PRINCETON, West Virginia — A Bluefield man has been sentenced to up to 950 years in prison on sex charges involving children. WVVA-TV reported that 57-year-old James Irvin received a sentence of 235 to 950 years on Monday in Mercer County Circuit Court. A Mercer County jury convicted Irvin on 30 counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse in October. READ MORE HERE
Archive for the ‘Child Abuse Headlines’ Category
The Russian parliament has approved a law on pedophilia in a first reading. From now on people found guilty of sex crimes against children under the age of 14 will face chemical castration, while repeat offenders face a life sentence. According to the new law, the decision on a convict’s obligatory chemical castration will be made through a forensic psychiatrist’s report requested by the court, which may ultimately turn to other medical measures, MP Dmitry Vyatkin explained to Itar-TASS. READ MORE HERE
Cody police arrested Jason Nichols, 39, of Mount Vernon, Wash., on four counts of first-degree rape of a child. The arrest at a Cody apartment was the result of an outstanding warrant from Skagit County, Wash. Police and marshals arrested Nichols without incident about 8:15 a.m. Nov. 27. The police assisted with the arrest after the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force was informed Nichols and his family might be living in the Big Horn Basin. READ MORE HERE
A Florida woman is accused of using a stun gun on her three-year-old nephew. But the woman and her family are denying the charges and claiming the incident was a misunderstanding. Ramona Braswell, 30, of St Petersburg, Florida was arrested and charged with felony child abuse Saturday after police responded to a 911 call from her sister, Karen Braswell, saying Ramona had used a Taser on her son. READ MORE HERE
25-year-old Jessica Bell from Oak Creek, Wisconsin, has been sentenced to seven years in prison due to the role she played in making pornographic films featuring her young son. The seven year sentence is only for a charge of possession of child pornography, but Bell still faces 10 additional felony counts for the actual acts against the boy, who was around 2 years old at the time the videos were made. Bell is expected to enter a guilty plea for those 10 felony counts in January. READ MORE HERE
A 12-year-old girl in Tennessee was saved from a life a forced prostitution when her father tracked down and beat her alleged pimp with a baseball bat. The girls father told police that Brian Jones (pictured) had already forced his daughter to have sex with several men inside Jones’ Memphis apartment. Police documents indicate that the father’s attack occurred after Jones initially refused to give the girl up. READ MORE HERE
When paramedics found 3-year-old Charlie Brame at her Orlando home Sunday, she had bruises on her back and head, signs of sexual abuse and she could barely breathe. Doctors later found swelling on her scalp and blood pooling in her skull, an Orlando Police Department report said. Police say the girl was brutally raped and beaten before she was transported to Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children where she died Monday. An autopsy will be conducted to determine the official cause of her death. READ MORE HERE
MICHIGAN – A kindergarten teacher in Brownstown Township is accused of intentionally touching a 4-year-old student’s “private area,” according to the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office. John Guthrie, 40, is charged with criminal sexual conduct second degree. He was arraigned this week and was given a $10,000 personal bond with a GPS tether. Guthrie had been teaching kindergarten at Wegienka Elementary School. He was suspended when the allegations first surfaced then stopped getting paid when the charges were brought against him. READ MORE HERE
FLORIDA – In a recent string of ugly incidents in high school sports, Wednesday’s news of an alleged gang rape by a group of Florida high school football players is perhaps the most disturbing. Police arrested six Winter Springs High School (Winter Springs, Fla.) teens in connection with the alleged rape of a student that took place in the woods near their school last week. The student-athletes, all football players, have been charged with sexual battery and false imprisonment after they allegedly pulled the 16-year-old victim into the woods and raped her. Those arrested on Wednesday were identified as Tywuan Johnson, 17, Torreano Batton, 18, Jose Sims, 17, Deoante Steward, 17, Tolbert Alexander, 16, and Marquis Pierre, 16. While all but one are minors, the alleged perpetrators’ names have been released in accordance with Florida law that allows it when the minors are charged with a felony. READ MORE HERE
An 11-year-old Colombian girl is in critical condition after one of more than 100 cocaine capsules her father had made her swallow as part of a drug mule operation, burst in her stomach. That’s according to a report from Mail Online. The girl was rushed to the hospital in Santiago de Cali, Colombia, where doctors removed nearly 1.2lbs of cocaine during surgery. According to the report, 104 capsules of cocaine were removed during the surgery. READ MORE HERE
(CNN) — It seems lately as if every day brings another allegation that further dismantles Bill Cosby’s image as the jovial, pudding-loving patriarch whose family-friendly brand of comedy tickled successive generations. Though the star has vehemently denied most of the accusations that he drugged and sexually assaulted young women seeking career guidance, the stories are taking their toll on his reputation and bankroll. The stories of Cosby’s purported misdeeds have been around for about a decade, but they recently got new life when a comedian took aim at him and a social media stunt inviting fans to meme the comic went awry. READ MORE HERE
THE WOMEN WHO SAY THEY WERE ASSAULTED BY COSBY
1) Andrea Constand – A Temple University employee, she claimed in 2006 that Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted her in his Philadelphia-area mansion two years earlier. Cosby eventually settled this suit out of court as the prosecution said they had 13 Jane Does who would testify Cosby did the same to them in the past.
