Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Friday, 16 November 2018

Many Disturbing and Frustrating Stories of CSA on Today's USA PnP List

Kentucky mom pleads guilty to murder,
abuse charges in daughter's death
By Caitlin Centner 
         
MOREHEAD, Ky. (WKYT) - A Menifee County woman has pleaded guilty to the murder of her daughter along with abuse charges after the 1-year-old died following sexual abuse.


Prosecutors say Laura Blanton's daughter died from injuries sustained through the abuse in the care of Robert Collins in the days leading to her death.

Law enforcement testified the daughter sustained physical and sexual abuse, and Blanton knew about the abuse without calling authorities. Collins is the one accused of abusing the girl. A deputy said Blanton tried to speed up the recovery of the bruising using vitamin C and "Witch Hazel."

Blanton pleaded guilty to murder and the amended charges of complicity to criminal abuse Friday in Rowan Circuit Court. She could face up to 20 years in prison.

Collins' trial is scheduled for November 2019. He has a status hearing in December.

How do you explain this? Is the woman spectacularly stupid? Was she on drugs? Was she so dominated by, or dependent upon, Collins that she would do anything for him? When drugs, or a boyfriend become more important than the safety and well-being of your own child, you are in desperate need of help. Get help! Before you regret it the rest of your life. Drugs are not worth it, and neither is any man. Your child comes first, always.





Utah man arrested on suspicion of 20 years
of child sexual abuse
By Amy Macavinta 

A Logan man suspected of sexually abusing multiple children during the last 20 years was arrested Wednesday and will be held in the Cache County Jail without bail.

Rand Meyerhoffer, 45, was charged Thursday in 1st District Court with four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, and voyeurism, a class-B misdemeanor.

Logan City Police say that prior to the man’s arrest, they executed a search warrant on Meyehoffer’s downtown Logan home, where they found intimate photographs of one of the alleged victims, reportedly taken without her knowledge.

The search warrant was obtained as part of a child sex abuse investigation that was opened after a young child reported that he had touched her inappropriately.

According to a probable cause statement filed in 1st District Court, detectives discovered there were several other victims who say Meyerhoffer sexually abused them, including another child, a female in her teens and one who is now an adult.

One of the victims reportedly told police that Meyerhoffer would purchase alcohol, marijuana and methamphetamine for her while a teenager before pressuring her into exposing herself to him.

During an interview with police, Meyerhoffer reportedly admitted to playing strip poker with some of the alleged victims, but then he invoked his right to legal counsel and said nothing further, according to the probable cause statement drafted by police.

Meyerhoffer’s case has been assigned to Judge Brian Cannell, and he is currently represented by defense attorney Shannon Demler, who will appear in court with him Nov. 20.





Ron Galimore latest top administrator
forced out at USA Gymnastics
Tim Evans, Indianapolis Star 

Ron Galimore, the longest-tenured remaining top official at scandal-ridden USA Gymnastics, is out.

IndyStar learned employees were told Friday that Galimore is no longer working at USA Gymnastics, where he served as chief operating officer. 

Galimore's departure comes as the U.S. Olympic Committee is moving to revoke its recognition of USA Gymnastics as the sport's national governing body. The USA Gymnastics board has been scrambling to thwart the virtual death sentence and move forward to rebuild the Indianapolis-based organization, which is reeling from a growing sex-abuse scandal.

Galimore, a former elite gymnast, had become a lightning rod after an IndyStar investigation revealed he worked with then-CEO Steve Penny and a USA Gymnastics lawyer to help cover up the reason for Larry Nassar's absences from key events in 2015. That action came after Penny was told Nassar had been sexually abusing gymnasts. 

Rickards High graduate Ron Galimore didn’t get a chance to compete in the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow. He still received a nod to the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame. (Photo: Democrat files)

Rather than disclose to parents and gymnasts that Nassar was under investigation for child sexual abuse, emails and other documents obtained by IndyStar reveal Galimore worked with Penny and the attorney to provide what Nassar's attorney called "false excuses" for the longtime team doctor's absence from the major gymnastics events.

A spokeswoman for USA Gymnastics confirmed Galimore's departure in a brief statement to IndyStar: "The USA Gymnastics Board of Directors has accepted the resignation of Chief Operating Officer Ron Galimore. We wish him well in his future endeavors."

The sexual-abuse scandal first uncovered by IndyStar previously resulted in the ouster of Penny, the entire USA Gymnastics board, and Penny's successors, Kerry Perry and Mary Bono.

Galimore, the first African American to be named to the U.S. Olympic gymnastics team, missed the chance to participate in the games in Russia because of the U.S. boycott in 1980.

He started with USA Gymnastics in 1994 as men’s program director, according to an old USA Gymnastics press release, and was promoted in 2005 to vice president of events, Olympic relations and men’s program. He was named chief operating officer in 2011.

Galimore was elected to the Executive Committee of the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), the international governing body for gymnastics, in 2016. That same year he was inducted into the USA Gymnastics Hall of Fame.




Georgia Man Convicted Of Sex Abuse
Against Two Little Girls in His Care
By Tim Darnell, Patch Staff 

MARIETTA, GA -- A Powder Springs man has been convicted of sexually abusing two girls in his care. David Anthony Carr, 45, was convicted of aggravated sexual battery, sexual battery, child molestation and cruelty to children in the first degree for his acts against the girls, which occurred from 2013 through 2015 at two residences in Powder Springs. The girls were in third and sixth grades when their abuse began.

The abuse came to light when the girls discovered Carr was victimizing both of them, which led to the victims disclosing to an adult who contacted police.

Carr testified in his defense that the girls were making up the allegations because they were angry with him. But he could not explain why other witnesses who testified had any motive to lie about him.

"These young women showed tremendous courage to face this predator and tell the jury about their years of abuse. Meanwhile, the defendant showed no remorse or accountability, prior to, during, or after trial. This verdict speaks loud and clear: the jury believed these victims and knew exactly what this defendant did," said ADA Drew Healy, who prosecuted the case with ADA Jared Parrish.

After the verdict, Cobb Superior Court Judge Robert Leonard sentenced Carr to serve 40 years in prison followed by life on probation. He will be subject to sex offender restrictions once released and he is also banished from Cobb County.




