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, 19 November 2017

5 Shocking Stories Involve Police, Youth Prisons, Vatican on Today's Global PnP List

The abuse of children in Don Dale and other Aussie prisons is a national shame
Roxanne Moore 

“Systemic and shocking failures”; “regular, repeated and distressing mistreatment”; “ignored at the highest levels”: these are the findings of the royal commission into the protection and detention of children in the Northern Territory, which on Friday released their report describing a brutal and barbaric injustice system for kids.

As awful as the findings are, the truly horrific thing is that they are all too familiar. In the past year these same kinds of abuses of children have been reported in every child prison in this country.

That Abu Ghraib-style hooding in Don Dale that horrified the world? The WA independent inspector found 14 instances of spit-hoods used in Banksia Hill from 2014 to 2016, which were only banned after the ABC’s Four Corners report.

“Hogtying” is the sickening practice where Don Dale guards tied or cuffed children’s hands and ankles behind their back, joined together. In Townsville, this is exactly what Cleveland children’s prison staff did to kids at risk of self-harm, hogtying and then sedating them.

Locking up children in solitary confinement breaches international law, but Don Dale and other Australian children’s prisons do it routinely. This year the Victorian children’s commissioner revealed 50 instances of solitary confinement of kids for more than 36 hours at a time. In some of these cases, children had to urinate or defecate on the cell floor. In NSW, documents leaked to Fairfax showed four kids were held in isolation for 23 hours a day for 10 days straight at Cobham child prison.

There are clear parallels on racial abuse, with evidence from Aboriginal kids in both Don Dale and in ACT’s Bimberi prison that guards called them “black c----”.

Don Dale Youth Detention Centre

Girls, in particular, suffered at Don Dale, with unjustified solitary confinement to separate them from boys; personal hygiene restrictions; sexual abuse and inappropriate touching by guards. Similarly, in WA a girl was found drenched in her own urine after 72 hours in solitary confinement. In Queensland, girls have been forced to cough and squat in search procedures, which can be re-traumatising for the many girls in prison who are survivors of sexual violence.

Then there’s the physical violence. Children in Don Dale, including girls, were put in chokeholds or head locks, thrown to the ground, had guards’ body weight pushed down onto their chests. In Canberra, a Bimberi ex-staff member told the Canberra Times: “I had watched and been involved in uses of force where the young person screamed for their mum or dad.”

In Queensland, a child at risk of self-harm was pinned to the ground, put in handcuffs and legcuffs, and had his clothes cut off with a knife. Dogs were also used to frighten children. Last year in WA, special forces units were sent to Banksia Hill, including pointing firearms at children, and using chemical agents.

Our governments allowed these atrocities – breaches of the UN Convention Against Torture – to happen to our kids behind bars.

Perhaps this is not surprising, as these abuses are mostly happening to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander kids, who are over half of all children in prison across Australia. Children as young as 10 years old. I wonder how quickly change would have happened if these abuses were mostly happening to white kids – not that it should be happening to any child at all.

I’m furious that some of these kids who were abused in Don Dale and other prisons have been charged with assault, yet the guards who abused them and breached their rights walk away without consequence. Some of these guards still work at Don Dale, Cleveland, Banksia Hill, Bimberi. Where is the justice for these kids?

On Saturday, I sat down with mob in Alice Springs; grandmothers who have been fighting for this change for most of their lives. I heard the same concerns and calls for change as I have in many other yarns with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities across the country.

Bring our kids back to us. We can heal our kids on country. We can give our kids the support they need, with their families, in their communities. Our kids need to be strong in culture and have opportunities to thrive, not be locked up and bashed. The police need to stop targeting our kids.

We say these words again and again. No one listens.

I am in awe of young people like Dylan Voller who have been through the worst that this injustice system has to offer, and yet become strong young advocates for change. We went to Canberra together, where I heard Dylan tell politicians how the Bushmob program is the reason he is still out of prison. He wants programs like that made available to more kids.

I’ve listened to so many incredible First Nations people who are creating this change in their communities. Wirrpanda Foundation in WA; Tribal Warrior and Maragnuka in NSW; Mona Aboriginal Corporation’s cultural horsemanship program in Mount Isa; Red Dust Healing and Yinda Program in Townsville; and so many more across the country. They often struggle for funding, but do it out of the love in their hearts.

We owe it to all of the children, families and communities who have re-lived these horrors and trauma for the royal commission to overhaul this youth injustice system. There is a better way: one with Indigenous community-led solutions at the centre.

Today, almost 100 organisations have joined forces to call on prime minister Malcolm Turnbull to work with state and territory governments, in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities, to end this national shame.

The PM needs to listen to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations’ calls for a national plan of action. This is the only way to make sure that change happens in every state and territory, so that our children can, at last, be free to be kids.

Roxanne Moore is a Noongar woman, human rights lawyer and Indigenous rights campaigner for Amnesty International




Abuse fears scuttle high school in Australia
SAM BIDEY, Townsville Bulletin

TOWNSVILLE school under the microscope at a royal commission investigation into child sexual abuse will shut down its secondary and boarding education.

Shalom Christian College, currently a Prep to Year 12 school, will only accept primary students next year, cutting its enrolment by more than half and ceasing its role as an indigenous boarding school for the “welfare” of children.

The Uniting Church-owned and operated Condon school was heavily scrutinised as part of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

In November 2016, a former principal of Shalom, Christopher Shirley, told the royal commission that the school dealt with about 20 sexual assaults a year.

The mother of a girl who was allegedly gang raped at the age of 14 in 2006 told the royal commission the school had tried to cover up the attack.

Last year, Shalom Christian College principal Christopher England said he could not ­provide a safe environment for students in the boarding houses with the resource levels available.

Reverend David Baker, moderator of the Uniting Church in Queensland, said the primary school was only guaranteed to run in 2018, with the long-term future of the school uncertain. "This decision has been based solely on the welfare and best interests of our students,” Rev Baker said.

“We have a duty to ensure we are providing the best possible educational experience for them and we believe this is the format in which we can fulfil that duty. We emphasise that we have a responsibility to ­ensure the school is a safe, supportive and productive learning ­environment.

“The Uniting Church is committed to operating the primary school in its current form until the end of 2018.”

There were about 140 ­secondary students and 110 primary students enrolled at the school this year, including 46 boarders.

The Education Department will intervene to ensure the children impacted by the ­closure can continue their ­education at other schools. Education Minister Kate Jones said this was a “distressing” time for families and staff.

“That’s why we’ll do everything possible to support students and staff displaced,” she said. “We believe we’ll be able to accommodate all students at local state schools and we’ll work with families to offer this solution. We will also work with the school and scholarship providers to support the transfer of boarders.”

Ms Jones said where ­possible, the department would also try to accommodate staff looking for work. Rev Baker said the Uniting Church would work with the Education Department.

“This will no doubt be ­distressing news for many ­people and we apologise to those who will be affected by the changes,” he said.

