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Matthew Israel up on Charges - ῦ - 05-25-2011 03:59 PM
The founder of the controversial Judge Rotenberg Educational Center is scheduled to face criminal charges in Dedham today arising from a night in 2007 when two special needs teenagers at the center were wrongfully administered dozens of electrical shocks, according to the father of one of the victims and another person with knowledge about the case.
In a deal reached with the state attorney general’s office, Matthew Israel, 77, is expected to be spared prison time in return for stepping down from the Canton-based center that he founded 40 years ago and accepting a five-year probationary term, said Charles Dumas, the father of one of the two victims in the 2007 case who said he spoke yesterday with prosecutors. As part of the agreement, the school’s day-to-day activities will also be overseen by a court-approved monitor.
A court official who works at the Norfolk County Superior Court said that today’s schedule of cases lists a defendant named Matthew Israel facing two charges, misleading a grand jury and accessory after the fact to a crime.
The charges against Israel are believed to be related to the destruction of some of the center’s digital surveillance tapes that would have showed what occurred the night of Aug. 26, 2007, in one of the center’s residential group homes in Stoughton. That night, staffers received a prank phone call from someone posing as a supervisor, saying two teenagers, including Dumas’s son, should be administered electrical shocks as punishment for bad behavior earlier that day.
The attorney general’s office declined comment on the case yesterday, as did Ernest Corrigan, a longtime spokesman for Israel and the center. On May 2, Corrigan had issued a press release announcing Israel’s retirement, effective June 1. In the release, which made no mention of a pending criminal case, Israel is quoted as saying, “I am now almost 78 years old, and it is time for me to move over and let others take the reins.’’
The case marks a dramatic turn in the career of the Harvard-trained psychologist, though it does not appear to end the center’s unorthodox practices that have generated national controversy: the use of skin-shock treatments to discipline behaviorally troubled children.
His tactics have been condemned as barbaric and savage by many top medical and mental health professionals. But despite some injuries and even deaths at the facility, the center has continued to get state approval to operate as a special-needs school serving some 200 students with serious emotional and behavioral problems, including autism and intellectual disabilities.
Its most effective backers have been the parents of some of these troubled students who say Israel’s center accepted their child when no other school would. Israel has said his methods work and have virtually eliminated the use of psychotropic drugs at his center.
In the press release announcing Israel’s departure earlier this month, one of the center’s board members, Margaret Vaughan, a retired professor of psychology at Salem State University, described Israel as a “heroic figure’’ to thousands of families. She said he helped the families who saw the center as “their last thread of hope’’ for their children.
The center has launched a national search for a successor to Israel. The center is being run on an interim basis by assistant executive director Glenda Crookes.
The case against Israel allegedly centers on the tapes that captured the wrongful shocks delivered in 2007, said people familiar with the case.
The center has a policy of monitoring students’ behavior with help from remote surveillance cameras. Those monitoring the tapes had the option of ordering skin-shock treatments via telephone if they witnessed inappropriate actions, even hours after they occurred.
Based on the phone call, staffers woke up Dumas’s son and he was given 77 skin-shock treatments over three hours while being restrained on a flat surface. Another teenager was given about two dozen shocks.
The center acknowledged mistakes made by staff that night, and vowed to change many of its policies, particularly the issuance of shock treatment orders via telephone. Charles Dumas said his son remained at the Rotenberg center for another year, but was moved to a different group home and taken off the skin-shock treatments. He said his son, now 22, is now living on his own and working two jobs.
Dumas said he was told by the attorney general’s office to keep secret the news of Israel’s criminal charges, but he wanted to speak out when approached yesterday by the Globe about the case. “I don’t want to do anything to protect Matthew Israel,’’ he said.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-25-2011 04:09 PM
Let off jail time? lets hope not. I would LOVE to see him locked up with all the other cons, murderers, thugs, granny-batterers and their ilk all knowing what he has done. Everybody despises child abusers, and those with special needs? bet they take an especially dim view of that. Even convicted serial rapists spit on child abusers.
In the words of coal chamber-We don't need no water, let the motherfuc|<r burn!
Stepping down isn't enough, he was/is going to retire, either this year, or within a couple of years at most.
I hope he suffers immensely.
Its sad it happened, but those prank calls by an ex-prisoner at the rottenberg center, well, they might just have been the ones that although inflicting hell on some innocents, collaterial that just isn't acceptable, brought Israel crashing down.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Ana54 - 05-25-2011 04:41 PM
I hope his successor isn't worse. Maybe Israel prepared to retire because otherwise he would get booted, and was using his age to pretend he just wanted to retiore?
