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
Wednesday, 28 February 2018
Colorado youth pastor had sexual relationship with 17-year-old youth group memberKurt Sevits
PARKER, Colo. -- A former Parker youth pastor arrested on child sex assault charges began a sexual relationship with a member of his church's youth group when the girl was 17 years old, according to an arrest affidavit.
Joshua Clemons, 35, was arrested Tuesday by the Denver Police Department amid an ongoing investigation into allegations he sexually assaulted at least one member of the youth program he led at Crossroads Community Church. While the church is located in Parker, the alleged abuse occurred at Clemons' home in Denver.
Clemons worked as a youth pastor at the Parker church from 2008 through September 2015, the police department said.
The affidavit states that Clemons and the alleged victim knew each other since the girl was in fifth grade, but they didn't begin a sexual relationship until September 2014 – when she was 17 years old.
The alleged victim told police that Clemons had admitted to kissing two other girls in the youth group but police didn't provide any further details about those incidents.
The investigation began in February 2018, when the pastor at Crossroads Community Church informed police that the church learned of the relationship between Clemons and the alleged victim in December 2016. But Clemons claimed at the time that the affair didn't begin until October 2015, several months after the girl turned 18.
The pastor reported the case in 2016 because he was concerned that the relationship had actually started when she was a minor, the affidavit states. At the time, police said no crime had been committed.
The pastor then went back to police in February of this year after hearing from the alleged victim's mother, who was concerned that Clemons was being hired as a youth pastor by another church, according to a statement from church leadership.
In an interview with police a few days later, the alleged victim said she and Clemons first had sexual intercourse in June 2015 when she was a 17-year-old senior in high school, but they had kissed and had other sexual contact before then. Clemons was married at the time but told the girl that he wanted to divorce his wife to be with her, the affidavit states.
Clemons knew the girl was underage and even gave her a card with a message along the lines of "We're legal" on her 18th birthday, according to the affidavit.
The relationship continued when the alleged victim graduated from high school and enrolled at Colorado State University, the affidavit states. The alleged victim told police that Clemons visited her almost daily and the two continued to have sex regularly.
At one point, Clemons went to a pharmacy and bought Plan B - the so-called "morning after pill" -- and made the alleged victim take the medication.
The relationship ended in late 2017, the affidavit states, at which point the alleged victim said Clemons started "stalking" her and showing up at her new church. The alleged victim threatened Clemons with a restraining order, according to the affidavit.
In October 2017, the alleged victim was on a retreat with a different church when she decided to disclose the relationship for the first time, according to the affidavit, and the person she told decided to report the relationship since she was concerned that Clemons may still have access to young girls.
In a letter to the congregation, Crossroads Community Church leaders said the church conducts background checks on all new hires and repeats those checks every two years but in light of the allegations, leaders would be reviewing policies to prevent anything similar from happening in the future.
Parker and Denver police are looking for any possible further victims or witnesses to the alleged abuse. Anyone with information is asked to contact Parker Police Detective Wilson at 303-805-6561 or via email at email@example.com.
Serial pedophile sentenced to >300 years for sexual assaults on 6 children, released from Colorado prison
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. -- A man who had been sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison on child sex abuse charges has been released after Colorado's highest court declined to hear his case.
District Attorney Dan Rubinstein confirmed to KJCT-TV in Grand Junction that Michael McFadden, 46, was released from the Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility in Ordway Tuesday.
KJCT reports McFadden was convicted in 2015 of sexually assaulting six young children and sentenced to a minimum of 316 years in prison.
McFadden appealed his conviction, saying that delays leading up to his trial violated state laws requiring a speedy trial. The Colorado Court of Appeals ruled in McFadden's favor last June and threw out his conviction, KJCT reports.
The state then submitted an appeal to the Colorado Supreme Court, which declined to hear the case, leaving the lower court ruling in place.
Someone should be fired for allowing this to happen! A pedophile's rights to a speedy trial are protected by the courts, but the rights of 6 children to justice, and who knows how many more to protection, are completely ignored. Criminals have much louder voices than children and courts grease the squeaky wheel and ignore the broken one. This is horrifying! Children are going to suffer! The justice system needs a makeover.
Federal lawsuit accuses Aurora volleyball coach, club of covering up sex abuse
A new federal class-action lawsuit accuses Aurora volleyball coach Rick Butler, his wife and their volleyball program of committing fraud by covering up alleged sexual abuse by Butler against "no fewer than six" underage girls.
On behalf of "potentially thousands" of parents who enrolled their kids in Butler's programs, the mother of a girl he coached is suing him, Cheryl Butler and Great Lakes Volleyball, including Sports Performance Volleyball Club and Great Lakes Center.
The complaint, filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court, seeks a jury trial, monetary compensation for fees paid to Great Lakes, statutory penalties, attorneys' costs and injunctive relief requiring the Butlers to disclose "the true nature of Butler's sexual abuse of underage girls" to current and prospective players and parents.
The amount sought exceeds $5 million, according to the complaint, which details allegations by five of the women who say Butler sexually abused or assaulted them when they were underage in the 1980s. He was never criminally charged.
Jay Edelson, whose law firm is representing plaintiff Laura Mullen pro-bono, said while the payout they're seeking would include a return of all the money Rick Butler has made through coaching youth, the lawsuit is about more than that.
"The real goal here is, our view is if we are able to prove our allegations, we think that Rick and Cheryl shouldn't be coaching minors anymore," Edelson said.
If Mullen and other parents in the class action had known that a "child sexual predator" would be coaching their teenage daughters, they never would have sent them to Sports Performance or given money to the program, the complaint states.
