Boy forced to do more than 1,000 push-ups, eat 2 screws; stepfather charged — A 260-pound man tortured his 12-year-old stepson this week by beating him with a paddle and a belt and forcing him to do more than 1,000 push-ups on his knuckles and eat two screws at a home on Scott Air Force Base, St. Clair County Sheriff’s Capt. Steve Johnson said Friday. James P. Jennings, 39, of 4534 Split Rock Drive Apt. A, was charged with felony aggravated battery, two counts of misdemeanor domestic battery and four counts of misdemeanor endangering the life of a child.
Church Leaders Talk Child Sex Abuse, Just Days After Boy Was Allegedly Molested — On Tuesday, church leaders in Midland came together to start learning what they can do to make sure child sex abuse no longer happens inside their churches. Gregory Love is a lawyer specializing in child sexual abuse. He thinks the rate of abuse in churches is going up. “I think it’s probably growing. I think just generally we find that the protective barriers in our churches are lower than other places. I think, unfortunately, sexual predators know that,” Love said. Even organizer Hank Henry says, “The assumption is that [when] you’re in church, you’re in a safe environment. People are in there for a reason, which is to worship.”
Defrocked Philadelphia priest pleads guilty to abusing altar boy — A defrocked Philadelphia priest pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old altar boy, four days before he and two priests were to face the start of a landmark trial about clergy sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Edward V. Avery, 69, was sentenced to 2 1/2 to five years in prison under an agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office. It was unclear how the sudden plea would affect the trial, scheduled to start Monday, or if Avery would become a witness for the commonwealth.
Ex-Altar Boy Files $5 Million Sex Abuse Lawsuit Against Miami Archdiocese — A South Florida man who claims he was sexually abused by a Catholic priest while he was an altar boy in the 1970s has filed a $5 million lawsuit against the Archdiocese of Miami. Attorney Ron Weil says his client, a Miami man who is approximately 49-years old, was repeatedly sexually abused at the hands of William Romero, while Romero was a priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church in Coral Gables. Weil says the abuse began when his client was about eight and continued from 1971 to 1975 inside Romero’s living quarters at the church, as well as at a home in Lake Worth.
Ex-Prisoners Say Life Term Is Cruel for Teens, As Case Hits High Court — When Bryan A. Stevenson steps up to the podium in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it will not be his first appearance before the black-robed justices. Two years ago, he stood in the exact same spot in the marble chamber arguing that juveniles under 18 who commit crimes that do not involve murder shouldn’t be sentenced to life without parole. When Bryan A. Stevenson steps up to the podium in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, it will not be his first appearance before the black-robed justices.
Graham James sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing Theo Fleury and Todd Holt — Outrage across Canada was swift and pointed Tuesday as reviled former junior hockey coach Graham James was sentenced to two years in prison for hundreds of sexual assaults on two of his teenage players. James’s lawyer said his client — “the most hated man in hockey” — got a fair trial, but few seemed to agree that the sentence fit the crime. A spectator in the Winnipeg courtroom shouted “Yay!” then spat out a more colourful condemnation as James shook his lawyer’s hand and was led away in handcuffs to begin serving his sentence.
NZ male childhood abuse ‘huge’ — A national campaigner on male sexual abuse believes as many as one in three men have been sexually abused in childhood. Male Survivors of Sexual Abuse Trust manager Ken Clearwater, of Christchurch, spoke at a workshop in Nelson yesterday. He also hoped to help set up a support group in the Nelson-Blenheim area for men who suffered sexual abuse in childhood. Clearwater said there were huge gaps in the knowledge and services available for men who have been sexually abused in childhood.
Paedophile posted abuse images online — For a decade, a former Wellington art gallery owner committed depraved sex acts on at-risk children, uploading his abuse online to a worldwide audience. It can now be revealed that Aaron Paul Laurence, 38, has pleaded guilty to more than 60 charges of abuse, including the rape of young boys and the production and distribution of footage of their ordeals. Details of Laurence’s offending were suppressed until yesterday. When Laurence’s stash of illicit child pornography was finally uncovered last year – hidden in a mire of computer encryptions and passwords – police found more than 31,000 images and videos.
Penn State coach asks judge to throw out his child abuse case — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer on Thursday asked a judge to dismiss all 52 child abuse charges against him because the prosecutor failed to turn over detailed information needed to defend the former Penn State assistant football coach. Attorney Joe Amendola, whose client is accused of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, raised questions specifically about the validity of charges tied to three of the boys – identified only as Victim 2, Victim 6 and Victim 8. The sex abuse scandal rocked the world of college football and led to the dismissal of Penn State’s legendary coach Joe Paterno and University President Graham Spanier.
Radical domestic violence scheme fails male victims — Police chiefs have defended their handling of a pilot scheme to help the victims of domestic violence after statistics revealed a massive discrepancy in the way the police deal with men and women victims. The Western Daily Press obtained figures that show that even though hundreds of men reported that they were victims of domestic violence, only one of the 103 newly piloted Domestic Violence Protection Orders issued by magistrates since the trial scheme began last July has been issued to protect a male victim.
Report: Anonymous Ind. hotline caller pleaded 20 minutes for abuse check before boy’s death — An anonymous caller to Indiana’s child abuse hotline pleaded for 20 minutes for someone to check on conditions in a South Bend home six months before a boy living there was tortured to death, a newspaper reports. The South Bend Tribune posted the story online Monday, after the Court of Appeals dismissed an attempt by the Department of Child Services to block the story’s publication. The caller last May told the person answering the phone at the hotline about another child’s injuries that day.
Woman incarcerated for statutory sexual assault charged with performing sex acts on 7-year-old boy — A woman arrested earlier this month for an alleged sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl was arrested Thursday on charges that she repeatedly performed sex acts on a 7-year-old boy. Waleska Guadalupe, 28, 1828 N. Main Ave., Scranton, touched the child’s penis on more than one occasion and made him watch pornographic videos, according to a criminal complaint. Authorities learned of the abuse during an interview with the boy at the Children’s Advocacy Center last week, according to the complaint.
Zimbabwe ‘sperm hunters’ picking up male travellers — Susan Dhliwayo claims she pulled her car over recently to pick up a group of male hitchhikers and they refused to get in, because they feared they were going to be raped. “Now, men fear women. They said: ‘we can’t go with you because we don’t trust you’,” 19-year-old Miss Dhliwayo recounted. Local media have reported victims of the highway prowlers being drugged, subdued at gun or knife point – even with a live snake in one case – given a sexual stimulant and forced into repeated sex before being dumped on the roadside.