Sunday, November 06, 2011

Joe Paterno Statement on Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Charges

"If true, the nature and amount of charges made are very shocking to me and all Penn Staters. 

Joe Paterno
While I did what I was supposed to with the one charge brought to my attention, like anyone else involved I can't help but be deeply saddened these matters are alleged to have occurred.

"Sue and I have devoted our lives to helping young people reach their potential. The fact that someone we thought we knew might have harmed young people to this extent is deeply troubling. If this is true we were all fooled, along with scores of professionals trained in such things, and we grieve for the victims and their families. They are in our prayers.

"As my grand jury testimony stated, I was informed in 2002 by an assistant coach that he had witnessed an incident in the shower of our locker room facility. It was obvious that the witness was distraught over what he saw, but he at no time related to me the very specific actions contained in the Grand Jury report. Regardless, it was clear that the witness saw something inappropriate involving Mr. Sandusky. As Coach Sandusky was retired from our coaching staff at that time, I referred the matter to university administrators.

"I understand that people are upset and angry, but let's be fair and let the legal process unfold. In the meantime I would ask all Penn Staters to continue to trust in what that name represents, continue to pursue their lives every day with high ideals and not let these events shake their beliefs nor who they are."

Defendants In Penn State Sex Abuse Scandal Proclaim Innocence

A Penn State spokeswoman says the University will pay for defense attorneys for the athletic director and vice president.

No vote of confidence for Sandusky, himself, who’s now been barred from campus after.

Comments on the school’s Facebook page lament the stain on the legendary football program and call for the resignation of all involved, even Joe Paterno, who is not charged in the indictment, but who reportedly was told about Sandusky’s behavior nine years ago.

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Jerry Sandusky: Allegations and Obligations

Victim #2: Not to downplay the other alleged incidents, but this is the one prominently involving the Penn State administration and Joe Paterno.

On March 1, 2002, Sandusky was alleged caught by a PSU football Graduate Assistant (identified by the Harrisburg Patriot-News as current PSU wide receivers coach Mike McQueary) with a 10-year old boy in the showers at Lasch.

The next day, the Graduate Assistant called Joe Paterno and went to Paterno's home to describe what he saw at Lasch.

On March 3, Paterno called Director of Athletics Tim Curley to his home and relayed what he had been told.

According to the Grand Jury Findings of Fact, approximately one and one-half weeks later, the GA is summoned to a meeting with Curley and Gary Schultz, who assure the GA that they would investigate further. Joe Paterno was not at this meeting.

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Child sex charges filed against Jerry Sandusky; two top Penn State University officials charged with perjury & failure to report suspected child abuse

HARRISBURG -- Attorney General Linda Kelly and Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Frank Noonan today announced that criminal charges have been filed against three Centre County men as the result of an extensive and wide-reaching grand jury investigation into reports of the sexual abuse of children.

The defendants include:

Gerald A. "Jerry" Sandusk

Gerald Arthur Jerry Sandusky, age 67, of 130 Grandview Road, State College, former Defensive Coordinator for the Penn State University football team and founder of The Second Mile, a charitable organization that operates programs for young people.

Timothy Mark Curley, age 57, of 201 Meadowlark Lane, Boalsburg, the Director of Athletics for Penn State University.

Gary Charles Schultz, age 62, of 636 Rosslyn Road, Boalsburg, Senior Vice President for Finance and Business at Penn State University, a position that includes oversight of the Penn State University Police Department.

?This is a case about a sexual predator who used his position within the university and community to repeatedly prey on young boys,? Kelly said. ?It is also a case about high-ranking university officials who allegedly failed to report the sexual assault of a young boy after the information was brought to their attention, and later made false statements to a grand jury that was investigating a series of assaults on young boys.

Jerry Sandusky Arrested: Ex-Penn State Coach, Athletic Director Tim Curley Charged In Child Sex Case

An explosive sex abuse scandal and possible cover-up rocked "Happy Valley" on Saturday when former Penn State defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky, once considered Joe Paterno's heir apparent, was charged with sexually assaulting eight boys over a 15-year period.