Though not exclusively, Great Lakes Volleyball Center hosts Sports Performance, a training program which fields youth volleyball teams for national competitions, has won dozens of national titles and has helped send hundreds of players to Division I schools with full scholarships, according to the complaint.
Edelson said he has two teenage children, a girl and a boy, who both play volleyball in the Chicago area. "When I started hearing the stories of people we were speaking to, it to it just hit home," Edelson said. "Our firm thought it was a place we might be able to help out." They started investigating for the litigation well before USA Volleyball banned Butler for life in December, he said.
The 72-page complaint states the Butlers and Great Lakes Volleyball got parents and youth players to join Sports Performance based on false information. For years, the complaint alleges, the Butlers, Great Lakes and others have pressured Rick Butler's accusers into silence, often by threatening to end their futures in volleyball; and have misrepresented or purposefully omitted his history of sexually abusing teenage girls under his training and supervision.
"Worse, they have persistently intimidated and attempted to discredit the few of his victims brave enough to come forward by exerting emotional and psychological control over them," the complaint states.
A spokesperson said Mullen is not giving interviews. Rick and Cheryl Butler could not immediately be reached. Cheryl Butler's email said she was out of the office from Feb. 23 through March 5. No attorneys for the Butlers or Great Lakes had been entered in court by Wednesday morning. Attorney Tracy Stanker of Ekl, Williams & Provenzale, which has represented Rick Butler in other litigation, said her firm will not be representing Butler in the federal lawsuit.
Alabama man charged with child sexual abuse
By Stephanie Taylor
Christopher Cody Stutts, 36, was charged with sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 and second-degree sodomy.
Members of the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit responded to a home in the 12000 block of Mulligan Drive Friday on a sexual assault call. A 14-year-old girl reported that Stutts had assaulted her on Friday and had been for the last three years.
Stutts remained in the Tuscaloosa County Jail Wednesday with bond set at $40,000.
Missouri man pleads guilty in child sex abuse case
By Nicole Cooke
A Sedalia man has entered a guilty plea to eight charges stemming from a child sexual abuse case in early 2017.
Christopher Richard, 41, entered a guilty plea Wednesday morning in Pettis County Circuit Court to two counts of first-degree child molestation, two counts of first-degree statutory sodomy, three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor and one count of sexual misconduct involving a minor.
Richard was originally scheduled for a two-day jury trial to take place Wednesday and Thursday in Cooper County after a change of venue motion was previously granted. Due to the trial being canceled for the plea entry, Wednesday’s hearing was in Pettis County.
Since it was an open plea, meaning there was no plea agreement arranged ahead of the hearing, a sentencing hearing has been scheduled for April 27 in Cooper County.
According to Judge Jeff Mittelhauser during the hearing, first-degree child molestation carries a punishment ranging from 10 to 30 years or life in prison with no eligibility for early parole. First-degree statutory sodomy carries a punishment ranging from 10 years to life in prison with no eligibility for early parole until 85 percent of the sentence is served.
Michigan man gets 24 years in prison for sexually assaulting child on Indian reservation
By Brandon Champion firstname.lastname@example.org
MARQUETTE, MI - A Michigan man has been sentenced for engaging in sexual contact with a child under 12 on a reservation in the Upper Peninsula.
Patrick Roy Wandahsega, 40, of Wilson, was sentenced to 24 years in prison by U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
The charge stems from a December 2015 incident in which Wandahsega sexually abused a 6-year-old child at his home on the Hannahville reservation in the Western U.P.
Hannahville law enforcement became aware of the incident when the victim reported the abuse to relatives and later a physician. After an extensive investigation, a federal grand jury indicted Wandahsega on two counts including Aggravated Sexual Abuse of a Child and Abusive Sexual Contact Involving Young Children.
On October 27, 2017, after a four-day trial, the jury found Wandahsega guilty of the second charge. U.S. District Court Judge Paul L. Maloney rendered the sentence.
The Hannahville Tribal Police and the Federal Bureau of Investigation investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorneys Hannah N. Bobee and Paul D. Lochner prosecuted the case.
Woman says she had Steve Wynn's child after 1970s rape, according to police report
By ASSOCIATED PRESS
Disgraced casino mogul Steve Wynn.
(Charles Krupa / AP)
A woman told police she had a child with casino mogul Steve Wynn after he raped her, while another reported she was forced to resign from a Las Vegas job after she refused to have sex with him.
The Associated Press on Tuesday obtained copies of police reports recently filed by the two women with allegations dating to the 1970s. Police in Las Vegas revealed earlier this month that they had taken the statements after a news report in January revealed sexual misconduct allegations against the billionaire.
Wynn has vehemently denied the accusations and attributed them to a campaign led by his ex-wife, whose attorney has denied that she instigated the report by the Wall Street Journal.
One police report says a woman told officers that Wynn raped her at least three times around 1973 and 1974 at her Chicago apartment. She reported she got pregnant and gave birth to a girl in a gas station restroom.
In one instance, the woman claimed that Wynn pinned her against a refrigerator in her apartment and raped her. She said he then made a phone call, kissed her on the cheek and left. The report does not explain how Wynn allegedly entered the apartment or whether Wynn and woman knew each other. The woman said she did not give him a key.
The second police report says a woman told police she had consensual sex with Wynn "several times" while she worked as a dealer at the Golden Nugget downtown Las Vegas casino-hotel, but "felt coerced to perform the acts." She said she was forced to resign when she turned him down.
"In the [s]ummer of 1976, Wynn approached her in the back hall and wanted her to go with him," according to a report filed Jan. 29. "(S)he told him, 'no,' she was done and had someone she was seeing. She was soon after accused of stealing $40 and forced to resign."
The women's names are redacted on the reports, and police said they do not identify people who say they are victims of sex crimes.
