Concord mom pleads guilty to torturing son, is sentenced to up to 30 years — A 19-year-old former Concord man who was repeatedly tortured and then coerced to lie that his wounds were self-inflicted confronted the first of his three alleged abusers – his mother – yesterday at her plea and sentencing hearing in Merrimack County Superior Court, describing in detail how she brutally abused him in the family’s Penacook home. “Dear ex-Mother,” he began, reading from a statement as the woman, Christine Gelineau, sat sobbing nearby in an orange prison jumpsuit. (more on the case)
Dad Profiling — I’ve been sitting on writing this post for a couple weeks because I wasn’t sure exactly what I wanted to say about it. I knew that I was annoyed by what happened — angered even — but it’s not a totally black or white situation. A few weeks ago, my parents took me and my daughter, Annie, along with my nephew, Spencer, and niece, Michaela, to see Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2. Normally, my sister and her husband would have come too, but they were out of town, so my parents and I were in charge of looking after Spencer and Michaela.
Demystifying the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Boys – Our Forgotten Victims — Child sex trafficking is a phrase with which most of us are familiar and in many ways a fashionable topic to discuss in the media nowadays thanks to the publicity the issue has generated from celebrities and activists, as well as from websites like Backpage.com and Craigslist which have sparked furor for allegedly facilitating trafficking. Yet, in thirteen years since the adoption of the federal Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPA) – which defined anyone less than 18 years of age induced to perform a commercial sexual act as a victim of trafficking and not a criminal – one group has been noticeably and consistently ignored in all of the research, policy and practice…young boys.
How An Abusive Father Ruined His Son’s Life. And What His Daughter Did About It. — This is the most heartbreaking story I’ve ever written about. It’s a story that shows the love of siblings for each other in spite of having the same abusive father. Their journey, what happened along the way, and the outcome are all unforgettable. This is worth the entire read – trust me. This is in her words.
Innocent Man Freed After 35 Years Has An Incredible Outlook On Life — Exonerated by DNA evidence, James Bain isn’t angry about spending 35 years of his life in prison for a horrific crime that he didn’t commit. “How can I be?” he told Business Insider. “You can’t go back.” Bain actually feels blessed for his experience, comparing himself to Joseph, a biblical character who was wrongfully imprisoned before emerging with greater power to create change.
Lawsuit says rape common for juvenile offenders placed in adult prisons — A group of young male prisoners is suing the state of Michigan. The prisoners allege they were subjected to sexual harassment, rape, and in some instances sexual trafficking, as a result of the state’s policy of housing juvenile offenders age 17 and younger in the same facility as adult offenders. “Placing children in adult facilities puts them at five times a greater risk of rape than if you keep them in a juvenile facility,” says attorney Deborah LaBelle, who filed the lawsuit on behalf of the prisoners.
Michael Souter trial: Ex-BBC presenter GUILTY of abusing boys aged between 11 and 16 over two decades — A former BBC presenter has been found guilty of a string of child sex offences spanning two decades against young boys. Michael Souter abused seven boys aged between 11 and 16 between 1979 and 1999. The court was told that Souter was a “sexual deviant” who was obsessed with young boys in shorts and uniform. The ex-BBC Norfolk and former Radio Clyde broadcaster was also found guilty of making and possessing indecent images of children.
Mother who admitted child abuse receives diverted sentence — A woman who admitted last month she let another person physically abuse her toddler son will not serve any jail time if she follows the court’s conditions of her sentence for the next three years. Kayleigh Norris, 23, pleaded guilty in September to second-degree criminal abuse as part of a plea agreement with the Madison County commonwealth’s attorney’s office. She originally had been charged with first-degree criminal abuse, which carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison.
NJ yeshiva teacher gets nearly 13 years in prison for abuse — A former New Jersey yeshiva teacher who claimed he was pressured by his Orthodox Jewish community into admitting to sexually assaulting a boy was sentenced Thursday night to nearly 13 years in prison after a judge refused to allow him to withdraw his guilty plea. Yosef Kolko, 39, had said in court papers that members of the Lakewood community carried out an unrelenting campaign to get him to plead guilty and to spare the community negative publicity.