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May 13, 2019

Sex Trafficking Mars the Mystique of Cannes Film Festival: “This Crime Is Significantly Underreported”

According to The Hollywood Reporter, each May, young women arrive in the South of France with big-screen ambitions, but even after the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the #MeToo movement, their journey to Hollywood often begins with producers promising movie roles and visas in return for sex. In 2014, Kadian Noble met Harvey Weinstein in the lobby of the Majestic Hotel in Cannes. After some small talk, he instructed the aspiring actress to come upstairs so that he could have a look at her reel. Noble, who was 27 and from the U.K., had previously met the since-disgraced mogul in London, […]
May 13, 2019

New Jersey Law Will Give Sex Abuse Victims Much More Time To Sue

According to WCBS 880, New Jersey will soon be joining New York and several other states in expanding the civil statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases, with Gov. Phil Murphy set to sign a new law in the coming days. Patricia Teffenhart, executive director of the New Jersey Coalition Against Sexual Assault, says the impact the law will have cannot be overstated. “This will finally allow survivors in New Jersey more time to come forward and hold their perpetrators accountable for the crimes that they committed,” she said. Murphy is expected to sign the bill on Monday. It would give […]
May 12, 2019

School janitor with hidden past as priest left wake of abuse

Janitor – a former priest – immersed himself in places where youths gathered According to the Times Union, a former custodian who has been accused of systematically raping boys at a Catholic elementary school in Albany in the 1970s had allegedly done the same thing years earlier while serving as a priest with a seminary in the Midwest, where he attended college. Interviews with his former employers and alleged victims, and records obtained by the Times Union, indicate that Eugene Hubert Jr. — a U.S. Army veteran who died in 1997 — also immersed himself in maintenance jobs at various […]
May 10, 2019

SNAP Calls On Bishop of Rockville Centre To Release Names

According to Manhasset Press, The Rockville Centre Diocese is the largest diocese in the nation that has not come out with a list of names of clergy accused of sexual abuse. “Every day that a predator’s name is hidden, kids are at risk of horrific abuse,” said Klinger standing alongside members of SNAP and sexual abuse survivors. “[Bishop John O.] Barres must post credibly accused clerics’ names immediately. It’s never premature to warn the public about potentially dangerous men.” In January, the USA Northeast Province Jesuits released a list of accused Jesuits—four of whom were in Manhasset during their time […]
May 10, 2019

More than two dozen Buffalo area Boy Scout leaders accused in sex abuse cases

Number of cases expected to jump in August when one-year window opens for old claims According to The Buffalo News, Ronald C. Williams has served prison sentences in three states for child sex abuse felony convictions over the past 28 years. But Williams’ penchant for sexually abusing children goes back to when he was a K-9 patrolman on the Buffalo police force and volunteered with the Boy Scouts, according to Bob O’Donnell of the Town of Boston. O’Donnell said Williams, who had been his Cub Scout leader, abused him at least 10 times in the mid-1970s, when O’Donnell was 13 […]
May 9, 2019

Pope Francis issues groundbreaking law requiring priests, nuns to report sex abuse, cover-up

According to The Associated Press, Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in an important new effort to hold the Catholic hierarchy accountable for failing to protect their flocks. The new church law provides whistle-blower protections for anyone making a report and requires all dioceses around the world to have a system in place to receive the claims confidentially. And it outlines procedures for conducting preliminary investigations when the accused is a bishop, cardinal or religious superior. It’s […]
May 8, 2019

Ex-Baldwin Park preschool teacher won’t serve additional jail time for molesting student

According to WFTV ABC in Florida, a former preschool teacher will not serve any additional jail time for molesting a toddler over an eight-month period inside a Baldwin Park child care facility, a judge ruled Tuesday. An Orange County judge sentenced Jayrico Hamilton to 15 years of probation as a sex offender. Hamilton was accused of having extensive sexual contact with a young boy, now 6 years old, at the Bright Horizons child care facility in Baldwin Park. The boy’s family offered emotional testimony Tuesday, saying that their son has nightmares stemming from what happened to him. “We’ve endured a […]
May 8, 2019

Syracuse diocese pays victims of 4 priests not on sex abuse list

According to Syracuse.com, the Catholic Diocese of Syracuse paid settlements to four victims of priests who have not been publicly named to a list of child sex abusers. The diocese said it previously did not have enough information to act on claims against four priests. The four accusers, however, were among 88 people the diocese invited to participate in an independent compensation program, which found they deserved to be paid settlements. The Syracuse diocese announced last week it had paid $11 million to 79 victims of child sex abuse suffered at the hands of clergymen. Four of the 79 people accused four […]
May 8, 2019

Orlando Man In Preschool Child Abuse Case Released, Won’t Face More Jail Time

According to Spectrum News, a judge sentenced Hamilton to 449 days – time he’s already spent in the Orange County jail since he was charged in the case.  Hamilton pleaded guilty back in March to three counts of lewd or lascivious conduct.  In the plea agreement, he admitted to the crimes and agreed to 15 years of sex-offender probation, in exchange for no additional jail time. He also will have to register as a sex offender. Tuesday night, Hamilton was released from jail.  There were emotional moments in the courtroom for Hamilton’s sentencing, as the parents of the boy he’s accused of […]
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