His sons say they lied about being sexually abused. Now a Utah father is asking a judge to find him factually innocent

(Rachel Molenda | The Salt Lake Tribune) David Hawkins is photographed at the Tribune offices in Salt Lake City on August 2, 2018. Hawkins was convicted 12 years ago of sexually assaulting two of his sons, who now admit they lied about the abuse. They are trying to get his conviction vacated.

By Jessica Miller

He spent more than seven years in a prison for sexually abusing his sons — crimes he said he didn’t do.

Even his adult sons say they made up the allegations a dozen years ago that led a jury to convict him.

Now, David Hawkins is asking a judge to find him factually innocent.

Hawkins’ sons told The Salt Lake Tribune in August that they had lied on the witness stand as children because they were mad at their dad, upset at the way they were treated at home and how their father disciplined them.

Jeremy Hawkins, now 25, and Nathan Hawkins, 21, said they told the story knowing it would put their father in jail — but not realizing then the lifelong ramifications it would carry.

Along with their brother, 24-year-old Ian Hawkins, the young men have spent the past five years trying to make up for what they did. They have tried everything from writing to a judge to pleading with prosecutors for a review.

On Tuesday, David Hawkins took another step in trying to clear his name: He filed a factual innocence petition.

His attorney, Greg Skordas, said in August that if the judge grants the request, Hawkins would not only have his conviction overturned, but he would also be eligible for a payout from the state for wrongfully incarcerating him. In addition, would be removed from the sex offender registry.

The effort would be much like having another trial — this time, with his sons testifying that they were not actually abused.

Hawkins said Thursday he has mixed emotions about the new filing. He’s relieved he has another opportunity to prove he’s innocent, but he’s only “cautiously optimistic” that it will work.

“I’m proud of the courage it took for my boys to come forward,” he said.

(Trent Nelson | The Salt Lake Tribune) Three brothers are trying to get their father's conviction as a sex offender vacated. Two of the brothers (Jeremy and Nathan Hawkins) lied about being sexually abused by their dad when they were kids. Now they are in their early 20s and are trying to fix what they did 12 years ago. Ian, Jeremy, and Nathan Hawkins in Magna, Tuesday July 31, 2018.

Hawkins hasn’t seen Jeremy or Nathan since they sat on a witness stand in a West Jordan courtroom 12 years ago and told the jury their father had sexually abused them in the bathtub.

Nathan, who was 10 years old when he testified, said Thursday that he’s happy for the chance now to tell a judge about why they lied.

“I want the truth to continue to finally come forward and that this finally gets resolved,” he said. “I know that we all want to move on and get this mess behind us.”

Skordas wrote in the petition, filed Tuesday, that the sons’ recantations qualify as “newly discovered evidence” that shows Hawkins is innocent. The attorney wrote that the children were caught in the middle of their parents' divorce, had a tumultuous relationship with their father and did not fully understand the impact of their allegations.

“They were not, in fact, sexually abused by their father in any manner,” Skordas wrote, adding that there was no physical evidence presented at trial to prove the children had been assaulted.

Though the sons had made efforts in the past to clear their father’s name, Skordas said physical evidence of their recantation did not occur until 2017, when they wrote letters to a judge saying that they lied when they were children.

No court dates have been immediately set.

One challenge David Hawkins may face in the latest petition is that he did plead guilty and admitted to the abuse in sex offender therapy in prison.

After a jury convicted him in 2007, he hired a new attorney who challenged the outcome of the case. But prosecutors then offered a plea deal to avoid a second trial. Hawkins was allowed to plead guilty to two counts of second-degree felony child sex abuse, and he was sent to prison.

Then, in prison, Hawkins says he lied and admitted to the abuse in sex offender treatment. Completing the treatment — which requires the offender to acknowledge their crimes — is mandatory to be considered for parole.

“I took the coward’s approach,” he said now of the admissions.

Though he has gotten approval from his parole officer, Hawkins still hasn’t seen the sons who accused him. He said he wants to make sure the setting is right, that a therapist is there, so the sons can talk to him about why they said what they did.

He hopes they can heal from this, he said Thursday, and move forward as a family.

Nathan said he’s still hesitant to see his dad with the petition pending, because he wants to make certain that no one would think his father is influencing his decision to recant.

“But the future looks bright,” he said Thursday. “I feel good about everything, and I know that this will get fixed.”





Mother of sex abuse victim says NY camp had been warned about counselor
DON LEHMAN
The Post-Star
  
The historic stone entrance to Brant Lake Camp, off Route 8 in Horicon, is seen.
(Photo — Don Lehman, The Post-Star)

HORICON — The news that longtime Brant Lake camp counselor Dylan Stolz had been arrested on charges he sexually abused numerous boys at the camp was not a surprise to many of the families whose children have gone to the camp for years.

Word had long been out among boys who had gone to the camp for multiple summers to stay away from Stolz, who was known to invite boys by themselves back to his room to watch movies, play games or “cuddle,” according to a parent of one of the alleged victims.

At least one of Stolz’s fellow counselors had notified camp staff about concerns over Stolz’s interactions with children before the first child came forward, the parent said in a recent interview.

The parent, whose name is being withheld so as not to identify her son, came forward out of concern that the public was not getting the full picture about Stolz and concerns of the parents of boys who attended the exclusive sleepaway camp each summer.

The parent said their son was the first to disclose that he had been molested, writing a letter to his parents in June, days before he was scheduled to return to camp for the summer.

Dylan Stolz (Photo provided — New York State Police)

The family notified State Police, and an investigation ensued that led to Stolz being arrested about a week later and charged with fondling five boys.

A subsequent 27-count grand jury indictment resulted in charges that accuse Stolz of molesting at least nine boys ages 9 to 11 while they were at the camp in recent summers, and authorities said the investigation is ongoing.

The parent said they learned after their child disclosed the abuse that many campers and parents had concerns about Stolz before the arrest, and that some parents claimed they had notified camp administration about those concerns. No other parents who were contacted were willing to discuss the issue with a reporter, though.

“How many times did they need a parent to say they didn’t want their kid in a room with Dylan?” the parent asked.

The camp changed its policies this summer so that counselors can no longer be alone with campers. A psychologist was also on hand for children at the camp this summer.

