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
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Tuesday, 17 July 2018
© Jaap Arriens / Global Look Press
Live-streaming app LiveMe has deleted 600,000 accounts of children under the age of 13 in the last 60 days since media reports emerged that pedophiles were using the service to exploit underage users.
The app, which has been downloaded more than 90 million times, shares the user's location and allows users to search for who is streaming near them. A Fox News affiliate in Los Angeles revealed in May that underage girls who use the service were being regularly solicited by predators to perform sexual acts on camera.
According to the news outlet, one girl was confronted by her mother after police received reports that she had been ordered by predators watching her stream to pull her top up and perform a sexual act on her friend.
Police were alerted to the live stream by a group called Sheepdog Bloodhound, a group of volunteers from around the world who monitor LiveMe in an effort to try to report and prevent child exploitation.
"The child had been online with a friend and inappropriate, showing herself, showing her body, basically doing what the predators had asked her to do," said Paul Irwin, the leader of Sheepdog Bloodhound. "In most cases, shall we say 90 percent, the families have no idea what their youth are doing now."
One girl who spoke with the Fox affiliate explained how the abuse occurs.
"We go live, and we're just bored and we get no comments," the girl said. "But then the predators coming in and enticing them, and then they'll give a gift, and that's when we're like 'oh, you're paying attention to me so I'll do whatever they want me to do and I want those gifts."
The minimum age for using LiveMe is 13, and the company says that it hopes to delete all users under 13 within the next two months. The streaming service is also implementing a safety program staffed by 1,000 volunteers, and it says it is working on improvements to its AI systems, which can help detect and report child exploitation.
This is good, but I wonder how they determine how old a child is. I also think that 13 is too young to be thrown to the wolves. Minimum age should be at least 15.
UK family jailed for 30 years of
horrendous child sex abuse
‘It appears he had a very revolving door’: Allegations against Nova Scotia-based Buddhist leader rising
horrendous child sex abuse
MEMBERS of a Coventry family have been jailed for a string of horrific sexual offences against children which spanned more than 30 years – as a judge branded it the most shocking case he has presided over.
Anthony Potts, of Milverton Road, Wood End, has been jailed for life after being found guilty of 13 counts of rape, three counts of sexual assault, nine counts of inciting a child to perform a sexual act and cruelty in an eight week trial which ended in May.
The judge at Birmingham Crown Court told the 49-year-old on Monday (July 16) that his crimes were ‘horrendous’ and of all the cases he has presided over in his 50 years of service he could not think of ‘a worse one’.
He told Potts he must serve at least 16 years before he would even be considered for parole.
Five other defendants – many members of his own family – were complicit in Potts’ offending and were jailed alongside him.
Potts first came to the attention of police in 1989 when a young woman reported being abused by him as a child over a six-year period, but the case was never brought to trial.
Two years ago, the case was eventually referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
Wow! That only took 27 years!
In May 2015, three children – all under the age of 14 – disclosed they had been abused by Potts and others to a third party, who reported the allegations to police.
But in July of that year it was deemed there was insufficient evidence to bring charges against the perpetrators.
Following exploration of facts within the Family Court and the testimony of a fifth person, the case was re-opened in January 2016 and the full extent of the abuse began to unfold resulting in three further cases being identified.
Joshua Potts, aged 26 from Burnaby Road, was convicted of multiple counts of rape and sexual assault against children.
He has been jailed for 16 years with no possibility of parole for ten and a half years.
Keith and Julie Potts, aged 67 and 60 respectively, from Burnaby Road, were both charged with two counts of cruelty to a child.
They have been jailed for eight and seven years respectively.
Nathan Potts, aged 26 from Burnaby Road, was also found guilty in May of two counts of rape of a child, four counts of sexual assault, inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and sex with an adult relative – he will be sentenced in August.
Two further defendants pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing and were sentenced this week. Joanne Hoye, aged 42 of no fixed address – neglect – jailed for four years. Elaine Potts, aged 50 of Milverton Road – neglect – jailed for four years.
Two 17-year-old boys also on trial were found not guilty.
A 52-year-old woman on trial for aiding and abetting sexual offences resulted in a hung jury.
Investigating detective sergeant Rachel Gregory, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “This is one of the worst cases of systematic and horrifying child sexual abuse that I have ever seen.
“The investigation was complex and a lot of time and care was spent with the survivors in helping them to find the courage to talk about what happened to them and to ensure we could present the best possible evidence to the court.”
Where were you 29 years ago?
Detective chief Inspector Jo Floyd, the senior investigating officer, added: “All the children have been safeguarded and are receiving on-going support to help them come to terms with their abuse.
“I would urge anyone who has suffered any type of sexual abuse either currently or historically to get in touch with us.”
A Serious Case Review to scrutinise the safeguarding procedures for the children involved and what lessons can be learned is underway by the Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB).
‘It appears he had a very revolving door’: Allegations against Nova Scotia-based Buddhist leader rising
By Ross Lord, Global National Atlantic Correspondent, Global News
Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche arrives in the rain for his Tibetan Buddhist royal wedding to Princess Tseyang Palmo in Halifax on Saturday, June 10, 2006. The 43-year-old Sakyong, son of the movement's founder, is the spiritual leader for more than 10,000 Shambhala Buddhists around the world. Andrew Vaughan/ The Canadian Press
The woman whose whistleblowing research has touched off a sex scandal in a Halifax-based Buddhist organization suggests the allegations have just begun.
“More women have come forward just this week,” says Andrea Winn, a former Shambhala member.
Winn says when she decided to look into allegations of sexual abuse in the Shambhala community, she hoped its spiritual leader Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche wasn’t part of it.
Instead, three anonymous women came forward.
One claimed, “He kissed me and groped me while aggressively encouraging me to come to bed with him.”
Another alleged she was sexually assaulted by the Sakyong in the kitchen.
A third woman described an assistant leading her into the Sakyong’s bedroom, where he and another woman were “on his bed having sex.”
Winn claims those who protested were shunned and forced to leave the Shambhala community.
“It appears he had a very revolving door, of lots of women being phoned up, asked to come, him having sex with them, and, it going on for however long that he wanted, and then, he would callously dismiss them.”
The Sakyong is a married father of three.
His father relocated Shambhala Buddhism from the U.S. to Nova Scotia in the 1980s.
In a statement, the Sakyong admitted: “I have engaged in relationships with women in the Shambhala community.”
Adding: “I have recently learned that some of these women have shared experiences of feeling harmed as a result of these relationships. I am now making a public apology.”
The statement does not confess to any sexual misconduct.
However, there’s another allegation from a woman who claims the Sakyong sexually assaulted her at a party in Chile in 2002.
A claim which is bolstered by retired employment lawyer, Carol Merchasin, who followed up on Winn’s research by interviewing the complainants and other witnesses.
“He took her by the hand, and he pulled her into a bathroom, he locked the door and then he sexually assaulted her. And he wanted her to have sex with him, and she refused, and he continued,” she said.
As the scandal unfolds, the Sakyong has stepped aside, as has Shambhala International’s nine-member governing council. Winn applauds those measures.
“These are very, very positive responses, in a very short time to our releasing that report, which I think speaks to the wisdom and the integrity of the Shambhala community.”
Well, wisdom, at least.
A growing list of lawyers has become involved, including a law firm appointed by Shambhala leaders as a third-party investigator. The Sakyong’s lawyer has not replied to Global News’ request for comment. Complainants can take their allegations to police.
Winn says the #metoo movement encouraged complainants to share their stories. She hopes it will lead to positive change in the Shambhala Buddhist community.
Halifax Regional District, Nova Scotia
Ex-chancellor of Chilean archdiocese arrested
for child sex abuse
A priest who served in the chancery of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile for 15 years was arrested by local authorities Thursday on accusations of sexual abuse of minors and of the cover-up of abuse.
Fr. Óscar Muñoz Toledo, 56, was arrested July 12 on seven counts of the repeated sexual abuse of minors and statutory rape. He also faces accusations of cover-up.
The abuse is alleged to have begun in 2002, with victims between the ages of 11 and 17 years old. According to Chilean press, five of the seven alleged victims are nephews of Muñoz.
Starting in 2003, Muñoz served as vice-chancellor of Santiago under now-emeritus Archbishop Javier Errazuriz Ossa, who is a member of Pope Francis’ Council of Cardinals. Following Errazuriz’ retirement, Muñoz became chancellor, a position he held until earlier this year.
Muñoz reported himself to the archdiocese’s office for abuse complaints Jan. 2. He was subsequently removed as chancellor and as a parish priest at Jesús de Nazareth parish, where he had served since 2016, and was prohibited from the public exercise of his priestly ministry.
A chancellor is responsible for maintaining the documents of a diocese. According to Chilean newspaper La Tercera, Muñoz, as chancellor, was also present during statements made against Chile’s most notorious abuser priest, Fernando Karadima, who was convicted of sexually abusing minors in a 2011 Vatican trial.
