Tag Archives: child abuse

Catholic Cemetery Erects Memorial To Abuse Victims

The Yakima Herald-Republic reports: A new memorial stone in Yakima’s Calvary Catholic Cemetery is meant to prompt “quiet reflection and prayer” for clergy sex abuse victims. It also has generated criticism from statewide victims’ advocates and a demand to update the list of diocesan sex offenders. Yakima Bishop Joseph Tyson [photo] dedicated the monument. The granite memorial, on the south …

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FL Pastor Accused Of Beating Third Graders With Belt

Click Orlando reports: Orlando police responded to a preparatory school in Orlando on Thursday following reports of a pastor “whipping” students with a belt during class. News 6 found police outside the school near 1960 Bruton Blvd. responding to a call about a “general disturbance.” A parent told News 6 that his son was one of eight students struck by …

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Florida Prison Chaplain Arrested In Child Sex Sting

Tampa’s NBC affiliate reports: A Department of Corrections chaplain was arrested on multiple child sex charges, according to the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office (CCSO). Robert William Austin, 58, of Sanderson, was allegedly sending explicit messages to a “14-year-old girl,” who happened to be an undercover detective, according to the CCSO. Austin allegedly knew of the “juvenile’s” age but continued to …

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Cops: Catholic Priest Molested Girl Undergoing Chemo

The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports: A local Catholic priest called Westlake Police Department to report “a disturbing incident” involving Luis Jesus Barajas, 76, who was visiting the area and performing spiritual ceremonies in Spanish for Hispanic residents in the area. Barajas was driven to a home in Westlake on Oct. 10 to bless a 15-year-old girl who is undergoing chemotherapy. …

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Baptist Pastor Gets Three Years On Grooming Charges

Springfield’s CW affiliate reports: A former pastor from McLeansboro has been sentenced to prison for grooming charges. On October 19, 28-year-old Garrett S. Biggerstaff was sentenced to a maximum three years in prison with the Illinois Department of Corrections for one count of grooming. Biggerstaff was also fined $10,000 and must make restitution to the victims in his case. The …

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Kentucky Pastor Arrested On Child Sex Charges

Cincinnati’s NBC affiliate reports: A pastor from Covington has been arrested and accused of sexually abusing a child at a church, according to Covington police. The investigation began when police received a report of sexual abuse from a child. An investigation revealed the abuse allegedly took place at the Ministerio Jesus Liberta Church in Covington late last month. During the …

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Oregon Pastor Arrested On Multiple Child Sex Charges

The Beaverton Valley Times reports: A Beaverton pastor was jailed last week after being accused of inappropriately touching two young girls who were members of his congregation. A Washington County grand jury indicted Christopher Michael Pruitt, 39, of Beaverton on six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and two counts of third-degree sexual abuse Wednesday, Oct. 11. Pruitt allegedly touched two …

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Baptist School’s Teacher Arrested On Child Sex Charges

The Indianapolis Star reports: A former English teacher and volleyball coach at Fishers Christian Academy was arrested on Friday and is accused of sexual misconduct with a student, according to court records. Stephen Ayon, 34, is facing three counts of sexual misconduct with a minor, three counts of child seduction and one count of dissemination of matter harmful to minors. …

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Christian School Teacher Arrested On Child Sex Charge

Atlanta First News reports: A Milton private school teacher was arrested after a 12-year-old girl was inappropriately touched at a Walmart in August, according to the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office. Kyle George, 43, was arrested and charged with sexual battery against a child under 16, the sheriff’s office said. According to booking reports, George was booked on Sept. 25 and was …

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Baltimore Archdiocese Files For Bankruptcy Protection

The Washington Post reports: The Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for bankruptcy protection Friday, less than two days before a new state law takes effect allowing victims of child sexual abuse to sue institutions, no matter how long ago the abuse took place. Federal bankruptcy law halts all lawsuits against an entity that files for bankruptcy. Instead, the legal action …

