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
Tuesday, 17 October 2017
Some Very Sick and Disturbing People on Today's USA PnP List
'I never raped my wife, we made love':
Said man, 62, about the stepdaughter he 'married' when she was just 11 and whom he held hostage for 19 years in Mexico where they had nine children
Henri Piette believes he is innocent of rape because he was 'married' to Rosalynn McGinnis when they had sex when she was 11
Piette took McGinnis from Oklahoma to Mexico when she was 12 after being dumped by her mother
He had already forced her to marry him in the back of a van in a ceremony performed by his own 15 y/o son
By Jennifer Smith For Dailymail.com
A 62-year-old man accused of raping his stepdaughter after forcing her to marry him when she was 11 denied sexually assaulting her in court last week, saying that they 'made love' over the 19 years that he held her in captivity.
Henri Piette was arrested in Mexico earlier this month and was extradited back to the US to face charges for child sex abuse.
He is accused of keeping Rosalynn McGinnis, now 33, captive for 19 years after abducting her from her school in Poteau, Oklahoma, 1997, after breaking up with her mother.
At the time McGinnis was 12 but she says she had already been abused by the man, who was engaged to her mother, for at least a year and she had been forced to 'marry' him when she was 11.
In June 2016, McGinnis fled the filthy tent where she had been living in captivity with their nine children in a rural Mexican town and sought help.
She identified herself as Piette's victim in an interview with People magazine in August where she described how Piette raped her repeatedly.
Piette abducted Rosalynn McGinnis when she was 12 and took her from Poteau, Oklahoma, to Mexico where he forced her to live as his wife. She is pictured with him on her 13th birthday when he threw her a quinceanera
But last Thursday, Piette said she and the children he fathered with her were 'lying' and had been 'manipulated' to speak against him.
Seemingly oblivious to the fact she was a child when they married, he told Fox Oklahoma 23: 'I made love to my wife. We were married.'
He insisted that he never raped any of their children and described '99 percent' of the charges against him as 'lies'.
'I'm telling the truth,' Piette said, adding later that his children were involved in the Mexican mafia and 'don't like' him.
McGinnis, now 33, escaped with her children in June last year. She has since told how Piette subjected her to daily sexual abuse, beatings and torture
Piette is charged with lewd molestation, first degree rape of a victim under the age of 14 and child abuse by injury.
Prosecutors say he deliberately tried to evade police by moving around Mexico and changing his name several times over the past 20 years.
McGinnis was nine when her mother started dating Piette. He began sexually abusing her during their relationship, she said.
McGinnis was 12 when Piette took her from her school in Poteau, Oklahoma, in January 1997
When she was 11, she said she was forced to 'marry' him in the back of a van in an illegal ceremony that was performed by one of his own children, a boy who was 15 at the time.
In 1997, her mother broke up with Piette because he had been beating her.
During her 19 years in captivity, McGinnis had nine children. She shared this photograph of them during an interview with People in August when she waived her right to anonymity to speak out against Piette
He retaliated by snatching Rosalynn from school and going on the run. McGinnis said that before taking her to Mexico, they traveled through the US.
She claims he introduced her to his children as their 'new mother'.
In Mexico, she said she was subjected to daily sexual assault or rape and had nine children as a result.
She claims they lived under the radar and that no one in Mexico suspected him of wrongdoing until she confided in a woman who lived near their tent in 2016.
That woman then found a missing person's poster from 1997 with Rosalynn's name on it.
In June 2016, she fled their tent with eight of the nine children she had with Piette and used a pay phone in Oaxaca City to contact the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). They were then put in touch with the US embassy to be taken back to the US.
Rosalynn's mother has never been publicly identified. It is not known if the pair have been reunited since she returned to America last year.
At Piette's hearing last week, federal prosecutors dropped their charges against him to allow him to be prosecuted by the state.
#Me Too - Floods Social Media with stories of sexual harassment and abuseBy: CBS News
A huge number of sexual assault and harassment survivors are sharing their stories online. An untold number of women posted “me too” and revealed their deeply intimate experiences of abuse. Their stories flooded social media and painted a picture of just how many people endure sexual abuse and harassment every day.
