Archive for Tuesday, July 13, 2010

No criminal charges to be filed against man accused of blackmailing KU Athletics Director Lew Perkins

Lew Perkins said he wouldn't press charges on the man who he said was blackmailing him over athletic equipment at his house.

July 13, 2010


Douglas County prosecutors don’t plan on filing a criminal case against a former Kansas Athletics Inc. employee accused of blackmailing Athletics Director Lew Perkins over use of loaned personal exercise equipment.

Perkins himself doesn’t want the case to move forward.

“Right now, we’re just leaving that alone,” Perkins said Tuesday. “It could be opened back up again at any time.”

Lawrence police formally have concluded their investigation of the case, which was reported by Perkins April 16. At the time, Perkins said that someone had been communicating with him “seeking to take advantage of me” since Sept. 15, 2009.

That person soon was identified as William Dent, a former employee in sports medicine who had left the department in 2007 after he himself had been charged with aggravated assault and making threats, charges he never was convicted of and for which he had entered a two-year diversion program that ended earlier this year.

In 2005, Dent had arranged to have exercise equipment installed in Perkins’ home, so that Perkins could rehabilitate after surgery. Perkins had not paid for the equipment, an arrangement Perkins acknowledged earlier this year. He later sent a $5,000 check to a former owner of the business that had provided the equipment to cover such use.

Perkins’ use of the equipment has been referred to the Kansas Governmental Ethics Commission for possible investigation of compliance with ethics rules for state employees.

Lawrence police looked into the blackmail, gathered evidence and even forwarded an affidavit to District Attorney Charles Branson. But police also received word from Perkins that he didn’t want to push the case and that has put a halt to the proceedings.

“The investigation’s been completed, but he’s choosing not to have it prosecuted,” Sgt. Mike Monroe said. “We’re going to respect his wishes and move onto the next thing. We have plenty of things to keep us busy.

“If and when he ever decides to pursue it, we’ll forward any additional information that we have.”

Branson confirmed Tuesday that he would not anticipate receiving the additional information he’d need for considering whether to file criminal charges.

Perkins, for his part, is moving on. After lauding police personnel who pursued the case — “the detectives that we worked with were awesome; I have great admiration for them,” he said — Perkins once again noted that he and his attorney could decide to pursue blackmail charges against Dent sometime down the road.

He declined to discuss why he opted not to seek charges, saying only that the decision was made after consultation with his attorney, Stephen McAllister.

“I’m looking forward to retirement,” Perkins said.

Perkins has announced plans to retire in September 2011.


jhawks360 7 years, 9 months ago

Good call, Lew. This Dent guy is nothing but trouble... let's just steer clear.

BruceWayne 7 years, 9 months ago

Lew is a creep. He wasn't convicted, but he did it. I know that for a fact. He is pissed because he is a control freak, and lost his job over the deal.

BruceWayne 7 years, 9 months ago

Lew is a creep. He wasn't convicted, but he did it. I know that for a fact. He is pissed because he is a control freak, and lost his job over the deal.

BruceWayne 7 years, 9 months ago

Lew is a creep. He wasn't convicted, but he did it. I know that for a fact. He is pissed because he is a control freak, and lost his job over the deal.

jehovah_bob 7 years, 9 months ago

Ethics? Pff . . .

This country wasn't built on ethics.

In fact, it was built on marshmallows and the poor.

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, so that we may build a country upon them." Marshmallows were added later on when they found out that poor people don't create the best foundation.

JSDAD 7 years, 9 months ago

jehovah_bob (anonymous) says… Ethics? Pff . . .

This country wasn't built on ethics.

I thought they said it was built on Rock and Roll

Majestic42 7 years, 9 months ago

That was this CITY, not the whole country.

cowboy 7 years, 9 months ago

Seems Big Lew , or in this case , Big Victim , does not want the scrutiny that a court case would bring. He would actually have to answer questions instead of declare events over and solved as he has on everything else.

sweetiepie 7 years, 9 months ago

I have to say that I absolutely agree with your comment. This blackmail issue seemed to have been brought up in the first place to divert attention from the matters at hand. Now that things have died down, Mr. Perkins can say he's willing to let it drop.

Eugehne Normandin 7 years, 9 months ago

I would have traded tickets for hookers and guns not weight lifting equipment. perkins is a wuss hire a real man.

jehovah_bob 7 years, 9 months ago

That's what they started using to build this country after they ran out of marshmallows.

jehovah_bob 7 years, 9 months ago

I was refering just to the Hookers and Guns, but who knows what the future may hold.

oldexbeat 7 years, 9 months ago

Yes, Lew will have bigger problems, no doubt -- two former employees of his are in the top Federal court in Kansas -- the one that sends people to jail a long time -- you know like Timothy McVeigh types. If they know anything, they are probably begging and crying like little children. Yup, fire Lew. Fire Lew now. (And no doubt -- no blackmail unless there was something to blackmail about, right ... )

Thinking_Out_Loud 7 years, 9 months ago

Really, oldex? You're comparing a few embezzlers with this nation's worst incidence of domestic terrorism? The misappropriation of sports tickets to the premeditated killing of 169 men, women, and children and the injury of almost 700 more? The theft of a few million dollars worth of income to more than $600 million in property damage?

If you have never had a class in rhetoric, take one. If you have, consider asking for a refund. Either way, I would stop trying to make analogies if I were you.

oldexbeat 7 years, 9 months ago

No, just stating the fact that the same court handled McVeigh -- ie., the Feds are taking this seriously -- same judge, same court. And the IRS will be on these losers for life, too. They will be crying like babies. They will talk. That's all -- and no, it is not the same as dead people -- you're totally correct on that.

HuckleberryHound 7 years, 9 months ago

"That person soon was identified at William Dent" -> "That person soon was identified as William Dent"

pace 7 years, 9 months ago

Lew is a creep, Dent is a creep, but it is smart to avoid the lawyers.

BruceWayne 7 years, 9 months ago

so whom decided not to pursue charges? Lew? Branson? I am guessing not enough/no evidence?

4everahawk 7 years, 9 months ago

I think it says "Dent, if you shut up and don't say more, I will not press charges and we will call it even.........maybe both of us can stay out of jail"........

4everahawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Has the Ethics Commission reported yet that there was no violation with him accepting this (and actually lots of other stuff that has not been reported) and I missed that article? The Ethics Commission could still decide that he 'retire' earlier......

4everahawk 7 years, 9 months ago

Ethics violations are not necessarily moot, but you are right, not criminal and won't do jail time. I think 'opting' (I'm sure at someone's suggestion) to hand in his retirement letter 16 months early was a way to avoid being fired when the Ethics Commission, FBI, IRS and who the hell else is still investigating are finished. Still think when it is all said and done, he will be asked to leave earlier than HE planned. Some of you don't see that he is playing every hand he and his lawyer know to try to get him out of town as unscathed as possible. At the end of the day, I still believe he failed horribly at overseeing the department and created the atmosphere of greed and 'high-living' that still exists there. Until they are all gone, it will not change.

always4ever 7 years, 9 months ago

Why do I get the feeling you have something more to say? What do you know?

equalaccessprivacy 7 years, 9 months ago

Isn't it wonderful KU administrators are allowed to commandeer the Douglas County law enforcement system; the Das are so corrupt they play along with KU southern-justice ploys to blame the victim.

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