Sheriff Borders wins
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#1 Nov 4, 2008
Congratulations ELECTED Sheriff Gary Borders!!
#2 Nov 4, 2008
That's right! Finally it is all over with and the REAL deal is in office officially.
Sheriff, thank you and we look forward to your continued improvement of the Office and the "fixing" of the problems around the organization to include those that are "dead weight".
#3 Nov 4, 2008
Congrats to the Sheriff!!!
#4 Nov 4, 2008
#5 Nov 4, 2008
Appointed Sheriff Gary Borders has done an incredible job serving the citizens of Lake County. This is evidenced by the overwhelming victory in the primary election and an even more significant victory in the general election. Thank you to ELECTED Sheriff Gary Borders for being a wonderful public servant. Congratulations on your huge win!
#6 Jan 19, 2011
GREEN ISLE CHILDRENS RANCH CHANNEL 6 STORY:
KEN MOTON CHANNEL 9 STORY:
The Brown’s are on the board of both Green Isle Foundation and Bridges of America. Check out the 990’s and Florida Corp filings. Apparently these people are well connected they have blocked every news agency in central Florida from carrying anything more on these crimes. Sheriff Gary Borders of Lake county, Fl has been involved with the Brown family in this ranch since its inception in 1987 when he was a jailer at the Osceola county jail. This involvement is evidenced by his front page summer 2009 article of the Green Isle publication “The Islander.” This publication has been removed and the Green Ilse website shut down, but copies of this publication are available! Insiders say Sheriff Borders blocked the investigation and prosecution of the reported brutal rapes of five young boys by an older student and a male houseparent’s exposure in an attempt to divert public attention to these atrocities.
Green Isle Boy’s Ranch near Groveland has been the scene of several young boys reporting they have been molested and raped by an older boy between June and November 2009 and a male house parent has exposed himself to them. They reported these crimes to the Director Rev. Steve Zepp. Ultimately Rev. Zepp was dismissed. Recently house parents Clayton and Angie Berkey have again been told by the boys of the sexual abuse against them, reported same to upper management and are subsequently no longer employed by Green Isle Ranch. Again these crimes have been ignored. It has been discovered that Lake County Sheriff Gary Borders has been an advisory board member since 1987 and is still actively involved in this school. Why has these crimes been reported to deaf ears?
REPORTS FILED IN 2008 WERE COVERED UP AND NEVER ACTED ON. The administrators at this time of this reported abuse Danny & Marta Hartzog have moved on to open Hayley’s house for unwed pregnant mothers and another state supported school for troubled children
No abuse charges at Green Isle kids' ranch
By Helen Eckinger, Sentinel Staff Writer | July 11, 2008
CLERMONT -- Prosecutors decided not to file child-abuse charges against Green Isle Children's Ranch administrators following a Lake County Sheriff's Office investigation. In a letter to parents of 16 boys who had been living at the ranch, Assistant State Attorney Stephany Mahaney wrote that she had insufficient evidence to convict Pastor Danny Hartzog, president of the ranch's board of directors; Eddie Judge, the administrator; and Vergina Armstrong, the cook, at trial. Deputies began investigating the ranch after receiving reports that the boys living there were being mistreated and fed rancid food.
Other allegations of sex abuse of the children by management from years back have been suppressed. Some documentation can be found on these. Here is one:
Suit Claims 2 Sex Assaults On Boy
March 14, 2001|By Anthony Colarossi of The Sentinel Staff
TAVARES -- A 9-year-old boy was sexually assaulted twice at a center that treats troubled children, the second time in a week that allegations of rape have been leveled at a facility for the emotionally disturbed in Lake County.
A lawsuit filed in state Circuit Court in Lake County states that the youngster was attacked at the Green Isle Children's Ranch in Clermont, both times by other young clients of the private, Christian-based program.
"Green Isle Children's Ranch attempted to conceal the atrocities" by telling the parents that the best thing for the boy was not to talk about the incidents, according to the suit filed by Orlando attorney Keith R. Mitnik on behalf of the Sumter County youngster and his family.
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