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Texas deacon charged with sexually assaulting 2 young boys, police suspect more victims

By CNN NEWSOURCE, May 4th 2017,

Court documents provide sickening details of sexual assaults allegedly carried out by 55-year-old Barry Durrell, a volunteer and an ordained deacon at a Houston church.

Police say the victims in the complaint -- two boys, ages two and seven -- are likely not the only child victims.

Ex-Los Banos priest charged in child porn case in Merced County — again

By Rob Parsons, May 04, 2017, The Fresno Bee

Less than six months after he was released from jail on a child pornography conviction, the former lead priest of a Los Banos Catholic parish faces new charges.

Boy Scouts Files Show Why Child Molesters Weren’t Stopped

By Gaby del Valle, Kelly Weill, May 3, 2017, The Daily Beast

In June 1979, Rex Black, an Idaho supervisor for the Boy Scouts of America, sent a letter to his supervisor. A child had accused Scout leader James Schmidt of multiple instances of sexual abuse, and Black reported he had confronted Schmidt about the allegations. Schmidt claimed innocence and was allowed to continue working with children.

In 1983, Schmidt was convicted of lewd conduct with a minor.

Child molester preacher rejects plea deal in second sex crime case

By Michaelangelo Conte, May 02, 2017, The Jersey Journal

A North Hudson preacher and self-proclaimed exorcist who was convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old boy rejected a plea deal yesterday on another sex crime charge.

Senator Don Meredith Harassed, Sexually Abused Staff For Years, Say Former Aides

by Zi-Ann Lum, April 30, 2017, Huffington Post

Two sets of doors were always closed before Sen. Don Meredith felt comfortable starting any meeting in his office across Parliament Hill. The first leads to a shared hallway, the second to Meredith's desk. Shutting them both seemed to give him a sense of privacy and control.Staff members found it bizarre, but they did what their boss asked. “Constant paranoia” was a running theme in the office, one former female aide said. Behind those doors, they claim, the senator began inappropriately touching his female employees. 


Pesch: Litigation needed to expose abuse

By Bill Pesch, April 30, 2017, Pacific Daily News

As I near the end of my series on family-related laws passed by the 33rd Guam Legislature, I turn my attention to statute that’s received tremendous public attention since its passage in September 2016 — Public Law 33-187.

This law removed the statute of limitations for acts of sexual assault and allowed long ago sexual assault victims to sue both the abuser and those institutions that failed to stop the abuse.

Molestation suspect's bail revoked after luring same victim, officials say

WESH2, April 28, 2017

A molestation suspect out on bail ended up back in jail, accused of the same crime that put him there the first time.

Former church youth director Jon Schils, 28, allegedly targeted the same 14-year-old victim.

Schils faces charges that could lead to life in prison.

Judge asked to review church’s proposed ‘gag order’

By Oliver Uyttebrouck, April 26, 2017, Albuquerque Journal

A Santa Fe judge has been asked to take up the question of how much information the Roman Catholic Church can conceal in clerical sex abuse cases.

Attorneys representing seven New Mexico men who allege they were sexually abused as boys by a Las Vegas priest asked a judge on Friday to reject a proposed order that would allow the Archdiocese of Santa Fe to seal a wide variety of records filed in the lawsuit.


Scrutiny Turns to Child Abusers Among Clergy

BY HANNAH HAWKINS, APRIL 26, 2017, The Cambodia Daily

Up to seven foreign clergymen are serving time in Cambodian prisons for child sex crimes, according to the executive director of a child protection NGO, a situation highlighted by the arrest of a Dutch priest who was charged last week with producing child pornography.

Evrard-Nicolas Sarot, 53, who was a parish priest in the Netherlands, is accused of paying 19 boys, all under the age of 15, a few dollars each to pose nude for photographs in Siem Reap City.

Another four victims have been identified since the 19 were interviewed by police last week, and other unidentified victims could have been photographed in the Philippines, where Mr. Sarot may also have worked as a priest, Samleang Seila, head of Action Pour Les Enfants (APLE), said on Tuesday.


Child sex abuse survivors fear Cuomo walking back promise to push Child Victims Act


ALBANY — Some child sex abuse survivors fear Gov. Cuomo is going back on his promise to prioritize passage this year of a bill meant to help victims seek justice as adults.

The governor in January said he would introduce his own version of the Child Victims Act, but he has yet to do so.

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