Children of ISKCON vs. ISKCON Timeline
2000 - Children of ISKCON vs. ISKCON filed in a federal court in Dallas, by attorney Windle Turley, 12 June.
2001 - Federal Judge Hon Lindsay rejects complaint that ISKCON violated RICO statutes, 28 Sept. | Windle Turley refiles complaint in a state court in Dallas, 25 Oct.
2002 - in February, ISKCON announces that it will go bankrupt in response to Children of ISKCON vs. ISKCON.
2003 - ISKCON works with bankruptcy courts and attorneys to draft an acceptable bankrutpcy reorganization plan.
2004 - ISKCON attorney David Liberman issues a 27 February press release stating that ISKCON has filed a bankruptcy plan. | April: On the order of the bankruptcy court, ISKCON seeks additional parties who may have a claim against ISKCON. Liberman's office posts notices on the Internet and in various publications. The deadline to file a claim is 30 June, 2004. | ISKCON receives approximately 400 additional claims for child abuse. | Liberman's office issues a notice extending the deadline to 15 August. | Nov.: ISKCON attorney Joseph Fedorowsky (Gupta) issues a notice to claimants to update their mailing address with the bankruptcy courts and attorneys. | Joseph Fedorowsky sends out a request for information packet, 29 Nov.
2005 - The court approves ISKCON's disclosure statement on 11 February. | Joseph Fedorowsky's office sends out ballots for claimants and plaintiffs to vote on the bankruptcy case. Voting begins in March. | On the cutoff date for voting, 29 April, Joseph Fedorowsky issues a statement that the claimants and plaintiffs have voted to accept the bankruptcy plan. | In May, the court approves ISKCON's Chapter 11 bankruptcy plan. | ISKCON offered a court ordered apology to victims 05 Aug. (click here for a description of the event by Naranarayan).
|2008||2008 - Dallas attorney Windle Turley announces November 9 that all claims are now settled with ISKCON entities and their insurance companies. The total for all settlements was $15 million (including legal fees).|
Here's the list with input from Pratyatosa. Corrections, more information welcome.
Anthony Storr (author of "Feet of Clay") proposes that guru-types generally spent childhood without normal interaction with other children, either raised around adults or neglected. Thus as adults, they tend to relate to people only from a pedestal of self-importance. I would consider it a step forward if former gurus and GBC members could become ordinary members of a community, and let go of their image of specialness when none exists.
If any of the people on this list physically or sexually abused children, I pray that they never again have any contact with any children anymore. Pedophilia a disease that never goes away, so the best they can do is prevent spreading it.
A side note: regrettably, as a member of the ISKCON pr department, like Mukunda Goswami and Nrsimhananada (below), I used images of the children to produce pro-ISKCON propaganda. I never had an official position in ISKCON, left for good in 1988, and never joined any affiliated community or other organized religious group after leaving.
Individuals named as defendants in Children of ISKCON vs. ISKCON
Where are they now?
STILL IN GBC
GOPAL KHANNA / GOPAL KHANNA, Individually / Gopal Krishna Goswami guru, sannyasi, GBC.
BRUCE JACOBS / Bir Krishna guru, sanyassi, GBC.
CHARLES BACIS / Bhavananda Goswami no longer a guru, sannyasi, or GBC, but is currently helping to build the TOVP in Mayapur.
GLEN TETON, as Executor[ ] of The Estate of A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA / Giriraja Swami still a guru and sannyasi, active in Southern California ISKCON communities.
GREGORY GOTTFRIED Gurukripa Swami no longer a sannyasi, or GBC, but still involved in ISKCON.
HANS KARY / Hansadutta Swami no longer a guru, sannyasi, or GBC, but is part of the Cloverdale devotee community.
HOWARD RESNICK, as Executor[ ] of The Estate of A.C. BHAKTIVEDANTA SWAMI PRABHUPADA / HOWARD RESNICK, Individually / Hridayanada Swami no longer a GBC, but remains a sannyasi and guru in the ISKCON community.
JEFFREY HICKEY / Jagadish Goswami no longer a guru, sannyasi, or GBC, but part of the Alachua ISKCON community.
ROBERT CORENS / Rupanuga no longer a sannyasi or GBC, but part of the Alachua ISKCON community.
ROBERT GRANT / Ramesvara Swami no longer guru, sannyasi, or GBC, but back as part of the Los Angeles ISKCON community.
STEVEN GOREYNO a/k/a STEVEN GUARINO / Satsvarupa Goswami still a guru, but does not initiate new disciples, involved in ISKCON communities.
WILLIAM EHRLICHMAN / Bhagavan Goswami no longer a guru, sannyasi, or GBC, but back as a part of the devotee community.
WILLIAM OGLE / Balavanta no longer a GBC, but part of the Alachua ISKCON community.
MICHAEL GRANT / Mukunda Goswami guru, sannyasi, lives in Murwillumbah ISKCON community.
ISKCON TELEVISION, INC. / Nrsimhananda ITV head, lives in Topanga Canyon ISKCON community.
FARAMARZ ATTAR / Atreya Rsi was guru, never accepted disciples; left ISKCON.
THEODORE RICHARD HARRIS / Pancha Dravida Swami left in 1986, went to the Gaudiya Matha.
BRUCE SCHARF / Brahmananda remained affiliated with ISKCON.
JOHN FAVORS / Bhakti-tirtha Swami remained guru, sannyasi, and GBC.
KEITH HAM / Kirtanananda Swami excommunicated in 1988, in prison 1996-2004, returned to New Vrindaban.
THOMAS HERTZOG and THOMAS HERTZOG, Individually / Tamal Krishna Goswami remained guru, sannyasi, and GBC.
UNKNOWN (if you have information, please send it)
JOHN PATANE / Ramai Swami
WILLIAM BERKE / Bali Mardan no longer a sannyasi, or GBC, may be part of the Brooklyn devotee community.
DEFENDANT DOES 1-30
1. Ramasvara seems to now be part of the Brooklyn devotee community (not LA).
2. According to pratyatosa.com, Hridayananda is back on the GBC: Hridayananda Das Goswami Zonal Secretary for: Brazil
3. Bhagavan is part of the Narayan Maharaj devotee community.
4. Mukunda Goswami no longer accepting disciples. (See the bottom of gbc.iskcon.org.)
5. According to pratyatosa.com: Ramai Swami is Zonal Secretary for: Melanesia, except Fiji; Micronesia; Polynesia, except Hawaii and New Zealand; Co-Zonal Secretary with Bhakti Charu Swami and Sesa Das for: Washington State: Seattle; Co-Zonal Secretary with Devamrita Swami for: Australia, New Zealand; Co-Zonal Secretary with Kavicandra Swami for: Indonesia
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