“However, we must do what we feel is best for the students, and that means focusing our efforts on providing a high-quality primary school offering in 2018, and assisting secondary students to transition to study elsewhere.”

The school opened in 1992 for preschool and Year 1 ­students and by 1994 had ­expanded to cater for classes up to Year 8.





Fellow police made my life torture for trying to stop Rochdale sex ring, claims detective

THE detective who exposed the Rochdale child abuse scandal has claimed she was bullied by police chiefs for speaking out on grooming gangs
By JAMES FIELDING
Maggie Oliver said her professional life was made “torture” after she told senior officers that police were not doing enough to protect girls from a predominantly Asian paedophile ring.

The former detective constable resigned from Greater Manchester Police in late 2012 over failures that allowed the Rochdale perpetrators to escape justice for many years.

However before she quit she alleges she was bullied for a year and a half while working on Operation Span, the investigation into Rochdale.

Ms Oliver has not spoken publicly about her bullying so as not to detract from the way in which the young victims were let down by the police.

However, she has now decided to speak out to support another detective John Wedger who the Sunday Express revealed last week is suing the Metropolitan Police for a psychiatric injury he suffered as a result of bullying.

She said: “I’ve never spoken publicly about my personal treatment because I never wanted to deflect from the fact the police had failed the child victims of Rochdale. But in trying to expose criminal neglect by senior officers that for me was on a par with Hillsborough, I was threatened and bullied.”

Ms Oliver, was tasked with gaining the trust of vulnerable but hostile victims. However, when they began to identify Asian grooming gangs, she said the police cooled their interest in the investigation.

She said: “GMP had a specialist interview suite for vulnerable victims which was purpose built to be non-confrontational, it’s like a living room, laid back because you want your witnesses to feel at ease.

Yet I remember one senior officer screaming down the phone at me telling me that I had to take vulnerable victims to a suspect interview suite where some of them had been taken previously when they were accused of something they hadn’t actually done.”

Ms Oliver claimed the harassment stepped up when she was off work with stress.

She said: “Two senior colleagues turned up at my house one day and demanded that I surrender the police phone I’d had for 15 years.

“The reason they gave was that they didn’t want the victims to call me and put me under more stress.

“It was complete nonsense, just another attempt to isolate me further and shut me up.





UK man tried to persuade undercover cop
to sexually abuse baby

The baby didn't exist and the 'father' was a police officer
posing as a parent
By Paul Beard

A depraved Nuneaton man tried to persuade a father to sexually abuse his four-month-old daughter while he watched over the internet.

But fortunately the baby girl did not exist – and her ‘father’ was actually an undercover police officer who had logged into an online chat room with Nathan Potter.

And at Warwick Crown Court , Potter pleaded guilty to attempting to encourage or incite the sexual abuse of a child under the age of 13.

Potter, 31, of St Austell Close, Nuneaton , who also admitted three charges of possessing indecent images of children, was jailed for 16 months.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for an indefinite period, but for a minimum of ten years, and made subject to a sexual harm prevention order until further notice.

What did the prosecution say?

Prosecutor Paul Dhami said that in August last year an undercover police officer came across an internet chat room and became concerned about the nature of Potter’s comments on it.

He joined in the conversation and said he was the father of a four-month old girl. During subsequent chats, Potter tried to persuade him to remove the baby’s nappy and sexually abuse her.

As a result, Potter was traced and arrested, and on his computer officers found more than 270 indecent images of children across all three categories of seriousness.

There were 226 in category A, the most serious, 104 in category B, and 44 in category C.

What did the defence say?

Of Potter’s attempt to encourage the abuse of a baby, his solicitor Colin Charvill conceded: “It is depraved, thoroughly.” He pointed out that of the indecent images, all but 12 were in the ‘inaccessible space’ on Potter’s computer.

“He says it came as some relief when he was arrested and he was forced to address his behaviour. “He is remorseful, and he is adamant that this type of behaviour is not going to be repeated.”

Mr Charvill said that at the time Potter’s relationship with his family had broken down. “He felt he had nothing going for him, but now he has turned the corner and feels he has made significant progress. He is reconciled with his family and has found himself employment.”

Asking the judge to pass a suspended sentence, he said Potter had been receiving counselling and attending courses to address his behaviour.

What did the judge say?

But Judge Andrew Lockhart QC told Potter: “I find myself absolutely unable to suspend the sentence. You were a man involved in an internet conversation, fully intending that a four-month-old child would be touched.

“You are a man of 31 years of age, of good character, but between 2011 and 2016 you were a regular accessor of category A, B and C images of children, and you had a very large number of such images. “There were a number of images which had been deleted, but they were depraved images that perpetrate the abuse of the children involved.

“Much more disturbingly, the analysis of your computer revealed the chat logs in which you engaged with a person you thought was a father who was abusing a four-month-old baby – and you did not just engage once, but on a number of occasions.

“You sought to encourage that person, who was an undercover police officer, to abuse that child in appalling ways. “There was no harm because there was no-one to be harmed, happily.

“But that offending is gravely aggravated by your possession of those indecent images in which the children were very young and there was discernible pain and distress.”





Vatican opens fresh probe into 'sex abuse' at school
AFP

The Vatican has opened a new investigation into possible sexual abuse committed before 2013 at a private school in Rome for children destined for the priesthood, the Holy See announced on Saturday.


The probe will be centred on "a former student of the pre-seminary Saint Pius X", who later became a priest, according to a statement.

"Following several reports, anonymous or not, investigations were conducted from 2013 on several occasions, both by the superiors of the pre-seminary and the Bishop of Como (north)", the diocese where the teachers are attached, the statement said.

The allegations concern pupils, "some of whom were no longer at the institution at the time of the investigations", adds the Holy See.

The opening of a new investigation follows the "recent appearance of new elements".

In a book published a few days ago, "The Original Sin", Italian journalist Gianluigi Nuzzi discusses the allegations.

The book alleges that in a Vatican palace, a seminarist sexually abused at least one high school student aged 17 or 18 in 2011-2012.

A witness, Kamil Tadeusz Jarzembowksi from Poland, was living in an institution in the Vatican City, where children and adolescents from around the world plan to become priests.

According to him, a former pupil who was allowed to stay in the palace came very often at night - up to 140 times - to have sex with his roommate.

The boarders attend a private school in the centre of Rome and participate as choir boys at Masses celebrated in St. Peter's Basilica.


Saturday, 18 November 2017

6 Stories, All from Islands or Peninsulas on Today's Global PnP List

Three women reveal monk on Caldey Island sexually abused them for decades
By Nicole Rojas

The Monastery on Caldey Island, Wales, circa 1935. Fox Photos/Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Three women have come forward to allege they were sexually abused by a monk living on Caldey Island, off the Welsh Coast at Tenby. The women claim Father Thaddeus Kotik sexually abused them as children during the 1970s and 1980s.