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MS Pastor Guilty Of Sex Crimes Against Autistic Child

Jackson’s NBC affiliate reports: A former longtime music teacher and preacher from Rankin County has been convicted of a sex crime. District Attorney Bubba Bramlett announced Thursday that Samuel Lamar Taylor, 52, was convicted of one count of sexual battery and one count of gratification of lust. On August 23, 2022, the Richland Police Department received a call from Richland …

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FL Pastor Sentenced To 60 Years On Child Sex Charges

From the Justice Department: Jason R. Moore, 43, of Milton, Florida, was sentenced to sixty years in federal prison after previously pleading guilty to two counts of “Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places.” The sentence was announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Moore engaged in “Illicit Sexual Conduct in Foreign Places” from …

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Florida Pastor Arrested On Child Sex Charges

Gainesville’s CW affiliate reports: The Marion County County Sheriff’s Office arrested a pastor after two underage girls described the sexual abuse they endured at his hands. Sheriff’s deputies arrested Derrell Redding, 54, of Ocala, on Wednesday after two girls gave detailed reports at the Kimberly Center of the many instances of abuse they faced. Redding is charged with two counts …

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CA Baptist Youth Pastor Arrested On Child Sex Charges

Patch California reports: A Banning church faculty member was behind bars Wednesday on suspicion of inappropriate acts with a child, police announced. Nicholas Garrett Corl, 26, was being held in lieu of $1 million bail at Banning’s Larry D. Smith Correctional Facility. He was booked on suspicion of felony lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years of …

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Louisiana GOP Endorses Accused Child Abuser

The Shreveport Times reports: Louisiana’s Republican Party has endorsed John Raymond, who is charged with four counts of criminal cruelty to juveniles, in his bid to win a state House seat in St. Tammany Parish. Raymond, lead minister of New Horizon Church in Slidell and founder of Lakeside Christian Academy, was arrested twice in 2022 on juvenile cruelty charges related …

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Christian Youth Center Worker Charged With Child Sex

Michigan’s WTVB radio station reports: Coldwater man has been charged with two counts of fourth degree criminal sexual conduct by Branch County Prosecuting Attorney Zach Stempien as the result of alleged sexual contact with a minor female on or about September 1, 2017. 30-year-old Daniel McFeters was scheduled to be arraigned on Wednesday in Branch County District Court. McFeters was …

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Cardinal Escapes Sexual Abuse Trial Due To Dementia

NPR reports: Theodore McCarrick was once a cardinal – one of the highest-ranking positions in the Roman Catholic Church. He was also the archbishop of Washington, D.C. And he’s the only current or former U.S. cardinal to ever face sex abuse charges. But now a judge in Massachusetts has dismissed a criminal case against McCarrick stemming from the alleged molestation …

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Christian School To Pay $100M For Child Sexual Abuse

The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports: Years after being starved, beaten and subjected to various forms of torture as children, former students of the now-defunct Miracle Meadows School in Salem will receive a total of $100 million in civil lawsuit settlements. The amount includes settlements from two consolidated cases brought by dozens of former students and their families. A 2017 filing against …

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Youth Pastor Rearrested On More Child Sex Charges

Charlotte’s CBS affiliate reports: According to Burke County Sheriff’s Office Aaron Mirtsching was arrested on several counts of incident liberties with a minor. He was first arrested Aug. 22 after the sheriff’s office say they received a cyber tip. After an investigation, a warrant was issued for three counts of exploitation of a minor. He was given a $20,000 secured …

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Utah Mormon Leader Arrested On Child Sex Charges

Salt Lake City’s CBS affiliate reports: Roselle (Rosie) Anderson Stevenson, formerly Rosie Hamblin, 70, of Provo, the ex-wife of David Hamblin who was arrested last September for aggravated sexual abuse of a child, lewdness with a child, rape of a child and several counts of sodomy on a child was booked into the Utah County Jail on one felony count …

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