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12-Step Psychologist Arrested on Attempted Child-rape charge

A psychologist in Seattle who directs a 12-step rehab centre, and co-wrote this book advocating AA and the 12-step approach to treatment for alcohol addiction, has been arrested on charges of attempted rape of a child:

Well-known Seattle psychologist jailed in attempted child-rape case

David Scratchley, director of a Christian-based substance-abuse recovery center in Belltown, was booked into the jail early Friday.

He refused to attend his first court hearing on Saturday afternoon, where King County District Court Judge Arthur Chapman found probable cause to hold him on investigation of attempted rape of a child in the first degree and communicating with a minor for immoral purposes. Scratchley was ordered held without bail; he is scheduled to return to court Wednesday.

Dan Donohoe, spokesman for the King County Prosecutor’s Office, said Sunday that a charging decision will be made by Wednesday.

A law-enforcement source close to the investigation said Scratchley had attempted suicide and is being held in the section of the jail for mentally ill inmates.

Scratchley, 52, is suspected of attempting to rape a 10-year-old boy, according to police. Scratchley directs the Matt Talbot New Hope Recovery Center and used to be clinical director at Seattle Children’s Home, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the mental-health needs of children and their families.

Police were called to Scratchley’s home at 3:30 p.m. Thursday after a woman told officers he invited her over “so they could both sexually assault a child,” Seattle police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb said. Officers immediately responded to Scratchley’s apartment building and found the boy.

12-Stepping Acadiana Style

Acadiana Outreach is a community outreach program in Layfayette, Louisiana. It provides services for those in need, including 12-Step recovery services. They’ve run into some recent financial problems, and have had to lay off employees and shut down some locations. The current CEO is blaming it all on the bad economy. It looks like there is a little more to the story than that:

The recent shake-up at Acadiana Outreach Center, one of the area’s largest private non-profit social service agencies, has been attributed to mismanagement and difficult financial times.

A Daily Advertiser investigation, however, shows a deeper, more systemic string of misbehavior and a reluctance to report problems, revelations that could further erode public confidence in the battered agency that desperately needs community donations and support to provide its services to the homeless and needy.

Major violations, according to documents received from a public records request filed with the state Department of Health and Hospitals, include:

» An Outreach Center house supervisor, for several months, engaged in a consensual sexual relationship with a substance-abuse patient.

» A separate house director stole money from a patient’s bank account and used it to run up a flurry of charges at casinos, restaurants and nail shops around the state.

» The center hired recovering alcoholics and drug addicts immediately after their treatment ended, a violation of the state’s Access to Recovery program policies.

» The center admitted 13 new patients after being expressly told not to while the program was on suspension, costing the center precious state money.

» Then-CEO Rick Newton, who was fired earlier this month, either reported violations late or not at all, in disregard of state policy.

The full story here: AOC leaves trail of bad behavior

Chucky D. Gets Acquittal

Charles “Chucky” Doucette Jr., an AA and convicted murderer in Beverly, Massachusetts; got a “not guilty” verdict in his assault trial.  He was accused of threatening his sweetie with a bullet to the head, and pulling her alongside his truck. According to the neighbor, it was Chucky’s girlfriend, another AA who he had 13th-stepped, who was the instigator this serenity battle:

Doucettte is found not guilty of assault

Upset that the girlfriend he met in Alcoholics Anonymous was drinking again, Doucette took back the key she had to his home and moved out her belongings, Markus testified. While they argued outside his house, she claimed he threatened her and then, while she was standing beside the driver’s side window of his truck, he “dragged” her alongside as he drove away.

But Doucette’s neighbor, Sophia Mahalares, said she witnessed the incident from her second-floor window and told the jury that Markus was not dragged.

“She fell straight down to the ground,” Mahalares said. Markus was unsteady on her feet and appeared drunk, the neighbor said. And, from her vantage point, Mahalares said, it looked like Markus was hitting or grabbing Doucette through his truck window.

Fifteen minutes after calling 911, Markus left a voice mail with Doucette telling him to “get your ass back here.” She left six more voice mails for him, called his sister looking for him and then at 9:21 p.m., “after not getting what she wants,” she called back the police, Dullea said. It was then, 31/2 hours after the incident and her initial report, that she first mentioned the threat to authorities.

It’s a classic American love story!

Serenity Searching With Chuck W.

Charles A Williams, Jr., an AA in New York with a scorching case of resentment, has been sentenced to five years of probation. Chuck is a serenity thief, who abused his position as Highway Superintendent by using town workers as his personal construction and landscaping crew. Shortly after his arrest, he threatened to shoot the local district attorney – for which he spent 97 days in the pokey:

No jail time for ex-Patterson highway chief

As part of the sentence, Williams, 47, will serve no jail time, having already spent 97 days at the county jail after threatening to shoot Putnam County District Attorney Adam Levy soon after his February 2010 arrest. Williams, who resigned from his elected $89,000-a-year job this past February when he pleaded guilty to a single count of second-degree grand larceny, will be on probation for five years, less the 97 days served in jail.

Visiting state Supreme Court Justice Albert Lorenzo also ordered a curfew for the first year of probation that requires Williams to be at his East Branch Road home from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m., except for Fridays, when he can stay out to 10 p.m. to attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings.

Williams ‘ home at 699 E. Branch Road was at the center of the corruption case after state police and prosecutors said he used town workers on town time to put an addition on the home and landscape around his pool. He also used town mechanics to fix his personal vehicles on town time and stole $12,000 in gas from the Highway Department.

Nicely done, Chuck!

“My name is ‘Dick’, and I’m an Assaholic*”

A couple of days ago, AA historian and relentless self-promoter Dick B, took time out from herding sheep into his personal condo, tax write-off Serenity Ranch, so he could write a hit-and-run post over at Massive Attack’s Stop 13th Step In AA blog. It was the classic “blame the victim” response found so often in the rooms of AA:

“He who writes about 13th stepping in A.A. and then tars and feathers A.A. is usually someone who has put very little into A.A., received very little from A.A., and retained a resentment that A.A. could have helped him cast away….”

Translation: If you were used and manipulated by an AA member, at the the very time that you were most vulnerable and seeking help from a from a group who told you to quit thinking and to not trust your own judgment – then the problem is yours, not AA’s. It’s your own damn fault! This is like a defense attorney implying a sexual assault victim wouldn’t have anything to worry about, if she didn’t dress like a whore. Continue reading “My name is ‘Dick’, and I’m an Assaholic*”

Pressing The Mute’s Buttons


A couple of months ago I wrote this post about AA’s tradition of anonymity, and how AAs use it (and break it) to suit their purposes. Among the reasons for breaking anonymity that I wrote about, were for spin control, and as as an abuse excuse. After reading this op-ed in the Cape Cod Times, I felt compelled to add a third reason: as an appeal for sympathy in order to bilk the good people of Massachusetts out of some more tax money. Continue reading Pressing The Mute’s Buttons

Quote of the Day

“The deal with AA is that we don’t give a conception of God. Whatever conception you have is good enough to start. It is vital though, that one be convinced that they are alcoholic. Then we move on to the God thing.”

Jim, an AA and two-hatter, pulling the AA bait and switch routine on a “prospect.”