CBS News correspondent Jericka Duncan spoke with women who are re-living painful personal traumas, while hoping to break the cycle.
“I decided to call it rape because I was blacked out drunk and I was taken advantage of. I don’t remember what happened,” said Haley Jakobson.
Sharing her experience as a rape survivor has been empowering for Jakobson. “It’s my truth and no one can take that away from me. It’s my story,” she said.
Jakobson wrote on Facebook Monday: “I woke up today knowing it was time. I publish this because I would do anything to have had these words at 16.”
“Me too, and I was blamed for it. I was told not to talk about it,” said one woman.
“I was nine years old when the child sexual abuse started,” said another.
The massive response to #MeToo demonstrated what many women already know: Americans are sexually assaulted every 98 seconds and one in six women have faced rape.
“It took me years to label what happened to me as sexual assault,” said Pittsburgh city councilwoman Natalia Rudiak.
She wrote in a Facebook post Monday, “No one would even dare suspect I’ve been raped. But I have. It happened to me.” She continued: “I’ve been touched inappropriately by donors and come on to by so-called political ‘allies’? And physically intimidated by men in politics.””I never wanted my political adversaries to see this as a vulnerability to exploit. I never wanted to be seen as weak,” Rudiak said.
“There’s no more room for judgment. There’s no more room for shaming,” said Whitney Wolfe Herd.
Wolfe Herd is the founder and CEO of the social platform Bumble. She says the digital harassment she experienced ultimately influenced her business model.
“I was being harassed daily,” she said. “We really have a zero tolerance policy for harassment in our platform or at our office. It’s incredibly important that we all in our own respective fields and industries look in the mirror and say ‘What are we doing to be a part of the solution, not a part of the problem.'”
These personal stories are all just the tip of the iceberg. Many of the women we spoke to want to spread a greater understanding of how often harassment and assault happens in our society. Some women online are calling for men to admit when they have harassed or assaulted someone.
As a result, #IHave is appearing on social media.
Online sex predator sting catches the same man
it caught in 2015
BREMERTON — Among the 20 men arrested within the last week as part of an online sting in Kitsap County was a Bremerton man who was arrested the last time the Washington State Patrol conducted the same sting in 2015.
As part of “Operation Net Nanny,” undercover detectives place online ads or answer them posing as someone else. In one case it was a fictitious 13-year-old boy seeking sex. In another, it was a fictitious mother looking for a man to have sex with her children. When the men seeking sex with children show up at the pre-arranged location they are arrested.
In a media release Tuesday following the conclusion of the operation, the Washington State Patrol announced 18 actual children, not fictitious, were identified as potential victims of sex abuse and eight of the suspects had access to children.
Since authorities began conducting the stings throughout the state in 2015, 135 people have been arrested and investigators identified 22 child victims.
In the state’s first Net Nanny, held in Kitsap County in August 2015, Nikolaus K. Matthews, 26, showed up drunk at a residence where he intended to have sex with an underage girl. Instead, he was arrested and later pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree rape of a child and possession of child pornography. He was sentenced to 14 months in prison.
In his latest case, Matthews made plans on Friday to have sex with a 13-year-old girl and was arrested when he went to the prearranged meeting place. Upon his arrest, Matthews claimed he knew it was a sting, but said he wanted to get help for his alcoholism, according to court documents. He was charged in Kitsap County Superior Court with attempted second-degree rape of a child.
Also arrested as part of the sting was Boyd L. Carter, 41, of Silverdale, a Bremerton High School PTA officer who was charged with attempted second-degree rape of a child and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
The other men arrested as part of the sting are:
Seth J. Curran, 30, Seattle
Christopher R. Johnson, 38, Bremerton
Logan C. Kaseno, 28, Port Orchard
Timothy C. Crow, 55, Port Gamble
Jerry B. Stock II 28, Port Orchard
Gerald S. Complita, 57, Olalla
Brandon J. Lum, 29, Carson
Jeremy K. Ziesing, 39, Orting
Kryan J. Lien, 49, Silverdale
Roderick A. Rigmaiden, 20, Renton
Steven A. Pemberton, 36, Silverdale
Anthony J. Budd, 30, Shelton
Jainend Kumar, 50, Puyallup
Michael A. Feola, 44, Silverdale
Jacob W. Schaefer, 44, Olalla
Anthony D. Diorio, 57, Bremerton
Teren N.T. Lee, 34, Bremerton
Norman W. Pauley Jr., 45, Kent, Washington
Rape, sexual battery, additional child pornography charges brought against Rapides man
BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry announced additional criminal charges have been brought against Michael Wayne Tipton of Alexandria.
