Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Sunday, 26 May 2019

2 Stories on the Poland Shock, Several More Paedophiles on This Week's Catholic PnP List

Will a Documentary Take Down the Polish Government?

A film exposing sex abuse by Catholic priests also exposes the corrupting ties between the church and the ruling political party

By Slawomir Sierakowski
Mr. Sierakowski is the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw and a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy.

People in Krakow, Poland, at a screening of “Tell No One.”
CreditCredit Omar Marques/SOPA/LightRocket, via Getty Images

Following sexual-abuse scandals in the United States, Britain, Ireland and Australia, it seems that the Roman Catholic Church may be on the verge of a similar catastrophe in Poland. But whereas the blowback from previous scandals has been largely confined to the church itself, this latest crisis could take down the country’s right-wing government as well — and undermine the tight grip the church holds over Polish society.

With just weeks to go before the European parliamentary elections — which in Poland will serve as a kind of opening act for its own parliamentary elections this fall — the country has been gripped by a shocking documentary exposing widespread child sexual abuse by Polish priests, and the subsequent cover up by the church.

Release on YouTube, “Tell No One,” by the well-known journalist Tomasz Sekielski, was viewed 10 million times in the first two days. The priests involved include the personal chaplain of Lech Walesa, the Solidarity hero, who initially refused to believe the story, but ultimately condemned the cleric.


The problem of pedophilia is well illustrated by the story of Father Pawel Kania, one of the subjects of the film. He was detained by church authorities in 2005 for attempting to seduce children and possessing child pornography. But instead of punishing him or turning him over to the authorities, the church relocated him to a parish in the city of Bydgoszcz — where he was, amazingly, tasked with working with children.

In 2010, a court found Father Pawel guilty of possessing child pornography. Two years later, the priest was found in a hotel room with a boy and arrested. In 2015, he was sentenced to seven years in prison for rape and child molestation. Earlier this year, the church finally expelled him from the priesthood.

The film quotes a letter from an altar boy in the Bydgoszcz parish where Father Pawel worked. The priest would take him on weekend trips, where he would rape him. “He would threaten me. ‘Don’t tell anyone, or I’ll tell your parents everything,’ ” the boy writes. “If you don’t come with me, I’ll take your brother.’” 

Astonishing! The evil in the priest appeals to the good in the boy, using it to destroy him.

The author of the letter agreed to go on a trip to the Canary Islands to protect his younger brother from the pedophile priest. “I defended myself, I tried to push him away, but he was stronger.” He said that Father Pawel “laughed at my resistance. He laughed at my helplessness.”

The influence of the Catholic Church in Poland is immensealmost 40 percent of the population attends Mass weekly. And it is politically connected, particularly on the right: The church enjoys significant financial privileges from the state, while the ruling Law and Justice party benefits from the support of Catholic media outlets and church sermons. The strength of the church is the strength of Law and Justice, and a crisis in the church is a crisis for Law and Justice.

Law and Justice is also implicated in the abuse cover-ups. One of the party’s best-known figures, Stanislaw Piotrowicz, made his name in 2001, when as a prosecutor in the town of Krosno he dismissed a case against a priest accused of raping six girls. Mr. Piotrowicz argued, “The priest confirmed that he took children into his lap, children would run up to him during catechism, they would hug him, he, too, would hug them, caress them, he sometimes kissed them. The children were happy, they were content. There was no sexual subtext.” After the case was transferred to a different jurisdiction, the priest was convicted.

Mr. Piotrowicz, meanwhile, received a medal from Archbishop Jozef Michalik, who expressed compassion for the convicted priest and accused the media of trampling the truth and displaying hostility toward the church. He encouraged the faithful to maintain their trust in the clergyman. As he said of the victims, “A child clings to you, it searches and loses itself and draws the other person in.”

Blaming the children for getting raped!

As he rose through the political ranks, Mr. Piotrowicz became one of the architects of the legal “reforms” supported by Law and Justice, hamstringing the Constitutional Tribunal and removing judges from the Supreme Court. He became a furious red baiter, shouting “down with Communism!” from the rostrum, although as a Communist prosecutor in the 1980s he convicted opposition leaders under martial law.

Naturally, Law and Justice has pushed back hard against Mr. Sekielski’s documentary. One member of Parliament, Zbigniew Gryglas, compared it to “Mein Kampf.” Deputy Speaker Ryszard Terlecki asserted that it was part of a conspiracy to influence the upcoming elections (though he also boasted that he has not seen the film). Church leaders called it “nonsense” and “old fairy tales.”

At the same time, the government has announced a bill to increase penalties for pedophilia, though the bill must first by considered by a committee chaired by none other than Stanislaw Piotrowicz.

The Law and Justice and Church faithful have every right to be disoriented. In today’s highly polarized Poland, elections are won thanks to large-scale voter mobilization. And that’s what is happening now — people are angry at both institutions. That may prove the deciding factor in whether or not the party retains power. The first poll since the documentary appeared shows that the opposition European Coalition ranks 10 percent above Law and Justice, 43.6 percent to 33 percent, a 6 percentage-point drop in a week for the ruling party.

But something bigger is afoot. More than almost any country in Europe, the church retains its centuries-old grip on Polish life. Will this scandal finally loosen it? Perhaps; secularism is already on the rise. Recently, the newspaper Gazeta Wyborcza published research indicating that most Polish students wanted religious education removed from public school curriculums. And while mass attendance remains strong, just a quarter of Poles under 40 years old go weekly.

The Catholic Church was once the country’s greatest moral authority; Poland gave the Church Pope John Paul II, and the Church helped end communism in the country. Then it got involved in politics. The Church is now close to losing whatever moral authority it once had.

Slawomir Sierakowski is a sociologist, a founder of the Krytyka Polityczna movement and the director of the Institute for Advanced Study in Warsaw. He is a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy.

Ex-Ann Arbor priest charged in sex abuse left need for healing, pastor says

St. Thomas the Apostle Church

By Darcie Moran | dmoran@mlive.com

ANN ARBOR, MI - A former Ann Arbor and Jackson priest is behind bars, accused of sexually assaulting a minor boy for years nearly three decades ago.

Timothy M. Crowley, 69, was arrested on the morning of Thursday, May 23, in Tempe, Arizona, Maricopa County jail records show. On Friday, he was named among five Michigan Catholic priests accused of criminal sexual conduct.

As the news broke courtesy of Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, school children ran outside Crowley’s former St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church parish and its adjoining school in Ann Arbor.

“Much healing” has taken place in the parish since Crowley was removed in 1993, the Rev. Bill Ashbaugh, current pastor of the church, said in an email Friday. Ashbaugh, who declined to speak outside of emails, said he arrived in 1994 to join a new pastor to “bring healing and stability to St. Thomas” after Crowley’s departure.

“When Fr Crowley (sic) was initially removed, the community as you can imagine was very upset,” he said. “I am sure at the time, there was a great deal of confusion. The abuse did occur in the rectory from my understanding.”

Crowley was the sole priest at St. Thomas from 1990-93, Ashbaugh said.

Crowley, who was ordained in 1976, served as a parochial vicar in Brighton, Flint and at Jackson’s St. Mary, Star of the Sea, according to a Catholic Diocese of Lansing news release.

He served in Jackson from 1982-84, according to an affidavit filed in his criminal case. There, a boy of about 10 years old was an altar boy. Crowley is accused of giving him cigarettes and alcohol and touching his buttocks and genitalia over his clothing, according to court records.

Crowley went on to serve as a pastor at St. Anthony’s in Hillsdale and St. Thomas in Ann Arbor, according to the diocese.

St Thomas the Apostle Rectory

While Crowley worked at the parishes, from 1984-87 and 1987-93, respectively, the boy also attended these churches, according to court filings.

Investigators accuse Crowley of repeatedly giving the boy cigarettes and alcohol, and forcing him to watch homosexual pornography while Crowley masturbated. They also accuse him of using the child's hand to masturbate, forcing fellatio on the child, molesting him and threatening to kill him if he told nuns or his parents of the abuse.

Investigators also accuse Crowley of having the boy stay the night in the rectory.

"Crowley has admitted that JOHN DOE 'stayed over' with him," an investigator said in the affidavit.

In 1993, the Catholic Diocese of Lansing paid the victim $200,000 in an out-of-court settlement, past news reports show. According to the affidavit in the criminal case, it included a non-disclosure agreement.

Though the diocese states Crowley was removed from St. Thomas in 1993, Ann Arbor News reports from the early 2000s show Crowley said he “resigned for personal reasons.” In 1995, he joined the Catholic Archdiocese of Anchorage in Alaska.

According to past news reports, the archbishop in Anchorage who approved the transfer, Archbishop Francis T. Hurley, told an Anchorage reporter the Lansing diocese informed him that Crowley committed sexual misconduct and had received treatment in a two-year rehabilitation program.

“I received from them a very positive report on his ability to control his life,” Hurley, who has since died, said, according to the report.

The transfer occurred despite warnings from the Lansing diocese, according to their release.

During his time in Anchorage, in the early 2000s, the allegations came under scrutiny.

Police reports obtained at that time showed the victim, a then-30-year-old police officer, made a number of allegations of childhood abuse, including that Crowley attempted to hold him down to be raped by another priest, according to a 2003 report in The Flint Journal.

Crowley attempted to hold him down to be raped by another priest

Crowley was removed from ministry in Anchorage after U.S. dioceses adopted the Charter for the Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults in 2002, according to the Lansing diocese. The same year, the diocese shared information regarding Crowley with the Washtenaw County Prosecutor's Office.

