Daniel R. Swetnam Grievance Filed (with the additional evidence requested by the Supreme Court of Ohio)
For the safety of children and to protect unsuspecting and trusting parents, it is our responsibility to warn consumers about the serious crimes, betrayals, and dangerous hypocrisy committed by the administrators at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) and Grace Brethren Church (GBC) (a.k.a. Grace Polaris and Grace Powell) of Columbus, Ohio along with their Schottenstein, Zox, and Dunn (SZD) (now Ice Miller LLP) attorney, Daniel R. Swetnam, against we parents and our children.
Worthington Christian Schools
Grace Brethren Church (a.k.a. Grace Polaris and Grace Powell)
Crimes, Betrayals, and Dangerous Hypocrisy
As reported by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper and others, these administrators along with their SZD (now Ice Miller LLP) attorney got caught while deliberately putting thousands of students at “big-time liable” “risk” (Jim Augspurger's own secretly-recorded words) with several repeat child molesters led into temptation to molest again, while deceiving and defrauding we parents about it, while the WCS/GBC administrators and their SZD (now Ice Miller LLP) attorney conspired to cover up their crimes involving millions of dollars: a 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups against we parents and the students:
These WCS/GBC administrators have clearly demonstrated that they practice and teach-by-example dangerous hypocrisy while betraying their paying customers, the students, volunteers, supporting businesses, and fellow man.
WARNING: These WCS/GBC administrators, excluding Bill Williams (resigned) and Tom Anglea (deceased), remain in power at WCS/GBC (and ACSI) and remain as a serious threat to unsuspecting consumers and children. They are all forever terrible examples to all past, present, and future students on how to treat your business customers and your fellow man. Note too that some WCS teachers, staff, and parents took part in those serious offenses against our children and we parents.
After taking Matthew 18.6 seriously and then proclaiming Mark 6.11, it is the responsibility of all of us to warn others by "doing for others as we would like them to do for us" by providing others with the publicly available information with indisputable and overwhelming evidence about the serious offenses committed against the consumers by those WCS/GBC administrators as well as some WCS teachers, staff, and parents who took part in those crimes and who remain behind at WCS/GBC.
Please join us in protecting children by warning consumers about WCS/GBC where they deliberately put children at “big-time liable” “risk” with repeat child molesters. Please also join us in standing up for the dignity of God who never ever would approve of such a thing as the WCS/GBC administrators believe “before God” is “the right thing” to do.
Please do so by providing this Internet Web Site address to all who have a right to the crucial information provided below. You may also post and hand out the Microsoft Word document PostHandOut.doc.
Crimes, Betrayals, and Dangerous Hypocrisy
The administrators at Worthington Christian Schools (WCS) and Grace Brethren Church (GBC) (a.k.a. Grace Polaris and Grace Powell) along with their attorney Daniel R. Swetnam, all hereafter referred to collectively as “the defendants”, got caught while harboring several repeat child molesters during the private school's 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups that they committed against thousands of consumers involving millions of dollars.
The defendants clearly understood that the repeat child molesters would be led into temptation to molest the children for which the child molesters were given authority over and were entrusted with. The defendants also clearly understood that if we parents learned that our children were being taught and coached by known repeat child molesters, we would have immediately removed our sons and daughters from the private school and stopped paying money to that school (approximately $60,000 per student for pre-school to grade 12) as well as the affiliated church.
The defendants began committing these crimes in 1996 when WCS teacher and coach Dwayne Smith, son of the then WCS Superintendent Taylor Smith (later Vice President of Executive Support at Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI)), got caught repeatedly molesting a student. The defendants were also aware from at least 2002 that WCS teacher and coach Jason Crary had repeatedly molested a student of his in Wisconsin. They were also aware for many years that the WCS Superintendent Bill Williams had been accused several times of child molestation as well as sexual harassment.
Dwayne Smith repeatedly molested a 13-year-old student of his in 1996 and the Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) findings were that Smith’s "sexual misconduct was substantiated". The Worthington Chief of Police, Michael E. Mauger, wrote that “The Worthington Division of Police was not contacted by Children Services nor did they respond to us about the incident when we sent a letter asking for additional information.”. The defendants rehired Smith, an admitted and confirmed (by FCCS) repeat child molester, in 1999. Several years after Smith’s supposed “confession, counseling, forgiveness, accountability, and eventually restoration”, Smith blamed his 13-year-old victim for those molestations by saying: “She had been coming on to me for a while”, as reported in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper of October 17, 2007.