Stolz, an elementary school teacher

Stolz, 51, had worked at the camp for 33 years and was a senior counselor. He spent his summers there after working the rest of the year as an elementary school teacher in the Hewlett-Woodmere school district on Long Island. He has been placed on leave by the school district in light of the arrest.

Stolz was fired in late June, within minutes of camp administrators learning of sex abuse allegations from a parent whose child had come forward. The quick firing indicated to the parent who spoke with The Post-Star that camp administrators were aware of the suspicions about Stolz, because a longtime employee would not have been fired so quickly otherwise.

He was fired before State Police were contacted, and when investigators reached out to Stolz to question him, he asked for a lawyer.

The parent said their son has been undergoing counseling, and the family is bracing for a trial in the sexual abuse case that is scheduled to start Feb. 4 in Warren County Court.

“He took something from my child that he can never get back,” the parent said of Stolz. “I want him to go to jail for as long as possible.”

Camp owners and administration have refused for months to discuss the matter.

A man who answered the phone at the camp on Thursday said the camp had no comment on the situation, even when told of allegations that parents had expressed concerns about Stolz before his arrest.

Stolz is free on bail, pending a pretrial hearing in his case on Jan. 25. He rejected a plea deal last month that would have netted him a state prison sentence of between 7 and 12 years.





Pregnant Tennessee mother indicted on
charges of sex abuse against child
By WMCActionNews5.com 

TIPTON CO., TN - A pregnant Millington mother was indicted on 13 sexual abuse charges against a minor.

Ashley Thomas is charged with child neglect, criminal responsibility for rape of a child, and sexual battery.

The charges stem from a case involving her boyfriend David Henson.

Earlier this year, Henson was sentenced to more than 25 years for rape and sexual exploitation.





Oklahoma teacher arrested for sexual abuse of a child
BY CASSANDRA SWEETMAN, KFOR

CHANDLER, Okla. - A Chandler teacher's work is on hold after he was arrested for more than a dozen counts of abusing a child.

According to OSBI, 40-year-old Warren Hitchcock is a teacher in Chandler Public Schools. Former students tell News 4 he taught jazz band and in special education classrooms.

One former student who spoke to News 4 said he was always really nice, and would never have guessed he was capable of something like this.

But last week, the Lincoln County District Attorney's office called OSBI to investigate Hitchcock for child sexual abuse. On Thursday, investigators searched his home.

"After the service of the search warrant, we do have evidence that we will be processing," said Asst. Special Agent in Charge Adam Whitney. "We have people that we do want to interview."

What investigators found so far was enough to arrest Hitchcock on 15 counts of sex abuse with a child, and one count of a violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

Investigators will not reveal information about the victim, but said the instances of abuse have been building up for a while. "It spans several years," Whitney said.

In a statement on Facebook, the school district said,

"Chandler Public School District takes the safety of its students seriously and does everything it can to provide a safe learning experience for our students. Because of this, the District was saddened to learn that one of its teachers was arrested on allegations of misconduct with a minor. The teacher is currently on administrative leave and the District is investigating this matter to determine what steps should be taken. Because this is a confidential personnel matter and because law enforcement is involved, the District will not be able to comment further."

Meanwhile, the OSBI has not said whether more than one minor was allegedly abused. The investigation continues.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the OSBI tip line at (800) 522-8017.




Santa Monica City Employee Facing Child Sex Abuse Case Found Dead from Apparent Suicide
BY BRIAN DAY, KTLA

A Santa Monica city employee accused of molesting 10 boys while volunteering with a police youth program in the 1980s was found dead in his Marina del Rey apartment in an apparent suicide Thursday, on the morning of a scheduled court hearing in his case, authorities said.

Eric Uller is shown in a photo released by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department on Oct. 25, 2018.

Eric Wess Uller, 50, faced six molestation-related charges (6th story on link) connected to alleged crimes against four boys, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Six additional alleged victims came forward since the case was first filed.

“The city was notified this morning that Eric Uller was found dead in his apartment,” Santa Monica city officials said in a written statement. “Initial indications are that it appears to be a suicide.”

The investigation into Uller’s alleged crimes doesn’t end with his death, authorities said.

Nor will he escape punishment for the evil he committed on those boys.

"The city had initiated an independent investigation into allegations that the city previously knew or should have known of, but failed to address, Mr. Uller’s alleged criminal conduct. The city remains committed to seeing this investigation through,” the city statement said.

City officials said they’ve retained a law firm to carry out the independent investigation, and urges anyone with information to contact the law firm of Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo at 562-653-3200, or online at aalrr.com/contact-cerritos.

Uller was scheduled to appear in the Los Angeles Airport branch of Los Angeles County Superior Court for an early disposition hearing Thursday morning, court records show. Such hearings provide an opportunity for the prosecution and defense to settle the case without going to trial.

He had been placed on administrative leave from his position as a lead public safety systems analyst pending the outcome of the case, officials said. Uller was released from custody Nov. 7 after posting $750,000 bail, Los Angeles County booking records show. He faced decades in prison if convicted as charged.

The allegations stem from his time as a volunteer for the Santa Monica Police Department’s Police Activities League, prosecutors said. The charges involved alleged crimes that occurred between 1986 and 1995.

Uller had access to hundreds of children, prompting fears that there may still be more potential victims who have yet to be identified, Lt. Todd Deeds of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Special Victims Bureau said.

Santa Monica has also launched a review of its youth programs, officials said. “The city is in the process of retaining an outside consultant, Praesidium Inc., to review the policies and practices of its youth programs and provide guidance on best practices for preventing any future incidents of abuse,” according to the city statement.





NY man's plea deal in sexual assault case
avoids prison time

Deal of a lifetime! After DA screws up
By Kenneth C. Crowe II 

TROY – A 62-year-old man who faced up to life in prison if convicted of sexually assaulting a child instead will be sentenced to the three days he spent in jail when he was arrested and five years of probation under a plea deal reached in Rensselaer County Court on Friday afternoon.

William A. Cavanaugh Sr. pleaded guilty to attempted second-degree assault after a mistrial was declared in September when he faced seven felony and three misdemeanor counts, charged with continuing sexual abuse of two young girls.

“On balance, given the indictment and the time he was facing, I would consider this a win for the defense,” said Lee Kindlon, the attorney representing Cavanaugh.

No kidding! And a BIG loss for the prosecution, justice, and the survivors. It must feel like a heavy kick in the stomach to them. 

