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Peaceoholics Took Betts Suspects on Retreat

Peaceoholics co-founder Ron Moten is denying allegations that his nonprofit group harbored three youths now suspected of murdering middle school principal Brian Betts.

The three teens–Sharif Lancaster, Deontra Gray, and Alante Saunders–had attended a Maryland retreat sponsored by Moten's organization, which aims to turn at-risk youths away from violence.

At the time of the retreat, which took place weeks before Betts' April 15 murder, the three suspects were wanted by police on a separate matter–having absconding from a juvenile rehabilitation center.

Their participation in the Peaceoholics' event has left the beleaguered organization vulnerable to yet more criticism.

But Moten says the group had no idea the youths were on the run. "If we would have known, we would have had them turn themselves in," he says.

They did, however, later get word that something bad had happened with one of the three, some time after Betts' murder.

Moten says a relative of one the suspects called up the group saying he was looking for a way to turn himself in for a crime. He says police got to the kid first.

Though he won't say which one, Moten suggests the nonprofit had extensive experience with one of the murder suspects for at least six months prior to the retreat and phone call. "We stayed on top of him," Moten says. The youth eventually left the program, he adds, but maintained a relationship with his former case worker.

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  1. #1

    Harbouring criminals is the least of the City's problems with group. Millions of tax-payers dollars have gone to this entity and this asshole with nothing to show for it. He was on top of this, yet he didn't know that the police were looking for this "kid"? He was on top of it, yet he didn't realize that this "kid" was still committing crimes. He was on top of it when this "kid" called to find another safe haven because the police were looking for him in relation to the Betts murder. Yeah, he's on top of it- Fenty's ass and a lot of money...

  2. #2

    Since Lancaster was arrested twice for carrying a pistol at the age of 16, and given only community service, a retreat seems like a fine idea and par for the course!

    Seriously, WTF is wrong with this city? I understand not all boys are bad, but necessarily then not all boys are good. Is this so hard to understand?

  3. #3

    I can see that the 'Peaceoholics' Knotts Berry Farm solution worked! What should of been done is when the police first arrested this piece of shit they should of capped a bullet in his head, PROBLEM SOLVED!

  4. #4

    I keep reading these articles exposing moten and the pieceofsh*toholics...yet NOTHING Is being done to stop them.

    We have tried calling the Mayors office, every news paper, every council and council at large candidate and no one wants to pick up the stinking pile in the middle of the room. WTF can anyone in this pathetic city stop this??!!

  5. #5

    This is the stupidest post ever.
    The only real question is whether Peaceholics is legally required to check the criminal records and status of people it provides services to.
    And if they are, than I suppose churches, DPR- any kind friend- also would be required.

  6. Georgia Avenue Day
    #6

    Rez, I think this post carries a lot of weight. Ron Moten has been on news stations, Council hearings, quoted in print media and on soapboxes all over the city preaching how effective Peaceoholics is in "keepin' deez young brofas from killing each other."

    Yet, three young "brofas" that Moten claims "we stayed on top of him," kill a dedicated educator 3 weeks after a Peaceholics retreat.

    Do be advised that some of the individuals that shot 7 people in Southeast a few weeks ago had also participated in Peaceoholics' alleged "programming." Hence you seeing Moten on the news with some of their families at the DC Court.

    Moten (or Mo' as Mayor Fenty refers to him) has produced no data or clear evidence that Peaceoholics has reduced juvenile recidivism. The public, us taxpayers have no charts and graphs on youth who have found sustainable employment or numbers on youth that have participated in Peaceoholics and graduated high school and/or went on to further their education.

    Yet, the Fenty administration shelled out millions of dollars to this organization why? And even though the Council cut earmarks to Peaceholics Fenty & Co. in their micromanaging glory currently have human and social service agency directors all over the city digging in their budgets to continue to support Peaceoholics.

    Lest' we not forget that Moe and much of his Peaceohollics staff are ex-killers, let me be PC and say ex-offenders. So it seems Joe Taxpayer (you and moi) are financing a second generation of murders.

