Mohler Family Update: Prosecutor Drops All Charges Against Alleged Molesters

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All charges against the Mohler family have been dropped.
In a case filled with bizarre accusations and strange twists, it probably shouldn't be so surprising that the whole thing ends so unexpectedly, and yet here we are. Two-and-a-half years after six members of the Mohler family were accused of violently sexually abusing their youngest female relatives, forcing abortions on the ones who became pregnant and killing and burying people on the family's Lafayette County farm, prosecutor Kellie Wingate Campbell yesterday afternoon dropped all charges against the five surviving men at the center of the case.

Why?
Campbell told the Associated Press that she doubted she could convince a jury of the charges. Despite the now-adult female victims' claims that bodies of people they were forced to kill as children were buried on the farm, no physical evidence of any murders has been found there. 

Compounding the case's difficulty has been the accusers' reluctance to turn over their medical records to the Mohlers' defense attorneys. The lawyers argued that with abuse as violent as the victims alleged, there would be evidence of such abuse in their medical files -- and if there wasn't such evidence, it would bolster the Mohlers' defense. The victims feared private information in their records unrelated to the case being made public, although a special discovery judge appointed to review the records prior to them being handed over seemed to allay those fears.

Last week, one of the accusers requested that she be removed from the case. Her request was granted, and as a result Burrell Mohler Jr., the last of the six men still in jail, had his bond lowered and was able to leave prison yesterday. Today the entire case is dropped, allowing the five surviving Mohlers to get on with their lives.

But how do you move forward with your life after a two-year hitch in prison, knowing that if you are somehow exonerated, you still have to deal with the fallout of having your grandchildren and nieces accuse you of protracted sexual abuse? How do those women move on now, on the other side of that line?

The charges have been dropped, but for the families at the center of the case, now the real trials begin.

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Troybunch
Troybunch

you ask how these victims can now move on? why don't you ask the hundreds of victims you and your owners of this paper are responsible for with their backpage ads running child prostitution and sex trafficking? Just google "village voice pimps", owners of the RFT to find out all about their sex trafficking.

J Bean
J Bean

There's more to this story than has been told in the major press.  Find the background, and information about what really occurred in February which led to the dismissals here:http://www.process.org/discept...

Judy Block-Jones
Judy Block-Jones

This is horrific news. These brave victims deserve to have their day in court.  Just because the prosecutor has dismissed all of the charges, does not mean the abuse did not happen.

Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by any of the Mohlers, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police.

 

When victims stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance healing, justice, and protecting others.

 

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511

"Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy. 

Judy Block-Jones
Judy Block-Jones

This is horrific news. These brave victims deserve to have their day in court.  Just because the prosecutor has dismissed all of the charges, does not mean the abuse did not happen.

Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by any of the Mohlers, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police.

 

When victims stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance healing, justice, and protecting others.

 

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511

"Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.

SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, 

Judy Block-Jones
Judy Block-Jones

This is horrific news. These brave victims deserve to have their day in court.  Just because the prosecutor has dismissed all of the charges, does not mean the abuse did not happen.

Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by any of the Mohlers, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police.

 

When victims stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance healing, justice, and protecting others.

 

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511 <snapjudy@gmail.com>

"Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.

SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)  </snapjudy@gmail.com>

Judy Block-Jones
Judy Block-Jones

This is horrific news. These brave victims deserve to have their day in court.  Just because the prosecutor has dismissed all of the charges, does not mean the abuse did not happen.

Hopefully anyone, who may have knowledge or may have been harmed by any of the Mohlers, will have the courage to speak up and report it to police.

 

When victims stay silent, nothing changes. But when victims find the courage to take action, there's at least a chance healing, justice, and protecting others.

 

Judy Jones, SNAP Midwest Associate Director, USA, 636-433-2511 <snapjudy@gmail.com>

"Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests" and all clergy.

(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world's oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims.

SNAP was founded in 1988 and has more than 12,000 members. Despite the word "priest" in our title, we have members who were molested by religious figures of all denominations, including nuns, rabbis, bishops, and Protestant ministers and increasingly, victims who were assaulted in a wide range of institutional settings like summer camps, athletic programs, Boy Scouts, etc. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)  </snapjudy@gmail.com>

a42natson
a42natson

Easter Dinner oughta be interesting...

Prancer
Prancer

When this first came out everybody jumped on the bandwagon and said these guys were all guilty.  They said "kids just don't make that stuff up."  Years of psycho-nonsense therapy and opening repressed memories brought zero physical evidence.  No medical records of the children (from long ago when they WERE  children) were ever produced.  Medical records likely would have evidenced abuse.

All these men spent 2 years in prison, lost their reputations, lost their jobs, lost everything.

Now it is just dismissed?

Anybody out there remember the Manhattan Beach, California day care case?  A family ran a high quality child day care center for 3 generations.  The McMartin Day Care Center.  Same thing.  After years on TV and the papers, and the loss of everything the McMartin Family had, the powers that be  just dropped the case.

Not far from the Salem Witch Trials.

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