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Newtown Connecticut Man Accussed of Producing Child Pornography of 4 Year Old

According to an indictment that was unsealed in federal court, a 28-year-old Newtown, Connecticut man has been charged with sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl and maintaining films of the alleged abuse. David  B. Fein, United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut,  announced that a federal grand jury sitting in New Haven has returned an  indictment charging Edward F. Wilson with one count of production  of child pornography, one count of receipt and distribution of child  pornography, and one count of possession of child pornography. The  indictment was returned on Aug. 9, but ws only unsealed today during Wilson's arraignment before United States  Magistrate Judge Thomas P. Smith in Hartford. The indictment alleges that, in approximately 2011 and  2012, Wilson sexually abused a 4-year-old girl, filmed and photographed the  abuse, and maintained the videos and images on his home computer.

Personal Trainer Accused of Sexual Assaulting Clients in Fairfield

A Personal Trainer in Fairfield, Patrick Myers, is accused of sexually assaulting numerous clients some of which were under age. The following article was published in the Connecticut Post regarding gym managers covering up the assaults. Under Connecticut's mandated reporting law, the gym manager is responsible for reporting Patrick Myers actions to authorities immediately. Another arrest has been made in connection with the case of a personal trainer from Branford who has been charged with sexual assaulting clients in Fairfield. {He has worked as a trainer at Fitness Edge in Kings Highway Fairfield and other Fairfield Connecticut Gyms.} This time, a manager at one of the local gyms where Patrick Myers, 44, worked was charged with interfering with an officer for what police said was intentionally concealing information and misleading police during their investigation of Myers.

Boy Scouts of America Files Reveal Repeat Child Abuse

Tremont Sheldon Robinson Mahoney found the following article interesting regarding the Boy Scout of America "perversion files" and the moving/relocating of child sexual predators. During our work with clergy sexual abuse, priests were often moved from parish to parish and continued to commit their heinous acts.  Much like the "perversion files", the church had secret archives detailing abuse.  The article below details what has been discovered at Boy Scouts of America. Internal documents from the Boy Scouts of America reveal more than 125 cases in which men suspected of molestation allegedly continued to abuse Scouts, despite a blacklist meant to protect boys from sexual predators. A Los Angeles Times review of more than 1,200 files from 1970 to 1991 found suspected abusers regularly remained in the organization after officials were first presented with sexual misconduct allegations.

Ex-Peace Corps Worker From Connecticut To Plead Guilty In Sex Assault Case

A former Peace Corps volunteer charged last year with sexually abusing young girls while serving in South Africa plans to plead guilty in Connecticut, authorities told The Associated Press on Wednesday.

Child abuse shames and silences victims

The child sex-abuse accusations against former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky are staggering and yet familiar. Mr. Sandusky, the founder of the Second Mile charity for troubled boys, generously brought them to football games and treated them to food, clothes and gifts, eight men told a grand jury. He also fondled them or exposed himself or had sex with them, they testified. One might think it would be easy to prosecute such accusations made by men, now in their late teens or 20s, who tell remarkably similar stories. But federal data show that less than half of suspects in child sex-abuse cases are brought to trial, mostly because no crime can be proved against them. "It's really tough" to get justice on child sexual abuse, said Bill Murray, a Los Angeles community activist who leads the National Association of Adult Survivors of Child Abuse.

A Brief Therapy Heals Trauma in Children

Every year millions of children from all walks of life become victims of, or witnesses to, abusive or violent events that can result in long-lasting symptoms of distress. The events can range from sexual and physical abuse to involvement in a natural disaster, fire or serious motor vehicle accident.

Question and Answers Relating to Reporting Sexual Abuse from CT DCF

We found the below questions and answers regarding reporting sexual abuse very helpful from the Connecticut DCF website. It also clarifies Mandated Reporters and their obligations.
Q. How do I respond to a child who reports abuse to me?
A.  Tell the child that you believe them and that you are going to contact people who can help. Respect the privacy of the child. The child will need to tell their story in detail later, so don't press the child for details. Remember, you need only suspect abuse to make a report. Don't display horror, shock, or disapproval of parents, child, or the situation. Don't place blame or make judgments about the parent or child. Believe the child if she/he reports sexual abuse. It is rare for a child to lie about sexual abuse.

Update on Sexual Abuse Initiatives from CT State Legislature

At least six out of 10 children who have been sexually abused suffer  from post-traumatic stress syndrome, according to the state Department of Children and Families. As  such the DCF will use a $3.2 million federal grant to improve the way  the agency, community-based clinics and social workers statewide handle  children affected by trauma in all its forms.

Feds: Granby Connecticut Police Captain Had Horrific Child Porn Stash

Federal prosecutors say that a former Granby police captain who was investigating child pornography secretly amassed one of the largest child porn collections in Connecticut.

Lawmakers Ponder Expansion Of Abuse Reporting Requirement

Connecticut lawmakers are holding a public hearing to discuss whether state law needs to be changed in the wake of the child abuse scandal at Penn State University. The informational hearing before the Legislature's Judiciary Committee and Select Committee on Children on Tuesday is focusing on expanding the statute that requires teachers, health professionals and others to report suspected child abuse.

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