The King of Pop Michael Jackson, the Pied Piper R Kelly, the Catholic Church and the Liberian author Dr. Malachi Z. York, all have reached millions of people. Michael Jackson the greatest performer of our day and time who passed on in 2009. R Kelly, one of the greatest R&B singers to date, and the Catholic Church one of the world’s largest and oldest institutions known to man. Dr. Malachi Z. York author of over 750 books and fluent in multiple languages. What do they all have in common, all said to be involved or charged with Sex crimes in 2002.
After thorough review of these cases, something isn’t right. Those that had a more abundance of evidence weighed against them, walked away as innocent. Others were given a slap on the wrist compared to the excessive amount of people that were effected. Then another was over charged with 135 years in prison, where there was no evidence and witnesses admitting to perjuring themselves on the stand
Starting with the Catholic Church in early 2002, the Boston Globe covered the criminal prosecutions of five Roman Catholic priests. It started when the leader of the Catholic Church in Boston, Cardinal Bernard Law, allowed one of his priests to continue working even though Law knew that Fr. John Geoghan had spent his career sexually assaulting children.
The exposé went on to reveal a pattern of moving pedophile priests rather than putting their actions to a stop. The story was first published on January 6th, 2002 by Boston Globe’s Spotlight Team: reporters Matt Carroll, Sacha Pfeiffer, and Michael Rezendes; and editor Walter V. Robinson
Boston Globes Spotlight team article won an uncontested Pulitzer Prize. The issue of child rape and sexual assault of Roman Catholic children, and child sex abuse cases as whole was now brought to the forefront of the nations’ attention.
This lead to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) to commission the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2002 to conduct a comprehensive study based on surveys completed by the Roman Catholic dioceses in the United States. The product of the study, titled the John Jay Report indicated that some 11,000 allegations had been made against 4,392 priests in the USA.
The Associated Press estimates the total from settlements of sex abuse cases from 1950–2007 to be more than $2 billion.
In 2002, criminal charges were brought against Roman Catholic priests in Boston, (John Geoghan, Paul Shanley, Robert V. Gale, and Jesuit priest James Talbot who were all found guilty and sentenced. One of the Bishops, Geoghan was accused of the sexual abuse of over 130 boys. According to the Washington Post on February 22nd of 2002 he was found guilty and sentenced to only 9-10 years in prison. In February 2005, Shanley was found guilty of indecent assaults and the rape of a male minor and received a sentence of 12 to 15 years in prison and was released on July 28, 2017, now a free man. Talbot who has settled civil lawsuits with at least 15 victims, was convicted to 6 years in prison in 2005. Then in September of 2018, at age 80, was ordered to serve another three years in prison for a boy he sexually abused during his time as a Jesuit Priest in Maine, that’s a total of 9 years for 15 victims, none of which ever turned their statements. Robert V. Gale was released in 2009 he was sentenced to five years in late 2004 after pleading guilty to raping an altar boy in the early 1980s at a Waltham parish. So after collectively molesting and raping close to 200 children, the longest prison term was 12 years.
That brings us to R. Kelly who, after the release of a sex tape that was alleged to be him and a 14-year old girl, was arrested in Florida June 5th 2002. The alleged victim refused to testify and R Kelly was found Not Guilty on all charges. The allegations did not stop there, in July of 2017 Jim DeRogatis of Buzz Feed reported that R Kelly was holding women against their will in a Sex Cult.
According to one of the parents of the girls, she claims her daughter was brainwashed, despite the fact the girl still lives with Kelly and says she’s doing fine.
In January 2019, Lifetime aired a six-part documentary called Surviving R Kelly which started an uproar on social media. Amidst the new surmounted pressure on February 22nd, 2019 the Chicago Illinois, Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office charged R. Kelly with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Is he guilty, it still has not been determined, but he has yet to serve any time for the crimes he’s been accused of.
What about Michael Jackson, one of the greatest performers of our time, yet he too in 2002/2003 was hit with a sex abuse scandal. BBC journalist Martin Bashir conducted a series of interviews with Michael Jackson at Neverland Ranch. The interviews were compiled into the documentary Living with Michael Jackson, in which Bashir revealed new details about Jackson’s relationship to the young boys he invited to stay at the Ranch. This lead to Jackson being tried in 2004-2005 in the Santa Barbara County’s Superior Court.
