bls

Paducah, KY

#63 May 1, 2012
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16. Upon information and belief, Massac School District, by and through its school
board members, administrators, teachers, agents and/or employees, was aware that Bentson was
dangerous to students.
17. In 1982, when Doe’s mother attended Kindergarten orientation at Franklin
Elementary School, a teacher approached Doe’s mother and told her to be careful because Doe
was the type that “Bentson liked to pick on.” She elaborated by telling Doe’s mother that
Bentson liked to pick on “chubby little girls.” Doe’s mother was confused by this but never
thought that it meant that Bentson would physically and sexually abuse her child.
18. Bentson physically abused and ridiculed children in front of other students and
teachers at the school.
19. Upon information and belief, other teachers were told by school administration
officials not to discuss any problems regarding Bentson with parents or students.
20. Upon information and belief, two to three years before he abused Doe, Bentson
was chastised by school officials for leering at minor girls in the school locker room.
21. Upon information and belief, following the receipt of various information, reports,
allegations and complaints prior to the abuse of Doe, the Massac School District, by and through
its school board members, administrators, teachers, agents and/or employees:
(A) allowed Bentson to have unsupervised access to children on the premises of
the school despite having knowledge that Bentson was dangerous to minors;
(B) did not investigate reports of other minor students involving misconduct,
sexual and otherwise, by Bentson and to investigate whether Bentson’s conduct
was widespread and continuing;
Case 3:12-cv-00268-MJR-DGW Document 2 Filed 03/27/12 Page 4 of 35 Page ID #5
bls

Paducah, KY

#64 May 1, 2012
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(C) did not properly document complaints and allegations of physical, emotional,
and sexual abuse and/or misconduct received against Bentson;
(D) did not warn and/or disclose to individual minor female students, including
Plaintiff, parents and employees of the Massac School District of the complaints
made about Bentson;
(E) failed to comply with their own policies and Illinois Law ;
(F) concealed Bentson’s teacher on student sexual abuse, grooming, and
harassment of minor female students prior to the abuse of Plaintiff;
(G) were deliberately indifferent to the safety, security and well-being of all of the
minor female students at Franklin Elementary to whom Bentson had access,
including, but not limited to Doe;
(H) prevented minor female students, including Doe from receiving an education
without a condition of such education being sexual harassment, grooming and
abuse; and
(I) promoted school policies that fostered a climate where innocent female
students, including Doe, were victims of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse by
Bentson.
REPRESSED AND SUPPRESSED MEMORY OF THE ABUSE
22. Prior to 2010, Doe’s memories of the abuse were psychologically sublimated,
repressed and/or suppressed by reason of the great pain and anguish created by the abuse.
23. Prior to 2010, Doe had no memory of the acts of childhood sexual abuse
committed by Bentson.
Case 3:12-cv-00268-MJR-DGW Document 2 Filed 03/27/12 Page 5 of 35 Page ID #6
bls

Paducah, KY

#65 May 1, 2012
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DELAYED DISCOVERY, DISCOVERY OF CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS
VIOLATIONS, COMMON LAW AND 735 ILCS 5/13-202.2
24. In 2010, Doe saw Bentson in a mall parking lot and the chance sighting triggered
an extreme emotional reaction. She panicked and was paralyzed with fear. Sometime during the
next few days, memories of the sexual abuse that Bentson perpetrated on her came flooding back.
25. On March 29, 2010, Doe was able to disclose what Bentson had done to her.
However, as soon as she told, she believed that she and her family were in danger because she
also remembered that Bentson told her that he would kill her and her mother if she ever told
about the abuse.
26. In 2010, following the disclosure, Doe underwent counseling and first learned that
she had suffered psychological harm and/or injury, including post traumatic stress disorder, as a
direct and proximate result of the sexual abuse committed by Bentson. Since 2010, Doe has
sought and received psychological counseling and treatment.
27. Prior to 2010, Doe had not discovered, understood or appreciated that any
problems she experienced (physical, emotional, psychiatric, psychological and sexual) were
caused by sexual abuse as a minor.
28. Doe did not know, or have reason to know, until 2010 that Bentson had sexually
abused others and that Massac School District, by and through its school board members,
administrators, teachers, employees and/or agents, knew that Bentson was dangerous to minors.
Further, it was the first time that Doe knew or had reason to know of any wrongful, governmental
harm caused by Massac School District, Hatfield, Smith, Bremer and Bentson related to her
childhood sexual abuse.
Case 3:12-cv-00268-MJR-DGW Document 2 Filed 03/27/12 Page 6 of 35 Page ID #7
bls

