Brutal Youth Jail Called a Private Gold Mine — Mississippi underwrites a privately run juvenile prison where youngsters “live in barbaric, unconstitutional conditions,” where rape, beatings, drug smuggling by guards and medical and educational neglect are the norm, 13 boys and young men say in a federal class action. The Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility, built with more than $41 million in taxpayer dollars, “has generated approximately $100 million for the various for-profit entities that have operated the prison since it opened its doors in 2001,” according to the complaint.
Carrier Mills woman gets probation for sexual abuse — A Carrier Mills woman was sentenced to probation for aggravated criminal sexual abuse. Shannon Burton, 40, Carrier Mills, will serve four years of probation for the offense, which involved one instance of sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old boy in March 2009. She was charged July 27, 2009.
Coach in abuse case gets sons back — The former gymnastics coach from Aurora once imprisoned on charges he molested some of his young charges has been awarded custody of his two young sons. Will County Judge Paula Gomora earlier this week awarded custody to Michael Cardamone, agreeing with several social service agencies that recommended he get his kids back. In 2005, Cardamone was convicted of inappropriately touching seven young students, 4 to 15 years old, but a state appellate court reversed the conviction three years later and ordered a new trial.
Ex-NH priest won’t get health parole from sex term — A defrocked New Hampshire priest in prison for sexually assaulting a young boy won’t be released because of ill health. Seventy-four-year-old Francis Talbot is suffering from heart disease, depression, diabetes and dementia. He is being held in the infirmary of the state prison in Berlin. In 2002 Talbot pleaded guilty to five counts of felony sexual assault stemming from the abuse of a boy at his Manchester home in 1990 and 1991. Talbot was later given a combined sentence of 10 to 20 years in prison.
Home workers ‘force-fed and beat children’ — Former residents of a children’s home have told a court they were force fed, had soap rammed into their mouths and were beaten by those supposedly responsible for their care. Now in their forties, the alleged victims claimed they were part of a routine of violence inflicted by Morag and Anthony Jordan, former houseparents at the Haut de la Garenne home on the island of Jersey. The married couple, both 62, from Kirriemuir, Angus, face a combined total of 48 counts of common assault, dating from the 1970s and 1980s.
NYPD slaps a summons on chess-playing mentors in Inwood Hill Park — Parents at a Manhattan park are outraged that the NYPD slapped summones on a group of chess players who have mentored their children. Cops in the 34th Precinct hit seven men with violations on Oct. 20 for using the stone chess tables inside a playground at Inwood Hill Park. The playground is off-limits to adults without minors with them under Parks Department rules. The summonses – first reported on DNAinfo.com – cited the men for failing to obey park regulation signs. They have to answer the charges in Criminal Court on Dec. 28.
The sadness of the Will Lynch case — Of all the sad cases wending their way through Santa Clara County’s courts, few are sadder than that of Will Lynch, the 44-year-old man accused of severely beating a Jesuit priest Lynch says abused him as a child. According to police, Lynch knocked on the door of the Sacred Heart Jesuit Center in Los Gatos last May and asked the priest, Jerold Lindner, “Do you remember me? You abused me and my brother.” Then, police say, Lynch beat the 65-year-old Lindner so severely that the priest’s body was covered in bruises and seven stitches were needed to close a cut above his eye.
Teacher gets 10 to 25 years in boy’s rape — A former Garden City schoolteacher was ordered Friday to serve 10-25 years in prison on rape charges for having sex with a teenage student, starting when the boy was a 14-year-old eighth-grader. Wayne County Circuit Judge Timothy Kenny said the case involving Virginia Homberg was a classic example of betrayed trust on the part of an educator.