Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY
Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!
3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here
Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour
Wednesday, 17 July 2019
Ohio babysitter accused of child sexual abuse at daycare gets 30 days after plea deal
Obviously, Kimberly is a real sweetheart to get a deal like this.
Ryan W. Miller, USA TODAY
A woman accused of sexually abusing children in her Ohio daycare will serve just 30 days in prison as part of a plea deal, local media reported.
Kimberly Hignite, 52, pleaded guilty Monday to 14 charges of misdemeanor child endangerment, the Columbus Dispatch and WBNS-TV reported.
According to court records, Hignite was indicted in June 2018 of multiple charges stemming from alleged abuse that took place at a daycare she ran from her home in Grove City, Ohio, the Dispatch reported.
The five counts she faced alleging sexual misconduct were either lowered or dismissed as part of the plea deal, the newspaper reported.
Police searched Hignite's home in May 2018, where they found more than 20 children being supervised by only Hignite's 71-year-old mother. Prosecutors said that multiple children had described sexual touching at the daycare, the Dispatch and WBNS-TV reported.
The children, between 7 months and 5 years old, were allegedly found strapped into car seats and unattended in various rooms. Hignite admitted she had too many children in her care but denied sexually touching any of them, the Dispatch reported.
Hignite declined to speak at the sentencing as the parents of some of the children gave testimony.
According to WBNS-TV, Hignite could have faced up to 180 days in jail for the 14 charges, but the judge accepted a recommendation from prosecutors and defense attorneys in the deal.
OMGosh! 30 days! Even 180 days seems wildly disproportionate for sexual abuse of such young children, not to mention strapping 1-5 y/os in car seats - for how long? And child endangerment! I think the DA dropped the ball on this case, IMHO.
15-y/o Sexual Assault Victim Was Abused by LA Detective Investigating Her Case
The assault took place in detective Neil David Kimball's trailer in Camarillo
By Harriet Sokmensuer
A Los Angeles County sex crimes detective accused of raping a 15-year-old girl has pleaded guilty to unlawful sexual intercourse and lewd act with a child, PEOPLE confirms.
In 2017, detective Neil David Kimball, 46, began investigating the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl while serving in the Los Angeles County Special Victims Bureau. During his investigation, Kimball befriended the girl and later had sex with her while she allegedly was bound and tied, Ventura County District Attorney Gregory Totten announced in a press release obtained by PEOPLE.
The incident took place in Kimball’s trailer in Camarillo, according to the New York Times. The 20-year-veteran was originally charged with rape but authorities were unable to determine whether Kimball used force.
Hint: she was bound and tied! Doesn't that tell you something?
On July 13, he pleaded guilty to lesser charges. On Aug. 8 he is expected to be sentenced to three years in prison.
This is not the first time Kimball has been investigated for inappropriate behavior with sex assault victims, according to the Los Angeles Times.
In 2009, a woman alleged Kimball had grabbed her hand and tried to get her to touch his genitals, the Times reports. When authorities attempted to investigate, witnesses gave contradictory statements and the case was eventually dropped.
Despite the accusation, Kimball was asked to join the Special Victims Bureau later that year.
In December, a California woman revealed she had reported Kimball to officials in 2014 after he allegedly had been inappropriate and flirtatious with her while investigating her sexual assault case.
“It was like trying to complain to a brick wall,” Sara Abusheikh told the Daily Beast. “It just makes you think, ‘How many other women are there that tried to complain about this guy?’”
Attorney information for Kimball was unavailable Wednesday. Kimball will have to register as a sex offender.
If you suspect child abuse, call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-4-A-Child or 1-800-422-4453, or go to http://www.childhelp.org. All calls are toll-free and confidential. The hotline is available 24/7 in more than 170 languages.
Marlow, OK, man charged with child sexual abuse
By Andrew Brasier
DUNCAN, Okla. (TNN) - A Marlow man is charged with two counts of child sexual abuse.
26-year-old Bradly Dean Bratcher was arrested on Friday, July 12 after police got a call about a missing 15-year-old girl.
The girl's father told police that she might be with Bratcher. He also told police that he previously told Bratcher to stay away from his daughter.
Police pulled over Bratcher at Arapaho and 4th Street in Marlow. When the officer asked Bratcher if he had been with the girl, he reportedly said yes.
The officer says Bratcher told them he dropped off the girl about a mile from her home. She returned home shortly after.
He was taken to the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office where he was interviewed. He reportedly told investigators he had been meeting with the girl and admitted to committing multiple sexual acts with her.
Bratcher was then booked in the Stephens County Jail.
Bossier, LA, man accused of sex crimes involving children, animals
Detectives were investigating a domestic abuse case when
they reportedly found pornographic images
By KSLA Digital Team
BOSSIER PARISH, La. (KSLA) - Bossier sheriff’s detectives say he had pornographic images of children and pornographic images of animals and humans.
Now 23-year-old Ross A. Jones, of the 2200 block of Shumark Trail in Bossier City, faces six counts of possession of pornography involving juveniles and three counts of sexual abuse of an animal.
He is being held in Bossier-Maximum Security Facility, where he was booked the morning of July 15 after being arrested the same date.
Bossier sheriff’s detectives were investigating a domestic abuse case when they reportedly found images on Jones’ cellphone that showed nude juveniles involved in sexual acts plus animals engaged in sexual activity with humans, the Sheriff’s Office reports.
“This is another unfortunate example of crimes of depravity and deviancy,” Bossier Sheriff Julian Whittington said .
“If you possess, transfer or manufacture child pornography or any type of animal/human porn, our detectives will conduct a thorough investigation using some of the best digital forensics tools available.
"You will be caught. You will be jailed.”
Jones’ bonds have been set at $50,000 on each of the animal abuse charges and $25,000 on the charges of possession of child pornography, making his bonds total $300,000.
Queens, NY man, 30, facing more than 17,725 charges of child porn and bestiality
Caution: graphic and disturbing detail below
By SNEJANA FARBEROV FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
A Queens man accused of amassing a huge collection of child pornography depicting babies and children under the age of 10, and filming himself having sex with a dog, appeared in court on Wednesday for a pretrial hearing.
Vishal Lalbeharry, 30, walked into Queens County Criminal Court dressed in a grey suit and tie, and accompanied by an elderly couple believed to be his parents, to face Judge Stephanie Zaro.
Lalbeharry was arrested in April 2018 after a month-long undercover investigation. In January of this year, he was indicted on 17,725 criminal counts accusing him of promoting child sex abuse, possessing child pornography and recording more than a dozen videos showing him engaging in acts of bestiality with a dog.
'The defendant is alleged to have downloaded thousands of photos and videos of children as young as six-months-old being abused by adult men and women,' a press release from the Queen District Attorney's Office stated. 'In addition to the online images, the defendant allegedly recorded himself having sexual relations with an animal.'
Lalbeharry's defense attorney, Todd Greenberg, told DailyMail.com by phone that he and a prosecutor discussed the possibility of reaching a plea deal before the case goes to trial. 'We hope to have some type of disposition,' Greenberg said.
Lalbeharry is due back in court for another status conference on August 23.
According to the prosecution, a detective conducting an online investigation on March 27, 2018, identified Lalbeharry's IP address as having allegedly downloaded 1,150 files containing images of children being sexually abused.
Some of the files had the titles 'Babies F***ed,' 'Judyan 04,' '2006 Tara 7 yr' and others.
'Some of the photos showed babies actually being penetrated anally and vaginally by adult men,' the press release from the district attorney's office read.
Between March and April 2018, Lalbeharry’s computer was found to have been active on a network acquiring more than 10,000 photos and videos of children under the age of 10 being sexually abused.
When questioned after his arrest, Lalbeharry was quoted as telling police that some images of child pornography ended up on his computer while he was downloading ‘regular porn,’ and that he had seen them 'by mistake.'
Police seized four laptops, five hard drives and four cell phones from his room. A forensic analysis of Lalbeharry’s confiscated electronic devices allegedly uncovered thousands images of children - from infants to 10-year-olds - with their genitals exposed and being sexually assaulted in numerous ways.
