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The Metropolitan Opera, the most esteemed and popular company of its sort in the United States, has suspended its long-standing, acclaimed conductor and music director James Levine after accusations of sexual abuse against him surfaced.

First made public in the pages of the New York Post, a police report filed in Lake Forest, Illinois in October of 2016 details a pattern of sexual abuse by Levine, beginning in the 1980s against a boy who would have been under the legal age of consent at the time. Levine would have been in his early 40s.
I began seeing a 41-year-old man when I was 15, without really understanding I was really ‘seeing’ him,” wrote the victim in a statement to police. “It nearly destroyed my family and almost led me to suicide. I felt alone and afraid. He was trying to seduce me. I couldn’t see this. Now I can.” According to the accusations, Levine engaged in a pattern of inappropriate sexual touching and masturbating in front of the boy for years, during which time he gave his victim $50,000 (over $122,000 in today's money).
The New York Times reported that it had confirmed the man's story, adding that he says Levine showered him with attention and gifts and told him he wanted “to see if you can be raised special like me.”
After these reports, the Met released a statement on Twitter reading, "We are deeply disturbed by the news articles that are being published online today about James Levine. We are working on an investigation with outside resources to determine whether charges of sexual misconduct in the 1980s are true, so that we can take appropriate action."
It later added, "We are suspending our relationship with James Levine, pending an investigation, following multiple allegations of sexual misconduct by Mr. Levine that took place from the 1960's to the 1980's, including the earlier part of his conducting career at the Met."
It seemed a fast and thorough response at first, but full reporting and the victim's claims suggest that the Opera knew of the allegations some time ago. That, coupled with other accusations and the Met's already declining fortunes may mean this particular set of accusations — so similar to the many we have heard over the last few months since the twinned exposés detailing Harvey Weinstein's purported history of sexual abuse — constitutes an existential threat to one of America's more well-regarded cultural institutions.
The Times reports that Peter Gelb, the Met's general manager, confirmed to the paper that other allegations concerning Levine's behavior "had reached the Met administration’s upper levels twice before, to his knowledge." One was the case above, and the second, first brought to the Met's attention in 1979, came in from the Met's former Executive Director Andrew Bliss, who "wrote a letter to a board member about unspecified accusations about Mr. Levine that had been made in an unsigned letter."
Even at this early stage of the Met's self investigation, there are two incidents of the institution not quickly and comprehensively responding to allegations tied to Levine. That in and of itself opens the opera up to possible liability from any of his past victims. Given that the Times has found two other men willing to accuse Levine of misconduct and, as it writes, "speculation surrounding Mr. Levine’s private life has swirled in classical music circles for decades," it is possible to imagine that there will be more victims coming forward, more tales of institutional malfeasance and more potential for more lawsuits on the way.
None of this is anything the Met can afford right now. While sales this year have slightly improved, the opera is still generally in the midst of a long decline at the box office. The Met has depended more on philanthropic giving than show receipts for years. Giving and income are still generally strong; however, that has come at the price of concessions from unions, wage decreases and cost cutting across the board. Simply put, less money is going into what you see during a night at the opera, and not enough people are paying enough for it.
But all of that is a symptom of a deeper problem. A box at the Met no longer carries the same sort of cultural cachet it once did. When the Met actively targets millennials with discounts and marketing campaigns, it's because the elite whales are either aging out or visiting less. Currently, Gelb isn't just trying to carry the company from season to season — he's trying to establish a future for opera in New York City, one that isn't secured.
Fighting for continued relevance and working hard to fill up seats is hard enough when you're not handling the same sort of scandal that has, elsewhere, destroyed once-esteemed studios. Where the Met was once flirting with a manageable disaster, Levine may have pushed it to the precipice. Will ticket buyers become even more rare as this continues? Will donations dry up? Will it have to pay out settlements it cannot afford? It's unclear. What is clear is that the Met, for all its marbled glory, exists on a financial and popular margin. Levine's alleged actions and the public perception that the Met is possibly involved in keeping one or more accusation hidden may serve to shrink it.
Of course, this is all a secondary cost of Levine's supposed behavior. If the allegations are true, then his victims have already suffered more than New York opera ever could.

