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

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 of
boys under 7 y/o
By Gephardt Daily Staff 

FARMINGTON, Utah, — A 19-year-old Layton man has been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to abusing multiple children.

Alexander Clifton Winward had pleaded guilty in May to four counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony.

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.

The Des Moines Register reports Jeff Altmayer will serve two-year sentences consecutively for allegedly enticing minors in Jasper and Monoma Counties. Iowa DCI says Altmayer lured a 12-year-old girl into his car in Colfax in 2016 and then sexually abused her. Officials believe he could have attempted to lure as many as 19 girls throughout nine counties.

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 life
Author: 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."

"The only thing I can do is beg and plead with the court ... to have mercy on me and give me a second chance at life," said Nicholas Belkiewicz, 27.

"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.

In defiance of this simple truth, Matt Flynn, Democratic candidate for governor of Wisconsin, has repeated and ramped up his defense of his work for 15 years while chief lawyer for the Archdiocese of Milwaukee from 1989-2004. Since early May, survivors of clergy sexual abuse, progressive women’s organizations, The Capital Times and Wisconsin Gazette editorial boards, two leading Democratic legislators  and others have called on Flynn to withdraw from the race.

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 Years

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.

Miller didn’t realize that their “relationship” was inappropriate until about a decade later, in 2005, but when she understood the “the gravity of what happened,” she reported the crime to the organization’s leaders. She was told an investigation would commence and that her case would be turned over to law enforcement.

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 daughters
Author: 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.”

‘Uncle Ted’

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!”

Unstoppable Rise

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.

A Reckoning

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 Se├ín 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.”

Thursday, 12 July 2018

4 Girls Age 9; One Each 8, 7, 5, 4 y/o; 4 More Kids Under Ten, Victims on Today's USA PnP List

A 9-year-old girl gets justice when her abuser,
uncommonly, gets prison
Rekha Basu, Des Moines Register

NEVADA, Ia. — Thirty-seven-year-old Chris Moore of Marion County took the witness stand in the Story County Courthouse to read a victim impact statement.

In a firm but tearful voice, he told the 73-year-old man who had sexually abused his daughter: "For 30-some odd years. there was a man that I held more respect for than anyone else. I placed him on a pedestal, not knowing the dark secret that had been withheld from me."

That man was his father, James Moore, who took a plea agreement June 4 to lascivious acts with his 9-year-old granddaughter.

"This monster stole the innocence of my little girl," Chris Moore continued Monday. "She is not the same anymore. Though children know there are evil people, he continued, "it is usually not someone who is supposed to protect them and keep them safe."

Actually, Chris, it is usually someone who is supposed to protect and keep them safe. Most child sex abuse is committed in family.

The hushed courtroom also would hear statements from the 9-year-old, read aloud by a prosecutor, and from her mother, brother and maternal grandfather.

All described a vibrant child who would spring out of bed announcing "It's a beautiful day" but who now fears to leave the house. They spoke of the depression and post-traumatic stress that have had her in therapy for about 10 months.

They recounted how she would hit, kick, scream and cry when she had to go to school her fourth-grade year, and how she had to be literally carried in and handed over to a staff member.

Sometimes her uncontrollable rage and property destruction would land her in a small, cold, empty "quiet room" with a concrete floor. "I hated being in there," she wrote.

Her parents believed their daughter, now 10, from the minute she came into their room the morning after the events of last August. But some of Chris Moore's family sided with his father and distanced themselves from the couple and their daughter when they chose to go to police and file charges.

James Moore's supporters submitted letters to the court describing a devoted Christian, husband, father and grandfather. They noted his military service in Vietnam and Cuba, his help rescuing a man from a burning truck and his charitable donations. Chris Moore's mother, Colette, said her husband "would never drive by a stranded motorist or leave another person in a dangerous situation." 

The Rev. Tom Nesbitt of the Ames Cornerstone Church wrote of James Moore: "He is a dear and humble man, greatly broken over what he is accused of and genuinely repentant over any activity that places his Christian testimony, marriage and family relations in any measure of question."

Chris and Lisa Moore (Photo: Special to the Register)

It's bad enough these letters don't mention the victim, and that the last one sidesteps James Moore's admission to a Class C felony. But it is deeply disturbing that anyone could suggest going to church or giving to charity could cancel out molesting a child, or otherwise, try to normalize such aberrant behavior.

