Is Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Dean Trantalis — Vice Mayor in 2004 — Playing Dumb About the Alex Pussieldi Investigation?

Fort Lauderdale: ‘Very Likely No Such Records Exist’ in Requests For More Alex Pussieldi Documents. Us: ‘Huh?’
April 17, 2014
Concussion Inc.’s Timeline For Fort Lauderdale City and USA Swimming Cover-Up of Abusive Human Trafficker Coach Alex Pussieldi
April 18, 2014

by Irvin Muchnick and Tim Joyce

 

Dean Trantalis, city commissioner for Fort Lauderdale’s second district, strenuously distances himself when asked about Alex Pussieldi.

On February 25, Trantalis assistant Scott Wyman emailed Concussion Inc. in response to an inquiry about Pussieldi: “The commissioner wanted me to let you know that he had no information about these allegations.”

Later that day we copied Trantalis, among other city officials and elected leaders, on a request for public records in the Pussieldi matter. Assistant Wyman wrote, “I responded earlier today in regards to your previous request for an interview, saying that the commissioner had no information in regard to the matter. In terms of the public records request, Commissioner Trantalis was not in office in 2007….”

This morning Trantalis, through Wyman, told us, “I honestly have no recollection of this episode.”

It is true that Trantalis was not in office in 2007. That was the year a dossier of information was leaked to city commissioners by an anonymous source. The packet was described in an article that year in the New Times weekly, and Concussion Inc. deduced that some of the contents referred to the Pussieldi scandals.

However, Commissioner Trantalis was in office in 2004, when the Pussieldi information first broke — through swimmer Roberto Cabrera Paredes’s allegation that Pussieldi physically assaulted him at the Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex, and through the swimmer’s further allegation that the coach had secretly videotaped him in the bathroom and maintained child pornography and videos of his own sex with underage boys. The first part was reported in the local media. The second part was suppressed, thanks in large part to the collusion of Sharon Robb of the Tribune Company’s South Florida Sun-Sentinel.

Commissioner Trantalis not only was in office in 2004 — he was the vice mayor. And documents we’ve obtained show that he was in the email loop of the Pussieldi cover-up orchestrated by acting city manager Alan Silva, parks and recreation director Ernest Burkeen, Fort Lauderdale Aquatic Complex manager Stu Marvin, and others.

On February 16, 2004, Trantalis was on the cc list of an email by Commissioner Cindi Hutchinson to a citizen who had complained about the aftermath of the Pussieldi-Cabrera Paredes pool deck altercation. Hutchinson wrote, “I’m requesting that our City Manager do an investigation and follow-up with the Commission as it relates to this incident.” (See http://muchnick.net/lauderdaledocs1.pdf.)

What happened to that investigation?

 

Complete links to our Alex Pussieldi investigation are at https://concussioninc.net/?p=8652.

 

Here are headline links to articles on the specific topic of Pussieldi and the Fort Lauderdale police:

 

 

Published March 3rd, 2014
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Two Stages of Complaints About Swim Coach Alex Pussieldi Evident in Records Released by City of Fort Lauderdale

Published March 8th, 2014
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See Them Now – First Installment of the File on Swim Coach Alex Pussieldi in Fort Lauderdale Public Records

Published March 20th, 2014
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New Fort Lauderdale Documents: Coach Alex Pussieldi Had Been Legal Guardian of the Mexican Swimmer in the 2004 Assault Incident

Published March 21st, 2014
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Fort Lauderdale Documents: Police Dismissed 2004 Assault Allegation With Misleading Statement That Alex Pussieldi ‘Is a Coach Overseas Now’

Published March 24th, 2014
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Published March 25th, 2014
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Fort Lauderdale Clarifies Legal Justification for Each Redaction in Alex Pussieldi Public Records Release– And the Justification Itself Could Tell a Scandalous Story

Published March 26th, 2014
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FORT LAUDERDALE DETECTIVE WAS TOLD 10+ YEARS AGO DETAILED ALLEGATIONS OF SWIM COACH ALEX PUSSIELDI’S PEEPING TOM VIDEOTAPING

Published April 9th, 2014
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Fort Lauderdale Police Release 2004 Special Victims Unit Report on Alex Pussieldi – First Documented Confirmation of Allegations of Sex With Underage Boys

Published April 9th, 2014
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