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Timothy - 102. Chapter 102

Four weeks after our boat trip, Andrew wanted to meet and review the project. We invited him to our home for dinner on an agreed Friday night. After work, Stephen went to the diner we ate at with Alex and Ann Marie, picked up three dinners, and drove home. I had walked home with Andrew, and I think this was the first time I walked home without Stephen.

Andrew and I were sitting in the kitchen drinking coffee when Stephen arrived with our dinners. Andrew wanted to know where he got the dinners, and Stephen told him about the diner. I would have bet that Andrew would stop at the diner on his way home.

 

After dinner, Andrew brought us up to date on the project. “I have the names of the people who served on the school board when Bruce Stevens was in school. Of the five, only one is alive, and she is in a home for the elderly. I met with her, and she has no recollection of that time. I did find one woman who taught home economics. She said that some of the girls told her in confidence about Bruce. They told her he made advances toward them, and a few girls said he had sex with them. When she asked them why they slept with him, they said they would be his special girl. He was a star, and they would share that stardom. One of the girls said that wasn’t true because once he had them, he forgot them and told them he would spread the word they were easy unless they kept quiet. I asked her if she had reported this to the principal. She said she did and was told to forget it as the school was becoming famous due to their sports program, which was basketball. Town folks were making contributions to the school in support of the basketball team.”

“Were you able to find the principal of the school?”

“No, Stephen’s searches have turned up nothing that can be used. Most of the teaching staff have retired, moved away, or died. The home economics teacher said working at the high school was her first job after graduating from college. Tim, we don’t have much of a case against the school since those who could have stopped it are either dead or too old to remember.”

“That’s a disappointment. What about Bruce’s finances? Can we file a suit against his estate?”

“From what I can tell, he put everything in his wife’s name. We would have to go after her, and that would be difficult. She appears to be an innocent bystander. I talked to her, and she seemed to be shocked. She met Bruce in college, fell in love, and married him. She came with him when he moved back to his hometown and set up his practice. Being an only child, her parents moved to his hometown to be with her. They have a modest house on the outskirts of the town.

“Were you able to talk to her?”

“Yes, she was distraught when I told her who I was and who I represented. She said she has been receiving threats, and after reading the comments in the local paper, she and her parents are considering moving.”

I looked at Stephen, “What do you think?”

“Let it go. Ann Marie, with Alex’s help, has put it behind her. We will see that Tom puts his problems behind him as well. To be truthful, I have had enough. Bruce is dead, and those people he has hurt need to get on with their lives as well. A court case would only bring all of that hurt back.”

“Some of those comments appeared that they were still hurting.”

“Yes, but where those comments lashing out a chance to get the secrets out in the open? Or more to offset anyone who thought that Bruce was a great guy or basketball player?”

 

I thought about what Stephen said. In my head, I heard, ‘listen.’ “Andrew, send me a list of your expenses and your fee. Stephen’s right; it’s time to put this aside.”

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Unsurprisingly , everyone connected has died so it seems no point in carrying on with the case , now they can get on with their lives 

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Tim is right, with Bruce dead and everyone connected with him dead it's time to let it go. No surprise Bruce put everything in his wife's name.

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This was when 20 years ago or so? The School board and most of the staff must have been   close to retirement age then.As distasteful as no redress is I wouldn't want to hurt Bruce wife either.I bet stuff like  this has happened more than we know.

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Stephen’s right; it’s time to put this aside. 

It seems a good place to end this story.

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Sometime, as Stephen paraphrased, the best thing to do is move on and put all this behind. While some will say Bruce got off scott free, in the end he died. The people he hurt will only have those wounds reopened by any further action - not that they're not already opened by the newspaper articles. Sure, one might go after the insurance of the school district but several witnesses missing. To go after a grieving widow that wasn't knowledgeable of the events, is cruel. Let dead dogs lie and move on. :) Can't wait to read about the future adventures of Timothy and Stephen and everything that lay in store for their future. They got a family to start! 

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Ironically, as much as Tim would like to hold others accountable, mom shares the same responsibility and guilt for not reporting or taking action; whereas she didn’t want the negative attention of reporting the others wanted the positive attention from not reporting, the end result is they all share the guilt of allowing a serial rapist is continue victimizing others.

While healing is needed, perhaps the best community healing is knowing how these things happen and the best way to prevent even more innocents from being victimized; reporting may bring some embarrassment, humiliation, or even taint personal reputations. Maybe the community needs to learn the bravery to face these crimes is a personal sacrifice to protect others from the same fate. 

The principal, the DA secretary and others gave aid to Bruce  to evade charges and court proceedings; then and more presently. The principal appears to have used unethical influence to bully protections for Bruce, knowingly aiding the coverup of those and other ongoing crimes; making him an accessory. Court proceedings to convict him is separate from charges against Bruce, but it also makes an indirect conviction of a dead man possible by proving the other parties knew and aided in crimes. The nature of these coverups are every bit the insult to the victims as ignoring the claims by any new victims….so how does the community learn best when the status quo is crimes are personal problems of the victims?

