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

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

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

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Pediatrician, Care-Givers, Boyfriend Lead Today's Sickening USA PnP List

Wichita man charged with continuous sexual abuse
of a child in Texas
BY NICHOLE MANNA

A 55-year-old Wichita man was arrested Friday on a warrant out of Texas for charges including continuous sexual abuse of a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by contact, according to reports.

Michael Lee Lopez was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail at 3:43 p.m. He is being held without bond, jail records say.

Lopez was wanted by Pflugerville police in Texas, and was arrested by Wichita’s Exploited and Missing Child Unit at a home in the 3000 block of South Clifton. 

The Pflugerville Police Department said the charges stem from incidents involving two children between 2014 and 2017 in Pflugerville and Temple, Texas, according to Spectrum News in Austin.





Alabama Man Sentenced For Child Sex Abuse
in Ohio County Circuit Court
JESSICA BROVERMAN

Circuit Judge James Mazzone sentenced Alabama resident Lamont Dees to 11-25 years in prison Friday for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 2013.

Another boyfriend rapes girlfriend's daughter

Dees, 45, was convicted in early December in Ohio County Circuit Court on one count each of third-degree sexual assault and sexual abuse by a custodian. West Virginia State Police arrested Dees on April 2 after investigating reports he sexually abused his then-girlfriend’s daughter.

During Friday’s sentencing hearing, Assistant Prosecutor Jenna Perkins read a statement from the victim, who is now 17 years old.

“I was raped by a man I considered a father figure. … I still wish I could have told someone sooner. … I still have night terrors and depression and (post-traumatic stress disorder),” Perkins read.

The victim also said she was scared, and that’s why it took her several years to come forward about the sexual assault, according to Perkins.

Three members of Dees’ family attended the hearing, two of whom addressed the court on his behalf. Dees’ nephew, Brent Johnson, described the case as “heartbreaking.” Dees’ sister, Sonya Johnson, spoke to the court, as well. “I just want to say my brother is a good person and I know that he didn’t do this,” Johnson said.

In arguing for a severe penalty, Perkins reviewed the facts of the case and said the victim viewed Dees as someone she could trust before he sexually assaulted her.

“This child testified and put in her victim impact statement that she thought of him as a father figure. He may have had a good heart at one point, but his heart went dark. One night he provided her with two bottles of vodka and when she would lay in bed, he got in bed with her and he sexually assaulted her. The fact of the matter is that she was a 12-year-old child,” Perkins said.

Mazzone sentenced Dees to 10-20 years in prison for sexual abuse by a custodian, and one to five years for the third-degree sexual assault charge. He ordered those sentences be served consecutively, for an effective penalty of 11-25 years behind bars.

Dees also will have to register as a sex offender for life, and would be under supervised release for 20 years upon completion of his prison sentence.

Too many mothers of young daughters take men into their homes too casually. There are far too many stories on this blog of 'boyfriends' raping the daughter of their 'girlfriend'. Mothers - please be extremely careful who you allow access to your children.

Ohio Co., WVa



Oregon man arrested on child sex abuse charges
By Anna Marum
The Oregonian/OregonLive

A McMinnville man was arrested Friday on charges of sexually abusing a child.

McMinnville police arrested Vaughn Leslie Monagon, 41, on four counts of first-degree sex abuse. The police department began investigating Monagon in October, and obtained information that police say indicate he sexually abused a child several years ago.

Police are asking anyone who has information about the case or other alleged victims to contact the department's tip line at 503-434-2337.






Missouri man facing child pornography charges
By MICHAEL MORTENSEN, LACONIA DAILY SUN

LACONIA — A New Hampton man is facing multiple counts of possessing child pornography, a crime that carries the potential of 15 years in prison.

A Belknap County Superior Court Grand Jury has indicted Jonathan Bristow, 54, of 1040A Route 132 North, Apt. C, New Hampton, on 10 counts of possession of child sexual abuse images. The charges allege that Bristow had images of children in various sexual poses stored on his cellphone.

Belknap County Attorney Andrew Livernois said that charges against Bristow came out of a joint investigation by Nashua and New Hampton police. He declined to discuss what may have led authorities to become suspicious of Bristow.

The indictments list Sept. 25 as the date of the alleged offenses. Livernois said that date was when police "came into possession" of Bristow's cellphone. He subsequently was arrested on the charges on Nov. 1 and, since then, has been confined to the Belknap County Department of Corrections jail in lieu of $100,000 cash-only bail.

Possession of child sexual abuse images is classified as a Class A felony and carries a punishment of 7 1/2 to 15 years in prison.

Livernois said Bristow is scheduled to appear before a judge in Belknap County Superior Court on Feb. 2, at which time the issue of bail, a negotiated plea, and/or admissibility of evidence could be argued.

Bristow's trial is set for April 16, when jury selection is scheduled to begin.

New Hampton, MO



Father in horrific child sexual abuse case
gets 20 years in prison in Georgia
By Jerrie Whiteley, Herald Democrat

BONHAM — Pedro Noria, 30, pleaded guilty Friday to a lesser included offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 and was sentenced to 20 years in prison. His plea moves the state one step closer to wrapping up a series of related child abuse cases in Fannin County.

The plea will likely mean that Noria, who was born in Mexico, will not be allowed to stay in this country once he is released from prison or be allowed to legally re-enter it or be granted citizenship.

Caution: This is sick and disturbing

Noria, who was originally charged with continuous sexual assault of a child under 14, pleaded guilty Friday to allowing a man named Sergio Maldonado Facundo rape his child. Fannin County Assistant District Attorney Don Hoover reminded the court that testimony in previous trials said that Noria took the child to Facundo’s house and then tied the child to the bed and allowed Facundo to assault the child while Noria and his wife, the child’s mother, watched.

Last year, a jury sentenced Facundo to life in prison for continuous sexual assault of a child under the age of 14. Another jury sentenced the mother, Noemi Noria, to 30 years in prison for her part in the crimes committed against the child. The couple’s child testified during a number of trials that his mother delivered him to Facundo both at his house and at a shop where the parents worked with Facundo. The child testified that Facundo raped him at both locations and that his parents were nearby or in the room when it happened. While that child was the only one who testified in Facundo’s trial or the mother’s trial, other children in the family are said to have been abused as well. Authorities said the children were abusing each other and the oldest brother has been charged with sexual abuse of a child.

