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Legislation would make child abuse reporting training mandatory in California schools

| February 20, 2014 at 06:59 am

Next month, the state Assembly education committee will begin discussing legislation to require that school employees receive child abuse reporting training every year.

After two years of reports by this newspaper of various school employees failing to properly report child abuse, Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Burbank, introduced Assembly Bill 1432, which would change state law from “strongly encouraging” training to “requiring annual training,” including yearly proof of such education.

Catholic Church balks at child abuse law that lengthens time to sue

| July 17, 2013 at 07:19 am

A bill weaving through the California Legislature that would give alleged victims of child abuse more time to sue is raising red flags with the Catholic Church.

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles, along with several other private groups, say the bill unfairly targets them because it exempts public schools, The Associated Press reported.

The bill opens the doors to more lawsuits. It changes existing laws that restrict — by age or time — alleged child abuse victims from suing. The bill would also let alleged victims confront their abuser’s employer, AP said. (more…)

California judge’s ruling a partial victory for registered child sex offenders

| October 30, 2012 at 07:27 am

Los Angeles (CNN) — Registered child sex offenders in Simi Valley, California, will not have to post a sign outside their home this Halloween reading in part “no candy,” but they still are prohibited from decorating their houses and handing out candy, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

This is a partial and temporary victory for a group of the city’s sex offenders and their wives who sued the city claiming that a recently passed law was unconstitutional and sought a temporary injunction of the law before a full hearing next month. (more…)

LEFFLER: Child abuse can take rare forms

| October 3, 2012 at 06:05 am

I was incredibly fortunate growing up. I lived in one house from birth until I left for college. My parents were always married.

I had two loving sisters in whose presence I always felt comfortable and safe. I was never made to feel ashamed at any choices I made and I never questioned my family’s support. (more…)

Two sheriff’s deputies, child-abuse suspect injured in San Diego-area shootout

| September 27, 2012 at 07:08 am

LAKESIDE, Calif. – Authorities said a 15-minute shootout on Tuesday left two sherrif’s deputies and a suspected child molester injured in suburban San Diego.

Daniel Witczak, 30, opened fire as a team of deputies arrived to his apartment to investigate allegations of child abuse, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. (more…)

Brown signs child abuse, domestic violence bills

| September 26, 2012 at 05:56 am

Child abuse SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday signed bills carried by San Diego Democratic lawmakers that will make it a crime for coaches and computer technicians to fail to report suspected child abuse and child pornography.

Brown also signed into law a measure requiring some domestic violence suspects to wear a GPS device, a policy that grew out of the 2011 death of a Carlsbad mother.

Former Iona President Accused of Child Abuse

| July 23, 2012 at 06:55 am

Child abuseThe lawsuit was filed by an Orange County, CA, resident, about alleged abuse in 1969.

A lawsuit has been filed in New York courts accusing former Iona College President Brother James Liguori of sex abuse and a subsequent cover up.

Joelle Casteix, western regional director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), posted a media statement outlining the accusations Thursday. (more…)

Man Charged for Child Abuse After Video Shows Him Hitting Stepson

| July 12, 2012 at 08:08 am

After a neighbor posted a video online that shows him hitting his stepson with a belt for dropping a baseball during a game of backyard catch, a former director of a California water agency director has been charged with felony child abuse.

The Imperial Valley Press reported Saturday that Imperial County prosecutors charged Anthony Sánchez with two counts: corporal injury to a child and child abuse. (more…)

Mom who made sex tape with son, 16, is jailed for four years… but says it was just a case of ‘genetic attraction’ after they were reunited after 15 years apart

| June 26, 2012 at 07:59 am

Child abuseA woman who made a sex tape with her teenage son after they were reunited after 15 years apart claims their relationship was not incest – but a case of ‘genetic attraction’.

Mistie Rebecca Atkinson, 32, was sentenced to four years and eight months behind bars in Napa County Superior Court, California on Wednesday.

It came after she was found in a Ukiah, California motel room with the 16-year-old boy, who had recorded his mother giving him oral sex on his phone. (more…)

Dad who took belt to son acquitted of child abuse

| June 6, 2012 at 08:40 am

SAN FRANCISCO — A San Francisco jury has acquitted a father who faced misdemeanor child abuse and battery charges for striking his 11-year-old son with a belt.

Public Defender Jeff Adachi said the jury deliberated for less than three hours before concluding that 32-year-old Allan Rivera was within his parental rights when he physically disciplined the boy because the spankings did not seriously endanger his son’s health. (more…)