Boy abused in ‘Willing Willie,’ DSWD says — The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has stepped into the controversy involving television show “Willing Willie” and a 6-year-old boy who was made to dance in a lewd manner in exchange for P10,000. The DSWD said the incident that aired March 12 on TV5 is clear case of child abuse. “The sequence shows the boy gyrating in a distasteful manner with the audience, including the host (Willie Revillame), manifesting no evidence of concern or alarm for the child,” the agency said in a press statement.
Catholic Church Settles With 700 Abuse, Rape Victims For $250 Million — The Roman Catholic Church, as part of ongoing lawsuits, will make payments to approximately 700 male and female sexual and psychological abuse, molestation, and rape victims who were living in Alaska Native villages and Indian reservations from Montana to Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and who were “sexually or psychologically abused as children by Jesuit missionaries in those states in the 1940s through the 1990s,” according to a statement by attorneys.
Judge: Cottonwood-area woman accused in boy’s beating fit for trial — A judge Wednesday determined for the second time that a Cottonwood-area woman accused of beating a 7-year-old boy to near death in December 2009 is fit to stand trial. After reviewing a report filed by two court-appointed doctors, Shasta County Superior Court Judge Dan Flynn said the jury trial for Rachel Limon, 28, will start on Aug. 23. Limon is accused of attempted murder and other charges in the beating case. She’s being held at the Shasta County jail in lieu of $1.5 million.
Loveland teacher takes plea in sex assault of 16-year-old boy — A 31-year-old woman faces 90 days in jail and 10 years of intense supervised probation after pleading guilty this afternoon to the sexual assault of a 16-year-old boy in January. Courtney Bowles — a former instructional coach at Mountain View High School in Loveland — will also have to register as a sex offender if her plea deal with prosecutors is accepted by Larimer County District Judge Stephen Howard in May. Bowles agreed to plead guilty to child abuse resulting in serious bodily injury, a class 4 felony.
No parole given for mother whose abuse led to amputation of son’s toes — A Vernal woman who abused her son so severely that doctors had to amputate the boy’s toes and parts of his feet will serve at least another 21 months in prison, the Utah Board of Pardons and Parole said Monday. Michele Juan Napolitano was sentenced in October to serve up to 20 years in prison for the abuse she inflicted on six of her children, including her son, who was 5 years old when she used rope to bind his hands and feet and hang him upside down over a door for several days.
State attorney’s appeal adds twist to Tai-Ling Gigliotti child abuse case — Anton Angelo walked out of a Brooksville courtroom last month, dressed in a dark suit and wearing a smile. A free man. But now the key figure in one of Hernando County’s highest-profile child abuse cases in recent memory may be bound for another courtroom, this time in the 5th District Court of Appeal in Daytona Beach. The State Attorney’s Office is appealing a judge’s Feb. 22 decision to dismiss perjury charges against Angelo, 47.
Teachers wanted matter kept quiet, says mother of victim — THE MOTHER of an 11-year-old boy who was sexually abused by a house mistress says she was told by her son’s exclusive school to keep the matter quiet. The school, which cannot be named for legal reasons, also failed to organise counselling for the young victims or offer their families meaningful support, the woman told the Herald outside the Sydney District Court yesterday. Cassandra Leigh Johnson, 42, was sentenced to at least five years’ jail for having oral sex and sexual intercourse with six boys, who were aged 11 or 12, over a five-month period in 2009.
Town Relies On Troubled Youth Prison For Profits — Prisons are filled with stress and violence; without proper supervision they can revert to primitive places. That’s what happened at Walnut Grove Youth Correctional Facility in Mississippi, an NPR news investigation has determined. As the nation’s largest juvenile prison, Walnut Grove houses 1,200 boys and young men in a sprawling one-story complex ringed by security fences about an hour’s drive east of Jackson. The State of Mississippi pays a private corrections company to run the prison. NPR’s investigation found that allegations swirling around the prison raise the fundamental question of whether profits have distorted the mission of rehabilitating young inmates.
Woman gets 15 more years in webcam sex abuse — A week after being sentenced on federal child pornography charges, a woman who sexually abused a 2-year-old girl while a man in the UK watched live via webcam received an additional 15-year sentence from a state judge on Tuesday. Julie Carr was sentenced last week to 20 years in federal prison. On Tuesday, Judge Bruce Jordan imposed the additional penalty for gross sexual assault and sexual exploitation of a minor. The sentences will be served concurrently. The 33-year-old Carr pleaded guilty to the charges earlier on Tuesday.
Young boys tell court of ‘sex abuse at school club’ — A teenager sexually abused two young boys at an after-school club where he was working as a child supervisor, a court heard yesterday. Samuel Butcher, 19, is accused of “dragging” a 6-year-old child into a toy shed and abusing him while a second child was made to watch at the Cambridgeshire playschool. Cambridge Crown Court also heard Butcher, who had worked at the after-school club for four years, abused the same child after following him into a toilet.