On Monday, Riptide exposed that three local charities -- including one providing plastic surgery to children in Third-World countries -- had some very befuddling connections to the local porn industry. The three non-profits -- Child Foundation, American Love & Appreciation Fund, and the Click Charity -- have shared addresses with porn websites including TeenBangBus.com. At least four of the directors of the Child Foundation have links to smut giants Reality Kings and Bang Bros.
The exodus of medical professionals from the charity has begun. Baptist Health South Florida spokesperson Christine Kotler tells us that the hospital's vice president, Ricardo Forbes, has quit his position on the board of the Child Foundation.
"Mr. Forbes resigned yesterday in light of the revelations," Kotler said. "He was on that board with the understanding that Child Foundation was doing good. With even the appearance of such a connection, he felt it best to resign."
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When we were looking into the story, attorney Mark Bryn, who's a director with all three charities, blasted our reporting as "slander" and our evidence as "incidental". But we were guessing that the charities' donors, and associated medical doctors, might want to know about the porn connection.
Turns out we were right. Nothing wrong with a little porn in your charity, we guess. But you might as well be up front about it.
Update: Kotler tells us that Robert Jakoby has also resigned from the Child Foundation.