2021 LYCOMING COUNTY HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL SCOREBOARD

Gold Medal Behavior – The Millionaire Way

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

According to the official WASD Statement from January 9, 2020 regarding the 2018 WAHS baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach which reads in part:

“The Williamsport Area School District does not condone inappropriate and indecent behavior.”

Instead, they reward it with a Gold medal!

ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 who has subsequently been criminally charged in South Carolina for his actions during the 2018 WAHS baseball team trip in Myrtle Beach; was awarded a PIAA District II/IV District Championship medal on May 28, 2018 when Williamsport defeated Hazleton at PNC Park, 4-3 in the 2018 District II/IV Baseball 6A Sub-regional Final.

The photo taken with his mother and father with the gold medal around his neck does not lie.

He actually played in the game on On May 24, 2018 when Williamsport defeated West Scranton at Bucknell University, 14-2 in Round 2 of the 2018 District II/IV Baseball 6A Sub-regional.

So, how if a Childline call was received on May 18, 2018 by Lycoming Children and Youth Services and immediately referred to the Office of then Lycoming County District Attorney Ken Osokow (he has a son that used to play for the Millionaires) assigned the case to then Lycoming County Chief Detective Willie Weber (he has a son that used to play for the Millionaires too).

The explanation is commonly referred to as – “The Millionaire Way”.

 

“The Millionaire Way” as defined by 2018 WAHS baseball team senior Cody Shimp, who is currently a member of the St. Bonaventure baseball team and holds a leadership position as the “Atlantic 10 representative to the NCAA Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), a two-year term that began July 1.”

JOHN DOE #1 former teammate Cody Shimp (brother of Rickey Stryker) shared a Facebook post on September 7, 2018 in light of reporting on the Myrtle Beach incident; in part he stated –

“I learned that as being a Williamsport Millionaire, your (sic) always under the spotlight.

You ever hear of any other stories coming out about other local schools?

No.

That’s because people are jealous of us.

They won’t admit it, but they are.

“No ignorant parents because their kid wasn’t good enough to play for the program.

They’d kill to be a part of a legendary community that sticks together until the end.”

 

From PART III:

Talk Williamsport has confirmed George Lepley was in Myrtle Beach with the Millionaires Baseball Team to see his grandson Caleb Joy play.

Caleb Joy along with Cam Pardoe, Tanner Esposito, Isaac Snyder, Tyler McCann, Cody Shimp, Ryan Jolin and Cam Dickey had their names released by WASD as part of the RTKL requests since they were the age of majority at the time of the Myrtle Beach trip.

Has Cody Shimp as the pitcher who closed out the District II/IV title game on the mound as a great teammate come to the assistance of once of his sexually assaulted teammates over the past four years, having won a Gold medal along side ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1, right?

Nope.

The same Cody Shimp who according to his St. Bonaventure baseball bio:

“was on the mound to close out a win for Williamsport

in the team’s District 2-4 Class 6A championship as a senior …

elected senior class president … also played basketball.”

 

The bio also says, Cody “has three siblings: Ricky, Lachelle and Nastayssia.”

 

With the ground rules set based on the “The Millionaire Way” –

“and to be a part of a legendary community that sticks together until the end.”

 

Is that why VIDEOGRAPHER #1 is missing from the photos of the game on on May 28, 2018 when Williamsport defeated Hazleton at PNC Park, 4-3 in the 2018 District II/IV Baseball 6A Sub-regional Final.

Had Brandon Pardoe already given him his punishment of a two game suspension before then Lycoming County Chief Detective Willie Weber even interviewed him?

Did the WASD prey upon the fact that VIDEOGRAPHER #1 was not represented by an attorney?

Was one offered to him?

Did he feel protected since Attorney George Lepley was on the trip and stayed in the team hotel and was visible during the trip?

According to the interview conducted by the Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro; VIDEOGRAPHER #1 was never interviewed by Weber.

 

From PART XXIV – “The unmasking of the non-punishments stay true to the Millionaire Way”

As first reported reported in Part XIX, emails were redacted by the WASD. Part XXIV provided the unredacted information.

From PART XIX – “The Millionaire Way” unredacted information is now underlined

PARDOE INFORMS STUDENTS OF PUNISHMENTS – KEEPS JOHN DOE#1 IN THE DARK

WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe in an e-mail on June 1, 2018 informs Superintendent Bowers of his intentions for punishments until the investigations were concluded.

Date: June 1, 2018 4:53 AM

From: Brandon Pardoe

To: Timothy Bowers

Subject: Baseball

“No Bowman Field! First round of State playoffs will be held at Central Columbia HS on Monday, June 4 at 6 PM.

Unbelievable!

Also, a meeting has been arranged with the (redacted-1) family for June 5, 2018 at 2 PM and their attorney.

Fred will be attending.

(editor’s note: redacted-1 is ALLEGED PERPETRATOR#1)

I plan to contact family today to inform them that their son is suspended from practice and play until the investigation is complete.

I am also going to follow up with the student, (redacted-2) (student who took video) today and parent to inform them that he will be in the same status. 

(editor’s note: redacted-2 is VIDEOGRAPHER #1, he will be in the same status as ALLEGED PERPETRATOR#1)

I had a conversation with the mother of (redacted-3) yesterday

(editor’s note: redacted-3 is mother of ALLEGED PERPETRATOR#1)

She was very defensive and freely utilized the idea that a meeting with their son will not occur unless they and George Lepley are present.

I know that Fred has spoken to George regarding the matter.

In addition, Agent Weber contacted me yesterday to let me know that he as well has spoken to George Lepley about the incident.

It is my understanding that both of these conversations went well.”

Brandon Pardoe, Ed.D

Head Principal 

Williamsport Area High School

2990 West Fourth Street

Williamsport, PA 17701

Phone: (redacted by author)

 

These revelations from redactions being removed again raise serious questions in the timeline being put forward by Dr. Pardoe and the WASD.

How does “criminal sexual misconduct” or even “indecent and inappropriate behavior” amount to the same punishment as video recording such acts?

Unless, the moral compass was, “VIDEOGRAPHER #1 what were you thinking archiving this?”

“VIDEOGRAPHER #1 how could you put the Millionaire Way in jeopardy?”

“VIDEOGRAPHER #1 without that video the case would be “he said verses he said.”

“VIDEOGRAPHER #1 you created a real problem.”

Why were ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 and VIDEOGRAPHER #1 given the same punishment when ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 was facing possible criminal charges?

Was it another baseball courtesy?

Why was there never a final report on the Myrtle Beach incidents issued to the WASD school board by Dr. Pardoe?

 

More from PART XIX – “The Millionaire Way”

12-DAY DELAY WHILE THOSE INVOLVED STILL PLAYED

Information developed and obtained by Talkwilliamsport.com through the Right to Know Law shows a 12-day delay in the start of the investigation by the WASD.

The Childline call was placed by a mandated reporter on May 18, 2018.

As noted in PART III of this series:

The family of JOHN DOE #1 having received notification of the ChildLine call themselves, placed a call to WAHS Assistant Principal Roger Freed on May 21, 2018 at 9:34 a.m. inquiring about the situation.