Pedro Noria spoke to the court through an interpreter and gave mainly “yes” or “no” answers. He did say that he was originally from Mexico and that he only had a sixth grade education. He said he left school in the sixth grade because his parents couldn’t afford to pay for his education to continue. He said he understood the ramifications of his plea, when questioned by his attorney Micah Belden. His attorney said Pedro Noria was the first of the people charged with abusing the children to accept responsibility for his actions. In addition to the charge that he helped Facundo abuse one of the children, testimony in the trials revealed that another one of the couple’s children alleged that Pedro Noria stuck a glow stick up the boy’s rear end.

The abuse was discovered when the couple’s 12-year-old child, Jhoel Noria, was struck by an SUV while waiting on a school bus in September of 2015. The child died from his injuries and CPS opened an investigation into the incident. During Noemi Noria’s trial, a CPS worker testified that it was not the first time the agency had been involved with the family. Noemi Noria’s rights to all of her children have been terminated. The four younger children include three boys and one girl. All of those children are currently living either in theraputic care homes or foster homes.





Upstate NY pediatrician/GP arrested
for child pornography

He was previously accused of taking lewd photos at school

Gary Craig and Will Cleveland, Democrat and Chronicle

A Wayne County, NY family doctor accused of possession of child pornography will remain jailed as he seeks an attorney.

Dr. David Blasczak, 69, appeared in federal court Friday and said he is seeking an attorney. The Federal Public Defender's Office will represent Blasczak until he does hire a lawyer.

Blasczak, who worked with Finger Lakes Health, is charged with receiving and possessing child pornography. He is also accused of taking nude photos of children who were patients.

Finger Lakes Health fired Blasczak Friday.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Jonathan Feldman Friday set a Jan. 26 date for Blasczak to return to court. 

Prosecutors allege that Blasczak admitted to buying child pornography. Blasczak, who lives in Newark, has a family medical practice that includes adult and pediatric care at Clyde Family Health Center.

State Police confirmed Friday that there was an investigation into Blasczak several years ago, and prosecutors in Wayne County decided there was insufficient evidence for prosecution. Information about the nature of the investigation was not immediately available and the Wayne County District Attorney's Office said Friday that it did not have information at hand about the allegations.

Newark Police Chief David Christler confirmed his officers investigated a claim against Blasczak in September 2015. Police were called to a elementary school after a kindergarten parent alleged Blasczak took inappropriate photos of the daughter during orientation. Blasczak was accompanying his granddaughter, Christler said.

The parent said Blasczak tried to surreptitiously manipulate his camera phone to take photos of the child. Christler said his officer went to the school and checked Blasczak's phone, but didn't discover any photos on it. "It doesn't mean he couldn't have deleted it," Christler said. "There was no proof of anything happening, so the report was done and we never heard another thing until yesterday."

Christler said the investigation has been reopened and added his department is working with Homeland Security investigators and State Police to see if any of the alleged photos were discovered in the evidence seized by authorities Thursday. "If we can't come up with that image, we have nothing," Christler said.

A Homeland Security investigation into a password-protected child pornography website identified Blasczak as making 10 purchases of child pornography from the website, according to the criminal complaint. He allegedly paid $100 per file. One thumb drive secured by investigators contained more than 1,000 images, prosecutors allege. 

Blasczak allegedly admitted paying the parents of his juvenile patients to photograph the children on eight different occasions, claiming that he was conducting his own independent research about child sex abuse.

Authorities encourage anyone with information regarding the investigation to contact the  federal Homeland Security Buffalo office at (716) 464-5931. You can also email tips to hsibuffalotips@ice.dhs.gov. 

Those with general questions about sexual abuse or those would like guidance about how to discuss these issues with children are asked to contact Bivona Child Advocacy Center at (585) 935-7800.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Kyle Rossi, the prosecutor in the case, requested that Blasczak remained jailed while awaiting trial. 





Upstate NY man accused of child sex abuse
Denise Richardson 
     
A Pharsalia man has been charged with a felony sex crime, according to the Chenango County Sheriff's Office.

David G. Shaffer, 55, was charged Jan. 18 with first-degree sexual abuse, a felony, and the misdemeanors of forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child, deputies said in a media release.

Deputies investigated a complaint that a child younger than 13 had been touched in a sexual manner by Shaffer, who is older than 21, a factor in the charge imposed. The incident took place at a private residence in Pharsalia, deputies said.

Shaffer was arraigned in Smyrna Village Court and will appear at a later date, the release said.

Pharsalia, NY



Former employee of Child Saving Institute accused
of child sexual abuse
By Alia Conley / World-Herald 

An employee of the Child Saving Institute accused of having an illicit sexual relationship with a teenager staying at the Omaha nonprofit’s shelter was ordered held on $25,000 bail Friday.

Hanna Dickerson, 23, of Neola, Iowa, was charged with first-degree sexual abuse of a dependent. She would have to post 10 percent of her bail, or $2,500, to be released from jail. She waived her preliminary hearing Friday and will stand trial in District Court.

The young man turned 17 in July. In an August interview monitored by police, he said that he and Dickerson had sex several times from July to mid-August.

The teen is a ward of the state, according to a police report. The Child Saving Institute said in a statement that he had been staying at its shelter.

The organization said that when the teen alleged the sexual assaults, other employees notified police and Child Protective Services.

Dickerson worked for the nonprofit from April to Aug. 1, her attorney said Friday.




Friday, 19 January 2018

Lots of Big Names and Craziness on Today's Global PnP List

Israel’s Check Point Finds Porn Malware
In Google Play Store Games
NoCamels Team 

Israeli software and data security giant Check Point Software Technologies Ltd. alerted Google over the weekend to porn-related malware in at least 63 game apps on Google’s Play Store, prompting the US tech company to remove the games, many of which were for children.

Check Point published a report on Friday announcing its discovery of the malicious code, dubbed “AdultSwine” which the Israeli company says wreaks havoc in three main ways: “displaying ads from the web that are often highly inappropriate and pornographic”; “attempting to trick users into installing fake ‘security apps'”; and convincing “users to register [for] premium services at the user’s expense.”

The malware can also “use its infrastructure to broaden its goals to other purposes, such as credential theft,” Check Point says, adding that once the malicious code “is installed on the device, it waits for a boot to occur or for a user to unlock his screen, upon which it initiates its malicious activity.”

“Adult Swine” also displays “scareware,” frightening users into installing unnecessary and potentially harmful “security” apps, and tricks them into entering phone numbers by announcing they’ve won a prize. Once entered, the code then makes use of the number to register for the victims for fraudulent premium services, charging their accounts.

