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
Tuesday, 19 September 2017
Caleb Downs, San Antonio Express-News
See Beaumont Enterprise for pictures of all of these degenerates
The 126 total suspects were all jailed on one or more of the following charges: sexual assault of a child, continuous sexual abuse of a child, indecent contact with a child, indecent exposure to a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child, super aggravated sexual assault of a child or possession of child pornography.
Though many of the suspects included in the list were first arrested or indicted in 2017, some were arrested in 2016 and later indicted by a grand jury in 2017 as their cases progressed through the courts.
A small portion of the suspects have faced similar child sex abuse charges in the past, though Bexar County records indicate the majority are facing child sex abuse charges for the first time.
That lines up with recorded recidivism rates for such crimes, though experts say those numbers may not tell the whole story.
Authorities in the Department of Justice pin the sex crime recidivism rate at about 5 percent, citing a 2003 study that followed more than 9,500 sex offenders released from prison in 15 states in 1994. However, estimates for recidivism rates vary widely, according to a report from the Office of Justice Programs by Roger Przybylski, a criminal and juvenile justice consultant with more than 30 years of experience.
"The surreptitious nature of sex crimes, the fact that few sexual offenses are reported to authorities, and variation in the ways researchers calculate recidivism rates all contribute to the problem," Przybylski writes.
Many of the child sex abuse cases are handled by a group of prosecutors from the Bexar County District Attorney's Child Abuse Unit, who "who fight to seek justice for children who have been abused and neglected," according to the unit's web page.
According to Texas Department of Public Safety records, there are almost 3,600 registered sex offenders living in Bexar County, though the percentage of those offenders who abused children is unknown.
Bexar County has a population of less than 2 million souls. If we assume 250 people could be arrested each year for every 2 million people in the USA, that would mean that 40,000 people in the USA might be eligible to be arrested each year for child sex abuse and child porn charges. I think that's called an epidemic!
Also, 3600 registered sex offenders in Bexar County; if we can extrapolate that to the rest of the USA, and I know how unscientific that is, it computes to more than half a million registered sex offenders.
And those are only the ones we know about. How many children are these degenerates abusing each year. It is surely time the government knew the answers to these questions.
Bexar Co., Texas
A litany of child sex offenders who abused children from a position of authority or influence: a special-needs teacher, guard, caregiver, entertainer, doctor, priests, and assorted perverts
Sex offender targeted special needs students at
Redlands High SchoolBy KRISTINA HERNANDEZ Redlands Daily Facts
An attorney on Tuesday, Sept. 19, announced that four more alleged victims of former Redlands High School teacher and convicted sex offender Kevin Patrick Kirkland have come forward with similar allegations that surfaced last year with his arrest.
Irvine attorney Morgan Stewart said at a news conference outside the San Bernardino Justice Center in downtown San Bernardino that another lawsuit had been filed against Kirkland, the Redlands Unified School District, former RHS principal Christina Rivera, former school district Superintendent Lori Rhodes, and district assistant superintendent of human resources director Sabine Robertson-Phillips.
School district officials were not immediately available for comment.
Stewart said that while authorities were conducting an investigation against the former teacher and golf coach, a plea deal was reached.
Authorities arrested 58-year-old Kirkland in April 2016 in Arizona. He subsequently pleaded guilty in April to one felony count of oral copulation with a person under the age of 18 and three misdemeanor counts of annoying/molesting a child under the age of 18, San Bernardino County court records show. In June, he was sentenced to two years in state prison.
Stewart called Kirkland’s conviction a “slap on the wrist.” He said Kirkland’s alleged victims were all special needs students and/or teacher assistants.
No kidding, and a very gentle slap on the wrist - almost a caress. Child victims are generally voiceless, but special-needs children are even more so; they are far more vulnerable and need more protection. People who abuse special-needs kids are the scum of the earth and don't deserve a second chance.
It was not immediately clear Tuesday if the Redlands Police Department was conducting a criminal investigation into the new allegations.
Stewart’s first lawsuit, filed in March and amended on Aug. 16, alleged a 15-year-old student was the victim of sexual abuse and harassment by Kirkland beginning in August 2013. The lawsuit alleged Kirkland preyed on vulnerable, female special needs students by going through their student files and poring over their medical, family information, as well as their history of discipline, peer issues and bullying.
These are the actions of a predator, why did the judge and prosecutor not see that?
After gleaning information from student files, Kirkland would approach the most vulnerable students and befriend them. He complimented them on their looks, requested their phone numbers, provided them money, and showed them a gun he kept in his classroom, among other things, the lawsuit alleges.
Kirkland would try and get female students alone with him in his classroom, and invited them to his home when his wife was away, according to the first lawsuit.
“He would make them feel special and then go to the next step,” Stewart said. He said that next step included sexual intercourse.
Stewart said complaints went ignored by the district because it “wants to protect its image” and “protect teachers first.”
Stewart called the case “Whitehurst No. 2,” referring to former Citrus Valley High School teacher Laura Whitehurst, who was convicted of six felonies after it was revealed she had an illegal sexual relationship with a former student who fathered her child. The student’s family won a $6 million settlement against RUSD in 2016 over the district’s handling of the Whitehurst case.
