Shadows of Scrutiny: A Closer Look at the Rape Accusation Against Veteran Political Strategist Steve Pigeon

Steve Pigeon

From Politics to Personal Bonds

I’ve known Steve Pigeon for over 25 years, and our association isn’t just professional. We’re friends.

I knew him when he was Erie County Democratic Party Chairman and through years of his high-profile work on seven presidential campaigns, his work with billionaires and statesmen in America and overseas.

I knew his late parents and I’ve connected with his St. Louis relatives.

As I chronicle this case, my friendship with Steve will inevitably color my perspective. Still, I believe he’s innocent.

Unraveling the Accusations

In 2021, a 14-year-old girl told her mother that her uncle Steve raped her in 2016 when she was nine.

Erie County DA John Flynn

The Erie County District Attorney charged Pigeon with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child and one count of first-degree rape, first-degree criminal sexual act, first-degree sexual abuse, and child endangerment.

Pigeon faces life in prison.

When we delve into the details of the case, several key aspects emerge that warrant measured understanding:

Delay in Reporting

It took almost half a decade from the alleged incident in December 2016 to its report in 2021.

Delayed reporting, while not unusual in cases involving minors, can complicate investigations due to potential memory distortions and lack of contemporaneous evidence.

It’s intriguing that the girl’s initial revelation of the alleged incident occurred not as an isolated disclosure, but during inquiries into a separate matter.

Such circumstances require scrutiny to determine the context and potential influences on the disclosure.

Evidence Dynamics

When someone makes a claim years later, finding corroborative evidence is difficult. In Pigeon’s case, there is no tangible evidence—specifically, the lack of physical or DNA proof to support the girl’s claims. The case boils down to the teen’s word against Pigeon’s. 

This places immense responsibility on evaluating the credibility of the accuser’s account.

The Sole Meeting

It’s undisputed that Pigeon and the accuser had dinner at a restaurant in late 2016, after which he drove her home. Pigeon says he dropped her off; the accuser disclosed years later that he raped her on the way home.

This single encounter, without subsequent individual interactions, challenges typical narratives of premeditated malicious intent.

Motives Behind the Meeting

The backdrop of the sole interaction between Pigeon and the accuser offers another layer. Pigeon did not seek to be alone with the girl. The girl’s financially distressed mother orchestrated the meeting, seeking monetary assistance from Pigeon. 

DA’s Assessment

District Attorney Flynn’s portrayal of Pigeon’s alleged actions paints a picture of spontaneity, devoid of prior intent. The narrative suggests an abrupt deviation from Pigeon’s known behavior, especially given that there was no premeditated plan to be alone with the girl.

The Grooming Paradox

Numerous studies indicate that individuals who commit heinous acts against children have a pattern of grooming and repeating their assaults. Pigeon didn’t initiate the meeting. He consented to it.

It’s essential to understand the nature of grooming. A pattern typically emerges in the behavior of pedophiles, which involves building trust, manipulating environments, and preparing the child over extended periods. 

The claim here challenges this understanding. The teen alleges a sudden, isolated incident when she was nine, with no subsequent attempts by Pigeon.

Family Dynamics

No other family members made allegations against Pigeon. Indeed, some within the family have raised doubts about the veracity of the accuser’s claims. While not conclusive, this internal skepticism is a facet of the case.

No Previous Sexual Offenses

Steve Pigeon’s past is unblemished regarding allegations of this nature. He has no history of sexual offenses, which cannot be ignored when considering the gravity of the current charge against him.

Absence of Other Accusers

It’s telling that despite the spotlight on this case, no other individual – whether related or not – has stepped forward with a similar accusation against Pigeon.

Knowing Steve as I do, having seen him in various settings, from business trips to dinners, I’ve never observed a hint of inappropriate behavior. And in his vast, interconnected world of business and politics, no one else has ever raised an allegation against him.

Steve Pigeon and Barack Obama

Pigeon’s White Collar Convictions

Steve Pigeon’s previous trouble with the law was non-violent white-collar crimes that commanded considerable media attention. He spent eight months in jail. 

It’s essential to differentiate between election law violations and the grave allegations he faces now. A person’s past infractions, especially of a non-violent nature, don’t forecast future violent behavior.

Investigative Findings

Steve was under scrutiny for years for unrelated white-collar criminal matters. The FBI and New York State authorities examined email communications, his phone, and his computers, and interviewed over 100 personal and professional associates. 

Though revealing political misdeeds, this examination unearthed no traces of violent tendencies or sexually inappropriate behavior. 

Such comprehensive scrutiny, which yielded no evidence in this regard, is a crucial counterpoint in the case’s narrative.

Potential Witnesses

Outside perspectives on the alleged victim’s behavior, preceding and succeeding the claimed incident, could feature in the case. 

How these observations align with or refute the accuser’s narrative can provide insights into the veracity of the allegations.

Mental Health Consideration

Both the accuser and her mother’s history of mental health challenges could introduce nuanced perspectives. 

