|Vincent Ford, center, with members of Shiloh Baptist Church|
Though this never hit the newspapers, Pennsylvania maintains online docket sheets of criminal cases. They reveal that, in December 2012, Ford was charged by state police in Monroe County with involuntary deviate sexual intercourse by forcible compulsion; aggravated indecent assault without consent; and indecent assault without the consent of another. The factual basis for these charges is unknown. The first two charges were withdrawn by prosecutors, and the third was waived into common pleas court.
On November 27, 2013, Ford was placed on ARD, and assessed costs and restitution, which remain outstanding.
The docket sheets list Ford's birthday as 2/19/50, which is the date listed on both his LinkedIn page (February 19) and on Facebook (2/19/50). So the charter school applicant and ARD participant are one and the same.
Participation in an Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition is designed to rehabilitate and promote prompt disposition of criminal charges. A person in this program is still presumed innocent, but if he violates the program, he can be forced to answer the charges.
Ford is identified as the "founding coalition chairperson" for Strong Foundations Charter School.
The school board has until March 15 to decide on granting this charter to an organization whose founding chair is on ARD for a sexual offense.