  7. Georgia Avenue Day
    #7

    So it seems Joe Taxpayer (you and moi) are financing an organization that is cultivating a second generation of murders.

  8. #8
  9. #9

    BTW - it wasn't three weeks. It was 5 days later these youth offenders killed Mr. Betts. The retreat was on April 10th according to the Post.

  10. #10

    so what else is new

  11. #11

    Let us not forget City Council Eunuch and fenty-stooge tommy wells complicity in the murder of DCPS Principal Brian Betts! Grow a pair and exercise some oversight of DYRS "tommy"!

  12. Georgia Avenue Day
    #12

    Let us not also forget...

    When Peaceholics was contracted by DC Public Schools and the Rhee administration to provide conflict-resolution programming in schools... a Peaceoholics counselor, Barry Harrison, sexually assaulted a teenage girl on school premises and was found guilty in September of last year. I have included a link to the WAPO article below:

    Peaceoholics Mentor Found Guilty in Teen's Assault
    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/09/04/AR2009090403004.html

    Fenty, so why all the loyalty to Ron "Mo" Moten and the Peaceoholics?

    Mo' knows mo' dirt surrounding Fenty than anyone else.

  13. #13

    AHH downtown rez YUC MOUTH AND HIS BIZNASS GOT MONEY FROM DC GOVT FOR EXACT PURPOSE OF TURNING YOUNGINS AWAY FROM FURTHER VIOLENCE AND CRIME. THIS MEANS THEY ARE ACKNOWLEDGING THAT THE FOLK THEY WORK WITH WILL HAVE SOME SORT OF CRIMINAL RECORD. WHETHER IT’S LEGAL OR NOT THEY SHOULD MAKE IT PART AND PARCEL TO CHECK AND/OR INQUIRE IF SOMEONE IS WANTED BEFORE A PERSON GETS HELP THROUGH THAT SHAM THEY ARE RUNNING. IT ALSO BENEFITS A PERSON TO CLEAN UP ANY LOOSE ENDS THEY MAY HAVE WITH THE LAW IN ORDER TO HELP THEM GET WORK.

    AFTER GETTING THEIR NAME AND CELL NUMBER THE THIRD QUESTION THAT SOMEONE WITH SOME SENSE OR ACUMEN SHOULD HAVE ASKED IS; WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT STATUS WITH MPD, CSOSA AND DYRS?. THE FOURTH QUESTION SHOULD BE; ARE YOU UP TO DATE ON CHILD SUPPORT?

    WHAT THE FUCK HAS PEACEAHOLICS DONE? WHY THE NEED FOR SO MUCH DOUGH IF THEIR OUTREACH WASNT REACHING OUT. THOSE BAMAS TALKED THE DOUGH RIGHT OUTTA FENTY. PROBLEM IS IT WASNT HIS MONEY. IT WAS TAX PAYERS DOLLARS THAT SHOULD HAVE WENT TO TEACHER SALARIES INSTEAD OF THEIR FAKE ASS BULL SHIT!

    FUCK MOTEN AND THAT FAKE ASS MUSLIM RUNNING AROUND LIKE THEY IMPOTANT. THEY SHOULD BE AUDITED AND ORDERED TO PAY MONEY BACK IF THERE IS EVIDENCE OF IMPROPRIETY.

    "Moten suggests the nonprofit had extensive experience with one of the murder suspects for at least six months prior to the retreat and phone call." WHAT THE FUCK! I GOT EXTENSIVE EXPERIENCE WITH 90 MINUTE I.P.A'S. THAT DOESNT MAKE ME AN EXPERT ON CRAFT BEERS.

  14. bigv frm tennessee
    #14

    Somehow many readers are missing the point that law enforcement failed to notify ant-violent youth groups about the escapees. Many groups, like Peacoholics, have clearance and training for access to sophisticated system that "should" indicate whether the individual is on the run. What about the families of the teens? Did law enforcement attempt to notify the parents and relatives that the teens were missing from the penal facility? If so, why aren't these parents being taken to task? Was law enforcement really looking for the teens?