According to the Spanish language news agency EFE, the local prosecutor’s office opened an investigation against Muñoz in May. In June the same office seized evidence from the Diocese of Rancagua and the ecclesiastical court in Santiago to examine claims of abuse by a group of priests in the O’Higgins region of Chile.
They are the latest investigations of clergy of the Church in Chile as it continues to face fallout from sexual abuse scandals.
In June Pope Francis accepted the resignation of five Chilean bishops, including Bishop Juan Barros Madrid, who had been accused of covering up for Karadima.
The resignation of Bishop Alejandro Goić Karmelić, the then-head of the Church in Rancagua, was also accepted June 28. In May, Goić, 78, admitted to dropping the ball on abuse allegations brought to him in 2017. He apologized for having not investigated the charges and suspended 12 priests who were accused of inappropriate sexual conduct with minors.
All the active bishops of Chile had submitted their written resignation to Pope Francis at the end of a three-day meeting with the pontiff in Rome. Francis summoned the bishops following an in-depth investigation and report into the Chilean clerical abuse crisis carried out in February by Maltese Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Msgr. Jordi Bertomeu of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
'Constant anxiety': Sexual assault survivor describes effects of long delays in justice systemAidan Geary · CBC News
Close to six months.
That's how much time elapsed between the moment a woman contacted Winnipeg police in January and when investigators were able to formally charge city Coun. Russ Wyatt with sexual assault — a charge Wyatt has denied.
In the Wednesday news conference in which Winnipeg police announced the charge to media and the public, Const. Rob Carver explained that time was spent in complex investigations — detailed interviews conducted by expert investigators and especially the time-consuming lab analysis of forensic evidence that Winnipeg police can't do in-house.
"Unfortunately, this is not outside the norm for sexual assault investigations," Carver told reporters at the time. "The delay in sexual assault charges is almost always based on getting lab results back .… In this case, I can tell you that that information was not provided to the Winnipeg Police Service until yesterday."
That's not good enough. Winnipeg is the capital of Manitoba, the largest city between Toronto and Edmonton, and should have its own forensic lab that is able to turn information around in days. This is dragging out victimization and thereby making it harder to recover from.
To Tanya Busch, it's a familiar conundrum. The 24-year-old Winnipeg woman says only about five minutes passed from the moment she was sexually assaulted in her apartment two years ago and when she contacted police to report it.
But she had to wait two painful months until police laid a charge against the man, who lived in the same building as Busch.
"You're really kept in the dark," Busch said. "I think it's a misconception that after you report, you are going to feel like you're in control. But really, as soon as you've finished reporting and as soon as you've finished, that's the last time that you're ever going to be in charge of what's going on."
She described it as a sense of "constant anxiety." "The first two weeks, I was scared to leave the house alone. I needed somebody with me at all times," she recalled. "My friends would drive me to work or hold my hand and walk me to work, walk me down to the doors of my building."
Coun. Russ Wyatt was charged with sexual assault earlier this week, nearly six months after the complainant came forward to police. He has denied the charge. (Jeff Stapleton/CBC)
"I thought, what if they don't believe me?" she said. "What if his story is better than mine?"
Busch said the police and Crown representative she worked with were kind and understanding, but as her case wound its way through investigations and the court, she felt herself just wanting the ordeal to be over. It took two years until the man involved took a plea deal and was deported.
"To me, it's really understandable that some people would quit," she said. "The fear that you're going to be forgotten about, or that they're not really understanding what you're going through, is really prevalent."
Busch didn't drop her case, and she said she hopes her story helps other victims find the strength to come forward.
"I didn't, I think, because I wanted to prove a point. Maybe that's because I'm stubborn or hard-headed, but I didn't want somebody to think it was just OK to do that to me, or to anybody," she said.
"I really just didn't want to become another statistic."
'Need to be resolved'
According to sex assault and legal experts, delays like those Carver and Busch described aren't unique as victims of sexual assault move through the legal system, from police interactions to court dates.
"There's so many parts to it [and] I'm sure they are doing their best," said Zilla Jones, a Winnipeg defence lawyer who said recent sex assault cases she's worked on have moved slowly, too.
"But we just all need to keep in mind that these cases are stressful for people and they need to be resolved as quickly as they can."
During Wednesday's press conference, Carver said police can't lay charges until they have reasonable and probable grounds to believe the offence occurred.
In sex crime investigations, investigators have to conduct very careful interviews with the person making the complaint and then move on to interviewing witnesses and suspects, he said.
Winnipeg police also have to send lab evidence to be tested by the RCMP, which takes time too, he said. In the Wyatt case, he said investigators couldn't move forward until the results were returned.
'We just all need to keep in mind that these cases are stressful for people and they need to be resolved as quickly as they can,' says defence attorney Zilla Jones. (Cliff Simpson / CBC News)
Once charges are laid, Jones said lawyers also try to access phone records or social media histories of people involved — often essential in a sexual assault case, where there may be a lack of other evidence.
That means going through outside organizations like phone companies or Facebook, and that can add time, too. "I've had cases where it's taken almost a year to get videos off Facebook that people have deleted," she said.
The cases move through court differently as well, she added. They can be more adversarial, for instance, and unlike in many other types of cases, sexual assault victims may not be required to testify during preliminary inquiries.
Lawyers may argue about whether it's necessary for the victim to speak in the preliminary, and that can slow things down, she said. "It's a very unwieldy process that often drags things out at that stage," she said.
'You want to see resolution'
Nicole Chammartin, executive director of Winnipeg's Klinic Community Health centre, which offers support for sexual assault victims, said counsellors always warn victims that the process will take time.
"It's just another piece. If you imagine any of us that has gone through a trauma and has decided to do something, you want to see resolution," she said. "It drags out the entire experience for them. It drags out the amount of time that they're engaged in this. It may make it harder for them to move forward and get closure."
Busch says she was given that advice by her Klinic counsellor when she first visited the centre to talk about her assault. The truth, she said, is that it's impossible to mentally prepare yourself for the process.
"Before I was actually in this situation, the hopes that the justice system will take care of it are a lot higher," she said. "But the reality is, it could take years and years and years."
For other victims, she advises relying on a support network of friends or family. In the absence of that, go see Klinic, she said. And she offers a last piece of advice.
NZ woman says late husband was part of paedophile ring
Anihera Zhou Black says some of her late partner's abuse victims found it difficult to speak up because of his status in the community. Photo / Andrew WarnerAnihera Zhou Black says some of her late partner's abuse victims found it difficult to speak up because of his status in the community. Photo / Andrew Warner NZ Herald
There are at least three claims of child sexual abuse against Te Awanuiārangi Black which are irrefutable, his widow says.
Anihera Zhou Black also said today she had received two more disclosures about abuse by her late husband since she accused him of being a paedophile in an extraordinary Facebook post a week ago.
Police are looking into her claims, which also include an allegation that Awanui Black was part of a child sex ring in Tauranga.
Awanui, a Bay of Plenty Regional councillor and chairman of the Tauranga Moana Iwi Leaders Group, died aged 48 in November 2016.
In an interview with TVNZ's Marae broadcast today, Anihera was asked about any proof to back her allegations of paedophilia. She said she had heard of first-hand disclosures from a number of sources who had found it very difficult to be believed because of Awanui's status as a councillor and Māori leader.
"We did the [Facebook] video to give them permission that it's okay to come forward, that you will be believed. "People have come and told their stories. They are not allegations. It is their truth."
Of those disclosures, three were irrefutable, she said. "Just because we choose to protect those people it doesn't meant that that's not true."
One of the people had who spoken to her about abuse by Awanui was 8 years old at the time. She did not know how old the other two people were at the time they were abused, but said it was a similar age.
Another two approaches had been made to her since the Facebook post by people who said they had been abused. One was an individual, and the other was a group of people.
Asked about evidence for a sex ring in Tauranga, Anihera said she had found images on Awanui's computer or mobile phone.
"Some of the warped things that I've discovered ... on some of Awa's devices are pictures of him and others in naked positions and it's obvious in some ways that they've been staged for an audience. It's not just something to keep on your phone. One particular photo would be a teenager, a teenage girl."
Anihera also said that she was initially told by police that there could be no investigation of her allegations because Awanui had died, and they could only offer support to the victims.
Awanui's spokesman Willie Te Aho told Marae it was wrong that Awanui's memory was "being besmirched in this way". "I absolutely don't believe that he was a paedophile," he said. "I don't accept those allegations at all."
Te Aho said he was disappointed that hugely damaging claims were able to made against Awanui outside of a court.
"I'm disappointed with the law ... that allows people to make outrageous statements, untested, after a person has died, where they do not have an opportunity to respond and to go through the rigours of a trial to prove their innocence. That's exactly what has happened in this situation."
It's his wife, Te Aho! Do you think she's enjoying this? Most padeophiles are very popular, very outgoing, and very well liked. Don't revictimize the victims, they have been through enough.
NZ man's abuse confession saves him from prison cellSTUFF
A man who indecently assaulted his god-daughter was sentenced to intensive supervision when he appeared in the New Plymouth District Court on Monday. (File Photo)
The man, whom Stuff cannot name in order to protect the identity of the victim, was burdened by guilt about what he had done to the girl - his god-daughter.