Under an agreement with prosecutors, in exchange for her plea, Whitehurst was sentenced to five years of probation and up to a year in county jail, and ordered to forfeit her teaching credentials, register as a sex offender, attend sex offender treatment, wear a GPS tracking device and not make contact with the victim.
She served six months in jail due to good behavior, and now legally shares custody of the child with its father.
In the meantime, the victim pursued legal action against the school district, saying that a Redlands Unified teacher and soccer coach, along with other unidentified district officials, failed to report the abuse to authorities, as they are required by state law.
OB/GYN doctor faces federal child porn charges
by John W. Yelland
(KUTV) A doctor who was accused of sexually abusing a teen girl and possessing and sharing child pornography in August, was charged Tuesday in federal court with three additional counts related to child porn.
In August the 55-year-old doctor, Nathan Clark Ward, Bountiful, Utah, was charged with sodomy on a child, aggravated sexual abuse of a child, forcible sodomy, two counts of forcible sexual abuse, and six counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.
DeseretNews.com reports: "The suspect discloses that he has raped a 15-year-old who was drunk on vodka, after her father 'set it up.' The suspect also states he raped a 13-year-old," according to messages from August of 2016, the report states.
Court documents filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office allege that Ward also knowingly produced, possessed and distributed child porn.
Ward made a minor (born 1998) engage in "sexually explicit conduct," court documents say.
He is also charged with the following:
Production of child pornography
Possession of child pornography
Distribution of child pornography
Former Northland monks added to abuse list
By Tom Olsen
From left: Father James Kelly, Father Casimir Plakut and Father Augustine John Strub.
Three monks who served at parishes within the Diocese of Duluth decades ago have been added to a Minnesota monastery's list of priests credibly accused of child sexual abuse.
The Revs. Casimir Plakut, Augustine John Strub and James Kelly were added this week to the list of clerics "likely to have offended against minors" by St. John's Abbey of Collegeville. The three former monks, who have all since died, were never before publicly named.
"Getting these names out into the public and getting St. John's to acknowledge a history never before revealed publicly is so important to protecting kids in the future, and to the validation and healing of survivors," said Jeff Anderson, a St. Paul attorney representing child sexual abuse victims.
Plakut served at St. Stanislaus Church in Swan River in 1938, St. Clement's Church in Duluth from 1939-41 and Holy Family Missions in Cloquet from 1952-53, according to his assignment history. He later left the abbey and went on to work under an assumed name in Nebraska and Texas, dying in 1988.
Strub did missionary assignments at Holy Family in Cloquet, St. Patrick in Brookston and the Church of Mary and Joseph in Sawyer in 1951. He also served at St. Mary's Hospital in Duluth from 1960-61. He left the priesthood by 1962 and died in 2015.
Kelly served at St. Joseph's Church in Ball Club from 1968-72, according to his assignment history. The abbey said he left St. John's in 1973 and was formally dismissed from the priesthood in 1976. He died in 2011.
"Saint John's Abbey, in keeping with its policies and practices, intends to make public documents related to these individuals at a future date," the abbey said in a statement. "However, those documents must first be redacted to remove the names and other identifying details to protect innocent parties mentioned in the documents."
Anderson said he and his clients in recent months have settled 17 lawsuits brought against the abbey by abuse victims. He said nearly 80 lawsuits were brought against St. John's monks under the Minnesota Child Victims Act, which opened a three-year window for victims of decades-old abuse cases to file suit. A total of 21 monks have been publicly identified by the abbey as credibly accused.
Former Humboldt County Correctional Officer Arrested on Numerous Child Sexual Abuse Charges
The Eureka Police Department has issued a press release offering information on the arrest of former former Humboldt County Correctional Officer Cory Fisher, Sr. on child sexual assault charges:
In August 2017, the Eureka Police Department received information regarding possible long term sexual and physical abuse of minors.
An investigation was initiated by the Criminal Investigations Section of the Eureka Police Department, with the assistance of the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department and the Humboldt County District Attorney’s office.
As a result of the investigation, probable cause was obtained for the issuance of an arrest warrant for Cory Jordan Fisher Sr. (30 years old of Eureka).
The warrant was for the following crimes:
Oral Copulation of a minor 10 years old or younger
Sodomy with a child 10 years old or younger
Lewd acts with a child under 14 years old
Lewd acts with a child 15 years old or older
Continuous sex with a minor under 14 years old
On September 15, 2017, Fisher was taken into custody on his warrant by the US Marshal Service and booked into the San Bernardino County Jail, where he is awaiting extradition back to Humboldt County. The bail amount on the warrant is $1,000,000.
This is an ongoing investigation and any further details will be released when appropriate. Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact Det. Ron Harpham at 707-441- 4305.
Children's Singer/Songwriter Facing
Child Porn Charges
A music teacher and singer/songwriter who performs for children at synagogues, Jewish community centers, camps and conventions nationwide is facing child pornography charges.
