Everyday thousands of children are being sexually abused. You can stop the abuse of at least one child by simply praying. You can possibly stop the abuse of thousands of children by forwarding the link in First Time Visitor? by email, Twitter or Facebook to every Christian you know. Save a child or lots of children!!!! Do Something, please!

3:15 PM prayer in brief:
Pray for God to stop 1 child from being molested today.
Pray for God to stop 1 child molestation happening now.
Pray for God to rescue 1 child from sexual slavery.
Pray for God to save 1 girl from genital circumcision.
Pray for God to stop 1 girl from becoming a child-bride.
If you have the faith pray for 100 children rather than one.
Give Thanks. There is more to this prayer here

Please note: All my writings and comments appear in bold italics in this colour

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Seriously Perverse Doings Down-Under

Woman accused of child sex abuse to be photographed against her will
Bianca Hall, The Age

A 49-year-old woman accused of having sex with a minor will be forced to have her pelvic region photographed, after a magistrate ruled the images could help prove or disprove sexual assault charges against her.

Katrina Arredondo​ was a youth officer at the Melbourne Juvenile Justice Centre in Parkville in the 1990s, when she allegedly had sex with a boy detained at the centre, and after his release, between 1994 and 1995.

    Photo: Penny Stephens

The boy was 15 at the time of the first alleged offence. She was 27.

Detective senior constable Sarah Kendall told Melbourne Magistrate's Court on Friday the boy told a Department of Human Services worker about the alleged abuse in 1996.

When he was interviewed, the boy told a department worker that he remembered Ms Arredondo having a small scar on her lower abdomen, just above her pubic area.

He thought the scar was from an appendix operation, however he added, "I'm not sure; I'm probably wrong."

The case was not pursued, but in January this year the man - now in his 30s - made another statement to police. This time, he said he had "just remembered" that Ms Arredondo also had a mark or perhaps a birthmark on one of her breasts. He was not sure which one.

She has since been charged with the sexual penetration of a minor, and with engaging in oral sex with a minor.

Police made an application to the magistrates court to have Ms Arredondo's breasts and lower abdomen photographed, to see whether she did in fact have identifying marks that corresponded with the recollections of the then-teenager.

Ms Arredondo, of Brunswick, had previously refused police requests to photograph her body, the court was told, although she had showed Detective Kendall her scar.

Her lawyer, Jacqueline Kennedy, told the court that Ms Arredondo had never had an appendix operation, and her small scar was from a laparoscopy - a procedure she had undergone as part of her IVF treatment five years after the sexual offences were alleged to have taken place.

Ms Kennedy said her client had medical records to back this up.

"Obviously this procedure which has been requested is invasive," she said.

Magistrate Johanna Metcalf granted permission for a forensic medical officer to photograph Ms Arredondo's lower abdomen and use the photograph for their investigation.

She refused a police request to photograph Ms Arredondo's breasts, saying the man's descriptions of a mark or birthmark were too vague to warrant submitting Ms Arredondo to being photographed.

"Any woman could have some sort of mark in that area, and it's a very imprecise description," she said. "I'm not persuaded in relation to the request."

However, she said the description made by the man in 1996 of Ms Arredondo's scar was more "cogent", and said photographing the lower abdomen would be "less invasive" than photographing her breasts.

She ordered Ms Arredondo submit to being photographed within 14 days, and warned that "reasonable force" could be used to obtain the photograph.

Grant Davies: Sydney dancing teacher sentenced for child pornography and sex abuse
By Liv Casben and Clare Blumer

Grant Davies has been sentenced to 24 years in jail for multiple child sex offences. 
AAP: Dan Himbrechts

Sydney dancing teacher Grant Davies has been sentenced to 24 years in jail for multiple child sex offences against nine victims, with the judge imposing a non-parole period of 18 years.

Davies pleaded guilty last year to child pornography and sexual abuse charges for crimes against former students from his now-defunct RG Dance studio in Sydney's inner west.

On Friday, he looked directly at the judge as graphic details of his sexual abuse were read out.

Davies began sexually abusing one student when she was just 10 years old, with the abuse continuing for a number of years.

In sentencing Davies to a minimum of 18 years in jail, Judge Jennie Girdham said his crimes were made worse by the fact he was in a position of authority.

She described his behaviour as predatory and persistent. 

'Diverse acts' perpetrated on boys and girls

Judge Girdham told the court that Davies' offending covered "diverse acts with nine children" of both genders.

"The vast selection of sexual text messages, pornographic pictures and video material reveal the intensity and the extended duration of the offender's activity with his victims," she said.

"The offender started by sophisticated grooming of children, which over time escalated to sexual activity."

The court heard that some of Davies' victims avoided his advances and were reprimanded by him when they did.

The judge said of a victim: "She is frustrated that when she first had the courage to speak out about it, nearly no-one listened apart from her family and close friends, and many friends and parents in the dance world chose to turn a blind eye and not support her.

"As she ignored his advances, he ignored her during classes"

Davies groomed students and their mothers

Former students from RG Dance gave victim impact statements during the sentencing hearing, with one student — now aged in her 20s — saying Davies was so trusted by her family he would come to dinner, even though he was regularly abusing her.

PHOTO: Grant Davies will serve 24 years, with a minimum parole period of 18 years, for child sex offences. (AAP)

A student's mother said she sent Davies naked pictures and videos of her daughters, and that he threatened her when she tried to stop.