'The images accumulated by this defendant allegedly contained some of the most horrific ways imaginable to sexually abuse a child - even babies were defiled,' Queens District Attorney Richard Brown stated at the time. 'The children are real people and they must live with the scars on their bodies as well as in their memories forever.'
His collection of pornography also allegedly included 16 video recording showing the 30-year-old man having sex with a dog.
Lalbeharry was charged with 5,903 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child as a sexually motivated felony; 5,903 counts of promoting a sexual performance by a child; 5,903 counts of possessing a sexual performance by a child and 16 counts of sexual misconduct.
If convicted of all the counts against him at trial, Lalbeharry faces up to seven years in prison.
Seriously! 7 years the maximum for this very disturbed man? How pathetically inadequate!
Bellmead, TX, city employee charged with
child sexual assault
BELLMEAD, Texas (KWTX) Jonathan Brock, 26, a laborer for the City of Bellmead, has been charged with two counts of continuous sexual assault of a child stemming from incidents involving victims younger than 14, police Lt. Brenda Kinsey said in a press release Wednesday.
Brock was arrested Wednesday.
The charges stem from an investigation that started on June 28 after police received reports of the sexual abuse of the two victims at an apartment complex in Bellmead, Kinsey said.
The victims made outcries of abuse during a forensic interview, she said.
Brock was placed on administrative leave, she said. Bond had not been set late Wednesday afternoon.
No further details were provided Wednesday.
Jasper, IN, pastor arrested after failing to report
alleged child abuse
By Jared Goffinet and Erin McNally
DUBOIS CO., Ind. (WFIE) - A local pastor is accused of not reporting a case of alleged child abuse.
Back in May we reported the arrest of Dexter Hensley for child molestation and sexual battery. We are finding out the pastor at Hensley’s church in Jasper knew about the allegations.
According to the affidavit, the juveniles told detectives about the alleged incidents, which they say happened at Jasper Apostolic Church where Hensley attended.
Jasper Police say they learned Pastor Howard Geck was made aware of the allegations two-years ago, but failed to report them to authorities.
Geck was charged this week with failure to make a report, which is a class B misdemeanor. By Indiana law, anyone who has reason to believe a child has been abused must report it to law enforcement or DCS.
“The law requires that any individual, anyone, it’s not confined to teachers or pastors or doctors," explains Dubois County Deputy Prosecutor Stephanie Smith. "It is any adult that has a reasonable suspicion that there’s been some kind of abuse. Whether it’s physical abuse, or sexual abuse, or neglect of a child needs to report it.”
The Dubois County Prosecutors Office is currently offering an amnesty program. From now until the end of July, anyone who has previously failed to report, regardless of how long ago the abuse may have happened, can do so without being charged.
80-y/o Oregon church worker arrested
for child sex abuse
Oregon State Police said the man worked with children at a Willamette Valley church and could have more victims
By Saphara Harrell - Salem Reporter
Oregon State Police arrested an 80-year-old man Monday after he allegedly sexually abused a child in early June.
James Allen Moore was charged with first-degree sexual abuse and lodged in the Deschutes County Jail, according to OSP spokesman Tim Fox.
It’s not yet clear where Moore is from or the circumstances of his arrest.
Fox said Moore knew the 9-year-old victim.
Moore was actively involved with a church in the Willamette Valley, where he worked with children for decades, according to police. Fox didn’t know which church Moore was affiliated with.
Police said they believe there could be more victims.
Those with information about Moore can contact OSP at *OSP or 1-800-442-0776 and reference Detective Ian McKay.
Willamette Valley, Ore
Idaho Falls man pleads guilty to lewd conduct
with a child
By RYAN SUPPE firstname.lastname@example.org
An Idaho Falls man, who turned himself in to police last fall after sexually assaulting a 13-year-old, has pleaded guilty to lewd conduct with a minor.
Leroy Milton Cotterell, 46, was arrested in October and charged with two counts of lewd conduct and one count of child sexual abuse. Cotterell called the police and admitted to performing sexual acts with the victim on numerous occasions in prior weeks.
According to court documents, Cotterell assaulted the victim in a shed behind his house, where he kissed the victim, removed their clothes and engaged in sexual intercourse and other sexual acts. Other assaults occurred throughout the house at different times. Cotterell told police that the victim asked him to stop multiple times.
Cotterell admitted to using methamphetamine in weeks leading up to the assaults.
Last month, Cotterell agreed to a plea deal with Bonneville County prosecutors. He pleaded guilty to one count of lewd conduct with a child, which carries a penalty of up to life in prison, a $50,000 fine, a $5,000 compensatory fine and restitution. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the other two charges.
Cotterell will be sentenced Aug. 28.
N.J. judge who gave leniency to teen from a ‘good family’ in sexual assault case is off the bench
“When your first time having sex was rape.”
by Anna Orso
A New Jersey judge who prompted a national outcry for granting leniency to a teenager accused of sexual assault — specifically, he cited the boy’s “good family” and high test scores — will no longer sit on the bench.
Superior Court Judge James G. Troiano had retired in 2012, but continued working as a “recall” judge to fill vacancies on the bench in Freehold. On Wednesday, the court granted Troiano’s request to end his recall service. A courts spokesperson said the judge wouldn’t comment further.
Also on Wednesday, the state Supreme Court issued an order saying it would begin “formal removal proceedings” for Superior Court Judge John F. Russo Jr., who in 2016 asked an alleged rape victim if she kept her legs closed. The court suspended Russo without pay in the meantime.
And a third New Jersey judge who came under fire for comments she made while hearing a child sexual assault case, Marcia Silva, is the target of a complaint filed by four state senators (4th story on link) with the Advisory Committee on Judicial Conduct.
In a statement Wednesday, New Jersey Supreme Court Chief Justice Stuart Rabner announced that he had directed court administration to develop “an enhanced training program” for judges of Municipal, Superior, and Supreme Courts focused on sexual assault, domestic violence, implicit bias, and diversity. A working group of 12 judges from across the state will develop the program.
“Victims asked to relive harrowing experiences are entitled to the utmost sensitivity and respect from law enforcement and the court system,” Rabner wrote. “The state constitution guarantees that right as well. So do basic principles of human decency. Every effort must be made not to revictimize a victim.”
But it should come in the form of safe places to testify, not in abandoning testifying for the sake of a plea deal and a very light sentence. Sentences for child rape where the predator gets only a few years on a plea deal, leaves the victims in a position of fearing running into their rapist, while they are still children. That should never happen.
In a statement Wednesday, Gov. Phil Murphy called the judges’ actions “inexcusable” and said he was satisfied with the “swift action taken by the courts to uphold the reputation of our judiciary.”
Troiano’s comments set off an outcry nationwide, and he faced calls for removal from top state officials. There was also some discussion of impeachment proceedings.
The judge made the comments last year while he was weighing a request to charge as an adult teenager who was accused of sexually assaulting a girl and filming it. According to the Appellate Division, which overturned his ruling to keep the boy in the juvenile system, the judge had expressed concern that prosecutors had not explained to the accuser and her mother the effect that moving the boy to adult court would have on his life.
“This young man comes from a good family, who put him into an excellent school where he was doing extremely well,” Troiano said, according to the appellate opinion. “He is clearly a candidate for not just college, but probably for a good college. His scores for college entry were very high.” The judge also detailed the boy’s extracurricular activities, including noting that he was an Eagle Scout.
Troiano also differentiated the alleged assault from a “traditional case of rape,” which he described as “generally two or more” males using a weapon and “clearly manhandling a person” into an “abandoned” area.
Good grief! Methinks he should have retired a long time ago.
Investigators said the teen filmed the alleged rape, sent it to others, and texted friends in the days following the incident, using the words: “When your first time having sex was rape.” The girl was described by prosecutors as visibly intoxicated and “was on the floor vomiting” after the incident. The next morning, she found bruises on her body and her clothing was torn, prompting a report to police.
The teenager accused of sexual assault in this case has not been publicly named. Monmouth County prosecutors are presenting the case to a grand jury and aim to charge him as an adult.
