Hundreds arrested in international child porn case
Toronto police revealed details this morning of an international child sex abuse and pornography investigation that stretched across six continents and has led to hundreds of arrests, including 50 in Ontario and 58 in the rest of Canada.
Activists track alleged child abusers with help of digital 'girl'
Terre des Hommes urged authorities to tackle the growing problem of minors being coaxed into performing sexual acts in front of a webcam.
THE HAGUE — An international children's rights group said on Monday it had passed details of 1,000 alleged Internet sex offenders to Interpol after trawling video chatrooms with the aid of a computer-generated 10-year-old Filipina 'girl' named Sweetie.
Mt. Diablo Unified School District: 2006 internal report found 'potential child abuse' by teacher; district failed to report
Despite a 2006 Mt. Diablo school district internal report finding "potential child abuse" at the hands of Woodside Elementary teacher Joseph Martin, administrators failed to contact police and allowed him to continue teaching until April of this year, just before his arrest on molestation charges, according to a newly filed claim by seven alleged victims.
Wisconsin, Green Bay
Internet child sex predator sting nets 16 Wis. men
GREEN BAY, Wis. - Sixteen men, including two with connections to the Green Bay School District, have been snagged in an extensive online sting called Operation Black Veil II that targeted Internet child sex predators and stretched across several counties.
Eight men were arrested in Brown County, four in Marathon County, and others were taken into custody in Winnebago, Shawano, Outagamie and Door counties.
Florida - Frazier case sets statewide precedent under new law
The decision by prosecutors to charge four school administrators with failing to report suspected child abuse sets a statewide precedent for law enforcement officials who — despite a recent push to crack down on such crimes — have prosecuted few cases in Florida.
Child advocates say those arrested Thursday appear to be the first school officials in Florida charged under a state law that took effect in October, following the sexual molestation scandal at Penn State University. The law expanded who is responsible for reporting suspected child abuse and stiffened the penalties for non-reporting.
105 Sexually Exploited Children Rescued in Operation Cross Country VII
A massive nationwide law enforcement sweep targeting child sex-trafficking resulted in the saving of 105 sexually exploited children and the arrest of more than 150 pimps and others, the FBI said Monday.
China has executed a former official from the ruling Communist Party after he was convicted of raping 11 underage girls, state media report.
Li Xingong, 44, was executed on Tuesday after he was found guilty by a court in the central city of Yongcheng, Henan province.
Li, the former deputy secretary of Yongcheng's Communist Party branch, was arrested in May 2012 after police found him having sex in a car with an underage girl, earlier reports said.
The Henan Provincial Higher People's Court rejected Li's appeal against the death sentence and his execution was approved by China's Supreme People's Court, reports said.
His execution was carried out "at a time when China has vowed to beef up protection for juveniles following a series of sexual abuse cases involving children," the official Xinhua news agency said on Wednesday.
It also coincides with a major drive, led by party leader and state president Xi Jinping, against corruption and abuse of power by officials.
Li was arrested this past May, along with another woman for allegedly helping Li "pick, seduce and rape the school girls," Xinhua reports. Her fate is not clear.
Google, BT and Yahoo agree plan to tackle child porn on the web
Computer experts are to track down and block online child abuse images in an attempt to reverse the spread of sites used by paedophile groups, the Government announced today.
Maria Miller, the Culture Secretary, said analysts would be recruited to uncover and delete illegal pictures rather than waiting for complaints to be made to police.
Internet giants pledge action to curb child pornography online
London (CNN) -- Internet giants signed up Tuesday to a "zero tolerance" approach to images of child sexual abuse as the British government announced a new, tougher strategy to find and block illegal content.
Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Twitter and Facebook were among the firms summoned to a meeting on the issue at 10 Downing Street, the prime minister's residence, by the UK government's Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
Senate OKs bill easing lawsuits for child sexual abuse
ST. PAUL, Minn. — The Minnesota Senate unanimously passed a bill Wednesday that would allow lawsuits against churches, schools and other organizations that may have covered up child sexual abuse decades ago.
Charleston man pleads guilty in major child porn case
According to a release from the Department of Homeland Security U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), two men have pleaded guilty to felony charges of taking part in an international child pornography network.
Officials say the network, called Dreamboard, produced and distributed "depictions of graphic child sexual abuse" over the Internet.
Salvos paid up but did not investigate abuse
VICTIMS of abuse in Salvation Army children's homes have condemned the organization for not investigating allegations of abuse, after it revealed it had paid out more than $15 million in compensation and received 470 complaints, and that 50 officers had been "named" as abusers.
OK, Canadian County Former DHS Worker Accused Of Sexually Abusing Children
A former child welfare worker is accused of sexually abusing children. The case is set for trial in Canadian County. News 9 found out his position with the state agency is not the only job that put him close to children.
The suspect worked as a school teacher both before and after his short stint with OKDHS where he first met the alleged victims in this case.
CA, San Diego
San Diego DA giving away free “Computer Cop” software to protect children from internet predators
San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis on Tuesday urged parents to pick up free "Computer Cop" software aimed at protecting children from online predators and bullying.
The software, paid for with assets taken from drug dealers, enables parents to scan photos, videos, emails and chat messages for inappropriate content.
According to the District Attorney's Office, one in seven young people online are solicited for sexual purposes or approached, and 34 percent had unwanted exposure to sexual material.
"Over the past year, our office has filed 60 cases that involve the use of the Internet to victimize children. That's roughly double the number of cases from the year before," Dumanis said. "We all know there are some dangerous off-ramps on the information superhighway that can lead to very dark places. Every day children are contacted by predators through the Internet.
This software lets parents see what their kids are up to online and head off dangerous situations before they occur." The software enables computers to be searched for content, "cookies," text logs with key words of a sexual nature, drug slang, gang names and terms, weapons, and violent or threatening words.
The District Attorney's Office is making available up to 5,000 copies of the software available. Copies can be picked up at the District Attorney's office on the 13th floor of the Hall of Justice downtown, or at any of the District Attorney's three regional offices.
L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities
Documents from the late 1980s show that Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and another archdiocese official discussed strategies to keep police from discovering that children were being sexually abused by priests.
Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday.
Washington Hundreds arrested in child pornography probe
More than 200 adults have been arrested in an international investigation of child pornography, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Thursday.
The agency’s director, John Morton, said 123 child victims were identified during the five-week investigation, which ended in early December. ICE and local authorities found 110 victims in 19 U.S. states, while the others were living in six countries elsewhere.
Morton declined to provide specific details about which foreign countries were involved, saying only that there were some cases in Mexico.
The investigation, dubbed “Operation Sunflower,” was part of ICE’s effort to find and rescue victims, and arrest abusers and people who make or transmit child pornography.
“We have to attack child exploitation relentlessly and together. There is no other way, there is no other answer,” Morton said. “It is a wrong among wrongs. We are literally defending the defenseless.”
The victims ranged in age from less than 1 to 17 years old. Morton said 44 of the victims were living with their accused abusers.
Among those arrested were 51-year-old Gerald Roberts, of Pageland, S.C., who is accused of producing child pornography using a 6-year-old girl.
Michael Wioskowski, 54, of Eastpointe, Mich., was arrested Nov. 27 on charges of possession and receipt of child pornography. Investigators found a video in his home of two underage girls showering at his house when they served a warrant at his home. Wioskowski was a court security officer and formerly a reserve police officer in Michigan.
In Fresno, Calif., 26-year-old Bradley Vaine, a convicted sex offender, was arrested Nov. 6 on federal charges of distribution and possession of child pornography. ICE said a 7-year-old mentally disabled girl was rescued.
Sandusky Abuse Case Prompts New Laws
Three new California laws intended to improve reporting of suspected child sexual abuse take effect on January 1st. One of the new laws was written by Democratic State Assemblyman Roger Dickinson of Sacramento.
"The particular inspiration for this statute was Jerry Sandusky and the kids at Penn State - the scandal there with respect to child abuse that occurred," said Dickinson.
His law requires coaches and administrators in public and private K-12 schools to report suspected child sexual abuse. Dickinson noted that after the Penn State scandal, the late head football coach Joe Paterno was quoted as saying he "didn't know exactly how to handle it."
"Paterno didn't know what to do," commented Dickinson. "No coach or trainer or athletic administrator should ever be in a position of not knowing what to do."
Two other separate bills require people who work at universities and colleges - including coaches - to report suspected cases of child abuse.
Right now, those jobs are not on California's list of mandated reporters.
Waco police reviewing decades of child abuse cases using new technology Waco detectives are reviewing more than 1,000 suspended cases spanning more than two decades, looking for viable leads that could hold child abusers accountable for their crimes and help give their victims closure.
Advances in available resources and technology to investigate such cases spurred the review, said Sgt. Scott Holt, who oversees Waco Police Department’s Crimes Against Children Unit.
Files on accused Los Angeles priests could become public next month
Files the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles kept on dozens of priests accused of sexual child abuse could become public next month.
A Los Angeles Superior Court judge ordered Monday that the Archcdiocese turn confidential files over to her by the end of this month so she can review objections to redacted issues. Plantiffs and the Los Angeles Times have filed objections to the redactions.
DE, Wilmington Dr. Pedophile's serial child sex abuse case ends - Update of 8/26/2011 article
It's official - A serial child molester class action case involving Delaware, Pennsylvania and Maryland children settles.
A Wilmington, Delaware Superior Court trial judge has approved a $123,000,000 class action settlement for more than 900 victims of child sex abuse over a 15-year reign of terror and abuse by pediatrician Dr. Earl Bradley in Sussex County.
Serial child molester Dr. Bradley was convicted in August 2011 of multiple criminal counts of child rape involving his young patients (many were infants), and he was sentenced to 14 life terms plus 164 years of incarceration.
The 54-page settlement order appoints a mediator to distribute the funds to victims. The claims will be evaluated by the mediator and separated into five (5) categories based upon their severity. As stated previously, many of the victims were infants (the youngest victims were reported to be no older than 3 months of age).
These horrendous cases against Bradley were made easier to prove because of the pediatrician's meticulous documentation of his crimes on videotapes he kept in his office. These recordings were discovered by the police during their criminal investigation.
PA, Bellefonte - Update Jerry Sandusky gets 30 to 60 years for child sex abuse
Former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was sentenced to 30 to 60 years in prison Tuesday for abusing 10 boys he met over 15 years through his charity for troubled children.
Sandusky, who was defensive coordinator and for many years the presumed heir-apparent to legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, could have faced as long as 400 years for his convictions on 45 counts of child sexual abuse. But McKean County Common Pleas Court Judge John Cleland, who was brought in to hear the trial after all of Centre County's judges recused themselves, told Sandusky that at age 68, he would be in prison "for the rest of your life."
"The crime is not only what you did to their bodies but to their psyches and their souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live," Cleland said.
Sandusky's lead attorney, Joe Amendola, told reporters outside court that he would file an appeal within 10 days, saying he had not had enough time to prepare an adequate defense.
Four of Sandusky's victims and the mother of a fifth addressed the court, some of them speaking tearfully to Sandusky directly. They told of how they had looked up at Sandusky as a mentor, only to have him betray their trust.
"You were the person in my life who was supposed to be a role model, teach honor, respect and accountability, and instead you did terrible things that screwed up my life," said one of the victims, who isn't being identified.
Boy Scout "Perversion Files" Released
Investigators have obtained secret files once locked up inside one of the country's most trusted youth organizations: the Boy Scouts of America.
There's little doubt former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky faces a long prison sentence. In a few weeks, he'll find out just how long.
A judge announced Monday he will sentence Sandusky on Oct. 9, nearly four months after Sandusky was convicted in the child molestation scandal that brought shame to Penn State.
Sandusky was convicted in June of 45 counts of sex abuse involving 10 boys. Prosecutors said some of the assaults took place on the Penn State campus.
The 68-year-old Sandusky, given his age and the serious nature of the crimes, is likely to receive a sentence that will keep him in prison for life. He is jailed pending sentencing and maintains his innocence.
Report: Boy Scouts of America failed to report sex abuse suspects - Update
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America failed to report hundreds of suspected child sex abusers to authorities
and often helped cover up the accusations over two decades, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday.
MO, Kansas City Bishop’s conviction intensifies calls for him to step down
Calls for Bishop Robert Finn's resignation intensified a day after he became the highest-ranking Catholic Church official in the U.S. to be convicted of a crime related to child sexual abuse.
