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School Board President’s Husband Charged With Child Rape, Porn Involving Student

Posted by Sandra On April - 12 - 2014 Comments Off

9014845-largeCLEVELAND, OH — The 42-year-old husband of Brooklyn School Board President Jennifer O’Banion is facing charges that he raped and stalked a 16-year-old student. A Cuyahoga County grand jury indicted Chris O’Banion today in a 13-count indictment that also includes multiple felony child pornography charges. See the indictment in document viewer below or click here to see on a mobile device. READ MORE HERE

Murderer’s Father Was Convicted of Child Rape Twice

Posted by Sandra On April - 12 - 2014 Comments Off

james-hawkins-sr-and-jrMemphis – In 2011, James Hawkins Jr. was convicted of brutally killing his girlfriend and mother of his children, Charlene Gaither, and making one daughter help dispose of the body. It was during that murder trial allegations of several child rapes against James Hawkins Sr. were made and charges were filed. Today, Hawkins Sr., was convicted of two counts of raping two young female relatives. READ MORE HERE

Pastor Charged With Rape, Incest and Sodomy

Posted by Sandra On April - 11 - 2014 Comments Off

Alabama pastor William Best Jr., 47, has been charged with rape, incest and sodomy involving his teenage relative

article-0-1D03CA5200000578-876_306x423An Alabama pastor has been arrested on sex abuse charges for allegedly raping and sodomizing a young family member.  Sheriff Harris Huffman said William Best Jr. was charged with rape, sodomy and incest and was being held in the county jail, with his bond raised to $2million Thursday by a Selma judge. Best, 47, server as a pastor of Living Waters Church in Valley Grande. District Attorney Michael Jackson says the minister is accused of beginning a sexual relationship with a minor who was 14 and continuing it for three years. READ MORE HERE

Sheriff’s Lieutenant Arrested For Child Rape

Posted by Sandra On April - 11 - 2014 Comments Off

article.273852The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has arrested a lieutenant for the Knox County Sheriff’s Office in connection to a rape investigation. On Tuesday afternoon, a Knox County Grand Jury indicted Dennis Mills, Jr., on a set of criminal counts, including rape of a child, statutory rape by an authority figure, and incest. Authorities arrested him without incident in Knoxville this Tuesday evening. READ MORE HERE

Mother Sentenced for Failing to Protect Her Daughter

Posted by Sandra On April - 11 - 2014 Comments Off

Her daughter, Eloise, was just 17-months-old when her boyfriend beat her to death

article-2265895-1712CFE1000005DC-819_634x646A woman from Nashville who allowed her young daughter to be beaten to death has pleaded guilty to reckless homicide and aggravated child neglect after she failed to protect the toddler. Neena Costanza, 22, accepted a plea deal to serve 30 percent of a 20-year sentence — with a chance for parole that means she could be free within six years. Little Eloise Costanza was just 17-months-old when she died after being beaten up by her boyfriend Jacob Scott Hughes, 23, who is already in jail and awaiting trial for the toddlers’ murder. READ MORE HERE

Ex-Boyfriend Admits to Horrific Murder of Teen Girl

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

Ex-boyfriend admits to brutal murder of missing NC teen girl, deputies say

3398918_GHOPE MILLS, NC - The former boyfriend of missing Hope Mills teenager Danielle Locklear admitted to killing her, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office and Hope Mills Police Department announced Tuesday night. Sheriff Earl “Moose” Butler and Chief Joel Acciardo called an emergency press conference to announce Je’Michael Malloy’s arrest as well as confirm that a body recovered April 3 from the South River was Locklear’s. Acciardo said Malloy, 17, killed the 15-year-old South View High School student the night of March 11. Earlier that night she left home after telling her grandfather she was walking to a friend’s house about a block away. That was the last time her family saw her. READ MORE HERE