Russo had been working in the Civil Division in Mount Holly, according to the Asbury Park Press. Troiano and Silva had been working in family court. She was on the bench in Middlesex County.
B.C. woman jailed for child pornography after sharing photos of grandchildren online
Grandma sentenced to 14 months behind bars for
concerning and explicit online chats with stranger
Surrey Now - Leader
A 48-year-old Prince George woman was sentenced to 14 months behind bars for sharing pictures of her grandchildren online to a stranger, saying she would enjoy “secretly watching” him abuse them.
The woman, known only as “Ms. G” because of a publication ban, was sentenced in a Prince George courtroom in May after pleading guilty to making and accessing child pornography. An updated ruling was recently published online.
In her decision, Justice Cassandra Malfair outlines “vile communication” between the grandmother and the stranger, and her struggle to deal with a lifetime of abuse from both strangers and relatives starting when she was just five years old.
Ms. G, who used to be an elementary school assistant, created an account on the chat website AirG on March 22, 2018, under the user name “trained_dog.” She took part in explicit sexual conversations with a stranger with the username “daddy669” on topics such as child abuse, bestiality and sexual assaults.
The grandma divulged to the stranger that she had three granddaughters ages five, six and seven years old, and sent him photos. He said he would “love to train” the children, and she said she would enjoy “secretly watching” them be abused.
She also shared photo of a child she identified as a “little girl in town.” She would later create an account on a second website at the stranger’s request to access child pornography.
The disturbing conversations went on for a week, then stopped.
But AirG operators had already reported the conversations to police, who worked with the RCMP’s National Child Exploitation Coordination Centre. Search warrants were obtained May 2 and 3, and Ms. G was arrested May 4.
More than 70 images of child porn and bestiality were found on her phone.
In her statement to police, Ms. G said she had never thought about touching any of her grandchildren, nor had she touched any of her students.
According to the court documents, she admitted to being “turned on” by the chats, and said she created the account because her partner ignores her. She said she knew it was wrong to talk about sexual acts involving children, but was troubled by her own horrific experience of sexual abuse.
Actions part of a ‘repugnant sexual fantasy,’ judge says
A pre-sentence report found that Ms. G suffers from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder arising from her childhood trauma and abuse. She had been seeing a counsellor and was prescribed medication to help combat her depressive episodes.
Ms. G had told the judge she was remorseful and asked her to acknowledge her “cries for help” amid poor access to mental health services and delays in getting psychiatric appointments.
“I feel terrible. I really pray that no one was hurt. I only thought of it as a conversation, I didn’t think that kids might be involved,” Ms. G told a psychologist in the pre-sentence report. “He said he got the pictures online. I wasn’t really thinking.”
Malfair acknowledged how the grandmother’s own abuse contributed to her later actions and that she has no criminal record. But she also underlined how the woman thought of herself as a victim instead of an offender whose actions will continue to re-victimize the children involved through the redistribution of the material now online.
“Ms. G. put her own grandchildren at risk by sharing their photographs with daddy669 and encouraging him to sexually abuse them,” Malfair wrote. “While there was some anonymity in their relationship, I find it risky and irresponsible for Ms. G. to bring her granddaughters to the attention of a potentially dangerous sexual predator.
“She undermined the dignity and sexual integrity of her own grandchildren by offering up their images as props in a repugnant sexual fantasy.”
Ms. G also received three years’ probation. There is no sex offender programming for women in B.C., but she must undergo counselling, refrain from using electronic devices and accessing the internet, and have no contact with any child under the age of 14.
Crown seeks 10 years for long-running
Winnipeg foster child sex abuse
By: Dean Pritchard
Winnipeg Free Press
A Winnipeg, Manitoba, man who repeatedly sexually abused three foster children over the course of nearly a decade blamed his actions on child-welfare officials who did not alert him to the girls' prior history of abuse, a judge heard Tuesday.
The 49-year-old accused cannot be named, as it may identify his victims.
According to a pre-sentence report provided to court, the man claimed: "The offences would not have occurred if the victims had not made sexual advances toward him and... if the child-welfare system had exposed their past sexual abuse to his wife and himself."
The Crown is recommending the man be sentenced to 10 years in prison.
Provincial court Judge Ray Wyant reserved his decision until July 30.
The accused began abusing two of the girls in 2008, when they were nine and 11 years old, respectively, continuing until they left the home in 2014 — at which point, he began sexually abusing a now-14-year-old victim.
"I am constantly living in fear and feeling unsafe at night-times just knowing he is out there running loose like a wild animal," the teen wrote in a victim-impact statement read in court. "I now question my sexual identity and whether I can be with a man."
The accused showed "limited shame and remorse" for his actions, the pre-sentence report says, and claimed the victims were "sexually suggestive" and "continually tempting him."
The man struck a more contrite tone in a short address to court Tuesday.
"I know the harm I have caused," he said. "No one has more remorse than me, your honour... (The victims) have been victimized by adults all their lives. I should have showed them how men with integrity behave, but I failed."
Could be because you have no integrity!
Defence lawyer Laura Robinson said the man has already suffered some degree of punishment, in the loss of his church community and friends, and assaults against him while in pre-sentence custody.
"Already the process... has had an immense impact on him and allowed him to recognize the harm he has caused to so many," Robinson said.
Nevertheless, he needs to be locked up until those girls are all adults, at the very least.
Ontario police link 3 sexual assaults of children
over 6-year period to same suspectCBC News
On Wednesday, police released another composite image of a suspect in the cases.
(Waterloo Regional Police Service)
On Wednesday, police released another composite image of a suspect in the cases.
The first sexual assault happened on Oct. 20, 2013 at an apartment building in Waterloo.
In that case, a four-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in an apartment building on Barrie Street in Waterloo. Police said it happened in the afternoon on a Sunday, and the man was a stranger to the child.
The second occurred on Oct. 27, 2017 at an apartment building on Patricia Avenue in Kitchener. A six-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in the stairwell of the building.
The third happened on July 6, 2019 on Brybeck Crescent in Kitchener. The victim in that case was a four-year-old girl and she was sexually assaulted in the common area of an apartment building.
DNA in all three cases linked them to the same suspect, police said.
The suspect is described as male, white, about five-foot-ten-inches tall with a medium build.
On Wednesday, officers released yet another image of the person wanted in connection with the case.
A composite image was also released in June 2018. It was created by Parabon Nanolabs in Virginia. The company uses DNA phenotyping to create an image of someone based on their ancestry.
It's the same method that's led to dozens of recent arrests in cold cases in the United States.
The high-profile arrest of the suspected Golden State Killer was made thanks to the technology.
Police believe there are other victims in the Waterloo region area, and police are urging anyone with information to come forward.
Parents and caregivers were also reminded to "be diligent while supervising their children and to immediately call police concerning any suspicious people they see interacting with their children."
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 519-570-9777 extension 8666 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Police have released still images taken from surveillance video cameras of a suspect in the sexual assault of a four-year-old girl on July 6. The sexual assault has now been linked to two other cases dating back to 2013 and 2017. (Waterloo Regional Police Service)
Nova Scotia sexual assault case hinges on if businessman was 'reckless' by not asking ageBlair Rhodes · CBC News
Paul Christopher Coburn said he thought the girl was an adult. He also said he only hired her for a massage.
Paul Christopher Coburn, 47, is facing five charges including sexual assault and communicating for the purpose of obtaining sexual services from a child.
Coburn was in Halifax on business on Feb. 21, 2017, when he went on the online classified site Backpages and answered an ad for a massage. Coburn testified in his own defence in the trial. He claimed he was looking for a therapeutic massage for back pain.
In closing arguments Wednesday, the Crown repeated its contention that the wording of the ad Coburn responded to had a sexual connotation. Crown Prosecutor Carla Ball also told Judge Elizabeth Buckle that it was clear from the girl's appearance that she was underage and Coburn failed to take the necessary steps to determine how old she was.
Defence lawyer Joel Pink countered that Coburn only had to take "reasonable" steps to determine the girls age, "not all possible steps."