Enablers must carry that on their consciences, too. Lisa Moore testified that her husband, Chris, has lost relations with his mother, father and two sisters over this. 

Under the negotiated plea agreement, James Moore was to get a suspended 10-year sentence and serve no prison time and would appear on the Iowa sex offender registry. Asked by District Judge Bethany Currie if he had anything to say, he said he was ashamed and sorry and prayed for forgiveness.

After a few more formalities, the judge, who was appointed just last month by Gov. Kim Reynolds, caught everyone by surprise, overriding the plea agreement and imposing an actual sentence of up to 10 years. That left Chris and Lisa Moore jubilant and some on the other side in tears, but declining to be interviewed. "Just say we love him and we support him," said one sobbing woman.

County Attorney Jessica Reynolds said later that it's unusual in her experience for a judge not to follow a plea agreement, but that she supports this decision. Reynolds had seen a plea bargain as a way to protect the child from the trauma of being deposed.

"Child sexual abuse is so horrific, it changes who people are and the course of their lives," she said, adding that based on her experience in three Iowa counties, it is rampant and vastly under-reported. Often the families just keep the child apart from the abuser. But these parents, she said, "did exactly what they needed to do. They believed their child. They reported it. They didn't make excuses."

This column has expressed frustration with Iowa's justice system for letting sex offenders off with no jail time. In federal courts, 98 percent of people charged with child sex crimes go to prison, and serve an average of 139 months. But in Iowa courts, offenders often get probation. And then there is the statute of limitations, which requires criminal charges in child sex-abuse cases to be brought within 10 years after the victim turns 18. While other states have done away with limits, despite documented child abuse cases going back generations, Democrats' proposals to loosen the statute were blocked by the Republican majority in the last legislative session. 

Had they passed, this story might have had an even more powerful ending. 

In the course of investigating James Moore, reports from the Story County Sheriff's Department show, an investigator interviewed at least four other female relatives who said they, too, had been abused by him as children. One of those was James Moore's biological daughter, Jill Beard, who is estranged from the family because of it. 

Now 50, she lives in Missouri, and told me in a phone interview that she left Iowa in her 20s because of the abuse. She told police that began when she was about 8 and lasted till she was 12, and that it included removing her clothes and touching her vagina and putting his penis in her hands. In that police interview last December, she mentioned four other women who had said he did sexual things to them. The report said James Moore had admitted to looking through a window at one girl when she was showering.

But Beard never told anyone until about 13 years ago, when she wrote her parents and grandparents a letter. "It's so ugly. You feel so much shame your entire life," she said. "All the people around you love him so much." Because it was past the statute of limitations, criminal charges could not be brought in her case. 

The letter prompted a visit from James Moore's wife, (her stepmother) Colette, "to tell me what a hero I was." It also, according to the police report, prompted Colette to leave James for about six months, when he was supposed to be getting treatment. Beard told me she later ran into her father, who apologized briefly. So Beard wept with joy after getting the call Monday about his sentence.

"I just released 45 years of holding it in," she said.

A niece of James Moore's, Nichole Ledbetter, also told me in a phone interview from her Ohio residence that he abused her multiple times about 30 years ago, when she was in third and fourth grades. She was interviewed by the same Story County investigator in January, who wrote in his report that she said she had told her parents as a child and again in college and in her 30s, but they didn't believe her. Her mother, Carmen, is Colette's sister. Ledbetter told police the abuse consisted of digital penetration, and that she had watched him do the same thing to another girl related to him.

"Nichole recently called Colette, who told Nichole she believed that Jim did abuse her, and apologized," the police report says.

After James Moore's recent arrest, Ledbetter said her parents paid her a visit to say they now believe her. Ledbetter's mother also attended James Moore's plea agreement hearing and sentencing, sitting on Chris Moore's family's side of the aisle. 

Ledbetter attributes several failed marriages and a lot of counseling to the abuses.

Had the Iowa Legislature done the right thing last year, other women could have had their day in court. But for now, Beard and Ledbetter savor a gutsy 9-year-old's victory as their own. Maybe this young girl and her parents will serve as examples and beacons of hope to other children and their families to speak up, believe and support your kids, and protect other people's by reporting abuses to police.

And maybe by signaling she means business, this judge will shock others into checking their own responses. Meanwhile, never, ever make excuses for people who prey sexually on children, no matter how much they may pray in church. 

