Convicted sex offender gets possible life sentence for sexually assaulting three children The Denver Post November 22, 2017
ROME – A Rome man is facing a felony charge after he raped a child, according to the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office’s Chief Deputy Joseph Lisi, director of the Oneida County Child Advocacy Center.
Antonio Gualandi, 28, was arrested on an indictment warrant from Oneida County Court on a charge of felony third-degree rape. According to Lisi, an investigation found that Gualandi had sexual intercourse with a female child under the age of 17 while in the city of Rome.
Deputies say Gualandi was held pending his arraignment.
The victim has been offered counseling services through the Child Advocacy Center.
The Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and the Rome Police Department assisted the Child Advocacy Center in this investigation.
The woman said she was sexually assaulted by the Dubbo offender — who can only be identified as TM because of court suppression orders — over a three-year period starting when she was 12 years old in 1987.
The Daily Telegraph can reveal the Director of Public Prosecutions will attempt to lift the suppression on the case in court, meaning TM and victims who want to speak out will be able to be identified for the first time.
The latest victim said TM, who would have been about 25 when the abuse started, had been a family friend and took her to his own house to molest her when he was meant to be giving her guitar lessons. She said the abuse started with “kissing and cuddling” and escalated to rape.
“Still till this day I’m shattered by it,” she said. She had considered going to police but was worried about the effect a court case would have on her.
“I’m horrified he did this to other girls but hasn’t been given jail time,” she said. “It brings up so much pain and hurt.”
The Daily Telegraph revealed that 55-year-old TM had been given a suspended sentence despite pleading guilty to 10 counts of child sex abuse that occurred on two young girls from his church from 1981-87.
Judge John North granted “a discount” for a variety of reasons including TM’s health and that he was “sexually inexperienced” because of his conservative upbringing and hadn’t taken sexual education classes in school.
Attorney-General Mark Speakman said he was considering introducing a provision recommended by the Royal Commission that would mean historic child sex crimes would be sentenced according to current standards and not those that existed at the time of the crime. He said the proposal could be taken to cabinet next year.
“Significant numbers of victims only come forward many years after the offences only to have their abuser sentenced according to principles and practices in place at the time the offences were committed,” Mr Speakman said. “These sentences can often fail to reflect the current understanding of the long-term harm of child sexual abuse.”
The case sparked a war of words in question time with Opposition Leader Luke Foley calling for Mr Speakman to use his special powers now to lodge an appeal against the inadequate sentence.
Dubbo sex offender: Third victim says she was raped as child ANNABEL HENNESSY, The Daily Telegraph November 22, 2017
The offences occurred in Maidenhead between 2003 and 2014. He targeted three girls in total, one one of whom was aged between nine to eleven at the time of his offences. Another of his victims was aged just 11, and another was aged 14. In addition to his 20-year sentence, he has also been placed on the sex offenders register for life, and given a sexual harm prevention order, also for life.
Detective Constable Frankie Worley of Thames Valley Police's Child Abuse Unit, based in Windsor, said: "This has been a complex investigation and we would like to thank the victims for their bravery in coming forward and throughout this case.
"The sentence given by the court reflects the extremely serious nature of what the victims endured and I hope that they can now find closure and move forward with their lives.
"We would urge anyone who may have experienced this type of crime to come forward to police. We will offer you full support and all reports of this nature will be investigated and offenders held accountable through the criminal justice system, without discrimination."
A minister associated with several churches that meet regularly at the Satellite Hotel in Colorado Springs was arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting children after a months-long investigation, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said.
Romello Leach, 22, is being held without bond in the El Paso County jail on multiple felony counts of sexual assault on a child, pattern of abuse. The investigation began in May, according to the news released from Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Jacqueline Kirby.
Through his association with the churches that met at the hotel at 411 Lakewood Circle, Leach has had access to an unknown number of children and teens, Kirby said.
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