Coburn had testified he thought the girl in her 20s. Ball said her makeup, clothing and demeanour would have made it clear she was underage and Coburn was "reckless" in not asking the girl how old she was.
Coburn had testified that he was only looking for a massage and he claimed the girl initiated the sexual encounter.
Another man, Leeanthon Oliver, has been convicted of human trafficking in relation to this girl and he is serving an eight-year sentence.
Buckle will give her decision on the charges Coburn faces in October.
P.E.I. man who sexually abused sisters found guilty
of historical abuse
Ryan Ross (email@example.com)
CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — A P.E.I. man who was accused of sexually abusing his half-sisters when they were children, and threatening them if they told anyone what he did, was found guilty Tuesday of five offences.
The accused was facing 21 charges related to the historical sex offences that came to light when one of the now adult complainants was hospitalized for a medical condition and made statements to staff about what she alleged happened to her as a child.
A publication ban prevents the release of any details that could identify the victims.
During Tuesday’s proceedings, it took P.E.I. Supreme Court Justice James Gormley more than an hour to deliver his decision and find the accused guilty of two counts of indecent assault, one count of sexual assault and two counts of uttering a threat.
During the trial, the court heard testimony from the three sisters who thought the accused was their uncle.
All four later learned the accused, who was older than the complainants and lived with another family member, was their half-brother.
As Gormley reviewed the evidence, he detailed some of the testimony from the complainants who said they were the victims of repeated sexual abuse.
Some of that testimony involved descriptions of similar details, including the accused forcing two of the sisters to perform oral sex on multiple occasions when they were children.
They also recalled similar circumstances of the accused making threats that he would hurt them or family members if they told anyone what he was doing.
One of the complainants said her earliest memory of the accused sexually abusing her was when she was around 10 years old.
She told the court the accused would regularly force her to perform oral sex or have anal sex.
Gormley said the victim testified that until she learned about the other allegations, she thought she had protected her sisters from the accused.
During the trial, the accused didn’t testify, but the Crown played video of a statement he gave to police in which he denied the allegations.
When reviewing the witness testimony, Gormley said he had to consider their credibility, which has to do with their truthfulness, and their reliability, which deals with the accuracy of the evidence.
Gormley said he found all three women to be credible and he repeatedly described them as reluctant witnesses.
If it wasn’t for the one sister’s compromised situation while she was undergoing medical treatment and on medications, the allegations might not have come to light, he said.
Gormley said he found two of the sisters provided reliable evidence, but there were issues of reliability with the third who was “very vague” with some of her testimony.
The accused is scheduled to be back in court Oct. 4 for sentencing.
Monday, 15 July 2019
Man admits to committing a sex crime against a 12-y/o girl - gets 16 monthsBy HANNAH FRY
An Orange County man who admitted committing a sex crime against a 12-year-old girl he met on the Tinder dating app will spend more than a year behind bars, court records show.
Sean Rickard, 22, of Anaheim pleaded guilty Wednesday to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor and was immediately sentenced to 16 months in county jail.
As part of a plea deal, prosecutors dismissed three counts of lewd acts with a minor younger than 14 and one count each of distributing pornography to a minor with the intent to engage in sexual conduct and luring a child with the intent to commit a crime, according to Orange County Superior Court records.
The girl told police she had posed as a 19-year-old woman on the app when she began talking to Rickard roughly a year ago. A few weeks before Rickard’s arrest, the girl told police she admitted to him that she was only 12. Santa Ana police say that didn’t dissuade Rickard from meeting her, though.
Rickard picked up the girl and took her to a parking lot in Santa Ana, where the sexual activity occurred. The preteen reported the incident two days later to police.
After learning that Rickard had used Snapchat to communicate with the girl, detectives posed as her and began chatting through the app. Authorities said Rickard thought he was communicating with the girl and unknowingly sent a video to detectives of himself masturbating.
He also made plans to meet the girl later that night “for the purposes of engaging in sexual activity,” authorities wrote in a news release at the time. Detectives set up a sting operation at a clothing store in Anaheim in February and arrested Rickard after he pulled into the parking lot.
And none of that counted for anything in yet another sweetheart plea deal. I hate plea deals. It seems the defense lawyers almost always win.
NY man sexually abused 2 children
over 4 day span this summer
By Catie O'Toole | firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW HAVEN, N.Y. -- Oswego County sheriff’s investigators say a 56-year-old man sexually abused two children over the course of four days this summer.
Paul R. Allen, of 1099 county Route 35 in the town of New Haven, was charged Thursday afternoon following an investigation into the sex abuse allegations, according to a sheriff’s report.
Allen was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse, third-degree sexual abuse; four counts of endangering the welfare of a child; and three counts of forcible touching.
The alleged sex offenses occurred between June 30 and July 3, and involved two minors, the sheriff’s report said.
Allen was arraigned in Mexico Town Court and sent to the Oswego County jail on $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond. Jail records show Allen has since been released from jail. He is scheduled to answer to the charges this Thursday in New Haven Town Court.
Seems like an awfully low bail for sexually abusing 2 children so recently.
Suspended New Jersey Deputy Facing
Federal Charges in Teen Sex Case
NJ.com reports that 33-year-old Joshua Padilla of Eatontown was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania on charges of producing, distributing and possession child pornography in relation to the video.
The Middlesex County officer, who was suspended without pay, was charged in eastern Pennsylvania's Northampton County in February with unlawful contact with a minor, obscene materials and child sex abuse.
State police say after a tip about the alleged 2018 sexual contact, Padilla was arrested in a sting in which an agent posed as a 14-year-old girl.
North Carolina man faces six-figure bond in
Myrtle Beach child sexual assault caseBY ALEX LANG
A 49-year-old man sexually abused a child for years, according to Myrtle Beach police.
Officers arrested Billy Ray Smith, of Concord, North Carolina, and charged him with first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor and third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor. He is being held at J. Reuben Long Detention Center on $400,000 bond, jail records show.
Police say the abuse occurred between 2007 and 2013 at a mobile home, according to arrest warrants. The victim was between 6 and 11 years old.
Officers said Smith assaulted the girl multiple times, including instances where he bathed her.
First-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor is punishable by up to 30 years in prison. Third-degree can be punished by up to 15 years incarceration.
Colorado Springs, CO – VillaSport Employee Accused of Abusing 2 ChildrenThe Legal Herald
VillaSport Athletic Club & Spa
Callins’ arrest affidvait alleges that he asked the two girls to touch his “ticklish spot” – a term he used to refer to his crotch. According to the affidavit, the two girls did so because they did not understand the sexual nature of what he had asked.
The alleged incident occurred in 2018, according to the documents. However, it wasn’t reported to the police until February 2019. The court documents say that Colorado Springs police contacted the gym in March and that the general manager declined to provide employment records without a warrant.
Obviously very concerned about the welfare of children on his premises.
The police returned with a warrant 15 days later and, according to the court documents, employment records confirmed that the alleged victims were at VillaSport several times while Callins was on the clock.
The affidvait says that Callins was fired from VillaSport on November 13, 2018.
That's 8 months after the police contacted VillaSport. 8 months in which this guy could possibly abuse many more children. Good grief! I see some pretty good potential lawsuits here.
Don’t Cut Deal With Teacher Accused of Molesting Student
Chicago Parents Urge ProsecutorsAlex V. Hernandez
Block Club, Chicago
LINCOLN SQUARE — Parents at Waters Elementary in Lincoln Square are worried a former teacher accused of sexually abusing a 14-year-old girl he once taught could get a light punishment if convicted — and they’re urging Cook County’s top prosecutors not to cut a deal.
Jason Gil, of the 3000 block of North Kostner Avenue, was a bilingual math teacher at Waters until his arrest earlier this year. He’s accused of molesting a Skokie girl he once taught and had continued to tutor outside of school.
Since his arrest, Gil has been held at Cook County Jail (13th, 2nd last story on link) after being denied bond by Judge Anjana Hansen.
Ahead of Gil’s next hearing, over 150 parents, teachers and neighbors signed a petition asking Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx to not offer him a plea deal for a reduced punishment.