The woman told the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Abuse that she feared he would destroy their dancing prospects.

The woman said when she did not respond to Davies, he "threatened to destroy me and my daughters ... expose me and what I was doing ... and release the images of me and my daughters on the internet".

Judge Girdham referenced his grooming pattern in her sentencing. "As the facts made clear, the offender utilized a pattern of conduct and groomed the children for sexual exploitation," said the judge.

"He constantly found new victims.

"In four instances, the offender befriended the children's mothers, so as to garner their trust and facilitate his access to their child."

'Grant felt he was untouchable'

Dance teacher Dodie Wilson said she believed the sentence should have been longer.

"We're happy that it's not the 10 years or so that we were worried that it was going to be, but when you add up all the charges that he should have got, it should have been a lot more," she said.

"Certainly 24 years is still a long time. I'm sure it's nothing for the victims or their families, but for a lot of the other people involved it's better than what we predicted."

"It's nice to know now that we aren't liars. Nobody was lying. He was lying."

"The reason he's (Davies) not offending now is because he's in jail. Full stop. He's remorseful that he got caught."

"Grant believed he was better than everybody else.
He felt that he was untouchable, above the law."

Davies had run the RG Dance with his sister Rebecca Davies.

She made a tearful apology at a hearing for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, saying she should have done more to prevent her brother from molesting children.

Davies was arrested in May 2013 when his wife reported him to the police after finding inappropriate messages he had sent to an underage girl.

Judge Girdham said she had taken into account Davies' "late and negotiated pleas of guilty, and the discount to which you are entitled by reason of them" to decide the length of the sentence and non-parole period.

Brave boy uncovers man's cow sex, child sexual abuse
Chris Calcino

POLICE have praised a boy whose testimony led to a Coffs Coast man being found guilty of bestiality and multiple child sex offences.

Allan Kenneth Brookes pleaded guilty to having sex with a cow at a Coffs region dairy farm after charges were brought against him in 2014.

A jury this month found him guilty of 17 other charges including multiple counts of aggravated indecency against a victim aged younger than 16, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated indecent assault.

Coffs Harbour Child Abuse Squad Detective Sergeant Matthew Zimmer said Brookes might not have been brought to justice if not for his young victim's bravery.

"I praise the courage of the young boy to come forward and speak to police," he said.

"If you have ever been abused, no matter what the circumstances and no matter how long ago it occurred, please contact the police.

"If an adult entrusted with your care took advantage of you, they deserve to be arrested, charged and put before the court. We would encourage any person who has ever been a victim of sexual or indecent assault to come forward."

Det Sgt Zimmer said the Child Abuse Squad was victims' first port of call if they wanted to make a report.

"The Child Abuse Squad have a dedicated team of investigators who will actively pursue offenders who have committed such crimes against children," he said.

"The child abuse squad is comprised of detectives who are specially trained to investigate crimes against children, including sexual assault, physical and emotional abuse and serious cases of neglect.

"The squad works in partnership with the Department of Family and Community Services and NSW Health with tri-agency teams based at metropolitan and regional locations throughout NSW.

"All reports are investigated thoroughly and victims can also access counselling and support."

He said anyone with information could call Crime Stoppers on 1800333000 or the Child Protection Helpline on 132111.

    Coffs Harbour, AU

Study Shows Link Between Severity of Child Sexual Abuse and Mental Health

Just in case you had any doubts, there is a direct link between child sex abuse and mental health. Mental health is a part of modern society that is deteriorating at an extraordinary pace. Much of it is because of drugs, including marijuana, but, as this study shows, much of it is due to child sex abuse.

It's time all governments addressed the nightmarish problem of child sex abuse in a much more aggressive way.

In an investigation published in the current issue of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics the harm of sexual abuse in Swiss adolescents is analyzed. 

Child Sexual Abuse (CSA) comprises activities with actual physical contact (e.g. rape, unwanted touching) and without physical contact (e.g. exhibitionism, exposure to pornography, verbal sexual harassment, distribution of intimate pictures against one's will).

Research has shown that CSA is a persistent public health problem across all countries and cultures. However, there is almost no research on the differential effects of the type of CSA on outcome. To bridge these research gaps, the aim of the study was to assess health-related quality of life (HRQoL) and mental health across contact and non-contact types of CSA in a population sample of adolescents.

Authors assessed a nationally representative sample of 6,751 Swiss 9th grade students (mean age 15.5 years) attending public schools. Results found that roughly 40% of females and 17% of males reported experience of some type of CSA in their lifetimes, with 'non-contact CSA only' considerably more prevalent in both genders (24.7 and 12.1%, respectively) than 'contact CSA only' (5.1 and 2.3%) and both types of CSA (10.5 and 2.8%).

The risk of females experiencing all categories of CSA was considerably higher than for males (OR = 2.37, 2.28, and 4.12, respectively). In addition, participants who had experienced both types of CSA had the lowest HRQoL and poorest mental health, whereas participants with no history of CSA had the highest scores for HRQoL as well as the best mental health.

Notably, in almost all measures, participants with non-contact CSA only were significantly more impaired than participants with no history of CSA. Males had better mental HRQoL as well as less mental health problems than females across all four groups.