I can only imagine the dehumanization of being trusted with your own life lessthan criminals and having the criminals believed over you and you ending up with a lot of pain... or any at all... as a result.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - 142857 - 05-25-2011 06:04 PM
As part of the agreement, the school’s day-to-day activities will also be overseen by a court-approved monitor.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - ῦ - 05-25-2011 06:08 PM
As part of the agreement, the school’s day-to-day activities will also be overseen by a court-approved monitor.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - windy - 05-25-2011 06:26 PM
(I han't heard this- thanks for the good news!)
I hope not only do they find him guilty - but that there is some kind of huge fine.
Once he is deemed guilty - if the state courts do not fine him -(even if they do) he should be sued in civil court- so he never gets to have any money with which to enjopy his freedom (no jail time). Let's face it he is 77, rarely do people that age get jail time.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Ana54 - 05-25-2011 06:40 PM
I don't think Autism Squeaks has affiliation with the JRC except, according to someone I think on here, when on the Autsqueeks forums site they were raving about how great the JRC was, until people complained and then the thread disappeared.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-25-2011 07:28 PM
While researching the tech-specs of the GED and GED-4 devices with a view to coming up with a circuit design for an ECM jamming system operating on the same radio frequency as the stun-pack trigger switch devices controlled by the JRC staff, that meant I had to browse the JRC website, and other places, and read a ton of hideous, barbaric monstrous studies into the effectiveness of such mistreatment on frequency of various behaviours judged to be those exhibited by the lebensunwertesleben (I use the phrase in bitter, sarcastic irony here, I don't for one picosecond believe that the inmates of the JRC are anything of the sort, you all know me better than that, and if I did believe they were mere lebensunwertesleben, I would not have any intent to attempt to devise countermeasures against the electric shock treatment, would I now?)
Thats how I found he was planning to retire, I forget when exactly, but soon, within a year or two at the longest. The JRC is going to handpick a successor, they are already looking, who will continue the work of their bastardarsed sith lord master, may ordure be heaped upon his head and virulent pestilence afflict those he loves dearest.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Genesis - 05-25-2011 07:51 PM
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-25-2011 08:10 PM
Anyone know his address?
*gloats evilly, as he dissolves a mixture of white phosphorus in carbon disulfide, and adds it to polystyrene foam solvated in a mix of acetone and diesel fuel, whilst filling milk bottles, and superglueing aluminium foil over the tops*
Who wants to attend the AFF family barbeque? dish of the day is long pig, and the family BBQ...well the family is Israel's
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Genesis - 05-25-2011 08:23 PM
Lestat don't even bother
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-25-2011 09:21 PM
I was not actually seriously suggesting I was going to.
Merely ill will towards him. I'm not going to go introduce him to willy pete and his friend stanley.
Although if I happened to meet him in person, I would gleefully sock him one.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Ana54 - 05-25-2011 09:46 PM
One of Christschool's videos showed his house in Canton, a big pink one. He's moving tho, to Cali to be with his wife, who is also evil (for aversives and all that).
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-25-2011 10:49 PM
CoughEthyleneoxide/epoxypropane 70-40 mix hawkgagspitbuggritmetal nanopowder cough spluttermercury fulminate initiator cough gag delay of around 50-100msec betwen ignition of primary HE and secondary chargeschokegagsplutterfuckfuckfuckcough ooh my chestcoughthermobariccoughbig meaty splattercoughcougharrkkkgghh *hawks loogie* coughthermobaric chargecough.
Damn...I should see a doctor, my chest is really bad today....
I'm surprised he isn't cheating on his wife and shagging Jenny Mccarthy. Afterall, everybody else probably is.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Ana54 - 05-25-2011 11:13 PM
Yeah, you really should see a doc to cure your cough... preferably Dr. Israel. (ROFL!)
Jenny McCarthy would probably not even remember Israel... she's done too many of them.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-26-2011 12:09 AM
No, sorry, you take that one if he has any free, I'm booked in to see Dr.Mengele today.
Israel to McCarthy: 'oohhhh ohh f uck, damn oh oh oh shock me baby, harder, more voltage, come on you dumb wannabe dyke, I'm paying you for this, not like anybody would take me otherwise, so dammit you dumb broad, I said more F***ing voltage'
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - ῦ - 05-26-2011 12:32 AM
I'm uncomfortable with the direction this is taking - dangerously close to Defamation here.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Ana54 - 05-26-2011 12:32 AM
Mengele's already dead.
