A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IX

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART IX

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

 

WASD BOARD REFUSES TO OPEN DISCUSSION ON MYRTLE BEACH INQUIRY

Foxsportswilliamsport.com exclusively reported on February 4, 2020 following the Williamsport Area School District School Board meeting,

Tonight at the Williamsport Area School District School Board meeting, board member Adam Welteroth made a motion to open a discussion on beginning an independent third party investigation into the incidents on the 2018 Myrtle Beach baseball team trip.

The motion did not receive a second.

Details to follow on this developing story.

WASD School Board Members, Pictured: Standing from left is Patrick Dixon, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky, Star Poole and Adam Welteroth. Seated from left is President Lori Baer, Vice President Dr. Jane Penman, Dr. Nancy Story Somers and Jennifer Lake. (Photo courtesy, WASD.ORG)

 

WELTEROTH STATEMENT AT WASD BOARD MEETING

WASD Board Member Adam Cole Welteroth offered a public comment following Part VIII of “A Baseball Story” series on Foxsportswilliamsport.com at the February 4, 2020 WASD School Board meeting.

My fellow board members, I would (sic) like to take a moment to express my concerns with the incident that occurred in Myrtle Beach in the spring of 2018.

We as a board were advised of this incident on June 5, 2018.

We were given a narrative of what occurred and what actions the district did in response to this incident.

We the board were advised that the district’s actions were within the wishes of all parties involved effectively leading us to believe this matter was handled and done with.

On August 21, 2018, the board was advised that a reporter, Todd Bartley, was going to be running a story on the Myrtle Beach incident.

As we all know, Todd Bartley did report his story and his account of the incident did not mirror what the board had been previously told by the administration.

Todd Bartley also began the narrative which has continued to this day as the District has employed measures to cover up this incident.

On August 26, 2018, I expressed my concerns in light of new allegations and details reported by Todd Bartley and from Facebook posts by other members of the public in an email to administration.

In this email I called for the district to re-investigate old and new allegations objectively and to present the results and the interviews to the board in a timeline format.

To this day, the district has yet to honor my request; though the district has answered some of my questions and concerns.

For almost two years, the district has remained silent on this matter while being subjected to RTK requests, expanded accusations of wrong done, and a multi part news series on the accounts and handling of the Myrtle Beach incident.

The narrative of this incident has had many twist and turns of accounts and accusations of cover ups by the district.

The Williamsport Area School District, its students, and employees have for all intents and purposes received a black eye in the handling of this incident.

This bothers me.

It is time, we as a board take steps to put this matter to rest.

We cannot let students and employees of the district to be smeared in public if they have done nothing wrong.

On the same hand, we cannot let this incident go if any of these allegations and accusations are true.

Either way, we must seek an independent investigation and review of this incident by the district to put this matter to rest.

I have called for it in the past and the public has called for it as well. I make a motion to commission a third party investigation and review of this incident.

It should be contracted to a law firm who does not have a vested interest with the district professionally and/or privately.

The scope of this investigation shall attempt to answer: What happened in Myrtle Beach?

A timeline detailing what the district did in response to the incident.

A review of the districts investigation.

Review of possible conflicts of interest with those involved in the investigation to included members of outside agencies and representation of the parties involved.

Was this matter handle properly by the district and in the future providing a suggested protocol for investigating such matters?

The results of this investigation shall be released to the public as a show of good faith that the district will be transparent in this matter within the amount allowable by law as to not violate any party’s rights to confidentiality.

With this motion, I would invite a second by my fellow board members to allow discussion as to why we should not commission a third party investigation and review at this time.

The motion made by Welteroth was met with 10 seconds of stunned silence from the other 8 members of the WASD School Board including President Lori Baer, Vice President Dr. Jane Penman, Patrick Dixon, Barbara Reeves, Marc Schefsky, Star Poole, Dr. Nancy Story Somers and Jennifer Lake as well as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland, multiple WASD administrators and did not receive a second.

Lori Baer, President of the WASD School Board after the 10 seconds of stunned silence, said, “I don’t hear a second, Adam at this point in time. I think this is pry (sic) something that pry (sic) we need to talk about in executive session with legal advisement may not be quite appropriate to do it right now, so…but unless somebody would like to offer a second.”

Welteroth responds, “the second motion is to talk about this it’s not saying (inaudible).”

Baer concludes, “I’m not seeing anybody (inaudible).”

 

NO REPORT PROVIDED TO WASD SCHOOL BOARD MEMBERS

Fox Sports Williamsport has confirmed through multiple sources that a final report on the individual investigations related to the Myrtle Beach incident conducted by Lycoming County Detective Willie Weber and WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe have to date not been provided to the WASD School Board.

 

DID WASD SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT VIOLATE THE PA SUNSHINE LAW?

When Lori Baer, President of the WASD School Board after the 10 seconds of stunned silence, said, “I don’t hear a second, Adam at this point in time. I think this is pry (sic) something that pry (sic) we need to talk about in executive session with legal advisement may not be quite appropriate to do it right now, so…but unless somebody would like to offer a second.”

Welteroth responds, “the second motion is to talk about this it’s not saying (inaudible).”

Baer concludes, “I’m not seeing anybody (inaudible).”

Did her statements constitute a violation of the PA Sunshine Law since the WASD had a motion regarding an official action to be taken by the board?

According to the Pennsylvania Office of Open Records Office website, the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act, 65 Pa.C.S. §§ 701-716, requires agencies to deliberate and take official action on agency business in an open and public meeting. It requires that meetings have prior notice, and that the public can attend, participate, and comment before an agency takes that official action.

Which agencies are subject to the Sunshine Act?

Any state or local government body and all sub-units appointed by that body that perform an essential government function and exercises authority to take official action or render advice. It can include boards, councils, authorities, commissions, and committees.

The Sunshine Act defines an “agency” as the “body and all committees thereof that are authorized to render advice or take official action” on behalf of the governing body.

What’s considered a meeting?

The law defines a meeting as “any prearranged gathering of an agency which is attended or participated in by a quorum of the members of an agency held for the purpose of deliberating agency business or taking official action.”

Note that the Sunshine Act applies any time a quorum deliberates agency business or takes official action, no matter the physical location of those deliberations or actions. The use of the term “prearranged” does not allow agencies to thwart the intent of the Sunshine Act simply by holding an unscheduled discussion about agency business.

What’s considered official action?

The definition of “official action” includes four categories:

  1. Recommendations made by an agency pursuant to statute, ordinance or executive order.
  2. The establishment of policy by an agency.
  3. The decisions on agency business made by an agency.
  4. The vote taken by any agency on any motion, proposal, resolution, rule, regulation, ordinance, report or order.

What’s considered agency business?

The law defines agency business as “the framing, preparation, making or enactment of laws, policy or regulations, the creation of liability by contract or otherwise or the adjudication of rights, duties and responsibilities.” Agency business specifically does not include administrative action (i.e., the execution or carrying out of previously approved official action or policies).

What’s considered deliberation?

Deliberation is defined as the “discussion of agency business held for the purpose of making a decision.”

What notice must an agency provide prior to public meetings?

For regular public meetings, agencies (including committees) must provide at least three days advance notice prior to the first regularly scheduled meeting of the calendar or fiscal year, along with all further scheduled meetings for the remainder of the calendar or fiscal year. The notice – which must include the date, time, and location of the meetings – must be printed in a paid newspaper of general circulation. A notice must also be posted at the location(s) where the meetings are to take place.

For a special or rescheduled public meeting, agencies must provide at least 24 hours advance notice, with the notice bring printed in a paid newspaper of general circulation and posted at the location where the meeting is to take place.

Although not required by the Sunshine Act, including the purpose of a meeting, particularly a special meeting, is a good practice followed by many agencies. Some local government statutes, such as the Borough Code, require the subject to be included in special meeting notices. (See 8 Pa.C.S. §1006.)

Can the public comment during public meetings?

Yes. The Sunshine Act gives the public the right to comment on issues “that are or may be before the board.” Agencies must provide a reasonable opportunity for residents and/or taxpayers to comment on an issue before a decision takes place.

Agencies are permitted to establish rules to oversee public comment by, for example, limiting the time for each commenter. The OOR encourages agencies to take care when imposing time limits on public comment. Three minutes is a common limit and may be more than enough at most public meetings. However, it may not be adequate at certain meetings, such as when a complex draft budget is being discussed. It can be a good practice to allow for flexibility in any policy imposing time limits on public comment, taking care to ensure that the agency does not show partiality to some commenters over others.

Agencies are also permitted to limit comment to residents and taxpayers of the area served by the agency.

Can the public ask questions during the comment period?

Yes. Although members of the agency are not required to provide an answer, it is a good practice to do so whenever possible. Answering questions can demonstrate a commitment to helping constituents and, in many cases, answering questions informally at a public meeting can reduce future requests under the Right-to-Know Law, which saves time and money for both the agency and the commenter/requester.

Can public meetings be recorded?

Yes. The Sunshine Act allows meetings to be recorded with an audio recorder or a video recorder. It also allows agencies to issue reasonable rules concerning the use of recording devices in order to avoid any disruptions. However, such rules cannot be an attempt to prevent a member of the public from recording a meeting.

The law does not require the recording of a public meeting to be announced in advance; however, it may be helpful for the chairperson in the opening statements to alert the public that the meeting might be recorded.

Must agencies keep minutes of their public meetings?

Yes. Agencies are required to record the time, date, and place of their meetings; the names of the members present, the substance of all official action taken during the meetings, and a record of how each individual voted. The minutes also must list all members of the public who participated in the meetings and a summary of their comments.

Can an agency have a closed meeting?

An agency may discuss certain matters in Executive Session, which is not held in public. Section 708 of the Sunshine Act enumerates seven reasons an agency may hold an Executive Session:

  1. Discussing personnel matters;
  2. Holding an information, strategy and negotiation session related to the negotiation of a collective bargaining agreement;
  3. Considering the purchase or lease of real property;
  4. Consulting with an attorney about active or pending litigation;
  5. Discussing agency business which, if conducted in public, would violate a lawful privilege or lead to the disclosure of information or confidentiality protected by law;
  6. Discussing certain academic matters (this reason is specifically limited to certain institutions of higher education); and
  7. Discussing certain public safety issues if disclosure of the information discussed would be reasonably likely to jeopardize or threaten public safety or preparedness or public protection.

The specific reason for an Executive Session must be announced in the public meeting either before or directly after the Executive Session. See Reading Eagle Co. v. Council of City of Reading, 627 A.2d 305 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1993), (“[T]he reasons stated by the public agency must be specific, indicating a real, discrete matter”).

Closed gatherings may also beheld “solely for the purpose of collecting information or educating agency members about an issue.” See Smith v. Township of Richmond, 623 Pa. 209, 223 (Pa. 2013) (“[T]he Supervisors’ four closed-door gatherings did not violate the [Sunshine] Act because they were held for informational purposes only and did not involve deliberations”).

Can official action be taken at a closed meeting?

No. Official action cannot be taken during Executive Session or a closed gathering. All official actions must be taken during the public portion of a meeting.

Can agency members discuss agency business via email and/or social media?

It’s important to draw a distinction between an individual agency member discussing agency business with members of the public and multiple agency members discussing agency business among themselves.

An agency member is permitted to discuss agency business with members of the public, whether by email or social media (or in person, on the telephone, via postal mail, etc.). In many cases, such communications are public records available under the Right-to-Know Law.

However, voting members of an agency are not permitted to deliberate except at a public meeting. In other words, agency members exchanging opinions about an upcoming vote or encouraging other agency members to vote a particular way in an email discussion or a discussion held via social media would violate the Sunshine Act.

What legal remedies are available for violations of the Sunshine Act?

Section 710.1(c) of the Sunshine Act permits anyone attending a public meeting to object to a perceived violation at any time during the meeting. Additionally, for state agencies, a member of the public can file a complaint with the Commonwealth Court. For local agencies, a member of the public can file a complaint with the local Court of Common Pleas.

Any complaint must be filed within 30 days of the public meeting in which the alleged infraction occurred. If the alleged infraction occurred during a closed meeting, the complaint must be filed within 30 days of the discovery of the infraction, as long as it is no longer than one year from when the meeting was held.

The person alleging the infraction bears the burden of proof. See Smith v. Township of Richmond, 623 Pa. 209, 223 (Pa. 2013) (“[I]n view of the presumption of regularity and legality that obtains in connection with proceedings of local agencies, the challenger [of an agency meeting] bears the burden to prove a violation”) (internal quotation and citation omitted).

Are there penalties for violating the Sunshine Act?

Yes. In addition to being assessed attorneys’ fees, any member of an agency who is found to have willfully violated the act can face criminal charges and subject to fines of $100 to $1,000 for the first offense, and $500 to $2,000 for the second offense. Any fine must be paid personally; an agency cannot pay the fine.

A court can also award attorney fees to the prevailing party if the court determines that either (1) an agency willfully or with wanton disregard violated the Sunshine Act or (2) the legal challenge was of a frivolous nature or was brought with no substantial justification.

 

TAKEAWAYS FROM WELTEROTH STATEMENT

The Myrtle Beach incidents documented in multiple videos and fact witness statements occurred during late March 2018.

Based on the Welteroth statement, “We as a board were advised of this incident on June 5, 2018.”

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 was the same day WASD Solicitor Fred Holland billed the WASD for a 1.8 hour meeting he had with George Lepley and Brandon Pardoe in the office of WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe.

The meeting was noted as discussing “VM” and “investigations.”

Foxsportswilliamsport.com has confirmed with the FAMILY OF JOHN DOE #1, they left the voicemail noted as VM” on the Holland Invoices.

Welteroth continued in his statement, “We were given a narrative of what occurred and what actions the district did in response to this incident.  We the board were advised that the district’s actions were within the wishes of all parties involved effectively leading us to believe this matter was handled and done with.”

Welteroth invokes this author in his statement, “On August 21, 2018, the board was advised that a reporter, Todd Bartley, was going to be running a story on the Myrtle Beach incident.”

As we all know, Todd Bartley did report his story and his account of the incident did not mirror what the board had been previously told by the administration.

Todd Bartley also began the narrative which has continued to this day as the District has employed measures to cover up this incident.”

On August 24, 2018 “Millionaire Baseball Mayhem in Myrtle Beach”  was published.

Welteroth sent an e-mail to the WASD administration, “On August 26, 2018, I expressed my concerns in light of new allegations and details reported by Todd Bartley and from Facebook posts by other members of the public in an email to administration.

In this email I called for the district to re-investigate old and new allegations objectively and to present the results and the interviews to the board in a timeline format.”

Welteroth has yet to have his e-mail request fulfilled by the WASD administration, “To this day, the district has yet to honor my request; though the district has answered some of my questions and concerns.”

“A Baseball Story” multi-part series of articles on Foxsportswilliamsport.com is cited by Welteroth, “For almost two years, the district has remained silent on this matter while being subjected to RTK (Right-to-Know) requests, expanded accusations of wrong done, and a multi-part news series on the accounts and handling of the Myrtle Beach incident.

The narrative of this incident has had many twist and turns of accounts and accusations of cover ups by the district.

The Williamsport Area School District, its students, and employees have for all intents and purposes received a black eye in the handling of this incident.

This bothers me.”

Welteroth calls for action, “It is time, we as a board take steps to put this matter to rest.

We cannot let students and employees of the district to be smeared in public if they have done nothing wrong.

On the same hand, we cannot let this incident go if any of these allegations and accusations are true.

Either way, we must seek an independent investigation and review of this incident by the district to put this matter to rest.

It is time, we as a board take steps to put this matter to rest.”

Welteroth makes motion, “I have called for it in the past and the public has called for it as well. I make a motion to commission a third party investigation and review of this incident.”

He outlines parameters of the proposed third party investigation, “It should be contracted to a law firm who does not have a vested interest with the district professionally and/or privately.

The scope of this investigation shall attempt to answer: What happened in Myrtle Beach?

A timeline detailing what the district did in response to the incident.

A review of the districts investigation.

Review of possible conflicts of interest with those involved in the investigation to included members of outside agencies and representation of the parties involved.

Was this matter handled properly by the district and in the future providing a suggested protocol for investigating such matters?

The results of this investigation shall be released to the public as a show of good faith that the district will be transparent in this matter within the amount allowable by law as to not violate any party’s rights to confidentiality.”

Welteroth makes the motion and invites a second in order to open discussion on the possibility of a third party investigation.

“With this motion, I would invite a second by my fellow board members to allow discussion as to why we should not commission a third party investigation and review at this time.”

The motion and invitation made by Welteroth were met with 10 seconds of stunned silence from the 8 other members of the WASD School Board as well as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland and did not receive a second.

The next WASD School Board meeting is slated for Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Service Center, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.

What is the fear of the WASD and the administration of informing the public that its employees and staff followed protocols and did not violate any laws or any students rights by opening a third party investigation?

 

COUNSEL FILES ENTRY OF APPEARANCE IN MILLER LAWSUIT

Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport, LLC has retained the law firm of Marshall Dennehey of Scranton, Pennsylvania for the case brought against it by former Williamsport Area High School Baseball head coach Ryan Miller.

 

WASD SOLICITOR FILES ENTRY OF APPEARANCE FOR WASD IN TAX CASE

WASD Solicitor Fred Holland submitted an Entry of Appearance on behalf of the WASD tax office in the case against Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport, LLC.

The same case as previously reported a warrant was issued on December 19, 2019 by the WASD to have this author arrested.

That warrant has subsequently been withdrawn.

 

HOLLAND ENTRY OF APPEARANCE CAUSES RECUSAL IN WASD TAX CASE

The Entry of Appearance filed by WASD Solicitor Fred Holland has caused the Judge in the case to recuse himself in the matter.

Magisterial District Judge Aaron Biichle informed Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport, LLC this past week his intention to recuse himself based upon the fact he was previously an associate attorney with Murphy, Butterfield & Holland, P.C.

The continuance requested by Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport, LLC was based on a schedule conflict as well as any number of WASD employees, administrators and staff members failing to respond to subpoenas issued in the case.

The continuance was granted by Magisterial District Judge Aaron Biichle prior to his recusal.

A new Magisterial District Judge has yet to be assigned to the case and a new hearing date has yet to be scheduled.

 

MILLIONAIRE BASEBALL PLAYER CODY SHIMP IN HIS OWN WORDS

After not responding to a request for comment prior to the publication of Part VIII of “A Baseball Story”, Fox Sports Williamsport with the interest of the public in mind and in complete transparency provide now former Millionaire player Cody Shimp the opportunity to allow his personal Facebook publicly posted thread from September 7, 2018 to speak for itself.

When Shimp says, “No foolish sports writer” does he mean this author bringing to light as WASD Solicitor Fred Holland and the “WASD Official Statement” is quoted as saying “indecent and inappropriate behavior” as it relates to one of Shimp’s teammates in Myrtle Beach?

When Shimp further offers, “No ignorant parents because their kid wasn’t good enough to play for the program” does he mean athletic ability level dictates whether a player as JOHN DOE #1 experienced, become the victim of “indecent and inappropriate behavior”?

“No ignorant parents”, is Shimp saying the parents of the victims should never bring to light what happened to their children?

Is he also saying no one else should bring it up? “No uneducated people in the community”.