Check Point says the code operates by contacting its Command and Control server (C&C) to report a successful installation and send data about the infected device. It then “receives the configurations, which determine its course of operation,” and make decisions like “whether to hide its icon (to encumber removal), which ads to display, over which apps and on what terms.”

“It is interesting to note that the server, however, forbids ads to be displayed over certain apps such as browsers and social networks, in order to avoid suspicion,” the Israeli company adds.

In a statement to the Financial Times, Google said it had “removed the apps from Play, disabled the developers’ accounts and will continue to show strong warnings to anyone that has installed them.”

“We appreciate Check Point’s work to help keep users safe,” Google added.

Among the games hit with the malware, Check Point named three with estimates of over 500,000 minimum downloads, and eight with a minimum of 100,000 downloads. 

Game titles include 
“Exploration Pro WorldCraft,” 
“Drawing Lessons Lego Star Wars,” 
“Jurassic Survival Craft Game,” and 
“Temple Runner Castle Rush.”





Toronto's Soulpepper theatre kept previous
sex harassment scandal quiet for 19 months

Theatre company had said director Laszlo Marton left
because of ‘work visa’ problems
By Saman Malik, CBC News 

Theatre director Laszlo Marton was abruptly dismissed by Soulpepper Theatre Company in March 2016 after allegations of sexual harassment were made against him.
(Vigszinhaz theatre company Facebook page)

In the wake of a sex harassment scandal that sent shockwaves through the theatre community and forced the departure of artistic director Albert Schultz, Soulpepper Theatre Company said its "core mission" has always been "to provide a safe community for its exceptionally talented group of professionals."

But an investigation by CBC's The Fifth Estate raises questions about how the company has handled similar sexual harassment allegations in the past.

Interviews with actors, internal Soulpepper emails and audio recordings of meetings obtained by The Fifth Estate indicate that management — and Schultz — misled staff about the 2016 departure of theatre director Laszlo Marton.

The company kept secret the real reasons for his departure for 19 months until a scandal broke overseas, forcing it to go public about sexual harassment allegations that had been made against Marton while he worked for the Toronto-based company.

In a letter to The Fifth Estate, Soulpepper said: "Given the small size of the Soulpepper community and the import of confidentiality to those involved, management identified a risk that if the reasons for Mr. Marton's termination were shared with the broader community, it would jeopardize the anonymity and Soulpepper's agreement of confidentiality.

"As a result, the reasons for the end of Mr. Marton's relationship with Soulpepper were not broadly disclosed at that time."

Two weeks ago, four former Soulpepper performers filed civil lawsuits seeking $4.25 million in damages from Soulpepper and $3.6 million from Schultz.

Albert Schultz has vowed to 'vehemently defend' himself against accusations of sexual misconduct. (Frank Gunn/Canadian Press)

The allegations accused Soulpepper of "negligence" and failing to provide "a workplace free of harassment" and accused Schultz of unwanted groping, harassment and sexual remarks in the workplace over a 13-year period.

Within days of the lawsuit, Schultz was forced to resign and Soulpepper announced it had "severed all ties" with Leslie Lester, the company's executive director and Schultz's wife.  

None of the allegations has been tested in court and Schultz has vowed to "vigorously defend" himself.

In the wake of the allegations, the executive committee of Soulpepper's board of directors issued a statement vowing to "listen, act and make meaningful change."

The company singled out its handling of Marton's case as evidence that it had "the right policies and procedures in place to maintain a safe and healthy workplace." But that's not how longtime actors and staff at the company see it.

'Laszlo was his mentor'

Marton, an Internationally acclaimed director, began working at Soulpepper in 2000. "Albert talked all the time about how Laszlo was his mentor," said Richard Lam, an actor at the theatre company for four years.

Suddenly in the middle of production for the play A Doll's House in March 2016, Marton was abruptly replaced with another director.

In an email obtained by CBC, the cast and crew of the play were informed of "a necessary change to the creative team." The email, written by Schultz, said: "Due to complications with his work visa, Laszlo Marton will not be able to direct."

What members of the community were not told was that Soulpepper had dismissed Marton because two women had come forward with allegations of sexual harassment, one in Toronto and one on a Soulpepper trip to Budapest, in his native Hungary.

'I wanted her to escalate her complaint'

In a letter to The Fifth Estate, Lester confirmed that in 2015 one of the women, a company member, told her about incidents involving Marton. "The first complainant and I were out at a bar having a drink," said Lester. "I told her I wanted her to escalate her complaint, and adamantly persuaded her to make a formal complaint, which she finally did."

Shortly after, a second company member came forward to Soulpepper management, also alleging sexual harassment by the guest artistic director. Soulpepper launched an investigation, which led to Marton's dismissal.

But in exchange for a copy of its investigation report, Soulpepper asked the first complainant to sign a non-disclosure agreement, forbidding her from speaking about the incident with others at the company. Still, word quietly spread and whispers of the allegations circulated throughout Soulpepper, company members said. 

"I was disgusted. I was very disappointed. I was very angry," Lam told CBC..

'A very fatty dinner to celebrate an extraordinary man'

More than a year after Marton's departure from the company, Schultz organized a dinner in his honour. In an email obtained by CBC, Schultz invited present and former members of the company "for a very fatty dinner to celebrate an extraordinary man."

When Trish Fagan, an actress who worked at Soulpepper for 12 seasons and would become the driving force behind the lawsuit against Schultz, received the invitation, she wasn't surprised.

"I knew how much Albert loved Lazlo," Fagan said.

Actors Patricia Fagan, left, and Kristin Booth filed lawsuits alleging they were sexually harassed by Schultz. (Jonathan Castell/CBC)

"It seemed to me that he was probably devastated at having to fire Lazlo and this was his way of saying I still love you and he wanted to round us all up to do that with him."

But Fagan refused to attend the dinner "because I was asked to go and honour a man who was fired for sexual harassment at the home of the man who sexually harassed me."

For actress Kirstin Booth, who would also file a lawsuit against Schultz and Soulpepper, the company's continued silence on the matter spoke to a deeper problems at the company. "There is a culture there that still celebrated Laszlo," she told CBC.

Scandal in Hungary

It would be another six months before Soulpepper would be forced to break its silence over the Marton affair by a scandal that started making headlines thousands of kilometres away.

Hungary's #MeToo movement exploded in October 2017 when a high-profile Hungarian theatre actress, Lilla Sarosdi, came forward with allegations of sexual harassment by Marton.

