Child sex abuse charges filed against
"The man was arrested by State Crime Command's Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group. He will appear in the Maroochydore Magistrates Court on Nov 13, 2017."
Local media said he would fight the charges. "It's been 15 years I've been subject to this," News Ltd media quoted him as saying.
Volkers coached two-time Olympic champion Susie O'Neill and two-time world breaststroke champion Sam Riley.
He was arrested in Australia in 2002 on charges of indecent behaviour. The charges were dropped for lack of evidence, but he was banned from working with children under the age of 16.
He has consistently denied the allegations against him.
He moved to Brazil in 2011 and became the swimming coach at the Minas Tennis Club in Belo Horizonte, which has produced some of Brazil's best swimmers.
He coached Brazil's Olympic gold medallist Cesar Cielo, but was excluded from the Brazilian team at the Rio Olympics last year at the request of the Australian Olympic Committee.
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A Timmins, Ontario court heard harrowing details Wednesday of a man who created child pornography with his one-year-old daughter.
Assistant Crown Attorney Rob Parsons told the court, computer forensic analysis revealed the accused communicated online with individuals who shared an interest in collecting child pornography. The court heard he sent digital photographs and videos of him and his daughter, both naked and depicting sexual acts.
One of the individuals he communicated with resided in Moore County, North Carolina, where police uncovered a video showing a man ejaculating on the face of an infant. Parsons said at the end of the video, the child is seen rubbing its eyes and crying.
Police in North Carolina notified the Royal Canadian Mounted Police of the video which they said had been obtained from a Canadian.
The accused and his daughter are the ones featured in that video, Parsons confirmed.
The Daily Press is not publishing the name of the perpetrator in this case as it would indirectly identify the victim, and there is a publication ban protecting the child’s name.
The court heard Timmins Police launched an investigation on Jan. 13, 2016, resulting in the accused being arrested.
Police executed a search warrant at the Timmins residence and seized numerous electronic devices including a cellular phone, which, Parsons said, a quick look-through revealed a photo of the man’s daughter, with her head next to her father’s penis.
Computer forensic officers ultimately obtained from those electronic devices 3,675 photographic images and 102 videos which police deemed to be of “investigative” interest.
The accused has been in custody since the arrest. Defence lawyer Ben Dawkins offered the court on Wednesday a tally of 641 days in pre-plea custody.
Despite the sexual abuse, the young victim still asks for her father, the girl’s mother revealed to the court. “She misses him so greatly but luckily does not yet understand what has occurred,” the mom wrote in a victim-impact statement which Parsons read to the court.
“Anytime she cries, she calls for him and all I can say is, ‘sorry honey, your daddy is out of town.’”
The mom said has learned that pedophilia is a psychological “disease” and she expressed hope that the accused “will be able to get the help he needs to overcome it.”
It's more of a spiritual disease than a psychological one. Paedophiles motives, I believe, are more about the destruction of innocence, or the violation of the sacred than about sexual desire.
I hope the judge has the decency to put this man away until the child is an adult before she has to face him.
She added, “I feel sorry for him as nothing is ever going to be truly stable for the rest of his life. Nor will he be able to have a proper relationship with his daughter. At least he will never have to hear her calling and crying out for him, to have him sooth away her pain or to see her push my hand away because all she wants is him. It breaks my heart that this has happened and these memories will never go away.”
Sentencing was adjourned to Nov. 6, as a tentative date.
A former teacher in Alberta who is now the principal of a school in Newfoundland has been charged with sexual offences against a young person dating back to the mid-1990s, when he was working in the Fort Vermilion School Division.
The charges stem from a complaint made of offences alleged to have occurred between 1994 and 1996, RCMP said in a news release.
Sheppard is principal of Fortune Bay Academy in St. Bernard's, about 270 kilometres west of St. John's.
A spokesperson for the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District said officials became aware Friday that an employee has been charged with offences in Alberta. "The employee has been placed on leave and will not be involved in any school activities," district spokesperson Ken Morrissey said in an emailed statement.
Fortune Bay Academy in the town of St. Bernard's, NL, some 270 kilometres west of St. John's. (Newfoundland & Labrador English School District website)
Mike McMann, superintendent of the Fort Vermilion School Division, told CBC News on Friday that Sheppard had been a teacher at one of the division's schools in the 1990s.
McMann said the division will not disclose the name of the school, nor any further details, out of "respect for the alleged victim and their family."
McMann said the school division is co-operating with the RCMP.
Sheppard is due in Fort Vermilion provincial court on Dec. 5.
(dated July 2017)
A male teacher from the Elk Island Public School Division has been charged with sexual offences against a female student.
It is alleged the offences took place between May 1, 2015 and Sept. 1, 2015, police said
The victim and her family are being offered support from the Strathcona County victim services unit.
Forsyth was a teacher at Bev Facey Community High School in Sherwood Park, and was head coach of its wrestling team in March.
"As a result of this investigation, and in the interests of ensuring the safety and well-being of our students, steps were taken to ensure that the teacher was no longer in a position to interact with EIPS students," the school division said.
