Clyde Tonkin is a fugitive again. Hours before his child rape trial was set to begin Monday in Luzerne County Court, the 30-year-old removed an electronic monitoring bracelet that tracked his whereabouts. As police and a bail bonds service spent the day trying to find Tonkin, court officials worked to seat a jury to hear his case. Whether or not Tonkin is located, the trial will start this morning with opening arguments, court officials said. Luzerne County Judge Joseph Sklarosky Jr. is set to preside over a rare “trial in absentia” in which the defendant isn’t present for the court proceedings that determine his fate. READ MORE HERE
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Police are looking for a woman accused of abusing a 3-year-old girl at the Oregon ZooWednesday. Officers were called at 3:40 p.m. after a witness reported the woman apparently in her mid-20s who kicked, slapped and pushed the child to the ground, Portland policesaid. The woman also yelled profanity at the child during the alleged abuse. The woman then swore at the witness when she was confronted, police said. The woman left with the girl, pushing her into a cement wall as they were leaving. Surveillance video shows the two leaving with another woman and child. READ MORE HERE
AMBER ALERT FOR BOYS: Chase Hakken (2), Cole Hakken (4)
2006 General motors corp., BlackFlorida license plate #U95KT
The 2 and 4 year-old children were last seen in the area of the 14000 block of Shady Shores Drive in Tampa. The children were abducted by Joshua and Sharyn Hakken. They may be traveling in a 2006 black General motors corp. Sierra, FL tag #U95KT. Please contact the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office at 813-247-8200 or 911.
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LOS ANGELES, CA – A transient with a long criminal record is being sought in the kidnapping of a 10-year-old girl who was snatched from her San Fernando Valley home before dawn last week and abandoned hours later in front of a hospital. Police identified Tobias Dustin Summers, 30, as a suspect Saturday, but they couldn’t elaborate on the motive or what led them to him. They also don’t know if the girl was targeted. ”We have no information that the family knew this individual or that the individual knew any members of the family,” Los Angeles Police Deputy Chief Kirk Albanese said. About 40 detectives have been investigating since the girl was abducted from her home at around 3 a.m. Wednesday. READ MORE HERE
Sex offences linked to Facebook or Twitter users have rocketed in the last four years, a Mirror investigation reveals. And in an another alarming trend, pedophiles are increasingly logging on to the social networking sites to target children. A total of 1,642 cases since 2009 have been reported to police where the sites played a part in the commission or aftermath of a crime. Statistics obtained under freedom of information laws show the number has more than quadrupled from 139 four years ago to 614 last year. READ MORE HERE
1. Before they turn 18, one in every four girls will have been sexually abused. Before they turn 18, one in every eight boys will have been sexually abused.
2. Most sexual abuse against children is committed by someone the child knows.
3. Child molesters are skillful. Children often like child molesters because they so often seem to enjoy the same things children do: games, movies, toys. Child molesters tell us, “It’s easy to slip into a child’s life. All you gotta do is show them any attention.”
4. Some children are more vulnerable to abuse than others, and child molesters know how to spot them.
5. You can protect your child by looking for the warning signs that they are having problems: e.g. refusing to partake in an activity they used to enjoy; a sudden change in their emotional well being.
6. You can protect your child by watching out for certain warning signs in adults.
7. Watch out for the adult who show too much or inappropriate physical contact with children (tickling, wrestling, hugging for too long, kissing).
8. Watch out for adults who prefer to spend time with children rather than other adults to the exclusion of healthy adult interactions.
9. Watch out for adults who break the rules or encourage children to break the family’s or the organization’s rules.
10. Watch out for adults who give children gifts without parents’ permission.
11. Watch out for adults who want to become too involved in your child’s life.
12. Although the protection of children is the responsibility of adults, you can help your children by teaching them self-protection skills.
13. For little kids, start by teaching them about their body parts, including their private parts; about the rules for their bodies (that only parents, doctors may touch their private parts); what to do if someone breaks the rules about their bodies.
14. For older kids, teach the concept of boundaries and what to do if someone tries to break their physical, emotional, or behavioral boundaries.
15. You can learn more about your child’s life, who his/her friends are and how they spend their time together. Children tell us that sometimes they didn’t tell about being abused because no one asked.
16. Sometimes children are sexually molested by other children, and the emotional damage can be severe. We have seen a 300 percent increase in peer to peer abuse over the last three years.
