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January 8, 2006
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch; 1/6/2006; Peter Shinkle; ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
The former executive director of Optimist International, a St. Louis-based group that organizes activities for children, was sentenced Thursday to almost 5 years in prison for having child pornography in his office.
In March, a search by federal agents at Optimist International
headquarters, 4494 Lindell Boulevard, turned up 73 images of child
pornography on the computer of Logan "Trip" Gore, 56.
"I want to apologize before this court, and before my wife," Gore told U.S. District Judge Stephen Limbaugh on Thursday. "I know I was wrong. I know I broke the law."
Gore told the judge that he had suffered from bipolar disorder for two decades, and that since his arrest he has been in counseling, including "aversion therapy."
"I know that I would never ever repeat this crime," he said.
Limbaugh said he had read letters of support, including one from Gore's daughter, a college student, and one from his 87-year-old father in St. Joseph. The judge then sentenced Gore to 57 months in prison, at the low end of the federal guidelines for the crime.
Gore's wife of 32 years, who lives in Kansas City, silently wiped away tears as her husband was handcuffed and taken into custody by federal marshals.
Gore's crime came to light when a child pornography investigation in New Jersey turned up documents implicating him, said Carl Rusnok, a spokesman for the regional office of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.
Gore was one of nearly 7,000 people arrested nationwide since July 2003, when ICE launched Operation Predator, a program aimed at people who commit sex crimes against children, Rusnok said.
Until recently, sexual predators seemed to have free rein on the Internet, but ICE is trying to change that, Rusnok said.
"This is not about Optimist International. It's not Optimist International's fault that this guy was doing porn in his own office," he said.
Optimist International representatives could not be reached for comment Thursday. When Gore was charged, the group's president said he was shocked by the charges and noted that the investigation did not involve any Optimist activities.
The organization, founded in 1919, forms clubs that host activities, ranging from sports leagues to oratorical contests, for young people. It has about 3,200 clubs throughout the world, most of them in North America. The club's motto is: "Bringing Out the Best in Kids."
Defense attorney William Margulis said Gore had previously worked for the YMCA, and had devoted his career to nonprofit organizations when Optimist hired him from Kansas City.
As for how Gore got involved in child pornography, Margulis said, "I think he did it out of curiosity and boredom."
(Copyright (c) 2006 The Post-Dispatch)
Fed: Suicide and depression take toll on Australia's elite
AAP General News (Australia); 1/6/2006
By Janelle Miles, National Medical Correspondent
BRISBANE, Jan 6 AAP - Suicide and depression have taken a heavy toll on Australia's elite.
In the past year alone, Crowded House drummer Paul Hester, stockbroker Rene Rivkin have taken their own lives.
Former NSW Opposition leader John Brogden attempted suicide and three-times Olympic gold medallist Petria Thomas wrote about past battles with depression, and a suicide attempt, in her biography: Swimming Against the Tide.
Acclaimed artist Margaret Olley, 82, also opened up in her 2005 book, Far From a Still Life, about her struggles with what Winston Churchill called his "black dog".
And it was revealed that Sydney rugby league great Steve Rogers, suffered depression and was on medication, before his death this week. But his family believe his death resulted from a combination of the medication and alcohol, not suicide.
Clearly, fame, money and talent offer no protection against depression.
They may even make it harder for celebrities to seek help.
Rogers' son Mat said in a prepared statement this week his 51-year-old father, who left notes for his three children, had found it "really hard" to talk about his depression, which exacerbated the problem.
Ian Hickie, director of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute, said that was not uncommon in celebrities suffering a mental illness.
"If you're a high profile person, a celebrity, a politician, someone in the professions, you tend to think that if people find out they'll hold it against you, they'll see you as weak, they'll see you as indecisive, they'll see you as not able to cope and they will not value you," he said.
"Therefore, those people are even more likely to try and cope on their own.
"If they do that, the chances for things to go really wrong are increased."
Prof Hickie said failing to seek help for depression, which can affect people from all social classes and all walks of life, was dangerous.
"We have good evidence in Australia that suicide rates have dropped in those who get treatment and that's largely older people and women," he said in an interview.
"But suicide rates remain at historically high levels in those who don't get treatment and that's largely younger people and men."
Prof Hickie said depression was an illness "like any other illness" and sportsmen and women should feel as comfortable seeking help for that as for a physical injury.
"We need to hear more about people being successfully treated and being able to resume their life in a productive way," he said.
"We don't hear that in nearly the same way that we hear about cancer or heart disease or other areas.
"We need much wider social acceptance for mental health problems - in the work place, in the home and in the community more broadly."
Olympic swimming gold medallist and former world recordholder John Konrads battled depression as part of bipolar disorder, an illness characterised by wide mood swings.
Four years later, he's on medication and describes himself as "in good shape".
Konrads, the 1960 Rome Olympics 1500m freestyle champion, said celebrities were perhaps more likely to place greater expectations on themselves because of the community expectations.
"You're proud of living up to them and it feels good to have people expect things of you," the 63-year-old explained.
"But also, it's a trap when things go wrong."
Konrads said the culture when he and Rogers were growing up was very much "big boys don't cry".
"Steve was in that age group of people who went to school in the `50s and `60s and that was very much the ethic, particularly the male ethic," he said.
"Women have a more balanced attitude emotionally and men bottle it all up and then when it reaches a breaking point, it's a terrible problem to have.
"Younger men are more inclined to be open about their problems and talk to their mates.
"I think in the new generation of males, big boys are allowed to cry these days. That's something that's very healthy, I think."
Jacinta Hawgood, a lecturer with the Australian Institute for Suicide Research and Prevention at Queensland's Griffith University, said seeking help for a mental illness was a huge problem, particularly for men, not just high profile ones like Rogers.
"That's probably embedded in the Australian culture as well, that men don't seek help," she said.
"They bottle their feelings up."
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) figures, 2213 Australians died from suicide in 2003 - 1.7 per cent of all deaths.
The suicide rate for men was 17.7 per 100,000, compared with the rate for women of 4.7 per 100,000.
Highest levels for men of 28.3 per 100,000 were in the 25 to 34-year age group.
Prof Hickie said although research had shown depression was more common in women, suicidal behaviour and drug and alcohol abuse were more prevalent in depressed men.
"Women talk about it. Men don't. That's where we run into a really big problem," he said.
"The more discussion we have, the more we learn from these sorts of tragedies, the less likely they are to happen in the future."
A funeral service for Rogers will be held at the Sutherland Shire Christian Centre in Sydney at 1pm on Saturday after a private cremation.
People who feel they may need help for a mental illness can phone Lifeline on 13 11 14, the Sane Helpline on 1800 187 263, consult their general practitioner or log onto Sydney's Black Dog Institute website at www.blackdoginstitute.org.au.
KEYWORD: DEPRESSION (AAP NEWSFEATURE) REPEAT
ę 2006 AAP Information Services Pty Limited (AAP) or its Licensors.
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