Prosecutors dropped their case at the request of the victim, past news reports show.

Crowley told The Ann Arbor News in 2003 that he had retired.

He was defrocked in 2015, according to the diocese. They welcomed the charges against him Friday, with Bishop Earl Boyea stating in a press release that he prays for healing for everyone involved.

"I welcome today's action so that the truth can come out and justice may be served," he said. "Any priest who commits reprehensible acts against children does grave harm to victims. He betrays the priesthood and the entire Church."

And don't forget God. He always seems to be left out of these kind of statements. God is Whom he sinned against, and before Whom he will stand in judgment.

Crowley appears to have been living in a continuing care retirement community in Arizona. It was not immediately clear when he would be extradited to face his criminal case in Ann Arbor.

A representative for the Attorney General's office said the statute of limitations had passed in other counties. The statute of limitations remains in place for the Washtenaw County case, because Crowley moved out of state, according to the affidavit filed.

Crowley faces four counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and four counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct for incidents between 1986 and 1990 at St. Thomas, at 530 Elizabeth St.

He faces up to life in prison on the first-degree charges and up to 15 years in prison on the second-degree charges.

Five Catholic priests charged in Michigan
child sex abuse investigation
Niraj Warikoo, Detroit Free Press 

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announces criminal charges against 5 Catholic priests in Michigan. (Photo: Junfu Han, Detroit Free Press)

As part of the state's investigation into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Friday criminal sexual conduct charges against five priests in Michigan.

"Some of these clergy ... preyed on young children," Nessel said at a news conference about the men who were priests at the time of the alleged abuse. She said the five cases were the "tip of the iceberg" as investigators continue to track down hundreds of tips on abuse by Catholic priests.

In some of the incidents, the priests mixed their sexual activity with references to Catholic beliefs or committed the acts during Catholic rituals such as confession, according to allegations in affidavits.

In other cases, the priests plied children with drugs such as cocaine, marijuana and alcohol before sexually assaulting them, allege prosecutors and police. In one case, a priest is accused of threatening to kill his victim if the boy reported the abuse.

Deputy Solicitor General Ann Sherman, who is helping with the investigations, said that some Catholic Church officials have alarming views on sexual abuse of children.

"I am deeply disturbed by what we have discovered," Sherman said at the news conference. "I'm also disturbed by some attitudes of some of the hierarchy in the church ... who demonstrated a serious misunderstanding of sexual assault."

In one case, a priest "explained that this child victim needed to simply admit that he teased, enticed, or gave permission for the abuse to occur," Sherman said. "This attitude is horrific. Sexual abuse is never the fault of the victim and it certainly can never be that sexual abuse of a child is a child's fault."

Nessel urged people who are victims or may have information about abuse to contact them. She was joined by several attorneys on her staff pursuing justice for victims and also an abuse victim, Andy Russell, who urged victims to come forward.

"We are your voice," Nessel said. "We are here for you."

The five Catholic priests charged are:

Timothy Michael Crowley, (See story immediately above for more on this creep)

Neil Kalina, 63, Archdiocese of Detroit, was charged in Macomb County with one felony count of criminal sexual conduct in the fourth degree. Kalina, who was a priest at St. Kieran Catholic Church in Shelby Township, was arrested Thursday in Littlerock, California.

On at least four occasions, a boy between the ages of 12 and 14 "spent the night with Kalina in the rectory at St. Kieran's," said the affidavit in his criminal complaint. "On each occasion, Kalina provided John Doe with cocaine or marijuana, which John Doe ingested."

"On at least two occasions, when John Doe was twelve years old, John Doe woke up to discover Kalina with his hands down John Doe's pants, fondling his genitals," said the affidavit.

The incidents happened again when the boy was 13 or 14, according to the allegations.

In a statement, the Archdiocese of Detroit said that Kalina "was ordained in 1981 for the Pontifical Institute for Foreign Missions (PIME), which is a religious order that operates separately from the Archdiocese of Detroit. He left active ministry in 1993."

"The allegation against him was brought to the Archdiocese of Detroit in 2017," said the Archdiocese of Detroit. "Per our agreement with the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office, we turned over the complaint to the Shelby Township Police Department. In addition, we turned over the complaint to the PIME religious order."

Vincent DeLorenzo, 80, Lansing Diocese, was charged in Genesee County with three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct in the first degree and three felony counts of criminal sexual conduct  in the second degree, a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison. DeLorenzo was a priest at Holy Redeemer Church in Burton and was arrested Thursday in Marion County, Florida.

"On many occasions, while alone with JOHN DOE, DeLorenzo would first pray and then insert his finger into JOHN DOE's anus, penetrating him digitally," said the affidavit, describing his alleged encounter with a 13-year-old boy.

"In 2002, DeLorenzo admitted to sexually abusing a minor boy in the 1980's," said the affidavit. "The Catholic Church placed him on restricted ministry, but still allowed him to remain within the Catholic Church."

In a statement, the Diocese of Lansing said it received a complaint in 2002 against DeLorenzo of sexual abuse involving a minor. The bishop then removed him from ministry and reported the complaint to the Genesee County prosecutor.

"The diocese has requested that Rev. DeLorenzo be laicized (defrocked) and is awaiting a decision from Rome," said the Diocese of Lansing.

Since 2002, there have been eight complaints made against DeLorenzo, said the diocese. The diocese said it forwarded May 2018 allegation to the county prosecutors and Burton police, and a Jan. 2019 allegation to the state Attorney General.

Patrick Casey, 55, Archdiocese of Detroit, was charged in Wayne County with one felony count of criminal sexual conduct. Casey, who was a priest at St. Theodore of Canterbury Parish in Westland, was arrested Thursday in Oak Park. He also has served in Canton.

According to an affidavit, Casey is accused of engaging in sexual acts, including oral sex, with a man in his 20s whom he was counseling during confession.

One day in 2013 during confession, "Casey approached John Doe and told him to stand up. Casey then began massaging John Doe's genitalia before performing oral sex on him," said an affidavit.

The two talked about their struggles being gay and having suicidal thoughts at times.

"As John Doe spoke about his struggles with suicide and his concern about dying in mortal sin, Casey, who was dressed in black clerical garb, steered the conversation toward sex, telling him that he could not have a gay relationship and go to heaven," said the affidavit. "Casey told John Doe that he was also gay and shared a suicidal story of his own."

In a statement released after the charges were announced, the Archdiocese of Detroit said the allegation against Casey "was brought to the Archdiocese in 2015. The complainant was an adult at the time of the alleged incident. We removed Casey from ministry at that time and entered into the canonical process appropriate for this allegation. That process remains ongoing and is pending in Rome."

Casey is currently restricted from representing himself as a priest, said the Archdiocese.

Jacob Vellian, 84, Kalamazoo Diocese, was charged with two counts of rape, which has a maximum sentence of life in prison. Vellian was a priest at St. John the Evangelist Parish, Benton Harbor, and now lives in Kerala, India.

Nessel said they're seeking his extradition from India. 

According to an affaidavit, Vellian penetrated with a finger a girl under the age of 16 in the 1970s. During one incident, said the affidavit, Vellian touched the girl's "breasts underneath her bra and clothing, explained that he was praying for her, and was 'trying to fill [her] soul with the Holy Spirit.'"

Is there no fear of God in these people?!!!

The affidavit says Vellian fondled and penetrated the girl's vagina  several times before she was 16.

In a statement on the allegations against Vellian, the Diocese of Kalamazoo said it "learned today that a former visiting priest from the Archeparchy of Kottayam, India, of the Syro-Malabar Church, who served in the diocese in the early 1970s for one year, was charged by the Michigan Attorney General. We have fully cooperated with this ongoing investigation and will continue to do so."

In addition to the charging of five priests, state officials suspended last week the professional educationally limited counselor’s license of Lawrence Ventline, a priest with the Archdiocese of Detroit, and the Attorney General has filed an administrative licensing complaint against him, said Nessel.

An abuse allegation was made against Ventline, but he has not been charged. 

The Archdiocese of Detroit said the allegation against Ventline "was brought to the Archdiocese in 2016. Per our agreement with the six-county prosecutors in the Archdiocese, we turned over the complaint to the Oakland County Prosecutor’s Office. ... Since 2016, the Archdiocese of Detroit has worked with the Oakland County Sheriff’s Office, the local police department and the individual who reported abuse against Ventline. While restricted from ministry, Ventline is prohibited from representing himself as a priest."

In an emailed statement, Ventline said a "false claim" was made against him by a "demanding" anonymous person. He said police dismissed the case against him two years ago and notes that he was not charged.  

In a statement on Nessel's news conference, the Archdiocese of Detroit said it "deeply regrets the pain inflicted upon victim-survivors, and offers continued prayers for their peace, healing and pursuit of justice. We continue to cooperate fully with all civil authorities, in the hope that these partnerships may pave the way toward a future of greater trust and transparency. ...  We remain committed to preventing sexual abuse against anyone — especially children and vulnerable adults."

Nessel cautioned that the men charged are "innocent until proven guilty by a court of law. We will continue to investigate each and every tip that we receive," Nessel said.

Nessel said her office is reviewing hundreds of thousands of pages of documents and have received 450 tips. She said they have reviewed so far only about 5 to 10 percent of the information they have received.

Former Attorney General Bill Schuette conducted raids in October at Catholic dioceses across Michigan that involved 70 police officers and 14 assistant attorney generals. 