Jason Crary repeatedly molested a 16-year-old student of his in the late 1990’s while teaching and coaching at Heritage Christian Schools (HCS) in Wisconsin. The Superintendent of HCS, Tom Wittkamper, called and warned the defendants about Crary in 2002. Less than one week after the defendants got caught on October 17, 2007 in regard to Smith, Crary was arrested at WCS High School on October 23, 2007 and was later convicted and went to prison for those child molestations. It was learned that Crary had repeatedly molested his victim while occasionally drugging her with Aleve and red wine. For Milwaukee County Case Number 2007CF005140, the Milwaukee Police Department secretly recorded Jason Crary stating that he informed WCS of his crimes in 2002 or sooner.
Bill Williams, the WCS Superintendent, had been accused several times of molesting at least one student and he claims that it was merely an “inappropriate emotional attachment” with the student as reported in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper of March 1, 2008.
It must be made clear that we parents had no clue that WCS was employing repeat child molesters to teach and coach our children. The statement below was secretly recorded in March 2006 (over a year and a half before the defendants got caught) as the defendants acknowledged between one another that there was indeed a “big-time liable” “risk” to the students by the admitted and confirmed repeat child molester Dwayne Smith. Note too that the defendants had also been warned about the repeat child molester Jason Crary and they were also aware of the child molestation issues with Bill Williams when the statement below was made as reported in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper of Wednesday, October 17, 2007:"We understand that if something happens between Dwayne and a student, we will be big-time liable,"
executive pastor Jim Augspurger said on the recording.
"That's a risk we take. I think before God we did the right thing and it may not be the worldly, may not even be the most prudent thing, but it is something we have done,"
"We've wiped the slate clean. I understand the situation it puts us in."
That child molester not only repeatedly molested his 13-year-old victim against her will, he also blamed her for it by stating the following as reported in that Columbus Dispatch newspaper story:“She had been coming on to me for a while”The statements below were made by the school's attorney Daniel R. Swetnam about that child molester in the same Columbus Dispatch newspaper story:"We think Dwayne is a great teacher, a great coach. He's an outstanding person to have here,"There is indeed a “dispute” in that the “confession” is when the “Conspiracy to Deceive” by the defendants began back in 1996. It is important to understand that only a very small percentage of WCS parents attend(ed) that particular church and the few who did attend and were present during that “confession” have stated that they were misled into believing that the “confession” was for an adulterous affair with a consenting adult and NOT for repeatedly molesting a 13-year-old student for which Smith later blamed her for it as reported in that Columbus Dispatch newspaper story.
said the school's attorney, Daniel R. Swetnam.
"We didn't want to arbitrarily throw someone under the bus."
"There's no dispute that Dwayne acknowledged and confessed his sins,"
"We recognize that all of us are sinners. We're not going to just throw him or anyone else overboard."
Note the information below from Judi Welsh in that same Columbus Dispatch newspaper story about that confession that Swetnam claims there is "no dispute" over:Welsh remembered the day in 1996 when Smith asked the Grace Brethren congregation for forgiveness but did not explain what he had done.As stated by Greg Rank in the Columbus Dispatch newspaper of Monday, October 22, 2007:"My children are students at WCS and I am very grateful that you have brought this to our attention,"We parents only learned the facts about Dwayne Smith when the defendants got caught by the Columbus Dispatch newspaper as reported on October 17, 2007; we only learned the facts about Jason Crary when he got arrested at the school a few days later; and we only learned the facts about Bill Williams after rumors surfaced and were confirmed a few days after that.
parent Greg Rank wrote in an e-mail to The Dispatch.
"My wife and I had no idea about this situation."
Even after the defendants got caught conspiring to deceive and defraud the consumers about the repeat child molester Dwayne Smith, the defendants continued their efforts to mislead consumers with the following statement:"His last background check, July 31, 2006 was spotless"However, they had known for 10 years that Smith was an admitted and confirmed (by FCCS) repeat child molester who also blamed his 13-year-old victim.
