MO--More action needed re coach who taped girls
For immediate release: Monday, Feb. 2
A former teacher and high school cross-country coach was sentenced in an East St. Louis courtroom today to for hiding cameras to catch members of his girls' team undressed in Fairview Heights and Pontoon Beach and elsewhere in Illinois. But more should be done about his crimes.
We’re grateful that Timothy C. Going has been given a 20 year sentence. We hope that no school officials knew of or hid his crimes. And we hope that school officials aggressively seek out others who may have seen, suspected or suffered his crimes. It’s possible he could be charged with other offenses. And it’s possible that one of his colleagues or supervisors might be charged with “failure to report” suspected child sex crimes.
We also hope that Fairfield school officials at least offer counseling to the girls Going betrayed and will work harder to detect and deter such heinous wrongdoing by staffers in the future.
(SNAP, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, is the world’s oldest and largest support group for clergy abuse victims. We were founded in 1988 and have more than 20,000 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. Our website is SNAPnetwork.org)
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