Soon after a Missouri judge found Finn guilty Thursday of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspected child sexual abuse, unhappy Catholics began discussing ways to oust the bishop on a Facebook page titled "Bishop Finn Must Go."
Among the posts was one that listed contact information for the Vatican and urged parishioners to voice their displeasure with Finn at the highest levels. Pope Benedict XVI alone has authority over bishops. Only one U.S. bishop has stepped down over his failures to stop abusive clergy: Cardinal Bernard Law, who in 2002 resigned as head of the Archdiocese of Boston.
Finn was informed of nude photos of children found on the Rev. Shawn Ratigan's laptop computer in December 2010, but instead of turning them over to police, Finn sent Ratigan to live at a convent in Independence, Mo. Finn's second-in-command in the diocese, Monsignor Robert Murphy, finally turned the photos over to police in May 2011 — against Finn's wishes, according to court documents — after Ratigan continued to violate Finn's orders to stay away from children and not take any pictures of them.
Finn was sentenced Thursday to two years of supervised probation. If he abides by a set of court stipulations, the conviction will be wiped from his record in 2014.
"He has lost his ability to lead our diocese," Patricia Rotert, a Catholic church member in Kansas City, said Friday. "He's lost his credibility."
But Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph spokesman Jack Smith indicated that Finn wasn't going anywhere. "The bishop looks forward to continuing to perform his duties," Smith said.
ILL, Springfield Illinois court rules against school district in teacher sex abuse case
School administrators in McLean County can be sued for failing to warn a neighboring district that it was hiring a teacher with a record of sexual misconduct, a divided Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday in a case with echoes of the Penn State scandal.
The teacher, Jon White, went on to abuse at least eight girls in his new job.
Administrators at McLean County Unit District No. 5 had gotten multiple complaints about White and suspended him twice, for viewing pornography on a school computer and for making suggestive remarks to a fifth grader. White was forced to resign.
But the district wrote a positive letter of recommendation for White. When he applied for a teaching job in Urbana, they filled out an employment verification form without making clear he left his job before the end of the school year.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-2 ruling, said the information that White did not finish the year might have been a red flag that would have triggered more scrutiny by the Urbana school district. The court said the students who were later abused by White can proceed with a lawsuit against the McLean County officials.
The ruling did not say school officials have a broad duty to warn other schools about potentially dangerous teachers. In this case, it was the action of providing false, or at least incomplete, information on the employment verification form that opens the door to a lawsuit.
"The court did what it had to do. It said you have to report," said Ellyn Bullock, a Champaign attorney representing four of White's victims. "I think the safety message will get through. I think it will even influence courts in other states."
School district officials are disappointed by the decision and are reviewing it to decide what step to take next, a spokeswoman said.
Lyn Schollet, general counsel for the Illinois Coalition Against Sexual Assault, said the ruling should drive home the message that schools "should not protect themselves at the expense of the children we trust them to teach and protect."
White pleaded guilty in 2008 to molesting girls, often with a "taste game" in which the girls were blindfolded and had to taste various toppings placed on what they thought was a banana. He was sentenced to 48 years in prison for molesting eight girls in Urbana and 12 years for his actions with two girls in Bloomington-Normal.
The lawsuit claims the Urbana girls could have been spared any harm if officials at White's previous job had spoken up about his behavior.
One in six sex offenders lives undetected digital double life, study finds
Nearly one in six convicted sex offenders is using sophisticated techniques invented by identity thieves to avoid their legally mandated registration requirements, a new study has found.
These digital absconders might be able to avoid post-incarceration restrictions by living near schools and playgrounds, and could possibly gain employment working with children.
PA, Philadelphia Catholic Monsignor Sentenced in Cover-up of Priest Child Sex Abuse - Update of 6/7/2012 article
Monsignor William Lynn, 61, was sentenced Tuesday, in Philadelphia, to three to six years in prison. He was a Catholic monsignor who became the first U.S. church official branded a felon for covering up sex abuse claims against priests
As former secretary for the clergy for the Philadelphia Archdiocese, Lynn was essentially personnel director for 800 priests. He was convicted last month of covering up sex abuse allegations, often by transferring predatory priests to unsuspecting parishes.
Lynn handled priest assignments and child sexual assault complaints from 1992 to 2004. A jury convicted him last month of felony child endangerment for his oversight of now-defrocked priest Edward Avery, who is serving a 2½- to five-year sentence.
The judge said the sentence was meant to punish Lynn for protecting “monsters in clerical garb who molested children.”
Update Report finds Penn State president, Paterno concealed facts about Sandusky sex abuse
Penn State released the findings of an internal investigation by former FBI Director Louie Freeh, which revealed how much top University officials knew about Jerry Sandusky's behavior and the failure of them to do anything about it. NBC's Michael Isikoff reports.
CA, San Diego Multi-Agency Sweep Targets Child Prostitution in San Diego
As part of a national crackdown on underage prostitution, San Diego-area law enforcement agencies rescued two minors from sex slavery and arrested seven suspected pimps, authorities announced Monday.
The three-day, multi-agency operation, dubbed "Operation Cross Country," targeted an underworld that poses a "major threat to children across America," according to Kevin Perkins, acting executive assistant director of the FBI's Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch.
Nationwide, 79 juveniles were rescued and 104 people were jailed on suspicion of pimping last week, according to the FBI.
About 2,200 children have been located to date and taken from the streets by 47 Innocence Lost Task Forces and Working Groups. The investigations have led to 1,017 convictions, eight life prison terms and the seizure of more than $3.1 million in assets, authorities said.
More than 8,500 local, state and federal law enforcement officers representing 414 agencies participated in the latest mounting of "Operation Cross Country," which had been conducted five prior times.
Sandusky faces life in prison after conviction on 45 charges
BELLEFONTE, Pa. – Shortly after he arrived at the courthouse here to learn the verdict of a jury weighing the 48 child sex abuse charges lodged against him, Jerry Sandusky's attorney said he attempted to prepare his client for the almost certain prospect that he would not be going home.
Attorney Joe Amendola said he told the former Penn State University assistant football coach, while the two waited to be ushered into a packed courtroom late Friday night, that it was "more than likely'' that the 68-year-old defendant — once celebrated for his collegiate football coaching prowess and nationally acclaimed for his role in founding a charity for troubled children — would be convicted on at least some of the criminal counts.
Despite those warnings, Sandusky's face appeared to turn blank as a cascade of guilty verdicts — 45 in all — were read by the jury foreman, standing only a few yards away.
BELLEFONTE, Pa. - Lawyers for one of Jerry Sandusky's adopted
sons said the man has told authorities the former Penn State assistant
football coach abused him.
The lawyers issued a statement Thursday naming Matt Sandusky, one of Jerry
Sandusky's six adopted children, and saying that the 33-year-old had been
prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors at his father's sex abuse
No charges for Texas father who killed daughter's alleged molester
SHINER, Texas -- Hearing his 5-year-old daughter crying from behind a barn, a father ran and discovered the unthinkable: A man molesting her. The father pulled the man off his daughter, authorities say, and started pummeling him to death with his fists.
Youth sports group AAU mandates background checks for coaches, volunteers
One of America's largest youth sports organizations said Tuesday it will require its coaches and volunteers to undergo criminal background checks as part of a 42-point plan to protect children from sexual and other types of abuse.
The Amateur Athletic Union's moves - which also include requiring everyone involved in the group to report to authorities if they suspect abuse - come after a six-month policy review that followed November's dismissal of its CEO, who was publicly accused of, but never charged with, sexually abusing boys in the 1980s.
The review also came at a time when other child sexual abuse accusations were being made against high-profile sports figures not connected to the organization, including former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky.
Milford man's arrest exposes worldwide child-porn ring
A Milford man whose pornography-laden computer led to the arrest of 33 others around the world and the rescue of 138 children was sentenced yesterday in U.S. District Court.
Robert A. Diduca, 48, was sentenced to 18 years in prison and 10 years of supervision upon release. He pleaded guilty on Nov. 17 to charges of sexual exploitation of children and distribution and possession of child pornography.
Amended child abuse law goes into effect for W.Va.
A new law goes into effect Friday that requires anyone over 18 years old to report child abuse and neglect in West Virginia. Officials said lawmakers made the change after the Penn State scandal involving a former football coach now on trial.
"They added a number of people, including youth camp administrators, counselors, people that provide organized activities for children and even commercial or film photographic processors," said Scott Smith, the Ohio County prosecutor.
With Senate Bill 161, West Virginia lawmakers are stepping up everyone's responsibility for a child's safety. Kate Monroe with Harmony House, a local organization that provides services to families handling child abuse or neglect, said it's important to know the law and report abuse if one suspects it.
"Not only just the signs and symptoms, and who is mandated to report by state law, but it's also really important to know what to do … if a child discloses abuse to you (to know) how to react," said Monroe. Harmony House offers free training to the public to help prevent child abuse.
The Department of Health and Human Resources and local police process reports of child abuse or neglect. Officials said failure to report not only penalizes the mandated reporter but puts the child at risk.
"If you don't report, you may be subjecting a child to additional sexual or physical abuse," said Smith. "So, it's absolutely critical that someone report their suspicions."
Failure to report abuse results in misdemeanor charges, jail time and a fine.
Adoption Agency May Be Liable for Child's Rape
PHILADELPHIA - A federal judge refused to dismiss claims that an adoption agency is liable for the rape of a 2-year-old boy because it failed to disclose the prior sexual abuse experienced by a teenager the infant's family took in.
Martin and Tracey Stewart adopted their 13-year-old nephew Dalon Holmes in 2009. Before going through with the adoption, however, the Stewarts say they asked for confirmation that Holmes had never been sexually abused - circumstances they needed to know because several young children also lived with the Stewarts at the time. One of those children was their biological granddaughter, identified in the decision as Z.M.
The Stewarts say Holmes raped and molested Z.M. in 2010, and the teenager was removed and charged with various crimes related to the attack. Holmes is allegedly a ward of Pennsylvania because the Stewarts relinquished custodial rights.
New Orleans man sentenced in international child porn case
Investigators have busted an international child pornography ring that produced and distributed sexually explicit images of babies and toddlers online, federal prosecutors in Indianapolis said Thursday. Seven American men have been convicted and sentenced on various charges in the case, including three who were sentenced in federal court in Indianapolis on Wednesday, the U.S. attorney's office said. Two more who pleaded guilty are awaiting sentencing.
"This operation uncovered a dangerous and depraved group of criminals who were devoted to trading sexually explicit images of children under the age of five," Assistant U.S. Attorney General Larry Breuer said in a statement.
More than 20 suspects have been captured in nine states, and authorities are investigating yet more elsewhere in the U.S., as well as Sweden, Serbia, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.
Trial revives Catholic Church sex-abuse crisis
Ten years ago, the Roman Catholic sex-abuse scandal dominated the headlines with horrific stories of priests preying on vulnerable youths and a church hierarchy more concerned with protecting clergy instead of kids.
Now, it’s back. A Philadelphia jury is deliberating whether, for the first time, a high-ranking church official will be held criminally accountable.
Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act clears state Senate
The New York State Senate today passed the “Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act” (S5226A), sponsored by Senator Steve Saland (R-I-C, Poughkeepsie), Chairman of the Senate Codes Committee. The bill creates new, tougher crimes for predators who prey on children over the Internet.
“Sexual abuse against children is despicable and unacceptable,” Senator Saland said. “With the Internet and other technology, these crimes have increased and become more complex to prosecute. This bill makes changes to the law and gives law enforcement the tools to track down those who exploit and abuse innocent children. Enacting the Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act will make significant progress in protecting our children and putting those vile perpetrators behind bars.”
The sexual exploitation of children is a growing issue. It is estimated that there are between 100,000 and 300,000 children sexually exploited annually through prostitution and pornography in the United States.
The Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation Prevention Act implements aggressive measures to protect children from dangers from Internet predators, child pornography and child sexual abuse. It addresses a number of crimes including child sexual abuse, exploitation, pornography, and prostitution offenses and computer sex crimes against children.
