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AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety has added Demus Lee Westmoreland, 52, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward of up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Westmoreland is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender and probation violation. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous. Westmoreland has been wanted since February 2017. He has ties to Galveston (Galveston County), his last known address; Sugar Land (Fort Bend County); and Lexington, Kentucky. In 2008, Westmoreland was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by exposure after an incident in Fort Bend County involving a 6-year-old girl. READ MORE HERE
KENTUCKY – Logan County Sheriff Wallace Whittaker reported as of Thursday morning, Cody M. Gormley, 23, of 3272 Buena Vista Road in Russellville is still at large and is being sought for an active arrest warrant. Gormley was indicated Aug. 4, 2017, by a Logan County Grand Jury on one count of first degree rape (victim under 12-years old age), one count of first degree sexual abuse, and one count of first degree persistent felony offender. READ MORE HERE
Kik has become ‘the defacto app’ for child predators
An investigative report claims that Kik Messenger, an instant messaging app popular with children and teenagers, has become “the defacto app for grooming children online,” in part due to its ease of access to minors. Kik Messenger is a free instant messaging service from Kik Interactive, a Canadian tech firm founded in 2009. Since then, it has gained over 300 million users and reaches 40 percent of teenagers in the United States. The report is a collaboration between British investigative media company Point and Forbes, which found that predators quickly move to contact and groom under-age users on the service, aided by third-party apps that help share profiles. READ MORE HERE
Child Sexual Abuse: 6 Stages of Grooming
Grooming is the process by which an offender draws a victim into a sexual relationship and maintains that relationship in secrecy. The shrouding of the relationship is an essential feature of grooming. Forensic psychiatrist Dr. Michael Welner explains the six stages that can lead up to sexual molestation. The grooming sex offender works to separate the victim from peers, typically by engendering in the child a sense that they are special to the child and giving a kind of love to the child that the child needs.
Different law enforcement officers and academics have proposed models of the “stages” of grooming. Since there are a variety of these models, it’s best to think of the grooming by sex offenders as a gradual, calculated process that ensnares children into a world in which they are ultimately a willing part of the sex abuse. CLICK HERE FOR THE STAGES
Convicted child molester, Jamie Torres, is running under the radar in the Tri-Cities, where he’s wanted for failing to register as a sex offender — a felony crime he’s been busted for several times already — both in Franklin County and Benton County. Torres is also a High-Violent Offender whose been convicted of assault. READ MORE HERE
‘The Phantom’ serial killer of children out of prison, living in Tucson
SIERRA VISTA, ARIZONA – The email arrived in the CBS 5 Investigates email inbox on April 7. The first line stood out to producer Edward Ayala. “I have information regarding the Arizona Board of Executive Clemency (Parole) releasing a serial killer, William Huff, into the community,” it read. Six days later, we were driving out of state to interview the woman who sent the email, to listen to the story of how a serial killer, who referred to himself as “The Phantom,” murdered two young girls and targeted a third, and how this person would be let out of prison and allowed to live in an unsuspecting Tucson neighborhood. READ MORE HERE
ICE FEARS THERE MAY BE ADDITIONAL VICTIMS
ST. PETERSBURG, Florida – Special agents with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) are seeking the public’s help to identify possible additional victims in an ongoing child sexual exploitation investigation involving a man who volunteered with Little League Baseball for the St. Pete Breeze.
