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EDINBURGH, Scotland – Scottish police on Friday charged the American mother of three children who were found dead in an Edinburgh town house with their murder.
Theresa Riggi, 46, was arrested late Friday after police completed autopsies on her children: 8-year-old twins Augustino and Gianluca and their 5-year-old sister Cecilia.
The children were discovered after a gas explosion Wednesday at the town house, but are not thought to have died as a result of the blast. Riggi is hospitalized in serious but stable condition after apparently falling from an upper story of the house on the same day.
“Due to the medical condition of the accused, it is not at this time known when she will appear in court,” a police spokesman said on condition of anonymity in line with policy.
Riggi and her husband, American oil industry executive Pasquale Riggi, 46, of Colorado, were getting divorced and contesting the custody of their children.
Scottish authorities said the couple were due to attend court hearings in the case this week, and on Tuesday a judge raised concerns over the children’s safety when their mother failed to appear for the divorce proceedings.
Police said they are investigating the circumstances of the deaths and have interviewed the children’s father, but confirmed he is not a suspect in the case.
They said the autopsies on the children were completed Friday. No details were disclosed, but a report has been submitted to prosecutors, police said.
Pasquale Riggi described his anguish over the death of his children.
“Our family is struggling to come to terms with the immense and tragic loss of three beautiful children,” he said in a statement issued by Edinburgh’s Lothian and Borders police department.
His wife and the children went missing from the family’s home in Aberdeen, a port town about 100 miles (160 kilometers) north of Edinburgh, on July 21, prompting police to launch a search.
Pasquale Riggi grew up in Colorado, where he attended Denver’s Regis Jesuit High School, graduating in 1982. He serves as an executive with Royal Dutch Shell PLC in Scotland, and had previously worked with the company in the Netherlands.
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Mother charged with child abuse
Son found wandering in neighborhood
Updated: Tuesday, 02 Mar 2010, 4:31 PM EST
Published : Tuesday, 02 Mar 2010, 12:05 PM EST
SUFFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – A Suffolk mother faces child abuse charges after a neighbor found her 4-year-old son wandering around the neighborhood.
Jessica Cerise Monday, 24, of the 200 block of Teal Court was arrested Monday for an incident last month, in which her son was found last month wearing a t-shirt and shorts on Widgeon Court, in 40-degree weather, police say.
Police say this is the second time this has happened. Last September, the same child was found outside wearing just a diaper.
Cerise was not charged in that case. The child is now with a relative.
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Part III – Female Sexual Abusers: Who are They?
January 13th, 2010 | // ShareThis
Part three of a three part series of articles.
There weren’t a lot of statistics, because no one thought it was a problem. But then in 1990, Ramsay–Klawsnick found that adult females were abusers of male adolescents 37% of the time and of female adolescents 19% of the time; and in six studies reviewed by Russell and FInkelhor, female perpetrators accounted for 25% or more of those abused. In 1996, The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect conducted a widespread investigation on the maltreatment of children. Of the three million children investigated, more than one million were identified as victims of abuse and of the one million, 12% were sexually abused. The sexual abuse of children by women, primarily mothers, once thought to be so rare that it could be ignored, constituted 25% (approximately 36,000 children) of the sexually abused victims. Furthermore, all of these statistics are likely underestimated because victims of this type of abuse rarely disclose. Finally, there is an alarmingly high rate of sexual abuse by females in the backgrounds of rapists, sex offenders and sexually aggressive men – 59% (Petrovich and Templer, 1984), 66% (Groth, 1979) and 80% (Briere and Smiljanich, 1993).
Why haven’t we, as a society, been aware of this problem? Most probably because women have been idealized as mothers and nurturers. They haven’t been viewed as sexual aggressors. And because they are caretakers and are expected to be emotional, warm and physical with children, no one notices or suspects them. Sexual abuse by women is rarely reported because their victims usually are their own children – who are dependent on them. Furthermore, these children either do not understand what is happening to them or do not think anyone will believe them. And for male victims, there is additional embarrassment and denial – they must have wanted it – men (boys) can’t be raped!
