Tuesday, Dec 07, 2021 - 13:27:10
296 results - (0.003 seconds)

child sexual abuse:

latest news at page 1:
    A former Boston Public Schools middle school teacher has pleaded guilty to raping a child decades ago, when the girl was as young as 12 years old. David Lockwood, 54, of Arlington, pleaded guilty on Monday to sexually abusing a child over a period of years, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office. The judge sentenced Lockwood to four years in state prison, followed by two years of probation. The DA’s office had recommended a term of five to seven years in state prison. Lockwood was a teacher at the James P. Timilty Middle School in Roxbury at the time of the sexual assaults, which began in 1996. Suffolk prosecutors secured indictments against Lockwood in 2017 after the victim came forward as an adult. During a Monday hearing in Suffolk Superior Court, Lockwood pleaded guilty to indictments charging four counts of rape of a child. Lockwood used his position as the victim’s teacher to gain her trust and prime her for abuse, according to the DA’s office. He would often drive her to different locations, including school-sponsored events, and...
    A Catholic priest serving 15 years in prison for sexually abusing two girls at Shrine of the Sacred Heart Church in Northwest D.C. has now been convicted of groping an adult female parishioner. In 2019, Urbano Vazquez, now 49, was found guilty of one count of second-degree child sexual abuse of a 13-year-old girl, as well as two counts of second-degree child sexual abuse and one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse of a 9-year-old girl. Both the girls were from his parish, and the crimes happened between 2015 and 2017, while he was an assistant pastor at Shrine of the Sacred Heart. On Monday, Vazquez was found guilty of one count of misdemeanor sexual abuse and sentenced to an additional 180 days by D.C. Superior Judge Juliet McKenna, according to court records. Prosecutors say in April 2017, during confession at the rectory at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart, Vazquez touched the woman’s breast. He had been indicted on the charge at the same time he was indicted on the child sex abuse counts, but prosecutors tried him separately.
    A Virginia university professor who claimed it was not immoral for adults to be sexually attracted to children has resigned following criticisms. The Old Dominion University (ODU) announced Wednesday Allyn Walker, 34, will be stepping down from his position as an assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice beginning in May of 2022. Until then, Walker will be on leave, according to the university. “We have concluded this outcome is the best way to move forward,” President of ODU Brian O. Hemphill said. “We hope today’s action helps bring closure for our Monarch family. As we move forward, I encourage all members of the Monarch family to continue our efforts toward healing and civil discourse.” Walker said his scholarship “aims to prevent child sexual abuse” and that his research was “mischaracterized by some in the media and online, partly on the basis of my trans identity.” A statement from Old Dominion University. #ODU pic.twitter.com/XcuXr3zJlS — Old Dominion University (@ODU) November 16, 2021 Walker’s book, “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” challenged “widespread assumptions that...
    ISTANBUL (AP) — Interpol member countries are calling on nations to urge local online end-to-end encryption providers “to take responsibility” and design products with the aim of protecting children against abuse, the international policing body said Wednesday. A resolution adopted at Interpol’s annual General Assembly in Istanbul also calls for member countries to approve laws enabling local law enforcement to prevent and respond to online child sexual abuse cases using the technology. The resolution was adopted on the second day of the three-day meeting, according to an Interpol statement. “Through the resolution, member countries expressed their concern at the increased use of end-to-end encryption to conceal illicit online crimes against children such as grooming, live streaming of sexual abuse and the distribution of child sexual abuse material,” Interpol said. The resolution was overwhelmingly endorsed by delegates, the statement said. About 470 police chiefs, ministers and other representatives from more than 160 countries are attending the meeting. The statement quoted Interpol Secretary General Juergen Stock as saying: “This issue is often presented as a zero-sum game, privacy versus child protection,...
    A Fairfield County man has been charged with numerous counts of allegedly sexually abusing a child over a time period of more than five years. Fernando Cachina, age 86, of Monroe, was arrested on Tuesday, Nov. 16, for 19 counts of sexual assault charges.  In April, the Monroe Police Department Detective Division received the report of child sexual abuse that had taken place in Monroe.  During the investigation, detectives determined the sexual abuse of the minor by Cachina had been taking place over a period of five years at his home in Monroe, according to Lt. Stephen Corrone, of the Monroe Police Department. Cachina was charged by warrant with:  Three counts of risk of injury to a child Six counts of illegal sexual contact with minor under 13 years old Five counts of sexual assault in the first-degree Two counts of Sexual Assault in the third-degree Sexual Assault Three counts of unlawful restraint Cachina was released on a $175,000 bond.  He will be arraigned at Bridgeport Superior Court on Wednesday, Nov. 24.
