"My story is part of an effort by Safe Kids International to raise awareness about an issue of social injustice which is endangering millions of children around the world. There is an epidemic of family court judges deliberately disregarding substantial evidence of serious child abuse and granting custody to the abusive father. This is my story."
Both of his hands were clenched tightly around my neck and I was pinned to the floor. Our 14 year old son came up behind my now ex-husband with a wooden baseball bat threatening to crack him over the head with it to force him to release me while our 10 year old son jumped on his father's back putting his hands over his eyes. The two girls stood off to the side screaming and begging their father to stop choking me as a call came in. One of the girls answered screaming and it was a friend who called the police. As my now ex-husband ran out the front door, he threatened to return and run over my skull smashing it into a "thousand pieces" if I filed for child support for our four children. This would be the beginning of a 14 year nightmare, to compound years of domestic violence, that started with a PFA and is ending with foreclosure, bankruptcy, permanent disabilities and poverty caused by a long substantiated history of child and spousal abuse, then years of retaliation from the family court mafia for reporting that abuse to criminal authorites in 2004. As we entered this system of organized crime, we had no idea what we were walking into or that we had no rights that would be protected by any authority in the United States governement, law enforcement or in the state of Pennsylvania.
We entered the family court on 9-7-2001 with a PFA against Dr. Kevin D. Clark M.D., Sewickley PA Ophthalmologist (eye surgeon), my husband at that time, and father of our four children. As a dependent spouse with four children, my now ex husband would be paying the fees to litigate the family cases for both of us. The family court mafia could see a million dollar case on the horizon with the youngest child being 7 and serious allegations of domestic violence and child abuse reported.
Substantial evidence of a long history of abuse included police reports, letters from the school district, women's shelters and therapists. There was also a deposition of admitted abuse from my now ex-husband that included punching and kicking the children, holding them over the second story banister by their feet threatening to drop them on their heads, holding butcher knives to my throat threatening to kill me in front of the children, nudity in front of the children and threatening to kill himself in front of the children. Three therapists were willing to testify to verify abuse in the custody case but the judge denied the request.
All of the children reported abuse to a custody evaluator hired by Dr. Kevin D. Clark and my oldest son disclosed being sexually assaulted with a broomstick and curtain rod to the custody evaluator. When I learned that my son had been sexually assaulted from the custody evaluator, I questioned my son only to learn that his sister had witnessed one of these attacks and that my younger son had also been sexually assaulted in the same way. The four children were ages 13, 12, 10, 7 in 2001, when these crimes were reported by the children.
The Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Court Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan, the court ordered custody evaluator, Dr. Mark E. King, and court appointed reunification therapist, Dr. William F. Fischer, refused to report sexual assaults perpetrated against the children, criminal child abuse and criminal spousal abuse reported at the onset of the family case. They did this because the abuser was a surgeon funding the family case for himself and the dependent spouse.
The case went on for years with five custody trials arguing about abuse admitted and reported at the onset of the case. Unsupervised visitation was ordered three years into the custody case for the two younger children, ages 10 and 13, at the time in 2004. Refusing to visit, my 13 year old son ran away from his middle school to evade unsupervised contact with his father. He also reported to police that he had been sexually assaulted several years earlier by his father before his father had moved out of the family home in 2001.
A criminal case for felony sexual assault was filed on behalf of three of the children, four years into the family case, in 2005, for the same crimes reported to the family court in 2002. The family court judge, Kathleen R. Mulligan, retaliated for reporting to criminal authorities by forcing the crime victims to visit with their father, Dr. Kevin D. Clark M.D., unsupervised, through the criminal process. The judge also left the same order, for unsupervised visitation, in place, after a no contest plea from father to three lesser charges of endangering the welfare of a child on 12-15- 2006.
Family court Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan used her economic power in the family case, to coerce a criminal plea deal for the criminal Defendant by denying the family half of the assets, withholding the divorce settlement, and withholding the settlement agreement until a plea was entered for the criminal Defendant that included no jail time and no felonies. The original charges filed initially were: 18 § 3123 §§ A6 F1 INVOLUNTARY DEVIATE SEXUAL IINTERCOURSE W/ PERSON LESS THAN 13 YRS AGE, ATTEMPT INVOL. DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE W/ CHIL, 18 § 2902 §§ 1 M1 UNLAW RESTRAINT/RISK SER INJURY, ATTEMPT INVOL. DEVIATE SEXUAL INTERCOURSE W/ CHIL, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 3125 §§ A8 F2 AGG. IND. ASSAULT - COMP. LESS THAN 16, 18 § 4304 ENDANGERING WELFARE OF CHILDREN, 18 § 4304 ENDANGERING WELFARE OF CHILDREN, 18 § 6301 §§ A M1 CORRUPTION OF MINORS.
The family spent the entire divorce settlement in legal fees and taxes to protect the children from a known danger as the family entered the case 2002. The final reward to the convicted criminal in the family court was a permanent non-modifiable child support order, “waived” -ordered unpaid child support of $400,000, refusal of health insurance, and no reimbursements of health and psychological treatment expenses, leaving the family in poverty.
The adult children filed personal injury complaints in the civil division to recover costs for medical and psychological treatment as a result of the abuse from the convicted criminal. The civil/criminal Defendant made a phone call to the civil division and had the same family court judge assigned to the civil cases. Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan had herself assigned to protect her retention election and pension (TAPED EVIDENCE!) and to tank the civil personal injury case.
The civil cases were obstructed by Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan, who kept out all evidence of child abuse from the family and criminal cases. All family and civil cases were sealed to prevent the now adult victims from seeking retribution and justice for the crimes committed against them.
This case is one example of the horrific consequences a protective parent faces when child abuse is reported. Attempts to discredit me, as well as excusing abuse against me and my children, is a common scenario in Family Courts in Pennsylvania and across the nation. Common tactics include blaming the protective parent for “alienating” her children, even though the other parent is a known, convicted child abuser who was offered a plea deal to reduce felony charges.
Rather than face a trial on the sex-abuse charges, in December 2006 Kevin Clark pleaded "no contest" to three lesser counts of endangering the welfare of a child. Judge Gerard Bigley sentenced Dr. Kevin D. Clark, M.D. to one year of probation for each count, running concurrently. While Dr. Kevin D. Clark, M.D. could not be a school teacher or bus driver in Pennsylvania, he continues to practice as a surgeon seeing child patients. The medical licensing board refused to even disipline him since his conviction is related to his own children and not a stranger's child.
(plea bargain: in criminal procedure, a negotiation between the defendant and his attorney on one side and the prosecutor on the other, in which the defendant agrees to plead "guilty" or "no contest" to some crimes, in return for reduction of the severity of the charges, dismissal of some of the charges, the prosecutor's willingness to recommend a particular sentence, or some other benefit to the defendant.)
All of us have been emotionally, mentally and financially devastated. We will be left homeless within the next few weeks due to a foreclosure and forced sale of the property. Left with two adult disabled dependents and diagnosises from lupus to PTSD, the family is unable to recover from the years of abuse and legal harrassment.
Please see the google plus page below for press releases and stories on the permanent gag order (for life), sealed cases, censored website, and the assignment of the judge to the civil case at the request of the criminally convicted civil Defendant and the manipulation of the civil and child support cases to retaliate against the victims for reporting sexual and physical abuse to criminal authorities. The judge even created a false timeline of reporting in the family case to prevent a jury from hearing the truth, that she concealed sexual abuse of children to turn a profit on a 7 year, 5 trial custody case. Additional evidence is available upon request.
Thu Sep 25, 2014 at 6:42 AM PT: Please click on the link for PART 2.