The Las Vegas case will not be investigated because the statute of limitations in Nevada is 20 years.
Wynn resigned as chairman and CEO of Wynn Resorts on Feb. 6, less than two weeks after the Wall Street Journal reported that a number of women said he harassed or assaulted them and that one case led to a $7.5-million settlement.
Ralph Frammolino, spokesman for Wynn, did not immediately respond to an emailed request for comment.
Wynn Resorts is facing scrutiny by gambling regulators in Nevada and Massachusetts, where the company is building a roughly $2.4-billion casino just outside Boston. Regulators in Macau, the Chinese enclave where the company operates two casinos, are also inquiring about the allegations.
In addition, groups of shareholders have filed lawsuits in state court in Las Vegas accusing Wynn and the board of directors of Wynn Resorts of breaching their fiduciary duties by ignoring what the lawsuits described as a longstanding pattern of sexual abuse and harassment by the company's founder.
Hope Hicks resigns from White House after being thrust into the spotlight with Rob Porter scandal
Hope Hicks is resigning from her position as White House communications director.
Hicks was thrust into the spotlight when then-White House staff secretary Rob Porter was accused of physical and emotional abuse by his two ex-wives.
Hicks was reportedly dating Porter at the time. Despite this, sources told CNN that Hicks was involved in crafting an official statement from the White House chief of staff, John Kelly, supporting Porter.
"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him," Kelly's statement said. "He is a friend, a confidante, and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him."
Hicks is notoriously low-key, and rarely speaks to the media on the record. The Porter scandal marked one of the first times she was not able to stay on the sidelines, but instead became the center of conversation.
As Hicks prepares to exit the White House, it's hard to imagine that the Porter controversy — and the spotlight it cast on Hicks' life — did not play a role for the 29-year-old.
Rob Porter Revelation: The Mormon Church’s Abuse Problem Goes All the Way Back
by Rhett Wilkinson
Porter resigned as White House staff secretary after his former wives, Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, accused Porter of abusing them, as has been all over the news this month.
John Kelly & Rob Porter
The wives also said that they had said the same to Mormon bishops years before, and the men did not believe them or did not help these women in such great need.
The neglect of and practice of abuse, often sexual abuse, are problems that plague the Mormon church and have since its beginning.
In the cases of the ex-wives, Holderness gave the Daily Mail a photo of her with a black eye that Porter admitted he took, telling that media company that her bishop did nothing for her.
“It wasn’t until I went to a secular counselor at my workplace one summer and told him what was going on that he was the first person, and not a male religious leader, who told me that what was happening was not OK,” she told the Daily Mail.
Willoughby told The Intercept that when she talked with her bishop about the problems with Porter, the bishop responded by considering public relations for Porter.
“Keep in mind, Rob has career ambitions,” he said, as Willoughby told the media outlet.
Willoughby wrote in a blog post last year: “When I tried to get help, I was counseled to consider carefully how what I said might affect his career. And so I kept my mouth shut and stayed.”
Generally, just in the past five years, sexual abuse cases have been rampant.
Last year, there was former bishop Erik Hughes who was sent to prison for sexually abusing teen boys; a similar sentence for Darran Scott, a high priest, for the same thing; and Judge Thomas Low who, with the rape survivor in the room, praised the abuser Keith Robert Vallejo, also a former bishop. Low called Vallejo an “extraordinarily good man.”
And there was MormonLeaks’ 316-page report with instances of child sexual abuse over nearly six decades.
The year before that, more than 20 men filed lawsuits against the church alleging that the organization and the Boy Scouts of America covered up sexual misconduct performed on them.
And a fifth individual filed a lawsuit against the church in accusations of sexual abuse while in the organization’s “Lamanite Placement Program,” also called the “Indian Placement Program.”
In 2014, in a lawsuit in Hawaii against the church, two men said they were sexually abused as children for two years on church-owned property. And yet another former bishop, Michael Wayne Coleman, was arrested and charged for allegedly luring a minor for sexual exploitation.
In 2013, bishop Todd Michael Edwards got three years for molesting two teenage girls.
Also, in 2010, former bishop Lon Kennard Sr., was charged with 43 felony counts of sex abuse and sexual exploitation of children, being sentenced to three terms of five years to life in prison the following year. In 2008, bishop Timothy McCleve was sentenced after pleading guilty to sexually molesting children. In 2001, the church paid a $3 million settlement to Jeremiah Scott after he filed a lawsuit against the church, accusing an attempted coverup of sexual abuse.
A webpage from the nonprofit Mormon Stories Foundation titled “Stories about child/sexual abuse in the LDS church” links to nearly a dozen-and-a-half stories related to the issue.
And at least sexual-misconduct issues go back to church founder Joseph Smith, who had sex with perhaps seven females who were 18 or younger (young even for that 1830s and ‘40s era) and perhaps 11 women who were married to other men. The church itself has admitted that Smith had a teen bride and was married to other men’s wives. That clearly signals sexual abuse.
What other cases are out there?
Let’s not even start in this column about bishops’ invasive interviews with children about sex that is so much a problem that Sam Young, an active Mormon and a former bishop himself, is leading a popular petition about it. Or the church’s approaches and stances towards LGBTQ+ folks, including a Nov. 2015 gay policy wherein 32 suicides by gay Mormon youth that reportedly occurred a mere three months later.
What are conscious but devout Mormons left to do to either double down in their faith or leave it? They promise in the temple ceremony where they believe they learn to reach the highest heaven that they need to be willing to sacrifice so much for the church, they must die for it, if necessary.
Even beyond that, they promise to give all their time, talents, resources and assets to the church. Anyone 56 years and older in the church could have promised in the ceremony for their own salvation to be willing to slit their own throats if they tell the secrets of the temple ceremony.
