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Mar
20
2012
Article: David Jackson and Gary Marx, Chicago Tribune reporters | 8:53 AM          
Chicago Tribune: Priest on the lam in assault of Minnesota girl arrested in India

A fugitive Roman Catholic priest has been arrested in India after seven years on the run from charges that he sexually assaulted a 14-year-old Minnesota girl who sought his advice about becoming a nun.The Rev. Joseph Jeyapaul's case was included in a March 11 story in the Tribune. His alleged victim, Megan Peterson, who is now 22, said in an interview Monday that she was taken off guard by the arrest after so many years of waiting."I find it quite ironic that we did that interview and then a week later he is in handcuffs," Peterson said. "I wasn't expecting it to happen this fast.

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Mar
17
2012
Article: TNN | 6:17 PM          
Priest, facing sexual abuse charges, taken to Delhi

A catholic priest, who was arrested on Friday night at Erode on charges of sexually abusing two minor girls in the US, will be produced before the additional chief metropolitan magistrate at Patiala House in New Delhi on Sunday. The priest, J Jayapaul alias Joseph Palanivel, 57, of Ariyalur, is accused of sexually assaulting two minor girls at Northern Minnesota in 2004. He was charged in a US court in 2007. But by 2005, Jayapaul had returned to India to be with his ailing mother. The Interpol had approached the additional chief metropolitan magistrate court in New Delhi to sec...

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Mar
15
2012
Article: Emily Gurnon | 2:15 PM          
Pioneer Press: Former St. Paul teacher must pay damages for child porn

A federal judge has ordered former St. Paul teacher Gregg Alan Larsen to pay $240,000 to a man who was once his foster son for using him in the production of child pornography.Pierre Larsen, a foster child who was adopted by Larsen when he was 11, won the judgment on Wednesday, March 14.It was only the second time that a plaintiff has successfully used the federal "Masha's Law" to obtain restitution for a victim of child pornography, said Pierre Larsen's attorney, Patrick Noaker of Anderson and Associates. The law was named for a Russian orphan adopted by an American man who began abusing her ...

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Mar
13
2012
Article: Anna Schecter Rock Center | 4:17 PM          
Rock Center: Foreign exchange students sexually abused in program overseen by State Department

Dozens of high school foreign exchange students have been raped, sexually abused, or harassed by American host parents in towns and cities across the country, an NBC News investigation has found.

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Mar
09
2012
Article: Dennis ThompsonHealthDay Reporter | 9:05 AM          
Keeping Young Athletes Safe From Sexual Abuse

Parents who want to protect their kids from sexual abuse need to reassess the notion of "stranger danger" -- the belief that children should be on guard around strangers because they're most likely to be molested by someone unknown to them, experts say.In truth, at least four of five cases of child sexual abuse are perpetrated by someone who knows the child, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics."Parents need to get away from that mythology and deal with the reality [that] if it's going to happen, it's going to be someone within your circle," said Nancy McBride, nat...

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Mar
03
2012
Article: Christian Red / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS | 8:27 AM          
NY Daily News: Former Olympic swimmer Katherine Starr starts Safe4Athletes to help fellow abuse victims

Katherine Starr was at a crossroads last April, professionally and personally, when she says she began brainstorming: as a previous victim of sexual abuse in sports, how could she help make a positive impact on addressing the issue?This was months before the names Jerry Sandusky, Bernie Fine and other coaching/sports figures were strewn across the headlines, before the tidal wave of media coverage about horrific cases of alleged sexual abuse at Penn State, Syracuse and other iconic sports programs."I was barely coaching," says Starr, a former member of the British Olympic swimming team for the...

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Mar
02
2012
Article: Sara Ganim | 2:23 PM          
CNN: Sandusky federal investigation may have different focus

It's fairly clear the federal investigation into Penn State University won't be a duplication of the grand jury probe that led to charges of more than 50 counts of child sex abuse against Jerry Sandusky. Instead, federal authorities seem to be stepping into areas where the state attorney general's office hasn't gone.

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Mar
01
2012
Article: Andrew J. Rotherham | 3:52 PM          
Time: Teacher Sex Abuse: Why Repeat Offenders Are So Common

When Bud Spillane was a school superintendent in New Rochelle, N.Y., he had to deal with removing an elementary school teacher suspected of sex abuse. “It was pretty evident he had done something,” Spillane recalls. The biggest obstacle to removing him from the classroom? “Parents came out of the woodwork…against me,” he says. They loved the teacher, the afterschool time he put in, and the weekend trips he liked to take students on, so they fought to keep him in school.

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Feb
11
2012
Article: AL BAKER and ANDY NEWMAN | 11:27 AM          
Aide at a Manhattan School Is Charged With Sexual Abuse

A teacher’s aide at a highly regarded public elementary school in Manhattan was arrested on Friday after an accusation that he had sexually abused a student at the school, the authorities said.The aide, Gregory Atkins, 56, had worked at Public School 87, on the Upper West Side, since November 2008, the Education Department said. A law enforcement official said a male student had accused Mr. Atkins of having him strip in the school’s bathroom and, at another point, offering money to fondle the boy. But many of the specifics of the case were not available. It is not the first time Mr. Atkins has...

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Feb
10
2012
Article: Annysa Johnson of the Journal Sentinel | 9:04 AM          
Journal Sentinel: 8,000 instances of abuse alleged in Archdiocese bankruptcy hearing

Sealed documents filed in the Archdiocese of Milwaukee bankruptcy identify at least 8,000 instances of child sexual abuse and 100 alleged offenders - 75 of them priests - who have not previously been named by the archdiocese, a victims' attorney said Thursday. Archdiocese spokeswoman Julie Wolf said she did not have enough information to respond to the assertion, made by attorney Jeffrey Anderson during a pivotal hearing before U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Susan V. Kelley. Anderson represents about 350 of the 570 victim-survivors who have filed claims in the case. But Peter Isely of the Survivors N...

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