2011 March

Mar 31, 2011: Molest suit: From Santa Rosa to Dublin

Four men who claim they were molested by a Humboldt County priest in the 1980s have dropped their case against the Catholic Diocese of Santa Rosa. But only so they can expand their target to include “an international conspiracy” that extends to Ireland, their attorneys said.The new suit will take aim not only the local diocese, but the Archdiocese of Dublin and the Catholic order that treated the priest for pedophilia, attorney Joseph George said Wednesday.

Mar 29, 2011: Germany opens door for more civil cases of sexual abuse

Adults who were victims of sexual abuse as children will soon have
considerably longer to sue for damages in German court. Germany’s cabinet
approved legislation on Wednesday that extends the statute of limitations to
take legal action in civil cases from three to 30 years after a victim’s 21st
birthday.

Mar 28, 2011: Suit Says Jesuits Ignored Warnings About Priest

Jesuit leaders in Chicago largely ignored or kept secret numerous reports, spanning four decades, that a prominent priest was sexually abusing teenage boys, lawyers for victims charged on Monday in a motion for punitive damages in a Chicago court. Included in the motion were more than 65 recently obtained church documents and depositions that, the lawyers said, demonstrated “a reckless disregard for the safety of others in the face of repeated reports of sexual misconduct” on the part of Chicago Jesuit leaders.

Mar 23, 2011: World’s Largest Pornography Ring Cracked

On March 16, criminal investigators from the United Kingdom’s Child
Exploitation and Online Protection Centre cracked what is being
described as the World’s largest paedophile ring ever. 
Detectives have arrested  184 people from the Netherlands, UK,
Australia, Italy, Canada, New Zealand and Thailand during the three-year
investigation.  According to the report by the BBC, members of the
network used private channels and secret systems to share pornographic
films and images.  The operation chief, Peter Davies, said “Not only is
it one of the largest operatio…