Federal prosecutors in New Jersey say Eric Komar was charged Tuesday with receiving and distributing images of child sexual abuse. The 46-year-old Hillsborough man was later remanded without bail after he made his initial court appearance.
Prosecutors say Komar used a peer-to-peer file-sharing program to obtain and distribute images and videos of young children being sexually abused.
Komar appears to have run a Kickstarter in 2013 to fund a "Jewish kids' CD' titled "Two Life." His website shows he's released three more albums.
Komar faces 5 to 20 years in prison if he's convicted.
Komar was represented at the court hearing by a federal public defender. That office does not comment on cases.
Davenport man in custody on charges of
child sexual abuse and burglary
DAVENPORT -- A Davenport man is in custody on charges of sexual abuse and burglary for an incident that took place at a residence near W. 14th St. and Scott St. in Davenport on Sunday, September 17.
Clarence Ford III, 32, was arrested on Monday evening, September 18, on charges of third degree sexual abuse, a class C felony, and first degree burglary, a class B felony.
According to the arrest affidavits, Ford committed "burglary in the first degree upon a property while persons were present" and committed "sexual abuse upon a victim that was a child, twelve or thirteen years of age."
Ford is currently being held at the Scott County Jail on a $25,000 cash bond.
Cushing man pleads guilty to sexual abuse
By Tim Ahrens
A Cushing man was sentenced Thursday to serve at least 10 years in prison after he pled guilty to an amended charge of child sexual abuse that began when his victim was 4.
Paul Douglas Massey, 46, was arrested in August 2016 and originally charged with nine felony counts – forcible oral sodomy, first-degree rape, rape by instrumentation, two counts of second-degree rape and four counts of lewd molestation.
But a plea agreement led to Massey's guilty plea and a sentence that includes 30 years in the custody of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, 20 years of which will be suspended upon Massey's good behavior.
Massey will also have to pay court costs, costs of incarceration and the district attorney's prosecution fees. Massey will have to register as a sex offender and be supervised by the DOC's probation and parole division for three years of post-confinement supervision. He was given credit for time served – Massey spent almost three months in Payne County Jail on a $100,000 bond.
An affidavit filed in the case shows the alleged victim, who was 19 when she revealed the sexual abuse to Cushing police, said Massey sexually assaulted her when she was as young as 4, and continued to as she grew up in Cushing. The alleged assaults and forced sexual acts occurred at several addresses in and outside Cushing city limits.
The officer alleged in the affidavit that after reviewing the victim's accounts to both her and a sexual assault nurse examiner; the victim's mother's interview regarding the alleged timeline; and information regarding various residences where the crimes were allegedly committed, these all lined up as consistent regarding the victim's allegations against Massey.
Jacksonville man guilty of receiving child sexual abuse content over the internet
A 41-year-old Jacksonville man was found guilty Tuesday of receiving child sexual abuse images and videos over the internet using a “dark web” application, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Jason Dean Barnes faces between five and 20 years in federal prison when he is sentenced Dec. 18, prosecutors said.
Court documents indicate that FBI agents began an online undercover investigation in early 2015 to identify people using a special website to access and receive images and videos depicting child pornography. Websites of this kind can encrypt or remove personal information so that the person using it can remain anonymous, hence the name “dark web.”
In 2015, FBI agents apprehended the website’s administrator and identified Barnes after he had accessed child pornography, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Agents executed a search warrant at Barnes’ home, where he admitted to searching, downloading and viewing child pornography.
A forensic examination of his laptop computer revealed about 500 videos and 5,000 images of child pornography, several downloaded just before the raid, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.
Memphis man indicted again on child rape charges in Tennessee
Mariah Timms, USA Today Network-Tennessee
A Memphis man has been indicted on several charges of child rape and aggravated sexual battery.
William Tate Hightower, 32, of Memphis appeared before the Rutherford County Grand Jury last week.
Hightower was charged with five counts of rape of a child, five counts of aggravated sexual battery and two counts of exploitation of a minor.
Originally arrested on July 14, and later indicted, he has been the focus of an investigation by the Murfreesboro Police Department Special Victims Unit.
The July charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a 12-year-old girl, the MPD arrest report said. The more recent charges related to the alleged abuse of a 10-year-old girl, brought before the September Grand Jury.
He is being held at the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center on a $225,000 bond. His next court appearance is set for Oct. 16, 2017.
The RCSO confirmed that the bond offices that supplied Hightower's July bond revoked that support, adding to the $150,000 bond assigned to the September charges.
19 Year Old Arraigned on Child Rape and
Child Porn Charges
By: Natalia Hepworth, EastIdahoNews.com
IDAHO FALLS– An Ammon man has pleaded not guilty to charges of statutory rape and possessing child pornography.
Joseph Stanley Loertscher, 19, was arraigned in a Bonneville County court Tuesday.
Loertscher is facing one count of felony statutory rape of a victim under 16 and three felony charges of child sexual abuse by soliciting a minor under 16 to participate in a sexual act, willfully possessing child sexually exploitative material and causing a child to engage in or be used for explicit sexual conduct for the purposes of producing sexually exploitative material.