Even after they got caught conspiring to deceive and defraud the consumers about the repeat child molester Jason Crary, the defendants continued their efforts to deceive consumers by the following as reported by WBNS-10TV on Tuesday, October 23, 2007:“Worthington Christian said it knew of no accusations in Ohio against Crary”.However, they had known for 5 years that Crary was a repeat child molester from Wisconsin, as they acknowledged while being recorded, stating that the Superintendent at Heritage Christian Schools (HCS) of Wisconsin called in 2002 and warned them about Crary repeatedly molesting a student.
Despite the overwhelming and irrefutable evidence against the defendants, they misappropriated more of the money intended to educate the students by paying for a bogus investigation that foolishly states that:“WCS has never attempted to cover up any improper acts”.However, after that bogus report came out, Brian Penn, who attended some of the cover-up meetings, publicly stated the following on February 28, 2008 while being recorded that the defendants were covering up the fact that one of the child molesters had repeatedly molested a 13-year-old student against her will and did not merely have an adulterous affair with a consenting adult:"I was a Lead Pastor here for eight years and a Director Of Junior High Youth Ministries in the past. This is a Watergate. The church covered it up. I was in the meetings. I've known all these years that it was a student. And I was told to get back to wiping noses and not to let it out."
Crimes Reported To Police And Prosecutor
The 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups that the defendants committed against thousands of consumers involving millions of dollars was reported to the Worthington Police Department and the proper Prosecutor’s Office.
Incredibly, the response from John W. Slaughter of the Criminal Investigations Unit of the Worthington Division of Police about this matter was summed up in the sentence he wrote below:"Additionally, if at the time you felt deceived or defrauded, you could have simply removed your child from the school."That is clearly absurd. We were obviously being "deceived" and we did not know it (refer to the definition of the word "Deception"); otherwise, as any decent parent would have done, we would have immediately removed our child from the school and stopped paying money to WCS but we were obviously being "defrauded" (refer to the definition of the word "Fraud").
The Director of Prosecution Resources, Robert S. Tobias, claimed the following in an email message on July 31, 2009:“Our response to your inquiry has not changed. Your claim was never denied by our office. Rather, you chose not to follow up with the Worthington Police Department as we had advised you to do.”That is completely false. Tobias was informed that the Worthington Police Department was contacted in person several times as advised to do and they were provided with the overwhelming and indisputable evidence.
Daniel R. Swetnam Grievance Filed
After (now Governor) John Kasich refused to respond to email messages and letters and failed to do anything about these serious crimes that were committed against his very own family and thousands of others involving millions of dollars, work began with the Supreme Court of Ohio to have Daniel R. Swetnam disbarred. Note too that Kasich’s Campaign Manager as well as (now Lieutenant Governor) Mary Taylor were also contacted and they too refused to respond about those serious crimes that endangered Kasich's very own daughters, Emma and Reese.
The Supreme Court of Ohio Office of Disciplinary Counsel “investigates allegations and initiates complaints concerning ethical misconduct and/or mental illness of judges or attorneys” (and prosecutors?). Amy Stone at the Supreme Court of Ohio said that to have Swetnam disbarred, we needed proof that he was indeed working as the attorney for the school while committing these crimes. She also said that there is no statute of limitations for lawyer disbarment for misconduct. Amy also suggested to find out if it is the policy of Schottenstein, Zox, and Dunn (SZD) (now Ice Miller LLP) to defend their lawyers (i.e. Swetnam) who are guilty of serious misconduct. Also to be determined was if anyone else at SZD, besides Swetnam, was aware of these serious crimes before the defendants got caught. As suggested by the Supreme Court of Ohio, SZD lawyers were contacted (by email) during the "Fact Finding Investigation" to get the answers to those two simple questions.
Instead of answering those two simple questions, the SZD lawyers Jay Dingledy and Daniel R. Swetnam chose to use and abuse the court system by filing frivolous complaints against the parent who asked those questions about the serious crimes committed by Swetnam, and possibly others at SZD. Incredibly, that parent was then prosecuted by Robert S. Tobias, who failed to fulfill his responsibility to prosecute the defendants, for simply asking two questions, the first question as suggested by the Supreme Court of Ohio, about those serious crimes committed against thousands of consumers involving millions of dollars.
