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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.

Could a Sex Offender be Coaching Your Kids? - Advice to Protect Children

We saw this article on About.com written by Robin McClure and thought it was highly relevant.  The advice in the article is sound and can be applied to many things besides coaching.  Recently there was a case reported in Easton, Connecticut regarding a teenage babysitter abusing the 2 girls he was watching. You miight not be able to run a background check on a minor; however, other adivce in the article below like stopping in unexpectedly and talking to your children can be helpful in protecting them.  Unfortunately, sexual predators are highly skilled in fooling even the most suspicous parents. Could a sexual offender be coaching or working with your kid?  It's possible, and often parents don't ask enough questions before signing their kid up to participation in sports or other activity whether background checks are done.  Many adults blindly trust their child's coach, adult leader, or community volunteer, somehow thinking that anyone who would volunteer their time to work with kids must be a "good guy."  Unfortunately, that's not always the case. While more and more organizations are requiring a background check before an adult can coach/supervise a kid, that's not always the case.  The reason?  Background checks cost money and require someone to administer the checks, and organizations may not have funds available.  Some groups even require the individuals who are interested in coaching to pay for the background checks themselves, but when parent volunteers and coaches are sometimes hard to find, that can make finding people who agree to take on the task even more difficult.

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

Jerry Sandusky Headed To Prison, But Scandal Persists

Headed to prison for the rest of his life, Jerry Sandusky leaves behind a trail of human and legal wreckage that could take years to clear away. Victims face a lifetime of healing. Penn State is laboring under severe NCAA penalties. And at least four civil lawsuits have been filed against a university shamed by scandal, with more likely to come. If Sandusky felt any remorse or pity for anyone but himself, he didn't show it at his sentencing Tuesday. Instead, speaking in court for the first time since his arrest last November, the former Penn State assistant football coach delivered a disjointed and defiant monologue in which he denied committing "disgusting acts" against children and cast himself as the victim.

Swim Coach Banned for Life in Sexual Abuse Case

USA Swimming banned coach Rick  Curl for life for an improper relationship with a teenage swimmer in  the 1980s. Curl, who ran one of the  nation's largest swim clubs near Washington, D.C., and coached 1996 and 2000  Olympic gold medalist Tom  Dolan, was scheduled for a hearing Wednesday before the National  Board of Review. But he informed the governing body he was waiving his right  to challenge the case. Curl voluntarily gave up his  membership and will be added to USA Swimming's list of banned individuals, which  is published on the organization Web site. The coach was accused of  starting a relationship with a 13-year-old female swimmer in the 1980s. Kelley  Davis Currin said she received a $150,000 settlement from Curl not to go to  law enforcement with details of the illicit four-year relationship, but decided  to come forward after the sport was rocked by a sexual abuse scandal two  years ago.

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.

Kansas City Bishop Convicted of Shielding Pedophile Priest - First American Bishop Convicted

A Roman Catholic bishop was found guilty on Thursday of failing to report suspected child abuse, becoming the first American bishop in the decades-long sexual abuse scandal to be convicted of shielding a pedophile priest.

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