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wvowner

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#1 Dec 11, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
WV State Police Investigating Former Principal for Years of Alleged Sexual Abuse
Is Former WV Principal A Pedophile And Child Molester?
by Sam Webber & Jack Swint .... [email protected]
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Sometimes A Story Has To Be Told ….
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In June 1996, forty-eight year old Thomas Scott King was arrested after spending the night in a Charleston motel with a 17-year old boy. At the time, Mr. King was the principal at Valley High school in Smithers, WV. The teenager was one of his students…..that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
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Kings own younger brother has now come forward with a deep dark secret of his own…“My older brother, Scott, began raping and sodomizing me when I was 5-years old.”
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Signs of a Pedophile?
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On the surface, 60-year old Thomas Scott King has traveled the world and made friends with dignitaries and other high ranking officials while working for the Peace Corps. In the 1970’s, he traveled to Africa where he taught English. His role as a teacher and principal in at least three WV high schools has opened other doors to prominent state politicians like former Supreme Court Judge Margaret Workman, who has him on her “Facebook” list of friends.
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Then there is the side of him that only a few choice people know about. When Thomas Scott King was principal at Valley High School in Fayette County, he pled guilty in Magistrate Court for contributing to the delinquency of a minor. The charges and subsequent plea deal in Fayette County stemmed from an incident that began at a Charleston motel in June, 1996.
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Both King and the student admitted to State Police of spending at least one night together. King claimed he drove the youth from Smithers, WV, to Charleston in order to personally console the boy who police were searching for after his parents reported him missing.
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He has never answered one important question. Why did he drive the teen 30 miles from Fayette to Kanawha County to a motel?
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Cops finally caught up with the pair when they spotted the boy driving the principal’s car back in Fayette County 2 days after he was reported missing. King also admitted he allowed the boy to drive his car even though the teen had no license. In fact, Fayette prosecutors could only charge King with contributing to the delinquency of a minor for driving the car because the motel was in Kanawha County. And, they never followed up with Charleston authorities to go after King for taking the boy to a motel in that jurisdiction.
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In an August 7th, 1996 Charleston Gazette & Daily Mail newspaper article; than Assistant Fayette County Prosecutor, Tom Steele, said he did not know the specific details of the trip to the motel and could not investigate because it was outside his jurisdiction. The newspaper articles did detail Kings plea deal, admitting they spent the night at the motel together and King’s resignation as principal.
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But, there was one condition to the “no contest” plea agreement. King had to resign as both principal of Valley High School and the WV Board of Education. Did prosecutors and law enforcement know that this man showed signs of being a sexual predator? Who knows? Fayette County prosecutors either forgot or did not care to follow up with Kanawha County authorities on the motel stay. Today, that former juvenile is approximately 31; he is identified in this story only by his initials “JFP” who is allegedly still dealing with problems related to those events.
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A Fayette County Magistrate clerk told this author that all records before 1997 have been “purged” so no records exist of the arrest and/or conviction. According to the two newspaper articles, Scott King was merely fined $50 plus $67 in court costs.
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Years of Sexual Attacks
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Now in 2008, and according to his 46-year old brother, Casey King,“My older brother, Scott, began raping and sodomizing me when I was 5-years old.”
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wvowner

