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
Thursday, 22 June 2017
Woman played harp for Queen charged with CSA - Suffolk
5 more Rotherham perverts arrested by NCA's Stovewood - So. Yorkshire
Football coach found guilty of CSA of 10 y/o - Lanarkshire
Gay man gets 14 years for CSA of 12 y/o boy - Lincolnshire
Harpist who played for the Queen and four prime ministers faces child sex abuse charges
A famed harpist who played for the Queen and four PMs is facing child sex abuse charges dating back to the 1980s.
Danielle Perrett, who also performed for Charles, Diana and other royals, is accused of seven counts of indecently assaulting a teenage boy.
Perrett, 58, of Alpheton, Suffolk, who also teaches music and has appeared in several films, entered no plea when she appeared at Ipswich crown court.
Her ex-partner Richard Barton-Wood, 68, a warden at Wymondham Abbey in Norfolk, denied a total of eight charges.
The pair were granted bail and will stand trial next January.
Five more men arrested as part of Rotherham
child sexual abuse probe
Five more men have been arrested as part of the National Crime Agency's huge investigation into historical child sexual exploitation in Rotherham.
The NCA said three of the men, aged 32, 36 and 37, were arrested in Sheffield and Rotherham on Wednesday on suspicion of indecent assault and conspiracy to rape three girls under the age of 16 between 1998 and 2003.
Two men, aged 35 and 36, were arrested on Thursday in Rotherham on suspicion of rape and indecent assault against two girls under the age of 16 between 2000 and 2002.
The arrests were made in connection with Operation Stovewood, the investigation set up by the NCA after it was invited by South Yorkshire Police to look into allegations of widespread non-familial child sexual exploitation and abuse in the town between 1997 and 2013.
An NCA spokesman said the recent arrests follow on from the three others made earlier this week.
All eight suspects have since been released while under investigation, she added.
To date, a total of 23 men have been arrested and eight people have been charged with 42 offences.
The spokesman added: "The investigation continues to grow and officers are now engaging with and supporting 200 victims and survivors."
Lanarkshire football coach guilty of
child sexual abuse
The High Court in Glasgow heard that the coach knew
members of the boy's family
A former boys football coach has been found guilty of sexual offences involving a young player.
Mark Ellis, 57, preyed on the 10-year-old during a series of attacks in 1991.
A jury at the High Court in Glasgow heard Ellis was running a football team and training school in South Lanarkshire at the time.
Ellis, who had denied the charges of lewd and libidinous behaviour, was remanded in custody and will be sentenced next month.
Ellis lived in Biggar at the time of the offences.
He later moved to the West Midlands and coached boys at Birmingham City.
The offences came to light after his victim, now 37, travelled to England to confront him.
Judge Johanna Johnston QC told Ellis: "You have been convicted of one of the most serious sexual offences... one against a child. It is a grave offence."
Historic child sex offender jailed after
grooming Grimsby boy, 12
A man has been jailed for 14 years after being convicted of the historic sexual abuse of a Grimsby boy and another boy in Leeds, West Yorkshire.
Andrew Marshall, 41, of Kimberley Road, Benfleet, Essex, had denied a total of 11 offences, including six counts of indecent assault, one of grooming, two of penetrative sexual activity with a boy, one of inciting sexual activity with a boy and one of rape.
However, on Monday, June 19, a jury sitting at Grimsby Crown Court found him guilty of 10 of the 11 counts. The charge of grooming was ordered to lie on file.
The court heard Marshall’s abuse of both boys began when he posed as a 19-year-old in an online chatroom site they had both visited after beginning to question their sexuality.
He first made contact with the Grimsby boy when the victim was just 12-years-old.
The abuse continued for around five years, during which Marshall bought him gifts – including a mobile phone, computer equipment and drugs – and even set up a bank account in his name telling him to treat the money he paid in for him as ‘pocket money’.
Throughout that time, Marshall regularly pressured the boy into engaging in sex acts in his car and latterly at a Grimsby hotel.
An investigation was launched in May 2015, when the then 23-year-old victim came to Grimsby Police Station and revealed what had happened to him.
During the course of the investigation it emerged that in 2008 Marshall had committed similar offences against a second 13-year-old boy in Leeds.
The victim revealed Marshall had also sexually abused him on two occasions after buying him expensive gifts, including designer underwear and computer equipment.
As well as being jailed for 14 years, Marshall was made subject to a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, which bans him from being alone with children or from working with them for life.
Welcoming the “significant jail term” handed to Marshall, DC Mark Lilleyman, who lead the two year investigation, said: “I am delighted that this dangerous sexual predator is now safely behind bars and his victims can begin to rebuild their lives."
“I would like to thank both men for their bravery in coming forward and telling us what happened to them. Thanks to their courage, Marshall is now unable to target any other victims and will spend a significant period of time in prison.
“I also hope that the sentence imposed on Marshall will serve as a warning to others that this kind of behaviour will not go unnoticed or unpunished. We will find out, we will find you and we will get justice for your victims.”
Old man named Inocente charged with 19 counts of CSA - Illinois
81 y/o ex-teacher charged with child rape and CSA - Utah
70 y/o man facing charges of sex abuse of under 13 y/o - New York
Man used social media to arrange rape, sodomy of child - Alabama
Man takes Alford Plea & "PUFF" 13 CSA charges disappear - Wyoming
Elderly Aurora man charged in second
child sex abuse caseHannah Leone
Decades-old child sexual abuse charges have been filed against an elderly Aurora man who was already facing sex assault and abuse charges in a more recent case, according to Kane County Court records.
Bail is set at $250,000 for Inocente Delgado, 78, of the 500 block of Binder Street, according to jail records.
He was obviously mis-named by his parents.
Court records show Delgado was charged Wednesday with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a victim who was younger than 13 when the alleged offenses occurred. All class 2 felonies, the new charges indicate at least one incident of the alleged abuse occurred on or about Oct. 30, 1989.
He was already facing charges filed in May that include five counts of predatory criminal sexual assault involving a victim younger than 13 and four counts of aggravated sexual abuse charges, at least one alleged to have taken place in May 2015. Two of the abuse charges state the alleged victim was younger than 13, while the other two state the victim was both younger than 18 and was someone Delgado knew. The assault charges are class X felonies, meaning conviction could bring enhanced penalties.
Former teacher arrested for alleged
child sex abuse in OremBy MARIAH NOBLE | The Salt Lake Tribune
An 81-year-old retired teacher has been arrested on suspicion of sexual abusing a girl in Orem.
On June 12, the Utah Division of Child and Family Services reported to police that a 14-year-old girl said she had been sexually abused by Kenneth Higa, according to a news release from the Orem Police Department.
A detective investigated the report and arrested Higa on Wednesday, the release said. He is being held at the Utah County jail on suspicion of six counts of aggravated forcible sex abuse, a first-degree felony, and two counts of object rape, a second-degree felony.
Police suspect there may be more victims because Higa "has been in a position where he has been around children for the past 30 years," according to the release.
Police are asking that any other victims call 801-229-7070 and ask to talk with Detective Johnson.
Higa was a faculty member at John F. Kennedy Junior High School in West Valley City from the early 1990s until at least 2005. During his time there, he taught courses in U.S. history, according to a former student.
Higa also has been an active member of the Utah karate community.
Floyd man accused of sexual abuse of minor
A Floyd man faces felony charges after allegedly having sexual contact with a child under the age of 13, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office said.
