He sold the babies globally and murdered the moms!
Alberta sees another record year of child abuse cases; 22% rise in 2018
The Zebra Child Protection Centre, which works with police and supports children impacted by abuse cases, saw a 22 per cent increase in child abuse cases in 2018.
Every year the caseload at the Zebra Child Protection Unit goes up and 2018 was no exception. Staff took on 834 child abuse cases last year — an increase of 22 per cent over 2017.
Most of those cases dealt with child sexual abuse.
Cheryl Diebel, chief executive officer of the Zebra centre, said while the numbers are alarming, it doesn’t necessarily mean there was more child abuse in Alberta.
“We think it’s linked to the fact that we’re out in the public more often,” said Diebel. “People are more aware of the signs of abuse and also more aware of where to call if they have issues.”
Diebel said most of the child abuse referrals come from RCMP, Edmonton police, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Children’s Services.
The Zebra centre is a safe place for abused children to tell their stories. It provides supports to children from Edmonton and communities north of Red Deer.
Specialized forensic interviewers meet with children so they only have to tell their story once.
Last year, more caregivers were also provided support through the investigation and court process.
Despite the progress in people reporting child abuse, Diebel wants everyone to know it is their duty. “We want to ensure that people understand their need to report child abuse if they suspect it,” said Diebel.
“It’s not an option… We want an environment free from child abuse.”
If you suspect child abuse, please contact any of the following:
Edmonton Police Service Complaint Line: 780-423-4567
Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-387-5437 (KIDS)
Crime Stoppers: 1-800-222-8477
Online Exploitation: cybertip.ca
Or your local police/RCMP detachment
If a child is in immediate danger, please dial 911.
Two French police officers from an anti-gang unit were found guilty on Thursday in Paris of raping a Canadian tourist.
The officers, now identified as Nicolas R. and Antoine Q., were each sentenced to seven years in prison and also ordered to pay fines equivalent to $30,000 Cdn, according to French news channel LCI.
Emily Spanton, a counsellor from St. Catharines, Ont., was visiting Paris in April 2014 when she met the officers at an Irish pub and later was given a tour of police headquarters, where the incident occurred.
When she left the building later, Spanton approached another officer and reported that she had been raped, her lawyer has said.
Spanton — who agreed to be identified publicly — first said she had been raped by four officers before revising her testimony to cite three police officers. Only two were ultimately charged.
According to court documents, DNA from the men were found on underwear submitted as evidence. As well, a medical exam performed after she filed a lawsuit showed she had bruises on several parts of her body and a gynecological lesion.
The officers, whose identities had not been publicly disclosed, faced up to 20 years in prison. One of the officers admitted he received oral sex but claimed it was consensual. The other initially denied any sexual relationship then admitted to some mutual touching.
Tests confirmed the complainant was legally intoxicated at the time.
The case went to trial after a French Appeal Court overturned a decision by a lower court to dismiss the charges against the officers, who work in the department's Brigades de recherche et d'intervention anti-gang unit.
According to a report from LCI, Spanton left the court building without making a statement, while the officers were handcuffed in court to be prepared for processing. They had been free pending trial.
Wait! What trial! They just had a trial!
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"It's unbelievable to me. It's just negligence, pure negligence, leaving the child there. They should have all been removed," said Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs First Nations family advocate Cora Morgan.
"Any allegation of sexual abuse, all the children should have been taken."
CBC News has learned a foster father accused of sexual abuse against four of his foster daughters continued to live with two of the girls in the month following the start of the police investigation.
The girls, who cannot be named due to a publication ban, will be referred to in this story as Girls A, B, C and D.
Girls A and B — two young adults who had already moved out of the foster home — first reported abuse to Winnipeg Police Service in December 2016.
Girls C and D, aged 12 and nine, still lived with the foster father and were allegedly abused after the police investigation started. Police believe abuse against Girl C continued for a month and abuse against Girl D went on even longer, ending three months after the foster father's February 2017 arrest on sex charges against Girls A and B, according to the date of the offences.
The foster father pleaded guilty in March 2018 to abusing Girls A and B over a six-year period starting in 2008. Court heard he progressed from fondling to oral sex to intercourse. He is awaiting sentencing.
The foster father is currently before the courts, facing numerous sex abuse charges in relation to Girls C and D.
Where was CFS?
Winnipeg police said it notified All Nations Co-ordinated Response Network (ANCR), the Child and Family Services (CFS) agency tasked with investigating child abuse, and another unnamed CFS agency at the onset of the investigation in December 2016, adding "all protocols were followed in this case."
