So a woman who I went to high school with and was best friends with a girl I had a crush on in the 10th grade started a relationship with this dude I knew since Kindergarten in 2009. Back then Leah and I became close (via Facebook) and I even took her and her two daughters to a School House Rocks! Live Performance. Yeah, I did have a mini crush..but I was content to be (mostly online) friends.
Leah started dating Rich, who like I said, I knew since 1975. As kids, Rich was a bit of a bully which honestly continued through High School. Although he and I surprisingly became friends in the 90’s and early ’00’s. Leah and Rich had a roller coaster of a relationship (they were both divorced, she was a former suicidal alcoholic and I would guess that Rich’s bullying tendencies probably still existed) they both came to my 40th and our wedding in 2013.
By 2014, Rich bought a unique round house in Walnutport, Pa and Leah and her daughters moved in with him. Sometime between 2014-17. Rich committed heinous acts against her children. By 2017, Leah bought a house and moved her and her kids away from Rich. She pressed charges and our fucked up Judicial system made these young girls relive their molestation over a 5 year period.
Rich has finally been convicted, but because he has no priors, he got a slap on the wrist with probation and a PFA in regards to Leah and her daughters. Sadly, I have a friend who is black with priors no less, but has done nothing remotely as heinous as this and he is serving a 7-10 sentence. I know, can’t compare, but I bet if Rich wasn’t white he would be in prison.
Sickened and Saddened.