A disgraced former headmaster of a $27,000-a-year prep school has been sentenced to 50 years in prison for dealing child pornography. Christopher Wheeler, 54, who worked at the exclusive Tower Hill school in Delaware, had more than 2,000 images and videos of boys engaging in sex acts with men when police raided his $350,000 mansion in Wilmington in October 2013. One of those showed a naked boy with his head being held by an adult male while performing a sex act. Court documents say Wheeler was running Net Shred – a program designed to eradicate internet history – when authorities knocked on his door.
A man who ran for Lehman Township tax collector is heading to Pike County Court on 66 counts of child sexual abuse. At the end of a Wednesday preliminary hearing, a district judge found sufficient evidence to send the case against Hal Harris, 47, of Bushkill, to county court, where Harris can go to trial, plead guilty or plead no contest. Harris had posted bail and been released from custody as of Thursday, according to court records.
MICHIGAN – Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy has announced charges against a mom they say gave birth to a baby boy and then put him inside a bag, causing his death. The Wayne County Prosecutor announced charges Friday against 25-year-old Kimberly Pappas in relation to a newborn boy found dead inside a desk drawer in March. The press release says Pappas gave birth to the boy in the bathroom of Ceva Logistics. Worthy said she then put the boy inside a plastic bag and then inside a tote bag near her desk.
Update: The boyfriend of the mother in question was a person of interest. Now it has been confirmed that he is in police custody in connection with the death of her child. His name has not been revealed, pending formal charges. A Missouri woman has been charged with with second-degree endangering the welfare of a child after her 17-month-old daughter was found dead Sunday morning. Local police are saying it’s one of the worst cases of child abuse they’ve ever seen. The child’s mother, 21-year-old Taylor Lynn Fast, called 911 to say her daughter Layla had been bitten by a spider. However, when officers arrived at her home, it was blatantly apparent that the infant’s injuries couldn’t have been caused by an insect bite. Instead, they found the little girl dead and covered with bruises.
A convicted sex offender is accused of stealing a school bus and using it to try to kidnap children. Utah man Patrick James Fredricksen, 30, quit his landscaping job Monday morning just two days into the gig. That’s when cops say he stole an SUV outside a funeral home, drove to a house in the town of Cleveland, and asked residents if they knew the whereabouts of a specific young girl.
A pedophile ring broadcast live online video of their abuse of drugged babies and toddlers. Branded ‘monsters in disguise’, the gang groomed mothers – some while they were pregnant – to gain unsupervised access to their children. The vile crimes can be revealed after two of the ringleaders were found guilty yesterday of child sex attacks. The jury had been told the evidence they would hear would ‘take you into a world you wish did not exist’. Five other men admitted offences including child rape and sexual assault before the trial took place. They all face long jail sentences.
A Saturday Night Live skit about a male student having sex with his female high school teacher painted the relationship as every teen boy’s dream, but drew a firestorm of criticism on social media. The reaction to the comedy sketch reflected a growing view among law enforcement and victims’ advocacy groups that it is no laughing matter when a woman educator preys on her male students. In U.S. schools last year, almost 800 school employees were prosecuted for sexual assault, nearly a third of them women.
UTAH – A former Utah high school teacher accused of having sex with three of her male students took a plea deal Wednesday to avoid a trial, sobbing as she accepted the agreement in court. One of the boys was 16 and two were 17 when they were having sex with Davis High School English teacher Brianne Altice, 35. One testified that he considered her to be his girlfriend during their yearlong tryst. But the boys were all minors, and Utah law also says a person cannot consent to sex if the other person is in a position of special trust. Altice could face up to 45 years in prison when she is sentenced next month.
KENNER, LA – A man has been charged with three counts of aggravated rape against a 10-year-old girl after video surfaced of him with the victim. The mother found cell phone video recorded by her daughter. In the video, the victim says she “made love” with the mother’s boyfriend three times. The woman confronted her daughter about the video, and the girl said it happened in her bedroom.
OSWEGO, NY — An Oswego man who was charged last month with raping and sexually abusing multiple children was arrested in 2009 for failing to care for his 14-month-old twins. Richard Graham Jr., 33, of Furniss Station Road was charged last month with 20 felonies and two misdemeanors after Oswego County sheriff’s deputies said he raped and sexually abused four children, and raped one adult.
MOUNDS, Oklahoma – Authorities in Creek County are looking for a couple wanted for child abuse and neglect after finding a malnourished infant in cardiac arrest. Mounds Police say Cody and Amanda Haynes are wanted for felony child abuse by injury and four counts of child neglect. Cody Haynes could be armed and dangerous, a news bulletin states.
UK – Alleged child abuse victims of Labour peer Greville Janner last night accused police and prosecutors of a 45-year cover-up over a tidal wave of evidence he is a predatory pedophile. The 86-year-old party grandee was accused of being ‘Labour’s Cyril Smith’ and an ‘animal’ as prosecutors revealed he escaped prosecution three times over 16 years thanks to botched investigations. Janner is accused of preying on vulnerable boys at three Leicester care homes between 1969 and 1988. Prosecutors said there remained an ‘overwhelming case’ to charge the former MP with 22 sex attacks on nine victims in children’s care homes – the youngest of whom was just ten.
OKLAHOMA – Police fear that two serial pedophiles arrested last month may have had more victims. Authorities in Muskogee, Oklahoma announced on Wednesday that they were searching for other potential victims of William ‘Frankie’ Dugan, 29, and 32-year-old Valerie Ojo. The couple were charged in March after they allegedly committed forcible sodomy, incest and exploitation against two children, aged 5 and 6.