Cavanaugh faced a minimum sentence of 10 years to life in prison and a maximum of 25 years to life if he had been convicted of the top count in the indictment, predatory sexual assault against a child.

District Attorney Joel E. Abelove through a spokesman declined to comment on the case.

Cavanaugh admitted in his guilty plea to the nonviolent felony that in Troy during the 30 days before July 4, 2008 he rubbed a 6-year-old girl on her intimate parts.

The indictment charged Cavanaugh with two counts of predatory sexual assault against a child, two counts of course of sexual conduct against a child, second degree-criminal sexual act, attempted second-degree rape and attempted third-degree sexual abuse. The misdemeanor charges included second-degree sexual abuse and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

The indictment alleged Cavanaugh sexually assaulted one girl in 2008 and in 2011 when she was 6 years old and again when she was 9 years old and also sexually attacked the other girl in 2013 and 2014 when she was 9 and 10 years old.

“The plea today was in his best interests. He does not have to register as a sex offender. He gets five years probation,” Kindlon said.

Cavanaugh will serve his probation under the guidelines for a sex offender, but he will not be listed on the state sex offender registry.  The time served is for the three days he spent in the county jail over Easter weekend this year after he was arrested on a warrant resulting from his indictment.

First Assistant District Attorney Jessica Hall said the plea agreement was in the best interests of justice. 

For a DA, you have a strange understanding of justice!

The indictment will be dismissed on Jan. 11, 2019 when County Judge Debra Young sentences Cavanaugh.

Young sternly warned Cavanaugh that she would be prepared to sentence him to up to four years in prison if he was arrested before his sentencing; if he did not comply with the probation department in the presentencing investigation; or if he did not appear for sentencing. The judge advised him she would not be bound by the plea agreement if he any of these things occurred and that she would hold him to the guilty plea.

Cavanaugh was on trial before Young in September when Hall in her questioning of a witness raised certain allegations that did not result in a grand jury indictment.

“They were ordered by the court not to bring up certain uncharged allegations of wrongdoing. In the course of the trial, they brought up a series of things they were ordered not to do,” Kindlon said.

“We moved for a mistrial. The district attorney actually to consented to the mistrial because I think they realized their mistake. They went too far with one of their witnesses,” Kindlon said.

While Cavanaugh awaits sentencing and the dismissal of the indictment, his wife Diane Cavanaugh faces her own set of charges arising from the alleged crimes.

She was indicted on one felony and four misdemeanor charges. The felony count is second-degree criminal facilitation. The four misdemeanors are two counts of fourth-degree criminal facilitation and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child.

You watch; she will end up in jail and he will walk around free! Someone in the DA's office should be fired.

Diane Cavanaugh is represented by Assistant Public Defender Danielle Neroni Reilly.





Pennsylvania man convicted for sexual assault
of 4 y/o boy in his care
Alex Rose, Daily Times

MEDIA COURTHOUSE — A Havertown man was convicted on four counts Friday for the sexual abuse of a 4-year-old boy last year.

“The horrific actions of the defendant, Michael Kaminsky, are deplorable, abhorrent and reprehensible, as he sexually abused an innocent 4-year old child who was entrusted in his care,” said Delaware County District Attorney Katayoun M. Copeland following the conviction. “As he is currently incarcerated, and will likely be so for a long time, he can cause no more harm to this victim or any other children.”

Kaminsky, 47, of the 300 block of Golf Hills Road, was found guilty of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child, sexual assault, indecent assault and child endangerment following a jury trial this week before Delaware County Court of Common Pleas Judge Margaret J. Amoroso.

Haverford Detective Albert Hufnal testified that he received a referral on a sexual offense in September from the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.

The victim’s grandmother had walked in on the victim attempting oral/genital contact on an older boy. The victim told her Kaminsky had done the same thing to him at his Haverford home.

The victim, now 5, also told Assistant District Attorney Christopher Boggs that Kaminsky performed oral sex on him. Boggs played a taped interview with the boy conducted by Delaware County Children’s Advocacy Center Director Jodi Kaplan, in which he described Kaminsky’s mouth “kissing” his penis and “hugging” it.

“This is a description of oral sex from a 4-year-old,” said Boggs in closing arguments. “There’s no way that that could not be him describing penetration.”

The boy also described Kaminsky “warming up” the victim’s penis with his hand while they bathed together. Boggs played an intercept call between Kaminsky and the victim’s mother in which the defendant vehement denied any wrongdoing. Kaminsky said in that conversation that the child had “reached for” his penis while they were in the bathtub together, but did not touch it.

Kaminsky made the same assertion during a police interview, according to an affidavit of probable cause, but admitted in a subsequent interview that the child had touched his penis in the bath “just for a second.”

Defense attorney Kevin O’Neill argued that the commonwealth had failed to provide testimony from several key witnesses, including Children and Youth staff who interviewed the older boy. He said that uncorroborated testimony from a child was not enough evidence to convict.

But Boggs argued that a 4-year-old has limited memory and language skills. The victim provided a 45-minute interview with Kaplan in which Boggs said he had to have been “playing jazz” to artificially react to the litany of questions he was faced with over that span.

“He is simply telling you a memory in the only way a child can do that,” Boggs said.

Copeland commended Hufnal, Detective Paul Corsi of the Delaware County Criminal Investigation Division and Boggs for their work on the case, as well as the Child Advocacy Center.

Sentencing has been scheduled for Feb. 12. Bail was revoked and Kaminsky was placed into custody at the county prison in Concord.

The lead offense triggers lifetime Megan’s Law sex offender registration, according to Copeland spokesperson Emily Harris. The standard range sentence is a minimum of seven years up to minimum 20 years with a statutory maximum of 40 years, she said.





Texas Deputies search for man wanted for
child sexual assault
By Christopher Shadrock
          
BELTON, Texas (KWTX) Bell County investigators are asking for the public’s help in finding a man wanted on charges stemming from the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl and indecency by contact with a 17-year-old girl.


Stephen Villarreal, 38, is named in warrants charging aggravated sexual assault of a child, indecency with a child by contact and jumping bail.

According to the investigator, one girl who was 16 at the time, said she was touched inappropriately in October 2017.

Additional information about the alleged sexual assault was not available.

While authorities don’t believe Villarreal is still in Bell County, his last known location was in the Moffat area.

