RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CA — A high school principal in San Bernardino County has been arrested on suspicion of having a sexual relationship with a former student. Brian Garrett Joseph, 38, the principal of Etiwanda High School, was arrested Tuesday at his home on suspicion of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Investigators say Joseph is involved in a relationship with the victim, who is now 18 years old, but they say the sexual relationship began when the girl was still a minor and student at the school. READ MORE HERE
Archive for October, 2012
Some people would give this kid a medal, but Prosecutors couldn’t deny that it was a cold-blooded, calculated murder. 12-year-old Joseph Hall of Riverside County, CA, returned to court recently to be tried for the murder of his 32-year-old father, Jeff Hall; a notorious neo-Nazi regional leader. According to IB Times, Hall’s public defender claimed that the boy suffered from psychological and physical abuse at the hands of his father, and further stated that the boy should not be imprisoned because he believed his actions to be morally sound. READ MORE HERE
Can a convicted sex offender participate in Halloween/Trick-or-Treat activities? If the convicted sex offender is on supervision – which means restrictions have been placed on them as they relate to probation/parole and not state law – then they may not be participate in trick-or-treat activities (i.e. porch lights must be turned off; not permitted to open the door to trick-or-treaters, etc.). This restriction only applies if that offender’s conditions of probation/parole prohibit contact with children. Questions regarding an individual’s probation/parole status and any restrictions placed on them as a result of that status should be directed to your local Probation and Parole office or the Department of Corrections.
What can I do to protect my children? Parents and guardians are encouraged to visit the The National Sex Offender Registry or FAMILY WATCHDOG (you can search by an address or a name) to identify the relevant addresses of convicted sex offenders. This enables adults and guardians to make informed decisions on what residences/businesses to approach for trick-or-treating.
MICHIGAN–There are more than 40,000 people listed on Michigan’s registry of sex offenders. A tool from the state allows you to search for registered sex offenders in your neighborhood and see them on a map. According to the state, registered sex offenders are required to update their address in the the Michigan Public Sex Offender Registry within three days of moving to a new home. READ MORE HERE
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A Westport man convicted of raping a girl over a period of five years has been sentenced to spend the next 25 to 35 years at the state prison at Cedar Junction in Walpole. Edward Pacheco Jr., 42, of 70 Forge Road, had been found guilty by a jury after a four-day trial in September on two counts of statutory rape, one count of child rape by force, one count of rape of a person age 16 or over, and counts of intimidating a witness and violating a restraining order. READ MORE HERE
What motivates a sex offender to do charity work is an important question; various agencies involved will be reeling from the continuing spate of allegations regarding Jimmy Savile. It is well known that sex offenders often target deserving causes, in order to get close to a pool of vulnerable victims. Such predators appear outwardly altruistic, in order to gain access. But in the case of recent allegations over Jimmy Savile, who it is suggested may have raised around £40 million for charity over a lifetime of apparently ‘good works’, and who seemed to labor for so many different causes, over decades, this doesn’t seem an adequate explanation. It could be charity work acts as a smoke screen which fulfils many other warped objectives as well. READ MORE HERE
Up and coming rapper, Angel Haze, released a song titled Cleaning out My Closet which has left critics in shock at the brutal honesty that pervades through the track, chronicling Haze’s experience as a sexually abused child. The song is a personalized rendition of Eminem’s 2002 hit song, “Cleanin’ Out My Closet,” where the rapper goes into graphic detail of his troubled childhood and resentful feud with his mother.
