I have to say, some of the excuses and "explanations" that have come out on this long journey towards the truth have been pretty unbelievable when you sit back and look at them.
One Mad Parent- When we first heard about the allegations, one of Robert Adams' daughters said, "this is all just one mad parent trying to ruin it for everyone." But it wasn't. While she was probably just mistaken, the Department of Social Services paperwork was available to the family, and most certainly Mr. Adams when the police and DSS showed up.
The Disgruntled Employee- According to some of the supporters, none of the allegations can be true because Ms. Mertens was passed up for permanent employment and that must be why she "made up" her allegations. While I guess one could say there could be some merit to this, it certainly isn't a fact. At this point, no one knows how much truth was in Ms. Mertens' statements. I do find it hard to believe that she would make such heinous allegations over a temp job, especially considering that she was part of the AARP work program and they would have found her another placement. I suppose stranger motivations have prompted crazy things, but I have seen no evidence that proves either her motivations OR that her statements were or were not factual. In addition, there are SEVEN different children not connected to Ms. Mertens listed in the arrest warrant.
Making a Name- This is one of the more humorous ones. We've been told by supporters that the District Attorney, the Director of Social Services AND the Citrus Heights Police Department all wanted to "make a name" for themselves. While I, and many others, question the manner in which the school was shut down, I think the claims that the Citrus Heights Police Department was making a big deal out of this investigation just to "make a name" is beyond ludicrous. The District Attorney? The Director of Social Services? Come on....really? How many people do supporters think need to "make a name" and use Robert Adams as a platform?
New Fire Station- Perhaps the most laughable of all the excuses has been the statement by one of the Adams' daughters that "a little birdie" told her that the City of Citrus Heights needed a new location for the fire department. So wait, the City of Citrus Heights, Department of Social Services, Irma Mertens, and the District Attorney all banded together to make up allegations to get a new location for the fire department on those prime 7 acres? Wow. The City of Citrus Heights really has it together. Wonder why they haven't snatched up that property now that it is for sale?
New Beamers for All- While some of the other claims are laughable, this one is pure spiteful nastiness. Many supporters have claimed that the older three girls in the complaint only did so to get new BMW's for themselves. The girls in the report who are now in their 20's, were 10 in 2000 when the complaint was made. Another who attended school at the same time came forward in 2006 when she was 16. I'm astounded that these children were thought to have such foresight when they were pre-teens to plan for new BMW's. It is a horrific attempt to discredit 3 young girls who came forward years ago. While I don't know if their stories are true, their claims are certainly disturbing when held in conjunction with each other.
AT is the Bestest Friend in the World- There have also been claims that one of the two teachers in the report, AT, only made her statement because she was friends with another teacher who was fired. The report of this teacher is extremely credible to me. She saw something she was concerned about. When she gets the report back the next day from the parent of the very same child she observed the day prior she knew she needed to make a complaint. To claim that she would do so because she was friends with a teacher who was fired is beyond asinine. They worked together for years and were friendly, so what? I am friendly with a lot of people but that doesn't mean I'd coordinate with a parent to make up some lies about someone to get back at my employer. To believe that AT would make something up about Mr. Adams just to get back at him for a former co-worker means that you also must believe that she somehow convinced a parent, to go along with this story to take revenge on Mr. Adams and subject their child to examiners and detectives. Yeah, not likely. Not to mention, surely she would have realized that her complaint would put her out of a job. Again, I why would she go to these lengths to "get back" over another employee who was fired years earlier.
Refusing to Publish?- It was widely reported that Robert Adams did not have the degrees he claimed to have on his resume and the schools website. One of the first big excuses we heard was that the news reporters had been sent the copies of the degrees but refuse to publish them. Really? Okay....publish them yourself. If you sent them to news agencies, why not just black out any info you don't want public and then post them yourself on the Facebook page? Oh yeah, that's right, because they don't actually exist.
The Fire Marshal!!!! Flying Colors!!- Anyone tired of this one yet? How many times have we heard that the school must have been in tip-top shape because the fire marshal had just cleared it the month prior? Except that the fire marshal isn't the building department of the city. You know, the ones who have been sending Mr. Adams notice after notice. Never mind them. Pesky building codes.
