NBC Evening News for Tuesday, Apr 23, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Tom Brokaw
(Los Angeles, California) Impact of false allegations of child abuse on the accused examined; Walt Phaler's experience cited as example [PHALER - can never be the same.] [Jane PHALER - notes husband was victim.] [Walt PHALER - thinks many will leave teaching profession out of fear of same experience.] [Mike HALEY - claims his life has been destroyed.] Haley's case detailed; photos shown. [HALEY - fears society is losing perspective on issue.] [National Child Abuse Hotline spokesperson Dan SEXTON - cites incrd. suspicions.] [Day care director June SALE - describes parents' paranoia.] [Day care worker Bernie MUELLER - describes male staff's paranoia.] [SALE - cites practical and unnatural difficulties posed by parents' fear.] [Child Care Law Center spokesperson Carole STEVENSON - describes ind.'s fear.] [Attorney Paul WALLEN - advises teachers; defs. focus of his advice.] [Dr. Michael DERFY - thinks adults are overreacting to false allegations.] [Walt PHALER - doesn't believe he can be as good a teacher as he was before.]
REPORTER: Heidi Schulman