The bill would protect children and aid law enforcement by: permitting the introduction of business records, especially internet service provider records, into evidence in grand jury proceedings; requiring registered sex offenders to provide verification of their Internet accounts and Internet screen names and permitting the Department of Criminal Justice Services to provide this information to Internet service providers; adding certain sexual crimes against children to the list of violent felony offenses; and toughening penalties involving minors in prostitution. The law encompasses many other areas of criminal activity to assist police and help victims.
The bill will be sent to the Assembly.
PA, Bellefonte Former Penn State coach's sex abuse trial starts
(Reuters) The child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky began on Tuesday with jury selection in a case that shook the university and its football program and focused attention on sexual predation in the United States.
Sandusky, a retired assistant coach, faces 52 counts of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period. Prosecutors allege Sandusky, 68, met the boys through a charity he founded and some of the assaults occurred at Penn State facilities.
Picking a jury from a pool of about 200 candidates is expected to take at least a week.
Florida camps are completely unregulated. Nobody knows how many operate here. Nobody checks up on the people who run them. As a result, children have suffered profound harm, a Palm Beach Post investigation has found.
And cases of abuse — preventable or otherwise — happen regularly in Florida camps: At least 50 children have been victimized since 2000.
Robert Van Handel was a 15-year-old seminarian at St. Anthony's, a prestigious Franciscan boarding school, when, he said, a priest slipped into the infirmary where he was recovering from a fever and began to molest him. The priest told him it would help draw the fever out.
More than a decade later, Van Handel himself was molesting children while working as a Franciscan priest at the same Santa Barbara boarding school. Van Handel formed a boys' choir for local children and chose his victims from among its ranks for eight years.
The sexual abuse at St. Anthony's, including Van Handel's own account of his crimes, is included in more than 4,000 pages from the confidential files of nine Franciscan religious brothers who were accused of abuse. The internal files, coupled with an additional 4,000 pages of sworn testimony obtained by The Associated Press, are the largest release of a religious order's files to date and paint one of the fullest pictures yet of a pervasive culture of abuse that affected generations of students at the seminary dedicated to training future Franciscans.
The religious order settled for $28 million in 2006 with plaintiffs who alleged abuse by the nine Franciscans, but Van Handel and other defendants fought the release of their private files for six years in a legal battle that reached the California Supreme Court.
The files were obtained by The Associated Press from a plaintiff's attorney ahead of them being made public Wednesday.
International operation targets child sexual abuse traders
International operation targets child sexual abuse traders
A global operation sparked by the Department of Internal Affairs and spanning 20 countries has targeted 55 key suspects in the worldwide distribution of child sexual abuse pictures. Some were involved in the actual sexual abuse of the children depicted.
At least 12 abused children have been identified and removed from harm including one in New Zealand.
Holding Medical Professionals Accountable for Child (Sexual) Abuse
I’ve just posted to the Social Science Research Network my forthcoming article (“Duty Per Se: Reading Child Abuse Statutes to Create a Common-Law Duty in Favor of Victims”).
My argument, for the non-lawyers out there, is that laws that impose a duty on medical professionals to report child abuse should also provide the basis for a tort claim against those same providers. I wrote the piece for a symposium about “Dr.” (ugh) Earl Bradley, a deranged man who molested hundreds of children and even infants over the course of many years. And it became obvious to me that existing laws weren’t doing enough to stop this sort of madness, and that only the threat of tort law could get the medical professionals to speak out against one of their own. (I’m speaking in gross generalities here, of course.)
We’ve learned from the Penn State horror story involving Jerry Sandusky, from the exhausting spectacle of the Catholic cover-up, and from too many other sources that institutions protect themselves. Tort liability won’t stop this, but it might put a dent in it. And that’s well worth doing.
NZ department helps crack global child porn ring
An abused New Zealand child is among at least 12 removed from harm as a result of a global online child pornography investigation sparked by the Department of Internal Affairs.
The operation, code-named Operation Laminar and spanning 20 countries, has targeted 55 key suspects in the worldwide distribution of child sexual abuse pictures. Some were involved in the actual sexual abuse of the children depicted.
Child sexual abuse lawsuit filed against school board - Newssun
SEBRING -- A federal lawsuit was filed against The School Board of Highlands County and school employee Maria Gonzalez Wednesday morning in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Florida.
The lawsuit was filed by the Miami based firm of Herman, Mermelstein, Horowitz, P.A. on behalf of the family of a teenager who was sexually abused at an after-school daycare program
In 2011, then 10 years old, the victim, called Jane Doe in the lawsuit, attended the after-care program at Lake Country Elementary School in Lake Placid.
According to a press release issued by the attorneys, the lawsuit claims that the girl was sexually abused multiple times between 2008 and 2010 by Orestes Gonzalez, the husband of school nurse and after-care supervisor Maria Gonzalez. Orestes Gonzalez was not a school employee and was not authorized to be with school children.
Florida New Florida Law “Protection of Vulnerable Persons
Today’s Wall Street Journal had an excellent and exciting post. It read in part: “In the wake of the child abuse cover-up scandals at Penn State and Syracuse that rocked the nation last year, Florida has enacted the most expansive abuse reporting law and the nation’s toughest penalties for failing to report abuse. Florida Gov. Rick Scott today signed into law Florida HB 1355, “Protection of Vulnerable Persons,” which imposes a fine of up to $1 million on any public or private college or university whose administration or law enforcement agency willfully and knowingly fails to report child abuse that occurs on its campus, in any of its facilities, or at/during college or university-sponsored events and functions.”
The shock of Penn State last year galvanized a nation to produce new and better legislation, with stronger penalties. People who have never experienced child sexual abuse and/or do not know anyone who has, is becoming a rarity. One out of four girls and one out of six boys is the current figure. This is the most dreaded of our social diseases is occurring in pandemic proportions. It is estimated that there are 60 to 80 million survivors of childhood sexual abuse in America today.
We need an army! We must all stand together so that none must stand alone. Learn the signs of child sexual abuse. The Internet is abound with non-profit organizations that are fighting back.
Texas, San Antonio Sex abuse survivor shares tale of despair - She helped get law to protect young victims.
Jenna Quinn is a sex abuse survivor who turned her painful experience into triumph in the form of Jenna's Law - a 2009 Texas statute that requires school districts to educate students, teachers and parents on the signs of child sexual abuse.
On Thursday, Quinn, 25, addressed some 300 attendees at a luncheon during an annual conference put on by ChildSafe, a local nonprofit that helps more than 1,700 victims of child abuse each year.
Quinn, who lives in Dallas, told the crowd her dark tale of despair that ends with a message of redemption.
“I felt trapped,” she said, talking of her pain while the abuse was going on. “I felt isolated, confused, fearful but most of all shameful. Every victim feels a false sense of shame, but they don't do anything to bring the abuse on.”
Her pain started when she was 12 and the child molester — her basketball coach and a longtime friend of her family — began “grooming” her. “He was like a father to me,” Quinn said. “Our families went on vacations and holidays together.”
The man — a pillar of the community and regular church member — disclosed sexual things to her, warning she had to keep their talks secret or it would destroy both families. Two years later, he began physically sexually abusing her, torment that would go on for two more years.
Over four years, the once-popular teen withdrew from life, growing distant from family and friends, overeating in hopes of making herself unattractive, cutting her ankles with a knife, hardly sleeping. Her grades dropped. Eventually Quinn made preparations to commit suicide.
Baffled, her parents took her from doctor to doctor. Not one brought up the possibility of sexual abuse. Finally, in 2003, Quinn told an insistent older sister what was going on. Her family closed ranks around her. “I'm lucky,” she said. “Many victims don't get any support within the family.”
Found guilty, the perpetrator was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Quinn and her family thought life would resume normally after that, but her depression and post-traumatic stress disorder increased as suppressed feelings about the abuse surfaced.
While she was doing an internship for a degree in psychology, Quinn learned the statistics: One in four girls and one in six boys will be molested before age 18.
“Thirty percent of victims never disclose to anyone,” she said. “I thought: Where are children all day? They're in school.”
Quinn decided to act.
The result was Jenna's Law. Besides mandating awareness programs in schools, the law requires districts to have a plan to report abuse and offer counseling options to victims.
OH, Jefferson County Alarming Amount of Child Abuse Cases in Jefferson County
Staggering statistics have come in on the number of children who are being sexually abused in Jefferson County.
Sheriff Fred Abdalla has compiled the numbers and he said hundreds of cases have been reported since he became sheriff and that hundreds more are behind bars for the crime.
Sheriff Abdalla said since he became sheriff they have had 755 complaints of children being sexually abused. He also said they have arrested close to 300 for sexually abusing a child.
Sheriff Abdalla said every case of abuse involved someone the child knew rather than a stranger.
Former Miss America discusses her experience with childhood sexual abuse
Marilyn Van Derbur described experiencing life as Miss America by day and as a terrified child of secret abuse by night at a luncheon given by the Child Advocacy Center on Wednesday.
The 1958 Miss America pageant winner chose public speaking as her profession, and established herself as a fixture at corporate events, conventions and other venues. But at age 24, nine years of talking with her church's youth pastor culminated in Van Derbur's realization that she had long repressed awareness of her nighttime life: 13 years of sexual abuse at the hands of her father.
"I was 53 years old before I was able to say the ugliest six-letter word in the English language: incest," she said. "The trauma was so severe that I did what many children do in order to survive; I split, or in the psychiatric term 'dissociated,' into what I called 'the day child' and 'the night child.' Until that day when I was 24-years-old, the day child was unaware of the night child. Our youth minister sensed my pain, and for nine years this brilliant man poked and prodded gently for the source of the pain that only he sensed behind the successes of the day child."
The youth minister helped Van Derbur make this confession to the love of her life, who met it with understanding and acceptance. Two years later the couple married.
Calif. lawmakers pass bill inspired by Penn State
California's first legislative response to the Penn State sex abuse scandal, the state Assembly passed a bill Thursday that would require all higher education employees to report suspected instances of child sexual abuse.
Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, who authored the bill, said child sex abuse charges against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showed the need for the legislation. AB1434 passed 69-0 and now moves to the Senate.
"The bill is a pretty basic response to Sandusky and how important it is for us not to merely rely on moral obligation, but rather put in some laws—statutory obligation to university and college employees," Feuer said.
Under California law, professionals classified as mandated reporters—including public school teachers, teacher's aides, doctors and others whose duties require supervision of children—must contact law enforcement when they believe that a child has been the victim of abuse or neglect. Failure to do so is punishable by up to six months of jail time and a fine of to $1,000.
Feuer's bill would add as mandated reporters all employees of a public or private higher education institution, requiring them to report child abuse or neglect that occurs on the institution's premises or at an official program or activity conducted by the institution.
Assemblywoman Linda Halderman, R-Fresno, said while she supported the bill, she noted there's a need to train new mandated reporters.
"I do have a concern that as we increase the number of mandated reporters we recognize that there are skills necessary to recognize more subtle cases of child neglect, and that we consider those in our education," Halderman said.
The Assembly is also expected to vote on a bill that would require athletic coaches at schools and youth groups to report suspected child abuse. States are debating similar laws across the country.
At least 30 states are considering mandatory reporting legislation this year, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. Nine states have already enacted such laws.
Robert Finn, Kansas City Bishop, Charged For Not Telling Police About Child Pornography Images - HuffingtonPost
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kansas City's Catholic bishop has become the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds of images of child pornography discovered on a priest's computer, officials said Friday.
Bishop Robert Finn, the first U.S. bishop criminally charged with sheltering an abusive clergyman, and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese have pleaded not guilty on one count each of failing to report suspected child abuse.
Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Finn and the diocese were required under state law to report the discovery to police because the images gave them reason to believe a child had been abused.
"Now that the grand jury investigation has resulted in this indictment, my office will pursue this case vigorously," Baker said. "I want to ensure there are no future failures to report resulting in other unsuspecting victims."
Former Teacher Eric Justin Toth, Alleged Child
Pornographer, Added To FBI's Most Wanted List
The FBI named Eric Justin Toth, an alleged child pornographer,
to its Ten Most Wanted list.
Eric Justin Toth was 26 and a third-grade teacher in a
Washington, D.C. private school in 2008 when authorities accused
him of possession of kiddie porn.
Another teacher at Beauvoir, an elite school, discovered graphic
photos and videos of students on a school camera issued to Toth.
The school put Toth on administrative leave and contacted police.