But women can be sexual aggressors. And even though the abuse they are capable of doesn’t conjure up violent images of attack and penetration, surveys show that women are capable of a different type of violence toward their victims, sometimes physical and almost always psychological and verbal. This abuse can penetrate the psyches of their victims more deeply because they are the one person who was never supposed to betray them.
What type of woman would betray her own child or another person’s child in such a manner and why? A profile of a female sexual abuser looks something like this: She would probably be a person with low self-esteem who may have had a history of severe emotional and verbal abuse and/or been a victim of childhood sexual abuse herself. In fact, a study by Fowler et al in 1983 maintained that 80% of incest offenders had been sexually or physically abused as children. There would be feelings of alienation and isolation and possibly the loss of a spouse or other adult partner. She might have a history of drug or alcohol abuse and less often a history of indiscriminate or compulsive sexual activity. There might be arrested psychosexual development; there might be a need to have power and control in some aspect of her life. But the common perception that any woman who does this has to be mentally insane is false. Only a minority of female abusers do not pass reality-testing measures. How the abuse takes place and with who may differ, but the personality type can be constructed from the above profile.
David Finkelhor, who has written extensively on this subject, maintains that there is a Four Factor Model, or to put it another way, there are four components that contribute in different degrees to child molestation:
1. Emotional Congruence – a satisfaction of emotional needs through the abuse of a child that is due to either arrested psychosexual development, immaturity or low self-esteem.
2. Sexual Arousal – probably due to familial conditioning through their own childhood abuse or early fantasy reinforced by masturbation.
3. Blockage – Age appropriate sexual opportunities have been cut off by either a traumatic sexual experience with an adult, sexual dysfunction, limited social skills or a marital disturbance such as the loss of a spouse. The latter has been described as a “Theory of Loss” phenomenon precipitating abuse.
4. Disinhibition – due to poor impulse control either because of substance abuse, a chaotic family background or psychotic mental illness.
There are women who are pedophiles and simply pursue children for the sex, but the female abuser usually falls into one of three categories:
1. Predisposed Offender – the abuser was herself abused as a child and she continues the generational pattern by abusing her own children. It is thought that she becomes an offender in an effort to resolve her own childhood sexual trauma.
2. The Teacher/Lover – she generally becomes involved with an adolescent male with whom she relates to as a peer. She may be looking for non-threatening emotional intimacy.
3. The Male-Coerced Offender – she is being led by an abusive male who she is extremely dependent upon. But she may eventually initiate sexual abuse on her own.
While the public is periodically shocked into awareness by sensational revelations of the second and third type of female abuser (i.e. Hedda Nussbaum, Mary-Kay Latourneau), it is the first type that we have to finally give a face to – she is the one that is quietly victimizing thousands of young children who have nowhere to turn for safety. And the children ARE young. Studies have concluded that women abusers victimize younger children than male abusers – probably because of their role as caretakers. If current research is correct and more female than male children are sexually abused, then it is logical to conclude that more girls may grow up to be sexual offenders themselves and there may be a significantly larger number of female sexual abusers than we had previously imagined.
It is up to us to put aside deep-rooted myths about females, and more specifically mothers, in order to deal with the widespread problem of child abuse and more accurately expose all types of child sexual abusers.
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Mother of scalded boy pleads guilty in 2-year-old’s death
DENVER – A woman pleaded guilty on Wednesday to the death of her 2-year-old son in 2008 who died after being scalded in a bathtub.
The Denver District Attorney’s office says 24-year-old Isela Reyes-Talamantes pleaded guilty to child abuse resulting in death.
Denver Police say she brought her 2-year-old son, Elijah Archuleta, to St. Anthony Central Hospital on Nov. 7, 2008 with severe burns. He was pronounced dead shortly after he got to the hospital.
In exchange for her guilty plea, the first-degree murder charge against Reyes-Talamantes was dropped.
She will be sentenced on March 19 and could get up to 32 years in prison.
A co-defendant, John Vigil, is charged with first-degree murder and child abuse resulting in death.
During a preliminary hearing it surfaced that Elijah’s then 4-year-old sister told investigators that Vigil had “got fire on Elijah in the bathtub.”
Pictures show that the burns to the boy were so severe that the skin on his forehead and chin had fallen off.
