Mesiti (left) will be sentenced Nov. 28th after confessing he drugged, raped and killed his own daughter Alycia Allen Mesiti 9 months after Judge Chiarello denied Alycia's mom fees to pay a lawyer in a custody case. Chiarello also ignored Paternity Fraud in the Potts divorce that kept Audrie Potts from her real father, a factor that contributed to her suicide.
SILICON VALLEY, CA - The suicide of 14-year- old Audrie Potts and the raping and killing of 14- year-old Alycia Allen Mesiti, at the hands of her own father, are every parent's worst nightmare, yet a reality uncomfortably connected in Santa Clara County Family Courts, and Judge Chiarello, a suspected molester in his own right.
Sadly. these stories occur daily in family court , yet are concealed by a culture of silence; that has historically included family , teachers , friends and even the press.
Sexual harassment and child abuse are bad for business in Silicon Valley. So bad in fact that teachers in both private and public schools are often encouraged to ignore some of the most obvious signs of abuse where students are concerned, despite bring state mandated to report suspected abuse. With over 60% of the student population impacted by divorce and custody battles in Silicon Valley, school administrators and teachers are concerned enough they are finally willing to break the code of silence.
Teachers, once coerced into silence, are now not only speaking out about the impact of family court on the lives of their students, they are reporting widespread sexual abuse of minor children imposed by judges and lawyers charged to act in the best interests of children.
Allegations Judge Chiarello Raped 14 Year Old Boy
A recent flood of allegations against Silicon Valley judges and lawyers include those made by a young man who has alleged that when he was 14 years of age , he was sexually assaulted by Vincent Chiarello, the judge who awarded full custody to Mesiti despite Mesiti's criminal background. Like most judges in Santa Clara County , Chiarello ignored Alycia's mother, who could not afford legal representation during her Santa Clara County custody case.
Judge Chiarello is accused of making the young boy dress in women's clothing and drink tea for months as Chiarello " groped and groomed" him. Chairello then allegedly raped the young boy on a regular basis. The young man claims to be heterosexual and reports that Chiareelo has caused him severe psychological pain that the man , now in his mid 20's regularly contemplates suicide.
A local teacher is reportedly working with the young man to get his story in the press in order to protect other children.
Underreported Sexual Harassment Affects Women Daily
Male and female lawyers . court clerks and law office staff members report sexual harassment of women in Silicon Valley's legal community has been out of control for decades. Old school lawyers engaging in this conduct appear to assume subordinates are thrilled when unsolicited sexual advances are made in the general course of business. Private judges are reportedly the worst., but even judges like Stuart Scott appear to have no trouble engaging in inappropriate sexual relationships while sitting as a Superior Court Judge. Scott has been prowling and trolling young interns and lawyers since he was a former prosecutor. In fact, Scott continues to carry on a relationship with a female prosecutor who was the subject of a CJP complaint and subsequent discipline action against him as a new judge. Judges Erica Yew, Patricia Lucas, and Rise Jones Pichon knew of Scott's behavior, and transferred him to family court where he continues to harm women in his rulings and through his personal conduct.
Court staff describe Scott's unwanted sexual innuendo, touching and constant propositions as outright harassment. Complaints made to the all female court management staff have been ignored.
Scott has had sex with court clerks, prosecutors and court reporters in his chambers. Recently , a young court intern described Scott's flagrant sexual advances, where Scott placed the woman's hand up under his robe and told her he was going to teach her ... "something about big justice."
This same culture occurs routinely at Silicon Valley's top law firms.. Women report the worst firms include : McManis and Faulkner, Hoge Fenton and Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. where James Towery is believed to have sexually assaulted over 10 women as he worked on the Facebook litigation.
Women in these firms describe aggressive bosses and pay freezes imposed on any woman who tries to speak up.
Ten Women Report History of James Towery's Sexual Abuse of Women
More than ten women have now come forward to describe the long history of sexual harassment and abuse they faced at the hands of James Towery, who now presides as a judge in Santa Clara Family Court.
The women accusing Towery of improper conduct describe Towery grabbing breasts and forcing young interns and lawyers into oral sex. Towery reportedly attacked young women working as volunteers with Rotary International, as Towery first sat as the Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar, and later a Santa Clara County Judge.
One young woman , a friend of Towery's own son, claims she was attacked in James Towery's home, just months after Towery's August wedding to Karyn Sinunu. The woman was 17 at the time of the attack and reports James Towery demanded she perform oral sex in exchange for favorable recommendations related to mock trial organizations where Towery regularly volunteered.
Another woman has described similar conduct reporting that Towery raped her as he taught an ethics course at Santa Clara University.
A Santa Clara University professor described how attorney , now Judge, James Towery has historically sexually harassed students at Santa Clara University , where Towery was an occasional instructor of ethics courses. The university employee said she feared for her job and the safety of students , so she didn't speak out about that harassment,
A Santa Clara University professor stated:
" The Catholic Church was reeling from the exposure the Boston Globe brought by 2009, so one disgusting lawyer seemed harmless. I regret now that I didn't speak up about the harm James Towery inflicted on so many young women."
Los Gatos - Saratoga Teachers Weigh In To Protect Students
A Saratoga teacher describes the pattern and practice that occurred in the Potts family just prior to Audrie Potts' suicide.
" Audrie's suicide can't be blamed solely on the students attending one party, That was one night and Audrie had been struggling with the divorce of her mother and non- biological father for years. The fighting erupted into a bitter custody battle and the psychologist report that reflected Aurie's struggles was buried as part of the Potts legal manipulation."
Many teachers are blaming the press for refusing to cover any issue connected with family court.. Hundreds of reporters from ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN , TMZ , The San Jose Mercury and the San Francisco Chronicle have ignored nearly all abuse and harassment claims that are now threatening to reveal a culture and code of silence similar to the code that allowed Harvey Weinstein, Jerry Sandusky and Roger Ailes to prey on women and children for years.
A code that ultimately killed Audrie Potts and Alycia Allen Mesiti.
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