February 09, 2005

Province celebrates Nat'l Awareness Week for Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse, Exploitation

February 9, 2005

Phillipines - SEEKING to heighten the awareness of the public through the local government units about sexual abuse and exploitation of children, the Iloilo Provincial Government thru the Provincial Social Welfare and Development Office (PSWDO) is celebrating a weeklong National Awareness Week for Prevention of Child Abuse and Exploitation which kicked off last February 6

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February 08, 2005

‘Victory,’ vindication: Former priest convicted in landmark abuse case

February 8, 2005 [Boston Herald]
By Brian Ballou and J.M. Lawrence

Defrocked Roman Catholic priest Paul Shanley became a convicted child rapist yesterday, bringing an end to a case that came to embody the church abuse crisis that shook the Boston archdiocese.

"This is a victory for the many, many people victimized by Paul Shanley", said attorney Carmen Durso, representing seven people who claim they were sexually abused by Shanley between 1963 and 1994.

At trial, Shanley's accuser testified he was groped and raped by Shanley in the early 1980s at St. Jean's Catholic Church in Newton. The victim, a member of the parish's CCD class when Shanley was assigned there, said Shanley carried out the assaults beginning when he was 6 in the bathroom, the rectory, the pews and the confessional.

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Two scout leaders jailed for seven years

February 8, 2005

New Zealand - One of two scout leaders jailed for seven years today for child sex abuse, had more than 60,000 still images and movies of child porn, a court heard today.

Andrew John Pybus, 32, and Nigel Richard Fenemor, 48, were both jailed for seven years in the High Court at Auckland today. They were told they would serve a minimum non-parole period of three and a half years because the child sex abuse they admitted was so serious.

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February 07, 2005

Jury finds defrocked priest guilty of repeatedly molesting parishioner

February 7, 2005 [Associated Press]
By Denise Lavoie

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- The witness broke down as he told the jury how Father Paul Shanley pulled him out of catechism class and raped him repeatedly, starting when he was 6. "He told me nobody would ever believe me if I told anybody," he said.

On Monday, a jury believed him.

Shanley was convicted of raping and fondling him over a six-year period in the 1980s. The 74-year-old defrocked priest could get life in prison at sentencing Feb. 15. His bail was revoked and he was immediately led off to jail.

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Former priest convicted of abuse

February 7, 2005 [Associated Press]

A man who testified he was a sex-abuse victim of defrocked priest Paul Shanley broke down Monday in a Cambridge, Mass., courtroom after the former priest was convicted of child rape and indecent assault.

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Defrocked priest Paul Shanley was convicted Monday of repeatedly raping and fondling a boy at his Roman Catholic church during the 1980s.

The conviction on all four charges gives prosecutors an important victory in their effort to bring pedophile priests to justice.

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Dad stymies perv mom

February 7, 2005 [New York Daily News]
By Lauren LaCapra - Daily News Writer

A Hicksville dad has been granted an order of protection against his ex-wife, a convicted sex offender, to keep her away from their two children.

Kathy Tuifel, 46, pleaded guilty on Aug. 11 to one count of second-degree rape and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse. The victim was a blind 11-year-old boy she was tutoring as a teacher's aide at Hicksville Middle School.

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Ex-Congressman Sex Offender Told to Move Out of House

February 7, 2005 [Associated Press]

CHICAGO -- A former congressman who resigned after being convicted of having sex with an underage campaign worker has been ordered to leave his Chicago home because it is near an elementary school.

Police gave Mel Reynolds 30 days to move out of the house because of a state law that prohibits convicted sex offenders from living within 500 feet of a dense concentration of children, police department spokesman Dave Bayless said.

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Victims of Child Abuse Receive Support

February 7, 2005 [The Intelligencer - Wheeling News-Register] By Lynn Davis

WHEELING - Young victims of physical or sexual abuse and their families have the support of Wheeling-based Harmony House, an advocacy center that works to reduce the trauma associated with child victimization. In turn, Harmony House seeks the support of the community it serves.

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Minister proposes inquiry into clerical child abuse

February 7, 2005 [Evening Echo News]

IRELAND - Justice Minister Michael McDowell is set to bring proposals before the Cabinet this month for a public inquiry into clerical child sex abuse in Dublin.

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Courts 'add to child abuse ordeal'

February 7, 2005 [The Guardian} United Kingdom
By Clare Dyer, legal correspondent

Child victims of sex abuse are traumatised all over again by the court system, according to a study of child witnesses published today.

Children giving evidence in court are routinely accused of lying and suffer distress, including breaking down in tears, while those enduring the long wait for their cases to come to court resort to self-harm, suicide attempts, bedwetting and truancy.

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Jailed for huge child porn hoard

February 7, 2005

A paedophile who hoarded Britain's biggest collection of child abuse images has been jailed for two-and-a-half years

Father-of-five John Harrison had more than a million images of children being abused.

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Cumberland Co. is trying to prevent child abuse

February 7, 2005 [News 14 Carolina Staff]

Cumberland County is taking an active step towards preventing child abuse.

The county's Board of Social Services will form a group to study ways to protect kids at risk for deadly abuse.

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February 06, 2005

Paedophiles must face jail sentences, police chiefs urge

February 6, 2005 [The Scotsman News] By John Innes

SCOTLAND’S leading police officers believe child sex offenders should face mandatory jail sentences, it emerged yesterday.

The Association of Chief Police Officers in Scotland (ACPOS) is concerned that a number of paedophiles have been dealt with too leniently by the courts.

