A Tuscaloosa man who was being sought on child sex charges surrendered today to authorities. Roger Laboric Gladney, 34, is charged with first-degree rape, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12, child abuse and incest. Tuscaloosa police Lt. Teena Richardson said detectives launched a joint investigation with the Department of Human Resources after receiving a complaint of sexual abuse of a minor. READ MORE HERE
Archive for 2016
A former Maryland City youth league soccer coach has been charged with sexually abusing a player on two occasions 4-8 years ago. Eris Murray, from Hanover, has been charged with two counts of second-degree sexual offense, two counts of a third-degree sexual offense, two-counts of a fourth degree sexual-offense, sexual abuse of a minor, second-degree child abuse, two counts of second-degree assault and two counts of sodomy. READ MORE HERE
Jesus Gonzalez, 42, charged with 1st-degree continuous sexual abuse of a child
TEXAS – A veteran police officer has been arrested for molesting his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter and asking the child for racy photos of herself. Jesus Gonzalez, 42, a reserve officer with the Elmendorf Police Department, was taken into custody while dressed in full uniform and armed; he was charged with first-degree continuous sexual abuse of a child. According to an arrest warrant, Gonzalez, who has been working in law enforcement for various local agencies for 18 years, began abusing the girl from September until the week before Christmas. READ MORE HERE
Five key tools to combat trafficking in 2017
With the power of technology and legal clout, many experts agree that 2017 could be the tipping point in the global fight against human trafficking. An estimated 45.8 million people live in some form of slavery across the world, according to the 2016 Global Slavery Index by human rights group Walk Free Foundation. Yet pressure and awareness are now building, big business is starting to lead the way, new laws are being put in place and potentially game-changing technology is available. We asked experts what they see as the five most important tools in the year ahead to tackle the illegal trade in humans that is worth an estimated $150 billion a year – READ MORE HERE
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MICHIGAN – A 25-year old Michigan man sat on his 5-year-old stepdaughter’s chest and stabbed her to death before setting her on fire because she wanted him to get her something to eat, a court heard Thursday. Thomas McClellan, 25, of Holt, ‘snapped’ on Novemeber 1 when Luna Michelle Younger refused to leave his room until he gave her food, Detective Chuck Buckland said in a preliminary hearing in the 55th District Court in Mason. McClellan is then alleged to have covered her body with bed sheets, poured vodka on it, and set it ablaze in the bedroom. READ MORE HERE
Abuse and neglect during childhood are linked to poor mid-adulthood socioeconomic outcomes, with greater risk for those who experienced multiple types of maltreatment, researchers reported. According to findings from a population-based study of 8,076 adults in the U.K., 21% experienced one type of maltreatment and 10% experienced two or more types during childhood, wrote Snehal M. Pinto Pereira, PhD, of the University College London Institute of Child Health, and colleagues in Pediatrics. READ MORE HERE
PENNSYLVANIA – An infant died of starvation days after her parents died from apparent heroin overdoses. Jason Chambers, 27, his girlfriend Chelsea Cardaro, 19, and their five-month-old baby Summer were all found dead in their Kernville, Pennsylvania home on Thursday. Coroner Jeffrey Lees said the parents died about a week before their bodies were found Thursday. He said autopsies Friday confirmed that the infant died several days later from dehydration and starvation. READ MORE HERE
COLORADO – The death of a Colorado woman and her two young sons found with gunshot wounds inside a van in a Lone Tree parking lot last month was officially declared a murder-suicide late last week. The designation was made by Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann, who determined Adam and Ethan Laber died of homicide by gunshot wounds and their mother, Jennifer Laber, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. READ MORE HERE
MANISTEE, Michigan — A 42-year-old woman is in jail on several charges ranging from illegal entry to assault with the intent to commit murder. Angela Marie Montney was arrested on Tuesday, 10 days after police were called to her apartment on the report of a woman covered in blood outside of 188 Lincoln Street in Manistee. Once on scene, police found Montney with multiple self-inflicted injuries from a sharp object and her 8-month-old daughter who was covered in blood. She had also sustained injuries from a sharp object. READ MORE HERE
PALISADE, Minnesota – A man is accused of killing his infant daughter by throwing her 12-feet into the air and across his kitchen. 33-year-old John Peterson of Palisade, Minnesota is charged with second-degree murder in the November 18th death of his 5-week-old newborn baby girl, who authorities say suffered head injuries including a skull fracture. According to the criminal charges, authorities were called to the child’s home on the 500 block of Main Street (Aitkin County) after the mother said the girl was having trouble breathing. READ MORE HERE
A sneaky pedophile who posed as a 15-year-old girl to have cyber sex with children was caught after the FBI took control of his favorite abuse website on the dark web, a court heard. Recluse Alex Glover, 25, posed as ‘Jess‘ to access an international online chat-room used by youngsters where he engaged in explicit sexual chats at least ten times. He also downloaded sickening images and videos of children as young as two being abused, the Old Bailey heard. Glover’s interest in innocent children was exposed when the FBI took control of the hidden website, which was used to distribute child pornography around the world. READ MORE HERE
Vindication for victims and closure for victims’ families are often held out as primary reasons for supporting the death penalty. However, many people in this community believe that another killing would not bring closure and that the death penalty is a disservice to victims. READ MORE HERE
KANSAS CITY, Missouri — The Missouri Supreme Court will decide on whether the case against Aaron Fisher, who admitted to raping his infant daughter in Miller County, was rightfully dismissed. Cole County Circuit Judge Patricia Joyce ruled in late-2015 that Fisher’s constitutional right to a speedy trial had been violated, following approximately six years of legal wrangling. Joyce dismissed the rape charges against Fisher, whose daughter was only 6-months old when he confessed to raping and assaulting her. READ MORE HERE
Editor’s note: The following account is based on a true story involving dozens of police reports, court documents and testimony spanning nearly 20 years. The details and events described throughout this article, including recollections of specific situations, are derived from these records.
