Daniel R. Sammons was close friend of...

Daniel R. Sammons was close friend of victim's family.

There are 97 comments on the The Columbian story from May 30, 2007, titled Daniel R. Sammons was close friend of victim's family.. In it, The Columbian reports that:

Former teacher pleads guilty to sex abuse Wednesday, May 30, 2007 BY STEPHANIE RICE, Columbian staff writer A former Vancouver teacher pleaded guilty Tuesday in Clark County Superior Court to sexually abusing a ... via The Columbian

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Columbian.

kcbo

Huron, SD

#61 Feb 15, 2008
He was an officer in Huron SD from 1994-1996
He was a creep, a pervert and he deserves what he got. 12 yrs. to explain why he wasn't prosecuted in SD, his brother in law is the Beadle County State's Attorney. And has been since 1994. So if you want to blame someone call Mike Moore in Huron Sd and give him a piece of your mind.
Former Friend

Portland, OR

#62 Feb 15, 2008
Child Molesters come in all shapes, sizes, income and education levels. So do the snakes who protect them.

Saddened

Vancouver, WA

#63 Feb 15, 2008
I am saddened by the girls' blogs who unsuccessfully try to defend Dan against adults that did and do know him well. Children have a difficult time differentiating between heart and mind, however it shows once again the crossing of boundaries on Dan's part, for why would he share the information with a child that this girl writes about in her blog? It also saddens me that anyone would criticize a young rape victim when her preditor pled guilty to the counts. He has not only tarnished the life of this victim, yet hundreds of others, both students and parents. Twelve years seems like an insignificant payback to the lifetimes of healing others will serve.
I, too, was once a friend of Dan's that was not surprised by the allogation nor the plea, I am surprised, however, at the obscene language used by a student defending a "beloved" teacher. I would hope my students would refrain from using profanity in my defense. However, his defense is non-exsistant. He has preyed upon children which is an act that is unforgivable.
He spent years running from his actions and it was only a matter of time before the finishline was a cell.
Portland

Portland, OR

#64 Feb 17, 2008
Check out the front page of the Oregonian today, "Schools let sex abuse cases slide."
Very frightening. http://www.oregonlive.com/
former gaiser student

Vancouver, WA

#65 Feb 19, 2008
I was at Gaiser a few years ago, and I'm a senior in high school now. I had Mr. Sammons for 2 of my three years at Gaiser, and I always got the impression that he was frightening. He definitely comes off as arrogant, and I completely agree with 'another Gaiser Coworker'. I witnessed how he would have popular girls as his 'favorites', and take them shopping for clothes at the mall, or over at his house for video games or swimming. I, for one, can easily believe that Sammons did not have a strictly teacher-student relationship with his students. I'm happy that that 12-year old girl stood up and said something about him; god knows nobody did during my years with him.
As for you, Haley dear, I think you've been contradicting yourself outrageously during your ventures on this site. How long were you at Gaiser? Did you ever actually have him as a teacher? Or maybe you were one of his handpicked and unripened girls that he would buy clothes, or help you skip school? I know that he is the polar opposite of a "caring, inspiring person". Very often did his lack of wits dazzle me, or did he counter my remarks with "Shut up, you smartass." And if you honestly believe that your use of profanity will ease his sentence, I believe you are wrong.
Taylor Rabe

Vancouver, WA

#66 Feb 20, 2008
Unfair wrote:
couldnt have put it better myself haley ;)
And maybe you two are just incredibly stupid. I had Sammons as a teahcer for almost two years, and I ALWAYS thought that he was a pedophile. In fact I am extremely surprised that no one else has come forward besides one girl. There were several rumors and kids who talked about going to his house over the weekends and playing video games all days long with him, as well as him being a GIRL'S basketball coach. I dropped the team after one practice because he was one of the coaches and that's how uncomfortable I felt about him. And speaking of basketball, I recall a certain girl [who I remember the name of but won't mention it here] who had a "ripped" t-shirt and who was taken after school to the mall by Sammons, who then proceeded to take her clothes shopping.

He would drop pencils and have girls pick them up, was constantly giving girls weird looks and asking them to stay after class so that he could talk with them. Any time this happened to me I made sure I had a friend in the classroom with me. There were also occasions were girls who were doing the eighth grade promotion would come into his class to say goodbye, and he would give them awfully prolonged hugs with them in their dresses. He also had school pictures of various students on and around his desk and classroom, and was a little unprofessional in his manner of teaching.

