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#388944 - 03/11/12 04:26 AM Nine more claim abuse by Red Sox clubhouse manager
Richard Gartner, PhD Offline
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this is posted on the main survivors forum, but I think it should be here as well

Monday March 5, 2012

Nine more claim abuse by late Red Sox clubhouse manager

Story Highlights

The statute of limitations has passed against Donald Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005
Two former Baltimore Orioles batboys are among those making the new claims

BOSTON (AP)—Nine more men are accusing a now-dead Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager of sexual abuse, including assaults at Fenway Park and Memorial Stadium, former home of the Baltimore Orioles.

Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said 11 men have now come forward to him to claim abuse by Donald Fitzpatrick between the 1960s and early 1990s.

Ten of the men worked in their teens as clubhouse attendants, including eight who worked for the Red Sox and two for the Orioles. Another man says he was 12 when Fitzpatrick lured him to his Randolph home with promises of baseball memorabilia, then molested him.

Ron Shelton, a former Orioles attendant, said Fitzpatrick molested him twice, the first time after cornering him in an equipment room in 1990 at Memorial Stadium.

“I just want to know, `Why did this happen?’ He violated me,” Shelton said at a news conference with Garabedian in Boston on Monday.

Fitzpatrick, who died in 2005, resigned from the Red Sox in 1991 after the first of the charges against him. In 2002, he pleaded guilty to attempted sexual battery on a child under 12. The Red Sox have also settled a lawsuit by seven Florida men who claimed Fitzpatrick abused them.

Counting the newest allegations, 21 men in three states have accused Fitzpatrick of sexual abuse.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if there were hundreds of victims of Donald Fitzpatrick out there,” Garabedian said. “Pedophiles don’t stop until they’re caught, or until they pass away. They just do not stop and he had a 30-year reign.”

Garabedian said he’s asking for $5 million for each victim from the Orioles or Red Sox, depending on which team they worked for when Fitzpatrick allegedly abused them.

He called on the Red Sox to release any information they have about Fitzpatrick, including any documents related to abuse charges or if there are any confidential settlements.

Garabedian also said he’s considering asking the state attorney general to conduct an investigation into Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick’s death ended the possibility of criminal charges against him, and Garabedian said no civil action is possible in at least nine of his 11 cases because the statute of limitations has expired.

But he said the team should have known what was going on, and the current Sox owners have a responsibility to the victims, even though the alleged abuse happened under a different group of owners.

Garabedian is a prominent attorney for clergy sex abuse victims in Boston and he repeatedly compared the Red Sox to the Boston Archdiocese, saying the team was being equally silent about the abuse at Fenway Park.

“Another cathedral in Boston has a dirty little secret,” he said.

The Red Sox on Monday released the same statement by team attorney Daniel Goldberg that they released when the first of Garabedian’s clients came forward in December. The statement said Fitzpatrick’s action were “abhorrent” and noted he was forced out by a previous ownership group as soon as the accusations became known.

“The club is unaware of any specifics regarding the matters brought forward recently by these individuals but, given the sensitive nature of the matter, will not have further comment,” the statement read.

The Orioles did not comment.

On Monday, Shelton said his work as the visiting teams’ clubhouse attendant was a “dream” job. Shelton, then 17, was based in Baltimore and would dress in the visitor’s uniform and assist with various duties, including working as their batboy and handling the equipment. He even played catch with players and signed autographs.

Shelton, 38, said Fitzpatrick seemed friendly when they met and insisted people call him “Fitz.” But he said Fitzpatrick first molested him after finding him alone in the equipment room and convincing him to take off his shirt after admiring his physique. After it was over, Fitzpatrick left with the instructions: “Be good.”

“I felt that meant … don’t tell nobody what happened, and I’ll see you the next time,” Shelton said.

Shelton said he dreaded the Red Sox return trip to Baltimore that year and tried unsuccessfully to avoid Fitzpatrick when he was molested a second time. He said he quit the job after the season due to anxiety over what happened, then vowed never to talk about it, thinking he was the only victim and no one would believe him.