Taken together, these results indicate that there is a gradient association between the severity of CSA and HRQoL and mental health. Furthermore, females reported lower scores than males in most dimensions of HRQoL and mental health. However, this was not specific for victims of CSA, confirming epidemiological findings on mental health in adolescence that show a higher prevalence of many mental disorders in girls.

Journal of Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics

Exorcist Priest and Soldier Arrested for Sex Abuse in Italy

The Local

A Sicilian priest and a soldier have been arrested for sexual abuse, which they carried out under the guise of spiritual 'healing', local media reported on Friday.

The pair, both based in Palermo, used the pretext of liberating victims from demonic possession in order to abuse women and children. The two were named by media as Salvatore Anello, 59, who belonged to the Capuchin order, and Salvatore Muratore, 52, who worked for the Italian army in Palermo. 

The men reportedly convinced victims that they were possessed by evil spirits, before carrying out a 'healing prayer' in their homes which involved "repeatedly touching their genitals", Palermo Today reported.

Anello was arrested at dawn on Friday morning and is being held in police custody, following a six-month long investigation into Muratore, who was a member of a local prayer group, and claimed to be able to perform exorcism.

Muratore is thought to have abused at least four women and one girl, while the priest is charged with abusing two women and three minors.

According to La Stampa, prosecutor Giorgia Righi said Muratore "took advantage of victims in a state of psychological fragility", and justified his groping by saying he was freeing the 'demon of lust'.

He might well have been doing just that but it was his demon he was freeing, and freeing to do what?

The army said Muratore would be suspended immediately and that it would co-operate fully with investigations.

Although priests are permitted by the Catholic church to carry out exorcisms, the rite should only occur with authorization from the diocesis, and Anello was not recognized as an exorcist.

The investigations are ongoing, with police working to identify any further victims.

Friday, 21 October 2016

Child Sex Abuse Org Urges Web Firms to Sign up to “Game-Changing” Hash List

Extraordinary success by IWF
needs to be repeated around the world

Online outfits can stamp out copies, stop sharing, prevent image uploads, says IWF chief

    Aurich Lawson / Thinkstock

On its twentieth anniversary, the UK's Internet Watch Foundation—propped up by Microsoft's PhotoDNA tech—is urging Web companies to use its list of digital fingerprints to help prevent the upload, sharing, and storage of child abuse sex images online.

The IWF hash list of the underlying code associated with child abuse images was distributed to Google, Facebook, and Twitter in August 2015. It is compiled by analysts at the charity, who have the gruelling task of sifting through photos and videos showing children being sexually abused. Every eight minutes they identify a new webpage containing horrendous images.

To date, 125,583 hashes have be added to the list—more than 3,000 of which involved the abuse of babies and toddlers.

IWF chief Susie Hargreaves said that the org's analysts had always removed reported images. "But in the past it could be uploaded again, and again," she said.

"This was incredibly frustrating for us and dreadfully sad for those victims. Now our new technology allows us, and any company which uses the Image Hash List, to hunt out those abusive images, meaning Internet companies can completely stamp out copies, stop the sharing, and even stop the image being uploaded in the first place.

"This is a major breakthrough. Each and every one of these images is the painful record of a child being sexually abused. Their suffering is very real. These victims have the right to know someone is fighting this important battle."

The IWF revealed the latest figures to mark 20 years since it began fighting the circulation of child sexual abuse images online. Since 1996, it has taken down a quarter of a million URLs.

Ars asked the charity to explain how Microsoft's offering would be protected against the danger posed by making its hash list available in the cloud. IWF's technical projects officer Harriet Lester told us that Microsoft was hosting the "cloud solution" on its servers, and said that it takes "great care to ensure security and use threat mitigation practices. These are vital to the protection of services and data."

She added: "The hashes which are hosted on the cloud do not leave the cloud. When a company wants to compare an image on their services, they use an API to send the image up to the cloud and receive a yes/no reply if the image has matched to the IWF hashes.

"The hashes will be in Microsoft PhotoDNA format, we do not host any child sexual abuse images on the cloud, a PhotoDNA hash is irreversible."

As of today, the charity says that 0.2 percent of child sexual abuse images are hosted in the UK, compared with 18 percent in 1996.

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In 2015, the IWF removed nearly 70,000 child sex abuse images from the Web. In the same year, more than 2,800 individuals in Britain were prosecuted for indecent images of children offences—a 27 percent increase on 2014.

This is extraordinary! Thank you and God bless each of you at IWF. Use of the hash-list should be mandatory in every country and on every server in the world. 

Brilliant New Website on Sex Trafficking - Lots of Good Info

1 of 14 - About Human Trafficking

Human trafficking is the recruitment and transportation of persons within or across boundaries by force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of exploiting them. Exploitation can include sexual exploitation, forced labor, slavery, servitude or the removal of organs.  

The defining feature of trafficking is not travel but control. A victim need not be physically transported from one location to another in order for this crime to be committed.

Trafficking is a global form of prostitution. The crime continues to grow because victims are coerced into silence, frozen in fear and kept hidden by the tactics of intimidation, power and control.

Many traffickers go unpunished, thus the crime is increasing, resulting in great profits for the perpetrators while continuing to destroy the lives of women and children.

