"Cursed is anyone withholding justice from the FATHERLESS or the foreigner or the widow." - Deuteronomy 27:19
"I, (The Sovereign LORD), will strike my hands together at those who mistreat the foreigner, the FATHERLESS, and the widow." - Ezekiel 22:7-13
"I (The LORD Almighty), will put those on trial, who oppress and deprive justice to the widows, the FATHERLESS, and foreigners." - Malachi 3:5
"Defend the weak, the FATHERLESS... and oppressed." - Psalms 82:3
“If anyone causes one of these little ones—those who believe in me—to stumble, it would be better for them to have a large millstone hung around their neck and to be drowned in the depths of the sea.” - Matthew 18:6
"Pure religion is to look after the FATHERLESS and the widow in their affliction, and separate from the world." - James 1:27
"If you deal justly and do not oppress the foreigner, the FATHERLESS, or the widow, then I, (The LORD Almighty), will let you live in the land I gave your ancestors - forever." - Jeremiah 7:5-7
"Jehovah watches over and sustains the foreigner, the FATHERLESS, and the widow." - Psalms 146:9
"Seek justice; Defend the oppressed; Defend the FATHERLESS." - Isaiah 1:17
"Woe to those who make unjust laws, and deny justice and rights to the poor and the FATHERLESS and the widow... disaster comes." - Isaiah 10:1-3
Court documents from the 2010 custody hearings where I filed for full custody after learning about Wes Hadsell's criminal history and recent release from maximum security prison:
- COURT DECISION - Here, Judge Massey declares that, 'based on Anjelica's choice' (and ignoring all other parts of the law), my parenting time would go from 50/50 to ZERO.
- GAL REPORT - Court-appointed investigator and representative for the children during custody disputes. Charles Johnson lied profusely to defend his buddy, Wesley Hadsell.
- INTERROGATORY FOR MOTHER - She gives her 'reasons' for keeping Anjelica from me
I was Anjelica's legally acknowledged father. I raised her as my oldest of 3 beautiful daughters for 13 years, including 5 years of 50/50 parenting time after the divorce.
Decent parents should be empowered - not erased.
JUDGE MASSEY KNEW
- Hadsell was released from prison Feb. 17, 2010 and moved into the home sometime in April and they were married on May 12.
- The appointed 'guardian' lied profusely in his report (below).
- The convict's 18 year old brother was living in the small home with my daughters also.
- Hadsell's crimes escalated over the years. Not a good sign.
- Prior charges or convictions of Rape, Assault, Kidnapping, Violating Protective Order & Probation, Eluding Police, Robberies, Burglaries & more.
- The mother had been keeping Anjelica from her father for months, without good reason, against my will and against a 2006 court order for equal parenting time.
Massey's response to my plea to protect Anjelica - "Case dismissed."
*Note - Anjelica's name is listed as "Langer" here but the name she used at school, in sports, at doctors and most everywhere was ANJELICA HOFFER from age 2 until age 16, when she had it officially changed to Hadsell.
The judge (who is only a lawyer with little to no training in family dynamics), is required to consider the following law, but Judge Joseph Massey ignored EVERY aspect of the law -
VIRGINIA CODE § 20-124.3 - "BEST INTEREST OF THE CHILD":
1. "MENTAL CONDITION OF THE CHILD."
Anjelica 'chose' her mother because her mother allowed her more freedom and had told her I didn't care enough to adopt her. So Anjelica erased me AND my family and friends, all of whom she loved very much. This is not a sign of mental and emotional wellness.
2. "MENTAL CONDITION OF THE PARENTS."
I believe the mother was struggling, which is why she felt compelled to control Anjelica. I was struggling as well, having had severe anxiety and an emotional breakdown because I worried for Anjelica. An evaluation could have been ordered to help us parents get to a more healthy place.
3. "PARENT'S ABILITY TO MEET CHILD'S NEEDS."
As her father, I was devoted and nothing was more important to me than my girls. This had been proven over 13 years as a devoted parent, including five years as a single dad who fought for 50/50 custody.
4. "CHILD'S TIME W/SIBLINGS, EXTENDED FAMILY, & PEERS."
Anjel lost every other week with her sisters, lost contact with friends and family from the father's side.
5. "FUTURE ROLE OF THE PARENT."
I had plans for my children. I was involved in everything they did.
6. "PARENT SUPPORTING CHILD'S CONTACT WITH OTHER PARENT."
