In an exclusive statement to PEOPLE magazine, Josh Duggar, his wife Anna, and his parents Jim Bob and Michelle are speaking out in response to reports that Josh was once accused of molesting five underage girls as a teen. “Twelve years ago, as a young teenager, I acted inexcusably for which I am extremely sorry and deeply regret. I hurt others, including my family and close friends,” Josh, 27, tells PEOPLE in a statement. “I confessed this to my parents who took several steps to help me address the situation. We spoke with the authorities where I confessed my wrongdoing, and my parents arranged for me and those affected by my actions to receive counseling. I understood that if I continued down this wrong road that I would end up ruining my life.”
Domestic Violence is any physical or psychological abuse directed at partners, siblings, children or elders. Violence in the home harms everyone in the family. Children are especially vulnerable – If there is violence in the home where children reside it is considered child abuse. When they witness violent behavior between family members, or when they’re being abused themselves, they may repeat the cycle of abuse as they grow older. As parents it is our sole duty and responsibility to prevent family violence and protect our children. If you are experiencing violence in your home, remember you are not alone. Abusive behavior affects every neighborhood, ethnic background and economic class…it does not discriminate. No family is immune, but no family should ever be a victim of abuse!
An assistant principal from Sydney’s west has been charged with alleged child grooming offences and possession of child abuse material. Homebush Public School teacher Alexander Gollan was arrested about 6.30pm on Wednesday and charged with inciting a victim under 10 years to commit an indecent act. Police said they were made aware of the suspicious activities of a man who was allegedly using a social media platform to engage in indecent conversations with a nine-year-old girl in September last year.
ST. CLAIR SHORES, Michigan – A jury has found the mom accused of strangling her son then dumping his body parts along a country road guilty on all counts. Donna Scrivo, 61, was charged with first degree murder, mutilation and improper disposal of a corpse. Scrivo faced some tough questions from the prosecutor on Monday. The woman from Macomb County claims someone else killed and dismembered her son.
It was a rare, unanimous, and bipartisan moment on the Senate floor Wednesday when lawmakers passed an amendment that motivates states to pass laws that give mothers—who conceived their children as a result of rape—the chance to take away the parental rights of their rapist. The Rape Survivor Child Custody Act passed as an amendment to the Senate’s human-trafficking bill, which passed later Wednesday after languishing in the Senate for more than a month over an abortion provision. The bipartisan Rape Survivor legislation passed after receiving little attention over the last several years since being introduced.
Members of a “horrifying” child sex ring abused two schoolgirls, taking advantage of their vulnerability on a “massive scale”, a court has heard. One girl, who was aged 12 or 13 at the time, alleges that throughout the period she was abused, she was passed between 60 men who had sex with her Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Eleven men are on trial accused of committing sexual offences against the youngsters, who had allegedly been conditioned into believing that what they were being subjected to was “normal”.
ST. LOUIS – A former human resources director for the city police who later worked as a ranger for the St. Louis Zoo has been charged with child molestation and rape, according to court documents. The circuit attorney’s office charged Larry Brockelsby, 73, of the first block of Walton Court in O’Fallon, Mo., with six counts of sex crimes including rape, statutory sodomy, child molestation and statutory rape. The charges allege that Brockelsby attacked two girls, between the ages of 12 and 14, in 2003 and 2006 when he lived in the 6500 block of Murdoch Avenue in St. Louis. The street is known during the holidays as “Candy Cane Lane” for its extravagant Christmas decorations.
A Utah mom and her boyfriend beat her 2-year-old son to death and smeared his dirty diaper in his face over a potty training accident, police said. Jasmine Bridgeman and Joshua Schoenenberger are in custody and charged with felony child abuse. Little James Sieger Jr. died Monday, two days after the alleged Saturday beating inside his Layton home, police said.
The functioning of women and child development ministry’s nodal agency, which handles adoption requests, has come under the scrutiny of the Supreme Court. The apex court has expressed its concern over increasing complaints of overseas child trafficking in the garb of adoption. The court is hearing a PIL by NGOs Advait Foundation and Sakhee seeking a moratorium on foreigners adopting Indian children, alleging that many children who are being illegally taken away to foreign countries faced post-adoption abuse.
MOUNT MORRIS, Michigan— A 30-year-old Michigan man who says he got the idea to waterboard a 5-year-old from a movie has been arraigned on child abuse charges. Michael A. Porter appeared in court Monday, and a judge set his bond at $400,000. Porter returns to court May 28. It’s unclear if he has a lawyer.
One of three men who kidnapped 26 schoolchildren and their bus driver, then buried them alive in an underground bunker, was granted parole after nearly 40 years in prison. James Schoenfeld, 63, applied for parole 20 times before he finally received initial approval on Wednesday.
A pedophile priest dubbed a ‘sadist’ by his victims has been jailed for at least nine years for luring schoolboys to his office with video games, cigarettes and alcohol before sexually abusing. Former Catholic cleric David Edward Rapson, 61, was found guilty of sexually abusing six boys at two Victorian boarding schools in the 1970s and 1980s. Rapson was in 2013 jailed for 13 years, but was bailed 12 months later when the Victorian Court of Appeal quashed his rape and sexual assault convictions. He was found guilty in three new trials in February and March this year. In sentencing on Monday, County Court judge James Parrish described Rapson as a sexual predator who took advantage of the trust he had as a teacher and spiritual adviser.