Paducah, KY

#66 May 1, 2012
Mermet Kid wrote:
Metropolis is slowly losing folks with any brainpower.
D. Bentson played basketball for Don Smith when he coached in the 60's. Smith also helped Bentson get a scholarshp at the same college he played at MTSU
Bentson and Smith belonged to the same country club. Here is a kicker for you. The presiding judge for the the Federal court in Benton is Philip Frazier....yes....the same Frazier that was Massac State Attorney. Frazier covered up anyone who was Republican(check his record). By the way he belonged to the same country club as Bentson and Smith. Do you smell anything yet?
Smith has always been a ladies man many times he got caught ( nothing done). he was hired back as a superintendent by a group of people led by Wayne Glass..Kelly's father
Kelly Glass had sex with students at the same country club (nothing done) Smith is almost Glasss godfather
Bob Midight and several girls...brother in law was on school board (nothing done)
There is a certain group that thinks they are above the law. Smith has told many people that he run the school board then and nobody stood up to him.
I personally know a half dozen teachers that had run-ins with Smith and got fired or transferred. He would make a public ordeal out of it to take the focus off himself....correct Mizell?
When Bentson was coach at Franklin he would beat other teams in the county by 50 75 pts. Smith did nothing about it......Bentson was Smith's "boy"
Now, what does this mean???? don't underestimate Smith's abilty to lay it off on someone or get the case dismissed.Smith covered all his buddies and treated everyone else like cow manure. He is th uy behind this
I don't know some of the specifics you've stated, but in general principle, I agree. The school system has been incompetent for years. Not only are certain teachers protected, certain students are as well. The district has long taken the easy road by celebrating athletes and honor students, and throwing the rest of the student body on the trash heap. The capabilities of the average student are never developed, while many teachers are carried in the system, simply because they were "star" athletes" decades prior. I think the inability to motivate and develop the minds of young people by this school system, is a contributing factor to the decline of Metropolis as a community.

All these Massac power brokers would be nothing if they lived in a larger, more vibrant city. They'd just be another schmuck sitting in a traffic jam. When their total life experience, except 4 years at some Podunk College, is spent living in Metropolis, you can't expect much more.
Mai Wei

Carbondale, IL

#67 May 1, 2012
Mermet Kid wrote:
Metropolis is slowly losing folks with any brainpower.
D. Bentson played basketball for Don Smith when he coached in the 60's. Smith also helped Bentson get a scholarshp at the same college he played at MTSU
Bentson and Smith belonged to the same country club. Here is a kicker for you. The presiding judge for the the Federal court in Benton is Philip Frazier....yes....the same Frazier that was Massac State Attorney. Frazier covered up anyone who was Republican(check his record). By the way he belonged to the same country club as Bentson and Smith. Do you smell anything yet?
Smith has always been a ladies man many times he got caught ( nothing done). he was hired back as a superintendent by a group of people led by Wayne Glass..Kelly's father
Kelly Glass had sex with students at the same country club (nothing done) Smith is almost Glasss godfather
Bob Midight and several girls...brother in law was on school board (nothing done)
There is a certain group that thinks they are above the law. Smith has told many people that he run the school board then and nobody stood up to him.
I personally know a half dozen teachers that had run-ins with Smith and got fired or transferred. He would make a public ordeal out of it to take the focus off himself....correct Mizell?
When Bentson was coach at Franklin he would beat other teams in the county by 50 75 pts. Smith did nothing about it......Bentson was Smith's "boy"
Now, what does this mean???? don't underestimate Smith's abilty to lay it off on someone or get the case dismissed.Smith covered all his buddies and treated everyone else like cow manure. He is th uy behind this
Who says there is no truth on Topix? This has gone on too long in this town. The past school boards are to blaim for letting this happen. Remember when the police were called because kids were praying at the high school? The school system was the laughingstock of the whole country. The board should have fired the superintendant (Smith). The same clique has now taken control of the city with Midnight and Barfield on the council.

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Mr e

Morristown, NJ

#68 May 2, 2012
Not takeing any sides but, how can you go for years of living in a town of 7000 and not bump into the person who abused you? How do you know that it wasn't a dream, and your therapist didn't run with that and convince you that you was abused? Just food for thought. Now that this has been brought to light has anyone else brought forth charges to help validate Ms.Kennedys' claim?? I truely feel sorry for those that are involved in this and hope justice will be served. If Mr. Bentson is found guilty i hope he is punished to the max. I find all of this hard to grasp and pray for both parties.
Lola

United States

#69 May 2, 2012
While everyone talks about this alleged victim, I wish they could also remember there are other potential, innocent victims in this situation - this man's family - and I can only imagine their pain is exacerbated x1000 with every word they hear or read about this. It is impossible to say whose pain could be worse. Bear this in mind as you engage in such pointless, bitter gossip and accusations before the truth is known, simply because you are all too bored and inbred to have anything better to do. Some of the things I have seen and heard are barbaric, backward, medieval. If we didn't have a modern legal system I wonder if all of you wouldn't still be lynching, tarring, drawing and quartering.
bls

Paducah, KY

#70 May 2, 2012
At the end of the day, the school district will pay out a settlement. All the individuals named are retired and their pensions are exempt from judgments. Most that could happen is they get a lien placed on any real estate they own.

Nothing else will become of this, other than Bentson being viewed with scrutiny within the community.

