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April 16, 2019

New York elementary teacher charged with sexual abuse of 11-year-old female student

According to WABC New York, an elementary school teacher in Brooklyn was arrested for allegedly sexually abusing an 11-year-old female student. Police say Daniel Santiago, 29, from Brooklyn Science and Engineering Academy in Flatbush was charged with sex abuse and acting in a manner to injure a child under 17.  He had been abusing the girl since February, police said. Santiago is accused of touching and sending inappropriate text messages and pictures to the girl. Rumors began when other students witnessed the behavior that led to the teacher’s suspension.  Investigators then interviewed the girl, and they say she admitted that inappropriate contact […]
April 15, 2019

Las Vegas Catholic Diocese reveals list of 33 ‘credibly accused’ of child sexual abuse

According to the Los Angeles Times, the Las Vegas Catholic Diocese on Friday released the names of 32 clergy members and one volunteer it said were credibly accused of child sexual abuse and who had served in Nevada within the last several decades. Bishop George Leo Thomas, who opened the broad investigation after becoming head of the diocese in 2018, said the “church has been in secrecy and denial for a very long time.” The Las Vegas Diocese said of the 33 people listed, 21 are dead and the remainder had been removed from their positions, most before the investigation […]
Jeff Herman

Roman Catholic Church/Clergy Abuse/Catholic Institutions

April 15, 2019

33 priests, four deacons accused of sex abuse in Catholic Diocese of Lafayette

According to the Associated Press, the Roman Catholic diocese in Louisiana where the first widely reported case of U.S. clergy sex abuse became public in the 1980s has released a list of 33 priests and four deacons credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor or vulnerable adult. Lafayette Bishop Douglas Deshotels’ list identifies three priests who were convicted or pleaded guilty but does not indicate where any of the 37 was accused, let alone give details of the accusations. Released Friday (April 12), the list gives each man’s birth and ordination year, assignments and his status, such as whether he was removed from the clergy, resigned […]
Jeff Herman

Roman Catholic Church/Clergy Abuse/Accused Catholic Clergy

April 15, 2019

Former Cape Coral preschool worker arrested for having child porn

According to WBBH NBC2 in Florida, a former Cape Coral preschool worker was arrested after police found 50 pictures and 23 videos of child pornography on his laptop. Skyler Hann, 20, used to work at Small Wonders Pre-School at Grace Church, and the Austen Youth Center. Investigators were tipped off about the crime after his roommate found the images on Hann’s laptop when they borrowed it for school. The roommate told police he was disgusted by what he saw, so he reported it. When police started investigating, they said they found dozens of images on Hann’s laptop showing pre-pubescent children […]
Jeff Herman

Schools/Day Care/Preschool/After Care

April 12, 2019

FEDERAL GRAND JURY EMPANELED IN BUFFALO DIOCESE

According to the Church Militant, in the wake of the Pennsylvania grand jury’s report on clerical sex abuse in the state’s Catholic dioceses, law enforcement agencies in other states are investigating what the bishops knew, when they knew it and if they instigated illegal cover-ups of criminal sexual activity. The most recently announced federal grand jury was empaneled to examine possible racketeering charges against the Buffalo, New York diocese and Bp. Richard J. Malone. The Pennsylvania grand jury report released last August included such disturbing findings as more than 300 priests accused of abusing an estimated 1,000 children over the course of […]
April 11, 2019

Retired Pope Benedict blames sexual revolution and church laws for abuse scandal

According to NBC News, retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis’ own efforts to confront one of the most critical issues facing the church. One church historian called Benedict’s essay “catastrophically irresponsible,” because it conflicted with Francis’ own efforts to lead the church out of the sex abuse crisis. U.S. church analysts said the essay, published in the German monthly Klerusblatt, was […]
April 11, 2019

“I am not alone”: House member’s wife seeks more time for sexual abuse victims to sue offenders

Becky Leach says she wants to use her story of childhood sexual abuse to help others who haven’t yet come forward — and supports a bill she says would give victims more time to do so. According to the Texas Tribune, as Becky Leach took her seat Monday afternoon, preparing to testify for the first time before a committee at the Texas Capitol, her husband watched as he sat behind his name plate with the word “Chair” engraved underneath. “I am a victim — and I am not alone,” Becky Leach announced to the room as she began her remarks. […]
April 10, 2019

Volunteer doctor at Palm Beach County high schools accused of molesting runaway teen 

WPTV reports a dermatology doctor who volunteers at Palm Beach County high schools is accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy, according to the West Palm Beach Police Department. During a Child Protection Team forensic interview, the teen said he ran away from his group home with a juvenile friend and went to the home of his Guardian ad Litem, 63-year-old Mark Robert Gardner of West Palm Beach. According to an arrest report, the teen said he and Gardner are “cool” and he would normally call Gardner when he ran away and would stay at his residence. The victim said Gardner […]
April 10, 2019

Diocese of Trenton removes Holmdel priest after ‘credible’ sexual abuse allegation

According to the Asbury Park Press, a recent and “credible” allegation of sexual abuse of a child from decades ago has been made against the Rev.  Gregory D. Vaughan, who has served as pastor of the Church of St. Catharine in Holmdel since 2013, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Trenton announced Saturday night. “The alleged abuse dates back to the late 1970s and early 1980s when Monsignor Vaughan was a parochial vicar in St. Ann Parish, Keansburg,” the prepared statement from the Trenton diocese read. “In the interest of protecting the victim’s privacy, the diocese will not disclose further details […]
April 10, 2019

Why this woman is going public for the first time about how a Nashville priest abused her 60 years ago

According to the Nashville Tennessean, Kathleen Lisle cannot forget the summer day a priest at Christ the King Catholic Church called her childhood home, asking her to help fold bulletins for Mass. She hesitated to go. Lisle was 12. She did not want to be alone with the Rev. James Arthur Rudisill, but, in the 1950s, explaining that to her mother seemed impossible. A frequent guest at the Nashville home where she grew up with 10 brothers and five sisters, Rudisill sometimes sat next to Lisle, rubbing her leg while playing chess. At her mother’s urging, Lisle walked the few […]
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