PORTSMOUTH — Police in New Hampshire are calling it a horrific crime and have arrested two teenagers in connection with a rape case involving a brain-damaged child. “This is a case where they need to be brought to justice and answer for what they did,” explained Portsmouth Deputy Chief Corey MacDonald. Vincent Pittore, 18, of Derry, New Hampshire is accused of raping a young girl twice. He’s charged with two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. READ MORE HERE
Archive for January, 2014
Sexual abuse of children by teachers or other public school employees is likely underestimated because of a patchwork reporting system and involvement of numerous local, state and federal agencies in investigating such claims, according to a new government report obtained exclusively by NBC News. The report by the Government Accountability Office, released Thursday, raises numerous questions about how closely public schools are following federal requirements for mandatory reporting of child sexual abuse allegations or suspicions involving the public school employees who oversee the 50 million children enrolled in the nation’s public K-12 schools. The report also raises doubts about the accuracy of the data on the scope of the problem. READ MORE HERE
Man killed his children when he realized he didn’t have car seats to take them with him after he killed his wife
A New York man charged with murder in the stabbing deaths of his wife and their two toddlers only killed the children because he didn’t have car seats to take the pair with him. Miguel Mejia-Ramos, 29, was placed on suicide watch after being arraigned Friday. Prosecutors say he told investigators he killed his children because he didn’t have car seats to take them on the lam. READ MORE HERE
PLANO, Texas – A 25-year-old Texas woman is charged with capital murder in the death of her boyfriend’s 2-year-old daughter. Grace Ford, who would have turned 3 next month, was found dead with duct tape over her mouth inside her father’s apartment on January 9. The father’s girlfriend, 25-year-old Melinda Muniz, was also inside the apartment. Police found her on the floor, also with duct tape on her mouth and her pants pulled down, according to the station. READ MORE HERE
Raul Ochoa of Richmond is accused of keeping the girl as a sex slave from the age of 12 until she escaped aged 27
This is the horrifying image of a grimy shack which a young girl was forced to build before being held in it as a sex slave for 15 years. The woman, who has not been identified, was repeatedly raped and brutally controlled from the age of 12 by a male relative who kept her imprisoned in the plywood shed with a single mattress at a home in Richmond, California. Raul Ochoa, 52, was convicted on Wednesday after pleading guilty to one count of forced lewd acts on a child and two counts of forcible rape. As part of a plea deal, he will be formally sentenced to 22 years in state prison next month. READ MORE HERE
Three children have been rescued from a home in Tennessee after being found locked in bedrooms with portable toilets. The two girls, aged 12 and 17, and a 14-year-old boy were only allowed to leave to go to school, the Tipton County Sheriff’s Office reported on Friday. The children had been held this way for six months in order to ‘discipline them’. The girls were locked in a room with the windows screwed shut and a portable toilet at the home in Covington. The teenage boy was held in a separate shed with no heating, electricity or running water. READ MORE HERE
The University of Missouri has been accused of ignoring the alleged rape of a star swimmer by at least one member of its football team – and the student later committed suicide. According to a 16-month long investigation by ESPN’s ‘Outside the Lines,’ staff at the school first learned about the alleged February 2010 incident after Canadian-born Sasha Menu Courey recounted her harrowing experience to a rape crisis counselor during an online chat conversation and a campus therapist in December that year. READ MORE HERE
Super Bowl Is Single Largest Human Trafficking Incident In U.S.
When it came time for the Super Bowl, Clemmie Greenlee was expected to sleep with anywhere from 25 to 50 men a day. It’s a staggering figure, but it doesn’t shock advocates who say that the sporting event attracts more traffickers than any other in the U.S. “The Super Bowl is the greatest show on Earth, but it also has an ugly underbelly,”Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott told USA Today in 2011 when his state was gearing up to host the event. “It’s commonly known as the single largest human trafficking incident in the United States.” The influx of fans fosters the optimal breeding ground for pimps looking to boost their profits. Experts say that the sheer number of men looking to pay for sex substantially increases demand and the massive crowds allow for pimps and victims to essentially go unnoticed. READ MORE HERE
UPDATE 1/31/14: Donald Francis McLeod was finally apprehended in St. Clair County, MI!! We are personally working with the victim’s mother to help get justice!!
MICHIGAN FUGITIVE: DONALD FRANCIS MCLEOD
The Port Huron Police department is looking for a suspect who allegedly sexually abused a girl over the course of several years. Lt. Duane Loxton said the allegations were reported in July and officers have been investigating Donald Francis McLeod since. McLeod is wanted on three counts of criminal sexual conduct first-degree, delivery of controlled substance to a minor and as four time habitual offender. READ MORE HERE
Anyone with information about McLeod or any other crimes is asked to call CAPTURE at (810) 987-6688 or by going to www.porthuronpolice.org. A reward of up to $1,000 is available if an arrested is made based on your tip.