In 2000, the UN articulated the Palermo Agreement, which was signed by 121 countries. The Palermo Agreement defines human trafficking with three essential components:  Process, Means, and Purpose.
  • Process is recruiting, luring, harbouring, moving or obtaining a person

  • Means is the use of force, fraud, coercion, power and control. Force could mean the use of rape, beating, and confinement to control the person. Fraud involves false offers to induce people into trafficking, such as promising jobs etc. Coercion involves threats of harm, physical restraining, abuse, or threatening family or pets. 

  • Purpose is for sexual exploitation, slavery, forced labor or organ trafficking. 

Please click on the link above, read, and watch the several short videos. The world needs to understand just how enormous this problem is. May it start with you. 

Former Police Chief Guilty of Child Sex Abuse

 From BBC, North East Wales

   An artist's impression of Gordon Anglesea during the trial


A former north Wales police chief has been found guilty of historical child sex offences.

Gordon Anglesea, 79, from Old Colwyn, was convicted of one charge of indecent assault against one boy, and three indecent assaults against another.

Addressing Anglesea at Mold Crown Court Judge Geraint Walters said "there can only be one sentence and that is a prison sentence".

North Wales Police's assistant chief constable apologised after the trial.

"The victims in this case have waited a long time for justice and I am pleased that today they have seen this done," said ACC Richard Debicki.

"It has not been an easy journey from them, it has taken courage to stand by their convictions, but I hope that they will now take some solace from seeing their abuser brought to justice."

"I would like to apologise on behalf of the force to those whose lives he so traumatically affected."

Anglesea, a former superintendent in the Wrexham area, had denied the charges, with his defence funded by the Police Federation.

He was also found not guilty of an alternative charge of a serious sexual assault, and granted bail until 4 November when he will be sentenced.

I don't get that! The judge said 'prison can be the only sentence' then he gives him bail until sentencing! Does that make sense to you?

Ed Beltrami, chief prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service Wales, said Anglesea had been in "a position of power and authority in order to prey on very young and vulnerable victims" and praised those who gave evidence for helping to secure his conviction.

"I hope that it will also prove to be a meaningful step in the recovery process of his victims, who have had to live with what happened for a long time before seeing their abuser brought before the court," he added.

'Smirk on his face'

Anglesea was arrested in 2013 as part of the National Crime Agency's Operation Pallial investigation into historical abuse across north Wales.

The offences took place between 1982 and 1987, when both boys were aged 14 or 15.

One boy was abused in the showers of a Home Office attendance centre in Wrexham run by Anglesea, who was a police inspector at the time.

The court heard how he subjected juvenile offenders to a military-style, "short, sharp shock" regime of physical exercise, drill parades and woodwork classes on Saturday afternoons.

Gordon Anglesea
Gordon Anglesea ANDREW PRICE

Anglesea was "answerable to no-one" at the centre and would "inspect" the parade, make the youngsters do naked sit-ups and squat thrusts, then loiter around the showers "with a smirk on his face".

His second victim was initially sexually assaulted by convicted paedophile John Allen, while living at the Bryn Alyn children's home in Wrexham and the abuse sometimes involved other adults who used him "like a toy".

On one occasion, at a house in Mold, he said Anglesea "grabbed him by the hair" and indecently assaulted him, calling him "scum" and telling him he had the "power to send him away".

The prosecution said both victims had been left "damaged" by the abuse and led "chaotic" lives of crime and drug and alcohol addiction.

'Darkest' days

During the trial, Anglesea was questioned about links to other paedophiles, including Gary Cooke, who is currently serving 14 years in prison, and Peter Howarth, former deputy head of the Bryn Estyn children's home, who died in prison in 1997.

In 1994, Anglesea was awarded £375,000 in libel damages after media organisations ran stories about his links to abuse at children's homes in north Wales.

One report, published in 1991, detailed how Bryn Estyn residents claimed he was a regular visitor to the home.

Anglesea has always maintained the allegations at the heart of the libel case were false but said in court that even after the libel trial, the issue "never went away".

One of those publications sued by Anglesea was the satirical magazine Private Eye.

In a statement, its high-profile editor Ian Hislop, described that action as "one of the darkest periods of my editorship".

Gordon Anglesea

"During the libel trial Anglesea said that he had never assaulted any teenage boys. We now know that this was a lie, that he was indeed a paedophile, that in truth he had no reputation to defend.

"I take a certain grim satisfaction in this verdict today and in the fact that justice has eventually been done."

But Mr Hislop said he did not intend to revisit the libel case.

"Private Eye will not be looking to get our money back from the libel damages. Others have paid a far higher price," he said.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Record Rates of Sexually Transmitted Diseases Hit US – CDC

    © Jean-Paul Pelissier / Reuters

Cases of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis reached records levels in 2015 among young Americans, according the federal health officials. Highest rates are among gay and bisexual men. Among the causes are budget cuts in STD clinics and dating apps.

In 2015, there were more than
1.5 million chlamydia cases reported,
nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea,
and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis

According to the new report in 2015, there were more than 1.5 million chlamydia cases reported, nearly 400,000 cases of gonorrhea, and nearly 24,000 cases of syphilis. In just a year since 2014, chlamydia cases grew by 5.9 percent, gonorrhea by 12.8 percent and syphilis great by 19 percent, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a national study.

“We have reached a decisive moment for the nation,” Dr. Jonathan Mermin, director of the CDC’s center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention said in a release. “STD rates are rising, and many of the country’s systems for preventing STDs have eroded. We must mobilize, rebuild and expand services – or the human economic burden will continue to grow.”

