A controversial video that went viral this year from the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus has backed fired spectacularly after it has been revealed that some of the members on the chorus roster may have been convicted pedophiles.
The video, which sparked huge controversy online, features singers from the chorus promising the viewers that they will “corrupt your kids” and “convert your children.”
Presumably, this was supposed to be a joke in bad taste, but after thorough research from The Western Journal, these promises might transpire into a dangerous reality.
After the removal of the video and the removal of the chorus public roster, The Western Journal launched an investigation to see if anyone involved with the making of the video had actually been convicted of sexual offenses.
The publication obtained access to the Wayback Machine software, where they discovered the previously scrubbed list of names for the members of the chorus.
Using this list, they cross-matched the names with California registered sex offenders list and produced some interesting results.
Whilst The Western Journal concedes that many of the matched names may be entirely coincidental, they believe that they uncovered 4 concrete matches of names from the chorus roster alongside the California sex offenders list.
These names, described as “four credible matches” are; David Wallace, Lawrence Earl Friedberg, Luis Cuadra, and Keith Pepper.
All 4 of these individuals were convicted under the charge of “lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of age,” albeit at completely different times.
David Eugene Wallace was convicted under this charge in 1985, with David Wallace on the chorus roster having the middle name of “Shawn.” However, social media users were quick to point out that Wallace’s mug shot starkly resembled one of the men that appeared in the viral video, giving this match some credibility.
Next up is Lawrence Earl Friedberg, who was convicted of the charge in 2001.
On the chorus roster, there is Earl Friedberg listed and, after some further digging, it was discovered that this name is one of the sex offender’s aliases, making this arguably the most credible match discovered.
Next is Luis Cuadra, who was convicted in 2018 and released last year.
In September, Luis Cuadra appeared on the list of board members for the chorus group.
Finally, Keith Aaron Pepper was convicted of the charge in 1998.
Interestingly enough, Keith Pepper is the name also listed on the board of the chorus group.
As a result of the accusations that circled on Friday, the “contact us” section of the group’s website has been removed, however, The Western Journal was still able to send the group an e-mail to ask for comment regarding the accusations and their findings.
The group is yet to respond.