Let's see Israel together.
Edit: Pika, maybe we should have put in disclaimers that we were just joking; I'll ty to do that from now on if I joke. I honestly don't know if Jenny M. really is a ***, but it is a known fact she was a porn star.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-26-2011 12:51 AM
Defamation how so? I did not actually claim anybody was performing said act in reality.
Wouldn't think it either, even a toothless, lice-riddled meth wh0re wouldn't suck McCarthy's cock for the last tenbag of rock on the planet.
As for jizzrael, if he has a problem with what I have to say, he can come to me in person, so I can tell him just how unfit he is to choke to death on one of my autistic-arse-born uber-firy chilli-with-peppery Boletus-and-fly agaric-spiced weapons grade blowtorch-hot meaty farts, and subsequently flog him to death with a sock full of dogshit.
Jizzrael...Don't like me? don't like what I am saying about you? then go hang yourself. I will even tie the noose for you, you have to pay me for the rope though, and I want it back from your next of kin, if they will deign to so much as spit upon your last will and testament, let alone read it.
And a happy goddamn new year.
Ana, bugger the disclaimers, it makes it far less humorous. And if he really thinks I'm claiming he is getting bummed up the jacksie by McCarthy, I'll jolly well tell him to go and do it (if even she would have him...doubt that), so it won't be defamation any more
I'm shocked that she made it as a porn model. Jesus H on a harley, thats nasty.
I want to see nude rocking, spinning and flapping, not some sillicone-pumped up slapper who believes in crystal children, indigo mothers and couldn't tell her arse from her eyesocket to save her life. Odd crossbreed really, a hippy reject and a closet nazi, no?
Mengele being a gonner was in part, my point. I would get better medical service from him now, than I ever would from autism squeaks.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - ῦ - 05-26-2011 12:53 AM
Yeah, that's great, except they'd come after the site, not you.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - black butterfly - 05-26-2011 01:03 AM
that man is sickening. may he die in a hole slowly (really slowly, like years and years) dying of a mix of aids, starvation, measles, minigakokal, rubbella, all forms of hepatitis, typhoid, rabies, the bubonic plague and any other horrible dieseses that i cant think of right now. may his cavader be torn into a tousand pieces, mutulated and burnt and spat at, without any proper burial or cremation.....ok may be going to far but yeah....
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Duckfetishgirl - 05-26-2011 01:06 AM
I'm jealous Pika cuz this thread is moar interesting than mine.
*pinches Pika's nipple* :O
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - black butterfly - 05-26-2011 01:09 AM
now i feel bad cause what i want to happen to mathew isreal is almost as barbaric as wat he has done so does that make me just as bad...
however karma wat goes around comes around.....
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - black butterfly - 05-26-2011 01:10 AM
but its like the osama bin laden thing like, osama bin laden can go to hell, but it is kindof barbaric to be happy that he is dead but he wwas barbaric anyway..... *** im thinking deeply
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-26-2011 01:32 AM
Don't do that duckface! he would like it!
As for israel...I should have put a bag over his mother's head and came in her, at least then perhaps he would have been autistic, and not turned out as such a tragic misuse of O2.
Butterfly, you are forgetting, ahab the ay-rab can't GO to hell, he is already there, bending over, while the devil rips his arse wider, getting him ready for george bush (oh wait, counterproductive, given its probably about the size of a dessicated chipolata)
Screw philosophizing about it....binbag was a knob, end of, long may he rot.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Duckfetishgirl - 05-26-2011 01:50 AM
Here's to hoping Matty Israel loses his back door virginity.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - black butterfly - 05-26-2011 01:55 AM
yeah youre right but you know,i dont want us to be just as cruel as them
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Lestat - 05-26-2011 02:00 AM
Yes ducky, I shall drink to that. I have a bottle of gin here, and I intend to do exactly that
I am eyeing my dart rifle....for some reason.....*grins evilly*
Not an arse virgin anymore....
Wish I had some tonic though, but I drank all that and its too late to buy more, I do like a good G&T.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - Ana54 - 05-26-2011 02:02 AM
What I find nasty, BB, is that it's okay to hate Osama who murdered NTs, or tohers who murder or even hurt or humiliate just one NT, but Israel harms all these atypicals and kills 6 of them and gets... nothing for 40 years or so until now... now he gets a slap on the wrist.
I wonder if Matty Israel has his back door virginity, good point Ducky.
RE: Matthew Israel up on Charges - black butterfly - 05-26-2011 02:05 AM