The 2015 data showed Americans 15 to 24 years old accounted for nearly two-thirds of chlamydia diagnoses, and half of the gonorrhea cases. Gay and bisexual men accounted for the majority of gonorrhea cases, and 82 percent of syphilis cases. The health agency also said antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea may be higher among men who had sex with men.

The high rates of gonorrhea among men, the CDC thinks might be attributed to the advent of HIV treatment. Some may have stopped using condoms so consistently because they are no longer afraid of a deadly infection.

“But, unfortunately, HIV treatment has no impact on prevention of (other) STDs,” Dr. Gail Bolan, Director of CDC’s Division of STD Prevention said, according to NBC. “Unless you are using condoms consistently and correctly, you are putting yourself at risk for STDs.”

Rate of Chlamydia infections in blacks is
5.9 times the rate for whites

The study found higher rates of chlamydia among black than white at 5.9 times the rate, and among American Indians than white at 3.8 times the rate.

Rate of Chlamydia infections in American Indians
is 3.8 times the rate for whites

Rates of gonorrhea infection were higher in the West and the South, and greater for men.

Other findings were the number of women diagnosed with syphilis had grown 27 percent, and infections from pregnant women to their babies had increased by 6 percent.

There are estimated 20 million new STDs cases in the US each year and half of these are among young people 15-24 years old.

The CDC said in 2012, 52 percent of state and local STD programs experience budget cuts, causing a reduction in clinic hours, contact tracing, and screening for common STDS. That same year, 21 local health department STD clinics closed.

A recent example was the Illinois Department of Health stopped paying for STD tests at 100 jails and local health department across the state.

All three of the diseases can be treated with antibiotics but the CDC said found part of the cause could be attributed to cuts in budgets to more half the STD programs at the state and local levels. In one year alone they discovered more than 20 health department STD clinics were closed.

“Fewer clinics mean reduced access to STD testing and treatment for those need these services,” said the CDC.

The federal health agency found young people and gay and bisexual men continued to face the greatest risk of becoming infected with STD.

430 babies born with syphilis

The health monitoring agency said there is a troubling increase in syphilis among newborns with 430 babies born with the disease.

“Up to 40 percent of babies born to women with untreated syphilis may be stillborn, or die from infection as a newborn,” said the CDC.

40 percent of babies born to women with untreated syphilis
may be stillborn, or die from infection as a newborn,

The agency found some women get no prenatal care at all, about 22 percent of those women with infected babies had no prenatal care in 2014, and others were tested early in the pregnancy but not later on.

“The health outcome of syphilis – miscarriage, stillbirth, blindness or stroke – can be devastating,” Dr. Bolan said in a release. "Every pregnant woman should be tested for syphilis, and sexually active gay and bisexual men should be tested for syphilis at least once a year.”

“The health outcome of syphilis –
miscarriage, stillbirth, blindness or stroke

Without testing and treatment, STD cases can do undiagnosed putting people at risk for severe and often irreversible health problems, including infertility, chronic pain and increased risk for HIV. The CDC also estimates STD cases can increase health care costs as much as $16 billion a year.

The report comes with recommendations. Pregnant women should be screened for STD as part of routine medical and prenatal care. STDs to be talked about publicly and condoms emphasized as well as monogamy. State and local health departments should direct more resources to areas hardest hit by the STD epidemic.

While some reports have linked dating and hook-up apps with an increase in STDs in some communities, Mermin said there's no hard evidence to show cause and effect. And he said such apps can be tools for good.

"The dating apps can also be vectors of prevention by increasing the amount of prevention information that people can see and also by linking people to STD and HIV testing," he said, according to NBC.

14 Charged After Online Child Sexual Exploitation Investigation in Northern Alberta

  video 1:19

By Caley Ramsay and Emily Mertz Global News

Fourteen people from communities across northern Alberta have been charged with more than 30 offences related to online child sexual exploitation.

The suspects were all charged between June and October of this year. They are all men between the ages of 26 and 61.

The Alberta Law Enforcement Response Teams’ (ALERT) Internet Child Exploitation unit (ICE) said none of them worked in professions of trust and/or authority.

Officials said Operation ICE Reign was launched in response to an increase in child sexual exploitation offences. The ICE unit has seen a 75 per cent increase in the number of new child sexual exploitation cases over the last six years.

“Operation ICE Reign resulted in the seizure of thousands of photos and videos of children being abused and each one of those images represents a real-world victim,” ALERT Insp. Dave Dubnyk said. “As a society, we have a collective responsibility to protect children and shield them from sexual exploitation.”

“These images seized in this investigation depict extreme abuse with victims, sometimes as young as infants,” Dubnyk added. “Our forensic technicians are still examining the more than 250 computers, cell phones and electronics devices that were seized and, to date, have found upwards of 25,000 photos and videos.”

ALERT said there “is no definitive link between the suspects other than the offences allegedly committed.”

