An innocent man? A life destroyed by NXIVM?

Joe O’Hara: Notes & Comments Regarding John Tighe

By Joseph O’Hara

Since there has been so much speculation – and, worse yet, so much misinformation – being posted here about John Tighe, I thought it might make sense to simply post some of the details that he has shared with me regarding his current situation and some of the events that led up to it (I’m in regular contact with him – and got his permission to do this). Because I don’t record my phone calls, the best I can do is recount all that I remember from our discussions.

To begin with, I have never asked John about the origins of the child porn that was found on his computer. But I do know that, according to John, the quote that was attributed to him by NYS Senior Investigator Rodger Kirsopp was inaccurate.

All John said at the time was that all the guns and computers that were in the household belonged to him. He did not ask Senior Investigator Kirsopp or anyone else not to tell his wife about anything that was found on the computers.

I also know some of the factors that led John to take a plea deal. First, he did not have the money that would have been required to pay for an attorney to go to trial – and, given the stakes, he was unwilling to be represented by a public defender. Second, had he gone to trial and lost, he would have been facing a much longer sentence than what he got. Third, and most importantly, John was facing some severe, life-threatening medical problems at the time and had recently lost the health insurance that he got through his wife (Skidmore College decided to save a few bucks by canceling the health care coverage of some of its lowest paid workers, one of whom was John’s wife).

Since he’s been in prison, John has undergone numerous medical treatments – and is currently on the wait-list for a liver transplant. Because of his lack of medical insurance, he likely would not have had been able to get that same treatment outside of prison.

John, by the way, was never a “sanitation worker” for the City of Saratoga Springs. Instead, he worked as Mechanical Equipment Operator for the City’s Public Works Department (He drove backhoes, plows, and loaders). Prior to that, he worked for 15 years at Saratoga Hospital. He was also actively involved in the local political scene – and served on the Executive Reelection Committees of at least two mayors of Saratoga Springs.

For those of you who used to regularly read Saratoga In Decline, you know that NXIVM/ESP was never the focus of that blog. Instead, it was primarily focused on exposing local corruption in and around Saratoga Springs, of which there was – and is – plenty. His involvement with NXIVM/ESP grew out of his concern that the cult was trying to become a major political force in the town – and had already ensnared several prominent residents in its training programs. At the time that his computers were seized, John was actually working on a story that would have exposed the links between then-Mayoral candidate Joanne Yepsen and NXIVM/ESP.

Prior to the raid that was led by Senior Investigator Kirsopp, John’s entire computer system was under some sort of attack (John and I had discussed that problem several times because Toni Natalie and I were experiencing similar problems). And in the inventory of items that were seized from John’s home, there was at least one computer that did not belong to him.

So, was John set-up by the cult? I honestly don’t know. But the fact that the same Rodger Kirsopp was the lead investigator on the bullshit case that led to criminal computer trespass charges being brought against John, Toni Natalie and me is either one really big coincidence or just another indication of how much power the NXIVM cult wielded in and around Albany, NY.

Friday, July 20th, is John Tighe’s birthday.  Please post a comment wishing him a Happy Birthday – and thanking him for all the hard work he did – and all the risks he took – to help expose the Raniere/Bronfman criminal enterprise.

 


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  • Happy Birthday, John Tighe. I still believe you are innocent.

    Thanks to Joe O’hara for the additional information.

    Sad state of affairs in America that someone can get better medical care inside prison.

  • Happy Birthday JT. We wish you improving health and a new look at your case as you journey around the sun next year. And may some of the luck of the Irish aid you in finding a match for your liver.

    We hope the not to distant future sees you holding court at Uncommon Grounds on Broadway or at the new one in Clifton Park. You are not forgotten and we remember the battle you waged against NXIVM. We also remember how you helped us when the county supervisors were trying to appoint a 22 year old recent college graduate to be the director of the Saratoga County Animal Shelter.

  • John Tighe, I’ve only been reading your blog through this one, for about a year, as it’s frequently referred to and held in such high esteem – it’s easy to see why.