First, the 38-year-old sought help through counselling before he fronted up to police and made a full confession about his crime, which was committed two years ago and while the girl was asleep in her own home.
To this day, the young victim remains oblivious to what happened but her parents are aware of the defendant's prosecution.
At Monday's hearing in the New Plymouth District Court, prosecutor Jacob Bourke said a jail term would ordinarily be sought for this type of offending but due to the offender's personal circumstances it would not be on this occasion.
Lawyer Josie Mooney said a sentence of intensive supervision was recommended and her client, who previously pleaded guilty to the indecent assault, was interested in getting more help.
"It was his reason for going to police," she said.
The summary of facts outlined how the defendant used to regularly socialise with the victim's parents and the girl "trusted and loved him".
In August 2016, the man was at the family's home, where he had been drinking alcohol and smoking cannabis. The defendant stayed overnight and went to sleep in the lounge.
When he got up to go to the bathroom, he saw the victim lying asleep on top of her bed, with no blankets covering her. The man went into her room and indecently assaulted the girl.
"Realising what he did was wrong, the defendant quickly returned to the lounge," the summary of facts said. The girl did not wake up or stir during the abuse.
"Nothing was said the following morning and the defendant has ceased all contact with the victim and her family due to what he did."
Following the incident, the man approached WellStop, a service which helps address sexually harmful behaviour, to get counselling.
During his therapy, he decided to go to police, where he agreed to make a statement with the full knowledge it could result in him facing criminal charges.
Judge Chris Sygrove said the defendant had suffered a high price for the "foolish and fleeting" offending. "It's quite clear that this offending would have never come to light except for your honesty," the judge said.
The man was sentenced to 12 months' intensive supervision.
A first strike warning was previously issued against him, but police did not seek his registration as a child sex offender.
NZ child sex offender banned from having a cellphone calls cops on his cellphoneSTUFF
A child sex offender banned from owning or possessing a cellphone was apprehended after he used a cellphone to call police.
He was released from prison earlier this year after serving part of a one year and 11 month jail sentence for various offences, including arranging to meet the fictitious young person for a sexual purpose, distributing objectionable material and offering to supply methamphetamine.
One of his release conditions was that he must not own or possess a cellphone.
On May 26 Wellington police received a call from Kight about an unrelated investigation.
A few days later police spoke to Kight about this. Kight said he did not have a cellphone and had made the call to police on a friend's phone via hands free.
Last month Hawke's Bay police received information that Kight had sent an abusive text message to a local family on the same cellphone number.
Police discovered he had been using the phone for a number of weeks. It had been used to send texts stating "It's Mike here" and referred to his moving to Napier to live in Salvation Army housing.
When he was arrested at Hawke's Bay Airport on June 8 police found a large knife in his luggage. They also found a methamphetamine pipe and another cellphone and a computer.
Kight, who has been in custody since being arrested, appeared in Napier District Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to charges of providing false or misleading information to the child sex register team, possessing a weapon and possession of a methamphetamine utensil and three charges of breaching his release conditions.
Kight's lawyer Scott Jefferson said there was "nothing sinister" in his possessing the knife. "It wasn't presented or waved around, or anything of that nature," Jefferson said.
Judge Athur Tompkins agreed with Jefferson that the greatest concern was Kight's continued breach of conditions, and noted that he had been convicted for possessing a phone in April.
Tompkins asked Kight what programmes he had attended while in prison, and specifically why he had not attended an adult sex offender programme. Kight said he had been told he would not have enough time in prison to complete it after he had been sentenced.
He told the judge he intended to sign up for psychological counselling and possibly a sexual abuse programme when he was next released.
Judge Tompkins sentenced Kight to three months in jail. He will be subject to eleven special conditions on his release.
Kight's last jail sentence was imposed in Wellington District Court last November. His offending involved talking to another male on dating app Grindr talking about sexually abusing boys aged seven to nine, and for distributing child sex abuse images.
Kight, who spent months in custody following his arrest last year, had been the subject of a covert police operation from a unit that targets online sexual exploitation of children.
U.K. Woman Who Killed Father After Finding Child Porn of Herself Receives 9-Year Sentence
A UK woman has been sentenced to prison for murdering her father and burying him in the garden—but only after she found his stash of child pornography that included images of herself.
UK authorities only learned about the 2006 murder in January when 63-year-old Coombes walked into a police station and confessed, reports the Guardian. Authorities then uncovered the body of World War II veteran Kenneth Coombes in Barbara Coombes’ garden in Greater Manchester.
He would have been 87 when his daughter hit him in the head with a shovel, then slit his throat with its blade, reports the BBC.
Though Coombes said she feared her father would hurt or kill her, Judge Timothy King didn’t believe she acted in self-defense. The sentence he handed down, however, took into account what he referred to as “40 years of extreme mental, physical and sexual abuse.”
Coombes said her father allowed men to take explicit photos of her as a girl and went on to rape her hundreds of times, possibly fathering a child who died shortly after birth. She said she finally snapped after discovering explicit photos of naked infants, including herself.
King said PTSD and severe depression clouded her judgment but suggested she only confessed because a housing official had become suspicious of her father’s whereabouts, per the Manchester Evening News. Coombes fraudulently claimed $250,000 in benefits for her father before confessing.
8-year sentence for South African man who abused
12-year-old UK boy
A MAN who raped and repeatedly sexually abused a 12-year-old boy has been jailed for eight years.
Desmond Francis will only be released at the half way point of the sentence if the parole board think it is safe to do so.
When the 57-year-old father-of-six is eventually freed, which could be after the whole eight years, he will be on licence for an extra 12 months and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
The South African was living in Trowbridge when he carried out the abuse on the youngster.
Francis, who gave the court an address in Upper Weston, Bath, pleaded guilty to rape of a child under 13 and sexual assault. Swindon Crown Court heard that he used 'acts of grooming' to get the schoolboy alone so he could carry out the abuse.
When he was confronted with what the lad claimed, he said he would get help and called the NSPCC, who contacted the police.
Tessa Hingston, prosecuting, said when the child told officers about what had happened he only said the defendant had carried out sex acts on him. But when Francis was questioned he accepted it had gone further that the lad said, and that he had also got him to perform the same acts on him.
Mark Sharman, defending, said "He stands before the court in respect of the lead offence precisely because he made that admission. It may be had he not been so candid that would not be on the indictment. He is 57 with no previous convictions.
"It happened over a short period of time and he desisted of his own way. He is an intelligent and educated man and he struggled to explain how he behaved in the way he did. "It is out of character. Mr Francis has worked on the night shift in what can be described as an institution for boys. There is no suggestion of any impropriety in that. He removed himself from that."
He said that Francis described what he had done as 'abhorrent' and knew he must got to prison for it. Mr Sharman said after a terrible upbringing at school in South Africa Francis' problems were exacerbated serving in the armed forces.
Jailing him, Judge Robert Pawson said "As you, I think, appreciate, this is a serious offence. "It may not involve force or immediate fear of force. In this case your culpability is rooted in your exploitative behaviour. There was acts of grooming."
Following the case an NSPCC spokesman said: “This offender subjected his young victim to a catalogue of appalling abuse and it is right that he has faced justice for his actions.
“Child sexual abuse can have a devastating impact and the NSPCC’s Letting the Future In programme, run from the charity’s Swindon service centre, provides counselling and support to survivors of this awful crime.”
Any young person can contact Childline on 0800 1111 or childline.org.uk. Adults concerned about a child’s safety can contact the NSPCC Helpline 0808 800 5000 or nspcc.org.uk. Both are free, confidential, and open 24/7.
UK teen who blackmailed nine children into sexually humiliating themselves online walks free from court
A teenager who tricked children into performing humiliating sex acts on themselves - and make their mums watch - has walked free from court.
William Powner bullied, blackmailed and intimidated his nine victims, some as young as 12, so they felt forced to engage in sexual activity and send him pictures and videos of the intimate acts.
Powner, of Fitzwaller Road, Woolston, Warrington, was just 13 when he began committing his cyber sex crimes, was 17 upon his conviction, and was 18 when he was sentenced today.
Powner, who was recently diagnosed with autism and Asperger's syndrome, avoided an immediate jail term, but was made the subject of a 10 year Sexual Harm Prevention Order that means his behaviour will be monitored by the authorities.
Powner used Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat to snare his victims, with police estimating he was in touch with up to 85 separate children, Chester Crown Court heard.
William Powner, 18, of Fitzwaller Street, Woolston, Warrington at Chester Crown Court where he was being sentenced for inciting dozens of children to engage in sexual behaviour.
"The suspect will engage in conversation and quickly turn it sexual.
"Requests are made for exposed chest and face shots, then footage of the victims’ penis and in return and only when this has been done will she return the ‘favour’ and show her face and body.
"There are many little comments of confidence, flattery and it can be seen that this is being done to ‘hook the victim in’."