The First Nations family advocate says child welfare agencies have a very clear protocol to follow after the police alert them.
"The agency should go in and automatically remove those two children," Morgan said, adding an investigation by ANCR should ensue in addition to the police investigation.
"And the children should be placed in another facility or group home environment," Morgan said.
Posts on social media show the two foster daughters with the foster father and his wife on a family vacation to the country where he was born. They took off approximately two weeks after the first police report in December 2016 and returned to Canada in early January 2017, according to the posts.
Foster children are only allowed to leave Canada when the guardian CFS agency consents, according to a provincial spokesperson.
When the man was arrested in February 2017, the Crown indicated he posed a flight risk, and he was required to turn in his passport. In a subsequent hearing, court was told the foster father has extensive international ties that stretch from Europe to South America, the United States and Mexico.
The earliest Child and Family Services involvement, based on court records, was in mid-January 2017, a month after Girl A went to police.
"On Jan. 13, 2017, the accused was advised by CFS, due to an ongoing investigation he was not permitted to have contact with children," said Crown counsel Andrew Slough.
The foster father's defence lawyer said the man moved out "voluntarily" at that point because the agency was threatening to take the foster children, court heard at his initial bail hearing. He was granted bail on Feb. 14, 2017 with conditions that include not being alone with anyone under 16 and living at a separate address from his wife and foster children, but he was not barred from going to the home.
Court later heard that foster children remained in the home with his wife until May 2017.
"In all cases of alleged abuse, the immediate response is to ensure the safety of known victims and reduce safety risks to other children," said a provincial spokesperson for the Department of Families.
Safety is ensured by supervision, having a protective parent, creating boundaries, restricting access and providing direction to caregivers, the spokesperson said.
It is not clear when safety measures were first taken, as court records may not reflect all safety planning done by CFS.
Minister of Families Heather Stefanson refused to comment directly, citing privacy and the continuing court process. She directed questions to the CFS authority, which her department funds and oversees.
"The province has been made aware of this disturbing case and we are monitoring the situation closely," Stefanson said in an emailed statement, but she would specify neither what monitoring entails nor when monitoring started.
An agency under the Southern First Nations Network of Care authority was in charge of the foster home, according to Debbie Besant, CEO of the General Child and Family Services Authority.
Southern First Nations Network of Care CEO Tara Petti refused to say what actions she's taken, citing confidentiality. She oversees 10 CFS agencies including the one that licensed the foster home and ANCR, the agency Winnipeg police said it notified after Girl A disclosed abuse.
"Agencies have the authority to assess the situation and complete safety planning to support children from being disrupted in their homes when that is appropriate," Petti said in an emailed statement.
"We have young women who were placed in his care. He was placed in a position of trust over them. He was supposed to be their father and he grooms them and rapes them over a several-year period," Slough said.
The repeated abuse of the two sisters progressed from fondling to fellatio to anal intercourse but he only had vaginal intercourse with Girl A, court heard.
"He told [Girl B] that he wanted to save her virginity for her husband," Slough said.
Girl A estimates he had intercourse with her 300 to 600 times, according to Slough.
Slough told the court the foster father built a large shed with a mattress where he would have "sleepovers" with the victims.
One of the victims said the abuse halted for two months after the foster father felt bad "because God is watching," Slough said. He said the abuse continued until they moved out.
Metis Child and Family Services Authority CEO Billie Schibler would not confirm the girls were under the care of one of its agencies, but she did say the authority is reviewing internal processes for quality assurance. She would not specify what the review entails or when it will be complete.
The foster father is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing on the charges related to Girls C and D on July 3. A request for comment to the foster father's defence lawyer did not receive a response.
Someone needs to be held accountable for this, otherwise it will happen again.
Ottawa police have laid two additional sexual assault charges against a 52-year-old registered massage therapist who was working at a west-end clinic.
Police said the women were alone with the suspect when the alleged assaults occurred while he was working as a massage therapist.
The man was also charged last October with one count of sexual assault for an incident at the clinic in March 2018 involving a woman in her 20s.
The accused is expected to appear in court Thursday.
Police believe there are other victims and are asking anyone with information to call 613-236-1222, ext. 5760.
Indian judiciary is overburdened, we all know this. But what justifies the Supreme Court delaying an appeal by the police to deny bail to a person accused of sexually assaulting a child – not for days or weeks, but for over a year?
