Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan on October 2, 1977 · Page 113
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Detroit Free Press from Detroit, Michigan · Page 113

Detroit, Michigan
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Sunday, October 2, 1977
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According to author Robin Lloyd, there are some 264 child porn magazines being printed In the country. For a while, one called "Hermes" was being produced behind the walls of a state prison. He looks just like a thousand other guys you pass on the street every day." The man Delhey couldn't effectively describe is Fred Sundling, who was charged early this summer with using boys in his scout troop to perform homosexual acts with each other and with adults. According to Delhey, Sundling would appear to be a model of mormalcy to those around him. "The guy was active in the community," Delhey said. "He's married, kids he's an armed services vet just an everyday guy . . .or so thought" The public's memory in the Sundling case must have been faulty. Sundling was convicted in 1969 on a sex charge involving a minor. He never went to jail on the conviction and it did not interfere with his Boy Scout leader activities. A spokesman for the Boy Scouts at the national level said there was no way the 1.2 million volunteers serving in troop posts or pack leadership positions could be checked. "The recruiting, training and supervision of these volunteers is the responsibility of the organization spon soring the troop," he said. "In the case of Mr. Sundling, we have nothing in our files to indicate that he should not have been registered." Police in Muskegon described Felix Seaman, now serving two to 20 years at Jackson prison for criminal sexual conduct involving a minor, as "fatherly-looking." The tall, slender Seaman, a man in his mid fifties with stylishly cut gray hair and neatly trimmed beard, had been a local celebrity. He was host of a radio talk show that centered on family issues. "You wouldn't believe this guy," said Roosevelt Park police chief Tom Ke-lenske. "He was on the board of Friend of the Court and he was president of Parents Without Partners." According to Kelenske, Seaman's lure was to hire young boys to do odd jobs around his home. His position at Friend of the Court and at Parent's Without Partners put him in a posi-ton to know which children needed money, which would be most likely to accept a new father-figure and which parents had least time to supervise their children's activities. Many pedophiles and child pornographers place themselves in such positions. Gerald Richards was a physical fitness teacher and coach at a Port Huron parochial school. He also ran a counseling center for children where he used hypnosis on his subjects. As another sideline activity, Richards put on magic shows for children at parties. Francis D. Shelden, a fugitive wanted for charges of criminal sexual conduct involving young boys and flight to avoid prosecution, served on the board at Cran-brook Institute, was a part of the Big Brothers organization in Ann Arbor, and was a part-time faculty member at Wayne State University. All were activities that would keep him in touch with young people even before the establishment of his camp for boys on North Fox Island. The Rev. Dyer Gross man, sought in connection with the Church of the New Revelation in Tennessee, was a professional photographer whose specialities included portraits of children. Grossman also was youth director for the "church" and directed a foster care facility for boys. According to Gerald Richards, who has testified at Congressional hearings and freely given leads to police all over the country since his conviction, the list of contacts with children is nearly endless. "Most of us honestly like children and work well with them," he said. "If I ever caused any of my boys to have any kind of deep psychosis, I'd never forgive myself." Psychiatrist Dr. Judith Densen-Gerber, founder of Odyssey House, a home for runaways, cannot accept Richard's claim that he likes children. "How can anyone like children and subject them to that kind of torture physical and emotional?" she said. "Those people take kids at an age when they can be easily co fused and twisted for life. Just from the common sense point of it, a 9-year-old child is simply not physically capable of sex with an adult think of the physical damage. codpc3 Autumn Harvest Pictured below are some of the many great values In our annual event. 2io - s,e Y " 7 SANDY byHosnPW' I 16 rV. ourreg- I V SSS $26.00 ... , BIRMINGHAM (Downtown) . 154 West Maple Road FAIRLANE TOWN CENTER Upper Level near Hudson's Dearborn Open Sua 12-5 LAKESIDE MALL Upper Level near future Hudson's Storting Heights Open Son. 12-5 jaMf by ROamTAi Name 1 si Color Choice I 2nd Cote Choice Sue add 4K sale tax NAME ADDRESS CITY Check Money Onto BankAmericard n V HAMTRAMCK B708 Jos. Campau 3 Ca MS-0620 er M1-I7M "1 154 West Maple Road Birmingham, Michigan 48011 and $1 00 postage STATE ZIP Master Charge I E 4 il 13

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