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

Wednesday, 7 December 2016

English Soccer Scandal Reaches Scotland and Northern Ireland

Former Celtic kitman charged in Belfast with
child sex offence

    The former Celtic kitman was arrested by detectives after presenting himself at a police station
    in Belfast. Photograph: Mark Runnacles/Getty Images

Press Association

A former football coach has been charged with a child sex offence

Jim McCafferty, 71, who was involved in football in Scotland and Ireland from the 1980s, was arrested in Belfast by the Police Service of Northern Ireland after walking into a police station. McCafferty, who lives in Belfast, was formerly a kitman at Celtic.

He was charged with sexual activity with a child and is due before a district judge in Belfast on Thursday morning.

Det Supt Deirdre Bones, from the PSNI’s public protection branch, said earlier on Wednesday: “A 71-year-old male has been arrested by detectives after presenting himself at a station in Belfast. He was arrested on suspicion of sexual offences against children in Northern Ireland.”

Meanwhile, Partick Thistle have said they sacked a physiotherapist in 1992 over an abuse allegation. The club said they had been contacted anonymously for advice recently about concerns over “historic events”.

Jim McCafferty
A statement from the Glasgow club said: “As part of a proactive response to the emergence of alleged abuse in football, Partick Thistle has identified one historic allegation of abuse made against a former club employee, who is now deceased.

“The employee worked for the club for two years as a physiotherapist. As soon as the alleged abuse was raised in 1992, the club dismissed the individual with immediate effect.

“As far as Thistle’s current management can ascertain, no other allegations were made to the club at that time with regard to him or any other employee. The club has contacted the SFA and Police Scotland to advise them of what they know to date and will fully comply with any investigation.

“In the meantime, Partick Thistle would urge anyone who may have been affected to contact Police Scotland, the SFA, the club or the NSPCC helpline (0800 023 2642) set up to support and advise victims of abuse.

“In the last 24 hours, we have been approached by an anonymous individual asking for advice on who to contact with concerns relating to historic events. No details were given. The club advised he ring the NSPCC hotline in line with SFA guidance.

“Thistle regards the safety and wellbeing of the children and young people who have contact with the club, at whatever level, as being of paramount importance. The club will continue to uphold the strictest standards of compliance with all safeguarding legislation.”

In Scotland police have received information about alleged historical offences and will investigate. A spokesman said: “Police Scotland has received a report of non-recent sexual abuse and will commence inquiries to establish the full circumstances surrounding this matter.”

Iraqi Refugee Detained in Germany over Rape & Abuse of 2 Chinese Students

    People walking on campus at the Ruhr-Universitaet in Bochum, Germany. © Henning Kaiser / 
    DPA / Global Look Press

An Iraqi refugee has been arrested in Germany over suspicion that he abused and raped two Chinese students near a university in Bochum. The suspect has been living nearby with his wife and two children since last year.

Police officials said on Tuesday that they have detained a 31-year-old Iraqi man living at a refugee hostel suspected of sexually assaulting Chinese students who reported being attacked near Ruhr-Bochum University in recent months, Die Welt reported.

Chief of Bochum police Kerstin Wittmeier said news of the arrest was “a great relief” and “a good sign not only for the two victims, but also for many women who felt unsafe, especially in the vicinity of Ruhr University.”

In the first assault, which took place on the university campus on August 6, a 21-year-old Chinese student was walking back to her dorm from a local underground station when she was overpowered and dragged into the bushes by her assailant, who then tried to rape the young woman while threatening her with a knife, police commissioner Roland Wefelscheidt said.

Nearly two months later, on November 16, another Chinese student, aged 27, was abused and raped in the bushes.

The suspect, who has been charged with attempted murder, rape, and aggravated assault, refutes the charges. His name has not been disclosed.

The key evidence leading to the suspect’s arrest reportedly came from the 27-year-old victim’s partner, who somehow noticed the perpetrator near the crime scene and took numerous pictures of him before he ran away. These were then used to identify the suspect, and subsequent DNA tests were taken. Police are trying to determine if he has committed other crimes, seeking tip-offs from other Iraqi refugees, Die Welt reported.

Between 1994 and 2002, twenty-one cases of sexual assault and rape were committed near and in the city of Bochum in North Rhine-Westphalia by the so-called “university phantom,” a still unknown perpetrator whom the police have failed to catch.

The detention of the Bochum suspect comes just days after German police arrested a 17-year-old Afghan refugee, who is charged with assaulting Maria Landenberger, a 19-year-old student who was raped and probably drowned on the night of October 16. Her body was found the next day on the bank of the Dreisam River in Freiburg, home of one of Germany’s top-tier universities.

Investigators have confirmed that the underage suspect entered Germany illegally and later filed an asylum request as an unaccompanied minor. He then lived with a foster family in Freiburg. The murder has provoked outrage, with Germans once again blaming Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ‘open-door’ policy for what happened in Freiburg.

However, top German officials have urged the public not to scapegoat refugees, warning against inciting racial hatred, while Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has implored Germans not to exploit the crime “for incitement and conspiracy propaganda.”

Steffen Seibert, Merkel’s spokesman, said earlier this week that the government expects the perpetrator to be punished “to the fullest extent of the law,” but added “we’re talking about the possible act of one Afghan refugee, not that of a whole group of people, who are Afghans or refugees like him.”

    Bochum, Germany

CAIR Pedophile Sentenced to Two Years in Prison

Sexual predators can now be officially added to CAIR’s convicted fail list
Joe Kaufman 

It took well over a year, but the verdict is finally in. Ahmad Saleem, the former head of the Orlando, Florida office for the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) is headed to prison.

