AA Member Convicted for Selling Drugs at AA Meetings gets Probation

The outside of Michael Shepard’s treatment facility, where the 65-year-old held AA meetings — and also dealt painkillers to patrons.

How common is this practice of dealing drugs at AA Meetings?


Sunday, April 6, 2014,

House arrest given to Seattle man accused of dealing painkillers at AA meetings

Michael Shepard, 65, avoided jail on charges he provided painkillers to people who supposedly sought treatment at a facility he owns. The prosecutor said Shepard, whose health is deteriorating, was in such bad health that he could not serve a prison sentence. Holly Hill NA Meetings in the Parks.

A 65-year-old Seattle man — who admitted to dealing prescription drugs to addicts he met through a treatment center he managed — was spared prison due to his deteriorating health. AA Daytona Beach Meetings in Ormond By The Sea and Port Orange.

Federal prosecutors recommended Michael Shepard, a Vietnam veteran who was wounded during the war, receive probation, according to KOMO News, which reports the alleged drug dealer is barely mobile and has severe heart trouble.

“But for his severe and deteriorating medical condition … he would be incarcerated,” wrote Assistant U.S. Attorney Kate Vaughan in court papers.

A judge sentenced Shepard to one year house arrest and five years of probation Friday, reports TV Station KIRO.

He told the station “of course” he feels bad about what he did and would tell others to think twice before dealing drugs. Holly Hill Florida Police Department Complaints.

Shepard was arrested last year for selling painkillers from the Nomadian Community Resource Center in Seattle, which he owned. The nonprofit facility hosted Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous meetings, and Shepard would sell the drugs to the supposedly reformed addicts after the meeting, the website reported.

Authorities began coming to the center in November 2012 and Shepard sold more than 800 pills to undercover officers, KOMO News reported.

“Although he appears to have viewed himself as providing some kind of service to the community, in fact he preyed on the vulnerable by selling prescription narcotics to drug addicts, thus fueling the very disease they sought to escape,” the prosecutor wrote.

Shepard joined the Army when he was 17 and was awarded the Purple Heart after he was blown out of a helicopter, the website reported. But he was ultimately dishonorably discharged after being caught stealing.

Although he appears to have viewed himself as providing some kind of service to the community, in fact he preyed on the vulnerable by selling prescription narcotics to drug addicts.

When he returned he spent many years homeless and addicted to drugs, the website reported. Daytona Beach Police Complaints.

And with his debilitating health, his defense attorney Jesse Cantor said in court papers his client does not pose a threat to the community. Orange Papers Anti-AA Site.

“He spends most of his day either sleeping or at the hospital,” Cantor wrote. “Mr. Shepard is not in any condition that would cause one to be concerned that perhaps he would repeat his offenses.”

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/man-accused-dealing-painkillers-aa-meetings-article-1.1747447#ixzz2yAEj8FFo

Murdered Karla Mendez Brada’s Family State in Lawsuit that AA Meetings Directs Financial, Sexual and Violent Predators to Victims



Slain woman’s family alleges AA meetings point ‘financial, sexual, and violent predators’ to victims

Posted Jun 27, 2013 12:50 PM CDT   NA Daytona Area Meetings and AA Daytona Area Meetings times.
By Martha Neil

It’s no secret that Alcoholics Anonymous attracts troubled individuals–and has helped many turn their lives around.

But the nonprofit organization known for its 12-step program also attracts some who find it a convenient place to meet targets for a so-called “13th step”–exploiting troubled women sexually and financially, claims a California lawsuit. The suit was filed by the parents of a woman who was allegedly killed by a fellow participant, Eric Allen Earle. His ex-wife and others close to him said he repeatedly relapsed and became violent when drinking, and court records show he had been the subject of six restraining orders.

Hector and Jaroslava Mendez’s daughter, Karla Brada Mendez, 31, was unaware of Earle’s criminal background–or that he had been ordered by a court to attend AA meetings in the San Fernando Valley area–when she became involved with the 40-year-old sometime-electrician in 2011 after meeting him at AA, according to a lengthy Pro Publica article.

