Those Pesky Women Libs

As part of my job, I spend a bit of time perusing old newspaper articles. The task is always entertaining, but many times downright disappointing. Yesterday, I came across this gem from the LA Times in 1973: “Scout Beauty Contest ‘Hit by the Libs’” See, around 1971, BSA made its Explorer Scout program (for high […]

Utah State Official Charged with Rape of Two Children

Michael Hepworth, a senior forensic scientist with the Utah Department of Public Safety crime lab, has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and rape of two children in Woods Cross, Utah. Hepworth admitted to police that he abused the children multiple times.  Hepworth is accused and charged with raping and sexually abusing a boy […]

Oregon Assembly of God Sex Abuse Case Filed

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 12, 2016 CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE VICTIM SUES ASSEMBLY OF GOD CHURCH FOR ABUSE BY TWO ROYAL RANGERS YOUTH LEADERS For More Information or to arrange an interview with the Plaintiff W.J.:  Gilion C. Dumas                     503-952-6789  gilion@dumaslawgroup.com Ashley L. Vaughn                   931-206-0090  ashley@dumaslawgroup.com PORTLAND, OREGON: An Oregon man filed suit today in Portland […]

Boy Scouts Prepare Argument That Sex Abuse Isn’t Their Fault

The Boy Scouts of America are preparing oral arguments to be presented to the Connecticut Supreme Court involving their appeal of a $12 million court verdict in 2014.  Their strategy is remarkably similar to those offered by the Catholic Church and other organizations that allowed the sexual abuse of minors. In the Connecticut case, the […]

French Cardinal Say He Did Nothing Wrong In Covering Up Sex Abuse

French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyons France, may face criminal charges for his failure to remove a priest accused of sexually molesting at least 45 French Boy Scouts in the 1980s and 1990s. The priest, Father Bernard Preynat, admitted to authorities that he molested the Scouts. He was suspended by Barbarin in 2015 but […]

Pennsylvania Grand Jury Finds Catholic Bishops Hid Hundreds of Abuse Cases

Another Pennsylvania grand jury issued a scathing report on the sexual abuse of children in the Catholic Church. Unlike the previous grand jury reports in Philadelphia, this report investigated child sex abuse and exploitation, and the negligence of bishops, in the small diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Altoona-Johnstown serves approximately 100,000 Catholics in 89 parishes. Its small […]

Oregon Legislators Pass Two Bills Supporting Rape Victims

Oregon lawmakers have sent two bills to the governor for her signature that would benefit rape victims as well as victims of other sex crimes. Senate Bill 1600 removes the statute of limitations for first-degree sex crimes, including rape, when there’s additional corroborating evidence, even if there’s no DNA evidence available. Under current Oregon law, […]

Oregon Track Coach Gets Probation in Sex Abuse Case

Melissa Bowerman, a Madras High School track coach in Oregon, has pled guilty to the sexual abuse of a 17-year-old boy whom she coached on the track team. Bowerman, 45, is the daughter-in-law of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman. In 2012, Bowerman was dismissed from her volunteer position as track coach at Condon/Wheeler after escorting another […]

Portland School Worker Indicted on 54 Counts of Child Sex Abuse

A 23-year-old Portland teacher has been indicted on 54 counts of child sexual abuse. The criminal counts include 28 counts of first-degree sex abuse, 11 counts of unlawful sexual penetration, and 15 counts of sodomy. Jared Kelly White was arrested last week on the charges and indicted by a Multnomah County grand jury. Law enforcement […]

Alleged Fugitive Sex Abuser with Ties to Boy Scouts Arrested in California

The 76-year-old man who’d been living in a suburb of San Diego for nearly three decades, served as a Boy Scout leader, and gave neighborhood children swimming lessons in his pool, has been arrested by California law enforcement authorities. John Selas faced a San Diego judge last Wednesday and denied he is the 76-year-old fugitive […]

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