While the literal motion of doing that in the temple is gone, keeping these cult commitments secret is still a promise.
Talk about culture wars.
Monday, 26 February 2018
In spite of government announcement that
You can't really believe anything that comes out of Nigeria.
Truth seems to be a foreign concept there.By Daniel Uria
Nigerian Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Sunday 110 girls kidnapped by suspected Boko Haram militants, like the ones pictured above, remain missing. File Photo by Usuf Osman/EPA
This photo of captured Boko Haram troops has no date on it, but is certainly not recent.
UPI -- More than 100 girls are missing after suspected Boko Haram militants attacked a school in Nigeria on Monday.
Nigerian Minister of Information Alhaji Lai Mohammed said Sunday 906 female students were at the school on the day of the raid on the Government Girls Science Technical College in Dapchi, Yobe State and 110 girls remain unaccounted for.
"We want to assure Nigerians that no stone will be left unturned in our determination to rescue these girls," he added.
The Yobe State Government had announced Wednesday that 80 girls had been rescued by the Nigerian Army.
The government later retracted the announcement and apologized for the "erroneous" statement, which it said was based on inaccurate information.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari tweeted Friday that the military has been deployed in response to the kidnapping and additional troops and surveillance aircrafts have been sent to monitor the area.
"The entire country stands as one with the families, and with the government and people of Yobe State. This is a national disaster," Buhari wrote. "We are sorry that it happened; we share your pain. Let me assure that our gallant armed forces will locate and safely return all the missing girls."
In 2014, Boko Haram kidnapped 270 girls from a school in the town of Chibok and about 20,000 people have been killed since the terrorist group began its insurgency in 2009.
One of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls was rescued in January , 82 were released in exchange for five top Boko Haram commanders in May 2017 and 21 were freed in October 2016 after negotiations with Boko Haram.
Sunday, 25 February 2018
Child sex abuse survivors form group to oppose John DeFrancisco’s bid for NY governor
The effort is headed by Gary Greenberg (center), a survivor and upstate investor who previously created a political action committee to push for passage of the Child Victims Act (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
BY KENNETH LOVETT
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
ALBANY — An outspoken child sex abuse survivor and two other victims are forming a committee to oppose New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco's bid for governor.
The effort is headed by Gary Greenberg, a survivor and upstate investor who previously created a political action committee to push for passage of the Child Victims Act, which would make it easier for child sex abuse victims to seek justice as adults.
Called Sexual Assault Survivors Against DeFrancisco for Governor, the committee will also include Jason Gough, a former Albany television weatherman who was abused as a child, and Nikki DuBose, a former model who is also a survivor.
"We plan on informing the public of how poor a record Sen. DeFrancisco has on bringing justice for victims of child sex abuse," Greenberg said. "Sen. DeFrancisco has firmly year after year stood with predators."
He noted that recent polls show overwhelming public support for the Child Victims Act.
"We will raise money using Fighting For Children PAC to make sure DeFrancisco never becomes governor," Greenberg said.
DeFrancisco, who is one of three Republicans seeking the nomination for governor, has opposed the Child Victims Act, primarily because of a provision to create a one-year window for victims who under current law can no longer bring a civil case allowing them to do so.
New York State Senate Deputy Majority Leader John DeFrancisco is seeking the nomination for governor. (JEFFERSON SIEGEL/NEW YORK DAILY NEWS)
DeFrancisco spokesman Michael Lawler said the Syracuse Republican has successfully pushed for tougher sex crime laws during his time in the Senate, including co-sponsoring a bill in 2006 that increased the statute of limitations for sex crimes in New York and extending the age at which someone could file civil charges.
"The issue with this bill involves due process: as much as we want offenders locked up and punished it's nearly impossible to reliably try 30- and 40-year old cases," Lawler said. "There has to be balance in the responsible administration of justice."
Gosh, it's being done in hundreds of other jurisdictions, if not thousands. Are they all wrong? How much has the Catholic Church contributed to your election campaigns over the years?
Meanwhile, state Senate Democrats on Tuesday will hold a press conference with advocates to again call on Republicans to keep the Child Victims Act in the final state budget that is being negotiated. Gov. Cuomo included the measure in his proposed 2018-19 spending plan.
"The Senate Republicans have blocked this important bill for too long," said Senate Democratic Minority Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins. "Now is the moment to get this done and we cannot miss this crucial opportunity to provide justice to so many brave survivors. To remove this bill from the budget or water it down would be a disservice to New York."
But a great service to pedophiles all over the state, especially in the churches and synagogues.
Senate Republican spokesman Scott Reif declined comment.
New Jersey Man, Former Coach,
Pleads Guilty To Child Sex Abuse
By Karen Wall, Patch Staff
A Jackson Township man has pleaded guilty to additional charges of sexual contact with two more victims, the Middlesex County prosecutor said.
Christopher Tarver, 46, of Jackson, pleaded guilty last week (12th story on link) to the remaining charges in an indictment, for endangering the welfare of a child in the third degree by engaging in sexual conduct with the child, two counts of official misconduct in the second degree, and one count of engaging in a pattern of official misconduct in the second degree, Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey said.
Tarver was the former Dunellen Recreation director and ex-Middlesex County men's college basketball coach. Under an open plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian Shevlin, Tarver is facing a prison term of up to 25 years to run concurrent to the sentence he will receive for his 2017 trial conviction. As an open plea, there is no agreement as to the time he faces in state prison; that is left to the judge's discretion.