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Scotland seeks tougher child sex laws

February 6, 2005 [United Press International]

[World News]: GLASGOW, Scotland - Police in Scotland want sex offenders to get automatic jail sentences, warning that putting pedophiles behind bars is the only way to stop them.

The Association of Chief Police Officers Scotland said police, prosecutors, judges and politicians must do more to recognize the damage pedophiles do, all too often because such offenders are not jailed, the Scotsman.com reported Sunday.

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Teacher indicted on new sex abuse charges

February 6, 2005 [Associated Press]

SANTA FE (AP) - A former elementary school teacher already charged with molesting two students has been indicted on additional charges involving two more boys.

A Santa Fe grand jury indicted 31-year-old Ernest Dominguez of Tucumcari on 22 counts of child molestation and related charges Thursday.

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Illness holds up Jackson's trial

Jury selection in the Michael Jackson child abuse trial has been halted after a member of the star's legal team was hit by family illness.

February 6, 2005 [BBC News}

Selection will be postponed until at least Thursday due to the grave illness of his lead lawyer's sister.

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Home developer contends sex offender stopped sales

February 6, 2005 [Associated Press]

SPRINGDALE, Ark. · A developer who says sales in a subdivision stopped after a sex offender and his wife bought a home has sued the couple and the real estate company that arranged the purchase.

NGI Rental filed the $2 million lawsuit Friday against Randall Dee Collins and his wife, as well as the real estate company that arranged their new home purchase.

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February 05, 2005

Fla. Couple Accused of Child Abuse Caught

February 5, 2005 [Associated Press]
By Mike Branom

INVERNESS, Fla. (AP) - A Florida couple have been captured in Utah after being accused of starving five adopted children and yanking some of their toenails out with pliers, officials said Friday.

John and Linda Dollar were picked up by two deputies around 7:30 p.m. EST south of Blanding in southeastern Utah, according to the San Juan County (Utah) Sheriff's Department. They were being held in county jail on Florida warrants of felony aggravated child abuse.

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Dupree man convicted on sexual abuse charge

February 5, 2005 [Rapid City Journal]

RAPID CITY - A Dupree man has been convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual abuse in connection with a rape in Pine Ridge last July.

A federal jury found Marquette Condon, 25, guilty after a trial before U.S. District Judge Richard Battey. The charges related to the forcible rape of a 17-year-old girl, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney's Office.

Condon could receive up to life in prison and a $250,000 fine. No sentencing date has been set.

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57 Child Abuse Deaths Reported In Indiana During Last Fiscal Year

February 5, 2005 Indiananapolis [Associated Press

A decadelong trend of Indiana averaging at least one child abuse or neglect death each week continued last year.

Director James Payne of the new state Department of Child Services says 57 children died of abuse or neglect in Indiana during the state fiscal year that ended last June 30th.

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February 04, 2005

Man gets 20 to life in sex abuse case

February 4, 2005 [Times-News writer] By Rebecca Meany

TWIN FALLS -- For a crime that prosecutors described as an "obscene abuse," a 5th District Judge ordered a 20-year-old man Thursday to serve 20 years to life in prison for sodomizing an infant.

Adam Dean Jackman, of Filer, pleaded guilty on Nov. 8 to one felony count of lewd and lascivious conduct with a minor in connection with the Dec. 3, 2003, sexual abuse of a 17-month-old boy.

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Parents Charged In 'Worst Case Of Abuse Ever Seen'

February 4, 2005 [Local - KPRC Click2Houston.com]

In what Houston police call "the worst case of abuse ever seen," a young mother and father were charged with the alleged sexual abuse of their 6-month-old daughter, Local 2 reported Friday.

Police filed a serious bodily injury to a child charge against the baby's parents. However, if the child dies, the charges could be upgraded to capital murder.

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Child-abuse audit faults agency

February 4, 2005 [Gannett State Bureau]
By Jonathan Tamari

A state agency responsible for investigating thousands of allegations of child abuse and neglect has a massive backlog and is too slow in completing its work, according to an audit by the state Office of the Child Advocate.

The report studied the Institutional Abuse Investigation Unit in the Department of Human Services. The unit examines alleged child abuse in out-of-home settings such as foster homes, schools or other institutions.

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February 03, 2005

Fla. Couple Sought on Child Abuse Charges

February 3, 2005 [Associated Press] By Vickie Chachere

TAMPA, Fla. - Five children were starved, shocked and hit with a hammer by a couple who disappeared after they were confronted by authorities, officials said.

John Dollar, 58, and his wife Linda Dollar, 51, remained missing Friday, four days after they skipped a hearing with the Department of Children & Families, the Citrus County Sheriff's Office said. The Dollars are wanted on felony charges of aggravated child abuse.

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February 02, 2005

PSU professor charged with 25 counts of child sexual abuse

February 2, 2005 [Associated Press]

PHILADELPHIA - A Penn State professor emeritus who is regarded as an expert on early-childhood education and autism is facing more than 25 charges of child sexual abuse dating to the late 1970s.

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Miami archdiocese in 5.2 million dollar settlement over child sex abuse

February 2, 2005 [AFP]

The Miami archdiocese of the Roman Catholic church paid out 5.2 million dollars in settlements of child sex abuse cases in 2004, according to its annual report presented by Archbishop John Favalora.

Since it introduced legal insurance coverage in 1966, the Miami archdiocese has paid out 17.6 million dollars in settlements and legal counsel for priests, nuns and lay employees, the report said.

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