550 sexual abuse claims filed against Milwaukee Archdiocese — About 550 people are asking for restitution for alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee — more than in any of the other U.S. dioceses that have filed for bankruptcy protection, according to a lawyer involved in the Milwaukee case. The Milwaukee Archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection last year, saying pending sex-abuse lawsuits could leave it with debts it couldn’t afford.
Award-winning teacher fired after ‘inappropriate relations’ with students — An award-winning Ottawa high school teacher accused of having an “intimate sexual relationship” with two male students and kissing a third on the lips has been stripped of her teaching permit and fired by the city’s public school board. Joanne Leger-Legault pleaded no contest to the allegations of professional misconduct filed against her and did not dispute the facts presented to the Ontario College of Teachers discipline committee when it heard the case last year.
Ex-foster parent in Republic accused in child sex abuse case — A former foster parent from Republic has been accused of sexually abusing two foster children and videotaping the incidents. A warrant for Mark Daniel Obrien, 40, who had been a foster parent for a decade to numerous children, was issued Tuesday. Online jail records did not show him in custody late Tuesday. Obrien is accused of molesting two different boys while they were entrusted in his care at different times over a number of years. Both boys separately disclosed the alleged abuse after leaving his care, court documents show.
Former Syracuse ball boy says in affidavit that Fine’s wife had sex with players — An affidavit filed in a slander suit against Syracuse University and basketball coach Jim Boeheim says the wife of fired assistant Bernie Fine had sex with players, and several people associated with the program knew about it, including Fine. In the affidavit, Bobby Davis, a former ball boy with the men’s team, says he was present on several occasions with basketball players when he heard them speaking of having sex with Laurie Fine. Davis said players joked about it and it seemed to be an openly known fact that Laurie Fine had sex with basketball players. A lawyer for Laurie Fine said the accusations were “disgusting.”
Judge: Abused boy looks like concentration camp victim — Joseph Lee studied a color snapshot of his 9-year-old nephew Monday as a Miami child-welfare judge glanced at Lee. The judge was looking for signs that Lee was as disturbed by the photo as she was. But Lee simply stared at the picture. “I’m looking for words,” Lee said. “I was not aware of any of this.” The photo, which was not released publicly, depicted a little boy who had become so emaciated that his bones protruded from his skin, and his eyes bulged from their sockets, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Cindy Lederman said. She likened him to a concentration camp survivor.
Laurie Ann Martinez Pleads No Contest To Rape Hoax — A former California prison psychologist accused of staging a home invasion and sexual assault pleaded no contest to a felony conspiracy charge. Prosecutors say Laurie Ann Martinez, 36, of Sacramento committed the elaborate hoax to convince her husband that they need to move to a better neighborhood. In Sacramento County Superior Court on Wednesday, Martinez was sentenced to five years of probation and 180 days of electronic monitoring. She was also ordered to pay more than $4,000 in restitution for the police investigation. Continue reading