A local Congressman who has held office in Mid-Michigan for 34 years is accused of sexually abusing a family member 50 years ago.
During a six-month-long investigation, WNEM TV5 talked exclusively to Patrick Kildee, the second cousin of U.S. Representative Dale Kildee, who insists the abuse took place on multiple occasions, more than 50 years ago.
WNEM TV5 also talked to family members and a case worker, to corroborate Patrick Kildee's account of what he insists happened when he was 15 years old.
In his exclusive one-on-one interview with TV5, Patrick Kildee remembers meeting with Congressman Dale Kildee years later hoping for an apology. Patrick Kildee says the two talked about what allegedly happened during a car ride in the Traverse City area.
In a portion of the interview Patrick Kildee says, "I get in the car ... we start driving away ... I said 'Dale I gotta tell you, you have no idea of what I have been through because of what you did to me.'"
Patrick claims that the Congressman responded by saying, "'Every year I make a general confession, that's the first thing on my list every year. I keep confessing it every year ... You have no idea how much I suffer because of what I did to you."
Patrick continues, "I'm sitting here, I never once thought of him suffering for the secret too soon ... I was going to forgive him. It was just about ready to come out of my mouth."
Then Patrick Kildee claims Congressman Kildee said, "Well you know you did come on to me ... this was a mutual thing." That's when Patrick says he got out of the car and walked away.
WNEM TV5 has contacted Rep. Dale Kildee several times for a one-on-one interview.
He himself has denied our requests and so have various people representing him.
Earlier Sunday night in a press release, Congressman Dale Kildee writes, "The allegations against me are completely false and shameful ... I regret having to air all of this in public ... but I feel like I have no choice."
The in-depth WNEM TV5 I-TEAM Report airs Monday night at 11 p.m.
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Here's a sample of what some of you are saying...
Chad HunkinsIf it took place 50yrs ago, i have to ask myself why wait so long to come forward?
Regina SawyerI'm totally against any form of violence against children, but why wait so long to report this? If this is something that happened years ago, it should have been reported years ago.
Jered FullerSex abuse is such a hot-button issue these days, and people has become so thirsty for attention that they're willing to go to any length just to be seen and heard, at the same time, damaging someone's reputation. It's plain stupid.
Doug ParkerA democrat being accused of something!!?? Gasp!!
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