    So here comes Mo and Peacoholics roaming the streets and they see these young thugs hanging around with nothing to do. They engage the youth to get involved with something positive. They convince them to leave thug life for a moment and go on a retreat. The retreat evidently was not enough! The teens needed more than Peacoholics could give them. Betts was the next victim. Peacoholics had nothing to do with it. The organization is a victim of government system out of the control.

    As for Betts, unfortunately, when you play
    goody-two-shoes and get caught in the act of doing something contrary, all of your innocent public persona goes down the tubes. And guess what, "dead men can't talk." So now the public is attempting to purify the image of a clean white boy who was engaged in the "nasty" with three dirty Black teens and was killed. Evidently, Betts was not as clean as people want to make him to be. Regardless of his personal life, he did not deserve to be killed.

  15. #15

    I wouldn't be surprised if Moten was something like a criminal kingpin fronting as a youth outreach advocate. Everything about him is indicative of a person that has little interest in really helping the community but rather lining his own pockets by instilling fear (just like the Mob, who claimed that it was "protecting" local business from vandals when in fact it was the entity instructing the vandals who to target). This is a racket and the City needs to wake up. Run this bitches out of town.

  16. #16

    This is a situation that unfortunately could have been prevented. And while I put a bulk of the blame with Fenty- because he gave a lot of money to programs that are not working while other programs such as AMYLA and Men Can Stop Rape continue to struggle to garner the funding for their successful programs. And lets not talk about all of the programs that had to close their doors in recent years because Fenty and Co. made sure all funds were funneled to Ron Moten. - We also need to point a finger toward the Mayor for Life... he wrote that letter that got Moten outta jail...

  17. #17

    I'm sticking with my assertion that this is the dumbest post ever.
    First- I don't know how anyone could deal with at risk kids if out of the box they're running background checks on them. If that's the rules of the game, the kids will walk. Except maybe the good or not at-risk ones, but that's not the target audience, anyway.
    Second- If an organization was required to run a background check on someone before offering services, well, I'm imagining that confession booths and AA and NA meetings would all go the way of the dinosaur. Not too likely, is it.
    Stupidest Post Ever

  18. #18

    @downtown rez...
    its not about running background checks... its about a group getting millions in funds for rehabilitating youth and bringing about peace but actually having a record of producing more violence...
    talk to some of the good youth workers in the city or in the country and they will tell you that if you are doing your job well the youth will share their background willingly...

  19. #19

    I've professional experience working with at risk youth, thanks, I know what I'm talking about. They're not going to share their lives with you until you've built trust. And that takes time.

  20. #20

    Likewise and for real if you are trained and sincere about what you are doing it doesn't take that long...

  21. #21

    REZ I PULL'EM OFF THE STREETS TOO BUT I FOCUS ON THE ATHLETIC SIDE (BBALL AND FOOTBALL). ONCE I GET THEM THAT WAY THEN I STEER THAT SAME FIRE TOWARDS EDUCATION. IM HONEST AND UP FRONT WITH 'EM A LET THEM KNOW RIGHT OUT THE BOX THAT IF THEY WANT TO DO RIGHT THIS WHAT THEY HAVE TO DO. 75% COMPLY. 25% ROLL OUT.

    YOUNG MEN SEE RIGHT THROUGH YOU IF YOU ARE FAKE AND PHONY THUS THE 'HOLICS LOW RATE OF RETURN ON THEIR YOUTH INVOLVEMENT INVESTMENT. IT’S NOT THE POINT OF RUNNING BACKGROUND CHECKS ON THEM. AS A MAN YOU LOOK THEM IN THE EYES AND ASK THEM ABOUT THEIR BACKGROUND. YOU THEN ADVISE THEM OF PUTTING THEIR BACKGROUND IN THE FOREGROUND IF THEIR BACKGROUND IS QUESTIONABLE. I THOUGHT THAT IS WHAT THEY DO. HELP AT RISK YOUTHS WHO HAVE A TROUBLED PAST AND/OR PRESENT!

