I entered a ‘whistleblower’ complaint against ICAC operatives in WA state over two years ago. As did other parents of young men swept up in their wide nets. I received a form letter back, at that time, basically saying ‘Not our problem’.
After the TImes article was printed I wrote back to the U.S. department of justice, again asking what I could do to facilitate an investigation in to the fraud and noncompliance used in proactive ICAC stings.
I received a reply from
Jeffrey S. Gersh, Deputy Associate Administrator, Special Victims and Violent Offenders Division, Office of Juvenile Justice & Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice.
As I shared his email with my coalition, we remembered other emails that specifically speak of Mr. Gersh – written by none other than ICAC task force Commander Captain Mike Edwards
Following is my reply to Mr. Gersh.
You wrote to me two weeks ago in response to my request for assistance with opening an investigation into Washington states breach of contract concerning the ICAC grants.
I did enter a new complaint with the office of inspector general but I am not anticipating their reply to be anything more than the last time I reached out to them.
You stated to me that the “OJP takes seriously all allegations of misconduct with regard to our grantees’ compliance with the terms of their grant” yet that doesn’t seem to be the case.
In addition to not following the rules in the ICAC manuals, I’ve also just uncovered that you have been personally aware of funds coming in from Operation Underground Railroad since at least 2016, to specifically fund these fake proactive stings. Stings created by law enforcement for the sole purpose of making money for LE involved, and the state in general, with no regard to the actual police work of finding predators.
Here’s an email which states your position of breach of contract dated february 12th, 2016:
February 12, 2016 – Email from Cpt. Edwards to all WA ICAC Affiliates reference Operation Underground Railroad
The ICAC Commanders Meeting was this week in California. OJJDP Deputy Associate Administrator Jeffrey Gersh addressed the commanders in regard to an organization that has been reaching out to ICAC Task Force groups. The group is known as Operation Underground Railroad and is not affiliated with the national ICAC program. He strongly cautioned any ICAC Task Force group or affiliate organization against working with this organization stating that it would be viewed as a serious breach of the directives and signed agreements for being a part of the national program. If any of your organizations have been contacted by this group I urge that your organization give strong consideration over associating with them. By no means are you to utilize any resources, equipment, personnel, training, etc. that are directly related to, or supported by, the national ICAC Task Force Program. Nor are either the national program or the Washington State ICAC Task Force to be represented in any fashion as being involved in, assisting or supporting operations with this organization.If you have any questions feel free to reach out to me.
Yet WSP has received funds every year from OUR and now WSP ICAC lead detective, Carlos Rodriguez, actually left WSP to work directly for O.U.R.!
In 2015, OUR donated $51,948 to the Washington State Patrol; in 2016 $27,000; in 2017 $39,999, in 2018 $52,500, according to the most recent public tax records, a total of $174,447.
Please advise me of someone I can talk to directly to further this investigation. This state has been functioning in breach of their ICAC contract for many years now, ruining hundreds of lives and communities while pretending to save children. Do not let this continue.