In 2001 the state of Michigan changed the statute of limitations on prosecuting the sexual abuse of a child. Prior to this date, the time limit on the prosecution of these crimes was either six years, or the 21st birthday of the victim, whichever came last.
Since the change in law, there is no longer an end date attached to the prosecution of child sex abuse. But because the rewriting of this law didn’t cover retroactive cases, this new statute doesn’t help people like Brad White.
White is the alleged victim of sexual abuse that he says took place in the 1970s and 1980s at the hands of his Cadet leader, 60-year-old Randall Doctor of Muskegon. According to White, Doctor took boys for rides in his semi truck after Cadet training practice, and that was when he abused them.
“He would take us out in the woods after driving the semi and he would do terrible and horrendous things to us.” White explained during a recent media interview, “He would give us marijuana, speed and alcohol. To this day I can’t look at a bottle of Michelob without thinking about him, because that is what he always had.”
White says that courtesy of the drugs and alcohol that Doctor gave his victims, and because of the trauma of the abuse, he developed addiction problems. And it was because of a drug fueled decision that he ended up in prison for 18 years. After being paroled, White says he was so angry at Doctor that he decided to kill him. But on his way to Doctor’s house, he blacked out.
Emergency responders revived him, but because he tested positive for illegal substances (which is a violation of parole), he went straight back to prison. Now, more than 30 years after the events that White says reshaped his future, he has decided to speak out.
However, as it turns out, thirty years was too long to wait, if he had hoped that Doctor would pay a price in legal terms. At least, not for the crime of sexual assault against a child. However, as part of the investigation into the allegations of sexual assault, police received a warrant to search Doctor’s home, where they found marijuana plants and illegal firearms.
Doctor is currently facing charges for marijuana manufacture and possessing a firearm while committing a felony. His bond was set at $50,000. But for White, this isn’t enough. He is hoping that other, more recent victims will speak up – victims whose experiences fall within the allowable statute.
White asks that others, “Please, please come forward and help police and prosecutors put this person away. You can stay anonymous and no one has to know. Think about if you don’t, the next person in line is going to suffer like we have suffered and we can’t allow that to happen.”