Archdiocese goes on trial in abuse case — Jury selection begins today in the Bexar County trial of a lawsuit accusing the Archdiocese of San Antonio of covering up a former priest’s sexual abuse of an altar boy in Floresville in the mid-1970s. Louis Paul White repeatedly sexually abused a then-12-year-old boy, the lawsuit claims, chiding the Catholic hierarchy for waiting until 1989 to defrock White and until only three years ago to publicize his name as an accused child molester.
Blose sentenced to 15 years — Amy Marie Blose, 38, was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison for 24 felony counts of rape and other lewd misconduct connected to her sexual relationship with a then 13-year-old boy. District Judge Lori Walkley sentenced Blose to 15 years in prison for each count of first-degree rape, to be served concurrently and followed by 15 years probation. Two years of Blose’s probation will be supervised, and all conditions for sex offenders will apply upon her release.
Boy says officials ignored abuse claims — The teen that exposed what could be a prolific sexual predator claims he tried to alert authorities about the man more than a year before investigators took any action. Police arrested Jacob Pinto, 43, in March at his home in Santa Fe. He faces multiple charges related to alleged exploitation of children. Detectives said a video that recently surfaced was shot by Pinto in 2010. On it a 15-year-old boy without a shirt could be seen lying on a carpeted floor in Pinto’s apartment.
Ex-foster father gets life in prison for sexual abuse of children — A former foster father was sentenced to life in prison without eligibility for parole for 35 years in a child-sex case involving five boys once under his care. Roger H. Ball, 65, of Akron, was convicted of one count of rape, one count of sexual battery and five counts of gross sexual imposition in a Summit County jury trial in May. He essentially will spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced Wednesday by Common Pleas Judge Tammy O’Brien, who called his crimes “truly horrific.”
On tape, Matt Sandusky details alleged abuse at hands of father — As Jerry Sandusky sits in a Pennsylvania jail cell awaiting sentencing on 45 charges of sexually abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, one of his adopted children has come forward to say that he too was abused by the former Penn State football coach. Now 33, Matt Sandusky has told authorities that he was sexually abused between the ages of 8 and 15. On Tuesday, NBC’s “Today” aired a video excerpt of Matt Sandusky’s interview with police.
Oregon Justices Approve Release of Boy Scouts’ ‘Perversion Files’ — Oregon’s highest court cleared the way on Thursday for the release of thousands of pages of documents detailing accusations and investigations of sexual abuse or other improprieties by Boy Scout leaders around the nation from the mid-1960s into the 1980s. The files played a central role in a civil case in 2010 over the abuse of six boys by a scout leader in Portland, Ore., in the 1980s. That trial ended with an $18.5 million punitive judgment against the Boy Scouts of America, the largest ever by far against the organization in a sex case jury trial.
Pain continues for family of boy abused by scout leader — Waterloo regional police recently received a report from Scouts Canada of alleged sexual misconduct by one its volunteers that dates back to 42 years ago. The revelation stems from an independent review of six decades of Scouts Canada records that revealed the organization failed at least 65 times to report allegations of sexual wrongdoing to authorities. The local case is one of the 65.
Sandusky verdict is no victory — Former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky has been called to account for his crimes. Yesterday the 68 year old was pummeled with repeated guilty verdicts on charges related to the sexual abuse of boys; charges that could result in being sentenced to as much as 442 years behind bars. It means he will die incarcerated, depending on how long prison conditions and other inmates allow him to live. As harsh as it is, as cathartic for the victims and their families, it still won’t return lost innocence or repair the broken lives.
Why media — and we — don’t grasp scope of abuse — Why is this so difficult to understand? As I write this, retired Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky has not been convicted of child molestation – yet. Personally, I believe he is guilty. There appears to be abundant evidence in the case to convict him. What is astounding to me is that the general public seems to find this so unbelievable, as in: It is so horrible; how could this happen? Yes, it is horrible, but, please do not believe that it is unusual or rare.