JUDGE USED GAG-AND-SEAL ORDER TO OBSTRUCT STATE INVESTIGATION OF COURT APPOINTED CUSTODY EVALUATOR
Judge Kathleen R. Mulligan prevented the state's investigation of Dr. King effectively keeping him from prosecution
A gag-and-seal order dated October 28th, 2004 was entered to seemingly protect children from media exposure in case number FD-01-001363 of the Allegheny County Court of Common Pleas Family Division. This order was actually used to protect the court-appointed custody evaluator, Dr. Mark E. King, from a private complaint which was filed with the State Board of Psychology against him by the mother, Valette Clark, and the children from the case.
Dr. King (who was the mandated reporter in the case) had not reported sexual abuse that was reported to him on April 1st, 2002 by Michael Clark during a custody evaluation. The sexual abuse reported to Dr. King in 2002 ultimately resulted in criminal charges in 2005 with a subsequent conviction against Michael Clark’s father, Dr. Kevin D. Clark. Dr. King was the CEO of a company known as Allegheny Forensics Association Custody Division, a company which holds an exclusive contract to conduct all child custody evaluations in Allegheny County.
The Clark family filed a complaint against Dr. King on January 3rd, 2006 after Dr. King refused to report sexual abuse to authorities in 2002 and later refused to recommend protection of the minor-victims through the criminal case in 2005.
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