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June 18, 2020

Former priest accused of sexually abusing young boy in the 1980’s

  The Rev. J. Gregory Mulhall, a former Ilion priest and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany are among those named in child sexual abuse complaints dating back to the early 1980’s.  Mulhall,  who served as pastor of Annunciation Church from June 12, 1961, until his retirement in 1985, is accused of  sexually abusing a minor from approximately 1983 to 1984. The filing was included in the 52 child sexual abuse complaints against the diocese filed under the state’s Child Victims Act.  Mary DeTurris Poust, communications director for the Albany diocese, said the diocese is working toward dealing with clergy […]
June 18, 2020

Former Edison High School student claims teacher abused him in the 1980’s

  Under the Child Victims Act, a former Edison High School student is suing The township Board of Education claiming he was sexually abused by a teacher in the 1980s. The suit, filed in Superior Court last week, alleges that the school board “failed to take reasonable steps” to protect the student from the abuse. ITh suit claims that the shop teacher Frederick Burkley, from 1983 to 1985, “groomed” the student “to gain his trust and to obtain control over him” as part of a plan to sexually molest and abuse him. Burkley, who has since died, also served as […]
June 16, 2020

Prestigious NY Private School facing lawsuit claiming decades old sex abuse of students by teacher

  At $50,000 year tuition, New York’s Saint David’s School in Manhattan is considered a highly prestigious all-boys private school.  However, it now faces allegations by former students of unreported  sex abuse by teachers spanning decades.  Peter Defeo III, now 59, claims that 50 years ago he was abused repeatedly by teacher Robert Ludlow, who is now deceased.  He claims that he was abused as young as  8 years old. He also claims that  a female administrator witnessed  the crime, literally looked the other way and did nothing to stop it.  The sexual abuse continued for another two years. Peter […]
June 12, 2020

Church accused of knowing Bishop sexually abused young girls and did nothing

    Joseph Neipp, 72, a former Bishop at the Church in San Jose, is accused of sexually abusing two sisters, known  as Jane Doe and Jane Doe 2. The lawsuit claims that the Church in San Jose knew about the former Bishops abuse and could have prevented it from happening.   Neipp was once the bishop of San Jose’s Branham Ward in South San Jose where one of the sisters allegedly met him when they enrolled in a church-sponsored program. According to the  lawsuit, Jane Doe was sexually abused by Neipp between 2009 to 2016 and  her sister, Jane Doe […]
June 11, 2020

Former Firefighter pays large settlement to man accusing him of sexually abusing him when he was a child

  Hugo Fleites , a former city firefighter was sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex abuse of a child dating back to 1997. Fleites was ordered to pay $2.75 million in compensatory damages, $2 million in punitive damages, and $8,441 in legal fees, resulting in a settlement of more than $4.75 million. The victim, identified as John Doe in court documents, says he was just 12 years old when Fleites, then 35, began sexually abusing him. The man’s parents were friends with Fleites when the man was a child and through that contact became a friend of Fleites, […]
June 10, 2020

Salamanca Teacher accused of sexually abusing two students

  Now that courts are opening again, two lawsuits have been filed by two former students of  the Salamanca City School District. The law suits have been filed in state Supreme Court in Cattaraugus County alleging a teacher sexually abused them. The students claims against the same teacher come ten years apart from one another. sexual abuse of two students by the same teacher almost 10 years apart. The plaintiff remained anonymous and claimed that David Bemus, a now retired teacher at the Jefferson Street School of the Salamanca City School District, allegedly had sexual contact with a 10-year-old child […]
June 9, 2020

High School Teacher arrested for alleged child sex abuse of student

  Stephen E. Raught, a teacher at Owen J. Roberts High School in Chester county has been charged with sexually assaulting a female student in the school. School administrators allegedly have known about his prior record of inappropriate behavior with students and did not take action. There is an ongoing investigation into how the school board mishandled the report of the teachers inappropriate behavior with students  in the past. As a result of this teacher’s arrest the school has  received a number of complaints from other students and reports of prior disclosures of possible abuse from students that may not […]
May 31, 2020

St Cloud Diocese settles lawsuit filed by adult victims of childhood sex abuse by clergy

  The Catholic Diocese of St. Cloud has settled a law suit for accusations of clergy sex abuse.  The $22.5 million  settlement by the diocese is meant to compensate the sex abuse survivors accusing priests of molesting them decades ago. The settlement  is part of an agreement that the diocese will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection “in the near future.” St. Cloud Bishop Donald Kettler, put out a press release apologizing to the victims of sex abuse by the priests and  said he was committed to “assist in the healing of all those who have been hurt.” In 2018, […]
May 21, 2020

Pastor pleads guilty to sexually abusing infant and several other children while manufacturing child pornography

Jerry Zweitzig, 71, a retired pastor at the currently closed Horsham Bible Church,  has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an infant. This is his second admission to sexually abusing a child.  Zweitzig has pleaded guilty to charges of manufacturing child pornography. He is in currently being held at Philadelphia’s Federal Detention Center .  Zweitzig’s video taped himself sexually abusing an infant in 2010.  Investigators found the video, while preparing for Zweitzig’s hearing and sentencing for a different child sexual abuse and exploitation case. In the first case, Zweitzig was charged with one count of possession of child pornography and five […]
May 8, 2020

Assistant Principal of Day Care in El Dorado arrested amid allegations of child sex abuse

  A day care worker in El Dorado has been arrested under a child sex abuse investigation.   The sexual abuse allegedly happened approximately five years ago at EduCare Daycare Center on the Butler Community College campus in El Dorado but police reports were not made until this week. During the investigation the assistant director of the day care,  Brent Martin, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Police went on to report that Brent Martin was also involved in multiple community organizations where he was in close contact and worked with  children. The El Dorado Police […]
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