Arthur Treen, 70, is charged with felony first-degree sexual abuse. He was arrested by investigators assigned to the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.
Treen was arraigned in New York Mills Village Court and was sent to Oneida County jail, deputies said.
The victim has been offered counseling services through the Child Advocacy Center.
Cullman man faces multiple charges of
child sex abuse
CULLMAN COUNTY, Ala. — A Cullman man is facing multiple charges child sex abuse, according to the Cullman County Sheriff's Office.
Henry Dewey Loyd, 44, was arrested following a three-month long investigation after authorities say the suspect targeted someone he knew using social media. Loyd is accused of arranging to meet the juvenile through social media to commit an illegal act.
The victim came forward to investigators following the incident, which resulted in warrants for Loyd's arrest.
Loyd is charged with second degree rape, second degree sodomy, traveling to meet a child for an unlawful act, electronic solicitation of a child and transmitting obscene material to a minor. He is being held at the Cullman County Detention Center on bonds totaling $180,000.
“I would like to make all parents aware that social media like Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, etc have their good points however sexual predators are constantly on them as well trying to entice your children. I can’t in the strongest terms recommend to parents to check your children’s social media pages and private messages to see who they are speaking with because the predators are constantly looking for victims. I would also like to thank our investigators for the job they did on this case," said Sheriff Matt Gentry in a news release.
Investigators say due to the graphic nature of the case they will not be releasing any details relating to the crimes.
Cullman Co., AL
Alford Plea Makes 13 Charges of
Child Sex Abuse Disappear
A Casper man accused of sexually abusing a young girl over a period of more than two and a half years, as well as knocking his then-wife unconscious and raping her, entered an Alford plea to a single charge Thursday in Natrona County District Court.
Samson Dean Emerson, 34, entered an Alford plea to one count of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor as part of a plea agreement. In exchange, the state agreed to dismiss 13 additional charges filed against Emerson in a second amended information.
Emerson was initially charged with six counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, six counts of incest and two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
By entering an Alford plea, Emerson asserts his innocence and does not admit to the crime. However, he does admit the state has evidence which would likely persuade a judge or jury to find him guilty of the crime beyond a reasonable doubt.
Assistant District Attorney Brett Johnson will ask that Natrona County District Court Judge Catherine Wilking sentence Emerson to 10-20 years in prison. Wilking deferred acceptance of the plea agreement pending receipt of the presentence investigation report, noting that she could impose a harsher sentence if, after reading that report, she determines the agreed upon sentence to be too lenient.
Should that happen, Emerson would be allowed to withdraw his plea.
Charging documents say Emerson moved in with the father of the victim in 2014. In September 2016, a Natrona County Sheriff's deputy responded to a home in Bar Nunn and was told by the victim -- who was 12 or 13 years old at the time -- that Emerson started "touching" her shortly after he moved in.
In a forensic interview at the Children's Advocacy Project in Casper, the girl said Emerson had touched her 10-15 times, usually when her parents were gone.
The first time it happened, the victim said, Emerson asked her to watch a movie with him. The two sat on the edge of Emerson's bed before Emerson put a blanket over the victim and started to touch her.
The victim got up and ran out of the bedroom. After that incident, the "touching" started happening more frequently.
On one occasion, Emerson sexually abused the victim in the living room. During the forensic interview, the victim described the act as what Emerson "usually does."
But eventually, he stopped and took the victim into a bathroom, saying he had something to show her.
Once inside the bathroom, Emerson closed and locked the door. The victim said she had to crouch so Emerson could not pull her pants down.
During another incident, Emerson told the victim he had taken "shrooms" -- a slang term typically used to describe psilocybin mushrooms, a hallucinogenic drug -- and said the "shrooms" made him aroused.
The victim tried unsuccessfully to push Emerson away before he touched her again. He reportedly asked her if she "liked it."
Emerson told the victim he would buy her anything she wanted if she didn't tell anyone about what he was doing.
The "last time" it happened, the victim told the forensic interviewer, was the weekend of Aug. 20. Emerson was in his bedroom playing video games, but when the victim's father left the house, Emerson asked her if she wanted to watch television with him.
The victim said she would, as long as Emerson didn't touch her.
"That's not what happened," the victim explained during the forensic interview. "He touched me." It was this incident to which Emerson entered the Alford plea in court Thursday.
Later in the investigation, on Nov. 8, a Natrona County Sheriff's investigator spoke with Emerson's ex-wife. She reportedly said Emerson raped her after knocking her unconscious during a fight on Sept. 17, 2010.
She had been married to Emerson at that time, and on that night Emerson attacked her because he believed she was cheating on him.
During the assault, the victim said, Emerson hit her at the base of her skull. She remembered a sharp pain and then blackness.
When she woke up, Emerson was raping her. She told the investigator that after the assault, she was interviewed by two male Casper police officers, but was too uncomfortable to tell them about the sexual assault.
She "also did not want the humiliation of having a sexual assault examination," court documents say.
Also on Nov. 8, the investigator interviewed Emerson at the Natrona County Sheriff's Office. Emerson said he had "an attraction to younger people," charging papers say, but said he "would never intentionally do anything" to the victim.
As to the alleged sexual assault of his ex-wife, Emerson admitted to knocking her unconscious during the fight, but said he merely put her on the bed afterward and did not engage in sexual contact.
However, a polygraph examination of Emerson the following day revealed a "high level of deception" as Emerson answered "no" to every question asked regarding the allegations.
Had the case gone to trial, Johnson may have presented evidence of Emerson's prior criminal history under Wyoming Rule of Evidence 404(b).
In a motion filed May 15, Johnson requested to show at trial that Emerson was previously convicted of one count of indecent liberties with a minor on March 21, 2002.
Emerson was 18 years old at the time, and the victim in that case was 15 years old.
Charging papers in that case say after a night of dancing in Casper in April 2001, the victim wasn't feeling well and wanted to go home. Her friend had gone to an afterparty before the victim could speak with her.
Emerson told the victim he could take her home, but they would have to go to his grandmother's house to get his grandmother's car.
After getting a ride back to the house, Emerson's grandmother reportedly denied him use of the car at such a late hour. The victim later told a police detective that she thought it was strange that Emerson's grandmother wouldn't let him take her home.
A couple of hours later, the victim woke up on a bed with Emerson on top of her. Her clothes were off, and Emerson was raping her. Emerson reportedly apologized repeatedly and said "he thought it was okay since he liked her," according to court documents.
In that case, Emerson received a suspended prison sentence of two and a half to four years. Instead of serving that sentence, Emerson was ordered to complete three and a half years of supervised probation and perform 60 hours of community service.
After Emerson entered his plea Thursday, defense attorney Kerri Johnson asked that Emerson be held without bond pending sentencing. Wilking granted Johnson's request.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby had ordered the independent report.
By Sylvia Hui ASSOCIATED PRESS
LONDON — The Church of England ‘‘colluded’’ with and helped to hide the long-term sexual abuse of young men by one of its former bishops, the head of the church said Thursday.
Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby apologized to the victims of ex-bishop Peter Ball as his church published a damning report that detailed how senior leaders did little about allegations against Ball over years and even appeared to cover up the case.
Welby ordered the independent report after Ball was convicted and imprisoned in 2015 for misconduct in public office and indecent assaults against teenagers and young men from the 1970s to 1990s. Ball, who admitted to abusing 18 young men, was released after serving 16 months.
That was a deal! Less than a month for each life he destroyed!