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Sumter Mom Charged with Killing Her 3-Month-Old Baby
Sumter, SC (WLTX) – Sumter police have charged a mother, Rayshana Harvin, with homicide by child abuse in the death of her three-month old son.
Harvin, 20, is currently booked at the Sumter County Jail.
Police say that about 3:48 a.m. Monday, officers got a call that a child was not breathing at a home on Byrd Street. Emergency personnel found an infant child who was unresponsive.
The child was then taken to Tuomey Hospital, where doctors were able to regain a pulse. Doctors examined the baby, and an x-ray revealed that the child had a skull fracture, officers say. The child was then taken to Richland Memorial Hospital.
At the time of the incident, the child was being cared for by Harvin. Investigators say they questioned Harvin about her child’s injuries at the police station, and at that time, she implicated herself in the physical abuse.
She was initially charged with unlawful abuse/conduct toward a child, but those charges were upgraded after the child passed away just after 3 p.m.
Two other children at the home have been taken into emergency custody by the Department of Social Services.
The case remains under investigation. An official cause of death will be determined by the coroner’s office.
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CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Charleston mother who was arrested for felony child neglect causing risk of injury was evicted from her apartment on Indiana Avenue.
Jessica McClure, 24, had eviction papers served to her at the South Central Regional Jail on Jan. 7 after her landlord decided “the property has been deliberately or negligently damaged by the respondent(s) <t40>…<t$>,” according to a filing in Kanawha County Magistrate Court.
According to the filing, trash and clothes were strewn about the residence, and dog feces and urine were all over the floor.
The landlord asked that he gain “possession as quick as possible.”
McClure was arrested Jan. 2 after Charleston Police said she was forcing her 2-year-old son to sleep strapped into a vehicle safety seat on the floor of their garbage-strewn home because there was “not enough room for him on the mattress or couches, occupied by her and her adult visitors,” according to the original criminal complaint.
Police judged the residence to be “unfit for any child to inhabit,” according to the complaint.
Della Jackson and James Usher, friend and cousin to the defendant respectively, were also arrested in connection with child abuse resulting in injury after police found pictures of McClure’s 2-year-old son duct-taped at the ankles, torso, wrists and mouth, according to a criminal complaint filed Jan. 4.
McClure, Jackson and Usher are all being held at the South Central Regional Jail on a $100,000 surety or 10 percent cash bond each.
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Tuesday, September 9, 2008
This article comes from the website of Dr. Irene Matiatos (article reprinted with the kind permission of the author):
by Irene Matiatos, Ph.D.
February 16, 2002
Abusive behavior in men or women can be a function of many underlying issues. Personality disorders or their milder counterparts (i.e., “traits” or “features”) are one underlying etiology. This article tries to help the reader understand the mindset of the female with NPD or with narcissistic features.
Like her narcissistic male counterpart, this lady harbors deeply held and undisputed irrational underlying beliefs that affect her feelings and behavior. Most of these beliefs are never questioned and are only dimly realized, if they are realized at all. While we all harbor irrational beliefs, those with personality disorders harbor belief systems that are deeply embedded and intertwined.
A Real Charmer
Dana is an extremely pretty 23-year old young lady. A delight on the surface, she has an uncanny knack of presenting herself extremely well to the target audience she wants to impress. She has a corresponding almost magical ability to make people feel verrrry good. She can WOW you! You’ll be gushing (or panting if you’re a guy), and there just isn’t anything you wouldn’t do to please her. She will continue to reward your good behavior as long as she needs you. After all, it is very hard work to be “on” so much of the time.
If she’s accomplished her mission and you are no longer useful, she spends less and less energy being perfectly charming and engaging. In most cases Dana has no real desire to be disrespectful, but as she “relaxes,” becoming more “herself,” she becomes quiet or mildly disrespectful.
A Typical Narcissist
The problem is that the only person Dana cares about is Dana. You are no more than the object who provides her with whatever it is she wants and needs: love, admiration, money, encouragement, support, etc. While she pretends to care, and indeed wants to care, the reality is that she doesn’t care. Her world starts and stops with herself. She hides that fact pretty well from most people; especially those who are consistently meaningful to her (i.e., parents, husband, siblings, boss, etc.). Most of these individuals would be shocked to hear this, and in fact would think you’re crazy!