Amen! Great column!

Rekha Basu is an opinion columnist for The Des Moines Register. 

NY woman alleges sexual abuse by nun in 1955, 
as advocates renew call for disclosure

The advocacy group representing numerous victims of alleged sexual abuse by local clergy or members of religious orders is again calling on state lawmakers to pass the Child Victim Act. They stood outside an Amherst Catholic school where, one woman alleges, she was subject to a mix of verbal, emotional and sexual abuse in 1955.

J. Carroll Becker joined members of Road To Recovery on the sidewalk in front of Christ The King School in Amherst Thursday morning. Becker, 68, says while enrolled in the school in September 1955 she was subject to a mix of verbal and emotional abuse by Sister Pauline Terese. The intimidating verbal abuse, she told reporters, led her on more than occasion to wet herself.

J. Carroll Becker, speaking in Amherst Thursday, says she was sexually abused by a nun at Christ the King School in 1955. At right is Robert Hoatson, founder and president of Road To Recovery, which advocates for victims of alleged sexual abuse by priests or other religious affiliates. CREDIT MICHAEL MROZIAK, WBFO

On the third occasion, Becker alleges, the nun responded with additional behavior which Becker described graphically.

"She made me take off my underpants and she raped me with a crucifix, saying this will cure me from defiling God's property," she said. "And then she put a pair of her underwear on me and made me sit the rest of the day in class."

Becker added that Sister Pauline Terese would refer to her as "Betty Wetty" and allow the class to call her the same name. 

Earlier this year, Becker says she met with Diocesan officials as well as Sister Margaret Mary Kimmins, OSF. She said the meeting went for nearly 90 minutes but was generally discouraging, with a lot of chit-chat, comments by Sister Margaret Mary about her wardrobe and, when asked who the nun represents, extending herself to show her height in what Becker says was an intimidating gesture.

She also suggests the Diocese informed her she would not receive financial compensation but was offered counseling. Becker says she was already undergoing counseling and found the offer inadequate.

The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany issued a written statement Thursday afternoon in response to the accusation: "The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany are aware of the allegations of abuse brought forth against a former member of the congregation. The Sister in question left the congregation in 1982 and has since died.

"The Franciscan Sisters of Allegany are committed to respecting the dignity and well-being of each person. We acknowledge the sacred trust we hold because of our vowed life, and the power, influence, and authority that we hold in our ministerial relationships. We declare unequivocally that abuse of any person is unacceptable behavior and violates the rights of others.

"We are currently following our Congregational protocol to investigate the matter. In order to respect dignity and privacy, we will not comment further at this time."

Road To Recovery founder and president Robert Hoatson renewed calls to the Diocese of Buffalo to reveal all it knows about past sexual abuse. He also called to law enforcers and legislators to act.

"(Erie County) DA (John) Flynn, if this isn't cause for an investigation? Acting Attorney General (Barbara Underwood), if this isn't another reason to investigate?" Hoatson said. "Legislators, haven't you heard enough? It's now time to pass the Child Victims Act."

That proposed legislation, which has now stalled in Albany for a dozen years, would allow adults victimized as children to pursue legal action. Currently, the state's statute of limitations gives victims until the age of 23 to sue.

Two indicted in unrelated Texas
child sex abuse cases
Timothy Chipp, Abilene Reporter-News 

A Taylor County grand jury on Thursday indicted a pair of men accused of sexually assaulting children.

Kerry Wayne Sims, 47, of Abilene was indicted on one count each of aggravated sexual assault of a child — stemming from an alleged December 2001 incident — and continuous sexual abuse of a child from a December 2012 report.

Daniel Arnold Tilbe, 57, of Merkel, meanwhile, was also indicted on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child from a January 2015 incident.

In the 2001 accusation against Sims, court documents say he was originally accused of abusing a 9-year-old girl.

The girl eventually recanted the story, documents said, saying she lied when she told police Sims would undress her in the bedroom and have anal sex with her.

In January 2017, a Abilene Police Department detective re-examined the case and contacted the woman, then 25 years old, documents said.

According to the documents, the victim stated Sims had intercourse with her beginning when she was 6 years old while her mother was at work.

She said Sims would have sex with her one to two times per week, the documents said. She said she recanted the story originally because everyone kept asking about it and she was scared.