In February, Nessel accused Catholic Church leaders of not fully cooperating with law enforcement, telling them to stop "self-policing" and allow state investigators to probe sexual abuse by clergy. Catholic officials in Michigan say they are cooperating. 

Michigan is one of several states that launched investigations after a report released last year by the Pennsylvania Attorney General showed extensive abuse by priests and cover-ups by Catholic leaders.

Sherman, the Deputy Solicitor General working on the investigations, said that as a Catholic herself, leaders in the "church hierarchy who have covered up sexual abuse do not represent my faith or my religion." Sherman said the alleged abusers "acted to harm the people of the state, the people I serve."

Two More Women Come Forward in Sexual Abuse
Allegations Against San Diego Priest

By Anlleyn Venegas, Fabiola Berriozábal and Brenda Gregorio-Nieto

Two more women have come forward and claimed to be victims of child sexual abuse by a priest at the St. Jude's Shrine of the West church in Southcrest.

They claimed it occurred more than 30 years ago in the well-known and beloved parish. The priest involved is named, Monsignor Gregory Sheridan, who has already died and the victims are asking that the church to recognize the alleged crimes.

For decades, families have nurtured their faith in the parish whose masses were also visited by St. Teresa of Calcutta and Luis Donaldo Colosio. But recently it has become a symbol of indignation for many.

Kathy Ray grew up in this community, just blocks from St. Jude's. She said that when she was little her mother would take her with priest Gregory Sheridan to help him perform daily chores as penance. Ray recounts that she ended up in his room, sitting on his legs.

She is one of four alleged victims of child sexual abuse by the same priest who was sent to this parish in 1954.

Auggie Bareño said that, as well as the customs, the area has been transformed over time but the memory of Father Sheridan, remains fresh in her memory.

"There was a cantina down that street, we would see him drinking with two women, hugging them, and he would look at us in a way saying ‘who will believe you,’" said Bareño.

A statement released from the Diocese of San Diego acknowledged that Monsignor Gregory Sheridan has been included on a public list as a credibly accused priest of the San Diego diocese since 2007. He retired in 1983 and died in 1991.

The statement reads:

“We would encourage anyone who considers themselves a victim-survivor of Monsignor Gregory Sheridan to make sure their abuse has been reported to law enforcement and to contact us if they desire counseling at no cost to them. Later this summer, if they haven’t already filed a claim against the diocese, we would encourage them to file a claim with the Independent Victim Compensation Program, which can arrange for monetary compensation if they qualify.”

Polish priest blames 'devil' as he's confronted by alleged victim whose life was ruined

Priest - from the Flip Wilson school of theology

By Antonia Mortensen, CNN

Anna Misiewicz with Father A, her alleged abuser during her first Holy Communion.

"Father, I wanted to look you in the eye ... I wanted to ask you why?" demands Anna Misiewicz as she confronts the parish priest she says abused her when she was just seven and eight years old.

"You touched me where you were not supposed to, my private parts," Misiewicz says, matter-of-factly, telling him that his actions "really scarred my adult life deeply."

"I still have nightmares ... I am unable to sleep at night," she tells her alleged abuser. "I still carry it inside me."

The elderly man she is addressing exhales and shifts in his orange and brown striped chair, as a religious service plays out on a TV nearby, in a home for retired priests in Kielce, central Poland.

The priest, identified only as Father Jan A., has never been charged with abuse. He pauses briefly, before saying: "I should never have done it, I should not have touched or kissed you ... I know I shouldn't have."

"I regret it profoundly," he says, insisting that he has reformed in the three decades since the alleged episode detailed by Misiewicz. "It was the devil who took his toll."

The pair's troubling meeting was captured on secretly filmed footage that is at the heart of "Tell No One," a new documentary that has sent shockwaves through the Polish Catholic Church and wider society in the deeply religious nation.

Since its release on YouTube on May 11 the film, which details decades of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in Poland and shows victims confronting their alleged abusers, has been viewed more than 20 million times.

'Erosion' of Catholic Church

The Catholic Church -- and its priests -- enjoys a revered status and wields serious influence in Poland, where more than 90% of the country's population is registered as Catholic.

The Church has long held powerful ties to politics; together with the late Polish Pope John Paul II, it is widely hailed for its opposition to the Communist regime that collapsed in 1989.

Marcin Zaborowski, political analyst at Visegrad Insight, told CNN the Catholic Church has been "fundamental" to Polish society. "The Church is part and parcel of Polish politics," he said.

"The current government will find it difficult to distance itself from the Catholic Church," Zaborowski added. Only a week before the film was released, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, leader of the conservative ruling Law and Justice Party, said: "Anyone who raises his hand against the church, wants to destroy it, raises his hand against Poland." After seeing the documentary, he clarified his remarks at a rally, saying: "That does not mean that we support or tolerate pathology in the Church."

But Zaborowski said the film "could be a game changer," adding that it had "started the erosion of the position of the Catholic Church in Poland."

The case that's created the biggest outcry since the film's publication is that of Father Franciszek Cybula, the priest of Lech Walesa, leader of anti-Communist movement Solidarity in the 1980s.

Confronted on the doorstep of a small, white house in Gowidlino, a village in northern Poland, Cybula is accused of abusing a 12-year-old boy, decades earlier. Cybula, who is unaware he is being filmed, admits he touched the boy in a sexual manner, but tries to downplay his actions.

"There was a moment of caressing and then we went back to our daily business," he says, arguing that "it never exceeded any inappropriateness," and suggesting that the pair had "fondled" each other mutually. Cybula died before the documentary finished production.

Poland's Prosecutor General has issued an investigation into the alleged crimes detailed in the film.

"Tell no one" director Tomasz Sekielski told CNN he felt compelled to bring the sexual abuse to public attention after meeting several victims during his career as a journalist. "The horror of their stories stayed with me and I knew that I wanted to do something more on the subject; that's why my brother and I decided to make the film."

Alleged abuse carried out by the priest of Solidarity leader Lech Walesa, pictured, has caused an outcry in Poland

Taboo subject in Poland

It was difficult to find traditional investors willing to back the film because of its polarizing subject, Sekielski said. Ultimately, he and his brother raised more than $100,000 to shoot the documentary via crowdfunding websites.

Sekielski says the response to it has far exceeded their expectations: "This film has been like a shock to Polish society and has managed to create real social awareness of a subject that has been very taboo in Poland."

Sekielski says he does not know if Pope Francis has seen the film, which is available online with Spanish and English subtitles.

When CNN asked the Vatican if they had a comment on the film, they said they "would look into it."
In response to the film, the Vatican's ambassador to Poland, Archbishop Salvatore Pennacchio, told CNN: "The Pope is very concerned, and we express sympathy and solidarity."

Solidarity - just seems like an odd term to use in the case.

The Vatican has announced plans to send Malta's Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the Vatican's top sex crimes investigator, to Poland on June 13 to host a "study day" on abuse for Polish bishops on how to protect minors from abuse within the Church.

OMG! A whole day! Wow! Are you sure Bishop Scicluna can spare the time?

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki, President of the Polish Bishops' Conference, said he had been "deeply moved and saddened" by the film.

"On behalf of the entire Bishops' Conference, I would like all the victims to accept my sincere apologies; I realize that nothing can compensate them for the harm they have suffered," he said in a statement, adding that the film would "definitely contribute to an even more severe condemnation of pedophilia, for which there can be no place in the Church."

Following the film's release, the Polish government proposed raising the maximum prison sentence for convicted pedophiles to 30 years.

But that's insufficient, says Polish foundation "Have No Fear," which helps victims of child abuse committed by the Catholic Church. The organization worked with the Sekielski brothers, helping to find victims who were willing to participate in the film.

Anna Frankowska, a board member of the organization, told CNN it had been "completely overwhelmed" by the reaction to the film: "It has generated a tsunami of calls from new victims to our charity."

Since the film's release more than 100 new cases have come to light, according to the charity. "On one hand it is wonderful, but on the other it is overwhelming as we do not have the resources to process all the cases," said Frankowska.

"The government increase in jail time is not an effective tool," she said, arguing that "it is more symbolic than anything, the courts need to actually start implementing these harsh sentences."

Marek Lisinski as a teenager around the time he was allegedly abused by his local parish priest.

'Gesture gave me huge hope'

In February, representatives from "Have No Fear" delivered a report to Pope Francis in Rome, accusing 26 bishops in the Polish Catholic Church of concealing the perpetrators of sexual abuse of minors.

Marek Lisinski, a co-founder of "Have No Fear," was one of those who met the Pontiff.

"The Pope took my hand in his hands and looked at me and ... grew sad. It had a huge impact on me. Then ... he kissed my hand. That gesture gave me huge hope," Lisinski said.

An abuse survivor himself, Lisinski told CNN how he had been groomed by a young vicar when he was a 13-year-old altar boy living in Poniatowo, in central Poland.

"It was in 1981 ... You must remember these were totally different times in Poland, there was a shortage of almost everything. But he had everything, sweets, food. It's important to understand what it meant in those days to get a sweet from someone," he said, explaining that "times were tough."

"He followed me into the toilet one day and started doing bad things to me," Lisinski said.

When he tried to tell his mother about the abuse -- on the same day that martial law was declared, in December 1981 -- he said she was "more worried about the political situation in Poland rather than me."

Lisinski said the sexual abuse "really hurt my life" and led him to become an alcoholic. Now sober, he now dedicates his time to helping other victims of abuse.

"Have No Fear" says it has yet to hear back from the Vatican about the report; its members are extremely frustrated at the way the Polish Catholic Church is dealing with what they see as a huge crisis in the country.