On the night of May 20, 2015, Ahmad Abrar Saleem was arrested in Clermont, Florida, a short distance from his Orlando home. He was charged with “use of computer to seduce/solicit/entice a child to commit sex act” and “travel to seduce, solicit, lure a child to commit sex act.”

Saleem was intending to meet the twelve-year-old girl he had been chatting with online, but instead, Saleem met Sheriff’s deputies waiting for him and 21 others in a child sex sting operation. He was detained at 9:35 pm and booked at one-in-the-morning.

This event surely had erased much happier times for Saleem. It was only a few months earlier that he had met with his fellow CAIR leaders to discuss organizational strategy.

A photo taken in February 2015 shows a grinning Saleem posing alongside CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly, CAIR-Florida CEO and Regional Operations Director Nezar Hamze, CAIR-Florida Immigration/Asylum Attorney Floyd Huntz, CAIR-Florida Research & Special Projects Coordinator Muazz Hassan, and then-CAIR-Florida Communications Coordinator Ali Akin Kurnaz. Palm trees and the ocean fill the idyllic scenery behind them.

Then, in March 2015, Saleem joined Kurnaz for a press conference to announce CAIR’s plan to initiate a $30 million lawsuit against the FBI over the death of Boston Marathon bomber associate, Ibragim Todashev.

During questioning from the FBI, Todashev admitted to his and Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s involvement in a triple murder that took place in Waltham, Massachusetts on September 11, 2011, well over a year prior to the Boston bombing. The three victims, who were all Jewish, had their throats so violently slashed that they were nearly decapitated.

According to witness reports, following his confession, Todashev, a former mixed martial artist, became enraged and hurled a coffee table at the FBI agent conducting the interview, giving the agent a gash on his head which he would receive stitches for. Todashev then allegedly lunged at the agent with a metal pole, to which the agent responded by opening fire on him. Todashev, once again, attempted to attack, before dying with six shots to the torso and one to the head.

Saleem and CAIR, on the other hand, described Todashev’s ending as a “wrongful death,” employing CAIR’s time-honored strategy of disregarding facts while spinning Muslim terrorists into victims. Given CAIR’s extremist history, how could anyone consider anything the group says to be honest and truthful?

CAIR is widely known as a group that has deep ties to the terrorist organization Hamas. The former head of Hamas and current spokesman for Hamas, Mousa Abu Marzook, had a hand in CAIR’s founding in 1994; CAIR has been named by the United States government as a party to Hamas financing; and different officials from CAIR, who have had involvement with Hamas (as well as other terror groups), have been convicted in and/or deported from the US.

CAIR’s Florida chapter does little to distinguish itself from its DC-based parent. In August 2010, CAIR-Florida Executive Director Hassan Shibly, who has denied that Hezbollah is a terrorist group, wrote, “Israel and its supporters are enemies of God...” In July 2014, CAIR-Florida co-sponsored a pro-Hamas rally in Downtown Miami, where rally goers shouted, “We are Hamas” and “Let’s go Hamas.” Following the rally, the event organizer, Sofian Zakkout, wrote, “Thank God, every day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel!”

But none of this is of any practical use to Ahmad Saleem now. If he wishes to defend violence or terror or curse Israel or Jews, he will have to do so from behind bars. On December 1, 2016, a judge found Saleem guilty of “Child Abuse.” He was sentenced to two years in a state prison.

At the end of the two years, Saleem will be responsible for $36,500 in incarceration costs and another $1000 in fines and fees.

Following his stay, he may have an issue finding a job as a ‘sexual offender.’ He probably will not be able to rely on his parents, as both their jobs deal with youth, his father being a pediatrician and his mother being a school teacher. And it is doubtful his Psychology degree from UCF will help, except to demonstrate that he was more suited as a patient than a student.

Also, his job at the Orlando office of CAIR has been taken up by Rasha Mubarak, a past organizer of anti-Semitic, anti-Israel demonstrations. For CAIR to bring back a convicted pedophile would certainly be viewed as a lot worse than the fact that they hired him in the first place.

However, Ahmad Saleem’s predicament did and does hurt CAIR. While some people are willing to overlook CAIR’s association with international terrorism and even defend it, no one wishes to be associated with the stigma of sexual predation and deviancy.

Another Orlando CAIR representative who hurt the group this year was CAIR-Florida’s Orlando Outreach Coordinator, Ruanne Zein. In May, Zein posted onto her Facebook page an offensive Holocaust joke depicting a smiling Adolf Hitler with a sandwich in front of him along with the caption, “The best Kosher deli sandwiches are made in the Reichstag. I love the Jews!”

As a result of this author’s exposing Zein’s posting, she is no longer a staff member at CAIR. The difference between her and Saleem, though, is that she gets to go home, and Saleem gets maybe a phone call and visiting hours.

Saleem’s conviction is yet another example of CAIR’s disreputable track record of hiring controversial figures who would later serve jail terms, usually for offenses related to terror and violence.

Sexual predation can now officially be added to the list of sordid activities coming from CAIR representatives.

Beila Rabinowitz, Director of Militant Islam Monitor, contributed to this report.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Sweden Charges 5 Teenage Refugees with Beating, Gang-Raping Boy for Over an Hour

    Uppsala Cathedral in the background of the Fyris River © wikipedia.org

Five asylum seekers, who arrived in Sweden as unaccompanied minors, have been charged with anally raping a young Afghan male teen at gunpoint in a premeditated assault in Uppsala, a city outside Stockholm.

