CPIU EsCPIU en Español

Welcome to CPIU, enjoy your stay! Saturday, June 24th, 2017

Know This

Pennsylvania to be third state with dedicated sex offender court

| May 9, 2011 at 08:07 pm

(Reuters) – Pennsylvania next month will become the third state in the nation with a court dedicated to bringing sex offenders to justice.

In an effort to stop repeat offenders, particularly those who target children, a pilot program will open June 23 in Allegheny County, according to the Pennsylvania Supreme Court. After a year, if deemed effective, it may be expanded statewide.

Judges hope that channeling sex abuse cases through a specialized court will speed up the process so that “victims and witnesses don’t have to wait before getting their day in court,” said Steve Schell, a spokesman for the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts. (more…)

Sex trafficking a problem in Snohomish County

| May 6, 2011 at 09:21 pm

Experts Lisa Paul, deputy prosecuting attorney at the Dawson Place Child Advocacy Center, and Dusty Olson, an advocate of Providence’s Intervention Center for Assault and Abuse and co-founder of the Snohomish County Sexual Exploitation and Intervention Network, discuss the problem of sex trafficking of children in Snohomish County.

When many think of sex trafficking, they think of prostitutes in Southeast Asia, Nepal, Bangladesh or another faraway country – anywhere but here in the United States, and especially not of our own kids in our own communities.

But it is happening here. (more…)

Forest Grove police say man, 19, accused of rape and sex abuse, indicted on more sex crimes

| at 03:17 pm

Forest Grove police say a 19-year-old man accused of rape and sex abuse has been indicted on more sex crime charges.

, who uses middle names of both Joseph and James, was indicted Tuesday on two counts of attempted first-degree sex abuse and one count each of second-degree rape, second-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse, attempted first-degree rape, attempted first-degree sodomy and third-degree sex abuse, said Capt. Aaron Ashbaugh, Forest Grove police spokesman. He’s being held in the Washington County Jail.

Ashbaugh said the new charges stem from tips detectives investigated after police initially arrested Matthews in February on accusations that he raped a 16-year-old girl at a Forest Grove residence in September. A Washington County grand jury on Feb. 22 indicted him on one count of first-degree rape, one count of second-degree sex abuse and one count of furnishing liquor to a minor in connection with that case, court records show. (more…)

Citadel cadet arrested on child porn charges

| May 3, 2011 at 08:37 pm

A 21-year-old Citadel cadet was arrested Monday on child pornography charges, authorities said.

Joshua Heyward Hughes Rumph, of Knollwood Drive, Clemson, is charged with one count of third-degree criminal exploitation of a minor. He was being held in the Cannon Detention Center.

The Charleston Police Department was called to The Citadel in February after workers in the school’s information technology department discovered inappropriate images in a folder on a cadet’s computer, according to a police incident report. Police took custody of the computer and began a forensic examination. The arrest warrant accuses him of “knowingly possessing material that contains a visual representation of minors engaged in sexual activity.”

At a bond hearing today, Charleston County Magistrate Linda S. Lombard set bail at $50,000.

Rumph’s parents were present during the hearing. Rumph’s attorney, Timothy Kulp told Lombard that his client’s parents were hoping he would be able to return with them to their home in Clemson.

As a condition of his release, Rumph is prohibited from using a computer or any other device to access the Internet and is prohibited from contact with anyone under the age of 18.

EDITOR’S NOTE: Because of incorrect information provided to The Post and Courier, previous versions of this story incorrectly stated the charge against Rumph.

Source: postandcourier

School administrator faces 120 sex charges

| April 29, 2011 at 06:55 pm

FAYETTEVILLE (WTVD) — Cumberland County sheriff’s detectives charged a private school administrator Thursday with sex charges involving a minor.

Craig Steven Wheeler, 49, of Fayetteville, is charged with 120 counts which include committing sexual acts with a student, statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a minor.

Investigators say Wheeler is the administrator of Eastover Christian Academy Childcare located in Eastover, N.C. He allegedly engaged in inappropriate behavior with a 14-year-old girl on the school’s campus.

Detectives say Wheeler set up a makeshift residence at the school and began his relationship with the girl in June 2008 and it ended in September 2009. (more…)

Software aids fight against exploitation

| April 20, 2011 at 08:00 am

The Child Exploitation Tracking System designed by Microsoft to assist law enforcement agents, civil servants and children themselves combat sexual exploitation over the internet was introduced to Thai police at a workshop conducted by Canadian law enforcement personnel recently in Bangkok. The software helps generate evidence that can be used in investigations and applied in court to help prosecute offenders.Suzanne Williams, deputy and legal director of the International Institute for Child Rights and Development and who was part of the Canadian entourage, noted with concern how the virtual world was currently impacting upon children around the globe, making it all the more necessary to build a network of partners to create protection for children and their rights.

“When the medium of communication is much more anonymously linked, it could make a virtual world where there is more unsupervised access for children and their predators, [making] a recipe for harming children unless we take steps to protect and prevent things from happening. When one website with images of children being sexually exploited is taken down, the next one comes up. Victims of child exploitation online are getting younger and it is getting more violent and obviously that is a real concern. It’s a global problem as there are no boundaries. This is why we have to equip our law enforcement with the right tools.”