In August 2016, the women launched civil proceedings against the Cistercian order for personal injuries. The court documents claim Kotik abused six girls between 1972 and 1987 while at the Italianate Abbey of Our Lady and St Samson. However, the women believe there may be more victims.

Kotik, a former soldier with the Free Polish army during WWII, was ordained a priest in the order 1956. According to the Guardian, Kotik appears to have never been questioned by police and died in 1992.

According to court documents, Kotik befriended families who visited the island, as well as the farming families who lived there full time. He would give them handmade chocolates and produce to gain the trust of the families.

Kotik is said to have lured girls to places where he would not be detected, including a room near the abbey's dairy and in isolated rocky coves by the beach. While babysitting children, he allegedly would pull sleepy girls towards him and sexually assault them.

Kotik also lured children to the monastery garage using a chest full of sweets. He would allow them to eat as many sweets as they wanted, lifted them to his lap, removed their clothes and sexually assaulted them, The Guardian reported.

Victims came forward

During that time, some children complained to their parents and complaints were also made to the head of the abbey.

One woman, identified as Emily by the Guardian, told then Abbot Robert O'Brien in the late 1980s about Kotik assaulting her. O'Brien ordered Kotik to remain inside the monastery, though Kotik regularly managed to escape and abuse children.

When Emily again reported the abuse in 1990 to her Catholic school principal in Swansea, the principal wrote to O'Brien about the abuse. O'Brien pleaded leniency for Kotik and said he believed that the contact between Kotik and children was "touches through their clothes".

However, women who spoke to the Guardian said the abuse was penetrative in at least two of the cases.

Another woman, Charlotte, reported being abused along with her older sister when their family visited Caldey Island from Scotland. The girls reported the abuse to their principal at St Phillip's Christian College in Newcastle, New South Wales.

Charlotte told the Guardian that deputy principal Richard Rule prayed for the students and told them they "didn't need to talk of this again because God has forgiven everyone".

Good grief!

In 2014, Charlotte wrote a letter to the school's current principal, Graeme Irwin, expressing her frustration that Rule failed to report the abuse to police.

"Back when my sister and I came forward, the perpetrator was still ALIVE. He could have been dealt with by the law and incarcerated," she said.

Fear not! He is being dealt with.

Rule admitted that Charlotte told him about the abuse, but claimed he was unaware he was meant to report suspected child sex abuse.

Charlotte also wrote a letter to current abbot, Brother Daniel van Santvoort, who acknowledged Kotik's abuse and said he had previously heard allegations against Kotik.

According to the Guardian, Van Santvoort forwarded Charlotte's emails to Tenby police, which contacted her. Despite writing a formal statement and submitting it to them, she heard nothing more.

Pursuing legal action

Van Santvoort flew to Australia, where Charlotte and her family live, to personally apologise. However, Charlotte decided to pursue legal action. She and her sister were joined by two cousins who had also been abused by Kotik.

The case against Caldey Abbey sought acknowledgement, apology and compensation. It argued the abbey knew about the abuse and failed to report Kotik to police. The abbey claimed otherwise, invoking the statute of limitations and claiming it was impossible for it to get a fair trial.

The Guardian reported that the six plaintiffs accepted meagre compensations payments and did not receive an apology.

Caldey Island, Wales




Old Jersey man in court on child abuse charges
Jersey Evening Post

A 77-YEAR-OLD man charged with 12 counts of historical sexual abuse against three young girls appeared in the Magistrate’s Court on Friday.

Wilfred Stanley Morrish, of Le Marais, St Clement, is accused of eight counts of indecent assault, three counts of procuring an act of gross indecency and one of attempted rape.

He is also charged with one count of assaulting a child.

All of the alleged offences occurred between the early 1970s and early 1980s.

Mr Morrish is also accused of three counts of possessing indecent images of children on a disk in July this year.

He reserved his plea to all counts and was released on bail.

Assistant Magistrate Peter Harris declined jurisdiction.

The case is due to be formally committed to the Royal Court on 28 December.





South Korea not doing enough to protect women:
Human Rights Watch
Debra Killalea@DebKillalea news.com.au

SOUTH Korea may score highly when it comes to global economic and democracy ratings, but the Asian powerhouse gets a big thumb’s down in one key area.

The Republic of Korea has been named and shamed over its failure to adequately protect women from discrimination, sexual abuse and violence.

Human Rights Watch senior researcher in the Women’s Rights Division, Heather Barr said the Weinstein allegations had struck a real chord in South Korea with women sharing their own experiences of sexual harassment and assault online.

This week the South Korean government announced it will crack down on workplaces that fail to address harassment claims, warning of potential prison terms. However, this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to everyday life for many women living in the world’s 11th biggest economy.

South Koreans take part in a protest in August which urge tech giants to work harder to curb hi-tech sex crimes. Picture: Jung Yeon-Je/AFP

According to HRW, South Korea also had a serious problem with violence against women with 80 per cent of the country’s men admitting to physically or psychologically abusing a female partner.

The country also ranks 116th out of 144 in global gender equality rankings.

Alarmingly, South Korea had the third-highest rate at 52.5 per cent, of female murder victims in the world, a United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime report in 2014 revealed.

According to Ms Barr, the figures were down, in part to “the murder of women by intimate partners and the government’s failure to effectively enforce laws against domestic violence”.

The UN report showed that Asia had the highest of number of women killed by intimate partners or family members with 19,700 killed in 2012. This compared to 13,400 in Africa, 6900 in the Americas, 3300 in Europe and 200 in Oceania.

However, overall homicide rates in South Korea, which has a population of 51.25 million people, were among the lowest in the world — below one per 100,000 people in 2012, the UN report said.

‘CRYING WITH SHAME’

Last week footage showed Korean nurses reportedly “crying with shame” while being forced to perform a “sexy dance” wearing skimpy outfits in front of high-ranking officials.

The Korean Nurses Association called for a thorough investigation of Hallym University’s Sacred Heart Hospital, located in the northern city of Chuncheon.

South Korean nurses said they were forced to dance to comfort patients. Picture: Korea TimesSource:Supplied

According to the Korea Times, a nurse posted a complaint on social media, along with photos and video of nurses in short pants and tube tops performing a sexually suggestive dance during an annual sports event last month.

Other nurses came forward to claim they were also asked to perform similar dances for events held throughout the year meant to “comfort” patients.

Writing for HRW, Ms Barr said while the new laws protecting women were welcome they didn’t go far enough to address the problem many still faced. She also criticised government guidelines, intended for high-school teachers, that women risked rape if they go on dates with men that pay for an expensive meal as they may expect sex.

The behaviour of some South Korean men, especially towards women, has come under the spotlight in recent months. A growing community of ultra-right-wing South Korean men have been sharing their beliefs online for some time on their own website to avoid having the content deleted.

Ilbe Storehouse, which translates to daily best, is now the 24th most popular website in all of South Korea, receiving close to 30.8 million visits in August this year alone. Hate speech against women was the driving force for majority of the site’s content.

In August this year, South Korean women staged a protest to urge tech giants including Google, YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to work harder to curb hi-tech sex crimes in Seoul.