Among the allegations was a 2002 incident in which a graduate assistant for the team said he saw Sandusky assault a boy in the shower at the Nittany Lions' practice center.

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Jerry Sandusky Former Coach at Penn State Is Charged With Abuse

A former defensive coordinator for the Penn State football team was arrested Saturday on charges of sexually abusing eight boys across a 15-year period.

Jerry Sandusky, 67, who had worked with needy children through his Second Mile foundation, was arraigned and released on $100,000 bail after being charged with 40 counts related to sexual abuse of young boys.

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Jerry Sandusky built Penn State's defense into a powerhouse

Jerry Sandusky is a Penn State graduate and a former Penn State player. He was a starting defensive end for former head coach Rip Engle’s teams from 1963 to 1965.

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If Jerry Sandusky allegations are true, Penn State and Joe Paterno deserve part of the blame

After what allegedly happened to “Victim 2,” a boy estimated to be 10 years old, in the same room where Penn State football players shower, it’s near impossible to keep reading the grand jury’s report. By “Victim 8,” numbness turns to anger.

You want to scream at the traumatized graduate assistant coach in 2002 and janitor in 2000 who saw and didn’t stop it, according to the report released by the Pennsylvania attorney general’s office. You want to grab hold of and shake those who reported the crime only to their superiors, washed their hands of responsibility and then let it go, treating a kid’s life as if it were a football that slipped through their hands.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Two People Arrested for Sexual Exploitation Of Children

Charles and Jocelyn Brassfield are accused of distributing sexually exploitative images and video of children.
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A four month investigation, led by the Colorado Springs Police Department's Internet Crimes Against Children, ends in the arrest of two people.

Charles and Jocelyn Brassfield are accused of distributing sexually exploitative images and video of children. Charles has been charged with a class three felony, sexual exploitation of children. Jocelyn has been charged as an accessory to a crime, a class five felony.

Charles Brassfield was arrested by investigators with the US Army Criminal Investigations Division at Ft. Carson.

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Predator program's future in question

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New Jersey corrections officers, the mother of
Megan Kanka and former Sen. Peter Inverso have teamed up
to launch a pre-emptive strike to warn the public that the
state is considering privatizing the sexual violent
predator program.

"I cannot believe that after all of our efforts to
prevent sex offenders from preying on our children, we
would hand custody to a private company in order to cut
corners," said Kanka, a Hamilton resident who
pushed for the state's sexual offender notification
program after her 7-year-old daughter Megan was killed
in 1994 by a convicted sex offender who lived across the

The state's sexual violent predator program, enacted
in 1999, incarcerates and treats sex offenders after their
prison sentences end be cause the courts deem them too
dangerous to release to the public.

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Sexual Predator On The Lam Kills Himself

A detective searching for a sexual predator missing since Monday found his target dead by suicide Wednesday afternoon, authorities say.

Charles Heritage, 60, who goes by "Rick," took a bus to Pasco County upon his release from prison Monday for crimes he committed against small children in 2004. There he purchased "suspicious" items, authorities say.

Breedlove found Heritage had hung himself in the woods behind the house, said Sgt. Donna Black, sheriff's spokeswoman.

Prison records show Heritage served three years and five months of a five-year sentence for two counts of providing obscene material to children, two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious exhibition.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

World's greatest dad charged in online child-sex sting

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A Michigan man wore a T-shirt that said "World's Greatest Dad" when he went to have sex with someone he thought was a 14-year-old girl, officials tell the Detroit Free Press.

Daniel Allen Everett "allegedly engaged in graphic sexual conversation with an undercover agent and propositioned the agent, who was posing as a 14-year-old girl, to meet him for sex," prosecutors say in a statement issued Tuesday. "This afternoon, Everett was arrested in Novi where he is alleged to have appeared to meet the minor for sex. He was arrested wearing a T-shirt with the words, 'Worlds Greatest Dad' on the front, a sad reminder that Internet predators come from all walks of life."

