Bulletin Board v98

Abuse victims slam judge’s ‘excuse’ — The victims of a convicted sex abuser claim a judge has excused him by saying he was having a sexual crisis. Graeme McCardle, 59, has been jailed for six years for sex crimes against a boy and girl at a school for the underprivileged. A loving husband, father and regarded as a cornerstone of good in the community, McCardle’s past has now caught up with him.

Father James Robinson’s abuse victim ‘thought it was love’ — A victim of a former Roman Catholic priest convicted of sexually abusing boys between 1959 and 1983, said he thought he was in love with the man who called himself Father Jim. Richard John James Robinson, 73, originally from Aldridge in the West Midlands, encouraged the altar boy with gifts, outings and rides in his sports car. “I was so much in love with the man. Everything was planned. We were going to run away together. He told me that he loved me as well.”

Jehovah’s Witness jailed for grooming and abusing boy — A Jehovah’s Witness who groomed and sexually abused a boy has been jailed for six years and eight months. Thomas Gold, 45, of Alloa, Clackmannanshire, was sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh. He previously admitted committing indecency at a house in Tullibody between November 1996, when the boy was seven years old, and November in 2003. Unemployed Gold took the boy canvassing for the Jehovah’s Witnesses and to the Kingdom Hall.

Ontario man to share tale of childhood sex abuse on Oprah Winfrey show — Terry Van Lare kept his painful secret hidden for 47 years. Now, the world will know that he was sexually abused as a child. The grandfather from LaSalle, Ont., has agreed to appear on an upcoming episode of The Oprah Show featuring stories of male survivors. He is among 300 men from across North America invited to sit in the audience during a taping of the show in Chicago on Monday.

Pope makes saint of nun who exposed sexual abuse — Pope Benedict on Sunday gave Australia its first saint, a 19th century “whistleblower” nun who activists say should be the patron of victims of sexual abuse by priests because she was punished for exposing it. At a solemn ceremony in St Peter’s Square, the pope canonized Mother Mary MacKillop as well as five other church figures from Poland, Canada, Spain, and Italy who lived in the 15th to 20th centuries.

Should kids be sentenced to life in prison? — In 1998, Omer Ninham was an abused 14-year-old child of alcoholic parents. He was also a murderer. After throwing a 13-year-old boy to his death from the top of a hospital parking ramp, Ninham was sentenced to life in prison without parole — essentially condemned to die in prison. Last week, the Wisconsin Supreme Court decided to review Ninham’s sentence in a case that could determine how age should factor into the sentencing of kids who are sent to adult court.

Town and Country: Farm helps troubled boys grow into productive men — There’s a working farm tucked into the hills outside Bath that grows something much more important than corn or apples. Snell Farm Children’s Center helps troubled juvenile boys grow into productive members of society. The farm was founded as a boy’s home in 1973 by Family Life Ministries, on land donated by the Snell family, and was originally called New Life Homes.

Woman in tot abuse cries in courthouse — The woman accused of disciplining a toddler to the point of severe burns appeared in court Thursday. Irene Martin made her initial court appearance Friday in Hendricks County. She was visibly upset. The judge entered a not guilty plea on her behalf and set a trial date for Jan. 19. A protective order was also filed in court. Martin and her husband are not allowed to contact the parents of the child involved in the scalding. Martin’s attorney says the protective order is standard procedure in a case like this.

Young boy testifies about alleged abuse in North Las Vegas foster home — A 9-year-old boy took the stand to share details of the alleged abuse he and his baby sister experienced in a North Las Vegas foster home. They were sent to live with Deborah Hill, a woman entrusted by the state to care for children. But they were eventually moved from her home, and she was charged with abuse and neglect. Tuesday, Hill faced a judge. Daniel Register and baby Sarah were taken from their home last year after Daniel accidentally swallowed some of his father’s prescription pills. But the foster home they were placed in didn’t end up being a safe haven.

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