There were 7325 requests to have intimate videos removed from the internet were made last year in South Korea, according to government figures, a sevenfold increase in only four years.

It wouldn’t be the first time women’s rights have come under the spotlight in South Korea. Last year, the government was slammed over an online website which revealed the number of women in child-bearing age by each city district and region.

The Ministry of the Interior unveiled a pink birth map which critics said shamed women who didn’t have children. The website was pulled down within hours following the backlash, the Associated Press reported.

Lee Min-kyung, a 24-year-old feminist writer was among those who slammed the website which the government said was designed to increase the public’s understanding of the country’s low birth rate.

“I felt so angered that it blatantly showed how the government saw women’s bodies as the country’s reproductive tools, not belonging to the woman,” she said.





'NO EVIDENCE' Claims that children as young as primary school age are being sold for sex on streets of Glasgow blasted by Roma group
By Mary McCool

An investigation claimed yesterday that the problem had been ongoing in Nicola Sturgeon’s constituency for a decade but Friends of Romano Lav has branded the publication “spurious and unevidenced”.


It was reported by The Times that community groups in Govanhill, one of Scotland’s most deprived areas, said Roma children are being sold by parents and relatives.

Locals say they have have seen girls and boys propositioning people as they walk through the streets at night.

Specialist agencies, social workers, community representatives and residents also believe that authorities have failed to take action for fear of being branded racist.

I sooo hate that! The very people who should be protecting our children are sacrificing them on the altar of political correctness. What an incredible shame!

Cops say child sex exploitation enquiries were carried out ten years ago, while local councillors formally flagged the issue in 2015.

But yesterday Friends of Romano Lav said in the four years it has run services in Govanhill, it has not encountered any instances of child sex abuse.

The group released a statement which read: “Friends of Romano Lav (FoRL), as an organisation supporting Roma communities who stay in Govanhill, Glasgow has been deeply concerned regarding these spurious and unevidenced allegations.

“FoRL has been actively working with Roma families and young people in Govanhill for more than four years. During all this time we have not encountered any instances of the child protection issues described.”

The statement continued: “Whilst we would certainly encourage all members of the public to report any suspicious activity involving children to the relevant authorities, we are deeply concerned about the current negative reporting for the following three reasons:

“Issues of child protection should not be racialised as this is unhelpful and damaging to the community relations and cohesion.

“If supported and credible evidence exists of illegal activity – and we are very sceptical about this fact – it should be taken directly to the police, not to news reporters.

“Such reporting in the mainstream media is harmful to ongoing community development work in the local area by groups like FoRL.

“In moving forwards, we would suggest there needs to be a clear statement from Police Scotland, social work and any other relevant agencies and authorities on what evidence there is – if any exists – for the recent claims.”

A police statement in 2007 confirmed that at least six instances of child abuse had been reported.

Olive Arens, the chief executive of Up-2-Us, a government-funded charity that works with vulnerable teenagers, was told the abuse was an “urban myth” when she flagged concerns.

In 2015 Crosshill and Govanhill community council recorded that “an issue had been raised regarding child prostitution within Govanhill” and that children were seen to be “wandering the streets at night” in its minutes.

Social work also said parents were “using their own kids”.





Claim: Authorities Failing as Birmingham Faces ‘Tsunami’ of Child Sex Abuse
by LIAM DEACON


The UK’s second city, Birmingham, could “explode” in a “tsunami of child sexual exploitation” with ruthless men even using tasers on young girls to facilitate gang rape, a politician with knowledge of the area warned.

Conservative councillor Des Flood suggested that parents could have been kept in the dark about the dangers faced by their children.

“I am worried there is a tsunami of child sexual exploitation waiting to explode across this city,” the representative of the Bartley Green ward said, according to the Birmingham Mail.

His was criticizing Birmingham City Council’s handling of child sexual exploitation after West Midlands Police arrested a suspected gang member for three schoolgirl rapes. He was bailed on every occasion, however.

The Birmingham Mail claims that 14 suspected gang members had been arrested for alleged sex offences against under-age girls.

Mr. Flood continued: “Young people, especially girls, are being sexually exploited on a daily basis. Some of this sexual exploitation is clearly linked to gangs.

“Schools are a vital part of our eyes and ears in the local community, on the ground, to identify vulnerable young people, especially in terms of concerns about child sexual exploitation.

“I know of cases whereby local schools in our community have done their duty and referred serious cases of child sexual exploitation about pupils to children’s services.

“But (neither) these schools nor their parents and carers have been invited to multi-agency child sexual exploitation meetings.”

He told another Councilor that the situation was a “disgrace,” adding:

“Can you please ensure that no further child sexual exploitation meetings take place in this city which involve school pupils without the schools and, indeed, parents and carers invited to be an equal partner at the table?

“I still believe there is a serious failing in sharing information amongst agencies, especially with regards to children’s services.”

Councillor Flood also told the meeting he had heard from residents other appalling claims which had never been included in official children’s services reports.

“I know of reports where residents have reported that young girls have been tasered and gang-raped,” he said.

This information appears to have been diluted and not shared in reports.

“I know of one young girl who has had three social workers within the space of two months, two within the same month.

“I believe there are serious gaps that need to be closed, that vulnerable young people in this city, especially girls, are falling through the gaps.

“Is there an institutionalized attitude in children’s services to keep a lid on sharing information and therefore diluting the seriousness of child sexual exploitation against vulnerable children in our city?”





Bengaluru teen to address MPs on child sex abuse
A Survivor's Story


By  Soumya Chatterjee

Seventeen-year-old Bengaluru girl Kanaka had planned to attend a science exhibition on Sunday in the city, just like she would do every other weekend.

Instead she will now be leaving for New Delhi to address our parliamentarians on issues affecting children across the country as part of a United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) initiative on November 20.

Kanaka and four other children from all over India will be speaking to the lawmakers on the occasion of International Children’s Day. Kanaka was selected to speak as part of the children’s takeover of the ‘Parliamentarians’ Group of Children’ programme. The five were selected after a thorough screening process.

While this alone makes it commendable, the 17-year-old’s difficult childhood only makes the selection praiseworthy.

Born to a low-income Tamil family in a Bengaluru slum, Kanaka was forced to fend for herself very early in her life. Not only that, she had to look after her disabled father and two younger siblings after her mother passed away due to cancer when Kanaka was just 11 years old. She also had to leave school after class 4, even though she was a good student, and start working.

Kanaka began working as a domestic help in homes and wedding halls during which she was subjected to sexual and other forms of abuse. Despite her horrific situation, she did not lose her confidence. She worked hard to ensure that she had a better life, not just for herself for also for others.

While working as a cleaner in a Yeshwantpur wedding hall, she was rescued by members of Sparsha, a child rights NGO, and currently lives with the organisation.

When TNM met Kanaka, the super-achiever appeared to be soft-spoken and shy. Dressed in a white salwar kameez with neatly braided hair, the bright-eyed girl spoke calmly but with a quiet confidence and clarity seldom associated with a teenager. 

