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Prosecutors drop one of 52 counts against Sandusky in child sex abuse case

| June 18, 2012 at 08:39 am

Prosecutors in Jerry Sandusky’s child sex-abuse trial dropped one of the 52 counts against him Monday because the statute he was charged under did not apply at the time of the alleged illegal contact. The charge relates to an accuser identified by prosecutors as Victim 7.

During testimony, the man said the offense happened in 1995 or 1996, but the unlawful contact with a minor statute didn’t apply until 1997, prosecutors told the judge overseeing the case. Three charges related to the man are still in effect, including attempted indecent assault.

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Child Abuse Exposed at Jordanian Home Care Center

| May 14, 2012 at 07:59 am

Nasser Sharmain trusted The Al Helal Centre in Amman and admitted his 15-year-old son Ahmad. However, when he made a surprise visit, he was shocked when he saw his son.

“His arm was broken. His finger was broken. His ear, his nose, his chin was all covered with blood,” he says.“…And then I caught him and when I get angry I’m a disaster. And then I covered him and went on top of him and then I kept jumping on him. And then I didn’t feel him breathing anymore and I thought he was dead. After that he went to sleep.” (more…)

Adam Mayes, kidnap-slaying suspect, was investigated for child sex abuse in 2010

| May 11, 2012 at 09:21 am

Child abuseAdam Mayes, the man accused of kidnapping and murdering Jo Ann Bain and her daughter Adrienne, and committing suicide when police caught him with Bain’s two other daughters, was investigated for child sex abuse in 2010.

According to records from Madison County Sheriff’s Office in Jackson, Tenn., Adam Mayes was accused of child abuse and possessing child pornography. A family member claimed to have seen Mayes nude as he shaved the legs of a nude 7-year-old girl. (more…)

Child abuse cases reported in global conservative Catholic group

| at 09:09 am

VATICAN CITY—Cases of clerical child abuse in the ultra-conservative Legionaries of Christ movement dating back decades have been reported to the Vatican, spokesman Federico Lombardi said Friday.

Informed sources said that the Vatican was investigating seven priests from the movement, whose late founder Father Marcial Maciel was accused of having an illegitimate daughter and abusing eight seminarians. (more…)

Judge refuses to toss child sex-abuse charges against ex-Penn St. assistant Jerry Sandusky

| April 12, 2012 at 02:01 pm

A judge on Thursday refused to throw out child sex-abuse charges against Jerry Sandusky but will allow defense lawyers for the retired Penn State assistant football coach to ask again to have the case dismissed as more evidence is turned over by prosecutors.

Judge John Cleland ruled on a catch-all pretrial defense motion that also sought to have some of the evidence against Sandusky suppressed, compel additional disclosure of prosecution materials, and win the court’s permission to introduce an alibi defense. (more…)

Fran Drescher On Race, Rape And The Causes Of Sexual Abuse

| March 13, 2012 at 02:04 pm

Fran Drescher Legs“Happily Divorced” star Fran Drescher’s commentary is typically heavy on humor, but her recent visit to the Sirius XM radio show “Sway In The Morning” took a serious turn when she opened up about being raped at gunpoint by a black man.

Drescher’s revelation came in response to a caller who described being molested as a child by his mother’s husband, an experience that he cautioned could have stemmed from his abuser’s sexual orientation. (more…)

Attorney General requests funding to fight child abuse

| February 8, 2012 at 03:47 pm

Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden asked the legislature’s budget-writing committee to approve funding for training 10,000 adults to recognize the signs of child abuse and report it to authorities.

Biden made his request for $60,000 for the Stewards of Children program during the Department of Justice’s annual Joint Finance Committee hearing. The funding, if approved, would be included DOJ’s budget for fiscal year 2013, which begins July 1. (more…)

Committee sends child abuse reporting bill to Virginia House, response to Penn State scandal

| February 3, 2012 at 01:05 pm

RICHMOND, Va. — Legislation that spells out the duties and deadlines of college coaches and other professions to report evidence of child abuse and increases punishment for those who don’t received a House committee’s unanimous blessing Thursday.

The three bills are Virginia’s response to child abuse allegations that rocked Penn State’s mighty football program and forced the November firing of its legendary head coach, Joe Paterno. (more…)

Facebook photos lead to child abuse arrests in Arizona

| December 30, 2011 at 08:52 am

Phoenix: Two Arizona parents were arrested by sheriff’s deputies after apparently posting pictures on Facebook that showed their children, an infant and a toddler, bound with duct tape, authorities said on Thursday.

Coconino County deputies arrested Frankie Almuina, 20, and Kayla Almuina, 19, on suspicion of two counts of child abuse on Wednesday at their northern Arizona home after being alerted to the photos by an anonymous tip. (more…)

What Science Reveals About Pedophilia

| December 7, 2011 at 08:32 am

Parental Child Abduction 7As high-profile pedophilia cases rivet the nation, psychiatrists uncover fascinating new details about the mental illness, from how offenders justify abuse to striking patterns in brain scans.

Amid the past month’s disturbing revelations about child sexual abuse at Penn State and Syracuse—and the debates over morality and complicity and punishment—it can be easy to forget that pedophilia is a mental illness, and that legally, it only becomes a crime when acted upon. Yet the key to preventing and treating the disorder may lie in its clinical details. (more…)