A North Yorkshire man has been jailed for 10 years for “sickening” child sex abuse offences spanning three decades. 

Glen Reece Miller, 55, from Hunmanby, near Scarborough, was sentenced at Leeds Crown Court following a week-long trial. 

His three victims were aged under 13 at the time of the offences. Two boys from the Wakefield area of West Yorkshire were subjected to abuse between 1981 and 1985. A boy from the Scarborough area became another victim in September 2014.

Miller denied all the offences, which included two counts of indecency with a child, the sexual assault of a child aged under 13 and four counts of indecent assault. 

In sentencing him, the judge took into account previous offences against another five boys aged under 13 which occurred at Maidstone, Kent, in 1990 and at Walworth, south east London, in 1993. 

He will now be subject to a lifelong sexual harm prevention order. 

Det Con Sarah Walkey, of the Scarborough Serious Crime Team, said: “Miller’s abuse spans 35 years and the long prison sentence reflects his history of offending and the sheer gravity of his sickening crimes

“I am satisfied that justice has been served for the victims in this case, and I have nothing but praise for their bravery in coming forward and providing the evidence needed to secure his conviction.” 

DC Walkey added: “I hope the outcome of this case will give other victims of such abhorrent crimes the confidence to report it to the police and seek the professional support that is readily available. “It is never too late to report this type of crime.”

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- A local man is accused of raping an 8-year-old girl from Providence multiple times.
William Hudgins, 28, was chargedwith five counts of first-degree child molestation, after an investigation that began on Thanksgiving Day.
The girl’s father called the police that day, moments after the girl told her mother that Hudgins had raped her two days earlier in the child’s bedroom, according to a police report.
Hudgins knew the girl through her family, according to police. Her mother immediately confronted Hudgins and ordered him to leave, and then told the police what her daughter said, according to the report. She brought the daughter and her two younger children to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for an evaluation.
As detectives investigated, they found the girl had been sexually assaulted several times before.
Hudgins was arraigned and ordered held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.
Anyone convicted of first-degree child molestation faces a sentence of 25 years to life in prison -- and will be required to wear a GPS monitoring bracelet upon release.

MASON COUNTY, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A Mason County couple is arrested on felony charges, after investigators say they sexually abused a juvenile relative hundreds of times.

Ariel Prince and Roger Ray, of Mason County, are each charged with 252 counts of sexual assault in the first degree.
Mason County Sheriff’s deputies say the man and woman sexually assaulted a child under the age of 12.
Prince and Ray were arrested and booked in the West Virginia Western Regional Jail.
Their bond has not been set yet. Prince and Ray are set to be arraigned on the charges, according to investigators.
Deputies say an additional suspect in this case, the father of Roger Ray, was found dead this weekend after deputies questioned him about the allegations against him.
His cause of death is unknown and is under investigation.
Both Ray and Prince are being held on a $750,000 cash only bond.
They both face 15-35 years for each count against them.

BLOUNTVILLE — A Sullivan County grand jury has indicted a man for raping a child this past summer.

Allen Tolley, 26, of Chambers Hollow Road in Elizabethton, was arrested. He remained held in the Sullivan County jail on $75,000 bond.

Last month, the Sullivan County district attorney's office presented evidence in the case to a grand jury. According to presentments, Tolley sexually penetrated the victim, who is less than 13 years old, on two occasions in July.

The crimes were investigated by detectives at the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office, with a Bluff City police officer also listed as a witness to the grand jury.

True bills were returned against Tolley for two counts of rape of a child, a Class A felony. Due to the victim's juvenile status, additional information was not available.