Freed pleads ignorance to the ChildLine call and asserts to the family of JOHN DOE #1 “he has no knowledge of the incident in Myrtle Beach.”

On May 24, 2018 – Williamsport defeats West Scranton at Bucknell University, 14-2 in Round 2 of the 2018 District II/IV Baseball 6A Sub-regional.

In the meeting it was disclosed by the family of JOHN DOE #1, “the video speaks for itself”.

On May 28, 2018 – Williamsport defeats Hazleton at PNC Park, 4-3 in the 2018 District II/IV Baseball 6A Sub-regional Final.

The May 31, 2018 telephone conference Holland referred to as “Investigation”, and included High School Principal Brandon Pardoe (who was on the trip to Myrtle Beach), Lepley and Holland who again referred to the call as “pending investigations”.

On June 4, 2018, WASD Solicitor Fred Holland submitted an invoice for services rendered of 0.80 hours and noted that a telephone conference occurred on May 31, 2018.

Editor’s Note: pending is defined as: adjective – “awaiting decision or settlement.”

preposition – “until (something) happens or takes place.”

 

On June 4, 2018 – Williamsport defeats Downingtown East at Central Columbia HS, 4-1 in the 2018 PIAA Baseball 6A First Round.

WASD Solicitor Fred Holland submitted a second invoice on July 3, 2018 for a meeting that he attended on June 5, 2018 in regard to a VM (later identified by WASD as voicemail).

The WASD has stated that the voicemail record no longer exists.

The family of JOHN DOE #1 has confirmed to TalkWilliamsport.com, the voicemail in question was left by them.

It occurred at 11:26 a.m. the morning of June 5, 2018 and a follow-up call was placed to the family of JOHN DOE #1 at 12:52 p.m.  WASD officials cited FERPA as the reason the family of JOHN DOE #1 would not be receiving any additional information about the incident.

That same day, June 5, 2018 WASD Solicitor Fred Holland attended a meeting with Lepley and Pardoe which lasted for 1.8 hours. That is the billing total Holland submitted to the WASD.

When TalkWilliamsport.com attempted to confirm the time and location of the June 5, 2018 meeting with the WASD, Wanda Erb responded via e-mail:

Wanda Erb <werb@wasd.org>

Friday, December 20, 2019 at 9:32 AM,

Mr. Bartley, Good morning. I received your phone message late yesterday afternoon. As you are aware, the Right to Know Law (RTKL) requires requests for information to be submitted in writing.

Please complete the RTKL request form found at https://www.wasd.org/data/StreamFile.aspx?loc=secureFiles&file=RTKRequestForm.pdf.

After I receive the completed form, the district will respond based upon whether this information is available under the RTKL.

Sincerely, Wanda

Wanda M. Erb, SFO, PCSBA, Business Administrator, Williamsport Area School District

TalkWilliamsport.com confirmed with the Law office of George Lepley the meeting was held at 2 p.m. at Williamsport Area High School on June 5, 2018.

According to the family of JOHN DOE #1, June 5, 2018 was the last time they had any communication from the WASD in regard to the Myrtle Beach incident.

On June 7, 2018 –Bensalem defeats Williamsport at Pine Grove, Walter Stump Stadium 6-0, in the 2018 PIAA Baseball 6A Second Round.

 

Back to the WASD Statement from January 9, 2020:

“When contacted by Myrtle Beach authorities, the high school principal immediately referred them to the district attorney’s office and the district’s school resource officers, who serve with the Williamsport Bureau of Police.”

 

In the exclusive story published by TalkWilliamsort.com:

“Unredacted OAG search Warrants first obtained by TalkWilliamsport.com, now available online”

According to WBP Chief Snyder,

“Our agency has never been involved in the investigation.”

 

From theOP-ED: Long past time for Dr. Bowers to resign as WASD Superintendent”

This Superintendent and his school board seem to rush into things that matter to them – regularly.

You know, like the

28 days the board took and Dr. Bowers went along with acknowledging the death of George Floyd;

as compared to the more than 19 months to make a statement regarding the Myrtle Beach incident.

 

Back to Part XIX – “The Millionaire Way”

The WASD has yet to provide an e-mail outlining the directive from WASD Solicitor to WAHS Head Principal Brandon Pardoe giving him permission to conduct the investigation.

When Pardoe adds:

I do have a recommendation for the interim until we can meet that I would like to run by you.”

Is this his Graham Spanier moment from the Jerry Sandusky case?

 

From the CBS News report, June 30, 2012 “Report: Ex-Penn State head OK’d not reporting Sandusky”:

If Sandusky is cooperative, Curley’s email said, “we would work with him. …. If not, we do not have a choice and will inform the two groups,” according to the report.

Spanier wrote back and agreed with that approach,

calling it “humane and a reasonable way to proceed,” according to the report.

But he also worried about the consequences.

“The only downside for us is if message isn’t `heard’ and acted upon and we then become vulnerable for not having reported it, but that can be assessed down the road,” the email said, according to CNN.

 

Subject: FW: WASD Questions

Date: Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at 3:52:21 PM Eastern Daylight Time

From: Fred Holland

To: Timothy Bowers, Brandon Pardoe, Susie Bigger

“If he (Bartley) asks again, I won’t justify it with a response…

Little more than three weeks later in September 2018; Brandon Pardoe channeled his inner Fred Holland when the Myrtle Beach Police Department reached out for answers.

Pardoe as previously noted, said:

“Can I ask who you tried to speak with?”

 

That’s sure sounds like; “I won’t justify it with a response…”

 

Prior to your resignation, Dr. Bowers this community demands you begin the process of mitigating the damage caused in the Myrtle Beach case.

The following (updated) steps must be undertaken by the next WASD school board meeting, two weeks from tonight;

The firing of Fred Holland, WASD solicitor

The firing of Brandon Pardoe, WAHS head principal

The firing of Roger Freed, WAHS principal

The firing of Sean McCann, WAHS athletic director

The firing of Susie Bigger, WASD assistant superintendent

The firing of Wanda Erb, WASD business manager

The rescission of the coaching contracts for the entire WAHS baseball coaching staff

The resignation of every WASD school board member (including newly appointed members) who have said and done nothing to address this travesty.

Those folks all volunteered for those positions with all of the information about this case in the public domain for 3 plus years.

These moves are only the beginning of the fallout from the inaction in the Myrtle Beach case on Dr. Bowers watch.

With that in mind; history calls for the immediate resignation and rescission of the extension agreement that began July 1, 2021 of Dr. Timothy Bowers.

 

From the major motion picture “Gladiator”, prior to going into battle with the Barbarian Horde; Maximus tells his fellow patriots in the Roman army:

“What we do in life, echoes in eternity.”

You know, Dr. Bowers it rings similar to what you said (in writing) to WASD board member Jane Penman:

“In my opinion our actions are more impotent (important) than our words.”

According to a public records search, Dr. Jane Penman as a professor and department chair at Lock Haven University in 2018 had a salary of $191,706.

 

A number of fact witnesses have brought forth a concern about the permanent residence of WASD board member Star Poole. Is Star Poole prepared to provide proof of permanent residency to the taxpayers she serves?