Conveniently, during those court proceedings, the proof that the Supreme Court of Ohio needed to prove that Swetnam was indeed working as the attorney for the school while committing these crimes was provided by Swetnam himself under oath as documented in the court transcript for Case No. 2009 CRB 017356 on January 12, 2010, which includes the following:
CICERO QUESTION:“Now, if I ask you if you gave legal advice to Worthington Christian Schools or Grace Brethren Church about any teachers or staff or administrators with regard to any allegations of child molestation or inappropriate behavior with a student or inappropriate emotional feelings for a student, would your answer be now that you can't without violating an attorney/client privilege?”SWETNAM RESPONSE:“Yes. That goes to the essence of the attorney/client privilege.”That is, if Swetnam was not serving as their attorney providing legal advice, he could not claim attorney/client privilege as he did.
That statement by Swetnam in court under oath proves that he was indeed working as the attorney giving legal advice during that 10-year Conspiracy of Criminal Negligence, Deception, Fraud, and Cover-Ups that they committed against thousands of consumers involving millions of dollars.
The SZD lawyers Jay Dingledy and Daniel R. Swetnam then tried desperately to have the parent put in jail; first for following the suggestion by the Supreme Court of Ohio, then again over the definition of the word “title”, then again because the parent contacted appeal attorneys, then again because a newspaper published a Letter To The Editor written by that parent, and yet again for distributing purely factual political information.
Then, on January 24, 2011, those SZD lawyers managed to have the parent put in jail for informing the public about a group of committed people who discover and alert the public about child molesters and about organizations that knowingly endanger children while harboring child molesters.
Finally, on February 1, 2011 after 9 days in jail, Judge David B. Tyack released the parent from jail and dropped the entire matter against him.
The additional proof requested by the Supreme Court of Ohio is documented at: Daniel R. Swetnam Grievance Filed.
The incredible corruption is documented at: Corruption Exposed By A Parent.
The tax dollars SZD (now Ice Miller) wasted while harassing a parent are documented at: Your Tax Dollars At Work.
Examples of the evidence for each crime committed are provided at: Examples Of Evidence For Each Crime Committed.
Documents containing evidence, including audio recordings of those who got caught, are provided at: Publicly Available Information.
Legal definitions for each crime committed are provided at: Legal Definitions For Each Crime Committed.
Blog comments from parents and students, which may lead to additional evidence and other crimes committed, are provided at: Comments From Students And Parents.
Comments from experts about child molesters and those who harbor and protect them are provided at: Comments From Experts.
Attorney General "Takes Action To Enforce Our State Law" and responsible for "Consumer Protection"?
Governor demonstrates clearly that Cowardice Is Contagious.
The defendants clearly understand that this case is not at all about arbitrarily throwing sinners under the bus or overboard. This case is about the defendants who deliberately threw the students under the bus along with repeat child molesters that the defendants knew would be led into temptation to molest children again. The defendants then deliberately threw the parents overboard while continuously deceiving and defrauding them about the “big-time liable” “risk”s to their children for over 10 years. Thanks to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper, the defendants got caught; otherwise without any doubt at all, the defendants would still be deliberately putting the students in danger with repeat child molesters led into temptation to molest again, while conspiring to deceive and defraud the consumers about it involving millions of dollars.
Many have stated that this is an extremely powerful demonstration that reveals just how dangerous and evil that Worthington Christian Schools and Grace Brethren Church (a.k.a. Grace Polaris and Grace Powell) really are; while those who remain behind are terrible examples to their very own children (and other Christians and non-Christians) by being so easily manipulated by and cowering to their demonstrated evil and dangerous deceivers.
Refer to Matthew 18.6 and Mark 6.11.
Those Who Got Caught While Deliberately
Endangering Students And Betraying Parents
Former GBC Senior Pastor
GBC Executive Pastor
Former WCS School Superintendent
Father of admitted (to WCS/GBC) and confirmed (by FCCS) child molester.
Later Vice President of Executive Support at Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI).
WCS School Superintendent
Accused several times of child molestation as well as sexual harassment.
Eventually resigned and admitted to having “inappropriate emotional attachment” with student.