Those that testified against him, were Martin Bashir the BBC Journalist, Jason Francia, June Chandler, the Arvizo family, and former staff for the Neverland Ranch. Some of Jacksons defense witnesses were A-List celebrities like Macaulay Culkin, George Lopez, and Chris Tucker. George Lopez and Chris Tucker both had previous dealings with the Arvizo family, both of which stated the family is known for extorting celebrities, Chris Tucker even stating that he warned Michael Jackson about that family. Macaulay Culkin testified that when he was 9 years old he slept in the same bed as Michael Jackson on many occasions and that Michael Jackson never touched him inappropriately.
One of the other key witnesses that testified on Michael Jacksons behalf, Wade Robson, is now claiming something did happen to him. Robson and James Safechuck, who also claimed Michael Jackson molested him, both are stars of a film that was featured in a Sundance Film Festival in January of this year. The film called “Leaving Neverland” gives detail testimonials from both Robson and Safechuck who perfectly corroborate each other’s stories, which should be easy being it was filmed, scripted, and pre-recirded. Safechuck initially came out with the allegations in 2014 in an attempt to sue the Jackson Estate. To this day though there have been many allegations there have been just as much reasonable doubt and exactly why the King of Pop was found innocent.
That brings us to Dr. Malachi Z York, a Liberian author and musician, that has written over 750 books on topics like the Race, Religion, and Ancient African civilizations. Dr. York, a citizen of the Republic of Liberia who was appointed to the post of Consul General to Atlanta Georgia by the former President, was arrested on May 8th of 2002.
After a 2 week trial in January of 2004 he was later sentenced to 135 years in prison for the Mann Act, or what is known is also known as white slavery, structuring money, and racketeering.
The United States Government said that Dr. York transported children across state lines for the purpose of illicit sex acts. Yet when the alleged victims were brought on to the stand by the prosecution, 8 out of the 13 victims who were alleged to have been transported across state lines for the purpose of sex said that nothing happened, and that they were forced to make these statements.
Initially the FBI claimed that there were videos of Dr. York having sex with these young girls, but these videos were never submitted as evidence, and later in Dr. Yorks appeal he stressed that the government alleged there were video tapes to put thoughts in the jury’s mind to further sway them of his guilt. To this day no video has been produced unlike R. Kelly case. Also unlike the 5 Catholic Church Bishops and the Jesuit Priest arrested in Boston, the majority of Dr. York’s witnesses have either testified on his behalf during trial or afterwards did affidavits attesting to the fact they were forced to perjure themselves.
Four of the Five remaining alleged victims later in affidavits and some even on video, expressed their disdain with the prosecution as they now claim they were forced and/or pressured to make those statements. Some like, Ebony Hill, claim that they told her they knew things about her that could land her in jail for a long time if she did not testify or comply. And others like Taariq “David” Noel who initially said he wasn’t abused on his intake form, then testified against Dr. York, then did an affidavit stating he lied and he was forced to make the statements, and like Wade Robson and the Michael Jackson story, now claims he was molested again.
On July 9th, 2018 a documentary done by People Magazine called People Magazine Investigates: Cults, The Nuwaubian Nation of Moors was released with interviews from only victim that did not change her statement, Nicole Lopez. What the documentary doesn’t go into is the fact that Nicole Lopez was given immunity from prosecution, because she herself during the time of Dr. Yorks prosecution was involved in the molestation of a 14-year old boy when she was 23 years of age.
Then Judge C Ashley Royal, after opening court on Martin Luther King’s Birthday on January 19th, 2004, and forcing the jury to re-deliberate after one juror felt that Dr. York was being set up, sentences Dr. York to 135 years in prison. Unlike the Catholic Bishops who received 9 years yet was accused of molesting 130 children over the course of his lifetime. Dr. York is now serving his sentence in USP Florence ADMAX what is known as the Alcatraz of the Rockies with Notorious Gang Leaders and terrorists like Ted Kaczynski, Eric Rudolph, and the World Trade Center Bombers. There is a saying “equality in the law is paramount and mandatory” yet in the case of Dr. York, not so much.