GETTYSBURG, Pa. (WHTM) - A former Adams County man who is charged with a sex crime against a child was arrested by U.S. Marshals in Alabama.
Investigators said Cory Murphy, 33, formerly of Reading Township was arrested without incident in Birmingham.
Last month, Reading Township police charged Murphy is involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and lesser offenses.
Investigators said Murphy fled the area after the charges were filed.
"It is important to bring those charged with serious sex crimes against our children to justice," U.S. Marshal Martin Pane said. "It is my hope that the victim and family members will find comfort knowing the alleged attacker is now in custody."
Michigan High School Volleyball Coach Stung by Police
An athletics coach at a St. Clair County high school faces multiple child sex-abuse charges after he was accused of trying to an arrange via computer a meeting for sex with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl.
Charles Edward Goubert, 53, a resident of Emmett, faces three counts of sexually abusive activity, a 20-year felony; and three counts of communicating with another person via computer to commit to a crime, which carries a maximum penalty of 15 years upon conviction.
Goubert served as an assistant volleyball coach at Yale High School in St. Clair County, said Kenneth Nicholl, Yale superintendent. He was a contract employee and not a teacher or otherwise a staff member at the school, Nicholl said.
The coach has been placed on administrative leave and told to avoid contact with students and stay away from school facilities while the charges are pending, Nicholl said.
According to police, the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office Computer Crimes Unit conducted the investigation that led to Goubert’s arrest.
Undercover deputies conversed with the defendant using email and text messages after they responded to an ad Goubert had posted on a social media Website, police said.
Goubert tried to arrange to meet with what he thought was a 13-year-old girl for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity, police said.
After a lengthy investigation, detectives and Goubert arranged a meeting, police said. When Goubert arrived, he was taken into custody. The office of Macomb County Prosecutor Eric Smith then authorized the multiple-count warrants.
Scout Master Sentenced to 8 Years in Canberra
A former ACT Scout master who sexually molested and raped a boy three decades ago has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment.
Willem Bowen Scheeren, now 58, befriended the parents of the child through a Cub Scouts group in Canberra in the late 1970s.
The relationship became so strong that the parents would frequently let Scheeren, then 23 and 24, care for the boy, aged 11 and 12, alone.
But Scheeren, unbeknownst to the victim's parents, had an attraction to adolescent boys, and had himself been subjected to sexual abuse, trauma and humiliation throughout his childhood.
Scheeren is the first child sex offender brought to justice under ACT reforms that closed a loophole preventing the prosecution of some historical molestation cases that were more than 12 months old.
His crimes against the boy began in his shoe shop during school holidays in 1979, when he showed the child pornography and began touching him inappropriately.
That was the first of four separate ordeals of abuse in 1979 and 1980, which would culminate in 12 criminal charges laid this year.
One of the gravest breaches of the family's trust occurred when Scheeren was at their home watching television on a couch next to the boy.
He put a blanket over himself and the boy and molested him for 45 minutes as the boy's and a family friend sat in the same room.
Scheeren was sentenced in the ACT Supreme Court on Thursday to eight years imprisonment, but he will be eligible for parole in May 2017.
Chief Justice Helen Murrell described the crimes as a "gross violation of the close relationship between the offender and the victim's parents".
"I acknowledge the terrible impact that these offences must have had on the victim," she said at the start of her sentencing.
"I appreciate they would have obviously had a devastating impact on the victim's family."
But the court heard there was no evidence Scheeren had committed other crimes against children since. In fact, his criminal record was otherwise completely clean.
He had undergone counselling and sought treatment well before he was brought to court, realising the catastrophic consequences of his crimes.
Scheeren's early life experiences – which included being sexually assaulted by a relative, abused by Christian Brothers at school, and watching his father fall off his bike and suffer permanent and severe brain damage – had stunted his personality and left him believing such behaviour was normal.
Scheeren had gone to the family home of his victim to apologise a decade after his abuse, but was told he was not welcome by the father.
He was interviewed by police much later and co-operated to an "unusually high" extent with their investigations.
The court found him to be at low risk of reoffending, given his age, his treatment, and the fact there were no further offences in the intervening decades.
Youth pastor victim says church more concerned with reputation than him
A man who was sexually abused by a Sunshine Coast youth pastor as a child says Australian Christian Churches was more concerned with protecting its reputation than protecting him, an inquiry heard.
The Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has completed hearings into the way Pentecostal churches managed complaints of child sexual abuse in Victoria, New South Wales and Queensland.
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"They failed to detect the abuse. They failed to prevent the abuse. They failed to support us through the criminal trial process," ALA said.
"It appears to me they were more concerned about the reputation and financial position of the ACC (Australian Christian Churches) above all else."
Mr O'Brien also read a statement from the victim's mother in which she said she and her husband wanted to raise their children in the way of God.
"Unfortunately, we've had this horrendous event in a place we believed was a safe and good environment," she said.
"Our son has been watching these hearings and is so angry that every level of the ACC seems to be still passing the buck and blaming someone else, not caring for the victim."
The former Sunshine Coast youth leader, Jonathan Baldwin, was jailed in 2009 for abusing ALA from the age of 13 for two years.
Former pastor cannot accept son-in-law is paedophile, despite conviction
A former Pentecostal pastor at a Sunshine Coast church cannot accept that a former youth leader who married his daughter is a paedophile, an inquiry has heard.
Jonathan Baldwin was jailed for a maximum of eight years in 2009 for molesting a 13-year-old boy for two years at the Queensland church.
The church, which could not be named for legal reasons, was attended by about 200 people.
Baldwin had a non-parole period of four years and was no longer in jail.
His father-in-law and former boss, Ian Lehmann, told the Royal Commission into the Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on Wednesday that Baldwin made an error in judgment but was not a paedophile.
"I have two grandsons by him. A third one about to be born," he said.
If I believe he is a paedophile, then I've got to accept the reality that our three grandsons are at great risk."
Texas Youth Pastor charged with Child Sex Offences
A Garland youth pastor was arrested Friday on three child sex abuse warrants, according to officials with the Sachse Police Department.
Sachse is a suburb northeast of Dallas.
Derek Hutter was arrested for continuous sex abuse of a child, possession of child pornography and online solicitation of a minor stemming from an alleged relationship with a 14-year-old who lives in Sachse.
Hutter, 37, remains in the Sachse jail and will be transferred to the Dallas County jail.