The automatic response globally has been to circle the wagons. No remorse, no repentance, no concern for the victims, just try to minimize the effects. Many countries are past that now as they realize it is going to get much worse before it gets better, if it gets better.

The victims (or, at least, some of them)

In March, Poland's Catholic Church released a long-awaited report on the numbers of sexual abuse cases there in the past 28 years -- the first time it has presented data on the scale of the problem.

According to data compiled by the church's statistics institute and child protection center, 382 clergymen were reported for sexual abuse involving 625 minors between January 1990 and June 2018. Of these 58.4% were male, while 41.6% were female; more than half of the victims were under the age of 15, the report said.

"Have No Fear" says the numbers do not tell the whole story; they want access to church documents detailing the nature of the abuse, and to find out what -- if any -- punishments the alleged abusers faced.

In the absence of those records, the accounts of victims like Anna Misiewicz, who are willing to speak up about the abuse they say they faced as children, are all-important in helping to raise awareness of the issue.

Standing outside the pretty wooden church she attended as a child, Misiewicz tells the filmmakers about the day of her first communion, pointing out where she stood alongside her alleged abuser for a photograph to mark the occasion.

Dressed all in white, with a lace headdress in her hair and a half-smile on her face, there is little trace of the turmoil she was going through but, she says, "I was under great stress because ... as a little girl I feared the photo would show that there was 'something between us,' as teenagers say now."

"He destroyed my life," Misiewicz says of her alleged abuser. "For me he does not even deserve to be called a priest."

He was a Catholic priest, but not a priest of God!

Defrocked Mass. priest ordered to serve
16 years in Maine prison
By Patrick Whittle, Associated Press

A Massachusetts priest who was defrocked for child sexual abuse and was portrayed in the movie ‘‘Spotlight” is going to prison for a second time — this time in Maine.

A judge on Friday ordered Ronald Paquin to serve 16 years in state prison for sexually abusing an altar boy during trips to Maine in the 1980s. Paquin, 76, already served more than 10 years in prison in Massachusetts for sexually abusing another altar boy in that state.

Justice Wayne Douglas said he didn’t detect expressions of remorse or responsibility from Paquin, who he said betrayed the ‘‘sacred trust’’ of his victims. He imposed the maximum sentence of 20 years but suspended a portion of the sentence.

Read full article on the Boston Globe

THE COST OF ABUSE | Catholic Church:
Where to from here?
By Dan Irwin 
New Castle News

So what’s next?

Ever since a statewide grand jury released a report last August alleged acts of child sexual abuse against hundreds for Roman Catholic priests — including 99 in the Pittsburgh Diocese — the question of how to move forward has been debated.

Many of the accused priests have died, and for those who have not, the statutes of limitations for criminal and civil proceedings against them have expired. What recourse does that leave for victims?

The Cost of Abuse

CNHI reporters provide an in-depth look at developments related to the child sexual abuse crisis: the political debate about the statute of limitations, the creation of diocese funds to compensate victims and the lasting impact of the issue on the church and believers.

CNHI - (formerly Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc.) is an American publisher of newspapers and advertising-related publications throughout the United States.

Contributors included The Tribune-Democrat of Johnstown, The Herald of Sharon, The New Castle News, The Daily Item of Sunbury, and The Meadville Tribune – all in Pennsylvania – and The Times-News of Cumberland, Md.; The Star Beacon of Ashtabula, Ohio; and CNHI's Pennsylvania and New York statehouse bureaus

The church, meanwhile, deals with other accusations of not only covering up priestly misdeeds, but in some cases moving the offenders to new locations without mentioning the allegations against them.

What can be done in recompense for the victims, and as insurance that the past does not repeat itself?

Please continue reading this story at New Castle News

Saturday, 25 May 2019

Big Sentences, Another Male Day-Care Owner, City Cllr., Lead Today's USA PnP List

Wisconsin man to spend life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing her parents

Jake Patterson gets 2 life sentences without release for homicides,
25 years for kidnapping
The Associated Press 

Jake Patterson, left, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release for the murders of James and Denise Closs, along with 25 years for kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme. (Renee Jones Schneider/Star Tribune via AP)

A Wisconsin man will spend the rest of his life in prison for kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13, and killing her parents.

Jake Patterson, 21, was sentenced Friday in Barron County. He pleaded guilty in March to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. He admitted to abducting Jayme in October after killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home near Barron, Wis., about 145 kilometres northeast of Minneapolis.

Jayme escaped in January from Patterson's cabin near the small and isolated town of Gordon, Wis., some 97 kilometres from her home.

Patterson was sentenced to life in prison without release on each homicide count and 25 years in prison, as well as 15 years of extended supervision on the kidnapping count. The sentences will be served consecutively. Those were the maximum sentences the judge could impose, as Wisconsin does not have the death penalty.

Jayme didn't appear at Patterson's sentencing hearing Friday, but a family attorney read her first public statements about her ordeal to Judge James Babler.

"He thought that he could own me but he was wrong. I was smarter," the statement said. "I was brave and he was not. ... He thought he could make me like him, but he was wrong. ... For 88 days he tried to steal me and he didn't care who he hurt or who he killed to do that. He should be locked up forever."

The judge called Patterson the "embodiment of evil" before sentencing him. "There's no doubt in my mind you're one of the most dangerous men to ever walk on this planet," Babler said.

Patterson sat shaking his head during most of the hearing. Offered a chance to speak, he said he would do anything to take back what he did.

"I would die," he said. "I would do absolutely anything ... to bring them back. I don't care about me. I'm just so sorry. That's all."

'The girl he was going to take'

Patterson told authorities he decided Jayme "was the girl he was going to take" after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home, according to a criminal complaint. He told investigators he plotted carefully, including wearing all black clothing, putting stolen licence plates on his car and taking care to leave no fingerprints on his shotgun.

Jayme told police that the night of her abduction, the family dog's barking awoke her, and she went to wake up her parents as a car came up the driveway. While her father went to the front door, Jayme and her mother hid in the bathroom, clutching each other in the bathtub, the shower curtain pulled shut.

Jayme Closs managed to escape from Patterson's cottage on Jan. 10, three months after being kidnapped. (The Associated Press)

Patterson shot Jayme's father as he entered the house, then found Jayme and her mother. He told detectives he wrapped tape around Jayme's mouth and head, taped her hands behind her back and taped her ankles together, then shot her mother in the head. He told police he dragged Jayme outside and threw her in the trunk of his car, the complaint said.

At his cabin, Patterson forced Jayme to hide under a bed when he had friends over and penned her in with tote boxes and weights, warning that if she moved, "bad things could happen to her," according to the complaint. He also turned up the radio so visitors couldn't hear her.

Prosecutors in the county where Jayme was held decided not to bring charges related to anything that might have happened in the cabin, a move that was widely seen as aiming to spare Jayme further pain and keep details private.

Authorities searched for Jayme for months and collected more than 3,500 tips. Jayme escaped on Jan. 10 while Patterson was away and flagged down a woman who was walking a dog. Patterson was arrested minutes later.

Patterson was also ordered to register as a sex offender, which under Wisconsin law may be required both for an actual sex offence or an attempted sexual offence. Details of Jayme's time in captivity have not been released, and no charges were brought by prosecutors in the county where she was held.

No need to go there. The monster is put away for life; that's all that's needed, except prayer for Jayme.

Long Island day care owner arrested
for child sex abuse

Parents - please don't put your children into day cares
where men are present

BRENTWOOD, Long Island— The owner of a Brentwood day care facility has been arrested for sexually abusing a child who attended the day care, Suffolk County Police said Saturday.

Jose Flores, the co-owner of Little Sponges Family Day Care, located at 3 1st Street, sexually abused a 7-year-old female earlier this year, police said.

Flores, 56,  was arrested and charged with first degree sexual abuse degree and endangering the welfare of a child.

The Office of Family and Child Services shut down the day care center following Flores arrest, police said in a statement.

Flores was transported to a hospital for treatment of a prior medical condition

The investigation is continuing.

Lycoming County, PA man arrested
for child sex abuse

MONTGOMERY, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU)A Lycoming County man is behind bars after authorities say he sexually abused a child.

Christopher Grob of Montgomery was arrested on Friday at his home on Johnson Street.

On May 24, 2019, Christopher John Grob of 66 Johnson Street Montgomery was arrested for the sexual abuse of a child.

He is currently charged with multiple felonies including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse with a child and sexual assault.

Grob was denied bail and is currently committed to the Lycoming County Prison.

Seabrook, NH man charged with possession of
child sex abuse images
By Max Sullivan 

BRENTWOOD -- A Seabrook man is facing almost two-dozen charges for possessing images of child sexual abuse.

Justin Brown, 36, was indicted this month by a Rockingham Superior Court grand jury on 23 counts of possession of child sexual abuse charges. Each count carries a maximum of 15 years in prison.

An indictment means the grand jury found enough evidence to warrant a trial in the matter.

The indictments state Brown possessed images of children under the age of 18 involved in sexual acts with adult males. Files contained names with phrases including “Pedo - 11yo” and “Reelkiddymov.”

Seabrook police prosecutor Scott Mendes said Brown was first investigated a year ago through the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force and that the investigation was eventually turned over to the Rockingham County attorney’s office. He was directly indicted this month, according to Mendes, meaning he was not previously arrested and would be notified by mail or a sheriff that he would need to turn himself in.

Brown is scheduled for a June 6 arraignment in Rockingham Superior Court.

