Reader: Claims against Abraham Lincoln coach Oscar Ponce show destructive power of media
Our post about a sex assault charge targeting Abraham Lincoln cross-country coach Oscar Ponce noted the unlikeliness of these allegations in light of his status as a DPS star and role model. That got one of our readers thinking about how quickly reputations can be tarnished or destroyed -- a comment made before police issued a second charge against Ponce, whose current whereabouts are unknown.
With all due concern for the alleged victim, it is disconcerting how a person with an impeccable record can be brought down and convicted by public opinion and the media based solely on one accusation. I hope and pray that this young person is ok, in all sincerity. I understand needing to take immediate action. However, the police report and media reporting are heavily tilted to one side, especially considering these are just allegations at this point. Oscar has spent 34 years building his reputation in the community I hope that these allegations are either founded and true, or they (the media and public opinion) retract and make right these heavily biased reports.
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