Swedish state prosecutor John Stromback told AP and local media outlets that two of the alleged perpetrators, who are all aged 16 or 17, were “annoyed with the victim,” who they knew socially. Four of the defendants are Afghans, while a fifth has requested a Farsi interpreter for legal proceedings.

On one evening in October, the gang surrounded and began hitting the victim, who was younger than 15 years of age, in the head and body, before putting a gun to his mouth and dragging him off to a nearby woodland.

The group spat on and taunted the victim, as each took turns anally raping the boy, with the described ordeal lasting “for more than an hour.”

As the assailants took turns, the onlookers filmed the anal penetration, threatening to post the video on social media, if he complained to the police.

    FILE PHOTO: Refugees walk to their camp at a hotel touted as the world's most northerly ski
    resort in Riksgransen, Sweden © Ints Kalnins / Reuters

While prosecutors have presented no DNA evidence for the abuse, Stromback said that the video “clearly” showed both, the faces of the perpetrators, and the acts they were engaged in. Additional evidence has been provided through matching clothing.

The victim reportedly identified four of his assailants.

All of the accused deny full culpability. One said that he was not present during the assault, while two more admitted that they were, but claimed that their actions did not constitute rape. Another two said they do not remember.

“He has no recollection of the events because of alcohol intoxication,” Stefan Wallin, a lawyer for one of the defendants, told AP.

Wallin’s client was at liberty during the incident, despite already having been charged with headbutting and stabbing another man in early September, although the accused says that he was acting in self-defense in that instance.

The five, who would have faced more severe punishments if they were not considered children in the eyes of the law, now face charges of up to four years in jail for aggravated rape of a minor, and making child pornography.

The indictment calls for them to be deported from Sweden if convicted, and banned from returning after serving their term.

Another case of Media Knows Best

Swedish news outlets reported that details of the case had been known to the police for some time, but were not made public. In the face of claims that the wave of asylum seekers – 163,000 applied to stay in Sweden last year – is responsible for an uptick in sexual assault crime, police specifically avoid keeping statistics of the ethnicity or citizenship of criminals, so the scale of the problem is unknown, despite several high-profile cases.

Sweden's insane refugee policy is obviously cultural suicide and the Swedish media is the sword the country is falling on. Such media manipulation is making mainstream media more and more irrelevant, if not outright hostile, to ordinary Swedes. Police are not helping; being part of the cover-up, they are putting themselves on the side of child abusers against ordinary Swedes who just want to protect their children. How can they do that when they don't even know there's a problem? Nothing good can come from this absurd policy! It is flat-out evil!

Pediatrician, Child Porn Woman, Predator of Autistic Boys Among Today's P&Ps

Utah man arrested for reported
child sex abuse of autistic boys
Ryan Olson Daily Herald  

A man residing in Midvale, Utah was arrested by Pleasant Grove police Saturday on suspicion of aggravated sexual abuse of two boys with autism.

Police investigated Cody Glenwood Ball, 25, after the boys' father gave a report last month. During a forensic interview with police Wednesday, the boys — both under the age of 11 — said Ball touched their genitals under their clothing while they were under a blanket, according to police reports.

The younger child reportedly said it happened to him multiple times while the other said it happened once. The younger child also reportedly said Ball had him touch Ball's genitals. 

Officers interviewed Ball after he had been arrested on an unrelated warrant out of St. George for felony drug possession. After being advised of his rights, Ball reportedly said he had sexual contact with the younger child on four occasions, but denied ever touching the older child.

Reports state Ball said he was intoxicated during the incidents and wasn't thinking clearly. He also reportedly said he knew the children were under 18, had autism and that his actions were wrong.

Officers arrested Ball on suspicion of four first-degree felony counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust.

    Midvale, UT

Michigan child sex abuse case advances

By Daily Telegram staff

ADRIAN — Seven counts of criminal sexual conduct against an Adrian man accused of abusing a girl younger than 13 were advanced Monday to Lenawee County Circuit Court.

Lenawee County District Judge Laura J. Schaedler bound over Douglass Duane Harsh, 48, to circuit court on three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and five counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct following a preliminary examination. First-degree criminal sexual conduct involves penetration, while second-degree involves touching.

Five of the charges against Harsh were filed and bound over to circuit court in July. The case was remanded back to district court in late October.

The alleged victim in the case, who is now 15, testified Monday about several instances of inappropriate touching when she was between the ages of 10 and 111⁄2. Schaedler amended the complaint against Harsh to show the alleged offenses occurred between Jan. 1, 2010, and Jan. 31, 2013.

Massachusetts man who fled state gets
prison time for child sex abuse
Associated Press

GREENFIELD, MA  — A western Massachusetts man who authorities say was captured in Florida after cutting off his court-ordered GPS has pleaded guilty to child rape charges.

Derek Lecompte, of Greenfield, pleaded guilty in Franklin Superior Court on Monday to aggravated rape and abuse of a child, unnatural acts with a child and other offenses.

Under the plea agreement, the 26-year-old Lecompte was sentenced to 15 to 20 years in state prison, followed by 10 years of probation. He must register as a sex offender.

Authorities say Lecompte was arrested at a Miami bus station last year after he jumped bail, cut off his GPS ankle bracelet and fled.

Police say Lecompte had threatened to die by "suicide by cop" if found.

    Greenfield, Massachusetts

Toronto area man charged with
child pornography offences

A Scarborough, Ontario man has been arrested and is facing a number of charges in connection with child sex abuse images, police say.

Joshua Freeman, CP24.com 

A Scarborough man is facing child pornography and sexual assault charges following an investigation by Toronto police into child sex-abuse images.