Everett, a 33-year-old who chatted online as "danmichelle2004," was charged yesterday with child sexual abuse and using the Internet to attempt sexual abuse.

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Thursday, May 08, 2008

Child pornography lands former 5th grade teacher Michael Gogerty in slammer

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A former fifth-grade teacher in Pahrump, Nev., has been sentenced to more than eight years in federal prison for receiving child pornography over the Internet as a result of an investigation by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Michael Gogerty, 41, who pleaded guilty to the charges in February, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Robert Jones to 97 months in prison followed by a lifetime of supervision. Until his arrest last year, Gogerty was employed at Hafen Elementary School in the Nye County School District.

During a subsequent consensual search of Gogerty's home, investigators discovered numerous images and video files containing child pornography on his computer. A forensic analysis revealed Gogerty possessed more than 60,000 images containing child pornography, including some depicting sadistic and masochistic conduct and minors under 12.  The court took those factors into consideration in determining Gogerty's sentence.

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Ex-talk show host Bernie Ward admits to distributing child pornography

A former Roman Catholic priest, Ward was known for his outspoken liberal views on a weeknight talk show on KGO AM 810, where he had worked since 1985. He also hosted "God Talk," a Sunday morning program on religion.
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Bernie Ward, former KGO talk show host, admits to sending...

Bernie Ward, a prominent radio talk show host and reporter in the Bay Area for more than two decades, admitted today to distributing child pornography in a plea deal that will send him to federal prison for at least five years.
Ward is to be sentenced Aug. 28. Weinberg said federal prosecutors intend to ask Walker to send the former talk show host to prison for nine years. Under federal law, the minimum term Ward could receive is five years.

Ward, 57, has admitted that he downloaded and sent pornographic images of children on the Internet in 2004, but said he had been doing research for a book. Federal law, however, prohibits receipt, possession and distribution of child pornography regardless of intent.

Kelly Asks For Further Delay In Child Pornography Trial

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Troubled R&B star R. Kelly has launched a last-minute bid to have his
child pornography trial delayed again.

The trial has been plagued by delays and hold-ups, but was finally due to
begin with jury selection on Friday in Chicago, six years after the singer was initially charged with having sex with a minor.

But Kelly's lawyers have now asked for the trial to be temporarily delayed
due to a recent "torrent of publicity" surrounding the case, which they feel
could have a negative effect on the trial's outcome.

The 41-year-old has pleaded not guilty to 14 charges of child pornography,
after a videotape emerged allegedly showing him having sex with an underage

Friday, May 02, 2008

Roman Catholic priest sentenced for child porn

Thomas G. Saloy
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A Roman Catholic priest from Roosevelt was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in federal prison Friday after admitting he stored 600 images of young boys in sexual acts on his rectory computer, officials said.

Thomas G. Saloy, 46, was sentenced by United States District Court Judge Joseph F. Bianco in Central Islip on charges of possession of child pornography. As part of his plea deal, Saloy admitted to possessing less than half of the lewd images prosecutors initially found in his possession.

During the investigation, a Suffolk police officer posing as a 16-year-old boy in an America Online chatroom received sexually explicit messages from Saloy in September and October 2006, according to prosecutors. Authorities then seized Saloy's computer.

Ordained in 1998, Saloy has been associate pastor at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church in West Babylon, St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church in East Islip, and the Parish of St. Raphael in East Meadow.
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Officer in child-porn case is sidelined

Richard Michael Polk
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A Phoenix police detective arrested Wednesday in connection with child-pornography charges will stay off the force as an internal investigation continues into his case.

Detective Richard Michael Polk, a 26-year veteran in the department's homicide unit, was arrested on suspicion of 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor after two online investigations accused him of having at least 10 child pornography videos, court documents reported.

