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Posted: 10/19/2014 01:12:09 PM PDT - Updated: 10/19/2014 01:12:09 AM PDT
Sex Crime Alert!
Berkeley, CA -- Two crime alerts released Thursday and Friday by UCPD reporting alleged sexual assaults at fraternities. Five individuals said they were given “roofies” and sexually assaulted last weekend at the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity, while a leader in Theta Delta Chi reported that one member of his fraternity had sexually assaulted another member. The sexual assaults occurred between Friday and Sunday.
The Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity is not recognized by UC Berkeley and is located on the intersection of Piedmont Avenue and Bancroft Way. The report was sent to UCPD by a campus security authority — an individual or organization associated with the campus that is mandated to report crimes to campus police.
UCPD released an alert Oct. 23 that it had received a report from a campus security authority that a female student said she had been drugged and sexually assaulted at a fraternity. The assault occurred approximately two weeks prior on a Saturday after a football game during the daylight hours. UCPD gave the information to the Berkeley Police Department, which advised that it had received no reports about that incident.
Posted: 02/09/2013 01:12:09 PM PST - Updated: 02/09/2013 12:00:52 AM PST
BERKELEY, CA -- Police here logged a 95 percent increase in reported rapes in 2012, a spike in cases that has police, victim advocates and educators wondering what happened. The reports of rape, excluding all other kinds of sexual assault, rose from 20 in 2011 to 39 in 2012, according to a police department crime report presented at a City Council meeting Tuesday evening. The 2012 numbers of victims reporting rapes were not just up over the year before, they are the highest numbers recorded in five years. From 2008 through 2011 the numbers fluctuated from 20 in 2011 to 27 in 2009, then went up 95 percent in 2012.
"That's a really huge increase," said Marcia Blackstock, executive director of Oakland-based Bay Area Women Against Rape. "Our standard feeling is there certainly is a possibility that rapes are up because violent crime is up. The more people feel out of control and powerless, the more they respond violently, but that's not an excuse." Blackstock, whose organization counsels victims in crisis and has counselors who accompany victims during examinations at hospitals, said another reason the numbers are up could be that victims are more trusting that they won't be blamed if they report an attack. "In our experience, when police departments prove themselves to the community, and the department is sensitive to sexual assault issues and not blaming victims, reporting goes up," Blackstock said.
Berkeley City Councilwoman Susan Wengraf, who attended the crime report presentation Tuesday, said the number of rape victims probably is much higher than the official number because victims don't always come forward for a variety of reasons. "I don't think it's that easy to report a rape," Wengraf said. "There's a lot of stigma associated with it. I know it's complicated because it's one thing to report it and another to follow up and want to get an arrest. I think it's pretty alarming in a city like Berkeley to have that number up there. I think it needs to come back on people's radar."
A new mandatory training program started in 2011 for all incoming students at UC Berkeley that employs what is called "bystander intervention" for sexual assault, stalking and domestic violence could be a factor in Berkeley's increase in reports, said Allan Creighton, who manages the EmpowerU program at University Health Services at UC Berkeley. Creighton said about 7,000 students have received the hour-and-a-half presentation since it started. "The idea is to look at real-life situations that have happened at Cal and other campuses and to intervene when they see it happen," Creighton said. "There are a lot of barriers to reporting (sexual assault), which means only 5 percent of people will tell UC staff but up to two-thirds will tell best friends." Creighton said the training urges those friends, who have been told of an assault, that they have a responsibility to report or get the victim to report. "That has meant for UC campuses that there has been a rise in people reporting," Creighton said. "We try to demystify reporting as much as possible and give them the names of people who are very easy to report to. Students become more familiar with what it means to report and who to report to."
Berkeley police Capt. Andrew Greenwood said the reports of rape in 2012 originated from neighborhoods primarily around the UC Berkeley campus, where approximately 35,000 students live. About half of the cases involve drugs or alcohol, he said, and in almost all cases the victim and suspect know each other. "Stranger rapes" are extremely rare, he said. "It's impossible to know if this year is an indication of a trend or an outlier year," Greenwood said. "Time will tell and we are monitoring it very closely." Both Greenwood and police Chief Michael Meehan said the city is interested in working more closely with UC Berkeley officials on prevention and reporting education. UC Berkeley police investigated two rapes in 2011 and two in 2012 on university properties, said spokesman Eric Tejada.
The numbers of violent crimes in Berkeley were mixed in 2012. Homicides were up from one in 2011 to five in 2012 and rape was up, but robberies and aggravated assaults were down very slightly.
Posted: 11/28/2012 08:44:38 AM PST - Updated: 11/29/2012 01:45:38 AM PST
Saint Frances Cabrini!
SAN JOSE, CA -- As the Saint Frances Cabrini community tries to move forward from a recent uproar after a convicted pedophile was allowed to volunteer at a parish festival last month, new revelations and controversies continue to plague the Catholic church and school.
A lawsuit filed a week before the parish festival surfaced this week adding a second alleged victim from Saint Frances Cabrini of a former priest, the Rev. Don Flickinger. He lived at the church rectory there from 1995 to 2006 and was already the subject of another lawsuit filed last year accusing him of abusing a former student there.