United States

#2 Dec 11, 2008
Walter “Casey” King (pictured to the left) and his brother, Scott, grew up in the Mayberry, WV, area in McDowell County. His older brother was born on July 31, 1948, making him approximately 19-years old at the time of the first attack. Casey now recalls how his sibling made it appear as a game of “hide and go seek” by persuading him to belly crawl up under his bed just to have Scott discover him and pull him out by his feet. That is when the assaults would take place.“I remember how big his hands felt on my legs.”
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He would also tell me,“Play with it,” talking about his brother’s penis. The alleged assaults took place until he was seven-years old, which is when his brother left home for Africa. But, one last incident occurred when Casey was 15. In that attack, the younger brother managed to stop Scott from assaulting him as his older brother tried to take Casey’s clothes off of him. As he recalls,“Scott was actually my WV History teacher in the 8th grade and then Ethnic studies in the 9th grade” at former Elkhorn Jr. High in McDowell County.”
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Memories of the sexual assaults haunt him some days more than others. Everything all came to a head several months ago when Casey said “just out of the blue,” Scott called him on the phone just to tell him that he needed to call his father.“There was something in the tone of his voice” that brought all of the emotions flowing out of Casey’s deepest subconscious.“From that moment, I knew what all he had done to me.” In fact, Casey says he called his brother back a few days later and left him a simple voice mail message.
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“You need to know that I remember everything you did to me….you have one week to turn yourself in to the authorities.”
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Casey said he can forgive his brother for everything he did to him, but, he has to be stopped.“He took away my identity, my innocence, and I’ve had nightmares for years about it all.” He says he also felt guilty that it was somehow his fault. Growing up, he became an alcoholic, divorced, and has a lifetime of failed relationships. He is a single dad now and devotes his free time to raising his children and takes each day one at a time. Casey says he is into his "third year being a recovering alchoholic."
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At 46, he teaches college students about physics and astronomy. Before that, he worked as a nuclear engineer in Hartsville, SC. He currently lives in the Myrtle Beach area where he feels that “I’m stable at this point in my life.” But,“I can’t morally walk away from what my brother did to me and most likely other kids, too. He’s a rapist and a predator.”
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Casey also states that his brother Scott was allegedly charged & arrested for arson at WVU when he and others set fire to the ROTC building in the late 1960's. Scott graduated in 1970.
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wvowner

United States

#3 Dec 11, 2008
Thomas Scott King the Principal
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Records show that Thomas Scott King has been a teacher, vice principal and principal in several schools across the state (and possibly worked for the Post Office when he lived in Las Cruces, New Mexico) from McDowell to Mingo, Lewis and Fayette Counties. In fact, he was featured in the Charleston Gazette and Daily Mail newspapers in September 1990 as the new Matewan High School principal who first discovered that football players at the schools had their grades falsified so they could play sports.
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At the time Scott was arested, Casey said he was visiting his parents in the Bluefield area. As they watched the 11 pm news on Channel 6, a story came on about Scott being arrested on the contributing charges. He remembers how he and his mother and father just sat there dumbfounded.“They both sat there and didn’t make any comments at all.”
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Scott King was also involved in another scandal that caused several foreign exchange students attending Lewis County High School to return to their homeland early because of incidents that occurred while King oversaw that program and had several of the teens staying at his home. King admitted in a March 1996 Charleston Gazette story that he had been playing “host dad” to at least 6 exchange students over the past six years. He told the newspaper reporter that “It’s a little bit of a challenge, but usually very rewarding.”
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Reportedly, by one source, sealed school records show that one of the boys provided a statement that Scott King came into his bedroom several times and tried to rape him. The exchange student ran from King’s home on the second assault and hid at a friend’s home.
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His very frequent movement from school to school since the late 1970’s suggests a pattern of possible problems that his superiors and the Board of Education were aware of and concealed.
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Today
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Thomas Scott King reportedly lives in the Charleston, WV, area and could be working for the US Government. Last month, Casey found his brother’s “Facebook” account online and was devastated to see that Scott, now 60-years old, had a long list of friends that include the names of young teens in the 10th grade.
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“I immediately tried to track down each of those boys and let them know exactly who Scott is; a rapist and predator, and what he had done to me.” What was just as alarming was the name of former Supreme Court Justice Margaret Workman on Scott’s Facebook friend’s list, and that she had his name on hers.“I wrote to her also, and we eventually began e-mailing back and forth.” He said Workman told him that he did not have to go into the details of the rapes, but, to let her know if his brother Scott ever came back onto “Facebook” again.
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Casey’s name and picture is also on Margaret Workman’s Facebook account at this writing. He also feels that it is very possible that his older brother was using "Facebook" like other pedophiles use "My Space" to meet youths.
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He also contacted the McDowell County prosecutor’s office in hopes of bringing charges against Scott for the rapes since the last attack was in their jurisdiction. WV State Police investigator, Mike Spradlin, in Lewisburg WV, has been assigned the case. According to Casey, the last conversation he and the investigator had, Spradlin said that he felt they had enough to get an indictment, but not a conviction.
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We called Investigator Spradlin to confirm any information on an ongoing investigation. He said that he could not comment.
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Casey says his only goal is “to let any other victims know that I am here for them if someone wants to come forward.” Like him, Casey never wanted to speak out at first with what happened to him when he was a child.
wvowner

