Perry brothers have had no affiliation with KPLL since 2000

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To the editor:

As most Bristolians are aware, two former residents, brothers Jesse and Richard Perry, have been arrested on multiple counts of 1st and 2nd degree child molestation. Since their arrests, there has been much coverage in the media, both in print and on television. Most if not all of this coverage has emphasized both brothers were employed by school systems and volunteered as Little League and Pop Warner coaches.

In the wake of recent incidents on the local and national level, it is understandable that residents and especially parents are concerned and interested in these arrests. The news coverage associating the accused with our children’s schools and youth sporting organizations is no doubt especially troublesome to parents. Unfortunately many accounts have painted a cloudy picture, leaving the reader or viewer wondering when they were coaches and if their children could have come in contact with the accused.

As president of King Philip Little League and on behalf of the board of directors, we feel it is important to clarify the statements linking the accused Perry brothers with King Philip Little League. While both brothers may have been involved in Little League in coaching and umpiring capacities in the past, we feel it important that parents and Bristolians be assured that neither accused has had any affiliation what so ever with King Philip Little League since the 2000 season, when I and the longest standing board member of KPLL started coaching.

Little League International, along with the Town of Bristol, both require background checks of national criminal and sexual offender databases be performed on all Little League volunteers. Only after passing these background checks are volunteers' names brought forward for consideration for managing, coaching, or volunteer positions. Their selections are then weighed by the board  based on their baseball knowledge, integrity, and good standing within the league.

Little League Baseball is about introducing and teaching baseball, emphasizing good sportsmanship, learning the importance of teamwork, having fun, and building lasting and happy memories. It is the mission of the KPLL Board and the whole KPLL family to provide our children those opportunities and to do so in a safe environment, and we want to assure you we take that responsibility very seriously.

Respectfully,

Mark DeFelice

Bristol

President, KPLL 2013

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laurie.maysalves

Mr DeFelice,

While I appreciate your attempt, I do not know how this should elleviate concerns on the part of parents? What about prior to 2000?

Also the "Perry Brothers" had NO record to be checked. So until very recently they could have passed your background check AND with their history and experience in the school systems etc... they very well could have gotten back into the KPLL system without suspicion.

I appreciate your thought... but your words are merely that, Words.

Friday, January 11, 2013 | Report this
focus

I smell kangaroos.

Monday, January 14, 2013 | Report this
md8162

To all that have replied,

The reason for our email was simple and exactly what was intended. News articles and television reports have linked the accused to KPLL. My comments were to ensure parents who might be wondering if their children were put in contact with the accused by playing in KPLL.

While I can't reassure anyone who's children played in KPLL or any other organization prior to 2000 I can ensure those who have been played since my involvement which began in 2000 that their children were not. And as a board and as President we felt that any parents who could be reassure should be. It was as simple as that.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Report this
md8162

This will be the one and only time I will reply to someone who doesn't have the courage to put their name on what they write. Since 2000 The two accused Perry Brothers have NEVER unpired KPLL games. KPLL does not schedule umpires on the district, state, or national level. I can't and answer for them. I can answer for KPLL. I also have been to many but not all All Star games and have never seen either of the accused umpiring or coaching at any. If they have umpired and coached at an All star level it was not for KPLL. My letter was to reassure based on fact. Yours obviously is to incite and cause panic based on inuendo and maybe's.

If you or any parents would like to speak to me regarding this issue and how it pertains to KPLL feel free to contact me. My email info is contained on the KPLL website and I will gladly speak with you via email or by phone provided I am told who i am speaking to.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Report this
focus

Way to go Mark.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

As a victim, and reading all these comments, you kpll people can kiss my a@& !, i never played the sport but my 2 brothers and parents were very involved i was only 11, I WITNESSED INAPPROPIATE MASSAGING BY JESSE AND RICK, in the concession stand in front of a handfull of adults when kids got hurt, thier hands crossed the boundaries,and mark dont give yourself a party a molester does not wear a sign, in fact they are liked and trusted by people close to the victim, until the victims speak up, so dont be so sure there is not another one involved in kpll now, its a molesters dream job, they get the pick of the crop. YOU MAY EAT YOUR WORDS, just sayin, Wouldnt suprise me OPEN YOUR EYES, BE AWARE, LISTEN TO "SILENT WORDS" FROM CHILDREN, IF 3 BROTHERS CAN VIOLATE THOUSANDS OF KIDS IN THE SMALLEST TOWN IN THE SMALLEST STATE OF THE BIGGEST COUNTRY, IT CAN HAPPEN ANYWHERE, AND IT CAN HAPPEN AGAIN!!! YES IN BRISTOL, AGAIN, if they were victims it makes them that much sicker, the idea would NEVER enter my mind!!