 

As Jane Penman previously said,

“In my opinion our actions are more impotent (important) than our words.”

 

The same can be said for board member Jennifer Lake:, From PART XXX:

January 7, 2021 – WASD school board meeting“PRESENT: Lori A. Baer, Jennifer Lake, Jane L. Penman, Patrick A. Dixon, Star Poole, Barbara D. Reeves, Marc D. Schefsky, Nancy Somers, Adam C. Welteroth.”

ITEMS FROM PUBLIC

“Carlos Saldivia of West Fourth Street addressed the Board regarding the alleged incidents that occurred in the Spring of 2018 in Myrtle Beach.He ended his comments by asking the Board to please issue a statement and to not continue to remain silent.”

ITEMS FROM BOARD MEMBERS

“Ms. (Jennifer) Lake stated that she is in a reflective time in her life with her daughter in her senior year. She recognizes the influence that teachers and principals have had on her daughter. She wanted to thank them and stated the care and dedication they give to the students does not go unnoticed.”

 

Imagine your daughter in the same situation as JOHN DOE#1 in the Myrtle Beach case. On second thought, what if you placed your adoptive black son in the shoes of JOHN DOE #1?

Better yet, stay tuned for the upcoming series on JANE DOE#1 who has been identified recently after being threatened by ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 which would be a violation of his sentence in South Carolina.

 

Back to great teammate and leader of people Cody Shimp, from April 3, 2018:

WAHS Principal Pardoe immediately responded to Ricky Stryker threat raised by Coach Ryan Miller

From: Brandon Pardoe
Sent: Thursday, April 05, 2018 3:40 PM
To: Timothy Bowers <tbowers@wasd.org>; Richard Poole <rpoole@wasd.org>
Cc: Susan A. Neidig <sneidig@wasd.org>; Sean McCann <smccann@wasd.org>; Ryan Miller; Jordan Stoltzfus <jstoltzf@wasd.org>
Subject: Request

“Dr. Bowers and Dr. Poole:

I am writing to express my concern over the attached “FB Direct Message” that was sent to our head baseball coach at WAHS, Mr. Ryan Miller from Ricky Stryker. Ricky Stryker has two younger brothers on the team who are integral to the success of the team.

 

From: Brandon Pardoe
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 6:19 PM
To: Jordan Stoltzfus
Subject: FW: Request

“Jordan,
Can you get me an address for Ricky Stryker?
Brandon”

 

Did SRO Stolzfus use J-Net, to look up the address of Ricky Stryker? There is no evidence that the WASD swore out an arrest warrant for Stryker relating to this incident.

 

From: Brandon Pardoe
Sent: Thursday, April 5, 2018 6:19 PM
To: Timothy Bowers
Subject: Re: Request

“I will request from Jordan and he mentioned that he is willing to hand deliver.”

 

Upon receiving word from Detective Weber

regarding the Childline call;

why did Brandon Pardoe fail to notify SRO Stolzfus

since he had emailed him just weeks earlier?

 

From PART III:

In fact Myrtle Beach PD reached out first instead of mandatory reporters reaching out.

“Mr. Pardoe’s personal notes reflect that on September 28, 2018, he received a phone call from Detective (REDACTED) of the Myrtle Beach PD.”

“Mr. Pardoe referred the detective to a local county detective (Weber).”

“Detective (REDACTED) number was (REDACTED).”

“Later that same day, Mr. Pardoe also received a phone call from Detective (REDACTED) of the MBPD who asked to speak to the school resource officer. Mr. Pardoe provided the SRO’s contact information, but did not note the detective’s contact information.”

“The SRO at that time was Jordan Stoltzfus, who has not been the district’s SRO for about a year now. Stoltzfus was then, and is now, an officer with the Williamsport Bureau of Police.”

 

So the idea, WASD school resource officers were involved in the “criminal sexual misconduct” investigation is complete and total fake news put out by the WASD and confirmed by none other than multiple WBP Police Chiefs.

What was learned in this process through another TalkWilliamsport.com Right to Know Law request is that WAHS head principal Brandon Pardoe has the email address of the school resource officer Jordan Stoltzfus, also employed by the Williamsport Bureau of Police.

Why did WAHS head principal Brandon Pardoe or then chief detective Willie Weber (former member of WBP) notify or email SRO Jordan Stoltzfus after receiving the Childline call of May 18, 2018?

 

WAHS head principal Brandon Pardoe may have provided insight into the reasons why according to interviews conducted by Special Agents with the Office of Attorney General Josh Shapiro.

 

From: Pardoe: “I have this under control”, Weber lied to ADA Yates, – Exhibit C

The juvenile male videographer’s mother said

that Pardoe came to her house.

He (PARDOE) told her:

“please don’t ever talk about what happened..

I have this under control…”

“When the affiant asked her if Pardoe said anything about law enforcement or police being involved, she said he said:

“It’s not gonna go anywhere,

not to worry about anything..

you have nothing to worry about…

I’m just here to apologize

for not having him play in two games.”

The affiant asked if Pardoe ever told the juvenile male videographer that the Myrtle Beach Police were going to be notified.

This juvenile said: “No.”

WASD school board member Barbara Reeves shared her thoughts on “Black Lives Matter” with fellow board members and Superintendent Dr. Timothy Bowers; an email exchange obtained with a Right to Know Request from TalkWilliamsport.

On Wed, June 12, 2020, 1:38 PM Barbara Reeves (REDACTED) wrote:

“Thank you Dr. Bowers for sharing that information. This is a rough one for me.

While the statement will not be in support of Black Lives Matter, I hope we can all agree that

black lives matter!!!

I am not attempting to cause a debate or to insinuate in any way all lives do not matter, because they do. We are all created equally by the Creator.

This is just a time that people of color need the world to acknowledge that they value their lives.

This is especially true for colleagues, friends and acquaintances. My husband and I have had to sit at our table and have “the talk” with our son; not about sex but about what to do (and not do) if you are stopped by a police officer. We’ve told him, these are your rights. However, at the end of the day, we want you to come home.

He has recently shared more stories of all the times he’s been stopped while in school at U Albany for stupid infractions. He just shared how he was told by certain young ladies in middle school and high school that they weren’t allowed to like him because of what their parents said. This is heartbreaking. He’s always been a well-rounded kid, honor roll, star athlete, and just a flat out gentleman.

Yet, young Caucasian girls were taught that he’s not good enough because of the color of his skin!

Fast forward: I now have a grandson that is due to be born in the next 2 weeks. His father is white and admits that he is clueless concerning what his son will face while growing up. As much as we say racism does not exist, we must admit that it does. Then we must check our own hearts. Right now, if we do nothing or remain quiet, we contribute to the agenda. It’s not enough to have a black friend or a black coworker.

What have you done to support their cause?

We are talking about a people who were considered as 3/5 of a person.

How long should it take to gain the respect of the other 2/5 that makes a whole.

It’s not enough to be colorblind because that means that you do not see me! I heard a man say, we must be like a salad , not a melting pot. You can distinguish between the lettuce, the carrots, the cucumber, and the tomato. What kind of salad would it be if there was only lettuce? I wouldn’t that.