17. Before allowing your child to participate in an organization, do your homework. Find out what sort of policies and practices they have in place to protect your child from sexual abuse.
18. You can familiarize yourself with the computer, the Internet, and all other forms of electronic communication. You should know at least as much about these things as your children do.
19. More than one-third of youth Internet users have had an unwanted exposure to sexual material in the last year.
20. Ninety percent of youth who experienced unwanted solicitations were 13 and older.
21. If your child discloses abuse to you, remain calm, listen, reassure them that the abuse is not their fault and that you are glad they told you. Report the abuse to the police.
There are several reports of child pornography going viral on Facebook Thursday. A source told BuzzFeed that, by 9 p.m. Thursday night, a pornographic video of an infant had over 16,000 shares. Gawker reports that the video, which apparently showed “a grown man sexually abusing an infant girl” got 32,000 shares and 5,000 likes before Facebook wiped it off the site after eight hours. READ MORE HERE
3/23/2013: Many of you know about the child porn video uploaded to Facebook being shared on Facebook during the past few days. Some of you said you shared it on your wall and asked your friends to report it. This guy was ARRESTED for simply sharing, NOT uploading, that video on Facebook! It does not matter WHY you share, it is still distributing child pornography! Do NOT ever share child porn for reporting purposes on Facebook or anywhere on the Internet! See notations after article.
Article: Louisiana: The Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Office has given more information on the man arrested on pornography charges. Detectives say 22 year old Robbie Fusilier found a pornographic video on Facebook, later reposting it on his personal Facebook page. Detectives have since spoken the Center for Missing and Exploited Children, who say the video is being sent out across facebook, and the center is working to try to combat the issue. Fusilier is charged with Distribution of Pornography Involving Juveniles.
Administrator’s note: I suggest in the future you DO NOT share any child pornography on the Internet for reporting purposes but go tohttp://missingkids.com/ and click on the “MAKE A CYBERTIPLINE REPORT” link!
This is the online reporting form you will reach. You should bookmark it for future use: https://report.cybertip.org/
To share a flyer in attempting to identify the man in the child porn video click here: https://www.facebook.com/
Friends and family continue to pray for the safe return of a kidnapped Arkansas girl as authorities resume their search Tuesday morning. 14-year-old Sidney Randall of Walnut Ridge was last seen late at night on March 16th, when her mother Denise discovered that Sydney and her stepfather John Cornell were not in the house. When Cornell returned early Sunday morning, he told Denise he was going to the police station to report Sidney missing, but he never reached the station. READ MORE HERE
3/1/2013 UPDATE: Dreamcatchers would like to express our sincere gratitude for the very generous contribution that we received today!! Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men’s Gala Fundraiser raised $2100 for Dreamcatchers for Abused Children. You can view photos of their Gratitude Gala Event HERE. They also added us to their “CHARITY” section on their website HERE. THANK YOU!!!
“The Gratitude Gala” Event
Lady Jane’s Haircuts for Men continues to work to raise much needed funds for children. Each year LJ collects donations to raise money for local charities and children in need. All LJ locations work together raising money in their area for the kids. Over the past two years LJ has raised $18,000 – most by one to two dollar donations from our customers. In addition to the partnership with Children’s Miracle Network, LJ also supports many other local charities in the communities they do business in and around.
The Gratitude Gala Event will be held on February 2, 2013 at the TWIN LAKES GOLF & SWIM CLUB (Oakland, MI). All raffle and giveaway donations will go to Dreamcatchers for Abused Children.
We would like to thank Lady Jane’s, Chad Johnson ~ LJ’s CEO, and Jennifer Golas ~ Corporate Headquarters Manager for this amazing opportunity! We greatly appreciate your support!!
“Being actively involved and giving back to the communities, in which we do business, is very important to me and my company. Through the numerous programs supported by Lady Jane’s, we hope to make a positive impact on those who are less fortunate and those who need extra funding to run their community based programs.”
On July 29, 1986, Tina Dukes, age seven, was playing outside in front of her home with her cousin and another child. Tony Powell approached Trina and her cousin and asked them if they knew how to ride a bike. After Trina said, “Yes” the three children followed Powell around the corner. Powell then asked Trina to go upstairs with him and told Trina’s cousin and the other child to leave. After luring Trina to the fourth floor Powell told her to take off her cloths. Powell later admitted to police that at this point he intended to “F..k” Trina. Trina then began to cry and said she wanted to go home.
