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

Thursday, 30 June 2016

Child Sex Sting Operation Nets 32 Including 2 Tennessee Pastors

‘His tsunami has come across our whole church’: Child sex sting nets two Tenn. pastors
By Peter Holley, May 24 
The Washington Post

Jason Kennedy (left) and Zubin Parakh were among 32 people arrested in an undercover sex sting operation. (Courtesy of the Knox County Sheriff’s Office)

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has released the names of 32 men and women who were arrested in an undercover sting targeting a human trafficking and prostitution operation that preyed upon the residents of Knoxville.

Among those arrested in “Operation Someone Like Me”: A volunteer firefighter, an engineer — and two church pastors who responded to online ads for what they thought were for girls under the age of 18, according to the TBI.

One of the pastors netted in the three-day sting was the leader of the children’s ministry at Grace Baptist Church. That man, identified as 46-year-old Jason Kennedy, was charged last week with patronizing prostitution and trafficking and has since been fired by his church.

“We are held to a higher standard,” Grace Baptist’s senior pastor Ron Stewart told CBS affiliate WVLT, adding: “He did it, but it’s like a tsunami that can cover a whole island. His tsunami has come across our whole church.”

The other pastor arrested by the TBI was identified as 32-year-old Zubin Parakh, who is associated with Lifehouse Church in Oak Ridge, Tenn., according to NBC affiliate WBIR. A church spokesperson told the station that Parakh had never worked with children, but had volunteered as “creative pastor.” The spokesman noted that Parakh was in the process of become an official pastor.

Parakh was also charged with patronizing prostitution and trafficking.

During the three-day operation, undercover agents posted ads on Backpage.com, making contact with 300 people, according to the TBI. An ad in which agents posed as a juvenile girl received more than two dozen contacts, the agency said. The operation, the TBI said, was “designed to identify and help victims of trafficking, as well as take these predators off the street.” ... and out of our churches too.

“Finding these people who are trying to buy Tennessee children is a priority for us,” TBI Director Mark Gwyn said in a statement. “We want anyone responding to these ads to think there may be a TBI Agent on the other end of it. We will do whatever we can to make a difference in reducing the human trafficking that takes place in Tennessee.”

And God bless you for it.

Said Knoxville Police Chief David Rausch: “Human trafficking is a scourge on society. We will continue to commit all the necessary resources and work alongside our law enforcement partners to help protect our most precious resource, our children.”

People who know Kennedy, the former children’s minister, were shocked to learn about his alleged behavior.

“Jason was a guy that talked so much about his wife and how much he loved her, and she talked about how she loved him and their three children,” Stewart, Grace Baptist’s senior pastor, told WBIR. “I mean, they were a great family.”

Stewart told the station that nobody from the church has stepped forward to report inappropriate activity involving Kennedy, who was hired 2 1/2 years ago and underwent a background check that, the church said, “turned up no issues.”

“The actions of the children’s pastor for which he has been arrested were part of his life outside the church,” a Grace Baptist statement read. “We have received no questions or concerns related to his conduct within the church or its ministries.”

Stewart told CBS affiliate WVLT that the church has 78 security cameras to ensure its members’ safety.

“There’s some people that are going to be very angry, they are angry; I understand that,” Stewart told WBIR. “Forgiveness is something that’s a process, you have to work through it. I feel pity for Jason, but I also understand that when you make decisions and choices, there are consequences. He made his choices and he will face his consequences.

“We are not sorry he got caught. We are sorry that he did what he did.”

On Sunday, Stewart addressed his congregation about Kennedy’s arrest and told his followers that he felt betrayed, WVLT reported.

The TBI announced that the undercover operation conducted this month “also identified potential victims of trafficking” — women who were offered services including housing, counseling and addiction treatment. “Three women took advantage of those services and left the operation and were immediately placed in safe houses,” the TBI said.

The TBI sting was part of an ongoing anti-trafficking effort in Tennessee that ramped up, the agency said, after “the state legislature approved funding for four Special Agents, who work exclusively to investigate human trafficking cases and train law enforcement statewide on recognizing and combating this type of crime. These four Special Agents, who have now completed their fifth operation across the state, have arrested or cited just under 100 individuals during that time.”

A similar series of stings in Florida’s Polk County — where undercover detectives lure suspected child predators to an undisclosed location using fictitious online ads — has become well-known for netting suspects who work at Disney World, Sea World and other theme parks.

“You would think that these child predators would learn the risk they are taking, but they don’t,” Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd told The Washington Post last month, after announcing the results of another undercover operation. “They’re so fixated on these children, they simply throw caution to the wind, and then we go round up another group of them. They can’t resist taking the chance, and I can’t resist arresting these freaks.”

Sting operations have migrated from chat rooms to apps and social media, places where young people socialize and predators can establish contact, Judd said. What they’re looking for, the Florida sheriff told The Post, is vulnerability.

“They used to have to hang out in parks and coach Little League or teach Sunday school in the past,” Judd said last month. “Now they can download an app and look for kids that are in need of attention — boys and girls. When a 60-year-old man wants to have sex with a 10-year-old child, those are the most dangerous of the dangerous.”

Judd recounted how a undercover officer — posing as a 14-year-old girl on spring break — posted a photo of a beach chair on a beach and said she had “nothing to do.” Within minutes, Judd said, eight different “freaks” had posted photos of their “body parts” on the app.

With dozens of men being arrested during each operation, and officials in Tennessee in elsewhere seeing similar results, an obvious question arises: Do the undercover investigations deter would-be predators?

Judd said the answer is yes. He told The Post that his operations are netting fewer predators now than they did five years ago. Back then, he estimated, authorities would arrest “40 or 50″ suspected predators during a week-long investigation. His April sting netted 18.

“There’s just not that many people relative to the general population that are that disturbed and deviant,” he said. “I believe there is a bottom to this barrel. Having said that, they are so focused on finding children.”

Former County GOP Chairman Charged with Child Molestation

Former Cobb Co. GOP chairman charged 
with child molestation
Adrianne Haney, WXIA 

(Photo: Cobb County Sheriff)

MARIETTA, GEORGIA -- A former Cobb County Republican Party leader was arrested Friday and charged with child molestation, police in Cobb County confirm.

Authorities say Joseph Russell Dendy, 71, was arrested in Cobb County after investigators learned that Dendy was wanted for child abuse-related charges out of Ann Arbor, Mich. and Laurens, S.C.

Police did not specify when the warrants in the other states were issued or go into detail about those charges. In Cobb County, Dendy faces child molestation and aggravated child molestation charges related to incidents that allegedly happened at his Cobb County home.

Dendy's attorney told the Marietta Daily Journal in an email that his client would be pleading not guilty to all charges and would be conducting his own independent investigation.

Dendy is being held without bond in Cobb County Jail.

Another source says that Denby is accused of molesting two boys, 4 and 12 years of age.

    Cobb County, Georgia

More Staff at Maryland School Under Investigation in Child Sex Abuse Case

Faculty at Md. school where alleged child sex abuse took place also under investigation
By Dick Uliano

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. — Former Prince George’s County teacher’s aide Deonte Carraway faces possible multiple life prison sentences if convicted on charges of sexually abusing 23 children at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School. But he’s not the only one under investigation.

A grand jury returned a 270-count indictment against Carraway on Wednesday. The 22-year-old also served as a tutor and babysitter.

“There are two investigations going now,” said State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks. “We’re looking at how these particular crimes were allowed to occur and whether or not any crimes were committed by individuals who had care and custody of these children.”

Prosecutors say 20 boys and 3 girls ages 9 to 13 were abused on and off school property between August 2015 and February 2016.

A civil lawsuit filed against the school system in February charges that Carraway’s predatory behavior was well known to students, teachers and parents, and even reported to the school’s principal.