The parish Men's Club scheduled an "emergency meeting" Tuesday night to discuss "frustrations" about recent events and concerns about the resignation last week of the parish priest, who was criticized for his handling of the festival furor but still loved by many in the parish.
Also on Tuesday, Santa Clara County Sheriff Laurie Smith made herself available at the school to answer questions from concerned parents. And on Wednesday evening, an open forum for parents organized by the Diocese and school will begin at 6:30 p.m. In a staff bulletin, Principal Jane Daigle told teachers and staff, "I do not expect any of you to attend unless you have a deep desire for more drama in your life. Please pray for us."
No one answered the school office phone at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday for comment.
The recent tumult at Saint Frances Cabrini school and parish just off Camden Avenue began at the parish fiesta Oct. 6, when parents and a former student recognized Mark Gurries working the sound system as a registered sex offender. Gurries, 51, whose wife is a former teacher at the school, had been convicted in 2010 and was sentenced to a year in jail for "lewd and lascivious acts" on a minor under 14. The victim was a relative. A five-hour standoff between parents and the parish priest, Rev. Lieu Vu, ensued when Vu told the group that Gurries had a letter of permission from the Diocese of San Jose to volunteer there and he should be forgiven. Gurries was finally escorted off campus by a sheriff's deputy who was working security.
Last week, Bishop Patrick McGrath apologized to the congregation, saying the letter was a mistake and a "failure at the diocese level." The person who wrote the letter, an employee in the personnel department, wrote it without authorization, he said, and was no longer with the diocese. A couple of days later, Vu resigned as parish priest, which has sparked its own controversy.
Anne MacLellan, who put four children through Saint Frances Cabrini and has been a member of the parish with her husband for more than two decades, said Monday that the wrong person is being punished. "I think the diocese is using Father Vu because they want a scapegoat, and I'm ticked off about that," MacLellan said. "They ought to come forward and say who wrote that letter. I'm furious about this." Vu may be "a bit naive," she said. "He probably should have been tougher and said 'get the hell off the property,' but he was trying to be gentle, a shepherd." His mistake is certainly a forgiveable offense, she said, compared with the allegations against Flickinger, whom her children knew during their school years at Cabrini.
Tim Hale, a Santa Barbara lawyer representing three alleged molestation victims of Flickinger -- two boys at Saint Frances Cabrini in the late 1990s and early 2000s and one girl from Sacred Heart School in Saratoga in the early 1990s -- said the Gurries and Flickinger cases show a troubling trend.
"It's a continuing pattern of conduct of being aware of inserting predators into environments where children are present without any kind of warning to parents, teachers, parishioners and others responsible for the children's well-being," Hale said Monday.
The Diocese of San Jose said it had not been served with the latest lawsuit about Flickinger, filed Sept. 28, and had no comment about the new allegations that he molested a second boy. Instead, it re-sent a statement it issued last year when the first case against Flickinger arose.
"Based upon letters of good standing from the Diocese of Fresno, he was allowed to live in diocesan rectories while he cared for his ailing mother," the statement said. "He is not and has never been a priest of the Diocese of San Jose."
Although Flickinger spent much of his career in Fresno, he served at Sacred Heart in Saratoga in the early 1990s, hearing confessions and preparing second-graders for their First Communions, before moving to Saint Frances Cabrini. In March, a 26-year-old woman filed a lawsuit accusing Flickinger of abusing her as a second-grader at Sacred Heart.
Posted: Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 8:51 AM EST - Updated: Friday, November 16, 2012, 1:10 PM PST
Community Christian Academy!
Stuart, Fla. -- A Florida teacher was arrested on felony charges this weekend after she was caught with her pants down having sex with a 16-year-old foreign exchange student. Amie Neely, 38 (pictured above, center) was taken into custody on Sunday, police told media sources, after her husband tracked her location using the GPS on her phone and found her getting it on with the teenager in a nearby parking lot.
The student said he and Neely had slept together several times "during their affair" after initially exchanging text messages "referencing sexual connotations," according to the police report obtained by local media outlets, including in her bedroom when her husband wasn't home. Neighbors reported the incident to the police after the teen showed up at a nearby home later that day and said he'd been kicked out of the house "because he had sex with Amie."
The morning her husband found them, the student said, he and Neely had driven to a parking lot near her home where he'd gotten in the backseat and put a condom on before she joined him in the back of the car. Her husband had followed them using an app that pinpointed his wife's location using the GPS information on her phone, and discovered them in the act around 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Neely denied having multiple sexual encounters with the student, reportedly telling police the boy had repeatedly pressured her to have sex with him and that due to her "midlife crisis issues" she thought he would stop asking if she slept with him once.
A representative for the Community Christian Academy in Stuart, Fla., where Neely was a teacher prior to the incident, told media sources that she is no longer employed by the school. “Community Christian Academy is aware of a legal situation involving a teacher and we are cooperating with law enforcement officials who are dealing with this as an ongoing investigation," Norma Hammond, administrative director for the school, told media sources in the wake of Neely's arrest. “For that reason we have no further comment at this time. We will be issuing a more detailed statement after meeting with school board and church leadership.”
Parents at the school expressed surprise at the news, but also offered sympathy for Neely's situation. "But you know what? She is a human being," parent Terri Gillam told media sources. "And we all are vulnerable at different times in our life. You know, and that's sad. It's sad, because evidently, low self-esteem, you never know what goes on in people's homes. It's sad. And that's what I feel like, and that's what I pray for -- for her."