But he immediately went on the run, an FBI spokesperson told The
Huffington Post. He's also wanted in Maryland where he's
accused of child porn production.
The Federal Bureau of Investigations is offering a $100,000 reward
for information leading to Toth's capture. He traveled across the
country after warrants were issued for his arrest nearly four years
First, Toth drove to Indianapolis where he visited his parents,
according to the FBI. They were unaware that he was suspected of
The FBI traced his movements to the Twin Cities where in August
2008 his car was found parked at the Minneapolis-St. Paul
International Airport. Agents allegedly found additional
pornographic images of children in the car. Evidence also suggests
that he visited Wisconsin and Illinois.
A tipster claimed he saw Toth living in a Phoenix homeless shelter
in 2009, but the fugitive took off again before law enforcement
could catch him. That was the last reported sighting of Toth.
Toth is 6’3”, weighs about 155 pounds and has brown hair and
green eyes. He's worked as a camp counselor and tutor.
Toth is "well educated, charismatic and likable," an FBI
spokesperson told Huff Post. He's a computer expert and may
have advertised his services as a nanny or tutor. It's possible he
used his deceptive personality to trick parents and get close to
children again, the spokesperson said.
Toth, who's used the alias "David Bussone," takes a spot on the
notorious most wanted list that became empty after Osama bin
Laden was killed in Pakistan last May. The capture of alleged
mobster James "Whitey" Bulger last June created another opening
on the list that bureau officials said they would fill soon.
“Sextortion” case in Indiana could be the largest ever in the U.S.
Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, was arrested Friday at his home in the Clay County community of Brazil.
Federal prosecutors say Finkbiner may have coerced teenage boys across the country into sexual activity that he recorded online. Court documents say that FBI investigators found sexually explicit videos showing hundreds of teenagers on Finkbiner's computer.
Investigators are trying to identify hundreds of potential victims whose images were found on Finkbinder’s computer. He is charged with coercing two teenage boys into recording sexually explicit videos by threatening to post clips of their previous online indiscretions on gay porn websites.
Finkbiner estimated to FBI agents that he had coerced at least 100 young people into making explicit videos, according to documents filed in U.S. District Court in Terre Haute.
U.S. Attorney Joe Hogsett said “We are fearful that it could involve hundreds of individuals not just here in Indiana but across the country”.
“Mr. Finkbiner has focused his attention on what appear to be young men between the ages of 14 to 16,” Hogsett said.
The preliminary charges pertain to Finkbiner’s alleged extortion of two 14-year-old boys, one in Maryland and the other in Michigan. Prosecutors say he surreptitiously recorded videos of the boys exposing themselves on webcam chat sites and threatened to post them and the boys’ identities on gay porn sites unless the boys performed sexual acts for him via webcam.
The boys complied with Finkbiner’s demands at first before reporting the crime to relatives, officials said. Investigators then tracked the communications to Clay County Internet in Brazil, a company Finkbiner owns that provides website hosting and other computer-related services, the complaint said.
Officials did not say whether they suspect Finkbiner shared the images with anyone else. They did say that there are websites that offer advice on how to sexually extort others and where images can be posted.
Sextortion is a growing crime in which Internet predators catch victims in embarrassing situations online and threaten to expose them unless they create sexually explicit photos or videos.
“This is not the normal extortion,” said Indiana State Police Lt. Chuck Cohen, who specializes in online crime. “This is extortion for sexual satisfaction.”
A Maryland man who pleaded guilty to charges he extorted an Indiana teen and girls across the country into sexual favors online was sentenced in January to 33 years in federal prison.
Cohen urged any young people who have been targeted by online predators to tell their parents, a teacher or another responsible adult. “The only way to stop the embarrassment is to get others involved,” he said.
UK, Leicestershire Almost 450 abuse cases came to light last year
Almost 450 children – some of them infants – were sexually abused in Leicestershire last year, according to the NSPCC.
The charity obtained the total number of recorded sexual offences against children in the city and county under the Freedom of Information Act.
The figure is only those offences which came to police attention – an unknown number are still suffering in silence.
The charity said children were subjected to crimes including rape, incest and abuse through being forced into prostitution or pornography.
The charity said 103 of those victims had not reached secondary school age and 23 were five or under. The majority of the offences – 342 – were committed against children aged 11 to 17.
Fiona Richards of the NSCC said "We are pioneering new programs in the region to tackle sexual abuse of children, including our schools service which aims to visit every primary school in the county over two years.”
"But we can't tackle this problem by ourselves. It requires a major effort from Government and the public to give children the protection they need."
Detective Inspector Jonny Starbuck said: "Investigations into the abuse of children are undertaken by specialist officers and the welfare and support for the child is always a priority.
"Equally important is the vital educational and preventative work that we undertake with organizations such as the NSPCC to try to identify victims, or better still stop the abuse from ever taking place."
More than 7,000 children sexually abused in four years
The Office of the Children's Registry (OCR) is reporting that 7,245 children have been sexually abused between 2007 and last year. Of that amount 6,789 are female children.
The OCR along with the Office of the Children's Advocate (OCA), the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) issued a joint press release today calling on members of the public to break the silence on this dastardly act.
"All Jamaicans including professionals working with children, parents, caregivers, the media and the public, must assume the responsibility to protect the nation's children. Breaking the silence is critical," the release stated.
The groups also commended Dr Sandra Knight who revealed details of horrific sexual crimes against children and who was quoted in an exclusive Sunday Jamaica Observer story headlined Horrific!
"Sexual abuse is one of the most heinous forms of violence against children, which no child should ever have to endure. Anyone who knows or suspects that a child is being or is likely to be abused has a legal obligation to to make a report to the OCR by calling 1-888-776-8328 (PROTECT)," the release said.
CA, Los Angeles
Los Angeles Unified School District Mandates Parents be Alerted of Teacher Abuse Allegations Within 72 Hours
Parents and guardians of LAUSD students will now be informed within 72 hours of sexual misconduct allegations against school employees, according to a news release from the school district.
The new policy, set to be completed by the start of the 2012-13 school year, mandates parents be told if a "certified employee" at their child’s school has been removed from the classroom amid allegations of sexual misconduct against students.
The alterations come in light of a spate of teacher abuse scandals, during which parents and school employees expressed outrage that some cases took months to come to light.
Paul Chapel, of Chatsworth, was accused of sexually abusing four kids under 14-years-old, including one student, over the span of 30 weeks between Sept. 13, 2010, and April 5, 2011.
Parents at the Telfair Elementary were only informed that Chapel was removed from the classroom, but not why.
LAUSD officials said they delayed notification, which was largely accomplished by a slew of news reports, because they "could not comprise the police investigation." Police said they would not ask the school district to withhold notifying parents of the allegations, according to a February statement.
That circumstance, however, is the only caveat in the district’s new mandate, according to the release. Parents would not be notified if law enforcement specifically asked the school to withhold that information.
Australian police smash child porn ring
Australian police have smashed a child porn ring and
arrested 14 men, including fathers, after hundreds of
thousands of images and videos were seized, some
depicting toddlers, they said Friday.
Australian Federal Police raided more than a dozen
properties across the country over the past week after a
tip-off by Interpol, which linked the men to a child
exploitation network in Germany.
"These men were allegedly accessing child sexual
exploitation material via a peer-to-peer file-sharing
network, with images depicting children including infants,
being sexually abused," police said in a statement.
Computers, hard drives, laptop computers, portable storage
devices and mobile phones allegedly containing hundreds
of thousands of child abuse images and videos were
seized, they added.
He added that the arrested men were aged between 21 and
64, and some were fathers.
"We did have children at the premises at the time of the
execution of search warrants and the police have engaged
the locally-based welfare agencies, and assessments have
been undertaken," he said.
Home Affairs Minister Jason Clare called it "a really
According to police, 850 people have been arrested in
Australia over the past seven years on charges relating
to online child sexual exploitation.
Microsoft PhotoDNA Will Help Cops Fight Child Porn
Helps remove illegal content, collate evidence, and expedite cases.
Microsoft announced today that it has partnered with Swedish company NetClean to make its patented PhotoDNA technology available free to law enforcement agencies investigating child sexual abuse cases. The technology will help agencies cull through the overwhelmingly large amount of sexually abusive content that is being shared across the Web.
“Since 2002, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has reviewed more than 65 million images and videos of child sexual exploitation reported by law enforcement,” writes Bill Harmon, Associate General Counsel to the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit. Those images include pictures and videos of infants and toddlers who are unable to seek help or tell anyone about their abuse, and not only are these children often repeat victims of direct abuse, they are victimized again every time an image of their abuse is shared.
SC House Bill Would Prevent Judges From Giving
Custody to Abusers
A bill passed by a South Carolina House committee, and now on
the full House schedule for debate, would prohibit judges from
granting custody of a child to a parent, guardian or anyone else
who's been found guilty of criminal sexual conduct with a minor
in the first degree.
Rep. Chip Limehouse, R-Charleston, sponsored the bill after a
recent Lowcountry case, in which a judge gave custody of a child
to the child's biological father in another state, even though the
father had a previous conviction for abuse.
"I don't know if it happens very often, but if it ever happens one
time only, that is too many times. So we're going to err on the side
of child safety. We're going to keep children away from
pedophiles," Limehouse says.
The bill originally would have prohibited anyone on the sex
offender registry from being given custody, but the House
Judiciary Committee changed the bill to apply only to those
convicted of first degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.
The state already prohibits anyone on the sex offender registry, or
who's been guilty of abuse or neglect, from becoming a foster
Carl Brown, director of the South Carolina Foster Parent
Association and a foster dad to more than 150 children, says,
"Before you can even be pre-trained to become a foster parent, you
have to have a background check, SLED check, fingerprint, three
references. So there are a lot of things you have to do before you
can even begin. And of course then you have 14 hours of
The state Department of Social Services says in fiscal year
2010-11, it investigated 368 cases of child sexual abuse. It didn't
have a breakdown of how many of those involved a parent or
But don't judges already look at parents' or guardians' backgrounds
before granting custody Rep. Limehouse says, "Well, I think that's
probably happening right now, but when there's a state law in
effect, that leaves no wiggle room, no latitude and the law is the
Philadelphia priest says late cardinal ordered abuse list
shredded - Update of 3/8 & 7/9/2011 articles
Monsignor William Lynn, 61, the highest ranking cleric charged
in a Philadelphia child abuse scandal, asked a judge on Friday to
dismiss his case because his boss - the late Cardinal Anthony
Bevilacqua - ordered the shredding of a list he made of
The real criminals, his lawyers argued in court documents, were
Bevilacqua, who died last month, and his closest advisors. These
included Lynn's former supervisor Monsignor James Molloy, who
died in 2006, now retired Bishop Edward Cullen of Allentown
and Bishop Joseph Cistone, now head of the diocese in Saginaw,
Michigan, none of whom were charged in the case.
Lynn, who served the Philadelphia Catholic Archdiocese as
secretary of the clergy during Bevilacqua's time as archbishop from
1987 to 1998, would be the first church official to stand trial in
a child sex abuse case if opening arguments begin as scheduled
on March 26.
As clergy secretary, Lynn on his own initiative reviewed secret
church archives and created a list of 35 priests who had been
involved in abusive conduct or were classified with a sexual
disorder, Lynn's lawyers said in court documents. He culled the
names from a list of 323 priests in the church's "secret
archives," the court documents said.
Lynn handed the list over to Bevilacqua in 1994 and it was
discussed at a meeting in March of that year between Bevilacqua,
Molloy, Cullen and Cistone. Bevilacqua at the time ordered
Molloy to destroy the list, and Molloy recorded the directive in
a handwritten memorandum, the court documents said.
"I shredded... four copies of these lists from the secret
archives," Molloy said in the 1994 memorandum, according to
the court documents filed on Friday.
Bevilacqua, 88, who was to have been a witness in the trial, died
on January 31 after suffering from dementia and cancer. His death
came a day after a judge ruled he was competent to testify in
the upcoming trial.
After Bevilacqua's death last month, a locksmith was called in
to open a safe at the archdiocese headquarters and inside were
copies of both the list of 35 predator priests and the
memorandum that it had been destroyed.
"Unbeknownst to anyone else and in violation of the cardinal's
directive, Monsignor Molloy preserved a copy of this list in a
different place - a safe to which no one else had a
combination," the court documents said.
