American Airlines manager Ray Howland was recently arrested in a child sex sting operation for allegedly arranging to meet up with a mother and her 10-year-old daughter. The meet up was reportedly meant to take place in Pittsburgh. Howland reportedly faced multiple charges, including unlawful contact with a minor and criminal attempt rape of a child. He is expected in court next week, the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
SARASOTA, FLORIDA — A 6-year-old girl is in critical, but stable, condition at All Children’s Hospital after her mother allegedly stabbed her. Ashley Parker, 29, was taken into police custody after officers arrived at 2109 Leon Ave. in Sarasota about 12:30 p.m. on Friday. Police said the child’s grandparents found her lying on a floor in the hallway, wrapped in a pink blanket that covered up stab wounds to her stomach and leg.
AUSTRALIA – More than 70 years after Ron Simpson was raped by a chef and had his back broken with a hockey stick by another man, he still suffers nightmares about the abuse he endured at NSW’s Fairbridge Farm School. The 86-year-old is one of about 150 former residents of the school at Molong to settle a $24 million claim with the foundation that ran the school and the NSW and commonwealth governments on Monday. It is the largest payment for mass child abuse survivors in Australia.
An Amber Alert has been issued for a 14-year-old Tennessee girl who ran away from home to be with a convicted child molester that she met online. Surgoinsville Police are searching for Hayleigh Wilson, who may be with 41-year-old sex offender Benjamin Shook.
A dad and his two sons were last night charged with triple murder after a fire which killed a mother, her baby and friend. Peter Eyre, 43, and brothers Simon, 24, and Anthon, 21 were due to appear before magistrates this morning. Amy Smith, 17, and her six-month-old daughter Ruby-Grace Gaunt died in Sunday morning’s inferno at her home in Langley Mill, Derbyshire, along with family friend Ed Green, 17.
CHESAPEAKE, Virginia — When a Virginia State Police trooper pulled over Tonya Slaton, 44, of Richmond, on Interstate 64 earlier this month, he found a black trash bag in the trunk that contained human remains, according to an affidavit obtained by WTVR. Friday, Virginia State Police confirmed the remains were that of Slaton’s biological son Quincy Jamar Davis. According to the search warrants, one investigator believed “the victim’s death was likely the result of some homicidal action.”
TEXAS – An El Paso couple arrested in April on suspicion of sexually abusing two foster children might have earned as much as $1.6 million from the state as foster parents over 14 years, documents show. The actual amount is not exact because three child-placing agencies took a share of the money in administrative fees. Sandra Huerta, 55, and Antonio Huerta, 62, had been foster parents to 36 children since they were licensed in 2000, officials said.
A man has escaped jail time after he was found guilty of sexually assaulting his young daughter and niece in a string of offences over a 20 year period. A 67-year-old, whose identity cannot be revealed, has walked free with a community corrections order after unleashing years of torment on young girls. Earlier this year he was found guilty of five counts of committing an indecent act with a child under 16. On Tuesday he was spared a prison sentence as the judge ruled his crimes were ‘at the lower end’ of sexual deviancy offences.
CHRISTOPHER DEININGER is wanted with Failure to Comply with a Court Order. Between 1997 and 2000 DEININGER was employed as a babysitter and committed multiple sexual assaults on several female children from one to eight years old. DEININGER plead guilty and was sentenced to probation for 12 years. After four years of his sentence, DEININGER left the facility he was court ordered to reside at and fled. DEININGER is an United States citizen. DEININGER is believed to have fled the United States for an international destination.
ROY, Utah — Relatives got a hint something was amiss with a Utah family killed in a murder-suicide when the couple and two young children failed to show up for a planned Father’s Day visit. Police say 29-year-old Russell Smith shot and killed his wife and two young children before turning the gun on himself Sunday at their home in Roy, about 30 miles north of Salt Lake City. A relative discovered Smith’s body, along with those of his wife, 26-year-old Shawna Smith, and their children, 6-year-old Tylee and 2-year-old Blake, that night.
“When my rapist showed up under the ‘people you may know’ tab on Facebook, it felt like the closest to a crime scene I’ve ever been.” That’s how Kevin Kantor begins his powerful slam poem, “People You May Know.” In the piece, Kantor recounts his experience of coming across his rapist’s Facebook profile — learning his assailant’s middle name, seeing his baby photos, and mentally reliving the assault and its aftermath. “No one comes running for boys who cry rape,” Kantor says.
From institutional failures on college campuses to public accusations made against high-profile celebrities, the pervasiveness of rape culture has dominated the headlines for the past year, proving that sexual assault knows no gender and has no age. For many survivors, the complex feelings of trauma, shame and powerlessness that accompany an assault can be followed by silence. For some, that silence lasts decades.
Mississippi – On June 9, at 2:39 a.m. a 911 came in about a house on fire on Hwy. 370, near Brice’s Cross Road. The first Lee County Sheriff Department’s deputy arrived at 2:46 a.m. with the fire department close behind. But that proved too late for 7-year-old Savannah Floyd, who was officially pronounced dead at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital June 14. “The fire was at 500-600 degrees and that was going on the entire time this child was in there,” said Lee County Sheriff Jim Johnson.