Shimp offers insight into the Millionaire mindset he learned, “I learned that as being a Williamsport Millionaire, your (sic) always under the spotlight. You ever hear of any other stories coming out about other local schools?

No.

That’s because people are jealous of us. They won’t admit it, but they are.

They’d kill to be a part of a legendary community that sticks together until the end.”

If nothing happened in Myrtle Beach in 2018, why would a “legendary community that sticks together until the end” need to stay silent on the matter?

Shimp is a freshman baseball player at St. Bonaventure which opens the season with a doubleheader at Mount St. Mary’s in Emmitsburg, Maryland on Friday, February 21, 2020 scheduled for a noon first pitch.

History shows the Williamsport Millionaires baseball team started in the mid-1980’s, under then head coach Scott Grove, they lost in two state finals in 1989 in Altoona and 1995 in Harrisburg.

The Williamsport Millionaires softball team won a PIAA State Championship in 1989 in Altoona, the same day the baseball team lost.

Fact is, the legendary community Shimp references has yet to win a PIAA State Baseball Championship, while “other local schools”, have won multiple PIAA State Baseball Championships and did not have to “kill to be a part of”.

In the absence of a PIAA State Baseball Championship, where did the narrative of “legendary community” come from?

Foxsportswilliamsport.com confirmed with a number of legal community resources in South Carolina and Pennsylvania and who have offered the following assessment; “the Myrtle Beach incidents story is far from over, it is just getting started.”

At this writing, the 2-year anniversary of the 2018 Myrtle Beach trip is 6 weeks away.

BREAKING NEWS: WASD BOARD REFUSES TO OPEN DISCUSSION ON MYRTLE BEACH INQUIRY

Tonight at the Williamsport Area School District School Board meeting, board member Adam Welteroth made a motion to open a discussion on beginning an independent third party investigation into the incidents on the 2018 Myrtle Beach baseball team trip.

The motion did not receive a second.

Details to follow on this developing story.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VIII

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART VIII

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

In light of recent reports from other media outlets attempting to provide an alternate narrative to the facts presented in the Fox Sports Williamsport series, this author has just returned from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Fox Sports Williamsport confirmed on the recent trip, the Myrtle Beach Police Department has obtained VIDEO #1 which is referenced in PART I, showing ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 placing his male anatomy on the face of JOHN DOE #1 while the victim slept and not his bare buttocks as Willie Weber continues to assert and John Beauge continues to parrot in recent PennLive articles.

Fox Sports Williamsport also confirmed with the Myrtle Beach Police Department the fact Detective Weber never provided any videos to them.

A number of law enforcement sources also reached out to FSW after the publication of the PennLive article which Weber referred to an incident on video. Those sources in their opinion believe the incident meets the standard for any number of criminal charges to be filed in the case.

Myrtle Beach Police Department officials refused to comment in light of new evidence if an investigation is ongoing in this matter.

(Photo Courtesy: Todd Bartley) 

 

MYRTLE BEACH CASE MIRRORS STEUBENVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL RAPE CASE

Alexandria Goddard who is a Social Media Analyst & Consultant, Author, activist and truth-teller who came to prominence in recent years in exposing the culture of corruption surrounding the Steubenville, Ohio Big Red football program.

Her investigative work is featured in the feature length documentary “Roll Red Roll” now streaming on Netflix.

Goddard having read the 7-part series to date offered the following, “I am shocked at how many similarities there are between the Steubenville case and the incident(s) at Williamsport. What I find most disturbing is how some adults are minimizing sexual assault. I’ve seen very similar comments coming from the Williamsport community that I saw coming from Steubenville, such as what defines rape or stating that certain other behaviors aren’t rape. I’ve even seen #metoo invoked and then a diatribe about how people shouldn’t be talking about the sexual assault. There is definitely a gap in awareness of what rape culture is and the behaviors that enable it. I’m hoping that the community continues to discuss and question what happened, as well as demand answers. More importantly, I hope they will have conversations about consent. “

 

PENNLIVE ARTICLE OFFERS ALTERNATE MYRTLE BEACH VIDEO STORY

According to Willie Weber who is a detective with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office and formerly the Chief Detective offered details in a PennLive article published on Saturday, January 18, 2020.

FSW reached out to the office of the Lycoming County District Attorney for comment on whether Weber was authorized to make public comments on the case.

Those calls over the past few weeks remain unanswered at the time of publication of this article.

From the PennLive article, Lycoming County Detective William Weber, who was involved in investigating the incident, said it involved a player who bared his buttocks and sat on the face of a fellow player who was asleep.

Coaches are required by law to report child abuse, but the district says neither they nor any administrator or employee was aware of the incident until a ChildLine complaint was received by the Lycoming County district attorney’s office.

Once notified, the district launched an investigation that included viewing a cell phone video of the incident and interviewing the victim and his family, the detective said.

Later in the article, Results of the local investigation were forwarded to Myrtle Beach police, who chose not to file charges, Weber said.

A social media report that state police have opened an investigation into the incident is untrue, he said.

Within the article PennLive interestingly added links to these stories related to the recent hazing lawsuit filed by a former Penn State football player.

READ MORE: Penn State didn’t report football player’s hazing allegations, but should it have under state law?

READ MORE: Who’s involved in, what we know about the lawsuit that makes hazing accusations against Penn State football

Fox Sports Williamsport reached out to the family of JOHN DOE #1 for reaction to the PennLive story.

When asked if the assertion made of the incident is true as noted by Lycoming County Detective William Weber, who was involved in investigating the incident, said it involved a player who bared his buttocks and sat on the face of a fellow player who was asleep; the family of JOHN DOE #1 responded “he did that too. That is not the video that has been widely sent out though.”

From the PennLive article, Coaches are required by law to report child abuse, but the district says neither they nor any administrator or employee was aware of the incident until a ChildLine complaint was received by the Lycoming County district attorney’s office.

Once notified, the district launched an investigation that included viewing a cell phone video of the incident and interviewing the victim and his family, the detective said.

Officials with the Myrtle Beach Police Department confirmed Weber had alluded to “videos” however they were never provided to them.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 said “the only interview we ever had with Weber was in the office of WASD Principal Brandon Pardoe. The parties present have previously been outlined in this story.

Is this standard practice?

So, who is actually running the investigation?

Later in the article, Results of the local investigation were forwarded to Myrtle Beach police, who chose not to file charges, Weber said.

Was the pre-determined outcome narrative that the incident was a “prank” then provided to Myrtle Beach Police?

None of those results were ever shared with the family of JOHN DOE #1.

However as is well documented in this series, they were shared with local criminal defense attorney George Lepley.

The Myrtle Beach Police Department confirmed to Fox Sports Williamsport that Weber shared with them the reason the case would not go forward was according to Weber, “the family of JOHN DOE #1 said they did not want to press charges.”

When asked about this assertion, the family of JOHN DOE #1 said this is “absolutely false, Weber lied!”

So is this why Lepley felt comfortable offering this statement on the Fox Sports Williamsport Facebook page?

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 1:09 p.m.
George E Lepley Jr
This matter was reviewed by law enforcement in Myrtle Beach and found to NOT be appropriate for criminal prosecution. I don’t think you can get anymore independent than that

From the WASD statement as published in the PennLive article, The high school principal, administrators and solicitor participated in the investigation, according to the district’s statement.

The principal was involved only after it was determined he did not have a conflict of interest or a relationship with those involved, the district said. A second administrator also participated, as did school resource officers who are members of the Williamsport Bureau of Police, the statement said.

Did a “neutral” third party with no affiliation with WASD run the conflict of interest check?

The WASD has to date not identified by name the second administrator in the investigation, even though all of those materials were previously asked for in a Fox Sports Williamsport Right to Know Law Request.

That information was also not provided to FSW during the RTKL mediation process.

As is the case with all disciplinary matters of this degree, the district says it allows legal counsel to be present when a student is interviewed and when potential disciplinary measures are discussed. No outside legal counsel was present for any other meetings or interviews, it says.

The district said privacy laws prevent it from disclosing any discipline measures.

The district in its statement says it “has communicated with the families of all students involved in the incident to the full extent to which we have been able. We have done this while abiding by federal educational privacy laws.

“We understand these restrictions can be frustrating for parents, students and community members.

“However, the district worked directly with the families of the students involved to provide the most comfortable and appropriate educational setting for the students following the incident and has at all times aimed to act in the best interest of the students.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 said after reading this statement “we are deeply offended and hurt since the WASD basically stopped communicating with us and we couldn’t get any answers.”

Why has the family of JOHN DOE #1 been unable to obtain any answers?

From the WASD issued statement as it appeared in the PennLive article; “The Williamsport Area School District does not condone inappropriate and indecent behavior. The district has fully conducted an investigation of this incident and has transparently cooperated and participated with law enforcement officials.

It is interesting to note that in September 2018, two different Myrtle Beach Police Department members conducting their own investigation reached out to WAHS Principal Brandon Pardoe inquiring about the case.

As previously noted in this series and information obtained through the RTKL requests, Pardoe never volunteered the fact he had already conducted his own investigation as well as interviews of JOHN DOE #1 and ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 with MBPD.

When Myrtle Beach Police Department officials were made aware of this fact, the in-person reactions of those people were not good.

A senior law enforcement source in a neutral jurisdiction contacted for this story shared “this may constitute failure to report and obstruction of justice and other issues for any of those involved.”

 

WHAT IS THE FALLOUT OF THE MYRTLE BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT BEING MISLED?

It appears the Myrtle Beach Police Department was intentionally misled by Weber and Pardoe and significant evidentiary materials and material facts withheld.

This fact was first and exclusively reported in the FSW “Millionaire Mayhem” story in August of 2018.

Myrtle Beach law enforcement officials who spoke with Fox Sports Williamsport in person this past week in Myrtle Beach confirmed there is a report that exists in regard to the statement made by WASD solicitor Fred Holland as “indecent and inappropriate conduct by a Williamsport baseball player.”

A senior active law enforcement source in a neutral jurisdiction to this case contacted for this story shared the following after reviewing the narrative of the incident offered by Detective Willie Weber in the PennLive article authored by John Beauge, “It could be hazing, bullying to sexual harassment. Depends on the incident and what role everyone played.”

When asked about the video outlined in the Fox Sports Williamsport articles, “That would be a Sexual Assault, additional charges (would be) possible for videoing and distribution of it.”

 

GOVERNOR WOLF HAZING LAW ADOPTED IN 2016

According to triblive.com, the “Greater Latrobe School District and state police are investigating an alleged hazing incident involving the junior high wrestling team.”

“Superintendent Georgia Teppert said Tuesday she couldn’t comment on specifics of the investigation because of student privacy and personnel issues. The district is “taking all appropriate actions necessary,” has met with individual parents and will send a letter to parents, she said in a statement.”

“Gov. Tom Wolf in May 2016 signed a bill expanding Pennsylvania’s anti-hazing law to apply not only to college students but also to those in seventh through 12th grades. The law required public and private secondary schools to adopt anti-hazing policies, post them online and to provide athletic coaches with a copy.”

Why is the Greater Latrobe School District Superintendent Georgia Teppert able to offer comment and sending letters to parents while protecting student’s rights and abiding by all applicable laws on an investigation that has just begun?

How does this same standard not apply to WASD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers in the Myrtle Beach incidents?

Why has the WASD waited 22 months to offer an “official statement” with no names on it?

To date, the only publicly known action WASD Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers has taken is to silence the WASD Solicitor Fred Holland in the Myrtle Beach matter as previously reported and documented in “A Baseball Story”.

 

ADVOCACY AGENCIES WEIGH IN ON FSW STORIES

The Education Law Center based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has a mission to ensure access to a quality public education for all children in Pennsylvania.

From their website, We pursue this mission by focusing on the most underserved students: children living in poverty, children of color, children with disabilities, children in the foster care and juvenile justice systems, children experiencing homelessness, English learners, LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming students – and many who are at the intersection of these identities.

The Education Law Center Legal Director, Maura McInerney, Esq, gave the following assessment after reviewing Fox Sports Williamsport “A Baseball Story”, Parts I-VII.

“This was a school sponsored event and therefore the District had a clear obligation to ensure the safety and well-being of all students.  In addition, as mandatory reporters under Pennsylvania’s Child Protective Services Law, District employees were required to immediately report the incident for investigation as suspected child abuse, in addition to fully cooperating with any criminal investigation conducted by local law enforcement. The District should have reported the abuse, thoroughly investigated the incident, and notified the School Board of the matter as soon as they know about it.”

Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR) based in Harrisburg recently reviewed “A Baseball Story” and Suzanne Estrella, Pennsylvania Coalition Against Rape (PCAR), Legal Director offered the following for this story.

“What we say and do about sexual harassment, abuse, and assault matters. Deliberate indifference is actionable and dangerous. We must create cultures where intolerable behavior is in fact intolerable.”

She added, “Athletes and coaches are community leaders that have an enormous influence on how others view healthy relationships, safety and respect. Coaches and team leaders should work to create a culture inside the locker room and beyond that rejects the status quo of boys will be boys or locker room talk as acceptable behavior.  We encourage athletes and coaches to be leaders in rejecting actions like the ones that were reported among the Williamsport baseball team and taking the proper steps to ensure that those responsible are held accountable.”

Estrella also offered the following on the Title IX issues brought up in “A Baseball Story” series of stories.

Title IX is a civil rights law that provides for equal education opportunity.  It prohibits schools that receive federal funding from discriminating on the basis of sex.

Title IX mandates that schools have a prompt and effective response to sexual assault that occurs in context of the education program or activity – this would include a sexual assault on a field trip

Title IX also requires schools to provide some type of prevention training.

She also weighed in on the crimes alleged to have occurred, in Pennsylvania, “the crimes described in the FSW series of stories include sexual assault, battery, possibly sextortion, and the unlawful dissemination of an intimate image.”

To date, no criminal charges have been filed in South Carolina or Pennsylvania in this case.

There is help, hope, and healing available for victims and their families, no matter when the abuse occurred. Call the PCAR hotline anytime at 1-888-772-PCAR or visit www.pcar.org for more information or to find your local victim service program.  

If your organization or school needs training on sexual assault-related issues, please call PCAR at 717-728-9740.

 

GEORGE LEPLEY STAYED AT THE ATLANTICA RESORT

Fox Sports Williamsport recently confirmed George Lepley stayed at the Atlantica Resort in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from March 24 – March 31, 2018.

His room was next to a room that was assigned to the group of rooms reserved and booked by then head coach Ryan Miller.

Since the publication of Parts 1-7 of this series, multiple fact witnesses have shared with Fox Sports Williamsport that Lepley was approached about the “indecent and inappropriate behavior” issues nearly immediately after they happened in Myrtle Beach.

Is it reasonable to think that Lepley then called Pardoe or informed then head coach Ryan Miller while in Myrtle Beach?

Is this why the WASD is unwilling to provide the phone records for Brandon Pardoe in the same time frame they provided the same records for Sean McCann and Randy Zangara?

(Photo Courtesy: Todd Bartley)

(Atlantic Ocean View of the Atlantica Resort, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina)

 

FSW SEEKS COMMENT FROM WASD BOARD MEMBERS

The WASD statement continued, “We urge our students, families and community members to avoid posting statements to social media that are inaccurate or misleading, as those statements can be detrimental and potentially harmful to our students.”

Is it acceptable then for the WASD to continue issuing statements to the public and on social media that are inaccurate or misleading?

Does the WASD accept those statements can be detrimental and potentially harmful to their students?

Fox Sports Williamsport reached out to WASD Board Member Adam Welteroth for comment on the series of articles published to date.

Welteroth offered the following, “I take all allegations and accusations involving the WASD, our students and employees seriously. Unfortunately, due to the (PSBA) Pennsylvania School Board Association Code of Conduct I am unable to make a comment on the matter outside of a public meeting.” (editor emphasis added)

The next WASD School Board meeting is slated for Tuesday, February 4, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the District Service Center, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.

 

PENNLIVE AUTHOR HAS LONG STANDING ASSOCIATION WITH

LEPLEY, BAER & DIXON

It is a known fact in the Williamsport community the John Bower Basketball League is where the youth of this community go to not only play but to make lifelong friends.

WASD School Board President Lori Baer has a long history with the John Bower Basketball League as does PennLive author John Beauge both serving as board members.

George Lepley has also had a long standing affiliation with the John Bower Basketball League as well.

Dixon runs the website for the John Bower Basketball League and has reportedly coached in the league for years. The league website is powered by his company PA Sports Live.

Does Dixon have clearances to coach?

Has the John Bower Basketball League informed parents that Dixon runs their website?

The family owned business which employs Ryan Miller is also a sponsor of the John Bower Basketball League.

Is it plausible to think that Baer and or Lepley shared anything about the Myrtle Beach trip with John Beauge?

Is it possible to think that Beauge took the word of his longtime friends (Baer, Lepley, Weber) over a series of articles (“A Baseball Story”) Beauge seems to lack complete command over?

Was it a baseball courtesy?

Is it possible that PennLive, former employer of Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Sara Ganim who broke the Sandusky scandal wide open could be on the wrong side of history in this story for the sake of their author protecting friends in high places?

 

DID LORI BAER WEAPONIZE THE WASD TAX OFFICE?

On December 19, 2019, WASD School Board president Lori Baer was contacted for comment on “A Baseball Story” and later that same day an arrest warrant was issued by the WASD School Tax Office for this author.

It is interesting to note, that same WASD School Tax Office had previously sent this author a letter stating his company had until January 3, 2020 to respond to its request.

Part I of “A Baseball Story” was published on December 29, 2019, 10 days after the WASD School Tax Office attempted to have this author arrested.

 

BEAUGE EMAILS REQUEST FOR COMMENT TO THIS AUTHOR

The evening of Friday, January 24th, 2020 John Beauge e-mailed a request for comment on a lawsuit filed by Ryan Miller against Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport, LLC and other entities.

This author was unable to provide comment due to traveling back from Myrtle Beach and the lawsuit had not yet been served.

An article was published first thing Saturday morning January 25th on PennLive.com and shared to Facebook and then re-posted a day later.

For the record, this author says, “If Ryan Miller had as much determination in protecting children in his care as he does having a coordinated legal response protecting himself we would be closer to the expectations of people who ask us to trust them.”

 

COINCIDENCE OR NOT?

In this case there have so many dates and instances of peculiar behavior to believe they happened by chance or coincidence.

A few examples to consider:

On June 5, 2018 the FAMILY of JOHN DOE #1 left a Voice Mail for WAHS officials as a follow-up on the case, nearly 2 hours later George Lepley and Fred Holland meet in Brandon Pardoe’s office to discuss the case for an additional 2 hours.

FAMILY of JOHN DOE #1 has already stated  they had no further communication on the case with WASD.

On August 24, 2018, the “Millionaire Mayhem” story was published by Fox Sports Williamsport and 34 minutes later Darrick Dixon reaches out to FAMILY of JOHN DOE #1.

How did Darrick Dixon obtain the identity of the FAMILY of JOHN DOE #1?

As the “Baseball Story” series was in development any number of fact witnesses were contacted and the attempts to silence this author began in earnest in November 2019.

On November 17, 2019 an article outlining a visit from PSP and a subsequent interview with a fact witness was published.

In response, PennLive published the following article on November 21, 2019.

