Convicted sex predator sentenced to 248 years in prison — A former state mental hospital director was sentenced Wednesday to 248 years in prison for molesting his adopted son over eight years as part of what prosecutors claimed was a pattern of abuse that spanned four decades and ensnared a dozen young boys. Superior Court Judge James B. Pierce called defendant Claude Foulk, 63, a “sick, sick man” and said he should have been the No. 1 patient at the mental hospital he oversaw. The judge drew applause from the courtroom after issuing the maximum possible sentence.
DCF Secretary visits young victim in I-95 abuse case — A ten year old boy, who’s at the heart of a very sickening child abuse case that unfolded in South Florida this past week, is improving. Department of Children and Family Services officials were visiting Victor Barahona at a Miami hospital Saturday afternoon. The ten-year-old boy was found covered with acid inside a pickup truck with his adoptive father on the side of I-95 this week. The DCF is not saying much about any conversation they had with Victor; however, they are promising a thorough investigation in the coming weeks.
De Soto woman accused of keeping son in attic faces attempted second-degree murder charge — A woman accused of locking her young son in the attic of her De Soto home will stand trial on charges of child abuse and attempted second-degree murder. On Tuesday, Johnson County District Judge Peter Ruddick ordered Rachel Perez, 27, to also stand trial on a third charge, aggravated child endangerment. Perez was charged last August after Johnson County sheriff’s deputies discovered her then 6-year-old son confined to the attic. Prosecutors said the 20-pound boy, who has Down syndrome, was severely malnourished and covered in fecal matter.
Documentary Brings to Light the Realities of Childhood Sexual Abuse — Although kept in the shadows, child sexual abuse is a prevalent crime in our society that causes permanent emotional and psychological damage to it’s victims. In 2002, approximately 15-33% of females and 13-16% of males were abused by the age of 18 in the United States, according to a survey by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The exact incidence, of course, may be much higher given the fear, shame and memory repression that often keeps victims from reporting their crime.
Eight men face charges of setting teen boy on fire at party — Eight men, ages 18 to 21, are facing charges of setting a 14-year-old boy on fire during a party in Denver last week. Police were called at about 3:30 a.m. on Feb. 14 to South Federal Boulevard and West Alameda Avenue, where witnesses saw the boy acting erratically and in need of medical attention. He was rushed to Children’s Hospital in Aurora with burns on his upper body.
Irish woman is jailed for rape of mother of two in bathroom — A 25-year-old Irish nurse who had been on a working visa in Australia has been sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for the rape of a 32-year-old mother of two. Anne-Marie O’Loughlin was found guilty in Brisbane District Court last year on two counts of digital rape and deprivation of liberty in the bathrooms of the Canton Hotel on November 29 of last year. Judge David Reid said O’Loughlin’s “cavalier attitude” and regular excessive consumption of alcohol had been the reason she had acted completely out of character.
Lawsuit: Los Lunas prison inmates subjected to humiliating abuse — Gun-wielding corrections officers wearing face masks to conceal their identity forced inmates at the state prison in Los Lunas to strip to their underwear and sit single file on the gymnasium floor with their genitals touching the next inmate, apparently as discipline or punishment, a class-action lawsuit alleges. The men were held in this position for several hours without access to a bathroom, the lawsuit claims. At one point, an inmate urinated on the prisoner in front of him, and several prisoners were forced to sit in the urine. The lawsuit filed in the 13th Judicial District Court in Valencia County says Anthony Romero, warden of Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas, was behind the “nuts to butts” policy of “intimidation and abuse.”
Macabre child abuse scandal: Girl, 6, in dad’s protective custody — The would-be hero in a macabre child abuse scandal was ordered into the protective custody of her father Friday as police in two counties continued to piece together the tragic final days of 10-year-old Nubia Doctor. At a child custody hearing in Miami on Friday, Circuit Judge Sandy Karlan ordered that the 6-year-old girl — who blew the whistle on the grisly abuse of Nubia and her twin brother, Victor — must remain with her father, Yovani Perez.
New education bill will give protection for teachers falsely accused by pupils — Teachers are to be granted anonymity when pupils make allegations against them, which will only be lifted if a charge is made. The proposals are set out in Michael Gove’s Education Bill, which also gives teachers new powers to search pupils. It will also be made easier for teachers to hand out detentions. They will no longer have to give parents 24 hours’ notice. And heads will have the final say on expulsions – stopping independent appeals panels from forcing children back into school.
Okla. parents abused adopted children, fed them dog food, says report — The Canadian County District Attorney has filed child abuse and child neglect charges against two Oklahoma parents accused of beating their three adopted children and feeding them pet food. John and Sonja Kluth are each facing three counts of child abuse and three counts of child neglect for allegedly abusing their adopted 15-year-old and 11-year-old sons and 9-year-old daughter, reports CBS affiliate KWTV. “They’ve been abused just about every way imaginable, they’ve been burned, cut, beat,” Canadian County Sheriff Randall Edwards told KWTV.
Pediatrician in Abuse Case Killed Himself — Dr. Melvin D. Levine, a nationally known pediatrician who was found dead last week, died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, a medical examiner said on Friday. Dr. Levine, 71, was found in the woods near his Rougemont, N.C., home with a gunshot wound to his forehead. His death was reported a day after a class-action sexual abuse and malpractice suit was filed against him in Boston.
Richard Mink faces trial on charge of taking nude photos of male exchange student — A 76-year-old Muskegon man who has hosted foreign exchange students for nearly 20 years has been bound over for trial on a charge of manufacturing child pornography. Richard William Mink of 2520 Glenside on Thursday waived a preliminary hearing in Muskegon County 60th District Court on that 20-year felony. He is accused of taking nude photos of a 16-year-old German male exchange student in 2009. “Mink was bound over on the top count, and a plea to that count is anticipated,” said Brett Gardner, Muskegon County’s chief assistant prosecutor.
Women Are Probably Going To Hate The Men’s Version Of The Feminist Revolution — A couple of days ago, I was having a conversation with a friend of mine who could fairly be described as a feminist. Not a conservative feminist — a feminist in the traditional sense of the word. I remarked to her that over the last few decades, women’s ideals, in everything from dating, to careers, to their life in general, have changed quite a bit while men’s ideals, hopes and dreams have been much more static over that same time period. She agreed and said feminism hasn’t done a good job of “helping men” reach their potential.