Tarver is scheduled to be sentenced in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Colleen Flynn on May 4. Tarver was previously found guilty on Nov. 15, 2017, by a jury in a sex assault trial of 20 counts including eight counts of endangering the welfare of a child, one count of engaging in a pattern of official misconduct, one count of sexual assault, five counts of criminal sexual contact, four counts of official misconduct, and one count of endangering the welfare of a child in by possessing child pornography.
Tarver is facing up to 50 years in prison, Carey said.
Tarver was arrested and charged during an investigation by Sgt. Frank DiNinno and Sgt. Karleen Duca, both of the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. The investigation began after one of the victims, now adult, notified authorities. That victim was a member of the Monmouth Power Sports Club, a travelling basketball team affiliated with the AAU. Tarver had been the coach and executive director of the team since 1995.
Tarver began working as the Dunellen Recreation director in 2004, but was suspended soon after he was arrested in 2014. Tarver was employed as a men's basketball coach at Middlesex County College from October 21, 2006 to March 5, 2014 and became the college's head basketball coach on June 24, 2010.
Vermont Police Arrest Man at Ski Resort
On Child Sex Abuse Charges
By Dave Copeland, Patch Staff
JAY, VT -- A 29-year-old Peabody man is scheduled to be arraigned in Vermont Monday morning on charges of child sex abuse. Vermont State Police arrested James Henderson, 29, of Peabody, after responding to a report of child sex abuse at a condo at the Jay Peak Ski Resort at 2 a.m. Saturday morning.
Police said Henderson knew his victim but did not elaborate on the nature of their relationship. The female child was, according to police, "the victim of a lewd sexual act" inside the condo. Henderson was being held at the Northern State Correctional Facility after failing to post $7,500 bail.
Eastern Oregon man admits to trying to
have sex with child
Author: Associated Press
HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has accepted a plea deal in which he will spend four years in prison for trying to have sex with a girl younger than 14.
The East Oregonian reported Friday that 24-year-old Dustin Dyer of Hermiston took the deal just days before his scheduled trial. He had been arrested Dec. 31 on charges of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse.
Court records show Dyer pleaded guilty to second-degree attempted rape, stating on his plea petition that he took a substantial step toward having sex with a child.
The state dismissed the rest of the case against him.
71 y/o Ohio man indicted on child sex abuse charges
By JUSTIN DENNIS email@example.com
JEFFERSON — A 71-year-old Ashtabula Township man stands accused of raping an 11-year-old girl while she was temporarily staying in his home.
Larry R. Buckley, 71, of 3053 Blair Ave., was indicted by the county grand jury last week on one first-degree felony count of rape, one third-degree felony count of gross sexual imposition and one fourth-degree felony count of attempted gross sexual imposition.
He was arrested Friday morning and is currently in the Ashtabula County Jail awaiting arraignment, said county Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci.
According to Iarocci, Buckley was acquainted with the alleged victim’s mother through a household member. The girl’s mother, who was pregnant with another child at the time of the offenses, arranged for that family member to babysit the girl at Buckley’s Ashtabula Township home, as she prepared to give birth.
Buckley is accused of raping and having other sexual contact with the girl, as well as attempting to “make her touch him” during that time, between July 15, 2016 and July 31, 2016, he said.
“(The mother) notices a change in the child’s attitude for the last two months (up to the report). Mom speaks with the child directly about what’s going on,” and the abuse was reported to authorities in September, Iarocci said.
The county Sheriff’s Department handled the investigation, he said.
Iowa grandfather gets probation for continuous
child sex abuse of 6 y/o
Another disgusting plea deal leaves abused child unprotected
By Steve Bohnel, Mason City Globe Gazette
ELDORA — Throughout Kasey Hilpipre’s emotional victim impact statement in a nearly full courtroom at the Hardin County Courthouse on Friday, she repeated how Dean Hilpipre had better hope God forgives him for what he did to her then-6-year-old daughter — his granddaughter.
Judge James McGlynn sentenced Dean Hilpipre, 61, of Alden, to five years probation and ordered him listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry for life. He suspended a 10-year prison sentence, meaning Hilpipre could be sent to prison if he violates probation. He will not be allowed to contact his granddaughter for five years.
In her victim impact statement, Kasey Hilpipre asked the judge to reconsider the plea deal, in order to preserve her daughter’s safety.
She also criticized the plea deal and the report that determined Dean Hilpipre was a low risk to reoffend.
“You will always be known as a pedophile,” Kasey Hilpipre said to him in court. “Your health does not excuse your actions.”
Dean Hilpipre looked down at the table while the victim impact statements were read. Asked by McGlynn if he wanted to speak, he replied, “No, sir.”
Dean Hilpipre was originally charged in November 2016 with two counts of felony second-degree sexual abuse of his granddaughter, court documents said. In a plea deal, those charges were amended to the lesser charge of lascivious acts with a child.
California couple accused of sexually abusing child, dogs
By: NBC4 staff
SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY, CA (WCMH) - A California couple is behind bars, accused of sexually abusing their then five-year-old son.
According to the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department, in August 2013 the five-year-old victim reported being sexually abused by his biological parents, Roy Ling and Sara Wilson. The Sheriff’s department said the victim and the parents were transients living in the high desert.
Detectives searched for the couple until December, 2017, when they found Ling and Wilson living in the riverbed area of Victorville, California. Detectives reactivated the investigation into the sex abuse case.
So, was the child still in their custody for those 4 years and 4 months? Was the incestuous abuse still occurring or was the child removed from them in 2013?
During that investigation, investigators say they were given information that Ling and Wilson may have committed sexual acts on their dogs. No further information was released about that accusation.
Ling and Wilson were arrested on February 14, charged with lewd and lascivious acts with a child. Bail was set at $200,000 each.
