In 1985, Ron Miscavige was accused of criminal attempt of rape, indecent assault, simple assault, recklessly endangering, criminal trespass and burglary in Pennsylvania. He was arrested and booked on these charges. The police report details evidence showing that Ron admitted to being on the premises where the crime occurred, that he matched the description of the assailant and further that Ron's car was identified by a witness. The actual reason the case was resolved cannot be verified as the Court records have been lost. However, the police reports are available.
After being accused of a serious crime, Ron had no one to turn to other than the son he now falsely vilifies. His younger son retained top lawyers to defend Ron. As a condition for helping him, his younger son insisted that Ron agree to join the Church’s religious order to straighten out his life and stay out of trouble. Ron joined the religious order, the Sea Organization, working as a trumpet player at the Church’s Golden Era Productions, where he remained for 27 years and, for the most part, kept out of trouble.
But Ron preferred a life surrounded by criminals and liars and he deserted his family to join up with those who have records of crime, like his black sheep and namesake son who assaulted Ron’s own daughters when they were ages 8 and 11. The same son who was arrested for soliciting prostitution, within days of Ron moving in with him. Ronnie’s arrest was for solicitation of prostitution, as part of a larger law enforcement sting. Ron kept it from his family because he knew that it was exactly what his daughters had feared when they pleaded with him not to go live with Ronnie. Having been abused by their older brother, they knew his character. Ron knew that moving in with his namesake would be such an egregious act of betrayal that his daughters would want nothing to do with him again. But Ron did it anyway.
Records show that what Ron covered up on behalf of Ronnie was far worse than imagined. The woman Ronnie had been paying for sex, Rachel, was found by the police to be a victim of a pimp who was holding her against her will. She was also a drug addict who was physically abused by one of her pimps. According to police reports, the pimp took the victim’s ID and her mobile phone and would not permit her to make calls from her room. “Yesterday, he repeatedly punched me about 10 times, one of the punches hit my face,” she told police.
A prospective client took pity on Rachel’s cries for help. He did the right thing by declining to have sex with her, then reporting the matter, which led to the police investigation. By contrast, instead of doing the right thing, police records say Ronnie paid for multiple sexual services between November and January.
Police records show that Rachel told police that she had sexually serviced Ronnie 30 times over a two-month period. On one occasion she and another woman serviced Ronnie together for a
Of course, Ron never mentions Ronnie’s arrest. Instead, Ron made the absurd statement that “down in Virginia, Becky and I got along great with Ronnie and Bitty, and life was good.”
From Ron’s comment, it sounds like having his namesake son caught up in a drug and prostitution sting was just another day at the office. And the fact that Ronnie’s wife, Bitty, left him because she couldn’t take it anymore was just like playing another lick on his trumpet.
Ron has ignored what he knows: that the same namesake son who makes “massage tourism” a job description never changed his stripes.
Instead of condemning Ronnie’s behavior, to sell his lies Ron vilifies his younger son, the moral compass of the family who not only cared for his father but kept his father’s irresponsible behavior in check for most of Ron’s life.
But Ron did not want to live a moral life. His namesake son’s criminal acts were much like his own. Ron likes and supports those who have a record breaking the law. Just like Nathan Rich.
Nathan Rich’s family desperately tried to save him from a life of crime. At age 11 Nathan was arrested for shoplifting with another child after they stole items from seven stores. His mother received a call from the local police department, informing her that they had arrested him for shoplifting, and that Nathan showed no remorse. By age 14 he had fallen in with a crowd of youths who drank and took drugs. He also had another shoplifting arrest.
Nathan was arrested in 1999 for theft from a supermarket. When he was searched by the police, he was found to be sniffing nitrous oxide from cans, carrying a drug pipe and a set of brass knuckles. Still under 18, the officer told his mother he would be sent to a Juvenile Acceptance Center.
Nathan was arrested for at least five misdemeanors or felonies in New Mexico, including criminal damage to property, trespassing, drinking in public and possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. He pleaded guilty to heroin possession and one other charge. The court deferred prosecution pending completion of 18 months’ probation.
Nathan then left home with no warning to his family and thereafter he didn’t speak to any family members, apart from a few brief communications with his mother. No one else from the family heard from him until 2007 when he started posting on the Internet wild stories about growing up. During that time, Nathan was arrested for at least five misdemeanors or felonies in New Mexico, including criminal damage to property, trespassing, drinking in public and possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia. He was convicted on the drug charges and put on probation for two years.
In May 2007, his aunt, Sharon Rich, met with Nathan in Seattle. Over several days, Nathan told his aunt how much he regretted his drug use. Nathan’s mother, Julie Rich, who passed away in August 2010, loved her son and tried to help him, but there were times she feared him due to his erratic behavior and drug use. At one point, according to Sharon and Arlene, Nathan’s aunts, Nathan was so out of control using drugs that his mother told her lawyer and the police that she feared for her life.
To Ron senior and junior, whether it is being arrested for attempted rape, or pleading “guilty” to solicitation of prostitution, or mixing realtor meetings for Long & Foster Realty with trips to massage parlors found on Backpage, the notorious human-trafficking of underage women website, or mixing with those engaged in petty theft is all just “another day” of a life of shame. For Ron, associating with criminals is just normal. Takes one to know one?