    “Prior to the raid that was led by Senior Investigator Kirsopp, John’s entire computer system was under some sort of attack (John and I had discussed that problem several times because Toni Natalie and I were experiencing similar problems). And in the inventory of items that were seized from John’s home, there was at least one computer that did not belong to him.”

    This has all the hallmarks of nxivm’s web of deceit and harm. Wishing you a Happy Birthday and a strong and steady recovery.

  • “So, was John set-up by the cult? I honestly don’t know. But the fact that the same Rodger Kirsopp was the lead investigator on the bullshit case that led to criminal computer trespass charges being brought against John, Toni Natalie and me is either one really big coincidence or just another indication of how much power the NXIVM cult wielded in and around Albany, NY.”

    You didn’t even ask him. Why would you not do that? No one is denying that he has done a lot to take on Raniere. If Tighe was known for asking the hard questions, so why didn’t you?

    The problem these days is that no one wants the WHOLE truth. They just want to cherry pick the bits that suit them. Don’t say “the fact is” when you clearly don’t want all the facts. You listed a whole lot of reasons as to what kind of pressure he was under to plead guilty, ill health, finances, etc, but he never said he was innocent of the charges either.

    We are talking about videos and images of children being abused. Don’t ignore it

    Leave Tighe out of this story until he expressly states that he is innocent and he that was set up.

    • Aerial…how do you know what the images were of? We don’t know if they were images of young children, or of teenagers under 18 posing nude

      . I wonder how it even came about that the police raided his home and seized his computers?Why did the police suspect him of having these images on his computer? If he had collected them himself,why would he make the police aware of that or show others the photos?

      Pleading guilty could also be done for the reasons indicated – ill health and inability to afford a lawyer.

      I don’t think he should be left out of the story because his blog and the things that happened to him (he reported that he was harassed and intimidated) are important. The harassment corresponds with the ongoing harassment of others who are involved with NXIVM.

      • The types of images found are on public record. Try under the age of 10. Seek and you shall find.
        How the police came to find these images is also on public record. Tighe’s full admissions are also on public record.
        The order to pay restitution to 3 victims……etc

        Flowers, I would much prefer the narrative of Tighe being an innocent man, but I dislike bullshit.

        If Tighe should be acknowledged for his contribution to this story, then his crimes must be acknowledged as well.
        To not do so is a disservice to truth, not to mention, his victims.

  • Hiya stupid. Strzok is as corrupt as they come, sorry to make you like like a total democrap degenerate.

    Peter Strzok’s “insurance policy” is his wife, SEC Director Melissa Hodgman, who has blocked the FBI’s probe of the Clinton Foundation for 21 months and counting
    Jul 19
    Peter Strzok’s “insurance policy” is his wife, SEC Director Melissa Hodgman, who has blocked the FBI’s probe of the Clinton Foundation for 21 months and counting

    https://brassballs.blog/home/peter-strzoks-insurance-policy-is-his-wife-sec-director-melissa-hodgman-who-has-blocked-the-fbis-investigation-of-the-clinton-foundation-for-21-months-and-counting

    • Thank you why are so many idiots not seeing these facts for themselves. And there is so much more these democrats are the least informed group I’ve ever seen. From Heather

  • When this article was posted on the eve of the Times Union Series in February 2012 I did not know that the NXIVM cult members basically lived in my own development. After reading the series one would have thought that this would have been the death knell. We neighbors waited and watched and CRICKETS from law enforcement

    This was John’s first post

    SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2012
    The End of NXIVM

    http://web.archive.org/web/20120215055051/http://saratogaindecline.blogspot.com:80/2012/02/end-of-nxivm.html

    • @ Frank P., or Laura (or anyone else who can post to this blog?):

      Could you please do “the cause” a big favor, and re-post all of John Tighe’s posts onto FR? The wayback machine will lose them after a while, and there’s a lot of good information in them that should be saved!

    • I will provide the correct archive.org link when I am off work. Clicking on the above link brings you too how SID looks now.