Court documents in the unrelated 2012 accusation against Sims say he allegedly made a child rub his penis with her hands.

Sims is being held on $202,000 bond, according to Taylor County Jail records, stemming from a March 1 arrest.

Meanwhile, court documents said Daniel Tilbe was living with several individuals in Merkel when a girl told police "he used to sex me."

The victim told police it happened in 2015.

Tilbe is being held on $100,000 bond after an arrest May 27, Taylor County Jail records show.

Former UCLA Basketball Player Billy Knight
Charged with Child Molestation Before Death

Knight had been charged with sexually abusing a
nine-year old girl before his death
By Joe Piechowski

Former UCLA basketball player Billy Knight, who reportedly killed himself over the weekend, was arrested in Phoenix on June 13 and charged with multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor, sexual abuse and molestation of a child, TMZ Sports is reporting.

Phoenix news radio station KTAR-FM reports adds that the victim was the 9-year-old daughter of Knight’s ex-girlfriend.

KTAR also mentions how the allegations came about:

The allegations were first made from the victim to a mentor, who told the victim’s mother, who then contacted the Phoenix Police Department.

Knight allegedly admitted to the allegations during a recorded phone call with the victim’s mother and Phoenix police.

According to TMZ, “Knight posted his $100,000 bail and was released from custody in June — but ordered to wear an electronic monitoring device.” Knight was reportedly facing more than 50 years in prison if convicted on all charges.

TMZ also reported that Knight’s ex-girlfriend told police that he “violated the terms of his release by contacting her several times and even appearing at her home.”

Knight was scheduled to appear in court today for a hearing on the charges, according to KTAR.

He'll be appearing in a much higher court, as if suicide is a way to escape the consequences of one's evil.

Nathan Forrest Winters Says Victor Salva’s Sexual Abuse Was ‘Devastating And Apocalyptic’
Charisse Van Horn

Nathan Forrest Winters, former child actor, is talking Hollywood pedophilia and his own account of child sexual abuse by director Victor Salva in a new interview with Bobby Wolfe. Winters has a new movie that is in post-production and is looking for distribution. The film The Babysitter, directed by Connar Frazier, reveals Winters’ first-hand account and experiences being sexually abused by Salva for nearly six years. Salva was ultimately convicted on four counts, completed his sentence, and is now a registered sex offender. He is still a highly favored Hollywood producer and director.

Because that's the kind of people we need steering society. Good grief!

In the interview, Bobby Wolfe asked Nathan Forrest Winters about the movie and what the filming process was like.

Winters responded that he was vulnerable and described being in a hotel room filming for two weeks while reliving Victor Salva’s abuse. The movie is described as a new look at child sexual abuse that reveals, for the first time, what a victim experiences.

Devastating and apocalyptic

Bobby Wolfe was laid back and even joked at times while interviewing Nathan, who also found himself relaxing and laughing at several points throughout the interview.

Things took a more serious tone; however when Bobby Wolfe asked Nathan why he didn’t continue with a career in Hollywood. Nathan Forrest Winters replied as follows.

“Honestly, probably the number one reason, and it just now, kind of hit me as you were asking that question, is the effect of the abuse, and what it did to my self-esteem and my confidence, was devastating and apocalyptic.”

Nathan also spoke about the aftermath of the abuse as he tried to live a normal life, but was bullied and experienced an extreme loss of self-esteem.

Once the media grabbed hold of Nathan’s story, there was no sparing the details even though he was a minor. His name was printed repeatedly throughout early reports and according to Winters, there was no way he could hide from the abuse he endured throughout his early childhood.

Winters went on to say that after the abuse and seeing how Hollywood protects its own, such as Francis Ford Coppola showing support to Salva after his arrest, conviction, and sentencing, he lost any desire he once had to be an actor and in the spotlight.

Jury finds Wyoming woman guilty of
sexual abuse, child endangering

A 32-year-old Gillette woman has been found guilty of second-degree sexual abuse and child endangering after a three-day jury trial in District Court.

Amber Shields faces up to 20 years in prison and one year in jail for putting a vibrator in a young girl’s underwear and placing the girl in unsafe situations between December 2015 and May 2016.

The charges against Shields came as a result of a police investigation into a man they suspected of sexually abusing the girl.

