A former elementary school teacher in Montgomery County, Maryland, is facing additional sex abuse charges after he was accused of inappropriately touching two young girls earlier this year.
Vigna taught at Cloverly Elementary School from 2000 to 2016 and coached junior varsity baseball at Paint Branch High School.
A woman in her 20s has reported to police Vigna sexually abused her when she was a student at Cloverly Elementary School between 2000 and 2002.
Two girls also reported Vigna sexually abused them in recent years at Cloverly Elementary School. One girl said the abuse happened during the 2013-2014 school year and the other said he abused her during the 2015-2016 school year.
Vigna was arrested Thursday after he turned himself in to detectives. Police have charged Vigna with two additional counts of sexual abuse of a minor, child abuse exploitation and three more counts of third-degree sexual offense. He has been ordered held without bond, police said.
Police are asking that parents of students who had Vigna as a teacher talk to their children about their interactions with him and contact detectives at (240) 773-5400 if they believe their child was victimized.
HARRISBURG, Pa. – Kerry Edward Tropasso, 35, of Lebanon County, was indicted on Wednesday, November 16, by a federal grand jury in Harrisburg on charges relating to the sexual abuse of children.
The indictment alleges that Tropasso used a minor victim to transmit live visual depictions of the minor engaged in sexual activity; coercing and enticing the minor to engage in sexual activity; distributing images depicting the sexual abuse of a minor; and receiving obscene visual depictions of the sexual abuse of children.
Tropasso’s case was investigated by the United States Postal Inspection Service, the Pennsylvania State Police, with assistance from the Lancaster County Detectives Office and the Northern Lebanon Township Police Department.
The case was brought as part of Project Safe Childhood, a nationwide initiative launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by the United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state, and local resources to locate, apprehend, and prosecute individuals who sexually exploit children, and to identify and rescue victims.
A Danville man indicted in February 2015 for the sexual abuse of a child less than 12 years old has been placed back in the custody of the Morgan County Sheriff's Office after being found guilty of the charge during trial, according to Special Victims Unit Sgt. Charles Radke.
Nelms, 6108 Morgan County 84, was originally arrested Feb. 18, 2015, on charges of first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, sex abuse of a child younger than 12, first-degree sex abuse and non-payment of child support. He had previously been released on bail, Radke said.
Radke said the abuse happened in 2008, but was not reported to authorities until 2012.
FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) -- Fayetteville police arrested a suspect Thursday in connection with multiple sex offenses involving a child.
Michael Wilson, 31, of Norcliff Drive in Fayetteville, has been charged with first-degree sex offense, attempted first-degree sex offense, sexual activity by substitute parent, first-degree kidnapping and two counts of indecent liberties with a child.
Wilson is being held in the Cumberland County Detention Center on a $200,000 secured bond.
A woman has recalled the horror of being forced to have sex with both of her parents and being plied with alcohol from the age of 11.
In a particularly heartbreaking episode of The Dr Phil Show, an incestuous child abuse survivor confronted her biological mother two decades on.
Victim Amanda divulged her horrific experience, including her parents making her pose for explicit photographs and videotaping their sexual encounters with a view to sell them online.
Mother Justine – who appeared remorseful for her actions – claimed that she "hates" herself for the crimes made against her daughter. She said: "I know I made poor choices."
The daughter told her mother and the audience:
That's what pedophilia does; it destroys innocence; it profanes the sacred!
Television host Dr Phil questioned the mother: "In what parallel universe does a mother watch her daughter performing a sex act on her husband and her father?"
Justine and Amanda's biological father Jim were charged with sexual assault and exploitation of their then 13-year-old daughter in 1996. They both pleaded guilty and received sentences of 20 years in prison.
Amanda shocked the audience when she said: "My parents forced me to have sex with them," before revealing that she was given rewards for the sexual acts and that her mother showed her how to "enjoy" sex.
"Justine would show me how good sex would feel by having sex in front of me with my father," she added. The young woman also claimed she was forced to have sex with both parents. She said that mother Justine both coached her sexually and was a "willing participant" in the ongoing sexual abuse.
Amanda revealed that Justine photographed and videotaped much of what she refers to as "encounters." After her parents "got what they wanted", family life would resume as normal.
Following the abuse, Amanda gave an account of what would typically happen thereafter. She said: "Afterwards, it was a normal night, dessert, brush my teeth and bedtime."
She also claimed that her parents threatened her if she revealed their dark secret to anyone in a bid for help. "It's been 20 years since that nightmare ended, but it's still hard to grasp the idea that they are out of prison," she said.
According to the victim, her mother Justine had allegedly refused "to acknowledge that she had any significant part" in the molestation.
Jim, who has since reached out to his daughter on Facebook before becoming "manipulative," has yet to apologise to Amanda. She said: "I don't think I've ever received a real apology from Jim. Justine claims that her and her husband's behaviour was fuelled by money. She said: "Jim found out how much money could be made from child pornography.
"If I could take it all back I would. I hate myself for what I did," she added, along with claims that Amanda's father made her "join him" in abusing their daughter. She suggested it was all her then-husband's idea and that she had initially fought him for three months, but eventually "gave in".
Contrarily, Jim has previously branded his ex-wife a liar, and stated that she was a willing participant in their heinous sex crimes against their own child. He is to appear on The Dr Phil Show today (17 November) and explain why he had sex with his daughter.
Since the episode aired, the official Twitter account for Dr Phil has posted a slew of tweets regarding child abuse and information on paedophiles.
Many viewers have expressed their horror on Amanda's story, with one person writing on the social media sharing site: "This show is a hard one... don't know how I'm going to stomach tomorrow's continuation," as another put: "SO Sad. Her parents are sick and should be ashamed of themselves".
Dr Phil, you could do a story like this every day, there is that much evil going on out there.