He also once had a Harlingen address.




Spooky Children’s Storyteller Pleads No Contest to Molestation of 5 y/o Charges
 Will Likely Get 16 Years in Prison

Robert Beideman, left, and his ‘Carpathian’ alterego at right.

As his victim watched from the audience and potential jurors waited outside the courtroom door, former children’s storyteller John Robert “Bob” Beideman admitted this morning to a child molestation charge that will put him in state prison for 16 years.

Beideman, also known as Carpathian the storyteller, pleaded no contest to continuous sexual abuse of a girl who was 5 years old when he first began molesting her in October 2006. She is 18 now and was in Judge Kaleb Cockrum’s courtroom to hear him enter his plea. Beideman, led from the courtroom in handcuffs after entering the plea, did not look at the teen as he walked by.

The 58-year old Beideman is expected to be sentenced Dec. 14 to 16 years. Because the crime is considered a serious and violent felony, he must serve at least 85 percent of that time.

In exchange for his plea, the District Attorney’s Office dismissed several other molestation charges that could have meant life in prison had Beideman chosen to go to trial and been convicted by a jury. Deputy District Attorney Stacey Eads told Cockrum the charges were dismissed to spare the victim from having to testify at trial. Eads said the girl endured “years of abuse” and still suffers from anxiety.

“We’re concerned about her well-being,” Eads said.

During Beideman’s preliminary hearing, the girl testified that Beideman regularly molested her during bedtime rituals involving songs and stories. She said she believed for years that her experience was a normal part of childhood.

Beideman, who worked for many years as a Superior Court clerk (6th story on link), has been in Humboldt County Correctional Facility since October 2017. His other role in the community was as Carpathian, a spookily costumed figure who performed at many local events, telling children they didn’t need to fear monsters.

Because the plea came in the midst of jury selection, Beideman was dressed in civilian clothing instead of the traditional orange jumpsuit. This morning he wore a checkered gray shirt and gray slacks and sat next to defense attorney Russ Clanton instead of in the jury box.

Clanton had one terse comment after the sentencing, which was that Beideman’s plea “is reflective that all the parties here agreed that this case should resolve short of trial.”

A no contest plea is treated as a guilty plea in criminal court.



Thursday, 15 November 2018

Six USA Stories, One UK Story, and a Few Pervert Lists on Today's Catholic PnP List

NY's Ogdensburg diocese releases list of priests accused of sex abuse, joining national trend

By Julie McMahon jmcmahon@syracuse.com

OGDENSBURG, N.Y. -- The Diocese of Ogdensburg this week released the names of priests accused of child sex abuse, joining a trend nationwide.

The diocese named 28 priests, 16 of whom have died. Officials said all of the living priests had been removed or left ministry.

Those named were the subject of a finding "of reasonable grounds" that they had engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor or vulnerable adult, according to the diocese.

The Ogdensburg diocese joins 75 other dioceses across the country that have released the names of abusive priests, according to a count by the law firm Anderson & Associates, which represents victims nationwide.

A quick Google search shows that new dioceses every day are releasing names.

That leaves 120 dioceses or archdioceses in the U.S. that have refused to list the identities of sexually abusive priests.

With Ogdensburg's latest release, three dioceses in New York state continue to refuse to release the names.

In Syracuse, Bishop Robert Cunningham has said he will not release a list. Cunningham's policy is to confirm the names once a victim makes it public. According to a statement from the diocese, Cunningham has received requests from victims that their abusers not be named.

"To respect the wishes of all victims, Bishop Cunningham has provided the names to local authorities and has confirmed the names of those with a credible complaint of abuse of a minor if brought forth publicly by the victim," the statement said.

The New York State Attorney General is launched a probe in September into all eight dioceses in the state, seeking information about whether church officials knew about and covered up sexual abuse by clergy.

The investigation came after a nearly two-year grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania that led to a report detailing sex abuse by more than 300 priests over seven decades.

The following priests were named by the Ogdensburg diocese:

Fay Ager

Joseph Conti (deceased)

Joseph Degen (deceased)

Robert Duford (deceased)

John Fallon (deceased)

Ronald Farchette

Bruce Favreau

Edward Franklin (deceased)

Theodore Gillette (deceased)

John Hunt (deceased)

Edwin Kennedy (deceased)

John Kennedy (deceased)

Emile Lalonde (deceased)

James Larche

Roger Martin (deceased)

Gerald McGrath (deceased)

Roland Menard

Liam O'Doherty

Albert Plante (deceased)

Gerald Sharland (deceased)

Robert Shurtleff

Thomas Squires

George Tobin (deceased)

Michael Toth

Clark White

John Wiley (deceased)

David Wisniewski

Paul Worczak




14 New Child Abuse Cases Filed Against
Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese

Newest Post-Grand Jury Cases Bring New Evidence of Church's Concealment of Child Sexual Abuse

PITTSBURGH -- Today, Alan Perer filed new lawsuits on behalf of 14 plaintiffs, all of whom as children were sexually abused by priests.

The suits were filed in 12 complaints naming the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh, Bishop David A. Zubik, and Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl as defendants.

These new cases are the largest number filed at one time since the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report that showed the Diocese's continuous and fraudulent concealment of critical information regarding child sexual abusers whom it employed as priests, school officials and child counselors.

The Grand Jury report shows that the intentionally concealed reports were made to the Diocese before, during and after the plaintiffs were being sexually abused.

The complaints filed by Perer name seven priests who already publicly appear in the Grand Jury report, along with three new individuals named by victims who have for the first time come forward. There is compelling evidence that the Diocese may also have intentionally concealed knowledge that these three individuals had engaged in sexually abusing children, as it had in so many other cases.

