ST. CLAIR COUNTY, MI -- A 27-year-old man faces multiple charges after authorities claim he sexually abused young children and made por...
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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) - One of two lawsuits still pending in the Jerry Sandusky child molestation scandal is nearing trial, and lawyers for the victims in both cases say they have evidence Penn State administrators were not the only people at the university who knew about sex abuse by the ex-coach years before his arrest.
Both men, represented by the same team of lawyers, allege they were fondled by Sandusky in his car during separate incidents in the mid-2000s. The first of the cases is set for trial in February.
Sandusky was convicted of sexually abusing 10 boys, including one in a locker room shower at Penn State in 2001. A graduate assistant who witnessed the shower incident reported it to university administrators, but they failed to alert police. Sandusky was not arrested until 10 years later when an anonymous tip led to a new investigation - and findings of a high-level cover-up.
As a result of the delay, Sandusky was able to go on to abuse more boys.
"I believe that our case, that we are going to present to a jury, will definitively show that individuals at the university - in addition to just the administrators - concretely knew there was abuse that Sandusky had committed prior to our client," said Brian Kent, lead attorney for a man listed as John Doe in one of the cases. He declined to elaborate.
Sandusky, a onetime assistant to the late Hall of Fame coach Joe Paterno, is serving 30 to 60 years in prison. Former Penn State President Graham Spanier and two other retired administrators, vice president Gary Schultz and athletic director Tim Curley, were convicted this year of child endangerment for failing to notify authorities in 2001 of the locker room complaint.
Penn State has already paid out $109 million to settle Sandusky abuse claims by at least 34 people. The university has not provided the amount of any individual settlement. To date, not one lawsuit over Sandusky abuse claims has gone to trial.
In the two pending cases, the university is accused of negligence and recklessness in its handling of complaints about Sandusky.
Penn State has declined comment. But in a court filing in the John Doe case, university lawyers argued Penn State "owes no legal duty to a young man it did not know, where the assault happened entirely off-campus" by a former employee not related to school business.
The school's lawyers have also argued that despite claims the university knew about prior abuse by Sandusky, "that knowledge does not give rise to a duty to supervise Sandusky after he left the university's employment or to warn all people who at some point in the future could come into contact with Sandusky, no matter when, where or how."
Sandusky, now 73, has not responded to either lawsuit. He refused to leave his prison cell when attorneys in the John Doe case arrived to depose him in April.
"They wanted to take his deposition and Jerry didn't want to be deposed," said Al Lindsay, Sandusky's appellate lawyer in the criminal case.
In June, the judge in the John Doe case granted a judgment against Sandusky, meaning he was deemed liable in the case. The trial will determine how much he might owe.
John Doe says he met Sandusky sometime around 2005 through The Second Mile, a now-defunct charity for at-risk youth that Sandusky founded in 1977 and used to meet and groom many of the young men he was convicted of molesting.
Sometime in early 2007, Sandusky took the boy to visit a football coach at Bucknell University. Sandusky began touching and rubbing the boy's thigh on the way there, behavior that continued when they ate pizza together afterward, according to the suit. On the way home, Sandusky "slowly slid his hand up (the boy's) thigh and began grabbing, squeezing, rubbing and fondling" his genitals.
The Jack Doe lawsuit says he was 16 or 17 in the summer of 2003 or 2004, attending an overnight summer ice hockey camp on university property, when other players soaked his clothing with water.
The suit alleges Sandusky retrieved some dry clothes for him, and the coach "insisted on staying in the room" while the boy changed, then offered to drive him to the nearby dorm.
Once inside Sandusky's car, the suit alleges Sandusky put his hand "into plaintiff's lap and onto his penis." The teen "wrestled off Sandusky's hand," prompting Sandusky to then reach back into his lap with both hands.
The diaries of teenage girls were used to convict a former PE teacher of sexual assault.
Richard Hilary, 67, was jailed for 15 years after being found guilty of 14 counts of indecent assault against five girls dating back to the 1970s and 1980s.
He would ‘test the boundaries’ of girls as young as 11 by touching their breasts and taking photographs of them naked in the bath. Winchester Crown Court heard how Hilary from Droxford, in Hampshire, encouraged several girls to perform oral sex on him during trips out in his car and asked one of them to ‘sit’ on his penis.Hilary, who has been married for 40 years, pushed his fingers under the cup of one girl’s bra when she was in fancy dress at a party, the court heard.
Hilary assaulted his victims, who were aged between 11 and 15, when he was a teacher at The Wavell School in Farnborough, Hampshire, and a coach at Winchester Athletics Club. He also spent 12 years as head teacher of Chamberlayne Park School in Southampton, Hampshire, after the offences took place.
The court heard Hilary ‘cultivated completely inappropriate relationships with a number of young girls’. Some of the victims kept diaries which detailed the extent of Hilary’s abuse, most of which took place on the school grounds. A number of victims came forward after Hilary was cleared of three counts of indecent assault against a child after a trial in May 2014.
Hilary, who retired from teaching in 2006, denied all 14 charges of indecent assault. Rob Welling, from the CPS, said: ‘Richard Hilary abused his position of trust as a teacher to indecently assault young girls he had responsibility for. ‘Hilary was described by many of his victims as a popular and dynamic teacher, a fact he exploited as he groomed the girls into performing sexual acts for him.’
TEXARKANA, TEXAS – The Texarkana Texas Police Department arrested brothers Ricky Beckom, 40, and Greggory Beckom, 37, on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a victim under the age of 14, according to a news release.
The men, who live in Texarkana, Texas, are alleged to have committed the crime between 2007 and 2011.
