The following has been taking out of excerpts from several letters to the editor from different organizations around Fairfield County including The Center for Women and Families of Eastern Fairfield County, Family and Children's Aid and Women's Center of Greater Danbury. The news media provides us with daily reminders that child sexual abuse is real, and it happens close to home as evident by the recent allegations of the fencing coach in Fairfield, Connecticut or watching famous pitcher R.A. Dickey explain his childhood abuse on 60 Minutes. It is difficult to accept that sexual abuse is a problem in our community, but if we want it to stop, we have to acknowledge it, and we have to talk about it. Ending child sexual abuse is possible, but it will require all adults to educate themselves, have early and ongoing conversations with children, and model healthy behaviors. Child sexual abuse thrives in silence.
A 36-year-old man who coached Fairfield high schools' fencing team, and also coached the sport at Wakeman Boys & Girls Club, has been charged with sexually assaulting a female student at Fairfield Ludlowe High School last year. John Tejada, of Mixville Road in Cheshire, was arrested Thursday on a warrant charging him with second-degree sexual assault. The assault took place last year, police said, when Tejada was still coaching the fencing team comprising athletes from both Fairfield Ludlowe and Fairfield Warde high schools. He had been the team's coach since 2010, police said.
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.
A family physician in Tolland who was active in the Boy Scouts and provided physical examinations to boys involved in teen-aged sports was sentenced to 51 months in prison Tuesday after being caught with one of the biggest child porn collection ever found in Connecticut. Federal prosecutors said Dr. Carl Koplin's pornography collection, which he made available to others across the Internet, was large enough to fill 170 DVDs. When compiling his obscene collection from film made available by others, prosecutors said, Koplin once found a pornographic photograph of a boy he had treated for depression. Rather than report the photograph, as physicians are required, prosecutors said Koplin deleted the image. "This defendant's appalling collection of child pornography was one of the largest that we have seen here in Connecticut,"
A former teacher at Miss Porter's School has been charged with sexual assault for having sexual contact with a student at the girls' school. Joseph Prem Rajkumar, 42, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual assault and one count of fourth-degree sexual assault. He was charged under the section of the law that makes it illegal for a school employee to engage in sexual conduct with a student. The warrant for Rajkumar's arrest is sealed and police declined to release much information because their investigation is continuing. Detectives took him into custody Monday afternoon and he was arraigned Tuesday in Superior Court in Hartford, where a judge set his bail at $500,000. He remains in custody.
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles school district will pay millions of dollars to settle claims and lawsuits filed by students and families from an elementary school where a third-grade teacher was accused of spoon-feeding children semen in what he called "tasting games," lawyers in the cases said Tuesday. District officials did not reveal the total amount of the settlement, but attorney Raymond Boucher, who represents several Miramonte Elementary School students, said each claimant will receive $470,000.
The files released last week by America's largest Catholic archdiocese revealed new and disturbing details about how church officials schemed to protect priests accused of molesting children. But was the scandal in Los Angeles really so much worse than in other places?
We saw this article written about author Barry Lopez and his book about his own childhood sexual abuse. We were really struct by the following quote from his NPR interview to explain why he wrote his book and why abuse victims are compelled to file lawsuits. "I had become impatient with the cast of newspaper articles that suggested that in the legal pursuit of pedophiles what young men and women were most interested in was winning a financial judgment or in punishing, seeking vengeance. And it struck me that that was the last thing, really, you'd be interested in as somebody who had been serially molested. What had been taken from you was a sense of self-worth and dignity, and the only way you can get those things back is in open, unjudged relationships with other people, and then you ... have a chance to develop again a sense of self-worth. ... So what you really want, in the simplest terms, is for somebody to believe what happened, to take you at face value and not to manipulate you in a courtroom, for example, to seek justice." Below please find the summary of Barry Lopez's interview on NPR with excerpts from his book Sliver of Sky.
The Catholic priest busted for allegedly dealing crystal meth was suspended after church officials discovered he was a cross-dresser who was having sex in the rectory at Bridgeport's St. Augustine Cathedral. Monsignor Kevin Wallin was relieved of his duties in May, but the Roman Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport had continued to pay him a stipend until his Jan. 3 arrest -- a day he was planning to fly to London on vacation. Now dubbed "Msgr. Meth" by some, Wallin seemed to live a life that easily could have been ripped from the script of "Breaking Bad," the popular AMC series about a high school chemistry teacher turned crystal methamphetamine producer. At one point, Wallin was selling upwards of $9,000 of meth a week, according to his indictment. In his post-priesthood, Wallin, 61, bought an adult specialty and video store in North Haven called Land of Oz that sells sex toys and X-rated DVDs. Investigators believe the shop helped him launder thousands of dollars in weekly profits.
The sex-assault case against a former Staples High School boys swim coach took a twist last week when a Fairfield social worker was charged with refusing to cooperate with the police investigation. Valerie Wilke, 51, a licensed social worker who lives on Joan Drive in Fairfield, was charged Wednesday with failure to report abuse or neglect, and interfering with a police officer. "Since 1967, social workers have been mandated reporters of abuse under state law," said Senior Assistant State's Attorney Cornelius Kelly, who declined to comment on the case against Wilke.