Missing and murdered children cases seem to have been popular in 2011, and as the year ends it’s time to recap some of the more prominent and heartbreaking cases. From missing Baby Lisa Irwin and the attempted copycat/homicide case of Tyler Dasher to the disappearances of Ayla Reynolds and Jhessye Shockley, the past year has been heartbreaking and disturbing for many people. READ MORE HERE
Archive for December, 2011
BILLINGS – A Northern Cheyenne woman in her 60s filed a lawsuit Friday in which she says she was repeatedly molested and raped as a young girl by the Rev. Emmett Hoffmann, a revered and popular priest at the St. Labre Mission School in Ashland. The woman, who is not named in the suit, filed the action Friday in Cascade County District Court in Great Falls, home of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, which has jurisdiction over the St. Labre Mission. READ MORE HERE
CRESTVIEW - A father and his fiancé are behind bars accused of criminal child abuse that led to the death of a two year old boy. Crestview police say the autopsy of Logan Sherwin shows obvious signs of abuse across the child’s body. Bill Pearson explains how angry local parents are by this case of alleged neglect and abuse. READ MORE HERE
TUCSON, Ariz. — A father is in trouble after his three young children were found abandoned along a Tucson road. Police say a resident called 911 Thursday evening after she heard crying coming from her front yard. She discovered two boys and a girl, who ranged in age from 6 months old to 2 Â½ years old. The smallest child was in a car seat and a diaper bag had been left with the children. READ MORE HERE
An Oklahoma Cityman was charged Friday with child abuse after doctors treating his 7-month-old son for malnourishment found multiple injuries, including broken ribs and bleeding on the brain. Samuel Keith Webber III, 24, is accused of abusing the child between April 1 and 21, according to a probable cause affidavit. READ MORE HERE
BALTIMORE – Two doctors have been charged with murder after an investigation into a botched abortion uncovered 35 fetuses in a Maryland clinic’s freezer, authorities said on Friday, calling the case the first of its kind in the state. The doctors, Steven Chase Brigham, 55, and Nicola Irene Riley, 46, were arrested on fugitive warrants on Wednesday, police in Elkton, Maryland said. READ MORE HERE
HURON, S.D. — The shots of alcohol and mixed drinks began flowing in the early morning hours. Three friends — two 14-year-olds and a 12-year-old — were supposed to be babysitting over a Saturday night. Instead, police say, they met up with a bar owner, who drove them to his closed tavern and began pouring them drinks — vodka shots, orange juice and vodka, vodka and coke and energy drinks. Two of the girls say they got sick, and all three say they either passed out or fell asleep at the bar. READ MORE HERE
Man arrested, charged in connection with death of 29-month-old girl
NEWARK — A 25-year-old Newark man was arrested and charged with murder in connection with the death earlier this week of a 29-month-old baby girl, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office said this afternoon. Tyrail Jones, formerly of East Orange, was living with mother of the child, Alexis Robinson, but was not the child’s father, Katherine Carter. READ MORE HERE
Two northern Arizona parents were arrested after photos of their young children allegedly being abused were posted on Facebook. An anonymous Facebook user reportedly alerted authorities on Wednesday after seeing two children, an infant and a toddler, bound with duct tape around their wrists and ankles in photos posted to the social networking site. READ MORE HERE
The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW), coordinated by the U.S. Department of Justice, is a cooperative effort between jurisdictions hosting public sex offender registries (“Jurisdictions”) and the federal government and is offered free of charge to the public. These Jurisdictions include the 50 states, U.S. Territories, the District of Columbia, and participating tribes. The Website provides an advanced search tool that allows a user to submit a single national query to obtain information about sex offenders; a listing of public registry Web sites by state, territory, and tribe; and information on sexual abuse education and prevention.
