Bill Cosby Loses Appeal In Playboy Mansion Rape Case
Cosby loses appeal, will face sexual assault charge – Bill Cosby’s attempt to avoid facing a sexual assault charge was ended Monday by a Pennsylvania appeals court. The entertainer, who claimed that an old deal with prosecutors not to charge him in the 2004 case should be honored, will now be criminally prosecuted. Cosby, 78, is facing trial over a 2004 encounter at his home with a then Temple University employee who says she was drugged and molested by the comedian. Cosby says they engaged in consensual sex acts. READ MORE HERE
Child allegedly raped by his father and forced to have sex with mother
A child who was allegedly raped by his father and forced to have sex with his mother showed disturbing behavior in school such as biting and spitting, a trial has heard. The 12-year-old boy has now concluded his evidence at the Central Criminal Court after spending nearly two weeks testifying via video-link about various abuses he allegedly suffered in the family home in Waterford including being raped with a hot poker and having a gun held to his head. READ MORE HERE
WISCONSIN – A teacher’s aide in Milwaukee was charged with the physical abuse of a child after he was captured on camera attacking a high school student while calling him a ‘n***er’ and ‘little motherf***er’. Jasmine Pennix, 39, was fired from Bay View High School in Wisconsin, where several boys were ‘ripping on each other’ in biology class on Wednesday morning, according to a criminal complaint. Pennix got into an argument with a 14-year-old boy, and now faces up to six years in jail along with a $10,000 fine if he is found guilty. READ MORE HERE
Two men allegedly approached the girl at Freshwater Beach about 3pm on Thursday
SYDNEY – A 12-year-old girl has been raped by two men who took her from one of Sydney’s northern beaches, police say. It’s alleged the girl was approached at Freshwater Beach on Thursday afternoon by the 25- and 22-year-olds. The pair were then said to have driven her five minutes up the road to Brookvale, where they both allegedly sexually assaulted her. READ MORE HERE
Ex-student arrived at school prom with rifle and opened fire before being killed by cops
WISCONSIN – A teenage gunman was shot dead by police officers after he opened fire with a high-powered rifle outside a high school prom, injuring a couple of students, authorities said. Jackob E. Wagner, 18, arrived at Antigo High School in Antigo, Wisconsin, at around 11pm on Saturday night and started firing at the pair, a male and a female, at the school’s entrance as they left the building. Antigo Police Chief Eric Roller said several police officers were at the scene providing security for the event and quickly stopped the threat by shooting the suspect. READ MORE HERE
The PI hired by John and Patsy Ramsey claims it was Michael Helgoth
It has been almost 20-years since the body of JonBenet Ramsey was found in the basement of her family home in Boulder, Colorado, and the private investigator hired by her parents to find the person or persons responsible for her death is now revealing who he believes killed the child beauty queen. Ollie Gray, who continued to investigate the murder case even after he stopped working for the Ramseys, claims that the child’s killer was a local 26-year-old male whose family owned a junkyard – Michael Helgoth. ‘Based on what we know now, I believe Helgoth and his accomplices committed the crime.’ said Gray. That opinion was backed up by John Kenady, a man who used to work for Helgoth, stating ‘There was a tape recording made by Helgoth. And in it, he said he killed JonBenet.’ Kenady also claims that someone close to Helgoth still has the tape, which was overlooked by police during the investigation. READ MORE HERE
SEMINOLE, Oklahoma — A missing child alert was issued in late April 2006 for Colton Clark of Seminole. He was 9 at the time of his disappearance. A man and woman, Colton’s aunt and uncle, who were arrested last Friday in connection with the disappearance of a Seminole boy in 2006 are expected to face multiple charges, including first-degree murder. Court documents show that James Rex Clark and Rebecca Faith Clark are expected to be charged with first-degree murder/death of a child by injuring, torturing or maiming, abuse of a minor child, child neglect and conspiracy to commit a felony. READ MORE HERE