#MeToo movement in South Korea
spreads to academic sectorBy Jennie Oh
A women's group in Seoul calls for end to sexual harassment and inequality in the workplace. #MeToo movement in South Korea gained traction last month after a public prosecutor came forward with allegations of sexual harassment. Photo by Yonhap.
SEOUL, UPI -- The #MeToo movement in South Korea has spread from the cultural to academic sector, as students and alumni come forward with stories of sexual assault or harassment under authoritative figures, JTBC reported.
This comes after veteran actors Jo Jae-hyun, Yun Ho-jin and Oh Dal Soo, admitted to sexually harassing women during their decades-long careers.
Both actors cancelled their upcoming production plans after the scandal.
On Sunday, 57-year-old actor and professor of theater Han Myung-gu was spotlighted in online communities, as having groped his students during drinking sessions.
Online communities for Seoul-based universities including Seoul Institute of the Arts and Sejong University saw board posts recounting sexual harassment cases.
"Professors wield too much authority over their students," Shin Jeong-uk, Executive Director of a nationwide union for postgraduate students told Yonhap. "It is difficult to change or confront the student's supervising professor as they have influence over the student's thesis, and their eligibility for scholarships as well as assistant jobs."
The #MeToo movement sparked in South Korea after a public prosecutor last month went public with allegations that a senior Justice Ministry official had groped her during a funeral.
She says she found herself demoted after her initial complaint.
After the prosecutor's accusation stirred nationwide controversy, the Justice Ministry launched a special probe committee to investigate the allegations.
57 cops in 'family and child violence unit'
have criminal records - DA
Johannesburg, South Africa – Fifty-seven police officers working in the police's Family Violence, Child Protection and Sexual Offenses units (FCS) have criminal records.
This was revealed in a written reply by Police Minister Fikile Mbalula to a Parliamentary question posed by Democratic Alliance (DA) MP Zakhele Mbhele.
Mbhele on Sunday said he was "disturbed" by the revelation. "It is totally unacceptable that the FCS units has compromised members," Mbhele said in a statement.
"The DA will hold Minister Mbalula to account to root out these officers and to replace them with untainted individuals who will diligently bring justice to the victims and survivors of sexual abuse and domestic violence."
Mbhele said the members were convicted of at least three cases of culpable homicide, seven of common assault, two of assault with the intent to do grievous bodily harm, and one instance of pointing a firearm.
Other crimes include driving under the influence, reckless or negligent driving, fraud, loss of firearms and defeating the ends of justice and theft.
"These are patently not the kind of people who should be working with children or the victims of domestic or sexual violence. It is quite clear from the questionable conduct of these members that they cannot be entrusted with the responsibility of addressing the extremely high levels of violence against women and children."
Mbalula should brief Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Police on how he intends to root out the officers, he added.
No reduced sentence for sexual offenders:
Turkish family minister
The Turkish government is working on new a regulation which could eliminate the reduction of sentences over good conduct in cases of sexual abuse and violence against women, Turkey’s Family and Social Policies Minister Fatma Betül Sayan Kaya has said.
“As a mother, I want it to be eliminated, and I would stop it this instance if I had the authority,” Sayan Kaya said on Feb. 25 in an interview with private broadcaster CNN Türk.
“But we are working on legal amendments to stop that practice,” she added.
“We see that in England abusers of children younger than 12 years of age and in some countries abusers of children younger than nine years of age receive heavier penalties. We are working on similar regulations,” the minister said.
The Turkish Penal Code gives judges the authority to reduce sentences up to by one sixth considering the suspect’s past, social relations, the impact of the punishment on the suspect’s future and his or her behaviors after the crime and during the trial.
Death penalty for sexual offenders is not on the government’s agenda, Sayan Kaya said, stating that the legislative regulations concerning the sexual abuse of children will include “hormonal treatment following the end of a relavant prison sentence.”
“What we are working on is not emasculation, it is castration, that means the suppression of testosterone hormones,” the minister said.
Her comments came as Turkey is engaged in a heated debate about the abuse and mistreatment of children after the sexual abuse of a four-year-old in the southern province of Adana made headlines on Feb. 10.
I'm unable to find this story except for a few brief references to a 3 y/o being raped by a 20 y/o at a wedding party in Adana.
Ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) officials have responded to the outrage by bringing the issue to the cabinet’s agenda, as ministers called for a legal change that would stipulate harsher punishments for child abusers.
A commission of six ministers has been formed to work on the legislative package and held its first meeting on Feb. 22.
AKP officials stated that harsh punishments would include “chemical castration,” igniting new debate as castration is currently not in Turkish legislation.
Sayan Kaya responded to the discussions concerning the details of regulations, stating that “castration” means the suppression of hormones and it would only be implemented after the accused fully serves their sentence.
She also stated that “death sentence” is not on the commission’s agenda which works on “heavy penalties like the life sentence.”
Rotherham child abuse scandal needs
100 more officers to investigate
Bridie Pearson-jones For Mailonline
The biggest investigation into child sexual exploitation needs 100 more officers to tackle the 'unprecedented scale of abuse' in Rotherham.
More than 1,500 potential victims and 110 suspects have been identified by the National Crime Agency, and figures are expected to rise further.
Paul Williamson, the senior investigating officer on Operation Stovewood, told the Guardian his team so far had only been able to contact 17 percent of the of the 1,510 possible victims due to a shortage of specially trained detectives.
Mr Williamson also said the investigation needed to be as big as Operation Resolve, the investigation into the Hillsborough disaster, as it was comparable in terms of complexity and scale.
'It's a really specialist area, engaging and interviewing vulnerable victims' he said. 'A lot of our victims were children when they were abused but they're now adults and have associated problems as a result of that abuse, including suicidal tendencies, mental health issues, drug and alcohol addiction.