"I was shocked, but it goes on everywhere," Kelly Eldridge, another parent, told media sources. "That's sad."
Meanwhile, the Port St. Lucie Police Department had harsh words for the former educator. “A teacher who does this breaches the public trust, shows a complete lack of ethics and good judgment and has no appreciation of appropriate boundaries,” police spokesman Master Sgt. Frank Sabol told media sources.
Neely was reportedly released from jail on Sunday on $15,000 bail.
Posted: Monday, January 30, 2012, 11:02 PM EST - Updated: Wednesday, February 1, 2012, 2:30 PM PST
Fine Family Sex!
The wife of disgraced Syracuse University assistant basketball coach Bernie Fine (pictured above, center) had sex with numerous players over many years, according to an explosive affidavit by one of the ball boys Fine is accused of molesting. In the court papers, Robert Davis, one of the former ball boys, says he overheard Laurie Fine and the wife of another coach talk about performing oral sex on players, and the “specific size and physical attributes” of their private parts.
The university fired Fine in late November after ESPN reported that it had an audiotape in which Laurie Fine (pictured above, center-left) acknowledged she feared her husband had molested Davis but felt powerless to stop it. Davis also told ESPN the coach’s wife initiated sex with him when he was a high school senior. The coach has not been charged with any crime because the local prosecutor determined the statute of limitations had run out.
The new affidavit was filed in New York State Supreme Court on Monday by an attorney, who filed a lawsuit last month on behalf of Davis and his stepbrother Michael Lang. The suit charged that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim defamed them when he said they lied about being sexually abused by Fine, Boeheim’s longtime assistant.
“I believe Boeheim deliberately chose to ignore what he knew was improper behavior, or actually knew precisely what was happening and did nothing to intervene,” Davis said in the affidavit. “It is not only Fine’s relationship with me and other boys that would have tipped Boeheim off. For years, Bernie Fine’s wife Laurie Fine (pictured left) had sexual relationships with basketball team players. Players used to talk openly about it as a known fact.” When Davis told Fine about his wife’s off court trysts with players, he said, Fine “gave no reaction to my statement at all, indicating it was not a surprise, not a big deal. It was impossible that James Boeheim did not know.” The affidavit says Davis accompanied Laurie Fine in 1993 to an off-campus house where a player lived. Laurie Fine and the player went into the player’s bedroom; when the player came out a short time later, he pumped his fist in the air and bragged that he just had sex with the assistant coach’s wife.
A few years later, Laurie Fine and the wife of another coach talked about having sex with players while Davis drove them around Syracuse, the court papers say. The women talked about performing oral sex on the players, and discussed their “physical attributes.”
The attorney representing Davis declined to comment. A spokesman for Syracuse said the university would comment at an appropriate time.
December 4, 2011
SACRAMENTO COUNTY, CA -- A priest (pictured left) is sitting in the Sacramento Jail Thursday, facing two felony counts of lewd acts with a child. Father Uriel Ojeda turned himself in last Wednesday night to Sacramento Police. Bishop Jaime Soto, the head of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento says it was the Diocese who originally received the complaint against Father Ojeda on Tuesday. They then reported it to Sacramento County Child Protective Services and police. “I grieve for what they have suffered, and what they are suffering, and I also admire their courage to come forward,” said Bishop Soto. He also encouraged anyone who may have been a victim of Father Ojeda to report the abuse to Sacramento Police.
Sacramento County District Attorney Jan Scully detailed the charges against Father Uriel Ojeda, a Catholic priest arrested Thursday for allegedly committing lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 14. Ojeda faces seven counts in total. Only two were announced Thursday. Ojeda had allegedly entered the victim’s bedroom, put his hand down her pants and touched her genitals. On a separate occasion, allegedly entered the victim’s bedroom, laid next to her and stroked her hair. On another occasion, Ojeda allegedly kissed the victim on the lips in her bedroom. Those three incidents allegedly happened between June 29, 2007 and June 30, 2009. Between July 1, 2009 and Aug. 30, 2009, Ojeda allegedly touched the victim’s breasts in a swimming pool. In the same time frame, Ojeda is accused to touching the victim’s breasts in a bathroom during two separate incidents. Ojeda is also accused of pulling off the victim’s underwear and pulled her on top of his naked genitals in that same time frame. Ojeda is currently being held on $5 million bail. He did not enter a plea and his next court date is Dec. 6.
According to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sacramento, Ojeda was ordained in 2007, he was most recently at Our Lady of Mercy Parish in Redding, and before that served at Holy Rosary Parish in Woodland.
September 15, 2011 A Saint Mary's College student has been arrested for suspicion of rape after a female student reported an assault in her dorm room the morning of Sept. 11. Moraga police were called to the college at 3:30 a.m. Sunday - within an hour of the alleged assault. The female student provided details of the assault and identified her alleged assailant, Moraga Police Chief Robert Priebe said in a prepared release. The female student was then examined and treated at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center in Martinez, according to police. Moraga police arrested Nicholas Conzachi, 18, in his dorm room at around noon Monday. Conzachi, a sophomore at the college, was booked into Martinez Detention Facility with bail set at $100,000, according to Priebe.