“How did this occur? Who, if anyone, knew about it? Are there additional individuals who should be held accountable?” Alsobrooks said, outlining the parameters of the second criminal investigation.

The second investigation could last several weeks or more and it’s unclear whether anyone else will be charged.

“What we’ve learned so far is the laws are not as strong in that area, so we’ll see what we find, but this very well may be an issue that we have to take up in Annapolis in January to ensure that we have the appropriate laws to protect children when others know about these actions and don’t report them,” Alsobrooks said.

Prince George’s County School Superintendent Kevin Maxwell is conducting his own investigation to determine whether any personnel disciplinary action must be taken by the school system.

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Military Discriminates Against Heterosexuals, Says Air Force Colonel Charged with Sex Crimes

Col. Eugene Caughey. © af.mil
Col. Eugene Caughey. © af.mil

US Air Force Colonel Eugene Caughey faces a court-martial for rape, assault and adultery with half a dozen women. But his lawyers argue the charges should be dropped, because the military's law banning extramarital sex discriminates against heterosexuals.

Colonel Caughey was in court for a formal reading of the charges on Monday. He stands accused of raping a woman in late 2014 at Schriever Air Force Base, Colorado. He is also charged with indecent filming, dereliction of duty, failure to obey a lawful order and conduct unbecoming an officer.

An attorney defending Caughey told the Air Force judge that the military’s definition of adultery as sex between a man and a woman has not kept pace with its definition of marriage, which now includes same-sex couples.

Under the military’s adultery law, which is a court-martial offense, it requires “sexual intercourse” as an element of guilt, which the Pentagon defines as an act between a man and a woman.

“A homosexual man or woman couldn't commit adultery as defined,” Major Keith Meister argued before Judge Colonel Wes Moore on Monday, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The defense team argued that LGBT people get a pass, and the charges violate the colonel’s rights under the Fourteenth Amendment, which mandates equal protection under the law.

Prosecutors in the case said Caughey has committed adultery several times, photographed his exposed genitals while in uniform, and groped women on two occasions. Major Brian Mason told the judge that LGBT people who break marriage vows can be punished under the 134th article of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which forbids “all disorders and neglects to the prejudice of good order and discipline in the armed forces.”

“Both of those could be charged under Article 134, regardless whether it's heterosexual or homosexual,” Mason said, according to the Colorado Springs Gazette.

The military argues the adultery law stops troops from stepping out of their marriages, and is crucial to maintaining discipline in the ranks.

Military sex assault victims not much better off than in Islam

There is an ongoing problem with sexual assault in the US military. Despite receiving extensive media coverage in the past several years, it has resulted in no substantive reform by Congress.

A 2012 Pentagon survey found approximately 26,000 women and men were sexually assaulted. Of those, only 3,374 cases were reported, and of those, 484 cases went to trial with only 376 resulting in convictions. Ninety percent of the assault victims were eventually involuntarily discharged.

In Islam, rape victims are often charged with adultery and end up in prison or are forced to marry their rapist. In the US military, they are just forced out!

What is challenging about Caughey’s case is his position. He is a 24-year veteran and was vice commander of Shriever’s 50th Space Wing, the number two post in the unit that controls military communications and navigation satellites.

Under military law, Caughey must be tried by a panel of officers who are equal or senior to him in rank.

The charges against Caughey began last year after an inspector general’s inquiry led to a criminal investigation. Allegations go back as far as 2013, with rape charges from the 2014 incident.

Officials said Tuesday the trial of Col. Eugene Caughey will begin August 8. If convicted on all six counts, he could face up to 12 years behind bars. The two rape counts could bring the colonel life terms.

Teacher's Aide, Grandpa and Grandson on Today's List of Pedophiles

Former teacher’s aide indicted on 270 counts
in child sex-abuse case
By Megan Cloherty WTOP

Attorneys for former school volunteer Deonte Carraway have asked judge to throw out the evidence used as the basis for the 13 federal charges Carrawy faces. He is charged with coercing children to perform sex acts so that Carraway could film child pornography Carraway, 22...

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A grand jury delivered a staggering 270-count indictment to former Prince George’s County teacher’s aide Deonte Carraway Wednesday.

Of the counts against him, there are 23 counts of sex abuse of a minor, which represent each of Carraway’s 23 victims involved in the case.

Prosecutors say Carraway, 22, sexually abused students at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School between August 2015 and February 2016 both on and off school property. 

The 116-page indictment outlines that Carraway threatened, pressured, enticed and/or coerced children — 20 boys and three girls who ranged in age from 9 to 13 — instructing them to perform sexual acts on him and on each other while he video taped them on his cellphone.

Carraway then shared the videos, taken on two cellphones, on the Kik app with a group that included the children featured in the recordings, the document said.

A guardian of one of the victim’s discovered a nude photo shared to the victim’s phone and reported Carraway to the principal at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary in Glenarden, Maryland, and to Prince George’s County police.

“Several children indicated that the defendant told them that they would be participating in a ‘club,’ and that if they wanted to be a part of it, they had to send photos and videos of themselves engaged in sexual acts while alone and while performing sexual acts on other children,” the indictment said.

Some of the videos were taken inside three of his victims’ homes, John Erzen with the state’s attorney’s office said.

“Carraway visited several of these children in their homes, ostensibly after the children’s parents had asked him to baby-sit or tutor the children,” the indictment said.

Parents, if a man is offering to baby-sit your children, you should automatically be suspicious and reject the offer.

In addition to abuse at the school and the children’s homes, some children who participated in the Glenarden Municipal Center choir which Carraway directed were also abused, the indictment said.

Along with state charges, a federal grand jury indicted Carraway on 13 counts of produced child pornography in February.

A class-action lawsuit has been filed by families and guardians of some of Carraway’s victims against the Prince George’s County Board of Education, Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School Principal Michelle Williams and Carraway.

He remains in jail without bond.

Grandpa, grandson arrested for child sex abuse

Police believe there may be other victims in the Milwaukie and Portland areas

KOIN 6 News Staff

William A. Kirk Sr., 72, and Troy L. Kirk Jr., 26, were arrested on sex abuse and sodomy charges. (Milwaukie PD)
William A. Kirk Sr., 72, and Troy L. Kirk Jr., 26, were arrested on sex abuse and sodomy charges. (Milwaukie PD)

MILWAUKIE, Oregon (KOIN) — A Milwaukie man and his grandson were arrested on charges related to child sex abuse last week, and now police are looking for information on any additional victims.

William A. Kirk Sr., 72, and Troy L. Kirk Jr., 26, were arrested on June 21 and lodged in Clackamas County Jail. They are facing charges of first-degree sex abuse and first-degree sodomy, according to Milwaukie Police Dept.

Oregon State Police reportedly began investigating the grandfather and grandson in 2015. Two victims were identified in the Milwaukie area. They were reportedly ages 4 and 7 when the alleged abuse occurred.

Now police believe there may be other victims in the Milwaukie and Portland areas. Anyone with information regarding William or Troy Kirk should call 503.786.7500.

40-year-old man charged in sex abuse of young child

Carlos Hernandez.png
Carlos Hernandez (Shelby County Jail)

By Carol Robinson Al.com

A Montevallo man is behind bars, accused of having sexual contact with a young child.

Carlos Hernandez, 40, was arrested on Tuesday, according to Shelby County jail and court records. He is charged with one count of sex abuse of a child.

The arrest warrant for Hernandez said the incident happened on June 24 and 25. The victim is less than 12 years old.

Hernandez remained in jail today. His bond is set at $15,000.

    Montevallo, AL

Man pleads guilty in Minnesota child sex abuse case

MASON CITY | A Minnesota man pleaded guilty to lascivious acts with a child Tuesday in connection with an incident in Clear Lake involving a 13-year-old.

