Oregon Strip Club Raided by FBI

The sex trafficking of minors and strip clubs is back in the news again in Oregon.  This most recent incident involved a law enforcement raid conducted by local law enforcement and the FBI. Police were acting on a tip discovered during an ongoing undercover sting operation of local strip clubs and their employment of underage […]

Assistant Scout Leader Admits to Abusing Young Boy

Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Kellon of Parkesburg, Pennsylvania was arrested by local police in August on criminal charges of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault of a minor, and related offenses. Kellon has ties to multiple youth organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, volunteer fire companies, and emergency medical providers.  During a police interview, Kellon […]

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Last week, we posted a story about the grand jury report on sexual abuse in the Catholic diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. The report revealed the scope of the problem in the small, central Pennsylvania diocese. This week, the Guardian newspaper published an in-depth story about the details found in the grand jury’s report. One of the […]

Jerry Sandusky Sex Abuse Claims Reach $93 Million

Auditors with Deloitte & Touche LLP in Philadelphia have revealed that Penn State has paid $93 million in sex abuse civil settlements to some 32 victims of former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky. Sandusky, who remains in prison serving between 30 to 60 years for 45 counts of sexual abuse, is appealing the convictions. At […]

For Pope Francis, Words Speak Louder than Actions on Sex Abuse Cover Up

After commending US bishops for their courage in dealing with the scandal of child sexual abuse by priests, Pope Francis finally spent a portion of his last day in the US meeting with the victims of sexual abuse. “God weeps” at the sexual abuse of children, he said, in a translation from Spanish of his […]

Father Tom Doyle Speaks with Pope’s Commission on Sex Abuse

In a scene reminiscent of Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Dominican Father Thomas Doyle recently spoke before the Pontifical Commission on Sex Abuse. Thomas Doyle is famous – or infamous, depending on your point of view – in exposing the Catholic priest sexual abuse crisis in this country and around the world. That he was […]

Oregon Child Trafficking Bills Die in State Senate

Oregon Senate Republicans recently sponsored two bills, SB 513 and SB 816, which would have strengthened state laws against child trafficking. Among other things, the bills proposed to raise the age a “child” covered by the “child trafficking” laws from 15 to 18, added advertising to the activities included in the scope of “child trafficking,” […]

Pastor Michael Sperou Goes to Trial on Child Sex Abuse Charges

As Michael Sperou gets set for trial on criminal charges that he sexually abused a kindergarten-age girl in the mid-1990s, the jury will hear testimony from six other women who claim they were also sexually abused by Sperou. While the six women will provide testimony of sexual abuse, they are not able to seek justice […]

Judge Rules in Favor of Billionaire Pedophile: But the Victory is a Technicality

A federal court judge in Florida denied the motion of two women to join the civil case against Florida billionaire Jeffrey Epstein. However, both women will be allowed to testify in the trial, and their testimony is what counts, not their status as parties. The case concerns the application of the federal Crime Victims’ Rights […]

Pennsylvania State Legislator Introduces Bill Expanding SOL for Sex Abuse Victims

Pennsylvania State Senator Rob Teplitz has introduced a bill that would place civil claims of sexual abuse on par with criminal charges of sexual abuse. Presently, Pennsylvania law allows victims of child sexual abuse to bring criminal charges against their abusers until they reach age 50. In civil matters, those same victims have only until […]

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