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Ex-Penn State president guilty after failing to report suspected Sandusky abuse

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Described by prosecutors as a bureaucrat whose inaction allowed “evil” to run wild on innocent children, the former president of Penn State University was convicted Friday of keeping a lid on the scandal surrounding notorious child-abusing coach Jerry Sandusky.

A jury in Harrisburg, Pa. found Graham Spanier guilty of one count of child endangerment due to his handling of a complaint against Sandusky, a once-popular assistant football coach whose career at Penn State spanned three decades. The jury found Spanier not guilty of conspiracy and a second child endangerment count.

Spanier showed no emotion after the verdict was read after 13 hours of deliberations.

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said the case against Spanier should serve as a warning to anyone who fails to live up to the responsibility of protecting children.

“Graham Spanier found guilty. No one is above the law,” Shapiro tweeted. “My office will hold anyone accountable who abuses or fails to protect kids.”

 

 

 

 

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Florence Police Charge Ex-Residents With 700 Abuse Counts

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FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — A Florida couple was charged Wednesday with 700 counts of child abuse, sexual abuse and other crimes against 11 children they adopted or fostered for seven years while living in Alabama.

Florence Police detective Sgt. Brad Holmes told local media that 47-year-old Daniel W. Spurgeon faces 388 counts. His 52-year-old wife, Jenise Spurgeon, faces 312 counts.

Both are jailed in Fort Myers, Florida, where they have pleaded not guilty to child abuse charges. Jenise Spurgeon was arrested Wednesday on the Alabama warrants during a court hearing in Florida. Holmes said Daniel Spurgeon would be arrested on the Alabama warrants if he posts bail in Florida.

It’s unclear if either has a lawyer.

Holmes said police seek to have both of them returned to Alabama.

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Sexual abuse attorney ‘demands’ USOC de-certify USA Gymnastics

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Amid reports that board members of the United States Olympic Committee want USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny to resign, a lawyer representing more than 70 alleged sexual abuse victims is urging further action.

In a letter released Thursday to Lawrence F. Probst III, president of the USOC, California attorney John Manly said he “demands” that the USOC de-certify Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics as the sport’s national governing body.

Manly is suing USA Gymnastics on behalf of alleged victims of former national team doctor Larry Nassar, who is in jail awaiting trial on state charges of child sexual abuse, as well as federal child pornography charges. Nassar has denied any wrongdoing.

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31-year-old sex case resurfaces in Knox County

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A Galesburg man has been indicted in a child sex case from 1986 while out on bond in a separate child sex case.

Larry E. Derry, 59, West Knox Street, was charged with two counts of Class X felony predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. Both carry sentences, if convicted, of between six and 60 years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

Similar to a preliminary hearing, witnesses testify and evidence is presented to a grand jury and they make a ruling, or indictment, on the cases before them. According to court documents, three people, including the victim, and Knox County Sheriff’s Department Detective Barry Daniel testified before the grand jury March 3.

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1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

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Sponsors and supporters of the Child Victims Act hope this is the year for justice

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Advocates for the Child Victims Act are once again calling on state legislators to reform the statutes of limitation on justice sought by child sex abuse victims.

Outspoken reformers such as Bridie Farrell, an Olympic speedskater and advocate for sexually assaulted children in New York, shared her own story of abuse, which shocked the sports world a few years ago.

“If you’re like most New Yorkers, you probably have happy, positive memories of the Capital Region, Saratoga’s race tracks and the Olympic sights in Lake Placid,” Farrell said. “For me those happy memories are overshadowed by childhood sexual abuse nightmares.”

Farrell was repeatedly sexually assaulted as a child by her trainer, Andy Gabel, in 1997 and 1998.

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The Children of the Opioid Crisis

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The police officer who entered Mikaya Feucht’s Ohio apartment found it littered with trash, dirty dishes and plastic milk jugs full of the opioid addict’s vomit.

He also found two toddlers, aged 3 and 2, who watched as the officer uncovered the track marks on their mother’s arms and looked in vain for any food to feed them.

That was three years ago. By the time Mikaya overdosed and died from the elephant tranquilizer carfentanil this summer, her sons were living with their grandparents. But the chaos of watching their mother descend into addiction will burden them for years. They were often hungry and dirty in her care, and spoke of being hit with a belt by her boyfriend, according to their grandparents.

At the funeral home before Mikaya, 24 years old, was cremated, her younger son, Reed, clung to her through the open casket. “And it wasn’t just a quick hug. It was heartbreaking,” says Chuck Curran, his grandfather.

Widespread abuse of powerful opioids has pushed U.S. overdose death rates to all-time highs. It has also traumatized tens of thousands of children. The number of youngsters in foster care in many states has soared, overwhelming social workers and courts. Hospitals that once saw few opioid-addicted newborns are now treating dozens a year.

 

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Utah Big Brothers Big Sisters Sued for Sex Abuse by Mentor

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Big Brothers Big Sisters of Utah organization has been sued by a man who claims the group did not do enough to stop a former mentor from sexually abusing him when he was a boy over a period lasting nearly five years.

The mentor, Antonio Cardenas, pleaded guilty to child sex abuse involving the same alleged victim in 2012 and is now serving a 35-year prison sentence.