For those of you who read to the end, thanks for your time. Dr. Bowers, we are behind the 8-ball on this one. We must put out a statement that is heartfelt and not simply political, as you’ve stated.

Sincerely,

Barb Reeves”

Sent from my iPhone

 

Mrs. Reeves, failed to second the motion made by fellow board member Adam Welteroth to open a discussion of opening a third party investigation into the handling of the Myrtle Beach case at a previous school board meeting.

Is Mrs. Reeves in her own words failing to acknowledge JOHN DOE #1 – who is black?

What have you done to support their cause?

We are talking about a people who were considered as 3/5 of a person.

How long should it take to gain the respect of the other 2/5 that makes a whole.

 

Would Lori Baer, who received the written thoughts of Barbara Reeves and Jennifer Lake as WASD School Board President be in a position to allow Pardoe to conduct his own investigations as well as silence WASD Solicitor Fred Holland?

Previous stories in regard to the incidents in Myrtle Beach have been published by TalkWilliamsport.com then shared to the Facebook page of the then radio stations.

A poster made the statement in regard to this author “this man is an asshole!”

Baer subsequently “Liked it”.

Is that the kind conduct a sitting school board president should be modeling to the staff, students and district stakeholders when she claims to be a “good person?”

 

A two game suspension flies in the face of the codified WASD policies and procedures on Harassment, Bullying and Hazing which were addressed in PART IV.

Revisiting the assertion put forward by an athletic director who nearly three years to the day he received a “room assignment” from a fellow baseball parent has yet to produce it in a Right to Know law request.

“We dealt with it immediately, when we learned of it,”

–Sean (McCann), WASD athletic director

Editor’s Note: immediately is defined as: adverb –

“at once; instantly. Similar: straight away, at once, right away, right now”

“without any intervening time or space”

 

The facts in this case all point to protecting a well off white teammate who sexually assaulted a black teammate during a team trip to Myrtle Beach and instead of doing the right thing in real time or ever after the fact; the behavior was rewarded with a gold medal.

Looking ahead at the adults who assisted in the cover-up; the participation trophies may be silver bracelets, prison orange in a Palmetto state penitentiary and significant civil litigation from victims whom the WASD still refuses to recognize.

The good news is, at least the WASD has an Anti-Racism statement on file. It will most certainly be used as evidence in all of the legal cases moving forward.

 

During the public comment section of the WASD baord meeting tonight a member of the public engaged Dr. Timothy Bowers in a dialogue to which Bowers stated:

“I’m telling you we are following the rules, we’re very adamant about following the mandates…

this is the proper thing to do…our district plays by the rules…

we’re doing what we’re suppose to be doing…

if anything it should be a good thing for a taxpayer to say…

I’m glad to say the school district is doing what they need to do; what they’re supposed to do.”

Bowers concluded, “And that’s what we’re trying to do.”

 

Dr. Bowers apparently was speaking about Covid-19, but could it apply to the 2018 WAHS baseball/Myrtle Beach “criminal sexual misconduct” case?

Dr. Bowers and his administration doing the right thing in that case?

That would just be fake news.

Just more Gold Medal Behavior from good people who should have called the Myrtle Beach Police Department (since they knew it was their jurisdiction) along The Millionaire Way making it a Great Day to be a Millionaire!

Unredacted OAG search Warrants first obtained by TalkWilliamsport.com, now available online

Recently, other local media outlets have fumbled this fact in their coverage; so to provide complete clarity and transparency TalkWilliamsport.com is releasing the completely unredacted versions of the three OAG Search Warrants for the public to review.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: Juvenile male victim #1 – is black, juvenile male suspect #1 – is white.

 

On September 3, 2020, OAG Special Agent David Scicchitano had a pair of OAG Search Warrants approved by Lycoming County Senior Judge Nancy Butts at 10:10 a.m.

The first OAG Search Warrant was served on Willie Weber, Lycoming County Detective at 10:42 a.m. on September 3, 2020. The Warrant issued sought his phone and records contained therein related to the “2018 WAHS Baseball team Myrtle Beach Trip”.

OAG WEBER SEARCH WARRANT 9-3-20

 

OAG Special Agent David Scicchitano, then proceeded to the Williamsport Area School District where he personally served the second OAG Search Warrant on Dr. Timothy Bowers, WASD Superintendent on September 3, 2020 at 11:57 a.m.

The Warrant issued, sought “an unredacted version of letter from Attorney George Lepley to Brandon Pardoe and Shawn McCann, 5/31/2018 Re: Misconduct Myrtle Beach.”

OAG WASD SEARCH WARRANT 9-3-20

 

OAG Special Agent David Scicchitano returned to the Williamsport Area School District on September 4, 2020 at 8:o5 a.m. as noted in the OAG Search Warrant “date of return” noting “Yes” to “Property Seized as Result of Search”.

Then he returned to the Lycoming County Courthouse on September 4, 2020 at 8:18 a.m. as noted in the OAG Search Warrant “date of return” noting “Yes” to “Property Seized as Result of Search”.

 

The third OAG Search Warrant was again served on Dr. Timothy Bowers, WASD Superintendent of the Williamsport Area School District on September 24, 2020 at 11:o0 a.m.

The Warrant issued, sought “files/records pertaining to 2018 Williamsport baseball team Myrtle Beach trip.” As well as the cell phone of Brandon Pardoe, WAHS head principal.

OAG WASD SEARCH WARRANT 9-24-20

 

Another exclusive TalkWilliamsport.com report included the legal invoices paid by the WASD confirming interviews conducted by the OAG with WASD staff.

The article “AG interviews of Dr. Bowers, Pardoe and Erb confirmed in WASD Legal Services Invoices” was based on multiple Right to Know Law requests filed by TalkWilliamsport.com.

 

Last week, when Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner was provided a copy of each of the OAG Search Warrants noted in this story he issued the following statement:

“Upon arrival to the office Tuesday, September 28,

I was provided with a copy of the Attorney General’s previously sealed search warrants

in the Myrtle Beach/Williamsport baseball matter.

I immediately requested a meeting with (Lycoming County) Detective (William) Weber.

During this meeting Detective Weber informed me that he was retiring, effective immediately.

Today is Detective Weber’s 40th anniversary as a law enforcement officer.”

Ryan Gardner, District Attorney Lycoming County

 

After other local media outlets reporting on the story for the first time, completely butchered the story; DA Gardner issued a statement after local fake news reports on the Myrtle Beach case.

Not long after that statement was issued, the WASD issued their own version of events.

“WASD issues statement in wake of bombshell OAG search warrant release”October 1, 2021.

 

Returning to PART XXVIII:

The Williamsport Area School District has also failed to publicly acknowledge the exclusive reporting of TalkWilliamsport.com on September 29, 2020 of the existence of any “OAG Search Warrant”.

 

If that was not enough on a news filled Friday late in the day Talkwilliamsport.com began receiving numerous first hand accounts from Williamsport Area High School students and parents that Brandon Pardoe, WAHS high school head principal had been taken into law enforcement custody.

WASD Solicitor, Fred Holland who has characterized the Myrtle Beach incident as “indecent and inappropriate behavior” was contacted.

Holland, stated, “Dr. Pardoe has not been arrested.”