    A Virginia university professor, whose book and research attempted to destigmatize the attraction to underage children, has been placed on leave, the university said in a statement. On Tuesday, Old Dominion University (ODU) placed Dr. Allyn Walker on immediate administrative leave from his position as assistant professor of sociology and criminal justice over “reactions to Dr. Walker’s research and book” which “have led to concerns for their safety and that of the campus,” ODU said in its statement. “Furthermore, the controversy over Dr. Walker’s research has disrupted the campus and community environment and is interfering with the institution’s mission of teaching and learning,” the statement added. A statement from Old Dominion University. #ODU pic.twitter.com/XcuXr3zJlS — Old Dominion University (@ODU) November 16, 2021 Walker’s book, “A Long, Dark Shadow: Minor-Attracted People and Their Pursuit of Dignity,” which challenges “widespread assumptions that persons who are preferentially attracted to minors—often referred to as ‘pedophiles’—are necessarily also predators or sex offenders.” The book looks at the “lives of non-offending minor-attracted persons (MAPs),” a term used to describe the group, because it is...
    Police have arrested the parents of a 20-year-old Lehigh Valley man charged with child sexual abuse, LehighValleyLive reports. Davin A. Gostony, of Bethlehem, was arrested Saturday on accusations he sexually abused several children for years, and his mother, Jamie Gostony, 41, was arrested on allegations she threatened a victim, the news outlet says citing the Northampton County District Attorney's Office. The role of Gostony's father, 37-year-old Charles Canty, was unclear, though he was charged with endangering the welfare of children, the outlet reports. Canty and Jamie Gostony were arraigned on Tuesday and ordered held at Northampton County Prison in lieu of $500,000 bail, according to court records. Davin Gostony was also sent to Northampton County Prison after failing to post $500,000 bail, court records show. Click here for the full story from LehighValleyLive.
    Elon Musk called out David Beasley, executive director of the United Nations World Food Programme on social media over reports that children in developing countries had been forced to have sex with UN officials in order to receive food. Musk says that he will donate $6 billion to fight world hunger if the UN explains exactly how that amount will solve the problem, adding a stipulation that the organization use “open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.” The billionaire founder of Tesla and SpaceX made the comment in an argument on Twitter with Beasley, the latter of whom had urged Musk to donate $6 billion to combat world hunger. Elon Musk strikes a pose (Pool/Getty) “$6B will not solve world hunger, but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation,” Beasley told Musk on Twitter. “An unprecedented crisis and a perfect storm due to Covid/conflict/climate crises.” What happened here? https://t.co/WWfbZURtdh — Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2021 “What happened here?” said Musk in response, linking...
    A former Facebook employee reportedly told U.S. authorities recently that the social media giant’s efforts to remove child sexual abuse material have been “inadequate” and “under-resourced.” BBC News reports that a former Facebook employee has spoken with U.S. authorities about the company’s response to child sexual abuse material on its platform, calling it “inadequate” and “under-resourced.” Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is applauded as he delivers the opening keynote introducing new Facebook, Messenger, WhatsApp, and Instagram privacy features at the Facebook F8 Conference at McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California on April 30, 2019. – Got a crush on another Facebook user? The social network will help you connect, as part of a revamp unveiled Tuesday that aims to foster real-world relationships and make the platform a more intimate place for small groups of friends. (Photo by Amy Osborne / AFP) Mark Zuckerberg Smiles during testimony (Pool/Getty) The whistleblower reportedly submitted to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) two weeks ago and seen by the BBC. The whistleblower — who has remained anonymous — stated that Facebook moderators are “not sufficiently trained...
    WeProtect Global Alliance, an international coalition of private entities and government agencies dedicated to protecting children from online sexual exploitation, released a report on Tuesday that found child sexual abuse increased significantly during the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Alliance’s Global Threat Assessment 2021, pandemic lockdowns and social distancing produced a dramatic increase in Internet use by children, which in turn led to a surge of online exploitation. “The scale of child sexual exploitation and abuse online is increasing. This sustained growth is outstripping our global capacity to respond,” the report warned. To depict the scale of the problem, the report noted that the ten most harmful child sexual abuse sites on the “dark web” have over three million users between them. One site taken down by Europol in May 2021 had over 400,000 registered users. The number of reports pouring into cyber abuse hotlines doubled last year, an increase WeProtect Global Alliance called “unprecedented.” There was also a disturbing 77-percent surge in what the report described as “child self-generated sexual material,” meaning children posting nude and partially nude images...
    R&B singer R Kelly was on suicide watch after being convicted of sex trafficking charges in New York, his lawyer told a federal judge in Chicago on Wednesday.  U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber appeared to have wanted the trial in Chicago to begin earlier, but he set it for August 1, 2022, after one of Kelly's attorneys, Steven Greenberg, said that he and another of Kelly's attorneys will be in trial on other cases through July.  Greenberg added that Kelly is weighing whether to revamp his legal team in the New York case — which underwent a dramatic shake-up in the weeks leading up to trial — and that his client was placed on suicide watch. However, that has now ended.  'I think he's talking about bringing in new lawyers in New York,' Greenberg told U.S. District Judge Harry Leinenweber.  In the first court hearing since a jury found Kelly guilty three weeks ago, attorneys told the judge they estimated their Kelly's case, along with those of co-defendants Derrell McDavid and Milton 'June' Brown, would last three to four weeks....