Javier V. Sanchez, 23, Plymouth, Minnesota, will be sentenced Aug. 22 in Cerro Gordo County District Court on the charge, a Class C felony.

He originally was charged with third-degree sexual abuse, also a Class C felony.

Police say the offense took place on Aug. 15, 2013, at a residence in Clear Lake.

-- Mary Pieper

    Clear Lake, MN

Teacher, school board member charged with failing to report child sex abuse

ALIQUIPPA, Pennsylvania
A substitute teacher and a school board member in the Aliquippa School District are facing charges of failing to report child sexual abuse. 

Aileen Gilbert, a school board member, was arraigned Monday afternoon. There is a warrant out for Ahna Anderson, a substitute teacher.

According to the Beaver County district attorney, two female students showed Anderson a cellphone video depicting a sex act between a 12 year old girl and an older student and didn’t immediately report it to school officials, police or the state. 

Court paperwork said one of the students told investigators that Anderson asked her to show Gilbert the video because Gilbert was working on a program to address that kind of behavior by students.

According to the criminal complaint, both Anderson and Gilbert were shown the video on April 26 at Aliquippa Elementary School.

A report was made to authorities the next day after the vice principal was made aware of the incident and contacted school officials, law enforcement and Pennsylvania Child Line.

Under Pennsylvania law, school personnel and individuals who play an integral part in regularly scheduled school programs are mandatory reporters of suspected child sex abuse.

Anderson and Gilbert are charged with violations of the “persons required to report suspected child abuse” statute and endangering the welfare of a child.

To report suspected abuse call 800-932-0313.

© 2016 Cox Media Group.

10 Men from Southern Alberta Charged in Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation

A former Alberta Party candidate, an air force pilot
and an accounts manager
Clara Ho, Calgary Herald

From left: William Norn, 68, of Calgary, an air force pilot, and Troy Millington, 45, of Calgary, a former Alberta Party candidate, are among 10 Alberta men charged in a child exploitation investigation.
From left: William Norn, 68, of Calgary, an air force pilot, and Troy Millington, 45, of Calgary, a former Alberta Party candidate, are among 10 Alberta men charged in a child exploitation investigation.

A former Alberta Party candidate, an air force pilot and an accounts manager are among five Calgarians charged in a lengthy child exploitation investigation.

In total, 10 men from southern Alberta were arrested and charged in Operation Ice Storm 3, an eight-month investigation by ALERT’s Internet Child Exploitation or ICE team, which is made up of officers from Calgary, Lethbridge, Medicine Hat and the RCMP.

ICE investigates offences involving child pornography, computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving underage victims and child sex trade/tourism.

Congratulations you guys. God bless you!

This particular operation, currently in its third iteration, focused on child sexual-abuse images and videos being traded on peer-to-peer file sharing networks and targeted high-volume traders, said Det. Justin Brookes, one of the primary investigators.

He noted these 10 individuals represent only “a fraction” of the offenders operating in this province.

“Every day, thousands of child sexual-abuse images and videos are being traded, viewed, downloaded all across the province,” Brookes told reporters Wednesday. “Simply put, we cannot arrest everyone at once. Instead, Ice Storm 3 targeted the suspects with the largest collections and some of the most graphic content.”

Det. Justin Brookes (L) speaks to media as Sheldon Kennedy (R) listens during a press conference in Calgary, Alta at Police headquarters on Wednesday June 29, 2016. Operation ICE Storm 3 has led to the arrest of 10 child sexual exploitation suspects. ALERT's Internet Child Exploitation team made the arrests in Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge.
Det. Justin Brookes (L) speaks to media as Sheldon Kennedy (R) listens during a press conference in Calgary, Alta at Police headquarters on Wednesday June 29, 2016. Operation ICE Storm 3 has led to the arrest of 10 child sexual exploitation suspects. ALERT's Internet Child Exploitation team made the arrests in Calgary, Medicine Hat, and Lethbridge. JIM WELLS / POSTMEDIA

Over the past eight months, investigators executed 30 search warrants across southern Alberta and seized 285 computers, mobile devices and storage drives.

So far, only about half of the devices have undergone forensic analysis, but investigators have already discovered more than 40 terabytes of data containing more than 50,000 individual videos and images depicting child pornography and child sexual exploitation. 

“Some of the victims in the images and the videos are estimated to be as young as six months and depict extreme sexual violence,” Brookes said.

“Some of the victims in the images and the videos are estimated to be as young as six months and depict extreme sexual violence”

At this point, none of the victims identified in the images are believed to be from Alberta, “but we would be naive to believe it’s not taking place in our own backyards,” he added.

Sheldon Kennedy, director of the Sheldon Kennedy Child Advocacy Centre and former NHL star-turned child-rights advocate, said his centre sees about 125 cases a month involving mainly children between the ages of four and seven.

Many of them either present or are at risk of depression, addiction, self-harm or sexualized behaviour. In addition, the centre’s two full-time mental-health clinicians are at capacity dealing with children who have suicidal thoughts.

depression, addiction, self-harm, 
sexualized behaviour, suicidal thoughts

Some of the consequences of child sex abuse

Kennedy said a big problem is that there are still many people who don’t make the connection between images of child pornography and sexual abuse, and that more education and understanding is needed.

“It’s not just an image . . . We see the people, we see the kids that have been hurt,” he said.

The following people were arrested and face charges of possession of child pornography, accessing child pornography and making child pornography available: 

Troy Millington, 45, of Calgary, a former Alberta Party candidate
William Norn, 68, of Calgary, an air force pilot
Robert Rogers, 42, of Lethbridge
Robert Thompson, 33, of Calgary
John Tulloch, 25, of Lethbridge
Stefan Mogck, 35, of Medicine Hat
Michael Henderson, 68, of Medicine Hat
Gabriel Pereira, 42, of Calgary, an accounts manager
Victor Rahal, 52, of Medicine Hat
Oscar Asensio, 41, of Calgary

Brookes said none of the accused men are considered to be in positions of public trust or authority.

In the first Operation Ice Storm launched in April 2014, 10 people were arrested. The second operation last year netted eight arrests.

Advancements in technology and the sheer volume of data police must sift through present challenges for investigators. But Brookes said the ICE team will keep launching Operation Ice Storm investigations as long as there is a need.

He stressed the importance, collectively as a society, to protect our children and to let kids know it’s OK to talk about abuse and speak up. He also urged anyone with information on child online sexual exploitation to report it.

“Your information could save a child.”

‘Porn Dog’ Arrives in Utah to Sniff Out Hidden Storage Devices


There’s a new dog in town and he’s got zero tolerance when it comes to pornography. URL (pronounced ‘Earl’) has been enlisted by police in the Mormon-majority US state of Utah to help sniff out electronic storage devices, earning him the nickname ‘Porn dog.’

Thanks to a common chemical shared by electronic storage devices, URL can detect a range of devices like thumb drives and SD cards - and can even differentiate between a memory card chocked full of porn and innocent gadgets such as a remote control or alarm clock. Good boy.

The visual smut was declared both illegal and a "public health crisis" in the Beehive State earlier this year. A 2009 study found its residents had the highest subscription rate to porn sites in the country, although they dropped to 40th out of 50 in rankings released by Pornhub.com in 2014.

The 16-month-old dog, who was rescued from a shelter, is one of nine dogs trained and certified in the art of e-sniffing in the US.

His trainer also taught Bear, the K-9 who helped take down Subway’s notorious ex-spokesman Jared Fogle, who was found in possession of child pornography.

Whether it’s child porn, or terrorism intelligence, narcotics or financial crimes information, URL has the ability to find evidence hidden on basically any electronic memory device,” a Weber County Sheriff’s statement said.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert, who is Mormon like 62 percent of his state’s residents, signed a resolution deeming porn to be illegal in April - in response to the “pornography epidemic.”