Dana is typical as pretty female narcissists go. She relies on her beauty and her charm. She feels good about herself as long as she “has it over” anybody she considers “the competition.”
Few Real Friends
Parents are parents and too often love unconditionally, but friends and acquaintances don’t. As a result, while new people Dana meets like her, the more they got to know her, the less interested they are in her company. Except, of course, for the young men, most of whom vie for her attention.
Other than a childhood best friend with virtually non-existent self esteem, there are no friends. There are acquaintances and those who share her environment as well as the many men who surrounded her – all of whom she refers to as “friends,” but there really are no friends.
She explains this deficit by rationalizing that her peers disappoint her in one way or another. This one uses drugs, that one you can’t trust, the other one is jealous of her, etc. There is virtually no recognition that the reason people who are not related to her or have no sexual interest in her do not like her given how she treats them!
I’m The Best!
Dana is not content unless she feels she has it over her peers, especially female peers. She believes she has the prettiest face, the nicest hair, and the best figure – which she flaunts with her form-fitting, sexy, and hip wardrobe. She is always well-dressed, even when lounging around. “Studied cool” describes her style. While giving the impression of having thrown together any old top and pair of jeans, the trained eye can discern the hours and hours spent trying the outfits on, making up to appear not made up, etc.
Every asset she has, she flaunts. One weekend, invited to spend a weekend with some new friends at their family’s home in a poor section of a neighboring town, she found reason to make a 30-mile detour to her parents’ upscale, gorgeous home – to show it off – as though announcing her supremacy. Of course, she would never admit that’s why she came home. Her reasons are always framed in wording that casts her in a positive light such as “It’s my dad’s birthday, or, “I have to pick up something important I forgot.” Never an honest reason like, “I wanted to show off the house to intimidate them.”
Jealousy is a huge issue. Her own envy is as cut off from her consciousness as Wisconsin is cut off from the Atlantic Ocean. While she has no clue regarding her pervasive jealousy, it is sadly evident to the sensitive observer.
One year Dana didn’t get her cousin a Birthday present. While Stephanie routinely bought Dana beautiful and expensive gifts, Dana couldn’t say why she didn’t get Stephanie anything. When pressed, annoyed, she provided a series of senseless answers. “I made a deal with my friends that we were not to exchange gifts.” “Did you made that arrangement with Stephanie?” “No, but I’m not getting any gifts. We’re going to lunch. I’ll pay.” Not only did she not end up paying, Stephanie paid for both Dana as well as for Dana’s boyfriend!
The “problem” was that Stephanie, her peer, had gotten her life together. Also beautiful, she found her calling and was pursing an advanced degree with straight As – a feat Dana couldn’t hope to accomplish. She also had a rich boyfriend who adored her. You get the picture. When asked point-blank if she was jealous of Stephanie, Dana replied too quickly and with an affected laugh, “Jealous of Stephanie? WHAT is there to be jealous about?”
The Price She Pays
Part of the price Dana pays to manipulate others is the exhaustion required to be “on” much of the time. When caught with her vigilant guard down, she is not nice: often impatient, short, arrogant and condescending, reflecting her near chronic bad mood. Shopkeepers, boyfriends who try too hard and all the not-too-important people in her life who will put up with it are the unwitting victims. This is subtle. For example, one day she walked into her compulsively clean mother’s house and saw a leaf on the sparkling floor by her feet. Instead of picking it up, she asked, “What’s that?” Her mother, almost on cue, dropped what she was doing to pick up the leaf by her daughter’s feet.
The Devil in Disguise
The apparent angel is the devil in disguise.
A compulsive liar who needs to mislead to maintain her unblemished facade, Dana is not a mean or cruel person. This young woman really wants to do the right thing. While she derives a measure of immediate satisfaction from her cruelty, when forced to face her behavior, she is not happy she mistreats others. After all, a misbehavior is not in keeping with her perfect image of herself! When reality occasionally hits her and she is confronted with her condescending acts, she becomes upset with herself, often in tears. For a short time. Soon all is forgotten. Time heals or she takes solace in blaming others. When she presents her selectively-presented view, it sounds compelling. Until one realizes nothing ever seems to be her issue. Someone or something else is to blame – or the entire topic is dropped. No matter how much she has vowed to correct these behaviors, she does not. She cannot because she will not.