The report said Ball’s conduct ‘‘caused serious and enduring damage to the lives of many men,’’ but at the time the church trivialized it, partly because of a lack of understanding about safeguarding vulnerable adult men.
Some victims reported that Ball, 85, encouraged them to engage in ‘‘spiritual exercises’’ involving naked praying and cold showers. One of his victims later took his own life.
‘‘The church, at its most senior levels and over many years, supported him unwisely and displayed little care for his victims,’’ the report said.
Ball was arrested in 1992 for suspected indecent assault and given a police caution. He retired as bishop of Gloucester, but was allowed to continue work in churches and schools for years. He was not prosecuted until two decades later.
The report said George Carey, Archbishop of Canterbury at the time, believed Ball to be ‘‘basically innocent’’ and played a lead role in enabling Ball’s return to ministry.
Carey and other church leaders also appeared to try to cover up the problem when they failed to pass on letters that raised concerns about Ball to police, the report said.
The church said Thursday that Welby has asked Carey to ‘‘consider his position’’ as an honorary assistant bishop in Oxford in light of the report.
It's infuriating that such an apparent 'man of God' as the head of the Anglican Church should have such an ungodly attitude toward perversion by his priests and such indifference toward the suffering of their victims. Carey should be prosecuted for trying to subvert justice and for endangering the welfare of so many children.
I am impressed, however, at the attitude of Welby and other Archbishops in the church who are no longer attempting to diminish the role the church played in enabling priests and bishops to do the great evil they did. The Vatican should take note.
Describing the report as ‘‘harrowing reading,’’ Welby said: ‘‘The church colluded and concealed rather than seeking to help those who were brave enough to come forward.’’
‘‘This is inexcusable and shocking behavior,’’ he said, adding that while most of what happened took place years ago ‘‘we can never be complacent, we must learn lessons.’’
Vickery House, a retired Anglican priest who worked under Ball, was sentenced in 2015 to 6 ½ years in prison for sex attacks on teenagers and young men in the 1970s and ‘80s.
The Anglican and Catholic churches are among institutions being investigated in a wide-ranging British probe into child sex abuse after it emerged that entertainers, clergy, senior politicians, and others were implicated in decades-old abuse.
Wednesday, 21 June 2017
Neurosurgeon with serious mental health issues - California
Young man arrested for CSA and child rape - Oklahoma
Pervert/voyeur on immigration hold - Texas
Woman sexually assaulted her 1 y/o daughter for boyfriend - Oklahoma
Brain Surgeon Accused of Child Sex Abuse Allegedly Wanted to Create ‘Sexual Families’ with Young Children: DocsBY JEFF TRUESDELL, People
A brain surgeon accused in a child sex abuse case allegedly wanted to create “sexual families” by having relations with a mother and daughter, and possibly impregnate the daughter so that their child might also be raised “sexually in the ‘taboo’ family lifestyle,” according to a court document obtained by PEOPLE.
Dr. James Kohut, 57, pleaded not guilty Monday in Santa Cruz, California, to 11 child sex abuse counts that carry a possible combined penalty of 165 years to life in prison, his attorney, Jay Rorty, tells PEOPLE.
Rorty successfully challenged the prosecutor’s right to deny Kohut bail, but for now Kohut remains in the Santa Cruz County Jail.
Prosecutors sought to keep Kohut behind bars by alleging in a 14-page court filing that, “for nearly 20 years,” the traveling neurosurgeon with a current permanent address in Arkansas has displayed “a sexual compulsion, and has solicited victims for decades.”
“Like the crimes charged here,” the document alleges, “defendant was soliciting mothers to engage in sexual acts with children.”
Among the examples cited, the prosecution referred to a Vermont woman who said she had a relationship with Kohut from 1997 to 2000. “During that relationship, he told her that he wanted to get her pregnant so she could have a child and they could be sexual with that child,” the document alleges.
The allegations continue: “He told her that he was most interested in children between the ages of 6 to 8. He admitted that he had been in a relationship with a woman in Florida who had a 13-year-old and a 4-year-old child. He admitted that he had sex in front of those children, and fondled the 13-year-old. He would explain that he wanted a ‘sexual family.’ He would ask her to recruit friends for him, and he wanted her to call him ‘daddy.'”
In another example, a woman from Australia alleged Kohut told her in 2003 “that he was searching for a woman who he can impregnate, and will then ‘raise their children sexually.’ He then asked [the woman] if she would let him impregnate and raise their child sexually.”
“Defendant told her that if he had a daughter, he would want to impregnate her at the age of 10 and raise that child sexually as well. He also admitted to having sexual encounters with other children in the past.”
“Finally, he asked her to find him children. He wanted her to volunteer as a homeless shelter or do babysitting jobs and find children that she would molest and he would then listen to them over the phone,” the document alleges.
The accusations are spread across multiple states and have been investigated by multiple agencies that include the Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, Seaside Police, Australian Federal Police and the FBI, the document states.
Rashel Brandon (left) and Emily Stephens
California authorities charged Kohut and two nurses following an investigation that began May 9 when police in Watsonville, California, received information and a video “that showed several adults engaging in lewd acts with children as young as 3 years of age,” police alleged in a statement at the time of the arrests.
In addition to Kohut, police identified Rashel Brandon, 42, of Watsonville, and Emily Stephens, 29, of Tucson, Arizona. Both women were charged with lewd and lascivious acts with force with a child under 14; sending harmful matter with intent to seduce a minor; specific sex acts of a child under 10 and sexual acts with force with a child under 14.
Kohut allegedly had affairs with both women, and according to an arrest warrant served on Stephens’ in Arizona by the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, children allegedly were abused during one of those sexual encounters, repots KSBW.
It was not immediately clear if Brandon and Stephens have entered pleas or retained attorneys.
Court documents state that seven children connected to the case have been placed in protective custody.
Young Oklahoma man arrested for Child Rape
By Katherine Farrow The Duncan Banner
20-year-old Chance Dale Biffle has been arrested and is currently in Stephens County Jail awaiting formal arraignment after Stephens County Deputies were called in to assist Velma Police in a Child Sexual Abuse case.
June 20, Stephens County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Velma Police Department that they were investigating, and needed assistance with, the investigation of the rape of a minor less than 16-years-old. According to Sheriff Wayne McKinney, the investigation was centered around the alleged rape and molestation of a minor child.
“The allegations are on him that he inappropriately sexually molested — and actually raped an individual on two different occasions,” McKinney said.
According to the Affidavit, a deputy met with the juvenile on the morning of June 20. The juvenile told the deputy about a few separate incidents that had occurred while the minor was with Biffle. The first allegedly occurred approximately two months ago at a relative of Biffle’s residence in Stephens County during a sleep-over. The juvenile alleges that Biffle persistently inappropriately touched them over the course of the night, and that they continuously moved away from Biffle. Later that night, while the juvenile was asleep, Biffle again assaulted the juvenile. The juvenile woke and was eventually able to stop Biffle from continuing, but not before rape had occurred.
The second incident occurred approximately two months later at a different residence, this one also a relative of Biffle, according to the report. When the juvenile was left alone with him outside, Biffle allegedly again began touching the minor inappropriately. The minor then left and went inside the residence.
The minor stated that at one point Biffle had asked them if they would join him at another relative’s house. The minor told Biffle that they would not go if it was only going to be Biffle and themselves present, because the incidents only occurred when they were alone together. Biffle tried to talk the minor into letting him inappropriately touch the minor again, but the minor told Biffle they “did not ask or want any sexual favors from Chance Biffle,” according to the report.
