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
Friday, 30 June 2017
Pervert lets nephew rot in jail for murder he did - Canada
2 Rotherham brothers, gang leaders, have appeal rejected - UK
Company that cares for disabled, blasted by Royal Commission - Australia
Serial predator sent to prison for 13 years for CSA - UK
It Appears a Pedophile Let His Nephew Rot in Jail for a Murder He Committed
Convicted British Columbia child killer wins right to appeal
after 34 years in prison
Lawyers for Phillip Tallio claim he was wrongfully convicted and
DNA could prove relative was the real killerBy Eric Rankin, CBC News
In what his lawyers call an "unprecedented move" the B.C. Court of Appeal is allowing Phillip Tallio to file an appeal of his murder conviction — almost 34 years after the filing deadline passed.
Tallio's lawyers had argued new testing of DNA samples could show he was wrongfully convicted of a child murder.
That claim comes in previously sealed documents, released by the B.C. Court of Appeal.
If true, that would mean Phillip Tallio, who will turn 52 in December, has spent decades behind bars for a crime he didn't commit — more time served than other famous wrongfully convicted Canadian prisoners, such as Donald Marshall (11 years), David Milgaard (23 years) and Ivan Henry (27 years).
According to Tallio's lawyers, new evidence shows a second man — a now-dead close relative of the accused — might have been the real killer.
Publication ban lifted
Until now, the allegations were covered by a publication ban. But on Wednesday more than 800 pages of submissions and affidavits were made public following an order by B.C. Appeal Court Justice Elizabeth Bennett.
Tallio's lawyers were applying to appeal his conviction for second-degree murder more than three decades after the appeal deadline expired. They argued the documents should be released.
Friday morning, Justice Bennett granted the extension of time to file an appeal, stating, "In my view the interest of justice demand that Mr. Tallio be permitted to bring his application for further DNA testing and to go forward with this appeal generally."
Honey Hood, 33, says her father Phillip Tallio has been incarcerated her entire life (Eric Rankin/ CBC)
One of Tallio's lawyers, Rachel Barsky, says the granting of the extension is unprecedented.
"This is a historic day in the world of criminal law and the world of wrongful convictions," says Barsky. "We've got a long road ahead. But this is truly a historic day. There's never been an extension of time that's been granted as long as today."
Tallio's daughter, 33-year-old Honey Hood, has only met her father once since he was jailed. She was in court for the decision.
"I instantly started crying tears of joy," says Hood. "I was so happy for him, because I know how much he's been struggling to be in there."
Tallio maintained innocence
Tallio was 17 when he was arrested in April 1983, accused of suffocating his cousin, 22-month-old Delavina Mack, during a drinking party in Bella Coola.
He originally pleaded not guilty. But nine days into his trial, his lawyers changed the plea to guilty.
Tallio, who is described as having an intellect "far below his years," didn't appeal within the required 30-day period, but he has maintained his innocence ever since.
Now 51, he has repeatedly been denied parole.
Eight years ago, his case caught the attention of the UBC Innocence Project, which according to its website "engages … a selected group of law students to review claims of wrongful conviction in British Columbia."
Some of those students are now fully fledged lawyers, representing Tallio.
'There is fresh evidence'
In the documents unsealed by the B.C. Court of Appeal, his legal team claims "there is fresh evidence" from a DNA test result that excludes Tallio as the killer, and provides information "leading to other possible perpetrators."
Tissue samples taken from the toddler were kept at B.C. Children's hospital. There was no DNA testing available when Tallio was convicted in 1984.
The imprisoned man's lawyers maintain a test for male DNA conducted in 2013 on one sample ruled out Tallio. A test on another sample, however, found Tallio "cannot be excluded" as a suspect.
Barsky says that simply means the second test was inconclusive, given the technology in use four years ago.
"'Cannot be excluded' doesn't mean a match," Barsky told CBC News. "We're dealing with a lot of missing information."
Tallio's uncle 'cannot be excluded'
Based on partial DNA, the killer could have been any male relative of Tallio.
His lawyers argue Tallio's paternal uncle, Cyril Tallio Sr., was also at the party where Mack was killed. His DNA was also tested, and he "cannot be excluded" as a suspect.
The legal submission adds: "Cyril Tallio had a criminal record related to sexually assaulting children." He died in 2014.
Phillip Tallio's lawyers want the court to order the release of the DNA samples held by the Crown for new testing, but so far the Crown has refused.
Now that the application to appeal his conviction has been allowed, there could be months of legal battles ahead over the DNA samples.
But Tallio's lawyers say the DNA must be re-examined for the sake of a man who may have been wrongfully imprisoned for more than three decades. Their submission before the B.C. Court of Appeal is blunt:
"These remaining samples provide the only possibility for DNA to prove Mr. Tallio's innocence."
Rotherham child sex abuse brothers
have appeals rejected
Two Rotherham brothers jailed for raping, abusing and prostituting young girls have had their request for appeals rejected by the Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales and two High Court judges.
Arshid Hussain (far left) and Basharat Hussain, who were jailed in February last year for sexually exploiting girls in Rotherham, appeared before the Court of Appeal in Leeds yesterday.
The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Thomas ruled that all appeals be dismissed.
He also ruled that the sentences handed down to Arshid, 40, of High Street, East Cowick, Goole and Basharat, 39, of no fixed abode, 35-years in prison and 25-years in prison respectively, would stand.
Their uncle Qurban Ali was found guilty of conspiracy to rape and jailed for 10 years. A decision on his appeal against conviction has been adjourned.