Speaking about laws against child labour and child marriage, Kanaka says, “There are many laws meant for children, but they are not thoroughly implemented.”

Karnataka sees some of the highest number of child marriages in the country. When asked about this, Kanaka explains that a major part of the crisis is due to lack of awareness.

“I will speak about child abuse which I have experienced in my life. This is not a problem that just I have faced, but it is faced by every girl child. I want to tell the MPs what it takes to stop child sexual abuse,” Kanaka says.

“Before, when I was abused, I used to sit quietly and not speak up. I did not know we have rights – the right to life, right to education. Now, I am fighting to make every girl and boy aware of this. We have to make everybody aware of this,” she adds.

Other than her goal of making people aware of child rights, Kanaka says that she aims to become a scientist. She currently studies science in PU-I at BGS School.

Apart from school and science workshops, Kanaka also spends her time practicing Yakshagana and Kolata, two ancient art forms of Karnataka.

Gopinath, a trustee at Sparsha, is full of praise for her. “Kanaka is not only a good student but a leader. She takes care of younger kids at the home and is a role model. Unlike many who are abused, she is very extroverted and always learning new things,” he says.

However, Kanaka is worried about her siblings. Her brother left home and has become addicted to drugs. The situation is similar with her sister, who she says is deeply traumatised due to abuse and has left the NGO despite multiple attempts to rescue her.

Child abuse in India and how you can help fight it

Despite stringent laws against child abuse, the problem is rampant in India. Abuse can be physical, emotional, or sexual. Often children are abused in the confines of their homes.

A report by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development estimated 50 million girls and 73 million boys under 18 were victims of child sexual abuse. The study also found that 69% of children reported to have been physically abused. Out of these 54.68% were boys

So, if 55% of boys report being abused and 69% of all children report being abused than the percentage of girls being sexually abused must be about 83%.

52.91% of boys and 47.09 % of girls reported having been abused in their family environment. Of the children who were abused in family situations, 88.6% were abused by their parents.

This ratio is pretty unlikely. I suspect that a large number of girls in the study either refused to disclose abuse or were unable to for one of many reasons. I believe the real percentage of girls abused should have been >80%.

More recently in May 2017, out of 45,000 plus children of 12-18 years surveyed by an NGO, revealed that half of them were victims of child sexual abuse. According to the survey, one in four families do not report incidences of child abuse.

Again, many children will not report child sex abuse until they are adults, if then.

If you find any child being abused in any form, you should get in touch with the local police and also call Childline (1098) which works across India. There are also numerous aid organisations and NGOs which work to rescue and rehabilitate children.
 


Friday, 17 November 2017

Al Franken, US Military, Todd Bridges Lead 17 Stories on Today's USA PnP List

Broadcaster accuses Senator Al Franken
of sexual harassment

The stars are falling

A Los Angeles radio host accused Senator Al Franken, a Democratic senator from Minnesota, of kissing and groping her during a 2006 USO tour in the Middle East. She posted a photo on her Twitter account to support her claim.


“He groped me, without my consent, while I was asleep,” broadcaster Leeann Tweeden wrote on Thursday. Her account includes a photo of Franken posing for the camera as he reaches for Tweeden’s breasts while she appears to be asleep. She also accused Franken of kissing her against her will.

The incidents took place in 2006, when Tweeden and Franken were comedians performing at US military bases overseas. The tour was organized by USO (United Service Organizations, Inc.) a nonprofit that partners with the Pentagon to bring entertainment to American troops abroad.

Franken was elected to the Senate in 2008, defeating Republican incumbent Norm Coleman by a margin of 312 votes.

Shortly after Tweeden’s account was published, Franken issued an apology. “I certainly don’t remember the rehearsal for the skit in the same way, but I send my sincerest apologies to Leeann. As to the photo, it was clearly intended to be funny but wasn’t. I shouldn’t have done it,” he said.

Tweeden accompanied her accusations with a hashtag #MeToo, launched last month on Twitter by actress Alyssa Milano to support her colleague Rose McGowan’s complaint against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein.

On Thursday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) called on the Senate Ethics Committee to review the allegations against Franken.

“As with all credible allegations of sexual harassment or assault, I believe the Ethics Committee should review the matter. I hope the Democratic Leader will join me on this. Regardless of party, harassment and assault are completely unacceptable — in the workplace or anywhere else," McConnell said in a statement.

McConnell's push for to review Tweeden’s allegations against Franken comes just days after the Senate leader warned Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore that he would face an ethics probe if he wins the upcoming special election, over allegations of sexual misconduct toward teenage girls. Moore has rejected the allegations as political attacks by his opponents, both Democrats and the Republican establishment led by McConnell.

Tweeden, 44, has worked as a TV host and broadcast journalist, and appeared on the covers of the popular magazines Playboy, Maxim and FHM. At the time of the incident she was a correspondent for Fox Sports Net's Best Damn Sports Show Period. Tweeden is now a broadcaster for KABC radio in Los Angeles and anchors the McIntyre in the Morning show.

Franken and Tweeden were backstage rehearsing their performance when he forcibly kissed her, she wrote. “He said to me, ‘We need to rehearse the kiss.’ I laughed and ignored him. Then he said it again. I said something like, ‘Relax, Al, this isn’t [Saturday Night Live]...we don’t need to rehearse the kiss.’”

“He came at me, put his hand on the back of my head, mashed his lips against mine and aggressively stuck his tongue in my mouth,” Tweeden wrote.

At a press conference on Thursday afternoon, Tweeden explained that she didn’t report the incidents because she didn’t want to be the troublemaker.

“I didn’t socialize with him, I didn’t talk to him for the rest of the tour,” Tweeden told reporters. “I made sure I was never alone with him.”

Tweeden credited Congresswoman Jackie Speier’s (D-California) account of being assaulted when she was a young Congressional aide as inspiration to come forward.

“She described how a powerful man in the office where she worked ‘held her face, kissed her and stuck his tongue in her mouth,” Tweeden wrote. “At that moment, I thought to myself, Al Franken did that exact same thing to me.”

Tweeden said she accepted Franken’s apology, but added he could have apologized at any point.

“I wasn’t holding my breath. I would have been long dead by now,” she told reporters at the press conference. “2017 is not 2006. It’s just a different time.”





US troops taught sexual abuse was 'culturally accepted practice' in Afghanistan

© Tim Wimborne / Reuters

US military personnel deploying to Afghanistan were taught that child sexual abuse is a “culturally accepted practice” in the country, a new Pentagon report has revealed. 

Soldiers who reported the issue were told nothing could be done about it.

“In some cases, the interviewees explained that they, or someone whom they knew, were told that nothing could be done about child sexual abuse because of Afghanistan’s status as a sovereign nation, that it was not a priority for the command,” the report says.

“There’s nothing we can do about it,” one soldier interviewed for the report said his superior officers told him when he complained. Other comments included “it was out of our control,” and “this is Afghanistan.”

