Bulletin Board v.37

The art of helping abused kids — Although today’s workshop at St. Francis College will feature only one painting – a self-portrait of Justin Wilke – the full exhibit is based on his and his older brother Matt’s writings and artwork. Both were abused as children by a family friend in Maryland, and both committed suicide in their early 20s. Dwimoh, who was instrumental in bringing the workshop to St. Francis, said Brooklyn has had its share of child abuse cases.

Canada to investigate claims of sex abuse by Afghan soldiers — The Canadian army will conduct a formal review of whether its soldiers were ordered to turn a blind eye to the sexual abuse of boys by Afghan security forces in Kandahar. A board of inquiry has been ordered by the army’s top commander, Lt.-Gen. Andrew Leslie, says a brief statement issued Friday. The allegation that soldiers were told to “ignore” incidents of sexual assault involving their allies was levelled by a military chaplain last June in a report to her brigade commander.

Child abuser is freed for appeal — A woman was sentenced in Circuit Court yesterday for brutalizing three nephews and two nieces, abuse that included hitting their mouths with a hammer. Judge Virginia Crandall sentenced Rita Makekau, 52, who claims to be the foreign minister of a Hawaiian sovereignty organization, to five years in prison. But Crandall allowed Makekau to remain free pending the filing of her appeal in which she will argue that state laws do not apply to her.

Ex-Supervisor at Teen Rehab Center Allegedly Raped Patient — A woman who briefly supervised teens at a southwest Missouri drug and alcohol treatment center is charged with statutory rape for allegedly having sex with a 16-year-old boy at the center. Police say they’re investigating similar allegations concerning Jana Carter, 45, and three other teens who lived at the male-only dormitory at Scott Greening Dependency Center in Joplin. Two of the boys are 16 and the third is 14. No charges had been filed in those allegations as of Friday.

Foster mom grilled on kid’s self-abuse — The cross-examination of a foster mom accused of killing a young boy in her care ended yesterday with suggestions she was fabricating the child’s self-abusive behaviour. The jury has heard the accused had sent a note to the boy’s school shortly before his death saying he had recently been throwing temper tantrums and hurting himself and anyone who intervened in his behaviour.

Investigators probing boys ranch abuse claims find shackles — Saturday’s raid at Blount County’s Reclamation Ranch led to 11 boys placed in Department of Human Resources custody. It was prompted by claims from a 17 year old who attended the ranch. According to prosecutors, the boy accused the ranch of committing serious abuse. Abuse prosecutors say rises to the level of torture under Alabama law. Court records show investigators seized hand cuffs and shackles from the ranch.

Man jailed for girl and boy abuse — Graham Harbor, 51, from Erskine, began abusing the girl in January 1997 when she was six. He raped her during a holiday in Spain in August 2002. He abused the boy between May 1995 and June 2001, starting when he was six. At the High Court in Greenock, the judge Lord Bracadale ordered Harbor to be monitored in the community for four years after his release from prison.

More men suffering from domestic abuse — Incidents of domestic abuse against men in Scotland more than trebled last year. New figures also reveal a rapid rise in incidents among same-sex couples. There were 49,655 cases of domestic abuse in 2007-08 — up nearly 2% on the 48,801 the previous year. Most cases involved women, but a growing number of men have been complaining to the police. Last year, 85% of incidents involved a male perpetrator and a female victim — down from 91% in 2000-01.

Retired Counselor Gets 90 Days For Sex Abuse — Thomas A. Filion, 68, of Elizabeth Lane, Saratoga Springs, a member of the Y, had pleaded guilty in September to first degree sexual abuse, second degree unlawful imprisonment, forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. Filion was arrested last November after the victim identified him from footage taken from security cameras at the Y. The actual incident was not caught on tape as there are no surveillance cameras in the locker room and shower areas.

Retrial jury finds man not guilty of rape — A MAN who served 18 months in jail for rape has been acquitted at a retrial in the High Court at Gisborne. The Crown said Joseph Quintin Donnelly, 43, raped a woman in an alleyway between Belfast Crescent and Cambridge Terrace on the night of June 17, 2004. But a High Court jury found him not guilty after deliberating for two hours. Compensation for Donnelly, in jail for 18 months before a retrial was granted in July 2007, could be an issue, said counsel Charles Hirschfeld.

State will pay millions to settle foster kids’ suit — The state will pay more than $6 million to former foster children of Carole DeLeon, including the estate of a 7-year-old who died of starvation in her care. Two adults and five children will each be paid between about $400,000 and $1.6 million, and the estate of Tyler DeLeon, who died Jan. 13, 2005, will get $180,000, according to a settlement between the plaintiffs and the state Department of Social and Health Services.

Thai court convicts Canadian in child abuse case — Christopher Paul Neil, who taught in several Asian countries, was arrested last year after hundreds of photos of him allegedly engaging in sex acts with young boys were discovered on the Internet. In August, the 32-year-old pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy and was sentenced to three years and three months in jail.

Woman, 31, gets 30 days in child sex abuse case — A former teacher at a Lubec elementary school was sentenced Friday in Washington County Superior Court to 30 days in jail for having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. Tina Mason, 31, of East Machias cried and sniffled in the courtroom as she pleaded no contest to charges of assault, sexual abuse of a minor and unlawful sexual touching. The victim, who is now 15 years old, showed no emotion while he sat on the other side of the courtroom with his family.

Woman Accused Of Stealing Child, 13, From Metro Restaurant — Thomas Ivie, 13, is in state custody while his mother, Tammy Ivie, was arrested on suspicion of child stealing. While the boy’s mother is in custody at the Oklahoma County Jail, police said more people could be charged in the case. Police found the boy at a house on Southwest 25th Street after officers got a tip that Tammy Ivie was hiding him.

Woman lied about child abuse, police charge — Kitty Vargas, 30, of 8 Robinson Court, apt. B, was arrested Sunday night, and later released on $300 bail pending arraignment Dec. 18 in Nashua District Court, Detective Lt. Jeff Bukunt said this morning. She is charged with a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail. Vargas knew the children and adults involved in her false report, Bukunt said, but he declined to comment on whether or not they were related, or disclose a motive for her false report.

Woman pleads guilty in EM child abuse case — Mary Heath and her live-in boyfriend, Sekoa Aiono, were charged with nine counts of child abuse and one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child. As part of a plea deal, Heath’s sexual assault charge and five other child abuse charges was dropped. Heath pleaded guilty to two second degree and two third degree felony child abuse charges. Prosecutor Tim Taylor said the four counts amount to one count per child for withholding food and one count per child for multiple injuries. Although he believes there is far more abuse, Taylor said it is a good resolution.

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