LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Not guilty – The story of Scott Husbands

The state of Delaware is a perfect synthesis of corruption and incompetence. I could bore you with countless articles and independent studies which would bolster and confirm this commonly known assertion as fact. But, I will refrain and allow you (if you choose) to research it for yourself.

One of many examples is the [Edward] “Scott” Husbands story: Scott earned his graduate degree from Delaware State University. A professional educator. Worked his way up to assistant principal in Milford.

He was an impassioned supporter of his son and daughter in their athletic pursuits.

In the initial stages of his marriage dissolution, Scott was accused by three of his estranged wife’s good friends of inappropriately touching their daughters at a sleepover. The state of Delaware would throw all of its big artillery at Scott in what they were sure would be a slam-dunk case for the state.

A year later, after losing his job as assistant principal, unable to acquire any gainful employment due to the pending charges and facing ostracism in his home community, a jury of nine women and three men would sit and painstakingly listen to all of the evidence against Scott. This jury of Scott’s peers would find him not guilty.

Scott would not be sent to prison for 20 years. He could leave that courtroom a “free man.” So one would think. He would learn that being found “not guilty” in Delaware doesn’t mean what you think it would. Restoration, redemption and getting one’s life back together? No, not in Delaware: You still have to fight a systemic injustice that cares not you were acquitted of all charges.

Scott would still face community persecution and ostracism. After his acquittal on three separate occasions, Scott would be denied expungement of the charges of child molestation. He would also have his teacher’s certification taken from him, thus, leaving him handicapped in his attempt to start life over again.

The state has a nefarious way of getting its “pound of flesh.” It seems society is more than happy to accept guilty decisions that are made by juries, but somehow refuses to accept a jury’s decision of not guilty with these type of cases. It’s as if the presumption of innocence and the rule of law operate as proverbial myths in our society, instead reverting to the base and vile nature of witch-hunting as a de facto policy.

Tragic cases like Scott’s are definitely not unheard-of. I cite the case of Tonya Craft, the kindergarten teacher from Georgia who faced charges of fondling some of her female students. She was acquitted and successfully sued all of those involved in her false allegations.

Locally, Family Law Commission member and Sussex County resident Lynn Kokjohn once stated in a 2010 Family Law Commission meeting that “False allegations of child sexual abuse have become the weapon of choice in custody battles.” A silver bullet, if you will.

We must resist the tendency to follow the ever-popular witch hunt principle instead embracing the principle of the rule of law.

Gordon Smith
Port Orange, Fla.
Formerly of Felton, Del.

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