A child psychologist in Kerala was arrested on Tuesday for sexually harassing a minor back in 2015 – but this is not the first case against him. In 2017, an FIR was registered against K Gireesh for sexually assaulting another minor, but the man gave a slip to the police and got a pre-arrest bail from the Supreme Court. And while the Supreme Court has hit the snooze button on the police’s appeal against this order for around 427 days, the man has been practicing in Kerala, in a profession where vulnerable clients have a hierarchical relationship with him.
How Gireesh was arrested
The victim had various learning difficulties because of which his parents had taken him to Gireesh’s clinic in 2015, for counselling sessions. The sessions used to take place once or twice every month in his clinic, during which the victim was allegedly sexually assaulted by Gireesh.
This had an adverse impact on the child’s mental health, making his parents take him to other psychologists, a police official investigating the case told TNM. “Recently, the victim was taken to a psychologist in the Thiruvananthapuram Medical College, who had advised that the boy be admitted to the hospital,” said the police official.
The clinic of Gireesh.
During one of the counselling sessions, the boy opened up to the counsellor about how Gireesh had sexually abused him. The counsellor then immediately notified the Fort Police Station. On receiving the complaint, the police recorded the statement of the boy after which Gireesh was arrested from his residence on the same day.
Gireesh has been arrested under sections 7 (sexual assault), 9(e) (aggravated sexual assault committed by management staff of a government or private hospital in that hospital), 9(l) (repeated sexual assault), 10 (punishment for aggravated sexual assault), 11(iii) (sexual harassment by showing an object or media to a child for pornographic purposes) and 12 (punishment for sexual harassment of a child) of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
While this incident happened in 2015 and has only come to light now, the man has had access to vulnerable people – especially children – for at least one and a half years now simply because of an inordinate delay by the Supreme Court.
The cases in 2017
In January 2017, Gireesh was accused of sexual harassment by a 23-year-old woman, whom he was counselling, a police official told TNM. “A case was registered against him, but we were not able to collect enough evidence in order to arrest him.” The case was however quashed by the High Court after a few weeks, as the woman, reportedly under pressure from her family and Gireesh, told the court that she did not wish to pursue the case.
This happens in India all the time, especially with children.
But a few months later, the police received another complaint against Gireesh – this time regarding the sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy. In August 2017, the parents of a minor went to the Fort Police station, after the boy told the parents that Gireesh had sexually abused him during a consultation. The boy, who had learning difficulties, was traumatised after Gireesh touched his private parts and repeatedly kissed him.
Before the police could arrest him however, Gireesh went absconding and went to the Kerala High Court seeking an anticipatory bail. His lawyers argued that the since Gireesh was a clinical psychologist, him touching the boy could not be counted as an offence under Prevention of Children of Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The High Court rejected this argument and refused to give him anticipatory bail.
Gireesh, who was still absconding, then approached the Supreme Court.
Supreme Court snoozing?
On December, 1, 2017, a bench consisting of Justice Kurian Joseph and Justice Deepak Gupta, granted Gireesh pre-arrest bail. Despite the Kerala counsel telling the court that he was a repeat offender, the judges granted the bail and asked Gireesh to appear before the Fort Police for investigation.
The Kerala government opposed the bail and filed an application in the Supreme Court soon after. To ensure that Gireesh does not get bail, the government even engaged senior counsel V Giri, a former Kerala High Court judge, as counsel for the case. But until today – 427 days after Gireesh was given pre-arrest bail – the case has not been taken up by the Supreme Court.
This has allowed Gireesh to come back to his house and resume his practice. TNM visited Thanal, Gireesh’s two floor residence near Killipalam in Thiruvananthapuram; on the ground floor of this building is De Praxis, the private clinic that he runs. According to Fort Station police officials, the clinic is visited by a many clients.
The police official told TNM that with the court delaying on the case, there was not much the police could do. “We could not conduct the investigation as we wanted to do a custodial interrogation. We waited for the court to give an order,” the official said.
But now that a third case was filed against him, “we could finally arrest him,” the official said.
“In the present case, we were notified directly by the counsellor from the medical college and we were able to take the statement of the victim immediately and arrest him. And all of this happened without Gireesh’s knowledge, unlike the previous case where he knew what was happening which gave him enough time to abscond and approach the courts.”
Sentencing the man earlier this week for the abuse of two young girls, ACT Supreme Court Justice Michael Elkaim labelled the man's denigration of one victim, referred to as SN, and her family as "callous".
In denying the allegation related to SN, who was born with a birth defect that resulted in physical and mental disabilities, the man referred to her as "a few sheep short of a paddock".