Police allege the suspect accessed, possessed, made available, and made child abuse material. They also allege that he sexually assaulted two children.

Investigators executed a search warrant at a home in the McCowan Road and Eglinton Avenue East area on Nov. 9. The suspect was arrested the same day as part of the investigation.

Joshua McKnight is pictured in this photo distributed by Toronto police Monday December 5, 2016. (Handout)

Joshua McKnight, 21, has been charged with three counts of possession of child pornography, three counts of accessing child pornography, three counts of making child pornography, two counts of sexual assault, two counts of sexual interference and making available child pornography.

He made a court appearance on Nov. 10.

Police said Monday they believe that the suspect has had access to other children and they are appealing for anyone with information to come forward.

Police say the suspect was known online as Naruto9TFD@gmail.com and herocreepers@outlook.com.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact police at 416-808-8500 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

    Scarborough, Ontario

Another Toronto area man charged with child pornography offences at dance competitions

Halton Police say that the man was known to frequent Candance events, and recorded dance competitions throughout the GTA (Greater Toronto Area).


A Thornhill man has been charged with multiple child pornography offences after allegedly recording dance competitions around the GTA, Halton Police said.

Investigators with the Internet Child Exploitation Unit, said that the male suspect is the owner and operator of a company called Graviti Media. They say he frequented Candance sponsored events and recorded the competitions.

David Kron, 24, is facing 12 charges, including four counts of luring, one charge of making child pornography, possession of child pornography, two counts of distributing child pornography, non-consensual distribution of intimate images, and three counts of luring a child.

    Thornhill, Ontario

Former U of Texas pediatrician headed to
prison for child pornography
By Gabrielle Banks

 A former pediatric oncologist at MD Anderson (University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center) got choked up at a Monday hearing where a Galveston judge sentenced him to federal prison for logging onto a dark website and downloading child pornography.

Dennis Patrick Meehan Hughes dabbed at tears, apologizing and expressing remorse for his actions, as a crowd of friends and colleagues sat in attendance.

U.S. District Judge George C. Hanks Jr. then sentenced him to 7 years in prison to be followed by 10 years of supervised release. Hughes must register as a sex offender, and adhere to restrictions on access to children and the internet, the judge said.

Hughes, 50, of Pearland, pleaded guilty in March to all three charges against him -- accessing, receiving and possession of child pornography.

"It's, obviously, been a real tragedy," said his lawyer, Neal Davis. "It's a very sad case. We're grateful that the judge recognized that Dennis Hughes has made great strides in atoning for what happened. He has great promise to still do great things as a research scientist."

Alabama man arrested in child pornography case

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A 54-year-old Huntsville man is facing two child pornography charges after authorities found obscene materials during a search of the suspect's property.

Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/2g5ju27) Robert Smith was arrested Monday after the Madison County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security executed a search warrant on Smith's home and his place of business. The warrant was for possession and distribution of child pornography.

During both searches, authorities say they found electronic devices containing pornographic images and videos of female children of various ages. Smith was taken into custody and sent to Madison County Jail on a $40,000 bond.

He was charged with possession of child pornography and dissemination/display of child pornography.

Louisiana man sentenced to 10 years in prison for receiving child pornography
The News Star 

United States Attorney Stephanie A. Finley announced that a Delhi man was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for receiving child pornography. Daniel Lee Brown, 28, of Delhi was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Robert G. James on one count of receiving child pornography.

He was also ordered to serve 10 years of supervised release and must register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. According to the September 12, 2016 guilty plea, Brown used the internet and Facebook, pretended to be a female teenager and directed an out-of-state 12-year-old to produce and send him child pornography. Brown received this child pornography using his computer in Delhi on October 28, 2014.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security/Homeland Security Investigations, the Louisiana State Police, the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office and the Bossier City Marshal’s Office investigated the case. Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert W. Gillespie Jr. prosecuted the case.

This case is part of Project Safe Childhood, a U.S. Department of Justice nationwide initiative to combat the growing epidemic of child sexual exploitation and abuse. Led by U.S. Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims. For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit www.projectsafechildhood.gov.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) also encourage the public to report suspected child predators and any suspicious activity through its toll-free hotline at (866) 347-2423. Investigators are available at all hours to answer hotline calls. Tips or other information can also be submitted to ICE online by visiting their website at www.ice.gov/exec/forms/hsitips/tips.asp or through the Operation Predator smartphone application www.ice.gov/predator/smartphone-app. Tips may be submitted anonymously.

    Delhi, Louisiana

Pennsylvania woman arrested in
child pornography case

IMPERIAL, Pa. - A woman is facing child pornography charges after an investigation led investigators to her Imperial home.

According to a Federal Bureau of Investigation task force, Kaitlin Plascjak, 28, who lives with her mother, was caught with child pornography – a crime the district attorney said is usually committed by men.

The district attorney said Plascjak is the first woman to be arrested in Allegheny County in 16 years on child pornography charges. 

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The investigation that began in August after agents received a cyber-tip that led them to Plascjak’s mobile home on Falls Church Road.

Officials said they found more than “100 images (of child porn), including videos” of “infants, toddlers and preteens exposing themselves.” When searching Plascjak’s cellphone, police said images of “infants being sexually assaulted” were found.

Plascjak was arrested in November.

"It blows me away, just blows me away,” Nancy Milligan, a neighbor, said.

Plascjak allegedly admitted to the crime, telling police it was a “coping mechanism because she was molested when she was younger."

