molesting young children
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
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Friday, 6 April 2018
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Former Salem-Keizer teacher sentenced to 20 years for sexually abusing 2 studentsWhitney Woodworth, Statesman Journal
A former Salem-Keizer teacher was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for sexually abusing two students (2nd story on link) over a 10-year span.
Shane Ross, 40, stood before a packed courtroom as Marion County Judge Courtland Geyer delivered his sentence. Prosecutors had argued for a 25-year prison sentence. They took the fact that Ross was not forcing the two victims to endure a trial into consideration, prosecutor Ashley Cadotte said.
He didn't deserve anything less, she said, adding that a shorter sentence would discount the fact that Ross subjected two separate victims and their families to years of sexual abuse.
Ross' abuse not only robbed two children of their innocence, it damaged and betrayed a community that continues to struggle with the massive ripple effect his actions left behind, Cadotte said. He wasn't a bogeyman. He wasn't a stranger in a van. He was a trusted teacher and coach. "That is the scariest type of predator," she said. "That is the most dangerous type."
Cadotte read letters written by the victims aloud in court. The abuse had consumed such a large part of her childhood and will continue to influence the rest of her life, one victim said. "No child deserves to have their innocence taken away from them in the way that I did," she said.
The other victim described the sickening flashback she experienced when she learned Ross had been arrested. "I'm glad I finally spoke up," she said. "I'm glad I got to tell my story."
His defense attorney Marc Gunn argued for a shorter sentence of 10 years, citing the support of family and members in Ross' Mormon church. Church members spoke of Ross' hope for rehabilitation and the painful impact a longer sentence would have on his wife and 11- and 8-year-old children. Ross began crying at the mention of his children and as his wife asked the judge to give her husband the chance to change and be a part of their lives.
Before Ross was placed on paid administrative leave in March 2017 and resigned in July 2017, he taught at five Salem-Keizer schools for more than 17 years. He joined Houck Middle School as a physical education teacher in 2000 and left in 2001. In 2002, he transferred to Parrish Middle School to teach physical education and computer education.
He remained at Parrish until 2011, when he transferred to teach PE at Schirle Elementary School and Rosedale Elementary School at the same time. He divided his time teaching at both schools until 2012. In 2012, he transferred to Englewood Elementary School and taught PE until being placed on leave in March of this year.
According to court records, investigators learned of the sexual abuse after one of Ross' victims disclosed to a childhood friend that one of their middle school teachers had sexually abused her from 2009 — when she was 12 years old — until she graduated high school in 2015. The friend told a neighbor, who, as a mandatory reporter, alerted police.
Ross was the girl's track coach, PE teacher and computer teacher. She also was his classroom aide. His contact with the girl began as "friendly touches on the shoulder." But within a year, it had evolved into hugging then eventually sexual contact.
Police arrested Ross in June on five counts of first-degree sexual abuse, nine counts of second-degree sexual abuse and one count of second-degree unlawful sexual penetration.
News of his arrest soon reached another of Ross' former students. She contacted police and confirmed their suspicions: The girl in their investigation was not Ross' only victim. "Once she heard of the abuse, she decided to come forward in order to ensure that Mr. Ross was held accountable for his actions," attorney Chris Besttold the Statesman Journal.
Best and fellow attorney Ron Sayer, both of the Gatti Law Firm in Salem, filed a tort claims notice in August announcing their intention to sue Salem-Keizer public schools for ignoring glaring "red flags" of sexual abuse involving Ross for years. Had they acted, Ross might not have gone on to abuse another student, Best said.
According to court records, Ross began abusing his previous victim in 2001, when she was a sixth grader at Parrish. Ross, her teacher and track coach, groomed the girl in a similar manner, by touching her shoulders and hugging her. He began requesting she help him put gym equipment away and used the seclusion as an opportunity to molest her. The abuse continued until eighth grade when the girl moved away.
After hearing the girl's account, prosecutors filed new charges against Ross. He pleaded guilty to four counts of first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree unlawful sexual penetration and four counts second-degree sexual abuse.