Later that day, another deputy with Stephens County Sheriff’s Department made contact with Biffle at a business in Duncan. According to the report, Biffle was read his Miranda Rights, and then requested an attorney. Biffle allegedly told the deputy that he knew why they were arresting him.
During the time Biffle was being transferred to Stephens County Jail, he allegedly told the deputy that “he had planned to turn himself in.”
Biffle is currently awaiting his arraignment in Stephens County Jail.
Tyler man indicted on child sex abuse charges
By Whitney Mayfield
A Smith County man has been indicted on two charges of indecency with a child by sexual contact.
Ruben Candelario, 36, of Tyler was arrested on May 15.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, the Smith County Sheriff's Office received a report in March, in reference to two children being sexually abused.
Candelario is accused of making two children, under the age of 18, engage in sexual contact by forcing them to touch his genitals. One of the children reported it happening multiple times and only at night, the affidavit states.
The affidavit references a separate report stating that Candelario allegedly stared through a window at a female victim, under the age of 18, while she was getting dressed after getting out of the shower.
Candelario has also been placed on an immigration hold in Smith County. He was indicted on both charges on June 15 and is currently in the Smith County Jail on a $200,000 bond.
Tulsa Woman Faces 6 Federal Charges In
Child Sexual Abuse Case
TULSA, Oklahoma - A Tulsa woman has been charged with six counts of child sexual abuse for sexually abusing her 1-year-old daughter, recording the abuse and then sending the videos to her boyfriend in Florida.
Jerrica Lackey, 29, is charged with child sexual abuse of a child under 12.
According to the federal criminal complaint filed June 20, 2017, Lackey's offenses include sexual exploitation of a child, distribution and/or receipt of a visual depiction of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and possession of child pornography.
The document shows the offenses took place between March 2017 and May 16, 2017.
According to the FBI Special Agent's report in the criminal complaint, Lackey recorded herself abusing the baby and she also took nude photos of the baby.
The agent stated that Lackey then sent the videos and photos to her boyfriend in Florida, who Lackey said requested the photos and videos. She said her boyfriend would get mad and "punish" her if she forgot to send the images and videos, the document shows.
According to the complaint, Lackey called 911 on May 16, 2017, to notify them that she'd molested her child. Lackey called 911 after the baby's father showed up to her home and borrowed her cell phone to make a call, but noticed messages from Lackey's boyfriend.
The father checked the messages and saw that the man referred to a mobile app called 'Kik,' and when the father opened the app he saw pictures and videos of Lackey and their daughter, according to the document.
The father then took the baby and told Lackey he was reporting her to the police and turning in her phone.
It was then that Lackey called 911.
She was taken into custody on May 22.
Lackey will appear in Tulsa County court on June 30th.
Stupid woman! You destroyed your life for a man who was a world class creep! What were you thinking?
I really hope they nail the creepy boyfriend!
Bangkok: A mother has been arrested in the Philippines after she allegedly spent five years sending sexually explicit images of her two daughters to an Australian paedophile in the country's booming cybersex industry.
The youngest daughter was only 10 when Stephen James Sheriff, 46, of Cairns, started sending money to her mother in Mandaue City on the Philippine island of Cebu.
Nine months after Sheriff was arrested by the Queensland Police's ARGOS Child Abuse and Sexual Crime Group, Philippine police burst into the mother's house on May 27 and allegedly caught her live-streaming her now 15-year-old daughter performing sex acts for another paedophile.
The girl told Philippine journalists she had been praying for the abuse to stop.
Thank You, Lord, for answering that prayer!
In a separate case three days later, police stormed a house in Iligan city, a cybersex hotspot on the island of Mindanao, and allegedly caught five people in the act of live-streaming the sexual abuse of children aged two, six, eight and 15.
The suspects include the mother one of the children.
General Liborio Carabbacan, of the Philippine police's Women and Children Protection Centre, said forensic examination of electronic devices seized from the house would help identify "multiple foreign perpetrators" – possibly Australians - who allegedly purchased child exploitation images and video from the suspects.
"Such information will be shared with international law enforcement," she said.
The mother arrested in the Cebu case faces charges including child abuse, human trafficking and cyber crime. She could be sentenced to life imprisonment if convicted.
Several people were arrested in connection with the raid in Illigan Mindanao. Photo: WCPC-MFU
The five suspects aged 15, 18, 22, 25, and 43 in the Iligan City case face similar charges.
Fairfax Media understands the Australian Federal Police and members of the ARGOS task force have identified other Australians who have bought view-on-demand child sex and abuse videos and images from the Philippines, as investigators work to expose dark web operators in the country, one of Asia's poorest.
Fairfax Media revealed in early May the AFP had played a key role in the rescue of three sisters aged eight, nine and 12 in Bacolod City, 720 kilometres south of Manila. Another Queensland man was arrested in connection with that operation.
On April 20, Philippine authorities, acting on an overseas tip, uncovered a major live-streaming child abuse and torture syndicate linked to predators in Australia, Canada and Europe, arresting 53-year-old American David Timothy Deakin.
Six children aged between two to 18 were rescued.
Authorities seized a mobile HD tablet containing more than 4000 contacts, numerous computers and hard drives.
Jon Rouse, head of the ARGOS task-force, described the behaviour of Sheriff, who has been convicted in Cairns District Court on eight counts relating to the exploitation of children, as "despicable".
"Sheriff may as well have been in the room with the kids. The fact he was seeing it in the virtual world is irrelevant…what happened to those kids happened because of him," he said.
Sheriff was sentenced to less than three years in prison.
That's just wrong. Live-streamed child sex abuse should be considered the same as if the buyer were the one doing the actual physical abuse. It's not like downloading a video that has been seen dozens or hundreds of times. Each live-stream connection is at least one child being sexually abused. He ought to be put away for 10 years or more, as it is he'll be out doing it again in a couple years. What's the point.
Detective-Inspector Rouse said more cases of child cybersex are being uncovered because of the increasing capabilities of law enforcement agencies, including in tracing financial transactions.
"We are detecting it more because we are looking for it more," he said, adding that Australians have been known to be involved in the online sexual exploitation of children for almost a decade.
Asked whether the involvement of Australians was growing, Detective-Inspector Rouse said "it is already quite an established market".
The International Justice Mission (IJM) helped rescue 201 children who were forced to participate in online sexual exploitation between 2011 to May 2017.
More than half of the victims were under 12 and 70 per cent involved parents, relatives or close family friends of the victims.
Evelyn Pingul, IJM's director of communications in the Philippines, said the alarm needs to be sounded that online sexual exploitation of children has become an epidemic in the Philippines.
"We need the police to continue rescuing these children, we need the prosecution to continue convicting more sick criminals," she said.
IJM's National Director Samson Inocencio called for law enforcement agencies to be given more resources "to fight this horrific crime against children".
"We also need to have specialised after-care models to address the restoration of these young survivors," he said.
Thank you IJM for the great work that you do. God bless you.
Tuesday, 20 June 2017
The Great Belgium Pedophile/Torture/Murder Scandal and Its Cover-up Part II is easily the most read post on this blog and for good reason. It is a simply astonishing story of hardly believable evil in the highest circles of Belgian society.
The video below is a very well made documentary by a BBC investigative reporter that will astonish you in the continuing saga of blatant cover-ups and the complicity of the police, judiciary and media.
The reporter suggest very strongly that the pedophile ring was still active in 2002 when she made this documentary. I would be surprised if it is not still active in kidnapping, torturing, raping and murdering young girls even today.