Police said Plascjak told them she had more porn but deleted it before she underwent surgery because she didn’t want anyone to find it if something went wrong. 

    Imperial, PA

Pedophile Teacher Allegedly Attacked & Killed with Own Trumpet by Victims’ Parents

    2014 rally against the release of Pecollo after just 4 years of a 30 year sentence

An Argentinian music teacher who was convicted of molesting children has died after being severely beaten while he was performing at a concert in a cathedral close to Buenos Aires. Parents of his victims were allegedly responsible for the killing.

Marcelo Fabian Pecollo, who was handed a 30-year prison sentence in 2010 for molesting five preschool children, was both a music teacher and trumpeter with the Moron city orchestra. He was released from prison after only four years following a sentence reduction.

Sounds like a pretty dramatic reduction in sentence. I wonder how it came about. I wonder how the judge who issued it feels about his decision now? Obviously, 4 years is not long enough for the anger of sexually abused children's parents to subside. I hope other judges take that into consideration when sentencing pedophiles.

The attack at the cathedral happened on October 30 in the Moron suburb while Pecollo was performing, according to AFP.

A group of parents interrupted the show shouting: “There is a pedophile and a rapist in the church and he is playing in this orchestra.”

The 42 year old attempted to escape but was caught by the parents who subsequently beat him to death, with one parent apparently hitting the man with his own trumpet, witnesses at the scene said.

Priest Jorge Oesterheld told local media Pecollo was “in a very, very bad way” and emergency services were called to the scene.

“When I arrived, those people were leaving,” Oesterheld said. “He was in a very, very bad way until the police and ambulance arrived.”

The priest said Pecollo was in a coma and died on Friday. He also condemned the parents and called the attack “revenge.”

“They say they took justice into their own hands, but it was revenge, it was murder.”

The trumpeter was initially arrested in 2007 following a complaint from a mother who said her 4-year-old child had been molested. Though six other cases surfaced, the court brought five out of the seven complaints to trial.

Children’s charity Alerta Vida ONG alleged in a Facebook post on Monday that Pecollo had abused “hundreds of babies” but got away with it.

Well, it appears he didn't get away with it and now has to stand before Jesus Christ. His victims, their parents, and even Pecollo are in need of our prayers. It's OK to pray for someone you hate; in fact, it's quite a remarkable experience.

    Moron is a city of about 700,000 just 20 km west of downtown Buenos Aires

Monday, 5 December 2016

101-Year-Old Man Goes on Trial on Historical Child Sex Abuse Charges

Ralph Clarke from Birmingham is thought to be the oldest defendant to stand trial in a British court and denies various charges

    Ralph Clarke leaving Birmingham crown court after the first day of his trial. 
    Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA

Press Association

A 101-year-old man has gone on trial accused of historical child sex offences.

Ralph Clarke, thought to be the oldest defendant to stand trial in a British court, is alleged to have committed the offences against two girls and a boy – including one as young as seven – in a workshop and the cab of his delivery lorry between 1974 and 1983.

On Monday, as the case against him was opened at Birmingham crown court, he leaned on a walking stick for support while sitting on the back row of the barristers’ benches .

Clarke, of Erdington in Birmingham, denies 17 charges of indecent assault, 12 offences of indecency with a child and two attempted serious sexual offences.

The prosecutor Miranda Moore QC told jurors that two of the alleged victims walked into a police station in August last year to make a complaint against Clarke.

“What they were to tell the police was a history of a catalogue of serious sexual abuse,” she said.

Alleging that some of the abuse took place in a garage at Clarke’s then home in Erdington, Moore said: “All three victims talk about being in a garden shed or workshop. Probably today you would call it a man shed or a man cave.”

People from all over the area would take things to Clarke – who was regarded locally as something of a handyman – for him to repair, Moore told the jury of six men and six women.

When Clarke was questioned by police last December, the court heard, he made “limited admissions” to officers.

Moore said: “The defendant was interviewed by the police in this case. He agreed some of the things you are going to hear about did in fact happen. His first words were: ‘Who has complained?’”

The prosecutor stressed age was no barrier to a defendant being tried, “as long as the trial is fair and the evidence is clear”.

The judge Richard Bond told the jury there would be occasions when Clarke left the hearing without permission for personal reasons.

Explaining that Clarke would have an intermediary helping him to follow the proceedings, the judge told the panel: “There will be occasions during the trial when the defendant will speak, possibly quite loudly, to the intermediary, who is likely to speak quite loudly back to him. The reason for this is that Mr Clarke, not surprisingly at the age of 101, is hard of hearing.

“I invite – in fact, I direct you, to ignore any such communications between Mr Clarke and the intermediary, or with his barrister. The reason for that is that those communications are normally private but you are bound to hear them in this case, for obvious reasons.”

Bond said Clarke’s old age and fragile health meant the court would hear evidence between 9.30am and 1.30pm during the trial, which is scheduled to last two weeks.

Describing the reduction of hours as “very, very unusual”, the judge added: “I have made that decision because the interests of justice decree that this defendant, like any defendant who is tried in a crown court, must be able to follow the evidence and must be in position to call evidence himself if that time arises.

“I am sure that you will all understand why we have to accommodate Mr Clarke in this particular way. At the forefront of my mind I have his welfare. He has got to be able to follow this trial. So let’s all be patient. It’s only fair.”

Clarke took off his white flat cap after entering court, but did not take off his coat during the proceedings. The trial continues on Tuesday.