Detective Chief Inspector Martin Tate was the Senior Investigating Officer for Operation Clover, the multi-agency investigation into the Hussain brothers and their criminal network who groomed and exploited young girls in Rotherham between 1987 and 2003.
Speaking after the appeal hearing, he said: “I am really pleased with the rulings passed by Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas.
“The sentences given to Arshid and Basharat last year are some of the largest ever imposed for sexual offending in the UK, but Lord Thomas ruled that this was entirely proportionate. The Lord Chief Justice was clear that this was some of the worst sexual offending he had ever presided over, and that these sentences must act as a deterrent nationally. He also stated that no civilised society can tolerate such offending and the courts must protect the public.
“While the appeals process is not normally one that police comment on, I feel it only right that we continue to recognise the bravery of the young women who have had to face yet another challenge in their battle for justice. No sentence will ever recover the years of abuse, and in many people’s eyes, no sentence is ever long enough. In my view however 35 years in prison is a significant message from the courts that any offending of this type will dealt with in the most robust way possible.
“Any appeal hearing can be difficult for victims of crime, but particularly so for victims of child sexual exploitation and especially the young women we have supported throughout Operation Clover.
“This latest hearing understandably caused some concern and anxiety, but they are relieved with the outcome from court. It is entirely understandable that victims and the wider public want justice from these investigations as soon as possible. It is critical however that the police and CPS get these very complex investigations right. They must be legally sound and stand up to intense scrutiny. We obviously have the support of our extremely professional and victim focused prosecution CPS lawyers and appointed barristers. They work tirelessly with us to convict offenders.
“The trial, presided over by HHJ Judge Wright in Sheffield, allowed the victims to tell their story in their own time and with the correct support under the legal provisions of what we call special measures. I hope that encourages other victims that if they come forward they will be heard and we will discuss all options around giving evidence.
“I hope this latest result demonstrates how committed the police and the criminal justice system are in our support for victims of sexual abuse and that once convicted, we continue to do all we can to ensure that dangerous predators remain behind bars.”
Well done! God bless you!
The gun-toting, drug-dealing brothers – known as Mad Ash and Bash – led a gang in the abuse, with children raped, beaten, passed between offenders and used as prostitutes.
Gold Coast-based service FSG Australia slammed by Royal Commission into child sex abuse
Kathleen Skene, Chief reporter, Gold Coast Bulletin
A GOLD Coast disability service failed to properly investigate reports of child sex abuse, or to ensure others were protected from an alleged perpetrator, according to damning findings by a Royal Commission.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse rejected every one of FSG Australia’s submissions in relation to the reported sexual abuse of two children in their care, describing some of their evidence as “false”.
Commissioners were critical of the attitude of CEO Vicki Batten who told them she did not believe anyone in the organisation “then or now” was capable of harming a child.
FSG employs 900 staff to care for vulnerable children from Hervey Bay to Ballina.
The Commission wholly accepted the submissions of two mothers who said their complaints were dismissed by FSG.
Horror story #1
One mother, Maree Welch, whose 13-year-old daughter Bobbie alleged casual carer John O’Connor had sexually molested her in 1995, said when she reported her concerns she was “insulted and intimidated” by members of the group who were once friends.
Vicki Batten, CEO of FSG Australia.
O’Connor has always denied the allegation. He worked at FSG until 2000.
In 1998, Ms Welch made a police complaint.
The Commission heard police substantiated Ms Welch’s complaint but did not take criminal action because Bobbie was not capable of giving evidence.
They found FSG continued to employ Mr O’Connor, including for one-to-one care of children because they were afraid he might sue the organisation.
“FSG took no action to reduce the risk he may have posed to children in the care of FSG,” the findings say.
The Royal Commission found FSG had known about the allegations in 1995, but provided no meaningful support to Ms Welch and that the organisation “misrepresented its knowledge” of the complaint when it resurfaced in 1998 — the same year an FSG solicitor threatened the family with defamation action.
The Commission rejected the evidence of FSG co-ordinator Melissa Edwards, who described the 1995 complaint as a young person having a dislike for an alleged perpetrator.
Commissioners also found manager Dorothy Williams “minimised the seriousness of the complaint” in her signed statement.
Current management of FSG submitted there was no evidence to substantiate the allegations; that Bobbie was an unreliable source; that her mother “convinced herself” her daughter had been raped; that Ms Welch was “working from a script” and using the Royal Commission to air her grievances.
The company’s lawyers described the complaint as “a suspicion or based on a mother’s intuition” and it was “inappropriate” for FSG to conduct an investigation as the suspect had not been spoken to by police.
The Royal Commission rejected every part of the submission. “We are satisfied that Ms Welch conveyed to FSG a complaint of sexual abuse of sufficient particularity to be investigated.
“No reasons or basis was given for the submission that FSG management considered that Mr O’Connor should be treated as having committed no offence because he had not been spoken to by police. There is no reasonable basis for holding that view.”
The Commission heard the Welch family had met with FSG staff twice in 1998, when staff claimed in a file note that if they’d known in 1995 how serious it had been, they would have called police themselves.
The Commission found the file note was “false” as there was evidence “Ms Welch reported her complaint against Mr O’Connor to FSG within hours of the time that the abuse occurred”.
Horror story #2
Another mother said her daughter, who cannot speak but communicates through facial and body expressions, was very distressed after attending respite care at FSG’s Orana House in Southport in 2000. Her daughter disclosed oral sexual abuse using body actions.
The mother said she met with FSG manager Dorothy Williams and Ms Batten, who was then an assistant manager and described the meeting as a “jaw-droppingly bad” “interrogation”.
