EXCLUSIVE: AG Shapiro weighs in on failing to criminally charge the adults in 2018 sex assault of black WAHS baseball player


By Todd Bartley, TalkWilliamsport.com


On Thursday, TalkWilliamsport.com received a response to the question posed to current Pennsylvania Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Josh Shapiro; “why did you fail to criminally charge the adults in the 2018 WAHS/Myrtle Beach case?”

Shapiro had been provided a copy of the federal civil rights lawsuit filed by the victim in the case prior to the request for comment.

EXCLUSIVE: Former WAHS black baseball player files federal lawsuit after being sexually assaulted by white teammate


Communications Director for PA Office of Attorney General, Jacklin Rhoads provided the following statement yesterday:

“Hi Todd, 

Our office has no comment at this time. 

J “

On September 21, 2021 on the PA Capitol steps of AG Shaprio was confronted on the lack of criminal charges while standing in front of sexual abuse survivors.

AG Shapiro has been quite outspoken regarding his support of the Black Lives Matter movement.



HARRISBURG- Today, Attorney General Josh Shapiro is releasing the statement below following the death of George Floyd.

“There is a rot at the center of our society, and this week it was laid bare on the street under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer.

Today that officer was charged with murder and is under arrest. It is the first step toward justice, but we have a long road ahead of us.

We still live with the consequences of slavery and racism. It has been institutionalized over generations in our criminal justice system, our economy, our health care system, and our schools.

The killing of George Floyd is an especially painful reminder of how far we have yet to travel as a nation to find peace and equality — because this could be anywhere in America.

In the hours that followed George Floyd’s death, I have spoken to many Pennsylvanians who saw themselves in George. Too many Americans see how our society does not care about them, and see the rule of law applying to different people in different ways. I have listened to young black Pennsylvanians who feel scared and helpless, and question if we can fix the problems that have plagued our communities for generations. I have spoken to police officers who desperately want to make change so this brutality stops happening in America. I have heard the pain from community leaders as people fall through the cracks during this pandemic.

When George Floyd died in the street, surrounded by officers sworn to protect the peace, millions of Americans felt the pain of being told “you don’t matter.”

And it happened at a time when poor, marginalized, and minority communities are being left behind in a pandemic and an economic free fall that has left nearly 1 in 3 Pennsylvanians out of work. Who are the people being told they are essential and forced to risk their lives to go to work while others can stay at home? Who are the Americans that have been laid off since the pandemic hit? Which communities suffer the most from a lack of access to healthcare? Who are the business owners struggling to access PPP loans? We know the answers, and they are not acceptable.

Our response to this crisis must show the moral clarity that everybody counts, and everybody matters. We must give people the confidence that through hard work we can heal our society, and lift the knee that holds down Black Americans and holds back the potential of our country. Institutionalized racism was put in place over generations by people. It will take time, but as individuals we have the power to end it, and ensure everyone the god-given rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

My faith teaches that no one is required to complete the task, but neither are we free to refrain from it. That lesson holds true today. No one can bring equality alone, and the work may not be completed in our lifetime, but we each must do our part.

Real leaders don’t do this by sowing divisions, but rather with hope, with love for everyone, and with the faith that all of our actions will make a difference.”

From the Twitter account of Attorney General Josh Shapiro

June 19, 2020

But saying it, just isn’t enough.

It’s through our action that we can rebuild trust.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with members of Congress and law enforcement, is calling for Pennsylvania to enact a chokehold ban.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with members of Congress and law enforcement, is calling for Pennsylvania to enact a chokehold ban.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, along with members of Congress and law enforcement, is calling for Pennsylvania to enact a chokehold ban.

Josh Shapiro
Governor candidate, PA
Saying Black lives matter isn’t enough. We must listen and we must take action. These new police reform laws are a down payment on the types of reforms we must deliver on here in Pennsylvania. cnn.it/2C7p05I


October 20, 2020
PA AG Josh Shapiro sends clear message to mandated reporters who fail to report
Todd Bartley, of talkwilliamsport.com was able to ask the following question of the panelists:
“…is there ever a time to not mandate report and what happens if somebody fails to mandate report?”
Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro offered the following response:
“I echo everything the Secretary (Miller) just said. I would just add. There are no higher priorities than protecting the most vulnerable in our state and children often times are the most vulnerable and when we find folks who are mandated reporters who are covering up abuse, we will hold them accountable.
We’ve charged many people, with, for example endangering the welfare of children.
We will not hesitate to charge mandated reporters who think they can cover-up abuse going on in a particular situation; whether a school, a place of worship, a school bus, whatever the case may be. And I think our record speaks for itself on that.”
April 21, 2021
AG Shapiro Statement on Senate Judiciary’s Vote To Pass Civil Window Statute
Today’s vote brings these brave survivors the closest they have been to having their day in court.
Now it’s time to deliver justice and closure for those who spoke up, relived their trauma,
and bolstered the system for future victims.” 
May 26, 2021
Statement by AG Josh Shapiro On Judge’s Order For Graham Spanier To Begin Serving Prison Sentence
“Today marks the end of a long road towards justice for the children endangered by Mr. Spanier’s inaction— choosing to cover up the abuse at the hands of Jerry Sandusky
rather than reporting it to law enforcement.
July 19, 2021

I (Lycoming County DA Ryan Gardner) recently received a letter from the Office of Attorney General regarding the Myrtle Beach referral.  The letter indicates the following:

“The OAG assumed jurisdiction of this investigation on May 27, 2020, at your request, and based upon an actual or apparent conflict of interest.  Following 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.

As you may recall, the matter of this referral involved alleged hazing or assaults committed against minors in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. 

While that location is beyond the jurisdiction of the OAG, as a result of the OAG’s investigation and cooperation with South Carolina officials, law enforcement action was taken in that jurisdiction for the criminal conduct committed there. 

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. 

While the OAG understands that this occurred prior to your tenure, it would be advisable to create, implement and enforce such policies moving forward which are consistent with law enforcement ‘best practices.’”

August 31, 2022
Gov. Wolf Secures Agreement with Legislative Leaders on Constitutional Amendment Supporting Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse
“I want to first reiterate my deep regret and sincerest apologies to victims for the process error that prevented this issue from being decided upon by the voters this legislative session. I have fought for an immediate legislative solution to this issue and have been working with legislators to determine the clearest path forward,” Gov. Wolf said. 
“After speaking directly with legislative leaders on both sides of the aisle, I’m pleased that they have committed to prioritize second passage of a constitutional amendment early next session. I am grateful for this agreement so that survivors can seek a path forward toward justice.”
Governor Wolf was asked to comment on this story and has yet to provide a response.
This is a developing story on TalkWilliamsport.com.