Once the victim had shown their genitalia or performed a sex act on camera, Mr Parry said, Powner turned "nasty".
He would tell his victim the footage was recorded and he knew where they lived, and that if they did not do what he said the footage would be shared with teachers, parents, bullies, and friends.
Mr Parry added: "In a number of the files, the suspect coerces the victim to stand naked in the room, open their bedroom door and to call their mum up so he can watch it happen. The victims’ body language is completely revealing that he is now acting under extreme duress due to the threats.
"In another, the victim is made to carry his device downstairs, and whilst still naked, go outside into the back garden."
Powner, who had no previous convictions, was also found to have a collection of indecent images of children, with 110 of the most serious Category A movie and photos, 137 in Category B and 73 in Category C.
He pleaded guilty to:
Seven counts of causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child aged 13 to 17
One count of causing or inciting the sexual exploitation of a child aged under 13
Three counts of attempting to arrange/facilitate the commission of a child sex offence
Three counts of taking an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child
Three counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child
Two counts of causing a child aged 13 to 15 to watch a sexual act
Two counts of distributing an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child
One count of blackmail
One count of disclosing private sexual photographs and films with intent to cause distress
One count of possession of an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child
One count of possession of a prohibited image of a child
The charges date between April 1, 2014, through to December 2017.
Judge Roger Dutton told Powner: "Over a particularly lengthy period, you used social media in the worst possible way. "...from the privacy of your own home, you dominated, threatened and had a very serious impact on the lives of nine youngsters.
"You terrorised them, exploited them and their fear of what might happen if they didn't comply with what you wanted. ...this is a timely reminder to all parents to ensure one knows precisely what their offspring is doing, who he or she is contacting and for what purpose."
Judge Dutton, the Recorder of Chester, said sending Powner to an adult prison would "achieve nothing and not address the real issues."
Isn't the 'real issue' preventing him from destroying more children in the future? Wouldn't prison help achieve that? Are there not programs and psychologists in prison that would help him address his issues? It seems the recorder is far more interested in taking care of Powner than in stopping his abuse of children.
And he said it was "very surprising indeed" that the Woolston teen, had only recently been diagnosed with autism and Asperger's Syndrome.
Powner was handed a Youth Rehabilitation Order, for a maximum of three years, and a curfew which is to be observed from 6pm until 6am.
Ben Knight, defending, described it as "a tragedy" that Powner's autism "had been overlooked all these years, and is only being diagnosed now". Powner, who displayed characteristics of "compulsive and obsessive behaviour" had been "failed by agencies including schools and his GP", the barrister said.
He added that Powner had been bullied at school and that it was "impressive how he coped".
Mr Knight said: "Putting William Powner in prison will fix nothing for anybody. "...he sees his future as effectively obliterated. His ambitions he sees as null and void - it will impact on his future for the rest of his life."
Yes, but how many innocent children's lives will be impacted?
Former Welsh mayor jailed for child sexual assault
still being paid
A legal anomaly means a Pembrokeshire councillor who has been convicted of child sex abuse and sentenced to prison for 18 years is still being paid for his job at the council.
David Boswell, 58, from Pembroke Dock was sentenced last week after being found guilty of raping a young girl and abusing another. The former mayor of Pembroke has 28 days to appeal the decision.
He has refused to resign from his role as councillor and the council is unable to remove him during the appeal period. As he remains an active councillor they must also continue to pay him his £13,600 a year salary or they may face legal action.
Children’s charity NSPCC said they are outraged by the situation.
Boswell was convicted of appalling sex offences against children and it is right that he now faces many years behind bars where he cannot harm others. It is wrong that someone convicted of sexual crimes against children can continue to serve as an elected official for any period of time and we support a change to the law to ensure situations like this are not repeated.
– NSPCC SPOKESPERSON
The Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA) is urging the government to change the legislation as soon as possible to avoid this happening again in the future.
The issue in question is a legal anomaly in the current framework that needs to be urgently addressed. The power to amend the legislation and change the criteria for when a councillor may and may not remain in post is within the remit of the National Assembly and therefore the Welsh Government.
– WLGA SPOKESPERSON
Pembrokeshire County Council said the seat of Pembroke St Mary North will be declared vacant as soon as legislation permits.
Man facing jail after being caught with more than 20,000 CSA images & videos, in Scotlandby Jamie Beatson
Dundee Sheriff's Court
A man was today facing jail after being caught with a massive haul of child abuse images that a sheriff described as “the most appalling material I have ever encountered”.
Jeffrey Underwood amassed a collection of almost 20,000 still images and videos depicting horrific sexual abuse of children of kids as young as three and women carrying out sex acts with horses and dogs.
Graphic descriptions of some of the images – too obscene to print – were read out after Underwood admitted two charges committed over the span of more than three-and-a-half years.
A sheriff warned Underwood he faces jail when he returns for sentencing next month and said: “I come across this type of case regularly – to say this material is more extreme is a significant statement.”
Fiscal depute Nicola Gillespie told Dundee Sheriff Court that officers raided Underwood’s flat close to Dundee city centre in October last year.
She said: “Officers seized a laptop, an external hard drive, USB stick and a tablet. It was analysed by cyber crime officers. In total they found 19,917 still images and nine videos of indecent images of children. There were also 1183 extreme pornography images and one video.
“He appears to have been actively carrying out searches for children, particularly young children.”
Underwood, 48, of Bonnethill Court, Dundee, pleaded guilty on indictment to possessing indecent images of children between March 2014 and October 2017 and possessing extreme pornography between April 4 2016 and October 13 2017.
Defence solicitor Paul Parker Smith said Underwood was a “lonely and isolated” man. He added: “He has never been in trouble before but now he finds himself charged with two very serious offences.”
Sheriff Alastair Brown deferred sentence until next month for social work background reports and released Underwood on bail meantime.
He said: “What is described is some of the most appalling material I have ever encountered. Every one of these photos and videos represents the actual abuse of a real child. When you look for this material and use it you create a market and in that way you contribute to that abuse taking place.”
Underwood was also placed on the sex offenders register pending sentencing.
Yet another astonishingly evil gang-rape of a child, a hearing impaired child, in India
Shocked silence, simmering rage:
Chennai gated community grapples with child rape casePriyanka Thirumurthy
On Tuesday, Chennai woke up to the news that a 11-year-old child had been sexually assaulted by multiple men at a gated community in the Ayanavaram area. Seventeen alleged perpetrators ranging from a 66-year-old liftman to many security guards in their twenties were arrested by the All Women’s Police station in the locality on Monday. Shock swept across the city over the sheer impunity of the crime.
The gated community where the survivor Priya* lives has at least 350 houses, divided into multiple blocks. Reports suggested that Priya, who was hearing impaired, was raped first by the liftman who often cornered her when she would come back from school. He then began to invite other handymen and security guards, all on contracts, to harass the young girl. Sedatives were allegedly administered to the girl. According to the police, the minor had been subjected to this abuse for the last 7 months. She was even filmed as the men sexually assaulted her and was later blackmailed with the video.
It was when her older sister returned home from outside the city that the girl opened up. Her horrified family rushed to the police station to give a complaint on Sunday.
"They even threatened the child at knife point," confirms E Rajeshwari, Inspector (Law and Order) at the Ayanavaram station. She was part of the team that arrested the 17 men. "This is the worst crime this world has seen yet, as far as I am concerned. Few of them raped her; some have fondled her during this act. Some others have sexually harassed her, while others have watched the assault video. They are all guilty because not one of them tried to stop this brutality. They will all be punished," she says angrily.
Amongst the 17 men, three of them are in their 60s, four in their 50s, three over 40 and others in their 30s and 20s.
They have been booked under sections 6 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault), 10 (punishment for aggravated sexual assault) and 12 (punishment for sexual harassment upon a child) of the POCSO Act and sections 307 (attempt to murder) and 506 (punishment for criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code.
According to police sources, 18 contractual workers were picked up from the flat and brought to the Chennai Police Commissioner’s office in Vepery on Monday. Priya, cowering in fear, then identified 17 of them as they stood in front of her.
"They had got wind of the complaint which was filed on Sunday and several were already in hiding. We fished them out and brought them in front of the girl," says the Inspector.
At the police station, even as the media waited for more details, members of the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) were seen leaving in a huff.
"The police didn't even inform the Child Welfare Committee despite such a brutal crime taking place in the city," says Sheila Charles Mohan, member of the CWC. "The child needs immediate counselling after such an incident. But the bigger issue here is that this crime cannot be isolated. If this one child has admitted to what happened, imagine how many more will be there silently suffering?" she questions.
A cook employed at one of the houses in the gated community where this horror unfolded says that there are many isolated spots in the building which the accused could have misused.
"The gym on the sixth floor, the terrace and a common hall that stretches across the sixth floor are all completely empty. People can access the hall from blocks A, B and C. I've seen the girl playing with her cycle near the lift many times," Meena*, the cook, told TNM.
