Bulletin Board v.41

17-year-old boy allegedly raped by police, videotaped — A 17-year-old boy, Z, was sexually abused and tortured while in police custody at the Steel Town police station and later video clips and photographs of this dreadful moment in his life were put up on various internet cafes. The boy’s family claims that after they filed petitions against the culprits, police officials threatened the boy’s life and also tried to indict him in fake cases. Whenever he is released in one case, the police arrest him in some other fake case, the family argues.

Council condemns ‘wrecking tactics’ of girls’ school — AN extraordinary row has erupted over plans to rebuild a school – with governors defending their actions in the wake of council accusations of “delaying and wrecking tactics”. Last summer, Langley Park School for Girls and the neighbouring Langley Park School for Boys became locked in a dispute over a large-scale development at the boy’s school. Bromley Council originally agreed to a complete overhaul of the boys’ school’s facilities in June, but the neighbouring girls’ school tried to overturn that decision at the High Court. And, even though a High Court judge ruled against the challenge last month, the council says the girls’ school is now considering launching an appeal.

Defrocked priest who raped altar boy released from prison — The Archdiocese clergy sex-abuse scandal has taken a new turn, with the release of one of the few priests sent to prison for his offenses. Defrocked priest Robert V. Gale, an assistant pastor at St. Joseph’s Church in Quincy in the late 1970s, was released from the Massachusetts Treatment Center for the Sexually Dangerous in Bridgewater on Saturday. He was sentenced in late 2004 to serve four to five years on charges related to his time, in the early 1980s, at a Waltham parish. Gale was transferred to St. Jude’s parish in Waltham, and put in charge of the altar boys there, after three Quincy families complained in 1979 to regional bishop Monsignor Daniel A. Hart in Brockton that Gale had sexually assaulted their sons in the rectory of St. Joseph’s.

DNA Test Clears Ohio Inmate of Rape After 25 Years in Prison — A judge in Ohio has released a man who spent 25 years in prison after a new DNA test cleared him of raping a woman. Sixty-one-year-old Joseph Fears Jr. sobbed in a Columbus court Tuesday. He had been convicted of separate rapes in 1983. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O’Brien said DNA testing on evidence found in the prosecutor’s evidence room linked one of the rapes to a Michigan prisoner, who has since died. O’Brien also said underwear collected from the victim of the other rape contained no male DNA.

Former New York Teacher Arrested on Rape Charges for Continuing to Have Sex With Teen — Heather Kennedy, a former Wantagh high school teacher, was arrested late Monday. She is charged with third-degree rape, committing a criminal sexual act , criminal contempt and endangering the welfare of a minor. The 25-year-old was first arrested in March. She pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct and was awaiting an August sentencing. Prosecutors got a tip Kennedy was still meeting with the boy and began watching her. The victim also admitted having sex with Kennedy five times since her guilty plea.

London diocese aids male sex abuse victims — The Silence to Hope project, which helps male victims of sexual abuse, has received $75,000 in funding from the Roman Catholic church’s London diocese. It’s the third year the diocese has funded the project, which offers free sexual abuse support workshops. The STH project helps male sexual abuse survivors in nine counties from Windsor to Wingham and Sarnia to Simcoe. STH, which works in partnership with several other community agencies, also acts as a referral service linking survivors to caregivers and professional help.

Man accused of rape is found not guilty — A Warren County Circuit Court jury did not believe there was enough physical evidence to convict a man charged with rape and found him not guilty following a two-day trial. Stephan Kyle Tanner, 21, of 428 Blair Road, was charged with raping a waitress from Jalisco’s restaurant on July 24 after she gave him a ride to Buzzard’s Rock near his home. The jury of three men and nine women returned a not guilty verdict at 11 p.m. on Thursday following just over two and a half hours of deliberation. The trial began on Tuesday and resumed on Thursday with Judge Dennis L. Hupp presiding.

Man doing life for Jacksonville rape might be innocent — For half his life, Billy Joe Holton has been serving a life prison sentence for raping a Jacksonville woman in her home in 1986. Now DNA tests show he’s innocent, said lawyers for the same nonprofit firm that has helped free seven other Florida prisoners. The Innocence Project of Florida asked a judge last week to vacate Holton’s conviction and sentence based on three matching semen stains found on a blanket that covered the victim during the attack. The state agreed in 2003 to allow testing of the stains and the results, received about a year ago, showed no match to Holton, 42. “We feel really good about these results, and we think they are strikingly clear,” said Seth Miller, the group’s executive director. He is working with Jacksonville attorney Bill Sheppard to free Holton.

Men get domestic violence support — Privately run and funded by mother and daughter team Dawn Hardie and Rachel Allen, Next Steps Housing Association provides 35 three-bedroom homes across the region with spaces for 105 men fleeing violence and their children. Ms Hardie said the scheme is the second in the UK, and the first on this scale. ‘There is nowhere for men…and there’s no funding available, no support at all…it’s an uphill battle and we’ve funded it from our own pockets,’ she said. The association has already received six men, two who had been victims of rape and another who had been hit in the face with a claw hammer.

Oregon finishes 25-year study of boys — On Nov. 30, a long-running chapter fell shut in the lives of 191 young men with local roots. The date marked the official end of the Oregon Youth Study — a groundbreaking, 25-year, $12 million research project that had a primary goal of exploring the origins of antisocial behaviors in boys, with an eye to designing prevention strategies […] The study entailed in-home observations the first year and again when the boys turned 11. In odd years, both parents participated in an interview, questionnaires and a 30-minute videotaped session with their son; in even years, one parent completed an interview and questionnaire. After the boys turned 18, parents simply had to complete a questionnaire by mail each year.

Pitkin woman arrested for trading children — Brandy Lynn Romero, 27, and Paul James Romero, 46, of Eunice, told EPSO investigators that she’d been contacted by Donna Louise Greenwell, 51, about purchasing a parakeet Brandy had for sale. When Greenwell learned the Romeros had no children, Dupre said, Greenwell allegedly offered the couple a four-year-old girl and five-year-old boy that she was raising and could not handle in exchange for the parakeet, valued at $1,500, and an additional $175 in cash. The investigation began, Dupre said, when Glenmora Officer Jennifer Potter learned about the possibility of children being sold near Glenmora. “She started the ball rolling and started checking into the information,” Dupre said. “She was unsure what she had, but she showed concern and that led her to Eunice Police Detectives Mike Perry and Robert “Beef” Brickley Jr.”

Woman gets prison for transporting boy across state lines — A Sierra Vista woman who had a relationship with a boy and then took him across state lines was sentenced to five years in prison on Monday. Denise Diane Philpott, 34, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Marvin E. Aspen, according to the Office of the United States Attorney for the District of Arizona. Philpott pleaded guilty to the charge of transportation of minors on Oct. 24. Philpott was arrested in June 2006 after having been found with the boy in Indiana. She and the boy, who was 15 at the time, met while he was in the Ohana House, a residential facility in Sierra Vista for wayward youth. Philpott worked as a behavior health technician at the group home at the time.

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