SEX OFFENDER DEFINITIONS
943.0435 Sexual offenders required to register with the department; penalty.–
(1) As used in this section, the term:
(a) ”Sexual offender” means a person who meets the criteria in subparagraph 1., subparagraph 2., or subparagraph 3., as follows:
1.a. Has been convicted of committing, or attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit, any of the criminal offenses proscribed in the following statutes in this state or similar offenses in another jurisdiction: s. 787.01, s. 787.02, or s. 787.025(2)(c), where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim’s parent; chapter 794, excluding ss. 794.011(10) and 794.0235; s. 796.03; s. 796.035; s. 800.04; s. 825.1025; s. 827.071; s. 847.0133; s. 847.0135; s. 847.0137; s. 847.0138; s. 847.0145; or 1s. 985.701(1); or any similar offense committed in this state which has been redesignated from a former statute number to one of those listed in this sub-subparagraph; and
b. Has been released on or after October 1, 1997, from the sanction imposed for any conviction of an offense described in sub-subparagraph a. For purposes of sub-subparagraph a., a sanction imposed in this state or in any other jurisdiction includes, but is not limited to, a fine, probation, community control, parole, conditional release, control release, or incarceration in a state prison, federal prison, private correctional facility, or local detention facility;
2. Establishes or maintains a residence in this state and who has not been designated as a sexual predator by a court of this state but who has been designated as a sexual predator, as a sexually violent predator, or by another sexual offender designation in another state or jurisdiction and was, as a result of such designation, subjected to registration or community or public notification, or both, or would be if the person were a resident of that state or jurisdiction, without regard to whether the person otherwise meets the criteria for registration as a sexual offender; or
3. Establishes or maintains a residence in this state who is in the custody or control of, or under the supervision of, any other state or jurisdiction as a result of a conviction for committing, or attempting, soliciting, or conspiring to commit, any of the criminal offenses proscribed in the following statutes or similar offense in another jurisdiction: s. 787.01, s. 787.02, or s. 787.025(2)(c), where the victim is a minor and the defendant is not the victim’s parent; chapter 794, excluding ss. 794.011(10) and 794.0235; s. 796.03; s. 796.035; s. 800.04; s. 825.1025; s. 827.071; s. 847.0133; s. 847.0135; s. 847.0137; s. 847.0138; s. 847.0145; or 1s. 985.701(1); or any similar offense committed in this state which has been redesignated from a former statute number to one of those listed in this subparagraph.
(b) ”Convicted” means that there has been a determination of guilt as a result of a trial or the entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere, regardless of whether adjudication is withheld. Conviction of a similar offense includes, but is not limited to, a conviction by a federal or military tribunal, including courts-martial conducted by the Armed Forces of the United States, and includes a conviction or entry of a plea of guilty or nolo contendere resulting in a sanction in any state of the United States or other jurisdiction. A sanction includes, but is not limited to, a fine, probation, community control, parole, conditional release, control release, or incarceration in a state prison, federal prison, private correctional facility, or local detention facility.
(c) ”Permanent residence” and “temporary residence” have the same meaning ascribed in s. 775.21.
(d) ”Institution of higher education” means a career center, community college, college, state university, or independent postsecondary institution.
(e) ”Change in enrollment or employment status” means the commencement or termination of enrollment or employment or a change in location of enrollment or employment. READ MORE ON SEX OFFENDER DEFINITIONS HERE
Missing Indiana girl found dead, babysitter charged
FORT WAYNE, Ind. — A missing 9-year-old Indiana girl has been found dead, and the neighbor who was watching her before she disappeared was arrested on a murder charge Monday night, authorities said. The body of Aliahna Lemmon was found in northeast Indiana’s Allen County, where her family lived in a mobile home park, but investigators aren’t saying where the remains were found, sheriff’s spokesman Cpl. Jeremy Tinkel said. READ MORE HERE
Sandusky, Paterno Child Sex Abuse Scandal
SUMMARY: A former Penn State defensive coordinator, Jerry Sandusky, was charged Nov. 5 with sexually abusing eight boys over a 15-year stretch. Two university officials stepped down after being charged with perjury in the case. Neither Joe Paterno, the longtime football coach, nor Graham B. Spanier, the university president, was charged, but questions were raised about whether they and an assistant, Mike McQueary, did as much as they could have done to stop the suspected assaults. Paterno and Spanier were fired last week, and McQueary was put on administrative leave.
STATE COLLEGE, PA – In a massive shakeup, Penn State football coach Joe Paterno and school president Graham Spanier were fired Wednesday night by the board of trustees amid the growing furor over how the school handled child sex abuse allegations against an assistant coach. The longtime coach, the winningest in major college football, was ousted at the end of day that began with his announcement to retire at end of the season, his 46th. It was not to be.
