McKell’s Accuser “Helped Rape Child”
By Ron Lee
Provo, UT – Do you know how the Justice System works, in many cases, in this day and age? There is an allegation or report made to the police and immediately the police form an opinion as to who is guilty. When police lock onto their suspect they don’t let go until they hand them off to the prosecutor. Even then, the police act as the hand of the prosecutor and often massage their reports and collected evidence to support the prosecutor’s chances to prove their suspect’s guilt. Prosecutors, themselves, are as ravenous as a pack of starving, wild pit-bulls who, once their jaws lock, won’t ever let go. Gone are the days when “the prosecutor’s role transcends that of an adversary: he is the representative not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty … whose interest … in a criminal prosecution is not that it shall win a case, but that justice shall be done.” –U.S. v. Bagley, 473 U.S. 667, 675 n. 6 (1985). In this day and age, they ignore evidence of innocence, while heaping more charges onto a person. All of this is done to force the suspect to take a plea, and prosecutor to get their conviction. You see, it’s a numbers game and it is all about winning a case. The more successful prosecutions they achieve, the better chance they have at winning reelection or to secure further financing through public taxation and federal grants. So you see, it’s often not about justice anymore, folks, and that is clearly evident in the Utah case against Rob Mckell.
Rob McKell, husband to Nu-Skin co-founder Nedra (Roney) McKell stands accused of multiple counts of sexual abuse, and 2 violations of a restraining order. His accuser is none other than his adult adopted daughter, Summer McKell, and the case is being heavily pursued by Utah County Deputy Attorney Sherry Ragan.
Ragan has been pushing McKell’s felony conviction for nearly a year, and her office headed by Jeffrey Buhman longer than that. Deputy Attorney Sam Pead is heading the charge against Mckell on his violation of protective order charges. The McKell case has already come at an incredible cost to the taxpayers of Utah County. Just what that final cost will be, if McKell ever sees a trial, is anyone’s guess – hundreds of thousands, perhaps more. As for Ragan, personally, she apparently rakes in a gross income of $143,198.00 per year, according to utahsright.com.
That’s a pretty comfortable living for someone who chooses to continue the prosecution of an individual based on testimony alone. Especially when that testimony comes from of a young woman whose story constantly and continually changes; who has admitted, on the record, that she doesn’t always tell the truth; and whom had to be reminded of when things allegedly happened while she was on the stand during the preliminary hearing. She is also apparently relying on the supporting testimony of several others who have personal conflicts with Mr. McKell and want to see him removed from the family, for no other reason than their own personal gain. It leads one to speculate about what the real motivation is for the Utah County Attorney’s Office dogged pursuit of Rob McKell. Heck, maybe there’s someone pushing this behind the scenes and there’s a connection somewhere…
If you do a simple Google search for Sherry Ragan, many options appear; one being a link to her LinkedIn profile where it explains that she is a Utah County Attorney and that she is also part of the Utah County Sheriff’s Communication Auxillary Team. Interestingly, to the right on her profile it has a list of people also viewed. The bottom on the list of 4 people is Lisa Killpack, Human Resource Director at Nu Skin Enterprises… Interesting. While it could just be a coincidence, data populated on sites like LinkedIn are generated from association. People look for you and they then find ‘so-and-so’ and that information is tracked and bingo, you have your list of ‘people also viewed.’ Or, maybe its just random similarity occurrences.
Regardless of why, there is something keeping Ragan interested in prosecuting a case that has no physical evidence of a crime committed (evidence that had the police collected it at the time, may well have exonerated Rob McKell immediately), and no eye witnesses to wrong-doing with the sole exception of the accuser, Summer – a young woman, who by all accounts has serious issues. And, the issues just got a lot worse…
The Plot Thickens
In a stunning turn of events, Summer has been implicated herself by a young girl who claims the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of Summer’s adopted brother River was aided by Summer herself, who allegedly violently held her down. These crimes are said to predate Summer’s allegations against McKell. Also, Summer’s claims against McKell apparently mirror the allegations against herself, thus making it appear as if Summer used her involvement as a boiler plate for her insinuations against McKell. It also further calls into question her integrity as the only “eye-witness” against Rob McKell.
