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TONY LAMONTE GREENE
AGE: 50

2011 Dec 14: Lamonte Charged In Child Abuse Case Had Multiple Fraud Convictions

Posted: Dec 14, 2011 1:03 AM Updated: Dec 14, 2011 4:55 PM
Lori Fullbright, News On 6 / TULSA, Oklahoma –

Prosecutors charged a Tulsa man with six counts of molesting a 13-year-old boy. Tony Greene, who also goes by Tony Storrs and Toshav Storrs, was arrested last week.

Detectives say Greene is also behind a scheme of shell businesses, misused money and lies.

In a 2004 News On 6 report, he claimed he was an administrator of an after school program, but he was only a teacher.

At that time, he had fraud convictions in New York and Oklahoma and we proved the degrees he claimed he had from Cornell and OU were bogus, but yet he’s still operating.

Police say Tony Greene was operating a dummy company called Accelerate Educational Services. He’s listed as a staff member and teacher at the DHS-licensed after-school program called Aces.

Aces was housed at Academy Central, a building owned by Tulsa Public Schools. As soon as TPS heard about his arrest, they booted Aces out of the building.

Police say he was using Aces to find victims to molest.

“We just want to make sure people understand he is not what he’s pretending to be. He is not a teacher, or tutor, or good businessman. He is somebody who is committing financial crimes and crimes against children,” said TPD Detective Danielle Bishop.

They say under the guise of tutoring, he took a 13-year-old student to the downtown Hyatt and other hotels and sexually assaulted him at least four times.

“A lot of these parents don’t realize this is happening. They drop their kids off at school and don’t realize kids are leaving school,” Bishop said.

Detectives say Greene comes across as educated and caring and parents find it hard to believe he’s got multiple convictions in for fraud, forgery and bogus checks.

“I’m sure the parents of all these kids he’s been around who met him and think he’s the greatest ever,” Bishop said.

The question is why is he still operating at all?

In 2004, he was arrested on felony fraud warrants at a time he claimed to be an administrator for the New Concept Preparatory School.

The school said he was only a teacher who passed a background check despite fraud convictions in Oklahoma and New York, because of his different names.

College students also say they raised money for Greene, but their paychecks bounced. In 2007, he was investigated in Oklahoma City for a similar situation.

“He was getting kids from Germany to go to his preparatory school in Oklahoma City,” Bishop said.

Police say he ran the Bayard Rustin Living Learning Center, but there were complaints of bad conditions and employees getting paid with bounced checks.

Despite both misdemeanor and felony convictions for fraud, forgery and bogus checks in Tulsa, Oklahoma and Cleveland counties, starting in 1984 going through 2010, Greene only served prison time once.

He’s also being investigated for the stealing the identity of a TCC student, but at this time, has not been charged with any fraud, just the sexual assaults.
by Taboola

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2007 Jun 10: ASSE: Exchange-student problems bring shake-up

2007 Jun 10: School of hard knocks? Every story has two sides, but tales about Bayard Rustin Living Learning Center couldn’t be more further apart.

Lauret D Hooks and aliases

OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS

Name: LAURET D HOOKS / ODOC# 281969

Alias: D Hooks / Jean Miller / Lauret Hooks / Lovin’ Spoonful Hooks / Lauret DeJan Hooks

IDs ODOC#: 281969

Birth Date: 08/19/1961

Appearance White Female; 5 ft. 3 in. tall; 190 pounds; Brown hair; Hazel eyes;

Body Marks No data available

Sentence
CRF# 1999-973
County: OKLA
Offense: False Declaration To Pawnbroker / Embezzlement By Employee
Conviction: 12/20/1999
Term: 3 Y
Term Code: SUSPENDED
Start: 12/20/1999
End: 12/19/2002

Facility
Current Facility: INACTIVE
Phone#
Reception Date
Discharge Date: 01/07/2000
Parole Hearing Date


2007 Jun 10: ASSE: Exchange-student problems bring shake-up

2007 Jun 10: School of hard knocks? Every story has two sides, but tales about Bayard Rustin Living Learning Center couldn’t be more further apart.

