Mark Laverdure Convicted for Sex Crimes Against 5 Girls

Article adapted from KOIN6 News. Mark Alan Laverdure was indicted in 2017 by a grand jury for 27 counts of sex crimes against children dating back to 2003.  He was charged with 21 counts of first-degree sexual abuse, two counts of first-degree unlawful sexual penetration, two counts of using a child in the display of […]

Victim of Mark Laverdure, Convicted Child Sex Offender, Sues Native American Youth and Family Center for Child Abuse

  VICTIM OF MARK LAVERDURE, CONVICTED CHILD SEX OFFENDER, SUES NATIVE AMERICAN YOUTH AND FAMILY CENTER FOR CHILD ABUSE In a lawsuit filed today in Multnomah County, a woman alleges she was sexually assaulted as a teenager by Mark Laverdure when she was a student at the Early College Academy (now known as Many Nations […]

Ashley Vaughn Awarded Public Justice Award

Dumas & Vaughn partner Ashley Vaughn was recently awarded the Arthur H. Bryant Public Justice Award by the Oregon Trial Lawyers Association.  This prestigious award is only awarded once a year.  Ashley received the award as one of a group of four female attorneys who represented women who had been sexually harassed at the Oregon […]

New Jersey Latest State Set to Open Statute of Limitations in Child Sex Abuse Cases

Last week, the New Jersey Senate passed a bill to reform the statute of limitations for victims of child sexual abuse. The Senate approved the measure, 32-1. It now goes back for a vote in the Democrat-controlled Assembly, where it has already passed through committee. The new law will allow victims of child sexual abuse […]

Idaho Priest Sentenced to 25 Years for Child Porn

The Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, 73, will spend the next 25 years behind bars for his conviction on two counts of distribution of sexually exploitative material, two counts of possession of sexually exploitative materials, and one count of drug possession. Foucher had served as a longtime priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise until […]

Ohio Boy Scout Leader Arrested and Charged with Producing Child Porn

A Boy Scout leader in Ohio was arrested last week charged with the production of child pornography. The man, 39-year-old Thomas Close, also known as Joe Close, admitted to recording underage scouts over a seven-year period. Close is reported to have been the Scoutmaster of Troop 406 in Shelby, Ohio, chartered by the First Evangelical […]

US House Votes to Ban Child Sex Dolls and Robots

It seems nauseating to think that we needed a law for this, but the US House of Representatives recently voted to ban the sale and import of child sex dolls and robots that “normalize sex between adults and minors.”  The bill was called the CREEPER Act, which stands for Curbing Realistic Exploitative Electronic Pedophilic Robots […]

Sex Abuse Allegations Leveled Against Former President of Mormon Missionary Training Center

The former president of the Mormon Church’s Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah faces allegations that he sexually assaulted a young woman in 1984. The sexual abuse allegedly occurred during the training program at the LDS facility. The woman accuses Joseph L. Bishop of attempting to rape her when she was serving as a young […]

Boise Catholic Priest Arrested on Child-Related Sex Crimes

A retired Diocese of Boise Catholic priest has been arrested and charged with 10 felony counts of Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and two additional felonies for knowingly distributing sexually exploitive material of a child. William Thomas Faucher is also charged with possession of a controlled substance. When police searched Faucher’s apartment in Boise, they […]

Disney Exec Accused of Molesting Children

Jon Heely, the longtime director of music publishing at Disney, was arrested nearly a month ago and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious acts on a child. One of the reported victims was 15. The other was abused for four years starting at the age of 11, according to the charges. Prosecutors charged […]

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