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Justice: Man sentenced in child porn case

| September 5, 2012 at 02:09 pm

COLUMBUS, Miss. — A Lowndes County judge has sentenced 59-year-old Robert Triplett to 40 years in prison on state charges of possession of child pornography.

Circuit Judge Lee Coleman on Tuesday ordered that the sentence run consecutive to a 10-year attempted aggravated assault sentence Triplett already is serving from Jackson County, Miss., and a 10-year federal child porn conviction.

Triplett was sentenced as a habitual offender.

Prosecutors say Triplett was arrested after investigators found explicit photos of minor children on a computer obtained from his home. The computer was examined during an investigation into the September 2009 disappearance of Triplett’s 21-year-old stepdaughter, Kaila Morris.

Authorities say Morris has not been found.

Read more here: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/09/05/4790236/man-sentenced-in-child-porn-case.html#storylink=cpy

NZ department helps crack global child porn ring

| May 22, 2012 at 08:22 am

Child abuseAn abused New Zealand child is among at least 12 removed from harm as a result of a global online child pornography investigation sparked by the Department of Internal Affairs.

The operation, code-named Operation Laminar and spanning 20 countries, has targeted 55 key suspects in the worldwide distribution of child sexual abuse pictures. Some were involved in the actual sexual abuse of the children depicted.

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Sunshine Protects Child Abuse Victims

| at 08:16 am

Just when you think good, old-fashioned investigative journalism is going the way of the horse and buggy and typewriter, there comes along a thoughtful expose that restores your faith in a free and robust press.

Two weeks ago, The New York Times (where I started my career as a lowly copy boy a quarter century ago) produced a two-part series on the unusually cozy relationship between the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office and the Orthodox rabbis in some Brooklyn communities who seemed to be playing judge and jury in cases of sexual abuse of young children. (more…)

Brady clear on child sex abuse claims – Vatican prosecutor

| May 2, 2012 at 08:39 am

THE Vatican’s chief investigator has insisted that Ireland’s most senior cleric has no case to answer over renewed allegations of mishandling of allegations against the paedophile Brendan Smyth.

Monsignor Charles J Scicluna (pictured) defended Cardinal Sean Brady’s role in secret interviews with a 14-year-old victim in 1975 in which he was told it was likely the late priest was abusing five other named children. (more…)

Teacher, 65, Cleared of Pedophilia Charges

| May 1, 2012 at 07:45 am

A jury in Moscow cleared on Friday a 65-year-old piano teacher of accusations that he sexually abused his underage pupils, a case that many spectators blamed on the “pedophilia craze” rampant in Russia.

The jury was unanimous in their decision on Anatoly Ryabov, who burst into tears upon hearing it, RAPSI judicial news agency said. Dozens of his supporters outside the courtroom greeted the verdict with cheers and applause. (more…)

Child abuse images hidden in web stores, says IWF report

| March 26, 2012 at 08:25 am

Child abusePaedophiles are hiding images of child sex abuse on websites that look like ordinary web shops, reveals a report.

The tactic is being used more and more often, said the Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in its annual report.

Outwardly the sites look legitimate, but abusers can reach the images via a route that takes them to a specific section of the site, said the IWF.

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Better Economy Meant Less Child Abuse Last Year, Officials Say

| March 20, 2012 at 02:27 pm

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – An improving economy may be to thank for a reduction in child abuse last year, according to the Department of Human Services.

“We’re real confident that’s one of the major factors,” said DHS spokesman Roger Munns. Economic conditions are a leading cause of family stress, which can lead to abuse or neglect. (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…)

Policeman killed himself after child abuse material found, inquest told

| at 01:56 pm

Sergeant John Skilling, who ran Gloucestershire force’s schools unit, found in garage after carbon monoxide poisoning

A former police sergeant who ran his force’s schools unit killed himself after detectives found images and stories containing child abuse at his home, an inquest has heard.

Sergeant John Skilling, who resigned from the police following the discovery of the photographs, films and stories on his personal computers, had admitted downloading the material and faced prosecution. (more…)

Child abuse ‘victim’s’ dad joined BNP after hearing claims

| February 29, 2012 at 02:33 pm

THE dad of an alleged victim of a child abuse ring joined the BNP “after what had happened to her”, a court heard today.

The teen was 15 when the exploitation began, jurors were told.

Her father was asked by Simon Nichol, defending one of the 11 accused, about his daughter’s general behaviour in August 2008 and if it bothered him that his daughter was mixing with Asian men. (more…)