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SEE A COPY OF THE Grand jury report of the Penn State sexual assault investigation HERE:
A video given to the BBC shows the extent of the injuries suffered by a 15 year-old Afghan child bride who was locked up and tortured by her husband. The girl was left starving after being detained by him and his family for several months. The case came to light this week when police rescued the teenager, Sahar Gul, who had been locked up in the basement of her in-laws’ house. Police say that she had had her nails and clumps of hair pulled out. In addition they say she had chunks of flesh cut out with pliers. READ MORE HERE
RIVIERA BEACH — A Riviera Beach mother was arrested Tuesday after allegedly beating her 3-year-old son with a belt, bruising the child’s buttocks and right leg. Quanteria Harris, 28, is being held at the Palm Beach County Jail on a charge of child abuse. According to the probable-cause affidavit, Riviera Beach police learned of the incident from the state Department of Children and Families investigation. The state had received a request from Riviera Beach Head Start to investigate the alleged abuse. READ MORE HERE
A “DEPRAVED” former police inspector who led a double life encouraging internet paedophiles to sexually assault children has been jailed for 30 months. Geraint Lloyd Evans, 48, was suspended and later sacked by South Wales Police after he admitted the charge against him. The former inspector, who formerly lived at Purdey Close in Barry and Coychurch in Bridgend, was a highly respected officer, commended for bravery. READ MORE HERE
Second sex abuse suspect priest suspended
Two Dutch priests suspected of child sex abuse have been suspended from Saint Lucas parish, which comprises several Roman Catholic churches in a large rural area of the eastern Netherlands. On Thursday, the archdiocese of Utrecht announced that, as well as Father Bert Sturkenboom, a second priest from Saint Lucas had been suspended following allegations of child sexual abuse. The priest, who conducted services in the church at Putten, had been suspended from his duties for some time, according to the archdiocese. READ MORE HERE
If, as you were going about your shopping one day, you encountered a young man wheeling a stroller containing what appeared to be a wailing baby and saw that man yell angrily at the baby and violently jerk the stroller around, how would you respond? Most of us probably hope we would intercede in some way, stopping what appeared to be abusive behavior toward a helpless infant. But if we did do that, we would apparently be unlike a host of people who actually did encounter such a man recently in a crowded New York City store and park. What did those people do as the angry young man hollered “shut up” and stronger invective at what appeared to be an uncontrollably crying baby? READ MORE HERE
AN IRISH priest responsible for what is believed to be one of the largest ever settlements in a clerical child sex abuse case in the State has been deported to England from Brazil, where he had spent the past eight years. Fr Peter Kennedy (72), a priest with the St Patrick’s Missionary Society at Kiltegan, Co Wicklow, faces child abuse allegations from the late 1960s to the mid-1980s. READ MORE HERE
Pedophiles: The Facts You Need To Know
We fear them. We have nightmares about our kids being their victims. We need to know who and where they are so we can monitor them and protect ourselves. They are the predators among us, the child molesters who make headlines almost every day. To protect your family from them, you need solid information: READ MORE HERE
PROFILE OF A PEDOPHILE: Pedophiles Can Be Anyone
Statistics on Pedophiles
- Sixty-seven percent of all victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement agencies were juveniles (under the age of 18) 34% of all victims were under age 12.
- One of every seven victims of sexual assault reported to law enforcement were under age 6.
- 8 out of 10 prisoners convicted of sexual assault had committed their crime against a victim under age 18.
- Convicted rape and sexual assault offenders serving time in State prisons report that two-thirds of their victims were under the age of 18, and 58% of those–or nearly 4 in 10 imprisoned violent sex offenders–said their victims were aged 12 or younger.
- FIND THE ENTIRE LIST OF STATISTICS HERE
ALBANY — A 44-year-old woman stole her 3-year-old grandson’s Christmas gifts and sold them for crack while she was supposed to be baby-sitting him, police said. Andrea Ocasio was arrested early Saturday after her son came home at 3 a.m. to his North Lake Avenue apartment and found the door wide open. The 3-year-old was asleep on a couch by himself, Christmas presents were missing and Ocasio, who was supposed to be watching the boy, was gone. READ MORE HERE
Police urge woman to turn herself in
TORONTO—Police are urging a mother wanted in connection to a child abuse investigation to turn herself in. The 28-year-old woman is wanted on a charge of failing to provide the necessities of life to her seven-year-old daughter, who’s currently in hospital with serious injuries. Authorities announced on Wednesday that they were searching for Aela Medas and believed she was with her other, nine-year-old daughter. On Thursday police said they’d located the second child in good condition at a home in the Don Mills and Sheppard area, but continue to search for the mother. READ MORE HERE
REGISTERED SEX OFFENDERS IN THE UNITED STATES
According to the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, there are 739,853 registered sex offenders in the United States. The center, which tracks missing children and helps apprehend those who may have taken them, considers state sex offender registries “our best resource” to tracking down fugitives, says Kristen Anderson, director of case analysis. With sex offender registries likely to keep expanding, legislators are trying to balance the need to protect the public from genuine predators with a growing awareness that many less-serious offenders, including those with no history of sexual crimes, are being swept into the net. But legislators remain reluctant to pass bills that could be seen as helpful to sex offenders, says Mary Sue Molnar, head of Texas Voices, an organization that lobbies for laws that would allow less-serious offenders to petition the courts to have their names removed from public registries. READ MORE/VIEW MAP HERE
Could you forgive your rapist, your father for murdering your mother, or a drunk driver for killing your husband? These brave women did…
Empathising with hardened criminals, let alone forgiving rapists and murderers, is something most of us would dismiss out of hand. But here FRANCES CHILDS speaks to four women whose forgiveness is an inspiration.
A Johnson City man arrested Friday on multiple charges of raping an 8-year-old boy was arraigned on the charges Tuesday in Washington County Sessions Court. Kenneth John Wispell, 20, 907 Antioch Road, Apt. 49, is charged with five counts of rape of a child. READ MORE HERE
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