Just One More Signature- Perhaps one of the more blatant lies told to the CFS supporters, yet some choose to still believe this was the case, despite the evidence otherwise. The business entity was "sold" to Zolt Benedek. He then applied for a new license. This license had to go through the same application process as every other business, the one that is quite a lengthy process and has nothing to do with getting people to sign off on repairs. The one that involves providing the people you are asking to give you a license the information they ask for instead of speaking in circles. Here is a hint supporters, you worked your butts off for nothing. The school was NEVER going to reopen within that time frame...they knew that. They let people pull their kids out of new schools over this. Others left their kids out of school missing valuable time on their educations. You were used for your time, labor, and money. There is someone to blame, but it isn't me or anyone else who has pointed it out and it isn't the city. It is a certain family who's name rhymes with Schmadams.
Insurance Fraud- I've heard two different things with regards to the insurance company suing to rescind their policy with Mr. Adams. First is the, "this is all normal business with insurance companies". Well, I'm sure it doesn't take a lot of common sense to figure out that an insurance company denying an initial claim might be common, but an insurance company suing a party they insure to make the policy null and void is not. The other out there excuse I have heard come out regarding this lawsuit is just silly. Some supporters seem to believe that he shouldn't HAVE to report previous allegations of abuse if he was never charged. But that isn't up to supporters to decide. The insurance company's policy is to ask on the application, "Have you ever been accused?" At that point Mr. Adams had 2 choices, to tell the truth, or to lie. It is clear which choice he made.
Therapy all Around- Some supporters even had enough gall to determine, with their extensive psychiatric backgrounds, that anyone opposing Robert Adams, must be child molesters themselves and need intense therapy. Wow...I wish I was making this stuff up, but alas, these statements have come from actual supporters. I will schedule my appointment soon. Maybe when Robert Adams enters a plea.
Just a Few Wires- One supporter, who really wants us to know his name, claimed that the report drafted by the City of Citrus Heights building department, was over-exaggerated and not accurate. According to him, the only things that were wrong with the school were a bit of dry-rot and a hanging telephone wire. Never mind the multiple additions made to buildings without permits, the unsafe range and gas equipment in the kitchen, the tree growing into the building, or the other numerous issues. I wonder then, why it took so long to repair a hanging telephone wire and some dry rot?
Can't Refund!- While I have no doubt that the CHPD took the computers as evidence, there is no reason why Creative Frontiers School cannot issue refunds. In small claims court, all a person suing has to do is prove that a debt is owed to them and that the person they are suing is responsible for that debit. Well, if a parent who is owed a refund can show their signed contract, a copy of their cancelled check and the letter that the DSS issued in July stating that the school is closed due to allegations of molestation, it is highly doubtful that a judge would not grant them their money back. It is disgraceful that Robert Adams and the CFS family is dragging their feet on this issue and that parents suing for refunds are being painted as "bad guys". Computers are not needed to issue refunds.
Recruited Victims- This one has been around since the beginning. The CHPD put a 'contact us' information page on their website for parents who had any questions. Of course to supporters, this means that they must have been recruiting victims. Never mind the fact that this is common procedure in MANY criminal investigations. Never mind that the majority of the victims listed in the arrest warrant came long before the date of the closure. Facts are such pesky things.
The Agreement that Will Live in Infamy- Remember the whole "we have an agreement with the city" spiel that C. Adams tried to sell everyone on when everyone found out that they delayed the hearing? She said repeatedly that the school will open because they have an "agreement". Well, it turns out the "agreement" didn't exist. Instead the boyfriend of C. Adams, the only daughter who is not married, "bought" the business entity in an attempt to circumvent the proper procedure for the City's business license appeal procedure. There was NO agreement with the city...okay I take that back, the only agreement with the city was to postpone the appeal hearing so that Zolt Benedek could apply and try to "trick" the city. They had a plan. A plan that failed miserably.
I'm sure I'm missing some, as excuses and lies seem to come so easily from this family and supporters.