I am very upset that you would even think about saying that he was an amazing teacher, or even man, and that a little girl who was RAPED is "obviously" lying about it just because you're offended by the mere thought that the man you love so much would be such a disgusting person, or that she only said she was raped because her mother told her to.

I'm glad that the bastard is going to prison, and I hope that he gets the crap beaten out of him. They don't take too well to child-molesters there.
Former Student

Vancouver, WA

#67 Feb 20, 2008
Haley Richart wrote:
<quoted text>
Dont ever talk about my parents again. You dont know me, and you defineitly dont know my parents. And lastly you obviously dont know sammons. And as a matter of fact I have grown up to be a young lady, and something that I always thought was proper was to tell the truth. But you must see other wise. And yes someday I will have a little girl, and when I do I will make sure to make Mr. Sammons her godfather. So screw you.
YES. You are obviously SUCH a young lady when you tell people who are politely observing and saying their opinions to screw off. Throughout this forum you have been nothing but a foul-mouthed, immature, blind little girl who really shouldn't say any of what she has. It's one thing to voice your opinion on something like this, but to go into such vulgar language [and horrible grammar] and such a rudely defensive stance about a child-rapist is quite another. I, like others, do hope that you realize the error of all that you have been saying, and that you become embarassed about how incredibly rude you have been to everyone on here as well as the people who have been affected by his dispicable actions.

Please take some time to grow up. I'm sure lots of us would appreciate it greatly.
True Justice

Oregon City, OR

#68 Feb 22, 2008
In the infamous incident in the Iraqi prison, the general was forced to resign. In the VSD the general doesn't resign, she pulls a Ronald Reagen and says, "You didn't say that. You didn't tell me anything." Pathetic. Make administrators and athletic directors pay for their crimes of allowing rapists to commit their crimes.
SD co-worker

Sioux Falls, SD

#69 Feb 22, 2008
I am not surprised for one minute by this! I worked and hung out with Dan a lot at a bar/restaurant back in SD. He was about 33 years old then and always after the "new (college)freshman crop." Our other co-workers all commented that it was scary that he would be a teacher someday. We had all heard the rumors about him being inappropriate in Huron SD as a police officer. It is hard to know that we saw this behavior and could see this outcome coming. He is a very charming guy so it is hard, especially for young people who were taken by him, to see past that into the manipulator he is. He always kept the girls he was "with" over the legal age of 18 but still flirted way too much with the girls who weren't. He also commented that he didn't want to be with anyone who was old enough to go to the bar (21) because at that age they were "too old." That is a fact!
Annoyed By Immature Teens

Vancouver, WA

#70 Feb 25, 2008
*I don't know about anyone else on this board, but I am annoyed by teenagers who are standing up for a pedophile, especially Haley. The man pleaded guilty because he IS guilty, and he was hoping they would give him a lesser sentence. Haley claims that if she has a daughter, she will make Sammons the god-father. I have a few questions for you Haley: How are you going to explain to your daughter that her god-father is in jail because he is a pedophile? Are you going to lie to your child and say he was wrongly accused until the day he gets out and decides to start touching her too? You can claim that would never happen all you want, but how would you know what is going on behind your back?

*A majority of the people that are leaving their thoughts on here about Sammons, have known him FAR longer than you have, Haley. You may have missed all of the warning signs because you thought he was the greatest guy in the world. I am hoping that one day your future daughter doesn't have a run in with a pedophile, and if she does, I hope that she has enough courage as the victim did in this situation, to come forward and do something about it.

*Sammons knew what he was doing, just like Mary Kay Letourneau, Pamela Rogers Turner, and all of the other teachers that have been caught out there. He knew what was at stake and was still willing to take the chance. Sammons deserves to miss out on his parents funerals, and miss out on life in general. I do NOT feel sorry for Sammons and how he is going to miss out on life. HE was the one that took that chance, HE knew what he was doing, and HE is the one that needs to pay for what he does. I think with all of the things that are being said about him from friends in the past, EVERYONE can get a good picture on what kind of person he is. Its pretty bad when your known as "Old Dirty Balls" and claiming that 21-year olds are "too old".
Annoyed By Immature Teens

Vancouver, WA

#71 Feb 25, 2008
CONT: 2/4
*Haley, it is easy to be charmed by someone when you are young and naive. You have no idea about the real world and I hope that one day you will grow up. You say that you are "mature"?! You may THINK you are mature, but on this board you are showing just how IMMATURE you are with your inability to use proper English, constant fowl language, and inadequate comments.