'It's really complex. The progress will necessarily be influenced by the number of officers we've got on the team and we can see that.'
He added he was conscious of demands that are placed across law enforcement in the UK but that he needed 200-250 is officers to complete the task, he currently has 144 officers on Operation Stovewood.
The NCA is conducting a huge investigation in the South Yorkshire town following the revelations in the 2014 Jay Report that children were groomed and abused there.
Professor's Alexis Jay's report sparked national soul-searching when it revealed that the large scale exploitation undertaken by gangs of men had been effectively ignored by police and other agencies for more than a decade.
Eighty percent of the suspects are said to be Pakistani and 90 percent of the victims are white girls.
Operation Stovewood was launched after it was called in by South Yorkshire Police three years ago, and is now the biggest investigation in CSE in the UK.
It is 85 percent funded by the Home Office and 15 percent by South Yorkshire Police, and has cost more than £10 million so far.
More than 34 investigations have come out of Stovewood, and it has led to four individuals being convicted, 38 arrested, 18 charged, and two cautioned.
Shocking Internet child porn spirals upwards as watchdog sees 100% rise in one year
By Ewan Palmer
The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) unearthed 13,855 pieces of child abuse last September, more than double the 6,465 they found 12 months previously.
The IWF released the figures as they warned paedophiles are using more and more sophisticated ways to avoid detection online.
IWF researcher Sarah Smith said: "Many of these offenders think they are untouchable. We see hundreds of thousands of sex abuse videos and images including the torture and rape of babies and toddlers.
"We constantly liaise with international authorities to remove illegal content. There's a frustration we can't act more quickly to remove content. Behind every one of these pictures is a victim."
The figures were published after the conviction of scientist and former university lecturer, Dr Matthew Falder, who was jailed for 32 years after admitting to 137 charges at Birmingham Crown Court.
He was found member of online forums and so-called "hurt core" websites, which were devoted to the violent physical and sexual abuse and blackmail of sex abuse victims. The court heard how Falder would masquerade as a woman to manipulate his victims into sending him naked or partially-clothed images before blackmailing them.
He was also found to have posted videos including incestual child rape, and other humiliation videos on the hurt-core websites.
Following his sentencing, Ruona Iguyovwe, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "Matthew Falder is a highly manipulative individual who clearly enjoyed humiliating his many victims and the impact of his offending in this case has been significant.
"He deliberately targeted young and vulnerable victims. At least three victims are known to have attempted suicide and some others have inflicted self-harm.
"There was a high degree of sophistication and significant planning by Falder due to his use of encryption software and technology in his electronic communication and the use of multiple fake online identities and encrypted email addresses."
India's 3rd world courts are a nightmare
for female victims of sexual assault
What were you wearing?’: What a woman molested in B’luru
was asked in court
What Ankita* was asked may seem shocking. But it is common for sexual violence survivors to be subjected to this line of questioning in Indian courts.
Ankita* remembers joking about being asked what she was wearing the day she was allegedly molested by a man near Airlines Hotel in Bengaluru in 2014. She was waiting at the court for her cross-examination when she and her friend joked about this. But as soon as her cross-examination began, Ankita was shocked because that was the first question she was asked.
Ankita was walking past Airlines Hotel around 8.20 pm when a person sitting on a parked bike allegedly molested her.
The angry 32-year-old placed a foot in front of the tyre of the bike and raised an alarm. She also managed to get his bike keys and memorise the registration number. However, since the bike was in ignition, the perpetrator managed to escape. It had just started raining when the incident happened.
From what Ankita recounted, it appears that such a line of questioning is quite common with women who have experienced sexual harassment or assault. Even the constable who was with her seemed to know this – he asked her to pin up her top a little higher. Ankita says that while this was unfortunate, he must be looking out for her knowing what happens in court.
When Ankita was asked what she was wearing when she was molested, she was taken aback.
She looked from the defence lawyer to the Public Prosecutor representing her to the judge.
No one seemed to object to the line of questioning. So, Ankita answered the question saying
she was wearing jeans, t-shirt and sweater.
Then she was even asked the colour of her sweater, to which she replied, “Red.” But her attire wasn’t the only thing Ankita was asked about. She was asked about the weather too. And when she said it was raining, she was asked, “Were you drenched?”
The defence counsel then went on to ask about other details like the number of people on the road, whether it was a one-way or two-way road, what direction the accused reached out to grope her and so on.
“The line of questioning was clearly leading towards victim blaming. You think things are changing, you think it’s 2018 and women don’t have to take this shit anymore, but it still happens so casually – in court, in front of a judge,” Ankita told BM.
She also spoke about the prevalence of victim shaming – and not just in courts – which makes women survivors dread taking legal action.
“Every time there is a call from the police station, every time I have to be involved in any way, every time I read an article about it, at every single step I feel like giving up,” she says.
Ankita says that the process of bringing a perpetrator to justice is quite painful and exhausting, and sometimes you may just want to move forward with your life rather than having to recount the same thing over and over again.
A common line of questioning
Though shocking, survivors of sexual violence commonly face such questions in Indian courts.
Sudha Ramalingam, a senior lawyer, says: “These crimes are of an intimate nature, so it is not uncommon for them to ask for specifics. It is also an intimidation tactic, meant to make women uncomfortable. They would also want to find contributory negligence on the victim’s part,” she says.
Contributory negligence is a common law doctrine which seeks to prove the victim was injured in part due to their own negligence, hence removing responsibility from the perpetrator.
Vidya Reddy of Tulir, a Chennai-based NGO working to prevent child sexual abuse, had pointed out to TNM that this is a line of questioning lawyers also take with survivors of child sexual abuse and their mothers. However, she and Sudha both placed the onus on judges to intervene if the questions were intrusive and insensitive.
