Bulletin Board v.42

$500K bond set in Clark County for Henryville woman accused of molesting boys — A Henryville woman accused of having sex with two 12-year-old boys will be held on $500,000 cash bond after her initial hearing Monday afternoon. Sheila K. Granger, 33, appeared in Clark County Superior Court No. 1 Monday on eight counts of child molesting and one count of child solicitation. Judge Larry Blanton, of Orange County, who was filling in for Judge Vicki Carmichael, entered a preliminary not guilty plea for Granger.

Ala. judge charged with prisoner sex abuse — A one-time Alabama judge checked male inmates out of jail and forced them to engage in sexual activities, spankings and whippings, authorities allege. Former Mobile County Circuit Judge Herman Thomas was arrested Friday and later released on bond after a grand jury indicted him on 57 counts, including kidnapping, extortion, sex abuse and sodomy, CNN reported Tuesday. The indictment, posted on the Web site of a Mobile television station, alleges Thomas forced prisoners to expose their buttocks “to paddling and/or whipping,” the broadcaster said.

DHHR ignored abuse of boys, suit says — The aunt of two boys who were reportedly abused over a period of years has filed a lawsuit in Kanawha Circuit Court alleging that a long history of abuse was ignored by state caseworkers. The suit, filed earlier this month by Charleston lawyers Mary Downey and Lonnie Simmons, alleges that longstanding abuse by the boys’ mother and her son-in-law went unchecked for years. Ultimately, hospital workers diagnosed the 8-year-old boy with gonorrhea and the 10-year-old boy with scabies on his buttocks, both of which strongly suggested sexual abuse, according to the complaint.

Experts: Abuse doesn’t just affect women — Most people have an image of what a victim of domestic violence looks like. And it’s probably of a bruised and frightened woman. But that picture doesn’t tell the whole story, a fact that was made clear earlier this week when Fairfield police arrested Helen Sun, 37, after she allegedly handcuffed herself to her husband and bit him on the head, arms and chest. The incident was just the latest attack by Sun on her estranged spouse, who reported she also once broke an acoustic guitar over his head. The bizarre case sheds light on the fact that not all victims of partner violence are women, said officials at domestic violence agencies.

Former NYC cop from Nanuet sentenced to 5 years in jail on sodomy charge — A former New York City police sergeant began making sexual advances toward an orphaned 12-year-old boy just two weeks after the child’s mother died, the victim’s brother said at the officer’s sentencing on sodomy charges yesterday. Jaime Katz frequently brought the child, who lived with a sibling in New York City, to his mother’s home in Nanuet, where the abuse continued for years. That abuse drove the teen, now 18, to attempt suicide, the victim told the court in a statement. He attended Katz’s sentencing but was too distraught to address him in court. The victim left the room as Katz, clad in an orange prison jump suit and handcuffs, was led into the court.

For The Silent Founders Fight Child Exploitation — When it comes to sexually exploited children in Cambodia, Kenny Rigsby of Tyler said it was the young boys on the streets who didn’t have much of a chance to make it. Rigsby, 27, and his wife Julie started the nonprofit organization For The Silent to help in-the-shadow victims such as those young boys and give them a fighting opportunity for a normal life. “It’s a massive problem, very huge,” said Rigsby. “We’re talking about tens of thousands of boys, some as young as 5-years-old, being exploited. It’s such an underground activity that it doesn’t get much attention and there is little being done to help these children so they can live a normal life.”

Men in the classroom — The counties of Hertfordshire, Derbyshire, Essex, Surrey, Hampshire, Lancashire, Norfolk and Cumbria each have more than 100 schools with no men teachers. These findings, by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, follow research by the Government’s Training and Development Agency, which also discovered that 83 per cent of parents were unhappy with this situation. How has it come about? There are many factors, but one of them is a grossly exaggerated suspicion of paedophiles – a fear that it is not safe to leave children alone with men. On the contrary: it is not only safe but also necessary to employ properly qualified men to teach children under 11. Boys in particular need male mentors, especially if they do not have one at home.

Millcreek woman, 30, accused of sex with teen boy — A 30-year-old Millcreek woman is facing six felony counts of rape, sodomy and sexual abuse for allegedly having sex with a neighborhood boy. The boy, now 13, told police that he had sex with Catherine Cates four times at her Salt Lake County home between December 2008 and January 2009. Salt Lake County District Attorney spokeswoman Alicia Cook said it was unclear how the relationship began, but the boy’s mother said Cates helped her son with his school homework. Cates has been charged with four first-degree felony counts of rape of a child, one first-degree felony count of sodomy on a child and one second-degree felony count of sexual abuse of a child.

Priest gets 50 years for child rape — The Rev. Thomas Teczar gambled — and lost — at his second trial by letting a jury decide his punishment for raping an 11-year-old boy in Ranger in 1990. At his first trial in 2007, a judge sentenced the former parish priest in the Fort Worth Roman Catholic Diocese to 25 years in prison. On Friday, an Eastland County jury sentenced him to 50 years. Teczar, 68, was convicted Thursday of three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and one count of indecency with a child.

Teacher who revealed sex abuse wants a deal — The Bountiful Junior High teacher who revealed she and another teacher had sex with the same male student hopes to reach a plea deal with prosecutors. Linda Richins Nef, 46, made her first appearance in 2nd District Court on Friday on counts of rape of a child and sodomy on a child, both first-degree felonies punishable by prison terms of 25 years to life. Defense attorney Sean Druyon said after the brief hearing he hopes for a more lenient deal. He said Nef is “very sorry” about the impact on the 13-year-old student and on the school system. “She’s embarrassed herself,” Druyon added. But she also “feels good,” he said, “to get this off her chest.”

The double standard of teen “rape” — Reader James (thanks!) emailed a post at Slate that referred to this article from the Daily Beast on “The Teen Rape Double Standard.” The post from Slate was a response to this article and made the ridiculous argument that cases like this that charge a teen with a felony are okay as long as he is male because he is an aggressor just by lieu of his gender.

Woman ordered to stand trial on charges of sex abuse at center — A former night supervisor at a Joplin residential center for teens with alcohol and drug problems has been ordered bound over for trial on charges that she sexually abused two boys in the program. Associate Circuit Judge Stephen Carlton found probable cause at the end of a preliminary hearing Thursday in Jasper County Circuit Court in Joplin for Jana E. Carter, 45, of Goodman, to stand trial on two counts of second-degree statutory rape and two counts of second-degree statutory sodomy. The judge set April 20 for an initial appearance by the defendant in a trial division of the court.

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