But seven years earlier, Coakley, then the head of the Middlesex child abuse unit, had Geoghan in her sights and took a dramatically different approach. Back then, three grade-school brothers told investigators that Geoghan had inappropriately touched them during numerous visits to their Waltham home, and had made lewd telephone calls to them. Rather than prosecute, Coakley agreed to grant Geoghan a year of probation in a closed-door proceeding that received no media attention at all.
Because of the deal, Geoghan faced no formal charges and no criminal record.
Coakley's political expedience of the Catholic Church wasn't in her bag of tricks in those days?
Among the characters in the hierarchy of the Catholic Church, the coddling of perverts is and always has been parents, lay people, doctors and in the case of the Church, the people in the pews.
Parents don't want to tell.
It's as much of a secret when it's a relative as it is when it's a member of the Church.
Charging Geoghan with something and exposing him publicly might well have brought forward victims, witnesses, whistle-blowers, and evidence that could have resulted in a conviction and a tougher sentence,’’ said David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests.
“What Martha Coakley did in 1995 I would consider negligent from the point of view of the public good,’’ said A.W. Richard Sipe, a former priest and psychotherapist who has written extensively about clergy sexual abuse. “Even if it was a misdemeanor, once you put it in the public eye, that’s what starts people coming forward.’’
Nevertheless, the people in Massachusetts will elect her.
When it comes to aiding and abetting perverts, or even being a pervert, if you're a movie star, producer or a politician, your misfeasance and malfeasance is excused.