Board quits en masse over volunteer convicted for sexual exploitation
[Ms. Tetley told me that she'd been informed an article about my book was about to appear in The Post; I said a few things to her describing its contents. Go to the first highlighted passage below.] ------>#
Calgary's eight-member Equitable Child Maintenance and Access Society board resigned en masse last week after demanding the Edmonton group sever ties with [Tim] Adams, who was arrested in 1996 after he approached one of his clients, a 16-year-old prostitute, for sex. The practising lawyer pleaded guilty, received a 15-month conditional sentence and was disbarred in 1998.
Marina Forbister, a founding member of the
"We have some dirty linen here and we need to clean
it," she said. "We just don't feel (
The controversy only surfaced last month after political
infighting erupted following a board of directors vote in
President Bob Bouvier of the
Bouvier said Adams, who will not be working with children, has been a tremendous asset to the group and doesn't feel it was in the group's best interest to disallow him from helping out in support groups.
"It's an incident that happened five years ago and he's been quite open about the fact he's had this problem," he said. "We feel that he's suffered, admitted his wrong and we just don't know that we should be disallowing him from trying to do good."
The Herald could not reach
"It is our understanding that some of his views are not in line with what we are trying to promote," said Forbister, adding that she had not read the book.
She said Christensen should have stepped aside while the issue was examined. [We'll see that this is not what her group said--like the Post reporter, they demanded expulsion with no talk of investigation.] [Next]
A motion last week to suspend Christensen for three months was denied, said Bouvier.
"Generally no one thought what was written in his book applied to what he was doing," he said. "We don't suspend first and find out later. [This article was published 2½ weeks before the Post one about me] [Back]