Vernon County, MO man sentenced child sexual abuse, porn case
Jeff Lehr, Joplin Globe
NEVADA, Mo. — A Vernon County judge sentenced a rural Nevada man to 10 years in prison when he pleaded guilty recently to child pornography and child sexual abuse charges.

Nathaniel W. Gordon, 41, pleaded guilty May 17 in Vernon County Circuit Court to possession of child pornography and to two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. Circuit Judge David Munton assessed Gordon concurrent terms of 10 years on the child pornography count and seven years on each of the statutory sodomy convictions.

Wow! Sodomy counts for nothing in Judge Munton's court!

The convictions stem from a joint investigation by the Southwest Missouri Cyber Crimes Task Force and the Vernon County Sheriff's Department in January of this year.

Gordon was interviewed by a task force investigator Jan. 15 and admitted using social media sites such as Kik and Tumblr and receiving links on Kik to child pornography. He told the investigator that he had not been online for two or three months but liked to look at boys in their early teens, according to a probable-cause affidavit filed in the case.

A sheriff's investigator went a day after the interview to the address where Gordon had been living and learned from another occupant that Gordon had been using her laptop computer prior to December 2018 and had more or less taken over the device, opening an account on it with a protected password and not letting anyone else use the laptop.

The detective obtained consent of the owner to take the laptop and a search warrant was obtained to examine it. According to the affidavit, at least 57 photos of suspected child pornography were discovered in its contents, primarily nude images of boys. During the course of the investigation, information was received that Gordon may have sexually abused a 14-year-old boy. During an interview at the Children's Center in Nevada, the boy told investigators that Gordon sexually abused him three times in the summer of 2018.

And all he gets is 10 years. 10 years and he will magically transform into someone who is not a danger to children! Good grief!

Arrest Made in Two Child Sex Abuse and Sexual Exploitation of Minors Offenses in DC

This is a news release from the Washington Metropolitan Police Dept., provided verbatim.

Detectives from the Metropolitan Police Department’s Youth and Family Services Division along with Special Agents from Federal Bureau of Investigation, Child Exploitation and Human Trafficking Task Force announced an arrest has been made in reference to two First Degree Child Sex Abuse offenses and a Material Involving Sexual Exploitation of Minors offense.

Between Thursday, September 1, 2016 and Wednesday, January 9, 2019, at the listed location, the defendant downloaded and accepted receipt of materials involving the exploitation of children. Additionally, the suspect engaged in non-consensual acts with two juvenile victims. All offenses occurred in the 800 block of Southern Avenue, Southeast.

On Thursday, May 24, 2019, 47 year-old Andrew Rodgers, of Southeast, DC, was charged with two counts of First Degree Child Sex Abuse and one count of Material Involving Sexual Exploitation of Minors.

Wisconsin man serving time for sexual assault of child
gets prison for assault of another child

Sophia Carson, Appleton Post-Crescent 

APPLETON - A convicted sex offender serving time in prison for an assault of a Door County child was sentenced Thursday in another similar case.

Outagamie County Circuit Court judge Mark McGinnis sentenced Ronald L. Kupsky, 31, to 20 years in prison and 20 years of extended supervision after a jury found him guilty Wednesday of first-degree sexual assault of a child.

Investigators said a girl told police in 2018 that Kupsky sexually assaulted her when she was 11 years old. The girl said she was playing volleyball outside in Black Creek when her ball rolled toward the woods. Kupsky followed her and assaulted her.

The sentence handed down Thursday will follow the 20-year prison sentence Kupsky is currently serving for first-degree sexual assault of a 12-year-old in 2014 in Sturgeon Bay.

In that case, a jury found Kupsky guilty of assaulting the girl and showing her pornography while the two watching TV.

When police seized his phone in that case, they found sexually explicit photos and videos between Kupsky and a third, unidentified girl they believe is 13 or 14 years old.

Plea deals work great for pedophiles, not so much for kids

Kupsky was the subject of a 2015 Appleton Post-Crescent investigation about people accused of sexual assault who can walk free because of plea agreements and reduced bonds. The investigation detailed another child sexual assault case against Kupske in 2013 based on a report from a 13-year-old Kimberly girl.

A plea agreement dropped the initial charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child to fourth-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum nine-month jail sentence.

The charge of first-degree sexual assault of a child carries a maximum sentence of 60 years in prison.

There's a DA who doesn't have children, or care very much about them.

NM man faces life in prison for child sexual abuse convictions
The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Federal prosecutors say a San Felipe Pueblo man faces life in prison after being convicted by a jury of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.

The U.S. Attorney's Office for New Mexico says a life sentence is mandatory for 48-year-old Tyrone Coriz because he had a previous federal conviction for a sex crime in 1992 involving a different victim.

Federal court jurors in Albuquerque convicted Coriz in the latest case on Wednesday.

Former Homewood, AL city councilor faces
child sex abuse charges

By Jennifer Fortier  WVTM 


According to the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, former Homewood City Councilman Vance Moody, 55, was arrested Thursday on charges of first-degree sex abuse and sex abuse of a child.

Moody was released from county jail on a $45,000 bond. Homewood police have not commented on this case.

Facebook messages prove child sexual abuse,
San Antonio, TX teen arrested
by SBG San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO — An 18-year-old has been arrested and is facing multiple charges after an investigation by police led to his Facebook page.

According to affidavits we received, DeAntay Marquise Shumpert, 18, was arrested Thursday.

It started when a 14-year-old girl was reported as a runaway in January.

The girl's mother came to police February 20, saying her daughter was pregnant after allegedly running away Shumpert.

The affidavit says her mother told police she ran away again in March, but returned home the next day after her mother picked her up from Shumpert's home.

Police interviewed the victim and mother in March, at this time the victim admitted to having a sexual relationship with Shumpert, but that it was consensual, only once and she did not want him to be in trouble.

When police say they reached out to Shumpert, he said he had no information to provide.

According to the affidavit, a few weeks later in early April, the victim's mother sent police screenshots of her daughter's Facebook conversations with Shumpert.

The messages allegedly include an admission from Shumpert.

Police say they then obtained a search warrant of Shumpert's Facebook page.

In Facebook messages on his Facebook page, police found sexually explicit photos, videos and messages, according to the affidavit.

Shumpert is now facing charges of sexual assault of a child, online solicitation of a minor, sexual performance by a child and possession of child pornography.

Missoula, MT man gets four 100-year sentences
for child sex abuse

SEABORN LARSON seaborn.larson@missoulian.com

A 65-year-old Missoula man was given four 100-year sentences Thursday for molesting a young girl and forcing her into sex acts with two boys. 

A Missoula County District Court jury convicted Jack Eldon Jarvey in January of sexual intercourse without consent, three counts of sexual abuse of children and one count of intimidation. 

"This sentence may well exceed your lifetime," Missoula Judge John Larson told Jarvey at the hearing on Thursday, "and I must say what you've done … will persist with them for their entire lives as well."

At trial, the victims who testified said their ages ranged from third grade to fifth grade when the abuse began several years ago. The abuse went on every weekend for two years, until a girl told her mother Jarvey was forcing her to perform sex acts on boys at the home. 

Jarvey's attorney did not make arguments at Thursday's sentencing, opting to take the case to the state Supreme Court on appeal.

"Mr. Jarvey maintains that he's an innocent man," public defender Reed Mandelko told Larson. "He's confident in his chances on appeal."

Along with the four lengthy sentences on the rape and abuse charges, Larson handed down a 10-year sentence for the intimidation charge, the maximum penalty for such an offense. Each sentence will run concurrently, an arrangement offered by Deputy County Attorney Ryan Mickelson in light of Jarvey's age. 

The psychosexual evaluation of Jarvey completed by sentencing reportedly showed "little or no empathy for the victims" and "projected blame onto the victims," Mickelson said. Jarvey will have to complete multiple phases of sex offender treatment before he is eligible for parole.

Larson also addressed the victims in the courtroom during his final statements to Jarvey.

"This sentence is intended not only to punish you but to express the remorse of the state and the value the state places on the victims," he said, then turned to the victims. "You should feel valuable, you should feel full, you should feel complete in living the rest of your lives, knowing the rest of his life will be in the Montana state prison."

Thursday, 23 May 2019

Dr.; 2 Headmasters; Coach; Caregiver; 2 Ped Rings on Today's Global PnP List

Doctor accused of infecting over
400 Pakistani children with HIV
By Sommer Brokaw

Dr. Muzaffar Ghangharo, a Pakistani local pediatrician alleged to have been responsible for the HIV outbreak, sits behind bars at a police station in Ratodero, Pakistan. Ghangharo was arrested on April 30 on charges of infecting hundreds of patients, mostly children at the facility with HIV, for avenging him being affected by HIV, a charge he denied. File Photo by Waqar Hussain/EPA-EFE

(UPI) -- More 400 children have been diagnosed with HIV in a Pakistani town as several families accuse a local doctor of spreading the virus through tainted syringes.

More than 607 people - - 75 percent of them children -- have been diagnosed with HIV in the Sindh province's Larkana (central Pakistan) in the past past month after many rushed to a government hospital to get tested as word spread of an outbreak.

The first sign of the outbreak occurred in February when parents from the town of Ratodero, a subdivision in Larkana province, took their children to a doctor with a fever that seemed to be lasting longer than normal. The doctor sent their blood away for testing, which turned out HIV-positive.

Police have arrested the town's child specialist, Muzaffar Ghangharo, who has AIDS, with at least 10 families accusing him of infecting their children through tainted syringes.