May 31, 2011 DAVIS, CA (WCJB) – UC Davis police have arrested a UC Davis law student following two sexual assaults that took place on campus Tuesday night. Police say they got reports of two sexual assaults on a bicycle path on campus about 8:30 p.m. The suspect also allegedly assaulted a police officer before running away. Campus police issued an automated alert via text messaging and cell phone calls about two-and-a-half hours later. Shortly after issuing the alerts, police arrested 26-year-old Robert Schaerges. He is being held in the Yolo County Jail charged with two counts of sexual battery, one count of false imprisonment and one count of assaulting a peace officer. UC Davis police are also investigating additional incidents in connection with the case.
Regents of Rape!
Posted: 09/29/2010 06:42:40 AM PDT Updated: 09/29/2010 06:42:40 AM PDT
"Our current system of justice encourages predators and their co-workers and supervisors to conceal their crimes and destroy evidence in hopes of running out the clock."-- David Clohessy, national director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, or SNAP.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland is facing a fifth lawsuit over a former priest accused of sexually abusing multiple children. A woman filed a lawsuit Tuesday, saying she was molested in 1995 by Stephen Kiesle when she was 10. According to the lawsuit, Kiesle got to know the plaintiff's family as a parish priest in Pinole in the 1970s. The Alameda County Superior Court lawsuit accuses the diocese with negligence for failing to warn parishioners during the '70s that Kiesle already had been the target of sexual abuse allegations. Kiesle was defrocked in 1987. He pleaded no contest in 2004 to molesting the plaintiff in his Truckee home and served prison time. A diocese spokesman says he still hasn't seen the latest complaint and can't comment.
September 16, 2010 EDINBURGH, Scotland – Pope Benedict XVI waded into the hostile atmosphere Thursday of highly secular Britain, admitting the Catholic Church did not act decisively or quickly enough to remove priests who molested children in his strongest comments yet on the worldwide sex abuse crisis shaking his church. While flying to Britain, Benedict was asked about polls that suggest many Catholics have lost trust in the church as a result of the sex abuse scandals. Benedict said he was shocked and saddened about the scope of the abuse, in part because priests take vows to be Christ's voice upon ordination. "It's difficult to understand how a man who has said this could then fall into this perversion. It's a great sadness," Benedict said in Italian. "It's also sad that the authority of the church wasn't sufficiently vigilant, and not sufficiently quick or decisive to take necessary measures" to stop it.
Article published September 03, 2010
Thomas Calvin Vickers
CONROE, Texas -- A junior high school teacher (pictured above, center) has been accused of soliciting a minor for sex. Thomas Calvin Vickers, 42, was arrested at Moorehead Junior High School in the Conroe Independent School District on Thursday. Harris County Precinct 4 deputy constables said an undercover officer posed as a 14-year-old girl during an online chat with Vickers. Vickers displayed lewd images of himself and solicited sex from a deputy constable he thought was a child, deputies said. Detectives said he also showed lewd images of what appeared to be juvenile females. Vickers teaches seventh- and eighth-grade history and is the head of the school's history department. Vickers has been charged with online solicitation of a minor, possession of child pornography and enticing a child. He's being held in the Harris County Jail with bond set at $150,000.
Article published September 02, 2010
PITTSBURG, CA -- An elementary school teacher was arrested at his school Wednesday on suspicion of possessing thousands of child pornography photographs on his home computers, the Contra Costa Sheriff's Office said. Antioch resident Alex Bursch, 26 (pictured above, center) is a teacher at Los Medanos Elementary School in Pittsburg, California. Bursch is also a coach and lifeguard for a local swim team, the Pleasant Hill Dolfins. The arrest came after a tip to the Sheriff's Office launched an investigation, agency spokesman Jimmy Lee said. Detectives searched Bursch's home in the 5000 block of Wagon Wheel Way in Antioch on Wednesday morning. Several computers and storage devices containing thousands of images of child pornography were confiscated, Lee said. The Pittsburg school district will fully cooperate with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation, school board president Vince Ferrante said Wednesday.Bursch was arrested at the school and booked into the Martinez Detention Facility on three charges of possession of child pornography. His bail was set at $60,000.
Article published September 01, 2010
Richard A. Neff
MONROE — A Monroe County Circuit Court jury on Wednesday convicted a former middle school basketball coach of sexual misconduct charges involving a 14-year-old girl. Richard A. Neff, 47, the former girls basketball coach at Dundee Middle School, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count each of second degree criminal sexual conduct and accosting a minor for immoral purposes. Neff, who went on trial Monday, was remanded into custody by Judge Joseph Costello, Jr., after the guilty verdicts were announced. Authorities said Neff had a sexual relationship with the girl who was a member of the middle school basketball team that he coached.
August 31, 2010
New evidence came to light in a child sex abuse scandal that has rocked the Catholic Church in Belgium for months. The victim, who was abused from the age of 5-18 by his uncle, Bishop Roger Vangheluwe of Bruges, secretly taped his April 8 meeting with the head of Belgium's Roman Catholic Church (now retired), Cardinal Godfried Danneels (pictured left). The tape was released this weekend and transcripts of all 18 minutes of it were published in Belgian newspapers. Toon Osaer, the Cardinal's spokesman, told the Associated Press that Danneels met the victim at Bishop Vangheluwe's request and that he was unprepared for it, having only learned of the sex abuse days before.
