Help Group Ousts Leader

1 decade 7 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, October 09 2007 Oct 9, 2007 Tuesday, October 09, 2007 6:25:35 PM CDT October 09, 2007 in News
Harold South, who served four years in prison for sexual assault in 1997, is the leader of Helping Hands Across Missouri.  Lately, the group has become alarmed about their leader's past.

"You go into the organization and we didn't know why people we're backing away from us. He may be totally reformed but it still doesn't change the way that people think and the way that you're supposed to protect what you're doing. We have a responsibility to the families and their children," Michelle Gehring of the Board of Directors said.

Members of the organization forced South to resign Thursday night because of his criminal record. The announcement game just two days after the same organization voted him president.

South said the decision was about dollars and cents, and not about what he could contribute.

"I believe that it was unfair to the point that as we had always tried to project from the organization that we would treat everybody as humans with respect, equality, giving everybody a deserving right to a second chance," he said.

South also says he doesn't feel that he got a second chance.  He is speaking to an attorney to see if his rights were violated.

South says he will continue to help the community.

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