"As this newfound memorandum proves, the District Attorney's
Office is entirely correct in its belief and assertion that an
overarching Archdiocesan conspiracy existed in Philadelphia
in the 1990s," said the court documents filed by Lynn's lawyers,
who are paid by the Philadelphia Archdiocese.
"Its participants were Cardinal Bevilacqua, Bishop Cullen, Bishop
Cistone and Monsignor Molloy," the court papers said.
"Appallingly, none of these individuals is on trial."
The jury that indicted Lynn for covering up the abuse also indicted
two priests, a former priest, and a former archdiocese school
teacher on charges of sexually abusing children between 1996 and
All parties in the case are under a court-issued gag order which
restricts them from commenting on the matter.
Social services say sorry to pedophile's victims
Social services bosses admitted to failing to intervene and stop
young girls being abused by a pedophile foster carer they
Southampton City Council today admitted their “mistakes of the
past” had led to “tragic outcomes” for the girls forced to endure
horrific sexual abuse by evil Rex Case – as he was jailed for 21
years for his “abhorrent” crimes.
As exclusively revealed by the Daily Echo, Case, 68, subjected
five young girls in his care to repeated abuse to satisfy his own
They included a girl who was staying with him at his home in
Holly Hill, Bassett, Southampton, between the ages of three and
five, who he raped – but when she revealed what happened
both social services and police failed to act.
Yesterday at Southampton Crown Court Judge Peter Henry told
Case he had been entrusted with the care of some of the most
damaged and vulnerable children – many of whom had been
sexually abused before – but he betrayed them.
Judge Henry went on to question why the authorities never
stepped in to stop Case, despite the alarm being raised by a
desperate fiveyear- old girl, who revealed the extent of his
sickening abuse of her in 1997.
He said: “For reasons that still escape me there was no prosecution
at that stage. Social services did not prevent you from being
involved with young children thereafter.
The city council said “Earlier investigations were not pursued
fully and we recognise that in one case, in 1999, the investigation
carried out jointly between police and social services was not as
thorough or robust as it could have been.”
Case was told he would have to serve at least half of his jail term
before he can even be considered for release. He will be on the sex
offenders register for the rest of his life.
550 Sexual Abuse Claims Filed against Milwaukee
About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual
abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee - more than in
any of the other U.S. dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy
protection, according to a lawyer involved int eh Milwaukee case. One priest alone is accused of abusing some 200 boys at a
suburban school for deaf students from 1950 to 1974.
John Stang, a bankruptcy lawyer who represents creditors in the
Wisconsin case, estimated that about 550 claims had been filed by
the Wednesday afternoon deadline set by the bankruptcy court.
A victim’s advocacy group call the number of filings
“extraordinarily tragic”, but said that represented only a small
portion of people abused by clergy.
The other seven Catholic dioceses in the U.S. that have filed for
bankruptcy since the clergy abuse scandal erupted in 2002 in
Boston are in Davenport, Iowa; Fairbanks, Alaska; Portland, Ore;
San Diego, CA; Spokane, Wash.; Tucson, Ariz; and Wilmington,
Del. Two other religious order have also filed for bankruptcy.
Delaware Delaware’s Bradley Bills: Effective in raising voices to
stop child sexual abuse?
In December 2009, Delawareans were coming to grips with the arrest of former pediatrician Earl Bradley for sexually
molesting scores of young patients at his Lewes office. Delaware’s
response was quick. In 2010, legislators prepared a package of
bills—known collectively as the “Bradley bills”— designed to
strengthen patient protection and improve oversight of the
medical profession, passed those bills unanimously, and
Governor Jack Markell signed them into law in June of that
year. But in the year and a half since, how much of a difference
have the new laws made?
Two reviews were ordered following Bradley’s arrest—one by the
Attorney General’s office and another by Linda L. Ammons, dean
of Widener Law School. Both revealed systemic failures that
allowed Bradley to continue practicing despite numerous red flags
of misconduct raised by colleagues and family members.
The “Bradley bills” were designed to tighten regulations on
doctors and clarify the legal obligations of the medical and law
enforcement communities to report and share information
about suspected physician misconduct and child sexual abuse.
“These are sensitive cases and you need to approach them in a way
that offers opportunities for victims to come forward and to feel
they’re not going to run the risk of being re-victimized,” said Mike
Barlow, chief legal counsel in the Office of the Governor.
The new laws contain the following major provisions:
A requirement that there be another adult present when
the physician examines a disrobed patient aged 15 years
A requirement that doctors, police and prosecutors
receive additional training in recognizing and reporting
A requirement that physicians undergo the same
background checks as teachers and other professionals
who work with youth;
A more robust reporting process enhanced by
strengthening the Board of Medical Licensure and
Discipline’s ability to police unprofessional conduct and
clarifying and simplifying its administrative procedures
to improve efficiency and its ability to work with law
Last year, the threat of license revocation for misconduct or
failure to report child sexual abuse was extended to include
mental health and chemical dependency professionals, nurses,
dentists, social workers, psychologists, dentists and dental
hygienists, and physician’s assistants. “One of the main
impacts of this package of legislation is to make sure that the
community, the state, caregivers, providers, doctors and
citizens know that they have a mandatory duty to report child
abuse and neglect when they see it to the state,” said Attorney
General Beau Biden.
Dean Ammons, who made 68 recommendations in her Bradley
case review, most of which were included in the legislation, agrees.
“You can’t legislate morals,” she said. “But what the state can do
is remove or attempt to remove barriers that make it complicated
or difficult for people to do the right thing.”
Indeed, experts commend Delaware for its ability to act swiftly and
decisively where other states have failed. “Pennsylvania is a good
example,” said Stephen J. Neuberger, attorney and partner in The
Neuberger Firm in Wilmington. “They had the grand jury report
(on the Archdiocese of Philadelphia) which just boggles the mind
and that didn’t get the legislature to do anything.”
Better educating the public about child sexual abuse will help
break the silence and taboo that surrounds child sexual abuse and
bolster the efforts made in the legislative arena. In September,
Biden announced a coordinated initiative to educate adults about
recognizing the signs of child abuse and their legal obligation to
report suspected crimes. The partnership, which includes Prevent
Child Abuse Delaware, the YMCA of Delaware as well as the
Attorney General’s office, aims to train 35,000 Delawareans or
about 5 percent of the population, in the “Steward of Children”
sexual abuse program.
“[Nationally], one out of four girls is sexually assaulted before
they’re 18,” said Biden. “One out of six boys is sexually assaulted
before they’re 18. Only one out of ten of these victims is ever able
to muster the courage to report because nine out of ten of the
perpetrators know or say they love or had the child entrusted to
them. So it should come as no surprise that children who don’t
have voices have a tough time raising their voice to report someone
who has raped or abused them. It’s not a child’s responsibility. It’s
MO, St. Louis
When federal investigators busted Jeffrey Greenwell
outside St. Louis, they hit the kiddie-porn jackpot
The child-pornography probe in Missouri that led to the arrest of
Jeffrey Greenwell began with a lead forwarded to St. Louis from
Los Angeles, where a state and federal task force was in the
process of dismantling Lost Boy, an online network of
pedophiles who traded photos and videos via the Internet.
Ultimately, the Greenwell investigation spun off into four
additional cases in four different states.
In early 2010, Captain John Foster, a detective with the Yell
County Sheriff's Department in northwest Arkansas, received a
package of photos prepared by Brian Mize, a forensic investigator
with the St. Louis Division of the FBI.
The images, which Mize had culled from the thousands he'd found
stored on hard drives and other media seized from Greenwell's
house, depicted various shots of four boys. Mize believed each of
the boys had been sexually molested by a man named Evan
Batton, a youth pastor at a Baptist church near the city of
Foster immediately recognized the face of one of the children: "a
cute little redheaded kid, wearing an army helmet," he recalls.
Later that same day, Foster drove to Batton's house armed with a
search warrant and accompanied by a team that included an agent
from the FBI's Little Rock Division. When Batton answered the
door, the lawmen could see that the pastor wasn't alone. There was
a little boy in the house — another face Foster had seen in Mize's
Rather than face a jury trial, Batton agreed to plead guilty to one
felony count for the rape of a seven-year-old boy. Now 29, he
is serving a 30-year sentence in state prison. He did not respond
to two letters from Riverfront Times requesting comment for this
Yell County Prosecuting Attorney Tom Tatum II says he has
chat-room transcripts in which Batton boasts to Greenwell about
setting up a webcam in his bedroom in order to record himself
having sex with boys.
"To have this guy in our back yard and not know it was shocking,"
says Tatum. "We were glad to get the tip and get rid of him."
During an interrogation session on the day he was arrested in 2009,
Greenwell revealed the name of a child pornographer whose
handiwork was widely shared on Lost Boy. Investigators in LA and
St. Louis knew of the man only by his online alias, "SpongeBob."
In late 2009 a federal grand jury in Utah reviewed evidence
that proved sufficient to indict Antonio Cardenas, a.k.a.
SpongeBob, who is in jail awaiting trial, having entered a plea of
not-guilty to seven counts of production and distribution of child
pornography and aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Mize was able to identify two other child pornographers whose
images were part of Greenwell's massive stash. One remains at
large in a Midwestern state, according to the FBI. Investigators
tracked down the other man, an insurance manager in New
Hampshire, only to learn that he had committed suicide in
New York, Albany
New York Lawmakers Could Reform Child Abuse Laws
Similar to California Legislation
New York state lawmakers said the announcement on Wednesday
that a former Syracuse University coach will not face sex abuse
charges because the statute of limitations had run out could boost
efforts to reform state child abuse laws.
One proposal would provide for the five-year statute of limitations
to begin when victims turn 23, instead of age 18 as it now stands,
said New York State Assemblywoman Margaret Markey. She
introduced the proposal seven years ago after a constituent said he
had long ago been abused by a priest but nothing could be done
because of the statute of limitations. Her bill also would create a
one-year window, beginning when the law takes effect, for victims
to bring civil claims against alleged abusers for whom the statute
of limitations has passed. Civil suits allow alleged victims to seek
monetary damages but not prison time.
Since the Syracuse University scandal broke, Markey said her
colleagues have been asking more about her proposal, which she
said was modeled on similar legislation in California. Former
Syracuse University basketball coach Bernie Fine has been accused
by two men of fondling them as juveniles beginning as far back as
Investigators believe the accusations are true but Fine cannot be
prosecuted under state law due to the statute of limitations, District
Attorney William Fitzpatrick said. Fine has said the accusations
are "patently false."
"We will be drawing attention to this because I see it as the only
way to help the victims of Syracuse and Brooklyn Poly Prep,"
Markey said, referring to claims that a football coach at the
Brooklyn private school molested dozens of boys over 25 years.
In 2005, a Poly Prep alumnus sued the school, but the case was
thrown out because of the statute of limitations. The coach
accused of molesting the boys, Philip Foglietta, died in 1998. Last
year, seven alumni filed a federal suit accusing the school of
covering up the abuse for years.
"People should be up in arms about this, but I don't feel the
rage," Markey said. "These victims deserve to be
Legislators said there has been some opposition to the civil
window because it would allow anyone to bring a claim even if
they were abused many decades previously. A related issue is the
rights of the accused because, some argue, extending the statute of
limitations too far would make it impossible to present an adequate
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that criminal statutes of
limitations cannot be changed retroactively but civil statutes can be
altered, which her bill would do, Markey said.
Reforms adopted in Delaware in 2007 eliminated the civil statute
of limitations on sexual abuse and allowed a two-year window for
civil suits by victims for whom the statute of limitations had
passed. Under the Delaware law, 14 men who said they were
sexually assaulted as children in the 1970s and 1980s announced
last week they reached a $7 million settlement with three Catholic
Church institutions that employed and supervised their predators.
In Pennsylvania, lawmakers said this week that in the wake of the
sexual abuse scandal at Penn State University they would propose
reforms to give victims more time to press civil claims. At Penn
State, former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, 67, faces 52
counts of sexually abusing ten young boys over a 15-year period.
He has denied he abused the boys.
In New York, another bill in the Assembly would change the law
so the five-year period begins when a crime is first reported to law
enforcement. Another bill would extend the statute of limitations
for sex offenses against minors for 30 years. Assemblyman J. Gary
Pretlow, who sponsored the 30-year proposal, said recently that the
Syracuse case would reinvigorate his push to get the bill passed
"Many times, people are too embarrassed to come forward," he
said. "If people do come forward later in life, the person who did
it should be punished."