“Some parents had attended the last hearing on June 27 for Mr. Gil and while we were in the hallway at the courthouse we heard the defense attorney and prosecutor talking about a possible plea deal,” said Eileen Favorite, a parent at Waters with children entering fourth and seventh grades. “That’s very disappointing and disturbing to the community.”
To me too, I hate plea deals. Unless the victim(s) are very fragile, they should never favor the perpetrator the way that most of them do. It's not fair to the victim.
Parents at the school got together and decided to write a letter to Foxx and other city and county officials. The letter was sent out Thursday, and their petition is now online.
“CPS hasn’t really followed through letting the community know what is going on. So we as parents started following the case and going to hearings,” said Sol Hinami, a Waters parent with children going into second and fourth grades. “And while we were going to these hearings we saw that it looked like [Gil] may get a very light sentence.”
Hinami says Gil’s defense attorney has been arguing in court that the former teacher is a “well loved member of the community.”
“But the community doesn’t like pedophiles. We don’t want to be used as part of his defense so he can get a lenient sentence,” Hinami said.
Pedophiles are frequently well-loved. They tend to be gregarious and very popular. It's part of their grooming of everyone so they are not suspected of being the evil person they really are.
The elementary school at 4540 N. Campbell Ave. serves 569 students and is known for its fine and performing arts, technology and ecology programs.
Gil was removed from his teaching position with CPS after he was taken into custody by Skokie Police on Feb. 10 on felony counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse, criminal sexual assault, solicitation to meet a child, solicitation of child pornography, possession of child pornography, distribution of harmful materials and grooming, according to the Sun-Times.
The 42-year-old is accused of starting to sexually abuse a 13-year-old student since at least 2017 and continuing to do so though 2019. Gil reportedly kissed the student in a classroom, asked her to send naked pictures of herself to him, and was engaged in “sexual activity” with the girl in his car and at her home when parents weren’t home over that two-year period, prosecutors say.
Emily Bolton, a CPS spokesperson, said its investigation is still ongoing and to the best of the district’s knowledge, the allegations do not involve a student currently enrolled at a CPS school. “If we become aware of an allegation involving a student currently enrolled at CPS, the district will ensure it is fully investigated,” she said.
Representatives from the Cook County state’s attorney’s office said they understood the school community’s concern about the resolution of the case. “The matter is pending litigation and we have not engaged in plea negotiations,” the statement said.
Barry Sheppard, Gil’s attorney, worries the letter parents are circulating will prejudice the public against his client in the early stages of trial proceedings. “We haven’t even completed all of the discovery yet,” Sheppard said.
Sheppard said he is still trying to get Gil out on bond, and said he’s presented the court many letters of recommendation for him. “He is a University of Chicago graduate and quite an accomplished person,” Sheppard said. “He’s been sitting in Cook County Jail and it’s been a very difficult time for him and his family.”
And who's fault is that? I pity his family, but their suffering must be part of the reason for men to refrain from pedophilia.
But parents at the school fear the outcome of Gil’s trial could set precedent for future instances of people charged with sexually abusing a child. And that’s why parents from the Waters community will continue to attend every hearing of Gil’s trial.
“We just want the prosecutor to take this seriously, even if it is just a first offense, and prosecute him to the fullest extent,” Waters parent Angie Schlater said.
Schlater has one child going into eighth grade and another in high school who had Gil as a teacher for three years at Waters.
“To Kim Foxx, we are paying attention and we want all kids at CPS to be protected and feel safe. We’ll be holding the state’s attorney accountable in this case,” she said.
Gil is expected to appear at the Skokie courthouse again on July 26.
I can't help but wonder if Jeffrey Epstein's epic sweetheart deal may cost many pedophiles the opportunity to get light sentences for horrific crimes? We can always hope.
Enon, OH, man indicted in child sex abuse case
By Riley Newton, Staff Writer
An Enon man has been indicted in connection to a child sex abuse accusation.
The Clark County Sheriff’s Office began their investigation on June 15 when a report of sexual contact and conduct with a minor was filed with their office, according to an affidavit filed with Wiggin’s indictment. A forensic interview was conducted with the child at the Clark County Child Advocacy Center on June 24, the affidavit said.
“Victim disclosed at the age of 9, (Wiggins) began performing (a sex act) on her and making her (perform a sex act on him)..” the affidavit said. “The child disclosed these acts occurred more than 10 times, stopping when she was approximately age 12.” The victim was known to him and the assaults stopped about four years ago, the affidavit said.
Pedophiles often stop abusing their victims when puberty sets in. Their perversion requires a higher degree of perceived innocence in their victims.
Alabama child sex predator sentenced to
615 years behind bars: Reportsby Chris Agee
A judge in Alabama handed down a centuries-long prison term following the conviction of 35-year-old Raven Smith on multiple child sex counts.
According to Breaking 911, Houston County Circuit Judge Todd Derrick decided 615 years would be an appropriate sentence for the sexual abuse of multiple young children.
Furthermore, the judge coordinated the sentences such that Smith will likely never be eligible for parole.
In light of the staggering penalty, the mother of one victim said she was grateful that Derrick took her testimony into account.
Emotions ran high throughout the trial, including the final sentencing phase. In addition to relatives of the victims, Assistant Houston County District Attorney J.T. Jones was obviously fighting back tears as he detailed the horrific details of the crimes, as reported by WTVY.
“When you deal with cases that involve children, particularly young children, it’s going to hit your heart strings every time,” he said. “You get to know them and you feel the pain they go through.”
Little information is available on this creeps atrocities, but one source claims rape and sodomy were involved over a period of years. I like that this sentence ensures the children can grow up without fear of ever meeting him again.
Houston Co., AL
Deerfield, NY, man sentenced to prison for
child sex abuseBy Greg Mason / email@example.com
UTICA — Deerfield man Rodney Westbrook, who admitted to sexually abusing a child, will spend the next three years of his life in prison.
As part of the sentencing, Judge Robert Bauer issued orders of protection to five different individuals. In addition, Westbrook will be registered as a sex offender.
“I’m going along with this sentence in no small part because it will spare the child victims from having to relive what you put them through,” Bauer said to Westbrook during Monday’s proceeding. “I’m also cognizant of the fact that at 78 years old, you may not survive prison. That’s entirely a situation of your making.”
We really need a good study to determine whether children are harmed worse by testifying against their abuser, or by not having the opportunity to do so. Did I mention, I hate plea deals? This is often the excuse for a plea deal and there are certainly times when it may be a valid reason. But to assume that it is always better is just plain wrong. The strength and courage that it takes for some kids to testify serves them well the rest of their lives as they recover their damaged souls.
A mother of one of the victims and three other victim impact statements were read in court before the judge delivered his sentence. Standing beside his attorney before the judge, Westbrook mostly stared straight ahead as the statements were read. He said he has accepted responsibility.
The woman — who said she was speaking not only for her 8-year-old daughter, but for other families, as well — spoke to the impact Westbrook had on her daughter.
“Innocent children have been hurt and abused and will never be the same,” she said. “They are forever damaged by this man’s behavior.”
Sunday, 14 July 2019
Neil Bantleman released from Indonesian prison,
returns to Canada
returns to Canada
Canadian teacher had maintained he was innocent
of child sex abuse charges
of child sex abuse charges
Dan Taekema, Katie Simpson · CBC News
Neil Bantleman back home in Canada with his wife Tracy. (Heather Van Sickle)
A Canadian teacher imprisoned in Indonesia since 2014 after being convicted on charges of sexually assaulting students at a school in Jakarta has returned home, CBC News has confirmed.
Neil Bantleman said in a media statement today that he has been granted clemency by the Indonesian government. He's been back home in Ontario since the end of June. His family has requested that media outlets respect his privacy.
"Five years ago, I was wrongfully accused and convicted of crimes I did not commit and furthermore never occurred," Bantleman said in the statement. "I applied for clemency, which I am pleased was granted by Indonesia last month, upholding essential justice and human rights."
Bantleman thanked his brother Guy "for the tremendous amount of time, effort and love that he poured into campaigning for my return." He also expressed "deep appreciation to the Government of Canada for their steadfast commitment to seeing us home.