    DOVER, Del. (AP) — The former youth protection director for the Boy Scouts of America said Tuesday the organization is not doing enough to protect children from sexual abuse and is still trying to maintain a veil of secrecy over decades of past abuse. In a speech at the National Press Club, Michael Johnson urged Congress to investigate the BSA’s efforts to cover-up decades of past abuse, as well as the dangers he said the organization still poses to children. “The Boy Scouts of America is not safe for kids. It is safer, but it is not safe for kids,” he said. “We failed you. I failed you,” a tearful Johnson added in remarks aimed at abuse survivors. Johnson was terminated in December in what the Boy Scouts described as a financial restructuring. He refused to sign non-disclosure and non-disparagement agreements in exchange for a severance payment. “I’m fed up with people telling me in that organization what to say, how to say it, and what to believe,” said Johnson, who was hired in 2010 as the BSA’s first youth...
    DENTON, Texas (AP) — Sexual assault charges have been dropped against a Texas woman who, as a child, had been rescued from a closet after suffering horrific abuse. Lauren Kavanaugh was indicted in 2019 on three counts of sexual assault of a child. Authorities said at the time that Kavanaugh admitted having sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl she met through a Facebook page that Kavanaugh used to support and befriend other abuse victims. Kavanaugh was 8 years old and weighed 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms) in 2001 when investigators found her in a Dallas County mobile home closet. Authorities say she’d also been sexually abused, and Kavanaugh has spoken publicly about the abuse that she suffered. The criminal charges were dismissed last week in Denton County and Kavanaugh, now 28, was released from jail, the The Dallas Morning News reported. The Associated Press left a message seeking comment Tuesday from a lawyer for Kavanaugh. First Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck told the Star-Telegram that she couldn’t divulge all the details but said the arrangement involved treatment for Kavanaugh. “Overall, it...
    MIAMI (AP) — A Florida veterinarian has been sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for sexually abusing dogs, posting bestiality videos online and collecting child pornography. Court documents show Prentiss K. Madden, whose practice was in Aventura, Florida, was sent to prison Friday by U.S. District Judge Jose Martinez in Miami. Prosecutors say Madden, 40, produced videos of himself having sex with dogs and shared them in online chats. They say he also received numerous images of child pornography, stored them on his cellphone and chatted about them online. Madden pleaded guilty in July to child pornography, animal crush and animal torture charges, which include bestiality. His attorneys sought a lighter sentence, in part based on Madden’s claims that he suffered mental problems due to abuse by his parents and a family friend as a child. Once he is released, Madden will remain on probation for 25 years and must register with Florida as a sex offender. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    A Florida veterinarian was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison on October 8 for recording and sharing videos of himself sexually abusing dogs and possession of child pornography. Prentiss K. Madden, 40, was a licensed veterinarian in Aventura, Florida, and has been sentenced to 272 months in federal prison. Madden “recorded himself sexually abusing dogs, shared the bestiality videos on-line, and collected on-line child pornography,” a press release from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of Florida states. Madden also accessed images of child pornography through the use of the cloud storage service Dropbox, had thousands of images of child pornography on his phone, and was the recipient of child pornography images and videos in social media chats, the release states. According to the U.S. attorney’s office, on July 29, Madden pleaded guilty to five charges: Madden pleaded guilty to three counts of receipt of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(2); one count of possession of child pornography, in violation of Title 18, United States Code, Section 2252(a)(4)(B); and...
    Billy Porter has opened up about being beaten by bullies and the years of sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of his stepfather, saying he still grappling with the childhood trauma decades later.  In a new interview with People, the Pose star, 52, recalled how his mother, Cloerinda Ford, 76, remarried when he was seven, saying his stepfather began sexually abusing him one night after they had a 'birds and the bees' conversation.   'As a child, I became a grown man,' he told the magazine. 'In my mind, I lived that experience as if it was an affair. Because it was loving, it was nurturing, it was confusing. 'Cause it was touch. It was what I needed; it was the illusion of care, of a big, strong man caring for me. Still, to this day, I'm not okay.' Candid: Billy Porter, 52, has opened up about being bullied as a child and sexually abused by his stepfather, saying he is still 'not okay'  Looking back: Porter (pictured as a child) recalled thinking of the abuse as an 'affair' in his mind because it...
    A PEDOPHILE jailed for 45 sex crimes and who used a paddle with the word "act right" has been attacked y inmates who saw his trial on TV. Michael George Corey, Jr from Texas was jailed for beating and sexually assaulting three kids was himself assaulted by three fellow inmates fifteen times. 3Other inmates were incensed by Corey's trial after watching it on TVCredit: Google Maps 3His trial for horrific child abuse continuesCredit: Wichita County Sheriff's Department Wichita County Sheriff David Duke said the Texas convict was attacked on Wednesday after reviewing video of the incident adding it was shortly after Corey's trial was on the news.  He was being returned to a part of the jail housing suspects accused of the most serious offenses when the attack - which lasted around one minute - happened.  Corey, 36, has been in jail for three-and-a-half years after he was arrested in February 2018 on 45 counts of sex crimes against a boy and two girls, ages 8, 10 and 11.  He's being held on $675,000 bond. Before that, he was out...
