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Kaw Valley Council FO Box 431L Topeka, KS 66604


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District Judge David E. Bruns

The District Court of Shawnee County, Kansas Shawnee County Courthouse

Suite 104

Topeka, KS 66603-3961

RE: Case No. 96D217

Dear Sir:

This letter is in response to your request for information concerning Rikki Dombrowski, Hal Richardson and Claudine Dombrowski and an incident that occurred at a Girl Scout troop meeting on Monday, April 26, 2004. At the request of the father Hal Richardson, I spoke with troop leader Dawnda Bower and staff member Sally Shaffer in an attempt to determine what transpired at the Girl Scout meeting. Copies of their statements are attached.

Briefly, Rikki Dombrowski is a member of Girl Scout Troop 256. The troop meets at Tecumseh North Elementary School. According to troop leader Dawnda Bower, on April 26, Rikki and several other girls were escorted to the restroom by GS co-leader Vicki Ash and parent Michelle Bennett. Vicki left the restroom with several girls, while Michelle detained her daughter and Rikki Dombrowksi. Apparently, at that time Michelle Bennett pushed Rikki Dombrowski into a toilet stall where Rikki's mother, Claudine Dombrowski was waHing. It was reported that Claudine was disguised in a black wig and was not immediately recognized by her daughter. Rikki was upset by the incident and left the bathroom to rejoin the others on the playground. Michelle Bennett followed and prevented Rikki from speaking to troop leader Dawnda Bower. Oawnda was not aware of what had transpired until she received a call from Hal Richardson Monday evening_

On Tuesday morning, Oawnda contacted the Girl Scout office. Volunteer services manager Sally Shaffer spoke with Dawnda. They both agreed that parent Michelle Bennett would no longer be permitted to attend Girl Scout troop meetings (unless the troop was engaged in a parent daughter event in which all parents were in attendance). Dawnda said she was comfortable informing Michelle Bennett of the restriction.

On Wednesday, April 28 I received a call from Sherry Keller of Division of Domestic Court Services. Sherry informed me of the incident and asked for clarification of what had occurred. After speaking with staff, I reported to Sherry what Dawnda had told Sally.

On April 30 I received a call from Hal Richardson requesting an inquiry, Mr. Richardson requested that a copy of the report be sent to Lloyd Schwartz, Case Manager. On May 3 Amanda Smith delivered a written request for a report of the incident, signed by Judge David Bruns. This letter is in response to that request. No other copies have been provided to Mr. Schwartz or Mr. Richardson.

It is difficult to ascertain exactly what occurred in the bathroom at Tecumseh school on April 26 as there were no other witnesses. The above report is based upon what Rikki Dombrowski told her father, and her father told Dawnda Bower. Oawnda reported the story to both Sally Shaffer and myself, and submitted a written report (attached) in keeping with Girl Scout practices. According to Dawnda Bower, Michelle Bennett denies any knowledge of the incident. It should be noted that Michelle Bennett is not a registered Girl Scout adult volunteer. In fact, our records show that

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Ms. Bennett, who had once been a troop leader, was released as a volunteer because of an incident in which it was determined she had used poor judgment and placed girls in a potentially unsafe situation. I did not contact Michelle Bennett regarding this incident as she had already been told that she was no longer welcome at the Girl Scout meetings. Both Sally Shaffer and I reiterated the council's willingness to intervene should Michelle Bennett cause Dawnda Bower any further distress or otherwise interfere with troop activities. There was no possibility of contacting Claudine Dombrowksi for her version of what transpired. We have no contact information on Claudine. Rikki's Girl Scout membership registration shows Hal Richardson as her custodial parent.

Should you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at (785) 273-3100 ext 31 or


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On April 27, 2004 I received a call from Dawnda Bower asking if she had the right to restrict the attendance of one of her troop mother's (Michelle Bennett) from Brownie meetings due to an incident involving Ricky Dombroski at the meeting the previous night, April 26. She described the incident to me as explained in the letter that she wrote to Diane Oakes. She indicated that the girl's father, Hal, was upset that the incident had occurred but felt that Dawnda was trying to do what was necessary to keep his daughter safe and "vas willing to attend meetings if necessary. I told Dawnda that, based on this incident, she certainly had the right and responsibility to restrict Michelle's attendance to troop meetings. I offered to be of any support that she needed in insuring a safe enviromnent for Ricky. Dawnda felt comfortable informing Michelle of the restriction.

I informed Barbara Hanson, AED, of this phone conversation since I would be out of the office the remainder of the week.



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