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, 10 December 2017

4 Difficult Stories each from UK & Australia on Today's Global PnP List

Ballarat Orphanage abuse victim devastated by decision not to lay charges against former superintendent


A Survivor's Story
By Charlotte King

It took Cheryl Bihari a lot of courage to speak out decades after she was abused.
(ABC News: Charlotte King)

A former resident of a children's home in Ballarat says she has been left devastated by a decision to drop sex abuse charges against her overseer.

Cheryl Bihari was seven when she was packed up with her four siblings and taken to the Ballarat Orphanage in 1963. Her mother was considered "unfit" for the role and her father was a criminal.

"Mum was in bed drunk and they decided that we had to be taken off her," Ms Bihari said. "My father was there and he asked if he could take us children. The answer was 'no'."

The superintendent — the man in charge of the home — was Hylton Sedgman.

"They'd have a trolley that you'd put your plate on and there was a tin, called a swill tin, for the pigs," she said. "And he would inspect those all the time to see that there was nothing in there for those pigs— if there was, whoever put it in there would get punished."

Soon after Ms Bihari arrived, the superintendent sought to reprimand her for talking in bed.

Cheryl was also abused during a rare day trip outside the orphanage. (Supplied: Cheryl Bihari)

"He came in the back door and he made me get out of bed, and go into the common room, where he lifted up my nightie, sexually assaulted me, and yeah, I had to hold his penis," she said.

"I was petrified of him.

"Then he put me over his knee and slapped me so hard and he said 'don't you ever, ever tell anybody', and he said 'now get back to bed'."

Ms Bihari cried herself to sleep, and for more than 50 years did what she was told.

"Nobody knew. I would not tell because I was embarrassed. I thought it was my fault because I was talking [in bed]. I'm thinking 'this is what's going to happen every time I talk at night'," she said.

In 2014, a detective from Taskforce SANO knocked on her front door asking about Mr Sedgman.

"And I broke down and said: 'He's dead'," she said. "He said: 'No, he's alive'."

She agreed to give a statement and became one of seven alleged victims — six women and one man — to form part of a criminal prosecution for historical child sex abuse.

Dropped case 'a kick in the guts'

Mr Sedgman was facing more than 30 charges.

"'I want to look this man in the face', I said. And I want to be able to tell him, what he did was wrong," Ms Bihari said.

About 60 former residents of Ballarat Orphanage received settlements for being abused by staff. 

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse excluded the Ballarat Orphanage from its public hearings because Mr Sedgman was due to face court. But after two years of delays, prosecutors were forced to drop the case, due to the 87-year-old's ill health.

"We were going to court, and I got a call from the DPP; they said 'Cheryl, we have a problem, it may not go through'," she said.

"I just said 'there's another kick in the guts isn't it? You have got all of us to come out and bring all of this forward, to go to court, and now it's not going to happen'." She said she had been robbed not only of a public forum to air the horrors at the home, but of any prospect of justice.

"He gets to go into a nursing home or a retirement village," Ms Bihari said. "That's the worst thing. I said 'he gets away with it, we all suffer'. No, I'm not happy."

Lawyer Penny Savidis has negotiated settlements for around 60 former residents of the Ballarat Orphanage, involving multiple perpetrators. "Our complaints span over about a 40-year period, so there are a number of individuals who have been identified by our clients as alleged offenders," she said.

"It's fair to say that abuse at the Ballarat Orphanage was systemic in nature over a lengthy period of time."

Marking out abuser's name 'the right thing to do'

Ms Savidis said she's not aware of a single criminal conviction against the home's former staff.

"Having a conviction against someone is quite a strong recording of guilt, and it's unfortunate for many survivors that's not an option, either because the alleged offender is deceased or because the prosecution decide not to proceed for whatever reason," she said.

Child and Family Services is the legal successor to the Ballarat Orphanage.

Mr Sedgman's name is printed in gold-plated lettering on an honours board in the organisation's current-day conference room.

Developers have bought the derelict orphanage site but it has been left untouched for years.
(ABC News: Charlotte King)

Chief executive Allan Joy decided earlier this year it was time to draw a line in the sand, and a red mark has now been placed through the name.

"We thought it was inappropriate to have a name on the honour board with somebody who's allegedly responsible for the serious abuse of many children in care," Mr Joy said. "If we came across any others, we'd do the same thing — it's just the right thing to do."

Weathered from the lifelong impacts of abuse, it's little comfort for the victims. "I don't trust people. I really do not trust people," Ms Bihari said. "[I've] just put up a big brick wall, [so] that nobody would hurt me."

Ms Bihari has three photos from her childhood — taken when her and her brothers and sisters went on short excursions to the Eureka Stockade park. "I like that because it's something I haven't got many of," she said.

"And I'm smiling, and I'm with my siblings, you know and they were really important to me back then, that I have them happy. And no one's hurting anybody."





Newcastle Anglican Diocese had 'do-nothing' approach to child sex abuse claims, royal commission finds
By Giselle Wakatama

Alleged perpetrators of abuse were not called to account in the Newcastle diocese, the report found.
(ABC News: Dan Cox)

The royal commission into child sexual abuse has found powerful paedophiles in the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle were operating under weak church leadership.

Thursday's report follows another into the national Anglican Church which found that every church diocese in the country, bar one, had received complaints of child sexual abuse in the past 35 years.

The commission looked at alleged child abuse, bullying and cover-ups within the Newcastle diocese, producing a report of more than 400 pages just on the Newcastle Anglicans.

It has found former Newcastle Anglican Bishop Roger Herft's response to abuse was "weak, ineffectual and noted a failure of leadership".

It added that there was a "do-nothing" approach in the diocese in response to child sexual abuse allegations.

Former Bishop Herft quit as the Anglican Archbishop of Perth in December last year after damning evidence about his leadership came to light.

Roger Herft stepped down as the
Archbishop of Perth last year

The commission found former Bishop Herft as well as another ex-Bishop, Alfred Holland, showed a distinct lack of leadership and alleged perpetrators were not called to account.

The commission has concluded a powerful network of insiders were operating in the diocese under Bishop Herft, including the defrocked former dean Graeme Lawrence.

"He often threatened alleged victims or their families with legal action after hearing allegations of child sexual abuse made against him," the commission found.

Father Peter Rushton died in 2007
without ever being convicted

The commission concluded that Bishop Herft, who has led the diocese from 1993 to 2005, must have know about the notorious paedophile.