  • As requested below by one of the many anonymous’s the links on the Necker Island Summit and John Tighe’s posts on SID (Saratoga in Decline Blog) as too his thoughts on the times Union expose. They will hopefully sort out as oldest post first

    MONDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2012
    NXIVM Cult Summit on Necker Island; Atlas might have Shrugged but Raniere hid.

    http://web.archive.org/web/20120502073302/http://saratogaindecline.blogspot.com/2012/02/some-are-wondering-why-ive-spent-so.html

  • So we have a man in prison for having child porn on his computer, and we have another man (Keith) whom raped children free on the streets (until recently). Welcome to New York.

  • John, I was an avid reader and frequent commenter on your blog and it had a huge impact on me. I had never seen anything like it on the internet. And having known people in NXIVM and the history of the group, the way that you would take them on, so brazenly and so confidently showing no concern for your own safety and well-being continues to inspire me to this day. You called out their evil and you should always be mentioned in the same breath as Toni and Frank as one of the people who was pivotal in ending NXIVM’s reign. I loved how to just didn’t give a fuck about them and showed them no respect, even when they were threatening and harassing you. I’m so thankful you’re getting the medical care you need and I’m sending out thoughts and prayers that you continue to move toward better health.

    I have never forgotten what you did for so many people. You are a hero.

    Keith will rot in a fucking cell the rest of his life and you will not, even though that’s what he tried to do to you.

    May the motherfuckers who framed you pay a price.

    You are the fucking man, John Tighe. My best wishes to you and yours. Happy birthday!

  • I spent a great deal of time for almost seven years gathering evidence about the criminal activities of NXIVM and a number of people associated with NXIVM. Some of that evidence came from former members who were wanted to put an end to the criminal machine that Raniere oversaw and that the Bronfman sisters funded. Other evidence came from people who were never part of NXIVM but who were also interested in putting an end to the cult and its destructiveness – and from various public filings and records.

    During the raid on my house that was conducted by the New York State Police on October 23, 2013, all my NXIVM-related materials were confiscated (They also seized all my computers). Despite the fact that the ensuing criminal computer trespass charges were subsequently dismissed, the Special Prosecutor in the case, Holly Trexler, refused to return any of my NXIVM-related materials and/or to return my computers unless they were “wiped clean” (She did the same thing with respect to everything that was seized from Toni Natalie)

    The New York State Police adopted the same position as Ms. Trexler – and even though they had no standing in the case, they spent months trying to convince a judge that we were not entitled to get our materials and computers back intact. They even went so far as to invite one of NXIVM’s attorneys, Paul DerOhannesian, to intervene in the case.

    Finally, the presiding judge ruled in our favor – and the New York State Police returned everything that they seized from me and Toni (At least, they said they returned everything). There’s more to be told as to what happened to our computers and our NXIVM-related materials while they were in the possession of the New York State Police. But that story will have to wait until a few more things unfold.

    *********************************************************************************************************************************************************
    A question for Joseph O’Hara:

    In the February 2012 criminal lawsuit you filed against NXIVM, you named quite a few people who were involved with and/or profiting from NXIVM criminal activity.

    John Tigue reported on this case.

    The same month (Feb 2012) the Times Union expose came out.

    Also in Feb 2012, John Tigue revealed the 2010 NXIVM cult summit on Necker Island where Tigue claimed the attendees discussed money laundering activities. The attendees of that cult summit were all named in your lawsuit.

    How did you come to establish these individuals as participants in criminal activity?

    • Joe, I really admire your reporting/writing skills. You share what facts you are able to and are never lazy or sloppy in your presentation of information. I have a sense you’re keeping quite a bit close to your vest ( or chest, if you prefer) and I hope some of what you can’t reveal has to do with the feds re-examining what exactly happened with each of your respective computers. I’m assuming statute of limitations hasn’t come in to play yet. Keep us posted!

  • Its possible NXIVM computer experts transferred Vannypants pron over to John’s. Was the porn found on the planted Mac?

  • Happy Birthday John and thank you for all the hard work you did to expose the pile of crap Raniere and his merry band of criminals are.

    Here hoping karma paves it way and that VanScum, Clare Bear, Emi the puff, Non Nurse Nancy, her mini me Lauren, Alli fat ankles and other spend much more time behind bars than you have had to.

