PORTSMOUTH — Police in New Hampshire are calling it a horrific crime and have arrested two teenagers in connection with a rape case involving a brain-damaged child. “This is a case where they need to be brought to justice and answer for what they did,” explained Portsmouth Deputy Chief Corey MacDonald. Vincent Pittore, 18, of Derry, New Hampshire is accused of raping a young girl twice. He’s charged with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. READ MORE HERE
Archive for January, 2014
Sexual abuse of children by teachers or other public school employees is likely underestimated because of a patchwork reporting system and involvement of numerous local, state and federal agencies in investigating such claims, according to a new government report obtained exclusively by NBC News. The report by the Government Accountability Office, released Thursday, raises numerous questions about how closely public schools are following federal requirements for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse allegations or suspicions involving the public school employees who oversee the 50 million children enrolled in the nation’s public K-12 schools. The report also raises doubts about the accuracy of the data on the scope of the problem. READ MORE HERE
Man killed his children when he realized he didn’t have car seats to take them with him after he killed his wife
A New York man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his wife and their two toddlers only killed the children because he didn’t have car seats to take the pair with him. Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 29, was placed on suicide watch after being arraigned Friday. Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed his children because he didn’t have car seats to take them on the lam. READ MORE HERE
PLANO, Texas – A 25-year-old Texas woman is charged with capital murder in the death of her boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. Grace Ford, who would have turned 3 next month, was found dead with duct tape over her mouth inside her father’s apartment on January 9. The father’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Melinda Muniz, was also inside the apartment. Police found her on the floor, also with duct tape on her mouth and her pants pulled down, according to the station. READ MORE HERE
Raul Ochoa of Richmond is accused of keeping the girl as a sex slave from the age of 12 until she escaped aged 27
This is the horrifying image of a grimy shack which a young girl was forced to build before being held in it as a sex slave for 15 years. The woman, who has not been identified, was repeatedly raped and brutally controlled from the age of 12 by a male relative who kept her imprisoned in the plywood shed with a single mattress at a home in Richmond, California. Raul Ochoa, 52, was convicted on Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of forced lewd acts on a child and two counts of forcible rape. As part of a plea deal, he will be formally sentenced to 22 years in state prison next month. READ MORE HERE
Three children have been rescued from a home in Tennessee after being found locked in bedrooms with portable toilets. The two girls, aged 12 and 17, and a 14-year-old boy were only allowed to leave to go to school, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office reported on Friday. The children had been held this way for six months in order to ‘discipline them’. The girls were locked in a room with the windows screwed shut and a portable toilet at the home in Covington. The teenage boy was held in a separate shed with no heating, electricity or running water. READ MORE HERE
The University of Missouri has been accused of ignoring the alleged rape of a star swimmer by at least one member of its football team – and the student later committed suicide. According to a 16-month long investigation by ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines,’ staff at the school first learned about the alleged February 2010 incident after Canadian-born Sasha Menu Courey recounted her harrowing experience to a rape crisis counselor during an online chat conversation and a campus therapist in December that year. READ MORE HERE
Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.
When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S. “The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,”Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.” The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed. READ MORE HERE
UPDATE 1/31/14: Donald Francis McLeod was finally apprehended in St. Clair County, MI!! We are personally working with the victim’s mother to help get justice!!
MICHIGAN FUGITIVE: DONALD FRANCIS MCLEOD
The Port Huron Police department is looking for a suspect who allegedly sexually abused a girl over the course of several years. Lt. Duane Loxton said the allegations were reported in July and officers have been investigating Donald Francis McLeod since. McLeod is wanted on three counts of criminal sexual conduct first-degree, delivery of controlled substance to a minor and as four time habitual offender. READ MORE HERE
Anyone with information about McLeod or any other crimes is asked to call CAPTURE at (810) 987-6688 or by going to www.porthuronpolice.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is available if an arrested is made based on your tip.
A Canberra serial child molester has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail for the public rape of a three-year-old girl and the racially motivated bashing of his neighbor. In September 2013, Shane Williams, 40, from Campbell was making his way to a police station for his annual sex offender check-in when he decided to stop at the Belconnen Library to use the toilets. He was browsing the books inside when a three-year-old girl wandered over to him and said hello. Williams encouraged her to sit on the floor with him and removed both her pants and his own trousers, before sexually assaulting her. READ MORE HERE
Two-thirds of those raped in Liberia in 2013 were children, the government of the West African country says. The Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development said in a statement on Tuesday that 65 percent of the 1,002 rape cases reported last year were between three and 14, AFP reported. The statement also revealed that ten under-14 children also died by injuries after being raped. “As a result of rape, 10 children from eight counties between the ages of three and 14 died during the year 2013. In some of the cases the perpetrators are still at large,” said the ministry. READ MORE HERE
A woman convicted of child abuse is now free from jail. She served less than a year of her sentence. A judge made the decision this morning. Our FOX23 crew talked to the father of one of the victims in the case. The woman was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, but according to court documents, Meredith Howard is now out after only serving 10 months. It’s a story FOX23 has been following since 2010. Meredith Howard was convicted of two counts of child abuse. “One of the counts involved her breaking the femur bone of a 9-month-old baby,” said Tulsa County district attorney Sarah McAmis. The other was an assault on a 19-month-old. “The baby required immediate surgery and literally almost died on the way to the hospital,” said McAmis. READ MORE HERE
Children were forced to eat their own vomit and put soiled bed sheets on their heads as punishment at care homes run by nuns, the largest public inquiry into institutional child abuse was told. The investigation into the behavior of Catholic nuns from the Sisters of Nazareth children’s homes in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, heard children were also forced to bathe in disinfectant and were beaten for wetting the bed. In a harsh regime where the youngsters were known by numbers rather than their names, many were subjected to humiliation, threats and physical abuse, counsel to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, Christine Smith QC said. READ MORE HERE
Suicide note revealed how childhood molestation drew him to vile images
The suicide note left by a former Senate chief of staff who killed himself after being charged with child porn posession has been revealed and makes allegations about his own history of sexual abuse. Jesse Ryan Loskarn’s body was found on Thursday in his family’s Maryland home where he was ordered to stay while out on bail before his trial for the child pornography charges. His mother typed up the note and posted it on a dedicated website in its entirety on Monday night. Loskarn, 35, wrote of ‘my deepest, darkest secret’ and told how he was abused between the ages of five and nine years old. He went on to explain that because of said abuse, he ‘saw’ himself in the pictures of the children being sexually abused in the pornography. READ MORE HERE
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