"We are satisfied that, by the end of February 2003, Bishop Herft could have been in no doubt that Father Rushton had a history of behaviour that required further investigation," the report said.

"Bishop Herft's inaction with respect to Father Rushton contributed to the systematic failure of the diocese to make perpetrators accountable for their conduct."

Praise for two former bishops

There was praise in the royal commission's report about two former bishops from the diocese.

Former Bishop Greg Thompson resigned this year after a long fight to expose the decades-old culture of abuse and cover-ups in the diocese.

He told the commission he was the bishop not welcome in his own cathedral, after some parishioners actively tried to remove him and questioned his own claims about being abused.

"People thought their friendships were more important than the truth of what was going on in that diocese," the former bishop told the ABC.

He and another former Newcastle bishop, Brian Farran, "took appropriate responses against alleged perpetrators", the report said.

The report noted the two church leaders provided survivors with pastoral care and faced a considerable backlash over their actions.

Church leaders only protecting themselves

A major systemic issue identified by the report was the leadership focus on protecting the reputation of the church and its powerful and influential members.

"Abusive and predatory sexual relationships were misrepresented as consensual homosexual relationships," it said.

Conflicts of interest relating to the diocese's former legal team and accused priests were also identified.

"There was a lack of awareness of, or policies on, avoiding conflicts of interest in responding to child sexual abuse matters," the report said. "Conflicts of interests often involved lawyers who held positions in the diocese and acted as legal representatives for those charged with child sex offences."

The commission found that there were decades of cover-ups of child sexual abuse.

"Those who reported allegations of child sexual abuse to senior clergy were treated as if they had fabricated the allegations and were sometimes threatened with legal action," the report said.

"The cumulative effect of a number of systemic issues allowed a group of perpetrators to operate within the diocese for at least 30 years."





Marist Brother to stand trial on child sex abuse charges

A MARIST Brother who formerly worked at St Patrick’s College in Sale will face Melbourne County Court in May 2019 over charges related to a series of alleged historical sex offences.

SANO Taskforce members charged Catholic Marist Brother Lawrence Fitzpatrick (also known as Brother Majella), of Sale, with 99 offences related to historical sexual and physical abuse of 16 victims, including buggery, indecent assault upon a male, attempted gross indecency, false imprisonment and common law assault.

Some of the alleged victims were aged under 14, the alleged offences occurring in Sale and neighbouring towns between 1971 and 1977.

There were initially 103 charges against the now 90-year-old man.

Fitzpatrick appeared at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court for an initial hearing between November 13 and 28, and has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The case is the result of investigations by the SANO Task Force.

The task force was established to investigate historic and new allegations that have emanated from the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into child sex abuse involving religious and non-government organisations.

The task force also co-ordinates investigations emerging from the Australian Government Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

People with information about child sexual abuse in an institutional context can email the SANO Task Force at sanotaskforce@police.vic.gov.au or phone 1800 110 007.

To report a child at immediate risk or danger, phone 000 or a local police station.

For more information about the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, visit the website, www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au.

Survivors & Mates Support Network (SAMSN) is a not-for-profit organisation working to increase public awareness of the effects that childhood sexual abuse can have on men in their adult lives.

For more information about SAMSN, visit www.samsn.org.au, which also has links to other related organisations.





Man's jail upped for live stream sex abuse

AAP 
A Sydney man who directed the live sexual abuse of overseas children via an online video stream has had his minimum six-year jail term increased to 10 years.

Bryan Walter Beattie, 44, was sentenced in the NSW District Court in June after pleading guilty to 23 offences including possessing child abuse material and causing a child under 16 to engage in sexual intercourse outside Australia in his presence.

After a crown appeal against the inadequacy of the sentence, two judges of the NSW Court of Criminal Appeal ruled the non-parole period should be 10 years while the third judge proposed 13 years.

Good attitude! Well done. Raping a child by remote control is really not much better than doing it in person.





UK Child sex abuse inquiry:
Priest 'tried to control' investigation

Allegations of sex abuse at Ampleforth College in North Yorkshire are being probed by the independent child sex abuse inquiry

Police raised concerns that the head of a Roman Catholic boarding school tried to "control" a child sex abuse investigation, an inquiry has heard.

A former North Yorkshire detective said officers were "excluded" from inquiries at Ampleforth College in 1995 and 2002.

But former head teacher Father Leo Chamberlain denied influencing a boy's parents during a phone call in 1995. He told the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse there had been "no skulduggery".

The Catholic Church is one of 13 public organisations being scrutinised by the inquiry, which is being headed by Prof Alexis Jay.

Det Supt Barry Honeysett said he had told Fr Chamberlain in 2003 that he did not trust the private school, because alleged victims of abuse had been spoken to by staff before police were called in.

Mr Honeysett, who led an inquiry into abuse at Ampleforth College, said: "The issue was largely around the delay in the police becoming involved. "A direct approach had been made to the victim which I felt was inappropriate."

Earlier in the hearing, the priest was questioned about another policy officer, Det Sgt Hartnett, who was involved investigating allegations at Ampleforth.

Lead counsel to the inquiry Riel Karmy-Jones put it to Fr Chamberlain that Det Sgt Hartnett believed the priest was trying to "control the investigation".

Fr Chamberlain, who began working at the school in 1961, said the suggestion was "completely subjective". He said he had spoken to the boy's parents to inform them of the situation and in doing so, had "made no obstruction" to the police inquiry.

Father Leo Chamberlain taught at
Ampleforth College from 1961 to 2003

Evidence was heard that the Abbott of Ampleforth, Fr Timothy Wright, went to visit a complainant of child sex abuse, causing mistrust between the Church and North Yorkshire Police.

Speaking via video link, Fr Chamberlain - head teacher at Ampleforth between 1992 and 2003 - said police thought there was a conspiracy between him and Fr Wright "to close the matter down", which he said was not the case.

Fr Chamberlain told the inquiry that during the 1980s, a teacher who had abused pupils would "be got rid of and it was thought wrongly that to keep it all very quiet was in the best interests of the victim".

An earlier hearing was told the former head teacher was warned about employing Fr Piers Grant-Ferris - who was later jailed for abusing boys. Grant-Ferris, who the pupils had nicknamed "Pervy Piers", was convicted of 20 counts of indecent assault in 2006.