 

As a further follow-up, Williamsport Bureau of Police Chief Justin Snyder was contacted.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Full disclosure, this author previously coached the daughter of WBP Chief Snyder in youth soccer. This fact was brought up with Snyder before he went on the record.

When asked if Dr. Pardoe had been arrested; according to WBP Chief Snyder, “It was not our agency.”

Chief Snyder then volunteered he was familiar with the Right to Know Law request previously filed by TalkWilliamspot.com for WBP records pertaining to the “2018 WAHS Baseball team Myrtle Beach Trip and the WBP involvement in the investigation.”

According to WBP Chief Snyder,

“Our agency has never been involved in the investigation.”

 

The assertion by current WBP Chief Snyder and previous RTKL responses offered by Chief Hagan seem to contradict the official WASD statement of January 9, 2020 which reads in part:

In addition to the district’s own investigation, the matter was investigated by outside agencies, including the Lycoming County District Attorney’s office and law enforcement in Myrtle Beach. When contacted by Myrtle Beach authorities, the high school principal immediately referred them to the district attorney’s office and the district’s school resource officers, who serve with the Williamsport Bureau of Police. All questions regarding why charges were or were not pursued can be deferred to those agencies, as those decisions are not made by the school district.

The fundamental question in this case, even if you believe none of the adults knew of the incident in Myrtle Beach; why did they not notify the Myrtle Beach Police since that is where the incident occurred?

Talkwilliamsport.com obtained the following phone call between Brandon Pardoe in his own words speaking with Detective Aiesi of the Myrtle Beach Police on September 28, 2018 with a Freedom of Information Act Request.

Here is the call in its entirety:

 

 

Pardoe fails to disclose to Detective Aiesi or any member of the Myrtle Beach Police he had already run an investigation of his own.

At the 6:22 mark Pardoe states:

“I know its in your jurisdiction.”

 

Pardoe also failed to disclose he had been in the living room of “VIDEOGRAPHER #1” to apologize for that player having to sit out 2 games due to his actions.

The same punishment assessed to ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 who has been criminally charged by the Myrtle Beach Police for his actions during the 2018 WAHS baseball team trip.

Pardoe never asks the MBPD; “are you aware of the video of the incident.”

How would we provide that (nearly 5 months after receiving it) to you?

 

Is this the behavior of “good people”?

 

The next meeting of the WASD school board is Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

 

TalkWilliamsport.com will have more on this developing story as events unfold.

WASD issues statement in wake of bombshell OAG search warrant release

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The Williamsport Area School District issues damage control statement after the bombshell findings in the Office Of Attorney General unsealed search warrants.

To date, WAHS head principal has only ever apologized to the “male juvenile videographer” for being suspended two games.

Pardoe did so, according to the OAG unsealed search warrants in front of the mother of that child in their living room.

There is no documented or recorded record of any kind that Pardoe or detective Weber ever apologized to JOHN DOE #1 (who is black) or John Doe #2 (who is white) for the actions of the criminally charged in South Carolina, (male juvenile #1).

The WASD statement is below:

Statement Regarding Recent Misleading Reports on Myrtle Beach Incident

District Wide

October 01, 2021 | Community

Board meeting photo.

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (OCTOBER 1, 2021) — Following recent reports published this week, the Williamsport Area School District seeks to provide clarification on what has been publicly perceived as new developments in the Attorney General’s investigation of the 2018 Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, incident.

WASD wishes to emphasize that the investigation of the matter by the Office of Attorney General (OAG) was closed earlier this year after it determined insufficient evidence existed to justify any further action. The outcome of the investigation also was reported out through Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner’s office. References made to the case and its related search warrants in this week’s articles are not new and should not be misinterpreted as such.

WASD assisted and fully cooperated in the OAG’s investigation. The District stands by its position that it and its administrators followed all proper procedures and protocols to appropriately respond to the incident in question.

This is a developing story on Talkwilliamsport.com.

DA Gardner issues statement after local fake news reports on Myrtle Beach case

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TalkWilliamsport.com exclusively broke the story of Lycoming County Detective Weber retiring after being presented with the unsealed OAG search warrants.

The unsealed OAG search warrants were first obtained by TalkWilliamsport.com.

Exhibit A

Exhibit B

Exhibit C

Exhibit D

Multiple local print and digital media outlets then began engaging in a plagiarism campaign of information from this media outlet. Information that has been exclusively reported by this media outlet for nearly four years.

Having never filed a single Right to Know Law or Freedom of Information request to any agencies involved in the case; these same “media outlets” now report on this case as if they have been for nearly four years.

That assertion is indeed fake news.

The fake news reporting left Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner who referred the matter to Attorney General Josh Shapiro in May of 2020 as exclusively reported by this media outlet; in an untenable position this week.

Of note, the statement below was not provided to this media outlet since the reporting has been and continues to be the most accurate and reliable.

Gardner issued the following statement this afternoon.

 

Press Release 10-1-21

Tuesday, September 28, 2020, Lycoming County Detective William Weber announced his retirement following forty (40) years of service as a law enforcement officer.  Since this announcement, various news articles have been published that attempt to outline the investigation that occurred as a result of an incident that occurred in Myrtle Beach involving the Williamsport Area High School baseball team. 

The timelines reported by one or more media sources has created confusion regarding the status of the Attorney General’s Investigation into this matter.  As you likely recall, after assuming office as the Lycoming County District Attorney in January 2020, I referred the Myrtle Beach case to the Office of Attorney General (OAG) for further investigation.  The referral was made to the OAG in May 2020.  I issued a detailed press release early May 2020 outlining the reasons for which this matter was referred to the Attorney General. 

The OAG formally assumed jurisdiction of the Myrtle Beach Investigation May 27, 2020.  It is important to note that once a referral is accepted by the OAG, this Office has no more involvement with the case. After the OAG assumed jurisdiction, the OAG filed under seal three separate search warrants during September 2020.  When a search warrant is filed under the seal, the warrant is not accessible to the general public until that warrant is made releasable by the Prothonotary’s Office.  The warrants filed under seal by the OAG during the month of September 2020 were not accessible to this Office nor were the contents of the sealed warrants shared with this Office.  

On or about July 1, 2021, I received a letter from the OAG indicating, “[f]ollowing a lengthy and thorough investigation, the OAG has determined that insufficient evidence exists to justify any further action.  As such, we are closing our file.”  I subsequently shared this information with various media outlets and one or more news articles were published at that time. 

On Tuesday, September 28, 2021, it was brought to my attention that the warrants previously filed under seal by the OAG during September 2020 were made releasable.  It is my understanding that the warrants were made releasable on or about September 23 or September 24.  Copies of the warrants were provided to me on the morning of the 28th.  Following my review of the warrants, I immediately requested a meeting with Detective Weber and during this meeting held Tuesday afternoon he indicated to me that he was retiring, effective immediately.  

It is important to emphasize that the very recent release of the warrants previously filed under seal does not suggest that the OAG’s investigation is ongoing.  Any evidence seized by the OAG as a result of the warrants filed under seal in September 2020 would have been obtained and analyzed by the OAG prior to my receipt of the July 1, 2021 letter from the OAG indicating that it was closing its file.  Accordingly, to my knowledge and belief there is no ongoing criminal investigation by the OAG regarding the Myrtle Beach referral.           