Michael Joseph Armano, 43, of St. Petersburg, was arrested April 27, 2016, by HSI special agents for child enticement, production of child pornography and possession of child pornography. Armano is originally from North Andover, Massachusetts, and later moved to St. Petersburg, where he worked at Landstar and was a volunteer Little League Baseball coach for the St. Pete Breeze. He also taught pre-school in Hartford, Connecticut, and coached Little League Baseball or instructed players in Hartford, Connecticut; Cheshire, Connecticut; Lawrence, Massachusetts; and North Andover, Massachusetts. READ MORE HERE
MOST WANTED: Frederick McLean
Frederick McLean has been molesting girls for at least 25 years. 8 victims have been identified so far. He fled with at least $100k in cash. He is assumed to have changed his name and appearance. He might be driving a small, dark colored pick up truck. He also might have a black 1955 Chevy hot rod on a flat bed trailer. He owned a classic race car restoration business and is very knowledgeable in that field. He used to reside near Winchester and may still be in the Southern Riverside/Northern San Diego County area. READ MORE HERE
$7,500 Reward Offered for Wanted TX Child Sex Predator
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jahmar Nykel Young, 37, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, and a cash reward up to $7,500 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Young, who is a Bloods gang member and convicted sex offender, is wanted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, parole violation and larceny. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous. READ MORE HERE
British police are warning parents about the dangers of a sick social media ‘game’ that’s said to be responsible for hundreds of teenage suicides in Russia. The ‘Blue Whale Challenge’ encourages at-risk participants to take part in a series of tasks like cutting themselves every day for 50 days. They are then instructed to kill themselves on the final day of the sick ‘challenge’. READ MORE HERE
$3,000 Reward Offered for Wanted TX Child Sex Offender
AUSTIN, Texas – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added David Dale Booth, 58, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Booth is wanted for parole violation and failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements. Booth is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 195 pounds. He has tattoos on his upper arms. Booth has previously worked in the rail car repair industry. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Booth has ties to Wichita Falls (his last known address). In 1998, Booth was convicted in Tarrant County of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child-sexual contact involving an 8-year-old girl. He was paroled from prison in 2014 and has been wanted since 2015. His criminal history also includes an attempted murder conviction. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=353.
$8,000 Reward Offered
AUSTIN – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reminding the public that the reward for Mark Timothy McBride, 59, has been increased to $8,000 for information leading to his capture if the tip comes in during February. McBride, a Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offender and this month’s featured fugitive, is wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration requirements, parole violation and probation violation. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
McBride has ties to the North Richland Hills/Fort Worth areas and has previously lived in Pagosa Springs, Colo. Prior to absconding from the North Richland Hills area in 2011, McBride had expressed an interest in living and working in Alaska. In 2006, McBride was convicted in Tarrant County on three counts of indecency with a child/sexual contact for incidents involving two 16-year-old girls.
For more information and updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=314
MARK TIMOTHY MCBRIDE: McBride is 5 feet 10 inches tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds. He may wear glasses.
Reward Offered for Most Wanted Sex Offender from San Antonio, Jose Julio Arce Jr.
AUSTIN, TEXAS- The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has added Jose Julio Arce Jr., 56, to the Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list, and a cash reward up to $3,000 is now being offered for information leading to his capture. Arce is wanted for failure to register as a sex offender. All tips are guaranteed to be anonymous.
Arce has ties to San Antonio (his last known address) and Laredo. In 1999, Arce was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old girl in Bexar County and sentenced to 10 years in prison. For more information or updates in the event of his arrest, see his wanted bulletin at: http://www.dps.texas.gov/Texas10MostWanted/SexOffenderDetails.aspx?id=350.
Arce is 5 feet 11 inches tall and weighs approximately 250 pounds. He has a mole on the right side of his forehead and multiple tattoos, including on his shoulders, arms, right hand and right wrist. He has prior work history in automotive services as well as landscaping and irrigation services. Arce was previously affiliated with the Texas Mexican Mafia gang and may be known as “Laredo.” READ MORE HERE
PIERCE TOWNSHIP, Ohio — A man being sought in a child rape case in Pierce Township has previous addresses in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, police said Monday. Officials are searching for Luis Gonzalez, 34. Clermont County officials said Gonzalez carried on a 4-month relationship with a child under the age of 13. The relationship began in September, officials said. Gonzalez faces one count of rape and one count of disseminating matter harmful to a juvenile. Investigators said he has previous addresses in Cincinnati, Newport and Covington. He has also live in New York and Florida, and there are open warrants for his arrest in Florida. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to contact police. READ MORE HERE
Making the decision to call Child Protective Services because you believe a child has been abused is never an easy decision to make. You don’t want to accuse an innocent parent, but if you really believe that the child has been mistreated then you really should do something to help that child.
Here are some tips to help you deal with Child Protective Services.