“This is a historic day for the good, clean-living, people who call the state of Utah home,” Herbert said. “This new law will protect our children and make our state pure from the heathens who go against God’s will.”

Utah’s not-so ‘clean-living’ residents are at risk of fines and even jail time for simply possessing a magazine, or viewing porn online.

“I want to assure the good citizens of Utah that the brave men and women of law enforcement will be out in full force, tracking down porn offenders, and bringing them to justice,” Sheriff Jim Tracy of Utah County said.

The porno prohibition is the work of Republican senator Todd Weiler, who believes porn is akin to meth and heroin.

“A lot of people will get kind of lured into pornography, and they don’t know it may actually consume their life,” he explained.

A rare study about the issue was published in the journal Socioaffective Neuroscience of Psychology dismisses Weiler’s comparison of porn to an addictive drug, instead claiming problem users just have high libidos.

Subjects in the study who believed they had an addiction to porn had the electrical activity of their brains observed when they were exposed to adult content.

The results did not show diminished electrical responses associated with habitual drug use.

No kidding? Were they surprised that porn addiction was different from heroin or meth? Are they positive that there is only one response to all addictions? Talk about narrow-minded, literally and figuratively. 

A porn prohibition can, at best, have very limited success, but if it can keep some adolescents from poisoning their brains by seeing women as merely objects of men's satisfaction, there might be a few less rapes in our universities in a few years.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Pennsylvania Legislators as Gutless as New Yorkers

'My perpetrator sighs with relief': child sex abuse victim on senate committee vote

Advocates for child sex abuse victims rally for child sex crime reform bill
Kristen Woolley (far right), a survivor of child sex abuse, decried the Senate Judiciary Committee vote that on Tuesday stripped a retroactive measure from a proposed bill. Woolley earlier this month rallied with other advocates of child sex abuse victims to push through House Bill 1947. Dan Gleiter, PennLive.com

Ivey DeJesus 

Victims who were sexually abused as children decades ago have long looked to a change in the law for a shot at justice.

Those hopes were dashed on Tuesday with one swift vote from the Senate Judiciary Committee: By a 9-4 vote, the committee voted in favor of an amendment that eliminates from House Bill 1947 a measure that would have allowed victims of past sexual abuse to sue the perpetrators. 

"My perpetrator sighs with relief knowing he got a free pass to continue to molest children. He will sleep well tonight,"  said Kristen Pfautz Woolley, a victim of child sex abuse and founder of Turning Point Women's Counseling & Advocacy Center in York. "The responsibility for every child that my perpetrator violates from this day forward lies squarely on the shoulders of the Senate Judiciary Committee members. I hope they can sleep tonight."

I hope they can't sleep tonight. I hope they don't sleep until December.

The measure was widely one of the last hopes for victims of clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania. With few exceptions, most victims out of the abuse scandals in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese have timed out of the legal system due to expired statutes.

Hundreds of adults who were sexually abused as children by priests in Philadelphia and the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese will be watching the House this week as it takes up a bill that would reform the statute of limitations.

John Salveson, who for years fought to have the priest who molested him as a teenager removed from the priesthood, said he was disappointed with the committee's action.

A survivor of clergy sex abuse, John Salveson, president of The Foundation to Abolish Child Sex Abuse, said he was deeply disappointed with the newly amended House Bill 1947, which was stripped of its retroactive measure.

"I believe the retroactivity aspects of the bill are by far the most effective tools to expose predators, so their removal is deeply disappointing and effectively remove any meaningful impact of the bill," said Salveson, president of the Foundation to Abolish Sex Abuse.

Salveson was particularly taken back by the bill's provision that shields institutions from a broader scope of the law.

As written the bill gives victims of child sex abuse an indefinite time frame in which to seek legal recourse against individuals, which in the case of clergy sex abuse cases, could mean bishops and priests. Institutions, however, would remain under the scope of the time frame written into the law, which cuts off civil action at the victim's 50th birthday.

"My perpetrator sighs with relief knowing he got a free pass."
 - Kristen Pfautz Woolley

"How many more grand jury reports do we need before we understand that the institutions are at the root of the problem?" Salveson said. "I am stunned that our senators are willing to listen to the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference and agree to give the institutional church a free pass!  This is backwards movement - more institutional protection than before HB 1947 was even drafted."

The leading voice in the General Assembly for victims admonished the Catholic Church for its efforts in defeating the retroactive measure from the bill.

"No doubt about it, Senator (Joseph) Scarnati was a hit man for the Catholic Church to come in here and protect pedophiles and protect the institution and leave the victims outside on the doorstep," said Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, who helped steer reform legislation in the House.

Scarnati, a Republican and Senate President Pro Tempore, successfully pushed for removal of the amendment on grounds that it would violate the state constitution. 

"Clearly for me it boils down to constitutional issue," Scarnati said. "We had four well respected attorneys at the hearing one from the Attorney General's office. Clearly the issue of constitutionality rises above and beyond everything for me."

That's so much BS. Dozens of other states allow it and I don't hear anyone screaming that they are violating the constitution. You are either crooked or you are cowards. In any event, you are not fit to represent the people of Pennsylvania.

Remember in November

In the end, Scarnati had the majority support, with votes for the amendment from Senators Richard Alloway, Lisa Boscola, Patrick Brown, John Gordner, Guy Reschenthaler, Randy Vulakovich, Gene Yaw, Daylin Leach and John Eichelberger.

Like most members of the panel, Eichelberger, a Blair County Republican, argued that the bill - in its original language - would be unconstitutional. He said that as an attorney he could not support it as such.

"This amendment seems to thread the needle and allows more freedom," he said.

Vulakovich, an Allegheny County Republican, said he opposed turning the legislative process over to the courts. Proponents for the bill had argued that the courts would decide if the bill passed constitutional muster.

Leach, a Montgomery County Democrat, reiterated that the committee had an independent obligation to decide the constitutionality of the bill. He said revival of expired statute of limitations for some victims would potentially open up similar suits from others, for example, families whose children had been killed by drunk drivers.

That would be a bad thing?

"At the end of day it's hard to find a limiting principle as to when we say no to somebody when we say yes to some," he said.

The committee voted unanimously to move the amended bill to the full Senate.

Votes against the amendments were cast by: Senators Art Haywood, John Sabatina, Lawrence Farnese and John Rafferty.

His anger visible on his face, Rozzi chided was he said had been a win for the church and loss for victims.

"The bishops were given a free pass.. The perpetrators and police were given a free pass," said Rozzi, himself a victim of clergy sex abuse who used his own story to help push the reform legislation through the House. "What you saw here today was another free pass from the Senate of Pennsylvania to pedophiles and the institutions that protect them. When will victims get justice? When will victims get a free pass? It has never happened in this state." 

Amy Hill, the spokeswoman for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference, said the legislative group would "take a closer look" at the ramifications of the vote. "I can't say yet what it means for us," she said. "I can reiterate that no matter the final resolution with the legislation, the Catholic Church will keep its sincere commitment to the emotional and spiritual well-being of individuals who have been impacted by the crime of childhood sexual abuse, no matter how long ago the crime was committed."

C'mon Amy, that's BS and you know it. Do you think the bill was amended without the Catholic Church lobbying like crazy. Your words say one thing, your actions say something else. The PCC should be disgusted with themselves, everyone else is.

Hill said no institution was "more acutely aware of the harm, pain and anger" caused by child sexual abuse than the Roman Catholic Church. "The Church has repeatedly acknowledged its past mistakes and its role in the ongoing suffering experienced by survivors and their loved ones," she said.

Hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of 40 years by priests or church leaders in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, a grand jury investigation has concluded.