“It is a disturbing trend that those who view and distribute child pornography often are also hands-on offenders,” said General Landry. “My office will not rest in our efforts to arrest child predators and help rescue their victims.”
Tipton was arrested (4th story on link) by the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation last week on possession and distribution of sexual abuse images/videos of children (under the age of 13).
Upon further analysis of the evidence obtained through this investigation and arrest, Tipton has been additionally charged with one count of first degree rape, four counts of oral sexual battery, three counts of possession of sexual abuse images/videos of children, three counts of distribution of sexual abuse images/videos of children, one count of production of sexual abuse images/videos of children (under the age of 13), and three counts of production of sexual abuse images/videos of children (over 13, but still a minor).
Tipton was booked into the Rapides Detention Center, where he is currently being held on a $600,000 bail.
“Oftentimes people think that once an alleged perpetrator is arrested the case it over; but as it is in this case, we continue to track leads and investigate further,” said General Landry. “Our team’s efforts to get justice is aided heavily by the press sharing the news and the public sharing their information and concerns with us.”
General Landry’s Cyber Crime Unit has investigated thousands of computer crimes that have victimized children from infants to 16 years of age. To report child exploitation, call the Louisiana Bureau of Investigation at 800-256-4506.
Rapides Parish, LA
KIPP Explore Academy staffer on the run
after indecency charge
A staff member at KIPP Explore Academy was fired amid an investigation into child indecency allegations
By Marla Carter
HOUSTON, Texas (KTRK) -- A former staff member at KIPP Explore Academy who has been charged with indecency with a child is on the loose.
Brandon McElveen, 33, worked at the school. Parents said he was involved in athletics.
Neither police nor the school will elaborate on the allegations, but the superintendent said it fired McElveen after learning about the allegations.
"It was disappointing. I was sad. I was really broken because KIPP is very careful on the people that they hire," said parent Rita Delarosa.
KIPP Houston Public Schools confirmed to Eyewitness News the contents of a letter sent to parents on Monday informing them of allegations against McElveen.
According to the letter, McElveen was placed on administrative leave when school leaders found out about allegations of indecency with a child against their staff member. He has since been terminated, said KIPP Superintendent Sehba Ali.
The letter did not indicate whether McElveen is accused of any incidents on campus.
KIPP assured parents in the letter that its employees go through regular and mandatory training through a Texas state-approved program aimed at preventing child sexual abuse.
"We have protocol for staff, students, and families to report suspected abuse," the letter stated, though no specifics of McElveen's case were detailed. "We have programs in place for supporting students and their families when they come forward."
McElveen's neighbors said officers were looking for him on Tuesday morning, a day after parents received the letter. They said they haven't seen him for a couple of weeks and were concerned to learn the news.
KIPP, the Knowledge is Power Program, is a non-profit network of 209 college-preparatory, public charter schools educating early childhood, elementary, middle, and high school students.
Texas Teen Mentor Convicted on Child Pornography Charges
by MERRILL HOPE
A Texas teen mentor and founder of a nonprofit youth organization pleaded guilty Monday to the charge of sexual exploitation of a child, also known as production of child pornography, announced Abe Martinez, acting U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Texas.
Kevin Ray McMillan, 37, may face anywhere from 15 to 30 years behind bars with a $250,000 fine as a result of his conviction. According to police documents, McMillan briefly mentored teenagers at the Boys and Girls Clubs of America in Corpus Christi from about October 2016 until December 2016. He also founded Texas Youth Entrepreneurs, a nonprofit youth organization that claimed to mentor aspiring future business owners.
In May, Corpus Christi police learned from the parents of a 13-year-old girl that McMillan had sent sexually explicit text messages to their daughter. The female minor identified a second juvenile, a 14-year-old girl who McMillan also communicated with by cell phone. Investigators met with and forensically interviewed this other youth, dubbed “Jane Doe,” and her parents.
