A safe place to call their own — Sheila Melzak takes me to a room in a slightly battered building in north London. It’s the headquarters of the Baobab Centre, a charity for refugee children, which Melzak set up three years ago. Wicker chairs are arranged in a circle and there’s a coffee table with a bowl of fruit and homemade poppy-seed cake. Some of her clients arrive. They chatter just as any other people their age might do, at the end of a college or working day.
Drunk drugged boys allegedly sexually assaulted by woman, Court hears — A WOMAN allegedly plied boys as young as 12 with alcohol and drugs before repeatedly sexually assaulting them, a court has heard. Police allege the 36-year-old also showered boys with gifts, cash and cigarettes in order to perform disturbing sex acts, many of which were in the presence of other teenage males of consenting age. The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, faced Gosford Local Court yesterday charged with 16 offences involving the grooming of four boys, numerous sexual assaults, entering a boy’s room with the intent of committing a sex act and the persistent sexual abuse of a 15-year-old.
Ex-Scout volunteer faces more sex charges; foster father accused of abusing young male relatives — Foster father and ousted Boy Scout volunteer Jon L. Demers faces eight new charges of sexually abusing young male relatives. Demers, 54, of 918 Dina St. in Collinsville, was charged Friday with one count of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and two counts of criminal sexual assault against a now 14-year-old male relative, court documents state. He also was charged with five counts of aggravated criminal sexual abuse of a male relative who is now 11 years old.
Former altar boys allege abuse; launch lawsuits — Four Chatham-Kent men have launched civil lawsuits worth $8 million against the Roman Catholic Diocese of London. The men allege that the late Father Bernard Alphones Robert molested them when they were altar boys at St. Francis Xavier parish in Tilbury. Robert was parish priest there during the 1970s and 1980s. David Turrill, of Tilbury, claims Robert molested him for five years staring when he was a 10-year-old altar boy at the Tilbury church.
How Feminism Became a Joke — The latest news out of the feminist camp: Gloria Steinem is calling for a boycott of NBC’s “The Playboy Club.” In 1963, Steinem famously went undercover at a Playboy Club and wrote an expose that painted working as a Playboy Club Bunny waitress as anything but glamorous. According to Steinem, at that time prospective Bunnies were required to be tested for venereal diseases. “Clearly ‘The Playboy Club’ is not going to be accurate. It was the tackiest place on earth. It was not glamorous at all,” Steinem said, adding, “It’s just not telling the truth about the era.”
Maricopa County supervisor’s daughter to be sentenced Oct. 20 in sex case — The sentencing for the daughter of Maricopa County Supervisor Fulton Brock will be delayed for about two months. Rachel Brock, 22, entered into a plea agreement in June on charges of two counts of felony child abuse for a sexual relationship with the same teenage boy molested by her mother. In April Susan Brock was sentenced to 13 years in prison. Rachel Brock will be sentenced Oct. 20 by Pinal County Superior Court Commissioner Hank Gooday in a Maricopa County courtroom. She was originally scheduled to be sentenced on Aug. 19, but her defense attorneys requested additional time to comply with the terms of her plea agreement, according to Pinal County spokeswoman Heather Murphy.
Victim alleges fifth Catholic priest abused him in child sex case — A fifth priest attached to the Albany Roman Catholic Diocese has been accused of abuse by a man who grew up in Colonie and had previously alleged four area priests sexually molested him as a young boy. The Rev. Carl Urban, 71, who is listed as retired but was a longtime pastor at the Church of St. Adalbert in Schenectady, has been accused of sexual abuse by Michael DeSantis, 34, now a resident of Saratoga County, according to letters from the diocese’s attorney to Albany County prosecutors obtained by the Times Union.
Woman (22) rapes and infected boy (12) with a STI — A Chinotimba woman (22) allegedly raped and infected a 12-year-old boy with a sexually transmitted infection after manipulating him with four bananas and US$3 to lure him to be intimate with her, Victoria Falls magistrate, Miss Sharon Rosemani has heard. Appearing before Miss Rosemani facing two counts contravening Section 66 (1) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23, “aggravated indecent assault” and another count of contravening Section 78 (1) (b) of the Criminal Law (Codification and Reform) Act, Chapter 9:23, “deliberate transmission of sexual transmitted disease” was Juliet Ndlovu of Chinotimba township.
Woman takes plea bargain in sex-assault case — A Cañon City woman pleaded guilty Monday to one count of sexual assault on a child. Brenda Harding, 30, was charged in May with one count each of sexual assault on a child, sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse, sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual assault on a child by person in a position of trust with a pattern of abuse. The remaining charges were dismissed as part of the plea agreement. Also part of the agreement her sentencing is capped at two years to life in the Department of Corrections.