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First Vatican child abuse trial places former nuncio in dock

| July 10, 2015 at 07:12 am

Fate of Józef Wesołowski, accused of abusing boys in the Dominican Republic, seen as test of pope’s new approach to tackling alleged clerical wrongdoing

The first high-ranking Vatican official to be charged with paedophilia will face a criminal court in the Holy See on Saturday, in an unprecedented test of Pope Francis’s commitment to tackling the church’s legacy of sexual violence against children.

The trial of the former nuncio Józef Wesołowski from Poland marks the first time that the church has used the criminal justice system put in place by the Argentinian pontiff to handle cases of alleged clerical wrongdoing.


Online child abuse addict: ‘I was curious about images of teenage girls on the internet – a bit like car crashes. There’s a fatal fascination’

| July 25, 2013 at 07:44 am

Campaigners say much more needs to be done to combating paedophilia as the Government announces plans to redact search engine results to people trying to access images of child pornography online

Redacting search engine results and sending warnings to people trying to access images of child pornography online are two approaches the Government has announced to combating paedophilia. But with more than 50,000 people in the UK looking at or downloading underage porn each year, child campaigners say much more needs to be done. (more…)

North Wales child abuse: 105 people tell police they were victims

| December 17, 2012 at 07:25 am

Police investigating claims of abuse at Bryn Estyn children’s home in Wrexham and other institutions in 70s and 80s

More than 100 people who say they were victims of abuse at children’s homes in north Wales in the 70s and 80s have come forward since the launch of a fresh police inquiry into the scandal.

Operation Pallial, which was announced by the government at the height of the swirl of false allegations about the Tory peer Lord McAlpine, has received information from 105 people who say they were abused as children at the Bryn Estyn home in Wrexham and other institutions. (more…)

Child abuse charged in DWI case

| December 11, 2012 at 07:23 am

Child abuseSANTA FE (KRQE) – A Santa Fe man is charged with DWI and child abuse after police alleged he blew three times the legal limit.

Police say Shaylor Alley, 37, was swerving in and out of his lane Saturday.

The officer who pulled him over reported it was obvious Alley had been drinking and that he had a 13-year-old passenger. (more…)

Nebraska man sentenced to jail for child abuse

| September 14, 2012 at 07:34 am

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska man at the center of a sexual abuse case in which his victim had been threatened with jail time for refusing to testify has been sentenced to 270 days in jail.

The Lincoln Journal Star (http://bit.ly/LdvuP5) reports that 63-year-old Glen Riensche was sentenced Thursday in Lancanster County District Court after pleading no contest to misdemeanor child abuse. He had been accused of fondling a 7-year-old girl when he was in his 40s, but prosecutors dropped felony charges in exchange for his plea. (more…)

Boy Scouts of America ‘very sorry’ as files reveal continued child abuse

| August 2, 2012 at 08:40 am

Internal documents obtained by the LA Times show blacklist intended to protect scouts from abusers was frequently breached

Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators. (more…)

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.


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…)