Haze’s version lays out a harrowing narrative about being repeatedly raped and sexually abused from the age of seven by a much older man. According to her account, the pattern of abuse lasted well over a decade and spiraled the now 21-year old into an emotional whirlwind of depression, anorexia, and suicidal attempts. The song is gut-wrenching and cuts through the façade of mainstream rap revealing an intense and personal story that much of the rap audience can relate to. The song is part of a six-track mixtape titled, Classick released this past Thursday. READ MORE HERE
(WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT, VULGAR LANGUAGE)
You comfort them over a skinned knee in the playground, and coax them to sleep with a soothing lullaby. But being a nurturing mother is not just about emotional care – it pays dividends by determining the size of your child’s brain, scientists say. Both of these images are brain scans of a two three-year-old children, but the brain on the left is considerably larger, has fewer spots and less dark areas, compared to the one on the right. According to neurologists this sizable difference has one primary cause – the way each child was treated by their mothers. READ MORE HERE
Gary Glitter is first high-profile celebrity to be arrested in Savile sex abuse probe
This was the dramatic moment today when Gary Glitter was taken from his home after being arrested for questioning in connection with the Jimmy Savile scandal following allegations of sexual offenses. Wearing a bobble hat, thick grey coat, grey trousers, black gloves and sunglasses, the 68-year-old disgraced pop star, whose real name is Paul Gadd, left his central London house at around 7:15am. Glitter, originally from Banbury, Oxfordshire, was arrested by the Metropolitan Police on suspicion of sexual offences in connection with Operation Yewtree – the Savile probe – and taken into custody. He was released from a police station in the late afternoon following questioning. Glitter was later seen returning home where he was met by a large number of photographers. READ MORE HERE
SAN DIEGO – An autistic boy, who was 2-years-old when his father allegedly abducted him to Mexico, has been reunited with his mother in San Diego, ending a 5-year search, authorities said Thursday. Julio Rocha, 37, allegedly abducted his son in 2007 after the boy’s mother requested full custody. An arrest warrant has been issued for Julio Rocha, charging him with felony child abduction. READ MORE HERE
The low-slung, angular BMX motocross bike was on display in a photo posted online. “Is that ur bike?” Autumn Pasquale asked in an apparent Facebook exchange with one of her alleged killers.
“Thts sexy!” she said.
“lol thxx,” he replied. “… yes. cme 2 my house.”
Four days later, 12-year-old Autumn, riding her own white motocross bike, disappeared. Her body was discovered Monday night, stuffed in a recycling container next door to the home of the teenager who was trading Facebook messages with her. The Gloucester County prosecutor has said Autumn was lured to the home of her killers — two brothers who intended to steal her beloved BMX bicycle for parts. READ MORE HERE
My Opinion: Either this lady is extremely ignorant, or she needs to visit my site and educate herself on child abuse statistics before stating such ridiculous claims. Child abuse has been declared a worldwide EPIDEMIC. I encourage Ms. Fox to visit our website! Maybe we should all contact her and invite her!?
Claire Fox states”Yes, Savile’s crimes were horrible. But let’s not spread fear by imagining child abuse to be widespread.”
Jimmy Savile was a repulsive individual who indulged in vile, degraded, abusive acts. On that we can all agree. But what is less a matter of consensus is how we should respond to the scandal. When I argued on Newsnight this week that we need some calm reflection and that the whole of society should not be reorganized around child protection, it started a minor Twitchunt, and I have been accused of everything from being a BBC stooge to a callous apologist for pedophilia. READ MORE HERE
MS. FOX ALSO AGREES WITH ANOTHER COLUMNIST HERE:
MONROE – A former Fayetteville scoutmaster who was not reported to police after molesting as many as 10 boys in the early 1970s went on to work for years at a church-run day care center in Charlotte. The Rev. Rush Otey confirmed Friday that Thomas Menghi Jr. worked as the office manager at Selwyn Presbyterian Child Development Center from 2002 to 2011 and was routinely alone with young children. Parents at the day care center were shocked to learn of Menghi’s past after reading an Associated Press story in which Menghi admitted he abused scouts when he led Troop 786 in Fayetteville. Otey said there were no such complaints at the day care. READ MORE HERE
MILWAUKEE — Milwaukee police say there are two people in custody and now criminally charged with the alleged child abuse homicide of five-year-old Jayden Banda. The accused are Alyssa Banda and Marcos Colin, Jayden’s mother and her boyfriend. Alyssa Banda and Marcos Colin each face one count of child neglect resulting in death. Colin also faces charges of physical abuse of a child and bail jumping. READ MORE HERE
To protect children from sexual abuse, parents should keep some specific things in mind about how adults interact with their children, particularly in youth-service organizations largely staffed by volunteers, experts say. Parents should be “attuned enough” to notice if “the kid who was happy and engaged until last month … starts breaking things, crying, being moody” — and should try to find out why, said Dr. Jonathan Slavin, a clinical instructor in psychology at Harvard Medical School who works with adult survivors of trauma and sexual abuse. READ MORE HERE
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