The inquiry was shown a letter by a psychologist employed by the school, Elizabeth Mann, who wrote in 2003 that Grant-Ferris and a second monk posed a risk to pupils.

At the time, Fr Chamberlain said he thought it was safe to employ Grant-Ferris in the abbey's shop, which he had described as "something of a goldfish bowl", regularly visited by guests and students. He told the inquiry: "Because it was a very visible place I thought well, we could probably make it work. But I think I could have been wrong about that."






British police arrested 188 people for online child sex abuse in a single week
Kieran Corcoran 

British police officers arrested 188 people in a single week over allegations of online child sex abuse — and say that livestreaming platforms are becoming the platform of choice for sex offenders.


Officers reported the spike in arrests after a week of "intensification" which saw forces across the UK swoop on suspects they had been monitoring.

Around 65 of the cases were related to exceptionally serious offences, according to Britain's National Crime Agency (NCA), including many which saw child abuse livestreamed over the internet to an audience of other abusers.

18 of the suspects were descried as being in a "position of trust", including one teacher, three medical workers, two charity volunteers and four people involved in law enforcement, government, and the armed forces.

NCA research, cited in a press release, suggests that offenders "are capitalising on the immediacy of contact that live streaming offers, as well as the ability to target children with a large number of comments in real time.

"Once on these platforms, offenders often use tricks or dares, the offer of online gifts or 'game points' and threats, in an attempt to manipulate young people into performing acts involving nudity over webcam."

Police did not mention any particular platforms by name. However, they called for internet companies to do more to stop sex abusers using online platforms to commit crimes.

Simon Bailey, the chief constable of Norfolk Police and the UK's top child protection officer, said: "We will keep working together, adapting our approach so that nowhere online is safe for people out to groom children or view them being abused.

"But we also need help. We need internet companies to help us stop access to sexual abuse images and videos and prevent abuse happening on their platforms. We need parents and carers to talk to their children about healthy relationships and staying safe online."

Zoe Hilton, a child protection expert at the NCA, said that sex abusers study children's online behaviour and adapt their strategies to find new ways to interact with children without their parents knowing.

She said: "We know that as children’s online habits change, offenders are adapting with them. These individuals are learning how young people communicate online and are using this knowledge to contact, befriend and abuse them."

The NCA released a new website, called Thinkuknow, with advice aimed at children and parents to help them recognise and disrupt child sex offenders online.





Grooming gang convictions '84% Asian', say researchers
The Quilliam Foundation finds there is a demographic link to those who sexually exploit children in grooming gangs.

By Sally Lockwood, North of England Correspondent

British-Pakistani researchers have found that 84% of all people convicted since 2005 for the specific crime of gang grooming were Asian.

The Quilliam Foundation found that the demographic background of those who exploit youngsters in a paedophile ring was different to those who act in grooming gangs.

According to the most recent figures, released in 2012 by the National Crime Agency's Child Exploitation and Online Protection Command (CEOP), 100% of child sex offenders in paedophile rings were white.

The report says CEOP, an official government body, identifies two types of group-based child sexual exploitation offenders.

Rochdale, UK

Type 1 offenders were those that targeted their victims based on their vulnerability (roughly equivalent of grooming gangs), whereas Type 2 offenders target children as a result of a specific sexual interest in children (roughly equivalent of paedophile rings).

CEOP found that 75% of Type 1 offenders were of Asian ethnicity, whereas 100% of Type 2 offenders were white.

In a number of cities across the UK, gangs of predominantly British Pakistani men have been convicted for targeting vulnerable white young women and girls.

Questions have been raised about the connections between ethnicity and the offenders, and two British-Pakistani researchers from the Quilliam Foundation have said that the link is important.

The Foundation, a think-tank which usually focuses on extremism, has chosen to add its voice to the debate with what it describes as an evidence-based view.

Quilliam's researchers found 264 people have been convicted for the specific crime of gang grooming since 2005, and of those offenders 222 or 84% were Asian.

The report's co-author, Haras Rafiq, spoke to Sky News from his home in Rochdale, one town where members of a sex ring of predominantly British-Pakistani men were jailed for child sexual abuse in 2012.

"I'm from the heart of where one of the biggest high profile cases have happened over the last few years, and I'm saying it's very important that we do talk about it because the problem won't go away," he said.

"We didn't want there to be a pattern of people from our ethnic demographic carrying out these attacks. But unfortunately we were proven wrong."

The convictions of 17 men and one woman in Newcastle in August changed the debate after a judge said the grooming was not racially motivated

High profile cases like Rochdale have generated negative headlines about the Asian community.

The most recent case in Newcastle changed the debate after 17 men and one woman were convicted of nearly 100 offences, and the judge said the grooming wasn't racially motivated.

It's just a coincidence that all but one are Pakistanis and all the victims are young white girls! It's also a coincidence for the other 205 Pakistanis who have been convicted of raping young white British girls.

Following the judgment, Mike Penning MP wrote to the Attorney General calling for a review.

Nazir Afzal, who is credited with tackling the issue during his time as Chief Crown Prosecutor in the North West, warned the issue of 'Asian' grooming gangs is being used as a recruitment tool by the far-right.

Mr Afzal also warned gang grooming was not the most common form of child sexual abuse.

"British white men they tend to work individually. They tend to work online where they groom and they are the majority of perpetrators. When it comes to Asian men or Pakistani men they tend to do it in groups," Mr Afzal said.





Most senior Catholic priest to be convicted of sex crimes in the UK found guilty on 19 charges

By Oliver Harvey, Chief Feature Writer

THE implements on Father Laurence Soper’s desk looked like something from a medieval torture chamber rather than a master’s study at a leading Catholic school.

Led to his office on trumped- up misdemeanors, schoolboys blanched in horror at the sight of the “sadistic” monk’s cat-o’-nine-tails whip, canes and a leather strap.

Outwardly pious, Soper “cunningly” used corporal punishment as an excuse to pull down the boys’ trousers and sexually abuse them.

He even hoisted up his priestly robes to rape a 12-year-old boy over his desk at West London’s £5,368-a-term St Benedict’s School — then run by monks from Ealing Abbey.

Justice finally caught up with Andrew Soper, 74, formerly Father Laurence Soper, last week.

He was found guilty of 19 charges of indecent assault and serious sexual assaults involving ten boys in the ’70s and ’80s. The perverted priest will be sentenced next Tuesday. He will likely die behind bars.