Under questioning, Ms Batten maintained FSG staff could not have abused the children and denied the meeting was an interrogation.
However the Commission accepted the mother’s recollection of the meeting, which was “clear and compelling”.
Commissioners said Ms Batten “exhibited poor capacity to understand the concerns” of the mother and “showed an unwillingness to accept that sexual abuse could arise at FSG at all”.
“The belief held by FSG’s current CEO, Ms Vikki Batten, that no one at FSG would harm a child is of concern,” their report said.
“Agencies responsible for overseeing FSG are encouraged to consider Ms Batten’s evidence before the Royal Commission.”
FSG receives almost $60 million a year in government funding to support children with disabilities and their families.
The commission heard, and accepted, that the second child’s mother had phoned Surfers Paradise police station and reported the abuse and was told someone would phone her back.
No-one ever phoned her back.
A serial paedophile has been jailed after the
sexual abuse of a young child
A Chatham man has been jailed for 13 years after sexually abusing a young child.
Under the terms of his sentence imposed by Judge Julian Smith yesterday (June 29), he will have to serve two thirds of his sentence before he is up for release and will be on licence for a further six years.
Judge Smith said it was clear Brand was a "danger to young children" and had taken "no responsibility" for his crimes against an extremely vulnerable child. He said: "You cannot be trusted to be left alone with any young children.
"The child was extremely vulnerable."
Brand, who formerly worked as a bus driver and a labourer gave no evidence at trial despite protesting his innocence. James Ross, who was defending Brand, said his client "knows full well he will go to prison for a long time". "What he does understand is that he must never be in a position again where he is left unsupervised with young children," he said.
He added Brand had been in a relationship with a woman for a number of years and she was dependent on him. Brand was her "carer" and she had a number of health issues, he was concerned she would become homeless if he was sent to prison.
Brand had a previous conviction for abusing a child of seven and a child of nine while he was a lodger in a pub in 1997. A sexual harm prevention order was also placed on Brand.
A spokesman for the NSPCC said: "Brand is a serial sexual predator who continues to pose a clear threat to young children."
"While he is behind bars the community is safe from his offending, but it's absolutely vital that Brand receives rehabilitation and treatment to minimise any further danger he poses when he is eventually released.
"His young victim has shown great bravery by giving evidence and helping bring her attacker to justice. We hope she is receiving all available support to overcome her experiences."
I have never been a fan of Theresa May, her spectacular bungling of the child sex abuse inquiry the main reason why. But her reducing police budgets at a time when child sex abuse and terrorism are both exploding across the British Isles, is beyond comprehension and reprehensible.
FILE PHOTO © Hannah Mckay / Reuters
British police forces are to scale back on their monitoring of sex offenders, including rapists, to focus on higher-risk criminals, the National Police Chiefs’ Council has said.
Under the new scheme, the risk sex offenders pose to the public will be reassessed, and thorough measures originally designed to stop them from reoffending, such as annual home visits, will be scrapped.
In order to fall under the ‘low-risk category’ and be exempted from proactive measures, offenders will have to prove that they have not committed any offence for the past three years, they are not under any civil order, and that there is no intelligence suggesting they may reoffend.
Police have reportedly struggled to cope with workloads since Tory Prime Minister Theresa May ordered cuts of 20,000 officers when she was home secretary.
Michelle Skeer, the national police lead for managing sexual offenders, however, dismissed the idea that the scheme has anything to do with a lack of police resources.
“Have we done these changes because we want to save money and we want to cut resources?
“No. It’s about building on the improvements we have made,” she said, according to the Guardian.
Only 2 percent of the 52,000 people currently on the sex offenders register are deemed to be ‘high-risk,’ while a third, around 16,000, are assessed as ‘low-risk.’
As the number of people on the sex offenders register has increased by 7 percent year-on-year, Skeer said the measure would allow forces to manage higher-risk offenders more “actively,” while still applying fair measures to those who have long been assessed as low-risk.
“It is important to remember that people will be on the sex offenders register for a range of crimes – it could be from downloading indecent images to contact offending,” Skeer pointed out.
A spokesperson for the NSPCC, however, did raise the issue of forces lacking funds, stressing that police must be “effectively resourced” in order to protect the public from abuse.
“Police are having to manage a growing number of registered sex offenders with ever tighter restraints on their time, resources, and capacity,” the spokesperson remarked.
“While a bespoke risk assessment is a good development this cannot be at the expense of close supervision of those who have harmed children in the most despicable way.
"If police are to keep children safe they need to be effectively resourced so they can monitor offenders and work with the community to prevent abuse.”
The fear here, of course, is that the police will settle for arresting a sex offender after he re-offends, rather than preventing him from re-offending.
As the nation was struck by four terrorist attacks in a just four months, concerns have been raised over whether police have enough resources to keep the public safe.
The government’s current security and counter-terrorist strategies were called into question after it was revealed terrorists in all of these attacks had previously been known to authorities.
Sarah Thornton, the chair of the National Police Chiefs’ Council, pointed out that in light of the heightened terrorist threat in the UK, detectives from other departments are being called to help counter-terrorism detectives.
She said officers are being asked to work overtime and during their rest days.
Thornton warned the government that police forces need more money to avoid a further 4,000-strong cut of police officers by 2020.
“Look at what’s happened over the last four months … extraordinarily challenging times … We’re just pointing out the facts to government,” Thornton said.