Titled ‘The Implementation of the DoD Leahy Law Regarding Allegations of Child Sexual Abuse by Members of the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces,’ the 106-page report was issued in response to a complaint by Representative Duncan Hunter (R-California) about child sexual abuse, particularly against young boys, by Afghan National Defense and Security Forces (ANDSF) personnel.

“We determined that the DoD [Department of Defense] did not conduct training for personnel on identifying, responding to, or reporting instances of child sexual abuse involving ANDSF personnel before 2015,” the Pentagon report said.

The military began to investigate pedophilia only after a 2015 New York Times article said US troops were told to ignore sex abuse of boys.

“At night we can hear them screaming, but we’re not allowed to do anything about it,” Lance Corporal Gregory Buckley reportedly told his father before being killed in 2012, according to the Times.

In 2011, two special forces members were punished for confronting a local commander who abducted an Afghan boy and forced him to become a sex slave. Captain Dan Quinn approached an Afghan police commander about the behavior. After the commander laughed in his face, Quinn “picked him up and threw him on the ground” in order “to make sure the message was understood that if he went back to the boy, that it was not going to be tolerated.”

Following the incident, the military relieved Quinn of his command and he later resigned. Sergeant First Class Charles Martland was also punished for the same incident. Rep. Hunter intervened on his behalf with the Pentagon, and the decision to expel Martland was overturned in April 2016.

The war in Afghanistan is now in its 16th year and has surpassed the Vietnam War as America’s longest-ever conflict. Civilian deaths hit record highs in July 2017, matching the levels seen in 2012. The US troop presence in Afghanistan peaked at 100,000 in 2011 under the Obama administration.

Prior to his 2016 presidential election, Trump was a harsh critic of the Afghan war, saying the US "should leave Afghanistan immediately” and calling the war "a complete waste.”

In August 2017, however, Trump announced US troops would remain in Afghanistan for an indefinite period of time.

“Conditions on the ground – not arbitrary timetables – will guide our strategy from now on. America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out,” he said.





Todd Bridges reveals child sexual abuse
while a Diff’rent Strokes star
Carmine Sabia 

Former child actor Todd Bridges has again spoken out about sexual abuse he suffered as a kid in Hollywood.

The actor, who played Willis Jackson on the 1980’s hit show “Diff’rent Strokes,” told Dr. Mehmet Oz that he was molested by a family friend and publicist when he was 11-years-old on the “Dr. Oz” show, set to air on Friday.

In his 2010 book “Killing Willis: From Diff’rent Strokes to the Mean Streets to the Life I Always Wanted,” Bridges accused a man he called Ronald of sexually abusing him as a child.

“When it happened the second time, I thought it meant that I was gay,” Bridges wrote in the book. “I was very confused. I really believed I wasn’t normal and that made me feel even worse about myself than I had before.”

He wrote of how scared he was to break the cycle of abuse because “I had wanted him to like and care about me for so long, it was hard for me to feel like I was disappointing him. That’s how successfully he had gotten into my brain.”

But everything changed when the alleged abuser visited Bridges home one day “as carefree as ever,” and Bridges attacked him. He wrote that, as he was hitting Ronald, his mother attempted to get him to stop, until he told her what Ronald had done.

“My mom ran out of the room and came back with a butcher knife. I felt such a sense of relief when I saw that knife. She wasn’t mad at me. She was going to help me get free of Ronald. He would never be able to touch me again,” he wrote.

It got tough for Bridges on the set of “Diff’rent Strokes” when the series filmed its infamous “The Bicycle Man” two part episodes.

In those episodes, a pedophile character, Mr. Horton, a bicycle store owner played by “WKRP In Cincinnati” star Gordon Jump, grooms Willis’ brother, Arnold Jackson, and his friend Dudley, in an effort to molest them.

The Horton character plies Arnold and Dudley with alcohol and gifts and insists they keep their get-togethers a secret.

Mr. Horton proceeded to participate in photoshoots with them being half dressed kids, and shares pornography with them.

The two part special was extremely edgy for its time, and is still a tough series of episodes to watch for many, particularly for Bridges who participated in them. “I didn’t let on that the material in the script upset me,” Bridges wrote. “That was a very hard week for me, and I pushed my feelings down, hard.”

Bridges wrote about how other victims of pedophilia, like Corey Feldman, had a tough time understanding that the issue goes beyond them and their personal experiences. In recent weeks Feldman has been on a campaign to expose Hollywood’s sick pedophile secrets, which often result in abused victims using drugs to self medicate.

Bridges said in 2010 that he reached out to Feldman’s best friend, Corey Haim, another alleged sexual abuse victim, about the drug problem that ultimately claimed his life. “I had tried to get Corey to stop taking prescription drugs and take care of his life,” he told the “Today” show. “I tried to get him to understand that there was a different way out.”

“He wasn’t ready to stop,” he said of Haim, who died at age 38, the week before Bridges’ appearance on “Today.” “The thing about drug addiction is, sometimes people are ready to stop and sometimes they’re not. You have to have it in your mind that you’re ready to stop.”





Man gets prison time for 2001 sex assault of child in Olympic National Park
by KOMO

TACOMA, Wash. - A Port Angeles man was sentenced to eight years in federal prison this week after he was convicted of sexually assaulting a child back in 2001 in Olympic National Park.

The man, identified as Charles Jason Butcher, 46, admitted the assault in a recorded phone call with his victim in 2016. U.S. District Judge Ronald B. Leighton called the offense "extremely odious" at the sentencing hearing.

"For 15 years the defendant denied sexually abusing the two young victims in this case, compounding a horrific betrayal," said U.S. Attorney Annette L. Hayes.

She praised the courage of the victims in the case and the commitment of the National Park Service investigator who took what was considered a cold case and developed the evidence needed to convict Butcher.

According to records filed in the case, two young children, ages 7 and 4, were visiting a resort operated by Butcher and his family near Lake Crescent on Olympic National Park land.

After the visit, the children’s mother suspected they had been sexually abused, and medical exams showed signs of sexual molestation, according to court files.

Butcher was interviewed and denied any sexual abuse. In late 2015, the victim and the victim’s mother again contacted law enforcement, and a special agent was assigned the case as part of a cold case review.

Ultimately, one of the victims agreed to place a recorded phone call to Butcher in which he admitted the abuse, according to case files. Butcher later admitted to law enforcement officers he had molested one of the victims, court records show.





Montgomery man charged with sex abuse of child
By Carol Robinson crobinson@al.com

A Montgomery man is behind bars accused of sexual abuse of a child.

Rodney Lavan Thomas Jr., 21, was arrested Thursday, according to court records. He remained in the Montgomery County Jail Friday with bond set at $20,000.

Charging documents claim the incident happened between Oct. 27 and Oct. 29 at Thomas' home. Additional details weren't made available.

Thomas is charged with sex abuse of a child under the age of 12, which is a felony charge.