"Most of all, I want to thank my wife Tracy. I have no doubt that without her love and commitment, this day would not have been possible. Her tireless efforts with the coordination and communication between our legal team, school, embassy and family in Canada was the key to securing my freedom."
Canadian teacher Neil Bantleman sits in a holding cell before his verdict in a South Jakarta court April 2, 2015. (Darren Whiteside/Reuters)
Guy Bantleman told CBC News today the experience of hugging his brother after such a long separation was "almost surreal."
"It's going to take some time. All of us just spending some time together and ... getting reacquainted, I guess," he said, laughing.
"We're relieved, obviously. There are some things that we know we're going to have to work through. It's moving on to a different phase. You just don't close the door and settle back in. You've got to deal with it and move it forward."
Bantleman was convicted along with Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdinand Tjiong in 2014 on charges of sexually assaulting young students at the Jakarta Intercultural School (JIS), where the children of many expatriates, diplomats and wealthy Indonesians are enrolled.
Neil Bantleman and Indonesian teaching assistant Ferdi Tjiong. (CBC fifth estate)
He and his co-accused were sentenced to 10 years in prison. Bantleman's conviction was overturned in August 2015. Indonesia's Supreme Court reinstated his conviction in February 2016 and added another year to his sentence.
Bantleman, who taught in Calgary as well, has maintained his innocence and the Canadian government has been lobbying hard for his release, arguing he was the victim of a miscarriage of justice. An investigation by CBC TV's The Fifth Estate found that critical pieces of the evidence used to convict were seriously flawed.
Guy Bantleman said his brother took a while to adjust to being back home.
"Obviously, five years of your life, and there's that readjustment to freedom, which I think he's doing quite well with and just getting reintegrated with being able to be free and be able to move about and set your own schedule," he said.
He said his brother's release was kept quiet for weeks because of its "terms and conditions" — which he would not discuss — "bilateral relations, the operation of the school, all important factors to keep this confidential as long as possible." He said he would not comment on the status of the case.
Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland brought up Bantleman's case on multiple occasions with Indonesian officials, sources say. A spokesman for Freeland's office today declined to comment on his release.
A year ago, a source with direct knowledge of Bantleman's case told CBC News the Canadian government saw a window of opportunity opening to secure his release, but it might have to wait until after spring elections because of the controversy surrounding the case and the potential for blowback from Indonesians still convinced of his guilt.
Last October, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited Bantleman's family in Burlington, Ont. and said his government had been working with Indonesian officials to obtain a "positive outcome" in his case.
Congratulations Neil and Tracy. So glad your nightmare is over.
for taking too long
Young girl and family's faith in justice system shattered
after sex case dismissedDeena Coster
A man accused of raping a 7-year-old girl when he was a teen has had his charges dismissed because of delays between the alleged crime and the trial, with a judge ruling he wouldn't get a fair hearing.
The child complainant and her family say their faith in the justice system is shattered after the judge dismissed the charges just days before the trial, because of the "undue delay" which Judge Gregory Hikaka described as a "daunting" prospect for the accused.
The trial was a daunting prospect for the victim, but she was ready to meet it.
Judge Gregory Hikaka's May 7 pre-trial ruling came completely out of left-field for the now-12-year-old complainant and her parents, who were primed for the man's New Plymouth District Court trial to start six days later.
The girl, who has automatic name suppression as a sex abuse complainant, had met prosecutors and walked through the courtroom in preparation to give evidence.
A young girl who disclosed she had been raped was prepared to give evidence at her accused abuser's trial but the case was dismissed just days beforehand. STUFF
"She said 'so I went through all this for nothing?" the girl's mother, who cannot be named to protect her daughter's identity, said. "It's really ruined her life and I don't know how long it will take for her to get over it."
The girl's father was "gutted" as it had been hard for her to "face all that history again".
The man, who was granted permanent name suppression, pleaded not guilty to making an intimate visual recording, four counts of sexual conduct with a child under 12, sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection and sexual violation by rape.
The offending allegedly took place in 2013, when he was 14 and the complainant was seven. The defendant and the complainant had a familial relationship.
New Plymouth District Court Judge Gregory Hikaka's pre-trial ruling shocked a young sex complainant and her parents. (File Photo)
The charges were dismissed under s322 of the Oranga Tamariki Act after his lawyer submitted there had been an unnecessary and undue delay in bringing the case to trial.
The Crown opposed the application.
In a recent ruling, the Supreme Court upheld the section should be used consistently with youth justice principles, including that decisions are made in a timeframe appropriate to a child or young person's sense of time.
In this case, the girl complained in March 2017 and the accused was arrested in September 2017 after a police investigation.
He pleaded not guilty to the charges the following month.
Judge Hikaka said both defence and prosecution had stressed the need for as early a hearing date as possible but a trial date came 20 months after the accused's first court appearance.
"...Almost a third of the defendant's life will have elapsed before the allegations are heard and that is very significant in terms of the timeframe appropriate to a young person's sense of time," the judgment said.
The accused had no previous convictions, was employed, and the case against him relied on memory recall, reliability and the complainant's credibility.
Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft says the youth justice process has a strong emphasis on shorter time frames for dealing with cases. (File Photo).
Delays in securing timely sentencing and trial dates in the District Court have been of increasing concern to legal practitioners as the caseload burden on judges had grown in recent years.
A $54 million funding boost will help recruit more judges to remedy the situation.
But for the complainant and her parents, the system has let them down badly. "I didn't even know you could do that," the girl's mother said. "I'm p..... off because he gets to walk away without having his day in court."
She felt the experience would have a long-lasting impact on her daughter, and encourage her to keep silent. "She'll remember this and think 'what's the point'."
Children's Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft does not comment on individual cases but said it is well known there may be delays, sometimes significant ones, in the disclosure of sexual abuse by children.
Victim advocate Ruth Money says a recent Taranaki court ruling would create another barrier preventing sex abuse complainants coming forward.
When someone is charged as an adult, but the alleged offences happened when the person was under 18, police had discretion to file charges in the Youth or District Court.
Becroft said the youth justice process has a strong emphasis on shorter time frames for hearing cases than might be expected in adult courts.
Victim advocate Ruth Money said Judge Hikaka's ruling was "utterly ridiculous" and believed it would create another hurdle which would hinder complainants coming forward.
"We've actually got enough of those already."
More than enough. But then the judge doesn't have to be concerned for the rights or welfare of the victim, only the perpetrator. Child victims, all victims, need an advocate in court.
The same far-left idiots are running Canada's Justice System and cases like this are being thrown out all the time because of delays. The government doesn't fund the justice system adequately and ends up setting criminals and perverts free leaving their victims afraid and dismayed. Criminal rights should never exceed victims rights - that's totally perverse!
‘Mum cut my throat’:
Toddler’s shocking dinner-table confession
Susannah was just two when her mother bathed her, put her in a new pair of pyjamas and slashed her throat — but she survived.
Two Aussie Survivor's Stories
WARNING: Graphic details
Susannah Birch was just two years old when the person she trusted the most almost killed her.
“My parents were Seventh Day Adventist but lived an otherwise normal life — church, friends and work,” Susannah tells news.com.au. “My father was a carpenter, and my mother was living at home while I was young.”
But on Australia Day 1989, everything changed.
“My father woke early and prepared to do a small weekend job for a client. My mother had bathed me and put me in a new pair of pyjamas,” she says.
“My father returned later that morning to find the cottage surrounded by police cars.
“Some time while he was gone, my mother had placed me on a tea chest, cut my throat with a knife and left me laying there for an estimated 40 minutes before coming out of her psychosis enough to phone the police.”
Hospitalised for more than three months, Susannah sustained a severed laryngeal nerve and trachea and received more than 50 stitches.
Susannah’s throat was slashed by her mother when she was a child. Picture: Supplied
“It took me five weeks to talk again,” she says. “I had a tracheostomy tube in my throat for 11 years and have had quite a few surgeries over those years and after, until age 15.