He is charged with crimes allegedly committed in April 2016 and July 2017.
Loertscher is accused of raping a 15-year-old girl in the Hillview Elementary School parking lot in April 2016. Both Loertsher and the victim were in high school at the time. Initially, no charges were filed against Loertscher for this incident. The statutory rape charge was filed months later after law enforcement was notified in June about Loertscher communicating and exchanging illegal sexually explicit images with teenage girls on the internet. One of the teens was the girl he had had sex with.
Court documents show Loertscher had more than 200 photos and videos of teenage girls, which contained sexually exploitative material. The victims were between the ages of 15 and 16.
Documents state he was “asking them to send him naked photos of themselves, to sext him, role play and to have sex with him, knowing they are minors under the age of 18.”
Loertscher admitted to sending nude photos of himself to the victims and to receiving sexually explicit images from them in return, according to court records.
Loertscher will appear in court next Nov. 13 for a pretrial conference. His jury trial is scheduled for Dec. 5.
Ex-foster care worker gets three life sentences for child sex abuse, manufacturing child porn
A Tulsa man who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a child and manufacturing child porn has been sentenced to life in prison plus 20 years.
Timothy Paul Cheatwood, 46, pleaded guilty in April to several charges, some of which were linked to his care of a foster child, according to court records. The sentence was imposed Monday in Tulsa County District Court.
Cheatwood was arrested Sept. 2, 2015, after an undercover investigation by the Oklahoma Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. The investigation began after agents from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation linked Cheatwood’s computer to images they were able to source through a peer-to-peer file sharing network.
Investigators said they found more than 100 images and videos depicting child pornography on Cheatwood’s computer.
A memory card on Cheatwood’s camera revealed four images of a nude boy sleeping in a bed. Investigators identified the child as a 7-year-old boy who was being fostered and was in Cheatwood’s care.
The victim told authorities that Cheatwood sexually assaulted him on multiple occasions when he was 6.
Cheatwood provided respite care to foster families through the national private nonprofit Bair Foundation from September 2013 to May 2014.
He pleaded guilty to distribution of child pornography, two counts of aggravated possession of child pornography, manufacturing child pornography and sexual abuse of a child under 12.
The judge ordered that Cheatwood serve three life sentences concurrently in state prison, then serve two 20-year sentences concurrently.
Some of the gruesome details below seem too horrible to be true.
North Korea is a godless country so spectacular evil is certainly possible.
However, as the USA gears up for a military assault on the paranoid country,
stories of horrific abuse of women and children are almost
certainly likely to increase. The USA needs a moral excuse!By Elizabeth Shim
North Korean women in political prison camps are frequent victims of sexual assault and secret executions, according to recent defector testimony. File Photo by How Hwee Young/EPA
UPI -- Women who are raped in North Korean prison camps are executed and prisoners are frequently stoned to death before their families, according to recent testimonies from defectors in South Korea.
The defectors, who provided their statements to South Korea's Unification Media Group, described in graphic detail the torment prisoners face every day while serving sentences for political crimes, South Korean newspaper Donga Ilbo reported Tuesday.
Park Ju-yong, 29, a defector who grew up in a North Korean prison camp for more than two decades, said raped women who become pregnant are taken away and secretly killed by guards.
The women are usually victims of prison guards who frequently abuse their power and sexually assault the women who, in return for sexual favors, are given a lighter workload in the prison camps, Park said.
After giving birth, women are not only executed, their newborn babies are fed to guard dogs.
The guards are ultimately dismissed from the camps as punishment.
Park, who said he was born in "Concentration Camp 21," was transferred to Pukchang concentration camp a year after his birth.
Park was sentenced at a young age because an uncle was charged with a political crime.
The defector said he witnessed public executions where family members were required to stone a relative to death, according to the Donga.
Executions also involved "thousands of stones," or prison-wide involvement with prisoners returning to a line and engaging in repeated stoning.
Prisoners would be threatened with execution if they did not comply.
"People would throw their rocks hard. Each time the rock would hit the victim, their bodies would burst with blood," the defector said in his statement.
"Their flesh would fall off until you could see their bones, and they would die without execution by gun," he added.
Park also said North Korean society became "chaotic" after the death of founder Kim Il Sung.
During former leader Kim Jong Il's period of rule, executions escalated in the camp.
A second defector, Ahn Myeong-cheol, a former North Korean prison guard, confirmed camps have public and secret executions, and women are given "easier jobs" for sexual favors in prisons.
Children working risky environment inside Aluminium pot factory in Dhaka, Bangladesh
© Global Look Press
At least 40 million people across the globe live in modern slavery, while 152 million children from 5 to 17 years old are currently involved in child labor, a new report reveals.
“The fact that as a society we still have 40 million people in modern slavery, on any given day shames us all,” said Andrew Forrest AO, chairman and founder of the Walk Free Foundation which, along with the International Labour Organization (ILO), contributed to the report.
Women and girls “are disproportionately affected by modern slavery,” representing almost 29 million, or 71 percent of the overall total, the report says, adding that slavery is not “merely a historical relic.”