What Are The Signs To Look Out For?
Firstly, you want to make sure that you have some sort of evidence to back up your suspicion. Tell-tale signs that a child is being abused or neglected include:
- You have seen constant bruising on the child
- The child cringes, hides or raises an arm defensively for no good reason
- The child becomes withdrawn
- The child experiences a loss of appetite or looks malnourished
- The child’s school work begins to suffer or they become uncontrollable in the classroom
- You are aware that the child is left at home alone or unsupervised for a long period of time
- You have evidence of drug or alcohol use by the parents (especially in front of the children)
- An unsafe or extremely dirty home environment
What Does Not Constitute Child Abuse?
The following situations are not reason enough to call Child Protective Services:
- A parent not vaccinating their child
- Custody battles
- A child playing unsupervised in their own yard
- A parent spanking a child (within reason)
- Parents yelling at children
- A one-time accident that causes injury to the child
What Happens After Child Protective Services Receive a Call?
You can make a call anonymously, but even if you give your name and contact information, this is never released to the family involved. After you make the call, Child Protective Services must follow up on it.
They will organize a social worker to visit the family and talk to the parents. This may be done on two separate occasions. After the visit, they will need to review the case and call references. They must then decide whether there is any need for further action.
If not, there will be no record of the call kept on file. If further action is needed, an investigation will be opened. In most cases, Child Protective Services do not wish to remove the children from their home. This is usually only done in extreme cases, where the child’s safety is in jeopardy.
If protecting children is something that you are very passionate about you may like to consider studying for a masters in political science online at a prestigious institution such as George Washington University. An online masters in political science will allow you to get involved with the rules and regulations that govern organizations such as Child Protective Services.
Another option that you have if you suspect a child is being abused is to simply call the police. They will then go and investigate and decide whether Child Protective Services need to be involved.
If you truly believe that a child is being abused or neglected, don’t hesitate to contact either the police or Child Protective Services.
Best interests – If needed, you can phone Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453) before filing a report. These counselors can help with the situation you’re experiencing and provide resources. Keep in mind that CPS is designed to operate with the child’s best interests in mind.
First and foremost, take photos and/or video of the abuse you have witnessed or seen. This will be valuable evidence to substantiate the abuse you are reporting. Also, the more reports that are submitted about the same abused child, the more chances something will be done quicker. Have the child’s teacher, neighbors, friends, church folks or whoever has any contact with the child, start complaining LOUDLY and OFTEN.
1) Contact LEGAL AIDE and find legal representation — your case should be tried in a court of law to petition the court for an abuse or neglect investigation, temporary guardianship, and/or full custody.
2) Contact the NATIONAL CHILD ABUSE HOTLINE — make a national abuse report. The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline: 1-800-4-A-CHILD
3) Call the police or dial 911 directly – especially if the child is in immediate danger! If the child has current immediate/obvious bruising, abuse, neglect or any signs that the police or EMS workers can visibly see, I guarantee CPS will be forced to step in after they contact them. (Having police reports to coincide with CPS reports helps to bring the case immediate attention!!)
4) Contact the CPS office and ask to speak the the SUPERVISOR—report the worker behind the recommendation. You probably initially spoke to an intake worker. Next time ask to speak to the Intake Worker’s supervisor (they are who decides whether a case is accepted or not). There are two types of investigations: a GPS case/investigation- General Protection Services (and) a CPS case/investigation – Child Protection Services.
5) Contact the child’s school and speak directly to his teacher, principal, coach or school counselor. They are mandated reporters and can help to bring attention to the child’s abuse.
6) Document, document, document. Take pictures. Tell the children that if they are hit they are to call the police IMMEDIATELY and reassure them that you will never get angry at them for calling the police. Tell them that if they become that afraid, they are to run to a neighbor’s house and call the police. Police take that kind of stuff very seriously BECAUSE of the number of children who have been seriously injured or worse because of neglect and abuse that went unpunished. Record and document everything—-keep a journal with dates, times, notes. Write down in detail what the child did to be “punished” for, when and where thy were hit and with what object, etc… Remember to take pictures and/or video of any/all abuse. This is crucial!! If possible, install a “nanny or spy cam” to catch the abuse on tape.