As part of that investigation, police interviewed Shields, who reported seeing the girl hang out with the man on several occasions. After her initial conversation with the police, Shields became largely uncooperative with the investigation.

The girl later reported to authorities that Shields had placed a small pink vibrator in her underwear and mentioned that she was aware that Shields had seen pornography of her. Comments from both the girl and Shields led to the charges against Shields.

In July 2016, shortly after the girl’s interview with authorities, they seized the man’s computer hard drives and found pornography of the girl.

Shields was taken to jail immediately after the jury delivered the verdict Wednesday afternoon. She has yet to be sentenced.

Lisa Finkey, who represented Shields with Cameron Geeting, argued that Shields should remain free on bond before sentencing because she has no prior criminal convictions, has been compliant and communicative throughout the court proceedings and will remain in the community because her family is here.

However, Campbell County Attorney Ron Wirthwein, who prosecuted the case with Campbell County Deputy Attorney Jonah Buckley, disagreed.

“She has been convicted by a jury of her peers of one of the more serious felonies that one can commit,” Wirthwein said. “Certainly the misdemeanor also carries some weight.”

Based on the danger she poses to the community and the length of the sentence she may face, District Judge Michael N. “Nick” Deegan agreed with Wirthwein.

“This was a clean case as far as I’m concerned, from where I sit,” he said. “The parties were courteous to each other, and the jury made its decision.”

Former LDS Primary teacher accused of child sex abuse appears in Utah court
By:  Brittany Johnson

WEST JORDAN, Utah (News4Utah) - A Utah man accused of sexually abusing a female student in his Sunday School class, made another court appearance Thursday morning.

Sean Sund sat quietly inside the courtroom as his defense attorney and prosecutors went before a judge in a scheduling hearing. The hearing lasted about five minutes and was held to get a few things in order before the next hearing. 

Sund is facing five felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child after an 8-year-old girl alleged that she was sexually abused during a sleepover at his home.

Sund was a children's Sunday School teacher in the West Jordan branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He taught Primary, and police say he frequently had several children at his home for "sleepovers."

How does that happen? How did the school or the church allow a single man to have students sleep over at his home. How incredibly irresponsible!

In court Thursday, Defense Attorney Clayton Simms filed two motions. 

One motion was to “prohibit the prosecuting attorney's and the prosecution witnesses' use of the term 'victim' at the time of trial pursuant to the presumption of innocence.”

The defense said the use of “victim” improperly negates that presumption of innocence.

The second motion filed was a request for supplemental discovery. The defense requested the prosecution give them “any evidence which tends to negate the guilt of the defendant…”, “information about the nature of the “Prevent Child Abuse Utah” presentation” at an elementary school which the alleged victim attends, and “any and all audio/video recordings of the alleged victim.”

The next hearing in this case has been scheduled for September 12.

Ex-Pennsylvania teacher, Dover school district
settle sex abuse survivor's lawsuit 

Written by Dylan Segelbaum/The York Daily Record 

The Dover Area School Board must approve the settlement.
It's set to meet next Tuesday.

Dover, PA -- The Dover Area School District on Wednesday abruptly settled a lawsuit brought by a woman who experienced prolonged sexual abuse at the hands of her music teacher when she was a student.

"The case has been settled to the mutual satisfaction of all parties," said Farley Holt, the woman's attorney, as he stood next to Sharon O'Donnell, the school district's attorney, in the Ronald Reagan Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Harrisburg. "No further comment will be provided."

The school board must approve the settlement. It's set to meet on Tuesday.

The woman, now 29, of Dover, filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court against the Dover Area School District and her former teacher, Matthew Puterbaugh, in 2015. They reached the settlement in the middle of trial, after a jury started hearing testimony in the case. 

Puterbaugh, 51, of Dover Township, is serving 15 years in federal prison for production of child pornography. He pleaded guilty in the York County Court of Common Pleas to involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and statutory sexual assault for abusing the woman.

He also settled the suit.

"The settlement was in everyone's best interest," said Joseph Green Jr., Puterbaugh's attorney, who declined to go into details of the resolution, as he went into an elevator.

In an interview, Holt said Puterbaugh agreed to pay the woman $50,000. She plans to use some of the money to go back to school.

Puterbaugh must also pay $45,000, in monthly installments of $250 over 15 years. The money -- there's a discount if it's paid earlier -- will be divided three ways and go into college funds for her children.