This case has subsequently been resolved and the complaint withdrawn.

Then on December 19, 2019, the weaponization of the municipal income tax office and arrest warrant issued for this author the same day as WASD Board President Lori Baer is asked for comment on the “Baseball Story”.

This attempt was made even though this author had previously received a letter from the municipal income tax office stating January 3, 2020 was the response date.

Are these instances just coincidence?

 

MILLER LAWSUIT AND ASSERTIONS ON THE RECORD

Miller in his lawsuit claims to be harmed by a published MBPD Police Report previously listing him as the perpetrator instead of a witness to a simple assault case.

In fact, his lawyer contacted this author on New Year’s Eve 2019 via e-mail proclaiming Miller to be the “hero and not the villain.”

He cites in #24 of his complaint, “While on break from coaching duties during the baseball tournament, Mr. Miller and Coaches Kyle Schneider and Joel Worthington were on the balcony of a hotel room overlooking a nearby beach when they witnessed an unknown man and woman arguing on the beachfront.”

Fox Sports Williamsport already published a corrective statement that Miller was not arrested as a result of this incident.

The publicly searchable database provides names of parties involved in incidents.

#24 of the complaint points out some significant deficiencies however, why can’t Miller tell us what hotel or room number that balcony view was from?

When Miller says, “While on break from coaching duties during the baseball tournament”, does that mean his responsibilities only applied when he was on the field “coaching” and not at the hotel or anywhere else in Myrtle Beach?

Is it the same mindset now since Miller resigned and his fellow witness and current WAHS head coach Kyle Schneider subscribes too?

Miller also claims in his complaint he has no knowledge of any of the indecent or inappropriate behavior of a baseball player in Myrtle Beach and only learned of it through rumors in the summer of 2018.

What’s worse, not having any knowledge of the whereabouts of the student athletes a coach is responsible for while in Myrtle Beach or potentially playing an active role in a cover-up of what obviously took place?

Remember the WASD has already said in the RTKL responses under the penalty of perjury that there was no hotel room assignment list and when they asked Miller for one he could not provide one.

Remember, there were no adult chaperones on the trip other than the coaching staff which according to the Miller complaint he and a pair of coaches were on an unknown hotel balcony in Myrtle Beach.

 

MILLER ATTORNEYS CONFIRM CARNEVALE IN MYRTLE BEACH

Attorneys for Ryan Miller e-mailed this author on January 9, 2020 expressing their client’s issues with “A Baseball Story” series. Ironically, the mailed versions of that same letter showed up to the offices of Colonial Radio Group of Williamsport at the end of this past week coinciding with the filing of the aforementioned lawsuit.

Miller conveniently omitted the “romantic getaway” issue from his lawsuit.

Fox Sports Williamsport is still waiting for a response from the attorneys for Miller on identifying not only the hotel name but the room number as well.

Miller also conveniently omitted from the complaint him showing up to a game at Bowman Field drunk.

Is that because he is unable to disprove this fact?

Former Millionaire baseball player Cody Shimp who is currently on the St. Bonaventure baseball team roster has been an outspoken critic of the “A Baseball Story” series online.

Fox Sports Williamsport has confirmed Shimp was also very outspoken after Miller showed up drunk at Bowman Field and how WASD leaders needed to do something to remove him as head coach.

Shimp is very well informed about what actually happened in Myrtle Beach with his online comments which have been derogatory in nature toward the victims in this case and their playing ability.

Is Cody Shimp well informed since his family stayed in the same Myrtle Beach rental as WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe and his family?

Attempts to reach Cody Shimp for comment on this story were unsuccessful.

This author looks forward to obtaining all the information and answers that have been sought for the past 22 months in this case and the lawsuit filed recently by Ryan Miller will give this community that opportunity.

This author and Fox Sports Williamsport perceive this lawsuit as a blatant attempt of witness intimidation and the silencing of fact witnesses.

Reason calls for an independent third party investigation into the actions undertaken by the Williamsport Area School District and its employees relating to the events in Myrtle Beach.

There are still so many unanswered questions that create doubt in the community that an additional independent investigation, that if nothing happened as the WASD claims would hurt no one.

Fox Sports Williamsport has also confirmed with the family of JOHN DOE #1, they have recorded an interview with WNEP-TV about this case and anticipate it airing in the near future.

What kind of liability is the WASD opening itself up to by not admitting in responses there were any victims of the clearly documented events in Myrtle Beach and the subsequent fallout?

 

LINKS TO 7-PART SERIES PUBLISHED BY FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VII

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VII

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART VII

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

 

WASD ISSUES FIRST OFFICIAL STATEMENT ON MYRTLE BEACH AFTER 22 MONTHS

Williamsport Area School District Statement on Myrtle Beach Incident

The Williamsport Area School District proactively serves students and families of our community.

We take this responsibility seriously, and the safety of our students is our top priority. The district follows a high standard of communicating with the public and protecting the privacy of our students.

In light of recent concerns raised on social media, it is evident that the circulation of inaccuracies and misinformation have created confusion that is detrimental to students, staff and the district.

The district is releasing the following statement to provide facts where we are legally able to do so, while still protecting the privacy of students:

Near the end of the 2017-2018 school year, local law enforcement brought to the district’s attention an alleged incident involving indecent and inappropriate behavior by a baseball player during the team’s spring trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The information had not been previously reported to any district administrator or employee. Once the district was contacted, a prompt investigation was completed and appropriate discipline was issued. Federal educational privacy laws prohibit the district from disclosing any specifics regarding what discipline was levied and who was involved.

In addition to the district’s own investigation, the matter was investigated by outside agencies, including the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office and law enforcement in Myrtle Beach. When contacted by Myrtle Beach authorities, the high school principal immediately referred them to the district attorney’s office and the district’s school resource officers, who serve with the Williamsport Bureau of Police. All questions regarding why charges were or were not pursued can be deferred to those agencies, as those decisions are not made by the school district.

It is important to note that the district first became aware of this incident after law enforcement had already been contacted and a ChildLine report made. The report to ChildLine was not duplicated by the district, as it had already been reported.

The district’s investigation was conducted by the high school principal, district administrators and district legal counsel. Once it became clear which students were and were not involved in the incident, it was apparent that the high school principal had no personal conflict of interest or personal relationships with the students involved. The principal was permitted by the district’s solicitor to participate in the investigation, and his actions were appropriate and thorough. As an added measure of diligence, a second administrator also participated in the investigation.

As is the case with all student disciplinary matters of this degree, the district allows legal counsel to be present—if a student or a student’s family so desires—when that student is being interviewed and when potential disciplinary measures are being discussed. No outside legal counsel was present for any other meetings or interviews.

The district has communicated with the families of all students involved in the incident to the full extent to which we have been able. We have done this while abiding by federal educational privacy laws, which prevent the district from disclosing both the type of discipline imposed and the identity of the students who were disciplined. We understand these restrictions can be frustrating for parents, students and community members. However, the district worked directly with the families of the students involved to provide the most comfortable and appropriate educational setting for the students following the incident, and has at all times aimed to act in the best interest of the students.

The Williamsport Area School District does not condone inappropriate and indecent behavior. The district has fully conducted an investigation of this incident and has transparently cooperated and participated with law enforcement officials. We urge our students, families and community members to avoid posting statements to social media that are inaccurate or misleading, as those statements can be detrimental and potentially harmful to our students.

While we certainly understand the public concern around this matter, we want to assure our community that the appropriate measures have been taken to navigate a situation that has dictated a high level of confidentiality due to federal educational laws.

We will continue to do everything we can to ensure the safety and security of our students and prevent another incident like the one in question from occurring again.

 

WASD STATEMENT CONFIRMS FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT REPORT

By issuing the statement above, “Near the end of the 2017-2018 school year, local law enforcement brought to the district’s attention an alleged incident involving indecent and inappropriate behavior by a baseball player during the team’s spring trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina”, the WASD has confirmed the exclusive report published by Fox Sports Williamsport.

Additionally, WASD makes no mention of ALLEGED JOHN DOE #1 in its statement.

Local law enforcement has no jurisdiction in the alleged indecent assault cases which is retained by South Carolina authorities.

WASD also offered the following, “The Williamsport Area School District does not condone inappropriate and indecent behavior.”

Fox Sports Williamsport has obtained a photo of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 in uniform after the 2018 District II Class 6A Baseball Championship game with his parents on each side and wearing a District II Championship medal.

Why was the ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 in uniform after the 2018 District II Class 6A Baseball Championship game with his parents on each side and wearing a District II Championship medal and not suspended for the rest of the season?

Was it another baseball courtesy?

Who authored and had input into the WASD Statement on the Myrtle Beach incidents?

 

A SECOND ADMINISTRATOR JOINED THE INVESTIGATION

“The principal (Brandon Pardoe) was permitted by the district’s solicitor to participate in the investigation, and his actions were appropriate and thorough. As an added measure of diligence, a second administrator also participated in the investigation.”

Who is the second administrator?

Why was this fact not disclosed in the Fox Sports Williamsport RTK request WASD responses?

When did WASD solicitor Fred Holland begin setting district policy in regard to investigations?

Were the cases of those who were punished brought before the WASD School Board for consideration?

 

LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT DECLINES COMMENT

Williamsport Bureau of Police Chief Damon Hagan referred all media inquiries on this story to the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office which declined comment for this story.

 

LOCAL LEGISLATOR WEIGHS IN

Fox Sports Williamsport reached out to State Representative Jeff Wheeland for this story and he offered the following, “it is a concerning situation and I will reserve further comment at this time.”

He added, “what legislative corrective measures need to be taken going forward?”

Williamsport City Council President Randall Allison was also contacted for this story and declined comment at this time on the advise of counsel.

 

LINKS TO 6-PART SERIES PUBLISHED BY FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART VI

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART VI

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

 

NEW INFORMATION COMES TO LIGHT IN ARREST CASE IN MYRTLE BEACH

Since the publication of PART I of this series of articles, new facts have been presented in regard to the Myrtle Beach Police Department incident report listing Ryan Miller.

Ryan Miller called the police to report the assault of an unknown woman by an unknown drunken man on the beach which he and others witnessed from a hotel balcony on March 24, 2018.

Fox Sports Williamsport requested confirmation of the room number and the name of the hotel where the incident was observed and have yet to receive a response.

As previously reported to Fox Sports Williamsport by fact witnesses the alleged victim was identified as Alicia (Hess) Carnevale. This has now been confirmed by Miller as not being the case.

Ryan Miller never mentioned this incident in his lengthy exchange with Fox Sports Williamsport on August 21, 2018 as outlined in PART II of this series of articles.

Additionally, Fox Sports Williamsport offered both Miller and Carnevale opportunities to go on the record prior to publication of the 5-part series in regard to this incident report, neither responded.

Fox Sports Williamsport has updated PART I and PART V to reflect this new information and regret the error.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART V

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART V

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

Part V recaps the questions raised in PARTS I, II, III & IV of this series of articles; in light of what are confirmed instances of illegal drugs being obtained by a player and players being captured on video engaging in indecent sexual assaults of teammates.

Part V also includes a number of additional questions raised during the publication of PARTS I, II, III & IV of this series of articles.

MYRTLE BEACH INCIDENTS WERE COMMON KNOWLEDGE IN THE WASD

After PART II was published, Cindy T. Schuyler, principal at Cochran Primary School, shared on the Fox Sports Williamsport Facebook page, “I was aware of most of this. Some of what is said isn’t correct, but in my opinion something bad happened in Myrtle Beach.”

Schuyler was contacted for this story and has yet to respond.

She also deleted the above referenced comment from the aforementioned page.

The WASD school board in November 2019 approved the resignation of Cindy T. Schuyler, principal at Cochran Primary School for the purpose of retirement . The resignation and retirement take effect June 30, 2020.

Schuyler has been a WASD administrator for 13 years.

How does a WASD Primary School principal offer, I was aware of most of this (the events in Myrtle Beach)”?

Further adding, “Some of what is said isn’t correct”, how does she know, was she there, did she conduct interviews?

Then Schuyler offers a stunning admission as a 13 year veteran WASD administrator, “but in my opinion something bad happened in Myrtle Beach.”

So a WASD Primary School principal and administrator for 13 years offers a distinctly different assessment of the events of what Lycoming County Chief Detective Willie Weber described as a “prank”.

If Schuyler had knowledge as she outlined in her publicly stated comments why the need to delete them?

As a mandatory reporter did she ever call anyone or Child Line to relay what she claims in her statement, “I was aware of most of this?”

Were the events of Myrtle Beach that well known they became common knowledge in the WASD community?

 

PART I – QUESTIONS

How could the WASD allow a group of nearly 40 students to go out of state for the better part of a week with with no adult chaperones?

Instead allowing only the WASD district employees, coaches, or volunteer coaches to have supervision.

Not to mention two administrators who did not stay at the same location as the students.

Why was there no room assignment list outlining where each student athlete and coach was staying at the Atlantica Resort?

If there was no room assignment list, how did the WASD safeguard and monitor every floor a student was on?

Where is WASD Athletic Director Sean McCann during the trip to Myrtle Beach?

Why did WASD not compel coaches and staff members to provide records that were requested through the RTKL?

If nothing happened in Myrtle Beach why does Fox Sports Williamsport need to obtain a court order for the phone provider to produce records?

Why did WASD produce records for the same period for Sean McCann and Randy Zangara and not Brandon Pardoe?

As mandatory reporters, was the allure of a romantic getaway more important than protecting minors in your charge given the shortage of adult supervision and chaperones?

Why did Nick Caringi not just call the Myrtle Beach Police?

Are taxpayers who fund the largest school district by size of student population and operating budget entitled to a definition of indecent and inappropriate behavior on the part of a baseball player during the team’s 2018 spring trip?

Why did no member of the WASD travel party or administrators on the trip call the Myrtle Beach Police Department?

 

PART II – QUESTIONS

Was a recusal in order for Weber and Pardoe with all of the connective tissue to the WAHS Baseball program and the nephew of the principal in the room during at least one of the indecent assaults?

Why would WBP officers accompany Weber on interviews with fact witnesses if nothing happened in Myrtle Beach?

Is this case not in the jurisdiction of Myrtle Beach authorities?

When Weber makes the statement, “we’re not going to do that” who is “we’re” referring to?

Is it the official position of the Office of the Lycoming County District Attorney?

Or, the Williamsport Area School District?

Or, the Williamsport Bureau of Police?

Did Weber subpoena phone records of those on the Myrtle Beach trip as fact evidence to ensure justice for the victim?

Or by not, was it a baseball courtesy?

 

PART III- QUESTIONS

In the identical time period, the WASD owns cell phones and pays those bills, how is it possible the Pardoe records were not produced when the McCann and Zangara records were?

Why is a court order necessary?  Are there items on that phone that the WASD and or Brandon Pardoe do not want the public to be aware of?

Which brings up the question, if nothing happened in Myrtle Beach, why won’t the WASD tell us the story?

How can Pardoe run investigations when his son is on the team and his nephew is alleged to have been in both rooms at the time of the indecent assaults?

Why is George Lepley present during interviews when Fred Holland has already admitted the WASD did not hire Lepley?

Instead, Lepley is the attorney of record for ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 and his family.

Was it a baseball courtesy?

Why is a criminal defense attorney meeting with WASD officials and their solicitor during an investigation into alleged “indecent and inappropriate behavior on the” on the part of his client?

Was Lepley there as a fact witness since he was on the trip in Myrtle Beach?

With FERPA being cited as the reason the family of JOHN DOE #1 would not be receiving any additional information about the incident; was the same standard applied in the meeting at WAHS with Pardoe, Lepley and Holland documented in the Holland Invoice and confirmed by Lepley’s Office?

Where is the proof in the statement Lepley makes on Facebook?

Speaking of independent, where is the proof any one associated with the WASD and this matter ever contacted Myrtle Beach law enforcement authorities?

What formal statement from a member of the Myrtle Beach law enforcement community has occurred in verifying the Lepley statement?

Did Pardoe file a report of the findings of his investigation with the WASD school board?

Did that report include the number of fact witnesses, victim statements, statements taken from players, coaches, or photos or videos from anyone else on the trip?

Why did a pair of assistant baseball coaches concerned about a parent question and being “hesitant” because said parent “maybe (he) wants something else”, and then referring the matter to the WAHS Head Principal instead of the head baseball coach Kyle Schneider?

What is the toll students have to pay for inaction of WASD, could these be assessed as a result of the inaction of the WASD?

How did Darrick Dixon discover the name of JOHN DOE #1 in the first place?

So why was someone observed in plain sight by the WBP engaging in drug deals, not arrested?

Why is Pardoe referring Myrtle Beach authorities to Weber when he was present for the interview with the family and JOHN DOE #1 as well as VIDEOGRAPHER #1 and any number of other interviews he conducted during the criminal and non-criminal investigations?

Why is Darrick Dixon involved in this case at all?

 

PART IV – QUESTIONS

Is it possible WASD relied upon parents who made the trip to look after their own children so staff on the trip could enjoy their vacation?

Does this displace or supplant the WASD oversight obligation of children in their care?

What was the punishment handed out by the WASD to the individual who was confirmed on video to have committed this unspeakable act?

What if any punishment did any of them receive?

As mandated reporters and administrators, how did bullying, harassment, hazing and other codified punishable behaviors based on the adopted WAHS student handbook code of conduct get overlooked?

Why will the WASD not release the details of Pardoe investigating himself?

Is Sean McCann, Williamsport Area High School Athletic Director subject to Pardoe?

Did the WASD pay for the room and the expenses of the brother of Ryan Miller, Alicia Carnevale and or her daughter in Myrtle Beach?

Was then head coach Ryan Miller subject to McCann and Pardoe?

How does Lepley who has been coaching WAHS players for years as the long standing West End Babe Ruth Hall of Fame Coach that every summer takes teams to states, regionals and if they qualify the Babe Ruth World Series get access to confidential fact witnesses on the campus of WAHS?

Was it another example of a baseball courtesy?

Is it the same reasoning that allows a previously convicted of a crime of a sexual nature against a child coach access to school grounds with a camera?

WASD by failing to produce phone records for Brandon Pardoe in the same time they provided records for McCann and Zangara instead stating their phone provider needs a court order to produce them flies in the face of reality when Pardoe is noted as conducting the non-criminal and a party to a criminal investigation. Is Pardoe investigating himself an operational breakdown?

What is the human toll of the family of the victims, and the alleged extortion that resulted from these incidents on the rest of the families of the players?

What if concerns were raised by members of the community in writing about how the investigations were handled and they went unanswered?

Have the questions raised in this series of articles given the WASD a second chance at setting the record straight in this case?

The next meeting of the WASD School Board is January 7, 2020 in the Board Room of the District Service Center, 2780 West Fourth Street, Williamsport.

Fox Sports Williamsport is continuing to investigate the questions raised in this 5-part series.

The Child Abuse hotline is available 24 hours a day by calling ChildLine 1-800-932-0313.

The Pennsylvania Department of Education’s Office for Safe Schools bullying prevention webpage contains resources for parents, educators, and professionals serving children and youth in school and out-of-school settings.

The Bullying Prevention Consultation Line is 1-866-716-0424.