2007 Jun 10: Storrs, Hooks, Lamonte and Bayard Rustin Living Learning Center

The Oklahoman | By Randy Ellis | Published: June 10, 2007

Three high school foreign exchange students had high expectations last summer after they learned they had been accepted into a private Oklahoma City school funded in part with a grant from Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates’ foundation.

Nobody said anything about fights in classrooms. Nobody said anything about living with convicted felons. Nobody said anything about cockroaches.

Those were things they had to learn from experience.

Welcome to Oklahoma City’s Bayard Rustin Living Learning Center — a nonaccredited, unregulated school where foreign exchange students say they received an education — just not the kind they were expecting.

The students said they were ultimately rescued by caring Oklahoma families that took them in and got them transferred to public schools. They talked with The Oklahoman about their experiences.

Cockroaches
“I learned a lot about cockroaches,” said David Lorenz, a 17-year-old foreign exchange student from Germany. Lorenz said he was placed with a host family headed by the school’s secretary, and her home was crawling with them.”The cockroaches were everywhere — in the refrigerator, in the oven,” he said.

Lorenz said he tried not to complain because foreign exchange officials had stressed the need to be tolerant of different cultures during a student orientation.

However, he said that became impossible when he woke up one morning with a throbbing pain in his left ear.

“We went to the emergency room and the doctor looked into the ear and there was a cockroach in it. I could feel it crawling around in there,” he said.

Antibiotics were prescribed and it took about a week for the pain to ease, Lorenz said.

Bayard Rustin secretary Lauret Hooks, Lorenz’s host parent, said the cockroach invasion was a temporary problem created when a neighbor moved out. She said she bombed for the cockroaches and took Lorenz to the hospital.

“I don’t know what more I could have done,” she said.

Lorenz said he discovered later that Hooks, 45, had a 1999 felony conviction. Hooks confirmed that she pleaded guilty back then to embezzlement by an employee and making a false declaration to a pawnbroker.

A representative of ASSE International Student Exchange Programs, the exchange organization that placed students in her home, said its criminal background check failed to turn up that information.

Hooks, however, said the organization knew all about it, but said it was OK.

Hooks said her experience with the exchange program wasn’t so great, either. She said a student from Japan tore up her son’s comforter, ruined food by leaving the freezer door open and ran up long distance phone bills.

Founder’s troubled history
Bayard Rustin is the brainchild of Toshav L. Storrs, a gay man with a criminal past and pending felony charge who said he started the 32-student school in hopes of helping troubled inner city youth avoid the mistakes he made. The pending charge in Tulsa is for allegedly writing nine bogus checks totaling more than $2,600. His half-dozen prior convictions in New York and Oklahoma are for grand larceny, bogus checks and forgery-related offenses.

“I started out with great gifts and didn’t use them well,” said Storrs, 46. “It’s not anything I’m at all proud of. From those experiences — whatever I have learned — I hope I can pass on to these young people.”

Storrs said he started Bayard Rustin two years ago with a vision of creating a small school that would embrace diversity.

Many students founder in public schools when they don’t fit in because they are gay, shy, from broken foster homes or have discipline problems, he said. Storrs said he invited six foreign exchange students to attend Bayard Rustin last fall because he thought it would increase diversity and the multi-lingual, high performing exchange students would be an inspiration for the school’s other students.

Unexpected surprises
Lorenz and fellow foreign exchange students Daniel Balser, 17, of Germany and Petr Dolecek, 17, of the Czech Republic told The Oklahoman that Bayard Rustin provided them and three other exchange students with one bizarre surprise after another.

While Lorenz was dealing with cockroaches, Balser and Dolecek were placed in Storrs’ home. Balser said he came to Oklahoma City with the understanding he would be living with former Bayard Rustin Principal Sean Lee. But after arriving, he learned Storrs would be his host.

