| News

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Moose official in Ohio accused of sexual abuse

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Daily Photo Galleries

By The Associated Press
Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012, 9:50 p.m.

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The top official at the Loyal Order of Moose and Moose International fraternal organizations molested a boy more than 30 years ago in Ohio and Louisiana, and years later he was twice investigated for sexual misconduct with children, according to a lawsuit filed on Thursday.

The complaint, by North Carolina physician Jason Peck, says William Airey, chief executive officer and director general of Moose International and the Loyal Order of Moose in Aurora, Ill., began grooming him to abuse him sexually in 1980, when he was 12.

The lawsuit says Airey was a member of a Moose lodge in suburban Columbus, where he took Peck to Moose-related functions.

Peck's attorney, Konrad Kircher, said Peck has agreed to go public with his allegations.

Airey, 71, was celebrating his 50th wedding anniversary on a trip on Thursday and wasn't available to comment, said Moose spokesman Kurt Wehrmeister.

“The fraternity is shocked by this allegation as this is not the Bill Airey we know,” Wehrmeister said in a statement.

Peck, a psychiatrist and sleep-care physician, decided to come forth after news broke of the sexual abuse allegations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, said Kircher. Sandusky was convicted in June 2012 of abusing several boys.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.



Show commenting policy

Most-Read Allegheny

  1. Attorney wants evidence from South Allegheny teacher’s cellphone thrown out
  2. Pittsburgh police chief finds use-of-force policies ‘quite satisfactory’
  3. Maryland man found with missing Ohio girl in Pittsburgh motel
  4. Police find marijuana grow rooms in Castle Shannon
  5. Pittsburgh on cusp of leaving fiscal oversight
  6. Buffalo man killed by truck in the West End Circle wanted ‘a fresh start’
  7. 2nd command officer at Allegheny County Jail punished
  8. Terror threat doesn’t keep Pittsburgh International travelers down
  9. In letter, Plum school superintendent reassures parents on safety
  10. Swissvale teen on his way to high school shot 5 times, survives
  11. ‘Structural barriers’ thwart black men in Pittsburgh, report finds