Ryan C. Gardner, Esq.

 

TalkWilliamsport.com has requested a legal review by its lawyers of all of the recent reporting done by local media outlets failing to properly attribute its reporting.

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

The Lepley Letter – “others engaged in similar conduct of his client” – Exhibit D

EDITOR’S NOTE: Juvenile male victim #1 – is black, juvenile male suspect #1 – is white.

PICKING UP WHERE EXHIBIT C LEFT OFF.

The affiant also observed a copy of a letter that was provided by the Williamsport School District. On 5/31/2018, a letter from Attorney Lepley was sent to Principal Pardoe and Athletic Director Shawn McCann. It said: “Re: Misconduct Myrtle Beach”.

It also said: “I have been contacted by (redacted), parents of (redacted). The rest of the large paragraph was redacted. The last paragraph read: :It is my understanding you wish to have a meeting with (redacted) and his parents. Please note I will be present at that meeting and therefore would kindly appreciate notice of same.” The letter was signed by George Lepley.

On 9/3/2020, the affiant served a search warrant on the office for the Williamsport Area School District.

The affiant obtained a copy of the above letter without any redactions.

After reviewing this letter,

the affiant learned that Attorney George Lepley acknowledged he represented the juvenile male suspect #1.

 

Also, Attorney Lepley wrote on 5/31/2018:

“A substantial number of players engaged in the exact same conduct…” as his client.

The school district knew this on 5/31/2018,

and still chose not to notify the Myrtle Beach Police.

 

Lepley described potential criminal charges, and describes his client’s actions as:

“Inappropriate.”

 

Lepley also identified his client in the video.

Lepley threatened the school district if his client was prosecuted;

he threatened criminal prosecution of

the others engaged in similar conduct of his client;

and he threatened civil action with deposing “any and all witnesses”.

 

Lepley concluded:

“Our ultimate goal is to make sure

that one person is not singled out for conduct committed

by a substantial number of team members.”

 

The affiant also observed that, on 6/1/2018 at 0453 hours, an email from Pardoe was sent to Bowers. It read, “Also, a meeting has been arranged with the (redacted) family for June 5, 2018 at 2 PM and their attorney.”

The email continued: “Fred (EDITORS’ NOTE: “Fred” is Fred Holland, WASD Solicitor) will be attending. I plan to contact family today to inform them that their son is (redacted) until the investigation is complete. I am also going to follow up with the student, (redacted) (student who took video) today and parent to inform them that he will be in the same status.”

The email continued: “I had a conversation with the mother of (long redaction). I know that Fred has spoken George regarding the matter. In addition, Agent Weber contacted me yesterday to let me know that he as well has spoken to George Lepley about the incident.

It is my understanding that both these conversations went well.”

 

The affiant has probable cause to believe that a

criminal offense that was sexual in nature may have occurred

in Myrtle Beach, SC

involving juvenile suspects and victims.

 

The affiant also has probable cause to believe  that this incident came to the attention

of then Chief County Detective William Weber of the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office

and the Principal of the Williamsport Area High School, Brandon Pardoe.

 

The affiant is investigating the alleged conspiracy between Weber and Pardoe to violate

PA Title 18, Section 51501:  Obstructing Administration of law or Other Governmental Functions.

This is evident by Weber not completing any reports on the “investigation” until being requested to by the Myrtle Beach Police, and by Weber not notifying the proper law enforcement authority with jurisdiction, as well as Weber lying to and Assistant District Attorney about his knowledge of any investigation.

There is also evidence that Weber had ties to the Williamsport High School baseball team.

Pardoe’s participation is evident by statements made by Pardoe to the juvenile male videographer’s mother. There is also evidence that a relative of Pardoe’s may have participated in the alleged assault.

There is also evidence that Weber, Pardoe, and Attorney George Lepley, who represented juvenile male suspect #1, communicated with each other and participated in this investigation early on.

There is also evidence that Pardoe communicated with

School District Superintendent, Dr. Timothy Bowers.

 

There is also evidence that Pardoe and Weber communicated with each other. There is also evidence that the Williamsport Area High School and School District conducted an investigation in to the above matter and never notified the Myrtle Beach Police, the law enforcement entity with jurisdiction.

The evidence indicates that Weber and Pardoe conducted at least one interview together an notes were taken. Weber, in his letter to Detective Porter of the Myrtle Beach Police, also indicated that the school district did interviews during their own investigation.

It is also alleged in the evidence that,

“Kids were aware in Myrtle Beach…

Brandon told kids to get rid of images…

Coach Miller aware of it…”

This suggests school district employees

knew of the incident shortly after it happened in 3/2018,

and they were not first notified towards the end of May 2018

by CYS via Weber.

The other violation being investigated is

PA Title 18, Section 6312(d): Sexual Abuse of Children.

There is probable cause to believe that a video was made of one juvenile male putting his penis into the face of another juvenile male, or a simulation of same; and there is probable cause to believe that this video was shared.

The affiant wishes to retrieve said video from the aforementioned School District’s files, as well as any other videos which pertain to this investigation, if they were possessed by the Williamsport Area School District as part of their “investigation”.

This concludes the Affidavit of Probable Cause seeking a search warrant for the “Files/Records Pertaining to the 2018 WAHS Baseball team Myrtle Beach Trip” (including cell phone records) of WAHS head principal Dr. Brandon Pardoe filed on September 24, 2020 by (NAME REDACTED BY AUTHOR) and signed by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts.

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

Pardoe: “I have this under control”, Weber lied to ADA Yates, – Exhibit C

Also, while reviewing the MBPD file, the affiant observed the following. MBPD Detective Porter wrote the following occurred on 9/28/2018 when he spoke with Lycoming County Assistant District Attorney Jeff Yates:

“Mr. Yates informed me that he knows the Chief County Detective William Weber and spoke to him after reading the article. According to Mr. Yates, Detective Weber also had no knowledge of these allegations. As of this time there is no known victim to speak to.”

On 6/23/2020, the affiant called and spoke with Jeff Yates. He confirmed that he was an assistant District Attorney in the Lycoming County Office in 2018. He also said he was in charge of juvenile cases. The affiant explained to him this investigation.

The affiant told him what Detective Porter of the Myrtle Beach Police Department documented in his report in regards to Yates saying that he spoke to Weber after the Bartley news article was first published.

The affiant told Yates that Porter documented he said that

Weber had no knowledge of the allegations in the article.

 

The affiant asked Yates if this was accurate, and Yates responded: “Yes.”

 

Yates said that the news article came out and he spoke to Weber, asking Weber: “Are you hearing anything?”

According to Yates, Weber responded: “No.”

Yates also said Detective Porter called after that.

It should be noted that Todd Bartley’s first news article on this case came out on 8/24/2018. 

 

Detective Porter spoke to Yates on 9/28/2018.

 

Weber was notified by CYS of the Child Line on 5/18/2018,

and Weber started an investigation after this

along with Brandon Pardoe, the high school principal.