Why, Why, Why?
She cannot because she chooses not to face the truth about herself. She cannot face that her nature is in fact dark and very imperfect. She cannot face that she is no more special, no more unique, no more perfect than anybody else. Unthinkable! What can she possibly fall back on if she were to simply enjoy her many assets as well as accept and work around the impact of her many deficits?
She believes special rules apply to her, and she is not willing to give these up without a struggle. She’s secretly glad others haven’t figured out how to be as special as she is. Giving up her specialness in unthinkable. It does not feel good.
How, How, How?
Keep in mind that narcissism is a lifelong pattern developing from childhood and believed to have a biological basis. If deception and pretense have provided a lifetime of comforts and esteem supplies, why mess things up? Isn’t it more satisfying to concern herself with gratification in the moment? Why work when you can instead do just enough to get by? Better to spend that energy cultivating one’s external assets and targets. These yield immediate rewards.
After all, the only thing she compromises is herSelf, her integrity, her relationships. All the things she has never known or understood, but thinks she knows well.
With all these issues, the narcisstic woman (or man for that matter) cannot be trusted. They are not trustworthy – unless they are expending energy pretending to be trustworthy. So, at best, their trustworthyness is inconsistent. Like the male abuser, her moods are unpredictable. When frustrated, the energy demands of being “on” are too great. Her frustration slips away from her – and spills onto anybody unfortunate enough to be in the way.
In a Nutshell
To feel whole, a woman like Dana needs to be the center of attention, be the prettiest, the most fortunate, the most talented, the bestest. She cultivates others who will be manipulated by her to admire her, adore her, inflate her, love her, and overlook her pretense, lies and half-truths.
If she is questioned, she distances. This simple yet effective technique invariable affects the codependents in her life. On cue, they lay low and let the issue drop or chase her, thinking they must have done something wrong/ worrying that she won’t want to be with them. Should an admirer truly believe in her specialness and try too hard to win her, they are treated with contempt instead of charity. These people represent that which she despises: only the weak and common permit themselves to be demeaned.
The bottom line is that this very beautiful, very charming (and extremely manipulative) young woman has absolutely no concern for others apart from those who are in a position to provide her with narcissistic supplies.
Does anybody know a Dana? Even worse, have any men out there fallen in love with a Diana? (May God help you…)
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Md. woman sentenced for severe child abuse
By: SARAH KARUSH
01/08/10 5:49 PM EST
PRINCE FREDERICK, MD. — An 8-year-old girl with scars on most of her body from regular beatings by the woman she used to call “Mommy” confronted her abuser in court Friday, telling her: “I do not think you will be going to heaven.”
The woman, Renee Bowman, is accused of killing the girl’s two older sisters and keeping their bodies in a freezer for months. She was sentenced Friday in Calvert County Circuit Court to 25 years in prison for the abuse of the surviving girl. Bowman, 44, pleaded guilty in September to first-degree child abuse.
She faces a separate trial on murder charges in Montgomery County, where the family lived previously and where her other daughters are believed to have been killed.
All three girls were former foster children adopted from the District of Columbia, and Bowman continued to collect subsidies for all of them from the D.C. government even after the older children were killed.
The surviving girl, who was 8 months old when Bowman became her foster mother, was found wandering around her Lusby neighborhood in a bloodstained nightshirt after escaping through a window in September 2008.
Police searched the home and found the bodies in the freezer, as well as a high-heeled shoe used to beat the youngest. Feces and urine were found in the girl’s bedroom and in a closet because she had been locked in both places, Calvert County State’s Attorney Laura L. Martin said. The child had human bite marks and shoe marks on her body, a piece of her lip was missing, and she had broken bones that improperly healed, Martin said. The girl could not read and authorities found no evidence that she had ever been to school.
The girl, who was dressed neatly in a black and white dress and came to the hearing with the therapist and her foster parents, appeared to shudder and put her head on her foster mother’s shoulder when Bowman was first led into the courtroom. But moments later she laughed loudly after her foster mother whispered something in her ear.
