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Police: No Case Until Alleged Victims Come Forward


He was fired from one of the most prominent high schools in the valley -- Dan Whitehead, a longtime Brophy College Prep teacher, was dismissed over allegations of sexual misconduct.

Phoenix police say they have no case, because the alleged victims refuse to identify themselves, so what happens now?

Unless the two men who initially came forward change their minds or other alleged victims come forward, the case is at a standstill -- there essentially is no case.

Some wonder why the two Brophy alums waited some 30 years to notify the school, but one counselor says what's happening nationally could have played a role.

Within just the past month, two cases making national headlines, Penn State's Jerry Sandusky and Syracuse University's Bernie Fine -- both accused of sexually abusing minors.

And all that attention can stir up a lot of painful memories. It can also prompt some to finally speak up.

"There's just some courage that happens in numbers in many areas of life, but particularly where there's some shame and trauma involved," said Doug Withrow, a therapist at Psychological Counseling Services in Scottsdale.

Withrow says it's not unusual for sexual abuse victims to bury what happened to them.

"Just stepping out one step and a time is a courageous thing for them to do."

However, some are frustrated -- the two alums accusing Whitehead refuse to identify themselves or talk to police.

One FOX 10 viewer wrote, "They are not students anymore, but grown adults. If you are going to throw those kinds of accusations..you better be prepared to walk the talk."

Another wrote, "Whitehead cannot face his accusers and yet he has lost his job and his reputation is forever tarnished. What justice or fairness is this?"

But Withrow says the focus right now for Whitehead's accusers may be more on healing.

"Yeah this did happen to me, so it's an empowering place and so I'm no longer the victim, but I am someone who can take control of my life," he said.

We attempted to talk to Mr. Whitehead on Wednesday, but were unable to contact him.

Brophy Prep's Vice President says counselors were on hand to talk to students and help them sort through what's happened.

The President says the school went public with the story to encourage any other alleged victims to come forward and contact the Phoenix police.

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