 

On 6/24/2020, the affiant interviewed the juvenile male victim #1 and his mother. He confirmed what was on the video and what happened to him. he also said that the juvenile male suspect #1 sat on his head as well. This victim was angry about what happened to him; he did not consent to it at all and he did not think it was funny.

This victim indicated that he was called derogatory names

when he was at school the following week

by people who had seen the video of what happened to him.

 

This contradicted what Weber wrote in his “report ” on 10/8/2018.

 

The affiant next addressed the meeting this victim had with the school officials during the last week of May 2018. His mother was present for his meeting, as were Pardoe and Weber. The victim told then what happened and who was involved.

The victim gave them names, what happened to him, and they took notes.

According to the victim’s mother:

“They promised me they would get back to me…

they promised they would question people involved and they would get back to me.”

As of today,

none of them has ever contacted the victim’s mother.

 

The affiant asked the victim if, at any point, did he tell the school officials above, including Weber,

that what happened to him in Myrtle Beach was a prank and he was fine with it.

The victim said, “No.”

The victim’s mother said: “No, not at all.”

The victim’s mother’s calls were never returned.

 

On 7/1/2020, the affiant interview the juvenile male videographer.  He confirmed that he videotaped what happened to the juvenile male victim #1 on the video.

This juvenile male also said that, about a week or two before school had ended that year, he got called to the office. He said he was taken to a room in which Mr. Pardoe and maybe others were.

This juvenile male was asked about the trip, and he told them what happened.

When asked how this meeting ended, this juvenile male said he was told he was suspended from the team for two games.

Pardoe also indicated to the juvenile male videographer that they had to they dealt with a consequence. He said the juvenile male suspect #1 was suspended for two games as well.

 

The juvenile male videographer’s mother said that

Pardoe came to her house.

He (PARDOE) told her:

“please don’t ever talk about what happened..

I have this under control…

“When the affiant asked her if Pardoe said anything about law enforcement or police being involved, she said he said:

“It’s not gonna go anywhere, not to worry about anything..

you have nothing to worry about…

I’m just here to apologize for not having him play in two games.”

The affiant asked if Pardoe ever told the juvenile male videographer that the Myrtle Beach Police were going to be notified.

This juvenile said: “No.”

 

His mother said Pardoe said:

“…not to worry about anything…

nobody’s getting involved…

don’t worry about it…I have this under control.”

This juvenile male also said that

Weber never interviewed him.

 

EDITOR’S NOTE: At this writing WAHS head principal Dr. Brandon Pardoe is still employed by the Williamsport Area School District.

 

PART XXXIX – Exhibit D” – is forthcoming.

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

 

Weber and Pardoe never called the Myrtle Beach Police Department – Exhibit B

Picking up where Exhibit A left off.

On 10/3/18, biographical checks on students from this high school were printed out and were present in this file. These checks were on the juvenile suspect #1 and the juvenile male who shot the video.

The next thing in this file was a Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office report completed and filed by Weber on 10/8/18. Weber documented on this date that he received the initial complaint from CYS in mid may of 2018.

He referred to the complaint as a “you had ‘tea bagged’ another youth.”

He also wrote:

“I told C & Y that I would look into the matter due to my familiarity of WAHS and the baseball program

since my son played and I attended the tournament for 3 years.”

He wrote that he contacted the principal, Brandon Pardoe, and advised him of the complaint. he wrote:

“I told Mr. Pardoe that I had no jurisdiction about what happened in Myrtle Beach,

but would assist and make referrals if need be.

I also told him I was aware of the trip

and what usually goes on during the annual trip.”

Weber also documented in his report the meeting with juvenile male victim #1 and his mother on 5/30/18. Weber wrote that this victim didn’t feel that the video was shared much, that nobody said anything to him at school and he did not feel that the video was passed around.

Weber wrote: “…there was no referral to be made.”

Weber ended his report with:

“Clearly this was a hazing/bullying issue that the school properly handled.

This report was written based on my limited note taking and my memory from may 2018.

I did not prepare a report at the time.”

 

So far, at this point in the timeline based on what was in Weber’s file, he did no reports on his investigation with the Williamsport High School baseball team.

 

He maintained a file, but he never notified the Myrtle Beach Police Department,

which was the law enforcement entity with jurisdiction in this matter.

Instead of notifying the MBPD in May of 2018, the MBPD had to contact Weber on 9/28/2018. When they did, Weber completed his first report.

In this report, Weber did not document the sodomy allegations involving juvenile victim(s) that were received by the Lycoming County CYS, and which Weber had a copy of the CYS supplemental report.

Weber wrote a letter to (MBPD) Detective Porter on 10/10/18.

He wrote about (Second Mandated Reporter – NAME REDACTED BY AUTHOR), allegations and then wrote:

“I checked with the school district and from their investigation,

what (NAME REDACTED BY AUTHOR) reported never occurred from their interviews.”

The affiant reviewed the police reports from the Myrtle Beach Police Department concerning this investigation. The affiant confirmed that the MBPD first was notified about the aforementioned allegations on 9/28/2018 from reporter Todd Bartley seeking a comment.

The MBPD was never notified by Weber or Pardoe.

The affiant also observed the following in the Lycoming County District Attorney file. The affiant saw a copy of notes with no date on it.

The notes read in part:

“School district was aware in Myrtle Beach…

Brandon told kids to get rid of images…

 

(juvenile male suspect #2’s name) – nephew -…

(juvenile male victim #2’s name) had penis across face suck it up parents said…

(juvenile male victim #3’s name)-penetrated by (juvenile male suspect #1’s name)…

(juvenile male suspect #2’s name) holding him down…

Coach Miller aware of it….

(juvenile male videographers’ name) was videotaping – (juvenile male suspect #1) was ringleader.”

 

PART XXXVIII – “Pardoe: “I have this under control”, Weber lied to ADA Yates, – Exhibit C” – is forthcoming.

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

OAG search warrants and report excoriates Weber, Pardoe, Miller and WASD – Exhibit A

Josh Shapiro, PA Attorney General (top left), Brandon Pardoe, WAHS Principal (top middle),
Ryan Gardner, Lycoming County District Attorney (top right).
Willie Weber, former Lycoming County Chief Detective (middle left),
WAHS Teacher & Miller girlfriend Alicia Carnevale and
former WAHS Baseball Coach Ryan Miller (middle right)
Fred Holland, WASD Solicitor (bottom left),
Sean McCann, WAHS Athletic Director (bottom middle)
and George Lepley, criminal defense attorney (bottom right)
The following is the result of a nearly 40-months long investigation
into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip
to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case they were recently formally charged with a crime in South Carolina.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART XXXVI – “OAG search warrants and report excoriates Weber, Pardoe, Miller and WASD for their roles in the

2018 Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina investigation.”

 

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

TalkWilliamsport.com exclusively obtained the Office of Attorney General search warrants that became unsealed when Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro failed to charge those involved in the cover-up of the criminal behaviors engaged in by students on the 2018 Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

Shapiro has his sights set on the Governor’s mansion in the next election cycle, he is also a father.