When shown pictures of the accused, she swiftly named five of them and alleged that one of the security officers was known for his inappropriate behaviour with women. "We are really tensed after this information came out. We all have children and if this can happen to people in these high rise buildings, what will happen to us?" she asks.
On Tuesday afternoon, angry women from the neighbourhood gathered near the building demanding that the 17 men be hanged to death.
“If left to us, we will murder them with our bare hands," says Chitra, who was leading the group of Ayanavaram residents. "How can they do this to a small child? We don't want this to happen anywhere else, but the people staying in the building are not sharing any information with us. They have blocked us out," she adds.
Residents of the gated community had formed a physical barrier at the gate, ensuring that no outsider entered the apartments. Their fear of security guards was evident, as women residents were seen manning the gates and not a single guard was in sight.
TNM contacted over 10 residents on the phone. Several of them refused to talk to the media, claiming they were under police orders to not discuss the matter as it was under investigation.
But a few who did talk admitted they were stunned by the incident. "I can't believe this happened here. We live in a gated community with security. What more can we do?" asks a resident incredulously. "We just want to be safe now," she adds.
The CWC, however, points out that this is not the time for residents to retreat in shock. "Every child in the building must be asked about sexual abuse," says Sheila. "We must find out if there are more victims before it is too late."
Good luck finding lawyers
Even as those living in the apartment are trying to come in terms with the horrific incident, the city is brimming with anger. Two of the accused were attacked at the City Civil Court in the city by lawyers. The Madras Advocates Association has meanwhile announced that none of its members will represent the accused.
Sunday, 15 July 2018
Mom Pimps 2 y/o; Southern Baptist; Cardinal; Demonic Incest Lead the Horror Stories on Today's USA PnP List
Texas woman sentenced to 40 yrs in prison for pimping out her 2 y/o daughter
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A 25-year-old woman from Texas has been sentenced to 40 years behind bars for attempting to sell her two-year-old daughter for a sex act, for $1,200, to an undercover police officer who impersonated a willing pedophile.
In a carefully devised sting operation targeting child exploitation and abuse, led by Detective Serratt of the Montgomery County Precinct 1 Constable’s Office, officers managed to track down and arrest 25-year-old Sarah Peters, who in February this year planned to sell her two-year-old daughter online to someone desiring to “engage in sex acts with the child for a fee of $1,200.00.”
Once Peters arranged to pimp out her daughter, she took the child to the drop off point in Conroe, Texas, north of Houston. When she and the toddler arrived at the Greyhound bus station she was immediately arrested by the Internet Crimes Against Children’s Task Force and Department of Homeland Security officers.
The child was then taken to a safe location, while Peters was booked into the Montgomery County Jail and charged with a number of offenses, including prostitution of a child and trafficking a child.
On Thursday, Texas Judge Phil Grant sentenced the woman to 40 years in prison on Promoting a Sexual Performance by a Child, Attempted Human Trafficking, and Promotion of Prostitution of a Child charges, after Peters pleaded guilty to the crimes. “These sentences will run concurrently and Peters will not be eligible for parole on the Sexual Performance of a Child case until 2038,” Montgomery County District Attorney's office said in a press release.
“The events of this case are hard to believe – that a mom would willingly expose her own daughter to this type of danger. And without the proactive work of Detective Serratt and the ICAC Task Force, this child would have become a victim to the worse type of abuse,” Tyler Dunman, Special Crimes Bureau Chief said.
Former Texas camp counselor charged with
sexual abuse of 11-year-old
Author: Drew Knight, Pattrik Perez
PFLUGERVILLE, TX — A former counselor of the City of Pflugerville Summer Pfun Camp Program has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child after being accused of sexually assaulting an 11-year-old camper.
According to the Pflugerville Police Department, suspect Cameron Michael Kretsinger, now 27, met the victim, now 20, at camp when he was assigned as a counselor to her age group -- grades five and six. She stated he provided her his email address and phone number to keep communication.
Police said the victim reported the abuse to police on March 10, 2018. She stated sexual intercourse between her and the suspect, who was 17 at the time, continued up until 2011. She provided emails dated from Sept. 30, 2009, up until Feb. 5, 2012. Those emails consisted of communications about sending and receiving photos and videos, as well as Kretsinger confronting the victim about things he had done to her when she was 11 years old. According to police, naked photos of the suspect were also shown in these emails.
Court documents state the victim provided police with specific dates on when she and the suspect had sexual intercourse, as well as with movie stubs she had kept throughout the years on the dates she said she was sexually assaulted by him. She recalled four specific encounters in detail, all of which occurred within Travis County. In the last encounter, she said she was 12 years old while Kretsinger was 19.
Police later requested employment information about Kretsinger from the City of Pflugerville, confirming he was an employee with the camp from May 2009 to August 2013, as well as the same email address used in communicating with the victim. A day-off request, which was reported by the victim as one of the dates she said she was assaulted, was also confirmed.
According to an arrest affidavit, police met with Kretsinger on June 28 at the Pflugerville Justice Center, where he confirmed he had been a camp counselor from 2009 to 2013. The first summer was after he graduated high school. Police said he named three specific girls he worked with in his assigned age group, which the camp labeled as "fireballs," who were 11 or 12 years old.
Police said the suspect was shown the naked photos and emails the victim had provided, to which Kretsinger admitted were his. He reported that the victim had provided photos of herself as well, police said. Police said Kretsinger reported he was not sure if he still had the photos of her but that there was a possibility he may not have deleted them from a folder on his computer. Police said he also provided details of their sexual encounters, which were consistent with the victim's reports.
Also during the interview, police said the suspect confirmed the victim's report that he had also requested photos of her sister, who he said was likely eight or nine at the time.
While the alleged assaults appeared to have taken place offsite, the City of Pflugerville wants to ensure everyone's safety and wants parents of children who participated in the camp program during this time to be aware of the situation. Parents who believe their children may have been victimized are asked to call 512-990-6950. The police department is providing victim services for those affected. Counselors from 2009 to 2013 are also encouraged to call if they may have more information.
Anyone with concerns or questions about the Parks and Recreation programs is asked to call James Hemenes, parks director at 512-990-6350.
Florida sex offender accused of child porn-related crimes; faces 70 years to life
By Michelle Ganley
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - A St. Augustine man is accused of trying to entice a minor online, the attempted production of child pornography, and soliciting child porn on the internet, the Department of Justice said Friday.
Kenneth Brian Hanger, 46, has been charged in an indictment, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez.
Hanger, a registered sex offender, faces 70 years to life in prison in this case, based on his previous child sex offense, authorities said.
In 1994, Hanger was convicted of aggravated indecent assault in Bradford County, Pennsylvania. In this most recent alleged offense, Hanger was detained last Friday, pending his trial.
The situation started May 22, when a detective with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office noticed that Hanger had been using a Facebook account that didn’t list his real name. This was based on sex offender registration information that Hanger had provided, according to court documents cited in a news release.
The detective then decided to pose as a child and he sent a friend request to Hanger’s account. Hanger accepted the request and made contact with the so-called child.
Between May 24 and June 5, Hanger and the “child” chatted online on several occasions, using a texting app. Hanger was advised and acknowledged that the “child” was 13 years old, investigators said.
On June 1, Hanger raised the topic of sex between the two of them, and suggested meeting for some sort of sexual activity, authorities said.
On June 4, Hanger and the “child” again discussed meeting for sex, and Hanger sent a graphic photo of himself. Hanger suggested that they would need to use condoms so that the “child” wouldn’t get pregnant and Hanger wouldn’t “leave any DNA,” according to the Department of Justice statement.
Later that day, Hanger asked the “child” to send him an explicit video showing “her” genitalia. The next day, Hanger was arrested at his home.
The case was investigated by the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations. It was part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sex exploitation and abuse.
Wisconsin Man Sentenced for Repeated
Child Sexual Assault
A judge has sentenced a Superior man to decades in prison for abducting and repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenager.
A Douglas County jury convicted 33-year-old Peter Alan Diehl of repeated sexual assault of a child, abduction of a child, and using a computer to facilitate a child sex crime during an April trial. On Friday, Judge George Glonek gave Diehl a 60-year sentence, structured as 35 years of initial confinement and 25 years of extended supervision.
Douglas County District Attorney Mark Fruehauf says Diehl met the 14-year-old victim online and drove to the State of Virginia to pick her up on August 17, 2015. She was missing for more than a month before the victim's mother received a call from the girl that was traced to Diehl.
The girl was found in Diehl's Superior home, which had no running water or utilities. Fruehauf says a search warrant revealed evidence of sexual abuse and images of child pornography.
The victim said Diehl had sexually assaulted her about 50 times, Fruehauf said.
Earlier, Diehl was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for two federal child pornography counts.
Utah teen sentenced to prison for sex abuse ofBy Gephardt Daily Staff
boys under 7 y/o
boys under 7 y/o
FARMINGTON, Utah, — A 19-year-old Layton man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to abusing multiple children.
As part of a plea deal, four additional charges of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child were dismissed with prejudice. All charges were related to interactions with boys under the age of 7.