    YOUR COMPARISON OF NA & AA IS WAY OFF. THOSE ARE MEETINGS THAT ARE NOT SUSTAINED BY GOVERNMENT FUNDS. THEY ARE NOT ORGANIZATIONS THAT ARE CLAIMING TO HELP FOLK THAT ARE COMMITTING CRIMES OR PERPETUATING VIOLENCE. THOSE ARE MEETINGS THAT FOLK WITH SPECIFIC ISSUES ACCESS TO SEEK OUT COUNSEL AND RELIEF FROM THEIR ADDICTION. CONFESSIONALS??? WTF!

    THE 'HOLICS TARGET AUDIENCE "IS" THE CRIMINAL ELEMENT THOSE WHO ARE GOING TO JAIL, THOSE WHO ARE IN JAIL AND THOSE WHO HAVE GOTTEN RELEASED FROM JAIL. IF ANYTHING THEY SHOULD HAVE BASELINE COMPARISONS TO DRAW TO AND FROM. ALL THE LIP SERVICE, BEGGING FOR MONEY AND THE UNNECESSARY GRANDSTANDING HAS RUN ITS COURSE. THE DAY OF THE HUSTLA IS DEAD! YOU BETTER KNOW HOW TO DO SOMETHING INSTEAD OF TALKIN SOMEONE TO DEATH!

    YOU SHOULD BE ABLE TO TRUST ANYONE RIGHT OUT THE BOX WHO IS WILLING TO HELP YOU. REZ THEY MUST SEE YOUR RACE OR A WEAKNESS YOU MAY HAVE AS A NON-TRUST FACTOR.

    FYI-$5 DOLLAR FOOTLONGS AND CONVO WHILE YALL GRUB MEAN A LOT WHETHER THEY SHOW IT OR NOT.

  22. #22

    Rez- you're right to an extent and I agree that responsibility of at-risk and risky kids, should ultimately reside with their parents/guardians. But Moten is the attention hog here, claiming grand things about what his group has accomplished, raids ANC and City Council meetings when he's questioned, and then can't take some responsible for one the very kids he claims he can reach does something atrocious.

    The City's been funding this idiot based on claims he's made. He's never able to quantify how many kids he's helped and when one of them, who we all can trace back to his program, turns out to be a criminal, he does even have the balls to say I'm sorry. This is just bullshit. I love all the attention the media is paying to his failings and to Fenty's other cronies because, valuable, real, and more worthy social services programs, have been decimated because of our money going to guys like this. Working with kids, especially troubled ones, is a brave endeavor, but doing it for the right reasons, not only financial ones, should be why.

  23. #23

    sick of fent, adrian bent me, noodlez-
    I don't know how effective Peaceaholics has been. I'd think these things would be very hard to measure. How can anyone know what would have been? We can't. We can only know what is.
    What is is that Peaceaholics found these guys (neither you, nor me, nor mpd, nor cfsa did), that peaceaholics offered them services, and that the guys went on from there to do some horrible things.
    It's a horrible and tragic thing, but I'm sure a lot of people have tried and failed to help those kids.
    Again, the only real question here is whether peaceaholics is required to run background checks before offering services.

  24. Georgia Avenue Day
    #24

    @downtown rez: Since you at least claim to have experience working with "at-risk" youth you would know that Peaceoholics' effectiveness could be measured by the following:

    (1)Evaluating the number of youth in Peaceoholics programs that graduated high school, went to college and/or completed a vocational or career training program.

    (2)Producing data that shows the number of youth offenders that participated in Peaceoholics programming that did not committ crimes again

    (3) Or providing numbers on Peaceoholics youth that obtained jobs

    I know I'm sounding like a broken record here.

    The Fenty Adminstration did not and STILL does not require Ron Moten and Peaceoholics to produce ANY tangible evidence that Peaceoholics programs actually are effective in reducing crime, getting kids to stay in school, providing job readiness...hell if Peaceoholics programs are effective in doing anything for that matter.

    Yet, Ron Moten and Peaceoholics are millionaires with taxpayers money.