By this time Trina’s cousin had run home and told her grandfather, who was known as “Big Duke”, what had happened. Trina’s cousin then led Big Duke and her brother Marvin to the building where Powell had taken Trina. Big Duke then went behind the building and called out for Trina. Trina called back “Big Duke, Big Duke.” Tony Powell then grabbed Trina’s mouth in an attempt to stop her cries. Big Duke then went into the building and ran up the stairs followed by Trina’s cousin and Marvin. When Powell heard them coming up the stairs he picked up Trina. Trina became so scared she defecated on Powell. Powell then threw seven-year-old Trina out the fourth floor window. READ MORE HERE
Inmate Name: Timothy Papp
Victims Name: Roxie Ann Keathley (Age 9)
Inmate Number: A151436
Offenses: Murder, Rape- Under 12, Complicity Agg. Murder
Minimum/ Maximum Sentence: 10 Years – Life
Next Parole Hearing: March 2013
PLEASE BLOCK THIS MAN’S PAROLE
On March 12, 1973, nine-year-old Roxie Ann Keathley returned from school to the apartment complex in which she lived. Timothy Papp, his wife and his child were also residents of the complex. Papp was living alone because his wife and child had left him three days earlier. To obtain spending money, Roxie would often go from apartment to apartment asking the residents for their pop bottles. About 3:30 p.m. on March 12, 1973, Roxie and her sister, Tammy, saw Papp in the parking lot and asked him if he had any pop bottles. Papp said that he had some, but that Roxie should return later. Instead of returning home to dinner with Tammy, Roxie said she had something else to do. Roxie was last seen alive about 5:00 p.m. on March 12, 1973. A man in a white trench coat was seen talking to Roxie about this time. After searching for Roxie without success during the evening hours of March 12, her mother called the police about 10:00 p.m. and reported Roxie missing. An extensive search for Roxie was made by sheriff’s deputies and volunteer searchers, but she could not be found. READ MORE HERE
MYRTLE BEACH, SC -Brent Egan Dotson, 57, was convicted of Criminal Sexual Conduct with a Minor Under 11 Wednesday in an Horry County courtroom, even though he failed to show up for his own trial, according to prosecutor Candice Lively. Dotson was also found guilty of Lewd Act on a Minor. Dotson was dating the victim’s grandmother, when the victim said he molested her between 2009 and 2010, according to Lively. READ MORE HERE
There are more than 22,000 wanted criminals in the Horry County system – these folks could be people you pass on the street every day, even your neighbor. In fact, some don’t even know they have a warrant out for their arrest. That’s why we’ve teamed up with the Horry County Sheriff’s Office to show you who they are and to help get them off the streets. Lieutenant Steve Cox combed through a list of criminals in Horry County, wanted for everything from traffic-related incidents to assault and battery, or worse. He provided information on two offenders this week. Among them is 56-year-old Brent Egan Dotson, a white male who is described as 5-feet-9-inches tall with brown hair and blue eyes. He’s wanted for failure to appear for a lewd sexual act committed on a child under the age of 16. READ MORE HERE
An app called Snapchat boasts 50-million “snaps” a day, but each of the images come and go in a matter of seconds. Our sister station, KMGH, investigates the dangers of the easy-come-easy-go picture app. ”Anytime you can only show an image for 2 seconds to 10 seconds, you have to wonder why,” said Detective Mike Harris with the Jefferson County District Attorney’s office. That is exactly what Snapchat is about, sending images that disappear. ”Why limit it and what’s the reason of limiting it? Because obviously you’re letting strangers who you don’t know have access to those pictures and often times those strangers are what we call ‘predators’ and what law enforcement and the kids call ‘creepers,’” said Harris. READ MORE HERE
To This Day Bullying Project
Shane Koyczan was bullied a lot when he was a kid. So he took that pain and made this stunning video with the help of some amazingly talented people. It’s kind of breathtaking and powerful, just a warning. Also, it has a happy ending. ORIGINAL: By Shane Koyczan, whom you should like on Facebook, and an amazing group of animators as part of the To This Day project. You can learn more about confronting bullying at Bullying.org.