Women represent at least 99 percent of the victims of “forced labor in the commercial sex industry” and 84 percent of forced marriages, the report says. About 37 percent (or 5.7 million) of those who were forced to marry were children.
“Amongst the child victims, 44 percent were forced to marry before the age of 15. The youngest victim in the sample was 9 when she was forced to marry,” the document says.
Around 89 million people have experienced some form of modern slavery in the last five years, Forrest said.
At least 152 million (or 1 in 10) children around the world have been subjected to child labor, the ILO said.
“One in four victims of modern slavery in 2016 were children below the age of 18 years,” the paper said.
Nearly half of all children subjected to child labor – 72.5 million – “are performing hazardous work that places their health, safety or moral development at risk.”
Child labor is widespread in countries hit by conflict and disasters, according to the ILO.
“These fragile situations often involve income shocks, a breakdown in support networks, displacement and disruptions in basic services, all of which can heighten the risk of child labor,” the organization states.
“This speaks to the deep seated discrimination and inequalities in our world today, coupled with a shocking tolerance of exploitation. This has to stop. We all have a role to play in changing this reality – business, government, civil society, every one of us,” Andrew Forrest said.
Monday, 18 September 2017
This story is a bit dated, July 17th, but I somehow managed to miss it
Crystal Bonvillian, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
A former music director at a Florida church has been charged with multiple child sex charges after a coworker trying to prank him stumbled upon more than 350,000 images of child pornography on the man’s laptop, police said.
Chad Everett Robison, 36, of Hernando, is charged with three counts of video voyeurism, three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition and one count of promoting the sexual performance of a child, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office. He remained in the Citrus County Jail on Monday in lieu of $26,000 bond.
“I want to emphasize that this is a textbook case of an online sexual predator,” Sheriff Mike Prendergast said during a Thursday afternoon news conference, which was streamed live on Facebook. “It will not be tolerated in Citrus County, and we’re going to vigorously pursue people who commit crimes like this.”
Prendergast detailed some of what investigators found on Robison’s laptop.
“We have videos of Robison having virtual sex with an underage female who is not local, as well as trying to coerce young girls to show him their breasts while he masturbated on camera with them,” Prendergast said. “In addition, the defendant was secretly videoing and recording females in his restroom at his home over the course of the time that he gathered up these digital images and videos. We have yet to identify those victims, so additional charges may be forthcoming as we continue to press through the evidence that we’ve gathered.”
Prendergast said in a news release last week that the investigation thus far has “just scratched the surface,” and that investigators anticipated finding additional suspects as the probe continues.
Capt. Brian Spiddle, with the Sheriff’s Office’s Major Crimes Unit, said some of Robison’s victims could be local, but that others have already been identified out-of-state and in Canada. Investigators have contacted the law enforcement agencies in those jurisdictions.
“It’s going to be a very difficult and long process to find those who have been victimized by this man,” Spiddle said in the news release.
Robison was arrested Thursday following a two-month investigation that began when a coworker at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church in Lecanto found the inappropriate images on his laptop, which Robison had left behind at work, Prendergast said. Church officials contacted the Sheriff’s Office immediately, and Robison was fired.
Investigators analyzing Robison’s laptop found the tens of thousands of photographs, along with more than 3,000 videos, the sheriff said. The videos go back several years, though some were as recent as a few months ago.
Robison served at the church from 2011 to his firing in May. Church officials released a statement following Robison’s arrest, according to WFTS in Tampa.
“On Thursday, May 11, we received allegations about material found on the personal computer of our music director, Chad Robison,” the statement read. “Prior to May 11, we had no knowledge or suspicion of improper conduct by Mr. Robison. We investigated these allegations and dismissed Mr. Robison from employment at Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church on Monday, May 15, and banned him from our campus. Simultaneously, we informed the Citrus County Sheriff's Office of what we had discovered. It should be noted that Mr. Robison was an employee of our church and not of our school. Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church remains committed to full cooperation with the Citrus County Sheriff's Office in this matter.”
And no-one knew. God never revealed it to a single soul in that church until now. Is anyone listening?
Sunday, 17 September 2017
Stories today from Israel, England -2, Wales, Australia and India
Yeshiva School Sup'r gets 17 Years for Sexually Abusing His Nieces Hundreds of Times
Yeshiva School Sup'r gets 17 Years for Sexually Abusing His Nieces Hundreds of Times
The Mashgiach (Yeshiva school supervisor) from Jerusalem who was arrested last year for sexually abusing three sisters from his own family, has been sentenced today to 17 years in prison. He will also pay 145,000 Shekel (<$40,000 USD) in compensation to the victims.
The sentence was handed down by the Jerusalem District Court after the Mashgiach admitted to some of the charges as part of a plea bargain. The identity of the Mashgiach is under a gag order at the request of the family of the victims.
The original 17-page indictment, obtained by JTA in May of last year, accuses the Mashgiach of raping his alleged victims — sisters now aged 24 and 28 — hundreds of times since they were 6 and 7, sodomizing them, performing obscene acts on them and assaulting them while telling them that the sexual contact was required by religious law, or halacha. He also is charged with attempting to perform and performing an indecent act under deceitful pretenses on a third sister, now 30, when she was 19.
