domingo, 4 de novembro de 2012
Psicólogo perde licença após denunciar abuso sexual de criança
Fonte: The Daily Caller, em http://dailycaller.com/2012/07/30/former-pennsylvania-psychologist-says-he-reported-child-molestation-lost-license/3/
In 1998, Colonel Paul Evanko of the Pennsylvania State Police, writing to Pennsylvania State Senator William J. Slocum, claimed that Singer had agreed to a punishment from the Pennsylvania Psychology Board and that his license was removed after Singer didn’t comply with the order.
“A review of Dr. Singer’s case revealed that following a hearing before a disciplinary board, Dr. Singer entered into a consent decree with the Department of State, Dr. Singer agreed to pay a fine, and, following a period of supervision, would be able to keep his license to practice. When Dr. Singer failed to comply, his license was suspended.”
An analysis of the decree document concludes that it was an order and not a voluntary agreement and TheDC could find no evidence that Singer ever agreed to it.
Throughout Singer’s ordeal, he’s been helped by a number of high profile political figures both in Pennsylvania and the nation at large. On October 14, 1993, then-U.S. Congressman Rick Santorum wrote a letter to then-President Bill Clinton on Singer’s behalf.
“I am writing on behalf of Dr. James Singer, a psychologist from DuBois, Pennsylvania, I would like to join my colleagues Senator Specter, Congressman Bud Shuster, Congressman Tom Ridge, and Congressman Bud Cramer, who have expressed their concern to you over the handling of Dr. Singer’s case by the state and federal governments as a result of his mandated reporting of an alleged case of child abuse in 1986.”
On April 12, 1994, then-U.S. Rep. Tom Ridge sent a letter to Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, also in support of Singer.
“My concern was and continues to be the lack of attention given to the case of Dr. James Singer of DuBois, Pennsylvania. Several years ago, Dr. Singer was asked to give his opinion of a child abuse case at DuBois Medical Center. He concluded that the child had been abused, and because he was mandated by both state and federal laws to report any suspected child abuse, Dr. Singer reported his findings to Children and Youth Services. He had been informed that if he failed to report his findings, he would have been prosecuted for violating Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law. Because Dr. Singer obeyed the law, his life was destroyed.”
Given what has transpired at Penn State University, it was the correspondence of Sam Stein, then a state senator in Pennsylvania, that was most eerie.
In a letter to Rita Olzewski, the executive director of the Health Systems Development Corporation, Stein expressed his deep concern that Singer’s case would discourage people in the future from reporting on child abuse.
“Please understand I have serious concerns regarding the impact that Jim Singer’s case will have on child abuse reporting by professionals,” wrote Stein. “It is obvious that such irresponsibility, on the part of the Departments of State and Public Welfare, will cause more and more mandated reporters to think twice before reporting suspected child abuse.”
Most recently, Sen. Barbara Mikulski wrote a letter in January 2012 to the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office pleading that an investigation be conducted into Singer’s case.
“I am writing to bring to your attention of the attached correspondence and documents from my constituent, James Singer [who now lives in Maryland], regarding a case of child abuse that he has brought to the attention of Pennsylvania law enforcement,” wrote Mikulski. “I respectfully ask that you review the materials attached.” Sen. Mikulski’s office did not respond to a request for comment on this report.
TheDC attempted to contact a number of Pennsylvania state officials as well as national officials like Sen. Dick Durbin, and only the office of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee responded. An aide in the Judiciary Committee told TheDC via email that they were aware of Singer’s case, but that the Judiciary Committee did not have jurisdiction.
“Dr. Singer’s complaint is with the state of Pennsylvania. The House Judiciary Committee is a federal legislative body — our investigative authority is focused on misconduct or malfeasance of the federal agencies over which we have jurisdiction (i.e. U.S. Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security). Our staff advised Dr. Singer that he should direct his request to investigative bodies within the state of Pennsylvania.”
Singer told TheDC that he hopes sharing his story will finally lead to a full investigation of his ordeal.