The allegations by Hungarian actress Lilla Sarosdi against Marton caused an uproar when she went public in October 2017. (CBC)

In an interview with CBC, Sarosdi said it started with a Facebook post she wrote about a "famous director" asking her to perform oral sex on him when she was 17 years old.

Marton denied Sarosdi's allegations. But as Sarosdi's story became a national news sensation in Hungary, several other women come forward with similar allegations against him.

In an open letter published in Hungarian media outlets, Marton apologized for any harm he might have inflicted.

'There was no reckoning'

Back in Toronto, the news quickly circulated on social media among Soulpepper artists.

Within days of the Hungarian media storm — after nearly two years of remaining silent about Marton — Soulpepper held an emergency company meeting where it announced the real reasons behind his dismissal.

According to an audio recording of the meeting obtained by The Fifth Estate, Schultz told the members of the company that it "kept the investigation and its results confidential in order to protect the complainants." 

For the first time, Soulpepper told the public about the allegations against Marton in a statement that reaffirmed the company's dedication to "creating a safe place of belonging for artists, audiences, and aspirants."

Lam, who at that meeting, felt he was listening to a scripted message that rang hollow. "There was no reckoning, there was no reflection," he said. "It just seemed so fake."  

Turning point

The meeting was a real turning point for Fagan, who said it ignited her desire to speak out against what she saw as the company's hypocrisy. To her, it felt like the company was trying to hide issues of sexual harassment rather than actually dealing with them.

"I just didn't know if I believed that things were being handled the way they should," Fagan told CBC.

"Here was Albert, you know, saying we don't condone this behaviour, we don't, we got rid of [Marton] because we support these women," said Booth. "Reading the statement that Soulpepper released to the press ... made me sick to my stomach. And I said, this is hypocrisy at its finest. And I said, I can't be silent."

Lawyers Alexi Wood, left, and Tatha Swann, second from left, and plaintiffs Hannah Miller, Patricia Fagan, Diana Bentley and Kristin Booth attend a news conference in Toronto on Jan. 4, 2018, after filing lawsuits alleging sexual harassment by Schultz. (Christopher Katsarov/Canadian Press)

It also proved to be the last straw for several other women at the company who decided to finally come forward.

"Silence is what breeds more predatory behaviour," said Booth. "The more we stay quiet, the more it will happen."





Pope shocks Chile - accuses sex abuse victims of slander

'It's all calumny. Is that clear?'
Sex-abuse scandal dominated Pope Francis's visit
The Associated Press 

Pope Francis celebrates an open-air mass at Lobitos Beach, near the Chilean northern city of Iquique, on Thursday. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, accusations of complicity against Barros are "all calumny." (Vincenzo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

Pope Francis accused victims of Chile's most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country.

Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadima, such accusations against Barros are "all calumny."

Calumny - slanderous lies

The Pope's remarks drew shock from Chileans and immediate rebuke from victims and their advocates. They noted the accusers were deemed credible enough by the Vatican that it sentenced Karadima to a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for his crimes in 2011. A Chilean judge also found the victims to be credible, saying that while she had to drop criminal charges against Karadima because too much time had passed, proof of his crimes wasn't lacking.

"As if I could have taken a selfie or a photo while Karadima abused me and others and Juan Barros stood by watching it all," tweeted Barros's most vocal accuser, Juan Carlos Cruz. "These people are truly crazy, and the pontiff talks about atonement to the victims. Nothing has changed, and his plea for forgiveness is empty."

Juan Carlos Cruz says he and another teen boy were sexually molested by Rev. Fernando Karadima. (Matt Rourke/Associated Press)

The Karadima scandal dominated Francis's visit to Chile and the overall issue of sex abuse and church cover-up was likely to factor into his three-day trip to Peru that began late Thursday.

Karadima's victims reported to church authorities as early as 2002 that he would kiss and fondle them in the swank Santiago parish he ran, but officials refused to believe them. Only when the victims went public with their accusations in 2010 did the Vatican launch an investigation that led to Karadima being removed from ministry.

The emeritus archbishop of Santiago subsequently apologized for having refused to believe the victims from the start.

Francis reopened the wounds of the scandal in 2015 when he named Barros, a protege of Karadima, as bishop of the southern diocese of Osorno. Karadima's victims say Barros knew of the abuse, having seen it, but did nothing. Barros has denied the allegations.

'It's all calumny. Is that clear?'
His appointment outraged Chileans, badly divided the Osorno diocese and further undermined the church's already shaky credibility in the country.

Francis had sought to heal the wounds by meeting this week with abuse victims and begging forgiveness for the crimes of church pastors. But on Thursday, he struck a defiant tone when asked by a Chilean journalist about Barros.

The bishop of Osorno, Juan Barros, takes part in an open-air mass celebrated by Pope Francis. Francis on Thursday strongly defended Barros. (Vincezo Pinto/AFP/Getty Images)

"The day they bring me proof against Bishop Barros, I'll speak," Francis said. "There is not one shred of proof against him. It's all calumny. Is that clear?"

Francis had defended the appointment before, calling the Osorno controversy "stupid" and the result of a campaign mounted by leftists. But The Associated Press reported last week that the Vatican was so worried about the fallout from the Karadima affair that it was prepared in 2014 to ask Barros and two other Karadima-trained bishops to resign and go on a yearlong sabbatical.

Bishop not recognized by many priests
According to a Jan. 31, 2015, letter obtained by AP from Francis to the executive committee of the Chilean bishops' conference, the plan fell apart and Barros was sent to Osorno.

Juan Carlos Claret, spokesperson for a group of Osorno lay Catholics who have mounted a three-year campaign against Barros, questioned why Francis was now accusing the victims of slandering Barros when the Vatican was so convinced of their claims that it planned to remove him in 2014.

Police detain a protester dressed as a priest as Pope Francis arrives in Santiago, Chile.
(Carlos Vera/Reuters)

"Isn't the pastoral problem that we're living [in Osorno] enough to get rid of him?" Claret asked.

The reference was to the fact that — guilty or not — Barros has been unable to do his job because so many Osorno Catholics and priests don't recognize him as their bishop. They staged an unprecedented protest during his 2015 installation ceremony and have protested his presence ever since.

'He has just turned back the clock'
Anne Barrett Doyle, of the online database BishopAccountability.org, said it was "sad and wrong" for the Pope to discredit the victims since "the burden of proof here rests with the church, not the victims — and especially not with victims whose veracity has already been affirmed."

