Jesse Graham - Courtesy: Muhlenberg County Jail/Copyright 2016 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc.
A Muhlenberg County man is arrested on child sex abuse charges. Kentucky State Police arrested 48-year-old Jesse Graham on Thursday.
He faces two counts of 1st Degree Sodomy on a victim under the age of 12 and two counts of 1st Degree Sexual Abuse.
State Police are asking anyone with additional information on the case to contact them at (270) 676-3313.
After being sexually abused in her foster home, a 7-year-old girl was returned to the same home just months later, and was abused again.
By Justin Heinze (Patch Staff)
A Montgomery County foster care agency must pay $5.35 million in damages for repeatedly placing a young girl in a foster home where she was sexually assaulted, according to litigators.
Lawyers with Kline and Specter P.C. said that Presbyterian Children's Village, twice placed the child, who was 7 years old at the time, in the home of Walter and Deborah Scott, where she was sexually abused. Walter Scott, now 61, later pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three different children in his care.
A Philadelphia jury ruled in a civil trial Friday that Presbyterian must pay $5 million in compensatory damages and $350,000 in punitive damages to the victim for placing her in that situation.
“This verdict is a message that child safety must be protected," said Nadeem Bezar, who tried the plaintiff’s case with Emily Marks, both attorneys with Kline & Specter PC of Philadelphia. "This is a message from the jury to PCV and all foster care agencies that they must be diligent."
In November 2012, the child was placed in the care of Deborah and Walter Scott for three days, litigators said. When she was moved to a new foster home, she reported the abuse to her new foster mother.
Despite knowing about the report, Presbyterian continued to place children with the Scotts, even after hearing another child make the same allegations, according to the suit. They then placed the original child with the Scotts for a second time in late February of 2013.
The child reported abuse for a second time, and officials soon were able to identify two more victims.
(EGAN-CHIN, DEBBIE NEW YORK DAILY )
BY MICHAEL O'KEEFFE NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
A Brooklyn yeshiva quietly became the first Orthodox Jewish school to compensate students who claim they were molested by a teacher when it agreed to pay more than $2 million to two boys and their families in 2014 — and now it may be the first Orthodox school to default on a settlement with sex abuse victims.
Yeshiva-Mesivta Torah Temimah, a prominent Orthodox school on Brooklyn's Ocean Parkway, agreed to pay one former student $900,000 and the other $1.35 million in a settlement reached in October 2014.
The agreements were originally confidential, but they became public earlier this month after lawyers for the boys filed papers in Brooklyn Supreme Court that said the school failed to make payments due earlier this year.
“This is the first time the public has known about these payments,” said sex-abuse expert Marci Hamilton, a lawyer and a distinguished scholar at the University of Pennsylvania. “This is the first settlement with a yeshiva that has been publicly disclosed. I was surprised as anybody to see this. This is a sizeable settlement.”
Attorneys for the two boys claimed in lawsuits filed in 2006 that Rabbi Yehuda Kolko, an elementary school teacher at the yeshiva, had sexually abused them when they were students at the school.
“Torah Temimah knew or should have known that Rabbi Kolko sexually abused young male students under his supervision or control,” one complaint said. “Torah Temimah knew or should have known of Rabbi Kolko's dangerous sexual predisposition and/or that he was unfit, dangerous and a threat to the health, safety and welfare of the minors entrusted to his counsel, care and protection at Torah Temimah.”
Yeshiva-Mesivta Torah Temimah
Those boys weren't Kolko's only victims, according to the court papers.
The filings say Rabbi Lipa Marguiles, the yeshiva's president and dean, had received multiple sex abuse complaints about Kolko for more than 25 years. But Marguiles continued to employ Kolko as an elementary school teacher and “give him unfettered access to young children,” the papers said.
Families that complained about sex abuse were bullied by Marguiles and Kolko, the court filings say.
“Rabbi Marguiles, in concert with Rabbi Kolko, additionally engaged in tactics of intimidation, threats, coercion and misrepresentation over a period of years with the intent of squelching any complaints or civil claims concerning Rabbi Kolko's misconduct,” the papers say.