The last point I want to make is that Belgians appear to have believed the propaganda put forward by the government and media and so have turned a blind eye to the horrible abuse that has happened which makes it all the easier for it to continue.
Belgium's X-Files video 44:25
What follows below is a series of questions and answers between Olenka Frankiel, the documentary reporter and some people who have watched the video. I haven't extruded the frivolous but there is still a lot of fascinating information you might find worth reading.
Thank you Olenka for giving these children a voice!
Belgium's X-Files: an Olenka Frenkiel investigation
Olenka Frenkiel answers a selection of your e-mails
Q I was wondering if it was not possible that Europe's police forces put pressure on the Belgium government. I always hear of concerted busts of paedophile rings in Europe. And if the police forces cannot do so could the European Union not step in and force them to solve paedophilia in Belgium?
Suzan Demirates, England
A One might have thought so but you enter a marshmallowy world when you try to talk to these Euro institutions. They can't even offer me standardised statistics on missing children throughout Europe comparing country by country. I would have thought that might be step one in establishing whether Belgium is different or not.
Why do I have to look to BBC television to see things
that nobody wants to say in Belgium
Q Why do I have to look to BBC television to see things that nobody want to say in Belgium. Why are the victims of Dutroux helped by a Dutch television station and not by Belgian Government? Why do we have a minister Verwilgen in Belgium who is afraid of saying anything? It is good that other people who are in the Belgian government cannot harm or say anything! Thank you for that.
Karel Goegebuer, Belgium
A Thank you for your email. Perhaps this is one good outcome of "globalization" -
Q What of the two girls found alive? Do they not have any damning testimony? Well done on the programme by the way.
Jeff Evans, UK
A Thanks. The two living girls were drugged for most of the time they were in the cellar and do not remember events very clearly. Rohypnol, the date rape drug, was a favourite drug of Dutroux when he abducted children. He even murdered a former accomplice by giving him rohypnol and then burying him alive. His body was found with earth in the lungs.
Laetitia the older survivor remembers Sabine trying to persuade her to play a computer game, which Dutroux had provided but she was too sleepy. They both told police Dutroux had raped them repeatedly - as for anyone else, it's not clear. Laetitia was only there for just over a week. They will probably be called to testify if and when Dutroux eventually comes to trial. An excellent little documentary on Laetitia was made by Dutch TV, which showed she had received no counselling or psychological help after being released. A Dutch businesswoman has now taken up her case and is paying for help and for her continued education. I spoke to both girls but they have shied away from publicity and I didn't want to press them.
Q I have just seen the BBC programme, and am of course horrified by the apparent mishandling of the 'X' files case. Is it possible to have a more extensive media investigation of the claims and the many unexplained deaths of witnesses in the case? Given the public attitude in the UK towards paedophilia, could an approach not be made to a major newspaper here so that an adequate investigation of all of the threads of the case can be undertaken?
Andy Ross, UK
A Well I wrote the article in the Observer last Sunday - they were really keen on the piece. And I have a lot more information about this but there's a limit to how much you can cram into 45 minutes. There's enough here for a book. Maybe you could write it?
The truth is that those journalists who tell the story complain that they have been harassed, sacked, threatened and many say they have been forced to stop reporting on this issue to continue working
Q The programme seemed to imply that at least one TV channel was either directly or indirectly trying to discredit the suggestions that Dutroux was not working alone. Are there countervailing opinions in the media? Would, for instance, something like your own programme have ever been made in Belgium?
Mark Bertenshaw, UK
A Yes there is a power struggle between the two views. I have had emails from Belgians who say "Oh no not this again" and others who've said - "why do we have to wait for foreigners to tell the truth about our country. Why don't our own networks tell this story? The truth is that those journalists who tell the story complain that they have been harassed, sacked, threatened and many say they have been forced to stop reporting on this issue to continue working. There is one rival programme on RTBF that has occasionally tried to tell the other side (my side) of the story but theirs has been a losing battle. I cannot allege a conspiracy in Au Nom de La Loi but I can say that they knowingly misrepresented Regina Louf as a lying fantasist who had unfairly accused her innocent parents of giving her away for sex as a child. They knew Regina's allegations were true as the parents and the abuser had already admitted this to the police and the programme makers knew this. Why they chose to misrepresent her? I don't know. Why they chose to make a programme claiming Nihoul was innocent? I don't know. Why they devoted another programme to "proving" that Dutroux was an isolated pervert? I don't know.
Q Have there been any discussions towards setting up an authority that can work between countries in the pursuit of bringing to justice the members of these rings of abusers. We are always seeking to put the safety of our children above all else. The time is now to put the actions in place instead of the empty words.
Hugh Aitkin, UK
A Yes there are lots of organisations, which claim to deal with missing children. But ask them if, for example they have properly collected standardised figures for European countries, comparing like with like allowing us to see which country has the worst record and which the best - none of them can provide this. Belgium, Holland, France - all have huge police departments devoted to this problem - there's something in Brussels, something in The Hague, there's Interpol etc. But not one of them has allocated the public funding they receive to this simple task of collating good information. That to me is a scandal.
Q How is holding Dutroux in what appears to be "protective custody" compatible with The European Convention on Human Rights - i.e. detention without trial? Have the parents no further appeal to European Court of Human Rights?
Peter Williamson, UK
A The European convention says a "reasonable time" must not be exceeded in jail without trial. It is now six years - that is stretching it a bit. The rules are, you have to exhaust the legal system in your own country before you can go to Europe. That has yet to play itself out both for the Russos and Regina Louf and the policemen involved. The problem for them is that the longer it is dragged out, the more costly the legal fees and they just don't have the resources for years and years of litigation. But they are trying.
Since the Belgian government and establishment are clearly implicated, isn't it time that the much-vaunted EU Europol became involved
Q What an absolutely rational and compelling programme. Since the Belgian government and establishment are clearly implicated, isn't it time that the much-vaunted EU Europol became involved and carried out an independent investigation?
Brian Singleton, UK
A Good luck. They can't even tell me how Belgium's missing children record compares with that of other countries. I won't hold my breath.
Q I was wondering if it was not possible that Europe's police forces put pressure on the Belgium government. I always hear of concerted busts of paedophile rings in Europe. And if the police forces cannot do so could the European Union not step in and force them to solve paedophilia in Belgium?
Suzan Demirates, England
A One might have thought so but you enter a marshmallowy world when you try to talk to these Euro instritutions. They can't even offer me standardised statistics on missing children throughout Europe comparing country by country. I would have thought that might be step one in establishing whether Belgium is different or not.
Q One obvious thought strikes me: Why has nobody sat down with the surviving girl(s) and shown them photos of all politicians serving at that time - to see if any faces ring a bell?
Paul Dunwell, UK
A The two surviving girls will be witnesses if Dutroux comes to trial so it is difficult to interview them as they have generally refused to discuss details of their incarceration. The other problem is that Dutroux kept his victims almost permanently anaesthetized. His drug of choice was rohypnol the date rape drug that he administered as soon as they were abducted and kept topping up. Consequently their memories are hazy.
Besides the police did start to do that with the X witnesses but their bosses have now dismissed all the progress they made as useless. The authorities do have the names of those who are identified by victims. So do I. We cannot publish them because we don't have the proof and could therefore be sued for libel especially as the Procureur General has dismissed the allegations as nonsense or fantasy. But the evidence against 3 of them is quite strong according to the police to whom I spoke - but they of-course are not allowed to continue with the investigation.