According to McKell, the revelation came during a recent interview between the young girl and McKell’s private investigator, who immediately reported the abuse to the authorities. While the sex abuse this girl had suffered had already been known and adjudicated, with River being convicted, Summer’s alleged involvement of “holding her down” and injuring her was a seemingly new development. That is until the investigator was informed, upon his reporting, that the girl’s counselor had reported it to Utah’s Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) approximately a year earlier.
But, this is where it gets interesting, the investigator was purportedly told in a follow-up call to his initial reporting that no investigation was warranted as it had been looked into before and the case was “locked” – a term we are informed is most often used when someone within DCFS has some personal involvement in the case. However, there is no such involvement.
Even more concerning, DCFS now reportedly claims that the girl’s counselor never reported it to DCFS, and that the employee who talked with the investigator was absolutely mistaken, and they claim they will be addressing this with the employee.
What is the old saying? If it looks like a rat, acts like a rat…
We’re now informed that DCFS is looking into the allegations against Summer, although a recent protective order seeking to keep her away from the victim was denied by the court, which claimed there was no immediate danger to the victim.
Back to Ragan and History of Publication
In July of 2014, Ragan filed a “Memorandum in Support of Motion to Change Venue” in the case of the State vs. Rob McKell. In her Memorandum, Ragan seemed oddly over-concerned with the US~Observer’s publication and distribution throughout Utah County of an article that told the story behind the allegations that lead to sexual abuse charges being filed against McKell. At one point, Ragan even stated that there was an on-going investigation into the US~Observer article – although there was never a call made to the US~Observer. However, nowhere in her memorandum did she mention the dozens of local media articles, that plainly depict Rob McKell as a rapist and seemingly guilty, as being potentially harmful to an individual who is supposed to be innocent until proven guilty – beyond a mere mention there had been other publicity in the case.
The fact that Ragan openly commits Utah to her comment, “the State believes that information in the [US~Observer] article is false,” suggests she and the State are not interested in justice whatsoever and she is willing to drag the State down with her in the prosecution of this ‘he-said, she-said’ case. Furthermore, the US~Observer would like to challenge Sherry Ragan to point out to our readership what she thinks is false in the article, “’$10-million and this goes away’- Accuser’s ‘Brother’ Orchestrates False Sex Allegations?”
While a good portion of what was uncovered for that article will not be allowed inside a courtroom – due to overprotective rape shield laws – the court of public opinion has every right to hear the whole truth, and that is what the US~Observer always strives to bring our readers. As such, the US~Observer followed up with the article, “Utah: ‘Let’s Deal’ – NuSkin Co-founder’s Case Dismissed, Husband’s Trial Upcoming” wherein we pointed out the overwhelming amount of evidence that suggests this “victim” is less than truthful, while also reporting how the State dropped all charges against McKell’s wife, Nedra, in a plea in abeyance.
Once again we are calling on Utah County Attorney Jeffrey Buhman – Ragan’s boss, and an elected official – to do what is right for the sake of justice and drop this case, as it is apparent the credibility of the accuser is continuing to erode and the cost to the taxpayer is continuing to increase.
If it’s not about justice and is all about winning your case, Mr. Buhman, you can take it to the bank that the US~Observer will be there to report it, and you and your out-of-control assistant attorney can face the court of public opinion.
Editor’s Note: We have been informed that Rob McKell’s defense is seeking a change of venue as there are concerns he can not get a fair trial in Utah County. There has been much publicity promoting Mr. McKell’s presumed guilt, as local media relays what is reported to them by the prosecutor’s office, police department or sheriff’s office. Our justice system would operate so differently if the media actually investigated what they reported on and didn’t serve as the publicity arm for the railroading of innocent victim’s of false prosecution.