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From the mouths of babes : the criminal trial of a Sunday school teacher
Grey, Paul, 1949-
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Fort Bragg, CA : Lost Coast Press, [2001]

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xi, 244 pages ; 22 cm
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WARNING! Based solely on what one person says to the police, you or anyone you love could be arrested for child sexual abuse. This startling book reveals how you could be treated - or mistreated - by police, the legal system and the media. A candid narrative intended to help others who might be accused understand and cope with a terrifying and overwhelming situation.

Table of Contents

Forewordp. VIII
Purposep. IX
Flashbackp. X
I. How it startedp. I
The Phone Call that Changed Our Livesp. 1
Modern-Day Tension in Americap. 2
My Backgroundp. 4
Establishing the Settingp. 10
Early Days at the "Scene of the Crime"p. 15
My New Job Teaching Two- and Three-Year-Oldsp. 22
Meeting the "Victim"p. 25
Second Year of Teaching Two- and Three-Year-Oldsp. 27
How the Class Was Conductedp. 32
The Mother's Police Statementp. 35
Welcome to Wonderlandp. 36
Nicaraguap. 40
Another Police Statementp. 43
Mom's Call to the Policep. 45
Emergency Room Examp. 45
Rev. Jake Gets Involvedp. 46
One More Statement to the Policep. 50
Summary of the State's Casep. 52
A Case of Real Child Abusep. 53
The Days Following the Accusationp. 54
Supportive Co-Workersp. 58
Polygraph Examp. 63
The New Lawyerp. 67
Can I Get a Witness?p. 72
The Nightmare that Started It Allp. 75
Bracing for the Long Battlep. 76
II. The trialp. 85
Jury Selectionp. 85
Courtroom Testimonyp. 87
The Childp. 87
The Child's Motherp. 91
Emergency Room Nursep. 95
Examining Physicianp. 96
State Inspectorp. 97
Children's Church Directorp. 97
Wife of the Children's Church Directorp. 98
Elder #2p. 100
My Ten-Year-Old Assistantp. 100
My First Adult Assistantp. 101
Reverend Jakep. 101
Child Sex Abuse Expert Witnessp. 108
My Previous Assistant Pastor (First Character Witness)p. 113
My Own Testimonyp. 114
My Office Mate (Character Witness #2)p. 119
Another Adult Assistant (Character Witness #3)p. 120
Closing Arguments: Prosecutorp. 121
Closing Arguments: Defensep. 123
Jury Deliberationsp. 125
Newspaper Articlesp. 130
Dismissal of the Lesser Chargep. 136
Considerations of Legal Actionp. 141
III. Surviving the traumap. 151
Supportive Friendsp. 151
Things the Jury Didn't Knowp. 154
The Most Damaging Thing I Did to Myselfp. 155
The Impact of the Primary Accuserp. 156
Psychology: Joanp. 162
Psychology: Reverend Jakep. 163
Flashback to Salemp. 169
Psychology: Othersp. 169
Key Ingredients for a Witch-Huntp. 170
No Lessons Learned in the World of My Accuserp. 178
IV. Ongoing problems in americap. 185
Examples of Modern "Solutions"p. 185
Other Sunday School Scapegoats: Akiki and Fijnjep. 188
Innocence Lostp. 192
My Friend Andrewp. 194
A Sobering Verse to Considerp. 199
More about Maryp. 200
Brittany's Contribution Revisitedp. 205
Misguided Policiesp. 207
Rational Policiesp. 216
Other Elements of Witch-Huntingp. 218
Suggestibility of Children and Adultsp. 220
Reflectionsp. 223
Parallels in the Political Worldp. 227
Our Societal Approach Has Got To Changep. 231
Afterwordp. 239
Bibliographyp. 241