The body of a missing five-year-old has been found after his adult brother was arrested for killing him and his mother and dumping their baby brother in a dumpster. Authorities said that Josue Ramirez-Marinero’s body was found stuck in tree branches on the east bank of the Elkhorn River in Omaha, Nebraska on Monday morning. His older brother, Roberto Martinez-Marinero, told cops last week that he’d thrown the boy off a bridge into the water about a mile upstream from where the body was eventually discovered. At 11:30am on Monday, Omaha Fire Department divers recovered the body.
A Mexican couple have been arrested and accused of forcing their own 12-year-old daughter to have sex with a stranger while the mother filmed the rapes. Lorena Isela Cortinas and the girl’s father, Ricardo Navarro Allende, are said to have subsequently attempted to sell the tapes to a pedophile ring in their home town of Ciudad Juarez, Chihuahua. In an attempt to defend their behavior, Cortinas reportedly claimed that she and her husband had allowed the man to rape their daughter because he promised to buy them a new house and van.
MINOT, N.D.—The superintendent and high school principal of the Sawyer Public School System in north-central North Dakota has been charged with three felony counts for having a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old boy. According to Minot police investigators, Charles Soper, 50, who lives in Minot, began contact with the juvenile using Grindr, a smartphone application designed for gays.
GREENWOOD TOWNSHIP, Mich. – Authorities say the bodies of two adults and two children were found in a trailer in a rural area of Michigan’s northeastern Lower Peninsula. Michigan State Police First Lt. Mike Hahn said the bodies discovered Saturday morning were that of a 24-year-old woman, 39-year-old man, and boys who were 2 and 4 […]
GENESEE COUNTY, Michigan – A known sex offender and suspected con man is on the loose. You can help put him behind bars. Michigan State Police Trooper Rick Jones’ office wall is covered with the names and faces of wanted men. Highlighted in yellow, and smack dab in the middle, is his most prized. “He’s one I just cannot find,” Jones said. Michael Rabitaille, 55, is a tier three sex offender absconder who hasn’t registered in the state’s database in more than five years. He was convicted in 1987 for raping a child in Massachusetts and spent more than 20 years in prison.
OREGON CITY, Oregon — A 37-year-old babysitter was arrested Wednesday in the death of a 7-month-old who was in her care earlier this month, Oregon City Police Dept. said. Sarah Elizabeth Martin was arrested around 4:30 p.m. near her mother’s home in Oregon City. She was taken to Clackamas County Jail on first-degree manslaughter charges. She was later released after someone posted the legal minimum of 10% of her $250,000 bail.
JERSEY SHORE, Pennsylvania — A man said he was mimicking a professional wrestling move when he inadvertently slammed his girlfriend’s toddler to the floor, causing head injuries that killed the boy, police said. Brandon Hoffman, 20, was charged Wednesday with involuntary manslaughter, endangering the welfare of a child, aggravated assault and other offenses in the death of 18-month-old Bryson Shoemaker.
BARTLESVILLE — A 27-year-old Bartlesville woman was arraigned Monday on a charge of child neglect following an investigation into the death of a 3-month-old girl whose lifeless body became food for roaches, according to authorities. Brittany Cherokee Dawn Bell appeared in Washington County District Court via video monitor from the jail. Her bond was set at $10,000, and Associate District Judge Russell Vaclaw scheduled a May 8 hearing.
PHOENIX, Arizona – A teacher at Longview Elementary School in Phoenix is accused of sexual conduct with a 12-year-old student, according to court records. Kenne Michael Worthen, 27, is facing charges of luring a minor for sexual exploitation, child molestation and sexual conduct with a minor. He was arrested at the school on Friday afternoon. The investigation began after the victim’s classmates told a teacher they believed the victim and Worthen were having inappropriate conversations.
A ten-year-old girl in Paraguay who fell pregnant after allegedly being raped by her stepfather has been refused an abortion. The girl was taken to hospital by her mother after complaining about stomach cramps, and doctors found that she was 21 weeks pregnant. Termination is illegal in Paraguay, even in cases of incest and rape, and the girl has instead been moved to a ‘young mothers’ home’, and her mother arrested over the alleged rape.
OREGON CITY, OR – A woman babysitting a 7-month-old infant who suffered a skull fracture while in her care has been arrested and charged with first-degree manslaughter, according to Oregon City police. Sarah Martin, 37, of Oregon City, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday and booked in the Clackamas County Jail.
NEW YORK – The jury in the murder trial of a man accused of kidnapping and killing 6-year-old Etan Patz in 1979 said Wednesday that it is deadlocked, but the judge told them to keep deliberating. The jurors sent a note to the judge saying they have been unable to reach a unanimous decision after 10 days of deliberations in the trial of Pedro Hernandez. The defense argued for a mistrial, saying it was obvious the jury was hung.
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