*Let me tell you a little something Ms. Haley. You say in your first post that two of his friends used to live with him and are mad at him because he moved out to start his own life. Do you know these people personally? Have you talked to them and gotten their side of the story? Because from what I see, those two other people were the ones that have families and wonderful lives. They are not the ones that are hanging out with teenagers outside of school, and being accused left and right about being inappropriate with students. And how do you know that he "moved out" and wasn't "kicked out"? You don't. You know whatever he has told you, and not all sides of the story. You could be best friends with someone and know them for years, and living together changes everything. You will understand this if you ever have a roommate of your own, Haley.

*You were NOT there when this was going on, so you cannot spout off about the victim lying nor can you claim her mom wanted to sleep with Sammons. Everyone who wrote the letters to the judge, knew that they could be questioned about what they had written at any moment. They told the truth because that is what a responsible adult does in this situation.
Annoyed By Immature Teens

Vancouver, WA

#72 Feb 25, 2008
CONT: 3/4
*Pedophile teachers are usually an adult male and often appear to be hard-working and family-oriented. They tend to be better educated, well-liked by parents/children and often the most popular teacher at school. They actively seek children who are quiet, needy, or have problems at home, and also lavish attention on children they don't abuse, to build a sense of trust by parents and other students. They find ways to be alone with children; spending time with students alone in the classroom, hanging out with students outside of school, etc. If that doesn't sound like Sammons, I don't know what does!

*I feel sorry for the girl that did come forward, knowing that this was going to be a huge scandal, and people like you, Haley, would talk horribly about her. She told an adult to end it, and to make sure that it didn't happen to another girl. I bet there are more girls out there that are too scared to come forward about Sammons. When I was in middle school, a teacher that was loved by all was accused of inappropriately touching a student. I, along with many other teenagers at the school, didn't believe it. It wasn't until I was an adult and remembered all of the things he did in class; "accidentally" bumping into my chest, always reaching over and pushing my bra strap back to where it belonged if it slipped, snapping my friend's underwear strap when it was showing, giving the football team (which he coached) Playboys to look at on the bus to the games, and random other things.....those were ALL red flags and major warning signs that I overlooked because I was young and naive like you, Haley. I thought that he was a wonderful teacher, his wife had an affair and that is why they were divorced, and she took off with his kids. Little did I know, she divorced him because of his love of porn and inappropriate actions with their friends children, which is why he lost all custody to his OWN children. I believed everything he told me and when the truth came out, I was shocked.
Annoyed By Immature Teens

Vancouver, WA

#73 Feb 25, 2008
CONT: 4/4
*Teachers are there to teach and protect their students if needed. They are not there to befriend their students outside of school by taking them shopping, having them over to the house to play video games, or anything else. It is sad, to me, that this is happening to children when they are trying to get an education.

*Haley, you are young and have a lot of growing to do. It seems to me that you have some little weird obsession with this man, since you are constantly sticking up for someone that you "think" you know, and telling people that have known him for years that they don't know what they are talking about. They DO know what they are talking about, and instead of spending your time contradicting what all of the adults are saying....why don't you focus on your own life and being a teenager?

*I work with children and if someone were to do this to one of them, there would be nothing left of them after I hunted them down. Frankly, Sammons needs to stay in jail for a REALLY long time away from anyone else he can hurt.

*And I REALLY hope, that while he is in jail, he drops the soap and he gets what is coming to him.......
Annoyed

Vancouver, WA

#74 Feb 25, 2008
CONT: 3/4
*Pedophile teachers are usually an adult male and often appear to be hard-working and family-oriented. They tend to be better educated, well-liked by parents/children and often the most popular teacher at school. They actively seek children who are quiet, needy, or have problems at home, and also lavish attention on children they don't abuse, to build a sense of trust by parents and other students. They find ways to be alone with children; spending time with students alone in the classroom, hanging out with students outside of school, etc. If that doesn't sound like Sammons, I don't know what does!