The indictment said the alleged acts happened at the Mashgiach’s home, at the homes of the complainants, at his office at the yeshiva and in his car. Spanning over 20 years, his actions are said to have begun in his alleged victims’ early childhood and continued until they were young mothers in their 20s.
According to the indictment, the Mashgiach began molesting one of the girls when she was 6, “turning her into an instrument for the fulfillment of his sexual desires.”
“The defendant used his status in the family and the community, as an authority on the Torah, and the fact that he supported financially the families of the victim, while encouraging her sense of dependence and duty,” the indictment said of one victim. “As she matured, the defendant added to these manipulations, falsehoods and lies, claiming halacha makes his actions not only permissible, but a mitzvah.”
The document also said The Mashgiach claimed his life and health depended on the girl’s compliance and that his actions with her were necessary to repair damages to her soul sustained during a previous incarnation.
Police reveal scale of probe into historical
child sex abuse in Derbyshire
Derbyshire police have identified 30 potential victims and 10 suspects
Police have revealed the scale of an investigation into allegations of historical child sex abuse in Derbyshire with 30 potential victims being identified in 12 months.
A dedicated team of detectives, working as Operation Hydrant, is running eight investigations into allegations against 10 suspects - and so far 96 charges are being prepared against six people.
The team consists of a detective inspector, detective sergeant and four detective constables and was set up by Derbyshire police to specifically probe cases of non-recent child sexual abuse. And the scale of its probes have been revealed in a report which is being put before Derbyshire police’s Chief Constable Peter Goodman and police and crime commissioner Hardyal Dhindsa.
The report states: “Over the past 12 months the team have dealt with numerous investigations into non-recent child sexual abuse. There are currently eight live investigations ongoing, involving 30 victims and 10 suspects. Five of these investigations are going to crown court and 96 charges currently being laid against six suspects.”
Detective Sergeant Steve Judge, who works in the Public Protection Major Investigation Team which oversees Operation Hydrant, is encouraging more victims to come forward.
He said: “We understand the impact that non-recent, physical and sexual abuse has on people when they reach adulthood. People report this type of crime to us at different times. I would encourage anyone to come forward and report such offences to us, regardless if a criminal investigation is already ongoing.”
A spokesman for the NSPCC said he hoped the progress of the police’s investigations would give more victims the confidence to report historical crimes. He said: "Child sexual abuse can have a devastating impact lasting into adulthood.
“We want survivors of child sexual abuse to come forward in the knowledge they will be listened to. They do not need to suffer in silence.
“It can take tremendous bravery to speak out, but help is available.
“Whether the abuse happened once or hundreds of times, a year ago or 70 years ago - whatever the circumstances, it is never too late.
Woman sexually abused by her teacher as a child hopes other victims will come forward
Former primary school teacher Gordon Fleming was jailed
for 10 years for sexually abusing 24 girls
A woman who was sexually abused by her primary school teacher as a child has spoken of her relief after he was finally jailed. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says she is now determined to move on with her life after Gordon Fleming received a 10-year prison sentence.
Fleming, 66, from Oswestry in Shropshire, admitted sexually abusing 24 girls at schools in north Wales in the 1970s and 80s.
The woman said she was about 10 when she was abused as a pupil near Aberystwyth.
She said the abuse has affected her relationships with her husband, family and children, as well as causing her to experience repeated nightmares and flashbacks.
She added: “I hope that by speaking out, others who have suffered abuse by those who were supposed to be in a position of trust will feel they can come forward and that justice can be done, even after so many years.”
Peter Lorence, a specialist abuse lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, who is representing her, described the woman as “extremely courageous”.
He said: “Many people who suffer sexual abuse as a child can be affected by the ordeal for the rest of their lives. Their experiences can have a significant impact on the way they develop as an adult and how they live.”
The court heard Fleming was jailed for several years at Chester Crown Court in 1992 for charges of a similar nature while he was headmaster at a village school near Welshpool.
The charges Fleming admitted in April relate to an earlier time when he was teaching at another primary school in north Wales.
Dyfed Powys Police launched an inquiry after a number of his pupils reported what happened to them while they were in his classroom. Officers appealed to girls he taught at the school between 1976 and 1981 and charges were brought in respect of two dozen of his former pupils.
Fleming admitted 35 counts of indecent assault.
At a plea hearing in April, Judge Geraint Walters told Fleming to expect a “significant prison sentence”.
He added: “You have admitted systematically sexually abusing no less than 24 young girls who were in your trust at the time. This represents a serious breach of trust for a junior school teacher abusing so many young girls.”
Fleming was jailed for 10 years and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Mandatory celibacy contributes to child sex abuse
in Catholic Church, new report suggestsJardine Malado
A priest waits for faithful in confessional during World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, July 26, 2016.
The study, authored by Professor Desmond Cahill and Dr. Peter Wilkinson, claimed that the patriarchal nature of Catholic institutions is one of the reasons why abuse often goes and challenged, noting that the risk of offending was much higher in institutions where priests had minimal contact with women.