"He realizes that the whole approach, as it was, was not the right one," Danneels spokesman told the AP on Monday. "It was improvisation." "Looking back I have been naive by going to such a meeting unprepared," Osaer quoted Danneels as saying. But Danneels also said he regretted that the confidential meeting was made public by the victim, who is now 42 years old. Bishop Vangheluwe resigned two weeks after the April 8 meeting and expressed his regrets for the abuse his nephew suffered at his hands.
August 23, 2010
More Sex Abuse!
LOS ANGELES — The Roman Catholic Church in the United States has become embroiled in a new pedophilia scandal with six women and one man alleging sexual abuse by a priest over three decades. The lawsuit filed Wednesday in Oakland, California accused Father Stephen Kiesle of acts of sexual abuse between 1972 and 2001, and alleged that Catholic Church officials knew of the crimes but did not stop them. Pedophile priest scandals and allegations of high-level cover-ups that swept Australia and the United States in 2004 have surged again since last year and rocked the Catholic Church in Europe and the United States.
"The Catholic bishops in the United States of America and the Holy See have long facilitated the sexual molestation of children by engaging in the harboring and protection of known child molesting priests," read a copy of the latest lawsuit obtained by AFP. "The bishops and Catholic hierarchs [sic] have done so to prevent the priests from being prosecuted and to avoid scandal," the lawsuit read. It said church figures "have subjected Catholic families and children in these communities to known pedophiles, counting on the devotion and reverence in the communities to keep any further abuse by the priests secret."
The plaintiffs, six women and one man, said they were abused by Kiesle throughout childhood and adolescence, although one alleged victim, Teresa Rosson, 48, said she suffered abuse at the hand of the cleric until about a decade ago. The lawsuit is the latest of several to embroil the US Roman Catholic church, which has been repeatedly accused of closing its eyes to the sexual and physical abuse of children by priests and church officials. In response, the Vatican last month issued new rules against pedophile priests and promised an acceleration of internal investigations and extension by a decade of the statute of limitations in abuse cases. The church paid out 436 million dollars in 2008 for sex abuse cases involving clergy members, according to an official report last year. The bulk of that money -- more than 374 million dollars -- was paid out in settlements to victims, according to the report that tracks how well the church is implementing a charter to protect children.
The US Catholic Church was plunged into crisis in 2002 after the Archbishop of Boston admitted he protected a priest he knew had sexually abused young members of his church. During a trip to the United States in 2008, Pope Benedict XVI, the leader of the world's 1.1 billion Roman Catholics, sought pardon from victims, saying he felt deeply ashamed by the sex scandals. The pope himself has faced allegations that, as archbishop of Munich helped to protect predator priests.
LOS ANGELES - Prosecutors haven't discovered enough evidence during eight years of investigation to charge the leaders of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles for their handling of the clergy abuse scandal, according to a memo provided Wednesday. The investigation of alleged sex abuse by priests remained active, but a criminal conspiracy case against archdiocese officials was "more and more remote" because of the passage of time, said the memo written last week by Deputy District Attorney William Hodgman. Investigators have insufficient evidence to fill in a timeline stretching over 20 years and are hampered by the statute of limitations, Hodgman wrote. The district attorney's office did subpoena documents from the archdiocese and hoped to use the material to build more cases, but the effort was stymied by reluctant victims and insufficient evidence to corroborate what was in the documents, Hodgman wrote.
No Evidence of Sex Abuse Cover-up!
The memo was released in response to questions about District Attorney Steve Cooley's handling of the priest abuse investigation, which began in 2002. Cooley is in the final week of a campaign to become the Republican nominee for California attorney general.
Cardinal Roger Mahony has come under fire for his handling of several abusive priests during his tenure in the Los Angeles archdiocese and agreed to pay $660 million in 2007 to more than 500 alleged clergy abuse victims. A federal grand jury is also probing the archdiocese's handling of the scandal and has subpoenaed a former Los Angeles priest convicted of child molestation and a monsignor who served as vicar for clergy under Mahony. Mahony's attorney Michael Hennigan has said the cardinal was not a target of the investigation. Hennigan did not immediately return a call Wednesday seeking comment.
The memo by Hodgman, which contains redacted portions, does not name Mahony as the subject of its investigation and only refers to the church hierarchy. Archdiocese spokesman Tod Tamberg said he had not seen the memo. Still, any suggestion of criminal wrongdoing by Mahony or others in the church leadership was false, he said. "Our documents and actions have been scrutinized for nearly 10 years by judges and investigators, and numerous archdiocesan officials have spent hundreds of hours answering questions under oath," he said. "While Cardinal Mahony has said that mistakes were made in dealing with individual cases of abuse in past decades, no facts have established that these mistakes were anything other than mistakes," Tamberg said. Prosecutors have won convictions against six priests since 2002 and were forced to dismiss 11 cases in 2003 after the U.S. Supreme Court found a law that extended the statute of limitations in some sex abuse cases was unconstitutional. Investigators are currently pursuing a case against another priest, the memo said. Mahony, 74, will retire next year. His replacement, Archbishop Jose Gomez, was welcomed to the archdiocese in a religious service last week and will serve alongside Mahony until his retirement.