2) Barbara Bowman – Bowman told MailOnline that Cosby raped and drugged her back in 1985 when she was a 17-year-old aspiring actress. Bowman was one of the 13 Jane Does in the 2006 trial against Cosby.
3) Joan Tarshis – Tarshis claimed that she was just 19-years-old when Cosby drugged and raped her twice in Hollywood back in 1969 while she was working as a writer for him.
4) Janice Dickinson – The supermodel said in an interview that Cosby asked her to come to Lake Tahoe and talk about a television role in 1982, but ended up drugging and raping her.
5) Tamara Green – Green, who first came forward in 2005 told MailOnline that she was an aspiring actress in the 1970s when Cosby gave her pills and pretended to care for her while she had the flu, but instead sexually assaulted her.
6) Therese Serignese – Also one of the 13 Jane Does, she says she was 19 when Cosby drugged and raped her in Las Vegas after one of his shows.
7) Louisa Moritz - She accused Cosby of sexual assault, saying he once forced her into oral sex, backstage at The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson in 1971, and implied he would further her career if she went through with it.
8) Linda Joy Traitz – She said earlier this week that she was just 19 when Cosby drove her out to a beach and tried to get her to take pills to relax, before becoming ‘sexually aggressive’. Traitz, of Hallandale Beach, Florida, has been charged in the past with trafficking pills. Cosby’s attorney, Marty Singer, is trying to use Traitz’s past to discredit her claims against his client.
9) Beth Ferrier – Beth Ferrier claims she had relationship with Cosby in the mid-1980s. She claims that she awoke in her car with her clothes in disarray and not remembering what had happened. Ferrier has claimed that he drugged her coffee.
10) Carla Ferrigno – The wife of Incredible Hulk star Lou Ferrigno, claims Cosby tried to sexually assault her during a gathering at his house in 1967. What’s more, Cosby allegedly tried to use a friend to help court Ferrigno, and allegedly made his move on the former Playboy Bunny just moments after his own wife, Camille, left the room.
11) Angela Leslie - The former model-actress claims that Cosby forced her to masturbate him in his Vegas hotel suite after giving her a strong drink in 1992.
12) Renita Chainey Hill – The 47-year-old mother-of-three who met Cosby when she was offered a role on Picture Pages in Pittsburgh claimed he would fly her to different cities around the United States and drug her during a four-year relationship.
13) Lachele Covington – Covington, an actress who was 20 at the time, filed a police report alleging that Cosby pushed her hand toward his penis after inviting her to his New York home on Jan. 25, 2000 to give her career advice. The New York Postreported that authorities “decided no crime had been committed because until the very moment Covington pulled her hand away, all actions had been consensual.” A Cosby spokesperson called the story “not true.”
An Idaho man man used a shotgun to kill his longtime girlfriend and one of her five children before using the same weapon to kill himself, a preliminary investigation shows. Twin Falls County Prosecutor Grant Loebs says autopsy reports have not been finalized from the Nov. 15 deaths but the early investigation has found only the single weapon. Police say 36-year-old George Salinas likely killed 38-year-old LeAnn Schuldies and her 17-year-old daughter, Brianna Cox, before ending his life.Their bodies were found in a Twin Falls County home. Four other children, ages 6, 7, 9 and 13 survived. They’re believed to be Salinas’ children with Schuldies. READ MORE HERE
A woman cut off her three-year-old nephew’s penis after flying into a rage because he walked in on her using the toilet. Xue Paan, 37, now faces jail time following her sadistic punishment of her nephew Qiang Qiang, who she was looking after while his mother visited a neighbor in the Henan Province in central China. Xue was reportedly using her phone on the toilet when the toddler walked in and asked if he could play a game on the device. READ MORE HERE
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VIRGINIA — A former Chesterfield baseball coach and business owner was found guilty Wednesday afternoon on a slew of charges involving sex crimes against teens and young adults. A jury of 11 women and one man deliberated for nearly two hours before they found 49-year-old Robert Dodd, who faced 16 child sex-related charges, guilty of:
- 3 counts of Indecent Liberties with A Minor by Custodian
- 3 counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery
- 3 counts of Sodomy
The story of a family distraught over a convicted murderer, released from prison and trying to profit from the death of their loved one drew outrage from hundreds. Irene Avila and her family want to thank viewers for responding so strongly to the story of her daughter Missy. “I never in my wildest imagination thought we had so many people out there that cared about us so much,” she said. Twenty-nine years ago, Missy Avila, 17, was murdered by her friends Laura Doyle and Karen Severson. Her body was found face down in a creek, pinned beneath a heavy log, deep inside the Angeles National Forest. READ MORE HERE
A St Louis woman is going to prison after being sentenced Friday to 78 years for the ‘systematic torture’ of her children. Lakechia Schonta Stanley, 34, admitted to whipping, beating and waterboarding her three children and faced 34 felonies, including counts of assault and endangering the welfare of a child. The abuse came to light in October 2011, when Stanley’s then-10-year-old daughter arrived at school with complaints of pain in her arm. READ MORE HERE