An incident in January reported in the Buffalo News, where local police intervened, and the subsequent admittance of the girl to the psychiatric unit in the county hospital, suggests underlying familial tensions. 

Allegations that her mother has been a significant source of her trauma could potentially steer the case’s narrative. 

It raises questions about the stability of her living environment and whether these mental health struggles can impact the reliability of her claims or if they make her more susceptible to potential external influences.

Once in a lifetime?

The foundation of this case is the testimony of a now 16-year-old girl, who, in 2021, revealed to her mother an event she alleges occurred in 2016 when she was nine and Pigeon was 56.

I cannot shake off the peculiar circumstance: Pigeon, 62, a public figure, leading an entire life without a whiff of impropriety of this nature, facing charges of a one-time, out of the blue, violent rape committed years ago against a child he knew – with no more evidence than the word of that troubled child. 

I am not sure there is another case like it.


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1 month ago

As to the child going to a mental hospital….it looks like her 🤥 LIE, may be driving her medically insane. This is only the beginning of her demise. Shes so young and filled with hate, but why?

1 month ago

Birds of a feather flock together. LOL

1 month ago

Steve Pigeon is a political genius. He’s spent a lifetime in politics and they had nothing. This is a vendetta. A political agenda –

And they’re destroying a kid who was troubled already – Steve’s extended family all know he’s innocent. No infraction anywhere after decades in the public eye.

All they could come up with was a discovered memory from a kid and her mother – who is truly disturbed. That’s what will come out of this public show of corruption.

1 month ago

John Flynn looks like the bulky and ass that he is. Total buffoon. This trumped up case should end his career.

Flynn is the criminal.
Flynn is the criminal.
1 month ago

It’s the most ridiculous story of a crime. Totally absurd.

They railroaded Steve. He will prevail.

Recant and free Pigeon
Recant and free Pigeon
1 month ago

Flynn is an embarrassment. They searched for years to find something against Pigeon and found nothing.

So they exploited a troubled kid who will be even more troubled when this is over.

It’s a waste of public funding to bring this innocent man to trial.

There is no way he’ll be convicted by s jury. Not a chance. And the teen will have the worst experience thanks to Flynn and her lunatic mother.

It would be best if the teen said she’s confused – which would be honest.

On her knees holding her breast
On her knees holding her breast
1 month ago

The mother needs to pray to St. Agatha

1 month ago

The girl is 16 years old, the age of consent. She has a mind of her own. What, do you seriously think the mom waved a magic wand to brainwash her? She is 16 and has a mind of her own. This beautiful child’s strong voice must be heard.

In all seriousness, yeah, the accusation seems suspect.

Just like the Ambrose kids’.’

1 month ago

Hey what’s this about does the DA have some kind of grudge against this guy?

Marie White
Marie White
1 month ago

The mother and child should be publicly shamed for even thinking of harming this kind, gentle and intelligent human. Steve Pigeon has brought life to the world and is overall an absolutely stand-up guy. He has integrity and would give the shirt iff his back for someone. He is not a sexual predator nor would he harm a child.I stand behind Mr. Pigeon 100 percent. What is happening to him is atrocious and undeserving.

1 month ago

It looks and sounds like the DA is personally and emotionally invested in the outcome of the case. Are the DA’s motives mostly personal, mostly political and/or mostly professional? More spiritual, more ethical and/or wiser motives would save all involved a lot of anguish — and save many tax dollars, too.

Dr. Sigmund Flynn
Dr. Sigmund Flynn
1 month ago
Reply to  Anonymous

I love when the DA makes a Freudian slip and calls Pigeon the victim (he is) and then corrects himself to say defendant.

Richard Luthmann
1 month ago

This case smacks of political payback and puts Flynn’s prosecutorial judgment into question.

1 month ago

I hate women who do this to men. I would love to know more about the orchestrater who is raising a young monster. I feel zero sympathy for the child and mother. Maybe the mother really doesn’t understand what child rape is. She should be made to watch the things she’s created in her mind.

Not Guilty.
Not Guilty.
1 month ago

This is tragic for Steve and his niece.

The lack of procedure, no investigation, never talking to steve- and the publicly making a bold definitive determination of rape and prison was reckless.

That prosecutor comprised that girl for his benefit. It was a premature rush to judgment with no evidence and he’s backed that child into a corner.

No jury is going to convict Steve. It’s preposterous.

And this kids life is over. If she was troubled, or coerced into making an allegation they used that to seal Steve’s fate.

But now the kid will endure a trial where it’s impossible for her to get any support because it’s fabricated.

The jury will find Steve not guilty and the girl will feel worse than ever bc she knows it was a lie. A lie that snowballed so rapidly she didn’t know how to step away from it— and adults who should have protected her- simply exploited her for their personal gain.

Shame on her mother and Flynn

But Steve WILL NOT be convicted. Not a chance. And Flynn should be promptly fired

3 days ago
Reply to  Not Guilty.

He pled guilty in early November. Jury doesn’t need to find him guilt now, do they.

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