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Former NY police chief’s child porn research became personal interest, prosecutors say

A former New York police chief pleaded not guilty Monday to federal child pornography charges. Federal agents raided the Mahopac home of Brian Fanelli, then chief of Mount Pleasant police, on Jan. 23, seizing computers that authorities said held more than 120 files showing children as young as 7 years…

Vatican panel will, ‘in time,’ propose ‘best practices’ to stop sexual abuse

Vatican panel to develop ‘best practices’ to curb sex abuse (via AFP) A Vatican panel said Saturday it would develop “best practices” for Catholic parishes to combat child sex abuse by priests as campaigners demanded that the Church discipline “bad bishops” who cover up for their subordinates. “In time, we…

Maryland elementary school teacher indicted on 39 counts of sexual abuse, rape

A former Maryland elementary school music teacher has been indicted on 39 counts of alleged sexual abuse of 14 elementary school girls and a middle school student during his 27-year teaching career . Lawrence W. Joynes, 55, faces decades in prison if convicted on all the charges, which include sexual…

European Court of Human Right finds Ireland liable for sexual abuse in Catholic school

The European Court of Human Rights on Tuesday found Ireland liable for sexual abuse suffered by a girl at a Catholic-run state primary school in the 1970s. "The Court found that it was an inherent obligation of a Government to protect children from……

Rafael Cruz: Atheism leads to child molestation and perversity

In an appearance before a gathering of OK2A, an Oklahoma Second Amendment advocacy group, Rafael Cruz, father of freshman Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) said that atheism leads to sexual abuse of children. In his talk, which took place earlier this month, the elder Cruz railed against atheism and secular humanism,…

Richard Dawkins defends ‘mild pedophilia’: Teacher putting hands down my shorts didn’t do ‘lasting harm’

Evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins refused to condemn sexual abuse he admitted to having suffered as a child in an interview with The Times magazine of England, Religion News Service reported on Tuesday. While he told the Times that an unidentified schoolmaster “pulled me on his knee and put his hand…

Sexual abuse of poor children in developing countries increasingly streamed online

The sexual abuse of children in developing countries is increasingly being live-streamed on Internet services such as Skype, Britain’s online child protection agency warned on Tuesday. Paedophiles are increasingly targeting poor families abroad, exchanging access to live video images of children in exchange for payment, the Child Exploitation and Online…

Pope wants to act ‘with determination’ on Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Pope Francis on Friday urged Vatican disciplinarians to act “with determination” against sexual abuse committed by members of the Catholic clergy, the Holy See said in a statement, the pope’s first public pronouncement on the issue. “The Holy Father in particular asked that the congregation … act with determination in…

Retired LA Cardinal Roger Mahony claims he didn’t know how to deal with sex abuse claims

A US Catholic cardinal stripped of his duties said Friday he didn’t know how to handle sex abuse claims, as he had not learned about it at college—drawing withering criticism from victims. Retired Los Angeles Cardinal Roger Mahony wrote on his blog that he was not taught about child sexual…

U.S. priests accused in 700 sex cases in 2011: report

WASHINGTON — About 700 people launched new claims of sexual abuse against Catholic clergy in the United States last year, including 21 who are still minors, according to a new report released by US bishops. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops said in the report released Tuesday that of…

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