I definitely believe crimes should be respectfully pursued, but false claims should likewise be handled with the same conviction. False claims out of personal regrets or to protect one’s image when unexpectedly discovered in an embarrassing situation are unforgivable; as the “presumed victim” victimizes an innocent party by abusing the laws for personal benefit while destroying the reputation of the innocent party.

So severe punishments for high crimes should likewise incur severe punishment for any that cry wolf.

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Hey the kids are all grown and have kids of their own! What do you think, the teachers are bound to be doddery or dead.

Hell most of my teachers were dead when they were teaching us. I swear they dragged them out and kept the room shaded, so that we never noticed their coffins in the corner of the room. 

Move on Tim, it's time to start your family.

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1 hour ago, Kev said:

Hey the kids are all grown and have kids of their own! What do you think, the teachers are bound to be doddery or dead.

Hell most of my teachers were dead when they were teaching us. I swear they dragged them out and kept the room shaded, so that we never noticed their coffins in the corner of the room. 

Move on Tim, it's time to start your family.

Most all of my teachers were born early in the last century, and they certainly acted like it. Assume most are dead by now. And they would not last long in the current social/political climate.

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Life awaits Tim and Stephen, along with a promised child or two according to Donnie. It's time for that challenge.

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19 hours ago, mikedup said:

Unsurprisingly , everyone connected has died so it seems no point in carrying on with the case , now they can get on with their lives 

Absolutely. Now we need to focus on Tom

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19 hours ago, chris191070 said:

Tim is right, with Bruce dead and everyone connected with him dead it's time to let it go. No surprise Bruce put everything in his wife's name.

Bruce did that when he heard about Tim's lawsuit.  He was in California at that time

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17 hours ago, davewri said:

Stephen’s right; it’s time to put this aside. 

It seems a good place to end this story.

No, Stephen and Tim, according to Donnie, has one more project.

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17 hours ago, Christopher said:

Sometime, as Stephen paraphrased, the best thing to do is move on and put all this behind. While some will say Bruce got off scott free, in the end he died. The people he hurt will only have those wounds reopened by any further action - not that they're not already opened by the newspaper articles. Sure, one might go after the insurance of the school district but several witnesses missing. To go after a grieving widow that wasn't knowledgeable of the events, is cruel. Let dead dogs lie and move on. :) Can't wait to read about the future adventures of Timothy and Stephen and everything that lay in store for their future. They got a family to start! 

Yes, and that has move up to number 1. 

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14 hours ago, Philippe said:

Ironically, as much as Tim would like to hold others accountable, mom shares the same responsibility and guilt for not reporting or taking action; whereas she didn’t want the negative attention of reporting the others wanted the positive attention from not reporting, the end result is they all share the guilt of allowing a serial rapist is continue victimizing others.

While healing is needed, perhaps the best community healing is knowing how these things happen and the best way to prevent even more innocents from being victimized; reporting may bring some embarrassment, humiliation, or even taint personal reputations. Maybe the community needs to learn the bravery to face these crimes is a personal sacrifice to protect others from the same fate. 

The principal, the DA secretary and others gave aid to Bruce  to evade charges and court proceedings; then and more presently. The principal appears to have used unethical influence to bully protections for Bruce, knowingly aiding the coverup of those and other ongoing crimes; making him an accessory. Court proceedings to convict him is separate from charges against Bruce, but it also makes an indirect conviction of a dead man possible by proving the other parties knew and aided in crimes. The nature of these coverups are every bit the insult to the victims as ignoring the claims by any new victims….so how does the community learn best when the status quo is crimes are personal problems of the victims?

I definitely believe crimes should be respectfully pursued, but false claims should likewise be handled with the same conviction. False claims out of personal regrets or to protect one’s image when unexpectedly discovered in an embarrassing situation are unforgivable; as the “presumed victim” victimizes an innocent party by abusing the laws for personal benefit while destroying the reputation of the innocent party.

So severe punishments for high crimes should likewise incur severe punishment for any that cry wolf.

If I was writing a factual, non-fiction story and not a story in fiction, you would be absolutely right. Fiction allows leeways that non-fiction doesn't. 

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12 hours ago, Kev said:

Hey the kids are all grown and have kids of their own! What do you think, the teachers are bound to be doddery or dead.

Hell most of my teachers were dead when they were teaching us. I swear they dragged them out and kept the room shaded, so that we never noticed their coffins in the corner of the room. 

Move on Tim, it's time to start your family.

You area a wit. Your comment brought a chuckle from me.

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11 hours ago, davewri said:

Most all of my teachers were born early in the last century, and they certainly acted like it. Assume most are dead by now. And they would not last long in the current social/political climate.

You are correct, I know all of my teachers have passed on. I wonder how they would react if they were teachers today. my guess is that they couldn't handle the pressures of today's teachers. 

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2 hours ago, Anton_Cloche said:

Life awaits Tim and Stephen, along with a promised child or two according to Donnie. It's time for that challenge.

It's time to forget Bruce, their vacation was a much needed renewal and now Donnie has something up his sleeve.

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It makes me wonder how often that this level of sexual abuse by university and college athletes has been going on and ignored and covered up by the staff. I don’t understand how could they live with themselves for allowing that to happen, what if it happened to their own daughter? The staff were no better than Bruce Stevens 😡🤬

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