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July 3, 2018

Third-grade teacher accused of sex assault, trying to hypnotize girls he told to say “I will obey you, Master” as he swung a necklace in front of them

A third-grade teacher is accused of sexually assaulting a girl at a Pennsylvania elementary school — and police are investigating whether he tried to hypnotize others. One victim told police James Mentzer made her repeat the phrase “I will obey you, Master,” as he swung a necklace in front of her eyes. Mentzer has been charged with institutional sexual assault, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor and five counts of corruption of minors. Police began investigating him in February, and Mentzer was put on leave from East Hanover Elementary Schoolhttp://www.nydailynews.com/news/crime/ny-news-ny-teacer-sex-assault-20180703-story.html
June 28, 2018

Victim’s Attorney, Jeff Herman, Announces Filing Of Lawsuit Against Catholic Diocese Of Allentown, PA

BOCA RATON, Fla., June 28, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Victim’s attorney Jeff Herman announces the filing of a lawsuit against the Diocese of Allentown and Rev. Msgr. Francis Nave in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Click here for complaint.   The suit alleges that in 2012, when the victim was 16 years old, he was contacted through a gay social media website by Reverend Monsignor Francis Nave. He told Monsignor Nave in the first communication that he was 16. At all relevant times, Monsignor Nave was the Pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bath, Pennsylvania and is presently the Director of the Permanent Diaconate for the Diocese of Allentown. The victim was in a depressed state and Monsignor […]

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June 27, 2018

Allentown Diocese removes monsignor, alerts authorities of sex abuse allegation, after lawsuit filed by Jeff Herman of Herman Law

he pastor of Sacred Heart parish in Bath allegedly encouraged a teen he was counseling online to take his clothes off and perform sex acts, a lawsuit filed Tuesday in Philadelphia says.The suit charges that Msgr. Francis Nave persuaded the boy, who was 16 when the online counseling sessions began in 2011, to disrobe and commit sex acts. In a statement Wednesday, the Allentown Diocese said it was unaware of the allegations or the lawsuit and that upon hearing about it from The Morning Call, contacted law enforcement and removed Nave from ministry, pending the result of an investigation. Nave […]

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June 21, 2018

Pa. Supreme Court blocks release of grand jury report into clergy sex abuse

HARRISBURG, Pa. — The state Supreme Court has blocked the release of grand jury report into child sex abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses. In an order released Wednesday, the Supreme Court justices said they granted an application for a stay that would halt Judge Norman Krumenacker III and the attorney general’s office from releasing the first report of the grand jury “pending further order of this court.” No other documents were made available to the public, per the order. “My legal team and I will continue fighting tirelessly to make sure the victims of this abuse are able to […]
June 20, 2018

As more women file lawsuits against USC, gynecologist defends himself in letter to The Times

Fourteen more women have sued USC alleging that a campus gynecologist sexually abused them during medical exams and that the university failed to take action when patients and clinic staff complained about his behavior. The new filings brought the total number of women suing the university by Friday afternoon to 21. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-usc-doctor-lawsuits-20180525-story.html
June 19, 2018

Mark Rozzi pitches another push for retroactive reform to child sex crimes

By Ivey DeJesus idejesus@pennlive.comIn all the years that Rep. Mark Rozzi has been fighting to reform state child sex crimes laws, he has excoriated the power brokers for the Roman Catholic Church for pushing back on any reform legislation. On Tuesday, just weeks away from the release of the findings of a state probe into clergy sex abuse across Pennsylvania, Rozzi once again called for measures to expand the law, this time noting that: “Child sex abuse is not just a Catholic problem.” At a Capitol rally, Rozzi invited victims, survivors and relatives of victims from across the dark specter of child sex […]
June 13, 2018

New disturbing details on former Abilene church daycare worker accused of child sex crimes

ABILENE, Texas — New court documents reveal more disturbing details about a former Abilene church daycare worker accused of multiple child sex crimes. Benjamin Russell Roberts, 25, was arrested on March 28 and charged with possession of child pornography, indecency with a child by contact and continuous sexual abuse of children. Roberts worked at Wylie Baptist’s CDC and childcare programs at two other Abilene churches. Police originally discovered Roberts after a child pornography investigation led them to his address in north Abilene. According to court documents, Roberts admitted that a child from his neighborhood slept over at his house and at […]
June 12, 2018

Operator of Day Care Targeted in Police Raid Previously Under Fire for Abusive Behavior

A day care worker at Minnieland Academy in Bristow, Virginia, Taylor Boykin, was arrested last week after being accused of sexually assaulting four children over the course of a year. A raid was executed at that facility, but recent reports have surfaced that the issue may not be contained to this location. Though there is no indication that Boykin’s transgressions took place beyond the Bristow location, the operator of the academy has previously dealt with allegations of abuse at several of its other locations. Two teachers at a Minnieland Academy location in Manassas were accused of abusive behavior in a […]
June 8, 2018

Former day care worker accused of sexual assault facing additional charges

Former day care worker, Taylor Keith Boykin, 27, was accused of sexually assaulting four children over the course of a year at a Minnieland Academy facility in Bristow, Virginia. Boykin was arrested April 20 after an investigation into claims by the parents of a 5-year-old girl led to discovery of three other victims. Soon after, he was indicted on four charges each of sexual object penetration of a child, aggravated sexual battery of a child, and indecent liberties with a child by a custodian; along with five counts of producing sexually explicit material, two counts of possession of sexually explicit […]
June 4, 2018

Lafayette Diocese priest accused of abuse of a minor

The Diocese of Lafayette was informed this week of an allegation of abuse of a minor, the Diocese said in a statement released Saturday at 4 p.m. According to the statement, the alleged incident occurred several years ago, and the alleged victim is now an adult. The Diocese and the alleged victim have reported the allegation to law enforcement authorities and the Diocese is assisting and cooperating fully with the civil investigation. The allegations have been made against Father Michael Guidry, Pastor of St. Peter Church in Morrow and Resurrection Chapel in Whiteville.  In accordance with Diocesan policy, Father Guidry has […]
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