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U.S. Federal District Court / Portland, Maine/ Public Sanctions Hearing / January 30, 2015

Hearts with Haiti & Michael Geilenfeld v. Paul Kendrick

Excerpts of Cross Examination of Child Protection Activist Paul Kendrick by Attorney Devin Deane of Norman Hanson & DeTroy

See full Sanctions Transcript at this link  Sanctions Hearing Transcript 02-2015 R1447795

TRANSCRIPT:

Deane: You understood that you were bound by this new amended confidentiality order, correct?

Kendrick: As I explained to Attorney Walker, when I viewed the email led by one of Mr. Geilenfeld’s attorneys, Mr. Oberkoetter, and Hearts with Haiti officials and Mr. Geilnfeld himself to obstruct justice, to block visas of a criminal investigation by a U.S. Government Embassy employee as to testimonies they were hearing from Haiti victims about child sexual
abuse —

Deane: Mr. Kendrick —

Kendrick: No, let me — please, I’m not finished.

Deane: Forgive me.

Kendrick: Which I regarded as perhaps criminal conduct on their behalf — by Mr. Oberkoetter (Boston attorney representing multi accused child molester, Michael Geilenfeld) and Ms. Reitz (USAID employee stationed at U.S. Embassy in Port au Prince, Haiti) and the others, that here’s the Haitian law enforcement system, United Nations authorities and Homeland Security attempting to investigate Mr. Geilenfeld for crimes committed against children and, you know, you want to know about people who should know better, Ms. Reitz should know better, Mr — Brian Hoyt from the U.S. Embassy should know better, Mr. Oberkoetter should know better.

What in God’s name, sir, would you have me do when my concern is making sure that the kids who are on the (orphanage in Haiti) campus at that time are safe and that the victims who are coming forward with their stories of abuse are heard in a fair and reasonable manner.

You’re asking me, after I’ve seen all these demands of confidentiality, you’re asking me perhaps did I sit there and review all these things again, all these specifics about keeping secrets about child sexual abuse in Haiti? No, I did not do that.

It was in there (in the court documents) as I’ve said before, Mr. Deane, but my primary concern — I had already heard testimonies of victims of child sexual abuse in Haiti. My heart bled for them, and I was scared to death that other kids were still being abused while people like Mr. Oberkoetter and Ms. Reitz and Hearts with Haiti board members were doing everything they could to allow this guy Geilenfeld to continue to have access to children in Haiti and, can you believe it, that U.S. Embassy personnel in this struggling, poor country, people who are educated and informed, weren’t trying to look into the allegations. They weren’t trying to see if they were true.

Mr. Oberkoetter said I’m going to make an appointment with the U.S. Ambassador. Do you think these victims can make an appointment with the U.S. Ambassador?
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Excerpts:

Deane: We just talked about it, but when the confidentiality order was amended to not only preclude parties personal access to information designated confidential, but to also preclude you and the other parties use, dissemination or publication of any information obtained through discovery for any purpose whatsoever other than trial presentation and preparation.. It also came with the explicit warning that violation of that order would result in findings of contempt, correct, Mr. Kendrick?

Kendrick: I’m glad to answer all these questions. I understand there’s a confidentiality order. The issues I divulged have to do with a member of the North American Man Boy Love Association having access to children Haitian children, and secondly, U.S. Embassy employees trying to block, interfere with a criminal investigation of a U.S. citizen who ran an orphanage in Haiti and was being charged with — by victims of child sexual abuse.

This — I’ve asked Mr. DeTroy several times that every bit of information in this civil case  — this is a civil case — be turned over to Homeland Security, be turned over to IBESR (Haiti Child Protection Agency) be turned over to the Haitian National Police, be turned over to the United Nations so that they can have additional information to investigate child sexual abuse charges against Mr. Geilenfeld. Secrets are what cause kids to get abused and these secrets were too much for me to bear. That is my statement.
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Excerpts:

Deane: And you see this is an email from Paul Kendrick to Paul Kendrick?

Kendrick: Yes, sir.

Deane: And you see that this is the excerpt from the confidential investigative report?

Kendrick: Yes, sir, it is.

Deane: And you agree that this is a violation of the confidentiality order?

Kendrick: You know, as I have answered you just before, sitting here today, not reading it for the first time — or I do understand it is, but I say to you again, and maybe I’m not using the right words, that when I first came across this excerpt, knowing already the length to which Hearts with Haiti and Geilenfeld had gone to keep — except for an executive summary of the whole investigative report (Internal investigation of Geilenfeld conducted and paid for by Hearts with Haiti) composed by Mr. Rizzo, that they kept this information secret. In other words, Rizzo put together a cover letter that said I don’t see anything in that report that’s a problem. Let’s take this out into the streets and ask people.