Among its provisions as written at the moment, House Bill 1947 would going forward:

Eliminate all criminal statutes of limitations on most child sex abuse cases
extends the legal window for victims from 12 to 32 years after their 18th birthday; 
waives sovereign immunity in cases of child abuse, 
lowering the standard from gross negligence to negligence;
eliminates criminal conspiracy or solicitation statutes for those that facilitate offenses; 
strips the retroactive component.

Specifically, the bill eliminates the time limitations on when victims can file civil suit against individuals going forward. In the context of the clergy sex abuse case, that means that, in the future, victims of child sex abuse would have indefinite time to file suit against individual church leaders or priests. The statute of limitations for lawsuits against the institution would expire at age 50.

Rozzi said that while the bill is sound prospectively speaking - it fails because it provides no retroactive measures for victims who had hoped to bring civil suits against predators.

"The reason that we were here was because of the Altoona-Johnstown grand jury report," Rozzi said. "Again these senators continue to run and hide from doing their job."

Woolley said she would continue to join other advocates in their fight to open a two-year civil window that would allow time-barred victims the opportunity to identify hidden child predators.

"I pledge to continue to fight to protect children. I will sleep tonight," she said.

Amanda Todd's Cyberbully can be Extradited to Canada

Aydin Coban, suspect in Amanda Todd cyberbullying case, can be extradited, Dutch court rules

He must stand trial in Netherlands on separate charges
before being sent to Canada
CBC News

B.C. teen Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide in 2012 after posting a video online telling a story of being harassed relentlessly.
B.C. teen Amanda Todd, 15, committed suicide in 2012 after posting a video online telling a story of being harassed relentlessly. (RIPAmandaTodd/Facebook)

A man suspected of cyberbullying British Columbia teen Amanda Todd before she took her own life can be extradited, a Dutch court ruled following a hearing today in Amsterdam.

But, the court said, Aydin Coban must first stand trial in the Netherlands, where he faces 72 charges not related to Todd, including blackmail and the production and distribution of child pornography.

the fifth estate | The Sextortion of Amanda Todd
the fifth estate | Stalking Amanda Todd: The Man in the Shadows

Authorities in Canada want Coban, 38,  brought to Canada to face five charges in connection with Todd's death.

In October 2012, Todd, a 15-year-old from Port Coquitlam, committed suicide after posting a video on YouTube saying she had been blackmailed by an online predator after exposing her breasts on a webcam.

Coban was arrested in the Netherlands the same year, after an investigation into online harassment involving Dutch victims.

He was eventually charged with extortion, internet luring, criminal harassment, and the possession and distribution of child pornography by the RCMP in the Todd case.

His trial in the Netherlands is due to start in 2017. He has denied harassing Todd or any other wrongdoing.

Hopefully, this will send a shiver down the spine of perverts harassing little girls in other countries. 

Monday, 27 June 2016

Rape 2 Girls and Receive a 'Get Out of Jail Free' Card

Former IU student charged in 2 rape cases takes plea deal, will serve 1 year of probation

Despite long sentences for sexual assaults on the books, courts are increasingly handing out shorter sentences in sexual assault cases or not even convicting.

John Enochs

In this case, former Indiana University student John Enochs, who was charged with raping two women, will get just a year of probation and one day in jail as part of a plea deal, according to WXIN. Enochs pleaded guilty to misdemeanor battery.

How can that possibly be? How can you reduce two rapes to a misdemeanor battery charge. How do you think the girls feel knowing they were raped and the rapist will not pay anything for them? No jail time, no requirement to register in the sex offender registry; really, no interference with his lifestyle at all except that he probably shouldn't rape any more girls for another year or he might have to spend a month or two in jail.

It's like the prosecutors don't think rape is a serious crime. Pushing her down on the floor is worse than invading her body, mind and soul!!! What the Hell? Did the prosecutors know the family of the boy? For certain they didn't know the family of the girls or they wouldn't have given this creep a free pass. You guys are disgusting! You've raped those girls again.

We need a law whereby plea bargains cannot be less than 70% of the minimum sentence for the crimes committed.

The Enochs case involved a woman who said in April 2015 she was at party at a fraternity at Indiana University when she went inside to use the restroom. She said the next thing she remembers was being naked and alone with an unknown man having sex with her. She said she told him to stop multiple times, but he refused. She suffered a laceration to her genitals in the attack.

Police officials said security video showed Enochs enter the room with the victim and leave 24 minutes later. Police found a similar case from 2013 involving Enochs, and with the latest victim’s account, DNA evidence and eyewitness statements and identification by the two women, police were able to charge Enochs with two rape charges in September 2015.

Sounds to me like a solid case; so why the plea bargain at all?

Transgender Marriages Allowed in Pakistan Under New Fatwa

In the 'I never saw this coming' category...
By Shawn Price UPI

A new fatwa, or religious decree, by an influential group of Muslim clerics in Pakistan has declared transgenders can be allowed to marry, cannot be cut from family inheritance or denied the right to Muslim burial. However, it is a religious decree and not legally binding in Pakistan, where transgender people are frequently attacked. Photo by UPI Photo/Debbie Hill. | License Photo

LAHORE, Pakistan, June 27 (UPI) -- At least 50 clerics in Pakistan have issued a fatwa that allows marriage with a transgender person, a media report said on Monday.

The new religious decree by Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat clerics, ruled a transgender person having "visible signs of being a male" is allowed to marry a woman or another transgender with "visible signs of being a female." Men are also allowed to marry transgenders who appear female.

But, the decree did draw a line, not allowing transgenders with "visible signs of both genders" to marry anyone.

The fatwa also concluded that transgender people could not be deprived of inheritance and parents who do so are "inviting the wrath of God". The clerics called upon the government to prosecute parents who take such actions.

It was also declared sinful to "humiliate, insult or tease" transgenders in any way, including denying them the right to be buried in Muslim ceremonies.

The decree by the influential religious group, though not legally binding, was a breathtaking change in tone for a country where transgenders are often physically attacked.

Gay marriage in any form remains punishable by life imprisonment in Pakistan, and a "third gender" is not recognized on government I.D. cards.

Transgender activists welcomed the fatwa, issued Sunday, and called on the government to make the decree binding federal law.

"This is the first time in history that Muslim clerics have raised their voices in support of the rights of transgender persons," activist Qamar Naseem said. "But we have to go further for transgender people and the country needs to introduce legislation on it."

American Accused of Sending Nude Photos to Mountie, Thinking She was 12

Nova Scotia officer helps ID Missouri man accused of sexual misconduct with a child

By Blair Rhodes, CBC News 

A St. Peters, Mo., man is facing a total of eight charges after he allegedly sent nude pictures and videos of himself to an RCMP officer posing as a 12-year-old girl.
A St. Peters, Mo., man is facing a total of eight charges after he allegedly sent nude pictures and videos of himself to an RCMP officer posing as a 12-year-old girl. (Igor Stevanovic/Shutterstock)

A Nova Scotia undercover RCMP officer was giving a presentation about the problem of online sexual predators in May 2015, when she decided to do a simple demonstration.

She used her phone to log onto a chat site popular with children, and pretended to be a 12-year-old girl.

"My post simply said: 'This site is weird, LOL. But I'm bored' and I just said 'hit me up,'" said the officer, who CBC News is not identifying due to her undercover work.

The results were alarming. During the next 50 minutes, her phone buzzed with replies to her post — 132 in all.

"I opened up the first 10 — five of the 10 were just simply explicit photos."

The demonstration would eventually lead to eight charges of sexual misconduct involving a child younger than 15 being laid against a man living 2,900 kilometres away in St. Peters, Mo., for sending nude photos of himself to the Nova Scotia officer. 

The officer is a member of the provincial internet child exploitation or ICE unit. She spoke to CBC News recently about her work in general, and about this case in particular.