If you are a victim of the WASD and its administration, anonymity will be given to anyone who shares their story by calling Fox Sports Williamsport at 570-327-1300.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART IV

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART IV

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

DIXON AND WASHINGTON HAD INTERACTIONS WITH JOHN DOE #1 YEARS PRIOR

THROUGH DAY CARE CENTER AND ANTIOCH CHURCH

In the interview with Fox Sports Williamsport the family of JOHN DOE #1, stated that “they were skeptical since they attended Antioch Baptist Church and JOHN DOE #1 regularly attended the after school program at the Child Guidance Day Care Center operated by the church.”

Family of JOHN DOE #1, also states, “the Sugar Shack as it is called is located at the church.”

Family of JOHN DOE #1, states “the reason it is called the Sugar Shack, is after school they gave the kids bags of candy, including large candy bars, snacks and juice boxes and never any tooth brushes.”

Family of JOHN DOE #1, states “for the past 8 years we have attended the annual block party, Easter egg hunt, trunk or treat and breakfasts for the kids before school.”

Family of JOHN DOE #1, states “the last time JOHN DOE #1 or any of the siblings of JOHN DOE #1 stopped attending the church after school program is when we figured out Darrick Rizzo is actually Darrick Dixon.” 

This revelation occurred after Attorney Jarvis stopped communicating with the family of JOHN DOE #1 near the end of 2018.

Family of John Doe #1, states on numerous occasions they observed Darrick Dixon (alias used Darrick Rizzo), driving the Child Guidance Day Care Center van transporting children including JOHN DOE #1.”

 

DAY CARE CENTER WORKERS ARE REQUIRED BY PENNSYLVANIA LAW TO HAVE CLEARANCES

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services website keepkidssafe.pa.gov, who needs clearances?

• An employee of child care services.

• A self-employed provider of child care services in a family child care home.

• An individual 14 years of age or older who is applying for or holding a paid position as an employee with a program, activity, or service as a person responsible for a child’s welfare or having direct contact with children.

• If the program, activity or service is an internship, externship, workstudy, co-op or similar program, only an adult applying for or holding a paid position with an employer that participates in the internship, externship, work-study, co-op or similar program with a school and whom the employer and the school identify as the child’s supervisor and the person responsible for the child’s welfare while the child participates in the program with the employer must obtain the clearances.

• Any individual seeking to provide child care services under contract with a child care facility or program.

• An individual 18 years of age or older who resides for at least 30 days in a calendar year in the following homes which are subject to supervision or licensure by the department under Articles IX and X of the act of June 13, 1967 (P.L.31, No.21), known as the Public Welfare Code: > A family living home > A community home for individuals with an intellectual disability > A host home for children > An individual who applies to the department for a certificate of compliance or a registration certificate to provide child day care in a residence shall include criminal history record and child abuse record information required under section 6344(b) for every individual 18 years of age or older who resides in the home for at least 30 days in a calendar year.

 

WHAT MECHANISMS WERE IN PLACE TO MAKE SURE CHILD SAFETY WAS ENSURED ON THE TRIP TO MYRTLE BEACH?

Is it possible WASD relied upon parents who made the trip to look after their own children so staff on the trip could enjoy their vacation?

Does this displace or supplant the WASD oversight obligation of children in their care?

A hotel room assignment list noting where each student athlete as well as WASD Coaches stayed at the Atlantica resort; to date the WASD has claimed that list does not exist.

40 plus students and coaches with no chaperones stayed in rooms billed to Ryan Miller (Head Coach at the time) and there is no record of who was staying with who and in what room.

The indecent assault and all the ugliness that went with the incident was captured on video and shared to social media by teammates of the victim who took active roles in the premeditated attack.

 

WASD FAILED TO PUNISH ANYONE INVOLVED TO DATE

What was the punishment handed out by the WASD to the individual who was confirmed on video to have committed this unspeakable act?

As confirmed in the RTKL mediation process with the WASD no one was punished for the Myrtle Beach incidents.

The WASD not only failed to punish the individual responsible, all of the Coaches, School Administrators and Parents on the trip who are also mandatory reporters – stayed silent.

What if any punishment did any of them receive?

No one to date has been punished for an incident, Fred Holland, WASD Solicitor, characterized as ”indecent and inappropriate” as it relates to the behavior of Williamsport Area High School Baseball player.”

As mandated reporters and administrators, how did bullying, harassment, hazing and other codified punishable behaviors based on the adopted WAHS student handbook code of conduct get overlooked?

Why will the WASD not release the details of Pardoe investigating himself?

 

WASD FAILS TO APPLY STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT TO MYRTLE BEACH INCIDENT

Page references are from the 2018-2019 WASD Student Rights and Responsibilities & Annual Notices mailed to parents each school year.

The fact pattern developed during the Fox Sports Williamsport investigation reflects a willingness by the WASD to ignore even the very student and adult code of conduct outlined in the student handbook.

Every student who went on the trip had to sign the Williamsport Area High School Student Handbook outlining WASD School Board Policies and student behavior expectations.

On Page 19, under the header Unacceptable and Disruptive Behavior it states; Disruptive behavior includes, but is not necessarily limited to:

1) Behavior which interferes with or threatens to interfere with the operation of a classroom, an employee’s office or office area, areas of a school or facility open to parents/guardian(s) and the general public. 

Section II. Student Responsibilities goes onto say on pages 27 and School Rules on 28.

Student responsibilities include regular school attendance, conscientious effort in classroom work, and conformance to school rules and regulations. Most of all, students share with the administration and faculty a responsibility to develop a climate within the school that is conducive to wholesome learning and living.

No student has the right to interfere with the education of his fellow students.

It is the responsibility of each student to respect the rights of teachers, students, administrators, and all others who are involved in the educational process. Students should express their ideas and opinions in a respectful manner so as not to offend or slander others.

It is the responsibility of students to:

  1. Be willing to volunteer information in matters relating to the health, safety, and welfare of the school community and the protection of school property within the school.
  2. Assist the school staff in operating a safe school for all students enrolled therein.
  3. Be aware of and comply with state and local laws.

VII. Bullying is outlined on page 29

The Williamsport Area School District recognizes that bullying of students has a negative effect on the educational environment and overall climate of its schools. Students who are bullied, intimidated or fearful of other students may not be able to take full advantage of the educational opportunities offered by the School District. Bullying can also escalate into more serious violence. Therefore, School District strives to offer all students an educational environment free from bullying.

Bullying shall mean unwelcome verbal, written, electronic, or physical conduct directed at a student by another student or students, or by an adult, that has the intent and effect of physically harming a student, damaging, extorting or taking a student’s personal or academic property, placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm, placing a student in reasonable fear of damage to or loss of personal or academic property, systematically and intentionally excluding a student from activities with peers, spreading false information about a student or attempting to influence others to exclude a student from an activity, otherwise creating an intimidating or hostile environment that substantially interferes with a student’s educational opportunities.

Bullying is occurring when there exists an imbalance of physical, psychological, or social power between the aggressor and the victim, favoring the aggressor.

VIII. Harassment is outlined on page 29

It is the policy of the Williamsport Area School District to provide and maintain a learning environment that is free from harassment because of an individual’s race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. The Williamsport Area School District prohibits any and all forms of harassment because of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, and disability and encourages all members of the school community to treat each other with mutual respect and acceptance of our differences. For purposes of this policy, members of the school community includes school board members, employees, students, agents, volunteers, contractors, or other persons subject to the supervision and control of the District.

It shall be a violation of District policy for any student, teacher, administrator or other school personnel to harass a student through conduct of a sexual nature, or regarding race, color, sex, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, or disability.

It shall also be a violation of this policy for any teacher, administrator, or other school personnel to tolerate sexual harassment or harassment because of a student’s race, color, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability by a student, teacher, administrator, other school personnel, or by any third party or parties who are participating in, observing, or otherwise engaged in activities, including sporting events and other extracurricular activities, under the auspices of the Williamsport Area School District.

According to state law 18 PA C.S.A.-2709), an individual commits the offense of harassment when, with the intent to harass, annoy, or alarm another person, the individual subjects, or attempts, or threatens to subject, the other person to unwelcome physical contact; follows the other person in or about a public place or places; or behaves in a manner which alarms or seriously annoys the other person and which serves no legitimate purpose.

Harassment can include any unwelcome verbal, written, or physical conduct which offends, denigrates, or belittles an individual because of any of the characteristics described above. Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, unsolicited derogatory remarks, jokes, demeaning comments or behaviors, slurs, mimicking, name calling, graffiti, innuendo, gestures, physical contact, stalking, threatening, bullying, extorting, or the display or circulation of written materials or pictures.

Complete policy available upon request.

IX. Hazing is outlined on page 30

In order to maintain a safe, positive environment for students and staff, the Board of School Directors does not condone any form of initiation or harassment, known as hazing, as a part of any school sponsored activity.

Hazing is any activity that recklessly or intentionally endangers the mental health, physical health, or safety of a student for the purpose of initiation, or membership in or affiliation with any organization.

Any hazing activity, whether by an individual or a group, shall be presumed to be a forced activity, even if a student willingly participates.

Any incident of hazing should be reported to the building principal, who will impartially and comprehensively investigate the report. The principal will complete a written summary of his or her investigation and provide copies to those directly involved, as appropriate.

In the case of a substantiated finding of hazing, appropriate disciplinary action will be recommended and disciplinary action may be taken by the group’s coach or sponsor, up to and including removal from the activity. (Board policy 247)

XIV. Student Discipline is outlined on page 31

XVI. Exclusions from School (Suspensions and Expulsions) is outlined on page 31

XV. In-School Suspension is outlined on page 31

XVII. Interrogations and Apprehensions of Students by Outside Officials on School Premises is outlined on page 32

XVIII. Searches or further advice received from the Superintendent or Board solicitor is outlined on page 32

Appendix I outlined on pages 36 and 37 show the situation and responses from the WASD to be followed in any number of situations.

 

LITTLE LEAGUE INTERNATIONAL TIES

Current Little League International President Steve Keener has made it abundantly clear under his leadership that there might be equal priorities to, but none higher than the protection of children under their care will be at all times and at all costs. There are multiple examples of this under his aegis.

There were employees on the coaching staff and parents on the trip who on are the Little League payroll in leadership positions.

Not to mention, one of the Little League uncles is the father of the former Head Baseball Coach at the time as well as the Chief Detective of Lycoming County in the case serving as Team Hosts at the Little League World Series.

Keener himself is a parent of former Millionaires players.

Fox Sports Williamsport reached out to Keener for comment and received the following on Monday November 18, 2019 at 2:54 P.M.

Good afternoon Todd,

“As Little League International is not involved with this situation, and because there is an ongoing (PSP) investigation, it would be inappropriate for us to comment.” 

Thank you,

Kevin Fountain, Director of Media Relations, Little League International.

 

A STONE WALL OF SECRECY HAD ALREADY BEEN BUILT

Since Brandon became the Williamsport Area High School Head Principal, is Sean McCann, Williamsport Area High School Athletic Director subject to him?

The two time DUI offender and now former Williamsport Area High School Head Baseball Coach Ryan Miller was accompanied on the trip by WAHS Gym teacher Alicia (Hess) Carnevale on the trip along with her daughter.

Fact witnesses have confirmed that the brother of Ryan Miller who serves in the Pennsylvania State Police was in Myrtle Beach. Their father is also a long time uncle at the Little League World Series.

Fact witnesses also confirmed that the original plan was to have the Miller brother’s room together and the Carnavale’s room together.

Once in Myrtle Beach, that did not occur.

Did the WASD or baseball booster club pay for the room of the brother of Ryan Miller and or Alicia Carnevale in Myrtle Beach?

Was then head coach Ryan Miller subject to McCann and Pardoe?

Chief Detective Weber also has ties to the WAHS Baseball Team having a son that was a key contributor in recent years. Weber too, has been a long standing Little League World Series Team Host.

Weber in numerous interviews with fact witnesses referred to the incident as a “prank” and made admissions that indeed the student in question had committed certain acts that are indeed criminal by definition.

How does Lepley who has been coaching WAHS players for years as the long standing West End Babe Ruth Hall of Fame Coach that every summer takes teams to states, regionals and if they qualify the Babe Ruth World Series get access to confidential fact witnesses on the campus of WAHS?

Was it another example of a baseball courtesy?

Is it the same reasoning that allows a former WAHS coach previously convicted  of a crime of a sexual nature against a child access to school grounds with a camera on a routine basis?

 

THE FAMILY OF JOHN DOE #1 DENIES BEING APPROACHED ABOUT A PAYOFF

The family of JOHN DOE #1 is aware of rumors being circulated and attributed to the family of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 that a payoff was made to keep them quiet and prevent criminal charges from being pursued.

During the interview with Fox Sports Williamsport, the family of JOHN DOE #1 asserted that “we (family of JOHN DOE #1) have never been approached about accepting a payoff; nor would we even consider such a thing. It’s disgusting what lengths people will go to, to keep this situation quiet.”

 

PSP OPEN INVESTIGATION INTO WASD HANDLING OF MYRTLE BEACH BASEBALL INCIDENT

NOVEMBER 17, 2019

FOX Sports Williamsport has confirmed with multiple sources that the Pennsylvania State Police have opened an investigation into the handling of the Myrtle Beach Baseball incident by the Williamsport Area School District.

As exclusively reported by FOX Sports Williamsport, Head Williamsport High School Principal Brandon Pardoe and Willie Weber, current Chief Detective of Lycoming County handled the criminal and non-criminal investigations into an incident WASD Solicitor Fred Holland characterized in an exclusive report done by FOX Sports Williamsport, August 24, 2018; “Near the end of the school year, an incident involving indecent and inappropriate behavior on the part of a baseball player during the team’s (2018) spring trip.”

Weber directly reports to current and retiring Lycoming County District Attorney Ken Osokow.

Sources have also confirmed that the ongoing Pennsylvania State Police investigation is based on the published reports by FOX Sports Williamsport.

FOX Sports Williamsport also previously reported that local criminal defense attorney George Lepley was engaged in ongoing dialogue during the criminal and non-criminal investigations being conducted at the time by Pardoe and Weber.

Lepley has also been a long standing coach in the West End Babe Ruth Baseball program where another allegation has been made about an incident during an overnight West End trip in the summer of 2018.

FOX Sports Williamsport has also begun an investigation into that allegation.

The Pennsylvania State Police, Montoursville barracks Troop F has subsequently denied the existence of this investigation.

This was news to the fact witnesses who previously spoke with Fox Sports Williamsport, and were interviewed by a uniformed trooper who asked questions of them related to Myrtle Beach.

 

MYRTLE BEACH COVER-UP LEADS TO PLAYERS SEEKING JUSTICE

During the Williamsport at Jersey Shore game during the 2018-2019 baseball season a physical altercation occurred in the Millionaires dugout.

Fact witnesses at the game observed that ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 making physical contact with teammate (REDACTED) after entering the dugout.

(REDACTED) then engaged in a significant physical altercation in front of two assistant coaches in the dugout who failed to intervene and break up the altercation.

The altercation was so severe the umpires actually stopped the game until order was restored in the Millionaires dugout.

As the altercation continued the mother of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 made her way to the dugout in an attempt to break up the altercation.

Coaches who previously failed to intervene then told her the Police would be called if she did not remove herself from the situation.

After the altercation ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 was removed from the game.

When reached for comment on this story the family of (REDACTED), who is now playing football for a Division I University, declined comment.

The physical altercation at Jersey Shore, coupled with the knowledge of the events from the Myrtle Beach incidents in 2018; the situation boiled over when Head Coach Kyle Schneider made an attempt to discipline players.

Leading up the 2019 Backyard Brawl at Bowman Field select Millionaires players were asked to leave school and go to the field and assist in field preparations. Upon those field preparations being completed the players were to return to school.

The field preparations were completed but the students did not return to school.

A total of 5 Millionaires starters were suspended for the game against South Williamsport, which South won 1-0.

The suspension announcement led to any number of verbal disagreements with the Williamsport Coaching staff as parents voiced displeasure with the decision.

Fact witnesses relayed any number of comments made by parents of players suggesting connective tissue to the events of Myrtle Beach trip and the coaching staff decisions about player behavior and lack of any punishments.

The violent aftermath of the incidents in Myrtle Beach manifested in multiple fights on September 20, 2019 as previously outlined in the WBP complaint against WBP Sergeant and WASD SRO Jody Miller.

 

BASEBALL CULTURE

Baseball is synonymous with Williamsport, especially with youth baseball programs including West End Baseball and the Little League World Series.

The perception is that kids and families come to Williamsport each summer to enjoy games on perfectly groomed fields and roaring crowds and that every child is safe in that type of environment.

So it was quite shocking to have the Williamsport Area School District disclose in a mediation conference as part of a Right to Know Request appeal; that is not reality.

In fact, it is the direct opposite.

To date, the Williamsport Area School District has never issued a punishment to the student athlete who allegedly carried out this attack on fellow students.

Moreover, ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 has been allowed by administrators and coaches in the Williamsport Area School District to continue to play multiple sports.

ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 is now being home schooled after physical altercations at WAHS as well as being subject to daily verbal assaults from fellow students referring to his father as well as the alleged incidents in Myrtle Beach that were captured on video and shared to social media.

JOHN DOE #1 eventually transferred from the Williamsport Area School District.

ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 is now being home schooled and intends to play baseball for the Williamsport Area School District this Spring.

Fact witnesses have shared with Fox Sports Williamsport that ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 also plans to play West End Baseball this summer as any number of local players have been contacted to play on that team.

 

SUMMATION

The WASD took nearly 40 baseball players to Myrtle Beach in March 2018 with no on-site adult chaperones background checked or cleared.

Instead they relied upon the paid and volunteer coaching staff to be responsible for monitoring these children.

Since the WASD has failed to produce a room assignment list there is no confirmation that any WASD coach or staff member even stayed on property at the Atlantica Resort.

WASD has to date failed to confirm if anyone stayed in any rooms even if there was a room list.

It appears from a Myrtle Beach Police Department Incident Report a person named Ryan Miller was arrested for simple assault on March 25, 2018.

An illicit drug incident has been confirmed on the trip and that person removed from the team.

Students found the illegal substance then called their parents on the trip then coaches had to be sought out.

It is alleged a mandatory reported employed by Little League International then turned a partially deaf ear and found other coaches and administrators instead of simply calling the police.

At least two indecent sexual assaults occurred with teammates attacking teammates and these incidents were memorialized on video then shared to multiple social media platforms.

A criminal defense attorney with a long standing relationship with multiple players through West End baseball and is the grandfather of a player on the trip, is in Myrtle Beach at all times relevant to this story.

WASD Solicitor admits “indecent and inappropriate behavior”, declines comment on the drug story and is then silenced by the WASD Superintendent when more questions arise.

This same criminal defense attorney then appears on invoices having been in meetings with WASD personnel related to investigations being conducted into events on the same Myrtle Beach trip he was on.

WASD admitted in writing they provided phone records for an athletics director who was on the phone more with Spectrum checking on the cable at his beach rental property than with the head baseball coach or other administrator on the trip.

WASD by failing to produce phone records for Brandon Pardoe in the same time period they provided records for McCann and Zangara instead stating their phone provider needs a court order to produce them; flies in the face of reality when Pardoe is noted as conducting the non-criminal and a party to a criminal investigation.