In a letter, Salem-Keizer Public Schools Superintendent Christy Perry said Ross' actions were inexcusable. "Words cannot express the devastation Mr. Ross has caused," she said. "His actions have cast a black cloud on the profession." She asked that Ross be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Before Geyer delivered his sentence, Ross addressed the courtroom. He apologized to his victims and asked for mercy. "I hope you can forgive me for what I've done and that forgiveness can bring healing in your life," he said.
Geyer sentenced him to two overlapping prison sentences of 150 months for one victim and 165 months for the other. He said he agreed with witness testimony that Ross' actions were reprehensible and the victims needed protection and justice.
"You have harmed two children and the people around them beyond what I can articulate," Geyer said.
California water-polo coach charged with
child sex abuse
Bahram Hojreh, previously a coach at the International Water Polo Club in Los Alamitos, California, has been brought to court on almost two-dozen charges ranging from sexual battery to child annoyance.
That’s according to The Orange County Register, which reports that Hojreh pleaded “not guilty” to all charges this week. That story reports that prosecutors say Hojreh sexually assaulted seven girls during one-on-one coaching sessions, and that four of the seven were 15 years old or younger at the time of the coaching sessions.
The OC Register report says Hojreh is accused of touching players breasts and genitals (including digital penetration) while also coercing the girls to touch his own genitals. Parents of the girls reported Hojreh to authorities when their daughters told them about the alleged abuse.
USA Water Polo has suspended Hojreh’s seat on the regional board as well as his membership after the U.S. Center for SafeSport learned of the allegations back in January.
Hojreh had previously coached high school water polo at Kennedy High School and University High School, both in Southern California. His lawyer categorically denied the charges, pointing to Hojreh’s previously “impeccable” reputation over his career.
The OC Register reports that Hojreh could face up to 13 years and 4 months in state prison and 10 years in county jail.
California man sentenced to prison for
filming sexual abuse of a child
by Maria Goddard, Joshua Copitch
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Senior U.S. District Judge Garland E. Burrell, Jr. sentenced Nathan Alexander Drury, 39, of Chico to 15 years in prison for producing child pornography, on Friday.
Court documents showed that between January 2012 and December 2014, Drury filmed a child engaged in sexually explicit activity. This included a 47-second video of Drury sexually abusing a child under 12 years old.
Drury had pled guilty to the crimes in January.
“This type of crime is way too prevalent; but let this serve as a warning for any of those engaged in this illicit and egregious activity – the investigators of the federal government will hold you responsible for your actions," said Ryan L. Spradlin, Special Agent in Charge for HSI in Northern California and Northern Nevada.
Court documents also showed that Drury was an information technology consultant for Blue Oak Charter School in Chico.
This case was part of Project Safe Childhood to combat the growing epidemic of sexual abuse on children.
Idaho man arrested for lewd conduct, child sex abuse
TWIN FALLS, Idaho (KLIX) – Police say a 42-year-old Twin Falls man has been arrested for lewd conduct, sexual abuse of a child, and battery with intent to commit a serious felony.
Police Detectives took Shawn E. Hatfield into custody on Friday, according to information from the Twin Falls Police Department, and multiple victims have been identified.
Part of the investigation is ongoing, the department said in a prepared release about the incident. Anyone with information about Hatfield should contact Det. Rick Van Vooren at 208-735-7200.
Montana man to spend 15 years in prison for
sexual assault of four children
PHOEBE TOLLEFSON email@example.com
A 62-year-old man will spend at least 15 years in prison for sexually assaulting four children.
Dennis Martin Friedt was sentenced Friday to 50 years in Montana State Prison, with 25 suspended and a 15-year restriction on parole.
Prosecutors charged Friedt in September with one count of sexual intercourse without consent and three counts of sexual assault. The rape charge was later reduced to a fourth sexual assault charge. He pleaded guilty in January.
Friedt sexually assaulted four children during 2016 and 2017, according to charging documents. Prosecutors say he bought the children gifts and told one that the abuse was their “little secret.” Yellowstone County District Court Judge Don Harris called the case “egregious” and noted Friedt’s “repeated victimization” of the four young children.
Friedt spoke briefly to say he was sorry to the victims, that he had taken responsibility for his actions and that he was “guilty as charged.”
But Harris said Friedt had not taken responsibility for his actions, according to a pre-sentence investigation, and that “in fact, you’re blaming others." Harris also noted that the author of the pre-sentence report believed Friedt had a poor prognosis for treatment.
