by Irvin Muchnick
The current cover story in South Florida’s New Times, which was spurred by the investigations of Tim Joyce and myself into the cover-ups, by local police and governments and educational institutions and by USA Swimming, of abusive human trafficker coach Alex Pussieldi, includes this passage:
“Muchnick, meanwhile, has publicly pressured Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz to have law enforcement authorities reopen the 2004 allegations against Pussieldi.”
That is not entirely accurate. In February, acting on a tip that Wasserman Schultz might be receptive, Joyce and I shared our information with her office and requested a supportive public statement.
Many weeks later, in May, communications director Sean Bartlett gave us the following statement. We urged Wasserman Schultz to reconsider it and we still do:
“When ConcussionInc.net brought these troubling allegations to our attention in late February, we took them seriously and contacted law enforcement officials in Davie and at the Broward Sheriff’s Office. Each organization informed us that they did not have, nor had they had, cases against Mr. Pussieldi. The next request for assistance from ConcussionInc.net came on April 29th, and indicated that the City of Fort Lauderdale was also involved in this issue. That week our staff also contacted the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department to ensure they were aware of the allegations, and in subsequent follow-up with the department learned the same information that ConcussionInc.net is now privy to – that there was a case against Mr. Pussieldi at one time but that for various reasons it was closed. The Congresswoman takes very seriously the safety, health, and protection of minors, and any allegations of impropriety or illegality that she or her staff learn of against minors will always be communicated to our trusted local law enforcement agencies without delay.”
There was no “request from assistance” from us on April 29, of the sort outlined in the statement. We were not and are not interested in “due diligence” on the part of the congresswoman that is simply spun into trivialities about “trusted law enforcement agencies.” Their work on Pussieldi is soundly refuted by thousands of words published here, which have included page upon page of secret primary-source records documenting tentative and incomplete police investigations.
Complete links to Concussion Inc.’s coverage of the petition drive that forced the withdrawal of the Chuck Wielgus induction into the International Swimming Hall of Fame are at “Chuck Wielgus Belongs in the Hall of Justice, Not the Hall of Fame,” https://concussioninc.net/?p=9233.
This week’s cover story in South Florida’s New Times, “An Underage Sex Scandal Leads to South Florida’s Swimming Hall of Fame,” is at http://www.miaminewtimes.com/2014-06-05/news/sex-scandal-swimming-hall-of-fame-fort-lauderdale/.