Marguiles and an attorney for Torah Temimah, Avraham Moskowitz, did not return calls for comment.
Several other former students also filed lawsuits that alleged Kolko had sexually abused them, but those complaints were dismissed because they were filed too late.
New York state law bars sex abuse victims from filing civil complaints after they turn 23 years old. Orthodox Jewish organizations, along with the Catholic Church, have opposed bills that would raise or eliminate the statute of limitations and provide a one-year window for sex-abuse victims to pursue litigation regardless of age.
Kolko, 70, faced criminal sex abuse charges when the lawsuits were filed a decade ago. In a controversial deal reached with then-Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, Kolko agreed to plead guilty to misdemeanor child endangerment.
Critics said the plea deal, which allowed Kolko to avoid a jail sentence and register as a sex offender, was proof that Hynes was afraid to pursue sex abuse in Brooklyn's politically muscular Orthodox community.
Attorneys for the boys who claimed they were sexually abused by Kolko did not immediately return requests for comment.
MORIARTY, N.M. -– A New Mexico assistant football coach was arrested for raping and harassing three underage schoolgirls on Wednesday, CBS affiliate KRQE reports.
The police chief of Moriarty told KRQE that Assistant Football Coach Damien Hyatt of Moriarty High School was arrested after a warrant from Torrance County. Moriarty Police Department served that warrant and took him into custody.
Criminal sexual contact and penetration
Criminal sexual communication with a child
Criminal solicitation to commit criminal sexual penetration
Bribery of a witness, contributing to the delinquency of a minor
Attempt to commit criminal sexual penetration
Visual medium of sexual exploitation of children
Damien Hyatt is a former student of Moriarty High School in New Mexico and has worked as an assistant coach to its undefeated football team for two years.
The 25-year-old was arrested on Wednesday for sexually abusing three female students aged 15 and 16 at the school.
Police believe he harassed the girls, telling them he would only leave them alone if they sent him nude photographs on Snapchat.
He is facing 24 child sex offences including 13 rape charges.
Hyatt is accused of striking up a relationship with his first victim, a 15-year-old student, a year ago.
Investigators say the pair had sex more than once and exchanged nude photographs.
He then began accosting a 16-year-old girl at the same school, KRQUE reports.
Hyatt pestered the girl for sex repeatedly, it is alleged, and only left her alone when she sent him nude photographs on Snapchat.
Another girl said he begged her for sex but she declined. She says he also grabbed her buttocks.
The 25-year-old is an assistant football coach at Moriarty High School in New Mexico (above)
Hyatt has worked as an assistant coach to the Moriarty Pintos football team (above) for two years
Hyatt allegedly bought some of the girls alcohol at a local Walmart (above) to try to bribe them into having sex with him
The assistant coach bought the third girl and her friends alcohol at a local Walmart to try to get her to sleep with him, she claimed.
She eventually sent him explicit photographs after he threatened her family.
Alongside 13 rape charges, Hyatt faces a handful of others including criminal sexual contact and penetration, criminal solicitation to commit criminal sexual penetration and bribery of a witness.
He was placed on administrative leave at the end of September.
'We’re working closely with law enforcement to ensure the safety and security of students during the investigation and be respectful of privacy matters,' Tom Sullivan, superintendent of the Moriarty—Edgewood School District, told The Albuquerque Journal.
ROBERTSDALE, Alabama — A Robertsdale man is being held on two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12 following an arrest Wednesday by the Robertsdale Police Department.
RPD Chief Investigator Lt. Rex Bishop said officers responded to a call on Saturday and based on their investigation arrested Dale Bradley Garrick, 47, of Robertsdale on Wednesday on charges of first degree sodomy and two counts of sexual abuse of a child under 12.
“In order to protect the victims there is not a lot we can say at this time,” Bishop said. “What we can say is that both victims were known to Mr. Garrick and we are conducting an ongoing investigation.”
Garrick is being held while awaiting a bond hearing, which will likely be Friday, Bishop said.
If you have information regarding this case, call the Robertsdale Police Department at (251) 947-2222.