Bulletin Board v298

Dogged determination delivers justice for victims caught up in 20 year web of sexual abuse — Shame. Guilt. Fear. Anger. This is the impact sexual abuse has on its victims. Some of the young men molested by Taranaki man Nigel Allan Hauauru Nelson feigned sleep, froze or blocked out their feelings, using drugs and alcohol as a means to cope. Others chose to lock it away and not talk to police at all. But thanks to the efforts of New Plymouth Detective Pat Tongi and his team, Nelson will be held accountable for the harm he caused to 14 men.

Ex-police officer abused two boys at offenders’ centre, court told — A retired police superintendent sexually abused two boys in the 1980s when he ran an attendance centre for young offenders, a jury has been told. Gordon Anglesea, 78, a former officer with North Wales police, abused the boys when they were 14 or 15, the court heard. The first alleged victim claims that he was assaulted by Anglesea in the showers and a changing room of the centre in Wrexham, north Wales.

Families apologize after more sex abuse details surface against dead Minnesota teacher, spouse — The families of South St. Paul teacher Aric Babbitt and his husband spoke publicly Wednesday for the first time about alleged sexual abuse of teen boys made against the couple before they turned up dead last week in Washington of an apparent murder-suicide.When reached by the Pioneer Press at his South St. Paul home, Babbitt’s father read a statement he said was prepared on behalf of his family and Matthew Deyo’s family. Continue reading

Bulletin Board v297

Elementary School Teacher Killed in Apparent Murder-Suicide May Have Abused Multiple Kids: Reports — A Minnesota elementary school teacher and his husband, who were found dead last week in an apparent murder-suicide in Washington state, may have sexually abused multiple underage boys, according to reports. Aric Babbitt, 40, and Matthew Deyo, 36, were reportedly found dead on Lopez Island on Aug. 25, just two weeks after one of Babbitt’s former students went to police and accused him of sexual assault.

Exposed: UP’s hell prison where inmates suffer vicious torture and corruption — The crime team of India Today has unearthed a prison that has turned into a vicious hub of third-degree torture, abuse and corruption. Here, an inmate is pinned down on the ground, with his feet up and locked in bamboo sticks by fellow prisoners. Unbearable screams pierce through the large hall as a deputy jailer unleashes a flurry of club blows on his bare soles.

Family of malnourished boy found dead in Echo Park closet had been reported to social workers six times — Days apart in 2012, two teachers contacted the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services about a young boy named Yonatan Daniel Aguilar. One reported that the boy was suffering from general neglect. Another said he had a black eye. County social workers interviewed school employees, including a soccer coach and a special education teacher. Continue reading

When facing jail time, blame the victim

In yet another case of unusual sentences, an Australian woman received two years in jail after pleading guilty to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16:

A mother has been jailed for performing sex acts on a 14-year-old schoolboy after she initially spotted him playing football.

The 39-year-old woman, from Victoria, has been sentenced to two years behind bars, with a minimum of 10 months after abusing the boy who went to the same school as her daughter.

The sentencing comes after she pleaded guilty in a Victorian court to two counts of sexual penetration of a child under the age of 16.

The boy was just 14 years old when the then 36-year-old woman engaged in sex acts with him on two separate occasions at her home.

The Australian government typically does not charge women with counts of sexual penetration. It is uncommon for the women to receive any jail time for sex offenses at all, let alone a minimum 10-month sentence. The woman will also register as a sex offender for life. The article offers no explanation for that, and it does seem odd considering the rest of the woman’s sentence.

Of course, woman could not leave it at that. Continue reading

Woman receives 25-year sentence for sexual abuse

When women sexually abuse children, they usually face little repercussions. Most female abusers are not reported. Of those who are, most do not face charges. Of those who face charges or trial, most receive plea deals for lesser offenses. Of those who are convicted, most will either have the sentence suspended or receive probation. Of those who face conviction for serious offenses, most will not have to register as a sex offender. Of those who do have to register, most of them will be removed within five to ten years.

Simply put: women who prey on children get a pass.

Due to this, I do not expect to see situations like what occurred in a recent case:

A 37-year-old New Boston, Texas, woman received a 25-year sentence Friday for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy after the victim’s parent assured the judge it was their wish.

