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New Connecticut law: Jail time for not reporting child abuse

People who are required by law to report child abuse and fail to do so may face felony charges under one of several new state laws set to take effect on Tuesday. Teachers and other "mandated reporters" who fail to report suspected child abuse now face fines between $500 and $2,500, but the new penalty will be much tougher -- up to five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. "One of the things that has always bothered me was when you have individuals in an organization who know about child abuse, they sometimes shuffle people around instead of reporting it to authorities," state Rep. Gerald M. Fox III, D-Stamford, co-chairman of the legislative Judiciary Committee said. "With the new law, if you know about it and do not report it, you're liable for a Class D felony for intentional interference." The law, a couple years in the making, is aimed at stopping incidents like the pedophile scandals at Penn State University, or among Catholic priests and bishops. The new law, one of dozens that take effect on Tuesday, October 1, 2013, would cover incidents going forward from that date. As reported in CT Post by Ken Dixon

New Haven Connecticut Teacher Charged with Sexually Assaulting Students at MicroSociety Magnet School

A special education teacher in the New Haven, Connecticut public schools has been charged with sexually assaulting three underage students, according to police. Robert Schmitt, of Hamden, turned himself in to police on Wednesday, police spokesman David Hartman said in a press release Thursday afternoon. Schmitt, 48, is accused of assaulting three students during the 2011-2012 school year at the MicroSociety Magnet School. Each of the alleged assaults took place when the child was under the age of 13, Hartman said. The police investigation of Schmitt began in April, when a school social worker heard an allegation from a student -- a 12-year-old girl -- and reported it, Hartman said. A second victim, a 14-year-old girl, came forward in May, and two days later detectives spoke with the third victim, a 12-year-old boy.

Sexual abuse is a "gateway experience" that often leads to drug addiction later in life

Lesser known fact about Sigmund Freud - early in his career he was all but laughed out of his field for suggesting that sexual abuse within families was a significant social problem. To remain respected he recanted his findings. Toward the end of his career he went back to his original claims and backed them up, demonstrating that this ugliness was indeed not simply at the fringes of society.

University of Connecticut Music Professor Faces Sexual Misconduct and Molestation Allegations

A University of Connecticut music professor who was placed on paid leave last month is under investigation by police amid allegations of sexual misconduct and decades-old molestation involving children, including several boys who attended a camp for sick children. UConn officials said Monday morning they were cooperating with the investigations. They also announced the creation of a special Board of Trustees committee to review the university's responses to the allegations against Robert Miller, 66, of Mansfield. University employees were notified several times between 2006 and 2011 of allegations that Miller had sexual contact with children, but it wasn't until February of this year that school administrators were told of the claims, according to UConn officials and the state attorney general's office. And it wasn't until June 21 that Miller was placed on paid administrative leave. It was also revealed Monday that the attorney general's office is seeking bids from a law firm to advise and represent UConn's Board of Trustees and that UConn has hired a private investigator. Miller was barred from the Storrs campus after being placed on leave. He hasn't been charged with any crime. He did not return several phone messages left at his home by The Associated Press. Last month, a faculty member told a university official that a student alleged that Miller had sex with UConn students, visited freshmen dorms and provided drugs to students, according to the state attorney general's office. It's not clear when those alleged actions took place. Miller has worked at UConn for three decades and was head of the Music Department from 1999 to 2003. Miller also has been under investigation by Connecticut state police and authorities in Fairfax County, Va., following allegations that he molested five boys, who ranged in age from 10 to 13 years old, more than two decades ago, according to a state police search warrant affidavit for Miller's home that was obtained by the AP. State police say four of the boys claimed they were molested at Miller's home in 1992. The boys at the time were attending the Hole in the Wall Gang Camp in Ashford, a camp that actor Paul Newman opened in 1988 for sick children. The alleged abuse happened when Miller, who was a counselor there from 1989 to 1992, took the children away from the camp on unsanctioned trips, authorities said.