    Michael George Corey, 36, was assaulted in jail after returning from trial on Wednesday A Texas man in jail for beating and sexually assaulting three siblings was himself assaulted by three fellow inmates fifteen times after they saw his trial on the news.  Michael George Corey, Jr. was attacked on Wednesday, said Wichita County Sheriff David Duke after reviewing video of the incident. The sheriff said it happened shortly after Corey's trial was on TV.  He was being returned to a part of the jail that houses suspects accused of the most serious offenses when the attack - which lasted around one minute - happened.  Corey, 36, has been in jail for three-and-a-half years after he was arrested in February 2018 on 45 counts of sex crimes against a boy and two girls, ages 8, 10 and 11.  He's being held on $675,000 bond. Before that, he was out on 10 years' probation on three counts of injury to a child in 2016. Both cases involve the same children. In the first case, he allegedly forced the kids to bend over and...
    DENVER (CBS4)– An Archdiocese of Denver priest is facing allegations of sexually abusing a child. Father Michael J. O’Brien has been accused of sexually abusing a child during this time at St. Mary Catholic Church in Aspen. (credit: CLAUDIO REYES/AFP/Getty Images) O’Brien denies the allegations. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of both criminal and church allegations. The allegations have been reported to law enforcement.
    Olympic gold medal-winning gymnast McKayla Maroney went on the attack Wednesday as she testified about the sexual abuse she suffered at the hands of USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Maroney had harsh words for the FBI, accusing them of falsifying documents and protecting a pedophile with their failed investigation. Appearing with fellow gymnasts Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, and Maggie Nichols before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Maroney took aim at the FBI’s inability to get to the truth and walking away, allowing Dr. Nassar to continue sexually abusing hundreds of young athletes. US Olympic gymnast McKayla Maroney testifies during a Senate Judiciary hearing about the Inspector General’s report on the FBI handling of the Larry Nassar investigation of sexual abuse of Olympic gymnasts, on Capitol Hill, September 15, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / POOL / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) In her testimony (See full statement), McKayla Maroney said that she was shocked to discover that the FBI failed to fully investigate so many of the claims of sexual abuse. And...
    YORKVILLE, Ill. -- Once powerful former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert's refusal to pay $1.8 million in exchange for the man's silence, lawyers for both men said.RELATED: Tracking Dennis Hastert's money trailThe lawyers would not release details of the settlement in the case, which was set to go to trial next week in an Illinois court.The man has been referred to only as James Doe in court papers since the breach of contract lawsuit was filed in 2016. He had said Hastert paid him only about half of the promised $3.5 million in hush money.RELATED: Ahead of Hastert sentencing, public sends letters to courtFederal prosecutors said during a related criminal case that sent Hastert to prison for over a year that the agreement was voluntarily entered into and that the victim never sought to blackmail the Illinois Republican that he'd go public about the abuse. It happened when the victim was a high school wrestler and the now 79-year-old Hastert was his...
    YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — Once powerful former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse reached a tentative out-of-court settlement Wednesday over Hastert’s refusal to pay $1.8 million in exchange for his silence, lawyers for both men said. The lawyers would not release details of the settlement in the case, which was set to go to trial next week in an Illinois court. The man has been referred to only as James Doe in court papers since the breach of contract lawsuit was filed in 2016. He had said Hastert paid him only about half of the promised $3.5 million in hush money. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    DISTRICT HEIGHTS, Md. (WJZ) — Officials announced that a 33-year-old man has pleaded guilty to two counts of production of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography in connection with his sexual abuse of a two-year-old and a seven-year-old. According to officials, Brian Anthony Gilbert of District Heights uploaded and advertised at least two videos of child pornography of the seven-year-old victim on an online forum dedicated to child pornography. Authorities said the videos were between 10 and 15 minutes long and Gilbert admitted to producing both videos. READ MORE: Community Group Trash Bashers Cleans Up East Baltimore Neighborhood, Looking For More Employees & Volunteers According to his plea agreement, on Sept. 11, 2020, law enforcement executed a search warrant at Gilbert’s residence. He waived his rights and agreed to speak. Officials said he shared that between Jan. 2019 and Aug. 2020, he recorded sexual acts between himself and the seven-year-old at least five times. Gilbert advised law enforcement that he recorded the acts in his bedroom and at the child’s residence. Gilbert also told officers he...
