By Jennifer Moody
Posted: Sunday, May 29, 2011 8:00 am
Albany, Oregon Democrat-Herald
Father describes the effects of false memories brought on by counseling
The charges against him were dropped. The child welfare investigation ended.
But former Albany resident Stephan Skotko is still reeling from the accusations of child abuse, the three days he spent in jail and the loss of his family, who, as far as he knows, still believe he is guilty.
Skotko, 50, said he knows some men do abuse their children in horrific ways and that crimes can go unreported for years.
But he insists he never touched his children, and that they never thought he had until the family began talking with a Lebanon spiritual adviser named Marion Knox.
Skotko, now a resident of Cleveland, Ohio, believes Knox planted fictional beliefs in the minds of his wife and two teenage children that led his wife to file criminal charges against him in 2008. And for that, he wants Knox to pay.
Skotko self-published a book, "A Heart Held Ransomed," about his experience. He has filed a civil lawsuit in Linn County against Knox, 73, and Knox's wife, Doris, 72, alleging that they knew, or should have known, the harm they could inflict through their theories about a practice that came to be known in the 1980s as satanic ritual abuse. FULL STORY