"He has just turned back the clock to the darkest days of this crisis," she said in a statement. "Who knows how many victims now will decide to stay hidden, for fear they will not be believed?"

Pope Francis smiles as he walks to the altar at Lobitos Beach in Chile. He is now in Peru on the last leg of his South American trip.
(AFP/Getty Images)

Indeed, Catholic officials for years accused victims of slandering and attacking the church with their claims. But up until Francis's words Thursday, many in the church and Vatican had come to reluctantly acknowledge that victims usually told the truth and that the church for decades had wrongly sought to protect its own.

German Silva, a political scientist at Santiago's Universidad Mayor, said the Pope's comments were a "tremendous error" that will reverberate in Chile and beyond.

Scandal strongly affected Chileans
Patricio Navia, political science professor at Diego Portales University in Santiago, said Francis had gone much further than Chilean bishops in acknowledging the sexual abuse scandal, which many Chileans appreciated.

"Then right before leaving, Francis turns around and says: `By the way, I don't think Barros is guilty. Show me some proof,"' Navia said, adding that the comment will probably erase any good will the Pope had won over the issue.

Navia said the Karadima scandal had radically changed how Chileans view the church.

"In the typical Chilean family, parents [now] think twice before sending their kids to Catholic school because you never know what is going to happen," Navia said.





List of actors refusing to work with Woody Allen grows
By Lisa Respers France, CNN

In the wake of the #MeToo movement and Time's Up campaign, which have focused attention on the treatment of women, the list of actors who have denounced the famed director is growing.

The most recent actor to do so is Colin Firth, who appeared in Allen's 2013 film "Magic in the Moonlight."

"I wouldn't work with him again," Firth told The Guardian on Thursday.

The actor's comment came the same day "CBS This Morning" aired Dylan Farrow's first televised interview in which she again asserted that her father had molested her when she was seven years old.

Farrow, 32, has talked about the sexual assault before, in an interview with Vanity Fair in 2013 and in an open letter published in the New York Times in 2014, but her comments on Thursday mark the first time she detailed the assault in a televised interview.

10 Undeniable Facts About the Woody Allen Sexual-Abuse Allegation by Maureen Orth - Vanity Fair

Allen has consistently, and vehemently denied the allegation and was not charged.

Investigators concluded at the time that Farrow had not been abused, according to The New York Times, which covered the custody proceedings after Allen filed for custody of his three children with Mia Farrow in 1992.

"When this claim was first made more than 25 years ago, it was thoroughly investigated by both the Child Sexual Abuse Clinic of the Yale-New Haven Hospital and New York State Child Welfare," Allen said in a statement released Thursday. "They both did so for many months and independently concluded that no molestation had ever taken place. Instead, they found it likely a vulnerable child had been coached to tell the story by her angry mother during a contentious breakup."

In fact, the District Attorney said he had enough evidence to go forward with the charge but because of Dylan's fragility, chose not to. See link above.

But as Hollywood has seen several powerful men fall after allegations of sexual misconduct and harassment, some actors have come forward to say they will no longer work with Allen.

In separate interviews Greta Gerwig and Mira Sorvino, who both have appeared in Allen projects, said they won't work with him again.

In an open letter recently published by the Huffington Post, Sorvino apologized to Farrow. "As a mother and a woman, this breaks my heart for you," Sorvino wrote. We are in a day and age when everything must be re-examined," Sorvino added. "This kind of abuse cannot be allowed to continue. If this means tearing down all the old gods, so be it."

In a podcast with The Hollywood Reporter, "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" star Rachel Brosnahan said she regretted working with Allen on the Amazon series "Crisis in Six Scenes."

"Honestly, it's the decision that I have made in my life that is the most inconsistent with everything I stand for and believe in, both publicly and privately," she said. "And while I can't take it back, it's important to me, moving forward, to make decisions that better reflect the things that I value and my worldview."

Rebecca Hall, who appears in Allen's new film "A Rainy Day in New York" announced via social media that she would be donating the salary she earned to the Time's Up movement, which has been raising money for a legal defense fund for victims of sexual harassment and abuse across industries.

"I regret this decision and wouldn't make the same one today," Hall wrote of working with Allen. "It's a small gesture and not one intended as close to compensation but I've donated my wage to @timesup."

Her co-star, Timothee Chalamet, did the same. Chalamet said in an Instagram that because of "contractual obligations" he has been unable to speak about Allen. He said he would donate his salary to three charities, including Time's Up.

"I want to be worthy of standing shoulder to shoulder with the brave artists who are fighting for all people to be treated with the respect and dignity they deserve," he said.

And they are just the latest stars.

Ealier this month, "The Deuce" actor David Krumholtz tweeted he had made a mistake working with Allen on the 2017 drama "Wonder Wheel."

In October, "The Tick" star Griffin Newman tweeted that he regretted working on "A Rainy Day in New York" and said he was donating his salary.





Former Geelong Grammar doctor David Brian Mackey charged with 21 sex and assault offences
Olivia Shying, Geelong Advertiser

GEELONG Grammar’s resident doctor of more than 30 years allegedly assaulted girls and males over two decades during his tenure at the Corio campus.

Former prefect and long-term school general practitioner Dr David Brian Mackey appeared at Geelong Magistrates’ Courts on Friday facing 21 charges of assault, including 15 charges of indecent and unlawful assault of a girl, four charges of indecent assault of a male and two charges of indecent assault of a person. All alleged cases of abuse occurred in Corio between 1968 to 1989.

The victims names and ages have been suppressed but a letter from Geelong Grammar to former pupils states the complainants are past students of the school.

Dr Mackey was charged by detectives on October 25 last year following investigations into alleged abuse at Geelong Grammar School by detectives from the state’s historic sex abuse task force Sano.

Nine alleged victims are expected to form a group of up to 16 witnesses, including four former nurses and a paediatric doctor, who will give evidence at a four-day committal hearing scheduled for August.

One alleged victim will give evidence via video link from New South Wales while Magistrate John Lesser ordered a separate witness room be made available for other victims to give evidence from if they wish. Mr Lesser said it was important for all witnesses that the committal hearing was heard “in one go”.

Court documents viewed by the Geelong Advertiser allege Dr Mackie first committed the alleged abuse on January 1, 1958 — with many of the charges relating to alleged abuse over extended periods. Two charges allege Dr Mackey unlawfully assaulted a girl between January 1, 1977 and August 25, 1978.