Polk was released on bond, but must stay away from minors and may see his own child only under supervision as the case proceeds, according to reports. Polk is married and has one child who is a minor. He also has an adult child. Authorities said the family was not involved

Investigators reported he also used an online file-sharing service to distribute images.
Richard Michael Polk

Jorge Tamayo arrested at courthouse on child pornography charges

Jorge Tamayo
Police detectives arrested a South Florida man on nearly 20 counts of child pornography Wednesday.

Detectives were waiting for Jorge Tamayo, 45, as he walked into the Sarasota County courthouse for an unrelated case.

Authorities are interviewing Tamayo this morning, and details of the case were not immediately available.

Tamayo, of Palm Beach, has been in and out of court in recent months, fighting a divorce, a restraining order and at least two foreclosures.

James Joseph Kelly Captured In Portugal

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A Milford doctor wanted by both local and federal authorities has been captured in Portugal. 48 year old James Joseph Kelly II was on the run since February after Milford Police found thousands of pornographic images of girls, some believed to be younger than 8 years old, on a laptop computer seized in a November search of his Hillsdale Drive home. While his case was featured on “America’s Most Wanted”, Milford Police tell WHMI his arrest last week in Portugal came about after he told the U.S. Embassy there his passport had been stolen and applied for a new one. Embassy officials then saw he was wanted on child pornography charges in Michigan and managed to convince him to return the next day while they arranged for an arrest warrant from Portuguese officials. When he returned to pick up his passport, officials say he was arrested and is now waiting extradition back to Michigan. (JK)

Scott E. Forrester indicted on 66 counts of child pornography

All of the charges involve a 3-year-old female relative, the Augusta County Sheriff's Office said.
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A Stuarts Draft man was indicted Monday by the Augusta County grand jury on 66 counts of possession of child pornography.
Authorities arrested Scott E. Forrester, 39, of 33 December Drive, on April 8 after authorities from the Bedford County Internet Crimes Against Children task force were contacted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children based on a complaint filed by a video and photo-sharing Web site. A subpoena was issued to Comcast Corp., leading to the identification of Forrester, according to court records.
Authorities seized three computers, 72 CDs and DVDs, a camcorder, a digital camera, girl's underwear and two dolls from Forrester's double-wide trailer, court records show. At least 5,000 pornographic images were uncovered, 90 percent of them involving girls younger than 18, the sheriff's office said.

David Tanguay

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61-year-old David Tanguay of Windham pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography on Wednesday.
According to court records, an investigation back in 2003 discovered Tanguay in a list of persons who subscribed to child pornography websites. After admitting downloading the images and consenting to a search, federal agents discovered the images on his hard drive.
With the guilty plea, Tanguay now faces up to 10 years in prison, a $250,000 fine, or both.
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$200,000 Bond set for man charged with child porn, bomb materials

Paul Danao
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A $200,000 bond has been set for a South Carolina man charged with possessing child pornography and having materials to make a bomb.

The Island Packet of Hilton Head reports that Paul Danao appeared in court Thursday and remains in the Beaufort County jail.

Danao was arrested on April 12 after bomb-making materials and child pornography were found in his van.

Earlier this week, the Bluffton man also was charged with two counts of performing lewd acts on children. Authorities say he molested two 6-year-old girls he was baby-sitting.

Child Pornography Charges for Scott Ernest Forrester

Scott Ernest Forrester
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A Stuarts Draft man faces 100 child pornography charges.
39-year-old Scott Ernest Forrester was arrested and charged in early April with 33 counts of manufacturing child pornography as well as taking indecent liberties with a child.
He's accused of producing the images and posting them to the Internet. As a result of the investigation, Forrester faces 67 other charges for possessing child pornography.
He is being held at the Middle River Regional Jail.

Thursday, May 01, 2008

Billy Bob Thornton's Son Alleged Sex Crime Victim

This is an exclusive from TMZ
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TMZ identifies 14-year-old alleged sex crime victim

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Breaking with standards widely followed by the mainstream news media, the celebrity Web site TMZ posted a story Wednesday about a 14-year- old who's a movie star's son and an alleged sex crime victim, and it ran the boy's picture.