St Benedict's Junior School in Ealing, West London, has been the subject of one of the country's largest Catholic Church sex abuse scandals

But the case is a hollow victory for Soper’s victims, whose lives have been destroyed by their abuser.

One traumatised man told The Sun: “He’s a cruel bastard. He touched my backside when I was 11 then caned me weekly for two years. He got a sexual thrill out of it.

“We were made to feel responsible for what was happening to us.”

Depraved Soper is thought to be the most senior Catholic priest to be convicted of sex crimes in the UK.

After allegations of abuse from another institution surfaced in 2000, the Church transferred Soper to Italy, where he spent the next decade

Soper’s conviction is the latest shocking chapter in the worldwide clergy abuse scandal that stretches all the way to the Vatican itself.

Thousands of victims in a dozen countries have spoken out about priests molesting children as the church hierarchy turned a blind eye.

As Abbot of Ealing Abbey, he was one of the most powerful figures in the Benedictine order.

In 2000, after allegations were made about his conduct as the visiting Chaplain of Feltham Young Offenders Institution, he transferred to Rome to be bursar at S’Anselmo, the Vatican’s Benedictine University.

Over the next decade abuse allegations continued to surface as Soper enjoyed his monastic life in Italy, looked after by his superiors.

A spokesman for Ealing Abbey’s Abbot told The Sun: “When the allegations were made it was decided the safest option was to keep him in that role at the university in Rome.

“Restrictions were placed on him to ensure he did not come into contact with children.”

But the net was closing in. Soper was questioned several times by police but allowed to return to Rome on bail. In March 2011, fearing he would be charged, he fled to Kosovo, where he remained hidden for five and a half years before his arrest.

Last night a victims’ group slammed the Vatican for not doing enough to “root out abusers”.

David Greenwood, an executive member of Minister & Clergy Sexual Abuse Survivors, said: “The Catholic Church has helped to harbour abusers and has helped them evade justice.”

In October, Pope Francis himself conceded that the church had “arrived late” to the crisis. Only in 2011 did the Vatican order a top-level inquiry into abuse at St Benedict’s.

That scandal is one of the most serious to engulf the Catholic Church in Britain.

The school was accused during Soper’s Old Bailey trial of a “serial cover-up” of his abuse between 1975 and 1983.

A former bank worker, Soper joined the Ealing Abbey monastery in 1964 and taught at St Benedict’s from 1973, first as a maths teacher, then as head master of the middle school and as bursar.

One ex-pupil says he never saw “tall and stern” Soper “smile once”.

Shockingly, he is the FIFTH master convicted of sexual offences involving children at St Benedict’s.

In 2009, Fr David Pearce was jailed for eight years for indecently assaulting five boys.

One ten-year-old victim had tried to hang himself from a stairwell after being fondled by the master.

Police had investigated Pearce in 2001 and again in 2004 but no charges were brought. Then, in 2006, one of his victims sued Pearce and the school in the High Court, and was awarded £43,000.

Yet Pearce remained a priest and remained at Ealing Abbey. He continued to groom and assault young boys until his arrest in January 2008.

One victim said: “This man made me think I was a bad person for 30 years. I thought about him every day, wanted to kill him every day.”

Another abuser was lay teacher and “master of discipline” John Maestri, 78, who was jailed after admitting three indecent assaults against children in the 1970s and 1980s. He made one 11-year-old sit on his lap, kissed and fondled him and told him he “loved” him. The victim recalled: “So my first kiss wasn’t with a pretty girl, like everyone else, it was with some old man.”

Another victim, subjected to frequent beatings by Maestri and a monk who cannot be named for legal reasons, said: “It was sexual abuse that masqueraded as discipline.

“He beat me for fun. I can’t put it down to anything more than his personal entertainment. It has hung around my neck for decades. It has ruined my life.

“Even now I have a ritual when I’m going to bed. I have a GPMG — general purpose machine gun — and imagine that I’m lining up the sights on the monk’s bedroom window. “That’s the only way I can get to sleep. Every night.”


John Maestri, a layman and former teacher at St Benedict’s, was found guilty on three charges of indecently assaulting children in the ’70s and ’80s


Another pupil who was at St Benedict’s in the 1960s spoke of how he was abused by Father Kevin Horsey, head of the middle school.

Horsey, who died in 2006, would invite boys to sit next to him in PE and fondle them.

The ex-pupil says: “When I left I put the floggings, the sexual abuse, the mental abuse to one side. But it never quite leaves you.

“It was an amoral and perverted place. Everybody sort of knew it was going on but did nothing. I’m angry with the parents who didn’t listen, and angry with the hierarchy of the Catholic Church who let it happen.”

In 2011 a court heard St Benedict’s dealt with a complaint about a sexual assault by teacher Stephen Skelton, 69, by writing him a good reference and asking him to “go quietly”. Ten years on, Skelton was found guilty of two indecent assaults on another boy.

In May 2016, deputy head Peter Allott, 38, was jailed for 33 months after admitting he was addicted to child pornography, even keeping some on a hard drive in his office.

Today St Benedict’s is an elite co-ed school that promotes “the Christian values of integrity, fairness and generosity”. It is no longer governed by Ealing Abbey’s monks and was found to be fully compliant in child protection following two recent inspections by the Independent Schools Inspectorate.

High-flying old boys include comedian Julian Clary, Star Wars actor Andy Serkis and Tory grandee Lord Patten. There is no suggestion they were caught up in the abuse scandal.

Ealing, UK

Canadian Police Force, Judges Have a Long Way to Go Responding to Sexual Assaults

Victim says police not doing enough to find convicted rapist who vanished before sentencing

A Survivor's Story
By Jennifer Quesnel, CBC News


After the man convicted of raping her vanished, the victim says police in Saskatoon have done little to find him despite leads suggesting he is still in Canada.

"I'm not waiting for a phone call I'm never going to get," said the woman CBC News is calling Sarah, to protect her identity.

Sarah was raped for hours at the University of Saskatchewan's McEown Park dormitory in the early hours of New Year's Day 2012. She's not sure exactly how many attackers there were but DNA testing detected the presence of semen from two men.

'I just collapsed, and I was underneath the table,
like, shaking and bawling.'
- "Sarah"

Timloh "Butchang" Nkem was arrested, charged and convicted of sexual assault but never showed up for sentencing and hasn't been seen since.