A Geelong Grammar student from 1945, Dr Mackey was made head boy in 1952 and captained the school’s football team. He returned as the school’s resident doctor in 1964 after completing a medical degree at Melbourne University and working at The Alfred hospital and interstate. Dr Mackey held the senior position until 1993 and was fundamental in establishing the school’s Kennedy Medical Centre in 1969, replacing the closed Sanatorium.


Dr Mackey lived at the school’s Corio campus with his wife and four children during his tenure. After leaving Geelong Grammar School he worked as a general practitioner specialising in adolescent health. Dr Mackey is understood to have volunteered at Queenscliff’s Cottage by the Sea and was listed as a financial donor in the organisation’s 2014 annual report.

In the letter, current Geelong Grammar Principal Stephen Meek said: “Dr Mackey was charged with 21 offences from a number of complainants who are past students at the school. The school cannot comment further as this matter is now before the court”.

Five former staff members at Geelong Grammar — Graham Leslie Dennis, John Hamilton Buckley, Stefan Van Vuuren, Philippe Trutmann and John Fitzroy Clive Harvey (known as Jonathon Harvey) — have been convicted of child sex offences.

Mr Meek said the community should have “full confidence in the school’s current medical practices and procedures. Students have been able to choose male or female consulting doctors from local medical practices for many years, overseen by a senior medical officer and supported by a professional and dedicated team of nurses at our Kennedy and Timbertop medical centre,” Mr Meek said.

Mr Meek said the school, which was largely condemned for its failure to protect students by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse commissioners, had a zero tolerance of child abuse.

“As I said during the The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sex Abuse, the school deeply regrets the wrongful conduct by some of its former staff and I assure you that the current school leadership will continue to address these matters and support those affected,” Mr Meek said.

Mr Meek has urged anyone who needs support to contact its independent survivor liaison co-ordinator. Dr Mackey, whose legal team has been granted permission to cross examine all witnesses, will appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on August 6.





Woman accused of being a fantasist for claiming child rape by an MP, given special status at inquiry
By Stephen Wright for the Daily Mail

A woman accused of lying about a Westminster paedophile plot has been awarded special status at a public inquiry into child sex abuse.

Esther Baker, who made unsubstantiated rape allegations against a former Liberal Democrat MP, has been made a ‘core participant’ at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).

Core participants are entitled to apply for taxpayer-funded legal representation. They can also make opening and closing statements at hearings, suggest lines of questioning, and receive electronic disclosure of evidence.

The decision to give her special status comes months after police dropped an investigation into her claims against ex-MP John Hemming. Prosecutors ruled there was insufficient evidence to press charges. 

He and others had been accused by Miss Baker of repeatedly raping her in a forest at Cannock Chase, Staffordshire, in the 1980s and 1990s when she was between the ages of six and 11 – while police kept guard.

She waived her legal right to anonymity in 2015 to give a TV interview about her alleged ordeal.

Mr Hemming was voluntarily interviewed under caution by Staffordshire Police, but not arrested, and made a formal allegation to police that Miss Baker had perverted the course of justice.

She emphatically denies being a fantasist and making up her rape story.

Last night Mr Hemming said: ‘Appointing a complainant who has a public track record of continually changing her public allegations as a core participant brings the inquiry into disrepute. She should not be trusted with the information available to core participants and under no circumstances should she get any public funding.’

Details of Mr Hemming’s claims, which he says support his complaint that Miss Baker perverted the course of justice, appear in legal papers seen by the Daily Mail.

In a High Court witness statement this month, the ex-MP claimed that two weeks before she accused him of rape, Miss Baker had emailed him and sought his help.

He said: ‘She did not accuse me of being a rapist … she said she had been abused as a child in a faith-related paedophile ring. Her own MP and the Prime Minister did not assist her so she forwarded the email to me asking for my help.'

‘I believe this was because of my high-profile involvement with Justice for Families. I suggest she contact the police. There is no mention of myself or a Labour cabinet minister (whom she also accused of sex offences).’

In his statement, part of legal action he is taking against a supporter of Miss Baker, Mr Hemming alleged that prior to accusing him she tweeted that she had ‘never’ met an MP. ‘Yet only a few weeks later Baker claimed to have met two politicians – one myself … whom she claimed to have identified as the man who both raped and sexually assaulted her,’ he said.

In September, Mr Hemming told of his ordeal after Miss Baker, whom he said he had never met, accused him of being in a Westminster paedophile ring.

He said: ‘Although it was obvious from the start that the allegations were nonsense, it has taken two-and-a-half years for this to be resolved. The system is too tolerant of false allegations.’

In January 2015 Miss Baker, 35, claimed she was abused in a church setting but did not mention politicians. 

She accused Mr Hemming in May that year. In September she said she had asked the Crown Prosecution Service to review its decision not to press charges.

Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, falsely accused of child sex and murder by an alleged fantasist called ‘Nick’, said: ‘Esther Baker is discredited. It beggars belief … I always thought the IICSA would become a circus.’



Thursday, 18 January 2018

Disgusting People, Disgusting Plea Deals on Today's USA PnP List

Olympic gymnasts unload at sex abuse sentencing for ex-doctor Larry Nassar

LANSING, Michigan -- A medal-winning Olympic gymnast said Thursday that sexual assault by a Michigan sports doctor "left scars" in her mind that may never fade as a judge heard a third day of testimony from victims.

Larry Nassar could be sentenced Friday in Lansing, Michigan. Since Tuesday, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina has been listening to dozens of young women who were molested after seeking his help for injuries.

Aquilina started the hearing Thursday by saying Nassar had written a letter fearing that his mental health wasn't strong enough to sit and listen to a parade of victims. The judge dismissed it as "mumbo jumbo."

"Spending four or five days listening to them is minor, considering the hours of pleasure you've had at their expense, ruining their lives," Aquilina said.

Nassar, 54, faces a minimum sentence of 25 to 40 years in prison for molesting girls at Michigan State University and his home. He also was a team doctor at USA Gymnastics, based in Indianapolis, which trains Olympians. He's already been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes.

"Dr. Nassar was not a doctor," 2012 Olympian McKayla Maroney said in a statement read by a prosecutor. "He left scars on my psyche that may never go away."

USA Gymnastics in 2016 reached a financial settlement with Maroney that barred her from making disparaging remarks. But the organization this week said it would not seek any money for her "brave statements."