As he did at the sentencing hearing for a separate child sex abuse case in January, Harris called the sentence “lenient,” underscoring the fact that Friedt had assaulted not one victim, but four.
But due to the type of plea agreement entered, Friedt would have been allowed to withdraw his guilty plea if the judge declined to accept the deal. The judge accepted it, he said, in order to conclude the case and avoid trial.
This was what the victims' family members had requested, the prosecutor noted, and they supported the terms of the plea deal. Testifying in court can retraumatize victims, and prosecutors often bargain with defense attorneys in order to avoid trial.
And far too often, give away the farm.
Colorado school bus driver accused of
molesting young children
molesting young children
A 50-year-old Grand Junction woman recently employed as a local school bus driver has been charged with multiple child sex assault counts, in what prosecutors call one of the most aggravated cases of child sexual abuse they've handled.
Faye Ann Morosini — who has worked as a school bus driver for Student Transportation of America, delivering children to District 51 schools — appeared in Mesa County Court on Thursday and was advised on five possible counts of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, another count of sexual assault on a child, and other possible charges.
The Colorado Department of Human Services referred a case about Morosini to Grand Junction police in July 2017. Two young children allegedly disclosed detailed information to a therapist that Morosini molested them. One child was between the ages of 7 and 8 when the alleged incidents of abuse occurred, while the other child was approximately 10, according to an arrest affidavit.
According to investigators, the children were coerced into performing sex acts on one another, with Morosini, and, during one incident, with a stranger.
Assistant District Attorney Rich Tuttle in court Thursday called the allegations "disturbing" and said that among the many child sex assault cases that the district attorney's office has prosecuted, Morosini's case "stands out as being very aggravated."
A family member of the alleged victims spoke in court and sought the highest cash bond possible for Morosini, fearing that she would "skip the state" if let out on bond. "No kid should have to go through this," the man told the court.
Mesa County Court Judge Bruce Raaum issued Morosini a $300,000 cash-only bond in the case. Her next court date was set for April 11.
People at the local office of Student Transportation of America referred all questions to their corporate headquarters in South Carolina. Messages were not returned Thursday afternoon, so it's not immediately known if Morosini is still employed as a bus driver for district schools.
A district spokesperson said the alleged assaults did not involve any students associated with her job as a driver.
A mug shot for Morosini was not available Thursday night.
Psyche Eval ordered in horrific teen sex abuse case
ST. CLOUD -- Criminal charges are on hold against a woman accused of aiding and abetting sex acts on a teenage girl while a mental competency evaluation is conducted.
Thirty-eight-year-old Nikki Hauser is charged with 11 felony counts of aiding and abetting 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct with a victim under 16-years-old.
Court records allege Hauser aided her husband, 46-year-old Shannon Hauser in the abuse dating back to before 2011 when Shannon Hauser was in prison on child pornography charges. Nikki Hauser would hand the phone to the girl when Shannon Hauser called and he would direct the girl to describe sex acts to him as she performed them.
The victim told a social worker the abuse escalated when Shannon Hauser was let out of prison in 2012 and continued until early 2017.
Hauser would make the victim perform oral sex on him and then Nikki Hauser would also engage in sex acts with the girl.
The victim described the abuse as happening at least once per week over those years and at times up to three times per day.
Court records show the child is suffering from major depression disorder, anxious stress, trauma and stressor-related disorder directly linked to sexual abuse.
Shannon Hauser pleaded guilty in January and is serving a 42-year prison term.
Former Waco funeral home employee convicted of
child sexual assault
By TOMMY WITHERSPOON firstname.lastname@example.org
Caution: graphic details follow
A former funeral home employee was convicted Friday of sexually abusing a 4-year-old former family member and faces up to life in prison without parole.
Jurors in 19th State District Court deliberated about four hours Friday before convicting Anthony Paul Machina, 25, of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact, while acquitting him on two other counts.
Jurors found Machina not guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child. The counts on which Machina was acquitted alleged he forced genital and anal contact with the girl. He was convicted of forcing the girl to contact his genitals with her mouth and hands, incidents on which the girl provided the most detailed descriptions.