Is Pardoe investigating himself an operational breakdown?

The fact pattern developed also outlined shows that the video in the possession of the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office was not immediately provided to Myrtle Beach law enforcement authorities.

A number of parties involved in this case are either on the Little League International payroll or have served as a team host at the Little League World Series, whom based on past performances would never approve of the alleged conduct of their employees on the Myrtle Beach trip.

The Head Coach (Miller) whose name is on the hotel receipts and who brought his girlfriend as well as her teenage daughter on the trip; the girlfriend is now the mother of Miller’s child, he ends up resigning as coach within a month of the Myrtle Beach trip.

Coach Miler has a brother in the State Police, former WBP Chief Young is a former PSP Captain.

WBP Chief Young is familiar with the Miller family from their Montoursville baseball days.

The two primary investigators in the case, Pardoe and Weber are only a few doors apart in the same neighborhood.

One wonders, what is the human toll of the family of the victim, and the alleged extortion that resulted from these incidents on the rest of the families of the players?

The insurrection it has caused throughout the student body has been clearly seen over the past 18 months.

If it was only a prank, and nothing really happened taxpayers are demanding WASD tell this community the complete story.

If nothing happened with this group of players, why has the Williamsport Area Baseball team not returned to play in Myrtle Beach?

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART III

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART III

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

 

JURISDICTION ISSUE

The family of JOHN DOE #1 was also interviewed by Weber, even though Lycoming County does not have jurisdiction in the case of the offenses that occurred in Myrtle Beach.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 offered the following account of their experience with the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office to Fox Sports Williamsport.

“(Chief Detective) Weber refused to provide details or progress reports of the case. At no time did (JOHN DOE #1) family say that the incident that occurred in Myrtle Beach was o.k. or acceptable.”

“At no time did (JOHN DOE #1) family say that they did not want to press charges against those responsible.”

When interviewed for this story and pressed on this issue by Fox Sports Williamsport, “The family of (JOHN DOE #1) reaffirmed their desire to have charges pressed in every venue available in order to get justice which to date has been denied to JOHN DOE #1.”

Fox Sports Williamsport reached out to a former senior level South Carolina law enforcement official for background on the jurisdiction issue in this case.

That person confirmed the fact pattern developed in this case absolutely gives South Carolina law enforcement jurisdiction.

Under South Carolina Sexual Assault Laws Statutory Rape is defined as follows:

Criminal sexual conduct with a minor in the third degree:

  • The actor is over 14 years old and the actor willfully and lewdly commits or attempts to commit a lewd or lascivious act upon or with the body of a child under 16 years old, with the intent of arousing, appealing to, or gratifying the lust, passions, or sexual desire of the actor or child.

Criminal sexual conduct in the first degree

Engaging in sexual battery with the victim and if:

  • The actor used aggravated force to accomplish sexual battery;
  • The victim submits to sexual battery by the actor under circumstances where the victim is also the victim of forcible confinement, kidnapping, trafficking in persons, robbery, extortion, burglary, housebreaking, or any other similar offense or act; or
  • The actor causes the victim, without the victim’s consent, to become mentally incapacitated or physically helpless by administering, distributing, dispensing, delivering, or causing to be administered, distributed, dispensed, or delivered a controlled substance, a controlled substance analogue, or any intoxicating substance.

 

THE INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED BY WAHS PRINCIPAL BRANDON PARDOE

Brandon Pardoe as a member of the traveling party that went to Myrtle Beach and one of the signatories on the document entering the Millionaire Baseball team into the tournament was in Myrtle Beach at the time of the incident.

He also had a son Cam on the team at the time; as well as a nephew on the team.  The nephew (identity redacted) was in the room and an active participate in the incident.

Pardoe claimed he was made aware of the incident after the ChildLine call and Weber contacting the Williamsport Area High School on or after May 18, 2019.

Pardoe offers the family of and VIDEOGRAPHER #1 assurances that “everything will be alright and that he never wants to see the video again.”

According to the family of VIDEOGRAPHER #1, Pardoe then takes the unusual step of suspending the student who video recorded the incident from the baseball team.

WASD provided Fox Sports Williamsport phone records as part of the mediation process with the Office of the Open Records after their partial RTKL denial on July 18, 2019.

Item 6(b) Randy Zangara cell phone detail from January 2018 — June 2018 — Unable to determine if responsive to the request. All records disclosed with redaction for personally identifiable information.

Item 6(c) Sean McCann — cell phone detail from January 2018 — June 2019 and text logs from February 2019 — July 2019. Record with a black dot on the left side of page near date and any calls with an origination and/or destination of Myrtle Beach, SC may or may not be responsive to the request (unsure of content of calls). No text messages were responsive to the text.

Item 6(f) — Heller Text – Review of cell phones found one text message responsive to the request.

What WASD has failed to produce to date are any cell phone records or text messages from Brandon Pardoe in the exact time frame of January – June 2018 as records were obtained from McCann and Zangara.

Item 6(a) Brandon Pardoe cell phone log only available from July 2018 — July 2019 and text logs from February 2019 — July 2019 – No records were responsive to the request.

Instead of providing records from Pardoe, WASD has stood behind Item 6, a Response from Verizon regarding obtaining detailed information from district cell phones. The reference cites the need for a court order to obtain the records.

In the identical time period, the WASD owns cell phones and pays those bills, how is it possible the Pardoe records were not produced when the McCann and Zangara records were?

Why is a court order necessary?

Are there items on that phone that the WASD and or Brandon Pardoe do not want the public to be aware of?

Which raises the question, if nothing happened in Myrtle Beach, why won’t the WASD tell us the story?

 

PARDOE JOINS LEPLEY IN MEETINGS AT WASD AFTER BEING IN MYRTLE BEACH

BOTH HAVE LONG STANDING WEST END BABE RUTH BASEBALL RELATIONSHIP

From the earliest days of this case, local criminal defense attorney George Lepley is involved.

The invoices for legal services submitted by WASD Solicitor Fred Holland indicate as much with Lepley’s name appearing on the invoices.

As part of the criminal and non-criminal investigations conducted by WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe, a key party became involved early in the process.

George Lepley has been the Hall of Fame head coach of West End Babe Ruth Baseball teams.

In recent years Cam Pardoe (son of Brandon Pardoe) played for West End and George Lepley as the publicly posted to Facebook photo shows (above) during a medal ceremony in 2014.

Brandon Pardoe is also photographed attending.

Fox Sports Williamsport has confirmed George Lepley was in Myrtle Beach with the Millionaires Baseball Team to see his grandson Caleb Joy play.

Caleb Joy along with Cam Pardoe, Tanner Esposito, Isaac Snyder, Tyler McCann, Cody Shimp, Ryan Jolin and Cam Dickey had their names released by WASD as part of the RTKL requests since they were the age of majority at the time of the Myrtle Beach trip.

Jamie Joy who is employed by Little League International was also in Myrtle Beach joined by his wife Rachel Lepley Joy to see their son Caleb play.

Rachel Lepley Joy is the daughter of George Lepley and the office manager for the Lepley, Engleman and Yaw law firm.

Fox Sports Williamsport obtained legal services invoices through the RTKL; these invoices were submitted by and paid to WASD Solicitor Fred Holland.  At least a pair of invoices exist related to the incidents in Myrtle Beach and were provided here Holland Invoices.

According to publicly posted WASD School Board Meeting Minutes Lori Baer, Williamsport Area High School Board President is the West End Baseball Liaison.

Lori Baer is also a registered nurse and a Clinical Coordinator with UPMC Susquehanna she is also a mandatory reporter.

As a general rule, nurses are by most statutes, mandatory reporters including but not limited to child abuse and neglect, medical neglect of children and the elderly, domestic violence, elder abuse in the community or in nursing homes.

As WASD School Board President she is in a position to allow Pardoe to conduct his own investigations as well as silence WASD Solicitor Fred Holland.

Previous stories in regard to the incidents in Myrtle Beach have been published by Fox Sports Williamsport then shared to the Facebook page of the radio stations.

A poster made the statement in regard to this author “this man is an asshole!”

Baer subsequently “Liked it”.

When reached on Thursday, December 19, 2019 WASD School Board President Lori Baer was asked to comment for this story and the events in Myrtle Beach, she said “it would be illegal for me to comment do to students rights.”

If nothing happened in Myrtle Beach then why won’t the WASD tell us the story?

Were the students rights President Lori Baer referenced that of JOHN DOE #1 or ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1, VIDEOGRAPHER #1 or other students?

President Lori Baer has no issue with the FERPA exception allowing the publication of student names on the WASD Athletics Website as members of the Baseball team or on related social media pages.

When Baer was asked about the staff and administrators who were on the trip and their actions, she also declined comment citing she could not do to “personnel matters.”

Illegality must not have applied when WASD School Board President Lori Baer had no issue with providing names or photos to be published in the Sun-Gazette during a book presentation ceremony.

A Cochran Primary School (STUDENT NAME REDACTED), “Stubby: The Dog Soldier World War I Hero” by Blake A. Hoena, presented to President Lori Baer.

Followed by Curtin Intermediate School student (STUDENT NAME REDACTED), “My Body and What It Needs” by Ruth Owen, to President Lori Baer. Both names were published on February 12, 2018 in the Williamsport Sun-Gazette.

In an October 20, 2016 Sun-Gazette story titled “Gender equality in athletics at WASD questioned by board member”, There was discussion over boys sports receiving more funding than girls athletics during the Williamsport Area School Board meeting on Tuesday.

The Williamsport Area High School baseball team requested approval to take 30 team members plus coaches to a six-day tournament in April at Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. According to board member Jane Penman, the trip will cost $20,000.

Penman claimed there is disparity putting more money into boys sports over girls. “We turn our head the other way at girls sports; that really bothers me,” she said. The board does not get to see the athletic budget and Penman said she questions whether money is distributed equally for both genders.

The board voted 5-1 in favor of the baseball team’s trip. Voting yes were Lori Baer, Scott Williams, Jerene Milliken, Nancy Story Somers and Robin Knauth. Penman voted no.

In the 2016 baseball team trip request there is no mention of adult chaperones accompanying the team to Myrtle Beach.

 

POSSIBLE CONFLICTS OF INTEREST WITH THE INVESTIGATORS

How can Pardoe run investigations when his son is on the team and his nephew is alleged to have been in both rooms at the time of the indecent assaults?

Why is George Lepley present during interviews when Fred Holland has already admitted the WASD did not hire Lepley?

Instead, Lepley is the attorney of record for ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 and his family.

Was it a baseball courtesy?

As part of the timeline reconstruction of events, the ChildLine Call was made on or about May 18, 2018.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 asserts Lycoming County Children and Youth Services were involved in the case as early as May 19, 2018.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 asserts that no WASD officials or the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office reached out to them in the immediate aftermath of the ChildLine call.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 having received notification of the ChildLine call themselves, placed a call to WAHS Assistant Principal Roger Freed on May 21, 2018 at 9:34 a.m. inquiring about the situation.

Freed pleads ignorance to the ChildLine call and asserts to the family of JOHN DOE #1 “he has no knowledge of the incident in Myrtle Beach.”

On May 24, 2018 – Williamsport defeats West Scranton at Bucknell University, 14-2 in Round 2 of the 2018 District II/IV Baseball 6A Sub-regional.

 

JOHN DOE#1 & FAMILY MEET WITH PARDOE AND OTHERS AT WAHS

The family of JOHN DOE #1 confirmed a meeting took place on May 25, 2018 at Williamsport Area High School with JOHN DOE #1, family member (REDACTED), Weber, Pardoe, Zangara and Freed all present.

In the meeting it was disclosed by the family of JOHN DOE #1, “the video speaks for itself”.

Zangara being present in the meeting contradicts his earlier quote that he was not part of any investigations when in fact he sat in the intake interview with JOHN DOE #1 on school property.

On May 28, 2018 – Williamsport defeats Hazleton at PNC Park, 4-3 in the 2018 District II/IV Baseball 6A Sub-regional Final.

On June 4, 2018, WASD Solicitor Fred Holland submitted an invoice for services rendered of 0.80 hours and noted that a telephone conference occurred on May 31, 2018.

The May 31, 2018 telephone conference Holland referred to as “Investigation”, and included High School Principal Brandon Pardoe (who was on the trip to Myrtle Beach), Lepley and Holland who again referred to the call as “pending investigations”.

On June 4, 2018 – Williamsport defeats Downingtown East at Central Columbia HS, 4-1 in the 2018 PIAA Baseball 6A First Round.

WASD Solicitor Fred Holland submitted a second invoice on July 3, 2018 for a meeting that he attended on June 5, 2018 in regard to a VM (later identified by WASD as voicemail).

The WASD has stated that the voicemail record no longer exists.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 has confirmed to Fox Sports Williamsport, the voicemail in question was left by them.

It occurred at 11:26 a.m. the morning of June 5, 2018 and a follow-up call was placed to the family of JOHN DOE #1 at 12:52 p.m.  WASD officials cited FERPA as the reason the family of JOHN DOE #1 would not be receiving any additional information about the incident.

That same day, June 5, 2018 WASD Solicitor Fred Holland attended a meeting with Lepley and Pardoe which lasted for 1.8 hours. That is the billing total Holland submitted to the WASD.

When Fox Sports Williamsport attempted to confirm the time and location of the June 5, 2018 meeting with the WASD, Wanda Erb responded via e-mail

Wanda Erb <werb@wasd.org>

Friday, December 20, 2019 at 9:32 AM,

Mr. Bartley, Good morning. I received your phone message late yesterday afternoon. As you are aware, the Right to Know Law (RTKL) requires requests for information to be submitted in writing.

Please complete the RTKL request form found at https://www.wasd.org/data/StreamFile.aspx?loc=secureFiles&file=RTKRequestForm.pdf.

After I receive the completed form, the district will respond based upon whether this information is available under the RTKL.

Sincerely, Wanda

Wanda M. Erb, SFO, PCSBA, Business Administrator, Williamsport Area School District

Fox Sports Williamsport confirmed with the Law office of George Lepley the meeting was held at 2 p.m. at Williamsport Area High School on June 5, 2018.

Fox Sports Williamsport has obtained written confirmation Lepley at all times relevant to this case has represented ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1.

Why is a criminal defense attorney meeting with WASD officials and their solicitor during an investigation into alleged “indecent and inappropriate behavior” on the part of his client?

Was Lepley there as a fact witness since he was on the trip in Myrtle Beach?

With FERPA being cited as the reason the family of JOHN DOE #1 would not be receiving any additional information about the incident; was the same standard applied in the meeting at WAHS with Pardoe, Lepley and Holland documented in the Holland Invoice and confirmed by Lepley’s Office?

According to the family of JOHN DOE #1, June 5, 2018 was the last time they had any communication from the WASD in regard to the Myrtle Beach incident.

On June 7, 2018 –Bensalem defeats Williamsport at Pine Grove, Walter Stump Stadium 6-0, in the 2018 PIAA Baseball 6A Second Round.

 

LEPLEY MAKES STATEMENT ON FOX SPORTS WILLIAMSPORT FACEBOOK PAGE

Lepley went as far as to offer comment on the case while coaching the West End 13U team in Altoona, Pennsylvania on the Fox Sports Williamsport Facebook page as noted on

Sunday, July 28, 2019, 1:09 p.m.
George E Lepley Jr
This matter was reviewed by law enforcement in Myrtle Beach and found to NOT be appropriate for criminal prosecution. I don’t think you can get anymore independent than that

Where is the proof in the statement Lepley makes?

Speaking of independent, where is the proof any one associated with the WASD and this matter ever contacted Myrtle Beach law enforcement authorities?

What formal statement from a member of the Myrtle Beach law enforcement community has occurred in verifying the Lepley statement?

Did Pardoe file a report of the findings of his investigations with the WASD school board?

Did that report include the number of fact witnesses, victim statements, statements taken from players, coaches, or photos or videos from anyone else on the trip?

Fox Sports Williamsport asked Attorney Lepley on several occasions over a 24 hour time period after his post to clarify how he was aware Myrtle Beach authorities reviewed the case and chose not to pursue criminal prosecution of his client.

There has yet to be a response from him on any of those questions even after publication of Part 1 and Part II of this story.

Fox Sports Williamsport again, has independently confirmed a conversation occurred with Myrtle Beach law enforcement authorities with members of the Office of the Lycoming County District Attorney.

That conversation was noted as the incident in question was “a prank”.

 

HELLER & MOORE TEXT EXCHANGE

Two Millionaire baseball assistant coaches David Heller and Tariq Moore have a very interesting text conversation in the immediate aftermath of the Millionaire baseball season.

Both coaches as WASD has confirmed under the penalty of perjury were on the trip in Myrtle Beach.

Date: June 13, 2018                Time 11:54 a.m.

From David Heller (Current 9th Grade Social Studies Teacher & Assistant baseball coach)

To: Rique (Tariq Moore Assistant baseball coach)

(Father of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 NAME REDACTED) ask me to call him..should return the call?

Heller: I would be hesitant. maybe (he) wants something else. i would talk to brandon first proly

Rique: What’s Brandon number?

Heller: (Number redacted by WASD)

Why did a pair of assistant baseball coaches concerned about a parent question and being “hesitant” because said parent “maybe (he) wants something else”, and then referring the matter to the WAHS Head Principal instead of the head baseball coach Kyle Schneider?

What “something else” did the father of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 want?

Why did Heller say “i would talk to brandon first proly”?

The Brandon referenced above is the same WAHS Head Principal who oversaw both criminal and on-criminal investigations as noted in the WASD RTKL Denial on July 18, 2019.

 

WASD SILENCSES SOLICITOR FRED HOLLAND

On Tuesday, July 30, 2019 at 10:30 AM Fox Sports Williamsport asked several clarification questions that ended in WASD Solicitor Fred Holland being silenced by his client.

Fred,

I need a clarification on the invoices WASD provided Fox Sports Williamsport from your firm.  The pair of invoices provided indicate George Lepley was involved in meetings and phone calls. 

Was he employed by WASD or representing someone else? 

Thanks for your attention in this matter. Todd

Fred Holland responded at 1:24 PM:

Mr. Lepley was not retained by WASD. Fred

At 1:34 PM, Bartley asks, As a follow-up, then why was he in meetings with WASD officials in the midst of multiple investigations?

Fred Holland responds at 1:47 PM

Todd, With all due respect, I cannot answer that question.

The Right to Know Act allows you to obtain documents, which you have done. I cannot discuss with you the things that are in those documents without the approval of my client.

Best regards, Fred

Bartley asks at 4:58 PM

Fred, Will your client grant you the ability to discuss with me what is contained in those documents?

The invitation goes unanswered the rest of July 30, 2019.

On Wednesday July 31, 2019 at 3:20 PM a follow-up email is sent:

Fred: It would be my understanding that your client has declined the invitation for you to speak with me in regard to the documents provided so far.

Correct?

On Wednesday July 31, 2019, Holland responds at 3:32 PM in an e-mail copied to WASD Superintendent Timothy Bowers, WASD Open Records Officer Wanda Erb and WASD Attorney Jeff Rowe:

Todd, My client has not authorized me to speak further with you.

Fred,

Fred A. Holland , Murphy, Butterfield, & Holland, P.C.