Utah man arrested on reports of rape,
sexual abuse of child
Shelby Slade Daily Herald

A Pleasant Grove man was arrested Thursday on reports of raping and sexually abusing a child.

Cameron Frary, 24, was arrested on suspicion of two counts of the first-degree felony of rape and the second-degree felony of sexual abuse of a child, according to the report.

In August, officers received reports that Frary had been sexually assaulting the child for several years starting when the victim was 11 and he was 17 and ending earlier this year, police reported.

On many occasions Frary had touched or kissed the victim without consent and later raped the victim multiple times, according to the police.

He had threatened to tell people about things the victim was doing, which the victim was concerned would get them into trouble, police reported.





Ex-IPS counselor faces federal lawsuit over
sex abuse with students
Fatima Hussein and Marisa Kwiatkowski, IndyStar 

A high school student has filed a federal lawsuit against the Indianapolis Public Schools counselor who engaged in sexual behavior with him. The suit also names the district's superintendent and school board.

The unnamed, male minor — identified in court documents as A.H. — accuses defendants of negligence and discrimination after IPS officials waited six days to report allegations of sexual abuse involving guidance counselor Shana Taylor and two teenage students.

It is a delay that may have violated state law.

Last year, Taylor was charged with nine felony counts of child seduction, one felony count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors and one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, according to court records.

Taylor is accused of engaging in sexual conduct with one student in multiple locations — including the school — between October and February. The encounters began when the student was 16 and continued while he was 17, according to the Marion County prosecutor's office.

Taylor also is accused of having a sexual encounter with another student, who was age 16.

At least 12 people knew about the allegations as early as Feb. 17, but no one reported them to the Indiana Department of Child Services until Feb. 23 — six days later, according to court records and interviews. Indiana law requires anyone who learns of suspected abuse or neglect to immediately report it to DCS or law enforcement.

Superintendent Lewis D. Ferebee, the Board of School Commissioners for the City of Indianapolis, IPS and the now former counselor are all named defendants in the 30-page complaint filed last week. The lawsuit alleges that school officials breached their "duty to take steps to eliminate conditions or practices that encouraged or allowed harassment, sexual abuse, or other misconduct by school counselors."

In the wake of the scandal, two school officials were fired and three resigned.

In January, Taylor was sentenced to six years house arrest. 

The plaintiff's attorney, Eric Schmadeke, told IndyStar, "My hope for this case is twofold. First – it will give the victim some measure of recompense for the disruption and hurt he suffered as a result of the abuse."

"Second," Schmadeke said, "it is my hope that IPS will get its act together and realize that the cost of implementing safeguards and procedures for recognizing and adequately addressing child abuse is preferable to paying the price for not doing so after the fact.”

This is not the first time that Indiana school officials have delayed making reports on potential child abuse.

An attorney and school officials at Park Tudor, a private school in Indianapolis, were criticized after they waited one day to report allegations of child abuse against former basketball coach Kyle Cox. School officials allowed Cox to resign after he signed a confidentiality agreement that prohibited him from communicating with Park Tudor students and from discussing the reason for his resignation, according to federal court records.

Indiana law requires anyone who suspects child abuse or neglect to report it. People who fail to do so could be charged with a misdemeanor.





Adoption Agency Hit With $11M Verdict in
Child Abuse Lawsuit
By P.J. Dannunzio   

An adoption agency that sent a 5-year-old girl to live with a couple who subjected her to sexual and physical abuse in their foster home has been hit with an $11 million verdict by a Philadelphia jury.

The award was handed down in favor of S.S., now 22 years old, who sued Bethanna Inc. and foster parents Walter and Deborah Scott. The award was broken down into $10 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages.

“This verdict sends a clear message that crimes and abuse perpetuated upon our children will not be tolerated. Our client’s voice was finally heard,” said Nadeem Bezar of Kline & Specter, who along with Emily Marks represented S.S.

In her lawsuit, S.S. claimed that starting in 2000 and between the ages of 6 and 10 she was molested and repeatedly sexually assaulted by Walter Scott and beaten by Deborah Scott. Her court papers also noted that Walter Scott had been under investigation for child rape based on accusations from other children in the foster home, and in 2016, pleaded guilty to multiple counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and rape of a child, among other charges.

The main allegation in S.S.’s lawsuit was that Bethanna failed to sufficiently investigate the Scotts’ criminal history, which also included welfare fraud convictions.

“Defendant Bethanna’s conduct is shocking, outrageous, and demonstrated deliberate indifference to S.S.’s safety and the safety of numerous other children who were eventually placed in the Scotts’ foster home over the next decade until the home eventually closed,” S.S.’s court papers said.

She also alleged that Bethanna refused to remove her from the Scotts’ home despite reports by caseworkers that she was being abused and was in danger.

In its pretrial memorandum, Bethanna denied any negligence.

“Plaintiff’s sexual abuse at the hands of Mr. Scott, unknown to Bethanna and not contemporaneously reported to any person or agency, was not learned until plaintiff herself disclosed the abuse in August 2015,” court papers said. “She testified that one occurrence took place during the time she was fostering with the Scotts, while the other two times occurred after she had been adopted and was no longer being followed by Bethanna. At no time did any case worker, supervisor, child advocate, medical or mental health provider document any suspicions that S.S. was being physically or sexually abused.”

William L. Banton of Marshall Dennehey Warner Coleman & Goggin did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a statement sent by a Bethanna spokesperson, the agency said, “Bethanna is disappointed by the verdict, but more saddened by the abuse inflicted on the real victim in this case. We applaud her courage in coming forward. Our prayers and hope are for her continued healing. While we cannot comment on all of the details of this case, as litigation remains ongoing, we wish our community to understand that our agency and staff had no knowledge whatsoever of these terrible incidents, which happened over a decade ago.”





Undocumented Immigrant Charged With
Child Sex Abuse In Alabama
By Neil Costes

FOLEY, Ala. (WKRG)An undocumented immigrant is behind bars in Baldwin County accused of sexually abusing a child, according to Foley Police.

Melvin Omar Acevedo-Rodriguez, 34, is an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, Foley Police Chief Thurston Bullock told News 5.

Chief Bullock said Acevedo-Rodriguez’s wife discovered inappropriate pictures of a female family member.

Acevedo-Rodriguez is in the Baldwin County Jail charged with sexual abuse of a minor under the age of 12 and manufacturing child pornography.





Wyoming Child Sex Abuse Fugitive Captured
 By Doug Randall 

Cheyenne Police have captured a man who has been wanted for sexual assault of a minor for well over a year, according to a spokesman for the Cheyenne Police Department.

Officer Kevin Malatesta says the CPD first started looking for Cody Nelson in April of 2016. But last month someone using the Silent Witness program gave police some information about Nelson’s whereabouts and Malatesta says he was recently arrested in Cheyenne.

Because the information led to Nelson’s arrest, the caller received a $500 reward. People can always give police information about criminal suspects using the Silent Witness tip line at 638-TIPS or by going online. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000.