Ghangharo was to appear in court Tuesday.

In statement to police, Ghangaro said "he didn't do anything intentionally," officer Sartaj Jhagirini said, but "four kids have died and their parents have blamed the doctor for killing them."

Previous outbreak linked to transgender prostitutes

Another HIV outbreak hit the same province a few years ago, which resulted in 1,521 people diagnosed, most men linked to transgender prostitutes.

Dr. Asad Memon, head of the Sindh AIDS Control Program in Larkana, said he believes the 2016 outbreak could be indirectly related to the current outbreak.

"I think the virus was being carried by members of the high-risk group (transgender and female prostitutes) and then lax practices by local quacks caused it to infect other patients," he told the BBC.

Dr. Fatima Mir, who specializes in AIDS among children, said that quack doctors were most likely tied to the HIV outbreak in children in 2016.

"There are three ways a child may be infected," Mir said. "It's either through a lactating mother who carries the virus, through blood transfusion, or through an infected surgical instrument or a syringe."

No, Dr. Mir, there is a fourth way, through sexual contact. If you did your research, I'm positive you would find a significant percentage of HIV+ kids had been sexually abused.

In the cases she handles, she said that the mothers tested negative and only of few of the children had blood transfusions, so the only remaining cause was reusing infected syringes.

Please, do your research. You seem to believe that children would never be subjected to sexual abuse by Pakistani men, or perhaps, by HIV+ Pakistani men. If so, you are very naive, and it is limiting your effectiveness.

SA paedophile jailed for 40 years for abusing children in Australia and Thailand
By Sarah Mullins

An Adelaide paedophile who sexually violated 13 children — in offending described as one of the worst in Australian legal history — has been jailed for 40 years.

Ruecha Tokputza showed no emotion as he was sentenced to 40 years and three months in jail with a non-parole period of 28 years.

District Court Judge Liesl Chapman described Tokputza, 31, as a "child's worst nightmare" and a menace to the community.

"You are every parents horror," she said. "Unfortunately, there are many like you out there, fortunately you have been caught.

"There is no doubt also you had a terrible start to life because you were sexually abused when you were so young and then again when you were older. The abuse went on for years.

"So much so it was normalised in your mind and you confused it with love. But that does not excuse what you have done.

"Your ability to experience sexual arousal with those young, innocent and trusting boys, over and over again is deeply disturbing."

Tokputza filmed and shared videos of the abuse online

Over six-and-a-half years, Tokputza sexually abused at least 13 children, including one as young as 15 months old.

In some instances, he filmed and shared videos of the abuse online.

Last month, he pleaded guilty to 51 charges, including aggravated indecent assault, sexual intercourse with a child and engaging in sexual intercourse with a child outside Australia.

His offending took place in Adelaide and Thailand between June 2011 and his arrest in January 2018.

The 40-year sentence handed to Tokputza surpasses the previous longest jail term in South Australian legal history for child sex offences committed by former Families SA carer Shannon McCoole.

McCoole was jailed for 35 years.

Snowtown killers John Justin Bunting and Robert Joe Wagner were sentenced to life without parole, while double child killer Dieter Pfennig was sentenced to 60 years.

Triple murderers Steven Graham Peet and Jason Alexander Downie received 36-year and 35-year sentences respectively.

Prosecutors could not think of worse offending

Last month, prosecutor Heath Barklay said it was "hard to think of more serious offending".

He said Tokputza's offending was without comparison in Australian legal history and was much more serious than that of McCoole, who sexually abused seven children in state care.

"The offending in [the McCoole case] lasted about three-and-a-half years, he was sentenced on the basis that he voluntarily assisted … had a written apology and … was remorseful for his offending," Mr Barklay said.

"In contrast to this matter, where there are 50 cases, 13 child victims, offending spanning six-and-a-bit years.

"In this case, there was no remorse or no apology."

Tokputza was also found in possession of 12,500 images and 650 videos of child exploitation material.

That is, child sexual abuse material!

Telford, UK child sex abuse trial told of
phone data checks by phone expert
By Deborah Hardiman | Telford 

The jury in the trial of three men accused of sex offences against a Telford girl have heard how data checks put her mobile phone at the same locations as one of her abusers.

L-R - Hizam, Sulayman, Qasem

Ghamer Sulayman, 23, Ayad Hizam, 21, and Saleh Qasem, 20, who are charged with a total of 20 offences in relation to the alleged victim, who was aged 15 at the time.

The case relates to several incidents in 2016 when she was taken to hotels and car parks in Telford, and a house in Birmingham to meet a number of men who allegedly abused her.

Giving evidence at Shrewsbury Crown Court yesterday, telecommunications analyst Naomi Tentioeve said that data and cell siting checks put phone numbers belonging to the victim and Hizam in the vicinity of two hotels in Telford town centre at the same time and on the same dates.

The case so far:

Sulayman, of Mercia Drive, Kings Heath, Birmingham, faces seven counts of rape and three of trafficking. Qasem, 20, of Runcorn Road, Balsall Heath, faces one count of sexual assault and one of trafficking. Hizam, of Bridgecroft, Balsall Heath, also Birmingham, faces four counts of abduction and four counts of sexual activity with a child. All three deny the alleged offences between March and July 2016.

The teenager, now 18, previously told the court that at one time she considered Hizam whom she knew as "Nathan" to be her boyfriend.

That's how grooming works!

The trial continues.

Ex SDA teacher jailed for WA child sex abuse


A former teacher at a religious school who sexually abused two boys in Western Australia dating back up to 40 years has been sentenced to four years in prison.

Lester Bryce Keegan, 66, pleaded guilty in the WA District Court to four historical charges related to indecently dealing with two boys between 1979 and 1988.

The first offence happened when Keegan was a teacher at a small religious school in the state's South West region.

He regularly invited the boy, aged between five and 10, to his home for fellowship and on one occasion inappropriately touched the child in the shower, the court heard.

It took years for the victim to tell anyone what happened to him.

The other offences occurred a few years later when Keegan moved to Perth and had a 13-year-old boy, whose parents he had befriended, stay at his home.

Keegan targeted the boy as he slept and repeatedly tried to rape him, the court heard.

Defence counsel Seamus Rafferty said his client accepted he needed to be "punished for the sins of the past".

But he said Keegan did not have a sexual interest in children, rather he was struggling with homosexuality, which was forbidden under his Seventh-day Adventist faith.

There's a big difference between homosexual inclinations and prepubescent children. One may lead to the other eventually, because sin is progressive. But it makes no sense to me that a homosexual bent would begin with children unless the perp was a child himself.

Judge Wendy Gillan accepted the submission but said Keegan's crimes were still an egregious breach of trust.

Keegan must serve at least two years behind bars before he can be eligible for parole.

Headmaster at a prestigious UK prep school who sexually abused his pupils escaped justice for 10 years after his barrister deliberately misled a court, it is claimed

A headmaster at a prestigious prep school who sexually abused his pupils escaped justice for 10 years after his barrister deliberately misled a court, it has been claimed.

Peter Wright, the head of £30,000-a-year Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire, plied boys with whisky and trips in his sports car before molesting them.

The elite boarding school for boys, which was attended by former Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and England cricket captain Andrew Strauss, was rocked after it emerged Wright was at the centre of a web that ensnared 30 boys.  

He was sentenced to eight years behind bars in 2014 after being convicted of sexually assaulting five pupils aged between eight to 13 between 1959 and 1970. Three other former teachers were also later convicted of child sex offences.

But Conservative MP Dame Cheryl Gillan has today said he would have faced justice 10 years earlier if his barrister hadn't have deceived the court dealing with his case.   

The MP for Chesham and Amersham used her Parliamentary privilege to claim that Andrew Bright QC, who is now a serving judge, deliberately misled Aylesbury Crown Court and deceived a judge to get an earlier trial halted.

In 2003 Wright had been charged with child sex offences against five other pupils at the school and was about to go on trial at Aylesbury Crown Court when the case was abruptly stopped.

Mr Bright, defending Wright, told the court the defence team had written to the school for vital and important copies of the pupil records but had been informed they were not available.

Pictured: Caldicott School in Buckinghamshire where fees are £30,000 a year

They successfully argued that as a result the trial could not go ahead because it would be an abuse of process and the case was stayed - a legal tool used to halt a trial.

Speaking in Westminster today Dame Gillan told the House of Commons the defence team had misled the court because the school had written to the defence team offering to provide them with the pupil records.

She also said the defence team knew this and deliberately misled the Judge Roger Connor - who was set to preside on the case.

Dame Gillan said: 'Had this correspondence been disclosed to the court, it could have assisted the prosecution and could, in all probability, have undermined the grounds of the application to stay the Indictment.

'However, neither the judge nor prosecuting counsel ever saw this correspondence because it was never produced in open court, even though Mr Bright QC, according to the transcript of the proceedings, had it with him in court, and was thus aware of its contents.

'The contents of the hidden correspondence only became known publicly five years later, when in November 2008 the school released it into the public domain.

'It then became apparent to everyone involved in those proceedings how its non-disclosure meant that the court had been misled and in effect deceived into making the order for the stay of the original first indictment.'

Conservative MP Dame Cheryl Gillan has today said he would have faced justice 10 years earlier if his barrister hadn't have deceived the court dealing with his case

Tom Perry, one of the five complainants in the first case, said: 'The consequences of Aylesbury Crown Court being misled by the defence team were profound, the most obvious being the decade delay before this career child abuser was imprisoned.