What I don't understand is why there has not been
more uproar about this in Belgium
Q What I have read has absolutely made my blood boil. What I don't understand is why there has not been more uproar about this in Belgium? Do the Belgian people not care, do they find it an embarrassment and want to just forget about it? Politicians are usually very quick to demand inquiries when there has been a foul-up by the police, why not now?
Michael, Dublin, Ireland
A They seem to suffer from dutroux fatigue and an indignation that their country is now known as a pedophile's haven. They were outraged in 1996 and 1997 when they marched on Brussels. But they've had enough. They're fed up with it and no longer really care. They also are confused. They don't any more know whom to believe.
A They seem to suffer from dutroux fatigue and an indignation that their country is now known as a pedophile's haven. They were outraged in 1996 and 1997 when they marched on Brussels. But they've had enough. They're fed up with it and no longer really care. They also are confused. They don't any more know whom to believe.
Q Excellent programme. Do you think there are any lessons for the UK Policing particularly in relation to the independence of investigations and political or judicial influence of the police?
Stuart Hyde, UK
A After my research I strongly believe that our criminal justice system is more effective and accountable in Britain than in Belgium. But we have had our pedophile rings in Britain which have also been ignored and uninvestigated by police and social services. I refer you to the excellent Newsnight programme a year or so ago which exposed such a ring in Liverpool and forced the authorities to stop ignoring the testimonies they had had for years. Since the programme, which elicited frank confessions from some of the perpetrators, they have been prosecuted. Thanks for getting in touch.
As a social worker I am utterly horrified about the apparent mismanagement of this investigation and the implications about the justice system in Belgium. Totally shocked and dismayed.
Sian McKinnon, Scotland
It is demoralising to think that the rights we hold as sacred
almost can be so easily disregarded
I watched this investigative programme with great unease. It's frustrating to think that this form of corruption could exist on such a large scale, concerning such an horrific crime, yet there is nothing that can be done about it. We are not as free, democratic as we think. It is demoralising to think that the rights we hold as sacred almost can be so easily disregarded. My deepest sympathies go to the parents of these girls along with a hope that this investigation will encourage people to lobby the Belgian government to take action.
Anber Raz, UK
Well, I've been left absolutely shell-shocked after watching you're programme. Unfortunately words aren't enough but it is clear to see that Belgium is protecting it's powerful which makes theses crimes even more scary. I'd also just like to say how much I admire the bravery of Regina. Thank you.
Mark Beecher, England
Firstly I'd just like to congratulate you on an excellent report, which asked some urgent if awkward questions. I would like to ask why, do you believe, child abuse, as sadistic and murderous as that described by the Xs, continues, seemingly unchallenged in a civilised society?
Elizabeth Scott, UK
You commented on various people who were going to tell the police about the rapists...then they died before they got a chance. Did the police ever look into these cases? Did they just dismiss them? Did they not think maybe there was a link?
Clare Knight, England
Thank you once again and lets not forget the girls
I just want to thank you for covering this story again. It should not be forgotten, but the longer these cases go on the more passive people become. Can we at least make sure that when the national press in the country are telling as many lies as the officials, the foreign press keep on hammering to get the truth...Thank you once again and lets not forget the girls.
Vivienne Boon, Holland
Could you not get the European court to take over the investigation of this horrifying case? Whatever you do I wish you good luck as the rest of the world can surely have no faith in the Belgian justice system now.
I am from Belgium and like all respectable people there I am horrified by the Dutroux scandal. We have not forgotten Julie, Melissa and all the other children who have disappeared or were abused or killed. We all hope that justice will be done one day, and that the guilty - whoever they are - will be punished, but what can we do? Maybe more programmes like yours will help...
Brigitte Descy, UK
I wonder if the truth will come out after the 30-year rule has passed? Congratulations on an excellent documentary.
Philip de Cadenet, UK
Spawned by the Internet, all recent cases of child exploitation have proved to be communal in nature. As a tradesman I looked at the door in the cellar and recognised a construction that put the builder at the top of his trade and not short of intelligence; did he not imagine what this was for or was he at least one of the network?
Gerry Pope, Ireland
I was the victim of a network in the UK featured by Sarah Macdonald. I was ignored and branded a liar for years. It took the media to shame the authorities into action and finally we got some justice. But only after hundreds more victims. They put us through hell for it. I hope you get some justice much if I can help in any way.
Shy Keenan, UK
'We apologise that due to unforeseen circumstances the live interactive forum with Olenka Frenkiel and Marie-Jeanne Van Heeswyck has been cancelled.' This sounds like yet another excuse to withhold information in the 'Detroux' investigation. Your programme was much appreciated and threw some fresh light on what has been, at the least, yet another demoralising example of the corrupt Belgian legal system. As an Anglophone living in Belgium I welcome investigative reports into what must be one of Belgium's most notorious and obscene miscarriages of justice in recent times. Continue the good work. Nothing is being done here to resolve a story as awful as this one.
There is nothing sinister in the cancellation - there were genuine unforeseen problems. I won't bore you with the details but basically it was my fault. Sorry.
Q What is the feeling among the general population in Belgium now? And will this be an active political issue in an election or is it a cancer that is spread across the system, so no one wants to mention it.
There is no doubt among Belgians - that the
Belgian Justice system is seriously flawed
A Hard to know really. My feeling was that they are sick to death of hearing about it. It is said that Belgium is divided between "believers" and "non-believers" - i.e. those who believe Regina Louf and de Baets and those who don't. I felt it rather differently almost every person you ask will volunteer the opinion that something has been covered up, something stinks, something is not normal about the Dutroux affair and the way it has been dealt with. But they have had enough of mystery and conspiracy theory. They no longer have any patience to concentrate on the details and can't bear to listen to any more horror stories.
They feel they can't do anything about it and want to get on with their lives. But there is no doubt among Belgians from a very senior Government advisor I met down to the ordinary citizen - that the Belgian Justice system is seriously flawed. A series of 28 murders in the 1980s, known as the supermarket murders in which 28 people were shot in supermarket car-parks in mafia style hits has never been solved. The shootings had the same signature and some of the guns used were tracked to the gendarmerie. The socialist politician Andre Cools was killed in 1991 and that has never come to trial. As one senior Belgian said to me citing these examples "You must not underestimate how bad Belgian justice is."
Q Couldn't the European Court of Human Rights take up this case?
Lauren Millar, England
A The lawyers of Dutroux and Michel Martin, his wife have threatened to take his case to the European Court of Human Rights. European law says prisoners cannot be held without trial for more than "a reasonable time" The fact that they have been held without trial for 6 years is stretching that definition.
But I take it your question refers not to Dutroux's human rights but to Regina's. I think the rule there is that you have to have exhausted the law courts of your own country before you can take the case to Europe. The two people who are fighting are Patriek de Baets, (the policeman who first interviewed Regina) and his colleague Aime Bille. If they don't get justice through their own courts they plan to take it to Europe. But the whole process is very expensive for them - the legal fees are punitive. So far they have won all the cases in Belgium. It's just the process is slow because they don't have the funding.
As I watched the programme I felt sick at the thought of what those poor girls, only 2 years younger than myself, endured. If these men are not brought to justice in this life I hope they pay in the next.
I've just seen the documentary you made about the X-files of those poor children in Belgium. It was a very touching piece of work with a very powerful message. I want to congratulate you and wish you luck on any further investigation. I would also like to send condolences to the parents of those girls, and may their souls rest in peace. Thank you.
