#130 Feb 28, 2013
" The GBI investigated West in 1992, after DFACS forwarded information
it had been given by McCullers. But Anderson never told the GBI what he
had seen, or informed them about the information obtained from Officer
Earls in 1987. In his deposition, he said the decision not to tell the
GBI about the earlier incidents was a "judgment call."
Children had a `secret club'
The GBI would have looked at West more closely if Hapeville police
had told the agency about the allegations that had been made by the young
Hapeville sisters, said Maleug, supervisor of the GBI office that
investigated West in 1992.
"I don't know if it would have caused a difference in outcome, but
it would have made a difference," Maleug said. "Anytime you have prior
complaints, it strenghtens your position."
Maleug said the GBI conducted a proper investigation based on what
agents knew about West at the time. Although teachers at Hapeville
Elementary had suspicions about him, none of the children who were
interviewed said West had abused them. When the children refused to talk,
the GBI dropped the 1992 investigation.
Prosecutors said West would probably still be molesting children if
not for McCullers and Dara Dziepak, teachers at Hapeville Elementary
School. They began to suspect West in 1991 because of emotional outbursts
by some boys who spent a lot of time with him.
As they talked to the children, McCullers and Dziepak heard
troubling references to nude photographs and a "secret club."
"They were hinting as much as they could," McCullers said. "You'd
have to be a fool not to listen."
Finally, in 1992, a boy at the elementary school complained that
West had tried to pull his pants down. McCullers contacted prosectuors in
Fulton County, and this time the children began to talk.
The effort to uncover West's activities took a toll on McCullers.
After he went to jail, she continued to make allegations that adults in
the school system were involved in his sex ring, although prosecutors say
there is no such evidence.
McCullers was transferred out of Hapeville Elementary last year. On
June 12, the Fulton County school system initiated termination procedures
against her. School administrators said McCullers has become obsessed
with the Walter West case.
"I am obsessed with it," she said. "And I can't understand why
nobody else is.""
#131 Feb 28, 2013
"Hapeville molestation lawsuits could cost town $8.5 million: Details
still kept secret: Community's taxpayers will foot much of the: bill.
Paying for the damage done by one bad employee might cost one of metro
Atlanta's smaller municipalities more than the annual budget for the
Nearly four years after a decorated former police officer in Hapeville
was imprisoned for molesting children, Hapeville taxpayers are still
paying the bills for Walter P. West's crimes --- and for the failure of
Hapeville to act on complaints about West's pedophilia that began at
least five years before his arrest.
It appears that this town of 5,400 people, tucked along the western edge
of Hartsfield International Airport, will be paying for years to come,
but the public may never know the full particulars of the city's
negligence. Court files in lawsuits brought by 11 of West's victims have
been sealed from public view.
After being rebuffed for months by the city for information about the
cases, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution filed a motion Friday in Fulton
County State Court asking that the court order be modified to permit
access to city records about the settlement.
Meanwhile, despite the city's secrecy, some financial details have
Peter Kintz, a lawyer for one of the city's insurers, said recently that
the payout in the 11 cases will total $8.5 million, an amount the city
would not confirm. By comparison, Hapeville's annual budget is $7.6
million. Documents obtained by the newspaper suggest that the
plaintiffs' lawyers will get 40 percent of the settlements.
In a small note filed with the city's annual financial statement of June
30, 1997, Hapeville disclosed that it has agreed to pay $3.5 million of
the total settlement from taxpayer funds, though it will continue to
fight to get insurers to reimburse the city for some of that. That $3.5
million is $1 million more than the annual budget for the town's police
department and does not include the city's legal bills."
#132 Feb 28, 2013
Sexually abused children win $8.5 million judgment against Hapeville, GA and are issued a gag order
In an effort to protect the children who recently won an $8.5 million lawsuit against the City of Hapeville, Fulton County State Court Judge Jerry Baxter recently ruled that court records be sealed.
#133 Feb 28, 2013
Walter P. West, Jr., a former juvenile officer, pleaded guilty on June 20, 1994, to 33 counts of sexual abuse. West was sentenced to 20 years in prison, 20 years probation, and ordered never to be alone with children.
Prosecutors said that West engaged in oral and anal sex with as many as 13 children, fondled them, forced them to engage in sex acts with other children, and filmed the assaults. Most of his victims were pre-adolescent children who had problems at school and with the law. The youngest victim named in the indictment was six years old.(The Atlanta Journal/The Atlanta Constitution, 1994).
According to a case overview prepared by a special education teacher who reported the abuse, some of the children said West forced them to engage in bestiality and exposed them to animal killings. Other adults in the community were implicated but no additional arrests were made.(McCullers, 1994).
#134 Feb 28, 2013
They're good guys
#135 Feb 28, 2013
Cops always is arrestin folks jus cuz they do smash and grabs and muggins. Why does dey not kwit botharing folks an mind they own bizness.
“Unions are still scum ”
Since: Dec 07
#137 Feb 28, 2013
It takes an average of 8-10 minutes for a response from LE. Now tell me how they would protect you from a robbery or home invasion?
I am saying cops are not going to protect you or your family, you must do that.
Set the timer on you phone for ten minutes and sit down and just imagine some loser attacking your family. Seriously do it, and then tell me how LE will protect you.
“Unions are still scum ”
Since: Dec 07
#138 Feb 28, 2013
In the post above you stated about LE " I do not care if it is legal" I take that as you want security over freedom, cause I damn sure care if something is legal.
Since: Aug 08
#139 Mar 1, 2013
YOu get no argument from me. YOu must be able to protect yourself. All I am saying is that it needs to be done within the law. I have no problem with putting abullet in a persons head in order to protect my family. I would rather be judged by 12 rather than carried by 6.
“Unions are still scum ”
Since: Dec 07
#141 Mar 4, 2013
Now we are getting somewhere. I am in total agreement.
#142 Mar 6, 2014
It's been a year since this post...I'm not a big internet person, but I think it was an "angel nudge" that landed me here. I'm listening...what you have posted is true. The only truth that can really help, is to Whom this case led me back in 1995: Jesus Chris Himselft!! I'll be happy to listen, and am already praying for you.
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