“We have an adversarial system of justice in India and it is the job of a defence lawyer to behave
the way they do. I think it is wrong to fault a defence lawyer for being nasty. I would entirely
fault the judge if she/he allows the nastiness to continue,” Vidya had said.
But this does not always happen. In fact, a 14-year study by NGO Sakshi from 1996 analysing judges’ attitudes towards women survivors of violence found a majority of them to have “primitive notions” of who is a “good woman”.
90% of judges said they would not choose legal redressal if a female relative was a victim of violence.
74% said that a woman’s first priority should be the preservation of the family even if she faces marital violence.
64% believed that woman also share blame for violence and
68% said that provocative dressing invites sexual assault.
Even child sexual abuse survivors are asked questions which aim to place the blame of the abuse squarely on them or intimidate their mothers.
One woman, Anjana*, who TNM spoke to in 2017, was told by the defence lawyer in court that her daughter, who was seven when she was sexually assaulted at her school, was sexually active. Anjana felt very traumatised and agonised by the statement, which was the lawyer’s aim, she believes.
And the misogyny in the Bengaluru court judgment in the Pascal Mazurier case is another example. The French diplomat was accused by his wife Suja Jones of sexually abusing their daughter in 2012. There were references to Suja’s lifestyle, the clothes she wore, her having male friends and so on. When she was cross-examined in court, it was also implied that she was an immoral woman for having sent explicit photos of her to Pascal and a ‘bad mother’ for have a Caesarean childbirth over a natural one.
Tasmania election: Liberal law delay puts abuse survivors claims on hold
Child abuse survivors have accused Tasmania’s Liberal government of failing victims by delaying the removal of time limits on civil actions against abusers.
Tasmania moved last year to become the last state to abolish the statute of limitations on such cases, with the passage through state parliament of the Limitation Amendment Act 2017.
However, the law was not proclaimed before the state election was called, with the Hodgman government deciding to wait until a National Redress Scheme for survivors of child sex abuse in institutions is adopted.
The state government argues this was flagged when the legislation was being debated, and will give survivors a choice of the national scheme or civil action.
However, The Australian is aware of victims awaiting proclamation of the law, passed by state parliament on November 30, to begin civil proceedings against abusers.
“Why would the state government abandon this reform once it had passed both houses,” asked one man, who has writs ready to sue his abuser as soon as the law is proclaimed.
The controversy threatens to undermine the Liberals’ s stance on law and order, which includes a promise to impose four-year mandatory jail sentences on the worst child sex offenders.
The election will be held this Saturday.
Sex abuse at Chilean church school was an
unending 'perverse game': victim
VIÑA DEL MAR: Sexual abuse at the hands of priests marked the childhood of Jaime Concha since the day when, at age 10, he entered a school run by the Marist Brothers religious order in Santiago.
He is now 55 years old and a doctor. After all these years, his case is one of the dozens finally being investigated by the Catholic Church in Chile — a church rocked by the scale of a sex-abuse scandal that tainted the recent visit of Pope Francis.
Concha told AFP his treatment at the hands of the Marist Brothers was like "an everlasting perverse game."
He says he has now broken decades of silence about his childhood trauma to try to come to terms with the devastation it has wreaked on his life since he first entered the order's Alonso de Ercilla school in Santiago.
"There was a real conspiracy where everyone was linked and they were waiting for us," said Concha, referring to the religious brothers. "They used excuses like the scout camp, the vocational exam or the retreat to abuse us."
'Sickening' first communion
Jaime remembers his first holy communion day as "sickening," as he had to receive the communion wafer from the same priest who had abused him.
"As a child, what was I going to say about what happened to me?" asked Concha. "I ended up not talking, being quiet because of fear, because of shame afterwards."
The abuse began in the classroom and continued in school hallways and hidden corners of the school grounds, including the Marist Brothers' living quarters and while away camping with the Boy Scouts.
Jaime directly accused two Marist Brothers, Abel Perez and Jose Monasterio, of abusing him.
Perez was expelled from the community after being investigated for abuse by the church and is currently being prosecuted for abuse of boys in his care. Monasterio has since died.
"Brother Abel would sit me on his legs. He would start talking to me, and all I wanted was for him to do what he had to do and do it quickly, so I did not even listen to what he was saying. It was an excuse to grab me, and then the only thing I could do was almost to try to get out of my own body," recalled Concha.
Years of trauma
Only in August — seven years after Perez had confessed to continually abusing boys over three decades — did the Marist Brothers' community file a complaint with the Chilean prosecutor's office. It accused him of sexually abusing 14 minors in two schools belonging to the order.
The order removed him from all contact with children and sent him to a community residence in Peru, local media reported.
"I listen to that official truth and I'm confronted by traumatic memories," said Concha. "I am the evidence that in Chile, while the Pinochet dictatorship was torturing people and systematically violating human rights, the human rights of me and my classmates at school at the same time, between 1973 and 1978, were also being violated" by the church.
He says "an avalanche" of memories came to him last September when he finally decided to open up about his experiences to a meeting of former students. After 45 years of being "hooked by the terror, by the anguish" that ruined his childhood, Concha said that now, by speaking up, he can save others from suffering his fate.
Supported by the Foundation for Trust — formed by four victims of influential Chilean teaching priest Fernando Karadima — Concha and other victims went to the courts to seek justice.
Karadima was accused in 2010 of abusing children, and in 2011 the Vatican ordered the then 80-year-old priest to retire to a "life of prayer and penitence."
But civil charges against him were dropped by the courts for lack of evidence. — AFP