'He was so insistent'

She ultimately decided to pursue one of the explicit hits.

"He sent me a bunch of photos and videos, without me replying, and then sent me a couple of messages. Because I felt he was so insistent, I engaged with him," the officer said.

"I chatted with him for a while, and was able to gain some information about him and his whereabouts and his career and what he does for a living, how old he was, stuff like that."

The officer was able to obtain a warrant and get information about the man's internet activity. She assembled what she'd found and sent if off to the main ICE unit in Ottawa, which in turn forwarded the material to American authorities.

Those authorities declined to speak to CBC News about the case because it is still before the courts.

'It's scary'

The Missouri case is a bit unusual in that the offender is not in Nova Scotia. So far this year, the Nova Scotia ICE unit has handled 70 cases of child pornography in the province and 26 cases of child luring. 

"It's scary, I definitely wouldn't want to be a teenager in today's world," the officer said.

Const. Vicki Colford is another member of the provincial ICE unit. In her 18 months with the unit, she said she's seen a steady increase in cases.

"Every file is like a puzzle," Colford said. "So you have to work your way through it and see how you can get the information and how you can help solve that crime."

Tracking suspects

When officers find internet activity that appears suspicious, they try to learn enough to obtain a warrant to get an internet address and other information from the service provider. Armed with that information, police can then track a suspect to their home and monitor their computer activity until they have enough evidence to get an arrest warrant.

Colford advises parents to pay attention to who their children are communicating with online. If a child doesn't know the person in real life, then they likely shouldn't be talking to them online. 

"I always like to tell kids, my kids included, 'I would never drop you off in a downtown of a city and say go meet some friends and I'll pick you up in a few hours,'" Colford said.

"But it seems like parents do that with the internet, and it's the same thing really."

Saturday, 25 June 2016

Pennsylvania Child Sex Abuse Bill Gutted by Senate

PA child sex abuse bill changing
Angela Couloumbis, Maria Panaritis
The Philadelphia Inquirer (TNS)

HARRISBURG — A Senate committee is preparing to strip out the most contentious aspect of a bill that would expand the ability of child sex-abuse victims to sue for decades-old attacks, according to two legislative sources familiar with the move.

The Republicans who control the Judiciary Committee could as soon as this week remove the provision that would apply the law retroactively, said the sources, who said they were not authorized to publicly discuss the plan.

Solicitor General
Bruce L. Castor Jr
Hailed by victims' advocates, the language would have opened the door to a wave of lawsuits for child-sex abuse that occurred as far back as the 1970s.

The bill easily passed the GOP-led House this spring — and is supported by Gov. Tom Wolf — but became the source of intense lobbying in the Senate, its last stop before becoming law.

Opponents, notably the Catholic Church, have argued that it would unfairly cripple, if not bankrupt, parishes and their members who deserve no blame for decades-old abuse. Four lawyers, including Solicitor General Bruce L. Castor Jr., told senators at a hearing last week that such a provision would also violate the state constitution.

The sources said the committee planned to leave intact the underlying legislation, which would extend the civil statute of limitations for future victims, giving them until age 50 — rather than 30, as the law now allows — to sue their abusers or the institutions that employed or supervised them.

Instead of allowing the law to be retroactively applied, they said, the GOP committee members are drafting an amendment that would codify the ability of older victims to use "fraudulent concealment" as a way around the statute of limitations: They could still sue for decades-old abuse if they can provide evidence that someone took steps to cover up the assault.

One victim advocate said that does nothing to change current laws, and amounts to little more than political window-dressing.

"It's very clever," said Marci Hamilton, a University of Pennsylvania professor who has represented abuse victims in lawsuits and urged the Senate committee last week to back the bill in its original form.

Hamilton said Pennsylvania courts have "uniformly rejected" fraudulent concealment in old child sex-abuse cases. She said the proposed amendment by committee members reflects their "need for some kind of cover, that it is no longer acceptable to do nothing. But what they are doing is the equivalent of nothing."

Sen. Stewart Greenleaf, R-Montgomery, who chairs the Judiciary Committee, declined Wednesday to take a position on the bill, saying negotiations are ongoing. He did confirm discussions about "changes" to the fraudulent concealment provision, "making it easier to use." He would not elaborate.

Rep. Mark Rozzi, D-Berks, an abuse victim and one of the Legislature's most outspoken advocates of allowing victims to retroactively sue, was disappointed when told of the proposed changes.

Rozzi complained that the bill had not been given a full hearing and was now potentially going to be significantly altered. He said the process smacked of the same institutional secrecy that several grand jury reports uncovered in the Catholic Church's handling of clergy sex abuse.

"At what point," Rozzi said, "does the secrecy end?"

Friday, 24 June 2016

Y Board Member, Ambulance Volunteer, Married Couple in Today's US List of Pedophiles

Missouri man sentenced to 527 years
for child sexual abuse
Associated Press 

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. Attorney General Chris Koster says Darran Boston, of Mexico, Missouri, was sentenced Friday after being found guilty in April with more than two dozen counts involving child sexual abuse and child pornography. Prosecutors say he abused two young girls over several years.

Court records indicate computer and camera equipment investigators found contained nearly 1,400 photographs depicting the girls in sexual activing from 2010 to 2015.

During sentencing, Circuit Court Judge Wesley Dalton said Boston's case was the worst case he has seen in his career.

Former Brooklyn Y board member
charged with child sex abuse


Samuel “Mendy” Israel was charged in March with molesting the child when she was between 10 and 17 years old from 2000 until November 2007. (JESSE WARD/FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)

A former board member of the Borough Park Y was indicted for sexually abusing a little girl over a span of seven years, prosecutors said Friday.

Samuel “Mendy” Israel was charged in March for molesting the child when she was between 10 and 17 years old from 2000 until November 2007, according to the criminal complaint.

Israel, 44, was listed as a member of the board until earlier this month.

Israel was charged with four counts of sexual conduct against a child and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors offered Israel a five-year plea bargain at an earlier court appearance that he declined, a source said.

The alleged molestation happened inside a residence on 60th St. near Franklin D. Roosevelt High School and at an undisclosed location, according to court documents.

Israel, who is out on $100,000 bail, refused to answer questions outside of Brooklyn Supreme Court on Friday, where he had a brief court appearance.

A representative of the Boro Park Y confirmed Israel was no longer a board member. Israel also claims to work as a member of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer AmbulanceCorp.

“He's a fraud and a fake. He's not one of my guys but fraudulently made placards and falsely received a VAS license plate," said James Rocky Robinson, 77, the captain of the Bedford-Stuyvesant Volunteer Ambulance Corp.

    Borough Park, Brooklyn

Oregon man arrested in child sex abuse case of 6 year old

 CAMAS VALLEY, Ore. - Douglas County Sheriff's Detectives arrested a Camas Valley man Thursday on charges of sexually abusing a 6-year-old girl.

Detectives began investigating a child sexual abuse case Thursday that occurred at a residence in Camas Valley.

Douglas County Sheriff's Deputies arrested Joseph Ferrara in a case where a 6-year-old girl was sexually abused. (Photo courtesy Douglas County Sheriff's Office)

Following the investigation, they arrested 69-year-old Joseph Milton Ferrara.

Deputies lodged Ferrara in the county jail on charges of first degree sexual abuse and first degree sodomy.

Officials say Ferrara knows the 6-year-old victim.

New York couple charged with child sex abuse

WILTON, N.Y. —A Wilton couple is charged with sexually abusing a child, State Police said.

Michael and Jeanne Mosher, both 37, are accused of engaged in sexual conduct with the girl, who was less than 13 years old. The girl was someone they knew, police said.

The abuse occurred between January and November 2009 in the town of Hadley, State Police said.