New York state prosecutors said they would turn over the evidence
in the Syracuse case to federal authorities. There is no federal
statute of limitations on abuse of minors during the life of the
victim. But Steven Statsinger, assistant federal defender at Federal
Defenders of New York, said that federal prosecutors would have
to establish jurisdiction to bring a case. If the alleged abuse
occurred only in New York, for example, prosecutors may find it
hard to establish federal jurisdiction.
"In order for it to be a federal offense, there would have to be
something inter-state about it," said Statsinger.
PA, State College - 12/7/2011
Ex-Penn State Coach Arrested On New Abuse Charges
- UPDATE of 11/10/2011 article
Ex-Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and arraigned
Wednesday on new sex abuse charges brought by two new
accusers, the state attorney general's office said. The charges were
brought after new accusers were questioned by a grand jury
following Sandusky's arrest last month. One alleged victim claims
he was assaulted after meeting Sandusky in 1997 and the other
claims he was assaulted in 2004.
Sandusky was already charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse
involving eight young boys over a 15-year span. He has denied
being a pedophile and has vowed to fight the case. In interviews
with NBC and The New York Times, he has said he showered and
horsed around with boys but never sexually abused them.
Like some of the other victims, the two new ones, dubbed Victims
9 and 10 by prosecutors, allegedly met Sandusky through The
Second Mile charity, which he founded in 1977.
"As in many of the other cases identified to date, the contact with
Sandusky allegedly fit a pattern of 'grooming' victims," Attorney
General Linda Kelly said in a statement. "Beginning with outings
to football games and gifts; they later included physical contact
that escalated to sexual assaults."
One of the new alleged victims, dubbed Victim 9 by prosecutors,
claims he was first assaulted in 2004, and the other, called Victim
10, told the grand jury he was assaulted after being referred to
Second Mile in 1997. The ninth accuser, currently 18, was 11 or
12 when he first met Sandusky in 2004. Sandusky took him to Penn
State football games and gave him gifts and money, and later
sexually assaulted him during overnight stays in a basement
bedroom in Sandusky's home, the grand jury said.
The accuser said that Sandusky forced the boy to perform oral sex
and attempted on at least 16 occasions to anally penetrate him,
sometimes successfully. "The victim testified that on at least one
occasion he screamed for help, knowing that Sandusky's wife was
upstairs, but no one ever came to help him," the grand jury report
The 10th accuser told the grand jury he was referred to The Second
Mile in 1997, when he was 10 and experiencing problems at home.
He also attended Penn State games, spent time at Sandusky's
house, and was subjected to "wrestling sessions" in the basement
of the home that led to Sandusky performing oral sex on the boy,
authorities said. The accuser also detailed incidents at a pool on the
Penn State campus, and a time when Sandusky allegedly exposed
himself in a car and requested oral sex from the boy.
He was arrested by state police and agents of the Attorney
General's Office, and had a preliminary arraignment before Senior
Magisterial District Judge Robert E. Scott of Westmoreland
County. A preliminary hearing on the charges is set for Tuesday,
the same day his previous case is set for a hearing.
Sandusky had been charged with 40 counts of child sex abuse
involving eight young boys over a 15-year span.
New York, Syracuse
Assistant Coach Bernie Fine Under investigation
for Child Sexual Abuse
Longtime Syracuse University assistant coach Bernie Fine is the
subject of a police investigation into allegations that he molested
a team ball boy for more than a dozen years, starting in the
mid-1980s, according to an ESPN report. The alleged victim,
Bobby Davis, told ESPN that Fine began molesting him in 1983
just before Davis entered seventh grade. According to the report,
Davis says the abuse happened at Fine’s home, Syracuse basketball
facilities and on road trips, including the 1987 Final Four. Davis
spent six years as Syracuse’s ball boy. Fine is in his 35th season as
a Syracuse assistant to Jim Boeheim. He has been placed on
Davis, now 39, says the abuse continued until he was 27 and
reported the abuse to Syracuse police in 2003, but detectives told
him the statute of limitations had expired and they would not
investigate. ESPN investigated the story in 2003, but decided not
to run the story because Davis was the only person willing to talk.
The Syracuse Post-Standard also investigated the allegations in
2003. The news is emerging now because another alleged victim
says he was sexually abused by Fine and is coming forward now
because of news coverage of the Jerry Sandusky sexual-abuse
scandal at Penn State, according to ESPN’s story.
According to the New York Penal Code, there is no statute of
limitations “for prosecuting first-degree rape, first-degree criminal
sexual act, or first-degree course of sexual conduct against a
child,” but the statute of limitations “for other sexual offenses
committed against a child under age 18 is five years after the
victim reaches age 18, or the offense is reported to a law
enforcement agency or statewide central register of child abuse and
maltreatment, whichever is earlier.”
Syracuse head coach Jim Boeheim released a statement in support
of Fine: ''This matter was fully investigated by the University in
2005 and it was determined that the allegations were unfounded.
I have known Bernie Fine for more than 40 years. I have never
seen or witnessed anything to suggest that he would [have] been
involved in any of the activities alleged. Had I seen or suspected
anything, I would have taken action. Bernie has my full support.''
In a statement by Syracuse University: “We understand that the
Syracuse City Police has now reopened the case, and Syracuse
University will cooperate fully. We are steadfastly committed to
ensuring that SU remains a safe place for every student”.
Paterno and President Fired in Penn State
Child Sexual Abuse Scandal
- UPDATE of 11/9/2011 article
Famed U.S. college football coach Joe Paterno and Grahm Spanier,
the president of Penn State University, were fired on Wed. in
fallout from a child-abuse scandal and cover-up involving a former
assistant coach and school officials. The move by the university’s
board of trustees thwarted an attempt by Paterno, 84 and one of the
most iconic names in American sports, to leave the team on his
own terms. It triggered protests on campus from students.
Penn State, its football program and Paterno were thrown into
turmoil on Saturday when charges were filed against long-time
assistant coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky, 67, is accused of
sexually abusing at least eight boys over more than a decade.
Assistant Coach, Mike McQueary, had reported to Paterno seeing
Sandusky sexually assaulting a young boy in the Penn State
showers. Paterno notified the athletic director, Tim Curley, and a
vice-president, Gary Schultz, who in turn notified Spanier.
Curley and Schultz have been charged with failing to report the
incident to authorities. Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda
Kelly has not ruled out charges against Spanier. Paterno is not a
target of the criminal investigation, but the state police
commissioner called his failure to contact police himself a lapse in
Effective immediately, Doctor (Graham) Spanier is no longer
president of the university," John Surma, vice chairman of trustees,
told a news conference. "Joe Paterno is no longer the head football
coach, effective immediately. These decisions were made after
careful deliberations," said Surma. "We don't yet know all the facts
and there are many details that are yet to be worked out." The
trustees will appoint a committee to investigate the
“circumstances” that resulted in the indictment of Sandusky and of
Curley and Schultz. The committee will be appointed Friday at the
board’s regular meeting, which Gov. Tom Corbett said he plans to
attend, and will examine “what failures occurred and who is
responsible and what measures are necessary to ensure that similar
mistakes aren’t made in the future”.
In Washington, the U.S. Department of Education said it has
launched an investigation into the conduct at Penn State, which
must disclose criminal offenses committed on campus each year.
"If these allegations of sexual abuse are true then this is a horrible
tragedy for those young boys," Education Secretary Arne Duncan
said in a statement. "If it turns out that some people at the school
knew of the abuse and did nothing or covered it up, that makes it
Penn State Coach Paterno to Retire Amid Scandal - UPDATE of 11/7/2011 article
Legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno says he’s retiring
at the end of this season, this in the wake of a child abuse scandal
involving his longtime assistant coach Jerry Sandusky.
Paterno has been questioned about how he acted when a graduate
assistant, Mike McQueary, reported the incident to him in 2002.
Paterno notified Penn State athletic director Tim Curley and vice
president Gary Schultz. Curley and Schultz have since been
charged with failing to report the incident to the authorities.
Paterno hasn't been accused of legal wrongdoing. But he has been
assailed, in what the state police commissioner called a lapse of
"moral responsibility," for not doing more to stop Sandusky, whose
lawyer says he is innocent.
The coach defended his decision to take the news to the athletic
director. Paterno said it was obvious that the graduate student,
since identified as McQueary, was "distraught," but said he was
not told about the "very specific actions" in the grand jury report.
After Paterno reported the incident to Curley, Sandusky was told
to stay away from the school, but critics say the coach should have
done more - try to identify and help the victim, for example, or
"Here we are again," John Salveson, former president of the
Pennsylvania chapter of the Survivors Network of those Abused by
Priests, said earlier this week. "When an institution discovers abuse
of a kid, their first reaction was to protect the reputation of the
institution and the perpetrator."
Sex Abuse Scandal at Penn State Widens
Two Penn State officials surrendered Monday on charges that they
failed to report suspected child-sexual abuse by a former coach and
committed perjury in their related grand jury testimony. Senior
Vice President Gary Schultz and Athletic Director Tim Curley both
stepped down from their posts late Sunday, one day after the
charges were announced. The pair are accused of failing to alert
police to complaints that former assistant football coach Jerry
Sandusky had sexually abused eight boys over a 15-year period.
They are also charged with lying to a state grand jury investigating
the former defensive coordinator.
“Schultz, 62, and Curley, 57, are innocent and will seek to have the
charges dismissed”, their lawyers said. Curley's lawyer called the
case weak, while Schultz's lawyer said the men did what they were
supposed to do by informing their superiors of the accusations.
Earlier Monday, investigators encouraged anyone who would
accuse Sandusky of sexual assault to step forward and talk to
police. A graduate assistant coach, Mike McQuery, had reported
witnessing an assault by Sandusky on a young boy, in 2002.
Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly specifically asked that
the child reportedly assaulted by Sandusky call detectives about the
When asked if it was possible that there were more victims, she
said: "When you look at the totality of the circumstances and the
number of victims that we have, I don't think it would be beyond
the realm of possibility that there are other victims that exist here."
Kelly also said the university's longtime football coach, Joe
Paterno, is not a target of the investigation into how the school
handled the accusations. "But somebody has to question about
what I would consider the moral requirements for a human being
that knows of sexual things that are taking place with a child,"
Noonan said. "I think you have the moral responsibility, anyone.
Not whether you're a football coach or a university president or the
guy sweeping the building. I think you have a moral responsibility
to call us."
Paterno has called the criminal charges shocking and troubling.
"If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of
professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims
and their families," he said in a statement Sunday.
California, Los Angeles
State says 1,000 foster homes match sex-offender addresses
The addresses for more than 1,000 foster homes and group
homes in California matched addresses on the state sex offender
registry, according to a newly released audit.
State Auditor Elaine M. Howle said child welfare officials failed
to check the sex offender registry even after her office advised
them to do so in 2008. The auditor informed state regulators and
local child welfare agencies of the 1,000 sex offender hits in July.
According to the Sacramento Bee, about 600 of the highlighted
offenders were considered high risk. The matching addresses
involved both foster care facilities and homes, according to the
Sacramento Bee. So far, eight licenses have been revoked or
suspended and regulators issued 36 orders barring individuals from
According to the Fresno Bee, the investigation was spurred by the
killing of a young boy in the foster care system. The audit was
ordered earlier this year at the request of state Assemblyman Henry
Perea (D-Fresno). The audit was also intended to compile data on
deaths of children who were under the oversight of child
According to SacBee, the locations of the sex offenders have not
been disclosed, but Sacramento, Fresno and Alameda counties
were all targeted for the audit.
Los Angeles County was also selected for investigation, according
to the LA Times, but the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors
balked at subpoenas for information and hired outside lawyers to
fight the inquiry. The auditor's office has vowed to continue to
press the county for records and to issue a second report in the
Boy Scouts face more sex abuse claims in court
Cases in Oregon and Montana - UPDATE of 9/1/2010 article
Four Oregon men plan to sue the Boy Scouts of America on
Tuesday over childhood sexual abuse they say they suffered at
the hands of a pedophile knowingly appointed as their scoutmaster in the 1970s, their lawyer said. The lawsuits, to be
filed in Multnomah County Circuit Court in Portland, accuse
the national Boy Scouts of negligence and fraud in connection
with the repeated molestation of the men, then aged 12 to 15,
their lawyer, Kelly Clark, told Reuters. The suits are the latest
in a barrage of such claims facing the Boy Scouts,
headquartered in Texas, since the organization was found liable
and ordered to pay nearly $20 million in damages last year for
a pedophile case from the 1980s.