"This is all he has in his name," Holt said.

Before the case was settled, the woman testified for hours in graphic detail about the sexual abuse, which she said has affected every aspect of her life. She tried to kill herself four times and developed addictions to alcohol, prescription painkillers and heroin -- though she's now in recovery.

Puterbaugh, she said, started to abuse her in fourth grade.

That would make her, what, 9 or 10? Could she be the 4th 9 y/o survivor on today's post?

When she was 13, Puterbaugh impregnated her, the woman testified. She said she was forced to seek an abortion in Maryland. He accompanied her to the procedure under the guise of being a concerned family friend.

The woman testified that she reported the abuse to teachers on two occasions, in 2002 and 2004.

But the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services; York County Office of Children, Youth and Families; and law enforcement authorities were never notified. The abuse continued.

She withdrew from the Dover Area School District in 2005. The woman took online classes to earn her high school diploma.

Northern York County Regional police have said they were never contacted about Puterbaugh until 2013.

Law enforcement eventually uncovered that he'd been secretly recording numerous female students. The pictures and videos, police said, constituted child pornography.

PA mother and son face child sex abuse charges
By:  Cody Butler 

ARCHBALD, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) A mother and son are facing charges after child sex abuse allegations in Lackawanna County.

Police say Matthew Bryant of Archbald had contact with two young girls over the last year and his mother knew about it.

The criminal complaint is very disturbing.

Authorities say Matthew Bryant, 27, repeatedly abused the girls while his mother, Joan Peterson, did nothing to try and stop it.

He's being accused of having inappropriate contact with two girls between the ages of seven and nine. "It began with us being contacted when the child was taken to a hospital and since that time we have been investigating," said Chief Tim Trently, Archbald Police Department.

Last month, a physician assistant at Moses Taylor hospital reported child abuse and neglect. The seven-year-old alleged in the emergency room she had been touched by Matthew Bryant for a period of a year.

It was later discovered he also made contact with another girl. The allegations took place at a home in Dunmore and Archbald.

Bryant is being charged with aggravated indecent assault of a child, corruption of minors and other related charges.

As for his mother, Joan Peterson’s arrest …

"She knew about some of these allegations and allowed him to still be with the children," said Trently. Peterson is being charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

"Anywhere, anywhere any place… You know. You get them all over the streets, around the neighborhood, your next door neighbor…You don't know anymore," said John Uzialko of Archbald.

Neighbors say they are sickened to hear more and more cases of child sex abuse allegations in their communities.

"It’s terrifying I have grandchildren and I'll tell you right now if anybody rapped my grandkid they would not be going to jail," said Uzialko.

"Definitely inappropriate and him being charged is the most appropriate thing we could do right now," said Trenly.

Police chief Tim Trently says today they're still investigating the possibility of more victims in this case of child sex abuse.

This is a joint investigation with Dunmore and Archbald police departments. Matthew Bryant is being held on $100,000 bail. His mother, Joan Peterson, was released on $50,000 unsecured bail.

Iowa man gets prison time for sex abuse

A Davenport man convicted in May of sexually abusing a then 4-year-old child in 2016 was sentenced Wednesday to up to 25 years in prison.

Brandon Daniel Ruiz, 27, must serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 17.5 years in prison before he is eligible for parole.

He also must register as a sex offender and was given a lifetime special sentence similar to parole. Before handing down the sentence, Judge Thomas Reidel denied Ruiz’s motion for a new trial.

The Iowa Department of Human Services contacted the Davenport Police Department on Sept. 20, 2016, regarding allegations the child was sexually abused, according to an arrest affidavit.

Police alleged Ruiz sexually abused the child numerous times. He was arrested the following month.

Ruiz had a bench trial in April. Reidel in May found him guilty of one count of second-degree sexual abuse. Reidel acquitted him on six additional counts of second-degree sexual abuse related to the same child.

PA man sentenced to 40 years for
sexual assault of a child
 By PA News

Jefferson County man convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child has been sentenced to 40 years imprisonment, Jefferson County Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham said Thursday.

Rocky LaFleur, 41, was found guilty of the charge Wednesday evening and Judge Raquel West immediately sentenced him to 40 years confinement in the custody of the state Department of Criminal Justice.

Wortham said LaFleur is not eligible for parole.

