Curleys not the first to accuse NAMBLA (which ACLU is defending)
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September 13, 2000
Curleys not the first to accuse NAMBLA
By RYAN THOMPSON
A parent and police in California also blame the group
The Curley family does not stand alone when blaming the North
American Man/Boy Love Association for crimes committed against
A California mother and California police point their fingers in the
same direction, connecting various NAMBLA members to numerous sex
crimes - including links to a Thai sex orphanage and a pedophile
"NAMBLA is hiding very carefully under the First Amendment, while at
the same time offering comfort and support to those men who are
convicted sex offenders," said California-resident Debbie Mahoney,
whose boy was repeatedly molested by a man police say is a NAMBLA
Recently, the Curley family from Cambridge filed a $200 million
federal lawsuit against NAMBLA, alleging that the group is partly
responsible for their 10-year-old's abduction and murder in 1997.
Charles Jaynes, one of the two men convicted in the killing, was a
member of NAMBLA.
"Charles Jaynes was just one of those foot soldiers doing what NAMBLA
told him to do," said Larry Frisoli, the Curleys' attorney. "Our
position is that Jeffrey Curley is just one of thousands of victims."
The American Civil Liberties Union has agreed to represent the group,
which publicly advocates for changes in the age of consent laws. The
ACLU has said it took the case to protect NAMBLA's First Amendment
rights and because NAMBLA should not be held responsible for the
actions of members. NAMBLA members contacted for this story did not
return calls for comment.
A self-professed NAMBLA member from Massachusetts, who would only
identify himself as Socrates, defended the group. Contact between the
man and the Chronicle was facilitated by an employee at the American
Friends Service Committee in Cambridge, who verified that Socrates is
indeed a NAMBLA member.
Socrates said that Jaynes is not representative of what the group is all
"He never attended any meetings or met any members," Socrates said.
"If he had, [Jeffrey Curley's murder] may not have happened."
Socrates said that if NAMBLA members had met Jaynes and found out he
was stalking Jeffery Curley, they would have dealt with it and tried
to prevent it. Much like the organization itself has always said,
Socrates said that the group does not advocate rape or murder, but
only believes in consensual man-boy sex.
"I don't think that any type of coercion or seduction is right,"
Socrates said. According to him, most NAMBLA members insist that the
boys are in control, and that simple touching should not be compared
with murder and mayhem.
Socrates said that he thinks that boys are capable of consenting to
these relationships and are not being manipulated. Although NAMBLA
does not establish a minimum age that is appropriate for man-boy
love, Socrates said that he thinks that a 6-year-old is too young,
but that certain things may be appropriate with a 10-year-old. The
majority of boys involved in man-boy relationships are adolescents,
according to him.
Mahoney's son, Brian, was 10 years old when he was first molested by
his next-door neighbor, Jonathan Tampico. Police said that Tampico
was a NAMBLA member and was arrested in 1989 and charged with
numerous crimes related to the sexual conduct with Brian that
occurred from 1984 to 1986. He pled guilty to lewd and lascivious
acts against a child under the age of 14, and was sentenced to six
years in prison.
"Unfortunately, I moved next door to a pedophile," Mahoney said.
"Tampico told Brian to keep it a secret."
According to Mahoney, it wasn't until an imprisoned NAMBLA member
told police about Tampico and several other alleged pedophiles in the
area that Brian's story finally came out. Officer David Goodness of
the Fremont, Calif., police said the informant gave up numerous names
of people he said were NAMBLA members and actively molesting boys.
It was this information that started the huge investigation in the
Bay Area and led to the arrest of Tampico and several others.
According to Tim Painter, a NAMBLA expert and an inspector for the
Alameda County District Attorney's office, officers found a copy of a
pedophile safety manual when they raided Tampico's home. Painter
headed up the investigation when he was a police officer.
Painter said that "The Survival Manual: The Man's Guide to Staying
Safe in Man/Boy Sexual Relationships," was written by NAMBLA member
David Groat and was in the process of being edited by Tampico.
The book was not published by NAMBLA, and Painter said that it was
never completed. Socrates said that he has never heard of the book.
"Not only has NAMBLA not published it," Socrates said. "We don't even
know about it."
