The Story of Stan McGee: More Evidence that Children Are Expendable in America

Stan McGee

Carl Stanley McGee (he goes by “Stan”), a top aide to Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, has been hired as interim director of the new Massachusetts Gambling Commission. Unfortunately for McGee and for the commission, McGee was charged with sexual assault on a 15-year-old boy in Florida four years ago. Although most people involved are claiming this no big deal, some–including the boy and his family–are raising objections.

BACKGROUND

McGee, who is originally from Alabama, was a Rhodes Scholar and holds a degree from Harvard Law School. Before being hired by Governor Patrick, McGee worked for the WilmerHale law firm.

In 2004 McGee was actively involved in the effort to keep gay marriage legal in Massachusetts.

In 2005, McGee and his partner John Finley IV married, and they even featured in the trendy and exclusive New York Times Vows column.
An excerpt:

The affably preppy Mr. Finley, who is also the founder and the director of the Epiphany School, a private, tuition-free middle school in Boston for children of poor families, has a classic New England pedigree, which includes a degree from Harvard, where his grandfather was a master of Eliot House. His family, he said, was staunchly Republican “until the second Bush administration.”

The bespectacled Mr. McGee is a Harvard Law School graduate and a former Rhodes scholar who now works as a junior partner in the Boston offices of WilmerHale. He has a serious mien, a booming drawl and a shock of prematurely white hair. His passion for Democratic politics is rooted in the Deep South, and he has long been interested in the “pernicious connection” between church and state, he said.

“John had more of a sense of faith being a positive force,” Mr. McGee said. Yet, of the two, he says Mr. Finley “is more impetuous, more Gestalt, more big picture.” He added, “We’re more yin-yang, more complementary, than opposites. John’s all sugar and I’m all lemon zest.”

Apparently, McGee is quite the man about town. In 2007 he was named one of the Globe’s 25 most stylish Bostonians. In the accompanying interview, he described his style as

English traditional with an Alabama twist. I am not someone who is always chasing fads or trends. I spent a fair amount of time at Oxford on a Rhodes fellowship. My style wasn’t created there, but I think it was reinforced. Many would call it traditional, but it’s also subversive and ironic. You cannot wear pinstripe suits and have my hair color.

ALLEGED SEXUAL ASSAULT

From The Boston Globe, February 7, 2008:

A top official in the Patrick administration has been placed on unpaid leave because he was arrested in Florida and charged with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old male in a steam room at a $500-a-night Gulf Coast resort.

Carl Stanley McGee, 38, assistant secretary for policy and planning, is scheduled to be arraigned next week for sexual battery in Lee County, Fla. McGee helped draft Patrick’s casino bill, life sciences legislation, and his plan to bring broadband Internet service to the farthest reaches of the state.

According to police reports, McGee was arrested Dec. 28 and accused of performing oral sex on the 15-year-old, who was a guest at The Gasparilla Inn & Club, a 95-year-old hotel and championship golf course in Boca Grande. McGee was held overnight on a $300,000 bond.

The Globe reported that McGee’s co-workers were surprised to learn of the charges, because they had been told he was out sick during that time.

McGee’s mug shot

Here’s a little more detail about the alleged assault.

McGee…met the boy, who police said is between 12 and 16 years of age, in a bathroom at the resort a day earlier where they engaged in small talk, according to the police report.

The boy told police he ran into McGee again the next day in the resort’s steam room. McGee sat next to him, removed his towel, rubbed the boy’s back and shoulders and performed oral sex on him, according to the police report.

The boy’s father contacted police, who spotted McGee at the resort based on a description from the boy.

In March the Lee County prosecutor decided not to press charges even though the police investigator disagreed.

…[A] child abuse investigator asked by the Florida governor’s office to review the case told the Cape Cod Times Thursday he found the boy’s story credible. He urged prosecutors to reconsider criminal charges, he said.

“The child reported it immediately, he identified (McGee) from the backseat of a police car, and he gave a good statement to police,” Terry Thomas, a special agent with 27 years of experience investigating child abuse cases with the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, said Thursday.

Then he reiterated something he wrote in his report: “I have seen cases successfully prosecuted with less evidence than this case.”

There was just one more little bump in the road before McGee could breathe a sigh of relief and return to his glamorous life and brilliant career.

When the prosecutor declined to move forward with charges, Boston attorney Wendy Murphy filed suit in 2009 against McGee on behalf of the boy and his family and the case was settled in a confidential agreement in 2011, she said Thursday.

