Since 1985, April has been nationally recognized as Child Abuse Prevention Month. Each year, there are nearly 3 million reports of child abuse and neglect. And we know that child abuse cases are vastly under-reported, as adults often fail to recognize or respond to warning signs of child abuse, and abused children suffer in fear and silence. National Child Abuse Prevention Month offers a powerful opportunity to highlight child abuse facts, explain the importance of reporting child abuse, encourage community involvement, and support abused children.
VOLUSIA COUNTY, Florida – A man accused of molesting children is facing additional charges after more victims stepped forward, according to the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office. Michael McCabe, 47, of Port Orange, was arrested March 4 after four victims told deputies that McCabe had inappropriately touched them. Deputies said at the time that there could possibly be more victims, because McCabe would befriend families in need and to earn their trust before moving in to gain access to their children.
Junius, N.Y. – A man and woman in Seneca County were arrested on child sex abuse charges after an investigation into child rape allegations. According to the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, 32-year-old Jacqueline Cady and 46-year-old James Mahaney were arrested Thursday after deputies investigated claims that Cady had allowed Mahaney to rape a young child. Seneca County Child Protection Services and the Child Advocacy Center of the Finger Lakes worked with deputies on this case.
MARSHFIELD, Missouri – A couple from Webster County face charges in a deadly case of child abuse. Jennifer Bolin and Michael Perrin are accused of punishing Bolin’s two toddlers by binding them tight in their bed sheets so they couldn’t move. One of the children — an 18 month old girl — died of suffocation. Court documents say Perrin swaddled the kids because they wouldn’t take a nap, and he admitted he may have done it too tight. If convicted, both Bolin and Perrin face life sentences.
MARTINSBURG, West Virginia – A woman jailed on murder charges in West Virginia on Thursday is accused of setting fire to the beds of her two young sons as her husband slept. A criminal complaint says Molly Joe Delgado of Falling Waters locked her family inside their trailer home and walked off with the key after starting the fire. Delgado, 29, was arrested Wednesday, six weeks after her children were killed, after Assistant State Fire Marshal George Harms said she confessed to the arson on the night of Jan. 24. The complaint says Delgado secured the front door from the outside and went across the street to her mother’s home.
The following letter was shared with me by a courageous survivor. Her decision to share with all of you is with the hope you will find connection and inspiration. Just the act of writing a letter to an abuser can be incredibly healing. You don’t even have to send it. Making the decision to confront an abuser is a very individual decision. It may be helpful to discuss the desire with a professional as there are many factors to consider.
A husband and wife who drugged children with crack cocaine and used one boy as a human dartboard have been convicted of nearly 100 offences. Nicholas Taylor, 47, and Joan Taylor, 44, subjected ten youngsters to a campaign of shocking abuse before getting them hooked on class A drugs to make them ‘more compliant’ before sexually assaulting them. When police raided their home in Northampton they also found a baseball bat under the bed which they used to threaten their child victims. The bat was inscribed with the words ‘The Pain’. The couple was found guilty after a seven week trial at Leicester Crown Court of nearly 100 offences committed against 11 victims between 1996 and 2006.
TLC’s reality star, Toby Willis, has denied four charges of child rape which he was arraigned for on Monday in Tennessee. The 46-year-old was arrested in October for allegedly raping a nine or ten-year-old girl 12 years ago. He initially faced a single count of child rape but the charge has been quadrupled. Officials would not address whether the charges relate to one girl or if they believe he had several victims on Thursday. Willis’s formal plea hearing will be held on July 11 and his trial has been set for the following week in Ashland City, Tennessee, in July. Willis was one of the stars of The Willis Family, a now canceled TLC show which followed his country music-singing brood.
Steve Penny resigned as president of USA Gymnastics on Thursday following intensified pressure on the organization for its handling of sex abuse cases. The resignation came a week after the United States Olympic Committee’s board recommended to USA Gymnastics chairman Paul Parilla that Penny should step down. Penny offered his resignation during a previously scheduled board meeting on Thursday. “My decision to step aside as CEO is solely to support the best interests of USA Gymnastics at this time,” Penny said in a statement.
