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Wisconsin 2nd District: My Congressional Candidate Told Me He Is a Child Sex Tourist
I was present as State Assemblyman Mark Pocan publicly regaled close associates at length with stories of traveling to Costa Rica for sex with young boys
July 26, 2012
By Dr. Glen Barry – a personal essay series at http://drglenbarry.tumblr.com/
For much of the late 1990s and early 2000s, I was a PhD student at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Being the state capitol, as I reconnected with an old high school friend that works there, occasionally I socialized with state political big-wigs. One was my
state assemblyman Mr. Mark Pocan – now running for Congress from Wisconsin's second district. Over the course of several years I hung-out and drank in local bars with Mr. Pocan a few dozen times, and became a good acquaintance and fledgling – albeit infrequent – member at that time of his inner circle. I like the charismatic, progressive man immensely. Sadly, however, he revealed to others and me that he had traveled to Costa Rica to have sex with children.
In 2002 or thereabouts, Mr. Pocan publicly regaled half a dozen of his close associates and me with a story of having recently traveled to Costa Rica for the explicit purpose of seeking out sex with underage boys. We were at the local Democratic Party watering hole – drinking on a weekend like we had done many times before. Mr. Pocan told the story of traveling to Costa Rica for sex tourism with underage boys with great gusto. He included numerous and graphic details
regarding how the Pacific coast of Costa Rica was full of under-aged boys from poor fishing villages – described at length as being firm, young, and willing – that would congregate at local hotels, and for a few dollars go with you to your room for a night of sex.
It was a larger group than normal, and there were numerous other people there, close associates of Mr. Pocan, any one of whom should be able to confirm my account, if they can be appealed upon to speak truthfully rather than be loyal to an acknowledged child rapist. None appeared shocked, or even disturbed, at this raucous story of sexual misconduct. It seemed routine, the norm. There was much laughing and banter as apparently this sort of torrid story was not an unusual topic of conversation amongst the group. Again, Mr. Pocan said clearly he had explicitly traveled to Costa Rica for sexual tourism, and had in fact paid for sex with young boys, making him a
child sex tourist.
The next time I drank with Mr. Pocan and his entourage, I made a fleeting comment regarding the story to Mr. Pocan in front of his then partner. Mr. Pocan later pulled me aside and told me bluntly that if I spoke of the matter again I was not welcome in his company. I chose to never socialize with Mr. Pocan and his entourage again. Soon I graduated with a PhD, and moved away from Madison for several years to protect the world's rainforests. We have a close mutual friend, remained in loose contact as facebook friends on his initiative, and last year as I prepared to return to the area, Mr. Pocan provided a reference for one job application. I have recently moved back to Madison, and have had brief, friendly, yet distant contact with Mr. Pocan on a couple occasions.
So what has changed? Why come forward now? I don’t feel like I have any choice but to do so. I like Mark. But he told me he traveled
overseas to poor, struggling countries, to sexually abuse children, and I can't let that go unreported. Mr. Pocan is running a campaign heralding his work protecting victims of rape. I can't sit by as I know the person who is most likely to be my next Congressman – by his own admission to me – is a child rapist.
Coming after my recent diatribe against Governor Scott Walker's poor character displayed in college, it appears that I am – at least with these two individuals – a sort of Forrest Gump of Wisconsin politics. In both instances I have not sought out publicity or any advantage, but have felt a strong sense that knowing what I knew – based upon first-hand information – that I had the responsibility to do the right thing, and communicate the best I could what I personally knew to be true.
I am not a Democrat or a Republican, have little interest in state politics, and know virtually nothing about
his opponents. I have absolutely no reason to lie, or to want to needlessly bring this upon others or myself. My only reason is a commitment to keeping children safe from sexual predators, and being unable to live with a bad conscience.
I have tried hard to live a moral, ethical life committed to high standards of personal conduct, and to issues of global concern larger than myself. This has meant tremendous sacrifice to the cause of global ecological sustainability and the welfare of the human family. Nonetheless, like most everyone, I have had personal failures and have had to deal with anger, dependency and abuse issues. I have acted sexually irresponsible in my past, but never illegally or doing harm to a child, and would never do so. As I have reached middle-age, I have successfully dealt with my personal issues – particularly having been the victim of childhood sexual abuse, and its decades long cover-up – which has been
epidemic in my family.
This is a painful essay to write at many levels. I have agonized and sought out the counsel of several regarding this ethical dilemma. Many told me not to write this essay. Yet, as I pondered, I would recall how no one was my champion as I was a victim of childhood sexual abuse by powerful adults. I failed by not reporting the incident immediately after it occurred, or any time over the years subsequently. I hate to come forward with these truthful claims now, but I have no choice. It is the ethical thing to do, and I am no Sandusky protector.
If anything I am guilty of being enamored by power, of wanting to ingratiate myself with powerful people because of my own insecurities. Now I simply can't stand by and knowingly watch as a child sex tourist becomes the Congressman representing the great city of Madison and surrounding areas. I am sure I will be pilloried by the politically correct - yet at
times ethically challenged - progressive Madison scene for coming out against their favorite son. And I am fine with that, as my progressivism and commitment to truth go beyond posturing, to doing the right thing, even when difficult and personally risky.
Truth matters. I have to be consistent – if call out Govern Walker on personal knowledge of corruption and acting as a fascist; I must call out Assemblyman Pocan on child sexual exploitation. I agree with Pocan nearly across the board on political issues. He is a solid and committed Progressive. But you can't be having sex with kids. Not even if you travel out of America to find poor ones, who have no voice.
I apologize for not coming forward earlier. I have only just dealt fully in recent years with having myself been a victim of childhood sexual abuse, and am recovering from a serious medical condition that has clouded my affective judgment for several years. I am in
the process of trying to report Mark's public admission to the Madison District Attorney. I have absolutely nothing to gain by going public with this matter, yet quite a lot to lose as I am sure Representative Pocan's campaign will lash out, and make all sorts of vile false claims to protect his candidacy.
My only satisfaction is that even when frightened, I have done the right thing and reported childhood sexual abuse; belatedly - and with a shaking writing hand – but nonetheless.
Inside I am a hurt little boy that was sexually abused, grew up in an environment where this went on repeatedly to others, and was abandoned by family and friends as I sought to recover. As I have healed, the issue of keeping childhood innocence safe from sexual predators has become profoundly important to me. I have zero tolerance on childhood sexual abuse, and want it to stop. That will only happen if people speak of the matter and come
forward when they know of abuses.
Mr. Pocan is an admitted – amongst friends even a boastful – sexual abuser of children, and is not fit to be a U.S. Congressperson. This isn't a gay, straight thing. It is a not getting away with raping poor foreign kids as a tourist – because I am an entitled powerful politician – thing. Again, I am sorry for not having come forward earlier.
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