PEACHTREE CORNERS, Georgia — A man and his 23-year-old daughter have been arrested outside Atlanta after the man’s infant daughter starved to death and three other children and a disabled adult were found to be severely malnourished, police said Friday. The man brought his 15-month-old daughter to a hospital late Tuesday night, but she was already dead, Gwinnett County police said in a news release. The girl’s appearance led medical personnel to believe she was mistreated. READ MORE HERE
Kevin Peaslee Sentenced For Shaking Daughter
AUGUSTA, Maine — A Maine man insisted he is not a violent person, as he was sentenced Friday to seven years in prison for shaking his 6-month-old daughter so forcefully it left her brain damaged, a quadriplegic and unable to see or hear. The baby, now in foster care, must be fed through a tube and is expected to die prematurely. Kevin Peaslee, 22, told the judge his daughter had been extra fussy that December day because she had received shots the previous day. He was home alone with her and playing a video game, according to court documents. READ MORE HERE
190 alleged pedophiles and their IP addresses have been revealed by Anonymous. The pedophiles were gathered from a site that is invisible to everyday web users. The site is called ‘Darknet’. Regular posters were tricked into downloading tracker software, enabling Anonymous to ‘out’ the criminal activity involving child pornography. Anonymous activated ‘Operation Darknet’ to campaign against the child porn groups; gaining a large community support in light of law enforcement criticism. It was also commented upon that ‘…there also was a large amount of resistance from the pedophile community claiming that Tor was their safe haven with messages such as: “We are here to stay. It is our god given right that we can choose to have our sexual preferences for youth….It is the same for the any other porn community. It is not what we choose to become, it is who we are. You do not have the right to censor us.’ READ MORE HERE
OHIO — An Ohio elementary school teacher and her ex-husband face a total of 78 counts in the rape of the woman’s son. On Monday, Lori Ann Anderson, 50, pleaded not guilty to 25 counts, including sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. Charles Wycuff, 53, who split with Anderson in 2003, faces 53 counts including rape using force, coercion and drugs. He remains in Auglaize County Jail. Anderson was released Monday afternoon, after posting bond. READ MORE HERE
A North Carolina mother has been arrested and charged with sickening child abuse after allegedly locking her four children away in a room and intentionally starving them to the brink of death. Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested Ronika Bell, 28, and her partner, Deron Cuthbertson after she dumped her children aged 10 to six with her estranged husband and their biological father in Florida. Appalled at their gaunt and skeletal features, Joshua Bell tried to feed his kids, only to find they were too starved to swallow having been locked away for six months, so he rushed them to the ER for treatment. READ MORE HERE
“An Open Secret” by Oscar-nominated documentarian Amy Berg
An explosive documentary debuting at a New York film festival on Friday is set to name a list of men who have allegedly sexually abused minors in Hollywood. An Open Secret, a documentary by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Amy Berg, will screen at the DOC NYC festival on November 14. It features interviews with men who say they were sexually abused or exploited by Hollywood agents or movie bigwigs when they were children. Among the men named are managers Marty Weiss, Michael Harrah and Bob Villard – Leonardo DiCaprio’s former agent – and internet company owners Marc Collins-Rector and Chad Shackley. READ MORE HERE
Essex, North Yorkshire and North Wales police forces under investigation
Three police forces in Britain are under investigation for allegedly failing to act on child porn intelligence, it has emerged. Police watchdog, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is looking into Essex, North Yorkshire and North Wales police forces in relation to the way it handled intelligence received from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (Ceop). The move comes after Essex Police referred itself to the IPCC following a delay in acting on an intelligence package from the National Crime Agency (NCA) in November 2013, which identified now-deceased teacher Martin Goldberg as a potential pedophile. READ MORE HERE
Accused pedophiles are importing child-like sex dolls – but claiming they are harmless toys to avoid prosecution. One Sydney man is expected to fight a charge of possessing one of the dolls, insisting it is not child abuse material. A man has been charged with possessing a silicon sex doll, allegedly in the shape of a teenage girl. In a case that is thought to be one of the first of its kind in NSW, the man will reportedly allege that he does not fit the legal definition of a child abuser. If the defense of his case, thought to be the first of its kind in NSW, is successful, the 32-year-old it could force the government to rethink what is defined as child sex abuse. READ MORE HERE
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