This is a civil lawsuit, no one's going to jail.
Just A Thought

United States

#71 May 2, 2012
he is a creep wrote:
<quoted text>
I am glad that something is finally going to happen to him!!! I was at Franklin during that time and he always made rude sexual comments. He has always creeped me out. Until you have walked in her shoes keep your opinions to yourself. You don't know what her life has been like. You should feel sorry for his wife and daughters because I experienced his comments.
I will not be as these other people on here and say you are full of it. On the other hand, their crappy attitudes toward this sort of thing is exactly why people who abuse get away with it for so long. They are very good at hiding their true self. If this man is guilty then he should pay and you should tell the police what you experienced as should anyone else that had any bad experiences with him. DO NOT LET THE NAY-SAYERS SWAY YOU TO SILENCE! Those nay-sayers wouldn't feel that he was such a nice guy if they were the ones who had experienced the abuse.
bobbity bob bob

Manito, IL

#72 May 2, 2012
Lola wrote:
While everyone talks about this alleged victim, I wish they could also remember there are other potential, innocent victims in this situation - this man's family - and I can only imagine their pain is exacerbated x1000 with every word they hear or read about this. It is impossible to say whose pain could be worse. Bear this in mind as you engage in such pointless, bitter gossip and accusations before the truth is known, simply because you are all too bored and inbred to have anything better to do. Some of the things I have seen and heard are barbaric, backward, medieval. If we didn't have a modern legal system I wonder if all of you wouldn't still be lynching, tarring, drawing and quartering.
You didn't say anything about the other potiental victims that haven't yet come forword and may never. It would be hard to guess who's pain would be worse, the victims or the abusers family or the abuser himself (sarcasm ).
Displaced

Southfield, MI

#73 May 2, 2012
Lola wrote:
While everyone talks about this alleged victim, I wish they could also remember there are other potential, innocent victims in this situation - this man's family - and I can only imagine their pain is exacerbated x1000 with every word they hear or read about this. It is impossible to say whose pain could be worse. Bear this in mind as you engage in such pointless, bitter gossip and accusations before the truth is known, simply because you are all too bored and inbred to have anything better to do. Some of the things I have seen and heard are barbaric, backward, medieval. If we didn't have a modern legal system I wonder if all of you wouldn't still be lynching, tarring, drawing and quartering.
You must be related to this guy in some way. My first thoughts as an outsider are way different. Frank
Not shocking

United States

#74 May 2, 2012
Unfortunately I am not shocked. I was molested by a teenage neighbor boy when I was two and three years old. I DO remember it, but I don't remember Every detail. I have NEVER confronted him as an adult, BECAUSE HE knows what he done, and I Survived in spite of what he did!!!! There are some real SICK people out there. Don't trust your little children with just anyone. Be vigilant!
was there

United States

#75 May 3, 2012
I believe what this girl is saying my children also went to Franklin at that time and Mr Bentson was a pompous ass. He called the kids names and was rude even to the parents when they would call him on it. The school system has swept this one under the rug as they do most complaints. There are other girls he belittled they need to come forward also. There is a sports storage area down by the gym and that is where she is saying this took place. Dont judge a book by its cover.
girl

Marion, IL

#76 May 3, 2012
was there wrote:
I believe what this girl is saying my children also went to Franklin at that time and Mr Bentson was a pompous ass. He called the kids names and was rude even to the parents when they would call him on it. The school system has swept this one under the rug as they do most complaints. There are other girls he belittled they need to come forward also. There is a sports storage area down by the gym and that is where she is saying this took place. Dont judge a book by its cover.
Being a "pompous ass", being rude,and name calling is a far cry
from being a child molester! Use your own advice: "Don't judge a
book by its cover."
Not shocking

United States

#78 May 3, 2012
girl wrote:
<quoted text>
Being a "pompous ass", being rude,and name calling is a far cry
from being a child molester! Use your own advice: "Don't judge a
book by its cover."
. So.. Do you think the girl who says he molested her is a liar?
Not shocking

United States

#79 May 3, 2012
Someone is a liar.... Either her or him!!!
girl

Royalton, IL

#80 May 3, 2012
Not shocking wrote:
<quoted text>. So.. Do you think the girl who says he molested her is a liar?
No. What I'm saying is, it's not for us to say or judge. That's
why we have laws and a legal system. Ideally, we should remain
objective until all the facts are presented. Rude behavior doesn't
make anyone guilty of a crime.
Not shocking

United States

#81 May 3, 2012
Calling names and belittling a child that you are in a superior position to, goes WAY beyond rude behavior,ESPECIALLY when the recipient is a child. A teacher should be above reproach, treating a child with the utmost respect and dignity at ALL times!! No excuses!!!!!!!!
girl

Marion, IL

#82 May 3, 2012
Not shocking wrote:
Calling names and belittling a child that you are in a superior position to, goes WAY beyond rude behavior,ESPECIALLY when the recipient is a child. A teacher should be above reproach, treating a child with the utmost respect and dignity at ALL times!! No excuses!!!!!!!!
I agree, but my point is that this behavior, though totally wrong,
does not make he or she guilty of a heinous crime.
know him

Yankton, SD

#83 May 3, 2012
Believe her.

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