I had not heard of Haitian missionary Michael Geilenfeld until I read your Sept 21 news article “ Saint or predator? Haitian missionary stirs strong emotions,” so I cannot pass judgment on his specific case.
I am, however, writing to object to your obtuse framing of the story: “(Geilenfeld) is either a saint who rescues street kids and child slaves or a sexual monster who pens them up to prey on them, depending on which side you are on.” Someone in Geilenfeld’s position of power could appear to be a saint, and even accomplish good works, but could still be a predator.
Look at the case of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, who ran The Second Mile charity. This position gave him extensive, private access to vulnerable boys whom Sandusky abused.
We cannot remain blind to the fact that some predators look for or create jobs that give them access and even give them cover for their abuse. To keep kids safe, we need to stop looking for people who look like “monsters” and instead remain open to seeing the next Jerry Sandusky.