"Their contact with women in teacher training institutions would have been carefully proscribed and then they were appointed to male-only schools where they were in charge of young boys and adolescents," the 384-page document stated, as reported by The Christian Post.
"And they were living in all-male religious communities. They had to make do with a sacralised image of a sexless Virgin Mary. It was a recipe for a psycho-spiritual disaster," it continued.
The authors warned that children are "at risk" at more than 9,000 Catholic-run orphanages around the developing world.
The report, titled "Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports," was released last week by the RMIT University in Melbourne amid debates about whether priests in Australia should be required to break the sanctity of confession to expose child abuse.
Last month, Australia's child sex abuse royal commission recommended that priests who refuse to report child sexual abuse to the authorities because they heard it during a confession should face criminal charges.
The proposal was opposed by the archbishop of the archdiocese of Melbourne, Denis Hart, who said that he would risk going to jail rather than report allegations of child sexual abuse raised during confession.
Cahill, a former Catholic priest who resigned from the ministry to marry, stated in his report that Pope Pius X's 1910 mandate to lower the age at which children make their first confession to seven years indirectly contributed to putting more children at risk of abuse. He further noted that the Church, on several occasions, had allowed the seal of confession to be broken.
He believes that a priest had an obligation to report abuse if they heard about it from a child during confession. He said that doing so would not break the sanctity of confession because the child had not sinned, and reporting it to the authorities would not reveal any sin of the child.
If the priest hears about the abuse from a perpetrator during confession, Cahill said that it would be practical to tell the perpetrator that they would not receive forgiveness until they allowed the priest to tell the police, or confessed to the authorities of the crime themselves.
Cahill and Wilkinson formed their conclusions after examining reports from royal commissions, academic studies, police reports and church reports from around the world since 1985. The report estimated that about seven percent of priests had committed sexual abuse against children between about 1950 and 2000.
All good stuff! However, 1) 7 % is a conservative estimate, I believe, as some societies boast paedophile rates in the 30-50% range. 2) the priesthood will continue to be a magnet for gay paedophiles as long as there are children. The fact that the Catholic Church can't weed these perverts out, or even prevent them from coming in, is a sorry indictment of the church.
Man downloaded 80,000 images of child sexual abuse to stop him becoming a predator
Russell Kay claimed he was abused as a boy, and watching these images kept him from preying on children.By Roger Baird
Swindon Crown Court
Russell Kay, 48, stored the pictures and videos for over 20 years, much of it hidden away on disks he kept in the loft of his Chippenham family home.
But after hearing that the father had himself been abused as a child and used the material "in the way a heroin user takes methadone", a judge at Swindon Crown Court imposed a suspended sentence.
Kay pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent images of children between July 1995 and 30 April last year, reported the Swindon Advertiser.
The jury heard that police received intelligence that kay's IP address had been used on a file-sharing website that posted these images. Officers seized a laptop, three external hard drives and a box of CDs, which were full of child abuse images, from the loft at Kay's home.
Grace Flynn, prosecuting, said there were 271 items in the worst category of abuse, including 64 movies, 431 in the middle bracket of which 45 were films and 81,650 in the lowest level, including 155 movies.
She added when police questioned Kay he admitted collecting these images for over 20 years, but blamed a traumatic childhood.
Abused as a child
Peter Binder, defending, said Kay was abused as a young boy by a male friend of his parents, and used this material to avoid becoming a predator himself.
Binder said: "His understanding was: having been a victim himself, as in his view victims in his words are hard wired to become abusers. And so he feels he was looking at this material in the way a heroin user takes methadone.
"It was really the lesser of two evils as it reduced the risk of him committing a contact offence. He seems to be of the view that what he was doing was in a sense preventing the situation from getting worse. It is hard to fathom. Apart from this secret life of storing this material he has been in many ways a model citizen."
Binder added that following his arrest in April last year Kay had sought help for his problem and now had blocking software on his electronic devices.
The lawyer said that Kay had lost his job as a result of offending but his wife and daughters, who are aware of his past, are standing by him.
Judge Tim Mousley QC said: "Every time you looked at those images for your perverted gratification you were witnessing a young child or children being violently abused."
But the judge said as there is a chance Kay can be managed in the community, he would impose a suspended a 12-month jail term for two years.
The court added that Kay will also be under supervision for two years and must abide by a sexual harm prevention order. He will be registered as a sex offender for 10 years.
A new front opens on the war against
child sex abuse in India
Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi, interacting with children after the launch of Leher YI project at
Bal Bhavan, Cubbon Park, in Bengaluru on Saturday. In the next few months, 52 one-minute videos,
aimed at educating children and the public about sexual abuse of children will be shot and released
as part of a campaign by Young Indians, the youth wing of the Confederation of Indian Industry.
On Saturday, Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi launched the campaign ‘Leher’ which will focus on finding people to produce 52 films out of a total of 70 shortlisted scripts. These will be made available for all to share as part of their awareness campaigns.