United States

#4 Dec 11, 2008
Just a few days ago, he finally talked to his father about what happened so many years ago. His dad said he never knew what Scott had done to Casey, but, his only real question about it all was if Scott would be able to beat the charges. Howard T. King is retired and lives in an assisted living home in Southern WV. His mother passed away several years ago.
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“It’s like everyone just accepts that Scott is a pedophile.” Other family members who know what happened to Casey feel terribly for him; just like one of his female cousins who says she will never leave her kids alone with Scott.
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One witness reports that a few years back, Scott King applied to start a “boy scout” program in the Welch, WV, area. That request was turned down.
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In Closing
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Some who read this story will be quick to say we were wrong for writing it, that there is no proof that any crime has been committed, and that we have ruined this man and/or his career. To those people we say, there is a pattern here that clearly shows that, at the very least, Thomas Scott King was caught, arrested and convicted of contributing to a minor.
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He was a 47-year old school principal and authority figure who admitted to authorities that he took a 17-year old male student to Charleston WV in 1996 and spent at least one night with him.
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Why to a motel?
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Even though Thomas Scott King has no convictions for sexual assaults, rape or even being listed as a pedophile does not mean he is not one. How often do pedophiles and rapists slip through the cracks?
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This is a man who had spent years being moved from school to school in the WV system until he was finally forced to resign his teaching credentials as part of a plea agreement to stay out of jail and face more severe charges. He also is the same man whose personnel files at several schools (at least the Fayette County Board of Education) are allegedly sealed.
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Casey has asked us to include his home telephone number and e-mail address at the end of this story for anyone to call him if they have information, and/or questions. He emphatically states that he harbors no revenge for his brother Scott, and even tried to talk him into receiving counseling instead of being publicly exposed for his sexual assaults on Casey years ago. His brother refused, and disconnected his phone.
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Coming forward to expose what his own brother did to him as a child takes more nerve and guts than most people will ever face in a lifetime. Casey King is a hero to all of the sexually abused children that continue to be assaulted everyday at the hands of someone they know and trust.
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Thomas Scott King will most likely deny any and all accusations from his brother or anyone else that comes forward to accuse him. Take away his brother’s claims that Scott sexually abused him as a child and you still have the 1996 conviction and his plea deal to resign from the WV school system.
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We attempted to locate and interview Thomas Scott King but could not.
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E- mail [email protected]
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wvowner

United States

#5 Dec 11, 2008
Does anyone know what organization hosted the exchange students?
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#7 Dec 11, 2008
Wow.. I hope someone can help take this pedophile off the streets. Any information at all would help, I'm sure.
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#8 Jan 6, 2009
By the way, there is no statute of limitations on what he does to children. Why don't you consider being a real man and coming forward with what you know?
Tired of this

Charleston, WV

#9 Jan 12, 2009
OK, I'm sorry this has been allowed to happen, but until there's more to the story let this thread die. Please no more "bumps".
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#10 Jan 13, 2009
Urgent Announcements:

25 Nov 08 -- Thomas Scott King, 60, was arrested in June 1996, at the age of 47, after spending the night in a motel with a 17-year old boy.

