ICE deports yet another Miami man accused of rape before he could stand trial
MIAMI — Immigration agents have deported another accused rapist before he could stand trial in Miami state court.The Miami Herald has confirmed that a man named Alcedis Ortiz, 42, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, was deported to Colombia, even though he was still awaiting trial on two felony charges, one punishable by life in prison.He spent nearly five months in immigration custody before he was deported on Sept. 28, an ICE spokesman confirmed Friday.The deportation comes less than two months after U.S. authorities had to extradite another suspected rapist back from C...
Cardinal George Pell, cleared of child sex abuse allegations, will reportedly return to Vatican
Cardinal George Pell is expected to return to the Vatican Tuesday for the first time in three years after an Australian judge overturned his conviction on five counts of child sexual abuse in April.Pell, the former Vatican treasurer, is returning in the middle of a scandal over finances, just days after Cardinal Angelo Becciu was fired from his post after being linked to financial misconduct, the Catholic News Agency reported Monday.“The Holy Father was elected to clean up Vatican finances. He plays a long game and is to be thanked and congratulated on recent developments,” Pell said in a stat...
New York Daily News
Jeremiah Harris, Star of Netflix’s ‘Cheer,’ Accused Of Solicitation Of Minor & Producing Child Pornography
On Thursday, one of the stars of the Netflix docuseries Cheer, Jeremiah Harris, was arrested and charged in Chicago for the alleged solicitation of two minors for sexually explicit photographs. The proceedings will be heard in a federal court and can lead to a maximum 30-year prison sentence.The six-part Emmy-award winning series followed the competitive lives of the Navarro College Bulldogs Cheer Team of Corsicana, Texas. Harris rose to fame after being publicly lauded for his proud performances and “matt talk,” a cheerleading term for the cheering of others’ performances, that quickly made h...
Texas police chief arrested, accused in the sexual abuse of a child
FORT WORTH, Texas — The police chief in Hamilton was arrested over the weekend and faces a charge of sexually abusing a child, according to an official with the Texas Department of Public Safety.Anthony “Tony” Yocham was taken into custody Saturday by the Texas Rangers, and he was later released out of the Johnson County Jail in Cleburne after posting $500,000 bond. Hamilton is about 100 miles southwest of Fort Worth.After his arrest, Yocham is no longer the police chief in Hamilton, Mayor Jim McInnis said in an email to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram on Monday.Yocham, who lost the Republican no...
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Two former child welfare workers in AJ Freund case arrested, charged with child endangerment
CHICAGO — Two former state child welfare officials who were involved in an abuse investigation four months before 5-year-old AJ Freund’s tragic death were arrested Thursday, both facing felony charges.Carlos Acosta, an elected McHenry County board member, and his former supervisor, Andrew Polovin, are charged with endangering the life of a child and reckless conduct, records show.Bail was set at $20,000 for each, according to the McHenry County sheriff’s office. Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, posted bond hours after his arrest. Polovin, 48, of Island Lake, had also bonded out by Friday morning, a s...
Minnesota bishop-elect resigns after allegation of sexual abuse
MINNEAPOLIS — A Rapid City, S.D., priest who was set to become the next Catholic bishop of Duluth has resigned following an allegation that he sexually abused a minor in the 1980s in South Dakota.Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy, the Diocese of Duluth said Monday in a statement posted on its website.The pope appointed Mulloy the 10th bishop of Duluth in June, with his installation set for Oct. 1.In August, officials with the Diocese of Rapid City received word about an allegation against Mulloy concerning the sexual abuse of a minor in the early 1980s in ...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Congressman's old social media posts about sex with 15-year-old girls, rape surface in Florida reelection fight
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — South Florida Congressman Brian Mast joked about rape and referenced sex with 15-year-old girls in old Facebook comments to a friend who is now his campaign manager.The messages were posted years ago, but they’ve surfaced in Mast’s tough reelection fight against Democratic challenger Pam Keith.Mast, a 40-year-old Republican, represents one South Florida’s most competitive swing districts. He apologized for the remarks on Tuesday.One of the comments involves a Feb. 23, 2009, photo of a bar outing posted by Rocco LeDonni, who is now Mast’s campaign manager. The photo was ...
Rape jokes, vindictive culture in 'old boys club' at Horsham's Air National Guard Station
PHILADELPHIA — Marianne Bustin thought she’d found her dream job.It was the spring of 2016 and the Pennsylvania Air National Guard announced that it was hiring a sexual assault response coordinator at its Horsham base.The base is near Bustin’s home in Jenkintown, and she was more than qualified. She’d previously served in the Navy for more than 20 years and had recently been commended for her work handling sexual assault cases for the Coast Guard in Cape May.“I thought it would be a great place to work,” Bustin said of the new job, a federally mandated position.But Bustin, 56, a mother of two ...
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