 

LETTERS FROM GEORGE LEPLEY THREATENING LEGAL ACTION ON BEHALF OF HIS CLIENT WITH OFFICE OF LYCOMING COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY COOPERATION

Lepley sent at least one letter to a fact witness threatening legal action and in actuality it could be perceived as a witness intimidation letter.

It was sent mid-summer 2018.

What is the toll students have to pay for inaction of WASD, could these be assessed as a result of the inaction of the WASD?

 

COACH HELLER INVOKES THE NAME OF DARRICK DIXON WITH A STUDENT

Assistant Coach David Heller removes a student from class on September 30, 2019; said student had recently been the victim of a brawl in the football locker room at half-time of the game on September 20, 2019 and began berating this author to the student and invoked the name of Darrick Dixon.

If the story could not get any stranger; Dixon is a known convicted felon who himself was previously found guilty of a sexual crime against a child.

As Darrick Dixon outlined through his attorney in a defamation case against this author and other defendants in April 2016;

His female victim at the time was 14 years old, while he was employed by the WASD as the Girls Basketball Coach.

Dixon plead no contest and was found guilty by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts.

After being convicted, Dixon served a 20-month state prison sentence and due to Megan’s Law being ruled unconstitutional prior to his sentencing phase he did not have to register.

According to legal sources contacted on background for this story; weeks after being sentenced by Judge Nancy Butts the Pennsylvania Supreme Court reinstated Megan’s Law which has since been amended and updated. At all times relevant the offenses Dixon was found guilty of were all Megan’s Law registry offenses.

As referenced in #30 above, Dixon claims to be a model citizen “not a single arrest or run-in with the law”, however a public records search show when that assertion was made it was patently false.

In 2014, Pennsylvania State Police charged Dixon under 75 § 6308 §§ a, which states:

§ 6308. Investigation by police officers. (a) Duty of operator or pedestrian.–The operator of any vehicle or any pedestrian reasonably believed to have violated any provision of this title shall stop upon request or signal of any police officer and shall, upon request, exhibit a registration card, driver’s license and information relating to financial responsibility, or other means of identification if a pedestrian or driver of a pedalcycle, and shall write their name in the presence of the police officer if so required for the purpose of establishing identity.

The case was subsequently disposed of with a guilty plea by Dixon.

A number of traffic and non-traffic cases were discovered in the public records search all over the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

On August 24, 2018, at 9:34 a.m. the same date as the “Millionaire Mayhem” story was published, Darrick Dixon reached out through social media to the family of JOHN DOE #1 offering his help with the case.

He then referred the family of JOHN DOE #1 to an attorney in Philadelphia and told the family to tell the attorney “Tye sent them.” Tye is one of many aliases as well as fake social media profile names used by Dixon.

Dixon offered the name of an attorney in the Philadelphia area, Roland Jarvis, Sr. was contacted on August 27, 2018 by the family of JOHN DOE #1.

Attorney Jarvis gathers any number of facts and details from the family of JOHN DOE #1 it is their belief those details were then shared with George Lepley the family attorney of ALLLEGED PERPATRATOR #1.

To date, Jarvis has not filed any complaints or even tendered an official engagement letter or entrance of appearance for the family of JOHN DOE #1 in this matter.

As of December of 2018, Jarvis ceased communication with the family of JOHN DOE #1.

Multiple attempts to reach Attorney Jarvis for comment on this story were unsuccessful.

At the time he makes contact with the family of the John Doe #1 Dixon is employed by Webb Weekly to produce live video streams of games including Williamsport Area High School in collaboration with Gary Chrisman of KISS-FM which is owned by IHeart Media and Cable Sports Productions a company owned by Chrisman.

Those broadcasts by Webb Weekly and in turn Dixon, were being sponsored by a local business which is owned and operated by the family of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1.

Jim Webb, Jr. Publisher of the Webb Weekly has a long history with West End baseball as both his sons played on teams in the program in recent years.

When reached for this story and his relationship with Dixon, Webb said, “he’s (Dixon) not on my payroll but I pay him to do games.”

 

ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 FAMILY CONNECTIONS TO DIXON

The father of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 referenced in the previously cited text exchange between WAHS assistant baseball coaches pled guilty on Monday, December 9, 2019 in a DUI case before Lycoming County Judge Marc F. Lovecchio.

Given it was his first offense, he was given (Gen Imp/Inc of Driving Safely – 1st Off ARD – County M 75 § 3802 §§ A1*) and a Blood Alcohol Content of .10 and ordered to participate in the ARD – DUI Community Service Program.

He was also ordered to participate in a public or non-profit community service program, license Suspension of operator’s license for a period of and to surrender license to the Clerk of Courts forthwith.

The following Judge Ordered Conditions are imposed: Condition Defendant shall undergo supervision for a period of 12 months. Defendant shall pay costs pursuant to Act 198 of 2002 in the amount of $100.00. Defendant shall pay all other fees, fines and costs mandated by law, local rule of court, or administrative order of court. Defendant shall obtain and pay for a CRN evaluation and follow any recommendations resulting therefrom.

To devote time to any other purpose approved by the court including but not limited to 50 hours of community service, abstain from the use of drugs and alcohol, undergo random testing, undergo an assessment, comply with any recommendations and attend DUI classroom education.

Fox Sports Williamsport has also obtained numerous videos posted to social media showing the father of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 at “baseball team bonding parties” furnishing alcohol to minors and in one video actually taking an alcoholic shot with a minor female.

The father of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 also has a history of bad behavior with cases of disorderly conduct and simple assault.

Darrick Dixon is infamous for obtaining multiple endorsements. A video of note has endorsements from Lycoming County Judge Marc Lovecchio, nearly every principal in the WASD and former WBP Captain Tim Miller in order for him to secure a pardon from the Governor of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

One of the strongest endorsements on the video at the time it was produced came from then WAMS Principal Brandon Pardoe.

The video is listed as Darrickforpardon, on YouTube, Who is Darrick Dixon Rizzo and was posted on July 4, 2014.

As previously reported Dixon has made a habit since his release from prison to continue to be around children and juveniles on a regular basis under the alias Darrick Rizzo and various company names videotaping athletic events and making highlight videos.

Dixon also claimed to the family of JOHN DOE #1 he had pursued a lawsuit against the WASD and was successful.

No record of that lawsuit has been found.

Coach David Heller shared a story with a football brawl victim and repeated what Dixon stated to him; “that he (Dixon) won a lawsuit against Bartley and that Bartley had to pay a lot of money.”

By publicly stating such, Dixon has violated the confidential terms set forth in the non-cash settlement agreement between the parties in the case noted above.

In reality those statements potentially open the door to future legal ramifications.

How did Darrick Dixon discover the name of JOHN DOE #1 in the first place?

Photographed on the left and posted to the Facebook page of WAHS Principal Brandon Pardoe from left to right are Randy Zangara, Pardoe and Sam Washington (father-in-law of Dixon).

Was it a family connection with the WASD?

Washington previously worked for the WASD.

Dixon and Pardoe were observed by witnesses at the WASD Cross Country Awards Banquet sitting and conversing together at a table during the evening of December 12, 2019.

This is a mere 2 days removed from the Fox Sports Williamsport station vehicle being criminally damaged in the personal residence driveway of this author.

Darrick Dixon has been identified as a person of interest in that case, along with multiple other criminal damaging and road rage incidents against the author of this story.

Local law enforcement has confirmed to Fox Sports Williamsport that Dixon is known to them as being active in the drug trade.

Dixon has on numerous occasions posted to social media claiming “he is not a drug dealer”.

In a photo publicly posted on his Facebook page and subsequently deleted, is a PA State Trooper performing a probable cause search of his personal vehicle.

Law enforcement officials shared with Fox Sports Williamsport that Dixon had been observed by them conducting a pair of drug transactions in plain sight in recent months.

No charges have yet to be filed in those cases against the alleged seller or the alleged buyer.

In recent days WBP Chief Hagan was quoted in an editorial “Tough crime trends” appearing in the Sun-Gazette on December 18, 2019, Chief Hagan points to the number of fugitives and drug dealers roaming city streets as the key factor in the violent crime increase. Getting armed individuals — fugitives and drug dealers primarily — off the streets is a top priority because, he said, they tend to carry firearms to protect themselves and their livelihood.”

So why was someone observed in plain sight by the WBP engaging in drug deals, not arrested?

Fox Sports Williamsport also confirmed after the 2018 Little League World Series Parade, Dixon through one of his companies recorded and edited a highlight video of the parade even though the television rights had been purchased by WBRE-TV and its parent company NEXSTAR.

The highlight video was then provided to then WBP Captain Jody Miller who served in the capacity of updating the WBP Facebook page where it was then published.

Within days of the video being published on the WBP Facebook page, then Williamsport city councilman Derek Slaughter (now Mayor-Elect and WASD Employee) and another city council member met with Chief Young and Miller.

WBP Captain Jody Miller was chided by the city council members for a tacit endorsement of Dixon and his company and the video was removed.

 

WHEN DID WASD HAVE CONTACT WITH MYRTLE BEACH AUTHORITIES?

Based on the previously reported Myrtle Beach Police Department incident report that at minimum a person named Ryan Miller had contact on or around March 25, 2018 with MBPD.

According to information obtained through the RTKL mediation process with WASD they admitted the following under the penalty of perjury, “WASD had no written communication with those individuals.”

In fact Myrtle Beach PD reached out first instead of mandatory reporters reaching out.

“Mr. Pardoe’s personal notes reflect that on September 28, 2018, he received a phone call from Detective (REDACTED) of the Myrtle Beach PD.”

“Mr. Pardoe referred the detective to a local county detective (Weber).”

“Detective (REDACTED) number was (REDACTED).”

“Later that same day, Mr. Pardoe also received a phone call from Detective (REDACTED) of the MBPD who asked to speak to the school resource officer. Mr. Pardoe provided the SRO’s contact information, but did not note the detective’s contact information.”

“The SRO at that time was Jordan Stoltzfus, who has not been the district’s SRO for about a year now. Stoltzfus was then, and is now, an officer with the Williamsport Bureau of Police.”

Why is Pardoe referring Myrtle Beach authorities to Weber when he was present for the interview with the family and JOHN DOE #1 as well as VIDEOGRAPHER #1 and any number of other interviews he conducted during the criminal and non-criminal investigations?

Why is Darrick Dixon involving himself in this case at all?

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART II

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART II

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

HEAD COACH RYAN MILLER CLAIMS NO KNOWLEDGE OF INDECENT ASSAULT

In an interview for this story Ryan Miller offered the following in an exchange with Fox Sports General Manager, Todd Bartley on Tuesday, August 21, 2018:

Bartley: Working on multiple stories related to your time at WAHS as coach and wanted to give you an opportunity to comment.

Miller: Todd I appreciate you reaching out to me in reference to my time coaching at Williamsport. The years I spent there brought great memories. However, I resigned on my own terms back in April for family related reasons and left on great terms with the school district. Therefore, I appreciate you wanting me to be involved in a sports story however I would defer all comments to the current head coach Schneider or the school district as I believe it wouldn’t be fair to comment on the team since I resigned. Coach Schneider is going to do a great job and the baseball team has a lot of potential for the future.

Bartley: So nothing on the trip in Myrtle Beach and an alleged indecent assault that is on video and being shared on social media?

Miller: Todd, I thought you were contacting me regarding the successes of the team. I have no idea what those allegations are because they were never presented or brought up to me during my tenure as head coach there. Therefore, I cant give you a comment because I had no knowledge of such a thing happening. I can assure you if they were brought up to me or presented to me they would have been dealt with in the appropriate manner. I will say though Todd, if my name is misrepresented in the story you are conducting the appropriate legal action will be taken for defamation. Like I said, I had no knowledge of those allegations and if I did they would have been dealt with in the appropriate manner. Something like that is nothing to take lightly if indeed you are accurate. But, I can assure you I resigned for family matters and nothing else. If someone alleges different, it’s an outright lie and will be dealt with accordingly. I believe in the Williamsport school district. They are professionals and if there is any further comment you would like me to make I would have to defer you to them because whatever these allegations are I’m sure they know more than I do. I hope that answers your question. Once again, I knew nothing about such allegations and if I did they would have been dealt with in the appropriate manner.

Bartley: What if multiple sources are saying differently and have gone as far to say you and another mandatory reporter issued an edict to delete phones and the video?

8/21/18, 3:20 PM

Miller: Once again Todd, my comment to you is that I had no knowledge and it was never presented to me. If it was it would have been dealt with accordingly. We were all mandated reporters. Every coach. If something were to happen and I knew about it it would have been reported. I know the truth and the truth is that I had no knowledge of whatever you are even talking about. Delete phones and videos? Clueless as to what that even pertains to as I no nothing of what you are even asking. Period. Most people, at this point, would be contacting a lawyer because you are clearly accusing me of something that I never knew about. As far as your multiple sources, could you please give me their names? I will at this point be contacting a lawyer to sue for defamation of character against them and I can assure you if I get accused of what allegedly happened I will personally, testify under oath and subpoena whoever I need to, to have them tell the truth under oath because your sources are simply wrong and telling you lies. Lies that point blank defame someone’s character and livelihood. I told you before, an alleged occurrence, like that is nothing to screw with and I feel for whoever was Victimized. I can tell you though I’m only giving you a response because I have nothing to hide and in no way worried about the truth because I’m telling the truth. However, whoever is telling you lies should be, because they will be subpoenaed to tell the truth which will ultimately show who they are and that’s a liar. I understand Todd that you are trying to break a story about an indecent incident involving youth and I get that, but you are talking to the wrong guy. I hope that your integrity as a reporter is great enough that you consider and respect what your line of work can create in a negative manner for a family that is falsely accused. It can be damaging.  Again, I have zero involvement with the alleged incident you are discussing and never had any knowledge of any situation that you are questioning. Any further questions related to this topic on my behalf would be considered repetitive and not productive.

Bartley: I’m confused, you’ve said you have no knowledge but that the school would. Then you said you know what the truth is. So my question is, what is the truth?

Miller: Todd. I’ve had enough. I didn’t do anything wrong because I never knew about what you are alleging. I defer you to the school district for any other questions because as I said before they are professionals and I’m sure handled/handling whatever it is you are alleging in the appropriate manner Only based off my experience from working with them. Like I said I have no knowledge of any of this and you attempting to twist my words is a testament to your character and from here on out I’m going to consider anymore contact harassment and if my name gets thrown into any false allegations regarding me and effects my family the individuals behind such allegations will be sued for defamation of character. Bottom line. I’ve been fair to you but you haven’t been fair to me. It’s not a threat it’s just a fact. I knew nothing, Know nothing and have nothing else to tell you. Your sources are liars and baseless. Thank you.

 

RYAN MILLER WAS THE ONLY NAME LISTED ON HOTEL ROOM RECEIPTS

Ryan Miller was the only member of the WASD baseball travel party with a name on the Atlantica Resort room receipts and Fox Sports Williamsport has confirmed that Miller authorized the credit card payments for the rooms.

From: Ryan Miller <REDACTED@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, Mar 14, 2018 at 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: Atlantica Reservations Receipts
To: REDACTED <REDACTED@beach-vacation.com>

Yes that is fine                         Sent from my iPhone

On Mar 14, 2018, at 6:26 PM, REDACTED <REDACTED@beach-vacation.com> wrote:

Good Afternoon,

Attached are the receipts for the charges made to your card today. We have two reservations that still have a balance of $100. They did not have the initial deposit taken. Should I charge it to the card, or?

Have a great evening.

Atlantica Resort by Beach Vacations, LLC
REDACTED/ REDACTED

<REDACTED@beach-vacation.com>

1700 N Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach, SC 29577  

myrtlebeachcondorentals.com/atlanticaresort.com

Ryan Miller has previously served as an alternate team host at the Little League World Series.

Interesting to note that one of the questions on the Little League World Series media credential background check form is “have you ever been convicted of a crime?”

Little League World Series team hosts must pass background checks to serve in that capacity.

Would a pair of DUI’s disqualify someone?

 

HEAD COACH RYAN MILLER HISTORY OF DUI

According to Lycoming County Court Docket Sheets, on May 31, 2012 Ryan Miller entered a Guilty Plea to a charge of DUI: Highest Rte of Alc (BAC .16+) which was his second offense.

The sentencing document outlines punishments of (confinement other Min: 90 Day(s) Max: 90 Day(s)) and (IPP Other Min: 5 Year(s) Max: 5 Year(s)).

According to the Lycoming County Court Docket Sheets Miller was represented at the time by George Lepley.

 

ZANGARA REFUSES COMMENT

As previously outlined in their responses, WASD placed Randy Zangara in Myrtle Beach at the time of the alleged incidents in March 2018.

Fox Sports Williamsport made attempts to reach Dr. Randy Zangara to discuss the phone calls referenced in this story, Dr. Zangara offered the following e-mail response from his Penn College e-mail account:  <REDACTED @pct.edu>, on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 12:43 PM

Hello Mr. Bartley,

I heard that you have both called and physically stopped by Penn College to talk with me. I am requesting that you do not contact me via phone, at work, home, or for that matter anywhere else. I presume you are wanting to ask questions about a trip that occurred in the Williamsport School District that I was not on. If in fact that is the case you must understand I will not engage in conversations pertaining to investigations I was not involved with.

Thank you Randy J. Zangara, Ed.D., Pennsylvania College of Technology

Dean of College Transitions and First Year Initiatives

Mr. Zangara in his statement says, I presume you are wanting to ask questions about a trip that occurred in the Williamsport School District that I was not on. If in fact that is the case you must understand I will not engage in conversations pertaining to investigations I was not involved with.”

Yet, in the WASD RTKL response to Fox Sports Williamsport WASD does not flatly deny the request with “the records do not exist”.

10. (Erroneously numbered as 8) Notes taken by Randy Zangara during interviews with students, parents, and staff— First, it is assumed that your request seeks notes pertaining only to the alleged indecent assault of a student athlete during the baseball team’s Myrtle Beach trip. That request is denied because these records relate to a non-criminal investigation, constitute notes by a public official for his own use, and/or identify a child then aged 17 or younger or denied because the records do not exist.

WASD further offered the following with Wanda Erb in the October 8, 2019 affidavit:

8. Regarding Requestor’s sixth request, I conducted a thorough examination of files in the possession, custody and control of the Agency for records responsive to the request. This entailed contacting the Agency’s cellular phone provider and inquiring whether the text of any text message could be recovered as of the date of the request. The provider informed me that the contents of the messages could not be obtained without a court order. The provider was able to produce call and text logs for a certain time period for those district employees whose bills were paid by the district during the course of their employment, including Brandon Pardoe, Sean McCann and Randy Zangara. Further, I reviewed the text messages then existing on the phone of Brandon Pardoe and Sean McCann with their existence. I found nothing responsive to the request.

When asked if I could conduct a similar review with Mr. Randy Zangara.

Mr. Zangara declined.

Penn College currently employs Randy Zangara as Dean of College Transitions and First Year Initiatives. Zangara was formerly the career and technical education director for the WASD.

 

HEAD COACH RYAN MILLER RESIGNS CITING FAMILY REASONS

A number of fact witnesses have shared with Fox Sports Williamsport that Head Coach Ryan Miller along with then volunteer statistician Randy Zangara showed up for the night game on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 as Holy Redeemer played Williamsport at Bowman Field – heavily intoxicated.