A 42-year-old Australia man who allegedly pretended to be Justin Bieber on social media in order to lure children into sex has been charged with 931 child sex offenses after detectives allegedly uncovered evidence on his computer. Queensland police appealed for “extra vigilance” among young fans of pop star Justin Bieber, best known for his 2010 hit son “Baby,” after laying hundreds of charges against a man pretending to be the star online. Specifically, the man is accused of tricking young victims from overseas into sending him explicit images
PENNSYLVANIA – Former Life University wrestling coach Ron Gorman faces 261 child sex charges, including 36 counts of child rape. Gorman, 51, is from Pennsylvania. He once worked there as a youth wrestling coach. The alleged incidents date to 2006 and involve multiple children, records show. One, a former athlete who is now 20 years old, told police he was 10 when the alleged abuse began. He said he was 15 when it ended.
British police are warning parents about the dangers of a sick social media ‘game’ that’s said to be responsible for hundreds of teenage suicides in Russia. The ‘Blue Whale challenge’ encourages at-risk participants to take part in a series of tasks like cutting themselves every day for 50 days. They are then instructed to kill themselves on the final day of the sick ‘challenge’.
FLORIDA – A couple have been charged with more than 300 counts each of child sex abuse involving 11 biological, adopted and foster children, some younger than 12. Daniel Spurgeon, 47, and his 52-year-old wife, Jenise Spurgeon, were arrested in Cape Coral, Florida, on outstanding warrants stemming from an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual abuse in Florence, Alabama, where the couple had lived years earlier. According to the Florence Police Department, in July 2016, detectives in Alabama were contacted by their counterparts in Florida about abuse allegation involving the Spurgeons and 10 of their children, which sparked an investigation into their past conduct.
A Swiss man will go on trial this month on allegations he sexually abused more than 80 boys — some as young as nine — in Thailand. The unnamed man is accused of taking thousands of pornographic pictures of the boys, molesting some of them and pushing some into prostitution, prosecutors in the western Swiss canton of Fribourg said in a statement. The abuse is alleged to have taken place since 2001. The man will go before the Gruyere criminal court on charges of human trafficking, encouraging prostitution, sexual acts with children and child pornography, prosecutors said.
A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic home for unmarried mothers and their children in Ireland, an official report revealed today. The remains were found in a disused sewer during excavations at the Bon Secours Mother and Baby Home in Tuam, County Galway. The ages of the dead ranged from 35 foetal weeks to three years old and were mostly buried in the 1950s.
A baby who suffered 47 broken bones and was shaken to death was ‘mistreated’ because of his deformed hand, a court heard. Mohammed Miah, 37, and Rebeka Nazmin, 31, from Poplar, east London, are accused of murdering their three-month-old son Rifat Mohammed in July last year. Over his 13 weeks of life, Rifat suffered ‘systematic abuse’ that left him with 38 rib fractures, eight fractures to his legs and a broken spine, the Old Bailey heard.
Fugitive director Roman Polanski will reportedly attempt to have his decades-long child rape case resolved so that he may return to the United States without fear of arrest or incarceration. The 83-year-old director’s attorney, Harland Braun, has asked a Los Angeles judge to review what it reports is a “long-secret transcript” of the prosecutor’s testimony during Polanski’s trial. The attorney claims the transcript proves that the Pianist director had agreed to a plea deal to serve just 48 days in jail, and that the judge had agreed to the deal. Polanski was convicted of raping a child after a photo shoot in Los Angeles in 1977 and spent 42 days in prison before being released. But the director later fled the country for Europe when he feared that the judge in his case backed out of the deal and suggested prosecutors give him 50 years in prison.
On Friday, a former casting agent from Minnesota pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 14-year-old boy in Massachusetts. Matthew Feeney ran a Bloomington casting agency where he worked with children who wanted to be in movie and television roles. In 2013, he admitted to molesting two brothers in Washington County who were his clients.
SHENANDOAH JUNCTION — A local man was arraigned Thursday for charges of child abuse and neglect resulting in death. Patrick William Yeager, 30, of an unfixed address, was arraigned in Jefferson County Magistrate Court for felony charges of child neglect resulting in death and child abuse resulting in injury. According to a criminal complaint, police were dispatched to a home in Shenandoah Junction in June 2016 for an unresponsive infant. The father — Yeager — told police he was holding his child in a rocking chair. Yeager said he allegedly blacked out and when he woke up, the chair and toys were upside down.
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added David Dale Booth, 58, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Booth is wanted for parole violation and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Booth is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 195 pounds. He has tattoos on his upper arms. Booth has previously worked in the rail car repair industry. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
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