It is always the ordinary person in the street who are prayed on by the officials the rich and the powerful this programme demonstrates just how these people get away with murder until the ordinary man in the street says enough is enough an independent outside of Belgium group should be bought in to investigate the perpetrators of the original crimes and also the people who helped to hide them for as they are as guilty as the perverts.
Rebecca Gourlay, England
As a Police officer with 22 years service here in England I am
astounded at the treatment of my fellow colleagues in Belgium
As a Police officer with 22 years service here in England I am astounded at the treatment of my fellow colleagues in Belgium. I don't believe the government here in England could get away with this. Although I don't know the ins and outs of the Belgian matters my gut reaction is that this corruption reaches the highest echelons of the Belgian government. They should be ashamed of their treatment of this investigation! When corruption reaches these levels it is unlikely those poor parents will ever find the truth, but I wish them well
Tony Jenkins, England
This was a shocking report on the investigation (or the lack of it) in the Dutroux affaire. We got more information from you than we EVER got from Belgian media. We feel betrayed by the Belgian media and politicians who apparently hope that the entire story will be forgotten.
Przemko Tylzanowski & Kristin Verschueren, Belgium
I find it odd that the Belgian authorities discount the possibility of a network particularly in the light of the recent news that a network appears to have been operating in Auxerre in France where from memory 18 young women have disappeared and two investigating magistrates have been heavily criticised and files have gone missing!
It seems obvious that someone doesn't want the truth to come out. Cover up? I think so, anyone with their eyes open must think so. If this is the case, then surely there are powerful people in the Government, Justice, and Police involved in child abuse in Belgium. Maybe it is time that the European Union gets involved. Also, who is to say that what has happened in Belgium may also have happened in other countries, the UK included. Thank you for showing the programme, and I hope the children, their parents, and Belgium eventually get some justice.
Cenwyn Jones, UK
Could not the unfortunate parents take the matter to the European Court? If money is a problem, could not a fund be set up to which I would gladly contribute?
John Hart, England
I had a pen friend in Ghent at the same time the abductions happened and he worked in the police force. He suddenly stopped writing. It seemed a little odd as we had been writing a lot. I just wonder if he was involved?
Nessa Rumens, UK
I cannot believe that such an evil has gone unpunished! 20 people died mysteriously and yet nothing has been uncovered. I shudder with fear at the children that go missing in Belgium and around the world. It is a scandal and you should not give up - KEEP SEARCHING FOR THE TRUTH!
Karen Balman, England
When a country's judicial system seems incapable of investigating a straightforward case - forensic evidence should even now, still be possible, and certainly in this country I suspect that exhumation would still deliver forensic evidence. If the Belgians cannot collect such evidence, can the citizens sue for breach of their human rights based on the incompetence of their government, and have the case investigated by an independent authority, does it make any sense to form a European criminal investigation unit?
Every country has had its problems - remember when the newly appointed Chief of Police came in and sacked the whole of the Manchester Fraud squad? With regard to sacking a magistrate that had dinner with victims and supported their fund raising, I agree this was unwise, but a conflict of interest is not necessarily proven. No one can be more partial than the parents of the victims, but surely they only want to see the right people brought to justice, not any person at any cost. In view of the public outcry, I think the Belgians should reinstate the Magistrate.
Fay Green, UK
I find it really terrible that a major country like Belgium
should hide investigation into such a sick network
V B Rumsey
Good luck with your investigation. I find it really terrible that a major country like Belgium should hide investigation into such a sick network. Come on, Belgium, wake up and expose the truth.
V B Rumsey, England
Thank you for a clear-sighted report of a very murky area. Because I have had to listen to the testimonies of people who have experienced similar networks in the UK, I very much value airtime given to saying things, which are not palatable to many. Good wishes, and thanks
Julian Turner, UK
I am utterly disgusted that a country as developed as Belgium could allow such a travesty to happen. The Belgian people must be terrified for the safety of their children. Clearly this is a massive cover up in order to protect people whom the government of Belgium feels are worthy of such protection. I am utterly horrified by this, and feel that surely there is something that other countries within Europe can do to investigate this terrible cover up
Stu Briscoe, UK
I found the programme extremely interesting and disturbing. What I don't understand is why most Belgians seem to accept the situation after their initial strong protest. Doesn't the desire to protect their own children over ride all other concerns?
Eleanor Dobson, UK
Q What your investigation failed (or wasn't allowed) to mention that a growing number of issues have arisen concerning possible links between the alleged protection of Dutroux et al & the Belgian Royal Family. In 2000 a French journalist published a book allegedly proving links between paedophile networks & the Royal Family of Belgium, It was of course outlawed to be published here & was hushed up surprisingly quickly.
Steve McMillan, Belgium
The problems with the allegations against the King are that they are not very well substantiated and we would not want to accuse anyone, King or not, of such a crime unless there were substantial evidence
A We are aware of the book. There were many aspects of the case that weren't squeezed in to the 45 minutes we are allocated. There was a lot to explain to a British audience who know almost nothing about the case. So we left a lot of extremely strong material out - simple because we could not fit it in. The problems with the allegations against the King are that they are not very well substantiated and we would not want to accuse anyone, King or not, of such a crime unless there were substantial evidence.
I have asked many people on all sides of the case about the allegations against the King. Even among those who are convinced of a network involving very senior Belgians - even among those who believe there has been a cover up - there are very few whom the Nicholas book convinces and some even fear it may be a red herring deliberately planted into the story to discredit the other stronger evidence. Where you have a cover-up, conspiracy theories proliferate. But if I had an extra 30 minutes to add to the programme, the material about the Royal family would not make it.
Q Another investigation on the Dutroux affair? Fair enough.... unfortunately this reporter is simply showing her vision of this terrible affair...every other journalist has his "truth" about this and conclusions are always different though. Although this time it gets seriously on my nerves: where did this reporter found out this figure about missing children in Belgium? Kidnapping kids aren't our favourite national sport, there are no more children disappearing than in any other civilised country and beside amongst the figure she gave, many of them are illegal minor immigrants that vanished away because of foreign mafia networks. Please stop this crap about Belgium. Besides the Dutroux's trial is planned.
Thierry Goffeau, Brussels
A I'm sorry you didn't like the programme. You may be very familiar with the various journalists' views in Belgium but the British have been spared this story. Far from "another story about Dutroux" in Britain the story has hardly been told at all. It was all-new to British viewers and they were shocked. The fact that Belgians have grown so complacent about the hopeless inefficiency of their justice system is not a recommendation.
These are the facts. There is still no date for the Dutroux trial. It was planned for this year but I was told that it now wouldn't be before 2003. The figure for missing children was obtained from Child Focus and the Belgian police. There are no standardised figures in Europe relating to child disappearances allowing one to compare country with country so it impossible to say whether the problem is more severe in Belgium than in other countries. What difference does it make that many of the children are immigrant and are the prey of international traffickers. They are still children and they still "disappear". I spent a long time trying to get some sense out of the Belgians about their missing children numbers. This was the information they gave me.
Q Olenka, I am filled with wonder and awe that having come so far in your investigations and run up against the brick wall of self-defence the ruling class has put in your path - you have not yourself gone quite mad. I must also say that having been molested myself as I child, I can only now assume I was immensely shrewd, at the age of 9, in deciding that any attempt on my part to tell anyone about the events would only lead to more suffering for me because, as I told myself, 'no one will believe you, they'll call you a liar and hurt you." What a clever kid. Now - here we are - all lining up to be told what to do by Brussels!!! I'm overwhelmed at the crass stupidity of us all! Congratulations on your splendid work -you will of course give up someday - as we all do - and for the usual reasons - no one gives a damn! Bravo!
