Profile of a Predator
There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way it treats its children. ~ Nelson Mandela
The man to the right is Mr. Arch Smith, Director at M&T Bank, Headmaster and VP of the Board of Trustees of Trinity Pawling School. He looks like a trustworthy, elderly gentleman. Maybe like your father or grandfather. Someone you could entrust with the safety of your child. But you’d be wrong.
What the picture doesn’t tell you is that this man is a pedophile’s best friend, complicit in keeping many victims silent. I can say this because I and other victims of child sexual abuse by faculty at Trinity Pawling have come forward to confront the school about pedophile faculty. In fact, my abuser a close friend, neighbor, and colleague of Mr. Smith. Yet despite all the victims who have come forward, Mr. Smith has yet to press any charges against his pedophile friend or investigate the full scope and extent of the abuse. As of date of this post on Jan 5, 2010, the headmaster and Trinity Pawling refuse to apologize to any of the victims.
So now more than ever we must continue to speak out both to call attention to this failure and to warn others.
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