The couple, who were arrested in April, were arraigned in Wilton Town Court and sent to the Saratoga County Jail, where they remain, in lieu of $150,000 bail or $300,000 bond.

State Police said the investigation is ongoing and that they believe there are more victims.

Anyone with information can call the State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Wilton at 583-7010.

Tennessee man charged in child sex abuse case

A Caryville, TN man faces more than 50 counts alleging sexual abuse of children in an indictment returned Wednesday, according to the Campbell County Sheriff's Office.

Marvin D. Bullock, 53, was being held in the Campbell County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond.

The alleged victims were between ages 9 and 16, according to Chief Deputy Aaron Evans of the Sheriff's Office.

The indictment follows an investigation conducted by Detective Lt. John Long.

A Campbell County grand jury indicted Bullock on four counts of rape of a child; 13 counts of incest, nine counts of rape; four counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child; 11 counts of sexual battery by an authority figure; three counts of solicitation of a minor; three counts of attempting to solicit sexual exploitation of a minor; solicitation of sexual exploitation of a minor; two counts of sexual exploitation of a minor; interference with emergency calls; and five counts of aggravated sexual battery.

    Caryville, TN

Over 1,000 Suspected Predators Arrested During Nationwide Child Sex Abuse Sting

"The incidence of child sexual exploitation has reached staggering proportions."

Hundreds of suspected sexual predators have been arrested across the U.S. for targeting kids — in many cases online.

The U.S. Justice Department sponsored 61 programs across the country as a part of "Operation Broken Heart III," which ran from April to May.

Great work you guys, God bless you.

The operation was created to track predators who sexually exploit children, possess and distribute child pornography or engage in child prostitution.

Special agent for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security John Reynolds said at a press conference about the sting, "The incidence of child sexual exploitation has reached staggering proportions."

Authorities said Monday that 238 people were arrested in Southern California under this year's operation, including religious and community leaders.

In Houston, the sting operation arrested 126 suspects.

Operation Broken Heart began in 2014. As part of the operation, authorities use undercover methods — like posing as a child — to find sexual predators online.

The U.S. Attorney's Los Angeles Office describes one of the predators as saying: "He was hoping to meet 'other pervs' in the U.S. and ultimately agreed to pay a human trafficker $250 to provide him with a young boy with whom he could engage in illicit sex."

"So parents, you cannot stick your head in the sand on this. You've got to be aware of what your kids are doing online," Texas Harris County District Attorney Devon Anderson said.

According to the DOJ, about 13 percent of young internet users receive unwanted sexual attention online. The DOJ suggests monitoring kids' internet use and talking to them about online safety.

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Person of Interest in JonBenet Ramsey Case Arrested for Child Porn Possession

A lone rose lays at the gravesite of JonBenet Ramsey in Marietta, Georgia. © Tami Chappell
A lone rose lays at the gravesite of JonBenet Ramsey in Marietta, Georgia. © Tami Chappell / Reuters

Gary Oliva, a one-time person of interest in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey 20 years ago, is facing charges of sexual exploitation of a child. The 52-year-old is accused of uploading 22 sexually explicit images of a girl under the age of 10.

Oliva was arrested by Boulder, Colorado, police on Wednesday after they received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Oliva was known by the Boulder Police Department after they investigated the murder of JonBenet Ramsey in 1996.

"We haven't ruled him in or out in connection with the Ramsey case," said Sarah Huntley, a spokesperson with the City of Boulder, told KMGH.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children looked into Oliva after they were contacted by Google and informed that a user was uploading suspected child pornography. The IP address was very similar to a location that Oliva had listed in his sex offender registration. In addition, a Boulder police investigator reviewed the images attached to an email account registered to Oliva.

Oliva was convicted of first degree sex abuse in Oregon in 1990, when a seven-year-old neighbor accused him of touching her while the two showered together. He admitted to being sexually attracted to girls “around the age of eight and nine years old,” according to the affidavit.

While this recent arrest may be noteworthy in regards to the still-unsolved murder of six-year-old JonBenet Ramsey, it is not the focus.

“The focus on him has to do with this new case, we are not in a position at this point to say if he is being looked at in connection with JonBenet,” Huntley told the Denver Post.

Oliva is being held on a $10,000 bond and will be in court in July.

"Friends" Star Advocate for Sexually Abused Children

Ross from Friends has an important message about child abuse in the UK

Ashitha Nagesh for Metro.co.uk

David Schwimmer has said we are underestimating the scale of our child sex abuse problem here in the UK.

Speaking on ITV’s Good Morning Britain, the Friends star said that the UK’s estimate that one in 20 children are victims of abuse is inaccurate.

‘In the States, figures are very different and are closer to the truth,’ he said. ‘One in four girls, and one in six boys.’

Schwimmer, who played Ross on Friends, has pledged his support to the NSPCC in setting up special refuges in the UK, similar to those in Iceland and the US.

The refuges will give child victims access to all the services they need in one place.

David Schwimmer is a big campaigner for child abuse awareness (Picture: Getty Images)
David Schwimmer is a big campaigner for child abuse awareness (Picture: Getty Images)

‘I have several friends, men and women, who are victims of child sexual abuse,’ he said. ‘Especially as a father of a five-year-old daughter, the entire subject matter is even more emotional and more meaningful to me.’

Aside from his work in comedy, Schwimmer has devoted his time to raising awareness of child sexual abuse.

In 2010 he directed Trust, a movie about a teenage girl who was abused after being groomed online by an adult man.

He also sits on the board of US-based organisation The Rape Foundation, which runs Stuart House child houses in California.

Two refuges for children will be opened in London next year, and there are plans to open three more in the city soon afterwards.

The NSPCC, in collaboration with NHS England, hope to then create more refuges across the country.

Peter Martin Ebel – Prolific International Imposter and Child Abuser

by cathy fox blog

Peter Martin Ebel was a serial child abuser whose most frequently used aliases were Ed Scott and Alan Scott but he has also used a number of aliases for his books - Reynolds Locke, Edward Alan Scott, Ed Scott and James Congdon. He also poses as a Doctor or educator. He was born in the US about 1959, the son of the Vice President of Marketing of US Corporation General Foods during the 1950' and 1960's.

Peter Martin EbelHe is currently, finally, in jail in the US. He had travelled extensively and may have left a huge trail of victims over Europe including England, France, Malta, Ireland and Albania as well as Libya in North Africa, and probably 14 or 15 other countries including of course the United States.

He has chosen many boys aged 11-14, and obtained valium and codeine on bogus prescriptions. He is American but apparently can do an excellent upper crust British accent. He comes across as very likeable and children gravitate to him easily.

Inspired by Leonid Kamaneff and his "schools on boats" project "L'Ecole en Bateau" Ebel set up two flight schools for children, SkyBlazers and CloudChasers. He  arranged flight training programs for kids 12 and over.

Kameneff also was an abuser of children for many years but was finally sentenced to 12 years prison in 2013.  There were three boats, the “Karrek Ven” a fishing vessel, the “Paladin” and “Bilbo”.

Timeline for Peter Martin Ebel

1948 approx. Peter Ebel Born

Peter grew up in Chappaqua, NY  and the family was regularly host to people like Roy Rodgers, Lucille Ball and Danny Thomas

1964-6 approx. Ebel patient at psychiatric Hospital in New York

1966 approx. When discharged, Ebel came to U.K., apparently under the auspices of the BAEF (British American Educational Foundation) as the London Director.

1968 May Ebel, aged 20, arrested by Scotland Yard police in England for making a move on a 15 year old boy, charged with "indecent assault'' on a minor under 16.  He received three years’ probation and served no time. Probably Ealing area.

1968- ? All over Europe: 22 or 23 countries. Much time in Marseille and Malta and a couple of years in Ireland and Libya.

