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Tip during CNN’s ‘The Hunt’ led to suspect

| July 29, 2014 at 07:12 am

Charles Mozdir had been sought by authorities since June 2012

Investigators say they sifted through hundreds of tips in their search for Charles Mozdir, but a phone call they got during CNN’s “The Hunt” with John Walsh helped them crack the case.

On Monday, eight days after the show first aired, the 32-year-old suspected sex offender died in a shootout in New York City as police closed in.

During the show, first broadcast on July 20, a deputy U.S. marshal fielding calls got a tip about Mozdir, accused in a 2012 California child molestation case. (more…)

FGM: A child abuse ‘out of the ordinary’

| July 23, 2014 at 08:49 am

London is hosting an international summit to discuss putting a stop to female genital mutilation. In the UK as many as 170,000 women and girls have been cut but why does the practice persist and what does it mean for the victims?

“They love their children a lot,” Jay Kamara-Frederick says of the parents who have their daughters cut.

“They just want their child to be part of an out-dated, ancient tradition.” (more…)

Jersey historical child abuse inquiry begins

| July 22, 2014 at 06:57 am

An inquiry looking into historical child abuse allegations in Jersey’s care system has started.

The year-long £6m inquiry will probe reports of abuse in the island’s children’s homes and fostering services from 1960 to the present day.

The panel is still appealing for witnesses to come forward.

During her opening statement, inquiry chairwoman Francis Oldham QC stressed it would be independent of the States and police. (more…)

Online child abuse image investigations rise fivefold in a year, says ACMA

| July 21, 2014 at 01:20 pm

Communications watchdog says jump more likely to be result of greater awareness of hotline than corresponding jump in abuse

The communications watchdog is carrying out record numbers of investigations into online child abuse images, new figures show.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority conducted 7,663 investigations in the 12 months to July – a fivefold rise on the previous reporting year.

Yet the jump does not necessarily mean abuse is on the rise, cautions Jeremy Fenton, the head of the ACMA Hotline, which investigates calls from the public. It is more likely due to greater awareness of the hotline, which received a record 3,000 calls in 2013, Fenton said. (more…)

‘Abused children’ rescued in Mexico

| July 17, 2014 at 07:27 am

Mexican police have rescued more than 450 children they believe were abused at a children’s home in Zamora in the western state of Michoacan.

They were allegedly subject to sexual abuse and forced to beg on the streets.

The owner, Rosa del Carmen Verduzco, and eight employees at the House of the Big Family have been arrested.

Correspondents say it is one of Mexico’s worst incidents of alleged child abuse at a children’s institution in many years. (more…)

35 Disney employees among park workers caught in child sex stings

| July 16, 2014 at 08:34 am

CLERMONT, Fla. — Just days after getting arrested in a child sex sting, Robert Kingsolver is a long way from his beloved job at Walt Disney World.

Inside his rented house in a suburban Orlando neighborhood filled with children, he sits in a folding chair in a nearly empty room, wires dangling in the corner where his computer used to be connected.

Now, he can’t be online or near children.

Pope Francis: 1 in 50 clerics is a pedophile

| July 14, 2014 at 08:13 am

In an interview, the pontiff also hinted that ban on marriage for priests may one day be lifted

One in 50 clerics is a pedophile, Pope Francis said in an interview published Sunday, in which he also hinted that the mandate of priestly celibacy may one day be lifted.

Francis condemned child sex abuse as a “leprosy” in the church and cited his aides as saying that “the level of pedophilia in the church is at 2 percent.” That figure includes priests “and even bishops and cardinals,” Italy’s La Repubblica daily quoted Francis as saying. (more…)

‘Conflict of interest’ raised over Butler-Sloss role in child abuse inquiry

| July 10, 2014 at 12:04 pm

Judge asked by victims’ lawyer to step down because of brother’s role, while Home Office defends appointment

Lady Butler-Sloss, the retired high court judge appointed as chair of the inquiry panel examining child abuse, faced a backlash on Wednesday as Labour MPs and a victims’ lawyer called on her to stand down over conflict of interest. (more…)

Questions over choice of Butler-Sloss as head of child abuse allegations inquiry

| July 9, 2014 at 09:10 am

Keith Vaz surprised at appointment of peer as senior civil servant admits missing 114 files on abuse ‘probably destroyed’

The government faced questions on Tuesday over the appointment of a member of the House of Lords as the chair of a public inquiry into “serious failings by public bodies and important institutions” in their handling of allegations of child abuse. (more…)

1980s child abuse claims explained

| July 8, 2014 at 09:02 am

The apparent disappearance of files documenting claims of paedophilia linked to institutions and powerful figures in the 1980s has sparked allegations of an establishment cover-up.

In response, Home Secretary Theresa May has announced a wide-ranging Hillsborough-style inquiry into how historical child sexual abuse claims were dealt with by public bodies.

Why has this issue come up now? (more…)