WCS High School Principal
Daniel R. Swetnam
WCS/GBC attorney of Schottenstein, Zox, and Dunn (SZD) (now Ice Miller LLP)
Acknowledged under oath in a court of law that he was indeed working as the attorney giving the legal
advice while committing serious crimes against thousands of consumers involving millions of dollars.
Failed to intimidate parent for asking 2 questions during "Fact Finding Investigation" about those crimes
as suggested by the Supreme Court of Ohio to have disbarred.
WCS Counseling/Bible/Psychology Teacher
WCS Assistant Superintendent and Elementary School Principal
Claims to have been completely ignorant about the known repeat child molesters even though
the other administrators knew as well as some teachers, staff, parents, and even some students.
If not aware, was grossly incompetent.
WCS/GBC Child Molesters And Rapists
(Admitted, Convicted, Imprisoned, Multiple Accusations)
Dwayne Smith (WCS Teacher/Coach/Youth Director for elementary-age children)
Admitted and confirmed (by FCCS) child molester, graduated from WCS in 1987.
Mike Reed (GBC Youth Pastor)
Convicted gunpoint rapist, graduated from WCS the very next year in 1988.
Jason Crary (WCS Teacher/Coach/Youth Director for elementary-age children)
Convicted child molester, graduated from WCS the very next year in 1989.
Bill Williams (WCS Superintendent)
Taught and/or coached all three of these sex offenders, later became the WCS Superintendent, and was himself accused of child molestation several times and claims that it was merely an “inappropriate emotional attachment” with the student.
All four of these men were given jobs at WCS/GBC in close contact with thousands of children over the years. Therefore, these facts must also be considered while investigating the crimes committed by the WCS/GBC administrators and their SZD (now Ice Miller LLP) attorney.
Information about sexual misconduct by other WCS teachers and GBC staff exists but that information has not been made public yet and, therefore, will not be presented here to prevent any possible claims of libel.
Comments From ExpertsThe following comments were provided by those who have lots of experience in regard to child molesters and organizations that harbor them. Permission was granted by each to share their comments with others. Note that these statements were made BEFORE the second WCS child molester was convicted (that those same administrators were warned about back in 2002) and BEFORE the parents learned that the WCS Superintendent had several child molestation accusations against him for which he now claims were merely an "inappropriate emotional attachment" with a student.
The editors at the Internet Web Site BadBadTeacher.com wrote the following:“It would require an eternal optimist or a blatant fool to place a self-professed child molester in a position of trust and authority with an ample supply of potential victims within easy reach. This is exactly what the administration of Worthington Christian Schools did in re-hiring Dewayne Smith, who by his own admission to church leaders in 1996 was a child molester.”
Samantha Nelson at The Hope Of Survivors wrote the following:"There is no excuse for the administrators’ actions. The comments made by the administrators are the typical manipulative and controlling comments generally made in situations like these. However, no matter what they say, they are responsible and held to a higher standard, which makes their comment about “all of us are sinners” very foolish. James 3:1 provides a basis for this Biblical principle of being held to a higher standard when it says, “Not many of you should presume to be teachers, my brothers, because you know that we who teach will be judged more strictly.”
Christa Brown at Stop Baptist Predators wrote the following:"It's NOT just about betrayals by the perpetrators. It's about betrayals by all the others who knew and kept quiet and didn't warn. That's the aspect of this huge problem that I think I will never understand - the silence of the many.
I laughed when I saw someone's comment, telling you to stop trying to bring down godly men. I've long since lost count of how many times I've heard those exact same words."
Don Martin at BibleTruths.net wrote the following:"Some aberrations are very persistent, deeply imbedded in ones personality and character. The sexually molesting of children is such a matter. It is extremely rare for this horrible abuse on children not to be repeated by such a person. They absolutely should never, for the children's sake and their sake, be placed in a place of trust or a position of close proximity to children. In my judgment, those with knowledge of the person who allowed this to be done ought also to be held guilty and responsibility!"
Chuck Swindoll's Insight For Living also provided similar comments in regard to the serious crimes, betrayals, and dangerous hypocrisy by the WCS/GBC administrators. Unfortunately Insight For Living asked to not share their comments with others.
"But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.""And whosoever shall not receive you, nor hear you, when ye depart thence, shake off the dust under your feet for a testimony against them. Verily I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrha in the day of judgment, than for that city."
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