    Glad your health is better.

    Hope the Feds bring down those in public office who have helped this criminal enterprise.

  • From the Incident Report by lead Investigator Rodger Kirsopp that led to the bullshit criminal computer trespass charges against Joe O’Hara, John Tighe’s and myself:

    Date of Action: 1-21-2014 in part reads – the videos received have problematic issues for prosecution since most of the videos are preceded by a banner indication the models were 18 years of age.

    Happy Birthday John, I posted the story from the Times Union dated May 19, 2012 below – Clock is ticking as cancer survivor finds SEIU benefit fund insurance canceled.

    We know what really happened. Take care of yourself, and enjoy your birthday knowing you were a big part of what is happening now.

  • How can both of these be true? “And in the inventory of items that were seized from John’s home, there was at least one computer that did not belong to him.” and “All John said at the time was that all the guns and computers that were in the household belonged to him.”

    Also, why not ask him if he put the porn on the computers? He’s already been sentenced, there is no harm that could come now.

    It also makes sense that the same person from a small town law enforcement agency would be the lead in all 3 cases, as the expertise needed to investigate computer related crimes probably wasn’t spread out among other people.

  • Happy Birthday John. Praying that it will be your last one behind bars; that there’s new information available now that will soon exonerate you.

  • Thank you for that article Frank.
    I believe your version of events over the endless bullshit that certain trolls love to spread here.
    Happy birthday, John. I’m sure that all your hard work has helped to bring about these arrests and expose the corruption.

  • A question for Joseph O’Hara:

    In the February 2012 criminal lawsuit you filed against NXIVM, you named quite a few people who were involved with and/or profiting from NXIVM criminal activity.

    John Tigue reported on this case.

    The same month (Feb 2012) the Times Union expose came out.

    Also in Feb 2012, John Tigue revealed the 2010 NXIVM cult summit on Necker Island where Tigue claimed the attendees discussed money laundering activities. The attendees of that cult summit were all named in your lawsuit.

    How did you come to establish these individuals as participants in criminal activity?

    • – John Tigue revealed the 2010 NXIVM cult summit on Necker Island where Tigue claimed the attendees discussed money laundering activities

      Please provide evidence for this. I was an avid reader of John’s blog and I never saw this claim. I saw him post an article about the Necker Island event and pictures of some of those who attended, but I don’t remember any claim about money laundering.

      • The article is saved in the Saratoga in Decline archives. Tried to post the link but it won’t show up. It was posted in February 2012 if you want to search for it.

        • I did a search for it. There are no articles from Feb 2012 stored on the wayback machine. Therefore, no evidence that he made such a claim exists.

          • “Next Mark Vicente the film maker who only made one film was named Executive of Enrollment. A charismatic speaker who is wholly dependent on NXIVM for his living, he has teamed with the Canadians Mark Hildreth, Kristin Kreuk and Allison Mack to sell NXIVM poison in Vancouver.”

            Wait a second. Why is there no mention of Sarah Edmondson? She was higher in rank than any of the other minor celebrities holding a green sash and the title of Proctor and was also the administrator of the Vancouver office. She was the business partner of Mark Vicente.

            Also, it is John’s claim that ideas were batted around in order to find more efficient ways to launder money. It seems that this Necker Island meeting was exclusive and limited only to trusted membership of NXIVM. So how did John become aware of the private happenings that occurred there? Was there an existing mole at that time and who was it? Or was this just simply speculation on John’s part?

          • There were four (?) Necker Island NXIVM cult summit articles posted by John Tigue. In the comments section of one them, he said he had 300 photographs of the event. He also said someone in the photos was the leaker. He did not post all the pictures so perhaps there was a leaker in the photographs and he held back to protect him/her. However, Sara Bronfman rented out the whole island so if there was a leaker on the island, they surely could of worked out who it was and gone after them.

            As for Sarah Edmondson, perhaps she was not seen as important as the others. Edmondson may of held a higher rank over the c-list celebrities but Kristin Kreuk especially was the cult’s most famous member.