According to a probable cause statement, Winward pulled down the pants and underpants of each boy, and touched their genitals, skin to skin. In several cases, he molested one boy in the presence of others. The assaults took place in and around Winward’s house, the statement says.
“The Defendant told the Child 2 that in order to play on the X-Box, Child 2 would have to let this happen,” the probable cause statement said of one incident. “Child 1 and Child 3 were present during this incident.”
In another incident, the statement says, “Child 2 and Child 3 were hiding underneath covers from the Defendant during a Nerf War game,” the statement says. “The Defendant tried to pull the covers and reached underneath the covers and touched both genitals of Child 2 and Child 3.”
Farmington 2nd District Court Judge Michael Allphin sentenced Winward to 10 years to life on all four charges, but ordered the counts run concurrently.
He also gave Winward credit for time served in the Davis County Jail, which lessened his minimum sentence by 310 days.
And do we think he will learn anything in 10 months?
Iowa Man Spending Life in Prison for Sexual Abuse Has More Time Added to Sentence
ANKENY, Iowa -- An Ankeny man serving a life sentence for sexually abusing a minor will now serve even more time.
Altmayer was found guilty of sexual abuse, kidnapping, and enticing a child in January.
How many 2-year sentences are we talking about? Is the rape of a child worth only 2 years in Iowa? Are you kidding?
Convicted molester of 4 m/o in Michigan could be in prison the rest of his lifeAuthor: Bob Gross, Port Huron Times Herald
ST. CLAIR COUNTY, Mich. - A convicted child molester asked for a second chance Friday, saying he was a victim of child abuse and was on drugs and alcohol when he committed what a St. Clair County prosecutor called "vile and wicked acts."
"All I want is to be able to get the help I need and deserve so I can prove to everyone I'm not this horrible monster."
Judge Daniel Kelly was not moved. He sentenced Belkiewicz on 13 charges that could keep the Port Huron Township man behind bars for the rest of his life. According to court records, Belkiewicz was sentenced to a total term based on consecutive sentencing of a minimum of 63 years and four months to a maximum of 140 years.
Belkiewicz had pleaded guilty on June 4 to charges that included child sexually abusive commercial activity; first degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13; and second degree criminal sexual conduct with a person younger than 13.
The charges stemmed from several incidents that included sexual assaults on a 4-month-old baby girl. Belkiewicz had recorded that assault and others on a cell phone video.
Assistant Prosecutor Paul Soderberg said Belkiewicz also had downloaded "thousands" of child pornography images; had rigged a camera to record a minor girl taking a shower; and had recorded several sex assaults on sleeping 12-year-old girls who were at a sleepover in the home where he was staying.
Soderbergh said the images and recordings were found on Belkiewicz's phone. "But for that accident, he would still be out on the street," Soderberg said. "The only thing he's remorseful about is he got caught."
Both Belkiewicz and his lawyer, Fred Lepley, said Belkiewicz had been abused as a child and also was treated for depression and bi-polar disorder.
Belkiewicz said he was raped by other children while he was in foster care from when he was 9 to when he was 15. "I've never been more ashamed and sorry for anything that I've ever done," he said. "I'm not this type of person. I don't go around preying on other people's children."
Several parents of Belkiewicz's victims spoke before Kelly imposed sentence. They are not being identified to protect the identities of the children.
"I don't believe the crap that is coming out of his mouth," said one parent while choking back tears. "The nature of this crime is absolutely disgusting.
"He is a sick individual. I pray all these victims get justice."
Others spoke of the betrayal of their trust and the damage done to their children.
Kelly said he wanted to commend the families who attended the sentencing and spoke. "I can't begin to imagine the torment you've been put through," he said.
He addressed Belkiewicz directly. "I can't imagine for the life of me why someone with a history of sexual abuse as you would want to expose any other child (to that)," he said. "... The pleasure you got out of such an act, it doesn't make sense to anybody.
"This is just one of the saddest cases I've ever seen."
Some fault can be put on his drug use; some on his sexual abuse as a child and the lack of help he got to recover from that; but mostly he has to accept the blame. He had to know what he was doing was completely wrong.
History has caught up with Wisconsin's Matt Flynn
By Peter Isely and Sarah Pearson | Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests founder and Women’s March Wisconsin co-chair
Surely, if there is one axiom for public office and public service it is this: It's not OK to be involved in covering up child sex crimes.
Here is why.
Ten-thousand pages of court-ordered released priest abuse files counter every public statement Flynn has made about his work and role. They show, beyond doubt, that he participated in:
reassigning sex offenders,
secretly paid off child molesters through his law firm,
actively intimidated survivors,
ensured sex offenders were not reported to law enforcement and
successfully argued for laws prohibiting survivors from suing the church.
Flynn has accused both the Republican and Democratic Party “elite” of engineering a well-crafted campaign against him. But the indictment against Flynn originates from only one source: the senior management of the archdiocese. The files show a secretive, tight, loyal inner circle engineering the operation. They had a lawyer on their team: Matt Flynn. He was not a befuddled and clueless outside counsel. He was an inside man: giving continual direction, sometimes orders, innovating and strategizing plans, devising means of public misdirection, attacking anyone who threatened to interrupt or reveal the cover up.
Unfortunately for Flynn, the team recorded his direct involvement in real time, contemporaneous with events: copious and carefully drafted letters, memos, minutes to meetings, internal communications, handwritten notes, evaluations, victim reports, even direct admissions by offenders. Centuries-old church or canon law, with its obsession with ecclesiastical documentation, required it. These documents were kept in a safe inside the headquarters of the archdiocese called the Archivio Segreto, or “Secret Archive." Even the physical dimensions of the safe are specified.
Flynn’s activities, outside the heavily criticized decision to file court costs against victims who had to drop civil cases due to the statute of limitations, were unknown or unproven until these files were seen. Flynn tirelessly fought victims, journalists and news outlets to keep the public from seeing them.
As a lawyer, Flynn could have withdrawn his representation. Was he not ethically and professionally obligated to do so? He could have literally stopped child sex abuse.
Bishop Sklba, in a stunning letter dated Aug. 12, 1996, seven full years into Flynn’s tenure, writes that the team has decided to return a group of offender priests secretly back into parishes. This time, however, each will be assigned a fellow priest to check in on them. Which child molesters? Those “judged appropriate for this experiment.” In other words, Catholic children were test subjects, parishes the laboratories. Flynn is recorded having knowledge of and being directly involved in every priest case in the test group.
Albert Camus once observed that official history is written by those who make history, not those who suffer from it. Flynn's campaign is no longer one against his Democratic challengers or even Scott Walker. It's against a tragic and terrible history of suffering children in our state and his part in it.
Southern Baptist Leader’s Sexual Assault of a Child for Hidden for 11 YearsBY SARAHBETH CAPLIN
In 1997, when Anne Marie Miller was 16, she was assaulted by then-25-year-old Mark Aderholt, a prominent member of the International Mission Board which works with the Southern Baptist Convention to send people all over the world to proselytize.
They lied to her.
Not only did they fail to report the assault to authorities, they gave Aderholt the opportunity to resign rather than be terminated. For years, he was able to work with the SBC without anyone knowing he was an abuser.
She only found out these details a few months ago. Miller reported the assault to police on her own, and Aderholt was finally arrested a couple of weeks ago on charges of sexual assault against a minor and indecency (sexual contact) with a child. He faces up to twenty years in prison.
Miller writes on her blog about what’s happened since she told law enforcement her story:
Because of the overwhelming evidence of this crime, the Crimes Against Children unit of the Arlington, Texas Police Department quickly accepted, investigated, and when deemed credible, passed the case along to the Tarrant County District Attorney who then issued warrants for this man’s arrest. He was arrested, jailed, and released on bond — all within three months of my original police report.
While that is a victory, it should have happened years earlier. Instead, because the Southern Baptists didn’t take the allegations seriously, Aderholt worked his way up the Southern Baptist totem pole.
Despite the [SBC’s] investigation, Aderholt went on to serve as an assistant pastor at Immanuel Baptist Church in Little Rock, Ark. He rose up to be the associate director and chief strategist of the South Carolina Baptist Convention in 2016.
Miller is aware that some may wonder why it took so long for her to report this to law enforcement, and she has a response to that.
If there was one statement I could delete from human language in regard to sexual abuse reporting, it would be, “Why did he/she wait so long to report? Why now?” and I would like to address that in this post.
First and foremost, sexual trauma is brutal. The pain, shame, and confusion that happens when someone is violated on a physically intimate and in my case, a spiritual level destroys a person. It is more common than not that people do not immediately recognize or report sexual trauma. There are evidence-based studies that confirm this. To expect an abuse survivor to head over to the police soon after he or she was violated is insensitive, ill-informed, and without compassion.
For me, I did not recognize my abuse as abuse until I was my abuser’s age in 2005. When I was serving in student ministry at the age of 25, one night at a coworker’s 25th birthday party, I had a realization of how inappropriate a sexual relationship between a 25-year-old and a 16-year-old is. Serendipitously the following day, I saw a television program on the grooming process most predators use and it mirrored my experience. I was forever changed. The next day, I went to a counselor in my church to discuss it. I still didn’t realize what occurred was an actual crime. She was not well versed in mandatory reporting and did not know she needed to report this either.