According to Socrates, Groat "has lived a perfectly exemplary life
for many years."
Groat was a member of the steering committee for NAMBLA, the
governing body of the organization, according to police.
"I have written this guide to educate boy-lovers ... on how to handle
attacks and problems in their lives, and how to escape torture and
imprisonment," the book states. "Its goal, as big as it seems, is to
save American boy-lovers from experiencing these destructive attacks,
and to ensure that man/boy love continues its existence for
generations to come."
The book deals with various safety issues for those engaged in sex
with young boys - including where to have sex and how to stay
secretive. The book reveals personal sexual experiences with boys in
detail. The book mostly focuses on how to elude and escape the law,
and details police and FBI procedures.
"Never forget that sex lasts only for a little while, but prison may
last forever," the book states. Another phrase in the book, which was
crossed out in the editing process, said, "there are no differences
between us; we are all the same; we are boy-lovers."
The book also instructs boy-lovers on how to survive prison and how
to live safely in another country after becoming a fugitive. The book
suggests not going to countries where there are high amounts of "sex
tourism," such as in Thailand.
He said that Groat and a NAMBLA associate, Mark Morgan, were actually
imprisoned for more than a year in Thailand. They were running an
orphanage in Bangkok that was basically a front for a child
pornography and sex operation, Painter said.
Sgt. Bob Nalett, supervisor of the sexual assault unit for the San
Jose police, was also involved in several NAMBLA-related cases.
Nalett said that he investigated NAMBLA member Joe Powers, who is
listed as a defendant in the Curley lawsuit and pled guilty to having
sexual conduct with a minor in the past and served time in prison.
"Mark Morgan ran this orphanage - basically nicknamed 'Club Ped,'"
Nalett said. "If you went there, he would provide you with a young
According to Painter, approximately 15 to 20 NAMBLA members and
associates frequented the Bangkok orphanage. Pedophiles would fly
into Toronto bringing back child pornography on undeveloped film and
reassembled videotapes, he said. They unwound the videos, and then
rolled the tape up backwards, so that when it was played, no footage
would appear, he said.
Painter said that Tampico, who was paid well at his job as a nuclear
physicist working on the missile defense initiative commonly known as
Star Wars, lived like a pauper because all his money went to fund
frequent traveling to Bangkok.
In fact, Tampico was arrested for the sex crimes he committed against
Brian on a plane that was returning from Thailand - just as soon as
the plane reached U.S. airspace. After serving two-and-a-half years
in prison, Tampico was let out on parole in the Fremont area.
Tampico was then arrested for violating his parole when he attended a
children's choir competition. During that same time, Goodness was in
the process of building a case against Tampico involving child
Goodness said he found 52 containers of child pornography and
pedophile material - much of it NAMBLA related - in a storage locker
that Tampico rented under a false name. Tampico was sharing the
locker with about 15 other people, who Goodness said are either
NAMBLA members or associates.
The large stash of pedophile material included more than 50,000
photos and 500 videos, according to Mahoney. Goodness said that he
also found original photos of the pictures that appear in the NAMBLA
Bulletin, the group's publication, as well as the printing templates
used for the magazine.
However, Tampico was released from prison on a technicality before
the child pornography-related charges could be brought up against
him. He disappeared and remained a fugitive for about six years.
It wasn't until "America's Most Wanted" aired an episode about
Tampico that he was captured in July 1998 in College Station, Texas.
He was convicted of possessing, receiving and distributing child
pornography on Feb. 14, 2000, and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
"He didn't even show any remorse," Goodness said.
The two men responsible for Curley's kidnapping and murder, Jaynes,
of Brockton, and Salvatore Sicari, of Cambridge, were sentenced to
life in prison in 1998. Jaynes was convicted of second-degree murder
and will be eligible for parole after 15 years. Sicari was convicted
of first-degree murder and will not be eligible for parole.
Last month, a jury awarded the Curley family $328 million in a
wrongful death suit against Jaynes and Sicari - although the Curleys
probably won't receive any money from the two imprisoned convicts who
have no source of income. Frisoli said that he expects the Curleys to
be awarded damages in the billion-dollar range in the lawsuit against
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