A total of 21 men in three states have now accused deceased Boston Red Sox clubhouse manager, Donald Fitzpatrick, of molesting them over the span of 30 years. Fitzpatrick died in 2005, 14 years after the first charges were brought up against him. The predator, who systematically molested African-Americans boys in Winter Haven, Fla—where the Sox hold their spring training—resigned in 1991 and pleaded guilty to abusing a child under 12-years-old in 2002.
Prosecutor Mitchell Garabedian isn’t surprised at the amount of men coming forward revealing their abuse. "I wouldn't be surprised if there were hundreds of victims," Garabedian said. "Pedophiles don't stop until they're caught, or until they pass away. They just do not stop and he had a 30-year reign." The attorney is not only asking for $5 million for each victim from the Red Sox, but he’s also considering a full on investigation by the state attorney general.
On Monday, the Red Sox released a statement to the victims, many of whom were teenage clubhouse attendants at the time of their abuse, calling their former employees behavior “abhorrent.” Experts say there are many similarities in this case with the Penn State scandal having cover-ups, denials, and the enabling of pedophiles to use the power of their institutions to prey on the weak. The victims can only wait and see what their restitution will be.
Is money enough or can more be done to help these victims?