Hmmmm…sounds McGee had to pay a few bucks to get out of his little scrape, doesn’t it? I wonder how his husband reacted to all this? I checked and they were still married as of this year.

CURRENT CONTROVERSY

Fast forward to May 2012. After the hiring was reported in the Globe, some people started asking questions. But the gaming commission wasn’t worried.

Stephen Crosby, gaming commission chairman, said commissioners reviewed the incident and were convinced it should not be a factor in whether to hire him.

“Two of us had looked into it quite a bit and everyone we talked to from the state attorney in Florida, to his employer at the time Dan O’Connell, to Gov. Deval Patrick — everyone came to the same conclusion that there was zero substance to these charges,” Crosby said. “Given that there is zero substance to the allegations, to hold that against him would be inappropriate. He’s a superstar. He’s very intelligent and a first-rate public servant.”

A superstar who likes to take advantage of underage boys. But so what, “there is zero substance to the allegations” even though Stan settled a civil suit by the boy’s family.

Today, the Globe reported that the gaming commission didn’t actually investigate the incident or contact Florida law enforcement or prosecutors. In fact the chairman of the commission felt really sorry for poor Stan and probably couldn’t imagine him doing such a thing.

The chairman of the state’s new gambling commission last week called Carl Stanley McGee’s record pristine, saying he had reviewed the 2007 sexual assault charges against McGee in Florida and found them warrantless and meritless.

‘‘He went through this horrendous experience of being accused of a sexual harassment charge several years ago in Florida,’’ chairman Stephen Crosby told his colleagues Tuesday, according to a transcript of the meeting posted on the agency’s website, before they voted to name McGee interim executive director.

But today, Crosby admitted to the Globe that he didn’t really bother to order an investigation, he simply relied on what he read in “news reports.”

‘‘I did not do any independent analysis of the state attorney’s work, nor do I believe that would be appropriate,” he wrote in an e-mail to the Globe Friday. ‘‘Stan is presumed to be innocent of the allegations.’’

The Globe reported last week that law enforcement officials in Florida had believed the alleged victim, who was 15 but looked younger, and had urged the local prosecutor to bring charges against McGee soon after the alleged attack. They described a teenager who was scared but credible, providing consistent accounts of the incident.

Crosby claimed he had been assured by the Patrick administration that the charges were “meritless,” but according to the Globe that would have been impossible because the Patrick administration never investigated the charges either.

The alleged victim in the case, now a 20-year-old college student, reacted angrily Wednesday after reading that McGee’s former boss — Daniel O’Connell, formerly secretary of housing and economic development in the Patrick administration — had called the allegations false when interviewed by the Globe about McGee’s selection. The family then released the results of a 2008 investigation by Florida child welfare officials recommending that McGee be prosecuted.

The state investigation was conducted after the family complained to the Florida governor’s office about the local prosecutor’s decision not to press charges. An investigator for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement subsequently recommended that the prosecutor reconsider the charge of sexual battery on a child under 16 and add a second charge of lewd and lascivious acts upon a child under 16.

But the prosecutor still refused to press charges, and the family filed suit and won a settlement from McGee with the help of Massachusetts victim rights attorney Wendy Murphy.

And that’s the whole sordid story so far. I decided to tell it in detail, because I think this is probably typical of what happens when a successful, powerful person is accused of an offense against a child. Why do Americans place so little value on the lives of children?

And so another child predator goes free. Raise your hand if you think this was the only time Stan took advantage of a young boy. Perhaps another victim will come forward after all the publicity.


29 Comments on “The Story of Stan McGee: More Evidence that Children Are Expendable in America”

  1. northwestrain says:

    The ex-fetus is expendable.

    If the victim was female — then she’d be a slut etc.

  2. bostonboomer says:

    A little more about the alleged victim:

    The family’s lawyer, Wendy Murphy, said the family was ‘‘shocked and offended’’ by O’Connell’s comments, published in Tuesday’s Globe, noting that McGee paid to settle a civil lawsuit filed by the family after the authorities declined to prosecute. She described the alleged victim as ‘‘not only a child under the age of consent, but. . . particularly small for his age.’’ [….]

    A police officer who handled the case told the Globe last week that he ‘‘absolutely’’ believed the boy, who was curled up in a fetal position, shaking and crying after the alleged attack.

    Why the prosecutor didn’t bring charges was the ‘‘$64,000 question,’’ he said. ‘‘Somewhere between Massachusetts and Florida . . . I don’t know what happened. It’s above my pay grade.’’