Sarah says police at first treated her case seriously, but for nearly three years now, she has come up against one roadblock after another in her pursuit of justice.

1 suspect acquitted

Sarah had identified one suspect in her rape, an international student. She said the student was the one assailant she could remember

When Justice Richard Danyliuk acquitted the man of sexual assault, saying he believed the man honestly thought Sarah had consented to sex that night, she was heartbroken.

"I just collapsed, and I was underneath the table, like, shaking and bawling," she said.

The Crown prosecutor requested the court hold Nkem in custody following his conviction, but the judge denied the request. (Sketch artist Thomas Webster)

The second suspect, Nigerian-born Nkem, had come to Canada on a student visa in 2006 but was no longer a student at the time of the assault.

In 2013, police had charged Nkem with marijuana possession, depositing fraudulent cheques and using stolen identification to withdraw money and cash cheques. Those charges were eventually stayed.

During the trial, Sarah said Nkem's friends would attend and laugh at her and her family, sometimes smuggling alcohol into the courtroom.

After he was convicted, Crown prosecutor Buffy Rodgers requested the court hold him in custody. Danyliuk denied the request, permitting Nkem to remain on bail until his sentencing.

Why do they do that? If it's obvious he is going to get a custodial sentence, why present him with the temptation to run?

Saskatoon woman 'disgusted' with police response to sexual assault case

Woman says she was raped in university dorm and frequently sees her alleged attacker on campus

Still, on Oct. 31, 2014, Sarah was hopeful as she headed to court for Nkem's sentencing, blasting Queen's We Will Rock You in the car.

But when she and her friends walked into the courtroom, Nkem was not there. Neither were his friends. 

'Investigating my own case'

After waiting more than an hour, Danyliuk issued a Canada-wide warrant for Nkem's arrest. 

A Saskatoon police spokesperson told reporters that officers believed Nkem was likely on his way back to Nigeria.

Crown prosecutor Rodgers notified officials at Interpol he was a wanted man.

Last month, Sarah's mother contacted Nigerian immigration officials, who said they had never heard of the case.

Sarah is convinced Nkem is still in Canada, protected by the cousins who posted bail for him.

Sarah says she has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. She credits her dog Kota for giving her a sense of security when she experiences night terrors. (CBC)

She says police have told her and her mother to stop calling, and they have failed repeatedly to follow up on tips she has provided, including possible sightings of Nkem in Calgary and Victoria.

"I was basically investigating my own case," she said.

In March, Sarah emailed a sergeant to ask whether there were any updates in locating Nkem. His picture was no longer posted on the Wanted section of the Saskatoon Police website. 

Sarah says the sergeant assured her Nkem would be added back to the site and promised to email the next day with an update.

That email never came.

In May, Sarah and her mother again requested an update on Nkem, and again there was no reply. 

When CBC News called the Saskatoon Police Service last month to inquire about the status of the search for Nkem, a spokesperson said: "We're not just sitting on the information. We've shared information with other [police] services, certainly." 

Police in Calgary told CBC News they have no record of the Saskatoon Police ever notifying them Nkem could be in Calgary. 

Municipal police in Victoria and the Westshore detachment of the RCMP also said no one from the Saskatoon Police has contacted them. 

'We may never find him'

"We may never find him," Sarah said. "How I see justice now is really by the police acknowledging that they humiliated me and kept re-victimizing me. Made me feel like I was a burden." 

Sarah's mother has called and emailed Saskatoon's mayor and its police commission, opposition politicians and even Saskatchewan's justice minister and premier, Brad Wall, with whom she secured a meeting in October 2015. 

"Saskatchewan must do better by rape victims and more to stop rapists before they strike," Wall wrote in a handwritten response to Sarah, thanking her for her courage. "We will be following up with your mom to further explore how this can be done. 

"I am so sorry for what you have gone through in the system."

In 2015, Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall wrote a handwritten response to Sarah, thanking her for her courage and promising to follow up. (CBC)

Sarah's mother said she's called and emailed Wall's office several times since that meeting, but has been ignored.

I'm a huge Brad Wall fan, but this looks like a 'fail' to me.

In September 2016, Sarah's mother was given five minutes in front of the Saskatoon Police Commission to present her concerns about the way the case was handled. 

She said she never received an official response. 

"There's been nothing done," said Sarah's mother. "We're just getting deeper into being pitted against the people that my taxpayer dollars pay to protect and serve."

CBC's calls to the chair of the Saskatoon Police Commission were not returned.

Complaint filed

Sarah and her mother have filed a complaint with Saskatchewan's Public Complaints Commission about police handling of the case. 

They want assurances the police have changed the way they question victims of sexual assault.

And they want an apology for what they see as the dismissive, disrespectful way officers dealt with Sarah and her family over the years.

Sarah said Saskatchewan's ombudsman started looking into the case, but then his term ended and the investigation stalled. She says she's run out of places to turn.

"Nothing has worked so far. There's no accountability — and that has to change," she said.

'You will experience so much more pain by going to the police.'
- "Sarah"

The Saskatoon Police Service and its former chief, Clive Weighill, declined CBC's interview requests.

"The service and its investigators have worked with the complainant and her family over several years as part of this investigation and have also spoken publicly, on several occasions, about past concerns," the service said in an emailed statement to CBC News, adding it could not comment further "in the event that the commission decides to launch a review."

Sarah never was able to complete her university degree. She has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder and is in counselling while she works as a flight attendant. She says she's regaining control over her life — but she's worried about all the other women who've been in a situation similar to hers.

"Think of how many people have reported sexual assaults since then," she said. "And how many would have been handled the same way as my case was. It's a lot."

She says she regrets having come forward.

"You will experience so much more pain by going to the police," Sarah said. "And so much more trauma. And so much more hurt and humiliation.

"You won't heal by reporting it."

That has to change! Police have to be much more compassionate and considerate of the victims and their needs. Their first need is for the situation to start getting better when they go to the police, otherwise, they will not come and they are not likely to ever get better. 

Their second need is 'hope' that the situation will continue to get better, that justice will be done, that the rapist will be locked up and unable to attack them (or anyone else) again.

Many police forces don't seem to get the extreme trauma that rape and sexual assault causes a woman or a child. If they did, they would not sit idly by while a convicted rapist escapes justice. Speaking of justice, why did the judge allow the creep out on bail after conviction, especially when he and his friends treated the court with such disrespect?

