ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fathers DO have Civil Rights

Updated on June 15, 2010

As American as Motherhood and...

Given the general picture painted by the media, it is hard to believe that claims of sexual molestation could be over-reported or that hyper-zealous prosecutors would be unrelenting in pursuing false claims. Child molestation is a crime so offensive to humanity that most of us feel no sense of mercy for anyone convicted of this crime. To Americans, a convicted child molester is at least as bad as a murderer - nothing, it seems, is too good for him.

With that backdrop in mind, consider the case of Ted White.

 

Back in 1991, Ted and Tina White (now McKinley) were married and Ted attempted to adopt her two children from a previous marriage. Mr. White was trying to raise the children as his own, and loved them both dearly. By all accounts, he was a good step-father, and would have no trouble being accepted by the court or any agency as an adoptive parent.

 

The biological father's acquiescence came on the heels of a threat by Ms. White that she would soon file charges of child sexual molestation against him unless he consented to the adoption. Bear in mind here too, that Ms. White was unhappy with the amount of support she received from her first husband, and she knew that Ted White was far more inclined – and better funded – for support of the children if they were his own.

Too bad Ted didn't know about Tina’s threat.

Now, fifteen years down the road, a federal court of appeals has upheld a $16 Million verdict in favor of Ted against Tina and her (now third) former husband - a police officer at the time they met.. The verdict included $14 Million in compensatory damages.

So what happened in the intervening period?

Shortly after adopting the girls, the White’s marriage hit the skids when Tina found new love and romance in the arms of a Lee’s Summit police officer named Richard McKinley.

Among police departments around the country, it seems it’s common practice for an officer to commence a clandestine relationship with a married woman, and then devise charges the man cannot defend himself against – domestic assault with intent to do serious bodily harm, for example – or, in Ted White’s case, the charge happened to be sexual molestation.

Tina pressed charges of sexual molestation of her daughter, Jami, who recall, had been the threatened subject of identical charges against Tina’s first husband as well.

It gets better. The Lee’s Summit investigator on the case was none other than – you guessed it – Mom’s new boyfriend. Doing the thorough work one might expect from a man in his position, young Jami's diary was confiscated and then disappeared. Later it was learned that Jami had written of the gentle and caring nature of Ted White, and her feelings that her mother cared less about her than Ted.

Next, Mr. McKinley blocked the ordinary interview process conducted by the Center for Protection and Children charged with counseling children in these cases in Lee’s Summit.

Without having the benefit of important exculpatory evidence, White was convicted and sentenced to prison. He spent over five years thereafter in prison before successfully overturning his conviction.

In the meantime, he had discovered the hidden evidence and was granted a new trial. The new trial resulted in a hung jury voting 11-1 to acquit him. At his third trial, he was finally and fairly vindicated by an acquittal.

By then, however, Mr. White had lost more than six years of his life, his relationship with his adopted children, and the opportunity to rebuild and restore the life he had known before Richard McKinley had debauched his wife and family.

After sustaining extraordinary economic loss as well as unbearable pain, White sued Tina and McKinley. Lee’s Summit, prudently settled its liability with White out of court, and a jury then found Tina and McKinley had conspired to harm Ted White through the false allegations. Because McKinley served as a police officer, he was acting under color of state law, and under 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1983 - the federal law protecting individual civil rights against state and local governments and their employees.

Mr. White is quite unlikely ever to collect $16 Million from the pair of defendants – but there is hopefully a valuable cultural lesson here - false allegations are not legal! Prosecutors should be as willing and more to prosecute false claims made against innocent individuals as they are to pursue cases on charges that help them get elected. More important yet, perhaps Ted White and his daughters can become the poster family for good dads KEEPING their one chance – their RIGHT (and the children’s right) – to have a loving Dad!

Andrew Thompson is a parental rights, custody and Civil Rights attorney in Indiana.  He may reached by phone at 877-365-1776 or via email at ajt@thompsonlaw-in.com.  

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)