The 12 filed complaints name the following 14 plaintiffs and detail extensive instances of sexual abuse (with case docket numbers)

Trent Brash, who was about 15 years old when sexually assaulted by John Hoehl at Quigley High School, starting about 1979. (GD- 18-014961)

John Chepponis, who was about 8 years old when he was first sexually assaulted by Francis Siler at St Catherine Parish, starting about 1977. (GD- 18- 014963)

David Newman, who was about 8 years old when he was first sexually abused by William O'Malley at St. Canice parish, starting about 1974. (GD- 18- 014957)

Mark Pearce, who was about 12 years old when he was first abused by George Zirwas at St. Michael parish, starting about 1982. (GD- 18- 014959)

James Quigley, who was about 12 years old when he was first abused by George Leech at St Bartholomew parish, starting about 1960. (GD- 18- 014958)

Richard Welsh, who was about 8 years old when first abused by Edward Huff at the parish of North American Martyrs, starting about 1978. (GD- 18- 014959)

Michael Dojcak, who was about 14 years old when first abused by Raymond R. Rhoden at St. Francis of Assisi parish, starting about 1983. (GD- 18- 014960)

Jerry Schwrickrath, who was about 16 years old when first abused by Ernest Paone at Madonna of Jerusalem parish, starting about 1964. (GD- 18- 014965)

Kirk Rice, who was about 10 years old when first abused by John Unger at Sacred Heart Elementary School, starting about 1969. (GD- 18- 014962)

Alan Corso, who was about 15 years old when first abused by Peter Pilarski at Resurrection parish, starting about 1966. (GD- 18- 014969)

John Doe 1, who was about 11 years old when first abused by William O'Malley at St. Francis de Sales parish, starting about 1980. (GD- 18- 014957)

John Doe 2, who was about 15 years old when first abused by Francis Siler at St. Margaret parish, starting about 1980. (GD- 18- 014955)

Marianne Bezjian (nee Kole), who was about 11 years old when first sexually assaulted by Lawrence O'Connell at St. Gabriel parish, starting about 1960. (GD- 18- 014964)

Kristine Marks (nee Kole), who was about 7 years old when first sexually assaulted by Lawrence O'Connell at St. Gabriel parish, starting about 1961. (GD- 18- 0149644

The names of three priests who were not disclosed in the Grand Jury report but are named in the complaints are George Leech, Peter Pilarski and John Unger.

The Pittsburgh Diocese was fully responsible for the placement, employment and maintenance of these priests at every one of these incidents of child sexual abuse.

Because of systematic fraudulent concealment and conspiracy to conceal by the Diocese, the sexual abuse histories of these priests were hidden from the public and from these plaintiffs and their respective families, until the Grand Jury report made the continuing pattern of the fraud public.

Had these facts and this evidence been known, civil suits versus the Diocese could have been pursued within the statute of limitations. The active and on-going concealment of critical evidence provides a basis to extend the statute of limitations in all these cases.

The cases seek expansion of the statute of limitations for past victims of abuse under existing Pennsylvania legal principles and accepted public policy.

Complaints were filed in the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, and the defendants duly notified.




Six sex abuse survivors announce lawsuit
against U.S. bishops

Clergy child sex abuse condemned in 306 AD

Attorney Jeffrey Anderson holds a placard reflecting U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops leadership since 2004,
during a Nov. 14 press conference in Baltimore. Photo: CNS/Kevin J. Parks, Catholic Review

The lawsuit seeks "court ordered disclosure of identities of all offenders and their histories known only to the bishops

As the U.S. bishops entered the last public part of their 2018 fall general assembly, centred largely on the clergy sex abuse crisis, six clergy sex abuse survivors announced Nov. 14 a lawsuit against the prelates' main organisation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

In a news conference near the hotel where the bishops were holding their annual fall meeting in Baltimore, Minnesota lawyer Jeff Anderson gathered three survivors from California, Minnesota and Pennsylvania to talk about the suit filed in federal district court in Minnesota late Nov. 13.

The firm said in a news release that the lawsuit seeks "court ordered disclosure of identities of all offenders and their histories known only to the bishops who continue to keep this information secret."

Also on Nov. 13, a separate suit – a class-action lawsuit – was filed against the Vatican and the USCCB in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. That suit is being handled by attorneys from two firms based in Beaumont, Texas, and by two New York lawyers.

The suit filed in Minnesota by Anderson names Joseph Mclean of Minnesota, Paul Dunn of New York, Phillip DiWilliams of Pennsylvania, Darin Buckman of Illinois, and Mark Pinkosh and Troy Franks of California as plaintiffs.

The lawsuit alleges that the USCCB concealed "the known histories and identities from the public, parishioners and law enforcement of clergy accused of sexually abusing children across the country."

The USCCB did not release a response but typically wouldn't respond to a lawsuit.

McClean, one of the survivors at the news conference in Baltimore, said he chose to join the lawsuit because he wants the bishops to "come clean."

"I'm here to protect kids" and to give victims the opportunity to heal, said McClean, who said his abusing priests brushed his pelvis against him during a retreat and kissed McClean when he was 17. Years later, after taking legal action to obtain documents about the priest, he said he discovered that he had done the same to others but was never stopped.

Attorney Anderson said there were others out there like that priest, and they pose a "danger that is real and imminent." That's why the lawsuit demands full disclosure of all known offenders in the 196 dioceses across the country, including the 120 dioceses that have not released a list of clergy who may have offended, he said during the news conference.

The church "maintains" a public hazard, said Anderson, who also announced a lawsuit against the Vatican in early October and has taken similar legal action over the years against dioceses around the country.

Also present in the room was a man Anderson identified as Deacon Bob Sondag of Peoria, Illinois, who said he served as a victim assistance coordinator and said "the checks and balances put in place in the 2002 Dallas charter have been compromised," referring to the "Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People," a set of procedures adopted by the bishops to address the sex abuse crisis.

"At times, it seems that protecting the institution is a higher goal than caring for the victims," said Sondag, reading from a statement.

Asked whether it was opportunistic to be unveiling the lawsuit in Baltimore while the bishops were meeting, Anderson said, "Yes, it is opportunistic," but added that it was an opportunity taken in the interest of protecting children.

The class-action suit filed in court in the District of Columbia was announced in Beaumont. It too was filed on behalf of six plaintiffs claiming they were abused by clergy as minors: Timothy B. Lennon, of Arizona; Mark S. Belenchia, of Mississippi; Alfred L. Antonsen Jr., of Illinois; Joseph Piscitelli, of California; Shaun A. Dougherty, of Pennsylvania; and Mark Crawford, of New Jersey.

None of the alleged abuse occurred in Texas, but the Beaumont lawyers said in a statement they "have handled major class action lawsuits for victims throughout the United States over the last 25 years."

