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Old 08-09-2015, 04:16 PM
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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At a book sale at my local library, I came upon a copy of Maurice Cloughley's A World to the West, a chronicle of a young couple circumnavigating the globe in a 34-foot sailboat, in the late Sixties; the author, then entering his thirties, has written several other works on various parts of the globe -- everywhere from Arctic Canada to his native New Zealand, has taken him.

But while still working on the earlier chapters, I decided to do an update via Google, and got quite a surprise. Mr. Cloughley spent the first years after finishing his education as a teacher of native youngsters along Canada's northernmost coast, and nearly thirty years later, was accused of sexual misconduct with a number of his pupils, many of them well under the age of consent. He plead guilty, supposedly "for pragmatic reasons", was sentenced to ten years -- of which he served fourteen months, and has offered virtually no defense; there are only a handful of references to the case on the Internet.

And here the story takes another turn:

Cloughley's wife Katie, who shared the original journey with him, was apparently still married to him as of 2003, and he apparently has some vigorous defenders.


Way Way Up: Hitting Close to Home

The circumstances of the case itself -- a "cultural gap", and the introduction of the values of a litigation-driven society into a remote, impoverished enclave, and the suicide of a key witness in the early days of the case all make for a lot of unanswered questions.

N.W.T., ex-teacher sued over sex assaults - North - CBC News

Nunatsiaq News, February 16, 1996

Assuming that Cloughley is still alive, he would be eighty years of age, and his wife about ten years his junior. A search via Google has turned up no obituary as yet.

It will be interesting to see if anyone out there can add to the story.

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