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7 December 2008
Domestic violence industry: criminal
By Carey Roberts
The domestic violence industry has a habit of attracting unsavory
characters into its ranks. And now three former operatives are doing hard time.
Take Barbara Dehl of Nampa, Idaho. Ten years ago Dehl single-handedly lobbied for passage of Cassie’s Law, a bill aimed at stopping dating violence. That achievement landed her on the Montel Williams Show, and Sen. Mike Crapo hailed Dehl as the “Spirit of Idaho.” Her crowning moment came in 2002 when she was invited to serve on the National Advisory Committee on Violence Against Women.
But then Dehl got caught up in drug trafficking charges and a murder case. Two years ago Dehl was sentenced to 15 years in the slammer for the kidnapping and macabre torturing of a 20-year-old man and his girlfriend.
About the same time Cindy Lou Shores, director of the South Central Region Tribal Nations and Friends Domestic Violence Coalition in Oklahoma, was pilfering $106,000 from the coalition’s cookie jar. This past March, Shores was sentenced to 17 months in federal prison.
And two months ago the former head of Domestic Violence Emergency Services, John Scott, was sentenced to a year behind bars for stealing money from the Roanoke, Va. abuse shelter. After Scott leaves jail, he will serve another year of probation and pay $48,000 in restitution….(Full Story)
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