Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Rape victim sues Tecumseh schools

As first reported by The Adrian Insider on Monday, a former Tecumseh High School student has filed a federal lawsuit against the school district alleging school officials turned a blind eye to complaints about former track coach Matthew Peterson.
The girl says she was raped June 6-7, 2003 at Peterson's hot tub after the coach helped two former athletes (his nationally famous Face Men) drug the girl.
The lawsuit was filed in U.S. District Court on Monday, the Detroit News reported Tuesday.
Tecumseh school officials did not return phone calls made Wednesday by the Associated Press.
The woman, who lives in Florida and is seeking a court order to protect her identity, alleges in the lawsuit that Tecumseh Public Schools, the former superintendent and other officials failed to act on numerous warnings they received about Peterson's conduct, the Detroit News reported.
If officials had investigated complaints, removed Peterson and taken disciplinary action against some athletes, the AP reports that the lawsuit alleges "the events of June 6 and 7, 2003 would not have occurred."
The coach supplied a full bar of booze, cigars and porno.
The victim said two athletes raped her while Peterson and others watched and took pictures.
At one party, the coach played a porn video to the teens of one of the players having sex with his girlfriend.
The 33-year-old Peterson is named in the suit. He and his ex-players are serving jail time for various offenses.
Confidential sources tell The Insider that one of the reasons that several Tecumseh school board members decided not to go public when school officials began notifying them of the situation, is because they already knew about it!One school board member reportedly had picked up their own child — on more than one occasion — from the party house and witnessed more than a dozen teens passed out on the floor with beer bottles all around.
On May 18, the Detroit Free Press blew the case wide open into the national spotlight. The state's biggest paper led with a headline: "Sex, booze & Silence."
The Adrian Insider's headline on Monday, May 15: "Sex, Booze & Tecumseh High."
In a May 25 column, Tecumseh Herald Sports Editor Mickey Alvarado admitted his weekly publication was part of the town's "silence."
"After hearing the rumors about the goings on a couple of years ago, the Herald talked to the Tecumseh Police Department and was asked to refrain from reporting on the case because it could harm their ongoing investigation. We cooperated and were part of the silence, until charges were finally brought forth. Were we wrong? The big boys and girls from Detroit seem to think so, but they wallow in dirt all the time," Alvarado wrote.The story was broadcasted on Geraldo at Large on Tuesday, May 30, The Insider first reported Saturday.
Sources tell The Insider that NBC's Dateline may be coming to town to report on the case.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Confidential sources? Anyone can slander people from the shelter of anonymity, so if somebody has evidence for their claims, let's hear it the evidence instead of just innuendo.

9:14 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

surprised nobody's commented on this yet ... Peterson's wife is one of the people being sued, yet for some reason the guys who were accused of committing the actual rape are not:


also in yesterday's paper, it says one of the city council members is calling for resignations. this should be interesting.

11:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is really getting disgusting. Every time a story is printed it gets juicier and juicier - the truth is stretched just a little bit further - a new tidbit is added. I question the accuracy and truth of any and all of it. And where was the coach's 'victim' wife while all this was going on?

2:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

And well she should be named. IF all this was going on in her home and she said or did nothing about it, she's equally resonsible.

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Delayed Telegram had a story Thursday that a Tecumseh city councilwoman called for resignations of Tecumseh school board members on Monday.
Let me repeat: call for resignations on Monday, reported on Thursday, the same day they finally picked up on this lawsuit that the Detroit News and this blogger beat them to.
Are they just avoiding this story as it gains national exposure? Who else can't wait until Dateline's Stone Phillips comes to town?

Maybe the Adrian Telegram should adopt this moto: "No feathers were ruffled in the making of this newspaper."

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

As long as they can say "no people were slandered without cause," I'm happy... I have been reading both the Telegram's and the Herald's accounts of this, and the only thing neither one of them has done is run around slandering people with "sources say" stuff like this blog is doing ... AI should be ashamed. Let these people who are making wild acusations about the school board show themselves.

4:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Looks like the Toledo Blade just got caught up on the news....

9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Finally someone asks about his "victim wife".. She was there for all of this.. Seems like she would take her children away from all of this. I agree as well that this story is definately walking away from the truth. Dateline is coming and Matthew Peterson has agreed to an interview. Because finally maybe they will report the truth. Those kids sold him out to get out of prison. Cole could've done it too but did not. What about Matt Dunn who made the porn. This whole thing is a crock. Matthew Peterson is a good man.

9:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

In response to the person who asked where his wife was: I don't know Peterson or his wife, but remember that one of the charges in the case was domestic violence. A woman who is abused can become so fearful that she is unable to report what her abuser does, either to her or to others. I think that is what her lawyer means in that article when he refers to her as one of the victims.

And it does seem strange that the guys who were accused of actually DOING the actions are not being sued.

6:18 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I find that the posters who are so adamantly opposed to this matter being reported on and tried in the courts to be most distressing. This is what is called ‘enabling’ behavior. They rush to the defense of the indefensible and thereby enable the behavior to continue. We all learned about this 30 years ago. Sad to see it’s still occurring.

This is they type of behavior that would keep all of this activity in the dark, that coach on the job and those parties happening.

That very mindset is a true condemnation on the people of Tecumseh - where solving these crimes and prosecuting the guilty would have been an absolution - there is no relief for that behavior unless the city becomes intolerant of this kind of backwoods thinking.

2:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't think anyone is "opposed to this matter being reported on and tried in the courts." I think people are simply asking for truth, accuracy, a degree of fairness, and a little less sensationalism.

5:48 PM  
Blogger Kate said...

I think the situation itself, coupled with the vocal cries of foul play that this story came to be known is enough to make me want to steer well clear of the area until better heads prevail.

6:15 PM  

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