    BERKELEY, Calif. -- Apple is indefinitely delaying plans to scan iPhones in the U.S. for images of child sexual abuse following an outcry from security and privacy experts who warned the technology could be exploited for other surveillance purposes by hackers and intrusive governments.The postponement announced Friday comes a month after Apple revealed it was getting ready to roll out a tool to detect known images of child sexual abuse. The tool would work by scanning files before they're uploaded to its iCloud back-up storage system. It had also planned to introduce a separate tool to scan users' encrypted messages for sexually explicit content.Apple insisted its technology had been developed in a way that would protect the privacy of iPhone owners in the U.S. But the Cupertino, California, company was swamped criticism from security experts, human rights groups and customers worried that the scanning technology would open a peephole exposing personal and sensitive information."Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements...
    Tech company Apple has delayed its plan to implement technology that would scan people's iPhones and iPads and report images of child sexual abuse and pornography. The rollout, which was announced in August as part of Apple's heightened protections for children, has not been issued a new release date.  "Previously we announced plans for features intended to help protect children from predators who use communication tools to recruit and exploit them and to help limit the spread of child sexual abuse material," the company said in a statement Friday.  Apple's plans came under sharp criticism from privacy advocates who argued the technology could be retrofitted and used by government agencies or other officials as a form of spyware and was a steppingstone to large violations of user and public privacy.   "Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features," the company said in its release. And iPhone 12 Pro ad is seen...
    BERKELEY,  — Apple is indefinitely delaying plans to scan iPhones in the U.S. for images of child sexual abuse following an outcry from security and privacy experts who warned the technology could be exploited for other surveillance purposes by hackers and intrusive governments. The postponement announced Friday comes a month after Apple revealed it was getting ready to roll out a tool to detect known images of child sexual abuse. The tool would work by scanning files before they’re uploaded to its iCloud back-up storage system. It had also planned to introduce a separate tool to scan users’ encrypted messages for sexually explicit content. Apple insisted its technology had been developed in a way that would protect the privacy of iPhone owners in the U.S. But the Cupertino, California, company was swamped criticism from security experts, human rights groups and customers worried that the scanning technology would open a peephole exposing personal and sensitive information. “Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and...
    Apple will postpone the release of new features aimed at limiting the spread of child sexual abuse material that raised alarm bells among some privacy watchdogs and advocates, the company announced Friday. The Big Tech company revealed last month it was developing tools to detect known images of child sexual abuse by scanning files before they were uploaded to iCloud. But privacy advocates and experts soon issued warnings that some features could be used to frame innocent people, prompting Apple to scrap plans to roll out the feature in an iOS 15 update later this year. "Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features," Apple said in a statement on Friday. APPLE SET TO UPDATE IOS WITH TOOLS TO HELP COMBAT CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE Critics took issue with two out of three of the features Apple was looking to implement. The second feature that raised privacy concerns included an alert system for...
    LONDON (AP) — Apple said Friday it’s delaying its plan to scan U.S. iPhones for images of child sexual abuse, saying it needs more time to refine the system before releasing it. The company had revealed last month that it was working on a tool to detect known images of child sexual abuse, which would work by scanning files before they’re uploaded to iCloud. “Based on feedback from customers, advocacy groups, researchers, and others, we have decided to take additional time over the coming months to collect input and make improvements before releasing these critically important child safety features,” Apple said in an update posted at the top of a company webpage detailing the device-scanning plans. Apple had said in its initial announcement that the latest changes will roll out this year as part of updates to its operating software for iPhones, Macs and Apple Watches. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    PARKER COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) – Pennsylvania State Troopers arrested Timothy Richard Cisar, 35, who was wanted out of Parker County for a first-degree felony charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child. Timothy Richard Cisar (credit: Pennsylvania State Troopers) Sheriff’s investigators believe once the warrant was issued for Cisar, he fled the state and evaded law enforcement for more than a month. He was captured this week and will be extradited to Texas. READ MORE: John Peter Smith Hospital To Pay More Than $3M to Settle Whistleblower Suit Sheriff Authier said he was pleased when authorities notified him of the arrest. READ MORE: 20-Year-Old Christian James Cornelious Arrested In Connection To Double Stabbing At Restaurant In The Colony “State and national databases are a huge part of the information sharing philosophy which modern law enforcement agencies utilize today,” said Sheriff Authier. “Each year, these databases assist us in taking thousands of criminals off the streets, thus preventing an untold number of additional crimes. We would like to thank Pennsylvania State Police for their assistance.” MORE NEWS: US Marine From Texas Reportedly Among...
    MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) – A federal judge sentenced a former sheriff’s deputy to 35 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to producing and possessing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. The judge Wednesday also ordered Travis Ryan Pritchard, 38, to register as a sex offender. He was accused of having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl. READ MORE: Dan Bauman, Arrested In Dispute With Student At Fort Lauderdale High Over Masks, Ordered To Stay Away From School Pritchard was a member of the Clay County Sheriff’s Office DUI unit when he was arrested last year. According to court documents, Pritchard used an online chat app to engage with the girl from December 2019 to May 2020. She told investigators Pritchard asked her to send nude pictures of herself and that he knew she was only 15, prosecutors said. The deputy came to her house to have sex with her after her parents went to sleep, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. READ MORE: Tracking The Tropics: Tropical Depression 9 Forms Southwest Of Jamaica, No Threat...