“As an adult, I have one paralysed vocal cord and one which flutters slightly, as well as a scar around my neck.”
Susannah’s mother was diagnosed as bipolar and was not charged due to insanity at the time of the attack. She spent a year in a mental health ward before coming home for supervised visits, then eventually moving home.
“I remember the event in photograph-like images,” Susannah says. “I remember being in a kitchen with at least one knife sitting in a pot being boiled. I have an image of the knife approaching my face. I remember being on a stretcher outside, and I remember laying on a stretcher in the helicopter.
“When I was around age three, I was eating dinner with my father and said, ‘Mum cut my neck’. From that point forward, he talked to me about the event whenever and however I wanted, based on advice from a psychologist.”
Susannah spent years recovering from the incident. Picture: Erika Fish
After that, life went on as normal — for a while.
“Scarily normal, for me at least,” Susannah says. “It wasn’t till I was around age 11 that she had another psychotic slide that led to a series of events and behaviour changes that led to my parents’ divorce just before my 14th birthday.”
Despite having little contact with her mother since 2008, Susannah has been left with physical and emotional scars as a result of her mother’s abuse.
“I had a phobia of things near my face,” she says. “At age 10, I experienced depression. As a teen, I was suicidal at some points.
“As I grew older, I experienced depression and anxiety. I get easily worked up if and when she comes into my life, even through mentions. Having children was confronting, too.”
According to counselling psychotherapist Dr Karen Phillip, child abuse at the hands of mothers remains a particularly shocking crime, highly detrimental to victims due to the trusted relationship between mother and child and how infrequently it takes place.
“The mother-child bond is cemented and felt strongly by both mother and child,” says Dr Phillip. “Most mothers do the very best job they are capable of, therefore we seldom see intentional malice directed to the child.
“Saying this, we do unfortunately see mothers who abuse their child, intentionally or inadvertently. This is unusual.”
Susannah was lucky to survive the attack. Picture: Supplied
Renee* was just three years old when she was first abused by the woman she trusted the most, an incident that led to years of horrific child abuse perpetrated, or arranged, by her mother.
At least, that’s as far back as she can remember. It may have started even earlier.
“My earliest recollection is seeing my mother watch and allow the abuse,” Renee says. “But what I didn’t realise was that she was the instigator.”
Growing up, Renee lived with her mother and stepfather as well as her two younger siblings whom she loved fiercely and did her best to protect.
Despite her best efforts, though, the three children suffered extensive abuse — physical, sexual and emotional — at the hands of their mother or her accomplices.
“I was drugged and so was my brother,” says Renee. “We were sexually abused, repeated, over and over, and then I was expected to cook and clean.
“My mother would literally hand me to (my stepfather), or other times, she would drug me, and I would be in her bed. I thought it was special time, however I was just abused by both of them.”
Along with the physical and sexual abuse, Renee was also verbally assaulted and treated cruelly by her mother.
“I saved my money and bought porcelain clowns, which she would smash when she was angry with me,” Renee says.
“I was made to inject her with morphine and pethidine and to massage her feet.”
At 14, Renee had had enough and left home for the last time after being hit across the side of her head with a telephone, but the psychological repercussions of the abuse would last for years to come.
“I often wondered why she hated me so much, what did I ever do? All kids love their parents, I tried to get her to love me and be proud of me,” she says.
“Even after I left home, she still controlled me and my thoughts. I had to get her out of my head.
“The last time I tried to speak with her, I was 16 and had a six-month-old baby. She went to hit me again and verbally abused me.
“I’ve had several bad relationships and have tried to raise my five sons without a good role model or experience. But I have been to every available parenting group and am a fierce protector of my boys.”
Dr Phillip says mothers who abuse children have often experienced childhood abuse themselves, or drug or alcohol issues are involved.
“We often see mothers who have been raised by disconnected parents lacking love, attention and affection who take these attributes into their own parenting style,” she says.
“Then we have the mothers with sociopathic or narcissistic personalities who lack the ability to affectionately love or feel empathy for their child, resulting in a disengaged relationship.”
But when it comes to severe acts of violence and even murder, while those committed by fathers are often attributed to a desire for vengeance against the child’s mother, those committed by mothers are usually linked to mental illness or depression.
Susannah still lives with the scars of that day. Picture: Erika Fish
This, says Susannah, is leading to children being sent back to potentially unsafe situations because people cannot comprehend a mother would abuse their children.
Dr Phillip agrees but says more needs to be done to support mothers suffering from severe depression or mental illness.
“It appears children are sent back to abusive mothers due to the fact we struggle with understanding how any mother could abuse her child,” Dr Phillip says.
“Children living with an abusive mother or a mother suffering mental illness are at risk of developing social, emotional and behavioural problems. These children face challenges they are not emotionally equipped to manage, with many children at greater risk of drug use, poor school performance, alcoholism, poor social relationships and behavioural issues.
“Any mother struggling to manage needs to reach out for support. It is not only an impact on her but an enormous impact on the child she is raising and loves.
“No mother wants to hear she is failing, therefore, if you see a mother in distress, subtle slow steps to encourage and support is mandatory.”
* Name has been changed
UK Koran teacher who abused girl is spared jail
to help his family
UK's politically correct justice system
By Telegraph reporter
An Islamic teacher who molested a girl as he taught her the Koran has avoided prison after claiming his family was dependent on him because his wife speaks “very little English”.
Suleman Maknojioa, 40, repeatedly rubbed the 11-year-old’s leg and reached underneath her headscarf to touch her chest while giving her and her two brothers private tuition in Arabic.
Maknojioa was said to have “favoured” the girl and believed the touching was “appropriate” to reassure her.
The girl was said to have become frightened of what the tutor would do to her. He was reported to police after the children’s mother overheard her sons, aged 13 and seven, talking about the incidents in the kitchen.
On the day he was arrested, Maknojioa, a father of six, was due to teach 30 children at a mosque near his home in Blackburn, Lancashire.
He was later convicted of five counts of sexual activity but on Monday he was given a 40-week sentence suspended for two years after a court heard he was on benefits with a family reliant on him.
Preston Crown Court was told Maknojioa had been employed by the children’s parents in 2012 to teach them about the Islamic faith up to three times a week at their home in Lancashire.
Problems began in September of that year after the girl and her brothers started tuition in their living room. The abuse lasted around nine months. The court heard that during the lessons Maknojioa began touching the girl’s arms and head, then moved to the legs, feet, chest and thigh.
She told the jury: “I did not want it, but I was too afraid to say something. My brothers asked me what he had been doing and I didn’t know how to describe it. I told them he had touched me up.”
The girl’s father later confronted Maknojioa but he denied all the charges. He was found guilty after a trial.
In mitigation, Frida Hussain said: “This is a man who doesn’t pose any risk to his children. He has problems with his kidneys and is due to go back into hospital for a further follow-up operation.
“He is married with six children, that family unit depends on him. His wife doesn’t work and speaks very little English, they are dependent on him to lead their lives and with the running of the household.”
They have been in Britain for at least 7 years and the mother speaks very little English. So, she gets rewarded for her lack of effort by having her pervert husband's sentence suspended. I may be picky here, but I just don't think someone who makes no effort to join in the society in which they live, ought to be rewarded.
Passing sentence, Judge Michael Byrne told Maknojioa: “There could be no greater recognition of trust than between a minister of religion and pupils whose care is entrusted to him by parents.
“You breached that trust deliberately and repeatedly. I bear in mind that social services conducted their own assessment and found that you do not pose a risk. You are now unemployed, living on state benefits.”
Maknojioa will be under supervision for two years and made subject of a sexual offences prevention order for 10 years.
13 of the worst sex offenders jailed in Devon, UK in 2019
DevonLive looks back on the court cases involving sex offendersBy Paul Greaves
A long list of people have been convicted of sex offences in the courts in Exeter in 2019.
This round-up looks at those who have committed the worst crimes. They include depraved men who have targeted children and some who have been convicted for historic offences. Others have stalked and sexually assaulted women. As convicted offenders they have all been put on the Sex Offender Register.