7) If all else fails, please contact your state governor’s office and speak to the commission’s office!!! They will record an “in-take” report and investigate. Contact your state legislature/governor’s office/District Attorney and ask for assistance. Report the CPS office that is behind this unacceptable recommendation. Do not take no for an answer…be persistent. Call them, write them, go in person to their offices and tell them you need help.
NOTE: The laws state that parents are allowed to parent as they see fit provided the child isn’t being physically/emotionally/mentally abused nor neglected to the point that it puts the child’s life in danger. Physical abuse is the easiest to prove in a court of law. Emotional/Mental Abuse is about impossible to prove with a younger child, especially if there aren’t other kids in the home displaying the same behaviors and if the behaviors aren’t extreme. Spanking isn’t illegal, spanking with an implement is highly frowned upon, but if it isn’t causing severe pain, bruising or impairment, it’s not (technically) illegal….Just morally and ethically wrong.
Lastly, CPS or DHS should be utilized only to protect children in danger. It should never be used for individuals who do not agree with the way a family or other parent is raising the child. DHS is always going to try to rehabilitate the parent. Jurisdictions vary, but you need to keep reporting to DHS (CPS or whatever it is called where you live) EVERY TIME. They have to come out and investigate each report by law. Stay in close touch with the school counselor and make sure the children know that the counselor is someone to be trusted and they will NEVER be in trouble for telling the counselor the truth.
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DURANT, Oklahoma – Police continue their search for a Durant couple after a child was discovered to be severely abused. Warrants for Jarrod Cothrum, 37, and wife Christina Cothrum were issued last week. According to reports, a toddler was brought to a Durant hospital back in October with several bruises on his face, head and back. Police said the mother told them she had recently had a miscarriage and her husband blamed the child and beat him. Authorities say she told her other children not to talk to police about the abuse or they would be taken away from her. READ MORE HERE
Advice for Child Abuse Survivors: How to Overcome Social Anxiety at College
Social anxiety can be a result of many things, and is often seen in adults or young people who suffered from abuse or bullying as a child. For students with social anxiety, getting a college degree can be a lot more difficult, as for them, simply going to class could be something that makes them feel like having a panic attack. However, along with the right treatment and support, there are many things that you can do in order to make college easier on your social anxiety. Use college to your advantage in order to overcome social anxiety and achieve your college degree.
Many colleges offer online classes as an alternative to classes on campus. The best thing about studying online for your degree is that you can do it on your own, from the comfort of your own home. Although it’s good to get as used to being around other people as much as possible in order to help you overcome your anxiety problems, having the option of online classes for when you’re having a particularly bad day can be comforting. Online classes are available for a range of different degree topics, for example this master of science in nursing at Bradley University.
Many colleges will have free counselling and therapy services which students are welcome to attend. Although you may also be getting counselling from a therapist or other health professional recommended by your doctor, it’s also a great idea to take advantage of any free additional counselling services offered to you by your college. College counsellors are specifically trained to help students in situations such as yours.
Social anxiety can make you become your own worst enemy when it comes to making friends. However, true friends will always stick by you even when your anxiety is bad, and they won’t judge you or make fun of you for it. College is one of the best times in your life when it comes to making friends, and with so many people there, it’s no surprise that most people meet their best friends for life when they’re studying for a college degree. Don’t worry about ‘fitting in’ – simply be yourself, and you’ll attract the right friends for you.
When it comes to managing social anxiety at college, there are plenty of things that you can do at home. Therapies such as mindfulness meditation have been proven to be highly effective when it comes to dealing with anxiety and stress problems, and can help you to regain control. Along with that, art and music therapies are also becoming more and more popular when it comes to managing anxiety issues, for example adult coloring books, which can provide you with a great distraction when you need to relax and wind down. These can be very useful if you’re doing a stressful course, such as a masters of science in nursing.
College can be a stressful time in the life of any young person, but if you have social anxiety, it can be even more difficult. Thankfully, your college years are the best time to work on overcoming your social anxiety for good.
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