    COLLIN COUNTY (CBSDFW.COM) — A North Texas man has been sentenced to federal prison for distributing child pornography. In February Edgar Raymond Miller plead guilty to two counts of distribution of child pornography and was later sentenced to 262 months in prison. READ MORE: In Court, Dallas County Mask Mandate Faces Off Against Governors Executive Order & Ban It was in April of 2020 when a detective with the Plano Police Department received a tip that a user on an internet chat forum was uploading child pornography. The user was traced to a house in Plano where Miller, 38, lived. “Law enforcement relies on tips from the public to help them identify and disrupt those engaged in the traffic of child pornography,” said Acting U.S. Attorney Nicholas J. Ganjei. READ MORE: Some Chick-fil-A Restaurants Closing Dining Rooms Amid Worker Shortage When the house was searched in June officials seized numerous digital devices containing child porn. Forensic analysis revealed Miller had collected more than 47,000 images and videos of child pornography across multiple social media platforms. Evidence also revealed chats in...
    A new update has generated controversy since the announcement that Apple will check the photos on your cellphone. All the pictures you take with an iPhone or iPad or those uploaded to iCloud can be scanned by software known as “Hashing”, which aims to detect child sexual abuse material. Apple will check your cellphone When announcing the update, the company co-founded by Steve Jobs said it aims to reduce the spread of Child Sexual Abuse Material (CSAM). However, the measure adopted by Apple to check the photos on your cellphone and track photos stored in the cloud has sparked a debate on user privacy. The company from Cupertino, California said that the innovative encryption system will keep user information safe and private. How will the photos be scanned? The new security measure announced by Apple applies to iPhone and iPad devices and the cloud service known as iCloud. In the announcement, the company specified that pictures will be scanned using software known as “hashing.” This process converts the images into an encrypted unique number that warns if images are potentially...
    FACEBOOK has revealed a staggering 400% rise in child-abuse images detected on the app. In the last three months, Facebook picked up more than 25million of these sick illegal images. 1Facebooks is cracking down on child abuse – but it's a huge problemCredit: Unsplash That's a five-fold rise from the previous quarter – highlighting the huge scale of the problem. It's likely linked to the fact that Facebook has rolled out more advanced scanning tech to unearth child sexual abuse content. That means more paedophilic content isn't necessarily being posted – but may simply being detected more thoroughly. In any case, it's a clear sign that paedophiles are still trying to flood the site with horrific and abusive content. Andy Burrows, Head of Child Safety Online Policy at the NSPCC said: "We welcome platforms investing in new technology to identify and remove child abuse content," Andy Burrows, head of child safety online at the NSPCC, told The Sun. "But it’s very concerning that such a staggering amount of this material has been found in just three months. Most read in...
    By: KDKA-TV News Staff GREENSBURG, Pa. (KDKA) – A judge has sentenced former Pirates pitcher Felipe Vazquez for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl. READ MORE: COVID-19 In Pennsylvania: State Health Department Reports 2,027 New Cases, 27 Additional Deaths Vazquez was sentenced to 2 to 4 years behind bars followed by 2 years probation. He was arrested in September 2019, accused of having a sexual relationship with a girl in Scottdale, beginning when she was just 13 years old. READ MORE: Police Investigating After Man Found Shot To Death In Marshall-Shadeland Back in May, a Westmoreland County jury found him guilty on 10 counts of sexual abuse of children, two counts of unlawful contact with a minor, one count of statutory sexual assault, one count of corruption of a minor and one count of indecent assault of someone under 16 years old. He was found not guilty on 10 counts of unlawful contact or communication with a minor. Prosecutors argued Vazquez used his status as a professional athlete to groom the girl, while Vazquez’s defense called it a case of “reverse...
    An Indiana man was convicted by a jury on Monday for using Facebook to conspire with women to produce child pornography for him. Lorenzo Johnson, a 33-year-old registered sex offender, used a pseudonymous Facebook account to prey on financially distressed women with access to children and offered money for pornographic images. Johnson, who was previously convicted for aggravated sexual abuse of a minor , convinced at least three co-conspirators to photograph the sexual abuse of infants and young children that the women knew. Johnson was convicted for the distribution of child pornography and three counts of conspiracy to produce child pornography. He was also charged with possession of a firearm as a felon. He's set to face his sentencing on Dec. 17, with a minimum penalty of 25 years in prison and a maximum of 180 years. TEXAS DETERMINES SEXUAL REASSIGNMENT SURGERY FOR CHILDREN IS 'CHILD ABUSE' “This verdict sends a strong message that people who sexually abuse young and helpless children — and those who memorialize and disseminate that abuse — will be held...
