit it. i'm sorry this happened - it's obvious that he was abused. For those of you with glad he did it remarks - Next time you are in a public place remember the statistic - 1 in 10 men is a sex offender and this statistic is NOT related to a race or color of man. Typical offenders were also victims. the cycle starts and it continues.

FOr the person who blamed it on his mother:
I hold hands with my son(s)-- doesn't mean i abuse(d) them.

For AngelEyes: You can't tell by lifestyle and just because they lived across the street and there were no other signs doesn't mean nothing happend. This type of abuse is silent and the scars are purely emotional.

1 in 10 men = sex offender --- who is it in YOUR family.

Allendale, MI

#50 Jun 8, 2008
Child sexual abuse is a serious, growing problem in our society. I'd like to recommend a brochure that every parent, grandparent, and educator should read to help prevent, recognize and react responsibly to child sexual abuse. You can find it here:

Flint, MI

#51 Nov 18, 2014
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Yes, and he's currently incarcerated in prison for his crime. He was a Boy Scout leader.
He was a coach and an umpire for SKRA little league in the early to mid 90's.
Everyone called him chipmunk. He was taking young boys into the storage shed where they would keep the supplies and doing things to the boys on his team. I remember we won the championship that year because his team played poorly in the playoff games even though they were the #1 team to beat. The molestation allegations came out shortly after.

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