The 14-year-old disclosed she engaged in sex acts with McMillan at an area recording studio he allegedly used for his business, Texas Youth Entrepreneurs. Officers examined her cell phone, finding the image of a male performing oral sex on a female, which Jane Doe confirmed as herself and McMillan.
Subsequently, Corpus Christi police obtained an arrest warrant and apprehended McMillan on May 18 while he traveled to purportedly meet Jane Doe and engage in sexual activity, the criminal complaint stated. McMillan denied any physical contact with the girl beyond hugging, although he admitted to exchanging text messages and having flirtatious conversations. However, when investigators showed McMillan the photo of a male performing oral sex on a female he identified the man in the photo as himself. He denied taking any cell phone shots and said he did not know Jane Doe took any pictures. He told officers they were alone in the studio when the sex act occurred. McMillan also admitted he asked Jane Doe to have a three-way with other minors. He has remained in police custody since his arrest.
In late May, the Boys and Girls Clubs issued a statement indicating: “…we have no reason to believe that the alleged incident involved any Club members of the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Coastal Bend, nor occurred in any of our Club facilities,” according to KRIS.
U.S. District Judge John Rainey set McMillan’s sentencing date for January 22, 2018. In addition to serving prison time, McMillan could face supervised release after completion of his sentence. In a press release, the U.S. Attorney’s office noted the court may also impose special conditions that limit or eliminate his exposure to children and prohibit his use of the Internet.
This case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the U.S. Department of Justice, to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Shepherded by U.S. Attorney’s Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals, who sexually exploit children, and identify and rescue victims. Homeland Security Investigations led the probe, aided by the Corpus Christi Police Department’s Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Florida man found guilty of traveling to Philippines to have sex with children, recording abuse
VENICE, Fla. - A Venice man could spend the rest of his life in federal prison after a jury convicted him of producing child porn and traveling overseas to have sex with children.
A federal jury has found David Paul Lynch, 57, guilty of eight counts of producing and attempting to produce child pornography, two counts of traveling with the intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, one count of receiving child pornography, and one count of possessing child pornography, according to a news release from the Department of Justice.
Lynch traveled to the Philippines regularly between 2005 and 2016 to have sex with children, according to testimony and evidence presented at trial. During those trips, he would make recordings of the abuse.
Before his trips, Lynch communicated online with individuals in the Philippines in order to locate children to sexually exploit.
Lynch reportedly produced child pornography of at least three Filipino children on these visits. He also solicited child pornography through email.
He was arrested in San Francisco attempting to board a flight to the Philippines in December 2016.
During a simultaneous search of his home in Venice, Florida, FBI agents located dozens of self-produced images and videos of child pornography from his trips.
Lynch faces a mandatory minimum penalty of 15 years, up to 30 years, in federal prison for each production count, up to 30 years’ imprisonment for each travel count, a mandatory minimum penalty of 5 years, up to 20 years, for receiving child pornography, and up to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography.
His sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 11, 2018.
Man charged with using relative to make child porn
The U.S. District Courthouse in downtown Bay City.(Andrew Dodson | The Bay City Times)
By Cole Waterman mlive.com
BAY CITY, MI -- A Tuscola County man is accused of taking pornographic photos of a young male relative and sending those images across state lines.
A grand jury on Oct. 11 indicted 44-year-old Christopher D. Kilbourn on single counts of sexual exploitation of a child and distribution of child pornography. The former features a statutory minimum of 15 to 30 years in prison, while the latter features a statutory minimum five- to 20-year sentence.
The charges against Kilbourn stem from an investigation that originated in Franklin County, Ohio. According to an affidavit authored by Special Agent Chad Cable of the Department of Homeland Security, his agency and local deputies on Dec. 7, 2016, executed a search warrant on a man's home in Grove City, Ohio.
They found three photographs depicting child pornography on the man's computer. The images all showed a naked prepubescent boy, with one of the images depicting him engaged in a sexual act with an adult man, Cable's affidavit states.
On being interviewed by investigators, the man identified the boy as a relative of Kilbourn. He estimated the boy was about 7 years old and that the photos were taken around 2010, the same year Kilbourn sent them to him over the Internet.