Man Who Shook Child Gets 20-Years to Life

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

Shaken at 6-Weeks Old, Boy Dies at Age 5 From Injuries He Suffered

25207716_BG1LAS VEGAS – A Las Vegas man received a sentence of 20 years to life in prison for shaking a baby so severely he suffered brain damage and eventually died. Edward Thompson was sentenced in district court Wednesday. A jury found him guilty of murder in February of this year. When Brayden Grusman-Buckmaster was only 6 weeks old, Thompson, the boy’s mother’s boyfriend, shook him to stop him from crying, causing the boy’s brain to swell. READ MORE HERE

Child Trafficking Bust; Five Children Rescued

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

Justice Dept Finds FBI Abuse Of Patriot Act ProvisionDALLAS, TX – A joint operation involving 19 North Texas law enforcement agencies recovered five juveniles during an enforcement action focusing on commercial child sex trafficking. The operation resulted in the arrests of four pimps, 18 johns, and three offenders who solicited children for sex trafficking via the internet. The Dallas Division of the FBI worked in conjunction with Dallas Police and Homeland Security Investigations in executing the four-day operation. READ MORE HERE

Man Accused of Abusing 3-MO Twin Baby Girls

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

10171048_10152066351857849_5935620618310954939_nSIERRA VISTA, AZ  - A Sierra Vista man is in custody for alleged child abuse after his girlfriend’s 3-month-old twins were diagnosed with skull fractures. Cochise County Sheriff’s officials say 21-year-old Steven Michael Rothbauer is being held on a $150,000 bond. He doesn’t have an attorney yet. Rothbauer was booked into jail Tuesday on suspicion of multiple counts of aggravated assault, endangerment and child abuse. READ MORE HERE

Child Bride Kills Groom With Poison

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

Cops: Child Bride Forced to Marry Kills Groom With Poison

downloadA child bride forced into marriage in Nigeria killed a groom and three of his friends with a poisoned meal, police said Thursday. Fourteen-year-old Wasila Umaru was married last week to 35-year-old Umaru Sani, according to assistant superintendent Musa Magaji Majia. Over the weekend, the groom invited a dozen friends to celebrate at his Ungwar Yansoro village, about 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the northern city of Kano. The teenager told police she bought rat poison at a village market and used it to prepare a dish of rice. READ MORE HERE

Child Killer Sentenced to 25-Years to Life

Posted by Sandra On April - 10 - 2014 Comments Off

capture-20140410-200337POMONA –  An ex-Azusa resident was sentenced Wednesday to 25 years to life in prison for fatally beating his girlfriend’s 16-month-old son while the boy was in his care in 2011. Wearing an orange jail jumpsuit and now sporting a beard and a mustache, Stephen Hoffman didn’t make a statement at his sentencing held at Pomona Superior Court. But he had earlier taken out a piece of paper which he unfolded and placed on the table in front of him. It wasn’t clear if this was a written statement. His lawyer didn’t return a phone call for comment. READ  MORE HERE

Child Rapist Gets 626-Years

Posted by Sandra On April - 9 - 2014 Comments Off

AZ man sentenced to 626-years for sex crimes involving children

ImageKINGMAN - If he were immortal, convicted sexual predator Edmund Herald Adams, 54, would be 680 years old before he walks the Earth again as a free man. That’s 626 years and six months from now, less than an hour shy of 228,825 days.  After that “release,” thanks to Superior Court Judge Rick Williams, Adams would have to serve a lengthy term of community supervision - one day for every seven he spends in prison – which equates to nearly 13 more years.  For good measure, he would also have to register as a sex offender. Adams is not immortal, obviously, and the longtime predator will likely die before he finishes the first of 22 consecutive prison terms he received Monday. READ MORE HERE