Balser said Storrs told him he was gay, but not being familiar with all the nuances of the language, he thought Storrs might be saying that he was a “happy person.” Balser said he realized Storrs was a homosexual after meeting his gay roommate.” They didn’t do anything to us. Just the feeling wasn’t so cool,” he said.

Dolecek said he understood before he came to Oklahoma City that Storrs was homosexual, but it wasn’t a big deal to him.

The students said they had never heard of Bayard Rustin when the exchange program notified them that they would have an opportunity to attend school there.

They said they looked up the school on the Internet, but about all they discovered was that Bayard Rustin was a private school that embraced students from diverse social and racial backgrounds and received part of its funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Gates Foundation tie seemed promising.

“I thought it was a prestigious school,” Dolecek said, adding he also thought it might be high tech.

He was wrong.

An IBM employee who worked on the computers said some of them were so old they wouldn’t load 10-year-old software. Storrs said he bought the computers cheap as surplus property.

School moves
As for the school, students said they were surprised to discover it was located in a warehouse on E Reno Avenue. They were even more surprised when officials packed up and moved the school a few weeks into the fall semester. The new location at 726 Colbertson Drive is in a strip shopping center southeast of the state Capitol.Jimmy Nix, the warehouse owner, said he was trying to evict Storrs when school officials moved.

“They were in there probably two or three months,” Nix said.

Nix said he received two bad checks from Storrs, along with a lot of excuses.

Other suppliers reported similar experiences.

And it wasn’t just the suppliers who weren’t being paid.

Former teachers told The Oklahoman they weren’t, either, which prompted many of them to quit mid-semester.

“Most of the time, we were just sitting there doing nothing,” Balser said.

The students said they would have one morning class, then do whatever. Fights frequently broke out between students, they said.

The state Education Department never stepped in because it doesn’t have oversight of private schools that don’t seek accreditation, said department spokeswoman Shelly Hickman.

Dolecek said he thought it was strange the school didn’t have money to pay teachers because it bought thousands of dollars in football equipment for a joint team with some charter schools.

The school still owes several thousand dollars on the equipment, an employee of the business that sold the equipment said.

Money problems
Storrs said Bayard Rustin is a private school that doesn’t charge tuition. He admits money was a constant problem.The school’s two primary sources of funding were a $150,000 model schools grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and federal money the school collected for doing after-school tutoring of Oklahoma City students, Storrs said.

The Gates Foundation grant was pulled in September, before the last $50,000 installment was paid, after grant officials learned the school was writing bad checks and not paying teachers, said Isaac L. Ewell of the Black Alliance for Education Options, which administered the pass-through grant.

The state Education Department removed Bayard Rustin from the list of eligible tutoring assistance providers after investigating complaints involving many of the same issues, Hickman said.

Storrs said he still plans to hold classes next fall and hopes the school can become self-sufficient.

He said he understands the complaints of foreign exchange students, but thinks they stem largely from their expectations.

“I think they were looking for ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’. They wanted a big high school with lots of kids,” Storrs said.

Storrs thinks many struggling inner-city students were much happier with the Bayard Rustin experience.

The foreign exchange students said they will have a lot to talk about when they get home.

“Overall, we experienced everything, I guess,” Lorenz said.


2007 Jun 10: ASSE: Exchange-student problems bring shake-up

2007 Jun 10: ASSE: Exchange-student problems bring shake-up

By Randy Ellis Modified: June 10, 2007 at 7:02 am •  Published: June 10, 2007
Troublesome situations that six foreign exchange students encountered at Oklahoma City’s Bayard Rustin Living Learning Center should never have happened and steps have been taken to make sure they don’t happen again, said the regional director of the exchange organization that placed the students there.

ASSE International Student Exchange Programs has replaced its local representative and will never again send a student to Bayard Rustin, said Terri Joski, ASSE’s regional director.