A 2000 Olympian, Jamie Dantzscher, looked at Nassar and said, "How dare you ask any of us for forgiveness. Your days of manipulation are over," she said. "We have a voice. We have the power now."

Nassar wasn't the only target. Victims also criticized Michigan State and USA Gymnastics. Michigan State President Lou Anna Simon attended part of the session Wednesday. The school is being sued by dozens of women, who say campus officials wrote off complaints about the popular doctor.

"Guess what? You're a coward, too," current student and former gymnast Lindsey Lemke said Thursday, referring to Simon.

The judge has been praising each speaker and criticizing Nassar.

It's "about their control over other human beings and feeling like God and they can do anything," Aquilina said of sex offenders.

On Jan. 31, Nassar will get another sentence for sexual assaults at a Lansing-area gymnastics club in a different county.





'You are pretty disgusting':
Man sentenced for child sex abuse
Christopher Haxel, Lansing State Journal 

MASON, MI - A Dansville man will spend at least 14 years in prison for sexually abusing children.

Danny Dowdy, 59, pleaded no contest last month to three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

As part of a plea deal, prosecutors agreed to drop four other counts of the same crime and to set Dowdy's sentence at a fixed range of 14 to 30 years, to be served concurrently on each charge.

Sweet! Good deal for the pervert!

At a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Ingham County Circuit Court, Judge William Collette told Dowdy he's lucky his attorney negotiated the deal, because, if given the choice, he would have sent Dowdy to prison for life.

"You are pretty disgusting," Collette said. "You're right down there with the worst of them."

When asked if he'd like to speak, Dowdy responded simply: "No sir."

Dansville, in Ingham Township, is about 15 miles southeast of Lansing. The Mason Police Department investigated the case.

Two victims — both now adults — spoke at the hearing. 

"I've hated myself for very many years... you robbed me of my innocence," said one. "I stand here today as a new woman. I will no longer be a victim to you."

So, with that kind of attitude, why did the DA agree to such a sweetheart deal with the pedophile?

While Dowdy was charged in August, the abuse dates as far back as 1996, court records show.

"You are reaping what you've sown," another victim said. "I wish every day this never happened."

The State Journal does not typically identify victims of sexual assault.

Dowdy will be subject to lifetime electronic monitoring upon his release from prison.






Former school head pleads guilty
to felony child sex abuse
Bonnie Bolden, bbolden@thenewsstar.com 

David H. "Dave" DeRousse, 70, of West Monroe pleaded guilty to seven counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse in St. Clair County, Illinois.

DeRousse was sentenced Wednesday to four years of special condition probation. He must pay $1,200 in fines by Jan. 17, 2022 and he was ordered to pay $1,667 on Wednesday.

In January 2017, a grand jury indicted DeRousse on seven charges (2nd story on link) after hearing testimony about aggravated criminal sexual abuse involving a 10-year-old girl and a 12-year-old girl that happened between August 2014 and August 2016. The Mascoutah Police Department investigated the case.

A representative of the state attorney's office said the FBI originated the investigation and the only tie the Illinois county has to the crimes is that they were reportedly committed there. Neither DeRousse nor the victims live there.

DeRousse served as president of St. Frederick Catholic High School in Monroe from 1996 to 1999. DeRousse coached locally, including a stint as the assistant varsity basketball coach at then-Northeast Louisiana University in the 1970s.

No jail time for 7 counts of aggravated child sexual abuse of 2 under 13 year olds. Good grief! Did he get a gold watch for good measure?

It would be nice, Bonnie Bolden, to know what those special conditions are! Next time!

St Clair Co., Ill



Washington State man found guilty on eight counts of child sexual abuse

A jury found Milford “Bear” Butcher, 68, guilty of two counts of child rape and six counts of child molestation on Tuesday.

Butcher, a Medical Lake man who was charged in 2015, sexually abused two young girls and a boy at his home on the 3700 block of North Brooks Road, according to the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office.

Butcher is scheduled for sentencing March 1.




Sheriff's Office, OSP make arrest in Oregon
child sex abuse investigation
by Mike Marut

GLENDALE, Ore. — Douglas County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested George Ervin Ray, 48, of Glendale on child sex crimes.

He has been lodged in the Douglas County Jail on two charges of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree and two charges of Sexual Penetration in the First Degree.

The investigation into Ray started back in December of 2017 after DCSO received a report of possible sex abuse involving a minor. A week after the initial report, investigators determined the child had been assaulted by somebody who knew the child.

Ray was initially lodged in the jail as of Friday. Bail is set at $150,000.





Utah County Sheriff's Office terminates employment of deputy charged with child sex abuse
Braley Dodson Daily Herald 

The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has terminated the employment of a deputy who was arrested for a child sexual abuse case in Arizona, according to a tweet from a sheriff’s office spokesman Tuesday.

Gerald Salcido was arrested by Orem police officers earlier this month (9th story on link) and booked into a jail outside of Utah County after a warrant was issued for the 63-year-old’s arrest.

Charges against Salcido filed in Arizona include multiple counts of sexual conduct with a minor and at least one charge of molestation of a child. An Arizona court set bail at $75,000.

The charges are based on reported conduct that took place before Salcido was employed by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office.

Salcido reportedly molested two juveniles in Mesa, Arizona and the case was dropped in 1995 because there wasn’t enough evidence to move forward. A new witness came forward in September that allowed the case to be reopened.

Salcido had been a deputy in Utah County for 14 years.

Utah Co., Utah



Wyoming city councilor arrested for
sexually abusing a young boy
NICK LEARNED

A councilman of the City of Green River has been arrested based on allegations that he repeatedly sexually abused a young boy.

Allan Wilson is charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Sweetwater County, as well as first-degree sexual abuse of a minor in Lincoln County. He could face up to 70 years imprisonment if convicted on both counts.

Court documents say the same boy -- a family member -- was victimized in each county. The charges specify that the alleged abuse occurred when the victim was as young as seven years old.

Wilson allegedly abused the victim during a 2011 trip to property near Commissary Ridge, in the Kemmerer area. Wilson and the victim stayed in a camper during such trips.

The Sweetwater County charges stem from an alleged incident in which Wilson reportedly molested the victim while driving through Green River in a silver pickup truck in 2013.

The victim reported the alleged abuse after his behavior changed drastically, prompting his parents to ask if someone had molested him.

The Sweetwater County Detention Center on Thursday confirmed Wilson was in custody, but declined to release further information.