Fact witnesses stated that the brother of Ryan Miller was so disgusted with the situation, he left.  Fact witnesses also stated Zangara blamed it on a bad reaction to cough syrup.

Ryan Miller & Randy Zangara had 15 phone calls with each other the next day on Thursday, April 19, 2018 beginning at 7:13 a.m. through 6:46 p.m. totaling more than 90 minutes.

The brother of Ryan Miller had multiple phone conversations with Randy Zangara the same day.

Brandon Pardoe & Randy Zangara had a phone call Friday, April 20, 2018 at 3:20 p.m. and at 3:55 p.m. later that same day Zangara received a call from Ryan Miller lasting 4 minutes.

Ryan Miller submitted a typed and signed letter of resignation to WASD on Friday, April 20, 2018 citing family reasons.

The WASD School Board accepted the resignation of Ryan Miller on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.

 

VIDEO OF INCIDENT SHARED IN WAHS CAFETERIA DURING LUNCH

According to multiple WASD students, who spoke to Fox Sports Williamsport as part of the investigation; upon returning to campus from Myrtle Beach ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 began sharing the videos on his phone in the cafeteria with other students and bragging about what had occurred.

Several students interviewed by Fox Sports Williamsport shared they were repulsed by the site of the indecent assaults.

Fact witnesses also shared with Fox Sports Williamsport that the same day the videos began being shared in the cafeteria a rushed baseball player team meeting was put together later that day and players were instructed by WASD employees “to delete any evidence”.

A narrative employed by adults on the Myrtle Beach trip is that no one knew of the indecent assault until the team returned to Pennsylvania.

Several fact witnesses also shared that the indecent assaults were just “boys being boys.”

 

JOHN DOE #1 CONFIDES IN A MANDATED REPORTER – THE CHILDLINE CALL

On or around May 18, 2018 a Child Line call was placed by a concerned adult, whom JOHN DOE #1 confided it about the incident.

That person who is also a mandatory reporter made a call to ChildLine.

That person has been identified; and is having their name redacted to protect their identity.

 

JOHN DOE #1 REVICTIMIZED BY WASD

In an interview with Fox Sports Williamsport the family of JOHN DOE #1 asserts that “since his early days in the WASD there have always been issues with getting him the learning support he needs. It was a struggle to get him the correct IEP and then to keep it in place.”

JOHN DOE #1 in seeking the additional learning support “actually increased his GPA as in incentive to go on the Myrtle Beach trip.”

Then while in Myrtle beach on what should have been the trip of a lifetime, while unsupervised by any coaches or administrators; a teammate indecently assaulted JOHN DOE #1 while he slept and other teammates laugh during the attack and video it.

Then the ultimate shame, the entire incident is shared and replayed countless times by classmates on social media platforms.

 

THE COVER-UP COMES NORTH AND CONTINUES

Based on that Child Line call, Lycoming County Law enforcement was contacted and engaged in an immediate investigation of the matter and notified the Williamsport Area School District.

The Childline call was referred to Willie Weber, current Chief Detective of Lycoming County.

Weber directly reports to current and retiring Lycoming County District Attorney Ken Osokow.

Previously Weber worked for the Williamsport Bureau of Police and is a long standing Team Host commonly referred to as “uncles” during the Little League World Series. He also has a son who previously played on the Williamsport Millionaires Baseball Team.

Chief County Detective William Weber was appointed Chief County Detective on August 26, 2008. He was formerly an agent with the Williamsport Bureau Police Department with 28 years of investigative experience.

Weber is then in contact with Williamsport High School Head Principal Brandon Pardoe.

According to publicly filed Lycoming County property records, Zangara and Pardoe are neighbors and Lycoming County Chief Detective Weber lives doors away from both in the same sub-division.

Was a recusal in order for Weber and Pardoe with all of the connective tissue to the WAHS Baseball program and the nephew of the principal in the room during at least one of the indecent assaults?

 

PARDOE PARTICIPATES IN BOTH CRIMINAL AND NON-CRIMINAL INVESTIGATIONS

Pardoe begins interviewing fact witnesses in their homes, including the text exchange with the family of VIDEOGRAPHER #1 to set-up the meeting at that player’s home.

This is after a purported meeting with VIDEOGRAPHER #1 in the office of WAHS Head Principal and George Lepley soon after the social media shares of the videos.

VIDEOGRAPHER #1 shared with his family and teammates “in that meeting I was crying.”

The family of the VIDEOGRAPHER #1 confirmed to Fox Sports Williamsport that Pardoe visited them in their home and communicated by cell phone to set-up the meeting.

They also confirmed that their son was ”protected” since he made the decision to record the indecent assault and Pardoe “did not believe it would be appropriate to hinder any opportunities VIDEOGRAPHER #1 may have at the next (college) level.”

Why is George Lepley attending meetings with Pardoe and WASD students when Fred Holland is the WASD solicitor?

Other students and parents confirmed in-home visits by Weber with the assistance of uniformed (WBP) Williamsport Bureau of Police Officers.

Why would WBP officers accompany Weber on interviews with fact witnesses if nothing happened in Myrtle Beach?

Is this case not in the jurisdiction of Myrtle Beach authorities?

WASD confirmed the involvement of Pardoe in criminal and non-criminal investigations in their partial RTKL denial on July 18, 2019

  1. Requested of Pardoe and WASD (Erroneously numbered as 5) Written documentation of first contact from law enforcement received by WASD pertaining to an alleged indecent assault of a student athlete during the baseball team’s Myrtle Beach trip — Denied because these records relate to a criminal investigation.
  2. (Erroneously numbered as 6) Written documentation identifying law enforcement officers assigned to the case from South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and WASD pertaining to an alleged indecent assault of a student athlete during the baseball team’s Myrtle Beach trip — Denied because these records relate to both criminal and non-criminal investigations.
  3. (Erroneously numbered as 7) Notes taken by Brandon Pardoe during interviews with students, parents, and staff— First, it is assumed that your request seeks notes pertaining only to the alleged indecent assault of a student athlete during the baseball team’s Myrtle Beach trip. That request is denied because these records relate to a non-criminal investigation, constitute notes by a public official for his own use, and/or identify a child then aged 17 or younger
  4. (Erroneously numbered as 8) Notes taken by Randy Zangara during interviews with students, parents, and staff— First, it is assumed that your request seeks notes pertaining only to the alleged indecent assault of a student athlete during the baseball team’s Myrtle Beach trip. That request is denied because these records relate to a non-criminal investigation, constitute notes by a public official for his own use, and/or identify a child then aged 17 or younger or denied because the records do not exist.
  5. (Erroneously numbered as 9) Notes taken by Sean McCann during interviews with students, parents, and staff— First, it is assumed that your request seeks notes pertaining only to the alleged indecent assault of a student athlete during the baseball team’s Myrtle Beach trip. That request is denied because these records relate to a non-criminal investigation, constitute notes by a public official for his own use, and/or identify a child then aged 17 or younger.
  6. (Erroneously numbered as 10) Identity of WASD staff members assigned to process the transfer of the student who is alleged to have been the victim of an indecent assault on the Myrtle Beach trip – Denied because no record exists. This request asks the district to identify employees rather than to provide a record. The RTKL requires public entities to provide documents, not to respond to interrogatories.
  7. (Erroneously numbered as 11) Other documents relating to the law enforcement investigation into multiple incidents that were alleged to have occurred on the Myrtle Beach trip — Denied because these records relate to both criminal and non-criminal investigations.
  8. (Erroneously numbered as 12) Invoices submitted by WASD’s solicitor or other attorneys who represented the district in matters related to the baseball team’s Myrtle Beach trip — Granted. See attached.

 

DEEP CONNECTIONS BETWEEN WASD AND WILLIAMSPORT BUREAU OF POLICE

At the time of the original 2018 incident the Williamsport Bureau of Police Chief was David Young who previously retired as a Pennsylvania State Police Captain.

Chief Young retired in January of 2019. Young is quite familiar with the (Ryan) Miller family from their days in the Montoursville baseball programs.

Once Chief Young retired, Williamsport Mayor Gabriel Campana brought forward at the time Captain Jody Miller to be the next Williamsport Bureau of Police Chief.

At the time of the announcement Miller had 19 service years with the WBP.

He is now a WASD School Resource Officer (SRO).

SRO Miller is also facing a pair of formal complaints filed with the WBP in regard to his handling of an alleged altercation in the football locker room at WAHS involving several of the parties in the Myrtle Beach case.

At the time in October 2018 the Chief Young retirement was announced, Captain Miller said “the department would continue to take a philosophy of service, building bridges and not burning them and a commitment to protect and serve.”

According to a PennLive article published on on November 8, 2018, “Detective’s federal lawsuit accuses Williamsport police of being anti-union” outlines behaviors of Captain Miller.

Agent Fred L. Miller IV alleges in a suit filed Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court that Chief David J. Young and Captain Jody Miller and Captain Donald Mayes have openly and repeatedly expressed hostility toward union activities.

The suit appears to be a rehash of virtually identical contentions that are part of an unfair labor practice charge that Miller and the union have filed with the PLRB stemming from an Aug. 31 incident in the police locker room, it says.

He accuses Mayes, his immediate supervisor, of telling him on Sept. 11 the right of free speech does not apply to the work place.

The Aug. 31 incident to which the city referred was an off-duty conversation in the police locker room in which an officer complained to Miller, a union trustee, about the lack of days off while working the flex shift created to reduce overtime.

According to another PennLive article, on December 22, 2018, “Soon-to-be police chief’s resignation surprises Pa. mayor”, Capt. Miller called in the agent, told him to write a report about the conversation and allegedly told him union members should “keep their mouths shut.”

Mayes also indicated, according to the suit, he “had been sitting on” some complaints about the time Miller spends in the district attorney’s and watch commander’s offices along with the time it takes him to get a cup of coffee in the morning.

In late December 2018, patrol Captain Jody Miller announced his resignation effective Jan. 4, 2019 which caught Mayor Gabriel J. Campana completely off guard.

Capt. Miller was named in several unfair labor practice complaints and two federal lawsuits. In one of the unfair labor practice cases, a Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board examiner found the FOP lodge president, Lt. Steven Helm, was transferred in retaliation for union activity.

It was announced on January 3, 2019 that Jody Miller would be joining the WASD as the Supervisor of Pupil Transportation and School Safety/School Police Officer at the Williamsport Area School District.

Two days later on January 5, 2019 Jody Miller resigned from the WASD as the Supervisor of Pupil Transportation and School Safety/School Police Officer at the Williamsport Area School District and returned to the WBP as a sergeant.

Soon after, Jody Miller was reassigned to the WASD as a School Resource Officer where he currently serves today.

At the time of the confusion, Miller was seeking a full pension and benefits which activate once officers turn 50 and have reached 20 years of service. He had reached 19 service years at the time.

In his previous post, Jody Miller was a captain and served as the media and public relations liaison for the WBP.

 

THE VIDEOS WERE ALREADY BEING SHARED

By the time interviews of players began the video of the indecent assault had already been provided to Weber and viewed by Pardoe and many others.

Around the time the “Millionaire Mayhem” story broke on August 24, 2018, Detective Weber called this author and admitted to being in possession of at least one video.

When challenged on the point of Lycoming County having jurisdiction in the indecent assault depicted on the video and the tape needing to be sent to Myrtle Beach authorities, Weber offered the following; “we’re not going to do that.”

When Weber makes the statement, “we’re not going to do that” who is “we’re” referring to?

Is it the official position of the Office of the Lycoming County District Attorney?

Or, the Williamsport Area School District?

Or, the Williamsport Bureau of Police?

Did Weber subpoena phone records of those on the Myrtle Beach trip as fact evidence to ensure justice for the victim?

Or by not, was it a baseball courtesy?

 

WERE THE SUBJECTS OF THESE BRAWLS FALLOUT FROM THE STUDENT BODY PERCEIVED LACK OF JUSTICE FROM THE MYRTLE BEACH INCIDENTS?

On November 24, 2019 The Williamsport Bureau of Police received a pair of misconduct complaints in regard to Williamsport Area School District Student Resource Officer Jordan Stoltzfus and SRO Jody Miller.

SRO Miller is named in a three-page complaint related to a Williamsport High School locker room brawl on September 20 during a home football game against Crestwood amd their subsequent response to it.

Crestwood won the game 15-14.

At least two students were reportedly injured in a subsequent parking lot brawl the same night.

As outlined in the complaint against SRO Jody Miller, the victims allege a physical altercation with Jeremy Sennett, defensive line coach with (closed fist) punches being thrown.

According to the complaint, head (football) coach Chuck Crews escorted the victims to their vehicle which had sustained damage that was not previously there.

When contacted for this story, Crews declined comment on the incident and the actions of his assistant coach.

Fox Sports Williamsport independently confirmed with Lycoming County officials a 911 call was placed as a result of the locker room brawl and a law enforcement response was subsequently quashed by a radio call to the 911 call center by Miller stating he was already on scene with WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe.

The 911 call center then called the adult male who placed the original call to relay that information a short time later.

The family went to WBP seeking answers on September 24 attempting to meet with Police Chief Damon Hagan. Hagan was sworn in as Police Chief not long after his nomination and has been a strong advocate of community policing.

Hagan declined to comment for this story citing the WBP policy of not commenting on personnel matters.

While at the WBP, the family began giving their statement when Miller arrived and introduced himself. SRO Jody Miller noted he wasn’t aware of the incident then shared that he had seen a video of something in the locker room hallway.

At that point Miller invited the victim’s family to a meeting at Williamsport Area High School which occurred nearly an hour later in which Pardoe was present.

On the final page of the complaint, it reads as follows: “We explained the entire situation, as well as (redacted) gave his story with witness names. We were told an investigation was going to be done. Most of the dialogue came from Mr. Pardoe, with very little questioning or input from SRO Miller!”

The complaint goes onto to say the victims were “never contacted by SRO Miller to give us the results of the investigation.”

“The following Monday we had a meeting with Mr. Pardoe, coach Crews and Mr. McCann. Mr. Pardoe relayed to us the results of his investigation were that (redacted) was no longer on the football team and that he (Pardoe) spoke to players but he didn’t feel that he could speak to all of them that (redacted) listed because he felt they were ‘biased’. SRO Miller was not present at this meeting.”

The document concludes, “We feel the investigation was done by the principal and charges should be filed against (redacted)”.

September 20 Complaint (Redacted) WBP 9-20-19 Affidavit – Misconduct Complaint Form

A (redacted) named in the complaint was previously charged by the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office as an adult with two counts of attempted murder, aggravated assault and other offenses in a stabbing incident in 2018.

Fox Sports Williamsport confirmed the stabbing case was moved to Juvenile Court where records are sealed.

Pardoe is no stranger to conducting investigations at WAHS as noted in the WASD Right to Know Law responses originally provided to Fox Sports Williamsport.

As previously reported Pardoe investigated allegations against the Williamsport baseball team following a team trip to Myrtle Beach in spring of 2018. A Williamsport baseball team trip Pardoe was on.

The complaint regarding Stoltzfus stems from an incident which occurred on March 22, 2018 where a student was assaulted in a WAHS classroom and thrown across several desks, breaking a few.

“SRO Stoltzfus was aware (redacted) had injuries as (redacted) was seen by the nurse and then later taken to the doctor,” according to the complaint.

SRO Stoltzfus ended up charging a student with a crime which was subsequently adjudicated by Magistrate Judge Christian Frey before being appealed to the Common Pleas level with the case reaching final disposition under Judge Marc Lovecchio.

March 2018 Complaint (Redacted) WBP 3-22-18 Affidavit – Misconduct Complaint Form

Why if nothing happened on the Myrtle Beach trip are football players and other students getting into brawls?

Were text messages exchanged with teammates possibly misidentifying student body members who became casualties of WASD inaction?

Why was additional assistance called off by SRO Miller after a 911 call was made by a concerned parent?

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball – PART I

The following is the result of a more than 18-month long investigation by Fox Sports Williamsport into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case since they have not been formally charged with a crime.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART I

By Todd Bartley, Fox Sports Williamsport

Todd@Foxsportswilliamsport.com

570-327-1300

The Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip of a lifetime to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018 which Fred Holland the Williamsport School District Solicitor, characterized the incident as ”indecent and inappropriate as it relates to the behavior of a Williamsport Area High School Baseball player” changed a players life when he was attacked by teammates.

In addition, after surviving the attacks they were then denied the justice they deserve when those who were charged with ensuring their safety colluded with others in positions of power to protect the abuser.

 

BACKGROUND OF INCIDENT FROM MILLIONAIRE MAYHEM STORY

In late March of 2018 the Williamsport Area High School Baseball team took a trip to play games in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Several Williamsport Area High School administrators including Head High School Principal Brandon Pardoe and Athletic Director Sean McCann, both of whom had sons on the team at the time also made the trip.

One evening during the trip at the Atlantica Resort serving as the team hotel; a player referred to as JOHN DOE #1 in order to protect his identity was assaulted by at least one other teammate while he slept.

The indecent sexual assault was captured on a mobile device by teammate referred to in this story as VIDEOGRAPHER #1. The incident was subsequently shared to the phone of who will be referred to in this story as ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 and shared the video on social media with multiple parties on the team and in the WASD community.

The first video is quite clear in identifying both ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 with his pants and undergarment around his ankles in a state of undress and JOHN DOE #1.

Multiple players have been identified as being in the room during the incident laughing including ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1, VIDEOGRAPHER #1 and at least two additional WAHS teammates including the nephew of Pardoe.

A second video shows ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 sitting on the face of JOHN DOE #1 placing his male anatomy in the face of the victim.

A third video of a separate incident also shared to social media and verified by a number of fact witnesses who have viewed the video; revealed several acts of a sexual nature toward a second victim JOHN DOE #2.

He  was held down by multiple teammates and can be heard screaming while a television remote is being placed by ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 into the victim’s rear end.

Multiple WAHS players are also identified in videos 2 and 3 including but not limited to those identified by fact witnesses who viewed the video as being roommates at the Atlantica Resort of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1.

Once the victims survived the attacks they were left to think about what their teammates and so called friends had just done to them.

JOHN DOE #1, did not have a parent with him on the trip, instead they stayed home to work to support the family who struggles just to make ends meet.

Without his own cell phone, JOHN DOE #1 did not call home to his family after the incident.

This trip was unusual in that outside of the WASD Baseball coaching staff there were no other adult chaperones on the trip.

This fact was uncovered during the mediation with the Office of Open Records (OOR) during the nearly 18 month investigative report conducted by Fox Sports Williamsport. (After the WASD initially denied a number of relevant documents in a RTKL request.)

Fox Sports Williamsport began using the Pennsylvania Right to Know Law to request documents from the WASD related to the incident in Myrtle Beach.

To that end, the Law Firm of Mutchler Lyons was retained by Fox Sports Williamsport and specifically Attorney Terry Mutchler; after the initial RTKL requests yielded resistance and denials.

Mutchler was in the mediation sessions with the WASD and overseen by the OOR.

Mutchler, is an experienced trial attorney and former award-winning AP journalist appointed by Governor Ed Rendell to create Pennsylvania’s Office of Open Records, enforcing the state’s Right to Know Law in 2008. She served seven years building the Office.