Homeland Security agents and Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies on Oct. 3 executed a search warrant on Kilbourn's Clio home. Cable wrote in his affidavit that Kilbourn waived his Miranda rights and told investigators he took the photos and sent them to the Ohio man via Yahoo Messenger.
Kilbourn on Oct. 5 appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Patricia T. Morris for a detention hearing in the federal courthouse in Bay City. The hearing was also attended by Kilbourn's wife, three minor children, parents, and pastor.
During the hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Blaine T. Longsworth told Morris that Kilbourn and the Ohio man once met in person at a nudist colony in northern Michigan. Kilbourn was there with the same boy, Longsworth added.
Longsworth also informed Morris that Kilbourn gave investigators a statement in which he said that between 2006 and 2009, he was under a lot of stress from financial and family issues, which caused him to not think clearly. During this span, Kilbourn would shower with his child relative and, on no more than five occasions, he would fondle the boy's penis.
Kilbourn added he also received several photos depicting sexual abuse of a male child from the Ohio man, Longsworth said. Kilbourn told investigators he was "willing to go counseling and none of this will ever happen again," Longsworth added.
In addition, a 4-year-old female relative of Kilbourn was interviewed by a forensic examiner on Oct. 4. She said Kilbourn sometimes lets her "touch his boy parts," Longsworth told the magistrate judge.
Defense attorney Joan Morgan asked Morris to release Kilbourn on bond, citing his lack of criminal history and his unlikelihood of being a flight risk. She also encouraged he be released so he could continue working in his profession as a robotic engineer to support his family.
Morgan added that Kilbourn in 2006 was questioned by Flint Township police regarding a sexual assault complaint, but no charges were filed against him.
Longsworth objected to Kilbourn being released. Morris sided with Longsworth and ordered Kilbourn held in custody pending trial.
Kilbourn is next to appear in court for a preliminary examination at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 17.
Idaho man charged with CSA & sick ritualized abuse
By Keith Kinnaird
SANDPOINT — A rural Priest River man has been arrested on a host of child sex abuse charges, court records show.
Dana Andrew Furtney is charged with lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor, sexual battery of a child and ritualized abuse. He made an initial appearance in Bonner County Magistrate Court on Friday.
Judge Tera Harden set Furtney’s bail at $500,000 and appointed a public defender to represent him, court documents indicate. The court also entered an order forbidding Furtney from having any form of contact with the alleged victims.
Furtney, 48, is accused of committing sexual battery of a teen via lewd conduct from 2013 to 2014, when the girl was 16-17 years old. He accused of engaging in lewd conduct with a 14-year-old girl during the same time frame, according to the criminal complaint.
Furtney is further accused of forcing a child between the ages of 11-12 years old to consume human feces and urine as part of a ceremony or rite in 2012 and 2013, the complaint alleges.
A Bonner County sheriff’s deputy received emails outlining the alleged abuse, according to a probable cause affidavit. The messages alleged that Furtney used manipulation and religious beliefs to control the alleged victims.
Furtney told the victims he was able to hear Jesus and that he was to be obeyed, the affidavit said. Moreover, Jesus approved of Furtney’s disciplinary actions and sexual contact as appropriate forms of behavior and punishment.
The alleged victims underwent forensic interviews in Lucas County, Ohio.
One of the victims said he was led to a storage container, where his feet and hands were shackled to a wall. He said he was denied food and forced to consume Furtney’s excrement in what he described as a “dungeon.” One of the female teens gave a similar account, according to court documents.
Furtney, also known as Andrew Furtney, has no prior criminal record in the state of Idaho, according to the state supreme court data repository. Furtney, who lists an address in the 900 block of Peninsula Loop Road, has no pending criminal charges in Lucas County, according to online court records in Ohio.
Video of child's testimony shown in Casper resident's sex assault trial
Shane Sanderson trib.com
A 10-year-old girl described being sexually assaulted by a Casper resident in video footage shown Tuesday to jurors during the second day of Miguel Martinez’s trial.
Miguel is a man of confused gender who sometimes goes by the name Michelle.