A Thank you. You're right I was tempted many times to "give-up". It is nice to know there's someone out there who appreciates it. That is what keeps us going. Many people just don't want to know.
I get the strong impression that it's only sensationalism
and very little investigation
Q I find it bewildering that a BBC reporter has so much belief in what people claim to know (and even uses fiction to support it) instead of checking the facts. Your programme contains only the most sensational (largely unsubstantiated) stories and very little facts. You even fail to mention that Nihoul will be up for trial shortly, together with Dutroux and several others. I get the strong impression that it's only sensationalism and very little investigation. I thought I would learn something new; instead I get disappointed over the new BBC standards for investigative journalism. Nice job!
Bart Luyckx, Belgium
A I'm sorry you felt that way Bart. As I understand it there is no decision yet as to whether Nihoul will come to trial. So far it is only a recommendation by the Procureur du Roi Bourlet that Nihoul should be taken to court. Those among the judiciary who disagree with Bourlet - among whom I have some informed sources - claim that he will not come to court for the Dutroux affair. We will see. You may have your views about this case but you cannot deny there are many unanswered questions, which show Belgium in rather a poor light. And how do you explain the campaign against Regina Louf on RTBF? They showed her parents as victims of a "mythomane" when they knew her parents and her abuser had already confessed to the police that she had been abused regularly as a child. The programme makers have admitted this to me though they have never admitted this to their own audience or attempted to rectify the false impression they presented. Is this a preferable form of journalism to the one you saw on Sunday night?
It is all too common for those in high places to get away with activities like this. The fact that the citizens of Belgium have given up is testimony enough of the corruption of the state.
Adam McIntosh, USA
Well-done Olenka and the BBC for such a frank but disturbing documentary. I hope now something will be done about this. I am convinced it goes on the world over but people's reluctance to face the truth allows it to go on with impunity.
Brilliant piece of reporting but we have to have answers and if the corruption is at the top of a country it must be routed out or it will continue lies breed lies and for deceit there has to be trust please don't give up the fight.
Alan Mikkelson, England
Broken Hearted. Why do we see the country at the centre of European power and "justice" and they cannot smash these filthy paedophile rings. The EU has to hammer this scourge over all of Europe.
Alan Hughes, Scotland
I want to express my deep sympathy to the parents of the murdered children, and hope they know that some of their
fellow countrymen haven't turned their back on them
Marianne De Leye
Congratulations with the programme on the Belgian X-files. Personally I am convinced of the existence of networks. What remains a mystery to me is why the Belgian public, who marched with hundred thousands in protest only a few years ago, can now be so forgetful and indifferent. I want to express my deep sympathy to the parents of the murdered children, and hope they know that some of their fellow countrymen haven't turned their back on them.
Marianne De Leye, Belgium
A recent survey conducted showed Belgium to be second only to Italy that in Antwerp exists a red light district holding many women from Eastern Europe "prisoner". I say prisoner, because many of them do not speak Dutch or French and have no viable means to live other than prostitution. The hell these women go through are just so brutal. I witnessed several times while buying groceries near my flat, women being beaten by their pimps. I am thankful that I "believe" in my country's system of justice. I can only pray and cry for those children that suffered....
I hope there will one day be a sequel to this programme, which will contribute to closure of the file. Thanks and well done.
Adam Watson Brown, Belgium
I have cried as if my mother had told me an
ancient secret she never dared to tell me before
Nic de Potter
Congratulations Olenika!!! This was a great broadcast. I have cried as if my mother had told me an ancient secret she never dared to tell me before. Unfortunately the networkers' names were not mentioned because of the secrecy of the 'on-going' investigation. Well done to the whole team. Please continue.
Nic de Potter
Q Your online report states that Regina Louf was one of 11 people to come forward to talk of their harrowing experiences - what do we know of the other ten testimonies? Is there not a great deal more evidence that can be compiled to prosecute this case?
Sally Jeffrey, UK
A Regina Louf agreed to go public after the police team investigating her claims was dismissed. This has made it easier for independent people, like journalists to investigate her claims and cross-examine her to assess her testimony.
The other "X's" have remained anonymous and Marie-Jeanne Van Heeswyck the journalist who co-wrote the book the "X Files" has talked to some of them and seen their testimonies. They vary. Some are more lurid and macabre, others less so. Some name the same people cited by Regina Louf. But one of them, not Regina, very controversially names Belgium's king. This is obviously very shocking to the Belgians and many have reacted by recoiling from all the X witnesses in blanket disbelief.
Because the investigation was stopped before it got very far, their stories have not been exhaustively checked so it is impossible to say whether they are truthful or correct. What most of them have in common though is the "sex parties". They describe being taken as children to houses, or flats where they were expected to perform sexual acts for adult clients.
As any professional dealing with victims of abuse will tell you, such people can be very damaged and it may be difficult in some cases to know whether what they describe is the truth or a "false memory syndrome". Each has to be assessed individually. Facts have been found to corroborate Regina Louf's story. Whether that would also have been true for the other X's is impossible to say as the investigation was stopped before they could be verified. If you can read French I recommend the book the X Files.
Would British policemen or magistrates get away without
any sanctions after such sloppy investigations
Q Could a scandal like this happen in England or are there safeguards incorporated into the law governing police and justice administration to avoid such cover-ups? Would British policemen or magistrates get away without any sanctions after such sloppy investigations?
Nora Prior, Belgium
It's a question I kept asking myself over and over again as I was working on this. I think we know that in Britain people have got away with organised sexual abuse but usually in institutions, children's homes, schools or churches. The perpetrators have been protected by their organisations. Some of these rings have come out but I'm sure some have gone unexposed.
The first I remember was in 1979/80 the Kincora children's home in Northern Ireland which involved protestant clergy. Then there were the Welsh children's homes, the boarding schools and in Ireland the Catholic church.
There is obviously abuse in families. Newsnight did an incredible film about Liverpool where a family of girls had tried to report the abuse in their estate for years and had been ignored. This was a paedophile ring which neither the social services nor the police would investigate.
The Fred West case too was interesting. It was alleged that many people came to that house and used the children there. But how many others were prosecuted apart from Rose and Fred? There are those in Britain who claim that it could and does happen here.
But I find it hard to believe that once the allegations and the evidence reached the criminal justice system, the chain of events that has unfolded in Belgium could happen here in Britain. I also don't believe a defendant like Dutroux could stay in jail without trial for this long without people asking questions.
The Sarah Payne killer came to trial within 18 months of the crime. And I find it hard to imagine that heads would not roll if police here failed to collect forensic evidence, to send the hairs for analysis, or to test the DNA samples taken from the victims.
For all our faults here and I have reported them for many years, I came to admire the relative simplicity of the British adversarial system as opposed to the European "inquisitorial" system which few people even in Belgium seem to understand and which seems to hold no-one accountable for failure.
I wish you all the luck in the world to find out about the truth
Peter De Schouwer
Q Dear BBC, I am happily surprised to see that you are investigating one of so many scandals in this corrupt country. I wish you all the luck in the world to find out about the truth.
Peter De Schouwer, Belgium
A Thank you for your interest. This story is well known in Belgium, albeit highly controversial. It is strange how little of it has been told here in Britain.