| Despite a public face that called the hiring of Stan McGee a "misstep" for the newly formed Massachusetts Gaming Comission, chairman Steve Crosby privately lamented the pain suffered by a "very good man" Stan McGee. In emails obtained, through a public records request, Crosby relayed the sentiment in a Friday May 11, 2012 email to Martin Benison, the Comptroller of the Commonwealth. The date of the email is two days after McGee resigned his appointment, and seven days after the Cape Cod Times broke the news that Florida law enforcement still believes McGee should be prosecuted.
On May 1, 2012 at a meeting of the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, Carl Stanley McGee was appointed to be teh interim Executive Director of the Massachusetts Gaming Commsision. This is despite his being arrested, though never formally prosecuted, for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor boy in a resort steam room in Florida. McGee has professed his innocence. Prior to the meeting, a public relations specialist for the commission assured commissioners that the allegations would have a minimal public relations impact on the committee.
A subsequent press firestorm erupted over the allegations. Including on May 4, 2012 the Cape Cod Times publishing an article where Terry Thomas, the lead child crimes law enforcement officer in Florida, strongly recommended prosecution of McGee. Thomas said there was more than enough evidence for conviction, and was perplexed as to why McGee was not prosecuted. Emails obtained by Red Mass Group show that Crosby received an email with that story on May 4, 2012.
|On May 11, 2012 Martin Benison, the Comptroller of the Commonwealth of Massachsuetts, emailed Crosby a copy of a Casino Entertainment report. In the email he asked Crosby if he was "having fun yet." Crosby responded that, "I've had better weeks. But that pales compared to what a very good man Stan McGee has been through."
This email was sent two days after McGee resigned his appointment to the Gaming Commission and seven days after news reports surfaced that Florida Law enforcement was still suggesting prosecution of McGee.
Carl Stanley McGee has consistently publicly professed his innocence of all charges, despite settling with the boy's family for a sum that for many people in this country would amount to more than 10 years income."
Elaine Driscoll, the spokesperson for the Massachusetts Gaming Commission, "respectfully declined comment" on whether Crosby still believes that McGee is innocent, or the victim in all of this.
The Patrick Administration has not responded to multiple emailed requests or phone calls asking for comment.