I’ve asked Mr. DeTroy , would you be okay if a member of NAMBLA had a private cabin at the summer camp your children attend? This is the  North American Man Boy Love Association, they advocate sex with minor boys. That’s their — that’s what they believe. They are pedophiles, sir, and Mr. Geilenfeld didn’t have any concern that this person  — you wonder, would he have a concern that a herd of rattle snakes — I mean do you know who Paul Shanley is? Paul Shanley is a former Catholic priest from the Archdiocese of Boston. He’s (the NAMBLA member) talking about this guy (he is telling Fr. Unni about Shanley) to Fr. Unni. Fr. Shanley is a serial child molester who advocated, through NAMBLA, sex with minor boys. What’s —

Deane: I’m going to direct your attention to Exhibit 15,

Kendrick: I just need to stop you. What — what — We are about protecting children, all of us, all of us who are healthy, responsible, caring citizens, family members. The children in Haiti are no less
deserving, Mr. Deane, of the same precautions we would take here in the United States.

Do you think that at Waynflete School a member of NAMBLA would be allowed to mingle with the students? So while your concern is to just keep pounding me on this technicality (confidentiality order) a serious technicality, I don’t — these two issues about Reitz and company trying to obstruct — imagine that. They get information, they receive information, they start seeing what victims are saying that they were abused in Haiti and what do they do? They try and get Reitz to see what she can find out and then they say hey, these two guys (Haitian men who were abused by Geilenfeld) want to go to the U.S., so let’s do what we — and Mr. Oberkoetter, I’ll make an appointment with the U.S. Ambassador.

What chance do you think a Haitian child sexual abuse victim would have getting an appointment with the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti? None.
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Excerpts:

Deane: So Mr. Kendrick, you testified at length several times today that you did, in fact, violate this confidentiality order, but you did so because you thought it necessary, is that correct?

Kendrick: I wish I had a thesaurus, Mr. Deane, to apply the same definitions to everything I say that you do once I’ve said them. Let’s go over it one more time so we’re clear on this.

Deane: Let me ask you —

Kendrick: No, no, let me finish, please.

Deane: Okay.

Kendrick: You asked me a question. Are you going to listen to me, Mr. Deane?

Deane: I’m listening, Mr. Kendrick. Go ahead.

Kendrick: Thank you. the emails in your (sanctions) complaint, the distribution of content that are in the complaint have to do again with my discovery that Hearts with Haiti had been concealing , Attorney Rizzo — Rosario Rizzo had been concealing, Attorney Robert Oberkoetter, Hearts with Haiti board members, whoever else had read the full investigator’s report of this Boston private investigator, they concealed information from even their most prestigious — let’s call it best donor; i.e., Cotting School in Lexington, Massachusetts.

They concealed the information in Fr. Unni’s testimony that he encountered a member of the North American — let me say it slowly — North American Man Boy Love Association who talked about Fr. Paul Shanley, Thailand and that when Mr. — Fr. Unni approached Mr. Geilenfeld with his concerns that such a person should be there, again with his own private bedroom, unfettered access to kids, that Mr. Geilenfeld seemed unconcerned to Fr. Unni.
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Excerpts:

Deane: Mr. Kendrick, these sanctions motions don’t matter to you. They’re, quote, to you blah-blah-blah, just more smoke and mirrors; isn’t that right?

Kendrick: Mr. Deane —

Deane: Didn’t you say that, Mr. Kendrick?

Kendrick: Mr. Deane, let me say just for one second back to you. From the very beginning of this trial, Mr. Deane, unlike what I understand (unlike) most attorneys, you have assaulted me using privilege. You have added five adjectives to everything I’ve ever done.

You’ve also spoken out away from privilege in the media to the public, defaming me, badgering me to the general public through the media. Mr. Deane, you have a habit in this case of not focusing on whether or not these victims were indeed sexually abused by Mr. Geilenfeld. You have a habit of throwing as much s-h-i-t on the wall that you can and hoping that some sticks or that people –or– or your constant attempts to deflect, deflect attention to me, a messenger, Mr. Deane.

When we get to trial, if we get to trial, the jury will have the opportunity, as will the general public, to hear the testimonies of at this point seven Haitian men who will tell the jury in excruciating, disgusting detail, what Mr. Geilenfeld did to them when they were children.

So I’m glad — I’m glad to play Ping-Pong with you here, but the answer is that I — in the back of my mind, yes, I knew there is a confidentiality order. How many different ways would you like me to say that? But when these two instances popped up about the Unni testimony and the attempts to block the testimony of Mr. — what did you think, that, that — what are you asking I should — I should – I have a conscience. Mr. Deane, I have spent time with these victims. I have heard their stories. I didn’t attend depositions like (in the manner) you did and raise my eyebrows at everything they said or pretend you’re folding paper while they’re telling the most heartfelt stories of what happened to them when they were children. They have nothing to eat, they have no place to live. He (Geilenfeld) takes them in and you know what he called the abuse? He called it the sacrifice.

Deane: Mr. Kendrick, this is the last question.

Kendrick: I’m sorry for op-edding Mr. Deane, but you can be part of the solution in stopping child abuse or you can become part of the problem, and you’re part of the problem.

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