Elizabethton man arrested in child rape case RAIN SMITH • DEC 4, 2017

KEARNEY — A January trial date has been set for a Kearney man accused of giving drugs to a minor and sexually assaulting her.
Dana J. Mitchel, 24, is charged in Buffalo County District Court with felony distribution of cocaine and marijuana to a minor, felony first-degree sexual assault of a person at least 12 but younger than 16, felony child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a misdemeanor. The incidents took place between July 3, 2016, and July 6, 2016, in Buffalo County and involved the same victim.
Trial will begin at 9 a.m. Jan. 16. Details outlining the charges have been sealed.
Mitchel has denied the allegations. Judge John Marsh will preside over the trial.
Mitchel turned himself in to law enforcement after a warrant was issued for his arrest in June. He later posted 10 percent of a $150,000 bond, or $15,000, and was released.
If convicted, Mitchel faces more than 100 years in prison.

Kearney man to trial, accused of giving drugs to minor then sexually assaulting her KIM SCHMIDT Dec 4, 2017

A 54-year-old Loveland man has been charged with multiple counts of felony sexual assault on a child stemming from incidents as far back as 1999.
Terrence Paul Triffet posted a $20,000 bond after a hearing, when Triffet was advised of charges of sexual assault on a child with a pattern of abuse. He is also facing a charge of felony distribution of child exploitative material. Fort Collins police arrested Triffet at his Loveland home.
An arrest affidavit written by Fort Collins Police Services Detective Siobhan Seymour indicates as many as three victims of sexual abuse by Triffet, in addition to citing accusations from when Triffet was a minor.
One victim reported in late October this year that she was sexually assaulted as a child by Triffet in a Fort Collins home from 1999 through 2001.
Triffet gave the girl, 11 at the time, a back rub and rubbed himself on the her buttocks, and the abuse progressed to include oral sex, the affidavit said.
Triffet told the girl he was a security guard and warned the girl of predators and said he wanted to teach her to fight them off, the affidavit said. The training included groping the girl's breasts and telling her "that was what a predator would do," the affidavit said.
One victim told police Triffet had intercourse with her at his home in Longmont while she was 13. The affidavit does not disclose the year.
A person police interviewed said Triffet and his wife hosted Japanese exchange students at their Longmont home and was worried something may have happened to one of the students, as well, the affidavit said.
An apology reportedly written by Triffet via email in November 2013 was also given to police by a victim.
"I am so, so sorry. I searched my soul for an explanation, some form of why to explain it all, why this evil came to me, through me, was me. ... I was deeply in love with you," the apology email from Triffet reportedly said.
Police also analyzed a cell phone sent to Fort Collins detectives from "Flagstaff PD" that was collected from a victim who said the device held text messages from Triffet that contained his admissions to sexual abuse, the affidavit said. The affidavit does not state is the city was Flagstaff, Ariz.
"Paul apologized repeatedly throughout the text messages and also acknowledged providing ... images of underage girls," the affidavit said.
Police also spoke with a woman who said she exchanged text messages with Triffet about items she had sent to his home. The woman told detectives she sent Triffet a package of gifts he had given her over the years, including a silver cuff bracelet and a silver stone that said "Always" on it that Triffet reportedly said was to "always remember their special bond and summer together," the affidavit said.
A photograph of a can of pepper spray the woman said Triffet gave her to protect herself from predators and a sample of cologne that Triffet told the woman to use to think of him were also in the package she sent Triffet, the affidavit said.
In another part of the affidavit, a victim recalled Triffet unbuttoning her shirt when she was 11 and taking photographs in his Fort Collins home. He told the girl he would hide the photos from his wife, the affidavit said.
In another police interview, a male said that he was 13 when he looked at pornographic images of adults in Triffet's Fort Collins home one summer, and that Triffet asked if he wanted to look at people his own age, and later provided the boy with a floppy disk holding pictures of naked girls, the affidavit said.
Triffet is scheduled to appear in 8th District Judge Caroll Michelle Brinegar's courtroom in the case. He has no prior criminal history in Colorado outside of traffic infractions, online Colorado court records indicate.
Police urge anyone who has been victimized or who may have information to contact Detective Siobhan Seymour at 970-416-2195 or People may also contact Crime Stoppers of Larimer County at 970-221-6868. Callers can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a cash reward. Crime Stoppers can also be reached online at