Concerning ASSE’s former local representative, Joski said: “Clearly, his judgment was not very good.”

Criminal background checks by The Oklahoman revealed that two host parents used by the organization for Bayard Rustin students had felony criminal convictions.

Those felony records should have been uncovered during a criminal background check required by the U.S. State Department, Joski said.

ASSE paid an outside company to perform the background checks, but for some yet to be explained reason, those checks did not reveal the felony convictions, she said.

“If we had gotten results like that back, we cannot place a student in a home with a convicted felon,” she said.

Name changes possible

Individuals with minor criminal infractions in their distant past can sometimes serve as host parents, but the exchange student and the student’s natural family must approve, Joski said.It is unclear whether name changes and aliases were a factor in the organization’s failure to discover the criminal backgrounds of Lauret Hooks and Toshav L. Storrs.

Court records show both have gone by other names in the past. Hooks has used at least seven other names, including Jean Miller and Lovin’ Spoonful Hooks, records show.

Storrs used to be known as Tony Lamonte Greene. He changed his first name to Toshav when he converted to Judaism in 1990 and took the last name Storrs when he and Phillip Storrs united their lives in a gay commitment ceremony in New York in 1995. The couple since has split and Toshov Storrs now lives with another gay partner and his partner’s elderly mother.

Joski said ASSE was not told that Storrs was living with a gay partner when it placed students in his home.

The organization does have some gay host families, but ASSE’s policy is to fully inform students and their natural families before placing a student in a nontraditional home, she said.

Joski said it also upset her when students reported that Storrs and his partner would leave them to care for the partner’s elderly mother, who suffered a stroke a few years back, while they left on some weekends.

“That is not an acceptable situation,” Joski said. “We weren’t made aware of the partner or the mother.”

Not like a school

ASSE also did not know that Hooks’ home was infested with cockroaches, Joski said.ASSE requires its representative to do home visits, but there is no guarantee that home visits will detect that type of problem, she said.

Just by chance, Joski said she and a coordinator happened to be in Oklahoma City in January and decided to drop by Bayard Rustin.

“It was a very eye-opening experience,” she said. “I thought it was more like a community hang out place for kids than a school.”

Joski said ASSE gives every foreign exchange student the telephone number of his or her local representative as well as the telephone number of the regional office.

They are told to call if there is any kind of emergency, she said.

All students removed

All six Bayard Rustin foreign exchange students were removed from the school and their original host families as problems became known, Joski said. Some were at Bayard Rustin for a few weeks, while others were there several months.The students finished the year living with other host families and attended various public schools — where they reported much happier experiences.

“I’m a little sad it didn’t come up sooner,” Joski said. “We want them to have a good time on the program.”

2013 Aug 24: Stephens County man charged with molestation

Posted: Aug 24, 2013 5:16 AMUpdated: Sep 02, 2013 5:00 PM

STEPHENS COUNTY, Oklahoma

A Stephens County man has been charged with molestation and indecent exposure for incidents involving two teenage girls, one is a foreign exchange student staying in his home.

James Campbell of Corum, Oklahoma was arrested after the 17 year-old student was awakened and saw Campbell performing a sexual act over her. When she screamed, the other 17 year-old woke up to see Campbell leaving.

She told investigators Campbell had previously molested her.  Sheriff McKinney says the foreign exchange student wants to go back home to Slovakia.

 “I don’t blame her she hasn’t been in the U.S. very long, she got here last Friday so that’s not a long time frame to be here and to have something this devastating to happen to her,”  said McKinney.

The Sheriff says the fact that two foreigners have come into harm’s way while in his county is sickening but hopes the actions of the accused don’t serve as a reflection of who they are.

“This is a wonderful country and we have our faults but so does every other country, but speaking of our county I wouldn’t live here, have my grandkids live here if I thought it was unsafe to raise a family here I feel this is one of the best places to live in the State of Oklahoma, ” explains McKinney.