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Mrs. Michael Terpening

Wrong Michael Terpening?

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  • bachelor's degree , social work
    Olivet College
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Caution Note for the Terpenng Followers, 19 Jan 2015 [cached]
Michael Terpening 2003 Arrest
I understand some people are hurting today and have been hurting for a long while who believe Terpening is innocent.
Michael Terpening, Sex Offender or Victim?
E.A.R.T.H. is under the ..., 30 April 2008 [cached]
E.A.R.T.H. is under the direction of Michael Terpening, the founder of E.A.R., and now E.A.R.T.H.He is assisted by many other qualified individuals that make the program possible.
Who We Help
The Family Followers of Michael Terpening Know The Truth, 19 June 2012 [cached]
For the people in Michael Terpening's family, people like Jamie Moore Bell, the answer is simple.
They've been working allegations against Michael Terpening since 1995 when then 16 year old Michael first faced police following allegations he sexually abused his cousin, Holly. (Click here to read the Family Court Neglect petition documenting the allegations)
Those allegations went away when Holly's mom refused to cooperate with prosecutors.
The allegations leading to the first degree criminal sexual conduct some 10 years ago with a 10 year old child were also known to the family, at the time, even though that information did not result in charges at the time, either. Mike would have been about 22 at the time the victim claims the abuse happened. We are somewhere around 2001-2002 when these attacks are alleged to have happened.
In 2003 Mr. Terpening was arrested for sexually abusing his own teenage foster child. The Family Court Neglect Petition alleges Terpening was able to weasel out of those charges by promising his victim a truck, a promise Terpening never kept. The process of the child abuse and, separate criminal, investigations took some 18 months to resolve ending in 2004.
Terpening then forms Earth Services in November 2006. He tells people the name of the non-profit taking care of animals was called EAR, short for Educated Animal Rescue becoming, EARTH (Educated Animal Rescue and Teen Haven) in late 2008. The interesting piece of this dishonest story is when he formed the company in 2006, it was fully named Earth. The so called Teen Haven was obviously.
Mr. Terpening adopts five kids from foster care along with his wife, who is today 25 years old, they now have eight kids. What the Terpening Followers have not told anyone is two of the five children have acted out sexually according to the Family Court Neglect Petition asking for Terpening's parental rights to be terminated. Terpening made the arrest of his 12 year old public knowing the child was not competent to stand trial. He failed to share the allegations of the second child being accused of sexual acting out in school.
The family knows what is going on. The court documents show eleven victims so far documented, only five of those are the subject of legal action. More victims are expected to show up as witnesses, as we know charges could not be brought where corercion or force could not be shown with 16-17 year old foster kids had sex with Mike because the children were of the age of consent.
Michael Terpening, Sex Offender or Victim?
Michael Terpening, 32, is ... [cached]
Michael Terpening, 32, is former director of the Earth Services, a non-profit agency for animal rescue and teen haven in Bellevue.
Terpening, free on $300,000 bond, will appear Oct. 13 in circuit court for a pretrial conference.
Michael Terpening Uses Son in Defense, 29 Feb 2012 [cached]
Terpening does not say any deal was offered.
From our earlier story...
An attorney appointed to represent the interests of the Terpening children in the parental rights trial says Michael Terpening's appearing on WMMT talking about his son's intelligence quotient is, "another cry for attention. Followers claim the child was charged with sex offenses because of who his father is.
Michael Terpening was the Executive Director of Earth Services, a child welfare agency created to take in court placed young men offering services designed to move the kids into successful lives. In his role as Executive Director, Terpening would have been responsible developing training programs for a staff the Followers number at some twenty people. Terpening would have had responsibility for the relationship between his staff and the local school district, and would have been involved with, if not directly managing the relationship.
Better than the average person, Michael Terpening would know school records of special needs kids are private records are protected by state and federal civil rights laws. Terpening knows because it's his responsibility to ensure his employees maintain the privacy of special education information his employees may have. Terpening knows about privacy rights because, as a parent, he is required to sign off on special education documents. Privacy is key part of those laws. The consequences for an Earth Services employee violating a placed child's special education rights would likely be heard in federal court and could result in Earth Services losing its license to operate from the State of Michigan.
In the video at the bottom of this page, Kim Tungate, Mike Terpening's mother tells viewers the child has not been interviewed by the state police, who investigated the case, The child, through counsel, waived his right to a preliminary hearing and has never been put in hand cuffs following the initial decision by prosecutors to file charges.
One final question, Mr. Terpening. Sexually acting out in children is almost always a learned behavior, what is going on with this young man?
Final thought
Michael Terpening, Sex Offender or Victim?
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