Thursday, 29 June 2017
Is live-streaming kiddie porn child sex abuse - Canada
Pope defrocks pedophile priest again - Italy
Salvation Army officer jailed for historic CSA - Australia
Rochdale MP was called 'racist' for bringing up CSA - UK
Some Telcos not cooperating with police on child porn - Philippines
59 y/o child rapist may get NZ's toughest sentence ever - New Zealand
Cardinal Pell 'strenuously' denies child sex abuse - Vatican
Is live-streaming child sex abuse or child porn?
No 'hands-on offending' warrants seven-year sentence for man who helped live-stream child sex abuse, says defence
The Saskatoon man who paid and directed impoverished women in Romania and the Philippines to live-stream the sexual abuse of their children is just as culpable as the abusers, a Crown prosecutor argued.
“Without the accused, the abuse would not have been perpetrated,” prosecutor Lana Morelli said during the sentencing hearing of Philip Michael Chicoine, which resumed on Thursday in Saskatoon provincial court.
“Without the accused,
the abuse would not have been perpetrated,”
And that's the crux of it! Live-streaming pedophiles must be charged as child sex abusers, not just child pornographers. If they weren't directing the abuse - it would not happen, therefore they are responsible for the abuse as though they committed it themselves.
Morelli said the fact that the women were already selling online child sex abuse shows doesn’t matter — the only relevant factor is that Chicoine participated.
The 27-year-old pleaded guilty to 40 charges including possessing, distributing and making child porn and arranging to commit sexual offences against children between 2011 and 2017.
The Crown argued for a 17-year sentence, which would be the longest child porn-related sentence in Saskatchewan history. Morelli said Chicoine was a party to a “breach of trust” when he paid vulnerable mothers to abuse their kids for his own sexual gratification.
Court heard there were between 19 and 22 child victims. Most were between four and 12 years old; some were as young as 10 months. Chicoine instructed women to perform sex acts on children and then created videos and pictures that he shared with others. He spent $23,000 for the live-stream sex abuse.
Morelli listed aggravating factors such as the nature of Chicoine’s child porn collection — which included “hurt core” material depicting the torture and sexual abuse of babies — the large amount of material, the duration of offending and his attempts at hands-on offending.
There is a difference between hands-on offending and the type of offending Chicoine was involved with, defence lawyer Val Harvey said in arguing for a seven-year sentence. She said her client’s desire to get help and willingness to plead guilty should be considered mitigating factors.
Chicoine likely lands somewhere on the Asperger’s spectrum and has been ostracized and bullied starting in high school and continuing into the work world, Harvey said, adding her client’s first sexual encounter was with a sex worker a year and a half ago.
“He’s been alone most of his life,” Harvey said.
However, court heard Chicoine has very supportive family members who cannot understand how their loved one “went down this road.” Chicoine’s parents were in court for both days of his sentencing hearing.
Harvey said her client can’t articulate the reasons for his behaviour but recognizes the harm he caused the victims. She said he cried when she read him one of the victim impact statements.
When asked if he had anything to say to the court, Chicoine looked down and shook his head.
Although his pre-sentence report indicates he wanted to stop victimizing children but didn’t know how, Morelli noted he was still trying to meet up with kids in Saskatoon the day before he was arrested in March.
A sentencing decision is expected on Sept. 21.
Pope Francis defrocks Italian priest convicted
of child sex abuse
By Josephine McKenna
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has defrocked an Italian priest who was found guilty of child sex abuse, three years after overturning predecessor Benedict XVI’s decision to do the same after allegations against the priest first came to light.
Mauro Inzoli, 67, was initially defrocked in 2012 after he was first accused of abusing minors, but Francis reversed that decision in 2014, ordering the priest to stay away from children and retire to “a life of prayer and humble discretion.”
On Wednesday (June 28), the priest’s diocese of Crema in northern Italy released a statement saying the pope had made a “definitive ruling” that Inzoli, also known as Don Mauro, should be dismissed from clerical duties.
Bishop Daniele Gianotti of Crema said the Vatican body responsible for church doctrine informed him of the pope’s decision, which Gianotti described as “the worst punishment” to be imposed on a priest.
“We cannot assume that the pope made such a serious decision without carefully examining all the elements in front of God, before making a choice for the good of the church and Don Mauro,” said Gianotti on the diocese website.
Inzoli, who was also dubbed Don Mercedes because of his love of luxury cars, was found guilty last year by an Italian court of eight counts of sexual abuse of children aged 12 to 16. He reportedly paid $28,000 in compensation to five victims he molested between 2004 and 2008.
Gianotti said it had been “very painful” for him to communicate the pope’s decision to Inzoli and urged the faithful to pray for the priest’s victims.
Since Francis’ election in 2013, he has adopted a hard line on pedophilia in the Catholic Church and urged bishops around the world to adopt a zero-tolerance approach to clerical sex abuse. But victims’ groups have often argued he has not done enough to hold perpetrators to account or the bishops who tolerated their behavior.
Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI first moved to defrock Inzoli but Francis decided to give him another chance before making his latest definitive ruling for something the pope has described as “a sin that shames us.”
Ex-senior Salvo jailed for child sex abuse
An elderly man who sexually abused boys when he was a Salvation Army sergeant major in Perth has been jailed for three years and six months.
William Edwin Steele, 73, indecently assaulted boys aged between 11 and 18 from 1963 to 1990, but has demonstrated no remorse and continues to deny the offending, maintaining he was "set up".
The father-of-four, who exploited his position of power in the church and also as manager of a CBD fruit and vegetable market, was sentenced in the District Court of Western Australia on Friday and will be eligible for parole when he has served half of his term.
