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Jeffrey Sandusky gets arrested for pederasty

| February 23, 2017 at 03:20 pm

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Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, one of Jerry Sandusky’s adoptive sons (a retired college football coach), is confronting 14 charges for sexual abuse to minors. Jerry’s father, Jeffrey Sandusky, got imprisoned five years ago for similar charges, facing a sentence of 60 years in prison. Let’s not forget that, for over 10 years, Jeffrey Sandusky was in charge of a foundation that helped young boys in precarious situations to fulfil their dreams of playing football. For now, the bail imposed by the judge is for $ 200.000. (more…)

Sandusky Fine Money Available for Pennsylvania Child Abuse Organizations

| June 29, 2015 at 08:14 am

The fruit of state senator Jake Corman’s lawsuit against the NCAA is ready for distribution — in the form of $48 million dedicated to child abuse efforts.

Corman’s lawsuit led to a settlement that voided sanctions against Penn State in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. That defense of the Endowment Act ended up with the NCAA agreeing that a big chunk of the $60 million fine it imposed on the university would be spent in Pennsylvania. (more…)

Post-Sandusky child protection laws won’t work, if state child abuse hotline isn’t working well

| February 26, 2015 at 07:11 am

The Issue. In the wake of the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse case, the state Legislature passed 23 new bills aimed at improving protections for children.

Some of those laws, including one widening the list of those required to report suspected child abuse, went into effect Dec. 31. Lancaster County Children & Youth Social Service Agency has been deluged with child abuse reports in the past two months. (more…)

Man To Stand Trial In Fayette Co. Fatal Child Abuse Case

| January 27, 2014 at 07:30 am

UNIONTOWN (KDKA) – A man will stand trial in connection with a case of child abuse that left his 20-month-old daughter dead in November. Domer Burkholder, Jr., 30, of Uniontown, is charged with criminal homicide and child endangerment in the death of his 20-month-old daughter, Kaylee Jo Burkholder.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Burkholder is accused of striking the child in the abdomen. The incident happened at the Holiday Mobile Home Park in North Union Township.

The little girl was taken to Uniontown Hospital, and then transferred to Children’s Hospital where she died from her injuries. (more…)

In first step, child abuse package moves to Pennsylvania House floor

| June 13, 2013 at 07:50 am

The House Children and Youth Committee, in a string of unanimous votes today, gave its blessing to a package of bills meant to update Pennsylvania’s child protection laws in the wake of the major sex abuse scandals at Penn State and within the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia.

The six-bill package, taken together, would make more people submit to clearance checks before they work with children in any capacity, and require more people to report to police or child welfare authorities if they suspect something is wrong. (more…)

2012 Annual Child Abuse Report Notes Increase in Reports of Suspected Abuse

| June 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm

The 2012 Annual Child Abuse Report reflects an unprecedented increase of 2,286 calls of suspected abuse and/or neglect to the state’s child abuse reporting hotline, more than any other year on record.

“We cannot say for sure why there is a large increase, but we do know that there has been a surge in awareness of and conversations around child abuse in Pennsylvania, which is a very positive step toward curbing and reporting abuse,” Acting Secretary of Public Welfare Beverly D. Mackereth said. (more…)

New Pennsylvania laws deal with underage drinking, child abuse, animal euthanasia

| December 27, 2012 at 07:55 am

New Pennsylvania laws that take effect in the coming days toughen penalties for underage drinking, mandate training for school workers on how to recognize and report child abuse, and require more humane methods of putting down animals.

Others increase worker and employee contributions to the state’s Unemployment Compensation Trust Fund; require contractors on public works projects to make sure through the federal E-Verify system that their employees are legal residents; and simplify voting rules for servicemen and women and others living overseas. (more…)

Beaver County shows increase in child abuse in 2012

| December 12, 2012 at 07:20 am

HARRISBURG — The number of substantiated child abuse cases in Pennsylvania dropped in 2012, according to an annual report that will be released today by the Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children.

The same cannot be said for Beaver, Lawrence, Fayette and Greene counties.

The group’s report, “State of Child Welfare,” says the number of child abuse reports that authorities found to be true increased this year in all four counties. (more…)

Panel recommends overhaul of Pennsylvania child-abuse laws

| November 28, 2012 at 07:44 am

HARRISBURG – The special panel created in the wake of the Jerry Sandusky scandal is calling for a complete overhaul in the way Pennsylvania addresses child abuse, from expanding the list of those who must report abuse to toughening laws that it said have failed to protect children.

A report issued Monday by the Pennsylvania Task Force on Child Protection recommends redefining what constitutes child abuse, expanding the definition of “perpetrator,” and enacting harsher penalties for those who fail to report abuse. (more…)

Pennsylvania child abuse cases: Pattern of silence

| November 2, 2012 at 07:39 am

On the map of Pennsylvania, the municipalities of Wilkes-Barre, State College and Philadelphia form a neat triangle linking three sordid stories that collectively might be called “The Judges, The Coaches and The Priests.”

Within this relatively compact area of the world’s surface, and within the last decade-and-a-half, three horrific examples of child abuse have occurred. The geography is coincidental, but there are other common denominators: The victims were children, the abusers were men in power whom they looked up to and the abuse went on for years unabated. (more…)