Mathematics tutor Quy Huy Hoang enjoyed such confidence from the Sydney families who hired him that they referred their friends for lessons, and installed locks and blinds at his urging. But out of sight, the ‘monster’ was haunting the children he was entrusted with teaching. The 68-year-old showed no visible emotion in the dock of Sydney District Court on Friday as he was handed a 24-year jail term for sexual crimes against five children to whom he gave private lessons between 2007 and 2014. His victims were aged as young as three and were subjected to a barrage of meticulously planned sexual and indecent assaults. READ MORE HERE
TEXAS – A Texas man is accused of raping a six-year-old female relative and videotaping the sexual abuse while his wife failed to report the incidents, police said. Jeramy Inez Sanchez, 28, was arrested on Tuesday in Odessa and charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first degree felony. His wife, Ruth Campos Sanchez, 30, was charged with endangering a child, a state jail felony, after allegedly not reporting the abuse, police said. Police first learned of the alleged abuse on Tuesday after the six-year-old girl started asking students in her class if they ‘wanted to have sex like boyfriends and girlfriends’. READ MORE HERE
GEORGIA – A Jasper County mother says if she didn’t allow her 5-year-old’s principal to paddle him, the school would have suspended him. That suspension would have put Shana Marie Perez back in jail for truancy, she said Wednesday. Perez said she was arrested two weeks ago on truancy charges, booked into jail and then released. If her son missed any more school, she said she thought she’d go to jail. On Wednesday, Perez posted a video to Facebook showing Edge and Assistant Principal Lynn McElheney preparing to paddle the boy. READ MORE HERE
Protection expert gives tips on best way to fight, stay alive
Montgomery Texas Police Chief Jim Napolitano, a former Secret Service agent to four different presidents, is an expert in protection and security. With his advice and the help of child and adult actors, News 6 set out to teach parents exactly, step by step, what you need to do to escape from a child abductor in four typical scenarios.
Scenario No. 1: A predator approaches a child at the playground. There are others around, but the attacker snatches the child quickly.
What do you do?
Napolitano says two things:
1. Scream as loud and fast as you can to attract attention
2. Fight, punch, kick and claw
“They have to fight,” he said. “Fight with everything they have inside of them to get away from this person that wants to do them harm.”
A British woman has been sentenced to life in prison for murdering her 21-month-old daughter. “My daughter’s not breathing …” Kathryn Smith told emergency services. “Right, OK. How old is your daughter?” an emergency responder asked. “She’s nearly 2,” Smith said. READ MORE HERE
Dreamcatchers for Abused Children is proud to introduce Mike Pistorino to their Nonprofit Advisory Board. Our Advisory Board does not have any formal legal responsibilities. Rather, it is convened by the organization to effectively give advice and support and consists of volunteer child abuse advocates and mentors. A true Advisory Board is exactly that: advisory. It is distinct from the actual governing board of directors, and has no authority other than what is granted to it by the governing board. Its sole purpose is to provide critical feedback of our nonprofit’s activities and offer guidance concerning anything to do with our mission and advocacy work. Mr. Pistorino is a powerhouse in the child abuse field and we are honored to have this partnership with him!!
Mike Pistorino Survivor, Public Speaker, Activist against Child Sexual Abuse
Mike Pistorino is a thriving survivor of childhood sexual abuse who is using his voice to empower survivors everywhere and stop sexual violence. Growing up in the Bronx, Mike was neglected by family as a young boy and taken in by a neighbor, who raped him repeatedly for years. Trapped by the abuse and the rage it created within him, Mike turned to drugs, which led him to homelessness, crime, jail, and eventually federal prison. As an adult, he successfully completed rehab and was finally able to get help for the sexual abuse he had suffered as a child.