See: Database of Sexually Abusive Catholic Priests!
August 14, 2010 (This undated photo provided Aug. 11, 2010, by the United States Marshals Service shows Trevor Shea of Mechanicsville, Md. Shea was indicted June 9 on federal charges of sexual extortion after allegedly threatening to post racy webcam photos of an Indiana teen to her MySpace friends unless she posed for more explicit pictures. His trial is set for Aug. 30. He has pleaded not guilty and his attorney, Michael Donahoe, said he is working on a possible settlement.)
INDIANAPOLIS – The nightmare began with a party: three teenage girls with a webcam, visiting an Internet chatroom and yielding to requests to flash their breasts. A week later, one of the girls, a 17-year-old from Indiana, started getting threatening e-mails. A stranger said he had captured her image on the webcam and would post the pictures to her MySpace friends unless she posed for more explicit pictures and videos for him. On at least two occasions, the teen did what her blackmailer demanded. Finally, police and federal authorities became involved and indicted a 19-year-old Maryland man in June on charges of sexual exploitation.
Federal prosecutors and child safety advocates say they're seeing an upswing in such cases of online sexual extortion. They say teens who text nude cell phone photos of themselves or show off their bodies on the Internet are being contacted by pornographers who threaten to expose their behavior to friends and family unless they pose for more explicit porn, creating a vicious cycle of exploitation. One federal affidavit includes a special term for the crime: "sextortion." No one currently tracks the numbers of cases involving online sexual extortion in state and federal courts, but prosecutors and others point toward several recent high-profile examples victimizing teens in a dozen states:
• In Alabama, Jonathan Vance, 24, of Auburn was sentenced to 18 years in prison in April after he admitted sending threatening e-mails on Facebook and MySpace extorting nude photos from more than 50 young women in Alabama, Pennsylvania and Missouri.
• In Wisconsin, Anthony Stancl, 18, received 15 years in prison in February after prosecutors said he posed as a girl on Facebook to trick male high school classmates into sending him nude cell phone photos, which he then used to extort them for sex.
• A 31-year-old California man was arrested in June on extortion charges after authorities said he hacked into more than 200 computers and threatened to expose nude photos he found unless their owners posed for more sexually explicit videos. Forty-four of the victims were juveniles, authorities said. Federal prosecutors said he was even able to remotely activate some victims' webcams without their knowledge and record them undressing or having sex.
The cases have prompted law enforcement officials and advocates to caution teens about their activities. Privacy is nonexistent on the Internet, and once indiscretions appear online, they are virtually impossible to take back. A nude photo sent to a boyfriend's cell phone can easily be circulated through cell phone contacts and wind up on websites that post sexting photos. Once there, it's available for anyone who wants to trace it back to the person who made it. "Kids are putting their head in the lion's mouth every time they do this," said an online child safety advocate. Teens can be more vulnerable to blackmail because they're easy to intimidate and embarrassed to seek help. And the extortionists are often willing to make good on their threats, said Steve DeBrota, an assistant U.S. attorney in Indianapolis who has been involved in sextortion investigations. "You are blackmail-able," says child safety advocates, " ... and you will do anything to keep those pictures from getting out."
In the Indiana case, the teenage girl's mother called police when she found out about the threats. Authorities subpoenaed Internet service providers to track the chats and e-mails to their source, a computer in Mechanicsville, Md., according to court documents. According to court documents, the computer's owner, Trevor Shea, told agents he had engaged in similar schemes with about 10 girls, most of them 17 or 18 years old. His trial is set for Aug. 30. He has pleaded not guilty and his attorney said he is working on a possible settlement.
August 12, 2010
In an ongoing sex abuse scandal, a second former swimmer in Silicon Valley has filed suit against USA Swimming and her coach, alleging he manipulated, humiliated and sexually abused her from 1994 to 2002. Like other victims who have accused their former swim coaches of abusing them, Jancy Torres Thompson of Gilroy spoke publicly for the first time Wednesday about the ordeal that killed her goal of becoming an Olympian and "destroyed my dreams, my hopes and my life." She competed in national meets and won a swimming scholarship to Arizona State University before giving up the sport she had loved since she was a small child. "There was no enjoyment left," she said. "I needed to get rid of my coach and that was the only way I could do it."
Thompson claims in her lawsuit that she was abused by her former coach, Norman Havercroft, at West Valley Swim Club in Saratoga. He could not be reached for comment. USA Swimming, the national governing body of the sport, has been under fire for the past year over allegations officials at the local and national level knew about the sex abuse by coaches at various clubs but did nothing to stop it, even when complaints were sent to them. Several suits were filed and long-time coach Andrew King was sentenced in January to 40 years in prison for molesting a 14-year-old girl at San Jose Aquatics and three girls from the East Bay he coached in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Thompson appeared at a press conference in San Jose on Wednesday at the office of her attorney, Robert Allard, who also represents the teenager who was abused by King. Also present were the attorneys for lawsuits filed against coaches in several other states.
It was the courage of the San Jose girl coming forward that prompted her to speak out now, said Thompson, 28 and the mother of two children. "When I saw that, it broke my heart," said Thompson, a former Redwood City police officer. "Yet one more swimmer had been abused by her swim coach."