Ottawa Woman Racked with Guilt, Anger After Police Returned Boy to Abusive Parents

'He wasn't lying. He was telling the truth and he was asking for help, and the help wasn't there'
By Laurie Fagan, CBC News 

    The woman, who lives about a block from the boy's Ottawa home, can't be named in order to
    protect his identity. (Laurie Fagan/CBC)

Five years after a gaunt, fearful, nine-year-old boy showed up on her doorstep, an Ottawa woman says she still struggles with feelings of guilt that she could have done more to protect him from his abusive parents, and anger with police for sending him back to them to endure months of gruesome torture and neglect.

The woman, a former neighbour who can't be identified to protect the boy's identity, testified at the trial of his father — a suspended RCMP officer — and his stepmother.

"It makes me sickened to my stomach that this could have been prevented, and I include myself in this," the woman told CBC News.

On Nov. 21, the 45-year-old Mountie was found guilty of aggravated assault, sexual assault causing bodily harm, forcible confinement and failing to provide the necessities of life. The boy's 38-year-old stepmother was found guilty of assault with a weapon and failing to provide the necessities of life.

"I will be haunted by this, and I am culpable as well. I didn't follow up and I trusted the police, I trusted the system, but he still had to endure all those horrors."

Signs of abuse, neglect

Gut-wrenching evidence presented at the couple's trial showed the boy, who's now 14, was beaten, sexually assaulted with a BBQ lighter, shackled and starved. 

'His eyes — you could see the fear and sadness in his eyes, and as a mother it was terrifying to see that. You never want to see that in a child's face.'

The boy, who lived near the woman, showed up at her home on a cold day in November 2011 wearing just a T-shirt and jeans. Her daughter, who was a classmate of the boy's, answered the door and came sobbing to her mother in the kitchen, "Mommy we have to adopt him because his parents aren't nice to him," the woman recalled.

The woman, a mother of three, brought the boy inside and gave him two pieces of cake and a glass of milk. As he ate he explained that his father made him do hundreds of pushups as punishment for lying or not finishing his homework, and if he didn't complete them he didn't eat.

The boy lifted his shirt so the woman could see his stomach.    

"I could see his ribcage. I could see his sunken stomach, and all the red on his stomach and forearms looked like carpet burns," said the woman. "There was also red ligature marks on his wrists."      

She questioned the boy about the marks, but he wouldn't tell her how he got them.

"His eyes — you could see the fear and sadness in his eyes, and as a mother it was terrifying to see that. You never want to see that in a child's face," said the woman, tears welling in her eyes.

Police returned boy to abusive home

She and her husband decided to call 911, and when police arrived they told them the boy's parents had also called to report him missing.

The woman said the boy sat in her lap and held her hand tightly as he told the two police officers about the mistreatment he suffered at home. She recalled how tiny and frail he felt.

    CBC Ottawa's Laurie Fagan interviews the woman, who can't be identified, in her home.
    (Jean Delisle/CBC)

She said she was shocked when the female officer barked at the boy, "Do you know if you are lying your father could go to jail?"

"You want maternal, you want kind, and the child hadn't eaten in two days, and you're defending the father?" the woman recalled thinking. "I said to her, 'He's not on trial here! He's the victim!'"

In her testimony during the couple's trial, the woman recalled the boy telling the officer, "I don't want my dad to go to jail."

The officers thanked the woman and said they were taking the boy home, about a block away.

She said she'll never forget the image of the boy walking with the police officers to their cruiser, pleading, "I don't want to go! I don't want to go!"

"I was heartbroken. I told the boy, 'Trust the police. They will take care of you.'"

Within an hour the male police officer returned and told her everything was fine, and said there was lots of food on the boy's family's kitchen table. The officer told her the boy and his father had a "little argument," but said the boy was in a "healthy, happy home."

Visit from stepmother

The next day the boy's stepmother showed up at the woman's house and told her the boy was bipolar and hadn't been taking his medication. The woman described the stepmother's behaviour as "odd" and lacking empathy for the boy.

    The boy's father, a suspended RCMP officer, and stepmother were found guilty of a number
    of crimes on Nov. 21, 2016. (Courtroom sketches by Sarah Wallace)

A few days later, still feeling uneasy, the woman went to see the principal at her daughter's school to share her suspicions about the boy's mistreatment, but a short time later the boy switched schools.

In February 2013, 15 months after the boy's visit to the woman's home, she was in her car when she heard a radio newscast that described police finding a nude boy wandering down an Ottawa street.

"They said the street name and all of a sudden my heart sank and I said, no, it cannot be, and to my horror it was. I was shaking and crying. I said to myself, 'You should have made some calls.' What do you do? What do you do?"

The woman immediately called police and told them what had happened more than a year earlier when the boy came to her door.

'He was telling the truth'

"There were signs that no one followed up on. If there was followup, the horrors that he had to endure, he wouldn't have had to endure."

"He wasn't lying. He was telling the truth and he was asking for help, and the help wasn't there."

The woman said she was pleased with the verdicts in the boy's parents' trial, but she believes police haven't been held accountable for their role. She said she'd like to speak with the two officers who returned the boy to his home.

"I would love to have that conversation with them and say, 'I know what I should have done. Do you accept the responsibility of what you should have done?'"

Ottawa police did not provide anyone for an interview, but in an emailed statement Monday, Supt. Don Sweet told CBC News the 2013 investigation that led to the charges against the boy's parents "considered all information — including the 2011 event when police responded to a call for service related to a missing persons file. It is the opinion of the OPS that the information, as presented in 2011, was investigated appropriately."

Police should be required to inform social services who should be required to investigate any accusation of child abuse. This was a big-time failure by Ottawa police; the boy's pain and suffering over the last year or so is their fault.