Clark and his co-counsel, Paul Mones, brought a separate case
against the Boy Scouts last week on behalf of five women who
claim they were sexually abused as girls by the leader of a coed
Scouting program in Montana during the 1970s. The Montana
suit and the impending cases in Oregon bring to at least 35 the
number of individuals who have lodged child sexual abuse
claims against the Boy Scouts of America in 11 states since
2007, Clark said.
The group cites new safeguards instituted during the past
decade, including tighter screening of its volunteers, though it
acknowledges that criminal background checks for existing
volunteers only became mandatory in 2008.
Clark said publicity from last year's trial in Portland prompted
hundreds of former Scouts to contact his law firm. He likened
the "domino effect" of that case to the tide of allegations
against Roman Catholic priests in the United States
triggered more than a decade ago by reports of clergy abuse
that surfaced in the Boston Archdiocese. "What these
institutions have in common is the sense that their mission is
important and that they can't afford to have their good works
sullied by what they consider isolated incidents," Clark said.
Last year's trial shed light on records the BSA kept on
suspected or confirmed sexual abuse by leaders and volunteers.
The jury was permitted to review 20,000 pages from what were
termed the "perversion files" or "ineligible volunteer files,"
dating from 1965 to 1985 before rendering a verdict. The
lawsuit claims the BSA was aware since the 1960's that
“scouting posed a danger to adolescent boys because
historically noticeable numbers of adult volunteers...were
discovered to be child molesters.” Those files show that
during the 20-year period, an average of nearly 60 leaders
or volunteers a year were discovered molesting children,
Clark said. The Boy Scouts dispute that figure, and the
organization is fighting to keep those documents from being
made public in a case awaiting a ruling by the Oregon Supreme
All four bringing suit in the new case claim they were
abused in the 1970s by then-scoutmaster Steven Terry Hill,
who was put in charge of their troop even though the Boy
Scouts learned he had been accused of molesting three other
boys while serving as a Scout leader in California, Clark
said. The plaintiffs also allege that the Boy Scouts organization
became aware that Hill was molesting boys in Portland's Troop
76 but did nothing to stop it, according to Clark. Hill was
acquitted in the late 1970s of sex abuse charges related to the
Boy Scouts in Portland. But he was convicted in 1991 on four
counts of sodomy and furnishing drugs and alcohol to a minor
stemming from an unrelated sex-abuse case involving a
17-year-old boy. He was released from prison in 2011 after
serving 20 years, Clark said. A deposition Hill gave while
incarcerated, and other corroborating evidence, suggests that
the California Scouts council arranged for him to be transferred
to Portland where, in 1976, he founded Troop 76, an elite group
of 76 scouts whose mission was “high adventure” activities like
river rafting and mountain climbing, Clark said.
James Hopper, a clinical psychology instructor at Harvard
Medical School, said it is not unusual for adults to wait many
years to reveal sexual abuse from their childhood, especially for
males, who may feel greater shame from their ordeals. "You
have stories of abuse emerging from the Catholic Church and
other institutions; now it's the Boy Scouts' turn," he said. Clark
said “You don’t have to be trained or anything. You just
show up and raise your hand and swear and you’re a
volunteer.” “So while the percent of volunteers in the Boy
Scouts who were abusers is, we believe, much smaller, the
numbers are relatively large, and the number of victims could
be the same or worse (than in the Catholic church)”.
Justice, Homeland Security announce
biggest online child-porn sting to date
The Departments of Justice and Homeland Security
announced the prosecution of 72 individuals for
participating in an online forum that encouraged
pedophilia and the exchange of child pornography on Wednesday. Attorney General Eric Holder and
Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano
announced that 52 of the 72 have been arrested as part
of Operation Delego, which began in December 2009.
The sting targeted almost 600 users of the online
pedophile site Dreamboard.
“The members of this criminal network shared a demented
dream to create the preeminent online community for the
promotion of child sexual exploitation," Holder said. "But
for the children they victimized, this was nothing short of
a nightmare." "The rules of Dreamboard were clear – and
they encouraged, and incentivized, the creation of child
pornography."According to the Justice Department,
Dreamboard members exchanged graphic images and
videos of adults molesting children, often violently, and
compiled a massive private library of images of child
sexual abuse. Justice officials detailed a number of
measures designed to reward particularly depraved
content. The group allegedly also encouraged the creation
of new images and videos of child sexual abuse by its
members; numerous Dreamboard members abused
children and then posted documentation on the board.
Those users were afforded the highest rank of "Super
“As alleged in court documents, Dreamboard was a selfdescribed
global ‘community’ of pedophiles dedicated
to the relentless victimization and exploitation of
children 12 and under,” said assistant Attorney General
Lanny Breuer. “Using sophisticated methods to evade
detection by law enforcement, Dreamboard members
allegedly used the power and anonymity of the Internet to
motivate each other to commit their horrific acts of sexual
abuse of minors and trading in child pornography."
Operation Delgo involved cooperation between
Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, DOJ and dozens
of law enforcement agencies in countries including France,
Germany, Ecuador, Kenya, and Qatar. Thirteen of the 52
arrested have pleaded guilty while 20 remain at large and
known only by their online identities.
Philadelphia Archbishop Steps Down Amid Scandal
Archdiocese has been under fire over accusations it concealed
sexual abuse of children.Cardinal Justin Rigali, whose leadership of the Philadelphia Roman Catholic archdiocese has been tainted by a continuing
scandal over sexual misconduct by priests, is set to retire Tuesday.
The archdiocese, the sixth largest in the United States with 1.5
million Catholics, has been under fire over accusations it concealed
the sexual abuse of children by priests to avoid a costly scandal.
The archdiocese website announced that Rigali, 76, is to be replaced
by Archbishop Charles Chaput, 66, who has been archbishop in Denver
The Catholic Church has been rocked by a series of sexual abuse
cover-up scandals in both Europe and the United States in recent years.
Rigali, archbishop in Philadelphia since 2003, has been struggling to
contain the pedophilia scandal in the wake of a Philadelphia grand jury
report issued at the beginning of this year. Three priests, a monsignor
and a church teacher were indicted as a result of the report.
"We would have assumed," said the grand jury in a report, "by the year
2011, after all the revelations both here and around the world, that the
church would not risk its youth by leaving them in the presence of priests
subject to substantial evidence of abuse. That is not the case." The grand
jury said that it found 37 such priests who have been kept in assignments
that exposed them to children. Of that number, 21 were suspended after the
report, and three more were placed on administrative leave.
Online Child Porn Bill being Presented
A bill that seeks to clamp down on online child pornography is
raising some alarms in the tech and privacy communities because of
a provision that would require Internet service providers to store
users' IP addresses for 18 months. The legislation, H.R. 1981,
spearheaded by House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith
(R-Texas) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), would
require Internet providers and possibly other entities to retain
that information to aid law enforcement investigations of child
exploitation. The bill already has some notable support, namely
from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
However, it also faces tough criticism from tech companies and
public interest groups, which believe the section on data retention is
too broad, threatens Web users' privacy and may not accomplish its
stated goal of cracking down on child pornography. Those two sides
may clash over the bill Tuesday, when Smith's committee holds its
first legislative hearing since the legislation was introduced.
Ahead of the hearing, Smith said the proposal already has bipartisan
support, as it seeks to "address what may be the fastest growing
crime in America."
Georgia Sex Trafficking Law Goes into Effect
One of the nation's toughest crackdowns on human trafficking has taken effect in Georgia, striking a delicate balance between
tougher penalties for criminals and more treatment for victims
that advocates said could be a model for other states seeking to
fight the sex trade.
The legislation took effect this month after a four-year legislative
fight, overhauling the way Georgia treats people forced into
prostitution. It bars prosecutors from charging people with sex crimes
if the offense occurred while the person was a victim of trafficking. It
also tacks on tough new criminal penalties for human traffickers.
The dual approach helped appease both religious conservatives, who
argued the changes could effectively legalize prostitution, and
children's advocates, who said a safety valve was needed for victims
who were forced into the sex trade.
"This is America's dirty little secret, these are crimes the public
doesn't see, that the public doesn't want to believe exist; these are
hidden victims," said Ernie Allen of the National Center for Missing
and Exploited Children, who praised Georgia's new crackdown.
"Historically, what law enforcement has tended to do is to arrest the
kid," he said. "We are trying to ensure that they focus on the pimp
and the customer."
The legislation calls for a 25-year minimum sentence for those
convicted of using coercion to traffic someone under the age of 18,
and slaps a minimum sentence of five years on those who pay for sex
with a 16-year-old. People trying to have sex with someone even
younger face at least 10 years behind bars.
The measure includes protections that allow a prostituted child or
adult to avoid criminal charges if they can prove they were coerced
into it. Under the measure, coercion doesn't mean just physical abuse
but also financial harm, destruction of immigration documents and
California, San Diego
Countywide Sex Offender Sweep
Sixty-one people were under investigation Thursday
following a sweep in which hundreds of law enforcement
officers fanned across San Diego County and contacted
more than 800 registered sex offenders to determine
if they were in compliance with the terms of their
release, authorities said. The sweep was carried out
early Wed. morning by 300 members of the San Diego
Sexual Assault Felony Enforcement Task Force.
David Collazo, Task Force Commander, said “We want sex
offenders in San Diego to know they are being actively
watched”. Our goal was to verify they are
complying with registration laws, and to identify any
illegal activity they might be engaged in.” He said the
vast majority of the sex offenders visited this week were
in compliance with the law and living at their registered
addresses. “That’s a good indicator that offenders in this
community know we take the registration laws very
seriously”, Collazo said. Besides the 61 individuals now under
investigation, an additional 14 were arrested for various
probation and parole violations, and one was taken into
custody for a suspected homicide. The searches
also turned up pornography, marijuana and drug paraphernalia,
along with normally legal items many sex offenders aren’t
allowed to possess, like laptop computers, digital media,
smart phones, alcohol and children’s clothing and toys.
There are about 4,000 registered sex offenders living
in San Diego County.
Australian Police Make Arrests After Online
Child Abuse Network Busted
Australian police have carried out a world-first bust on a sophisticated
online child abuse network, arresting 11 men in four states and rescuing
two abused children. Covert police operatives spent four months infiltrating
the network, secretly taking the place of those they arrested to allow them
to delve deeper into the group of men aged between 26 and 67 who were
sharing images and videos of the sexual abuse of children as young as four.
The organization, which used complex "peer-to-peer" software rather than a
traditional central server to make it harder for law enforcement agencies to
uncover the material, is the first of its kind closed down by the multinational
Virtual Global Task force, chaired by the Australian Federal Police.
The men, many of whom had direct access to children on a daily basis, included a teacher, IT specialist, security worker and a convicted sex offender, as well
as a farmer. Two young children were removed from the custody of a 26-year-old
NSW man, whose identity was suppressed, and he was charged with having sexual
intercourse with a child under 10. Parents and students at the exclusive King's School were in shock after it was revealed long-term preparatory school teacher Gregory
John Coupland, 40, from Forestville in Sydney's northern beaches, was among the men.
Coupland, who had taught at the school for 12 years and was master in charge
of snow sports, taking groups of primary-aged children on regular multi-day skiing trips,
was also running a scout troop until he was charged last month with using a carriage
service to access child pornography, using a carriage service to transmit child pornography
and possessing child abuse material.
King's Preparatory School head Keith Dallywater said that the news had come
"as a significant shock" but confirmed that no students had been harmed in any way.
Six of the men were from NSW, three from Victoria, and one each from Queensland and
South Australia. AFP manager of hi-tech investigations Commander Grant Edwards said, while
Operation Danton had been a success, police were aware of other child abuse networks using the
same file sharing service and forensic searches were ongoing.
"The images accessed are of real children being abused and it's a shocking thing,"
Commander Edwards said.