    Having young boys sit in a circle, listening to them complain "we bored in school" and "ain't no jobs out dere fo us" is Peaceoholics' idea of counseling for at-risk youth. And Peaceoholics gets youth to come to these bullshit sessions for the offer of free chicken and mambo sauce.

    He doesn't have half the heart, but Ron Moten is Rayful Edmond reinvented. And downtown rez since you claim to be so knowledgeable of DC history and politics I should not have to tell you who that is.

    Maybe a stretch, but I honeslty believe Peaceoholics is a cover for illegal drug and weapons activity, and these young boys Moten claims to "save" are helping to run his operation.

    9 People Shot, 4 Dead in Southeast DC
    Ron Moten, of the Washington, D.C.-based group Peaceaholics, said, "I believe it was an AK-47 and just let loose. I mean this is unacceptable."
    http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0310/720941.html

    Again, interesting that the shooters that were captured, had participated in Ron Moten's Peaceoholics' "events" just as the three who murdered Principal Betts 5 days after attending a Peaceoholic "event."

  25. #25

    REZ OF COURSE THEY ARE NOT REQUIRED TO RUN BACKGROUND CHECKS BUT HOW WOULD THEY KNOW IF A PERSON IS WANTED OR ESCAPED?

    DID YOU KNOW THEY GET MONEY FOR TURNING YOUNGINS IN THAT RAN FROM LAUREL? BY WORKING WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND THE COURTS ONE WOULD THINK THEY ARE IN THE LOOP WHEN IT COMES TO OBTAINING THAT SORT OF INFO.

    I THINK FOLK ARE QUESTIONING IF 'HOLICS ARE ACTUALLY HELPING FOR THE AMOUNT OF MONEY THEY RECEIVED. BASED ON RECENT EVENTS I WOULD SAY THEY HAVE NOT DONE A DAMN THING. THEY ARE NOT STRUCTURED AND THEY ARE NOT FUNDAMENTELY SOLID AS AN ORGANIZATION. THEY ARE A LOOSE BUNCH OF FOLK THAT RUN TO THE SPOTLIGHT LIKE A MOTH TO A FLAME. WHEN HAVE THEY ACTUALLY PARADED SOMEONE OUT AND CLAIMED THEY ARE A SUCCESS?

  26. #26

    Rayful Edmonds? That's who you compare Moten to? On what basis? Hell, Rayful and his family ran billions in crack, killed who knows how many, and had a movie or two made about them.
    Why the fuck would anyone take you seriously after that?

  27. #27

    I hear you noodlez. I'm not saying Peaceaholics are perfect. But show me a big group that can reach everywhere in this city that does it any better.

  28. DC Small Business
    #28

    Ron Moten is using the members of the Peaceaholics as field support for the Fenty Campaign. Fenty is using Ron Moten stupid but as a mud slinger against Gray. I hope Fenty understands that the more Moten does the PR for Fenty it makes Gray look better everytime.

  29. Georgia Avenue Day
    #29

    downtow rez, did you just get off Wikipedia to figure out who Rafel Edmonds was? Good boy. Unlike you I am not on this board to get a hard-on or make weak attempts to prove that I'm a know it all about any and everything DC. Like the Truth.com commericals, hey man we get it. You hate Gray and you have Fenty wet-dreams.

    I could care less whether or not I am taken serious seriously. Here to express my opinion and laugh at you with you with your unyielding support and love for Fenty.

    My comments that you think are so off the wall will come to light soon enough.

    And since you claim to have worked with "at-risk" youth...you tell us organizations or groups that have been effective. Go on...get back to Google and Wikipedia and I'll wait for you to come back with your answer.

  30. #30

    GAD-
    The way I see it, you can either put up or shut up. You're all like "the truth will come out". Whatever. If you knew anything, you would email WP or CP. You wouldn't be posting some bullshit blah blah blah on some random blog. But suit your self: keep being a fool.
    Please, I got time and you're cheaper than a comedy club ticket.