From the Affidavit of Probable Cause seeking a search warrant for the “Files/Records Pertaining to the 2018 WAHS Baseball team Myrtle Beach Trip” (including cell phone records) of WAHS head principal Dr. Brandon Pardoe filed on September 24, 2020 by (NAME REDACTED BY AUTHOR) OAG Special Agent and signed by Lycoming County President Judge Nancy Butts.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Juvenile male victim #1 – is black, juvenile male suspect #1 – is white.

Between 3/23/18 and 3/30/2018, the Williamsport Area High School baseball team attended a tournament in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. At some point during that week, a video was shot from inside one of the hotel rooms for the players.

The affiant watched this video and observed that

the juvenile male victim #1 was asleep on a couch when

the juvenile male suspect #1, a teammate, appeared

to have put his penis in the face of the sleeping victim.

 

On 5/18/2018 a Lycoming County Children and Youth Services employee (NAME REDACTED BY AUTHOR), saw this video. He reported this to Matt Wood of CYS. Both (REDACTED) and are mandated reporters.

Wood did a Child Line report and he notified William Weber, then Chief County Detective for Lycoming County who worked out of the Lycoming County District Attorney’s Office.

Weber notified the high school Principal Brandon Pardoe.

(NAME REDACTED BY AUTHOR) provided the video to CYS:

this video was in the file at the DA’s office.

 

Also observed in the DA’s file were notes. These notes were dated 5/30/18. These notes were about a meeting with the juvenile male victim #1 and his mother. These notes also indicated that the victim was shown the video, and it was written:

“(juvenile male suspect #1) admitted he did it”.

 

Also, in this file next was a phone message on 9/4/18 for Weber to call a woman. Part of the message read:

“Kids were asked and instructed in Myrtle Beach

to delete any videos they may have taken.”

 

The next document in the DA’s file was a print out email dated 9/28/2018. It was from Detective Tiffany Whitmire of the Myrtle Beach Police to Williams Weber.

She asked Weber to contact her concerning an investigation he assisted with about an assault in Myrtle Beach involving  the Williamsport High School baseball team. She wrote: “We need the information reference this investigation.”

She asked for reports, interviews, data, etc.

 

PART XXXVII – “Weber and Pardoe never called the Myrtle Beach Police Department” – is forthcoming.

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

UPDATE: Lycoming County DA Ryan Gardner statement regarding Detective Weber

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

On Wednesday morning, September 29, 2021 Lycoming County DA Ryan Gardner issued a press release containing a statement regarding Detective Weber.

The same statement was exclusively reported by TalkWilliamsport.com yesterday.

The statement is provided below in its entirety.

MEDIA RELEASE

District Attorney’s statement regarding Detective Weber:

Upon arrival to the office Tuesday, September 28, I was provided with a copy of the Attorney General’s Sealed Search Warrants in the Myrtle  Beach/Williamsport Baseball matter. I immediately requested a meeting with Detective Weber.

During this meeting, Detective Weber informed me that he was retiring, effective immediately.

Today is Detective Weber’s 40th anniversary as a law enforcement officer.

Ryan Gardner
District Attorney
Lycoming County

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.

BREAKING NEWS: Detective Weber retires on 40th anniversary in law enforcement

Photo provided by YWCA as Detective Weber is awarded for his work of assisting victims of sex crimes over his career.

The following is the result of a nearly 40-months long investigation
into the Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip
to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the spring of 2018.

This story is graphic and contains details related to multiple indecent sexual assaults.

The author and editor of this story have made the editorial decision to not publish the names of the individuals under the age of 18 at the time of the incident who have been clearly identified as committing these acts in this case they were recently formally charged with a crime in South Carolina.

A Baseball Story In The Birthplace Of Little League Baseball

IF NOTHING HAPPENED IN MYRTLE BEACH

WHY WON’T THE WASD TELL US THE STORY?

PART XXXV – “Detective Weber retires on 40th anniversary in law enforcement”

OAG search warrants and report excoriates his behavior and role in the

2018 Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina investigation.

 

By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com

News@TalkWilliamsport.com

Willie Weber Lycoming County Detective was not criminally charged by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shaprio in connection to the cover-up of the “criminal sexual misconduct” of a WAHS baseball player during the 2018 team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina.

The reason, “The OAG was unable to determine whether any attempt to ‘cover-up’ the conduct occurred in Pennsylvania due to the failure of the District Attorney’s Office to create, implement, and enforce any policies governing the conduct of county detectives.”

Earlier this year, the Horry County South Carolina Solicitor filed criminal charges against ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1 in the case after an exhaustive multi-year investigation conducted by the Myrtle Beach Police Department and in conjunction with the Office of PA Attorney General.

On Tuesday, Weber retired as a detective in the Office of Lycoming County District Attorney Ryan Gardner.

Gardner was contacted for this story and offered the following comments:

“Upon arrival to the office Tuesday, September 28,

I was provided with a copy of the Attorney General’s previously sealed search warrants

in the Myrtle Beach/Williamsport baseball matter.

 

I immediately requested a meeting with (Lycoming County) Detective (William) Weber.

 

During this meeting Detective Weber informed me that he was retiring, effective immediately.

Today is Detective Weber’s 40th anniversary as a law enforcement officer.”

Ryan Gardner, District Attorney Lycoming County

 

TalkWilliamsport.com exclusively obtained the unsealed OAG search warrants yesterday.

 

Weber has been a central figure in the 2018 WAHS baseball team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina case; based on information contained in the OAG search warrants:

  • Weber took the lead on behalf of the law enforcement upon receiving the Childline call referral in mid-May 2018
  • Failed to file a report in a timely manner after receiving the Childline call referral in mid-May 2018
  • Failed to notify authorities of the incident in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Failed to provide video evidence of the incident to authorities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina for 5 months
  • His involvement in meeting with JOHN DOE #1 and his family and failure to follow-up
  • Meeting with the attorney for ALLEGED PERPETRATOR #1, WASD principal Brandon Pardoe and WASD Solicitor Fred Holland
  • Failing to involve WASD School Resource officers in the “criminal” and “non-criminal investigations”
  • Mislead then Assistant District Attorney Jeff Yates
  • Once contacted by law enforcement authorities in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina continued to mislead them

 

In April 2021, Weber was awarded by the YWCA for his work assisting victims of sex crimes over his career.

According to the Williamsport Sun-Gazette, where editor L. Lee “Laura” Janssen announced her retirement as editor this past Saturday.

Janssen and company have barely written a word of this horrible situation. The paper she served as editor offered the following on Weber receiving his award.

Speaking before the program began, Weber stressed the importance of all the agencies working as a team in the county to try to help victims.

“We’ve got an incredible team of people that all work together on child abuse and sexual assault,” Weber said.

Weber enumerated the various groups involved in the multi-disciplinary task force that works from the moment the assault or abuse is reported right through to the trial phase.

He noted that when he was told that he was getting the award for his work, he was actually surprised.

“It’s not me, it’s the partnerships that we’ve developed and being able to work together to do it,” he said.

 

WAHS head principal Brandon Pardoe, fellow criminal and non-criminal investigator with Weber in the 2018 Williamsport Area High School Baseball Team trip to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina investigation has yet to offer public comment on his neighbor retiring.

Little league officials have remined silent on Weber serving as a team host at the Little League World Series previously and moving forward.

This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.