    Murphy said members of the family are willing to meet with the gaming commission to tell their side of the story. ‘‘All they’ve ever done from day one is cooperate, provide information, and tell the truth,’’ Murphy said.

    • dakinikat says:

      I don’t think there is anything more that makes me sick at heart and to my stomach than a pedophile. These folks need to be dumped on an island some place where no on under the age of 17 is allowed.

    • bostonboomer says:

      Other board members also downplayed the allegations at Tuesday’s meeting. Former New Jersey police Lieutenant Colonel Gayle Cameron suggested she too had reviewed the record and was unconcerned.

      ‘‘Every document that I’ve looked at with regard to this matter, there is no shred of evidence,’’ she said. ‘‘. . . We do the individual a disservice if we took this into consideration.’’ She could not be reached Friday for comment.

      Ooops! Everyone thought the Governor’s office had an independent investigation, so they were “unconcerned.”

      • Seriously says:

        This is absolutely absurd. This nudge nudge wink wink stuff has to stop right now. We need a zero tolerance policy for sexual assault. These perps have no place in government or Democratic poltics, period. Obviously no one actually cares about children, but just on a crass political level they should be able to see how bad this looks. Rich connected guy with sense of entitlement to other people’s bodies is fine because he’s an “affable preppy” and everybody is wearing the same old school tie, harks back to turning a blind eye to rampant sexual abuse by priests, realizes people’s worst fears about sleaze at the gaming commission. And what’s up with his co-workers being lied to? Isn’t being arrested and charged with a crime a matter of public record? Who authorized the lies, what is the policy here?

      • bostonboomer says:

        Deval Patrick obviously. He defended McGee in public after the arrest and didn’t bother to order an independent investigation.

        I find it interesting that we’re learning about another attack on a Florida teenager that was brushed aside by a states attorney. At least this young man is still alive, unlike Trayvon Martin.

  3. HT says:

    Society, in the majority of horrific cases of child abuse and death, does not believe the child. So many cases where the child tried to get help, but no one believed him/her. I have no idea of whether this man is guilty or not – why? because he was never charged and tried, however the payoff does raise eyebrows. In most cases I’ve read about (and I’ve read plenty because of my quest to understand – abused at age 5), everyone who knows the abuser claims that he/she was such a nice person and they couldn’t believe that anything happened and after all, a child invents stuff – great imaginations those children have – I had nightmares about my own situation for years.
    Now we’ll get all the news hysteria about all gays being paedophilias from the frothing Xian contingency. Sigh!.
    Final comment – As the man was not tried in a court of law, I wonder whether the settlement was not a confession of guilt rather than a desire to make everything disappear so he could get on with his life – if so, bad move on his part, if not, really bad move on the authorities who declined to pursue the investigation in the first place. JMHO of course. Obviously I detest any human who would take advantage of a child.

    • Seriously says:

      But it seems as if the investigators in Florida did believe the child. You really have to wonder why the prosecutors declined to prosecute what the investigators considered a winnable case. Especially when it seems as if his bosses back in Massachusetts were covering for him too. Was some kind of pressure exerted, did someone call in a favor? A lot of questions raised here.

      • bostonboomer says:

        Probably, but why did the prosecutor decline to prosecute George Zimmerman? My contention is that minor children do not usually get the benefit of the doubt.

      • Seriously says:

        You’re absolutely right, they don’t. But even if the FL authorities were taking their investigation somewhat seriously at first, maybe, what happens? Turns out he’s a connected official from another state, FL makes it go away, and you have a second establishment protecting the perpetrator and throwing the kid under the bus. McGee is being protected and defended and praised, and powerful people with access to the media thousands of miles away are revictimizing the victim, questioning his integrity and calling him a liar. Crosby should be fired for that statement alone–absolutely disgusting. It’s great you talked to Dan O’Connell, Steve, now how did his completely irrelevant account match up with the victim’s?

      • HT says:

        BB, agree completely. When a child is involved and the perpetrator is a person of “standing” (ie. wealth, political/religious standing etc), the inclination is that the “evidence/facts aren’t there” or the testimony of a child won’t be believed or that the child will be sujected to so much abuse etc when pitted against all the upstanding character witnesses the perpetrator’s lawyers will produce not to mention the vile questioning and character assassination that slug lawyers indulge in to prove the witnesses are unreliable.