But he said after allegations against Fitzpatrick came out last year, he decided to come forward to help other victims.

“I can help them out by saying, `This person, he was a monster, and you’re not the only one that this happened to,”’ he said.


#388961 - 03/11/12 12:43 PM Re: Nine more claim abuse by Red Sox clubhouse manager [Re: Richard Gartner, PhD]
catfish86 Offline

Registered: 10/27/09
Posts: 832
Loc: Ohio
One thing I don't think I will ever really come to terms with is that my silence doomed others to the same fate. There are many valid reasons for my acting the way I did but the silence is the worst. I wish I was able to blow the whistle on him. But it never happened.

God grant me
The Serenity to accept the things I cannot change,
The Courage to change the things I can,
And the Wisdom to know the difference.

#389115 - 03/13/12 02:49 AM Re: Nine more claim abuse by Red Sox clubhouse manager [Re: catfish86]
Pete2004 Offline

Registered: 08/06/04
Posts: 958
Loc: North Carolina
Catfish, we have a wonderful ability to look back on our lives. This ability can be fun, affirming, pleasant as we think of good things, times, places and people.
This ability to look back also can be a curse when we look back with regret. Often times, our emotions become frozen at the age we were abused. However, we grow up, mature and change all the while, the part of the damaged emotions stay frozen at that age. I and many of our brothers are guilty of looking back through our adult eyes and brains and expecting that young child we were to have behaved or acted or reacted differently and be more consistent to our current age..... Somewhat of an impossibility. We beat ourselves up because we as 8,10 or x year old, didn't act like a 20, 40 or X year old.

You were not the abuser, you were the victim. You behaved in the best and most proper way that you could at the time, you protected yourself from the shame, or threats, or intimidation.

I know that I was not the first child that my abusers abused. I was one of many, yet it has never occurred to me to blame the guys before me that they had not turned the perp in. I don't blame them, and I feel certain the boys who followed you, DO NOT blame you.

I hope what I am trying to communicate makes sense and helps,

Your brother in recovery,


There is a destiny that makes us brothers;
No one goes his way alone;
What we send into the lives of others,
comes back into our own. (Edwin Markham)

#389120 - 03/13/12 04:11 AM Re: Nine more claim abuse by Red Sox clubhouse manager [Re: Pete2004]
MrEdd Offline

Registered: 01/24/03
Posts: 341
Loc: Texas
Catfish, Nobody listened to kids years ago.
It wouldn't have worked.

The ONLY reason things have changed is because telecommunications have made it public and undeniable (by way of literally millions of pictures of kids being raped seized from online pedophile rings) just how much of this goes on.

Were it not for the big pedophile busts starting with the computer bulletin board stings of the early 1980s the press would still be supressing stories like this (for the good of society don'cha know.)

Some Things are not problems to be solved, rather, they are facts which must be coped with over time.

#389151 - 03/13/12 10:47 AM Re: Nine more claim abuse by Red Sox clubhouse manager [Re: catfish86]
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Registered: 02/16/07
Posts: 7011
Loc: FEMA Region 1
Originally Posted By: catfish86
One thing I don't think I will ever really come to terms with is that my silence doomed others to the same fate. There are many valid reasons for my acting the way I did but the silence is the worst. I wish I was able to blow the whistle on him. But it never happened.

Catfish. If you could have, you would have!

PLEASE don't even feel badly about not whistle-blowing as it was not you doing the crime. Its like a passenger in a bus-crash thinking he could have saved fellow passengers.

#389181 - 03/13/12 04:38 PM Re: Nine more claim abuse by Red Sox clubhouse manager [Re: catfish86]
unhappycamper Offline

Registered: 10/21/11
Posts: 754
Loc: VA
Hey, I don't even REMEMBER if I said anything when the Bad Stuff happened, or if anyone found out by some other means, or if there were any consequences for the perp.

But I sure understand why kids keep quiet for a long time. Peace!



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