What they all have in common is that they have been put away for a number of years. The streets of Devon are safer because these defendants are behind bars.
Here DevonLive looks at the worst sex offenders in court in 2019.
A lonely teenager has been jailed for grooming a 13-year-old girl on social media and having sex with her in a park in Barnstaple.
Matthew Medland went on to try and force an adult woman to have sex with him by threatening to post a naked video of her on the internet.
He was about to turn 19 when he had sex with the girl and he was said to be isolated from people of his own age, lonely, and very immature.
Daniel Robinson has been jailed for attempting to engage a child in sexual activity
A predator who targeted girls in teen chat rooms was unmasked as a convicted child rapist by a Scotland Yard sting operation.
Daniel Robinson pretended to be a 17-year-old and encouraged a 13-year-old girl to touch herself and send him images without realising he was in fact messaging an undercover police officer.
He was jailed after police tracked him down to his home and found images on his computer of a previous victim of his grooming.
Steven Lhirondelle has been jailed for sexual assault
Steven Lhirondelle, 30, sexually assaulted the woman as she lay frozen by panic in the bed.
Fearing she would be raped she summoned the courage and leap out of bed before running into the street and shouting for help.
Michael Batty, 44, from Thorverton, Devon, jailed at Teeside Crown Court for eight years for sexual assault of a child and causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity. Picture: North Yorkshire Police.
A pervert who tried to make two young girls engage in vile sexual acts has been jailed for eight years.
Ikea worker Michael Batty, 44, carried out sickening abuse against youngsters and told them to keep quiet about the attacks.
The offences, which took place in North Yorkshire, didn't come to light until several years later when one of the girls plucked up the courage to tell her mother that Batty "had touched her".
A prolific criminal from South Devon has been jailed for 10 years for sexually assaulting a woman in her home.
Royston White broke down the woman's door then armed himself with knives before the terrifying assault, Exeter Crown Court was told.
He demanded she tell him her PIN number so he could take out cash to buy drugs.
Lee Hanson has been jailed for sex abuse in Exeter
Lee Hanson took advantage of the girl's naivety and innocence in Exmouth on several occasions when she was 10 and eleven.
She only realised that what he was doing was wrong when she received sex education at school when she was 13 and the shock had a drastic effect on her life.
Josefino Quiboloy has been jailed for sexual assault
A Domino's Pizza manager has been jailed for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old who he plied with vodka.
Josefino Quiboloy took the girl back to his home in Exmouth and abused her after she collapsed on the floor of his downstairs toilet.
She had drunk so much vodka that she had been sick and was drifting in and out of consciousness when the attack took place.
North Devon farmer Arthur Bawden
Arthur Bawden took every opportunity to get the girl alone with him in the farmhouse, in barns, and the milking parlour and carried on abusing her for years during the 1970s.
She was so young when the assaults started that she did not realise that what he was doing was wrong, and was too frightened and ashamed to tell anyone when she grew older and started learning about sex.
Francis McDermott has been locked up for almost 10 years (Image: Thames Valley Police)
A Catholic priest has been jailed for nine years and 11 months after being found guilty of abusing six children in the 1970s.
Francis McDermott, 75, of Westward Ho in Bideford, abused six victims, some as young as 10, in London, Norwich, and High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, between 1971 and 1978, Aylesbury Crown Court heard.
Two of his victims read statements during Thursday's sentencing hearing which recounted the "devastating impact" he had on their lives.
Robin Mellor (Image: Kent Police)
A former headteacher from Devon has been jailed for vile historic sex offences against children.
Robin Mellor, 74, of North Street in Braunton, was convicted of sexually abusing two children during the 1970s and 1980s.
He used to work at several primary schools in Kent and would commit his depraved acts when his pupils would visit his home address in the town of Ditton for private tutoring sessions.
A former military policeman has been jailed for abusing two young girls when he was in Devon on leave during the 1960s and 1970s.
Paul Howell raped one young victim when she was just eight and sexually assaulted the other when she was 11 and caused lifelong psychological harm to both.
He started his attacks when he was at a boarding school and on holiday and carried them on after he joined the military police, Exeter Crown Court were told.
At Carlisle Crown Court Mohammed Miah became the third man to be locked up for subjecting the victim - who had been on a festive night out - to a dreadful ordeal in a city flat.
The "extremely drunk" woman was guided about a mile through Carlisle city centre on the false promise of a taxi, "sandwiched" between two other men, in the early hours of December 24, 2017.
A pensioner has been jailed for five years for molesting a schoolgirl and making her life a misery.
Former factory worker Gerald Barclay, aged 74, sexually abused the child for four years in the 1970s.
He told his victim to keep his sordid behaviour as their little secret in the 70s – and she stayed quiet for 40 years.
Nrn Irish Brother (13) and sister (14) allegedly raped by same man from education sector
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A man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl sparking pregnancy fears at her school over 30 years ago and allegedly abused her older brother “laughed in the face” of their father in recent weeks, it is claimed.
The brother and sister claim they were sexually abused by the same man when they were children and say the man was never prosecuted because their case was dropped “due to a lack of evidence” after they went to the RUC in Enniskillen.
The pair have alleged they were subjected to vile and depraved sex attacks at the hands of a man who worked in the education sector and then threatened them with physical abuse if they told anyone.
In separate interviews with The Impartial Reporter this week Helen and Kevin (not their real names) have recalled in vivid detail how the man, who still lives and works in the community, allegedly sexually abused them and got away with it.
Their father who was told by police that the case would not be pursued and their former teacher who called in the RUC officers at the time have also spoken to The Impartial Reporter for the latest report in our long-running series looking at historical sex abuse in Fermanagh. All four people have provided detailed accounts of what allegedly took place.
Helen, now 42, has spoken of her horror at believing she was pregnant after she was allegedly raped repeatedly by the man whose children she babysat and who offered to be her “boyfriend” when she was still a child herself.
Kevin, now 44, says the same man piled him with vodka and made him watch pornographic videos before abusing him. He also claims that a second man from the farming community, also sexually abused him along with other unidentified men, when he was 15.
None of the men at the centre of these allegations have been mentioned to this newspaper since our series began.
It is believed at least one of them may have access to children in his current role.
For Helen, now married with children of her own the memories are all too real.
“I remember one night I was asked to go to his house. I couldn’t believe it when he put on a porn movie and gave me a drink, it was whiskey. He tried to make me go to his bedroom but I said no, when I was leaving he tried to get me into his car, and I said no. I was 12,” she said.
The man, who was her parents’ neighbour and well trusted, allegedly told her that she “was always welcome to visit” and when she did several months of sexual abuse allegedly began.
“I can still picture the living room and the bedroom where the abuse took place. The bedroom was the last room on the right and there was a fireplace inside. On top of the mantlepiece was a photograph of two children.
“In the living room the television was in the corner. The abuse would start on the sofa and end in the bedroom and every time it happened, I would be scared,” she said.
Helen remembers being brought to the alleged abuser’s bedroom where he raped her, warning her that there would be “consequences” if she ever told her parents.
“Later I would discover that my period was late and I thought I was pregnant,” she said, explaining that she spoke privately to at least two of her school teachers who due to the seriousness of the issue informed her parents and the principal, a claim backed up by one of the teachers.
“I remember one of the teachers [provides her name] telling me how serious this was,” said Helen.
The teacher in question has corroborated this claim, telling The Impartial Reporter this week: “She was brought into the office and was in distress. I spoke to the principal, we got the family in and told them that they had to ring the police.”
Helen would later discover that not only did the same man allegedly abuse her older brother Kevin but like her he threatened him with physical violence, too. And such was the shock of the allegations being made that the pair’s mother collapsed on the floor of the police station.
But a criminal case did not proceed due to a lack of evidence.
“The police dropped the case, it was never pursued. The fact that we never got justice and the fact that I still pass his house where he lives sickens me to my stomach.
“I didn’t have much of a childhood because of him, he should be in jail for what he did. I was a child, he was an adult, and Kevin was my brother. I feel sick knowing what he did to him too. How many other victims of his are out there?” asked Helen.
And Kevin deals with the same torment every single day.
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