Woman Accused of Causing Brain Injury to 3-YO Child

Posted by Sandra On April - 9 - 2014 Comments Off

25197640_BG1A woman is behind bars after Charleston police said she caused a brain injury to her boyfriend’s child on Tuesday, April 8.  Veronica Jacquelyn Sorgman cares for the three-year-old child along with her two children at the couple’s residence. According to the criminal complaint, Sorgman was upset with the three-year-old child for drinking her drink. The three-year-old had an accident in her pants and Sorgman, who had taken some medication for an upset stomach, became upset.  She changed the child’s diaper and scolded her for not telling her that she had to go to bathroom. READ MORE HERE

6-YO Boy Tortured by Parents

Posted by Sandra On April - 8 - 2014 Comments Off

Boy, 6, ‘was punched and forced to live on hot dog and oil “shakes” by his abusive parents’

article-2599714-1CF0232B00000578-804_306x423A six-year-old boy was starved, beaten and only fed gruesome hot dog, carrot and oil ‘shakes’ by his abusive parents, prosecutors have claimed. The boy’s father, Christopher Sefton, and his wife Lori Lloyd allegedly abused the boy for months at their Auburn, Washington home – even keeping the child out of school to hide his bruises. The couple, who allegedly began abusing the boy in October as punishment for imagined misbehavior, now face felony charges. READ MORE HERE

Babysitter Tattooed Children

Posted by Sandra On April - 8 - 2014 Comments Off

Babysitter ‘tattooed children he was looking after’… then parents tried to remove inkings with a hot RAZOR blade when they got home

article-2599711-1CEF617F00000578-539_306x458A Virginia tattoo enthusiast is facing child abuse charges after he allegedly inked two children he was babysitting without their or their parents’ consent. Alexander Edwards, 20, of Rustburg, was taking care of his family friend Melissa Delp’s two daughters on December 22, 2013, while she and her boyfriend, Daniel Janney, were out. According to ABC News, he used a home kit to tattoo the pair, who were both under the age of 13.  One of the girls reportedly had her name tattooed on her shoulder. It’s not clear her sister got inked or what that tattoo was. READ MORE HERE

Two Arrested After Facebook Child Beating Video Goes Viral

Posted by Sandra On April - 8 - 2014 Comments Off

facebook beating folo pkgFLINT, MI — In a six-minute video posted to Facebook, an 11-year-old boy is smacked in the face and hit with a belt more than 50 times. “I watched the video and I was disturbed by it,” says David Leyton, the Genesee County prosecutor. At least three adults watch the lashings, saying on the video, the boy is being punished for having false information on his Facebook page. “We made two arrests. We’re seeking at least one warrant at this time,” says Collin Birnie with the Flint police department. READ MORE HERE


Boy Scout Troop Leader Arrest for Child Porn

Posted by Sandra On April - 6 - 2014 Comments Off

Johnson_AlanDAYTON, Ohio — A West Carrollton man was in federal custody Friday following his arrest on charges of possession and distribution of child pornography. The arrest follows an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), the Greater Cincinnati Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force and the West Carrollton Police Department. Alan Johnson, 23, made his initial appearance in federal court Friday afternoon to answer to the charges. He was ordered held pending a detention hearing scheduled for a later date. READ MORE HERE

Female School Counselor Charged With Child Sex Abuse

Posted by Sandra On April - 6 - 2014 Comments Off

EllenWermelingMUG-jpgHouston, TX - Ellen Wermeling, a 32-year-old counselor at Aldine MacArthur High School, has been charged with repeatedly having sex with a student. According to police, an investigation was launched after the student told a school staff member that he and Wermeling had engaged in sex on multiple occasions. Investigators say the student contacted Wermeling through her Instagram account on Feb. 28 and she agreed to pick him up so they could “hang out” at her residence. READ MORE HERE

Man Sentenced to Only 8-Years In Prison for Shaking Baby to Death

Posted by Sandra On April - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

Craig Lewis, 32, inflicted a broken back and catastrophic brain injuries on baby Kieron Barley

article-2597002-1CD3E23A00000578-232_634x636A man has been jailed for just eight years after shaking and killing his partner’s son in a fit of rage. Craig Lewis broke Kieron Barley’s back and the toddler spent the last weeks of his life in agony after medical staff failed to diagnose the fracture. Kieron was in and out of hospital for four days after Lewis smashed him into the ground in a fit of anger.  READ MORE HERE