The punishment phase of the trial started Friday afternoon and will continue Tuesday morning. Machina faces a minimum of 25 years in prison and up to 99 years or life. He is not eligible for parole because the victim was younger than 6. He faces up to 20 years in prison on the second count.
The girl, now 7, described in graphic detail her encounters with Machina in January 2015, prompting prosecutors Gabrielle Massey and Sydney Tuggle to ask jurors how a 4-year-old girl could know so much about sexual matters without suffering the abuse she described.
“Do you remember that sound that come out of her?” Tuggle asked. “That quiet wail that came from that 7-year-old? She had to come in here and tell 12 strangers what that man did to her. That sound. I’ll never forget it. That was the sound of a child’s heart breaking. That was the sound of a child’s innocence being stolen from her.”
The girl reported the abuse to her grandmother in February 2015 after she and her grandmother watched a “Tinker Bell” movie. The girl told her grandmother she was going to marry when she turned 5. Her grandmother told her she would still be a baby at 5, but the girl persisted, blurting out what Machina made her do.
Defense attorneys Alan Bennett and Jessi Freud questioned the validity of the forensic interview with the girl, charging the interviewer’s questioning of the girl was leading, suggestive and repetitive.
They reminded jurors about testimony of a false accusation the girl had made against another family member in 2013 when she was 2 1/2 years old and her mother was involved in a custody battle. Bennett said the allegations against Machina may be more of the same, adding there is no DNA or other scientific evidence to prove the abuse happened.
In punishment testimony Friday afternoon, Machina’s mother became angry and combative, and the judge threatened to jail her if she did not calm down.
After court adjourned Thursday afternoon, members of Machina’s family confronted the victim’s family in the courthouse parking lot. A loud argument ensued, and courthouse deputies had to separate the sides and tell them to leave. After they left the courthouse, the families ended up on the same street on the way to their homes and continued to confront one another. The victim’s family filed a report with Waco police, who are investigating the incident.
Because of the incidents between the families, 19th State District Court Judge Ralph Strother found Machina’s bond insufficient and took him into custody Friday morning. He also barred Machina’s family from entering the courthouse until it was time for them to testify Friday afternoon.
Sex abuse investigation of ex-Abilene church daycare worker expands to 21 children
by Doug Myers & Maria Aguilera
ABILENE, Texas -- Police are now investigating 21 reported cases of sexual abuse of children involving a 24-year-old former Abilene church daycare worker.
That number includes eight “confirmed” cases of abuse tied to Benjamin Russell Roberts, an ex-childcare worker at Wylie Baptist Church’s Child Development Center and childcare programs at two other Abilene churches.
Victims have also been identified at Southern Hills Church of Christ, according to Police Chief Stan Standridge, who held a news conference Friday to update the news media on an investigation that continues to escalate.
"The elders, ministry staff, and all members of Southern Hills Church of Christ are heartbroken to learn that the Abilene Police Department has received information of a potential victim or victims of abuse in the investigation of a former Southern Hills employee, Ben Robert." said the Southern Hills elders in a statement to KTXS.
"Southern Hills leadership urges all parents to speak with their children who may have had any contact with Ben Roberts in order to determine if any additional improper acts occurred."
Standridge said Roberts and the children were fully clothed at the times of the alleged indecency with a child offenses.
Also Friday, Standridge said they're moving slowly and it will take a while for charges to be filed against the former director of Wylie Baptist Church’s Child Development Center for failing to report Roberts. Failure to do so could result in her facing Class A misdemeanor charges, Standridge said.
Meanwhile, Standridge said police have seized video from Wylie Baptist Church – and that he said he expects more cases to be made as a result. “They have weeks and months of video footage to go back and watch,” Standridge said.
The Child Advocacy Center has been doing forensic interviews. This week, the center has done 22 forensic interviews -- not all related to this case -- at a time when they typically do 30 in a month, Standridge said.
"A forensic interview is a structured conversation with a child intended to elicit detailed information about a possible event(s) that the child may have experienced or witnessed," the Child Advocacy Center's website says.
Standridge said police are conducting a “complex, long-range investigation” in which officers are “mindful that the child shall come first.”
12 y/o San Antonio girl wrote letter detailing history of
sex abuse by older relative
By Fares Sabawi, mySanAntonio.com
A San Antonio man is facing child sex assault charges after his 12-year-old relative accused him of abusing her.