*I feel sorry for the girl that did come forward, knowing that this was going to be a huge scandal, and people like you, Haley, would talk horribly about her. She told an adult to end it, and to make sure that it didn't happen to another girl. I bet there are more girls out there that are too scared to come forward about Sammons. When I was in middle school, a teacher that was loved by all was accused of inappropriately touching a student. I, along with many other teenagers at the school, didn't believe it. It wasn't until I was an adult and remembered all of the things he did in class; "accidentally" bumping into my chest, always reaching over and pushing my bra strap back to where it belonged if it slipped, snapping my friend's underwear strap when it was showing, giving the football team (which he coached) Playboys to look at on the bus to the games, and random other things.....those were ALL red flags and major warning signs that I overlooked because I was young and naive like you, Haley. I thought that he was a wonderful teacher, his wife had an affair and that is why they were divorced, and she took off with his kids. Little did I know, she divorced him because of his love of porn and inappropriate actions with their friends children, which is why he lost all custody to his OWN children. I believed everything he told me and when the truth came out, I was shocked.
Still Annoyed

Vancouver, WA

#75 Feb 25, 2008
*I don't know about anyone else on this board, but I am annoyed by teenagers who are standing up for a pedophile, especially Haley. The man pleaded guilty because he IS guilty, and he was hoping they would give him a lesser sentence. Haley claims that if she has a daughter, she will make Sammons the god-father. I have a few questions for you Haley: How are you going to explain to your daughter that her god-father is in jail because he is a pedophile? Are you going to lie to your child and say he was wrongly accused until the day he gets out and decides to start touching her too? You can claim that would never happen all you want, but how would you know what is going on behind your back? A majority of the people that are leaving their thoughts on here about Sammons, have known him FAR longer than you have, Haley. You may have missed all of the warning signs because you thought he was the greatest guy in the world. I am hoping that one day your future daughter doesn't have a run in with a pedophile, and if she does, I hope that she has enough courage as the victim did in this situation, to come forward and do something about it. Sammons knew what he was doing, just like Mary Kay Letourneau, Pamela Rogers Turner, and all of the other teachers that have been caught out there. He knew what was at stake and was still willing to take the chance. Sammons deserves to miss out on his parents funerals, and miss out on life in general. I do NOT feel sorry for Sammons and how he is going to miss out on life. HE was the one that took that chance, HE knew what he was doing, and HE is the one that needs to pay for what he does. I think with all of the things that are being said about him from friends in the past, EVERYONE can get a good picture on what kind of person he is. Its pretty bad when your known as "Old Dirty Balls" and claiming that 21-year olds are "too old".
Still Annoyed2

Vancouver, WA

#76 Feb 25, 2008
CONT: 4/4
*Teachers are there to teach and protect their students if needed. They are not there to befriend their students outside of school by taking them shopping, having them over to the house to play video games, or anything else. It is sad, to me, that this is happening to children when they are trying to get an education.

*Haley, you are young and have a lot of growing to do. It seems to me that you have some little weird obsession with this man, since you are constantly sticking up for someone that you "think" you know, and telling people that have known him for years that they don't know what they are talking about. They DO know what they are talking about, and instead of spending your time contradicting what all of the adults are saying....why don't you focus on your own life and being a teenager?

*And I REALLY hope, that while he is in jail, he drops the soap and he gets what is coming to him.......
another Gaiser Co-worker

Vancouver, WA

#77 Feb 25, 2008
co-worker wrote:
The Gaiser administration can't be held completely responsible for Dan's actions. Of course, something could have been done earlier- but there is such a mess of red tape and so many political layers to go through, it is hard to know where the final responsibility sits (other than on Sammons' shoulders) Those of you who aren't in public education might not understand the huge influence and protection of the teachers' union- it is very hard to accuse a teacher without having stacks and stack of evidence. You practically have to have videotape of the crime in order for anything to happen. Remember, the union doesn't exist to protect kids, only to protect teachers- no matter how lousy they are at their jobs.
Then again, maybe the district was in such a hurry to hire, they didn't do their due diligence and delve into his past.
I don't say this to absolve the administrators- they WERE fooled by Dan's charm and they did seem to be slow to react. However, once the girl's mom brought the actual accusation, the district removed Dan from the classroom and the legal process started. It's too bad that the justice system took almost 2 years to finally put him where he can't hurt anyone else.
Completely responsible? I agree. But Betty Roberts and Kris Porterfield should be held accountable and neither one of them should be able to sleep at night. For them to fight to keep Dan as the girls' head coach knowing that there were accusations of inappropriate behavior shows not only a lack of judgement but a lack of leadership; not to mention a lack of concern for their own student body. It's true that we have a strong union, but the union has nothing to say about who is hired for head coaching jobs. That responsibility belonged to Kris Porterfield. She was questioned about this decision by more than one teacher and in her own form of arrogance stood her ground. She felt it was best for our students and faculty if Dan was put in a position to spend even more time with adolescent girls widening his opportunity to groom the girls as well as their families. As for Betty Roberts - her allegiance is to Betty Roberts. She is dishonest in general and certainly was dishonest when she tried to act as if she knew nothing about the inappropriate behaviors when no less than 15 Gaiser co-workers went to her with complaints of varying degrees. It's her way. So, let's not pretend that Gaiser admin. was still fooled by Dan after all that time. And frankly, if they were still fooled - perhaps they should be moved to one of those Central Office desk jobs instead of making critical decisions for over 800 children.
Lee Smokey

