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What do Poindexter's teachers do in the summer?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Ace, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. Ace

    Ace Well-Known Member

    Associated Press
    MINEOLA, Texas (AP) — In the windowless front rooms of a former day care center in a tiny Texas community, children as young as 5 were fed powerful painkillers they knew as “silly pills” and forced to perform sex shows for a crowd of adults.
    Two people have already been convicted in the case. Now a third person with ties to the club, previously known in town only as a swingers group, is set to go on trial Monday not far from Mineola, population 5,100.
    “This really shook this town,” said Shirley Chadwick, a longtime resident of Mineola. “This was horrible.”
    Patrick Kelly, 41, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, tampering with physical evidence and engaging in organized criminal activity.
    In all, six adults have been charged in connection with the case, including a parent of the three siblings involved.
    Jurors this year deliberated less than five minutes before returning guilty verdicts against the first two defendants, who were accused of grooming the kids for sex shows in “kindergarten” classes and passing off Vicodin as “silly pills” to help the children perform.
    Jamie Pittman and Shauntel Mayo were sentenced to life in prison. Kelly also faces a life sentence if convicted, and Smith County prosecutors hope for another swift verdict.
    Thad Davidson, Kelly’s attorney, said his client passed a lie-detector test proving his innocence and worries about getting a fair trial in Tyler, 25 miles southeast of Mineola, which is in Wood County.
    “I think it’s impossible to get a fair trial within 80 miles of Smith County,” Davidson said.
    Mineola, about 80 miles east of Dallas, is a close-knit, conservative bean-processing town of with more than 30 churches. Residents there want to put the scandal behind them as quickly as possible.
    The one-story building where prosecutors say four children — the three siblings, now ages 12, 10 and 7, and their 10-year-old aunt — were trained to perform in front of an audience of 50 to 100 once a week has been vacant since the landlord ousted the alleged organizers in 2004.
    Down a slight hill is a retirement home, and even closer is the office of the local newspaper. Doris Newman, editor of The Mineola Monitor, said rumors of swinger parties spread around town but that no one mentioned children being involved.
    Newman, who can see the building from her office window, said she remembers the parking lot filling up with more than a dozen cars at night.
    In August 2004, an editorial under the headline “Sex In the City” opined that if the swingers left quietly, “we’ll try and forget they’ve infiltrated our town with their set of moral standards.”
    “It’s not that we’re trying to look the other way,” Newman said. “But there’s a lot more to Mineola than that.”
  2. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Poindexter's going to need more salacious details.
  3. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    If true, hang 'em.

    That said, there are any number of cases in the past that cause me to have doubts about this one.

  4. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    Except this is a FORMER day care building. Has nothing to do with a day care now.
  5. 2muchcoffeeman

    2muchcoffeeman Active Member

    The principle is still there.

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