In the video, the girl told a forensic interviewer for the Children’s Advocacy Project that Martinez assaulted her in a bathroom. When the interviewer asked the girl what should happen to Martinez, the girl did not hesitate.
Martinez should go to prison, the girl said.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, held in Natrona County District Court, defense attorney Dylan Rosalez implied the interview had included leading questions and suggested that the interviewer had not done enough to learn about drug use in the girl’s home.
The victim’s mother reported the alleged assault in March.
The footage shown Tuesday was dated March 24, a day after police were notified of the alleged assault. In the video, the girl responded to a broad range of questions that served to establish rapport before revealing her story. As the girl hurried through her retelling of events, the interviewer frequently asked follow-up questions.
The girl told the interviewer from beneath a pink blanket that after Martinez assaulted her in the bathroom she ran downstairs and told her mother. Her mother later fought Martinez in a parking lot while the girl hid in a closet, she said.
While the video footage played, Martinez sat watching with something between a frown and a scowl on his face.
After a 15-minute recess, District Attorney Michael Blonigen asked about the girl’s body language and her frequent use of the phrase “I don’t know.” The forensic interviewer said the phrase was often used as a technique to avoid answering uncomfortable questions.
Under cross-examination, the interviewer told Rosalez that she had gone into the interview with “as little information as possible,” and tried to avoid leading questions.
The girl was taken to Wyoming Medical Center for a sexual assault exam on March 23, according to court documents. Nurses found redness and abrasions on the girl’s genitalia.
According to the documents, Martinez was drunk on the night of the assault and a breath test registered a result of .218, nearly three times the legal limit to drive.
Apparently, drunkenness clarifies Martinez' gender confusion.
Martinez is standing trial on one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. If found guilty, Martinez could face up to 70 years in prison.
The trial is scheduled to run through Thursday.
9th Circuit sets aside conviction of Tucson man on years' old child molesting charge
By Howard Fischer Capitol Media Services
PHOENIX -- Citing prosecutorial misconduct and other issues, a federal appeals court on Tuesday overturned the sex abuse conviction of a Tucson man.
Terrence Berg, writing for the three-judge panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals said federal prosecutors improperly commented to jurors about the decision of Christopher James Preston not to testify at his 2015 trial. Berg also said the prosecutor also impermissibly vouched for the credibility of the alleged victim and misstated the evidence in the summation.
But that wasn't all.
Berg said jurors were improperly given testimony that was designed to bolster the alleged victim's credibility. And he said jurors also never should have been heard from Preston's ex-wife regarding a child-incest fantasy he supposedly had after the alleged incident but before his arrest.
According to court records Preston lived with his then-wife on the Tohono O'odham reservation where he worked as an electrician.
In 1998 Preston was an assistant coach for the Thornydale Little League. He arranged for the victim, 10 at the time, to join the team.
Given logistical challenges, the child's parents generally did not transport him to games or practices. Instead, Preston did.
On some weekends, when there were multiple games, the boy stayed at Preston's home.
By 2012, living in Kansas, the victim was having troubles with the law and abusing drugs and alcohol. After being treated in the emergency room for an anxiety attack, the victim told his mother that Preston had molested him in 1998.
Tribal police eventually arrested Preston.
At trial, the only direct evidence came from the victim. Preston did not testify directly, instead relying on denials he had given to police.
A jury found him guilty on two counts. He was sentenced to 162 months in prison and lifetime supervised release.
Berg said he and his appellate court colleagues found a series of problems in how the trial was conducted.
For example, he said, the victim's therapist never should have been permitted to offer testimony saying not only how she believed he was telling the truth but also her opinion about whether sex abuse victims generally tell the truth.
I'm obviously not a litigator, but what would be wrong with that?
The judge also found fault with the prosecutor, in closing arguments, telling jurors that the defense was asking them to believe the victim was "making up these allegations because he is a vicious, cold, calculating human being'' and he was "truly despicable and evil and lying about everything for no reasons.''
In fact, Berg said, Preston's attorney never made any such claim, instead providing expert testimony that the victim may have experienced memory problems as a consequence of his drug use.
There was no immediate response from the U.S. Attorney's Office on the ruling or whether prosecutors will seek a new trial.
As they should, with a new prosecutor!