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2 Connecticut Men Plead to Lesser Charges in Abuse Case

Two men who were accused of sexually abusing their adopted children have pleaded no contest to lesser felony charges and will avoid jail time in an agreement with prosecutors.

123 child victims of Internet sex abuse identified -- one just 19 days old, US officials say

In just over a month, more than 120 sexually exploited children -- one just 19 days old -- were identified in an international operation that found them depicted in child pornography on the Internet, U.S. officials said Thursday. In Operation Sunflower, led by agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigation unit from Nov. 1 to Dec. 7, 123 victims of child sexual exploitation were identified, ICE Director John Morton said at a press conference in Washington. Of that group, 44 children had been living with their abusers, and 79 children were exploited by people outside of their home or were victimized as children and are now adults. Seventy female and 53 male victims rescued; 110 of the victims were identified in 19 U.S. states and the rest were identified in six foreign countries.

Easton Connecticut Residents Want Accused Predator's Name Taken Off Park

The following article was featured in the CT Post.  Since the article was written the Parks and Recreation Commission voted unanimously to change the parks name on November 9, 2012.  The article shows how difficult it can be for survivors of sexual abuse to come forward.  The article is below. Ted  Alexander Jr. always was the last one dropped off after Boy Scout meetings. The driver, his Boy Scout leader, would take the 8-year-old to a parking lot  on Black Rock Turnpike and they would wrestle in the car. Sometimes, the man  would shove Alexander's head into Toth's crotch. The man was Stephen  Toth.

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 join 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

Former Music Director at Christ Church Greenwich Connecticut Released from Federal Prison Following Child Pornography Conviction

A former long-time music director at Christ  Church Greenwich, Robert  F. Tate, 70, has been released from the federal prison term he was serving  following a 2008 child pornography conviction and has moved to a New  Canaan apartment. At his sentencing hearing in 2008, Tate, admitted to a 40 year history of  sexual abuse of minors overseas as well as viewing hundreds of sexually-explicit  photos of children dating back to the 1960s. Tate was not charged criminally for  those acts, but did acknowledge having sex with boys in Thailand, the  Phillippines and Costa Rica. According to the state Sex Offender's Registry, Tate is living at 279 Elm  St., Apartment 2, following his release from federal prison last week.

NY Law Outlaws Viewing Child Porn on Internet

On Friday, September 7th New York Law outlaws intentionally viewing child pornography on the Internet. Currently, Connecticut does not have a law in regards to viewing child porn on the Internet.  Connecticut has law relating to possessing child porn, but not intentionally viewing on the Internet. In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a new law making it a crime in New York to intentionally access child pornography on the Internet.

Fairfield Connecticut Man Accussed of Assaulting 13 Year Old - Contact Started at 5th Grade

A Fairfield man allegedly sexually assaulted a 13-year-old female, police said. The suspect has already been arrested and arraigned on similar charges regarding an alleged incident that occurred in Shelton. The investigation began in June when Fairfield Police Department received information from the Connecticut State Police Computer Crimes Unit about a tip regarding a juvenile involved in an online chat game with the suspect, according to Fairfield Police Deputy Chief Christopher Lyddy. After a lengthy investigation detectives were able to determine which computer that the conversation occurred on.

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