He furthered his denial by claiming "she is not even pretty".
SN was aged between 12 and 14 years old when she was abused by the man.
In October last year a jury found the man guilty of five counts of sexual intercourse with a young person, and one count of maintaining a sexual relationship with a young person.
Before he was sentenced, several victim impact statements were supplied to the court by SN and her family.
"You have no idea how hard I have worked to create a safe and loving environment for my daughter," her mother wrote. A world of promises, trust and confidence. You have destroyed everything that I set out to achieve to help SN be the best that she can be."
Justice Elkaim described SN's victim impact statement as a drawing of "a very sad face".
Sentence also covered abuse of partner's daughter
The man was also sentenced for a string of abuse of his then-partner's daughter when she was aged 10 and 11.
He repeatedly tricked her into performing sex acts under the pretence they were playing a game.
With regard to that offending, Justice Elkaim said the crimes were "objectively serious, taking into account the complainant's age and the devious subterfuge employed by the offender to bluff the complainant into playing the game".
The man, who cannot be named to protect the identities of his victims, was sentenced to seven years and six months in prison.
He will be eligible for parole in October 2023.
He ought not to get out while those girls are still children.
A paedophile from Tunbridge Wells was caught with a video showing her sexual abuse of a young child when she got her phone repaired.
She appeared before Maidstone Crown Court yesterday (January 31) after admitting to multiple child sex abuse offences.
The court heard how police were made aware of her actions on July 20 last year. Kimber had arranged for a friend to repair her phone but told him to not look at any videos while laughing.
When the phone was inspected, a video was discovered which showed Kimber abusing a child.
She was arrested shortly afterwards.
Officers then seized a second mobile phone which also contained videos of Kimber forcing a child to engage in sexual activity.
In court, Kimber pleaded guilty to six counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity, four counts of taking indecent photographs of a child and three counts of distributing indecent photographs of a child.
She also admitted to engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child and sexual assault of a child.
Kimber was sentenced to nine years and four months imprisonment. She was also made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order.
Kent Police say that although it is "extremely rare" for a woman to be responsible for abhorrent crimes of this sort, the sentence is a result of just how horrific the "systematic sexual abuse" that she forced the child to endure was.
The following video from the charity NSPCC offers advice on preventing child sex abuse.
Det Insp Rob Chitham of the Paedophile On Line Investigation Team said: ‘"Kristy Kimber was responsible for the systematic sexual abuse of a very young child. She has made a number of videos which clearly show the child in distress and has then gone on to share images of the abuse.
"It is extremely rare for a woman to be responsible for these type of sexual offences, however the sentence passed by the courts demonstrates just how abhorrent her actions were. This conviction is part of a wider ongoing investigation by Kent Police involving other suspects who we are linking to facilitating, inciting or participating in the sexual abuse of children."
An 84-year-old man has appeared before magistrates to face a number of historic child sex abuse charges alleged to have taken place at Skegby Hall Children’s Home.
Nigel Pipe, aged 84, of Llanwenarth View, Govilon, Abergavenny, appeared at Mansfield Magistrates’ Court today, Friday, February 1, charged with four counts of sexual assault on a boy under 16, 14 counts of indecent assault on a boy under the age of 16, and nine counts of inciting a boy under the age of 14 to commit an act of gross indecency.
Skegby Hall has been the subject of a number of investigations into historic child sex abuse cases over the last five years. It comes as part of a national inquiry into historic child sex abuse cases, which held a number of hearings at West Bridgford’s Trent Bridge Cricket Ground last autumn.
US AUTHORITIES will resist any request by a former GAA coach suspected of child sex abuse to be released on bail pending the outcome of extradition proceedings.
The chief federal prosecutor for northern New York has argued the Irish man would be a flight risk and a danger to the community if released.
The suspect, who has been in custody since January 16 (2nd story on link), is due to appear at the United States District Court in Albany, New York today.
He fled Ireland in 2013 while gardaí were investigating claims he sexually abused two boys at a GAA ground and elsewhere between 2004 and 2009.
Ahead of today's hearing, a court filing on behalf of United States Attorney Grant Jaquith argued against the man's release on bail.
"Further flight from the US to yet another country or to an underground location in the US is a reasonable assumption," the filing said.
"Moreover, [the suspect] is also a danger to the community. He is charged with 394 criminal counts - including 210 of sexual assault and 177 counts of rape - arising from his prolonged sexual abuse of two minor victims."