A statement released by USA Swimming said the organization does not discuss specific cases but does "investigate complaints of misconduct in an effort to revoke the membership of any person who engages in inappropriate behavior." Just this year, after much criticism, USA Swimming posted a list of nearly four dozen coaches and swim officials who have been banned from the organization for life, most for sex abuse or sexual misconduct. Havercroft was not on the list.
"Without a doubt, USA Swimming knew in at least 2002 about the allegations against Havercroft," Allard said, adding that Havercroft continued coaching swimmers. He now coaches water polo in Southern California. Allegations of abuse by Havercroft were alos made by one of Thompson's teammates in 1997. San Jose police investigated but no charges were filed, according to Thompson and police reports obtained by media sources. As part of the investigation, Thompson was interviewed and said at the time that she knew nothing about the abuse and denied she was a victim. "I was told by him that if I said anything, my career would be over," said Thompson, who was then a teenager. "He threatened me in a way that scared me. He said he would turn my family against me."
In addition to molesting Thompson, her former coach also publicly humiliated her when she didn't perform to his standards, Thompson and Allard said. That included having the girl wear a dog collar while she swam in the pool and he walked alongside holding a leash attached to that collar. "There were other swimmers there, other parents," she said. "It was embarrassing and humiliating." The suit was filed in June and later amended but was not announced publicly until Wednesday. "It's part of the same pattern we have seen in the Andy King and other cases," Allard said. "These people have been given a chance to make it right."
Special News Report
Posted: 08/11/2010 07:20:53 AM PDT Updated: 08/11/2010 07:30:22 AM PDT
A former Catholic priest living in Alameda is facing extradition to Ireland, where he faces 10 separate cases of sexual abuse against boys dating back to the early 1970s. Patrick McCabe, who worked as a priest in the North Bay and Sacramento in the 1980s after allegedly committing the abuses in Dublin, Ireland between 1973-81, is being held at Santa Rita Jail. McCabe, 74, is being denied bail and faces a hearing on Friday. McCabe's defense attorney, David Cohen, said McCabe is in very poor healthy and is a "frail, weak old man" who shouldn't be extradited. The media reported Wednesday that the allegations that McCabe assaulting six boys may have led to his initial transfer to the U.S. in 1982. McCabe moved to Alameda after leaving the priesthood in 1988. He was finally tracked down in Alameda by Interpol and eventually interviewed by Irish police in 2007, according to an IrishCentral.com story on Monday.
St. John's University!
October 12, 2010
The former St. John's University dean in New York who was allegedly fired for embezzling more than $1 million and reportedly forcing her students to do housework in exchange for scholarships is now being accused of offering one of her students as a date for an older man. The media reports that fifty-seven-year-old Cecilia Chang (pictured below, center) allegedly made a female student attend an evening function with Chang's longtime business associate, 61-year-old Danny Lau. If the student refused to go along with the date, Chang would pull the funds from her scholarship. The paper also reports that there are no allegations that anything sexual happened between the student and Lau, a wealthy investment and mortgage company owner.
Court prosecutors say that Lau recently paid off a $300,000 mortgage on Chang's seven-bedroom, $2.9 million mansion which is currently up for sale. It has been reported that Chang forced students to shovel snow, clean, cook and babysit for her or else they would lose their scholarships. She was arrested on Sept. 15 and is charged with taking more than $1 million from the university. She allegedly spent the money on designer clothes, casino trips and her son's law-school tuition at the university she worked at.
The Predator Series!
Corrupt Justice™ presents Schoolyard Predators! - Part VI, "The Predator Series." Part VI will cover sexual predation by college, university and Catholic Clergy/Officials in academic environments. "The Predator Series" will also focus on the Courts, Judges and the Judicial System that tolerates, condones, ratifies and even colludes with know sexual predators. -- Harry J. Williby, Editor-in-Chief Corrupt Justice™
Posted: 04/09/2013 07:13:10 AM PDT - Updated: 04/10/2013 04:00:25 AM PDT
MORAGA, CA -- A Saint Mary's College student was sexually assaulted at the campus over the weekend, police said, and a crime alert was sent to students warning about the attack. The incident occurred between 3 and 6:30 a.m. Saturday, after a woman met her attacker in Berkeley and invited him back to the campus, Moraga police Chief Robert Priebe said. The woman was intoxicated and not capable of consenting to sexual activity, Priebe added.
A spokesman said Tuesday that the assault doesn't mean the campus is unsafe. "This is not an incident where a student or someone else was stalking or lurking on the campus," Saint Mary's spokesman Mike McAlpin said. "This was a betrayal of trust. The young woman invited the man onto the campus with her. Her trust was breached."
No one had been arrested as of Tuesday, police said.
A crime alert was sent to students on Tuesday morning, but otherwise life on campus is proceeding as usual, McAlpin said.
The women's resource center, home to the campus' sexual assault awareness outreach and education program, was open, but it was not inundated by an increase in visitors.
"When this happens, students have lots of feelings," said Gillian Cutshaw, the coordinator of the program. "They're sad and have feelings of empathy for the victim. And there's anger and frustration that something like this happened on what is generally recognized as a very safe campus."
