BOSTON (May 9, 2012)– Claiming that the Massachusetts Gaming Commission’s failure to investigate allegations of child molestation before hiring a top staffer “is unacceptable and inexcusable,” State Representative Dan Winslow (R-Norfolk) today announced that he has hired one of the state’s most respected and experienced investigators to review the circumstances of the alleged incident and to prepare a report for the Gaming Commission and Governor to review and act accordingly.
C. Stanley McGee was tapped for the most senior executive role as Interim Executive Director on the newly-formed Gaming Commission this week after the Commission refused Winslow’s request to delay the hiring for a week pending due diligence investigation. McGee had been sued in Suffolk Superior Court by the child’s family for civil damages arising from the alleged incident and the parties entered into a confidential settlement agreement. In remarks prepared for delivery outside the House Chamber in the Massachusetts State House, Winslow described the allegations of the civil complaint as “detailed, graphic and heartbreaking.”
The Commission cited McGee’s “presumption of innocence” in declining to investigate the allegations because the Florida prosecutor decided not to pursue the criminal case for lack of sufficient evidence such as DNA and a corroborating witness. The Florida prosecutor determined he could not prove the criminal charge of Sexual Battery on a Minor by proof beyond a reasonable doubt without such evidence. In a letter sent earlier this week to the Commission, Winslow urged the agency to reconsider its decision because “lack of prosecution is not tantamount to exoneration” from the alleged conduct. According to Winslow, “the Commission owes no one any presumption of innocence. Instead, the Commission should follow the example of Reagan with the Russians and trust but verify.”
Winslow has hired former Massachusetts State Police Detective Lieutenant Inspector Bob Long, a 22 year veteran and one of the most respected and experienced investigators in Massachusetts, to conduct a due diligence investigation of McGee and to compile a report of his findings for consideration by the Gaming Commission and Governor Deval Patrick. Long has a stellar record in Massachusetts law enforcement circles for his success in major cases, including developing the first electronic surveillance of James “Whitey” Bulger and Stephen “Rifleman” Flemmi. He has received commendations from a US President and Governors for his work and was selected as “Trooper of the Year” in his past service. Long now has a private investigation practice and is licensed in both Massachusetts and Florida. Patrick most recently hired McGee to serve in a senior position in his administration and the Gaming Commission has stated that it plans to “borrow” McGee for the interim position.
“After the report is prepared, I will again ask the Gaming Commission and the Governor to review the findings and to take whatever action is appropriate in the circumstances,” said Winslow. Winslow will pay the cost of the investigation from his political committee to the extent allowed by law and also will ask for public support to defray the cost of the investigation by inviting donations online at www.duediligencefund.com. Any donations to the fund in excess of the cost of the investigation will be contributed to the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children.