The girl made the outcry in March after her mother told her she would spend some of her spring break at the home of Albert Charles Castro, 73, according to the arrest affidavit.
Too shaken to tell her mom why she didn't want to spend spring break with Castro, the girl wrote a letter detailing the history of his alleged acts of abuse, which included sexual assault and forcing her to cook for him while she was naked.
The girl repeated those claims in a forensic interview and told police she tried to fight Castro off when he would sexually assault her, but he wouldn't stop, according to the arrest affidavit.
11 Arrests on Child Sex Abuse charges and still counting in north Alabama
All have been indicted by a Marshall County Grand Jury. This operation remains underway as we continue to search for several more that are wanted.
Posted By: Charlisa Gordon
Sheriff’s investigators, sheriff’s deputies, and U.S. Department of Homeland Security (ICE) agents hit the streets in an effort to round up suspects charged with sex crimes and other crimes against children in Marshall County Thursday.
At this time, we have arrested eleven, and we have located one that is incarcerated in another county.
• Joshua Adam Metzger, 34, of Guntersville was charged with Possession of Obscene Matter. He remains in the county jail this morning.
• Noah Haden Gregg, 23, of Huntsville was charged with Sodomy 1st, Rape 1st, and Rape 2nd. He has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• Wilford Barkley Briggs, 29, of Arab was charged with Possession of Obscene Matter. He has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• Dylan Dewayne Day, 19, of Albertville was charged with Sodomy 1st. He has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• Jose Maria Cerrillo, 40, of Albertville was charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12 years old. He has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• David Lee Smith, 53, of Guntersville was charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12 years old and Sodomy 1st. He has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• Cheryl Danette Storey, 50, of Albertville was charged with Sexual Abuse 2nd. She has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• Juan Angel Hinojosa Maldonado, 38, of Arab was charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12 years old. He has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• Heather Cherie Lumpkin, 27, of Albertville was charged with Chemical Endangerment of a child. She has since posted a $10,000 bond.
• Timothy E. Cranford, 32, of Arab was charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child less than 12 years old. He has since posted a $20,000 bond.
• Karli Grace Thomas, 19, of Guntersville was charged with Sodomy 2nd. She has since posted a $20,000 bond.
All have been indicted by a Marshall County Grand Jury. This operation remains underway as we continue to search for several more that are wanted.
Alabama teacher indicted on sexual child abuse charges
The Boaz Middle School teacher placed on leave nearly a month ago has been indicted on sexual abuse charges with a student.
On Friday morning around 9 a.m., William Justin Beam, 29, turned himself in on grand jury indictments and was booked at the Boaz City Jail, then transported and processed again at the Marshall County Jail, according to Boaz Assistant Police Chief Rusty Rowan and Marshall County Assistant District Attorney Jennifer Bray.
Rowan said the math teacher was indicted on two charges – second-degree sexual child abuse and school employee having sexual contact with a student under 19 (a class-C felony). Both counts stem from the same incident, according to Bray.
Shortly after being booked and processed, Rowan said Beam posted bail at $20,000.
Beam was initially placed on leave after reports of alleged misconduct on Friday, March 9. Boaz City Schools Superintendent Shannon Stanley stated that once she gathers more information regarding Beam’s indictment, she will “make any recommendation for personnel action that is appropriate under the circumstances without undue delay.”
Rowan said the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, the Marshall County Department of Human Resources, and the Marshall County Child Advocacy Center assisted in the investigation.
Maryland Man Sentenced in Sex Abuse Case of Teenage Piano Student
By Cate Douglass
WASHINGTON -- The United States Attorney's Office said Friday that a Berlin man was sentenced to 20 years in prison after he was found guilty of sexually abusing his former teenage piano student.
According to the Attorney's Office, Mark Chuvala, 41, of Berlin, Md., was found guilty on January 30, 2018, on three counts of second degree child sexual abuse, and other charges, following several years of incidents starting seven years ago.
The first incident happened in 2011, when Chuvala was 34 and his student was 13 years old. He was her teacher at the Middle C Music in the Tenleytown neighborhood of Northwest Washington. After their lessons finished, Chuvala kept in contact with the student via text messages and the two met up a few days later in a park in Montgomery County, where the first sexual encounter took place.