The Betrayed Girls: MP says she was called 'racist' over Rochdale child sex abuse concerns
By HELEN DALY
The Betrayed Girls is a one-off documentary that will explain more about the true life story which saw nine men guilty of grooming, raping and sex trafficking teenage girls.
In a revealing interview with former Labour MP Ann Cryer, she reveals that she was aware of the grooming issue and tried to take action.
The former MP for Keighley says on the documentary: "I had hoped I would get on board comrades in the Labour party and many were genuinely sympathetic to what I was talking about and sympathetic and supported me in every way.
"But there was a small number who were very openly or perhaps [whispering] things that perhaps I was something of a racist and that was very upsetting.
"I'm convinced it was political correctitude gone mad
and there was no reason for it.
"I was rocking the multicultural boat, but how would you get changes without talking about it?" Cryer added.
Should have sunk that boat Ann. It had no reason to be afloat.
Later on in the documentary, Nazir Afzal discusses his decision to overturn the CPS's decision not take the case to trial while he was Chief Prosecutor in the North West.
He explained: "The thing that struck me most is that they were just children. I have children on my own and when you're 14/15, you can't make informed choices.
"The perpetrators were in their 40s and 50s, my age, who clearly knew better.
"When I read the prosecutor's advice to the officers in the early investigations, things like, 'She has made a choice about her life' and 'She has agreed to be in effect a prostitute for these men', everything about it shocked me to be blunt.
"I was absolutely certain in my mind that the decision was wrong - not just unreasonable, but wrong. If it wrong to maintain public confidence, I had to reverse that decision and so I did," Afzal continued.
The Betrayed Girls will air on Monday July 3 at 8.30pm on BBC One.
Telcos not releasing data in nearly 1 in 5 AFP
child sex abuse investigations
7.30 By Alex McDonald and Samantha Hawley
In a slum on the Philippines island of Cebu, local police have come to rescue two girls.
They've been tipped off by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) that the girls' mother has sent 164 sexually explicit images of her daughters to an Australian man using the Viber messaging app.
The mother was allegedly paid about $800 in return.
When Philippines police arrive at the home, a 15-year-old girl is undressing in front of a webcam.
Three days later in the troubled Mindanao region in the south of the country, another raid begins.
This time explicit footage of four children aged between two and 13 is being streamed live over the internet.
The Philippines National Police is referred more than 6,000 cases of cyber sex abuse each month from around the world.
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'It's difficult to get the evidence'
The AFP says it is grappling with a "tsunami" of reports of all kinds of sexual abuse and violence against children.
So far this year the AFP has received 4,937 reports of child exploitation.
Chief Judge of the Federal Circuit Court, John Pascoe, has argued for greater cooperation from telcos such as Telstra to help track down the perpetrators.
'Most dark and evil crime'
The AFP warns of an alarming trend where Australians are directing the sexual abuse of children living overseas, through live streaming services like Skype.
"We're talking about the most extreme forms of abuse, where there are some examples where people have been wanting to see, for example, the violent rape of children, five, six, seven years old," he told 7.30.
"It's difficult to get the evidence that someone has been watching this sort of material. "It needs a lot of co-operation between law enforcement authorities, internet service providers and telcos."
The AFP said it has a good working relationship with the telecommunication companies, but there are worrying limitations. 7.30 can reveal that in 18 per cent of cases, Australian telcos are not providing the online information that police request.
According to AFP commander Lesa Gale, when a telco fails to provide sufficient information, the investigation "stops, it ceases, it means we can't do anything more".
Police often request subscriber records or mobile data from the telcos to track down offenders.
"The abuse is getting more and more violent,
the children are getting younger and younger,"
Commander Gale told 7.30.
"The requests are becoming more and more extreme, as if it was almost a competition between offenders and producers to try and make more and more extreme material depicting horrendous acts occurring on babies and young children."
Laws not keeping pace with technology
Chief Judge Pascoe is worried the law is not keeping up with the pace of technological change.
"I think if you look at large corporations, they're made up of many people, employees, shareholders and I think the public does have a right to expect that they will be part of the social contract," he said.
"They will be aware of Australia's obligations and they will do their part to protect children."
He argues that companies have an obligation to protect children at home and abroad under the United Nations convention on the Rights of the Child.
"The law actually needs to recognise the true nature of the crime and give the police the powers they need to appropriately prosecute offenders," he said.
"And I think one of the problems in this area, there somehow seems to be a disconnect between sitting at the computer typing what you want to happen next to the child and actually doing it.
"To me there is no distinction."
Mark Leach, a board member with International Justice Mission Australia, said telecommunications companies have a moral obligation to assist.
"It's our view that the directors and management of any telco in the country would be appalled that their company assets and their business were being used to commission and perpetrate the rape of children in the developing world," he told 7.30.
The AFP said requests might not be fulfilled for a number of reasons, including "the fact that investigators, at times, need to put requests to all major telecommunication companies, knowing that only one of the telecommunication companies would be able to complete the request".
Both Optus and Vodafone told 7.30 they comply with their legal obligations to assist police.
An Optus spokeswoman said: "We have responded to every request we've received from law enforcement agencies this year. There are no requests where we haven't provided some form of response.
"There are circumstances where we have advised law enforcement agencies that we are unable to provide information because we don't capture the specific piece of information requested. There are also some instances where we've asked the AFP to resend a request under the correct part of the legislation."
Telstra said it responds to tens of thousands of requests for customer information. It said it supports law enforcement while protecting the privacy of its customers. "We take very seriously our legal and regulatory obligations to assist law enforcement agencies who are seeking information," a Telstra spokesman said.
