2010 August

Aug 27, 2010: Child porn defendant faces new litigation by alleged victims

A former St. Paul schoolteacher has been sued again – this time by two foster children and their guardians – for allegedly using the children to produce pornography. Gregg Alan Larsen, 49, of Minneapolis worked as a special education teacher at Central High School until he resigned May 4. Two weeks later, he was indicted by a federal grand jury on charges of producing child pornography. He pleaded guilty in the criminal case and awaits sentencing. The lawsuit, filed Thursday in U.S. District Court, alleges that Larsen used two brothers, ages 5 and 7, for pornography. He “engaged (them) i

Aug 26, 2010: Child Pornography Involves Younger and Younger Victims

On August 22, 2010, I wrote about misconceptions about child pornographers. Here, I write about misconceptions about victims of child pornography. Today our law firm filed another case involving child pornography against former special education teacher Gregg Larsen. The Plaintiffs are two kids who were ages 5 and 7 when they were exploited. Some might be surprised to hear that children so young are being exploited for child pornography, but it is getting more and more common. The United States Department of Justice estimates that pornographers have recorded

Aug 22, 2010: How Do We Protect Our Children From Child Pornographers?

Many people (including me before I began handling child pornography cases) have an image of who consumes child pornography. They picture a forty something year-old man in his mother’s basement at midnight. There is no question that child pornography is growing at an incredible rate and that the problem is far worse than most thought. Estimates that were made even two or three years ago have turned out to be fatally flawed as significant underestimates. This week’s news reveals that the image of the child pornography consumer is equally flawed. For example, an article in

Aug 19, 2010: Two lawsuits filed against Diocese of Oakland

OAKLAND — Survivors of sexual abuse by a local priest have filed two lawsuits against the Diocese of Oakland and church officials who they said allowed abuse by Stephen Kiesle to continue unchecked. “The diocese could have stopped this,” said Teresa Rosson, one of the accusers. Rosson, who is Kiesle’s stepdaughter, said he began sexually abusing her from the time she was 11 years old until 2001. She is now 48. Instead, she said, “They delivered him into our churches with our kids.” She said the abuse began when Kiesle served at St. Joseph’s parish in Pinole in 1972 — the year he was or

Aug 19, 2010: Seven Victims Come Forward After News in April of Vatican Cover-up

It’s working. This is exactly what needs to happen when survivors find the courage to come forward — more must follow. This is the only path to achieving mass shifts in the way child sex abuse cases are handled and the way institutional corruption is punished. The emergence of seven new victims of serial rapist Father Stephen Kiesle is a tragic yet indicative example of how this process works and we applaud them all for their courage. We also applaud those who came before and inspired these new victims to speak up.If you’re unfamiliar with the Kiesle case, it is a hallmark of Vatican sex abus

Aug 19, 2010: Seven Victims Come Forward After News of

It’s working. This is exactly what needs to happen when survivors find the courage to come forward — more must follow. This is the only path to achieving mass shifts in the way child sex abuse cases are handled and the way institutional corruption is punished. The emergence of seven new victims of serial rapist Father Stephen Kiesle is a tragic yet indicative example of how this process works and we applaud them all for their courage. We also applaud those who came before and inspired these new victims to speak up.If you’re unfamiliar with the Kiesle case, it is a hallmark of Vatican sex abus

Aug 19, 2010: Seven Victims Come Forward After News of

It’s working. This is exactly what needs to happen when survivors find the courage to come forward — more must follow. This is the only path to achieving mass shifts in the way child sex abuse cases are handled and the way institutional corruption is punished. The emergence of seven new victims of serial rapist Father Stephen Kiesle is a tragic yet indicative example of how this process works and we applaud them all for their courage. We also applaud those who came before and inspired these new victims to speak up.If you’re unfamiliar with the Kiesle case, it is a hallmark of Vatican sex abus

Aug 19, 2010: Seven Victims Come Forward After News of

It’s working. This is exactly what needs to happen when survivors find the courage to come forward — more must follow. This is the only path to achieving mass shifts in the way child sex abuse cases are handled and the way institutional corruption is punished. The emergence of seven new victims of serial rapist Father Stephen Kiesle is a tragic yet indicative example of how this process works and we applaud them all for their courage. We also applaud those who came before and inspired these new victims to speak up.If you’re unfamiliar with the Kiesle case, it is a hallmark of Vatican sex abus

Aug 19, 2010: Sophisticated Porn Ring Shut Down—What About the Kids?

Yesterday, in Indianapolis, Indiana, two men were convicted and sentenced for their roles in creating and maintaining the child pornography website called Cache. These arrests were a result of an international investigation that infiltrated this child pornography network . The Cache network had up to 1000 members who participated in a very sophisticated file sharing network of child pornography. Some of the pornography in Cache was created exclusively for the members. The two men received sentences of 30 years and 19 years in prison for their involvement with this website. Infiltrating and shu