Her law partner, Charlie Lyons, is former state Director for US Senator Bob Casey.

As the appeal process of the open records denial filed by the WASD began, Mutchler offered the following, “The Supreme Court has said loud and clear that the Right to Know Law is designed to promote access to official government information in order to prohibit secrets, scrutinize the actions of public officials and make public officials accountable for their actions,” Mutchler said.

She added, “This case fits the bill. Parents and the community that hosts the Little League World Series need to know what happened, what official action was taken and to determine if appropriate safety measures are in place.”

 

BACKGROUND ON THE PENNSYLVANIA RIGHT TO KNOW LAW REQUESTS

FOX Sports Williamsport filed a Right-to-Know Law Request of the Williamsport Area School District for documents pertaining to the baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach during the 2017-2018 schoolyear on June 17, 2019.

WASD RTK Request 6-17-19

Subsequently, on June 21, 2019 the Williamsport Area School District answered FOX Sports Williamsport with a request for a 30-day legal review of the requested documents.

WASD RTK Legal Extension Request 6-21-19

After a 30-day legal review of the requested documents, on July 18, 2019 the Williamsport Area School District answered FOX Sports Williamsport with a denial of records as noted in the attachment.

WASD RTK Response without attachments 7-18-19

From the WASD records denial on July 18, 2019:

4. Chaperone clearances — Denied because these items are neither records, nor public records as those terms are defined in the RTKL. Further, regarding criminal background checks, dissemination is prohibited under the Criminal History Record Information Act, 18 Pa.C.S. § 9106. As to child abuse clearances, dissemination is prohibited under the Child Protective Services Law, 23 Pa.C.S. § 6335.

Fox Sports Williamsport appealed the records denial with the OOR on August 8, 2019 and the WASD attorneys opted for mediation and on October 8, 2019 WASD amended their RTKL response as follows:

According to documentation obtained from the Williamsport Area School District through a Right to Know Law Request, the only adult supervisors that had provided clearances and passed background checks were;

District states: here is the list of district employees, coaches, and volunteers who either accompanied the team to Myrtle Beach or were present as parents.

Numbers 1-6 were coaches or volunteer coaches.

Number 7 was a volunteer statistician.

Numbers 8-9 are district employees who also had children on the team.

  1. Ryan Miller (Head Baseball Coach)
  2. David Heller
  3. Tariq Moore
  4. Kyle Schneider
  5. Nick Caringi
  6. Joel Worthington
  7. Randy Zangara
  8. Brandon Pardoe (WAHS Head High School Principal)
  9. Sean McCann (WAHS Athletic Director)

With the assertions “District states: here is the list of district employees, coaches, and volunteers who either accompanied the team to Myrtle Beach or were present as parents. WASD further added Number 7 (Randy Zangara listed above) was a volunteer statistician.”

WASD affirms in writing Zangara “either accompanied the team to Myrtle Beach”.

Was this in fact the case?

 

NO ROOM LIST AND NO CHAPERONES

As part of the Appeal from RTKL Denial of Williamsport Area School District undertaken by Fox Sports Williamsport filed with the OOR on August 8, 2019, the WASD under the penalty of perjury offered the following answers from Wanda Erb, in an affidavit on October 8, 2019:

I, Wanda Erb, hereby declare, pursuant to 18 Pa. CS 4904, that the following statements are true and correct based upon my personal knowledge information and belief:

1. I serve as the Open Records Officer for the Williamsport Area School District (“Agency”) and am responsible for responding to Right-to-Know requests field with the Agency.

2. In my capacity as the Open Records Officer, I am familiar with the records of the Agency.

6. Regarding Requestor’s fourth request, all of the chaperones on the trip were district employees, coaches, or volunteer coaches. No other adult chaperones accompanied the baseball team to Myrtle Beach.

WASD again admits in writing no other adult chaperones accompanied the baseball team to Myrtle Beach other than 6 or 7 adults who were district employees, coaches, or volunteer coaches, plus two administrators with players on the team.

WASD RTK Officer, Wanda Erb asserts under the penalty of perjury, “No other adult chaperones accompanied the baseball team to Myrtle Beach.”

So with no adult chaperones and only the WASD district employees, coaches, or volunteer coaches, plus two administrators why was there no room assignment list outlining where each student athlete and coach was staying at the Atlantica Resort?

If there was no room assignment list, how did the WASD safeguard and monitor every floor a student was on?

A room assignment list was one of the first items Fox Sports Williamsport requested in the Right-to-Know Law process.

From the June 17, 2019 RTKL Request

2). The hotel room assignments as outlined by the WASD Baseball Coaching Staff for the baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach during the 2017-2018 school year.

WASD Responded in the July 18, 2019 RTKL denial

  1. Hotel room assignments – Denied because no record exists.

The WASD Baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina did not have a hotel room assignment list at the Atlantica Resort with no adult chaperones and only the district employees, coaches, or volunteer coaches.

Fox Sports Williamsport has independently confirmed the two administrators did not stay on property at the Atlantica Resort.

Fox Sports Williamsport appealed the WASD July 18, 2019 RTKL denial

As filed by Terry Mutchler on behalf of Fox Sports Williamsport :

Requester’s position: The District must provide a statement made under penalty of perjury, detailing its good faith effort to ascertain this record. See 65 P.S. § 67.901 (requiring the AORO to undertake a “good faith effort”); see also Hous. Auth. of the City of Pittsburgh v. Van Osciol, 40 A.3d 209, 216 (Pa. Commw. Ct. 2012) (unsworn statements are not competent evidence).

Again, Wanda Erb in the October 8, 2019 affidavit offered the following response:

4. Regarding Requestor’s second request, I conducted a thorough examination of files in the possession, custody and control of the Agency for records responsive to the request. As these types of records would be in the possession of the athletic director or head coach, I spoke with WASD Athletic Director Sean McCann and former head baseball coach Ryan Miller. At the time the request was made (6-17-19 original RTK request), neither Mr. McCann nor Mr. Miller had any record identifying which players were assigned to which hotel room. Accordingly, I have made the determination that the records requested are not within the Agency’s possession, custody or control. 

5. Regarding Requestor’s third request, I conducted a thorough examination of files in the possession, custody and control of the Agency for records responsive to the request. As these types of records would be in the possession of the athletic director or head coach, I spoke with WASD Athletic Director Sean McCann and former head baseball coach Ryan Miller. At the time the request was made (6-17-19 original RTK request), neither Mr. McCann nor Mr. Miller had any record that was responsive to the request. I have also contacted members, or former members, of the WASD Baseball Boosters Club, and outside organization not within the control of the Agency. As a result of those efforts, I obtained a bus invoice and a hotel invoice which were provided to Requestor’s counsel although they were not paid for by the Agency.

(Photo courtesy: Atlantica Resort)

Fox Sports Williamsport confirmed there were 10 rooms at the Atlantica Resort, 9 -2 bedroom suites and a single 1 bedroom suite assigned to Ryan Miller and the WASD baseball team.

There were no more than 2 rooms per floor assigned to Ryan Miller and the WASD baseball team.  Rooms were scattered all over the sprawling Atlantica Resort tower.

 

THE ATTACK WAS PRE-MEDITATED

Fox Sports Williamsport has confirmed ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 and at least one accomplice were staying in a different room and were granted access to the room of JOHN DOE #1 by those already in his room.

All week the victim is isolated and kept in his room by himself with no adult supervision backed up by no chaperones on the trip already stated under penalty of perjury by WASD.

Fred Holland in the initial e-mail exchange with Fox Sports Williamsport offered the following:  “Near the end of the school year, an incident involving indecent and inappropriate behavior on the part of a baseball player during the team’s spring trip was brought to the attention of District officials.”

Holland continued, “A prompt investigation was done, and appropriate discipline was imposed. By the time the District was aware of the incident, law enforcement officials had already been contacted.”

The aforementioned incident is all captured on video and shared on multiple social media platforms.

 

WHERE IS ATHLETIC DIRECTOR SEAN MCCANN WHILE IN MYRTLE BEACH?

On Sunday, March 25, 2018 at 2:35 p.m. Brandon Pardoe spoke with Sean McCann for 8 minutes on a call that originated in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

According to the phone records of Sean McCann obtained through the RTKL; it is the only call the two WASD administrators share during the Myrtle Beach trip.

The next day Monday, March 26, 2018 at 4:23 p.m. McCann is on the phone with Spectrum Cable for 14 minutes. It is the longest duration call of the Myrtle Beach trip he has as outlined in the phone records provided by WASD in response to the Fox Sports Williamsport RTKL request.

Apparently the cable was not working properly at the rental property McCann was staying in.

McCann also makes calls to local Myrtle Beach golf courses while the WAHS baseball team is in South Carolina.

Fox Sports Williamsport confirmed both McCann and Pardoe signed off on the Mingo Bay Classic Tournament entry form.

Attempts to reach WAHS Athletic Director Sean McCann for this story were unsuccessful.

 

MILLER ACCOMPANIED BY GYM TEACHER CARNEVALE ON MYRTLE BEACH TRIP

Ryan Miller was accompanied by his girlfriend at the time Williamsport Area High School Gym Teacher Alicia (Hess) Carnevale.

17. Regarding Requestor’s sixth request, I conducted a thorough examination of files in the possession, custody and control of the Agency for records responsive to the request. This entailed contacting the Agency’s cellular phone provider and inquiring whether the text of any text message could be recovered as of the date of the request. The provider informed me that the contents of the messages could not be obtained without a court order. The provider was able to produce call and text logs for a certain time period for those district employees whose bills were paid by the district during the course of their employment, including Brandon Pardoe, Sean McCann and Randy Zangara. Further, I reviewed the text messages then existing on the phone of Brandon Pardoe and Sean McCann with their existence. I found nothing responsive to the request. When asked if I could conduct a similar review with Mr. Randy Zangara. Mr. Zangara declined.

As for Ryan Miller, Alicia Carnevale, David Heller, Kyle Schneider, and Nick Caringi, I reviewed the text messages then existing on their phones, with their assistance.  The only message responsive to the request was found on Mr. Heller’s phone and was disclosed in the Agency’s response. Tariq Moore did not respond to efforts to contact him until after the Agency sent its response. His phone is neither owned nor paid for by the district and was not reviewed. Joel Worthington never responded to my efforts to contact him. His phone is neither owned nor paid for by the district and was not reviewed.

“Then existing” refers to actual contents that may have been deleted would require a court order for their retrieval, production and release.

Why did WASD not compel coaches and staff members to provide records that were requested through the RTKL?

If nothing happened in Myrtle Beach why does Fox Sports Williamsport need to obtain a court order for the phone provider to produce records of administrators and coaches on the trip?

Why did WASD produce some records for the same period for McCann and Zangara and no records from Pardoe?

 

IS IT THE SAME RYAN MILLER OR JUST COINCIDENCE?

Fox Sports Williamsport obtained an incident report from the Myrtle Beach Police Department that chronicles an incident the day the Williamsport Baseball Team arrived in Myrtle Beach.

Fox Sports Williamsport is updating this portion of the story based on new information that has been provided since the initial publication on 12-29-19.

The incident report also outlines the arrest of a 43-year old person who allegedly assaulted an unknown female on the beach and was observed by Ryan Miller and others from a hotel balcony.

The room number and hotel have been asked for and not yet provided by the legal counsel of Ryan Miller who contacted Fox Sports Williamsport after the publication of PART V of this series of articles.

The arrest of the 43 year old male was made the day after as the incident report on March 25, 2019.

According to Lycoming County Court records, a date of birth attributed to Ryan Miller would have made him 30 years at the time, which matches the age of the male witness listed on incident report.

The name of the female victim in the case is redacted from the incident report.

The address listed where the incident occurred is 450 feet from the Atlantica Resort where the team was staying.

According to page 3 of the incident report:

N A R R A T I V E ON 03/24/2018 AT APPROXIMATELY 1600 HRS

I (OFFICER REDACTED) RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF 16TH AVE N ON THE BEACH IN REFERENCE TO AN ASSAULT.

UPON ARRIVAL I SPOKE WITH THE VICTIM WHO STATED SHE WAS HANGING OUT WITH THE OFFENDER ALL MORNING, AND LEFT AT APPROXIMATELY 1500 HRS TO GO TO THE LIBRARY. SHE THEN STATED WHEN SHE RETURNED AT APPROXIMATELY 1600 HRS THE OFFENDER WAS PASSED OUT.

SHE STATED THAT THE OFFENDER HAD BEEN DRINKING HEAVILY ALL DAY.

SHE STATED HE WAS VERY ANGRY WHEN SHE WOKE HIM UP, AND ALSO STATED WHEN SHE POURED OUT HIS VODKA HE STARTED PUSHING HER.

SHE THEN STATED THE OFFENDER GRABBED HER HANDS AND SLAMMED HER HAND INTO THE WOODEN BEACH ACCESS HAND RAIL.

SHE STATED SHE STARTED RUNNING SOUTH ON THE BEACH TO GET AWAY FROM THE OFFENDER, AND HE WAS CHASING HER.

SHE STATED AFTER A SHORT TIME SHE WAS ABLE TO GET AWAY FROM THE OFFENDER.

THE WITNESS STATED HE SAW THE OFFENDER PUNCH AND PUSH THE VICTIM. HE ALSO STATED THAT BOTH THE VICTIM, AND OFFENDER WERE YELLING AND ARGUING. HE THEN STATED HE SAW THE OFFENDER START TO CHASE THE VICTIM.

HE ALSO STATED THE OFFENDER APPEARED VERY INTOXICATED.

THE OFFENDER WAS UNABLE TO BE LOCATED AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT. I SOUGHT WARRANTS FOR THE OFFENDER ARREST FOR ASSAULT 3RD (REDACTED).

ON 03/25/2018 THE OFFENDER WAS LOCATED AND ARRESTED BY (REDACTED).

Attempts to reach Ryan Miller and Alicia (Hess) Carnevale for comment on this aspect of the story were unsuccessful.

The case was marked closed on March 30, 2018 on the incident report.

As mandatory reporters, was the allure of a romantic getaway more important than protecting minors in their charge given the shortage of adult supervision and chaperones?

Was the phone call between McCann and Pardoe to discuss what happened in regard to the arrest on March 25, 2018?

A link to the pregnancy gift registry for Alicia (Hess) Carnevale and Ryan Miller is provided.

 

WITH NO ONE WATCHING BAD THINGS HAPPEN

Multiple sources have confirmed to Fox Sports Williamsport that a member of the Williamsport Millionaires baseball team sought out individuals in Myrtle Beach for the purpose of obtaining an illegal substance.

That transaction then led to the substance being brought back to a team hotel room also being occupied by other members of the Williamsport Millionaires baseball team.

Upon those student athletes returning to their room, they discovered the illegal substance in plain sight and then immediately contacted their parents who then came to the room.

Upon the parents observing the illegal substance it was immediately destroyed.

At that point the school leadership on the trip was made aware of what had transpired.

One of the parents of a student athlete who discovered the illegal substance sought out volunteer assistant coach on the trip, Nick Caringi.

Caringi who is a long standing Little League International employee also had a son on the trip, who is now a Division 1 scholarship baseball player at St. Bonaventure.

Sources speaking on the condition of anonymity shared that they told Caringi about the illegal substance and he then said “he didn’t want to hear anymore” and sought out head coach Miller, AD McCann and Principal Pardoe.

Why did Caringi not just call the Myrtle Beach Police?

The student athlete who originally possessed the illegal substance was confronted with the allegations and offered a full confession of what had transpired.

At that point he was removed from the Williamsport Millionaires baseball team. At least one parent of the student athlete was also present when the confession and punishment were handed down in Myrtle Beach.

The Williamsport Area School District solicitor was previously contacted for this story, and offered the following in response to the statement and question below.

It has come to my attention that another student athlete was removed from the baseball team while on the Myrtle Beach trip for acquiring and possessing an illegal substance.

Can you confirm the validity of this?

“Hello, Todd. The District has no comment.” Fred A. Holland

As a follow-up Holland was asked the following question and provided this response as noted,

So the WASD is not denying the validity of the report?

“The District has no comment.” Fred A. Holland

As of this writing Myrtle Beach law enforcement authorities have no record of this incident they can provide Fox Sports Williamsport.

According to phone records obtained through the RTKL process, on March 27, 2018 at 9:06 a.m. then Head Coach Ryan Miller had an 11 minute phone conversation with Volunteer Assistant Coach Randy Zangara.

 

“INDECENT AND INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIOR”

In August of 2018, Fox Sports Williamsport received the following from the Williamsport Area High School Solicitor Fred Holland, of the local law firm Holland Murphy, Butterfield, & Holland, P.C. in response to a request for information for the original Millionaire Mayhem story:

“Hello, Todd.

Near the end of the school year, an incident involving indecent and inappropriate behavior on the part of a baseball player during the team’s spring trip was brought to the attention of District officials. A prompt investigation was done, and appropriate discipline was imposed. By the time the District was aware of the incident, law enforcement officials had already been contacted.”

As a follow-up, Fox Sports Williamsport reached out to the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office for comment on the story at the time and received the following from the lead attorney for juvenile cases, Jeff Yates:

“Mr. Bartley: Based on case law and the Juvenile Act I cannot respond to your inquiry.”

South Carolina law enforcement officials retain jurisdiction in any potential criminal complaint since that is where the incidents occurred.

Are taxpayers who fund the largest school district by size of student population and operating budget in Lycoming County entitled to a definition of indecent and inappropriate behavior on the part of a baseball player during the team’s 2018 spring trip?

In the 2017-2018 Safe Schools reports filed by the Williamsport Area School District with the Pennsylvania Department of Education “0” was the response for Indecent Assaults occurring during that time period.

 

THE COVER-UP BEGINS IN MYRTLE BEACH

As previously noted with the nephew of Brandon Pardoe in the room during one of the indecent assaults; the motive to keep things quiet until the team returned home was in play.

Another factor is that a local criminal defense attorney George Lepley was on the trip as a grandfather and a Hall of Fame (Williamsport) West End Babe Ruth Baseball Coach.

Multiple sources on the trip and who spoke on the condition of anonymity shared conversations after the indecent assaults that Miller, Pardoe and Lepley let players know to keep quiet and not to say anything until they got back to Williamsport.

According to phone records obtained by Fox Sports Williamsport through RTKL requests; on March 29, 2018 at 10:25 a.m. Head Coach Ryan Miller had a 21 minute call with Randy Zangara who is not in Myrtle Beach on the trip.

In a game played that day at noon in Myrtle Beach, Williamsport lost to Robinson High School 3-2.

The Zangara call is followed the same day at 2:56 p.m. with a 33 minute Zangara call to Brandon Pardoe; which is followed immediately by a Zangara voicemail to Head Coach Ryan Miller at 3:29 p.m.

Miller calls Zangara back 4:03 p.m. and they speak for 20 minutes.

The next day, at 9:56 p.m. Zangara and Miller have back-to-back calls lasting 5 minutes.

Upon returning to Williamsport from Myrtle Beach, Randy Zangara calls Head Coach Ryan Miller on April 2, 2018 and they speak for 16 minutes.

Did any member of the WASD travel party or administrators on the trip ever call the Myrtle Beach Police Department about anything that occurred during this trip?