Saskatchewan needs to do better than this!


Friday, 8 December 2017

Some Big Names; Some Very Sad Stories on Today's USA PnP List

Gymnastics Doctor Who Abused Patients Gets 60 Years
for Child Pornography
By MAGGIE ASTOR

Dr. Lawrence G. Nassar, a former team doctor for U.S.A. Gymnastics who has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment, was sentenced on Thursday to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges.

The charges, which stemmed from more than 37,000 images of child pornography found on Dr. Nassar’s computer, are separate from the 10 molestation counts on which sentences will be handed down in January. He pleaded guilty to the pornography charges over the summer, and to the molestation charges in November.

Dr. Nassar, 54, is expected to be sentenced to 25 years or more on the molestation charges. But even without that, he is virtually certain to spend the rest of his life in prison after Janet T. Neff, a federal district judge in Grand Rapids, Mich., imposed three consecutive 20-year sentences in the child pornography case.

Matthew Newburg, a lawyer for Dr. Nassar, declined to comment on Thursday.

The case against Dr. Nassar emerged last year, after an Indianapolis Star investigation found that U.S.A. Gymnastics, the sport’s national governing body, had systematically failed to report gymnasts’ allegations of sexual abuse by coaches. Then, in September 2016, The Star published detailed accounts from two former gymnasts who said that, among other sexually abusive behavior, Dr. Nassar had penetrated them with his fingers, claiming it was a treatment for back pain.

Rachael Denhollander


Those two gymnasts — Rachael Denhollander, who was the first to step forward by name, and Jamie Dantzscher, who initially remained anonymous but later spoke out publicly — broke a dam of silence in the sport, more than a year before the #MeToo movement began revealing sexual misconduct by innumerable men in powerful positions. More than 130 women — mostly but not exclusively gymnasts — have now described abuse by Dr. Nassar (who worked both for the national team and for Michigan State University). Among them are at least seven former members of the United States national gymnastics team, including four Olympians.

Jamie Dantzscher

Many of the women submitted victim impact statements to the court before the sentencing on Thursday. Judge Neff ruled last week that they could not be read aloud in the courtroom, but some women shared their statements through other channels.

McKayla Maroney, a 2012 Olympian who came forward in October as one of Dr. Nassar’s victims, wrote in her statement that he “deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison.”

“He abused my trust, abused my body and left scars on my psyche that may never heal,” Ms. Maroney wrote, according to ESPN.

And Aly Raisman — the captain of the American women’s gymnastics teams at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, and one of the most outspoken survivors of Dr. Nassar’s abuse — published thousands of words in The Players’ Tribune on Thursday.

“I ask that you give Larry the strongest possible sentence (which his actions deserve), for by doing so, you will send a message to him and to other abusers that they cannot get away with their horrible crimes,” Ms. Raisman, 23, said in her statement. “Maybe knowing that Larry is being held accountable for his abuse will help me and the other survivors feel less alone, like we’re being heard, and open up pathways for healing.”

Because of Dr. Nassar’s abuse, Ms. Raisman wrote, she is frequently afraid: afraid that other doctors will treat her similarly; afraid even that a man will deliver her room service order when she travels.

“I hold the door open as he drops off the food and keep it open until he leaves,” she wrote. “I often wonder if I am hurting their feelings by being so obviously distrusting of them. I always used to give people the benefit of the doubt, but if a decorated doctor who served on the national team for over 30 years turned out to be a monster, then how can I trust anybody?”

Even so, she continued: “I am not a victim. I am a survivor. The abuse does not define me, or anyone else who has been abused.”

Beyond Dr. Nassar himself, the cases have ensnared U.S.A. Gymnastics and many of its top officials, whom lawsuits have accused of turning a blind eye and of fostering toxic environments in which abuse could flourish. Earlier this year, U.S.A. Gymnastics adopted stricter reporting policies in response to an extensive report on its previous failings.

Some gymnasts said it was difficult to feel entirely victorious after the sentencing, because Dr. Nassar was part of a much larger problem.

“Today, the justice feels very incomplete,” Ms. Denhollander said at a news conference on Thursday.






Senator Al Franken to resign over sexual misconduct charges

The Stars are Falling - Senator Franken

Senator Al Franken (D-Minnesota) announced his resignation on the Senate floor, following heavy pressure from his fellow Democrats to step aside over allegations of sexual misconduct. Franken said he won’t give up his voice as an activist.


“Today I am announcing that in the coming weeks I will be resigning as a member of the United States Senate,” Franken said in a speech that lasted 11 minutes.

He did not admit to any of the allegations of sexual misconduct, saying some of them are “simply not true” and he remembers other instances “very differently.”

Franken used the opportunity to lash out at President Donald Trump and GOP Senate candidate in Alabama, Roy Moore, both of whom have been accused by Democrats of sexual assault. Franken said there was "some irony" in the fact that he is resigning while Trump is still in office and Moore is running for a Senate seat with the support of his party.

More than a dozen Senate Democrats called on Franken to resign on Wednesday, after a sixth woman accused him of sexual misconduct. Some analysts have pointed out that Franken's bitter tone suggested he was being forced out by the party, rather than leaving on his own volition.

 "I may be resigning my seat, but I am not giving up my voice," Franken said, adding that he will continue to advocate progressive causes as an activist. "I am going to be just fine," he said.

Franken was first elected to the Senate in 2008, with a razor-thin margin of just 300 votes. Before turning to politics, he was a comedian on the popular television show Saturday Night Live.

This is the second time this week that a congressional Democrat was pushed out by claims of sexual misconduct. On Monday, Representative John Conyers Jr. (D-Michigan) said he would retire effective immediately, after serving in the House since 1965.






Jerry Sandusky’s son sentenced to prison
for sexual abuse of girls

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — A son of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, serving decades for child molestation, was himself sentenced to prison Friday on child sexual abuse charges.

Jeffrey Sandusky, the son of convicted sex abuser and former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, has been arrested on felony and misdemeanor child sexual abuse charges, according to court documents from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

Jeffrey Sandusky was sentenced to 3½ to 7 years in prison after pleading guilty to pressuring a teenage girl to send him naked photos and asking her teen sister to perform a sex act.