This is only the latest example of how the Southern Baptists have overlooked or ignored sexual abuse in its church. It comes just months after SBC leader Paige Patterson was finally fired after years of ignoring similar cases — and even now, donors to the seminary he led are threatening to withhold funding from the school unless the trustees give him some benefits.
In this case, the story is straightforward: The Southern Baptists were aware of Aderholt’s crimes for more than a decade, yet he never suffered any consequences. A recent letter to Miller from an attorney with the International Mission Board, detailing what they did after she reported the assault, even leaves her with this unhelpful bit of encouragement:
I pray that even as this old wound arises in you, that would experience in a fresh way the love of Christ for you in Christ Jesus who was wounded for your transgressions and through whom you can have every blessing in the heavenly realms. I pray that you could turn to Him daily and taste and see that the Lord is good.
That… doesn’t solve anything.
If anything, this story should remind us of the consequences of what can happen when all sins are treated as equal — when sexual abuse is treated no differently than a consensual affair or premarital sex. It makes it much easier for religious leaders to look the other way when actual crimes are committed.
It’s not hard to imagine Aderholt apologizing profusely to everyone in his life (but not Miller) all while claiming God forgave him and would wash his slate clean. With this kind of theology, it’s no wonder that churches can be hotbeds for abusers.
The system is designed so that there are no real repercussions for their actions, no matter how grievous.
Idaho couple blamed 'demon' for
sexual abuse of daughtersAuthor: KTVB
CALDWELL -- A Caldwell couple is facing felony charges after investigators say the man molested four of his children, while his wife kept silent about the abuse for nearly two decades.
Lester Kester, 48, and Sarah Kester, 50, insisted to Canyon County Sheriff's Office detectives that "a demon" had entered Lester and caused him to repeatedly sexually assault the girls.
Detectives say they found evidence that Lester had sexually abused all four of his daughters over the course of at least 16 years, beginning in 2000.
The investigation began after the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare's Children and Family Services contacted the sheriff's office June 21, informing detectives that one of the couple's daughters had come forward, telling authorities she had been molested by her father as a child.
During follow-up interviews, two of Kester's daughters told investigators they had been sexually abused by Lester, and reported that a third daughter had been as well.
The abuse continued until each girl was about 12 years old, the victims said. As the investigation continued, according to the sheriff's office, detectives found evidence that a fourth daughter had also been sexually abused, as recently as 2016.
The sisters told detectives that they had confronted their mother, Sarah, about the abuse three years ago, but nothing happened.
In an interview with investigators, according to the sheriff's office, Sarah Kester admitted she had known about the sexual abuse for 17 years, but did not report it because it was against her belief system to involve agencies like law enforcement, child protection services, or counseling services into her family matters.
Instead, she said, she prayed for "the demon" to leave her husband and tried to distract him with other tasks.
In a separate interview, Lester Kester also blamed a "bad guy" or a "demon" for his actions, according to the sheriff's office, and admitted to molesting all four of his daughters until they reached the ages of ten or 12.
Both Kesters were arrested and booked into the Canyon County Jail. Lester Kester is charged with four felony counts of lewd conduct with a minor, while his wife faces one charge of injury to a child.
Both are due in court July 26.
OK, those charges don't sound nearly as serious as the actions of the parents would warrant in my estimation. Good grief!
Ousted U.S. Cardinal Left a Trail of Abused Recruits
By Laurie Goodstein and Sharon Otterman, New York Times
As a young man studying to be a priest in the 1980s, Robert Ciolek was flattered when his brilliant, charismatic bishop in Metuchen, New Jersey, Theodore E. McCarrick, told him he was a shining star, cut out to study in Rome and rise high in the church.
McCarrick began inviting him on overnight trips, sometimes alone and sometimes with other young men training to be priests. There, the bishop would often assign Ciolek to share his room, which had only one bed. The two men would sometimes say night prayers together, before McCarrick would make a request — “come over here and rub my shoulders a little” — that extended into unwanted touching in bed.
Ciolek, who was in his early 20s at the time, said he felt unable to say no, in part because he had been sexually abused by a teacher in his Catholic high school, a trauma he had shared with the bishop.
“I trusted him, I confided in him, I admired him,” Ciolek said in an interview this month, the first time he has spoken publicly about the abuse, which lasted for several years while Ciolek was a seminarian and later a priest. “I couldn’t imagine that he would have anything other than my best interests in mind.”
McCarrick went on to climb the ranks of the Roman Catholic hierarchy — from head of the small Diocese of Metuchen to archbishop of Newark and then archbishop of Washington, where he was made a cardinal. He remained into his 80s one of the most recognized American cardinals on the global stage, a Washington power broker who participated in funeral masses for political luminaries like Edward M. Kennedy, the longtime Massachusetts senator, and Beau Biden, the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
Suddenly, last month, McCarrick was removed from ministry, after the Archdiocese of New York deemed credible an accusation that he had molested a 16-year-old altar boy nearly 50 years ago.
McCarrick, now 88, who declined to comment for this article, said in a statement last month that he had no recollection of the abuse. He is the highest-ranking Catholic official in the United States to be removed for sexual abuse of a minor.
But while the church responded quickly to the allegation that McCarrick had abused a child, some church officials knew for decades that the cardinal had been accused of sexually harassing and inappropriately touching adults, according to interviews and documents obtained by The New York Times.
Between 1994 and 2008, multiple reports about the cardinal’s transgressions with adult seminary students were made to American bishops, the pope’s representative in Washington and, finally, Pope Benedict XVI. Two New Jersey dioceses secretly paid settlements, in 2005 and 2007, to two men, one of whom was Ciolek, for allegations against the archbishop. All the while, McCarrick played a prominent role publicizing the church’s new zero-tolerance policy against abusing children.
The scandal of child sexual abuse by clergy has gripped the Catholic Church for nearly two decades, resulting in billions spent by the church on lawsuits, settlements and prevention programs. But while the church has made strides in dealing with sexual abuse of children, it has largely avoided a reckoning over sexual harassment and abuse suffered by adult seminarians and young priests at the hands of their superiors, including bishops.
Because bishops have control over priests’ assignments and complete loyalty is expected by the church’s clerical culture, seminarians and priests can be especially vulnerable to sexual harassment by their superiors.
“In the corporate world, there are ways to report misconduct,” Ciolek, 57, said at his home in New Jersey. “You have an HR contact, you have a legal department, or you have anonymous reporting, you have systems. Does the Catholic Church have that? How is a priest supposed to report abuse or wrong activity by his bishop? What is their stated vehicle for anyone to do that? I don’t think it exists.”
Now, after the fall of McCarrick, some Catholics are saying that the church is on the verge of confronting its own #MeToo moment, akin to the wave of painful truth-telling that has swept through other workplaces, schools and Hollywood.
The Rev. Hans Zollner, a member of the Vatican’s commission for advising the pope on protecting minors, said that he has seen more victims come forward in recent months with accounts of sexual abuse in the church that they experienced as adults.
“The #MeToo movement has created a momentum,” he said. “It has brought another level of attention to this kind of hidden abuse.”
With his warm, gregarious presence, McCarrick rose quickly through the ranks of the church after being ordained a priest in 1958. As a bishop, he took pride in his success at recruiting young men to the priesthood — including one he met in an airport, according to his colleagues.
In 1981, the New York-born clergyman was made the bishop of the newly created diocese of Metuchen in central New Jersey. The young men he recruited would attend seminary at Mount St. Mary’s in Maryland, before being ordained as priests for the diocese.
Those who interacted with him back then said he was friendly with all the seminarians, but would invite a few he especially favored to overnight stays at a beach house in Sea Girt, New Jersey. It was a small, simple house, some six blocks from the ocean — a retreat that the diocese had purchased at McCarrick’s request in 1984.
About four or five seminarians and young priests would go to the house at a time, usually on a Friday, where they would sometimes cook dinner or order pizza and socialize over beers, Ciolek recalled. Before lights out, Ciolek said, McCarrick would assign sleeping arrangements, directing one seminarian to share his room, which had one large bed.
Sometimes, McCarrick would start to rub a young man’s back as the rest of the group was filtering toward the bedrooms. Other times, it would happen once the young man who had been selected to room with the bishop was alone with him.
“My observations were that people were disgusted by it,” said Ciolek. “There were some who gloried in the attention it brought on them, even if it was screwed-up attention. But I don’t remember anyone welcoming it and hoping they would be touched.” For Ciolek, there were about a dozen trips out of town with McCarrick, including to a fishing camp in Eldred, New York, with other seminarians, and once to Puerto Rico, where he waited in a hotel lobby while his host spoke with the local bishop. McCarrick also took him to New York Yankees baseball games. At one game, Ciolek said he was seated in George Steinbrenner’s box between the team owner and Henry Kissinger, in what he described as one of the highlights of his young life. But after the games ended, McCarrick sometimes took him to a small apartment on an upper floor of a hospital that he used for overnight stays in the city, and directed Ciolek to share his bed.