LEBANON — Authorities turned to the public for help in catching a man accused of sexually abusing a child before he escapes to Mexico. Felipe Sanchez, 31, was indicted on May 15 on two counts of gross sexual imposition involving a child under 10, according to the Warren County Prosecutor’s Office. Authorities in Warren County turned to the public Friday after a learning Sanchez could have headed back to his home in Mexico, according to a press release.
Washington – When police arrived at Danny Zimmerman’s SeaTac home, they expected to find child rape photos the sex offender had collected online. The doll was a surprise. In charges filed Thursday, King County prosecutors claim Zimmerman had been brazenly sharing child pornography on Twitter for months. Zimmerman, a 43-year-old previously convicted of child molestation, is alleged to have drawn seven complaints to a national clearinghouse for information about child porn distributors.
A New Jersey man brought a courtroom to tears as he confessed to murdering his former Boy Scout troop leader. Clark Fredericks admitted to breaking into the home of Dennis Pegg, 68, on June 12, 2012, and stabbing the man over 20 times. Fredericks, whose confession was part of a plea deal with the prosecution, claims that Pegg raped him for years when he was a child.
NORMANDY PARK, Washington — Police arrested a child care provider accused of raping a 5-year-old girl after the victim’s father allegedly walked in on the abuse. A father walked into a classroom at his daughter’s day care center on June 5 and found a 31-year-old male teacher and his daughter crouched behind a bookshelf. The teacher allegedly told the father he was having a “tickle fight” with the girl. After the father and daughter left, the girl allegedly told her dad the teacher touched her inappropriately.
MINNEAPOLIS – A 17-year-old Minneapolis boy is charged with second-degree murder in what prosecutors are describing as the extremely violent murder of his girlfriend’s toddler. The teen was charged in a juvenile petition Monday in the beating death of the 2-year-old girl, who died from complications of internal injuries June 10. KARE 11 is not naming the defendant because he has not been certified to be tried as an adult, although that is expected to happen. In Hennepin County it is presumed that suspects who are 16 or 17 years old will be prosecuted in the adult system unless there is an overriding reason to keep the matter in juvenile court.
We’d all like to think that when we see something bad happening that we’d step forward to render aid. But in reality most of us don’t. And although some people won’t take the initiative to help, they will take the time to photograph or videotape the event and post it on the internet. Why?
An Elkmont couple has been charged with aggravated child abuse after the woman’s two children received second- and third-degree burns over large portions of their bodies. Derrick Defoe, 29, and Amanda Marie Reyer, 22, were booked early Sunday, according to Limestone County Sheriff’s Office officials.
YORK TOWNSHIP, MICHIGAN – An Indian River woman remains hospitalized after a vicious attack left her son and his half-brother dead and three others injured in York Township on Saturday. Vicki Moore, 31, received severe injuries when she and four others were stabbed during a home invasion at about 6 a.m. June 13 in the 9800 block of Crane Road, her uncle Bryce Moore said Sunday. Bryce Moore said the whole family is devastated by the attack, in which Vicki Moore’s son, Timber Brown, 12, and his half-brother Jon Brown, 26, were killed.
PENNSYLVANIA – Hampden Township Police are on the lookout for a man who is suspected of abusing an 11-month-old child, according to a news release. Andrew S. Rivera, 22, is sought after an 11-month-old girl was admitted to the Harrisburg Hospital emergency room with injuries consistent with abuse, police said. Rivera is an acquaintance of the child’s mother.
Hillsborough County, Florida — A worker in the after-school program at Cypress Creek Elementary School has been fired and charged with one count of child abuse of a 10-year-old boy. Erica E. Berrios, 19, of Wimauma, chased the victim and then placed a plastic grocery bag over the child’s head, preventing the child from breathing for about 30 seconds on Wednesday at the school in Sun City Center. The child had to rip a hole in the bag to breathe.
PA- A couple has pleaded guilty to starving their three-year-old disabled daughter to death. Carlos Rivera and Carmen Ramirez admitted on Thursday to killing little Nathalyz, who had Down’s Syndrome, in September 2013 and endangering her four other siblings aged three to nine, including her twin brother, in their Philadelphia home. Weighing just 11lbs at the end of her life – with bedsores, visible bones, and very little hair on her head – Nathalyz was described by the judge as ‘an Auschwitz child’. Rivera, 30, and Ramirez, 27, will be sentenced on September 4 and face life in prison. Their children are in foster care.
TEXAS – Former Grape Creek English Teacher Allison Lewallen admitted to having sex with one of her teenage male students in court last week, entering a guilty plea in exchange for a deal that landed her 10 years probation and forced her to forfeit her teaching license. The deal was agreed upon by prosecuting attorney Bryan Clayton, Lewallen and her defense attorney Theodore “Tip” Hargrove. Called to order June 5 at 8:30 in the morning, the parties were content with the agreement, save for the victim’s mother, who had shown up with a typewritten letter that was passed on to Judge Ben Woodward.
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