NZ's toughest prison sentence considered for multiple child rapist
ANDY JACKSON/Fairfax NZ
A 59-year-old man has pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of a young girl and will be sentenced in the High Court at New Plymouth on August 23.
New Zealand's toughest prison sentence is being considered for a man who raped a young girl multiple times.
On Friday, Keith Charles Pateman pleaded guilty to eight charges, which include rape and sexual conduct with a child under 12. Three of the charges are representative and involve one victim - an 11-year-old girl.
The majority of the offending took place over a four month period between July and November 2016 at an address in Taranaki.
It involved Pateman kissing the child, slapping her bottom and raping her.
At the 59-year-old's hearing in the High Court at New Plymouth on Friday, Justice Susan Thomas convicted Pateman and ordered for reports to be completed to consider whether preventive detention was necessary.
Preventive detention involves an indeterminate prison term and is often reserved for the country's most violent and dangerous criminals. Offenders who are given preventive detention can be released on parole but are managed by the Department of Corrections for the rest of their life and can be recalled to prison at any time.
A first strike warning was issued by Justice Thomas, who also requested a probation report be prepared ahead of Pateman's sentencing on August 23.
Lawyer Nathan Bourke asked for Pateman to be released on bail prior to his sentencing but this was opposed by the Crown.
Justice Thomas granted the defendant bail for one week in order to give him time to sort out his affairs.
Pateman will be required to present himself to the High Court in Wellington on July 7, when he will be remanded into custody.
Pope aide Pell 'strenuously' denies child sex abuse
Vatican finance chief George Pell "strenuously" denies all allegations of historic child sex offences and will return home to clear his name, Catholic officials said Thursday.
Police charged Australia's most senior Catholic with the offences, citing multiple complainants, and summoned the cleric to appear at Melbourne Magistrates Court on July 18.
"Although it is still in the early hours of the morning in Rome, Cardinal George Pell has been informed of the decision and action of Victoria Police," the Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney said in a statement.
"He has again strenuously denied all allegations."
The Archdiocese said the 76-year-old would return to Australia "as soon as possible to clear his name", after receiving advice and approval from his doctors.
"He said he is looking forward to his day in court and will defend the charges vigorously," the statement added.
Victoria Police did not provide further details of the charges, citing the need to preserve the integrity of the judicial process.
Pell was interviewed in Rome by Australian police last October over the allegations, and has previously strongly denied them.
He had been accused of historic sex abuse claims when he was the Archbishop of Sydney in 2002, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing.
37 y/o man charged with CSA of child under 12 - Alabama
20 y/o accused of raping 5 girls age 12-16 - Alabama
48 y/o convicted of 5 years of child sex abuse - Maryland
Man & son-in-law face dozens of CSA charges - Oregon
Pervert Neurosurgeon has bail set at $6.45m - California
More charges added to bounce house operator - Utah
31 y/o convicted of molesting a 12 y/o 4 years ago - Texas
28 y/o facing felony CSA charges with under 12 y/o - Alabama
20 y/o (1 of 2 perverts) gets 15 yrs for CSA of 2 y/o - N Dakota
35 y/o man charged with at least 18 CSA crimes - Pennsylvania
29 y/o facing <134 yrs in prison for disturbing CSA of boy - Tennessee
Montevallo man charged with sex abuse of a childBY CAROL ROBINSON al.com
A 37-year-old Montevallo man is jailed in Shelby County on charges he sexually abused a young child.
Irwing Ivan Jaramillo-Teodoro was taken into custody Thursday, according to jail and court records. The Montevallo man is charged with one count of sex abuse of a child under the age of 12.
The warrant against Jaramillo-Teodoro was issued in July 2016. The abuse is alleged to have happened between November 2015 and February 2016, records show. No additional information was provided.
Jaramillo-Teodoro remained in the Shelby County Jail Thursday on $30,000 bond.
Shelby County man now charged with rape of
5 underage girls
BY CAROL ROBINSON al.com
A young Helena, Alabama man already facing four charges of second-degree rape is now accused of sexual relations with yet another underage girl.
Helena police have charged Samuel Woods III, now 20, with two more counts of second-degree rape. He is being held without bond in the Shelby County Jail after prosecutors this week sought, and received, a bond revocation on the previous charges.
In all, Woods is accused of having sexual relationships with five girls between the ages of 12 and 16 over the past two years. He fathered a child by one of the girls.
Nearly one year ago, Alabaster police first arrested Woods for allegedly having sex in September 2015 with a girl who was 14 by the time he was taken into custody.
Samuel Woods III, 19, has now been jailed three times in less than two weeks.
A week later, Helena police arrested Woods, claiming he had sexual intercourse on June 6, 2015 with a girl who was 15 years old at the time. He was arrested in June 2016 and released from jail three days later.
Hours after his release on the Helena case, Alabaster police arrested Woods again. Each time, Woods was released on $30,000 - for a total of $120,000 in all four cases - the highest bond allowed for that charge under guidelines. A Shelby County grand jury in December 2016 affirmed the charges by issuing a four-count indictment against him. According to that indictment, the earlier cases happened September 2015, June 2015, April 17, 2016 and April 20, 2016.
Cambridge man convicted of sex abuse of a minor
DORCHESTER COUNTY, Md. - The Office of the Dorchester County State's Attorney says that a 48-year-old man was found guilty of child sex abuse on Monday.
48-year-old Timothy Scott Moxey of Cambridge, was convicted of one count of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of continuing course of conduct with a child during the years 2006 through 2011.