Louisiana TV's 'Mr. Wonder' Gets 5 Years
for Child Sex Crime
The Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man once known as "Mr. Wonder" to viewers of his children's television show was sentenced Thursday to five years in prison, nearly four decades after he vanished amid allegations he sexually abused children on a camping trip.

Frank John Selas III, 78, pleaded guilty to one count of indecent behavior with a child before a judge in Alexandria sentenced him, Assistant District Attorney Brian Mosley said in a statement.

With credit for time served since his January 2016 arrest in California, Selas could be eligible for parole as soon as July, his attorney said.

Selas had faced the possibility of life in prison if convicted of two counts of aggravated rape, three counts of sexual battery and eight counts of indecent behavior with a juvenile. All of those charges related to one child who had been on the 1979 camping trip, according to defense attorney J. Michael Small.

Small said the plea deal was a "no-brainer" for Selas, given the potential consequences if he went to trial on Feb. 5.

No kidding! And I think we know who has the 'no-brain'! Was there a gold watch in the deal?

Mosley said authorities consulted the victim before determining that a plea deal was in the "best interest" of the man and his family, due to the "sensitive nature of this case." Resolving the case this way also spared them a grueling trial that would have been covered by "countless media outlets," the prosecutor added.

Small said he believes "justice was ultimately served." Pfft!

"While not everyone will agree with the outcome in this case, it is the result of countless hours of meetings and negotiations between prosecution and defense attorneys, all of whom were intimately familiar with the enormous amount of evidence generated during the years long investigation of this case," Small said in a statement.

And yet, it seems like it was all a waste. 5 years! He could have gotten that for shoplifting.

In the late 1970s, Selas hosted the "Mr. Wonder" show on KNOE-TV in north Louisiana. He allegedly fled to Brazil in 1979 after parents complained to authorities that he abused their children during a retreat in central Louisiana. By 1985, he had settled in the San Diego area, where he legally changed his name to Frank Szeles. Selas initially claimed that authorities had arrested the wrong person, but a San Diego judge ruled he was the fugitive who had been wanted in Louisiana since 1979.

Selas briefly worked as a news anchor at Monroe-based KNOE-TV, but it was his children's show that turned him into a local celebrity. It started as a weekly program but went daily as its popularity grew. Often wearing a top hat and tuxedo coat, Selas presided over contests between teams of children bused to the station from local schools.

In San Diego, the man known to neighbors as Frank Szeles was a Cub Scouts leader who advertised swim lessons and other activities for young children from his suburban home in Bonita. Federal marshals found a Cub Scouts cap in his house when they arrested him

The Boy Scouts of America has said Selas was removed from his position several years before his arrest for failing to comply with the organization's "youth protection policies and procedures," after a parent made an unspecified complaint that didn't relate to scouting. Selas also belonged to a Mormon congregation in San Diego, but the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has said it removed him from "all positions related to children" for failing to comply with the church's child protection policies.

And yet, by July he could well be at it again. Good grief! 

Investigators in Louisiana believe Selas lived in other places — including Chicago; Darien, Connecticut; South Royalton, Vermont; and Sheffield, Massachusetts — after he returned from South America in the early 1980s.




Jury selection begins in West Virginia
 Mormon Church child sexual abuse trial
Matthew Umstead 

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. — Jury selection began Thursday morning for a trial in Berkeley County (W.Va.) Circuit Court on a lawsuit claiming Mormon church leaders covered up the sexual abuse of several children by a member who since has been excommunicated and imprisoned.

The selection of the jury was moved to the Berkeley County Sheriff’s Department’s training facility to accommodate the 100 prospective jurors who were summoned to hear evidence in the civil case.

Because of projections that the trial could last six to eight weeks, prospective jurors first were advised to fill out a court-generated questionnaire to allow 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to determine whether individuals had a hardship claim that could relieve them of jury service.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has adamantly denied the claims in the case, which are connected to criminal prosecutions of Christopher Michael Jensen dating to 2004 in Berkeley County and Provo, Utah.

Jensen, 26, is serving a 35- to 75-year prison sentence for his conviction in Berkeley County on two counts of sexual abuse and one count of sexual assault.

Jensen was convicted in February 2013 of sexually abusing two boys while babysitting them in 2007, but the children didn't report what occurred until 2012, attorneys said.

Mediation to possibly reach a settlement in the case has been unsuccessful, court officials said.

The courtroom that will be used for the trial already has been modified to accommodate more than a dozen attorneys who are involved in the case.

The lawsuit by nine minors and their parents alleges various negligence claims, fraud, intentional infliction of emotional distress, assault, battery and civil conspiracy related to Jensen’s known and alleged sexual abuse of the victims.

The lawsuit alleges that the church repeatedly was put on notice and/or had knowledge of Jensen’s predatory acts, but actively covered up the abuse and assisted him in committing further "unspeakable acts" by enabling him to babysit for and live with other church families with young children, court records said.

The lawsuit contends that Jensen first was charged with felony counts of sexual abuse of a child in late 2004 in Provo involving female victims who were 12 and 13 years old.

On both occasions, the defendant allegedly waited for his victim to exit a classroom before pinning her against a wall and grabbing her buttocks and breasts without her consent, court records said.

The lawsuit claims that the church influenced Jensen's criminal proceeding, which resulted in the two felony charges being reduced to misdemeanor sexual offenses.

The church contends that the plaintiffs have no evidence that it influenced Jensen's proceeding, and that affidavits and declarations from the prosecutors involved in the Utah proceeding refute the existence of any influence, court records said.

The families allege that although the church knew that Jensen had pleaded guilty to two sex offenses in Utah, "it did nothing to warn or protect," records said.

The Jensen family moved to Martinsburg in the summer of 2005, records said.

The lawsuit alleges that by April 2007, through her role as relief society president, Jensen's mother was arranging for him to babysit the children of area church families.

The lawsuit further alleges that there had been no disclosures concerning Jensen's previous sex offenses in Utah by his family or the church, setting the stage for subsequent abuse to occur.




Maine man arrested on child sexual abuse charges
in Massachusetts
WMTW 

AUBURN, Maine —
David Hunt was wanted for allegations of sexual abuse that happened nearly 10 years ago in Auburn, according to Auburn Police.

Hunt was arrested following an unrelated court appearance in Yarmouth, Massachusetts, according to Yarmouth Police.

Hunt is facing two counts of gross sexual assault involving an underage child. He's currently being held in jail in Massachusetts on $10,000 bond. It is unknown when he will be transferred to Maine.

Auburne (Lewiston), Maine