Kimberly Elaine Mitchell carried a box of tissue Friday morning as she walked into a first-floor courtroom of the Bi-State Justice Building for formal sentencing before 102nd District Judge Bobby Lockhart. Mitchell pleaded guilty to three felonies Wednesday and was scheduled to have a jury decide her fate in a punishment-only trial next week.

Mitchell faced multiple life sentences for the abuse. If the decision went to the jury, Mitchell could have received five years to life in prison. She chose to accept a plea bargain. The boy’s parents accepted the deal in order to spare their son the stress of testifying. The deal is unusual in that it still required Mitchell to plead to two first-degree felony charges.

This is the sort of deal that is typically offered male offenders. While I am not a supporter of long sentences, it is good to see that neither the prosecutors or judge applied a double standard in this case. Indeed, to the judge’s credit, he did not give Mitchell a pass: Continue reading

What Mrs. Robinson actually looks like

I had a robust discussion on another thread concerning adult women having sex with teen boys. One commenters named Terry argued that most teen boys would love to have sex with an older woman. My position is that while most boys may fantasize about this, the reality of the situation proves untenable. The boys are not prepared for the situation, particularly the way in which adults will manipulate teens to get what they want.

Terry argued while this may be true for a small number of boys, most boys are “pussy hounds” and would face no trauma from a sexual encounter with older women. A recent case shows why that is untrue:

A former educational assistant who was working at Sir Robert Borden High School in Ottawa has been sentenced to 14 months in jail for sexually exploiting a student over a two-year period.

Katherine Kitts, 46, was arrested in October 2014 after a mother found sexually explicit texts on her son’s phone and contacted police with concerns about Kitts’s relationship with him.

The offences happened between April 2012 and April 2014 while Kitts was working at Sir Robert Borden High School. She had sex with the student repeatedly throughout those years, including in Kitts’s van, parked off school property.

Kitts was initially charged with sexual assault, sexual exploitation and telecommunication with a person under 18, but after pleading guilty to sexual exploitation in March, the other two charges were stayed.

Kitt’s lawyer asked for a 90-day intermittent sentence, meaning Kitt would go to jail on the weekends or a few days during the week, followed by probation. The lawyer claimed the abuse was unusual and out of Kitt’s character. The judge did not buy it, and with good reason. Continue reading

Police Training for Domestic Violence with Donald Dutton

Dr. Donald Dutton, Professor of Psychology at UBC, discusses in this video the current domestic violence policies and how they affect the way police respond to male victims.

Despite that the evidence showing that most domestic violence is reciprocal, meaning both partners abuse each other, the focus is exclusively on male-on-female violence. Dutton notes that when one looks at the data, the amount of violence suffered by women compared to men is only slightly higher. The focus on women as victims appears to be more political than evidence based.

The impact of this politicization is that male victims are often treated as abusers or ignored rather than helped. Many abuse support services will refuse to help men or refer them to batterer programs. Police in several countries will arrest the men regardless of who initiated the abuse. The net affect is that men are less likely to report the abuse out of fear of arrest or disbelief. Continue reading

The Deaf Excuse: when disability (and femaleness) absolve child rape

When it comes to excusing child rape, the United Kingdom never disappoints. Of all the reasons one could think of to not imprison someone, deafness does not make the top of the list. Yet a UK judge felt that two sisters who habitually raped a boy for 14 years should not face jail time because they cannot hear:

Two sisters who sexually abused a boy over a 14-year period have been spared jail because they are both deaf and would experience ‘complete isolation’ in prison.

Julie Fellows, 30, and her sister Jennifer, 32, of Kington, Herefordshire, began molesting the victim when he was just six and then again when he was a teenager. […]

Julie was found guilty following a trial of indecently assaulting a boy aged six to nine between October 2000 and April 2004 and sexual activity with a boy aged between 13 and 17 by between October 2008 and October 2010.

Jennifer admitted gross indecency with a child under 16 between October 2000 and April 2004 and inciting a male child aged between 13 and 17 to engage in non-penetrative sexual activity between October 2008 and October 2010.

That sounds rather serious, however, Judge Robert Juckes did not agree. He decided to spare the sisters any jail time because the sisters’ disabilities would put them in “a state of complete isolation” in prison. Juckes made the decision despite sentencing guidelines recommending one year in jail for Jennifer and six years in prison for Julie.

Juckes explained his decision: Continue reading