            You are right about the NXIVM cult summit being exclusive and only for trusted inner circle members. Mark Vicente’s mother Juliana Vicente was accused of helping with the money laundering from the Mexican operation. Siohban Hotaling was accused of laundering money from Canada to the US.

            Kristin Kreuk, Allison Mack, Mark Hildreth, Everyone who was named in the Executive Board as well as Juliana Vicente and Siohban Hotaling were all named in Joseph O’Hara’s February 2012 criminal lawsuit against NXIVM for assisting and/or profiting from NXIVM criminal activity.

            These Necker Island articles, the Times Union expose and Joseph O’Hara’s lawsuit against NXIVM all happened in February 2012. Kristin Kreuk was still coaching in Albany in 2012, even while filming a television show in Toronto and she stayed with the cult for over a year later. She only left the cult after breaking up with Mark Hildreth and moving to Toronto, not for moral ethical reasons. Her weak denial that she “never experienced any illegal or nefarious activity” in NXIVM is very suspicious.

            The FBI should have his information.

          • could you supply a link to this:
            Joseph O’Hara’s February 2012 criminal lawsuit against NXIVM for assisting and/or profiting from NXIVM criminal activity.

          • Exhibit 4
            Case l:12-cv-00252-GLS-ATB Document 1-1 Filed 02/09/12 Page 19 of 41

            Other Individuals Who May Have Participated In Tortious And/Or Illegal

            Activities – And/Or Who May Have Benefitted Financially From The
            Operations Of NXIVM/ESP And/Or Other NXIVM/ESP-Related Business
            Entities
            Based upon information and belief, there are numerous other individuals who have (a) assisted
            NXIVM/ESP and/or other named and to-be-named Defendants with respect to a variety of
            tortious and/or illegal activities – and/or (b) benefitted financially from the operations of the
            various NXIVM/ESP-Related Business Entities. Although many of these individuals will be
            identified during the course of discovery with respect to this lawsuit, the following individuals
            have already been identified as likely members of one or both of those groups:

  • Maybe it’s time for an in depth look at Rodger Kirsopp, his name has popped up in some interesting places. Let’s hope that like the cheating liar Peter Strzok he is called out on his B.S.. as an average American I am so disappointed in the long term damage these men bring to the FBI and Law Enforcement. The amount of corruption is directly related to the Democratic party who have allowed themselves to be bought for so long they thought they were untouchable , their current behavior is even more pathetic, do they teach their own children to be such poor losers? What would our grandfather’s think. I pray we get back some semblance of honesty and trust in our government and local politicians. And Thank you to all FBI and LE who go out and do their job with pride and honesty. Rodger Kirsopp I don’t believe you are in this category.

    • Rodger Kirsopp – who helped Kristin Keeffe escape with her son. If I remember correctly, he comes up again in some court document with Barbara Bouchey saying he was thinking she might know where Kristin disappeared to from the shelter he had stashed her at. What a tangled web we weave.

    • What do you know that Peter Strzok did that was corrupt, other than write what many Republicans (and “average Americans) said about Trump at the time?
      He wrote that he wanted to stop Trump from being elected, yet he (and the FBI) instead sat on all the very damaging info about Trump allowing him to get elected.
      So, Anon, enlighten us…………..

      • Stuff it flowers. We are sick of your feigned ignorance. You support corruption at all levels be it law enforcement under the Obama regime or Cuomo regime or NXIVM regime. Take a hike and take your phony Scott Johnson impersonation with you.

        • 1. Not Flowers
          2. I asked you a simple question and you couldn’t answer it.
          3. You revealed your level of knowledge (none)
          4. Your ignorance isn’t feigned.
          5. Sorry to be so critical.

        • Lol
          I think they actually know I’m not the one who is posting the porn links …probably because they are the one posting those links.

          And who would support corruption and WHY? 😁

          You’re about the worst troll who has trolled me so far. Keep it up. You’re amusing us all, I think.