Moxey faces up to 55 years in prison. Sentencing is set for later this year. Moxey is set for trial on more counts of child sexual abuse and related offenses later this year.
Dorchester County State's Attorney William Jones applauded the Maryland State Police for their work in the investigation of this case. Jones also thanked Deputy State's Attorney Jamie Dykes who prosecuted the case
Police arrest second suspect in NE Portland
child sex abuse and pornography case
by Catherine Van, KATU News
PORTLAND, Ore. — A woman's life is turned upside down after police arrested her estranged husband and her former son-in-law on dozens of charges of child sex abuse and pornography.
KATU News first first broke the story earlier this week.
Randall Henrichs, 62, pleaded not guilty to 45 charges of sex abuse, child pornography and invasion of privacy in court Monday.
Two days later, police arrested 32-year-old, Trevor Standfill who allegedly conspired with Henrichs.
Standfill's former mother-in-law, who we are calling Sandra because she doesn't want to be identified, says nobody in her family suspected either men of such lewd acts. She said Standfill was a big part of the family, a man she loved like her own son.
In a secret indictment, police accused Standfill and Henrichs of sexually abusing a child under 14 and sharing naked pictures of her along with two other women online.
Sandra is also Henrich's estranged wife. She says she married him 10 years ago and filed for divorce right after his arrest in November. She said Henrichs is now a man she doesn't even know anymore.
The same could be said about her former son-in-law.
Standfill worked as a nurse at Legacy Good Samaritan. A spokesperson from the hospital confirms he is now on administrative leave while police investigate, though there are no indications in court documents that these charges had anything to do with his workplace.
Sandra says whatever comes of the trials, it will take years before she can even come to terms with how two men close in her life turned it upside down.
Bail is set at $2,980,000 for Henrichs, that amount is more than doubled for Standfill at $5,251,500.
Both men are due in court Thursday morning.
Bail set at $6.4M for brain surgeon
charged with child rape
Officials said Kohut also discussed impregnating women to give birth to children he could sexually abuse in a so-called taboo family lifestyle
SAN FRANCISCO —
A judge set bail at $6.45 million on Wednesday for a Northern California brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children.
Prosecutors had opposed bail for Dr. James Kohut, saying the neurologist is a public danger who recruits women to help find child victims.
The Santa Cruz district attorney’s office said Kohut also discussed impregnating women to give birth to children he could sexually abuse in a so-called taboo family lifestyle.
Prosecutors have said there is no evidence he created such a family, but they have charged him with 11 counts of sexually abusing children under the age of 14.
Kohut has pleaded not guilty.
His lawyer, Jay Rorty, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment but has previously declined the prosecutor’s allegations. Rorty argued in court papers that Kohut does not represent a danger to the public or a flight risk.
Kohut was arrested in his Santa Cruz, California home last month along with two nurses who are charged with participating in child sex abuse with the 57-year-old doctor.
If Kohut does post bail, he will be monitored electronically. He voluntarily suspended his California medical license while the case is pending and faces 165 years in prison if convicted.
Kohut was arrested four days after police arrested Rashel Brandon, a nurse who worked with the surgeon at a nearby hospital.
Brandon was arrested after her husband gave police a video recording he found that investigators say shows Brandon and another nurse, Emily Stephens, sexually abusing children.
Court records and lawyers said Brandon implicated Kohut. Brandon is also charged with sexually abusing children and her bail has been set at $500,000.
Stephens was arrested in Tuscon, Arizona and is being held there while Santa Cruz authorities seek a court-ordered transfer to Northern California to face similar charges.
Brandon’s attorney Anthony Robinson did not immediately respond phone message seeking comment. It is unclear if Stephens has retained an attorney.
Heber City bounce house operator has child porn added to child sex abuse charges
BY TAMARA VAIFANUA,
HEBER CITY – A man accused of sexually abusing two children, is also facing child pornography charges. He appeared in court for a bail hearing Wednesday, where his attorney argued he be released under strict conditions.
Bryce Johnson stood silently next to his attorney inside the Fourth District courtroom. The 33-year-old was arrested earlier this month for child sex abuse. Police say there are at least five victims.
The operator of a bounce house is now facing new charges that include 20 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor. Investigators say they found pornographic images of pre-pubescent children inside his home, some of whom were involved in sexual acts.
His attorney, Susanne Gustin, pleaded with the judge to release him as his case goes through the process. Gustin reassured the judge her client would not contact any of the victims.
But prosecutors say this case is extremely disturbing on multiple levels. McKay King told the judge that the youth sports coach, ice skating teacher and foster parent is a threat to the community and should remain in custody.
“Mr. Johnson has crafted his entire life to place him in contact with children on a regular basis," King said.
In the end, Judge Jennifer A. Brown set bail for $150,000, cash only.
“We will aggressively fight the charges,” Gustin said.
Karen Martinez is watching this case closely. She says Johnson fostered her 15-year-old brother and was in the process of adopting him.
“My brother has had a rough life and Bryce was kind of that support for him, and that one person that kinda stuck around: until this.”
Mr. Johnson is due back in court August 2 for a status conference.
Waco man convicted in child sexual abuse case
By TOMMY WITHERSPOON
A former warehouse worker was convicted Wednesday of fondling a 12-year-old girl four years ago.
Jurors in Waco’s 54th State District Court deliberated about two hours before finding Justin Russell Murdoch guilty of two counts of indecency with a child by contact.
Murdoch, 31, faces from two to 20 years in prison on each count.