Underage Refugee Suspect in Rape & Murder of EU Official's Daughter

    The old town is seen from the cathedral tower in Freiburg, Germany © Kai Pfaffenbach / Reuters

German Police have arrested a suspect, an Afghan teenage refugee, in a high profile sexual assault and murder case that has kept the residents of Freiburg, Germany in suspense for months.

A medical student officially identified only as Maria L., 19, was raped and allegedly drowned on the night of October 16, when she was returning to her residence hall from a student party by bicycle. Her body was found the next morning by locals on the bank of the Dreisam River in Freiburg, home of one of Germany’s elite universities.

The case sparked massive public outcry, prompting police to form a special group consisting of about 40 investigative officers and forensic specialists. After an investigation that lasted for more than a month, police finally arrested the alleged murderer and rapist on Friday.

“The suspect is a minor, 17, from Afghanistan, who came to Germany in 2015,” Dieter Inhofer, the regional chief prosecutor, said at a press conference following the arrest.

A single strand of black hair partially dyed blonde, a scarf found on the riverbed, and several DNA samples found on the victim’s body and at the crime scene led investigators to the suspect, police revealed during the press conference.

“We were able to speak to the foster family,” David Mueller, head of the special investigative group, told journalists, but refused to reveal the nature of the conversation. “The suspect still refuses to testify,” he added.

    Maria between friends

The suspect was charged with sexual assault and murder, police said during the press conference, adding that it is yet unknown whether he deliberately drowned the victim or threw the woman in the water while she was unconscious.

“The death occurred due to drowning,” Mueller said, stressing that it is the only fact confirmed so far regarding the victim’s death.

It was also confirmed that the suspect entered Germany illegally and later filed an asylum request as an unaccompanied minor. He then lived with a foster family in Freiburg. He had been charged once before with inflicting bodily harm, but the case was later dropped, police told journalists during the press conference without giving further details.

It is yet unclear if the suspect and the victim had known each other before the incident, or if the attack was planned in advance.

Police also mentioned a similar incident in the nearby town of Endigen, just 30 kilometers from Freiburg, where a woman, 27, was also raped and murdered weeks after Maria L.’s death. No links between the two cases have been found, though a connection might still be investigated, Inhofer said.

    Maria Ladenburger; inset is the 27 y/o woman who was raped and murdered in Endigen

“We will have no rest. We will thoroughly examine every lead and will look under every rock – many times, if needed,” Bernhard Rotzinger, head of the Freiburg Police Department, said on Friday.

Meanwhile, the news has provoked outrage on social media, where people once again blamed German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s open-door policy for what happened in Freiburg.

“Angela Merkel, look here! Blood of this person is on your hands!” a Twitter user wrote in a post featuring a photo of the victim.

Some Twitter users expressed outrage over the situation and mocked the slogans used by advocates of the open-door policy.

“This is just nonsense: [we] provide for the murderers of our daughters. That is apparently a Stockholm syndrome,” another Twitter user wrote.

Many others criticized the German media for their reluctance to cover the story, dismissing it as “an incident of regional significance.”

Following the outrage, Freiburg Mayor Dieter Salomon called for discretion and urged Germans “not to draw generalized conclusions from the suspect’s origin and regard [the incident] as an isolated one instead,” Die Welt reported.

Or maybe an isolated two! It is disturbing how the media has come to decide what news is good to report and what isn't. As a Christian, I am tempted to play down child sex abuse involving priests and pastors, etc., but rather, I make sure they are posted on my blog. You cannot contribute to fixing a problem by ignoring it; it must be exposed in all its ugliness. The German news media is losing the trust and respect of its viewers by choosing what news they should not hear, especially when it puts our daughters at risk of rape and murder.

Victim a ‘refugee activist, daughter of EU official’

Journalist and author Oliver Janich said he discovered that the murder victim was Maria Ladenburger, daughter of Clemens Ladenburger, who has been an assistant to the Director-General of the European Commission's Legal Service since 2008.

Janich also established that the victim had worked as a volunteer in one of the local refugee shelters in her spare time.

Ladenburger and his wife Friederike have since placed a memorial notice for their daughter in the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.

Echoing some of the tweets, Germany's anti-migrant AfD party blamed the "uncontrolled" influx of foreign undocumented migrants, with the local police union reminding of the "dangers that go along with massive immigration," according to AFP.

But some politicians wished to dispel the atmosphere of fear. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel told Bild the murder should not serve as basis for anti-refugee hatred, especially given that "Such horrible murders already happened before the first Afghan or Syrian refugee arrived here."

"We will not allow incitement after such violent crimes, no matter who commits them."

No apology; no admittance of the insanity of allowing nearly a million refugees into the country in one year without any screening whatsoever. No apology for not having adequate housing or policing in place, nor having cultural training as to what is acceptable behaviour and what isn't. They just let them loose like a pack of wolves in a hen-house. 

Murder might be a rare outcome but the extraordinary number of sexual assaults on Germany's girls and young women are well documented. The government should be admitting their mistakes not chastising the people for being angry when their daughters are brutally raped and murdered. German voters will remember that next year.

Germany sustained a massive influx of approximately 900,000 refugees last year, with up to 300,000 expected to arrive this year, according to Frank-Jurgen Weise, head of the country’s migration agency BAMF.

A total of 21,000 rejected asylum-seekers were repatriated in 2015, and an additional 35,000 in the first seven months of 2016, German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said at a cabinet meeting in August.

In late November, Merkel announced that up to 100,000 rejected asylum-seekers would be returned from Germany to their home countries by the end of the year.