The group was served with the lawsuit Tuesday and its president and CEO, Nancy Winemiller Basinger, said in a statement Wednesday that the organization was saddened that a child was exploited by one of its former mentors. The statement did not address in detail the allegations of the lawsuit.

Basinger said the organization uses strict guidelines created with help from national experts to keep children safe — but the lawsuit alleged they were not followed during the years that Cardenas preyed on the boy. His mother had sought out a male role model because her son’s father was not involved with the boy’s upbringing.

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1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

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9 out of 10 of the perpetrators are never brought to justice and never appear on sex offender registries.

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4th grade teacher recorded girls changing in bathroom

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Webster, N.Y. (WHAM) – Webster Police say a State Road Elementary School teacher has been arrested, accused of recording two female students with his cell phone while they were changing clothes inside a bathroom earlier this month.

According to police, Terrance Hoctor, 44, was arrested and arraigned Wednesday, and charged with two counts each of felony unlawful surveillance 2nd and endangering the welfare of a child.

Webster Police Chief Joseph Rieger commended the young victims for coming forward with the information about the phone found in a second floor bathroom.

 

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4 L.A. County social workers to face trial in horrific death of 8-year-old boy

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A Los Angeles County judge ruled Monday that four social workers should stand trial on child abuse and other charges in the death of an 8-year-old Palmdale boy they were assigned to protect, allowing prosecutors to push ahead with a case that has sent a chill through the ranks of child protection workers nationwide.

Superior Court Judge Mary Lou Villar said that “red flags were everywhere” during the months before Gabriel Fernandez died and that the social workers mishandled evidence of escalating abuse and failed to file timely reports on what was happening in the boy’s home before he was allegedly killed by his mother and her boyfriend in 2013. The judge said the workers’ conduct amounted to criminal negligence.

“[Gabriel’s mom] was in the system — that was a red flag, he missed school…had injuries, and his teacher called,” Villar said. “All of this shows that the mother was uncooperative and the parties should have known at that time something was wrong.”

Some defendants broke down in tears after Villar announced that the case would move forward. One of them, Patricia Clement, placed her head in her hands in disbelief.

“When the judge announced it, I wanted to throw up,” she said later.

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Lawsuit: Archdiocese, Boy Scouts knew of abuse

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A lawsuit naming the Boy Scouts of America as a defendant in a child sex abuse case that allegedly occurred on Guam decades ago, and involving a former scout and altar boy, was filed in the Superior Court of Guam yesterday.

While previously filed lawsuits named the Archdiocese of Agana as a defendant in similar lawsuits alleging abuse of former altar boys, yesterday’s filing was the first recent child sex abuse case on Guam to directly name the Boy Scouts of America and its Aloha Council as defendants.

Anthony “Tony” Flores, 55, a former altar boy and boy scout, alleges in the lawsuit he reported sexual abuse to the archdiocese when he was 16, but was told to “be quiet.”

 In addition to the Boy Scouts of America and the archdiocese, the lawsuit also names the alleged abuser, Louis Brouillard, a former priest who served on Guam, as a defendant.

The Yona resident alleges Brouillard used his position as a Catholic priest and Boy Scout leader to sexually abuse him when he was 16 “multiple times in multiple occasions,” including at an annual Boy Scout Jamboree and in a car while traveling to a baptism and other church-related activities. Brouillard was assigned to the San Vicente Ferrer Catholic Church.

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BBC finds Facebook failed to remove child porn

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A BBC investigation has revealed that 80 per cent of child abuse images it reported to Facebook were not removed. Facebook responded to the allegations by requesting the BBC send examples of the material to it, then reporting the team to the authorities for sending them.

Facebook is regularly in the headlines for some of its incongruent moderation practices – removing photos of breastfeeding mothers, but allowing violent footage of beheadings, for instance. However, in this instance, the BBC is suggesting the content and its validity on the site is black and white.

The BBC described the content as “images from groups where men were discussing swapping what appeared to be child abuse material”, including: “pages explicitly for men with a sexual interest in children; images of under-16s in highly sexualised poses, with obscene comments posted beside them; groups with names such as ‘hot xxxx schoolgirls’ containing stolen images of real children; an image that appeared to be a still from a video of child abuse, with a request below it to share ‘child pornography’.” It also claimed to have identified five convicted paedophiles with profiles on the platform, none of whom were removed after the BBC reported them.

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Graham Spanier’s court fight will open Tuesday in Dauphin County court

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Former Penn State President Graham Spanier’s trial on child endangerment charges is set for opening arguments and possibly early prosecution testimony Tuesday.

Attorneys from both sides spent most of Monday in a jury selection process that was notably different from the two other Jerry Sandusky-related trials for its high reliance on secrecy in jury selection.

Shortly after 6 p.m., Senior Judge John Boccabella took the bench to declare the main jury of seven women and five men selected.

All sides will reconvene Tuesday morning for selection of four alternate jurors. After that, and potentially the resolution of any still-unsettled pre-trial motions, the case-in-chief will begin.

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1 in 5 New York Kids Are Sexually Abused. Help Prevent That

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