  31. #31

    First if u know mr moten.he was very anti Gov.until Fenty won the mayor race. he didnt have one dime nowhere in the world.never file a tax return in his life. socond moe get his kid from DYSA,he get no kids off the street.most of his kids come from REv.Issac who has a 10,000,000.thats right 10 million$ contract that funneled thru the Children investment trust fund over the nest 36 months. that contract was put in place when the concil ended all earmarts.DYSA sends the fund thru the trust.thetrust sent it 2 the good rev.and then it funneled 2 mr moten. that why he is going into housing of these youth>it pays a lot more money and DYSA and the youth trust in not paying moe derectly.REv.Issac is the number 1 funded organization in this city over the last 6 years 4 at rist youth. and his number 1 sub contracter is moe and the alliance of concern men. please check this out ,dont take my word. When the mayor put the contrac out for bid,guess who was standing behind him. I will tell you,mr moten,the good rev.and mr Parker from the ACM.this was done before the RFP was even issued.so that really made this RFP a joke. but the joke is on the tax payers.these youth can from DYSA 2 Rev. Issac 2 moe group. moe dont take any youth unless he can bill the city 4 them. that why these retreats he always talk about,he bill the city 10s of thousand $. and its a city own facility. Whenever there is a major tragity in the city,moe is call 2 be there 2 take the focuss off the police and the other agency's who are involved. when was the last time u heard mr. moten speak of one of the mayors agency's failures? agian dont take my word 4 it ,look it up 4 yourself. GOOD DAY ALL!!!

  32. #32

    My goodness! I am so glad there are programs like Mo's around to protect at-risk youth from people like some of you that posted the most ridiculous things. First, I am a Director for a small non-profit organization that deals with at-risk youths (hence the word at-risk) where others like most of you would not ever...ever...ever give them a chance. We may get 10-15 youth signed up in our program at any given time...and maybe 5 or 6 make it based on our structured and caring programs and 1 or 2 that are in some cases unreachable and don’t make it through due to so many different conditions such as abuse, home life, sexual identity, etc and those are the consequences with dealing with at-risk youth but that does not stop me from pressing on and it did not stop Peacoholics from pressing on doing what they would normally do if the kids were criminals or not. Betts presumably was soliciting underage sex from males and invited strangers into his home (which does not constitute murder) however, these boys will be tried by jurors who probably think just like most of you and that is why our society need the Mo's and Ron's of the world. And as far as funding, the reason Peaceholics and my organization gets so much funding is because we are always on the front line fighting the battle and are visibly doing things to help the dying youths of our community and Fenty and the organizations that funds Peacoholics has seen the outcomes where the rest of those so called groups and organizations think they are too good to walk the streets, knock on doors visit gang spots to face their missions head on. And yes...I see it everyday and not hiding behind some post giving dumb ass opinions!!!

  33. #33

    Stephanie- Wow, what organization do you work for? We need to know in order to keep the fuck away. Are you serious? It's Betts fault that three career criminals targeted him? Really? He wasn't soliciting underage sex, but rather from consenting adults. But even if he was, the police should have picked him up, not getting killed by three fucking muderers, who happen to be "Mo's kids". Get real lady. His organization is a sham and based on you words, I think yours is as well. This is pathetic. DC needs better, but as long as cronies like Mo keeps getting millions from DC Taxpayers to do jack shit, it never will.

  34. #34

    Adrian Bent-Me...Your name and vocabulary alone lets me know your intelligence level. Iam not going to debate with you because I am sure this blog is your hiding place to voice your one sided opinions. I have been successfully in business probably longer than you would begin to have a clue of how this city flows and I have been through several mayors and like it or not the kids love Peacoholics because they actually are not afraid of them. For the record, it is certainly not Peacoholics fault that three career criminals killed Betts either...find another target to blame because no can control what any human will do. Maybe we can talk about other crimes as well, like the young guy who killed his lacrosse playing girlfriend in VA whose body was found in an apt bldg on 14th street...who is to blame for that?

  35. Napoleon Bushrod Uniontown Suggs III
    #35
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