3-YO Boy Dies After Being Left Home Alone, for 20th Time

Posted by Sandra On April - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

Mother told detectives she had left him home alone on a regular basis and had done it about 20 times before

article-2596613-1CD1180300000578-138_306x423A young mom has been charged with child abuse after she left her young son home alone while she went to work and then didn’t return until the next day. When Megan McKeon returned to her home in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, 20 hours later she found her young son, Austin Davis, lying face up with his eyes open. He was immobile and showed no signs of life. Investigators say McKeon’s home, described as a cabin at a local campground, was in chaos, with human waste and partially eaten food tossed around. READ MORE HERE


Bullied Boy Left Heartbreaking Goodbye Letter, Killed Himself

Posted by Sandra On April - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

Simon Brooks, 15, collapsed after suspected overdose and died in hospital

article-2597072-1CD2F5B500000578-791_306x423A bullied schoolboy left a heartbreaking goodbye letter to his mother telling her: ‘I can’t cope any more’ just before he died of a suspected overdose. Simon Brooks, 15, died in hospital four days after writing the note, which also blamed bullies for making his life a misery. His bereft mother Julie Brooks, 48, today said Simon had been picked on for 18 months and dreaded going to school in Pontyclun, South Wales. READ MORE HERE

Mother Killed Her 6-WO Infant While Breastfeeding High on Morphine

Posted by Sandra On April - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

Mother sentenced to 20-years

article-2596900-1CD64B8600000578-708_306x423A South Carolina mother has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing her six-week-old daughter with an overdose of morphine delivered through her breast milk. Prosecutors said Stephanie Greene, 39, was a nurse and knew the dangers of taking painkillers while pregnant and breast feeding, but chose to conceal her pregnancy from doctors to keep getting her prescriptions.  She lost her nursing license in 2004 for trying to get drugs illegally. READ MORE HERE

Four Students Allege Sex Abuse Against Female Math Teacher

Posted by Sandra On April - 5 - 2014 Comments Off

Meredith Powell, 24, charged with two counts of 3rd child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes

article-0-1B48693700000578-147_634x845A fourth high school student has come forward claiming 24-year-old former math teacher Meredith Powell sexually abused him during her time at Washington’s Lincoln High School. Powell was arrested in February and then confessed to performing sex acts with multiple students, one as young as 15 years old, inside her locked classroom, as well as sending them sexualized pictures of herself. She previously faced two counts of child rape and one count of communication with a minor for immoral purposes. READ MORE HERE

Mom Facing Felony Charges for Boyfriend’s Abuse On Her Son

Posted by Sandra On April - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

images (1)LEXINGTON, Nebraska — A 20-year-old Nebraska mom faces a felony child abuse charge after she kept allowing her boyfriend to babysit despite her son’s injuries. KRVN reports that the woman was arrested last week — about a month after her boyfriend. Investigators began looking into case after the woman took her then 17-month-old son to the hospital on Feb. 18 with severe injuries. READ MORE HERE

Catholic Priest Facing Child Sex Abuse Charges

Posted by Sandra On April - 1 - 2014 Comments Off

article-2594241-1CBE61C900000578-687_306x423A suspended Connecticut priest charged in a federal firearms and explosives case involving a teenage accomplice has been arrested on allegations he sexually assaulted a child. The Rev. Paul Gotta was arrested Monday by East Windsor police on seven sexual assault charges stemming from encounters with a minor that took place over the span of a year beginning in January 2012. Gotta was administrator of St. Philip and St. Catherine churches in East Windsor when the Archdiocese of Hartford suspended him last July when the sexual assault allegations surfaced. READ MORE HERE

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