Avelino Tamala’s green Ford Bronco cut through the crisp desert night, headlights revealing glimpses of scattered creosote bushes along the shoulders of State Route 238. He knew the sparsely traveled highway southwest of Phoenix from his days as a patrol deputy with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, before he became a detective. READ MORE HERE
A father has been found guilty of murdering his 7-month-old son by inflicting ‘frankly obscene’ injuries. Kane Kennedy, 20, was said to bad-tempered when he could not get ahold of marijuana to smoke. Preston Crown Court heard he forcibly grabbed hold of Oskar Jobey-Kennedy’s testicles, by either gripping, pinching or twisting them, and then pushed his fingers down the throat of the defenseless baby. READ MORE HERE
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OWASSO, Oklahoma – Two adults have been arrested in what nurses described as “the worst case of child abuse they have ever seen.” On Saturday, the parents, 25-year-old Kevin Fowler and 24-year-old Aislyn Miller, were arrested on child abuse charges. Police in Owasso, Oklahoma were called to a local urgent care Friday evening to investigate reports of child abuse. When authorities arrived, nurses were working on two victims, who were described as twin infants. READ MORE HERE
Mother was convinced her the infant was a devil
A mother murdered her 6-week-old infant because she thought it was a ‘devil’, a court has been told. The 26-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, moved from Senegal, Africa to Wallsend, Newcastle last year with her elder daughter to reunite with her husband. The mother suffered from a rare mental illness known as Capgras delusion, which caused her to slit her child’s throat last July. READ MORE HERE
One of the most common fears among adults who were abused as a child is the fear of being an abusive parent themselves. They have heard it said time and again that children who were abused often grow up to be abusers themselves, and though it would be misleading to say this never happens, it doesn’t need to be the case and often isn’t true at all. If you were among the tens of thousands of young adults who was abused, physically, emotionally or even sexually as a child, here is some information that might interest you. Before writing off having kids of your own, know this.
Not All Abused Children Grow Up to Be Abusers
Oddly, whenever a story surfaces about a child who has been abused, the first thing people say is that the offending adult must have been abused as a child. Sometimes this is the case but not always. According to cureviolence.org, their research indicates that approximately 1/3 of those who were abused as a child will carry on the tendency based on their personal history. This means that 2/3 of abused children grow up to be a perfectly ‘normal’ parent with no tendencies towards abuse as an adult. However, how can you know which group you fall within until you have children? Is it safe to become a parent now knowing?
The Best Place to Find Your Answers
There are people who specialize in counseling adults who were abused as a child, and although you might simply consult with a psychologist, social worker or even a psychiatrist, there is someone who might even be better suited to finding the answers you seek. Believe it or not, a counselor with a masters criminal justice dual major who is now working as a criminologist would probably be your best bet. The reason for this is because they are not only trained in psychology but are also expert in criminology, or in plain English, the study of the criminal mind. And, yes, child abuse is a crime and it takes a criminal mind to perpetrate horrors such as child abuse.
Why a Major in Criminal Justice?
You may be confused because most of us equate a degree in criminal justice with the legal system. We think of a criminal justice masters program from top ranked schools like Boston University Metropolitan College as preparing students to rise within the ranks of police departments or within the legal profession, but many psych undergrads go on to major in criminal justice to offer a better foundation in criminal psychology. Many counselors see the need to study how the criminal mind works, patterns of behavior, social causes and societal demographics that lead to being an abuser. These are the counselors, often within the legal system, who deal with the abusers themselves as they re-enter society after incarceration, as well as counseling the victims of abuse.
Because they are trained to spot those triggers more keenly than a counselor with a general psych degree, they would be best equipped to help you determine if you are prone to being an abuser and if so, how to get the treatment and therapy necessary so that the pattern stops here and now in your generation.
Justin Harris sentenced to life for son’s death
A judge has sentenced suburban Atlanta father Justin Ross Harris to life in prison without parole for the murder of his 22-month-old son, Cooper, who died in 2014 after Harris left him in a hot car for seven hours while he went to work. READ MORE HERE
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