Sunday, 4 December 2016

Sudden Interest in Child Trafficking Ring as Time Runs Down for Madeleine Investigation

MADDIE GANG PROBE Cops given cash to probe ‘important’ new lead that Maddie was snatched by people trafficking gang

Detectives following tip off that tot was snatched by child trafficking group in what senior cops admit is final attempt at finding her


SCOTLAND Yard has been given more money to probe an “important” new lead in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

The development is being taken so seriously that senior Whitehall officials have been briefed by the Met on its progress.

("Whitehall", a metonym for the United Kingdom's central government administration, similar to USA's 'Whitehouse'.)

               Scotland Yard are being given more money to probe new lead in Madeleine McCann’s
               disappearance. Detectives are following a tip that a gang of European traffickers
               snatched the tot after taking pictures of her.

It could end up proving that she is still alive, nearly ten years after she vanished.

The search for Madeleine has been extended by months after Scotland Yard was given more cash.

But senior cops admit the investigation of the new lead is the “last throw of the dice” in their hunt.

The Met is taking the development so seriously that leading Whitehall officials are being briefed on its progress.

A source said: “This is an important new line of inquiry which could provide an explanation on whether Madeleine was abducted and transported away.

Detectives are investigating tip-off that Madeleine was taken by child traffickers

“It raises hope that she could still be alive.”

Retired Yard detective Colin Sutton said the extra money for the last line of inquiry means “there must be something worthwhile”.

A focus of the inquiry is whether Madeleine, who vanished just days before her fourth birthday in May 2007, was abducted by traffickers.

One witness has claimed the youngster was photographed on the beach with her parents in the days leading up to her disappearance.

Madeleine was on holiday with her family in Praia da Luz, in Portugal’s Algarve.

The last-ditch move to discover her fate comes eight months after Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe predicted the force’s £12million Operation Grange probe was coming to an end.

he view from the apartment above the room that Madeline McCann
The view from the apartment above the room that Madeline McCann NEWS GROUP NEWSPAPERS LTD

He had said that it was likely to conclude within a few months after a final matter was checked out.
Grange’s extension offers renewed hope for Madeleine’s parents Kate and Gerry, both 48, from Rothley, Leicester.

The couple also believe their daughter, who would now be 13, could have been kidnapped and sold by traffickers.

They have researched human trafficking comprehensively since Madeleine vanished and Kate has met representatives from several charities who help victims.

Reports following Madeleine’s disappearance suggested she could have been taken to Belgium or Morocco in North Africa.

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      A poster released three years after Madeleine McCann’s disappearance, with a picture of
      what she may have looked like by 2010

She vanished from her bed in a holiday apartment while her parents ate a tapas meal nearby with friends.

The source said: “There is specific information which is being investigated.

“The team is trying to confirm or disprove it and will exhaust every possible avenue of information, as they always promised Mr and Mrs McCann they would.’’

The source said: “The Home Office has agreed to continue funding the police work until it is completed.

“At present, funding is due to run out next April when it will be reviewed again.”

A man seen by a friend of the McCann near the resort was later ruled out as an innocent Brit carrying his daughter

The child trafficking theory was first raised by private investigators working for the McCanns in late 2007.

They believed there could have been gang “spotters” working in the Portuguese resort.

There were reports of a man with binoculars looking at children on the beach and of men taking photos of kids.

The McCanns believe the pictures may have been shown to traffickers who then selected Madeleine.

The theory was given further credence by Scotland Yard who provided information about a Belgian paedophile ring to the Portuguese authorities in March 2008.

  There were reports of a man with binoculars looking at children 
on the beach near the resort

The Met’s clubs and vice unit received a tip that the ring had placed an order for a “young girl” just three days before Madeleine went missing.

Leicestershire Police, who at that point led the Operation Task effort to help find Madeleine, were also informed.

A friend of the McCanns said: “Trafficking into Belgium and North Africa has always formed a very strong part of the investigation.

“There is definitive hard evidence that this is happening and they have looked into the fact someone was targeting children and may well have been stealing to order.”

Kate and Gerry McCann walk with their twins Sean and Amelie
Kate and Gerry McCann walk with their twins Sean and Amelie TIMES NEWSPAPERS LTD

In 2011, police in Portugal smashed a trafficking ring snatching young women and underage girls in the Algarve and Aveiro, in the north of the country.

Anti-child trafficking charity ECPAT International said Portugal was “attractive to traffickers” because of the ease in which children can be driven through borders.

So they have had all this information for 5 years or more... what's new? Why the sudden interest by Whitehall? It seems there must be something more they are not telling us. Let's hope and pray that there is more to this story and that it leads to the truth, quickly.

Kate and Gerry McCann
                      Kate and Gerry McCann released a plea to then-Prime Minister David
                      Cameron in 2010 when the Portuguese police shut down the enquiry

Police have carried out excavations in Praia da Luz looking for Madeleine’s remains.

But they have always thought there was a possibility she was taken further afield, possibly by traffickers, a predatory paedophile or someone who wanted to raise her as their child.

The Grange investigation was launched in May 2011.

      In April the Home Office gave an additional £95,000 to the probe, and have apparently done
      the same now

It followed a personal plea from Kate to then Prime Minister David Cameron after the Portuguese closed down their inquiry.

In October last year the Met probe was dramatically scaled down.

The Home Office granted the inquiry another £95,000 in April to continue for a further six months.

Sources say that has now been matched with a similar sum.

A family source said: “Kate and Gerry will not comment on any part of Operation Grange.”

The Met Police also declined to comment.

    Algarve, Portugal