Bolsinger Sentenced

Brent Finnegan -- August 28th, 2009

Early last year I posted about the sex abuse charges filed against former DNR political reporter Andrew Bolsinger. Technically this is old news, but I promised a follow-up.

Here’s a short one.

Last month Bolsinger was sentenced to 20 months in prison “for sexually abusing a teenage girl he met while teaching at a private school in Salem [Oregon] almost a decade ago.”

Bolsinger had sex with the underaged girl in 2000, and then had her follow him to Virginia where he resumed his journalism career …

Dave Briggman left a comment on along those same lines on January 30, 2008:

I’ve talked with several local (Harrisonburg) media people about this over the past couple of days, one of whom told me that this “complainant” moved here to the Valley with Bolsinger and she actually worked in a local media outlet.

13 Responses to “Bolsinger Sentenced”

  1. JGFitzgerald says:

    Odd that Bolsinger had to fall for someone half his age in one of the only states where it’s a felony. But ultimately his crime was not so much the sex as the abuse of the power relationship, much the same way he often abused his power as a DNR writer. Bullies never learn, or, in the long run, win.

  2. Lowell Fulk says:

    Interesting that DNR put this individual into a position of authority over influencing local public opinion, and also that he had free reign to dishonestly persecute someone who sought to do the city good…

  3. BANDIT says:

    …”bullies never learn, or, in the long run, win.” (cyber bully) Take a look in the mirror.

  4. JGFitzgerald says:

    Persecution, perhaps, but mainly he just never let the facts get in the way of a good story. Once CAP, the people opposing a city bypass (or loop road, as they called it) developed two alternative maps in the space of a day’s work. The second was a better idea, and Bolsinger knew about its adoption, yet he chose to focus on the earlier map, the one that had not been chosen, because it created more controversy. He simply didn’t report the second one. Kirkwood, who thought Bolsinger was not a lying sneak, presumably defended the story, because he usually did. The two of them reflect in part why the paper has drifted away from the community. Much of the drift is editorial policy that appeals to a narrow but vocal slice of the community, but more of it is the Bolsinger scam of knowing what he could get away with, and the Kirkwood arrogance of thinking he knows what’s best for the readers. For people like that, the arrogance lives on, and the scam will never die.

  5. Bubby Hussein, Hillbilly Sheikh says:

    The Daily News Record, a Byrd Family Media:

    “…the Arrogance lives on, the Struggle Continues, and the Scam Will Never Die.”

  6. BANDIT says:

    JGF, that is what I’ve been saying and you’ve been denying. The DNR gives partial facts, one sided stories and acts like they know what is best for the readers by omitting big news stories totally. The DNR has gotten to be a tabloid paper….

  7. JGFitzgerald says:


    No, it’s not.


  8. BANDIT says:

    OK, Josephine……whatevvvver!

  9. JGFitzgerald says:


    Does it ever occur to you that a board like this is for discussion, not attack, and that every time you come in with a comment that is just a shot at me, or Walter, whomever, it gives people less reason to read this, or any blog, and lessens the chance that there will be anybody here to read it if you ever do have anything to say? Think about it as story-telling. The comments about Bolsinger above are, first, a couple of comments people might think about and, second, a story about a story he screwed up, more or less on purpose. Then here you are saying nah-nah-nah, I told you so, look-at-me, and there is no real reason to continue the discussion. It’s not about you. Or me, for that matter.

  10. BANDIT says:

    Above….Why do you call me something other than my screen name?….. What does that say about you?

  11. BANDIT says:

    JGF, I participate in the discussions … I don’t attack, but I do point out inconsistencies. If you feel I’m taking a shot … that is your opinion. I sometimes use your own words to make my point … again I am pointing out inconsistencies. My opinions differ from yours … if everyone agreed, this would be a pretty boring place to read.

  12. JGFitzgerald says:

    Let us consider for a moment those who post on the World Wide Web, offering opinions backed by nothing other than that the people posting those opinions hold them. We do not know who these people are, because they offer us no name that we can associate with any level of experience, knowledge or record. They offer no evidence or support for their thoughts, and have little in the end to offer us but their bandwidth.

    Consider this idea: Newspapers should consider developing standards for coverage of civil suits, based on the credibility and intent of those filing the suits, where that information is available. I would have no problem with somebody posting that under the name ThunderMind or OwenGlendower or whatever.

    But this idea: The Daily News-Record regularly makes editorial judgments based on the racism of its owners, the political beliefs of its top editors, and the occasional incompetence of some staff members. That idea should be accompanied by a name, so that the opinion can be judged on the intent and credibility of the person expressing the idea.

    Now consider this idea: Hey, why arent’ they reporting this? Roanoke had it, the radio had it, I know about it but I want to read it here. Why won’t they run it? There must be something wrong with them. That could possibly be posted, without harm or value, under a “screenname” that identifies the poster as a sneak thief, an armed robber, or Johnny Quest’s dog.

    There is some value to the anonymous poster. They can be held up as examples of what is wrong with much of blogging, in a way that some would be reluctant to do with a person known to have children, or family, or standing in the community. But they are not identified; they offer no information, but only random opinions. While a Joseph or a William or a Robert is a person without a nickname, many a blogger is a nickname without a person.

  13. Can we move on and get along, please? What is this back and forth between you two accomplishing?

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