Cummings. In other words, he lawyered up. At that point we are not allowed to interview a suspect.
You don’t get it both ways, refuse to give a statement and then whine that the police did not
get your side of a story. He did get to tell his story on the stand and was caught lying to the court, about a lie of stolen honor when he told somebody he was a Marine Sniper returning from Afghanistan. As an old Marine I am disgusted with this lack of honor.
No evidence of Kelley’s inn
ocence has ever been brought forward by him or his defense team, other than claiming innocence. No other suspects were sought and the investigation stayed focused on Kelley because that is how a proper investigation is conducted in all cases in which the perpetrator is known to the victim and positively named and identified as the assailant. When a small child makes an honest outcry that somebody molested them and named their known attacker it would be gross incompetence to try to take them down a different path. The Kelley supporters have evolved from an earlier position that the kids made up their stories, to a more modified explanation that one of them was likely exposed to sexual abuse at the hands of another. This is very twisted logic to believe that a child is intellectually developed enough to articulate the most horrific thing they have been the victim of, but not intellectually developed enough to recognize the known perpetrator that they are exposed to daily. Never in the investigation was
there another “Greg” or another “Greg’s room” living or located at
that house. As you are all aware, it is rare in these cases to have any physical evidence as the outcry generally occurs weeks or months after the victimization of the child. Using their logic, we should free all the pedophiles and rapists that were jailed on eyewitness victim testimony. How safe would our children be then? The prosecutors did an outstanding job and the jury was unanimous in making likely the most difficult decision of their collective lives. Mr. Kelley made a plea agreement and gave up all right to appeal which
speaks volumes as to the strength of the Prosecution’s case, as his attorney most likely saw nothing that
would lead to a successful appeal. The judge and jurors were absolutely correct in throwing out the charges related to the second victim when the child recanted.
This does not negate the child’s initial
outcry that specifically identified Mr. Kelley but does create a reasonable doubt. I can think of no reason for a small child to make up a false outcry, but I can think of many reasons that the child would not want to retell the story. Please keep the children and families of both victims in your thoughts and prayers. Please understand that the Fight For GK group is mostly kids, with some adults, who firmly believe in their cause even when faced with the truth of the matter. They are mostly very good people and well intentioned for the most part, not recognizing that with every little rally they hold they are subjecting the families of the victims to re-victimization and possibly stifling future sexual assault victims that are seeing this rabid support of a convicted child rapist. They have a First Amendment right to express their beliefs and should be treated with respect and professionalism. In my estimation these folks are just
more victims to Mr. Kelley’s lack of personal accountability.
Letting his friends and family finance his feigned innocence, after asking for a plea deal, is shameful. Keep up the outstanding job that you all do every day and do not be discouraged by our detractors as we have chosen a profession that guarantees critics of our work.
JFK once remarked “too often we
enjoy the comfort of opinion without the discomfort of though
Sean M. Mannix
Chief of Police Cedar Park Police Department