Prosecutors Hilary LaBorde and Christi Hunting Horse presented punishment evidence Wednesday afternoon that showed Murdoch has a prior state-jail felony conviction for theft and a misdemeanor conviction for criminal mischief for destroying a visitation monitor at the county jail. He also has three misdemeanor assault convictions, two for driving with an invalid license, and one each for theft, marijuana possession and failure to ID while a fugitive.
In defense punishment testimony, Murdoch’s wife, father and sister testified that he is a good person who is deserving of leniency.
The girl, who is now 16, testified Tuesday that she spent three or four nights in October 2013 with her best friend at the North Waco home that Murdoch was sharing with a woman and her son and daughter. Murdoch has since married the woman despite the allegations that he molested her daughter’s best friend.
The girl testified that her friend had gone to bed, her friend’s little brother was asleep on the couch and she and Murdoch were lying on the floor watching a horror movie.
She said Murdoch “brushed” his hand against her breast and she thought at first that it could have been inadvertent. But Murdoch moved his hand back to her breast and left it there longer, she said, making her uncomfortable.
Next, his hand went under her clothes, and he also groped her buttocks, she said. He also took her hand and placed it on the crotch area of his jeans, the girl said.
‘I was paralyzed’
“I remember thinking this is the type of stuff you see in movies,” she said. “I was paralyzed, and then I realized why those girls don’t know what to do. They are frozen.”
In defense testimony Wednesday, Genevieve Murdoch, the defendant’s wife who married him after the allegations surfaced, testified that she at first told Murdoch to leave her home, until she investigated the allegations and determined she didn’t believe them.
“In my heart, I felt it wasn’t true, but as a mom, I had to protect my kids,” she said.
She said she didn’t believe the allegations because her son was in the room with them the whole time.
“He wasn’t asleep. He was in and out,” she said. “He likes to pull all-nighters. That’s what he does.”
The girl testified Tuesday that after Murdoch groped her, he pulled the blanket over their heads and tried to kiss her. She was crying, and he asked her what was wrong.
She said he got up and looked worried. He left the room but came back and asked her to go outside with him. She said Murdoch apologized to her and said he thought she liked him. He made her promise not to tell anyone, which she did, and then he asked if he could hug her. She said they hugged.
“He asked her what is wrong. He thought she liked him,” Hunting Horse said in jury summations. “Did he think he was on a date? That’s the most bizarre statement. But it goes along with his bizarre behavior. It’s not a date. She’s a 12-year-old girl.”
Defense attorney Jonathan Sibley told jurors that it is possible the girl dreamed of the sexual abuse or got it confused with the abuse she reportedly suffered from another man who previously was in her life.
“What would you do if you were accused of something like this?” Sibley said. “How do you defend yourself? You have this man’s life in your hands.”
Attorneys will give closing summations Thursday morning before the jury deliberates punishment.
Montgomery man faces felony child sex abuse charges
Rebecca Burylo , Montgomery Advertiser
A man faces felony sex abuse charges after Montgomery police accused him of forcing a girl younger than 12 years old to touch him inappropriately.
Eric Corbitt, 28, of Montgomery, was charged with sexual abuse of a child under 12.
He is accused of going into the girl's room inside his home off Carter Hill Road and touching her inappropriately, according to court documents. He then allegedly took the girl's hands and forced her to touch him.
Police report the incident occurred sometime between 8 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. from May 14 to May 18.
Corbitt was taken to the Montgomery County Detention Facility, where he was held under a $30,000 bond.
Grand Forks man sentenced to prison for
sexually abusing 2 y/o
BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — One of two men accused of sexually assaulting a 2-year-old girl in 2014 has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
WDAZ reports that 20-year-old Cody Atkins of Grand Forks was sentenced on Monday.
Atkins pleaded guilty in March to felony gross sexual imposition.
Another man, 22-year-old Thomas Pinkney, also has pleaded guilty to gross sexual imposition in the case. His sentencing is set for Wednesday.
Gross sexual imposition is a Class A felony, punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $20,000 fine.
Palmyra man arrested for child sex abuse
By Chris Eckstine
PALMYRA, Pa. (WHTM) – The Palmyra Borough Police Department arrested a borough resident this week for sexual abuse of children and other related charges.
According to the department, charges against 35-year-old Diego Morazzoni Sr. stem from an incident reported to police around 9 p.m. Wednesday night at Morazzoni’s residence in the 100 block of North College Street.
Morazzoni was charged with two counts of statutory sexual assault, five counts of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, sexual abuse of children, two counts of aggravated assault, corruption of minors, endangering the welfare of a child, four counts of indecent assault and indecent exposure.
Online court documents show Morazzoni is in Lebanon County Correctional Facility in lieu of $150,000 bail.
Testimony in 'appalling' Nashville child rape case included sex abuse of animals
by WZTV Staff
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Testimony about the sexual abuse of children and animals was brought up during a Nashville rape case which prosecutors describe as one of the most "disturbing and appalling cases they had seen."
It took a Davidson County jury less than an hour to convict Jeremy Ledbetter, 29, of two counts of rape of a child, two counts of aggravated sexual battery of a victim under 13 years old, two counts of induce sexual activity by a minor and display of sexual acts to a minor under 13 years old.
The young victim testified that the rape and abuse occurred from the time he was 10 to 12 years old.
“All victims of child sexual abuse who testify in front of their abusers are brave to do so. The young victim in this case was particularly courageous for standing up and testifying about the type of humiliating abuse he suffered at the hands of Jeremy Ledbetter,” Assistant District Attorney Chad Butler said.
Ledbetter faces up to 134 years in prison. He will be sentenced on Aug. 18.