          • Don’t worry Flowers, I will continue to baffle them with my bullshit. Hey it has worked for we democrats many times

      • His job was as an FBI agent not a lying twit. Pay attention to the Clinton investigation , the Trump collusion and new documents regarding his fellow FBI agents. The bias is so blatant it is an embarrassment to FBI across the nation. When given jobs of such importance to all of us as Americans, we all have rights to expect truth and honesty . He was supposed to be above board, he is not alone in this and it’s time we fight back as taxpayers and say we don’t have to take this corruption. He did not have the right to pick sides.

      • I responded to you below , I am not intending to be anon, my name is Heather, I am not connected to other anons on this post, nor will I continue to post. My political opinions aren’t to enlighten you .

      • This is Heather again. What he did was fake one investigation and predetermined the outcome of another before it even started. Now I’m done.

      • Thank God Trump was elected. How badly the world didn’t want Hillary they took a chance on Trump and shocked the shit out of the corrupt liberal idiots getting rich off of selling out our country.

      • How Dare you mock me!

        I will unleash Thunderbolts from my ass cheeks and become a pox on your house.

        I am the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse! And I will kick your ass from here to Kingdom Come and back again.

        Hark, I will unleash the Seven Seals upon this Earth, and you will tremble before my great and terrible wrath.

        Bandits! All these Naysayers are Bandits! And I will unleash my army of righteous angels upon your miserable souls

        • Are you going to keep us guessing why you’re posting this stuff? I haven’t been able to determine the point of all this….
          What do the porn links have to do with Scott Johnson?

          • How Dare you compare me, the Great Scott Johnson to all lawyers who are Crooks! It is much better to be unemployed and live off my wife’s work and government dole, than to actually work like serfs to BIG BROTHER that is always watching.

            I will CAST YOU INTO a LAKE OF FIRE. Yay, behold the Seven Seals of the Seven Angels of the Seven Churches. I will break these seals and release a storm of lightning and brimstone into your house.

            Yay, though I walk through the Valley of the Shadow of Death, I will fear no Ewoks. I will instead unleash the Righteous Wrath of the Fallen Angel of the Fiery Pit upon you.

            Bandits! All of you are Bandits!!! And one day you will Rue the Day you Dared to Mock the Great Scott Johnson!!!

  • But the fact that the same Rodger Kirsopp was the lead investigator on the bullshit case that led to criminal computer trespass charges being brought against John, Toni Natalie and me is either one really big coincidence or just another indication of how much power the NXIVM cult wielded in and around Albany, NY

    Hmmm sounds much like Peter Strzok. Democrat playbook same shit different day.

  • Happy Birthday John. I never really could believe that you had child porn on your computer and had the idea firmly in my mind that you were set up.

  • Happy Birthday, NXIVM Victim#?

    Given Raniere’s predilection for underage girls, and the circumstantial evidence that they were engaging in child sex trafficking, I’m sure it would have been pretty easy for them to load a bunch of child porn onto a computer, and then plant it, prior to the raid. If the computer’s still in evidence, Mr. Tighe should ask his lawyers to hire a forensic computer analyst to examine the metadata on the photographs – the EXIF data may show that the pictures were taken at a NXIVM-controlled property.

  • After reading about this case all I can say is that America has the best system of justice that money can buy.
    Clare Bronfman has enough money to buy justice for herself as well as Raniere and Allison Mack.

    And a man who tried to expose crime and corruption has no justice at all.

      • No, I figured that out long ago.
        I live near Chicago where 30 years ago the Feds ran Operation Greylord where 24 Cook County Judges went to Federal prison for taking bribes.
        But the point is so important that it must be repeated again and again for those who are still brainwashed by the high school Civics classes.

  • John Tighe frequently targeted many innocent people who were only trying to better themselves and called them names and harassed them on his site and in real life. I won’t herald him as a hero in that respect but I do acknowledge the preservence. And knowing the computer expertise going on at nxivm, they certainly had the capability to do what is speculated.

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His work helping take down NXIVM is featured in books like “Captive” by Catherine Oxenberg; “Scarred” by Sarah Edmonson; “The Program” by Toni Natalie, and “NXIVM. La secta que sedujo al poder en México” by Juan Alberto Vasquez.

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