A Canberra serial child molester has been sentenced to seven-and-a-half years in jail for the public rape of a three-year-old girl and the racially motivated bashing of his neighbor. In September 2013, Shane Williams, 40, from Campbell was making his way to a police station for his annual sex offender check-in when he decided to stop at the Belconnen Library to use the toilets. He was browsing the books inside when a three-year-old girl wandered over to him and said hello. Williams encouraged her to sit on the floor with him and removed both her pants and his own trousers, before sexually assaulting her. READ MORE HERE
Two-thirds of those raped in Liberia in 2013 were children, the government of the West African country says. The Liberian Ministry of Gender and Development said in a statement on Tuesday that 65 percent of the 1,002 rape cases reported last year were between three and 14, AFP reported. The statement also revealed that ten under-14 children also died by injuries after being raped. “As a result of rape, 10 children from eight counties between the ages of three and 14 died during the year 2013. In some of the cases the perpetrators are still at large,” said the ministry. READ MORE HERE
A woman convicted of child abuse is now free from jail. She served less than a year of her sentence. A judge made the decision this morning. Our FOX23 crew talked to the father of one of the victims in the case. The woman was sentenced to 15 years in the Department of Corrections, but according to court documents, Meredith Howard is now out after only serving 10 months. It’s a story FOX23 has been following since 2010. Meredith Howard was convicted of two counts of child abuse. “One of the counts involved her breaking the femur bone of a 9-month-old baby,” said Tulsa County district attorney Sarah McAmis. The other was an assault on a 19-month-old. “The baby required immediate surgery and literally almost died on the way to the hospital,” said McAmis. READ MORE HERE
Children were forced to eat their own vomit and put soiled bed sheets on their heads as punishment at care homes run by nuns, the largest public inquiry into institutional child abuse was told. The investigation into the behavior of Catholic nuns from the Sisters of Nazareth children’s homes in Londonderry, Northern Ireland, heard children were also forced to bathe in disinfectant and were beaten for wetting the bed. In a harsh regime where the youngsters were known by numbers rather than their names, many were subjected to humiliation, threats and physical abuse, counsel to the Historical Institutional Abuse Inquiry, Christine Smith QC said. READ MORE HERE
Suicide note revealed how childhood molestation drew him to vile images
The suicide note left by a former Senate chief of staff who killed himself after being charged with child porn posession has been revealed and makes allegations about his own history of sexual abuse. Jesse Ryan Loskarn’s body was found on Thursday in his family’s Maryland home where he was ordered to stay while out on bail before his trial for the child pornography charges. His mother typed up the note and posted it on a dedicated website in its entirety on Monday night. Loskarn, 35, wrote of ‘my deepest, darkest secret’ and told how he was abused between the ages of five and nine years old. He went on to explain that because of said abuse, he ‘saw’ himself in the pictures of the children being sexually abused in the pornography. READ MORE HERE
MORGANTOWN — A West Virginia teenager pleaded guilty to a first-degree murder charge Friday in the stabbing death of her one-time best friend. Shelia Eddy entered into a plea agreement Friday in Monongalia County Circuit Court in the July 2012 death of 16-year-old Skylar Neese. Eddy’s trial was scheduled to start next week. Under the agreement, prosecutors agreed to recommend mercy, meaning that the 18-year-old Morgantown woman would be eligible for parole after serving 15 years. In return for Eddy’s plea, a kidnapping charge and two counts of conspiracy will be dropped. READ MORE HERE
PITTSBURGH — The FBI and federal prosecutors were reviewing allegations against a college student from Russia who has been charged with possessing bomb-making and marijuana-growing materials, though police acknowledge the suspect told them he wasn’t planning on “blowing anything up.” No federal charges had been filed against Vladislav Miftakhov by early Monday. The 18-year-old was arraigned Saturday on state court charges filed after Altoona police said they found bomb materials in his rented room near the Penn State-Altoona campus, about 85 miles east of Pittsburgh. On Monday, Miftakhov was in the Blair County Prison, unable to post $500,000 bond. READ MORE HERE
Sunday mornings are filled with praise and worship in church buildings across the South, but when one grandmother began to jingle her keys to leave her home and go to her place of worship there were three little black grandchildren who began to shake with fear and trembling. That’s because Johnnetta McSwain and her sister and male cousin were forced to endure severe child incestand abuse by three older male cousins while their mother’s mother went off to church. And on Jan. 25, in a phone conversation with this past abuse victim, the Atlanta Top News Examiner learned why other children who suffer such abuse ask this question of McSwain when she goes to tell them how she overcame her victimization: How can you believe and talk about God when he allowed this to happen to you and to me? READ MORE HERE
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Libya’s Colonel Gaddafi raped girls – and boys – as young as 14
It has been more than two years since the capture and death of Muammar Gaddafi, the Libyan dictator whose reign subjected an impoverished people to four decades of murder and terror. When the bedraggled former leader was hauled out of a drainpipe and shot in October 2011, his death ended the bloody Nato-led civil war that had ravaged the country since the start of that year. The full horror of his brutality has been slow to emerge, with many Libyans still fearing retaliation by those who continue to be loyal to their late leader. But it can now be revealed that the most heartbreaking of Gaddafi’s victims include hundreds, possibly thousands of teenage girls who, throughout his 42-year reign, were beaten, raped and forced to become his sex slaves. READ MORE HERE
Fred Talbot charged with 10 sex offences against five boys – including three who were under 16
TV weatherman Fred Talbot has been charged with a string of offences following investigations into historic sexual abuse claims. The 64-year-old was today charged with 10 sexual offences dating back to his time as a teacher at Altrincham Grammar School for Boys and at a school in Tyne and Wear during the 1970s and 1980s. A spokesman for Greater Manchester Police said today’s charges related to the sexual abuse of five victims, three of whom were under 16 at the time. READ MORE HERE
Riverside Police Seek Public’s Help in Search for 2 Missing Girls
Riverside police asked for the public’s help Monday in locating two missing girls who were believed to have run away. Raylynn Bolt, 12, and Diana Tourdot, 14, were initially reported as having last been seen late Saturday night around midnight at Tourdot’s house, according to a news release from the Riverside Police Department. “The girls are friends and one was spending the night at the other’s home,” authorities stated in the release. “Extensive efforts have been made by police, family and friends to locate the two girls with no success.” READ MORE HERE
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