Government evidence also found that Chuvala and the victim met on at least two more occasions after they met at the park -- these incidents happened in the middle of the night in Washington D.C. The Attorney's Office said during these encounters, they each engaged in sexual acts. When Chuvala moved from D.C., he continued to talk to her via text messages all day, every day, and continued their sexual encounters via the video-chatting site, Skype.
The victim first told a friend about the abuse in the spring of 2012, who told a school counselor, who then told police. However, the Attorney's Office said the victim was not ready to disclose the name of her abuser when police opened an investigation and persuaded her parents not to disclose that information to police either. The victim came forward in the fall of 2014 and Chuvala was arrested on June 24, 2015.
After Chuvala's prison term, the Attorney's Office said he'll also be placed on 10 years of supervised release and will be required to register as a sex offender for 10 years.
Chuvala also pleaded guilty to three counts of third degree sex offences for the incident in the Montgomery County park and is awaiting sentencing in that county on April 9.
Former Pennsylvania principal accused of
child sex abuse in Erie Diocese
A former Greensburg Central Catholic principal is one of more than 50 priests and laypeople accused by the Erie Diocese of various actions involving the abuse of children.
“Every person named on this list was credibly accused of actions that, in the diocese's judgment, disqualify that person from working with children,” the Erie Diocese said in a statement announcing changes to its Policy for the Protection of Children and Youth. “Such actions could include the use of child pornography, furnishing pornography to minors, corruption of minors, violating a child-protection policy, failure to prevent abuse that they knew to be happening, and — in some cases — direct physical sexual abuse or sexual assault of minors.”
Later Friday afternoon, Diocese of Erie spokeswoman Anne Marie Welsh told the Tribune-Review that incidents where Myers may have violated child-protection policies were not uncovered until after she left a job at Elk County Christian High School in 2001. The diocese declined to release the specific allegations against Myers.
“As you know, there is an ongoing statewide investigating grand jury reviewing these matters. According to the advice of its lawyers, the diocese cannot comment on the criminal culpability of any specific individual,” Welsh said.
“The diocese can confirm that it is aware of credible evidence independently gathered over the years by diocesan and independent investigative personnel indicating that Mrs. Denise J. Myers violated the child-protection policies and expectations applicable during her prior employment within the Erie Diocese, rendering her unsuitable for any future employment involving children in the Erie Diocese's judgment,” Welsh said.
“The full extent of her conduct was not known until after her separation from employment within the diocese,” Welsh added.
Bishop Lawrence Persico's announcement comes as a grand jury run by the state Attorney General's office investigates how the Erie diocese and five others in Pennsylvania, including Greensburg and Pittsburgh, have handled misconduct allegations against priests.
Erie Diocese officials said they vetted allegations against Myers and others through “secular legal proceedings, canon law proceedings, self-admission by the individual, or threshold evidence.”
Officials with the Greensburg Diocese did not offer any insight into the allegations against Myers, whom they fired in 2013 over reported financial irregularities.
“Her termination was based on the results of a forensic audit that was conducted by an outside and independent auditing firm, information reported by employees of the school and admitted violations of state law and diocesan policy by Ms. Myers,” the diocese said Friday in a statement.
The Greensburg Diocese hired Myers in 2001 after she worked as a teacher at the Elk County school, now Elk County Catholic High School, which is part of the Erie Diocese.
Myers worked as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Greensburg Central Catholic Junior-Senior High School.
“At the time of her hiring, Ms. Myers had the clearances required by law in 2001,” Greensburg Diocese officials said.
Greensburg Diocese officials said they learned of allegations in the Erie Diocese after she was fired.
“Consistent with its policies regarding the protection of children and young adults, the Diocese of Greensburg immediately reported this information to law enforcement authorities in Westmoreland County and Elk County,” the statement said.
Westmoreland County District Attorney John Peck said his office has received no reports regarding Myers.
The Catholic Diocese of Greensburg asks that anyone with information about alleged abuse involving Denise Myers or others currently or formerly associated with the diocese to contact:
• ChildLine at 800-932-0313
• The Bishop's Delegate for Matters of Clergy and Church Personnel Sexual Misconduct at 724-837-0901, ext. 1221