More than $105K in reward money is sitting, waiting to be handed out to the person that helps bring those who allegedly abducted and raped a 5-year-old Cobbs Creek girl to justice. After enduring what investigators called an “unspeakable experience,” the girl assisted police in their investigation. She met with experts who worked to recover her memories, was questioned by detectives and even took three walks through the neighborhood where she was allegedly held. READ MORE HERE
FBI seeks public’s help identifying child porn suspects as well as victim’s t-shirt pictured in photographs
The FBI is asking for the public’s help in identifying two men wanted for their alleged involvement in the production of child pornography. The federal agency is circulating photographs of the suspects as well as other images grabbed from a child pornography video, including a child’s yellow t-shirt and the rear of what appears to be a one-story home with an above-ground pool in the backyard. The yellow t-shirt features an illustration of a basketball under the words, ‘New Market.’ READ MORE HERE
MONTEREY — A Castroville man is missing with a 10-month old boy after a report of possible child abuse, the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office said Monday. Deputies were called to a residence in Castroville on Saturday on a report of possible child abuse, but could not locate either the suspect, Jesus Vargas Espinoza, 47, or 10-month-old Angelle Jenisis Negron, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. READ MORE HERE
Our organization, Dreamcatchers for Abused Children, has been doing fundraisers for at-risk children in the community for three years now. We do back to school fundraisers in the fall, Christmas stockings in the winter, and our biggest event: the Easter Basket Drive. We build each basket (or stocking in the winter) personally for each child. We work with the shelters and housing commissions in advance to get the age and genders of the children in their program, then build a basket personalized for each child.
SLIDESHOW OF OUR PAST EASTER BASKET DRIVES
This section of the Child Abuse Unit website will feature suspects that are wanted by various law enforcement agencies (both locally and across the United States) for crimes against children. Initially, you will see thumbnail pictures of the various suspects. “Click” on a selected thumbnail picture to view their respective WANTED posting (which will contain full information i.e. description, crime and essential data). READ MORE HERE
- Figures show a rise in reports of incidents relating to online grooming
- Children Exploitation and Online Protection Centre received three a day
Parents must monitor their children’s Facebook accounts to protect them from online predators, a top child protection expert has said. The deputy children’s commissioner said parents should stop children uploading pictures of themselves kissing, showing their flesh or wearing any sort of revealing outfit. Sue Berelowitz threw her weight behind calls for greater family control of online risks by saying that parents should warn their children that once a picture is online, there is a danger it will be shared with anyone from classmates to strangers. READ MORE HERE
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.
Every family has strengths, but some families also have weaknesses. Research has shown that adults raised in dysfunctional families frequently report difficulties forming and maintaining intimate relationships, maintaining positive self-esteem, and trusting others; they fear a loss of control, and deny their feelings and reality. It’s true—our early influences can leave behind deep grooves—both good and bad— that we tend to carry around for the rest of our lives. Dysfunction can be a difficult cycle to break, but it is possible. In my work with families, I refer to this process as “pioneer parenting”. For all pioneers who have been the first to enter new territory, the road is often long and bumpy, but the destination points can be incredibly rewarding and the legacy is definitely priceless. READ MORE HERE
CNN anchor: “How can you not call that a person?”
An eight-minute segment on Monday night reached a turning point when CNN host Erin Burnett exclaimed: “That baby was 8 pounds, 2 ounces. He was going to be born in a couple of days. How could you not define that as a person? That is a viable life.” Burnett covered the story of Heather Surovik, who was days away from giving birth to her son, Brady. She was returning from her final prenatal checkup when a drunk driver on his fifth DUI smashed into her car. Although Heather and her other family members survived, Brady did not. Since Colorado law does not recognize pre-born children as persons, state prosecutors could charge the drunk driver only with destroying Heather’s vehicle, not with Brady’s death. READ MORE HERE
Law goes into effect immediately and schools will have to implement it starting next school year
Gov. Pat Quinn on Thursday signed a new law extending sexual abuse education in Illinois schools. “Erin’s Law” is named after Schaumburg native and activist Erin Merryn. Sexually abused as a child, Merryn said she’s convinced she would have spoken out much earlier if she had been taught at a young age about the threat. Instead, she endured abuse at the hands of a neighbor and older cousin for years before seeking help. READ MORE HERE
OUR MISSION: To educate the public on child abuse signs & symptoms, statistics, intervention, reporting, prevention & assist victims & survivors in locating the proper resources necessary to enable & achieve a full recovery.