The girl was led out of the courtroom while Martin described the abuse. After she was brought back in, Martin asked her if she wanted to make a statement. Clutching a piece of paper, she walked to the front of the courtroom with her therapist by her side.
“You should never do things to little girls or little boys because God sees you and will put you on the liars list. I do not think you will be going to heaven,” she told Bowman in a barely audible voice. Martin later provided a copy of the statement.
“I’m happy now. I know my math. I read. I am in the first grade. It’s amazing I got that far,” she added. “I have a lot of people who love me.”
Martin said the girl made a point of reading the statement to prove she could read to Bowman, who claimed the girl couldn’t learn.
Before Judge Marjorie L. Clagett handed down the sentence, Bowman apologized to the judge and to the victim.
“I’m very remorseful. I don’t know what happened. I’m very sorry for my actions. … I wish her the best with her family and I’m proud of her,” she said. “Despite what Ms. Martin says, I do have love in my heart for her.”
Bowman claimed she tried to return the girl to the adoption agency after she realized she couldn’t handle her.
Public defender Dorothy Gardner-Hodge, in arguing for a lower sentence, said Bowman was abused as a child and in foster care from an early age. She said her mother and sister both suffer from mental illness and that Bowman suffers from chronic pain and has been treated for breast cancer.
Clagett sentenced Bowman to the maximum sentence allowed because of the horrific nature of the crime. She said she wouldn’t rule out sending her to serve her sentence at the Patuxent Institution, a psychiatric treatment facility that is part of Maryland’s corrections system. However, she said she would need more information before she did so.
Clagett said the system failed the girl, but told Bowman: “You were her mother. You were meant to protect her and nurture her, and all that happened was just the opposite.”
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December 8th 2009
The Boy Scouts of Troop 35 in O’fallon, Illinois are trying to deal with allegations their leader had sex with a scout.
The parents of the boy scout had returned home from a shopping trip when police say they found their son having sex with the scout leader.
They called police to report a “rape in progress” and blocked the bed room door so Rogers couldn’t get out until police arrived.
When St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies arrived they arrested Rogers, impounded her car and the parents took their son to a hospital.
Police say they are looking into other possible sexual encounters between the pair.
The chief investigator in the case called it a betrayal of everything the boy scouts stand for. Capt. Steve Johnson said the Boy Scout have been very cooperative with the investigation.
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She was a mother who nearly got away with murder–for killing her own child. But, good police work in Huntington has now lead to a conviction in Florida. It’s a story we first brought you nearly five years ago. Now, Amanda Butler is headed to prison for up to 45 years.
Amanda Butler barely spoke a word in this Jacksonville, Florida courtroom after accepting a plea bargain. The now 29-year-old has plead guilty to second degree murder punishable by up to 45 years in prison for killing her two-year-old daughter, Cheyenne, more than seven years ago.
For more than a year, Cheyenne’s death went unexplained after numerous mysterious seizures that eventually lead to her death. Doctors suspected foul play–police believed Butler was smothering her baby to get attention. But, they didn’t have the evidence to prove it until she tried it again–this time in a hospital room at Cabell Huntington Hospital.
“The prosecutor got an order from a judge to tape Butler and security watched that tape around the clock and they caught her,” said Sgt. Kendra Beckett.
Sgt. Beckett worked that case. She says the hospital’s diligence in following a hunch lead to a charge of child abuse and saved baby Ryley’s life. After a long legal fight in Florida, prosecutors there were able to use the same surveillance video to force a guilty plea in Cheyenne’s death.
“It’s thrilling! It was a great way to start the new year and bring closure to this case for everyone involved all the way around,” said Sgt. Beckett.
Butler was diagnosed with Munchausen Syndrome by Proxy — a disorder that prompts parents to harm their children to get attention for themselves. She served one year in prison for the child abuse charge related to smothering Ryley. In the case of Cheyenne, police say she was trying to prompt the Navy to send her husband back home from a deployment.
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December 7th 2009
A Springfield, Ohio mother who tortured and raped her children will spend the rest of her life in prison.
This wrapped up a case that first began ten years ago. Prosecuters called it the worst case of child abuse in Ohio history.