The attack occurred during Sexual Assault Awareness Month and may spur more students to come forward about incidents that have happened to them or to peers, Cutshaw said. The program, which offers a 24-hour hotline for anyone wishing to use it, offers self-defense courses, educational programs and specifically defines consent.
"It's not consent if a person doesn't say anything," Cutshaw said. "Consent is a 'Yes.' Did the person say, 'Yes?' And was it a sober, verbal yes?"
Published 4/28/2011, 06:34 AM PDT; Updated: 04/29/2011 01:18:26 PM PDT
Another UC Predator!
UC Berkeley Police have arrested a campus physician who provided health services to students for over 20 years for allegedly sexually molesting patients while they underwent medical examinations. Investigators do not know whether there were additional victims who had been patients of Kevess. Law enforcement agents are asking any additional [unknown] Victims to contact UC Police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau at (510) 642-0472. Anonymous reports can be submitted through http://police.berkeley.edu/caltip.
[Corrupt Justice™: We recommend you consult with an attorney and not the UC Police. UC Police are corrupt and have a history of covering up sex assault, rape, sex abuse by campus officials.]
Robert Martin Kevess, 52, of Oakland (pictured left) pleaded not guilty to six counts of sexually assaulting male patients beginning in 2006 at the University Health Service’s Tang Center during an afternoon arraignment in Alameda County Superior Court Thursday. According to the university, one of Kevess’s patients approached the school’s health services medical director on March 23 with details of an illegal sexual encounter that occurred while he was being examined. A criminal investigation was launched into the incident, with authorities identifying at least five other alleged victims who been seen by Kevess as patients and reported that they were sexually molested.
Kevess surrendered to UC Police on Wednesday and was booked into Alameda County Jail. He remains free on bail after posting a $745,000 bond.
Kevess, who was hired as a general care physician in 1989. In June 2010, Kevess underwent a university biennial medical re-credentialing process, which looked at complaints and other disciplinary items. “No formal complaints had previously been submitted regarding the physician, and his most recent re-accreditation review — in July 2010 — identified no issues of concern,” Dr. Brad Buchman, medical director of the school’s Health Services, said in a written statement. He was placed on leave from the health center on March 31, 2011. He resigned two weeks later. His license to practice medicine in the state has been temporarily suspended, according to investigators.
“We continue to examine how this could have happened, and how we can assure that it will never happen again,” UC Berkeley Chancellor Robert Birgeneau said in a written statement. “In the meantime, I can state with complete confidence that the UHS leadership and care providers remain focused on the needs of their patients, and on providing the highest possible levels of patient care, protection and education.”
Predator Janet (Banducci) Amador ME '93 ended 22 years of employment at St. Mary's College (of California) in June 2010. She will miss all the people there, but she has found a wonderful new job as director of admissions and operations for the Undergraduate Business Program at the Haas School of Business at [University of California] Berkeley. Predator Amador is one of the most vicious sex predators allowed to operate on College Campuses across California. She has previously been employed by St. Mary's; John F. Kennedy University (Pleasant Hill/Moraga, California); and now U.C. Berkeley. Predator Amador is a sex panderer. In her position(s) as an Admissions Officer, she identifies and selects which students will be targeted by sex predators on campus. In this position (admissions director) she has ready access to all personal information regarding the student target. Her position as an Admission's Director allows her to "Sextort" students for the benefit of her predatory colleagues.
In summer 2006, A St. Mary's student alleged that College President, Brother Craig Franz (pictured left) had engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with the student in late Fall 2004, after Brother Craig had announced his resignation as president of Saint Mary's College of California. An independent investigation, concluded that Brother Craig (who was Predator Amador's boos) had engaged in sexual misconduct totally inappropriate for a Christian Brother and college president and inconsistent with societal values and traditions. Brother Craig J. Franz, FSC resigned as President of Saint Mary's University of California, only to head the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.
October 30, 2004
•» Memphis, Tenn.- In the wake of charges that it failed to properly respond to a sexual assault complaint in the fall of 2002, a federal review conducted by the U.S. Department of Education has found that Christian Brothers University (CBU) did not have adequate response procedures in place and violated the civil rights of the victim in that case. According to the review, which was concluded in March of 2004 and recently obtained by the non-profit advocacy organization Security On Campus, Inc. (SOC), CBU's policies and practices in place at the time didn't comply with Title IX, a federal law designed to prohibit sexual harassment and assault. "Rulings like the one in the Christian Brothers University (a Catholic University) case are critically important because they make it clear to these schools that they have to take their response to sexual assaults seriously," Carter said. "Too often sexual assault victims are revictimized by a flawed process which then discourages reporting by other students thus endangering the rest of the campus by permitting sexual predators to roam the campus freely without any corrective action being taken."
•» Two other Christian Brothers schools have also come to the attention of the U.S. Department of Education in recent years. In 2002, St. Mary's College of California was accused of improperly reporting campus crime statistics and omitting required sexual assault policies from an annual report given to students. In June of this year, SOC asked the Department to review LaSalle University's sexual assault policies after a female basketball player claimed she was raped by a men's basketball player and then was allegedly discouraged from reporting by coaches. Federal reviews in both cases are still ongoing.
Joe Lurie with his wife Donna Rosenthal.
July 30, 2010
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