Stratford Connecticut tutor William Stewart accused of offering cash for kisses

http://connecticut.news12.com/news/stratford-tutor-william-stewart-accused-of-offering-cash-for-kisses-1.5467098#autoplay=true Police say William Stewart offered money to two 11-year-olds in exchange for kissing him as reported by News 12. A 39-year-old elementary school tutor is facing charges this afternoon for allegedly offering students money for kisses in Stratford. William Stewart was arrested on Monday.  Officers reportedly say two 11-year-olds at Chapel Street Elementary complained to a teacher about their tutor's so-called "kissing games."  He allegedly offered them money and even an iPod.  

Dramatic Increase in Number of Forcible Rapes in Bridgeport

The following article was published in the CT Post. The statistics from the report are troubling.  Bridgeport's Mayor Finch is launching his own investigation. The article follows: Just a few sex offenders are apparently responsible for the dramatic increase in the number of forcible rapes in the city reported by the FBI's Preliminary Annual Uniform Crime Report. The FBI statistics, released Monday, showed the number of reported cases of forcible rape had tripled here to 388 in 2012 from 116 in 2011. This number was also three times higher than the combined number of rapes reported in Hartford, New Haven, Stamford and Waterbury in 2012.

Newtown Connecticut Man Faces Sentencing for Child Sex Assault and Porn

A Newtown man is facing sentencing for sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and taking photos and video of the abuse. Twenty-nine-year-old Edward Wilson is to be sentenced Wednesday in federal court in Hartford. He pleaded guilty in February to producing child pornography and faces 21 to 26 years in prison under federal sentencing guidelines.

Walk a Mile in Her Shoes to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence Event in Fairfield, April 27th

On Saturday, April 27th, a Walk a Mile in Her Shoes event will be held in Fairfield, Connecticut at 9 am.   The event will be benefit The Center of Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County.  At the end of the event Dawn Daniels mother of Jerry Sandusky's first victim along with his therapist will speak. Walk a Mile in Her Shoes® The International Men's March to Stop Rape, Sexual Assault & Gender Violence is a project of Venture Humanity, Inc. a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation.  Men literally walk one mile in women's high heeled shoes to protest sexualized violence, educate their communities and raise money for chronically underfunded rape crisis centers, domestic violence shelters and other sexualized violence prevention and recovery services. The Center for Women and Families is a domestic violence and sexual assault agency. The Center provides free and confidential services to victims of Domestic Violence, Sexual Violence, and severe child sexual and/or physical abuse. Our services are offered to residents of Bridgeport, Easton, Fairfield, Monroe, Stratford, and Trumbull. REGISTRATION, START POINT, AND PARKING INFORMATION Registration opens at 8:30 AM.  Please arrive no later than 8:50 AM. Start Point is at The Fairfield Train Station (165 Unquowa Road, Fairfield). FREE Parking is available at The Fairfield Train Station. EVENT SCHEDULE The Walk will start at approximately 9:00 AM at the Fairfield Train Station and ends at the Fairfield Town Hall on Old Post Road with a closing ceremony and refreshments to follow.

Fencing Coach Accused of Student Sex Assault in Fairfield, Connecticut

A man who served as the fencing coach at public high schools in Fairfield, Connecticut has been arrested, accused of sexually assaulting a female Fairfield public school student.

The Price of a Stolen Childhood - Restitution for Victims of Child Porn

This article was a feature story in The New York Times Magazine last week. It speaks of victims of child pornography and possible restitution they may receive.  The story features 2 victims and their struggles into adulthood. The detective spread out the photographs on the kitchen table, in front of Nicole, on a December morning in 2006. She was 17, but in the pictures, she saw the face of her 10-year-old self, a half-grown girl wearing make-up. The bodies in the images were broken up by pixelation, but Nicole could see the outline of her father, forcing himself on her. Her mother, sitting next to her, burst into sobs.

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