New York, Manhattan
Arrest of 26 in Network that traded child
rape videos, images
Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus Vance, Jr.,
announced Tues. that his office had filed charges
against 26 individuals related to the possession of
images or videos showing the sexual abuse of children.
“These images...are babies, toddlers, and children being
brutally raped, sexually assaulted and exploited by
adults on camera.”
The New York Times reports that “the charges were a
result of a five-month investigation conducted by the
district attorney’s office and the United States Immigration
and Customs Enforcement office. According to the New
York Daily News, the defendants, ages ranging from 18 to
63, included Steven Roman, who worked in a children’s
shoe store, Miguel Caraballo, who was once a dishwasher
at Manhattan’s Alice’s Tea Cup (a Lewis Carroll-themed
teahouse catering to kids), substitute teacher Joshua Ruiz,
and Moshe Gerstein, a corporate attorney.
“The 26 defendants in these cases traded videos and still
images of child sexual assault the way others traded
baseball cards,” Vance stated, “using peer to peer technology,
they acted as curators of their collection.”
According to the Times, officials from the DA’s office said they
would hand over the images collected as part of the investigation
to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, an
organization in Virginia that keeps a database of seized material
as part of its Child Victim Identification Program.
California, San Diego
San Diego County takes steps to fight
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted
5-0 Tuesday to establish a committee of local law
enforcement agencies to battle human trafficking
and the sexual exploitation of youth. The San Diego
Regional Human Trafficking and Commercial Sexual
Exploitation of Children Advisory Council will operate similarly to other regional groups that combat
auto theft, gangs and drugs. Area law enforcement
officials have said recently that while crime is going
down in the region, sexual exploitation of teenagers
is increasing, and frequently involves gang members
impressing girls into prostitution in areas like Spring
“I can tell you this is a very real problem, not just in
East County, but around the state”, said Hank Turner of
the Deputy Sheriff’s Association. The issue is ignored
at the state level, and San Diego is one of the few counties
to address the problem, Turner said.
Mass. Man Charged in Amsterdam Sex Case
A Massachusetts man whose case led to the discovery of a massive
child sex abuse case in the Netherlands has been charged with
distributing child pornography, according to court documents.
Robert Diduca, 47, was a member of an online forum for those
with a sexual interest in children. He came to the attention of law
enforcement last year when he sent a pornographic image of a child
via e-mail to investigators of Homeland Security Investigations
(HSI), who alerted Massachusetts State Police.
Diduca was arrested at his home in Milford, a town in Worcester
County of Massachusetts, in early November 2010. During a
search of his computer storage devices, investigators discovered
some 10,000 images and videos of young children engaged in
sexual acts. One of the images recovered from his computer
showed an adult man sexually abusing a two-year-old boy.
Investigators determined that the photos and videos did not appear
to have been made in the United States and shared an edited image
on Interpol's secure system for international law enforcement
officials in order to help identify the victim.
As a result, Dutch police soon recognized the material was of
Dutch origin and requested additional photos to help in the
investigation. An edited photo of the victim was eventually shown
on Dutch television on December 7 after which someone
recognized the child and called police.
Hours later, police in the Netherlands arrested 27-year-old Robert
Mikelsons who confessed to sexually abusing dozens of young
children while being employed at two Amsterdam nurseries between February 2007 and January 2010. He also offered his
services through several websites. Mikelsons is believed to have abused at least 85 young children.
Diduca, who remains in custody, previously pled not guilty to
similar charges. If found guilty, he faces at least 5 years and up to
20 years in prison, followed by up to lifetime supervised release
and a $250,000 fine.
Canada, New Brunswick
New Brunswick Record Child Porn Bust
Douglas Hugh Stewart, 51, from Moncton, pleaded
guilty to possessing millions of images seized in
March. Const. Jean-Marc Pare, of the RCMP Internet
Child Exploitation Unit in Fredericton, said
police in Canada have never seen anything quite
like it. Other arrests are expected. The ongoing
investigation into peer-to-peer computer file sharing
of child sexual abuse images in the province– known
as Operation J Treasures– began in November 2010.
“There have been a few out west that numbered over
3 million. We don’t know the exact number of ours
yet, but we know we’ll be well over five million.”
Pare said they’re dealing with a subculture of people
who collect these images like other collect hockey cards.
He said the images have been sent to the national RCMP
unit in Ottawa, which could lead to the identification of
more victims and possibly more offenders. “But those
offenders are becoming more sophisticated, he said, both
in methods of storing the images and luring victims”.
Utah authorities arrest dozens in child porn
After 114 sex crime investigations, 124 computer seizures,
more than 36 million images, thousands of overtime hours
and 39 arrests, Utah’s Internet crime investigators on Thurs.
offered a flat proclamation for their month-long, statewide child
pornography bust. Farnsworth said some of the 114 suspects
are accused of filming or photographing their own illegal sex acts
with children as young as toddlers. Investigators will not know how
many Utah children were victims in the cases until they review the
images seized – the total number is estimated in excess of 36 million,
according to figures provided by the attorney general’s office.
The Pattaya Link to Worldwide Child Sexual Abuse
Foreign child sex abusers in Pattaya, some of whom
were repeatedly released by the police or courts, were
targeted in “Operation Rescue” which centered on a website
called “Boy Lover”. The website has 70,000 members,
dozens of whom were in Thailand or frequent visitors to
the country. More arrests are expected in the operation in
which 670 pedophile suspects have been targeted worldwide.
Those arrested include scout leaders, football coaches, and
in Britain, even a police officer, was among the 100 arrested.
In The Hague, Holland, where the “Boy Lover” website is
based, police say they had arrested 184 people and taken 230
children out of danger. Of the total, 240 suspects aged
between 17 and 82 were in Britain where 121 arrests were
made and 60 children rescued from abusers.
The Operation Rescue was led by investigators at the Child
Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP). Boy Lover
operated in several languages across 11 sub-domains worldwide.
World’s Largest Pedophile Ring Uncovered
An internet pedophile ring with up to 70,000
members- thought to be the largest yet discovered,
has been uncovered by police. Rob Wainright,
Director of Europol, The European police agency,
said it's "probably the largest pedophile
network in the world". Europol said in a statement
that "Operation Rescue" had identified 670 suspects
and that 230 abused children in 30 countries had
been taken to safety. More children are expected
to be found. Europol said that so far 184 people
had been arrested, which include teachers, police
officers, scout leaders, and a youth camp worker suspected of abusing some 100 children over five
The website was shut down after a 3-year
investigation. It had operated from a server
based in the Netherlands, and had had up to 70,000
members worldwide. Law enforcement authorities
from 13 countries, including the U.S., were involved
in the case. Europol analysts had cracked the security
features of a key computer server at the center of the
network which uncovered the identities of suspected
child sex offenders. There will be more arrests as
Florida, St. Petersburg
Author of Pedophilia How-to Book Arrested
Florida Sheriff arrested a Colorado man, Phillip Ray Greaves II,
who wrote a guide for pedophiles, on obscenity charges. Polk
Sheriff Grady Judd says his office was able to arrest Greaves on
Florida Obscenity charges because he sold and mailed his book,
"The Pedophile's Guide to Love and Pleasure: a Child Lover's
Code of Conduct", to Polk deputies. The self-published book
was briefly for sale on Amazon, but probably due to public
outcry, it was later removed from the website.
Basically, the main issue in question is if he committed a crime.
It's not a crime in Colorado, but it is a crime in Florida. Another
question being raised is the right to free speech. But Sheriff Judd,
known in Florida as a crusader against child predators, said
"What's wrong with a society that has gotten to the point that we
can't arrest child pornographers and child molesters who write a
book about how to rape a child? If we can get jurisdiction... we're
coming after you. There's nothing in the world more important
than our children."
Project Sanctuary Rescues 25 Children from Child Sexual Abuse
Dubbed Project Sanctuary, the investigation began in
Nov. 2009, bringing together the U.S. Dept. of Homeland
Security, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE),
Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), 13 Canadian
police services, and international police services and officers
from the Child Exploitation Section of the Toronto Police
Services Sex Crimes Unit.
For a year undercover officers went deep into the worldwide
network of men who were allegedly trading child sexual
abuse images and videos and, in some cases, creating these
images by abusing children. That undercover operation has
netted the arrest of 57 men world-wide with 25 of them from
Canada. Twelve of the 25 children rescued as a result of Project Sanctuary are from Canada.
“This operation is an excellent example of what can be
accomplished through cooperative police work between
the U.S. and Canada. Nothing is more important than our
combined efforts to prevent the exploitation of our children,”
said Tom Blanchard, ICE HSI Attache in Canada.
Surprise Visits to Registered Sex Offenders
Hundreds of convicted sex offenders have been
arrested after a four day sweep across California
including dozens in San Diego County, according
to state parole agents.
Operation Safe Playgrounds began on Monday.
State parole agents, along with local law enforcement,
conducted compliance checks on registered sex
offenders. "The short message is, if you're a sex
offender and you are not in compliance in any way,
we are going to track you down and get you back in
compliance", said parole agent Sean Torphy of the
California Parolee Apprehension Team.
On Friday, state parole officials will hold a press
conference to release the finale number of arrests for
FBI Shuts Down U.S. Child Slavery Ring
More than five dozen child prostitutes have been found in
the last three days as part of a nationwide crackdown on the
sexual exploitation of children. An FBI spokesman said 69
children were removed from prostitution and 99 suspected pimps were arrested in 40 cities across 30 states and the
District of Columbia. All the children found in the last three
days have been placed into protective custody or returned to
The children were found during Operation Cross Country V,
a three-day roundup targeting child traffickers and pimps.
The largest group of child prostitutes, 24, was found in and
around Seattle, according to the FBI. An FBI director said
the children found ranged in age from 12 to 17. Authorities
are working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited
Children to confirm their identities. Since 2003, when the FBI
and the Justice Dept. launched the Innocence Lost National
Initiative, about 1,250 child prostitutes have been located and
removed from prostitution.
California, San Diego
San Diego Diocese Sex Abuse Cases:
Lawyers Release 10,000 Unsealed Documents
After a three-year legal battle, nearly 10,000 pages of
previously sealed Catholic church documents have been
made public and showed that the Diocese of San Diego long
knew about abusive priests, some of whom were shuffled
from parish to parish despite credible complaints against them.
Attorneys for 144 people claiming sex abuse made the papers
public Oct. 24. The records are from the personnel files of 48 priests, who were either credibly accused or convicted of
sexual abuse, or were named in a civil lawsuit. They include a
decades-old case in which a priest under police investigation
was allowed to leave the U.S. after the diocese intervened.
The plaintiffs settled with the diocese in 2007 for nearly $200
million, but the agreement stipulated that an independent judge
would review the priest’s sealed personnel records and determine
what could be made public.
At least one of the priests, Gustavo Benson, is still in active
ministry in Ensenada, Mexico.
The release of records is the biggest so far in a U.S. church case,
said Terry McKierman, founder of the website Bishop Accountability.org Lawyers for plaintiffs have been trying to get similar internal church
documents from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles for years, but have
not had success. That diocese settled with more than 500 plaintiffs in 2007 for a record-breaking $660 million in a settlement agreement
that also called for the disclosure of priests files. The only other
release of church files in California came after a 2005 settlement
between plaintiffs and the Diocese of Orange. About 4,000 pages
were made public.
California, San Diego
Chelsea’s Law signed into Law
Convicted child molesters in California now
face life in prison after Gov. Schwarzenegger
signed "Chelsea's Law" Thursday. The measure,
named for slain Poway High School senior
Chelsea King, calls for mandatory life sentences
without parole for violent sex crimes against
children. It also tightens sex offense parole
guidelines and requires lifelong tracking of
certain sex offenders. The state Senate passed
the law in a unanimous vote.
Chelsea’s Law Passes
Chelsea’s Law unanimously passed the Assembly on Monday.
Overcoming unexpected delays, Chelsea’s Law now goes to Gov.
Schwarznegger, who has committed to signing the bill. Assembly
Bill 1844 is designed to crackdown on sex offenders, including
longer sentences and tougher parole conditions as well as improved
testing and treatment to prevent future crimes.
The legislation is named after Poway teenager Chelsea King. She
was raped and murdered in February by John Gardner. Gardner
pleaded guilty to the crime, and also confessed to raping and killing
14-year-old Amber Dubois of Escondido in 2009. He is serving
two life sentences with out the possibility of parole.