Sunday, July 3, 2011

Sugar Ray Leonard - sexual abuse, U.S. Army major accused of sexual abuse

also: Army Doctor Turns Down Promotion
day care child abuse case - West Point Child Development Center

For Sugar Ray Leonard, memoir is therapy By Shemar Woods July 2, 2011

On some days, Michael Arkush’s interviews with Sugar Ray Leonard would last from 9 a.m. into the night. Other days, the boxing great would tell Arkush to stop the recorder, his mood darkened by the retelling of a troubled past. But in small doses over 18 months, Leonard began to open up about a career full of highs and lows. The result was “The Big Fight: My Life In and Out of the Ring,” a book co-authored by Leonard and Arkush that was released June 6....

The book’s most disturbing revelation - that Leonard was sexually abused by a boxing coach and another man while a young amateur fighter in the 1970s - came to light over months of conversations between Arkush and Leonard. Leonard, who said that he didn’t intend for the scene to make the book, initially revealed only a few details. Only after watching actor Todd Bridges explain how he was sexually abused on “Oprah” did Leonard begin to fully open up about the harrowing details of the abuse.

“It was clear the experience was very cathartic for him and liberating,” Arkush said. “It was difficult at times, of course. But you could could see how much satisfaction he got from just coming to terms with everything”

U.S. Army major accused of raping an infant
By: Freeman Klopott Crime Reporter 05/21/10

A U.S. Army major who had 30,000 images and 100 videos of child pornography on his computers now faces rape and sodomy charges in Arlington for allegedly raping an infant.

Daniel A. Woolverton faces up to 30 years in prison when he's sentenced in Alexandria's federal court on Friday. Among the videos found on his computers in his Arlington home were images of Woolverton having sex with a 2- to 3-month-old baby, court documents said. After his sentencing, he'll head to Arlington County's Circuit Court to face the rape and sodomy charges.

Woolverton pleaded guilty to possessing the child pornography in January. Before an FBI agent linked Woolverton to images downloaded from Woolverton's computer through a peer-to-peer file sharing network, the major's career as an Army trial lawyer was on the fast track.

Army Doctor Turns Down Promotion
By Kathy Sawyer Washington Post Staff Writer
The Washington Post Jun 25, 1985
ProQuest Historical Newspapers The Washington Post (1877 - 1994) pg. A6

An Army doctor rejected promotion to major at a public ceremony yesterday because, he said, officials have failed to respond adequately to charges that his daughter, 3, and other children were sexually abused at the day care center at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Capt. Walter R. Grote, 33, told a gathering at a promotion ceremony at Fort Dix, N.J., "I cannot accept promotion in a system that at first refused to acknowledge and now refuses to deal with the victims of extensive child abuse that occurred at the West Point Child Development Center."....

A federal grand jury has been hearing the allegations that 11 children, from ages 13 months to 3 1/2, were sexually or physically abused at a facility near the Academy athletic field.

One suspect was transferred to administrative duties with the post division that oversees the day care center, Yeagley said. The other has left the Academy work force.

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