Ciolek said that even though he just wanted to be a parish priest, McCarrick would frequently bring up how he ought to go to Rome and climb the church hierarchy.
With the harassment, Ciolek said, McCarrick seemed to have a line he would not cross with him. The touching would stay above the waist, avoiding the genitals, he said. There was no kissing, no holding hands.
But a second former priest, who received a settlement from the New Jersey dioceses for abuse by McCarrick, did not describe such a limit to the physical contact. This priest, who declined to be interviewed and whose file was provided on condition that his name not be used, was also a member of McCarrick’s select circle of seminarians.
By 1986, McCarrick had been promoted by Pope John Paul II to a much bigger job: Archbishop of Newark, one of the country’s largest dioceses with more than 1 million Catholics. In the summer of 1987, this former priest alleged, McCarrick took him to an Italian restaurant in New York City, and then to the small apartment above the hospital. (Ciolek described the room in similar terms.)
There, McCarrick asked the seminarian to change into a striped sailor shirt and a pair of shorts he had on hand, and joined him in the bed, according to the seminarian’s written account. “He put his arms around me and wrapped his legs between mine,” the account states.
He also wrote that he once saw McCarrick having sex with a young priest in a cabin at the Eldred fishing camp, and that the archbishop invited him to be “next.”
In this former priest’s file were handwritten letters that the archbishop wrote to him when he was still a student, some signed “Uncle Ted,” and “Uncle T.” They sometimes addressed him as “nephew,” a term Ciolek said was used by the archbishop to refer to the young men he took on overnight trips.
One letter was written in 1987 while McCarrick was aboard a plane in Poland on a mission for the Vatican. “I just wanted to tell you how glad I am that we had the chance to get together this summer,” the archbishop wrote to the 26-year-old student. “It wasn’t as often as I would have liked but I know how ‘social’ my nephew is!”
McCarrick’s trip to Poland was a sign of his growing prominence. His brother bishops in the United States elected him chairman of their committees on migration, international policy and aid for the church in Central and Eastern Europe. He met with Fidel Castro in 1988.
The first documented complaint about McCarrick came at the latest by 1994, when the second priest wrote a letter to the new bishop of Metuchen, Edward T. Hughes, saying that McCarrick had inappropriately touched him and other seminarians in the 1980s, according to the documents.
The priest had a disturbing confession, the documents show. He told Hughes that he was coming forward because he believed the sexual and emotional abuse he endured from McCarrick, as well as several other priests, had left him so traumatized that it triggered him to touch two 15-year-old boys inappropriately. The Metuchen diocese sent the priest to therapy, and then transferred him to another diocese. But McCarrick’s stature remained intact; he was even given the honor of hosting John Paul II on a visit to Newark in 1995 and leading a large public Mass there for the pope.
Around 1999, Ciolek was called in by McCarrick’s former secretary in Metuchen, Monsignor Michael J. Alliegro, who knew about the trips with seminarians, including the bed-sharing. He asked Ciolek, who had left the priesthood in 1988 to marry a woman, if he planned to sue the diocese, and then mentioned McCarrick’s name. “And I literally laughed, and I said, no,” Ciolek said, adding that the monsignor responded with a sigh of relief.
In 2000, John Paul promoted McCarrick to lead the Archdiocese of Washington, one of the most prestigious posts in the Catholic Church in America. He was elevated to cardinal three months later.
At least one priest warned the Vatican against the appointment. The Rev. Boniface Ramsey said that when he was on the faculty at the Immaculate Conception Seminary at Seton Hall University in New Jersey from 1986 to 1996, he was told by seminarians about McCarrick’s sexual abuse at the beach house. When McCarrick was appointed to Washington, Ramsey spoke by phone with the pope’s representative in the nation’s capital, Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo, the papal nuncio, and at his encouragement sent a letter to the Vatican about McCarrick’s history.
Ramsey, now a priest in New York City, said he never got a response.
McCarrick’s ascent by that point seemed unstoppable, given his importance to the church. He was a prolific fundraiser; as a founding member and president of the Papal Foundation, he rounded up deep-pocketed donors to pledge $1 million to the pope’s pet causes. When John Paul made him Washington archbishop and a cardinal, the pope was in decline from Parkinson’s disease.
“He was not tracking these things closely because of his health, and his aides were not inclined to bring particular cases to his attention,” said John Thavis, a longtime Vatican correspondent and the author of “Vatican Diaries.”
Thavis pointed out that John Paul also disregarded multiple warnings about a different, more notorious sexual predator, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, the founder of the Legion of Christ and another renowned church fundraiser.
In 2002, when the turmoil in the church over the child sex abuse scandal was at a peak, McCarrick was among the cardinals summoned by the pope to help manage the crisis.
McCarrick voted in the papal conclave in 2005 that elected Pope Benedict XVI, and participated in the cardinals’ meetings in 2013 that led to the election of Pope Francis. He retired as leader of the Washington archdiocese in 2006 at 75, the standard retirement age for bishops.
For many years, Ciolek, who became a lawyer after leaving the priesthood, told no one about his experiences. Then in 2004, after he began receiving counseling, he filed for a settlement from the church and received $80,000 from the dioceses of Trenton, Metuchen and Newark.
Two years later, the church paid a settlement of $100,000 to the other priest alleging abuse. That priest had been forced to resign in 2004 under the church’s new zero-tolerance protocols against child abuse, based on his confession about touching two boys a decade earlier.
Ramsey said he continued to warn church leaders about McCarrick. In 2008, he said, he raised the issue with Cardinal Edward Egan, the New York archbishop, but Egan cut him off quickly. Ramsey said he was disturbed in 2015 to see McCarrick serving at the funeral Mass for Egan, so he wrote to Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, who had been appointed by Pope Francis to lead a commission on sexual abuse of children.
“I have blown the whistle for 30 years without getting anywhere,” Ramsey said recently.
O’Malley, through a spokesman, declined to comment.
Richard Sipe, a former priest who is an authority on clergy sex abuse, said that seminarians began to confide in him about the beach house sleepovers while he was a professor at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary in the 1980s. He said he wrote a letter to Pope Benedict in 2008, telling him the illicit trips to the shore home “had been widely known for several decades.” One possible reason the allegations did not impede McCarrick’s ascent is that unwanted touching of an adult by a bishop or superior is not explicitly stated as a crime under the church’s canon law, Catholic legal scholars said. There is a relevant canon (a legal provision), which says that anyone who abuses their “ecclesiastical power” and “harms somebody” is to be “punished with a just penalty.” But it was never applied to McCarrick.
“He could have been removed from office — he certainly should not have been advanced,” said Monsignor Kenneth Lasch, a canon lawyer and retired priest in New Jersey who serves as a victims’ advocate.
The Vatican has removed bishops from their posts for having affairs with women and men; Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the leader of the church in Scotland, stepped down under Vatican pressure in 2013 after revelations of his sexual misconduct with seminarians and priests. But such punishments are rare, and are decided on a case-by-case basis by the Vatican.
In a statement to The New York Times, Cardinal Joseph W. Tobin of Newark said that he was “greatly disturbed by reports” that McCarrick, his predecessor in Newark from 1986 to 2000, had “harassed seminarians and young clergy.”
“I recognize without any ambiguity that all people have a right to live, work and study in safe environments,” he wrote. “I intend to discuss this tragedy with the leadership of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops in order to articulate standards that will assure high standards of respect by bishops, priests and deacons for all adults.”
Many dioceses in the United States have their own policies on workplace sexual harassment. But there is no global policy in the Catholic Church on sexual harassment of adults, and no standard procedure for reporting sexual wrongdoing by one’s bishop locally, experts say.
The “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” adopted by U.S. bishops at the height of the child sexual abuse scandal in 2002, does not cover victims older than 18. The bishops’ charter also contained no procedures for holding bishops accountable other than “fraternal correction” by fellow bishops. McCarrick helped to draft the charter.
The Catholic Whistleblowers, a network of priests and nuns, recently sent a letter urging U.S. bishops to expand the category of victims to include adults — in particular those who are vulnerable to clergy sexual abuse because of overpowering intimidation by the abuser or because the victims are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. It also urges them to apply its zero-tolerance policy to bishops, said Lasch, a Whistleblowers member.
When Ciolek received his abuse settlement in 2005, it came with no formal admission of fault, and it barred him from ever speaking to the media about the abuse. But since McCarrick’s suspension, Tobin and the bishop of Metuchen, James F. Checchio, have both apologized to Ciolek personally on behalf of the church.
“I am sorry beyond words, and embarrassed beyond belief, at this atrocious conduct,” Checchio wrote to him.
Ciolek has been released from his confidentiality agreements to permit him to speak publicly.
“If the church is genuine about cleaning up the rest of the mess, it ought to do something,” he said. “And that’s when I will judge the sincerity of the expressions of sorrow that I’m now receiving.”