The following individuals are facing charges, although the ALERT news release did not reveal what specific charges they were facing:

Jeremy Able, 27, of Edmonton
Aaron Badger, 26, of Bonnyville
Brian Bandura, 61, of Edmonton
Nicholas Bauer, 28, of Edmonton
Robert Caissie, 26, of Edmonton
Brett Gray, 38, of Edmonton
Daniel Houde, 44, of Fort McMurray
Daniel Kozel, 38, of Edmonton
Alexandre Martin, 29, of Fort McMurray
James Morris, 40, of Grande Prairie
Freddy Reiter, 56, of St. Albert
James Reiter, 39, of Spruce Grove
Peter Ritchie, 45, of Kikino Metis Settlement
Cody Roguski, 32, of Fort McMurray

ICE is a unit made up of members from the Edmonton Police Service and the RCMP.

It investigates offences involving child pornography, any computer-related child sexual abuse, child luring over the Internet, voyeurism involving victims under the age of 18 and child sex trade/tourism.

This is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet, but one of the most vital. Thank you all for doing it. God bless you.

Officers hope Operation ICE Reign raises awareness about the pervasiveness of child sexual exploitation. ALERT partnered with the Canadian Centre for Child Protection.

“While the Internet did not create this problem, it has created unprecedented opportunities for offenders to access, possess and distribute child sexual abuse material-as well as actively participate in the market of child sexual abuse,” Lianna McDonald, executive director for the Canadian Centre for Child Protection, said. “Today’s announcement not only underscores how significant a problem this is, but also challenges the misconceptions about who and what type of individuals participate in these crimes against children.”

McDonald said, to date, the centre has received information from 115 survivors of abuse.

“We are now starting to see the first generation of victims of child sexual abuse whose abuse has been recorded and distributed online,” she said. “They are now reaching adulthood.”

Can you imagine a teen or young adult growing up, knowing that there are intimate pictures or videos of them being sexually abused out there on the internet with no real way of removing them. What a nightmare! Child porn makers out to be locked up for the rest of their lives. Their victims will suffer for the rest of theirs in fear of their images suddenly turning up one day among family or friends.

Anyone with information about this investigation or any child exploitation offence is asked to contact local police or cybertip.ca.

Child Sex Ring, Caregivers, Teachers, Martial Arts Instructors on Today's P&P List

Four people found guilty in child sex abuse case sentenced to life in prison
Web Staff, News10, ABC

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HUDSON, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Four people will spend the rest of their lives behind bars in what a judge called a despicable case of child abuse.

They were convicted in August of more than 45 charges for running a child sex ring. The judge sentenced Goliath Van Alphen, his ex-wife Jeanine Van Alphen-Moot, William Wendover III, and Eugene Shackelton to 25 years to life on many of the charges.

“You did the most vile, despicable acts that could possibly be done by one person to another,” the judge said. “You did it to children who had nobody to protect themselves. You did it to them when they were defenseless.”

It appears the children were in the care of one or more of the defendants. The exact nature of their relationships, I have not been able to determine. 

Before sentencing, the judge read an impact statement from one of the victims, who said the defendants ruined their life.

    Hudson, NY

New charges filed in Utah child sex abuse case
By Amy Macavinta staff writer, HJ News

A Richmond man accused of child sex abuse has requested a preliminary hearing in the cases against him.

Dustin James Mangum, 38, was charged in 1st District Court last week with two counts of sodomy on a child, dating back to 2003 in connection with a female in her teens who told her family about the abuse she reportedly experienced as a child more than 10 years ago.

This case is in addition to the eight counts of sodomy on a child and 15 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child filed in August for the alleged sexual assault of another child.

Mangum has been incarcerated at the Cache County Jail since Aug. 19. Officials say when he became aware that the older girl’s family knew about the abuse, he went to the Cache County Sheriff’s Office and confessed to molesting her then and also another child within the last two years.

A preliminary hearing for both cases has been set for Nov. 2. During that hearing, prosecutors will be required to demonstrate they have sufficient reason to charge Mangum.

    Richmond, UT

Sheriff reveals more on alleged child sex abuse at Maryland Martial Arts studio
Julian Sadur, Reporter

More information has been revealed about the alleged child sex abuse inside Mitchell's Marital Arts in Salisbury, Md. In a one-on-one sit down with Wicomico County Sheriff Mike Lewis 47 ABC has learned that there may be another suspect and more than just the three original victims involved in the alleged child sex abuse case.

Both Zack Bennett, 26, an instructor and Leah Wright, 21, have already been arrested for their alleged roles in the matter. Wednesday, Sheriff Lewis alluded to the fact that one more person may have played a role in this and that the Sheriff's department is working on that possibility.

Charging documents 47 ABC obtained state that three female victims ages 13 to 15 at the time were abused by Bennett, however Lewis said they "know there are several more victims"  involved. Lewis said the investigation is "extremely active" and that more victim interviews will be done.

"I don't think there's anyway you can rationalize this. When we deal with these individuals, when we interview them we try to understand what's going on in their minds, we try to understand why they would even think about victimizing a young child, there's nothing they can say or do to rationalize what they do," Lewis said.

According to Lewis they have reason to believe Bennett has been sexually harassing underage girls since he began his employment with Mitchell's 10-years-ago.

"These things unfortunately occur and when they occur it shocks our conscious, it shocks everyone. Everybody's victimized by this individual not just those that he physically victimized, but those who looked up to him as a mentor, as an instructor, it affects us all," Lewis said.

Charging documents have also indicated possible charges pending against Bennett in Ocean City, though the States Attorney's office in Worcester County could not comment.