Officers were notified of the abuse after the now 14-year-old victim confided information about the sexual abuse to her mother. The victim said that when she was between the ages of 4 and 8 years old, Ricky Beckom and Greggory Beckom individually forced her to perform sexual acts on them on numerous occasions.
The assaults occurred at the Beckom home while the suspects’ mother babysat the child. Both Beckom men were living with their mother at the time.
After conducting a criminal investigation, Det. Tabitha Smith arrested both men.
The investigation revealed that Beckom’s mother provided childcare to a number of children during this same general time frame. There is reason to believe that some of those children may have also been sexually abused by one or both of these men so investigators ask anyone who believes that their child may have been a victim to contact the Texarkana Texas Police Department at (903) 798-3116.
Ricky Beckom and Greggory Beckom are still in custody at the Bi-State Jail. Bond for both men is set at $150,000 each.
JEFFERSON — Two men accused of forcing themselves on juveniles in separate incidents were secretly indicted by the county grand jury.
Patrick A. Suter, 56, of 4985 Footville-Richmond Road, Andover, faces 10 first-degree felony counts of rape, two first-degree felony counts of kidnapping, one second-degree felony count of attempted rape and four third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition.
Those charges involve four juveniles who were between 4 and 13 years old when the offenses occurred, from August 2010 to May of this year, according to the indictment.
According to county Prosecutor Nicholas Iarocci, Suter, a relative of the children, reportedly took advantage of them individually over the course of several years during regular visits to his home in Richmond Township.
Some offenses reportedly occurred on a large, empty plot on his property, where Suter drove the children on an ATV, he said. Others reportedly occurred in a nearby shed or in the home when Suter's wife wasn't there.
"The oldest victim finally came forward recently, after she heard he may have been doing something to one of the other (children)," Iarocci said. "She thought she was the only victim."
Iarocci said the children were forensically interviewed individually at the Child Advocacy Center in Youngstown and by county Children Services Board detectives, and each gave similar accounts of the abuse.
Suter was secretly indicted Nov. 14, and taken into custody just days later. He pleaded not guilty at his arraignment late last month. His bond was set at $150,000 or 10 percent cash or surety. He remains in the Ashtabula County Jail.
Matthew J. McMullen, 31, of 6381 State Route 534 North, Windsor, faces one first-degree felony count of rape, one second-degree felony count of burglary, one third-degree felony count of intimidation of an attorney, victim or witness in a criminal case and five third-degree felony counts of gross sexual imposition.
Those charges involve the same girl, who was between 7 and 11 years old when the offenses occurred, from October 2014 to August of this year, according to the indictment.
McMullen was dating the girl's mother, Iarocci said. The mother learned of the abuse in August, after confronting the girl about inappropriate sexualized behavior she was exhibiting, he said. Officers from Roaming Shores Police Department and the county Sheriff's Department investigated.
"Once she's interviewed, they find out this has been going on for quite some time, not just in (the couple's home in) Roaming Shores, but also in their previous residence, in Windsor," he said.
McMullen went to the home after being accused to confront the child, Iarocci said.
"It's alleged that he entered the locked room of this child and was trying to get her to change her story," he said.
McMullen was also indicted Nov. 14 and arrested days later. He pleaded not guilty during his arraignment late last month. His bond was set at $200,000 or 10 percent cash or surety. He remains in the Ashtabula County Jail.
FON dU LAC, Wis. — Three Wisconsin residents have been charged in connection with what officials are calling the repeated sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl.
According to a criminal complaint obtained by the news station, charges were filed in August against Fon du Lac residents Shane Berg, 41; Ellen Neumann, 40; and 18-year-oldTory Tuinstra.
Berg has been charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child. Tuinstra is also due in court charges of repeated sexual assault of a child and exposing genitals to a child.
Neumann, on Nov. 21, filed a motion to dismiss charges against her, WBAY reported. Those charges are first-degree sexual assault of a child, failure to act, and causing a child to view a sex act. A response to the motion has not been issued.
A witness contacted police in August after hearing Neumann yell at the victim, court documents show. The witness further alleges that Berg, Tuinstra and Neumann forced the victim to wear a dog collar while roaming freely between two apartments in a Fon du Lac building. The apartments, where the abuse took place, were only separated by a door, the complaint says.
The complaint also alleges that Berg and Tuinstra initially denied any involvement, but later admitted to having sex with the child.
RENO COUNTY— A Kansas man found guilty of two counts of aggravated criminal sodomy by a Reno County jury was sentenced to over 37 years in prison.
Richard Dean McHenry, 57, was convicted for inappropriate sexual encounters with the victim that occurred in April of 2016.
The state argued for the maximum sentence after the judge denied defense motions for judgment of acquittal or a new trial. They argued that he should receive, at the very least, a new trial because of rulings made before trial that allowed McHenry’s ex-wife to testify about him doing the same thing to her when he was living in Jefferson County.
He was convicted of that crime in 2000 and was released from prison in 2010, according to the Kansas Department of Corrections.
The defense also objected to body camera footage recorded while Sheriff’s Deputies were investigating the case. The judge stood by her earlier ruling and sentenced McHenry to the maximum allowed by law.
The sentence came after the victim read a prepared statement to the court and described the pain she still suffers today both mentally and physically. She noted that McHenry isn’t even being held accountable for some of the things he has done. She says she moved two states away to get as much distance as possible from him. She says it’s a miracle that she’s even here and that she can’t have a normal relationship because she finds it hard to trust anyone, especially men.
She also talked about losing her childhood. She told the judge that the worst part is that she lost her name with many in her community who blamed her, instead of him, for what happened.
District Attorney Keith Schroeder also noted that “the sheep allowed a wolf in their midst and then blamed the young lamb for what the wolf did.”
With the sentence, McHenry will most likely spend the rest of his life in prison. He will likely appeal the conviction and sentence.