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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

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12-year-old murder suspect to be charged as adult, plea deal unlikely — Twelve-year-old Cristian Fernandez will be tried as an adult, and is unlikely to get a plea deal for the murder of his two-year old brother. CBS Miami reports prosecutors believe that in March 2011, Fernandez acted with premeditation when he violently pushed his brother into a bookcase and beat him while his mother was out. The two-year-old victim died two days later from a fractured skull and bleeding in the brain. Fernandez is the youngest person ever charged with first degree murder in Jacksonville.

Abuse victims standing up in wake of coach scandals — A national furor over sexual misconduct by college athletic coaches may offer at least one collateral benefit: Experts say hidden victims are being stirred to step forward and press charges against sports and athletic mentors, thereby protecting others from abuse. “These incidents have bolstered victims’ feelings that there is credibility to what happened to them,” said Mary Koss, co-editor of two volumes for the American Psychological Association titled, “Violence Against Women and Children.” Two recent Arizona cases appear to fit that pattern: A longtime faculty member with Brophy College Preparatory was fired amid accusations that he molested students at the Phoenix school years ago.

California prison psychologist charged with faking her own rape to trick husband into moving — Authorities allege a woman was so determined to convince her husband of a need to move to a safer neighborhood that she faked being raped. She split her own lip with a pin, scraped her knuckles with sandpaper, had her friend punch her in the face, and even wet her pants to give the appearance she had been knocked unconscious, authorities said Friday. Charges filed by the Sacramento County district attorney allege Laurie Ann Martinez, a prison psychologist, conspired with the friend to create the appearance that she was beaten, robbed and raped by a stranger in April in her Sacramento home.

DA believes 2 SU ball boys’ claims of being sexually abused by Bernie Fine — District Attorney William Fitzpatrick today said he believes former Syracuse University ball boy Bobby Davis and stepbrother Michael Lang’s allegations they were sexually molested by associate SU basketball coach Bernie Fine. An audio tape Davis made of a phone conversation with Fine’s wife helped corroborate Davis’ sex abuse claims, Fitzpatrick said. He called the tape “devastating.” But for the passage of the statute of limitations, Fine would have been arrested and prosecuted — at least on the misdemeanor charge of third-degree sexual abuse — had Davis and Lang come forward earlier, the DA said.

Fleury says ex-coach should serve 25 years for abuse — Former NHL forward Theo Fleury says that the coach who abused him when he was a junior hockey star should have to spend the next quarter-century in prison. Fleury spoke to CTV’s Canada AM on Thursday about his reaction to a guilty plea from Graham James, the disgraced coach who repeatedly abused junior hockey players under his watch. On Wednesday, James pleaded guilty to repeated sexual assaults on Fleury and another former junior player who cannot be identified under a court order, over a period from 1983 to 1994.  Continue reading

Bernie Fine fired

The child rape accusations against Syracuse University’s Bernie Fine have not gotten as much attention as the case against Jerry Sandusky. The media can only handle one such case at a time, and it will report on that case until people get so sick of it that they no longer want to hear anything remotely like it for a while.

However, with Fine’s firing and an eight-year-old audio recording that changed. About Fine’s firing:

Bernie Fine was fired Sunday by Syracuse University after a 10-year-old voice recording of his wife emerged in which she acknowledges alleged sexual abuse and a third man accused the assistant basketball coach of molesting him nine years ago.

“At the direction of Chancellor (Nancy) Cantor, Bernie Fine’s employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately,” Kevin Quinn, the school’s senior vice president for public affairs, said in a statement.

Jim Boeheim, head coach of Syracuse’s basketball program, stated that he supported the decision. However, this comes after Boeheim blasted the young men who accused Fine of molesting them. Continue reading