1976: St. Croix Catholic School in Stillwater hires Ebel posing as Edward Alan Scott a math teacher. The school also shares physical education and other courses with a nearby public school, Stillwater Junior High School.

1976/7 "Scott" befriended Klein and his family and taught him how to fly an airplane. Meanwhile, posing as Dr. Peter Martin Ebel, he was duping a pharmacy in Maplewood into filling bogus prescriptions for Valium and codeine, according to charges brought later. Suspicions were raised at both schools when the nurse at Stillwater Junior High received a note through "Scott" from a Dr. Ebel asking that Klein be excused from taking a shower because he had been diagnosed with scoliosis.

Don Hovland and Steven Studer, then principal and assistant principal at Stillwater Junior High School, and Sister Kathleen Foley, then principal at St. Croix, denied the request and confronted Scott about his credentials near the end of the 1976-77 school year.

1977 Summer School officials find his credentials fraudulent and terminate him.

1978 approx.  Ebel took a boy to England on a supposed trip to treat him with growth hormone drugs not available in the US, He was in fact one of three boys taken to England with their parents' permission, all of whom "returned with drug dependency problems,'' according to a US police incident report. The children, according to the report, refused to talk with authorities about the trips or their relationship with Ebel.

1978: Ebel reportedly returns to the United States after a trip to England, this time posing as a doctor working for the "Nuclear Regulatory Agency."

1979: School officials suspect Scott is posing as "Dr. Ebel." Scott was booted from the school after one year on the job and subsequently charged in Ramsey County District Court on June 10, 1979, with two felony counts in the drug case. 1979 Jun 10 Ebel is charged with two felony counts of filling out drug prescriptions.

1980 A Stillwater family that had rented an apartment to Ebel posted $500 bail on his behalf. He left town during a pretrial hearing in early 1980, and a bench warrant was issued for his arrest.

1980 Jan 16 Ebel fails to appear for a pretrial hearing.

1980-99: Authorities have no idea of his whereabouts.

1987 Soldier of Eden published in England, under the pen name of James Congdon. It was a supposedly non fiction account of an orphaned American boy who became an Arab freedom fighter in Libya.

1999-2001 Ebel, claiming that he heads an Albanian-based nonprofit organization and conducting a growth development research project on Albanian males, makes contact with a private boys academy in Georgia, US. He persuades school officials to build an exchange program in Albania.

2001 Sept 7 Ebel is detained in Los Angeles in the company of three Albanian boys and is released after his laptop computer and several computer discs are confiscated pending a forensic examination.

2001 Sept 10 U.S. Customs Service agent Leo Lamas uncovers several images of the genitals of several naked prepubescent boys, including one of the boys who accompanied Ebel on the trip. Ebel asserts the pictures are part of his research.

2001 Sept 20 Dr. Laura Ticson of the Vulnerable Child and Sexual Assault Center in Los Angeles says the images are undoubtedly child pornography [US legal terminology]

2001 Sept 28 Ebel is arrested and charged with possession and manufacture of child abuse material

2002 Jun 10 Ebel pleads guilty to one count of manufacture of child pornography.

2002 Aug 19 Ebel sentenced.

Articles on Peter Ebel:

2005 Jul 10  "Hiding in Plain Sight: Tales of an American Predator," trailer

2010 Jul 21  Full text of "Peter Ebel - Certification as sexually dangerous"

2013 May 9  Twin Cities Ruben Rosario: This child predator will stay where he belongs

2013 Jun 15 Twin Cities Rubén Rosario : Civil commitment laws for sex offenders cause a judicial dilemma

2013 Jul 16 Twin Cities Rubén Rosario  Peter Martin Ebel, ex-Stillwater teacher and fugitive pedophile suspect, back in jail

2015 Aug Cathy Fox Blog  Boats and Child Abuse

Date unknown Ebel was also an author and the BBC was doing a production of one of his books (non-fiction). Then they discovered he had fabricated the entire story and cancelled it.

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Boys Forced to Rape Each Other at Australian Military Schools - Inquiry

Flag bearing army cadets during a Battle For Australia commemoration in central Sydney September 3, 2003. © Will Burgess
Flag bearing army cadets during a Battle For Australia commemoration in central Sydney 
September 3, 2003. © Will Burgess / Reuters

Gruesome details about Australia’s military were revealed after a public inquiry on child sex abuse discovered how recruits were forced to rape one another as part of a sick initiation practice. The abuse went unnoticed for decades.

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse has received no fewer than 111 reports of incidents of sexual abuse carried out against navy cadets as young as 15 in the 1960s right through to the 1980s.

The harrowing ordeals involved instructions to rape each other, as well as carry out other, equally brutal attacks. Two institutions accounted for over 50 cases out of the 111 – the HMAS Leeuwin, in Western Australia, and an army apprentice school at Balcombe, Victoria.

The ordeal typically happened in the first six months of the boys’ stay. They would be encouraged to take part in a variety of acts – including ‘blackballing’ and ‘nuggetting’, both involving forced abuse of a sexual nature carried out by a group against one person.

Much worse, though, was the actual rape.

"The Royal Commission will hear that most of the abuse was perpetrated by older recruits as part of an informal hierarchy in which older recruits physically and sexually abused more junior recruits as part of ritualised practices of 'bastardization' that were designed to 'break in' and humiliate new entrants to the navy," an attorney on the inquiry, Angus Stewart, said in a statement, according to AFP.

"The survivors will give evidence that they were subjected to serious forms of sexual abuse, including fondling of the genitals, masturbation, oral sex, and anal penetration by a penis or other object."

The level of public humiliation resulted in shame among the youths, so cases would go unreported for years. Worse still, those that did speak out would often allegedly either not be believed, or be told the ordeal was simply “a rite of passage.”

According to the inquiry, one case involves a victim who was “regularly forced to perform and receive oral and anal sex on other junior recruits during his first six months at Leeuwin.” He was 16 at the time of the abuse, in 1967. CJA – as the now-adult man is being called – said his complaints were brushed off, and that he was accused of stirring up trouble.

This is the second major inquiry into sexual abuse at Australian military academies to take place in the last five years.

German MP Speaks Out on Diversity Bill, Addressing 60 Genders

This is what it's coming to

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When a bill campaigning for gender diversity was proposed by a leftist German party, a conservative politician responded hilariously, taking two minutes to address anyone who might be listening – and using some 60 gender identifiers.

Alternative for Germany (AfD) politician Steffen Königer arrived at the Brandenburg parliament to speak on a bill introduced by the Green Party which would “campaign for acceptance of gender and sexual diversity, self-determination, and against homo- and trans-phobia” in the city of Brandenburg. It would also “give equal rights and societal equality for LGBTTQQ [lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, trans, two-spirit, queer, questioning] people in Brandenburg.”

Königer began his address on the proposal in the most normal of ways.

“Dear Mr. President, ladies and gentlemen...” Königer said at the podium.

However, it soon became obvious that his introduction was a little out of the ordinary.

“Dear homosexuals, dear lesbians, dear androgynes, dear bi-genders...” he said, continuing with another minute of greetings, including to “trans-men...trans-women...and trans-humans.”

One minute and 12 seconds after the start of his address, the parliament's president asked if Königer “would allow an interposed question” – to which he promptly said “no."

“I'm not done with my introduction yet, Mr. President. Sorry,” Königer said, prompting laughter from the audience and even a city official sitting on the panel behind him.

The AfD politician went on to speak for almost another minute, not forgetting to mention hermaphrodites and “two-spirit third genders." He finally addressed the Green Party MPs behind the bill, and cheekily 'respecting' the gender with which they choose to identify by greeting all of them as “Mrs. or Mr.”

After that, it took Königer eight more words to make his point: “The AfD party rejects your proposal. Thank you.”