        When the perpetrator is a homeless vagrant, a poor person, a drug addict etc, then they’ll bring the full force of the law, unless of course the abused child is a poor homeless one, in which case investigation and prosecution is really expensive (sorry, my liberal tendencies are showing) ergo, it’s get the quickest prosecution regardless of truth and write it off as solved.

        RE the Why would he have paid if he didn’t do anything? Good question and would apply to the Michael Jackson case as well, however, unless there is a trial with all sides represented, then there is no way to judge one way or another – could be an admission of guilt (which I tend toward) however it could also be a way to make the issue go away – a form of blackmail payment, I suppose

    • bostonboomer says:

      He was officially charged with the crime. The prosecutor declined to do anything about it. I take the settlement as a admission of guilt. Why would he have paid if he didn’t do anything? He had the whole Mass. state government behind him.

      The problem is that these guys don’t do this just once.

      • RalphB says:

        From all evidence they don’t stop. As soon as no one is watching them, they offend again. I don’t know what to say about this case but it sure looks dirty to me.

  4. NW Luna says:

    “No credibility” to charges only if you don’t actually take a look at the evidence. Or talk to the people who were there who urged charges be filed.

    What a creep. Maybe he could be put in a room with parents of young children who’ve been abused like this. Or the kids now grown adult. Shut the door for a while and see what happens. Not that I really want to encourage more violence. But he deserves a fair trial by an unpartial judge and prosecutor.

    • Seriously says:

      And honestly, as appalling as it is that Crosby would bring up a sob story about McGee’s “horrendous experience” at an official meeting, oh poor, poor, pitiful Stan, what a trauma he’s had and what an amazing recommendation for a state job, he actually described it as “sexual harassment.” Yeah, not exactly, but let’s continue to minimize child rape. It’s interesting that even though they’re calling the victim a liar, they still soft-pedal what he was arrested and charged with.

      • …he actually described it as “sexual harassment.” Yeah, not exactly, but let’s continue to minimize child rape. It’s interesting that even though they’re calling the victim a liar, they still soft-pedal what he was arrested and charged with.

        I noticed that too Seriously…

  5. ecocatwoman says:

    Apparently the Assistant State prosecutor works in the Special Victims Unit in Lee Co (which is a Republican bastion on Florida’s southwest coast). She refused to prosecute another child molestation case http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2006/jun/07/prosecutors_drop_charges_against_man_accused_moles/. Apparently she was running for a judgeship around the time of this case: http://www.naplesnews.com/news/2008/jun/11/28-seek-lee-judgeship/

    My cynicism tells me this is just another political deal – one governor to another. And, we need to remember that “the rich are different.”

    • ecocatwoman says:

      Here’s another link from Feb, 2008. McGee got a speeding ticket a couple of days after the incident.

    • Woman Voter says:

      Justice for the rich, is different and they all cover for one another or don’t look like Governor Deval Patrick. How sad for the children and for the children’s family… and the greater community at large.

  6. RalphB says:

    Time for some Onion …

  7. I know that what I am about to say is just speculation, but didn’t you say the husband ran a private school for underprivileged kids? After seeing what happened with Sandusky…makes me wonder, perhaps it is not the first time this has happened…and, who knows if he has “settled” with someone before.

  8. RalphB says:

    Greek voters reject austerity, turn to radical parties of left and right

    Orestis Papadopoulos said he was excited to be among the 110,000 Greeks voting for the first time. “If you asked me whether I’d vote even a few months back I would have said ‘bah, no way,’” he said. “But this is critical. First they put a pistol to our heads, now they’re shoving it down our throats. All this austerity has been for nothing. It doesn’t work. And I want to add my voice to those people saying ‘no’.”

  9. wampaleaks says:

    On top of all the troubling aspects here is the suggestion by investigating officers that someone at a “higher pay grade” than they were in Massachusetts made this go away in Florida. While the Patrick Administration didn’t “investigate” this matter, it appears they weighed in to get their man Stan off the hook. That’s a federal matter and should be investigated by the FBI – does anyone know how to refer such a case to them? Politicians in one state should not be helping their vacationing senior officials avoid prosecution for child sex crimes in another. Stanley McGee somehow got diplomatic immunity in Florida simply by being an important political insider to Governor Deval Patrick – and now he’s getting a plum job in charge of preventing corruption from taking root in Massachusetts casinos? Good luck with that!

    • bostonboomer says:

      I wouldn’t be surprised if Patrick weighed in on this, but I don’t think we should let the Florida prosecutor off the hook either. Thanks for your comment!