Pennsylvania – The father of a 6-year-old girl whose teeth were so rotten her life was endangered pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment. Kenneth Wanamaker Jr, 37, pleaded guilty on Friday, weeks before a scheduled trial in the Northhampton County, Pennsylvania, case against him after the vast majority of his daughter’s teeth were found to be abscessed. A dentist had testified the girl’s teeth were in such bad shape they posed a potentially fatal threat to her health.
CLEVELAND, Ohio — A woman has been charged with misdemeanor child endangering after a weekend incident at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo. The charge was filed in Cleveland Municipal Court after a 2-year-old boy was allegedly dangled and dropped into the cheetah exhibit Saturday. Michelle Schwab, the child’s mother, is expected in Cleveland Municipal Court on April 22. Schwab, 37, is a resident of Delaware, Ohio — a suburb north of Columbus.
The number of web pages containing child pornography has more than doubled over the past year. Researchers have also revealed the material features increasingly young children. Nine out of every ten images of child sexual abuse found online in 2014 showed children aged ten and under, according to the Internet Watch Foundation. That was a dramatic increase from the year before, when around two-thirds of the child porn it found featured children of such a young age. They were part of a worrying rise in the amount of child abuse the IWF discovered online. Overall, experts from the regulator removed more than 31,000 web pages featuring vile images of sexual abuse in 2014, soaring 136 per cent from around 13,000 the previous year.
CICERO, Illinois – A 23-year-old Cicero man has been charged in the beating death of his girlfriend’s 18-month-old child. Cicero police say Martin Alvarado Jr. struck the toddler multiple times about the body Thursday, causing the child’s death in the 1600-block of 49th Court. Police say Alvarado Jr. had become enraged when the child urinated on him while changing the baby’s diaper. Alvarado Jr. made incriminating statements and gave a video-taped confession of his actions that caused the death of the child during interviews with police, officials said.
CRYSTAL, Minnesota — A body found in the Mississippi River over the weekend has been identified as that of a 10-year-old Minnesota boy who has been missing for nearly a month, and police said Sunday that the boy’s father is a “primary suspect” as the case becomes a homicide investigation. Authorities said the body of Barway Collins was found Saturday, about 10 feet from the river’s edge in Brooklyn Center. Crystal, Minnesota, Police Chief Stephanie Revering said authorities have electronic evidence that shows the boy’s father, Pierre Collins, was in that area at the time the boy disappeared. She did not elaborate on the nature of that evidence.
A nine-year-old girl is pregnant after suffering horrific sexual abuse at the hands of Isis militants in northern Iraq, aid workers report. The Yazidi girl has recently been released after nearly a year as a prisoner in the Islamic State, where women and young girls from the religious minority are known to be kept as ‘sex slaves’. Earlier this week, more than 200 Yazidi women, children and elderly were released near Kirkuk, northern Iraq after being taken by Isis militants last June.
It was described by the heir to the throne as ‘Colditz in kilts’, and has become as well known for its famous alumni as its notoriously strict regime. Now Gordonstoun, the £32,00-a-year Scottish public school where the Queen’s sons and children of Sean Connery and David Bowie were educated, has become embroiled in allegations of historical sex abuse. Former pupils have spoken of a number of incidents at Aberlour House, the preparatory school that was part of Gordonstoun in Moray in Scotland. These included the alleged rape of a 12-year-old girl and a boy who was molested by his teacher.
An alleged online sex offender accused of raping five children and involving 20 more in the making of child pornography has been charged with 145 child exploitation offences. The 47-year-old man from Warwick, 150km south-west of Brisbane, has been accused of sexually abusing 28 children from three states, including taking some of his victims to hotel rooms where he allegedly raped them. Police allege the man used a range of social media sites to prey on children under the age of 16 and in some cases arranged meetings so he could physically abuse them and use them to make child pornography.
Police in Bakersfield, California arrested a man who was caught on surveillance video abusing his son at a supermarket. The shocking incident happened around 2:30 Thursday afternoon. The video shows 23-year-old Justin Whittington running up to a toddler, slapping him in the face and knocking him to the ground. Whittington then yanks the boy off the floor as he hysterically begins to cry. A woman, possibly his mother, walks up and takes him outside as if nothing happened.
Stop It Now! has developed a warning signs tip sheet to help identify possible warning signs. Any one sign does not mean that a child was sexually abused, but the presence of several suggests that you begin asking questions and consider seeking help.
ELYRIA, Ohio — An infant’s parents have been charged with child endangering after police say they couldn’t agree which one would take care of their 3-month-old over the weekend and the father left her at a McDonald’s outside Cleveland. Twenty-two-year-old Rachel Jaajaa and 29-year-old Aaron Tate were arrested Monday. Police in Elyria say Jaajaa was leaving McDonald’s after her shift ended Friday and found Tate in the parking lot with the infant.
A Sacramento woman is accused of trying to kill her daughter by pouring gas on the girl and then setting her on fire. Truly terrifying. Neighbors of the suspect, 27-year-old Porche Wright, said they saw—and heard—the whole thing, and are still cringing at the gruesome memory. According to witnesses, Wright has a history of verbally abusing her children. In fact, she has a rap sheet that includes charges of disorderly conduct, domestic violence and prostitution.
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