Thursday, May 02, 2013

A question: in the case of an accusation of pedophilia, what do you do when the alleged perpetrator is dead?

An EOM reader recently posted a comment on an old post, in one of our obituaries, alleging pedophilia. It is a serious matter, and one clearly deserving further investigation. There was a case, recently, in Great Britain where a nationally reknown and now deceased entertainer was posthumously accused of the same, and the charges went straight to the top of the BBC.

What is the difference, if the alleged perpetrator of a sex crime is famous, or, not? In the case of the BBC, the implication is that the illegal behavior was tolerated because jeopardizing the brand was worse, to senior executives, than exposing the crime. That turns out to trigger a second story. What do you do, when the perpetrator who has passed away, successfully hid behind a shield; whether of celebrity, community appreciation, or the walls of his or her home?

The reach of the law can't reach beyond the cemetary but exposure may provide some relief to victims. On the other hand, how does one prove an injury so grave?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The problem is the person is dead and cannot refute or admit to it. Unless they have proof or documentation it would be difficult for the allegations to stick. Why wait until a person dies to reveal the crime? Let him face the accuser, and if found guilty, pay the consequences while he can in this life. Given the times we live in, I could see people falsely accusing someone for the express purpose of trying to destroy their legacy after death with this kind of thing. My suggestion to this person would be to seek counseling to help him/her mentally deal with it.