    The convicted child rapist emerged from the tree line without warning, walked quickly past the elders who feared him and entered the Navajo home, where his 15-year-old daughter was feeding her pet rabbits. A short while later, the 6-foot-3-inch man known for being violent emerged with the girl, promising to return in half an hour. But that was a lie. Ozzy Watchman Sr. was kidnapping his daughter for the second time in six months. Family members pleaded with tribal authorities to issue an Amber Alert, but it never came. Nearly two weeks passed before Watchman and his daughter were found on June 30 — not by Navajo police or the FBI, which has the investigative lead in such cases, but by a maintenance worker who encountered the two as they scavenged for food. Child sexual abuse is among the worst scourges on Indigenous communities in North America, yet little hard data exists on the extent of the problem. Some researchers estimate it could be as high as one in every two children. Dr. Renée Ornelas, a veteran child abuse pediatric...
    A West Chester man who was being investigated for child pornography was also found with a handgun and forged military papers during a search of his home Thursday, authorities said. Chester County Detectives ignited an investigation earlier this year when the ICAC Task Force received information from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC), indicating that Carlin Alexander, 32, had numerous images and videos of child sexual abuse, according to the Chester County District Attorney's Office. A search warrant served on Alexander's South Church Street home turned up a cell phone, tablet, laptop, hard drives, and computer equipment. Detectives found that a number of the items seized had been remotely reset to factory settings, authorities said. This means the device was restored to its original system state by erasing all of the information stored on the device. However, the Chester County Computer Forensic Unit was able to retrieve thousands of child pornography images from the devices, the DA's office said. Alexander was disseminating child sexual abuse materials as well. Investigators also recovered a loaded gun that Alexander could not legally possess, authorities said. Deeper into the search, investigators...
    In this Aug. 27, 2019, photo, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, center, who says she was trafficked by sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, holds a news conference outside a Manhattan court. Associated Press/Bebeto Matthews Victims of long-ago child sexual abuse in New York state have until August 14 to file lawsuits. The state provided a "look back window" allowing child victims to sue, no matter how long ago the alleged abuse took place. Lawyers told Insider they've been rushing to file last-minute claims before the window closes. 10 Things in Politics: The latest in politics & the economy Loading Something is loading. Email address By clicking ‘Sign up’, you agree to receive marketing emails from Insider as well as other partner offers and accept our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. A rare window of opportunity to hold predators accountable for decades-old child sexual abuse allegations in New York is rapidly closing, and lawyers are rushing to file lawsuits by the August 14 deadline. Lawyers told Insider they've been working all week to file last-minute lawsuits on behalf of survivors...
    The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services announced that sexual reassignment surgery is "child abuse" on Wednesday. "Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse," Department of Family and Protective Services Commissioner Jaime Masters said in a press release. "This surgical procedure physically alters a child's genitalia for nonmedical purposes potentially inflicting irreversible harm to children's bodies." TEXAS GOV. ABBOTT VOWS TO TAKE SCHOOL DISTRICTS TO COURT IF MASK MANDATES ARE ADOPTED The release was issued in response to an Aug. 6 inquiry by Republican Gov. Greg Abbott and said that sex reassignment surgery could cause a threat of harm from physical injury. Masters's determination and its enforcement would be "effective immediately," Abbott said Thursday. "Genital mutilation of a child through reassignment surgery is child abuse..." - Commissioner Jaime Masters, @TexasDFPSThe determination and subsequent enforcement of Commissioner Masters' conclusions are effective immediately.https://t.co/EVLp44zi41 pic.twitter.com/HSTc9T9hQA— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) August 11, 2021 The Texas law prohibits female "genital mutilation" for girls younger than 18, but it says nothing about prohibiting male "genital mutilation"...
    SHE is the ex-wife of one of the World’s richest rappers and a mother of four - but Kim Scott has battled depression, addiction and more than her fair share of grief in her 46 years. Yesterday Eminem’s ex was rushed to hospital after attempting to take her own life, following the death of her beloved mum Kathy Sluck, at the age of 65. 8Kim Scott met Eminem when she was 13Credit: WENN 8Kim's mum Kathy passed away on July 23Credit: Hailie Scott/Twitter The tragedy is the latest bump in a troubled life that saw Kim run away from home at 13, claiming she had been abused by her stepfather, and deal with her twin sister’s drug addiction and death by overdose at 41. Her tempestuous relationship with 48-year-old Eminem, who mocked her in songs and fantasised about murdering her, drove her to attempt suicide and she has battled depression and addiction throughout her adult life. Before her latest suicide attempt, Kim posted a heartfelt message to her mum, who died on July 23, writing “You're all I had left...
    CYPRESS, Calif. -- A 40-year-old Cypress man is facing multiple felony charges of torturing a child, sexually assaulting another child at age 14, and abusing two other children, prosecutors said.The charges against Douglas Alba include one felony count each of torture and child abuse and endangerment, as well as four felony counts of a corporal injury to a child, the Orange County District Attorney's office said in a statement Monday.He has also been charged with two counts of sodomy by force of a child 14 years or older and two counts of sexual penetration of a child 14 years old by a foreign object by force.Alba allegedly abused the children for nearly a year. Prosecutors say the alleged abuse was discovered by authorities after a 10-year-old child who he is accused of torturing was taken to a hospital last month with black eyes, bleeding in the brain and bruising all over the child's body.It's not clear what relationship he had with those children.If convicted, Alba faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life. He is currently being held on...
