Wenker abused her at his Hidden Valley home during his time with the BLM
“We are following this story not for matters of sensationalism but rather for the fact that it speaks to the possible mind-set of upper BLM management. To hear BLM managers explain their actions with comments like “We do it because we can” fits right in with what has sadly happened here and there is plenty of evidence to back up that assumption.
Billing’s Field Manager Jim Sparks has been asked why BLM continually goes after the Pryor Mountain herd when science and public opinion point to the contrary and he has said, “…this is not a democracy.”
Probably the best, or from another perspective the worse, egotistical and dangerous display of turn around and thinking above the law came from recent public comments made by Don Glenn, recently retired manager of the BLM Wild Horse & Burro program and now cloaked as a Cattle Lobbyist, when he informed the National Academy of Science that the “simple solution” to the wild horse and burro management problem is “unlimited sale authority.” He stated for the record:
Bullying and abusing large animals (horses) is the last step to gaining a greater high by abusing humans. From documented behavior it appears that BLM’s management is ate up with potential abusers as we already know they delight in decimating and eliminating our wild horses from their rightful lands. Perhaps it is time we take the rose colored glasses off and look at Ken Salazar’s gang for exactly what they are…not pointing an accusing finger but surely raising the questions of both competency and motivation when it comes to those who side with special interests and ignore both the wishes of the majority and the letter of the law.” ~ R.T.
A 64-year-old recently retired Nevada Bureau of Land Management Chief used a blanket Monday night to conceal his sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl while they watched the Olympic games with his wife and the girl’s older brother, according to recently released court documents.
The incident — witnessed and videotaped by the victim’s brother — ultimately shed light on a secret five-year period of alleged sexual abuse that was becoming increasingly more aggressive, according to a probable cause affidavit filed in support of Ronald Wenker’s arrest Tuesday on suspicion of child sex offenses.
According to the victim, Wenker abused her at his Hidden Valley home during his time with the BLM, which also included a short 2009 stint in Washington, D.C., where he ran the entire agency during the Bush-Obama transition. He retired last year.
The girl told investigators that Wenker first abused her when she was 8, the document said, in a similar incident where Wenker covered the pair with a blanket while they watched television on the couch with his wife.
During an interview Tuesday with investigators, Wenker said he recalled molesting the girl during the “course of a few years,” the affidavit said. Wenker said the girl was “attractive” and he let his “emotions go.” Wenker said inappropriate touching escalated to oral sex. He said his behavior was “very dumb” and “illegal.”
“Ronald added that he has a deep emotional bond with (the girl) and that he thought she was enjoying the touching as much as he was,” detectives wrote of Wenker’s interview.
“… Ronald added that he isn’t a pedophile and that he had a deep, emotional attachment and love for (the girl) that evolved into a sexual relationship,” the detectives continued. “Ronald stated that he had been struggling with the urge to have sexual contact with (the girl) over the years, but he never sought any help or counseling with the issue. Ronald stated that he was telling himself ‘no more’ but he slipped …”
Wenker’s attorney, Jack Fox, said Thursday he had not yet read the affidavit and had no comment. Wenker’s wife, Sherie, also had no comment when contacted at their home.
Wenker is scheduled to be arraigned Friday morning on two counts each of sexual assault with a child and lewdness with a child. He has been held in custody on no bail.
Both the Reno and Washington, D.C., BLM offices said they had no comment on Wenker’s arrest.
The girl’s 15-year-old brother realized what was going on Monday night under the blanket and videotaped the pair with his iPod, according to the affidavit filed in Reno Justice Court. He said he videotaped the incident because he wanted people to believe him when he spoke about it, according to the affadavit. He gave the video to investigators, the document said.
Prior to the incident, Wenker and the girl told deputies that her brother caught them in Wenker’s bedroom as they were kissing and Wenker was sexually assaulting the girl, the affidavit said.
“(Her brother) approached and asked what they were doing,” investigators wrote. “She said that Ronald quickly said ‘nothing, nothing’ and they walked out to watch the Olympics on TV.”
After his sister admitted to her brother that Wenker was molesting her, the boy cursed at Wenker and called 911, the document said. Wenker left the home and drove off in his truck after the boy told him deputies were on their way to the Hidden Valley home, according to the deputy. The siblings live out of the area and were visiting.
Sherie Wenker told deputies she had seen her husband lying on the floor earlier that night with the girl under a blanket and asked what was going on, the affidavit said. Wenker had told her “nothing,” the document said.
The girl told authorities she was being abused Monday night, according to the affadavit. Sherie Wenker said she learned from the girl that night about the abuse, the document said.
The girl said the abuse only occurred in Wenkers’ home, according to the document.
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