Portland, OR

#78 Feb 25, 2008
"You all look pretty shocked about this," bayed Lee Smokey.

"Not really," retorted a group of teachers.

"If you see something like this you should let an administrator know. Hee Haw!" Smokey bayed.

"We did say something," replied a respected teacher.

"Don't talk about this. Silence will make this go away, Hee Haw!", " Smokey bayed again as he turned his best side to the audience and plodded away.
Former Gaiser Teacher

Eugene, OR

#79 Feb 26, 2008
I completely agree with "Another Gaiser Co-worker" in regards to what they said about Betty Roberts. In my 10+ years working in education, Betty Roberts is by far the most phony, disingenuous, two-faced and self-serving administrator I have worked for. Actually, she would be the only principal that I have worked for that I would have any negative feelings toward.

Betty Roberts lied to me on more than one occasion during my time at Gaiser. Made comments about me to another administrator, and when I confronted her about it, lied.

It doesn't surprise me in the least to hear that she is trying to side-step any knowledge or responsiblity for the Sammons situation. In my time at Gaiser, it was obvious that Betty Roberts is a master at "CYA"(Cover You A--). She is completely self-serving, and as Another Gaiser Co-Worker pointed out, her only alliegance is to herself.

She is one of the phoniest people I have ever met in my life. She has no problem acting as if she is your friend and ally, and then turning around and talking negatively about you as soon as you're out of ear-shot.

I honestly feel badly for young teachers at Gaiser that have to work for her, and she is all they know in regards to how an administrator acts. After being away from Gaiser for several years now, my faith has been restored that there are administrators out there that are genuine, honest and make decisions based on what's best for students, instead of on whats best for them and their careers. My advice to teachers at Gaiser would be to do whatever you can to transfer as far away from Betty Roberts as possible. There are far better administrators out there to work for.

I'm sure that my post comes across as bitter or vindictive. However, my experience with Betty Roberts put such a bad taste in my mouth that I actually considered leaving education all together. I'm thankful now that I stuck with it and found out that not all adminstrators are like her. In my opinion, Gaiser and the VSD will both be a better place when she decides to retire.
Gaiser Parent

Vancouver, WA

#80 Feb 27, 2008
I think it would be prudent to propose that people stop using this forum to bash the Gaiser Admin. Yes, there were mistakes made regarding Dan Sammons, but bottom line...no one is responsible for Dan's actions except the man himself. I think a huge disservice is being done to our school by turning this man's actions into slander against our administration. If you have an issue with Betty's conduct, you should have taken it to VSD. I have worked as a parent at Gasier with Betty for several years and I know that she is well liked by many people, including parents and students. This school is still recovering from this incident....so please stop using this forum to instill more negativity on our school. As a teacher I would think you would use more tact and discretion.
Personally, I think this forum has run its course. Its now turning into a free for all for those who have unresolved grudges. Let the school and its staff do the healing it needs. We are still a GREAT school with quality people teaching our children. PUH-LEASE!!!

Tell me when this thread is updated:

Subscribe Now Add to my Tracker

Add your comments below

Characters left: 4000

Please note by submitting this form you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Service and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator. Send us your feedback.

Minnehaha Discussions

Title Updated Last By Comments
let me pay to massage, tickle, and lick your feet (Dec '13) Sep '17 Steve 8
News Deportation tears apart family of 9 Sep '17 Erich 1
Review: iLoveKickboxing - Vancouver Jun '17 Eleanor 2
News Letter: Inslee should reject terminals Jun '17 DonSteinke 1
News Vancouver, WA (Apr '09) Apr '09 Bob 1
News Mom of 2 dies in Clark County murder-suicide (Sep '06) Sep '06 Renee Lucas 1

Minnehaha Jobs

More from around the web

Personal Finance

Minnehaha Mortgages