An Alabama man stood trial in Ohio County. He is accused of raping a 12-year-old girl on Wheeling Island.
Prosecutors say Lamont Dees sexually assaulted a 12-year-old girl and gave her alcohol and marijuana.
The defense said the girl made the abuse up to get out trouble.
Several people took the stand in the case against Dees Monday.
Dees was an out-of-town worker staying in Wheeling. His girlfriend, the victim's mother, lived in Morgantown.
Prosecutors say after the couple broke up, Dees continued a relationship with the young girl.
They say he raped her at a home on Wheeling Island while she was intoxicated.
"This 12-year-old child realizes that this man that she loved and trusted and confided in had just sexually assaulted her, and he said ‘don't tell your mother’,” said Assistant Prosecutor Jenna Perkins.
Defense Attorney Edward Gillison said his client feared no one would believe him.
“My client became afraid, and he didn't know what to do. He is thinking ‘everyone is going to believe this, and everyone is going to think I harmed this child and all I can say is I didn't do it’," Gillison said.
The victim later told a friend about the incident and that friend told her mother, and later authorities were notified.
The case will continue. Dees is charged with several counts of sexual assault and sexual abuse.

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (WKBN) – Prosecutors said a rape suspect killed himself before his trial was set to begin in Mahoning County.
William Toth faced four counts of rape and two counts of gross sexual imposition charges.
Toth was out on bond while awaiting his court proceeding. He was found dead in Akron, where he is now living, and prosecutors said suicide was the cause.
Mahoning County Court of Common Pleas Judge Lou D’Apolito set Toth’s bond at $100,000, and someone paid $10,000 to set him free in June of 2015. While he was out, Toth was ordered not to have contact with the accusers.
Toth was arrested in April of 2015, accused of raping two young female relatives over a decade ago. Police said the victims were 6 and 9 at the time.
Prior to those charges, he was convicted of domestic violence and had been arrested on other charges, including assault and child endangering.

Ohio child rape suspect kills himself before trial WKBN December 4, 2017

A judge has jailed a sex offender for 13 years after he committed a large number of offences against three little girls.
Stephen Foyster, of Worksop Road, Perlethorpe-cum-Budby, near Newark, was sentenced for multiple offences at Nottingham Crown Court.
Judge Rosalind Coe QC described what he did as "a campaign over a sustained period of time" as she delivered her sentencing remarks on Monday (December 4).
Foyster entered guilty pleas to seven indecent assaults and five offences of indecency with a child.
He is now required to sign the sex offenders' register for life and be the subject of a sexual harm prevention order for ten years.
Now aged 53, the offences on the victims - who cannot be identified - spanned the course of eight years.
One of them remembered being five years old when something sexual happened with the defendant.
The last occasion had been when she was 11 years old and he performed a sexual act in front of her near a pond.
Extracts from her victim impact statement were read out in the courtroom.
Mark Knowles, prosecuting, said: "She feels it was an awful experience and it should never have happened".
Of the 12 offences, four indecent assaults involved her as well as one of indecency with a child allegations.
The second girl provided a short statement to police confirming the defendant sexually abused her.
She was indecently assaulted twice and the subject of two of the indecency with a child charges.
The defendant admitted he had exposed himself in front of the third girl. The charges involving her were two of indecency with a child and one indecent assault.
Foyster had a previous conviction for indecent exposure in May 2000, when he exposed himself to a ten-year-old and 11-year-old boy and performed a sexual act.
Lisa Hardy, mitigating, said the most significant mitigation in this case were his guilty pleas.
Foyster had been a farmer since leaving school at 16.
"He has lived with this shameful secret for many years," Mrs Hardy explained. "He accepts that he is going to face a significant sentence from you today".
The NSPCC’s helpline is available 24/7 on 0808 800 5000 for free and confidential advice.

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