Read 11-25-08 news by Sam Webber and Jack Swint of West Virginia News:

WV State Police Investigating Former Principal for Years of Alleged Sexual Abuse

From West Virginia News, "Scott King was also involved in another scandal that caused several foreign exchange students attending Lewis County High School to return to their homeland early because of incidents that occurred while King oversaw that program and had several of the teens staying at his home."

Also, "Reportedly, by one source, sealed school records show that one of the boys provided a statement that Scott King came into his bedroom several times and tried to rape him. The exchange student ran from King's home on the second assault and hid at a friend's home."

Thomas Scott King has allegedly hosted more than six exchange students who attended Lewis County High School in West Virginia.

Please contact Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students if you are a former exchange student who was supervised or lived with Thomas Scott King. Please contact CSFES via email [email protected]

Requests to remain anonymous will be respected.
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#11 Jan 13, 2009
Tired of this wrote:
OK, I'm sorry this has been allowed to happen, but until there's more to the story let this thread die. Please no more "bumps".
No.
Sympathetic

La Grange, IL

#12 Jan 14, 2009
Tired of this wrote:
OK, I'm sorry this has been allowed to happen, but until there's more to the story let this thread die. Please no more "bumps".


Would you if it was you or one of your family members. I don't think so and if you had any sense of logic you would know that thousands search this site a day. If not kept on the top someone who has info may not read it.
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#13 Jan 14, 2009
Thank you. I won't stop until someone else comes forward. He's raping children.. I have had people contact me about their brothers, friends, others who were molested.. it all fits how he did it to me. He isolates and then attacks. With me it was a violent attack and he repeated it over several years. He's a pedophile rapist. Do you really think we should just let him slide so some people don't have to hear about it? Sorry.. I am talking about it for the rest of my life or else until Thomas Scott King goes to prison.
Faith

United States

#14 Jan 18, 2009
Tired of this, last Post, gives new meaning to; Putting yourself in someone elses shoes. What happened to this wonderful attribute?
Hmmm

Ithaca, NY

#15 Jan 19, 2009
Interesting.....
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#16 Jan 26, 2009
Faith wrote:
Tired of this, last Post, gives new meaning to; Putting yourself in someone elses shoes. What happened to this wonderful attribute?
One former student at Welch Jr. High indicated that Thomas Scott King took him on a trip to a WVU ballgame along with TSK's son. On the way back home, they stopped at a hotel. The boy said that he woke up, was completely naked and Thomas Scott King was taking pictures of him. He would say no more about what else happened. This is absolutely sickening. Sorry if you're "tired of it". Maybe you should put yourself in the shoes of a 13 year old boy being molested by your 45 year old teacher in a hotel room?

Please, if you can help, do so. Otherwise, just stop reading the posts.
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#17 Jan 30, 2009
This pedophile rapist currently lives in Charleston. He taught in the WV public school system until 1996 when he was arrested after taking a runaway male student at Valley High School to a hotel room 50 miles away. Please, for God's sake, if you know something, come forward. Don't you understand he's still doing this? He's been raping children for decades. Can you be a man and talk about what happened? For information on how to report your experience with this child molestor, contact me at [email protected]
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#18 Feb 7, 2009
Thomas Scott King is allegedly hosting and/or supervising foreign exchange students. Will you please contact Committee for Safety of Foreign Exchange Students with any information at [email protected].org with any information. All requests to remain anonymous will be respected. You may also contact the West Virgina State Police, Colonel Pack at [email protected] and copy [email protected]"
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Beckley, WV

#19 Feb 9, 2009
Tired of this wrote:
OK, I'm sorry this has been allowed to happen, but until there's more to the story let this thread die. Please no more "bumps".
Hey Scott be a man and turn yourself in
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Beckley, WV

#20 Feb 9, 2009
Scott you need to turn yourself in.
Wow

Ithaca, NY

#21 Feb 14, 2009
This is crazy!

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