Williams, a lawyer by profession, says that to address this issue, one has to get to the core of the problem by working as a team, including everyone from NGOs, law enforcement, government and private sectors and families and communities to kids themselves. If we don’t listen to our children and what their realities are in this virtual world we can never find solutions to meet these challenges. There is a real need to engage young people as partners and understand what they are doing, so that the right solutions are developed. Most importantly, adults _ including parents, teachers and counsellors _ have to win their trust. It is not easy for teenagers to deal with the complexities that face them on a daily basis. Building trust between a parent and child is never easy because, as adults, we feel the best way to protect them is to monitor their every move, but this can often be counterproductive. After setting guidelines, let them explore and make mistakes and learn from them. But the bottom line is to let them know you are there for them.

To protect one’s children from the evils of online exploitation, Williams advises parents to listen to their youngsters, create a space where they can share their concerns and fears. Without being judgmental, they should see how their child is using technology and try to understand things from their perspective. Collectively finding solutions and options in the face of a problem they might encounter while online is also a crucial stage in this learning process.

Loving and caring relationships are critical to a child’s development. To protect your child from online predators, it is pivotal for them to be equipped with the right knowledge. When we speak with youngsters, it is imperative to leave dos and don’ts out of the conversation.

Parents can keep a tab on their children’s online activities without being controlling or intrusive.

Williams hopes that Thailand will continue to create better awareness to protect children from cyber crime. New technology helps to keep a close watch on criminals and is a valuable tool for law enforcement. However, a team effort is required.

Apart from prosecuting perpetrators, it is the duty of state law enforcement officials _ including lawyers, policemen and judges _ to make sure a child victim knows his or her rights.

Counselling should be available when the need arises. Children under 18 are considered minors, which means that even if they consent to indulging in a lurid act deemed unlawful, they will not be faulted due to their age. It is the duty of adults to know better.

NetClean _ a technical solution from Sweden which blocks the spread of child sexual abuse content on the internet_ was introduced to Thailand last year. The Thai hotel industry, in particular, showed keen interest on acquiring their services.

Their client portfolio includes both small to multi-national companies, authorities, internet providers and police services.

At the time, Grand Millennium Sukhumvit hotel Bangkok and Six Senses Resorts & Spas installed NetClean software in their computer systems. Other hotels have also followed suit since then.

Sonu and Eva Shivdasani, the founders of Six Senses Resorts & Spas, threw their support behind the technical solution by saying that was a a vital first step to stop a reprehensible global epidemic. While Thomas Christiansen, General Manager of Grand Millennium Sukhumvit, said that hotels must do everything within their power to stop all forms of child abuse.

Both hotels set up NetClean Child Abuse Free Zone, the software that is designed especially for hotels and which operates on the guest and/or conference network. The software recognises and blocks child sexual abuse images and videos through comparison with material classified by the police.


Ways to spot a pedophile

| April 19, 2011 at 01:02 pm

Did you know that pedophiles share common behaviors and traits that, if aware of them, can help parents protect their kids from abuse? With the recent two-year probation sentencing of Phillip R. Greaves II, author of “The Pedophile’s Guide To Love and Pleasure,” some parents are left to wonder what they can do to further protect their kids from pedophiles.

The good news is that there are many things parents can do — starting with learning how to recognize the warning signs before it’s too late. Parents need the knowledge to empower both themselves and their children. We will never be able to control others’ behavior, but we can educate ourselves with proactive and preventative safety education. (more…)

Man charged over child pornography

| April 18, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Police in the New South Wales Hunter Valley are trying to identify the children depicted in thousands of child abuse images seized in a raid on a home.

A 62-year-old man has been charged with three counts of possessing child pornography after police raided his home at Rutherford yesterday afternoon.

Police say they found around 2,000 images of child abuse, as well as recording equipment.

The man was refused bail overnight to face Maitland Local Court today.

Anyone with information that may assist the police investigation is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Source: ABC

UK: Paedophiles share child porn using corporate PCs

| April 15, 2011 at 09:51 am

UK business and local councils are increasingly at risk from paedophiles using their networks to spread child sexual abuse images and videos, according to new research.

In a report entitled Cleaning Up Britain (PDF), software company NetClean highlights a growing problem of paedophiles sharing illegal images and videos via the networks of unsuspecting organisations, introducing them to employers’ systems via USB drives and other portable devices.

According to figures supplied by the UK police’s Child Exploitation & Online Protection centre (CEOP), 66 per cent of those caught with child sex abuse material have no previous criminal record – enabling them to operate undetected in corporate environments.


Fairfield County man gets 9 years for child porn

| April 13, 2011 at 10:25 am

Collection contained 176,000 images

LANCASTER, Ohio – A Fairfield County man caught with what authorities described as a “mind-boggling” collection of child pornography was sentenced yesterday to nine years in prison.

Richard E. Wood, 59, of Baltimore, told county Common Pleas Judge Richard E. Berens that he was sorry.

The mother of a victim stood up to confront Wood. “What you have done is unforgivable and may God help you,” she said.

The Dispatch does not identify victims of sexual abuse. (more…)