Mr. Satyarthi, speaking about his ‘Bharat Yatra’ campaign to make India safe again, said, “Fear stops children from talking about sexual abuse. This is more so when it happens in the family. We are marching to tell people to speak out. There must also be a new law against trafficking. Through technology, a sex offender registry can be created that will make public the identity of all offenders.”
Speaking about Leher, Kaushik Murali, Chair of the Young Indians CII, Bengaluru, pointed out that there was a dearth of video material of the topic that is socially relevant in India. “This campaign was born from the idea that we could release a one-minute video every week for a year. If you are a film-maker and want to be the change, register for Leher,” he said.
Saturday, 16 September 2017
DENISE LAVOIE, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS
Lloyd Lee Welch Jr., (left) stands during a plea agreement hearing for the killings of Sheila and Katherine Lyon in 1975, in Bedford County Circuit Court in Bedford, Va., Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Lathan Goumas/News & Daily Advance via AP, Pool)
THAXTON, Va. — The disappearance of two young Maryland sisters shook the suburbs of Washington, and remained an agonizing mystery for more than four decades.
Now another region 250 miles away is linked to the crime. Authorities say convicted sex offender Lloyd Lee Welch Jr. burned at least one of the sisters’ bodies in a fire on his cousins’ property on Taylors Mountain, in west-central Virginia.
Following Welch’s guilty plea this week, the people of Taylors Mountain are hoping to put an end to any association between their home and the slayings of 10-year-old Katherine and 12-year-old Sheila Lyon. The sisters vanished in 1975 after walking to a shopping mall near their home in Kensington, Md.
Cold case detectives began focusing on Welch in 2013 after they noticed a composite sketch that resembled a 1977 mug shot of Welch in a burglary near Wheaton Plaza (about 1 mile east of Kensington, MD).
When the girls disappeared, Welch was an 18-year-old former worker at a traveling carnival.
“All of us feel like he stained all of our reputations. We had nothing to do with it. It’s something we’d rather have not had happen here. We wouldn’t want to see it happen anywhere,” said Danny Johnson, who runs an apple orchard and winery on the mountain.
Taylors Mountain is perched in the Blue Ridge Mountains, north of U.S. Route 460, between Bedford and Roanoke. The mountain was settled by Cherokee Indians in the 1700s. Much later, it was known for its thriving tomato canneries, where many of the local residents worked, and its moonshine, including “some of the best brandy in this world,” Johnson said.
A 1924 article in The Washington Post describes a confrontation when officers went up the mountain to shut down a still during Prohibition. Several residents warned them not to go any farther. When they continued up the mountain anyway, shots were fired at them from several directions. No one was hurt, but the officers “made a hasty retreat,” according to the article.
The mountain kept its reputation for decades thereafter as a rough-and-tumble place where people watched out for each other and were reluctant to deal with outsiders.
“If something happened, they would get together then and decide how they wanted it to end up before they went to town,” Johnson said.
Welch did not live on the mountain, but he had cousins, an aunt, uncle, and other relatives who did. And for 38 years, the mystery remained unresolved, despite what they and their neighbours saw back in 1975.
Only when detectives from the cold case unit in Montgomery County, Md., showed up in 2013 did people on Taylors Mountain start talking. Welch — long imprisoned for sexually assaulting another girl, had become a “person of interest” in the sisters’ disappearance by then, based on a review of evidence in the case file.
Two of his cousins told police they remembered an unexpected visit to their home on Taylors Mountain that spring. The Lyon sisters disappeared on March 25, 1975.
One cousin said Welch had a duffel bag containing bloody clothing, and told her he had been using it to carry ground beef. Another told them Welch had two army-style duffel bags with reddish-brown stains on them, and that he helped Welch put the bags into a fire.
Other people who lived on the mountain told investigators they remember a fire that burned for days that had “the stench of death,” Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney Wes Nance said during Welch’s plea hearing Tuesday.
Authorities began digging on the mountain in 2014, trying to recover the girls’ remains. They did recover a tooth, according to documents filed in court, but authorities have never said if they were able to match it to the girls’ dental records.
Welch’s relatives sold their home on the mountain five years ago now. Locals bristle at the renewed attention the case has brought.
Jennifer Thomson, a librarian at the Bedford Museum and Genealogical Library, said the mountain is made up of “good, hard-working country people,” although some locals who live in Bedford derisively refer to it as “the redneck capital of the county.”
“People are kind there, they look out for his families and they’d look out for a stranger there, too. Very good people,” Johnson said.
Homes on the mountain range from small, dilapidated ranch-style houses built more than 50 years ago to a handful of larger, newer, high-priced homes. And while a handful of families had lived there for generations, today there are newcomers in the mix. The last cannery closed in the late 1970s. The last publicized arrest for bootlegging was in the 1980s.
Now people are hoping Welch’s guilty plea will finally remove the spotlight.
“People resent the fact that they brought the children here. I resent it, too. We’re not a dumping ground for bodies, and it was just quite a blow to everybody that somebody would do that,” said Ronnie Laughlin, a retired Bedford County deputy sheriff. “They live quiet and peaceful, and they didn’t ask for this to happen.”