    Diane Ramírez (courtesy Ángel Cadena Ramirez)  The woman who presided over a controversial foster home for severely disabled children has been charged with multiple felonies — including murder — and her husband has been charged with lewd conduct and willful harm to a child, according to jail records and the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office. A Riverside County criminal grand jury returned a 14-count indictment last week against Michelle Morris Kerin, 80, and her husband, Edward Lawrence “Larry” Kerin, 79, who ran the now-shuttered Morris Small Family Home near Murrieta. The indictment was unsealed on Monday, Aug. 9. Michelle Morris, as she is known, faces a second-degree murder charge for the death of foster child Diane Ramirez, who spent an agonizing night in the group home, moaning and vomiting blood. Despite specific instructions to get the girl to the emergency room if that happened, Morris said the girl would be fine, according to a state report. Ramirez died on April 6, 2019. She was 17. Only Morris faces the murder charge; husband Kerin does not. Instead, he faces child neglect...
    More On: child abuse Teen ‘party mom’ sentenced to nine years after bender left baby dead Suit alleges horrific sexual abuse of 4th grader at NYC private boys school Woman put young son into trunk in full view of stunned witness: video Apple to scan US iPhones for images of child sexual abuse Apple on Monday said that iPhone users’ entire photo libraries will be checked for known child abuse images if they are stored in the online iCloud service.The disclosure came in a series of media briefings in which Apple is seeking to dispel alarm over its announcement last week that it will scan users’ phones, tablets and computers for millions of illegal pictures.While Google, Microsoft and other technology platforms check uploaded photos or e-mailed attachments against a database of identifiers provided by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and other clearing houses, security experts faulted Apple’s plan as more invasive.Some said they expected that governments would seek to force the iPhone maker to expand the system to peer into devices for other material.In a posting...
    Apple is pushing back against criticism over its plan to scan photos on users iPhones and in iCloud storage in search of child sexual abuse images.  In a Frequently Asked Questions document focusing on its 'Expanded Protections for Children,' Apple insisted its system couldn't be exploited to seek out images related to anything other than child sexual abuse material (CSAM).  The system will not scan photo albums, Apple says, but rather looks for matches based on a database of 'hashes' - a type of digital fingerprint - of known CSAM images provided by child safety organizations.  While privacy advocacies worry about 'false positives, Apple boasted that 'the likelihood that the system would incorrectly flag any given account is less than one in one trillion per year.'  Apple also claims it would 'refuse any such demands' from government agencies, in the US or abroad.   The Cupertino-based corporation announced the new system last Thursday that uses algorithms and artificial intelligence to scan images for matches to known abuse material provided by the National Center For Missing & Exploited Children, a leading clearinghouse for the...
    Hillsong founder Brian Houston has broken his silence and expressed devastation over allegations he concealed his father's sexual abuse of a boy.  Houston, 67,  was charged by police in his home state of NSW last Thursday, accused of concealing his dead father Frank's historic sexual abuse of a seven-year-old boy.  He has vowed to 'vehemently' defend the case in court but faces up to five years behind bars if found guilty.  Despite the serious charges, Houston remains in America where he hosted a series of church services in Springfield and Kansas City in Missouri on Sunday.   Houston briefly commented on the charges against him when he confronted by a reporter while leaving his hotel before dodging further questions. 'Obviously I'm devastated, thanks,' he told Nine's US correspondent Alison Piotrowski before getting into the car. Houston refused to say when he's heading back to Australia or how he managed to obtain a travel exemption to travel overseas while other Aussies remain separated from loved ones due to coronavirus restrictions. Hillsong founder Brian Houston (pictured) says he's 'devastated' about the charges against him before...
    (CNN)Arizona's Republican governor and state lawmakers from both parties on Friday called on state Sen. Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete to resign, as he faces multiple felony charges in connection with allegedly sexually abusing a child.Republican Gov. Doug Ducey said in a tweet the allegations made against Navarrete "are abhorrent" and that the Democratic lawmaker "should resign immediately." Members of the lawmaker's party in the state Legislature have also called for him to step down, saying the charges "provide an untenable distraction" from his service. Navarrete was elected an Arizona state senator in 2018, representing Arizona's 30th District, and previously served as a state representative.He was arrested and jailed Thursday night on multiple felony charges, including sexual contact with a minor, child molestation and attempted sexual contact with a minor. Phoenix Police Sgt. Andy Williams confirmed the charges to CNN in an email. The seven felony counts, Williams said, relate to alleged misconduct from 2019. Arizona Democratic state Sen. Otoniel "Tony" Navarrete was arrested and jailed Thursday night as he faces multiple sexual misconduct charges involving a minor.A now-16-year-old alleged victim said...