However, those who know Earle said he repeatedly used AA to find women who could provide him with housing, turning on the charm at the outset of their relationship, while continuing to drink. Then, as Karla reportedly found out too late, less positive aspects of his personality emerged. Continue reading

Daytona AA Member James Maxwell Pleads Guilty to Rape Of 9 Year Old Girl

Daytona AA member James Maxwell, who had been mandated to AA meetings for repeatedly stabbing a Daytona Beach prostitute in the chest, pleads guilty for raping a 9 year old little girl. He also is charged with the murder of 2 women. The courts mandated this sicko to AA meetings knowing that prostitutes, other vulnerable women, children and teens would also be attending. Volusia County Child Protective Services needs to look at this growing problem. In fact Stewart Marchman and Vince Carter Sanctuary send teenagers to Volusia County AA and NA meetings. Complaints have been filed with the Governor, yet they continue to send them.

Sexual Assaults Against Minors In Alcoholics Anonymous Continue

From what I can tell, Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous has not done what is needed to prevent the continuation of the sexual abuse that take place against minors or adults with the groups.What guidance are they getting from AA/NA headquarters? Until these 12 step organizations take responsibly and deal with this horrific situation,do not send your teens or bring your children to meetings. They are not safe! All members are at risk-but the most vulnerable are the children and teenagers. AA of Daytona Beach Fl, should stop having your meetings in playgrounds! In Hollyland and Sunrise Park Holly Hill Fl both groups thumb their nose at the safety of children and the community so they can smoke and not pay rent. It is a disgrace.
Here is an AA member that has tried to bring awareness to this tragedy.It does not appear anyone is listening about the crimes committed against children in both AA and NA worldwide. This is a global problem with these organization. They refuse to take responsibility for what is happening in the rooms or parks.


Below is an excerpt from Hollyhell.com.Looks like the writer was right. McCrowskey DID demand more money from Holly Hill and got it! Sounds like his days were numbered at Daytona Shores-So why is the City of Holly Hill overpaying McCrowskey even against very vocal citizens opposed to it? Seems like the citizens are getting chewed up and spit out! We dont even have safe parks but McCrowskey wanted a raise even though he has been quoted as saying Holly Hill doesnt have enough money to fix a pot hole!

PS-He wont protect the children or locals in the parks from the harassment of Daytona AA or NA meetings either……..

James McCroskey Named New Holly Hill City Manager – 1/31/11

PREDICTION from the “Inside”: James McCroskey New Holly Hill City Manager

Currently making about $125,000 per year as the Assistant City Manager in Daytona Beach Shores, Jim McCroskey is stepping up to become the City Manager on a six month trial basis in Holly Hill.

Despite the city offering a paltry $95,500 City Manager contract, and with no severance package, Holly Hill received over 25 applications but only a dozen or so met the criteria of a 4 years college degree and 5 years experience.

With Holly Hill uncermoniously firing their City Manager Oel Wingo and renegging on her severance package, one has to wonder what McCroskey’s motivation is. Obviously on the surface job security is not on the table, that is unless there is a deal “under” the table.

McCroskey handles the CRA in Daytona Beach Shores and his contract was nearing an end, plus with the property values in decline, the CRA was not in a healthy financial position and cannot continue to sustain paying McCroskey for his CRA duties. No money, no plan. But McCroskey is a very capable manager. Let’s hope he doesn’t get chewed up and spit out by commissioners who don’t get their way.

Remember that in 6 months McCroskey will be able to get more money or he will tell the commission to start looking again. Also, remember that three votes controls.

Watch close citizens, this hiring deal was made by more than one elected official out of the public eye and smacks of Sunshine Law violations.

Listen in to the negotiations and “voting” in the workshop of 2/1/11. Of course they cannot vote in a workshop, but they may choose and bring it to the agenda for Feb. 8th.

Watch and see. From the “See all – Know all” from the inside.