Condemnation of clergy sex abuse action by 
"the Council of Elvira in Spain" in A.D. 306

The 80-page suit alleges the plaintiffs "were victims of the endemic, systemic, rampant and pervasive rape and sexual abuse perpetrated by Roman Catholic Church cardinals, bishops, monsignors, priests, sisters, lay leaders, members of Catholic religious orders, educators, and other personnel, members, agents and representatives while serving in active ministry -- with the knowledge of the defendants."

It adds that "child sexual abuse committed by the Catholic Clergy has been going on for centuries," citing condemnation of clergy sex abuse action by "the Council of Elvira in Spain" in A.D. 306.

The lawyers say the suit also is a "RICO" case, referring to the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, a 1970 law originally designed to target organized crime.

According to the filing the suit seeks "compensatory damages" -- it does not name a sum -- or in lieu of those damages, the plaintiffs want other monies, such as "restitution, economic damages, punitive damages."




Another alleged victim says he reached confidential agreement for church sex abuse
By Kimberly Curth 

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -In a Fox 8 exclusive, we learn about another confidential agreement reached between the Archdiocese of New Orleans and a man who says a deacon repeatedly raped him at the youth home, Hope Haven, in the early 1970s.

“The pain never goes away," said the alleged victim.

Decades have gone by, but he will tell you time doesn’t heal all wounds. “I have nightmares and no amount of money is ever going to cure me. When you rape and molest somebody at 12 nothing will ever take that away,” he said.

We’re not using his name to protect his privacy. He says former Deacon James Lockwood, repeatedly raped him after he was placed at Hope Haven when he was a boy. “I was placed there in 1973 by my mother who couldn’t afford to take care of me and I went there thinking they were going to take care of me,” the alleged victim said.

Wednesday, he provided us with documentation of a 2010 settlement with the Archdiocese of New Orleans for $80,000. “He molested me, sodomized me, he took me to several churches and he put me on the altar and he sodomized me,” the alleged victim said. “People will say why didn’t you say anything well I was scared to death to say anything and who’s going to believe a 12 year old.”

He gave us a copy of a letter that Archbishop Gregory Aymond apparently signed in 2010; saying in part, ”please find a check for the amount described in the confidentiality agreement as well as a copy of the settlement. Most importantly, I assure you of my prayerful support in this time of healing.”

“I met with him. I told him the story, what gruesome details, and he contacted me later and offered me $40,000 and I said i don’t think that’s a drop in the bucket of what I am going to need so then we settled on $80,000 which is still a drop in the bucket," said the alleged victim.

Lockwood is still alive and on the list of names the Archdiocese of New Orleans released of clergy members credibly accused of child sex abuse. Lockwood was removed from ministry in 1978. But, is only listed as having pastoral assignments at Center of Jesus the Lord in New Orleans and Our Lady of Prompt Succor in Chalmette. We asked the Archdiocese about that. They say their files do not indicate Lockwood had a pastoral assignment at Hope Haven. Instead, the Archdiocese says they have information to indicate he worked at Hope Haven as a volunteer social worker.

“He was on there and it just made me sick to think they’ve let this go on all these years. We’re talking about 30 years, it’s been going on and they still haven’t arrested this man," said the alleged victim.

Earlier this month, we tracked Lockwood down on the phone. He said he wasn’t sure why his name was on the list. He was accused in the late 1970s of aggravated crimes against nature involving two 11-year-old boys. But, he claims his case was settled years ago after it went to the State Supreme Court twice.

"Eventually, my case was terminated and the file sealed. I was given a good report and I've been working ever since, I mean up to 2014," said Lockwood.

The alleged victim says he wants Lockwood taken off the streets."He’s still out there and I’m afraid, the reason I’m coming forward is, I’m afraid he’s doing it to other people," he said.

We reached out to the Archdiocese of New Orleans about Lockwood and the alleged victim’s claims. We did not disclose his identity. But, in a statement the Archdiocese said it has “pledged its full cooperation with any investigations. Without you disclosing the victim’s name, we think it is an individual who has reached out to us. At the victim’s specific request, our legal counsel sent a letter to the District Attorneys in Orleans and Jefferson Parish providing the name and contact information of the victim and informing the DA that this victim is eager to cooperate in an investigation and prosecution of Mr. Lockwood.”




Convicted in child porn case, rogue priest still preaches
as he crafts his own narrative

Brandie Kessler and Dylan Segelbaum, York Daily Record 

The Catholic church kicked him out. He is among 301 "predator priests" named by a grand jury. But he still leads a Catholic church in York County.

A York Daily Record/Sunday News investigation shows how he has tried to discredit the conviction. He tells supporters various stories about why he was convicted of a crime.

Harry Spencer realized that he was home.

He’d grown uncomfortable with the direction of the Catholic Church, particularly since Vatican II. The doctrines had changed. The Mass had changed. So had all the traditions and rituals.

Then, about seven years ago, Spencer started going to what would become St. Michael the Archangel Roman Catholic Church in Lower Windsor Township. It offers a traditional Latin Mass. The Rev. Virgil Tetherow, also known as Father Gabriel, leads the church.

“I have never met a priest that I’ve felt more comfortable with in his religiosity and his ability to teach the religion of the Roman Catholic faith,” Spencer said. “I love my religion. And Father Tetherow is a true Catholic priest.”

But that is not what the Catholic church says.

In fact, Tetherow “is not recognized as a priest, is prohibited from presenting himself as clergy and is not associated with the Diocese of Harrisburg,” said Mike Barley, a spokesman for the diocese, who encouraged the faithful to not attend Tetherow's services.

Tetherow, 54, is among 301 “predator priests” named in the recent landmark grand jury report that details widespread sexual abuse in six Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania. He was arrested in 2005 after police found child pornography on two computers and he later pleaded guilty to criminal use of a communication facility.

In a statement provided to the grand jury, he maintains his conviction isn't what it seems and that the grand jury report distorts the public record. He’s never been accused of physical sexual abuse of children.

Child pornography IS physical abuse of children - it's just watching someone else do it.

Many of the clergy named in the almost 900-page report are dead. But Tetherow, who declined to be interviewed, is still actively running a church — and there’s nothing, and apparently no one, that can prevent him from doing so. 

A York Daily Record/Sunday News investigation based on dozens of interviews, Right-to-Know Law requests, court records and secret canonical letters reveals how he’s been able to weave a narrative to discredit the conviction and keep loyal followers in his flock.