'Many more complainants came forward when Wright was charged but, because of he stay, they police were unable to progress with their cases so those have never been heard. IT is a complete disgrace.'

Wright, who was headmaster at Caldicott for 25 years, retiring in 1993, eventually faced justice when he was charded and found guilty in 2013 of abusing five other former pupils.

The jury was told he would reward his favourite blond, blue-eyed boys with trips in his sports car. He would also invite them to his bedsit to watch television and drink whisky.

He would sneak into the dormitories, wake his favourite and tell him to go back to his room and into his bed, where he would abuse them.

Three other teachers, Hugh Henry, John Addrison and Martin Carson were also convicted of child sex offences at the school with Addrison jailed for five years and Carson for two years.

Henry was killed by a train shortly before he was due to be sentenced, his death a presumed suicide.

Another paedophile commits suicide, foolishly thinking he will escape punishment!

The case was the subject of the Channel 4 documentary, 'Chosen', which detailed the scandal and the lack of legal action.

Now Dame Gillan has demanded an overhaul of the legal disclosure system to prevent future miscarriages of justice.

She told the House: 'Because the Judge is wholly dependent on the oral submissions made to him, the absence of the production of evidence makes it easier to mislead a court than would otherwise be the case. I understand that there is growing evidence of malpractice arising out of this procedure.'

And why is Judge Bright not being investigated by the bar? 

Former UK army officer jailed for online child sex abuse
Sonia Elks

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - A former British Army officer who spent thousands of pounds on directing and viewing live-streamed child sexual abuse from the Philippines was sentenced to more than three years in prison on Wednesday.

Anti-slavery groups hailed the conviction of Andrew Whiddett, 70, amid a cross-border effort to crack down on cybersex trafficking crimes.

“The Philippines is a global hot spot for online sexual exploitation of children, but the online consumers of this vile abuse are – as in this case - often from Western countries like the UK,” said David Westlake of anti-slavery group International Justice Mission UK.

“It’s vital that perpetrators both here in the UK and abroad are held to account and that sentences are strong enough to act as a deterrent.”

Cybersex trafficking is considered a form of modern-day slavery and the Philippines has become a global epicenter for the crime, with campaigners saying the abuse is largely fueled by rampant poverty.

Rampant poverty and good quality internet which should be disconnected from all but major businesses. Children shouldn't bear the responsibility of correcting a country's poverty, yet it happens all over the world. There are between 250,000 and 500,000 child prostitutes in Brazil alone. Meanwhile, wealthy countries spend their fortunes making weapons and devising ways to save the planet from climate change hysteria. What a stupid, crazy world!

Former lieutenant colonel Whiddett committed his crimes with the help of known Filipino child sex abuse facilitators over Skype, said officials at Britain’s National Crime Agency (NCA).

Whiddett made nearly 50 payments totaling 5,473 pounds ($6,938) to a woman between January 2015 and July 2017. During conversations in 2016 he also discussed carrying out abuse himself during a planned trip the Philippines.

Investigators were able to show that in November 2015, he paid 31.41 pounds to watch a nine-year-old girl be abused.

Britain’s NCA passed intelligence to their Filipino counterparts who arrested one person for facilitating child sex abuse and took measures to protect six children aged between three and 14.

Whiddett, who has no previous convictions, was arrested in October 2017 at Heathrow Airport and initially claimed his online payments were for adult sex shows.

He was jailed after he admitted six charges including live-streaming offences and making indecent images of children.

“Live-streaming sex crimes exploit the vulnerable; he was helped in this case by facilitators whose motive is to make money,” said Gary Fennelly, a senior investigating officer at the NCA. “The NCA does important work with international law enforcement partners in the Philippines to combat these sorts of crimes.”

“Anyone like Whiddett should realize that the NCA and UK police will never give up our pursuit of offenders who commit these horrific crimes.”

Whiddett, of Portsmouth, Hampshire, committed his crimes after he retired from the army.

Sex doll is child porn, but Newfoundland judge finds owner not guilty

Warning: Story contains language that some may find offensive

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A St. John's man accused of possessing child pornography in an unusual case involving what's been described as a child sex doll has been found not guilty.

The provincial court trial of Kenneth Harrisson, 54, is believed to have been the first in Canada dealing with child pornography charges involving a sex doll.

In his decision Thursday morning, Judge Mark Pike said he believed the doll linked to Harrisson is child pornography, but the Crown hadn't proven Harrisson's guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. 

Outside the courthouse after the judge's decision was given, Harrison said he had no comment. Defence lawyer Bob Buckingham spoke on his behalf.

"Mr. Harrisson wishes to say that he is relieved that this matter is over with and his advice to people is to be careful as to what you order online from now on," he said.

Lawyer Bob Buckingham, right, represented Harrisson, left, at the trial in St. John's. (Mark Quinn/ CBC)

Harrisson testified in court that he had ordered an adult doll, not the one that arrived in Canada from Japan in January 2013.

Buckingham also questioned the notion that the sex doll that was seized is child pornography.

"The piece of foam that is before the court, in my opinion and it's only my opinion, is not child pornography. The judge has made a decision otherwise and that stands," he said.

Buckingham also spoke about the impact the six years since his arrest have had on Harrisson.

"It has been draining. It has affected possibly job prospects. The strain was seen when he was giving evidence in his own defence."

Early this year, while Harrisson was testifying, he collapsed and was taken to hospital in an ambulance.

While speaking with reporters Buckingham was confronted by child protection advocate Linda Baudoin, who asked the lawyer if he was a "pedophile sympathizer."

"Are you an asshole?" Buckingham responded. "That's an insult to me as a member of the bar."

It should be an insult to anyone. But as a member of the bar he is required to defend his clients to the best of his ability. He shouldn't be criticized for that regardless of the guilt or peculiarity of his client. That's how the justice system works. 

If, however, he counsels his client to lie to the court, then he is as guilty as the defendant. I suspect this is what Ms Baudoin was suggesting.

The crown attorney prosecuting is representing the victims or potential victims, although I'm not clear that all prosecutors are truly aware of that.

Baudoin, who came to St. John's from Ontario to hear the judge's decision, said she was disappointed.

"The priority should be protecting children. He ordered it [the doll] and the proof is all there recorded, but because of the reasonable doubt factor, he gets a not guilty verdict," she said.

Doll intercepted at border    

Harrisson ordered the doll from Japan in 2013 and it was intercepted at the border. 

He testified he did not intend to have sex with the doll and he had ordered it for companionship to replace his son, who died as an infant. 

I don't think they make good companions. They are designed for one thing only.

Harrisson said he did a Google search of the term "sex doll" and he chose the photo that showed the most "male-like" face to resemble his son who died in 1986 but would have been around 25 in 2013.

That should have been enough to convict him right there. If he wanted a companion, he should have searched for a companion doll, not a sex doll.

Pike called Harrisson's explanation "incredible," but said the Crown hadn't proved Harrisson intended to buy a doll resembling a child. 

The judge also found Harrisson not guilty of additional charges, including mailing obscene matter, and two charges under the federal Customs Act of smuggling and possession of prohibited goods. 

Nevertheless, I think he has paid his dues. What concerns me is that it fails to discourage others from ordering sex dolls, which is a symptom of paedophilia.

Charges laid in alleged sexual, physical abuse of 17 children in Canadian First Nation

Two men and a woman from a Manitoba First Nation
charged with multiple child sex offences, RCMP say
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Two men from Garden Hill have been charged with multiple sexual offences against children in the community, Manitoba RCMP say — including one man who had access to a foster home in the Manitoba First Nation.

An extensive investigation identified 17 alleged victims of physical or sexual abuse that police say occurred between 2011 and 2017. RCMP could not confirm Thursday if the children identified were residents of the Garden Hill foster home.

The children were between the ages of three and 15 at the time of the alleged abuse.

Paul Bruce Harper, a 21-year-old man from the fly-in community 475 kilometres northeast of Winnipeg, has been charged with multiple sexual offences, police say. He was first arrested on Feb. 25, 2018, after sexual assaults were reported.

Speaking at a news conference Thursday, Supt. Michael Koppang, who heads up Manitoba RCMP's major crimes services, said police learned during the investigation Harper had access to a residence that served as a foster home for numerous children in the community.

Police, working with Manitoba Child and Family Services, identified 150 children who were in contact with the accused as potential victims. All 150 were then interviewed or assessed.

As the investigation continued, Koppang said a 20-year-old man from the community was arrested on Sept. 7, 2018, and has since been charged with multiple sexual offences. That man cannot be named because he's being charged under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.

Both men remain in custody.

Foster mother at home charged

Lucy Harper, a 66-year-old woman who was a foster mother at the home, has also been charged with perjury and two counts under the Child and Family Services Act, including a count of failure to report a child in need of protection and one of failure to provide for a child in need of protection.

She has been released with conditions and is no longer a foster parent, Koppang said. He said he couldn't release information about the nature of the relationship between Paul Bruce Harper and Lucy Harper.

At Thursday's news conference, Koppang issued a plea for any other victims to come forward. "We recognize the possibility that there may be more children who have been victimized and are urging them to come forward and to speak with our investigators," said Supt. Koppang.

"We recognize that calling the police is an extremely difficult step to take but I want to assure anyone who is thinking of coming forward that our officers are professional and compassionate, and will work with victims to explain every step of the process."

Support for victims

Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and Garrison Settee, grand chief of the northern First Nations advocacy group Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak, told reporters at the news conference their organizations want to work together to support victims.