Jeffrey Sandusky, 42, pleaded guilty on the eve of his trial in September to 14 counts, charges that included solicitation of statutory sexual assault and solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.

The Centre Daily Times reported Jeffrey Sandusky’s attorney said there was never any physical contact between his client and the victims.

Authorities said he knew the girls through their mother, and that a year ago their father turned over incriminating text messages sent by Jeffrey Sandusky.

A court affidavit said Jeffrey Sandusky told the girl he pressured for photos last year that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine.” He directed her “to not show these texts to anyone,” police said.

Jeffrey Sandusky is one of the six children adopted by Jerry and Dottie Sandusky and has been a stalwart supporter of his father, often attending court proceedings.

He will be on probation for a year after release.

Jerry Sandusky is serving 30 to 60 years in prison for sexually abusing 10 boys. He maintains his innocence but recently lost an attempt to have charges thrown out or a new trial under the state’s Post Conviction Relief Act.

The Corrections Department said Friday that Jeffrey Sandusky was fired as a Rockview State Prison guard late last month. He had been with the agency since August 2015.






Florida man arrested after girlfriend finds video
of child sex abuse
By: Brittney Donovan , Action News Jax

A Florida man is facing felony charges after his girlfriend found a video of him sexually abusing a young girl on his tablet.

Lake City police say George Avery, 54, is facing sexual battery, child abuse and child pornography charges.

LCPD said they responded to the McDonald's on Main Blvd. where the mother of the 9-year-old girl and the girlfriend confronted Avery. According to LCPD, Avery was arguing with the two women and trying to take the tablet. 

LCPD said Avery's girlfriend was playing games on the tablet at home when she discovered a video of him performing sexual acts with another woman and became upset.

She took the video to her friend to see if she recognized who her boyfriend was cheating with when the friend recognized that her 9-year-old daughter was the female in the video. 

LCPD said sexual contact had occurred three or four times. 

“It saddens me that this child had to undergo such heinous abuse,” Chief Argatha Gilmore said. “At this point, the child is safely back with her mother. We will work hand-in-hand with DCF to uncover the extent of this abuse.”  

Avery is being charged with sexual battery by an adult on a victim under 12, cruelty towards a child, possession of obscene material with child sex performance. 





Alabama man accused of child sex abuse
By Anna Beahm abeahm@al.com

A Seminole man accused of inappropriately touching a child now faces sex abuse charges, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff's Office.

John Dutton Sr., 51, was charged with sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and was arrested Thursday afternoon, jail records show.

Dutton is accused of inappropriately touching the child on multiple occasions, said Capt. Steve Arthur. He said the sheriff's office has been investigating Dutton's actions for almost a month.

Arthur would not explain how Dutton knew the child. 

Jail records show Dutton remained in Baldwin County Jail on a $25,000 bond Thursday evening. 





Pennsylvania man draws long jail term for
sexual abuse of daughters

By Michael P. Rellahan, mrellahan@21st-centurymedia.com, 

WEST CHESTER >> A Caln man who authorities say sexually molested and assaulted his two daughters and a third child he cared for has been sentenced to a long term in state prison for what a prosecutor called a case of “sexual exploitation.”

“As these victims have matured, they have learned that the person they loved and trusted violated them,” said Assistant District Attorney Megan King, of the D.A.’s Child Abuse Unit, in a sentencing memorandum filed with Common Pleas Judge Phyllis Streitel, who on Wednesday sentenced the man to 55 to 110 years behind bars. All of the victims were under 10 when the assaults occurred.

“All three are in therapy trying to comprehend the sexual exploitation that they suffered at the hands of their own father, or father figure,” King wrote while asking Streitel for a sentence of 60 to 120 years in prison. “This abuse manipulated and twisted a child’s natural sense of trust and love. When the very person who is supposed to protect and guide a child ends up exploiting his victim for his own pleasure, there is a true corruption of parental love.”

The 35-year-old unemployed man, who lived in the Downingtown area of the township at the time of the incidents and his arrest, did not address the court before sentencing. His attorney, Alexander Silow of West Chester, told Streitel that his client plans to appeal his conviction.

The Mercury is withholding the man’s name so as to protect the identity of his three victims.

In January, the man pleaded guilty to two counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, seven counts of indecent assault of a child under 13, and additional counts of corruption of minors, and disseminating obscene and other sexual materials to children. The plea came just as his trial on those charges was scheduled to begin, and after the girls had all testified in court proceedings about what happened to them.

But in what King said was an obvious sign that the man lacked remorse for his crimes, three months after he pleaded guilty he came back to court and demanded that he be allowed to withdraw his plea. He complained about the legal services given by his then-attorney, Assistant Public Defender Kelly Jurs, and claimed that a recording of the interview he gave to police in the case – in which he acknowledged having indecent contact with all three girls, but blamed them for “being sexual” and for watching pornography – had been altered.

In August, after an evidentiary hearing at which the lead investigators, Caln Sgt. Christine Cusick and Chester County Detective Gerald Davis, testified as to the veracity of the recording, Streitel formally rejected the man’s attempt to withdraw his plea, setting the stage for Wednesday’s sentencing.

“We are pleased that Judge Streitel recognized the severity of the case. This sentence ensures that the defendant can never hurt another child,” King said Thursday. “While nothing can erase the pain these innocent children endured, hopefully this sentence will help bring them closure so that the healing process can continue.”

The case against the man began in April 2016, when Cusick was contacted about a report of alleged child abuse through Childline, the state’s abuse hotline. She subsequently interviewed, along with Davis, the three victims - the defendant’s two daughters, ages 9 and 6 at the time, and a third girl, the daughter of a friend, who was then 8.

All three said that they had slept in the same bed as the man when they stayed at his house, and that he had sexually assaulted and molested them at various time, including performing oral sex with them.

When the man was confronted by police he admitted much of the conduct, calling the 8-year-old his “go to” child, saying that one of his daughters would shower with him, and that his other daughter, age 6, had watched pornography.

He was arrested in May 2016 and has been held in Chester County Prison since then on $500,000 bail.

King noted in her memorandum that the man had pleaded guilty to 20 separate counts of sexual offenses with the three girls, none of whom appeared in court for the sentencing.

“He is a proven danger to society,” she wrote. (He) chose victims who were under his care and who were too little to run, too weak to resist, and too young to comprehend what was happening to them.