LaFleur was charged in connection with a Jan. 14, 2017 incident in which a 5-year-old child told her grandmother details of the assault. The grandmother and mother took the child for a forensic exam at Child Abuse & Forensic Services and she was forensically interviewed at The Garth House in Beaumont, where she provided additional details about the abuse.

In a taped interview with investigators that was shown to the jury, LaFleur conceded some details of the child’s accusations were true.

The jury convicted LaFleur of one charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child but found him not guilty of a second charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Beaumont Police Detective Staci Landor was the investigator and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office prosecuted the case.

“The victim’s family was relieved that the community would be safe from LaFleur for the next 40 years,” said Assistant District Attorney Jimmy Hamm.

If LaFleur completes his 40-year sentence, the District Attorney’s Office said, he will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.

Wisconsin man gets 20-year sentence after pleading guilty to child porn charges
By Jonah Beleckis jbeleckis@gazettextra.com 

On the eve of a jury trial that could have resulted in a lifelong prison sentence, a Whitewater man agreed Wednesday to a plea deal on child pornography charges.

Michael B. Hoffer, now 60, pleaded guilty to four of 16 counts of possessing child porn, court records show.

Hoffer, who in 2000 was convicted of having sexual contact with a person under the age of 16, had been scheduled for a jury trial Monday in Walworth County Court.

Because of his earlier conviction, he automatically faced a sentence of life in prison without parole if the jury had found him guilty of the 17th charge he faced: sexual exploitation of a child by filming as a persistent repeater.

District Attorney Zeke Wiedenfeld said in an email Thursday that both parties agreed to recommend 20 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision.

At Hoffer’s final pretrial hearing July 5, his attorney, Melissa Frost, confirmed that they were rejecting the prosecution’s offer for a deal: pleading guilty to the one charge that meant life in prison. The new deal was made official Wednesday, according to online court records.

On June 4, 2017, a woman met with Delavan police to tell them Hoffer’s phone had several pictures of a young child’s private parts, according to a criminal complaint.

Police found on the phone 31 pictures of a young child and one four-second video of the same child.

Hoffer’s sentencing hearing is set for 1:15 p.m. Monday, July 30.

And have they identified the child? Is the child in a safe environment now? Reporters!!!

Judge sentences former ND police chief to life,
then changes his mind
By James B. Miller, 

DICKINSON, N.D. -- A former LaMoure police chief convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child in multiple counties was sentenced to life with the possibility of parole on Tuesday, July 10.

In a last second change of opinion late Thursday afternoon, Judge William Herauf, who presided over the case, issued a letter to counsels citing an oversight in his judgement and sentencing.

According to the letter, Herauf expressed the intent of the court to effectively turn the management of Watson’s cases over to the North Dakota Department of Corrections - without restrictions imposed to when they would be able to release him.

While resentencing has not been formally scheduled, the letter said a hearing will be slated for early next week.

In the case that attracted regional attention, James Watson faced charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child in both Golden Valley and Stark counties, as well as gross sexual imposition in Hettinger County in southwest North Dakota. Watson’s arrest came while he served as the chief of police for the LaMoure Police Department across the state in southeast North Dakota.

The case, which involved multiple agencies and three separate county attorneys, was contentious as Watson maintained his innocence throughout – claiming he never sexually abused the victim. Watson’s attorney, Kevin McCabe, argued that the state failed to present a preponderance of evidence which indicated guilt in his client’s case.

Testimony from the victim and the North Dakota Bureau of Investigation detailed multiple instances of forced sexual intercourse Watson had with the victim in exchange for certain privileges.

“It was a very difficult type of case because of the subject matter,” Christina M. Wenko, Golden Valley County state’s attorney said. “We heard 5 days of difficult testimony and multiple hours of video interviews between the victim and police. The jury made their decision, and our focus is always to do right by the victim.”

Herauf originally ruled Watson’s sentences would run concurrent.

Stark County State’s Attorney Tom Henning explained how, under the original ruling and North Dakota law, Watson would serve no less than 30 years, minus any time accrued for good behavior, before being eligible for parole.

Under the original sentencing, Watson wouldn’t appear before the parole board until 2041 with good behavior. He would be 75 years old.

The reconsideration of sentencing could see Watson released sooner if the North Dakota Department of Corrections feels he is no longer a threat.

That would be when he is dead; or maybe after he has had prostate surgery. Can we arrange for him to have prostate surgery?