The story said the boy was in a relationship with a 22-year-old woman, whose ex-boyfriend tipped off police that she was having sex with a minor. Police have opened an investigation, the story said.

Almost all news organizations refrain from identifying sex crime victims, let alone show their picture, because of the stigma often attached to it, said Kelly McBride, ethics group leader at the journalism think tank Poynter Institute. The Associated Press' policy is not to identify people in such cases.

"The reason the story is even interesting to TMZ is because of who the child is," McBride said. "I'm not sure that alone is enough to justify" identifying the boy.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Attorney gets 70 months for child porn

Craig Francis Hall
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On a projector screen before a packed federal courtroom in Gainesville at Craig Francis Hall's sentencing hearing Tuesday defense attorneys put up a timeline showing his decline. He went from a longtime Gainesville attorney and one-time circuit judge candidate to a man suffering from mental illness in the wake of prostate cancer and its complications who downloaded child pornography.
Hall's attorneys argued that by 2007, when authorities confiscated four videos showing child pornography from Hall's office, his depression was so severe, he had sought child pornography not for his enjoyment but as a way to confirm his suspicion that God didn't exist and that the world was full of evil.
The sentencing followed more than three hours of testimony from Hall's psychologists and psychiatrists
Dozens of Hall's friends and supporters packed the courtroom
Hall's wife, Marilyn, tearfully asked the judge to consider a prison sentence's impact on Hall's twins
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Hanover school counselor Susan Daly charged with child pornography

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A longtime counselor at a school on Hanover is facing charges for possessing pornography and pot.
Court documents say that police found child pornography on Susan Daly's home computer.
Officers searched the home as part of a drug investigation, which turned up a marijuana growing operation.
Daly, 47, has worked at the Center and Sylvester Elementary School for 10 years.
The Superintendent of Schools in Hanover says that Daly has been suspended without pay.
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Monday, April 28, 2008

Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry's

Don't forget. Free cone day at Ben & Jerry's is Tuesday, April 29, 2008.
To find a scoop shop near you Go Here. Enjoy!!!
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Thursday, April 24, 2008

Predator who sailed from Tybee Island captured in Florida

Stephen Alexander Bell
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After sailing a stolen boat about 240 nautical miles -- or about 275 land miles -- south from Tybee Island, sexual predator Stephen Alexander Bell was captured Tuesday night as he drifted just off the Atlantic shore of Brevard County, Fla.
Bell, who spent almost two weeks eluding an all-out manhunt by federal, state and local authorities, faces criminal charges in Florida and Georgia.
"His battery on the boat went dead, and he couldn't get the sails to work," said Coast Guard Chief Petty Officer Donnie Brzuska. "We sent the name of the vessel back to the station. That's when we learned it was a stolen boat."
Bell was charged with grand theft of a sailboat. During a Wednesday hearing in Florida, he opted not to fight extradition to Georgia, officials said
Bell had been designated a "sexually dangerous predator,"
Bell was convicted of assaulting a 12-year-old girl on Tybee Island
pent almost three years in prison for child molestation before he was released last May.
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Sex Offender Run On 'To Catch A Predator' Caught

Jeffrey Brooks
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Jeffrey Brooks was run on NBC 13's "To Catch a Predator" segment on March 25.
Brooks, 23, is a registered sex offender, having been convicted of rape in 2005. Brooks was wanted on a felony warrant for failure to provide a 30 day notice before moving after he was found to not be living at his registered address in Bessemer.
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Former cop Donald Rager gets 31 years in prison as sex predator

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A former police officer accused of sexually abusing 14 boys in four states has been sentenced to 31 years in prison.
Donald Rager of Grayslake, Illinois, pleaded guilty last year to sex and pornography charges. He was sentenced today in U.S. District Court in Cedar Rapids.
In the case, Rager was accused of traveling to Dubuque to have sex with a 13-year-old boy he met in an Internet chat room. He videotaped the encounter. The boy reported the abuse.

Prosecutors say Rager also traveled to Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin where he sexually abused 13 other boys he met over the Internet.

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