Monday, January 21, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

And mark, and bristol 99 whoever you are hiding behind that username, ask yourself this, if there were rumors, (wich there were about thier actions), would you wait until there were charges filed to keep them away from YOUR CHILDREN ?, i thought not

Monday, January 21, 2013 | Report this
panther0055

Ironic but I was a victim of Jessie the day before my 10 year old all star game against Newport nationals.

Monday, January 21, 2013 | Report this
focus

Sincerely sorry for you. If you haven't gone already, do you need a ride or someone to go with you to talk to the police ?

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Report this
panther0055

Focus:

Thanks but I was one if the first people to come forward in 2004.

To mark and everyone trying to skirt responsibility. We as a town were responsible to a degree. Everyone knew and heard the rumors about them I just think we didn't want to accept it.

However,

The only people responsible for molesting kids truly are the perpetrators.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

Dokken, you are so right nobody is responsible, we all know the rumors existed in the 80s when we were in high school and long since already been violated, they remained in the youth programs, CMA is such an appropiate statement, i along with you and others also part of the original complaints will now get what we sought years ago, it going to be long awaited justice for all ! And to those who protect, defend, and think if more people had the "hearts of these men" its your choice to do so, so by some miricale they get off, im sure they will be willing to babysitt yours sons if you need them to, FREE OF CHARGE BECAUSE YOUR SONS WILL PAY !!!!!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

alan, i am not blaming anyone, but when the president says they do checks on volunteers and their children are safe he is not only wrong but niave the perrys all would have passed checked and there is nothing wrong with any of my comments, the remark about babysitting if you can read and understand english was directed to the supporters and defenders of the perry brothers, not that i need to explain myself to you, its obvious to me you just personally dont like me. oh well, im not gona loose sleep over it

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

and for the record MANY others have read my comments and commend me for them and agree, you are entitled to your opinion and im not on here to argue someones personal opinion, just to state mine wich im entitled to, so if your offended i appoligize

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

and as dokken said and i agreed if can read i will even quote it for you " the only one responsible for these act are the perpertrators

Wednesday, January 23, 2013 | Report this
faul.settough

A quick work of advice to Rick - you can't expect to be taken seriously if you can't even form a coherent sentence or present an intelligently thought out answer to fairly straightforward and relevant questions.

If you lived in town all this time and went about your life day to day - WHERE WERE YOU with the supposed news about Rick for twenty years!? It's not like the guy was hiding out.

All I read from you and Don Dokken is how these brothers molested THOUSANDS OF KIDS. I find that a bit far fetched and honestly it casts doubt on the whole witch hunt itself. You should put all of your facts on paper, memorize them, and then stay on point without shooting yourself in the foot to be preserved forever on the Internet.

Saturday, January 26, 2013 | Report this
jrphillips1

Faul, witch hunt?? Really?? You believe this is a witch hunt?? If you were not there behind closed doors, you're opinion really doesn't have value, and whether someone can form a coherent sentence or not has absolutely nothing to do with being sexually abused! It is ignorant people, like yourself, who are willing to turn a blind eye!! Just because all this came out years after it occurred does not mean that it did not happen, I was a victim, and believe me, it happened! Did I spell everything correctly for you?? Was this coherent enough for you??

Sunday, January 27, 2013 | Report this
jrphillips1

Faul, also proofread your own comments first....."work" of advice was not any part of my English class!!

Sunday, January 27, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

thank you jim......

deerest faul, i cam forwed yeers ago sew git yur faks strait, ignorence reely dosn't deserv a responce. oops that shud bee a cama, i donte no any1 whoe dosnt mak typos or properlly punkuates on thee net. and as bad as was in english, i dont remember a phrase "work of advice" either, but hay ime knot that brite annyways rite, maybe its because i went to public schools, so you can blame my parents. and to belittle someone or discredit them because of their IQ further shows YOUR ignorance, not mine,

Sunday, January 27, 2013 | Report this
lmarshall4365

Rick, I can't begin to imagine what you have gone through and are going through. I commend you and all the victims that have come forward. I read a statement you made in the paper that said if you coming forward and speaking saves just one child.....well you have probably have just saved many. I'm sorry for your pain and hope you can continue to heal.

Monday, January 28, 2013 | Report this
rick.lombardi.79

alanm,

please refer to the second sentence in my last comment

Thursday, January 31, 2013 | Report this

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