“Young children are the most vulnerable victims, because they are completely innocent, defenseless, and reliant upon others to care for them,” she said.




California man arrested on child sexual assault allegations
Eric Woomer, ewoomer@visaliatimesdelta.com 

A teenager was sexually abused and the Tulare man who police say did it is now behind bars. 

The girl, 15 at the time of the alleged sexual abuse, told police in October that the crimes occurred in 2015. The man, David Lara, 29, lived with the girl for about three months when the crimes occurred, police said.

Police did not say if other adults or children were in the home at the time. Detectives believe while the girl was in the home she was not held against her will.

Tulare Sgt. Jon Hamlin said a variety of reasons could have prevented the girl from coming forward sooner.

"Sometimes, especially in cases of sexual assault, the victim doesn't think they will get help," he said. "They may also fear they will be blamed."

Hamlin said, while detectives are looking further into the allegations, it's possible there are other victims who haven't come forward. Police are also looking into the possibility that Lara has a previous sexual assault conviction in another county, he said.

"This happened in 2015. There may be a patter here," Hamlin said.

Lara was arrested Thursday and booked into Tulare County Pretrial on allegations of having sexual intercourse and oral copulation with a minor. His bail was set at $260,000 and he's expected in court on Monday.

Anyone with information should call Detective Ray Guerrero at 685-2300.





Upstate NY man gets prison in McDonald's
child sex abuse case
The Associated Press

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — An upstate New York man accused of sexually assaulting two children at a McDonald's has been sentenced to 20 years in prison.

Kelley Tremblay, of Troy, pleaded guilty on Oct. 31 to one felony count of criminal sexual act.

Prosecutors said Tremblay assaulted a 5-year-old and a 7-year-old at a Watervliet McDonald's in August.

Police say the crime was captured on the restaurant's surveillance cameras.

Watervliet, NY




Adult film star revealed tragic past of sexual abuse and mental health issues before death

One Non-Survivor's Story
Chelsea Ritschel in New York
The Independent US

Adult film actress August Ames opened up about childhood sexual abuse, mental health issues, and drug abuse, just weeks before her death from a reported suicide.

The 23-year-old - who’d starred in almost 290 movies - died in Camarillo, California, on Tuesday morning - after a homophobia row.

She had been under heavy criticism for saying she refused to work with men who have also appeared in gay pornography, actors who, in the industry, are described as “crossover” performers.

On September 13, less than two months before her death, she appeared on the Holly Randall Unfiltered podcast for a wide-ranging hour-long interview.

In it, she revealed that she’d experienced “a lot of sexual molestation” when she was growing up, but said the perpetrator was not her father.

She said the trauma of the abuse was compounded because she was not believed when she raised the alarm.

“It was just awful. It’s still recent where I have to keep myself occupied or else I start thinking about all that s*** and then I fall into a depression. I try to do therapy. I hate that word. I hate therapy.”

She said that one of the reasons she disliked therapy is because therapists would judge her for her profession.

“I would get in contact with some people and then I would feel badly because they’d be like ‘what’s your profession and I’d be like ‘oh, I’m in the adult industry’ and then I’d feel like they’re like ‘oh, that’s the whole reason that you are the way you are’ and then I’d get turned off.”

She touched on the use and abuse of drugs during the hour-long chat, revealing that when she was 15, the father of a child she was babysitting offered her cocaine if she would strip naked.

She said she’d used drugs to escape her issues, saying: “I don’t drink alcohol anymore. When I would drink, I’d black out every time. I used to smoke a lot of weed too, I used to be a big stoner but I’ve cut that out too. I just drink water now.”

Ames added that she was using medication to deal with bipolar disorder, depression and multiple personality disorder. “It was so hard when I wasn’t on any medication when I’d just flip, you know? It was crippling.”

Towards the end of the podcast, she said that when she’s feeling low and depressed, she goes through her old photos to look for a happy selfie to post on Instagram to her followers.

After learning of his younger sister’s death, the actress’s brother lashed out at social media bullies, blaming the online abuse for his sister’s death.

Ames husband, Kevin Moore, asked for privacy during the difficult time, after telling industry trade magazine Adult Video News, “She was the kindest person I ever knew and she meant the world to me.”

Since the news of Ames death, there has been an outpouring of condolences on social media, with friends and industry professionals sharing touching tributes to the starlet.

The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet revealed the cause of death.





New Hampshire church worker jailed for
child sex abuse images
 
BRENTWOOD -- A former maintenance supervisor at Bethany Church in Greenland was sentenced to prison last week for possessing images of children being sexually abused.

Ronald Nekoroski, 69, of 2 Maple Ridge Road, Seabrook, pleaded guilty Nov. 29 to two counts of possessing child sexual abuse images in Rockingham Superior Court.

Nekoroski was sentenced to 3 to 6 years in New Hampshire State Prison, according to court records. He also received a suspended prison sentence of 7½ to 15 years and must participate in the state’s sex offender program as part of the plea deal.

Nekoroski was arrested Jan. 3 this year after police found images depicting sexual child abuse on laptops, hard drives and USB thumb drives in his home. He was indicted in April on six felony counts of possession of child sexual abuse images by a Rockingham County grand jury.

Nekoroski was being monitored by bracelet until June 21 when it was removed by authorities, according to an operator at the Rockingham County House of Corrections. He is receiving 83 days credit for confinement prior to his plea and sentencing.

Nekoroski worked at Bethany Church before retiring in 2015 and previously at IBM and Motorola, according to published reports. His arrest was the result of an investigation by the regional Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. ICAC found his IP address during a probe into the file sharing network Bit Torrent, from which Nekoroski appeared to be downloading the files, according to a police affidavit and Portsmouth detective Duane Jacques.

Police said at the time of his arrest six images were allegedly found in Nekoroski’s home that depicted acts involving adult men and minor females, including some prepubescent children.





Upstate NY man arrested on child sex crime allegations

OSWEGO, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - An Oswego man is facing felony charges for alleged sex crimes involving a child.

Investigators arrested 56-year-old Donald Schopp of Tug Hill Road on Thursday around 2 p.m. on a charge of first-degree sexual abuse – a felony.

The alleged incident involving a child under the age of 13 occurred in 2015 in the town of Oswego.

Schopp was arraigned in Town of Hannibal Court and taken to the Oswego County jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.

He is scheduled to return to Oswego Town Court on Dec. 18.