Today, Mike is the vice president of a multi-million dollar distribution business in Cleveland, Ohio, a marathoner, and married father of three. He is an outspoken champion for survivors, an unapologetic activist for the prevention of child sexual abuse, and a prolific public speaker. Mike is a member of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network Speaker’s Bureau, and the Cleveland Rape Crisis Center’s Speaker’s Bureau. Mike’s story has been featured as part of the Bristlecone Project through 1in6.org. Mike serves on the board of directors of Reinventing the Cycle, a nonprofit organization in Cleveland dedicated to empowering children to recognize and stop sexual abuse.
With powerful, unparalleled honesty and enthusiasm, Mike shares his story with audiences nationally and internationally, inspiring all who hear him to be champions for change in their own lives and communities. Mike’s unforgettable message has helped organizations raise thousands of dollars, has inspired new policies regarding sexual abuse prevention, and has motivated countless survivors to seek help.
A powerful model of strength, courage, and resilience, Mike is dedicated to speaking out and sharing his story so that no other child suffers like he did.
Serial child rapist sentenced to 100 years in prison
Flathead District Court Judge Robert Allison on Thursday granted a serial child rapist’s request to be sent to prison for the rest of his life. Jason Dean Franks, 46, of Kalispell was sentenced to 100 years in prison for raping an 11-year-old girl in March 2007 at her father’s home. Franks can only be paroled if he agrees to complete two sex offender treatment programs that require him to admit guilt and agrees to take drugs that reduce his sex drive. READ MORE HERE
A Florida mom and her infant son nearly died because she forgot to push a button. “To see my son in my arms, passed out from the lack of oxygen was a moment that I would never wish on anyone,” said Constance Petot. First responders told her that another 20 minutes of carbon monoxide poisoning and she and 13-month-old Parker and “it would have been over.” Petot is one of at least 60 U.S. drivers who have parked cars with keyless ignitions in their garages, only to forget to push a button and turn the vehicles off. She survived the effects of car exhaust seeping into her home, but not everyone is so lucky. At least 21 people have died. READ MORE HERE
EAST PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania — Police say a Pennsylvania woman tortured her 2-year-old son with at least 15 cigarette burns while her boyfriend watched and laughed. Police have jailed 19-year-old Anna Russell and 25-year-old Enrique Soto on charges including aggravated assault and conspiracy. READ MORE HERE
CHICAGO, Illinois — At least four people have made “credible allegations of sexual abuse” against former House Speaker Dennis Hastert, the Chicago Tribune reported Thursday, citing unidentified law enforcement sources. The newspaper said all of the accusers are men whose allegations stem from when they were teenagers and Hastert was their high school coach in Yorkville, southwest of Chicago. One of the accusers is a relative of one of Hastert’s friends and was a student leader at the school in the 1970s, according to the paper. READ MORE HERE
LOS ANGELES, CA — Prosecutors charged four Los Angeles County social workers with child abuse, saying they were so negligent in handling the case of an 8-year-old boy, Gabriel Fernandez, of Palmdale, CA, who died of gruesome, multiple injuries that just like his abusers they were criminally responsible. The four, who include two supervisors, also were charged with falsifying public records. The Department of Children and Family Services said Thursday all four were fired last year after an internal investigation into the 2013 death. READ MORE HERE
Prosecutors handed file connecting him to murder of 13-year-old Genette Tate in Devon. A file linking serial child killer Robert Black to the murder of a schoolgirl has been submitted to prosecutors. The Scottish-born sex attacker died in non-suspicious circumstances in Maghaberry high security jail in Northern Ireland in January, aged 68. He was serving multiple life sentences for the murders of four schoolgirls in the 1980s and a number of other crimes. READ MORE HERE
A Waterford man and woman sexually abused and exploited their son when he was aged between five and nine it has been alleged at the Central Criminal Court. The father of the boy is also accused of raping him, including with a poker, over the four year period. The parents deny the charges and stated that the boy was a “difficult child” who had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and behavioral problems. READ MORE HERE
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