Upstate NY man charged with attempted
sexual abuse of child
Michael McCarthy

A Williamson man is facing numerous charges after deputies say he had sexual contact with a child. 

Deputies say 48-year-old Michael McCarthy was arrested after it was reported that he had sexual contact with a child under the age of 11. The alleged contact took place between December 2016 and November 2017, according to deputies.

McCarthy was arrested on Nov. 16 and charged with course of conduct against a child, attempted sexual abuse, and endangering the welfare of a child. He was remanded to the Wayne County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash /$3,000 bond bail.





Another Upstate NY man charged with
sexual abuse of 4-year-old
By Michael Randall 
Times Herald-Record 

MODENA – A Modena man was charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old child following an investigation by Plattekill police and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office said a preliminary investigation found that Jesse Fitzpatrick, 23, of Modena, had inappropriate sexual contact with the child on Wednesday. The sheriff’s office said Fitzpatrick and the child live in the same house but are not related.

Fitzpatrick was charged with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and forcible touching, a misdemeanor.

He was arraigned in Town of Plattekill Justice Court and is free on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond, pending further court action.

The sheriff’s office said it is continuing to investigate the case along with the Ulster County Child Advocacy Center, and more charges are possible.

Modena, NY



Louisiana man convicted on six counts
stemming from sexual abuse of two children

BY CHAD CALDER | CCALDER@THEADVOCATE.COM  

A Jefferson Parish jury of nine women and three men convicted a Kenner man Thursday of sexually abusing three children.

Carlos Montero Sr., 54, was found guilty as charged on two counts of aggravated rape, two counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile under age 13, one count of sexual battery of a child under 13 and one count of failing to register as a sex offender.

Judge June Berry Darensburg, who presided over the trial in 24th Judicial District Court in Gretna, set sentencing for Jan. 10.

According to court documents, the sexual abuse of the children — two girls and a boy — occurred between 2006 and 2016. The children were as young as 5 and 6.

Montero pleaded guilty in 2002 to carnal knowledge of a juvenile and drug possession, and he has two prior convictions for failing to register as a sex offender.





OK Teacher Accused of Sex Abuse After Authorities
Find Her Waiting for Student in Candlelit Room
BY STEVE HELLING

An Oklahoma teacher was arrested on Wednesday after authorities learned that she was allegedly having sex with a male teenage student, PEOPLE confirms.

The Canadian County, Oklahoma, Sheriff’s Office began investigating Hunter Day after the teen’s parents contacted them: Evidence of the illicit relationship — including explicit text messages and nude photos — were allegedly found on the boy’s phone.

Day, a 22-year-old science teacher at Yukon High School, is facing charges of second-degree rape, facilitating sexual contact with a minor and possession of child pornography.

“This is a classic case of a serious breach of public trust,” Canadian County Sheriff Chris West told reporters at a news conference this week, according to local news station KWTV. “School teachers are entrusted to protect and educate our children, not to engage in an unlawful sexual relationship with them.”

Day is married; her husband is a football coach at the same high school.

“I’m no longer surprised by the people who commit these crimes, because predators come from all walks of life,” West said.

According to her arrest report, the teen arranged a meeting on the day of her arrest. Deputies then used the teen’s phone and arrived at Day’s house, where they allegedly texted her “I’m here.”

She allegedly responded, “The doors unlocked as usual.”

When authorities entered the house, they found Day sitting on the floor of her living room wearing a T-shirt and workout shorts, according to the arrest report.

The report notes that the lights were turned off and candles were lit. When authorities confronted Day, she allegedly admitted to sending pictures of herself in “bra and panties.” She also allegedly confirmed that she had received pictures of the boy’s genitals.

Day was booked into the Canadian County Jail following her arrest and released on $85,000 bond. She has not entered a plea and court records do not reflect an attorney.

While the school district did not identify Day by name, officials said in a news release Thursday that they had been notified on Wednesday afternoon about a district employee who was accused of “engaging in an inappropriate relationship with a high school student.”

“This behavior was representative of a very poor decision by a person entrusted with teaching our students,” district officials said in the release. “The safety and well-being of our students is our number one priority.”

The district said the arrested employee — presumably Day — had not flagged any of the security protocols, including a background check, done during the hiring process. Officials said they were “fully cooperating” with law enforcement and referred further questions to the sheriff’s office.

Day’s employment status was not immediately clear on Friday night, though she was still listed as a teacher on the school’s website.





Maryland man gets 20 years for sexually exploiting children on Facebook
By Mike Murillo | @MikeMurilloWTOP

WASHINGTON — A Dundalk, Maryland, man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for federal charges of producing child pornography.

Russel Todd O’Bannon, 52, admitted in a plea deal to using a Facebook text messaging service to connect with 17 boys and girls and convince them to send him sexually explicit photos.

When communicating with the minors, he used a fictitious Facebook account under the alias of “Martin Anderson,” lied about his age, and sent victims nude photos of young men, which he claimed to be images of himself, according to prosecutors.

His victims were located inside and outside of the U.S. and, according to court documents, included children in foster care and group homes as well as rape survivors. Those who were victims of sexual abuse, O’Bannon admitted to asking them for details about the abuse and continuing to ask for pornographic photos from them.

According to the US Department of Justice, O’Bannon frequently told victims he wanted to meet them for sex and told them in graphic detail what he planned to do during those encounters. He also admitted to telling female victims that he wanted to have unprotected sex with them so he can impregnate them.

O’Bannon was apprehended as part of the department’s Project Safe Childhood, an operation that goes after people who exploit children and also helps the young victims.

In addition to the prison time, U.S. District Judge Richard Bennett sentenced O’Bannon to a life time of supervised release. He must also register as a sex offender once he is released.





40-year-old man charged with continuous sexual abuse of child in North Dakota
         
WILLISTON, N.D. - An Oklahoma man has been charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child in Williston.

Court Documents say 40-year-old Juan Martinez had sex with a 12-year -old girl three or more times between July and October of this year.

He has been charged with a double-A felony count of continuous sexual abuse of a child. If found guilty, he could face life in prison.

Martinez is held on a $1 million bond. If he posts bond, he is not allowed to leave the state and cannot contact the victim. His next court appearance will be Dec 14.





And another Upstate NY Man Pleads Guilty
To Sexually Abusing 4 y/o Child

A 59 year old Philadelphia, New York, man has admitted to having sexual contact with a young child.

Eric Leeson pleaded guilty in Jefferson County Court Thursday to first-degree sexual abuse.

He will be sentenced January 25.

Leeson was originally charged with first-degree criminal sex act and endangering the welfare of a child.

When he was arrested in May, he had been working as a custodian at Philadelphia Primary School.

According to police, the four year old victim was not a student at the school.

Investigators said the sexual abuse happened at a home in the town of Antwerp and the child knew Leeson as a friend of the family.

At the time of the arrest, state police said they didn't believe Leeson had sexual contact with any other children.