"It's shocking," Dumas said of the charges. "I felt very strongly that I needed to be here to come and show support to the victims. I let our colleagues know here that there needs to be some vigilance, to assure that everything is done … to help the victims."

"The victims will need a lot of support," said Settee. "We want to ensure that their leadership is behind them and we're there to exercise our duty to protect and also to … facilitate healing to the victims, and also to the community at large."

Dumas said the Garden Hill investigation highlights broader issues in Manitoba. "I don't think it's isolated.… We need to address the overall issue of child welfare in this province," he said.

"There needs to be more accountability measures, and there needs to be more care towards our children and more prevention set forward."

Police said Thursday they have partnered with Klinic Community Health, which can accept reports from survivors of sexual assault who are 16 or older from anywhere in Manitoba.

The survivors can remain anonymous and work with Klinic counsellors to determine the best way forward. The centre's 24-hour Sexual Assault Crisis Line can be reached at 1-888-292-7565.

Interpol Rescues 50 Children, Arrests Nine Sex Offenders From Darkweb Sex Ring 

After two years, an international darkweb operation has brought about the rescue of 50 children and the prosecution of at least nine sex offenders from the United States, Thailand, and Australia.

A Thursday press release from Interpol announced their "Operation Blackwrist" had reached new levels as a total 50 children, the youngest being only 15 months old, were rescued from dark web pedophilia ring. In addition, at least nine sex offenders have been either sentenced or await trial for their alleged child sex and exploitation crimes.

Operation Blackwrist began in 2017 after Interpol's Crimes Against Children unit was alerted to sexual material involving the abuse of 11 boys, all aged under 13, during "routine darkweb monitoring," according to the release. Interpol says the content was made accessible to at least 63,000 users across the globe through a subscription-based darkweb site that had been running for some years.

The site, which published new images and videos of sexual abuse against young children, is said to have taken precaution in not revealing any audio or visual clues as to where the content originated.

In order to carry out the operation, named after a wristband consistently worn by an offender, Interpol relied on cooperation from agencies such as Thailand's Department of Special Investigations (DSI), the US' Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and the Australian Federal Police (AFP).

The first arrests came about in January 2018 after Interpol successfully identified the first victims two months prior.

Interpol operational meeting prior to the January 2018 arrests of Salangam and Tokputza.

Montri Salangam, the darkweb site's main administrator, was arrested in Thailand and identified as the man abusing the 11 boys in the videos which sparked the launch of Operation Blackwrist. Interpol says Salangam lured boys, including his own nephew, to his home with promises of "meals, internet access and football games."

Montri Salangam (center) in police custody following his arrest in January 2018.

Simultaneously, Ruecha Tokputza, another site admin, was apprehended in Australia. (See above - 2nd story from top).

Upon both arrests, officers also uncovered thousands of images featuring both administrators as primary abusers. South Australian court proceedings would later reveal the duo's youngest victim was only 15 months old.

In June 2018, Salangam was sentenced to 146 years in prison on charges of child rape, human trafficking and possessing and distributing child sexual abuse materials, according to Channel News Asia. The sentence would later be reduced to 50 years, but Salangam is also required to pay five victims 500,000 baht ($15,600).

An accomplice, identified as a nursery school teacher with close ties to Tokputza, received 36 years in prison from a Thai court after being convicted of the same charges as Salangam.

The Interpol release says an Australian court gave Tokputza "the longest sentence ever imposed in Australia for child sex offences" on May 17 2019: 40 years and three months.

"You are a child's worst nightmare, you are every parent's horror, you are a menace to the community," Judge Liesl Chapman told Tokputza in Adelaide.

Though the release provides no further details on who was arrested, Interpol has made it clear that several other alleged offenders have been captured in the United States, Thailand and Australia as a result of ongoing investigations.

Additionally, Interpol says police in "nearly 60 countries" are currently examining referrals from New Zealand and expect more offenders and rapists to be brought to justice.

"Every child abuse image is evidence of a crime and INTERPOL will always provide its full support to officers on the ground to help identify and rescue victims around the world," Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock noted in the release.

Well done people. God bless you.

Deputy head teacher jailed for
live-streaming child sex abuse

A deputy headteacher who live-streamed children being sexually abused while high on cocaine and crystal meth has  been jailed for 28 months.

Paul Newbury, 50, regularly used the Zoom videoconferencing platform to view, discuss and distribute the most serious child sex abuse images – telling one user he was interested in ‘all ages’.

Undercover officers infiltrated the chat rooms in October 2017 and filmed Newbury sitting naked on his sofa smoking drugs as he watched a live video of a girl aged around eight being abused.

Ex-headteacher admits taking class A drugs while live-streaming child sex abuse in UK

Newbury was also a member of several closed paedophile groups on the secure messaging app Telegram, where he discussed and exchanged child abuse material with hundreds of other members worldwide. He invited fellow paedophiles to join obscene groups with names such as ‘Love Boys’.

Newbury, who was sentenced at Southwark Crown Court, admitted making and possessing indecent images of children in March.  All of the illegal activity took place while he was working as an associate headteacher at a Camden secondary school, although the offences were not connected to his job.

Russell Tyner, CPS specialist prosecutor, said: “Paul Newbury was an active and prolific member of a global network of internet paedophiles committed to sharing live images of children being sexually abused.

"Some of these videos featured very young and vulnerable children in visible distress, which Newbury then shared widely for the twisted gratification of himself and others.

“The fact he helped fuel this industry while working as a teacher only adds to the grotesque and aggravated nature of the offence.

“As well as seeing Newbury jailed, the CPS today sought a Sexual Harm Prevention Order to ensure the clear threat he poses to children is minimised on his release.”

Police raided Newbury’s home in Wood Green in February last year and found two grams of crystal meth, 717mg of cocaine and two glass burning pipes.

The teacher, now sacked, had obtained almost five hours of material from Telegram between September 2017 and February 2018 – some of which he shared via Zoom using his alias ‘north London'.

In total, 1,246 indecent images of children were recovered from his devices – 492 of which were classified under the most serious Category A.

Building the case

Newbury was brought to justice as part of an international operation that saw US and Canadian undercover agents deployed to Zoom chat rooms, which were being used to live-stream the sexual abuse of children.

This evidence was then used by the National Crime Agency and CPS to trace Newbury and ensure he faced the appropriate charges in an English court. CPS prosecutors worked closely with counterparts in the United States and Canada to enable the effective sharing of evidence and intelligence.

Russell Tyner said: “Online child sexual abuse is one of the most serious criminal threats we face and paedophiles all over the world are finding ever-newer technologies to perpetrate their offending.

“But, as this prosecution shows, the CPS and our international partners are determined to work together to bring abusers to justice whatever corner of the internet they hide in.”

Paul Newbury (DOB: 20/02/1969) admitted four counts of making indecent images of children, one of distributing indecent photographs of children, possession of a prohibited image, showing an indecent photograph of a child, possession of an extreme pornographic image and possession of Class A drugs at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court on 19 March.

Russell Tyner is a specialist prosecutor with the CPS International Justice and Organised Crime Division.

The ten-year Sexual Harm Prevention Order imposed on Newbury places strict conditions on his internet use and he will also need to forfeit his devices.

Camden, London, UK

Former Southampton coach Bob Higgins is found guilty of assaulting young trainees

Probe into UK football child sex abuse can now resume


The long-awaited independent review into child sex abuse allegations in football has taken a further step to completion following the conviction of a youth coach.

Clive Sheldon QC is leading a probe into what the FA and clubs knew and did about allegations of child sexual abuse between 1970 and 2005 in the wake of the scandal which has gripped the sport.

It had been delayed for legal reasons thanks to the trial of ex-Southampton coach Bob Higgins and further allegations against convicted paedophile and ex-Manchester City and Crewe coach Barry Bennell. 

On Thursday however Higgins was found guilty of indecently assaulting young trainees, clearing one of the obstacles in Sheldon's path.

A spokesman for the review said it was now 'possible for investigations into what the clubs and FA did or did not know about Higgins to be concluded'.

They added: 'The Review is also awaiting the outcome of further investigations into allegations of abuse by Barry Bennell.'

In February, Bennell was sentenced to 31 years in prison for abusing 12 boys, seven of whom were linked to Crewe Alexandra. A number of allegations have since been made.

Higgins sexually touched and groped 23 boys, mostly of Southampton and Peterborough United, between 1971 and 1996. He was found guilty at Bournemouth Crown Court of 45 counts of indecent assault.

Prosecutors told the court Higgins, viewed as a king maker, was 'idolised' by trainees and that he 'held supreme power over their footballing futures'.

Concerns were first raised over the 66-year-old predator more than 30 years ago, but he was cleared of sexual abuse. However, following an eight-week retrial, held after a previous jury at Winchester Crown Court failed to reach a verdict, justice was served.

Higgins, who showed little emotion in the dock, would let boys stay at his house after training sessions or during school holidays. He gave them lifts to training and gained their trust before pouncing.

There is no suggestion that any of Southampton's biggest names who were coached by Higgins, including Alan Shearer and Matt Le Tissier, were abused by him. Many of those who were ended up so distressed that they gave up football entirely.

Higgins, who will be sentenced at a later date, was cleared of five counts of the same offence. The jury failed to reach a decision on a further count.

He was found guilty of a further count of indecent assault after a trial last year. Several of Higgins' victims sat in the public gallery and broke into tears as the verdicts were delivered.

Sheldon was asked by the FA in 2016 to look into historical sexual abuse in the sport following a series of allegations by former players.