Forsyth has been released with several conditions. His next court appearance is set for Aug. 30 in Sherwood Park provincial court.
There has been no apparent follow-up by news sources on this file.
I love to see my daughters getting involved in sport. Kids need to have interests outside school, things which challenge and bring out the best of them. It gives me a great feeling to see how much enjoyment they get out of athletics and tae-kwon-do and music.
When we talk about these activities, I hear the names of the guys who coach them: Declan in athletics, Dan at martial arts, Keith at band practice. People like this play a special part in your life. You remember them for a long time. I've forgotten most of the stuff I studied in the Leaving but there are matches, races and even training sessions which come back to me clear as day.
My overwhelming feeling towards the people who coached and helped me out then is one of gratitude. I'll always have fond memories of Paddy Nangle and Christy Gallagher at Gaelic football, of John Hogge at soccer and Christine Hannon at badminton. Hardly a week goes by without me thinking fondly of training for athletics with Padraig Callaghan.
Ronan McCormack who trained me for Community Games and, briefly, for Gaelic football. Ronan McCormack who three years ago was jailed for seven years and 10 months, two years suspended, for sexually assaulting five underage footballers from my club between 1981 and 1986.
They were a few years younger than me, those lads. But I knew them, one of them particularly well because he lived just down the road and was a good friend of my brother's. You could not, and I don't exaggerate, have met a nicer man.
I wrote about the McCormack case not just to condemn the perpetrator but to salute the courage of those men who brought him to justice by testifying in court and reliving memories which they admitted had been enormously painful. The case still haunts me. My brothers or I could have been targeted by Ronan McCormack. It was just pure luck that we weren't.
Anyone can become a victim of abuse. The victim contributes nothing to the offence.
Back in the 1980s, sexual abuse was a taboo subject. Things are different these days. We're all aware of how children have been betrayed by people in positions of authority. I don't live in fear but I'm aware that putting your kids in the hands of someone else does require a certain amount of trust. You let them out into the world and you pray they never meet a Ronan McCormack.
By doing so they change what should have been precious memories into nightmares. Fr Brian D'Arcy's comment that Tom Humphries's victim "has got a life sentence" rings true. At the McCormack trial, one of his victims said, "That man has ruined a lot of my life." Another spoke of how heartbreaking it was for him to tell his teenage daughters what had happened to him. Sexual abuse is in a way like an ongoing murder, an assault which continues long after the dates named in court. That is its essential horror.
We overuse the language of morality in sports journalism. We go on about players 'lacking moral courage' when they won't pass the ball short, about 'unforgivable cynicism' when one man pulls another's jersey, or a player making a few bob out of the game 'destroying the spirit of the GAA'. But the Humphries case shows up how meaningless this kind of rhetoric is.
Here was a real moral issue to be addressed. Yet the way in which certain well-known journalists, sportsmen and pundits actually dealt with it betrayed a kind of moral blindness.
In this respect, one of the most jaw-dropping aspects of the whole affair was how, in 2012, David Walsh took umbrage at Matt Cooper's suggestion that Tom Humphries was in the same league as Lance Armstrong. Not at all, said Walsh, before embarking upon one more defence of Humphries.
Walsh was right but not in the way he thought. There is no comparison between Armstrong and Humphries. Doping might be an offence against the spirit of sport but child sexual abuse is an offence against the spirit of humanity and in particular against the spirit of the abused child. The happiness of one child is worth every Tour de France ever raced.
I salute everyone who finds the courage to stand up against their abusers. I don't think I would be so brave. And I hope that in the end Tom Humphries's victim can find some kind of peace. That is the most important thing of all about this case.
A HIGH-flying banker has been caged after he was caught on Facebook Live by paedophile hunters trying to meet a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Citibank business manager Balachandran Kavungalparambath, 38, travelled more than 100 miles to meet the teen, who was really vigilantes posing as an underage girl.
Over 130,000 people watched a Facebook live stream of the sting as extracts of his warped Whatsapp conversations were read back to him.
He tried to worm his way out by claiming he just wanted to have lunch withe the made-up youngster. But when he is asked to empty his rucksack, perfume and condoms are placed on the table in front of him.
He claimed he wasn't meeting the girl for sex but had condoms.
Kavungalparambath was jailed for 15 months at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday after admitting to attempting to arrange or facilitate the commission of child sex abuse.
He was also placed on the sex offender register for ten years and given a ten-year sexual harm prevention order.
After initially claiming "she told me that she was 18", he admitted that the 'girl' told him that she was 14. He said: "She told me...whoever the person was that spoke to me that she had a desire and she wanted to have sex, but that was not my intention and I had chatted with her."
After constantly repeating "Jesus Christ", and "please", he said: "It's not right. I accept my mistake."
When asked what would happen to him as punishment, he added: "I will have to leave the country. I am from India."
He worked for Citibank as a business manager. "I lose my job, I have to leave the country." He then weeps as he claims he had no intention of having sex with her.
A spokesperson for Citibank said: "This individual is not a Citi employee any longer. The offences are abhorrent."