|Judge targeted in custody battle|
|Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer|
|Thursday, 12 September 2013 09:43|
Wood County residents checking their mail this week may be receiving a flier alerting them to a cover-up of child abuse by Wood County Common Pleas Juvenile Court Judge David Woessner.
However, court documents contest allegations made in the mailer and an online document alleging "corrupt" treatment in a long-running child custody battle.
The mailer, created by Andrew Prewitt, Northwood, which features the faces of Woessner and what appears to be an injured child, then points the reader to a website, www.phantomofthecourt.com. On that site, a 107-page document by Prewitt, entitled "A Flower in a Minefield" is available, with the subtitle "Child Abuse, Perjury, Corruption in Wood County Ohio, Family Court System." That document chronicles Prewitt's take on the custody dispute between himself and the mother of his daughter, Jessy Zielinski, Adrian, Mich. The dispute has been ongoing since February, 2004.
Text on the site alleges wrongdoing by Woessner - who, it says "was the first to start this cover-up" of the girl's "physical and mental abuse" - as well as other officials.
The website alleges that "court appointed professionals are hard at work trying to cover up black eyes and broken bones. But there is one thing that these professions did not count on, the father! These professionals were going to teach this father a lesson."
While Woessner said Wednesday he could not comment to the Sentinel-Tribune on the case because it remains active, a July judgment entry by Woessner in the custody case indicated that the "overall representations in (Prewitt's) online 'book' are ... at best misleading, incomplete, and inaccurate or, at worse, willful misrepresentation of the complete facts and record before the court."
"(Prewitt's) rationale that his efforts are needed to protect (his daughter) from a seemingly endless number of allegedly corrupt, unprofessional, and biased individuals and entities involved in this case - basically every entity or party that has disagreed with (his) position - simply is not true and stands as a sad excuse by (Prewitt) to pursue his ongoing litigation," said the judgment entry.
Regarding alleged abuse of the girl, now 11 years old, the entry stated that "there was no corroborating substantive evidence whatsoever to support the claim that (Zielinski) has unresolved or unaddressed physical violence issues," and neither Prewitt or Zielinski have been convicted of child abuse or neglect.
According to that document, the case has featured 57 "motions or requests for substantive relief filed by or on behalf of (Prewitt)," more than 40 of them in the last year. According to Prewitt's online book, he was represented by, and fired, several attorneys in the proceedings over the last eight years; he currently represents himself.
Recently, Prewitt reportedly sought to be named the residential parent for the girl, who had, according to the judgement entry, stated she did not want to have contact with her mother.
In the entry, it was noted that "it is apparent to this Court that (Prewitt) has - both directly and indirectly - a significant amount of influence over (the daughter's) feelings."
Woessner ruled in the judgment entry that it was not in the best interest of the child to name Prewitt the sole residential parent and guardian.
Among other recent court actions, Prewitt filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Toledo against Woessner and a guardian ad litem for the girl earlier this year, which was dismissed by Judge Jack Zouhary. In his decision, Zouhary stated that the case lacked "legal plausibility necessary to invoke federal subject matter jurisdiction."
An appeal by Prewitt in the Prewitt v. Zielinski case was dismissed by the Ohio Sixth District Court of Appeals in May.
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