The story is well-written but a little graphic and disgusting, but if you want to read it please go to the York Daily Record.




Michigan Catholic Diocese publishes list of priests accused of sexual abuse

By Justin P. Hicks jhicks3@mlive.com

GAYLORD, MI -- The Catholic Diocese of Gaylord has created an online list of priests and deacons who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of a minor dating back to 1971.

As of Thursday, Nov. 15, the list featured 10 clergy. Eight of the priests are deceased. The two living priests -- Ronald Gronowski and James Holtz -- have been "permanently removed from public ministry." 

The release of the list comes amid a state investigation of sexual abuse by priests being led by the Michigan attorney general's office. In August 2018, the state agency began investigating the handling of allegations dating back to 1950. 

The diocese said it has previously released information about the allegations of sexual abuse of minors involving priests or deacons, but chose to publish and maintain the list because it "may be helpful to the healing process for victim-survivors," and to continue efforts for increased transparency. 

A "credible and substantiated allegation," as used by the diocese, is an accusation that, after an investigation and review of available information, appears more likely true than not and has been accepted as credible by the bishop, according to the diocese.

The diocese says the most recent credible incident of sexual abuse of a minor involving clergy in the Diocese of Gaylord is alleged to have occurred three decades ago.

The investigation will also include any allegations related to the cover up of sexual abuse or assault.

Similar state investigations are underway in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Missouri, Illinois, Nebraska, and Florida. 

The list:

Patrick Barrett -- Permanently removed from public ministry in 2002. Died in 2006.
Ronald Gronowski -- Permanently removed from public ministry in 2002.
Lionel Harnish -- Removed from ministry 1986. Died in 2007.
James Holtz -- Permanently removed from public ministry in 2002.
Benedict Marciulionis -- Removed from ministry in 1981. Died in 2000.
Raymond Pilarski -- Permanently removed from public ministry in 2006. Died in 2017.
Terrence Raymond -- Left priesthood in 1985. Died in 1986.
Robert Gordon Smith -- Died in 1990.
Laurus Rhode -- Removed from diocese and returned to Order of Friars Minor (OFM) religious order in 1993. Died in 1995.
Leo Olschaysken -- Removed from diocese and returned to O. Praem religious order in 1974. Deceased. 

Gronowski resigned from churches in Lake City and Manton in 2002 because of a 1995 allegation of sexual misconduct during the 1970s, according to a report by the Midland Daily News. 

"I cannot express how profoundly sorry I am for any anguish this person has suffered from my actions," Gronowski said in a letter to parishioners announcing his resignation, according to the report. "Nor can words share the depth of my sadness and grief for any embarrassment and pain caused to my own family, my brother priests, the diocese and our beloved Catholic Church."

Herein, once again, is the problem. He apologizes to everyone except God! There is almost never any mention of God, or His Son Jesus Christ, in the statements of regret from those clergy who actually do, or did, regret their horrific evil actions perpetrated on children. Their sins were against children, but primarily against God. Their actions destroyed the innocence of children, violating their sacredness, and almost completely destroyed their faith in God. Yet, they cannot seem to see their actions in that light. But the Day will come when they will.

Holtz resigned as pastor of the parishes of St. Mary of the Woods in Kalkaska and St. Aloysius in Fife Lake in 2002, according to a report by the Traverse City Record Eagle. He was accused of sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1980s.

Since 2002, the Gaylord diocese said it has fully implemented the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and Essential Norms established by the United Stated Conference of Catholic Bishops. Included in the charter are things like mandatory background checks for employees and volunteers who work with minors, as well as training for adults and children to help identify warning signs, maintain appropriate boundaries and what to do should abuse be suspected.

An independent annual audit is completed each year which evaluates the diocese's compliance with the charter. The diocese said it has been found in compliance every year since 2002 when the charter was established. 

In 2017, a 44-year-old priest within the diocese was found not guilty of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He spent five months in jail after being accused of sexual assault against a fellow priest. 

The Diocese of Gaylord includes the 21 most northern counties of the Lower Peninsula. The area includes 75 parishes and nearly 54,000 Catholics.

To report allegations of sexual abuse of a minor by clergy -- past or current -- individuals are encouraged to contact U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Victim Assistance Coordinator Larry LaCross at 989-705-9010. 

In Michigan many professionals, including clergy, teachers, doctors and counselors, are mandated reporters. These individuals are required by law to make an oral report immediately to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) if they have reasonable cause to suspect a child is being neglected or abused in any way. 

Further, the Diocese of Gaylord said in its online post that it encourages anyone who suspects a child is being abused or neglected to report the matter to local authorities. The MDHHS maintains a 24-hour statewide reporting hotline at 855-444-3911.




UK Diocese in Birmingham 'wouldn't give names of alleged abusers' to own safeguarding team
 IICSA


The Birmingham Diocese was the only one in the country not to pass on names of alleged abusers to the Catholic Church's own safeguarding organisation, an inquiry has heard.

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse is this week looking at the way the Birmingham Archdiocese handled reports of abuse.

Giving evidence, the former Director of the Catholic Office for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (COPCA) Eileen Shearan told the panel that the diocese would not hand over names of priests who had been reported to them, despite it being COPCA procedure that they should.

The inquiry saw correspondence between the Children Protection Officer at the Diocese and COPCA.

In them the Officer, Jane Jones, said that the Church Commission in Birmingham did not think they should have to disclose names to get advice from COPCA and that they didn't believe it was procedure in other organisations to do this.

Eileen Shearan said she didn't believe this was the case.

There is a distinction between an individual case and a general request for help and support and information.. This was an individual case..It was, in my view, best practice that any information COPCA received should be available in order to be, to assist people making future inquiries so that they had full information about the level of risk in a particular case.

I do not agree at all that it was illegal to generate these records. It was our role and we were doing so in the interested of protecting children.

– EILEEN SHEARAN, FORMER DIRECTOR OF COPCA

Ms Shearan told the inquiry that when she left her post at COPCA in 2007, the issue of naming the alleged abusers had not been resolved.

She told the hearing that she did not think there were enough resources given by the Catholic Church to pay for safeguarding.

When questioned by the Inquiry's counsel, she said that she did not think that this showed a lack of prioritisation for safeguarding, but more that the church already thought they were paying enough towards it.