Last Friday, M.J. Caldwell, corporate attorney for Mitchell's Martial Arts released the following statement: "We are aware of the incident. We take the safety and security of our staff and guests very seriously. We intend to uphold and enforce the highest standards of conduct as we move forward with our business."

Bennett is currently being held at the Wicomico County Detention Center without bail.

Meanwhile Leah Wright was released Tuesday on $150,000 bond.

Would you believe another MMA instructor pederast in Maryland?

In February 2014, Anne Arundel Police charged an Edgwater, Maryland Martial Arts instructor, Jason Alexander Webb, with child sex abuse for a relationship with a 14 year old girl.

In August 2014, Webb was sentenced to 10 days in jail... see below

Maryland martial arts teacher gets 10 days for several sex offenses against student

Jason Alexander Webb, 26, of 704 Childs Point Road, Annapolis, Md. After the Anne Arundel County Police Department along with the Department of Social Services received a report of sexual child abuse. - Original Credit: (AACo Police Photo, HANDOUT)

Tim Pratt, Capitol Gazette

A former Edgewater martial arts instructor was sentenced to 10 days in jail Wednesday for having a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old female student.

Jason Webb, 27, apologized for his actions after he pleaded guilty to a third-degree sex offense in Anne Arundel Circuit Court in Annapolis. He was 26 when the incident occurred last summer.

"I made an irresponsible decision," Webb said. "I'm not proud of that decision and I would never want someone to go through something like that."

But Assistant State's Attorney Sandra Howell said Webb had two previous sexual relationships with girls who were 17 years old. The age of consent in Maryland is 16, but the previous relationships demonstrate a "pattern of behavior" where Webb seeks out young girls, Howell said.

"They're getting younger and younger," she said. Did I mention, sin is progressive?

Judge Paul A. Hackner said he was taking the previous incidents into consideration when giving Webb a three-year sentence, with all but 10 days suspended. "If this were an isolated incident I would be a little more sympathetic," Hackner said.

Webb will be on three years of probation upon his release and must register as a Tier II sex offender – a 25-year registration.

In addition, Hackner ordered Webb not to have unsupervised contact with anyone under 18 years old. He also must continue to undergo counseling. "I think when a 26-year-old is having relationships with 16- and 17-year-olds, there's a problem," Hackner said.

Webb was an instructor at East Coast Martial Arts in Edgewater when he began an intimate relationship with the 14-year-old girl in July of 2013, Howell said.

According to charging documents, at least three sexual incidents took place that summer in the Annapolis home Webb shared with his parents. His father is Anne Arundel County school board member Solon Webb. Solon Webb said he was "shocked" when he learned about the allegations last winter.

One of the teen's friends found out about the relationship in September and warned Jason Webb that it should stop, Howell said. At one point, the teen worried she might be pregnant and Jason Webb bought her a pregnancy test, Howell said. The test was negative.

The Department of Social Services was alerted to the relationship in October. An investigation ensued and a warrant for Jason Webb's arrest was issued on Jan. 6. He was charged with third- and fourth-degree sex offenses, and sex abuse of a minor.

He turned himself in on Feb. 20 and was released the same day on a $65,000 bail.

The teen is a student at an Anne Arundel County public school, schools spokesman Bob Mosier confirmed earlier this year, and the school has worked with the family to make resources available to her.

    Edgewater, MD

California teacher/daycare worker’s
child sex abuse trial date set

(Courtesy of Palo Alto Police Department) Palo Alto elementary school teacher Michael Airo was charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and three counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child.


Court records: Palo Alto elementary school teacher was living with girl he allegedly sexually abused

PALO ALTO — The trial of a former Ohlone Elementary School teacher accused of abusing a child more than a decade ago has been set for Jan. 30.

Michael Airo appeared in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Tuesday before Judge Diane Northway, alongside defense attorney Michael Armstrong.

Armstrong and Santa Clara County Deputy District Attorney Chris Lamiero told the court the trial is expected to last about two weeks, including two to four days for jury selection.

Each side expects to bring in about four witnesses during the trial, with Judge Kenneth Barnum presiding.

Airo, who taught fourth and fifth grades at Ohlone, was charged in December 2015 with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child and three counts of lewd or lascivious acts on a child.

He turned himself in and was released from jail on $500,000 bail.

The Palo Alto Unified School District placed Airo on administrative leave and initiated dismissal proceedings after learning of the allegations.

Airo faces these charges after the victim, a woman who is now 24 years old, told a therapist he abused her when she was 11. The incidents were initially reported to the San Mateo County Department of Children and Family Services and then forwarded to the Palo Alto Police Department in May 2014.

The alleged incidents took place between Dec. 9, 2002, when the victim was 11, and Dec. 8, 2005.

Airo met the girl’s mother in 1999 while he was working as a private childcare provider for an after-school program in which the girl was a student, police said.

The woman said Airo eventually moved in with her family and he would walk into the bathroom while she was showering and kiss her naked body, according to court records.

California teacher slits his own throat in court after being found guilty of child sex abuse
Ashitha Nagesh for Metro

Jones slit his own throat with a small razor (Picture: Orange County DA Office)

Jeffrey Scott Jones, a 56-year-old teacher from Huntington Beach in California, pulled out a razor blade and slashed himself just moments after the verdict was delivered on Wednesday.

He was rushed to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Jones, who taught Advanced Place English classes at a local academy, was accused of molesting and having sex with a 13-year-old relative of his live-in girlfriend in 2012 and 2013.

