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Boy Scout Files Uncover 22 Connecticut Residents Suspected of Abuse or Inappropriate Behavior

Donald Fricke was remembered as a popular leader among his Milford Boy Scouts. One off his supervisors in the 1980s said the heavyset volunteer who passed himself off as a clergyman was well-liked by the boys, always willing to donate his time and never was a disciplinary problem. Except that the supervisor never knew until 1985 that Fricke, who worked as a custodian for the Milford Recreation Department, was convicted and sentenced to probation in 1966 for fondling a Scout during a camping trip. Fricke admitted as much in a 1985 Connecticut Post article. "Once somebody was found out, they were supposed to be kaput with the Boy Scouts," said Edward Quirk, who served as a volunteer leader with Fricke in the 1980s. "The name was supposed to go on "a black list." Apparently it went into a black hole instead. And Fricke, who died at 47 in 1991, found his way back into Scouting in 1979 and stayed on for six years until his prior act was discovered. No allegations of immoral conduct were made against him except for that 1966 incident. Fricke's name is among 22 Connecticut residents in files of 1,247 volunteer leaders from across the country accused or convicted of immoral acts from 1959 to 1985. The files were maintained by the Boy Scouts of America and released to an Oregon jury in 2010; on Thursday, the Oregon Supreme Court allowed the public release of those files, which fill 14,500 pages.

Men Face Societal Pressures When Reporting Sexual Abuse

Although  the two groups have more in common than not, experts say male sexual assault  victims are often left to deal with certain issues that female victims might  not face. Research suggests more than half  of all sexual assaults in the United States go unreported. ........... Men represent a small but  significant share of the nation's sexual assault victims. According to data from  the U.S. Department of Justice's Bureau  of Justice Statistics, 11 percent of sexual assault victims between 1992 and  2000 were male.

Pyschological Centers for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse

Leading drugmakers will help set up psychological centres for victims of child sex abuse in an effort to counter the long-term health problems suffered by victims. They are to j oin forces with Harvard Medical School, the Mayo Clinic and others to improve medical education and accelerate the early identification of victims. Sexual exploitation when a child can saddle a person with life-long illnesses and a range of mental problems. At least one in five girls and one in 10 boys are victims of sexual abuse before they reach the age of 18, but only one in three cases is reported, according to the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC).

Peace Corps Volunteer Gets 15 Years for Sex Abuse

Thompson went below the recommended sentence of at least17 1/2 years because  of Osmun's quick admission, cooperation in identifying the victims And his  desire to obtain treatment. He pleaded guilty to traveling overseas to have sex  with a minor. Osmun apologized to the 12 church members who were present, his parents, the  victims and the Peace Corps whose image he said was tarnished by  his actions. Osmun has been in custody since his Aug. 4, 2011 arrest by agents from the  U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs  Enforcement division at his parent's home in Milford. His father is the Rev. Andrew  Osmun of St. Peter's Episcopal  Church in Milford. In a letter to Thompson, Osmun told the judge: "When I could not get my fix  from pornography, I moved on to hands on offending, as many sex offenders can  probably attest." U.S. Attorney David  Fein, who prosecuted the case with Assistant U.S. Attorney Krishna  Patel maintained that Osmun's "prior instances of his misconduct were not  properly reported. Indeed, if Osmun's prior conduct had been known, he would not  have been accepted as a volunteer with the Peace Corps and the abuse to these  children would have been avoided." ... About a month after Jesse's arrest, Seth was arrested by police in Austin,  Texas for allegedly possessing child pornography. Police there found pictures on  his computer of a young girl, between seven and nine years old engaging in  intercourse and oral sex with an adult male, according to an affidavit submitted  by Sgt. Robert  Sunley, of the Southern Texas Internet Crimes Against Children  Task Force. As reported in CT Post by Michael P. Mayko

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