"Deceived By Trust" is a moment of truth movie that is based on the sexual harassment case involving Kelvyn Wayne High School Principal Dr. James Moffat and Marsha Nizamund, the school guidance counselor. "Deceived By Trust" originally aired on NBC as a Monday night movie but now airs on Lifetime. The real principal's name was changed to Dr. Gordon Powell in the movie. His role was played by Michael Gross.
Directed by Chuck Bowman, "The Moment Of Truth" movie is about a school guidance counselor who suspects the principal of sexually abusing the students at the local high school, according to The Sun Sentinel. The counselor begins to investigate the accusations after a student confides that Powell promised to help her get into college if she was "nice" to him. Upon deeper investigation, the sexual allegations are actually worse that she thought. As the school counselor, she must muster the strength to expose the truth despite a school administration that seeks to keep it hidden.
The true case happened in Chicago in the 1980's. That's when a high school principal was arrested for the sexual harassment of several students. According to court documents, James Moffat molested five students-mostly boys. The one female sued the board of education for $5 million dollars as stated in the Chicago Sun Times.
The true story dominated headlines for most of 1986 and 1987. Moffat was finally convicted in 1987 and sentenced to 15 years in jail. He was released in 1993.