The mother encouraged and asked for ABSOLUTELY NO CONTACT between Anjelica and me - her father, for no good reason, even after sharing 50/50 custody for 5 years. She vindictively told Anjelica, that I was not her biological father during the first custody dispute, without telling me she did so. She also told her that I didn't want to adopt her. Clear evidence proves otherwise.
7. "THE PARENT'S WILLINGNESS TO MAINTAIN A CLOSE RELATIONSHIP W/ THE CHILD."
Obviously, I desired a relationship with my daughter. And I was very close to my girls.
8. "REASONABLE PREFERENCE OF THE CHILD."
This is the only factor that was considered. As both a child in this situation, and a parent, I believe it is CHILD ABUSE to ask a child to choose a parent, especially during a custody dispute.
9. "HISTORY OF FAMILY ABUSE."
Maybe worst of all, Judge Massey didn't care about all the crimes this man had committed, which qualified as "Family Abuse", as defined in Virginia Code.
Guardian ad Litem CHARLES JOHNSON:
GALs are appointed by the court in custody disputes in order to investigate both homes and represent the Best Interest of the children.
Charles Johnson did not investigate, but instead reported grandiose and biased lies as fact to the court.
His goal was clear - remove a father from his daughter's life...
Johnson is still practicing law at 1310 E. Little Creek Rd. in Norfolk, VA
His phone number is (757) 480-9510.
Reported - "Mr. Hoffer is the only father Angelica has known".
Reported - "Mr. & Mrs. Hadsell were married in April (2010)". In FACT, it was May 12.
Reported - Hadsell got "out of prison in late 2009". In FACT, it was February 17, 2010.
The mother and Mr. Hadsell lied to make it appear they knew each other longer than they did.. In FACT, they met April 9, 2010 and he was living in the home 2 weeks later.
Reported - Hadsell's 18 year old brother also moved into the small 4 bedroom home. But showed no concern for my 3 daughters.
Reported - "Hadsell was 18 or 19 when he and his girlfriend moved to Tennessee. In FACT, he was almost 20, and she was 15, which resulted in a conviction of "Felony Restraint".
Reported - Hadsell wrote "bad checks". In FACT he also committed multiple BURGLARIES and GRAND LARCENY.
Reported - Hadsell served "less than two years" (1998). In FACT, he actually served 3 1/2 years plus 1 year prior - that's 4 1/2 years (not counting the 4 1/2 years from 2005-2010).
Reported - The girl (hostage) was arrested and charged - COMPLETELY FALSE.
Reported - Release date was "late 2009". In FACT, it was Feb. 17, 2010.
Reported - Hadsell was 'compliant with probation', yet the GAL NEVER spoke to the probation officer.
Reported - called his extensive criminal history, "youthful indiscretions".
Reported - "Mr. Hoffer was aggressive and difficult". FALSE. I was not the problem, and I was following the law and trying to be reasonable in a very unreasonable situation.
Reported - My loss of a job (7 years prior) was the "trigger for the separation" of the mother and I . This is not only FALSE, but also has nothing to do with the children or the issues at hand.
Reported - FALSE details about a job I had lost SEVEN YEARS prior. IRRELEVANT. Never even asked me the truth.
Reported - Uses BIG and GENEROUS adjectives to describe mother's house - "large" - 4x, and "spaciousness".
Reported - "Lancing" as Anjelica's last name. In FACT she went by Anjelica HOFFER though we had not had it changed in the courts. Her birth name was Langer (not Lancing).
Reported - father's house is "modest", and "small" twice,
Reported - "Mr. Hoffer is the only father she has known", but then calls her my "step-child".
Reported - "I can think of no good result that would arise if forced to be with her father." The BEST INTEREST of the child (written in Virginia law) says otherwise.
Reported - "his girlfriends seem to end up getting themselves into hard situations". In FACT - Grand Jury Indictment for RAPE, STRANGULATION, ASSAULT and KIDNAPPING, as well evidence of a VIOLENT ABDUCTION and HOLDING CAPTIVE under THREAT OF DEATH for 2 weeks, while CONTINUALLY RAPING her. Not to mention VIOLATING A PROTECTIVE ORDER and VIOLATING PROBATION. Also the conviction for FELONY RESTRAINT was to a minor.
Reported - "I am confident he can behave appropriately......."
Reported - An entire paragraph boasting about Hadsell's 'self-restraint'.
Reported - Hadsell as "step dad", but Hadsell had known my children for just over 3 months at the time of this report.
Reported - Father is "antagonistic and more than a little self righteous". FALSE. I am a protective and loving father.
How can this guy write such a biased report full of lies and here say and still have a law license, especially after the damage he did???