Prosecutors at the Orange County courtroom said DNA evidence pointed to Jones, while the defence argued that the girl had lied to cover up her cannabis use.

The jury deliberated for around two hours before convicting Jones of continuous sexual abuse and aggravated sexual assault of a child.

His offences carry a potential sentence of 66 years to life in prison.

‘Right after the judge asked if we wanted jurors polled, both attorneys said no – and then he [Jones] took a razor out of his left pocket and slashed his throat,’ prosecutor Heather Brown told City News Service.

‘His head hit the table and I thought he had fainted. But then I saw the blood and the razor on the table.’

The county Sheriff’s Department will now investigate how Jones, who had been free on bail, managed to sneak a razor blade through court security.

    Huntington Beach, CA

Montana daycare man sentenced to
100 years for child sex abuse
By - Associated Press

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) - A 40-year-old Billings man has been sentenced to 100 years in prison for sexually abusing five children who attended his mother’s daycare, causing what the judge called “incalculable and horrendous” harm.

The Billings Gazette reports District Judge Michael Moses sentenced Jared Terhune Thursday. He must serve 25 years before being eligible for parole.

Terhune pleaded guilty in August to five counts of sexual assault, three counts of sexual intercourse without consent and four counts of sexual abuse of children.

The mother of one of the children said her daughter cringes around men she does not know, will not wear a bathing suit and has lost her innocence.

Exactly! That's what pedophilia is all about - the destruction of innocence, the violation of the sacred.

Terhune testified that he was molested from age 8 to 10 and wished he had received treatment sooner.

Moses said it’s mind-boggling for someone who was molested to inflict such “incalculable and horrendous” harm on another child.

Because, Judge Moses, there is much more damage done to sexually abused children than just the physical and emotional. There is spiritual damage. There is a spiritual element to pedophilia. The desire to violate the sacred or destroy innocence has a spiritual source, and, unfortunately, that spiritual connection is passed on to the victims and must be eradicated before the survivor can even begin to heal.

Canadian Sentenced to Prison Indefinitely After Deemed Dangerous Offender

'There will never be a time when it will be safe
to release' Shayne Lund into community,
Ontario judge says
By Shannon Martin, CBC News 

    On Wednesday, Orillia, Ont., resident Shayne Lund was labelled a dangerous offender. (CBC)

An Orillia, Ont., man who pleaded guilty to molesting children as young as two years old has been labelled a dangerous offender and sentenced to prison indefinitely.

Shayne Lund, 25, pleaded guilty to 34 of the 100 charges he initially faced when arrested in 2013.

In approving the dangerous offender application, Justice Joseph Kenkel said Wednesday morning that the Crown proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Lund is a high risk to reoffend.

Shortly after noon, Kenkel sentenced Lund to indefinite incarceration. The sentence will be reviewed by the Parole Board of Canada in four years, as outlined in the Criminal Code.

"There will never be a time when it will be safe to release Mr. Lund into the community," Kenkel said in handing down his sentence in a Barrie courtroom.

Dangerous offender

Earlier Wednesday, Kenkel labelled Lund a dangerous offender. As that finding was read out, Lund's supporters — including his father Mark, a former Ontario Provincial Police officer — started sobbing. Mark Lund has also been charged with obstruction of justice in the case.

Shayne Lund, wearing black-framed glasses and a red-collared dress shirt, appeared to be shaking as the judge's decision was read to the court.

Kenkel said Lund shows a "complete inability to control sexual impulses," and his "conduct resulted in pain and serious harm to others."

Lund's "repetitive behaviour" from his teens to his early twenties was aggressive, Kenkel said, and showed a "complete disregard for others."

Lund displayed a "history of manipulation and deceit" that cast doubt on his prospects for rehabilitation, Kenkel said.

'He's very nervous'

Lund declined to speak in court Wednesday. His lawyer, Eginhart Ehlers, told court that Lund wanted to offer his sincere apologies to the community.

"He's declining to speak because he can't get his thoughts straight. He's very nervous, and virtually unable to focus," said Ehlers.

"He's had a tough time while incarcerated."

Ehlers argued Lund should be sentenced to eight to 10 years.

Lund has no previous criminal convictions and has spent nearly half of his time in pre-trial custody, in segregation.

'Severe impact'

"His 37-month period of time going through this process has opened his eyes to the damage he caused," Ehlers said. "The irreparable damage to his own family, his own life, more importantly to his victims, to young children, the devastation to their lives."

Ehlers told court Lund has had no contact with his family while behind bars, which has had a "severe impact" on him.

Crown prosecutor Indy Kandola called Lund a "rare-breed offender" and is pushing for an indeterminate sentence.

"He lives and breathes to violate children and animals," Kandola said Wednesday, adding Lund is an "incurable pedophile."

Girlfriends plead guilty

Lund pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual assault, as well as charges of bestiality, possessing child pornography and conspiring to administer a noxious substance to a person under 16.

The crimes involved up to 14 children, and occurred in Orillia, Penetanguishene and Waterloo, the Crown told the court.

    Shayne Lund, Kathryn Thompson, Avery Taylor

Two of Lund's former girlfriends, Avery Taylor and Kathryn Thompson, pleaded guilty to almost a dozen charges each.

Both were sentenced to jail time and designated long-term offenders.