Ferguson smiled as she walked into a packed courtroom, to face her judgement. Ferguson, and her husband James, were both charged with more than thirty counts of child abuse and assault. Vonda Ferguson faced two additional counts of rape.
Prosecuters say the couple beat and tortured their five adopted children with belts, sticks, and hammers. Vonda Ferguson also burned the children with a clothes iron, forced them to eat human waste, and humiliated them. She was also accused of raping two of the children with the handle of a toilet plunger.
One of the victims spoke out in court, right before the sentencing. Sherita Lee, now 19 years old faced her mother for the first time since the charges were filed almost ten years ago, and she broke down, when she saw Ferguson staring at her, while she was speaking.
“How can a child, oh God, can she not look at me right now please. How can a child be so bad at 6 and 4 I don’t understand,” said Lee.
Ferguson declined to make a statement in court today. She has been classified as a Tier-3 sex offender. Ferguson planned to file an appeal in this case.
Slain child’s mother indicted on four counts of murder
Times Staff Writer
Last Modified: Friday, November 6, 2009 at 9:21 p.m.
Shalinda Glass has been indicted by an Etowah County grand jury on several charges for her role in the 2006 death of her 5-year-old son, Geontae Glass.
The 28-year-old mother was indicted on two counts of capital murder in March 2007. Now, she also has been indicted on two counts of murder in addition to the two counts of capital murder.
During the recent capital murder trial of Glass’ boyfriend, Kevin André Towles, jurors recommended that he be sentenced to death in the beating death of Geontae. Towles’ sentencing date is set for December.
Etowah County District Attorney Jimmie Harp said after the facts unfolded in the Towles’ case, officials thought Glass should be indicted for a second time, with the charge of murder in the course of aggravated child abuse added.
“I think that the facts and circumstances that surrounded this case after the investigation and the trial of the Towles’ case warranted the jury’s consideration in (the mother’s) case of a felony murder count,” he said. “It became apparent to us that if the jury wanted to seek another charge, felony murder should be available. The grand jury felt the same way and added the count of felony murder to her already indicted capital case.
“We still maintain that this is a capital murder case, and we intend to prosecute as a capital murder case and seek the death penalty.”
Geontae became the focus of a search across much of the state on Dec. 4, 2006, after his mother reported her car was stolen with him asleep in the back seat when she went inside an Albertville convenience store just after 6 a.m. with her 7-year-old daughter.
Investigators later said Geontae already was dead — and buckled in the car’s back seat — and the theft of the car was staged as part of a plan to cover up his death.
The child was found dead in the trunk of his mother’s car at Towles’ home on Shady Grove Road near Boaz in Etowah County.
Glass has been in custody without bond at the Etowah County Detention Center since Dec. 4, 2006.
Harp said her trial tentatively is set for March.
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3 in 4 B.C. boys on street sexually exploited by women
The Vancouver Sun, Gerry Bellett, Canwest News Service, Tuesday, May 27, 2008
VANCOUVER – Canada’s largest study into the sexual exploitation of street kids and runaways has shattered some myths about who the abusers might be – with the most surprising finding being that many are women seeking sex with young males.
“Some youth in each gender were exploited by women with more than three out of four (79 per cent) sexually exploited males reporting exchanging sex for money or goods with a female,” said Elizabeth Saewyc, associate professor of nursing at the University of British Columbia and principal investigator for the study conducted by Vancouver’s McCreary Centre Society.
“I must admit it wasn’t something we were expecting.”
The results were drawn from interviews with 1,845 youth – some as young as 12 – in surveys taken across the province between 2000 and 2006.
The stereotypical model of the child being abused – a teenage female being sexually abused by a male – was wrong, said Saewyc.
Sexual exploitation is defined as youth under 19 trading sexual activities for money, drugs, gifts, food, services, shelter, transportation or anything similar.
This can include work in brothels, escort services, pornography and Internet sex but it also includes what’s described as “survival sex,” where a child provides sex in exchange for a place to sleep, a meal or a ride.
It found one in every three of children living on the street have been sexually abused although many didn’t seem aware that they had been exploited, said Saewyc.
“It’s a shocking number. The law is clear: any adult who has sex with children for any form of consideration is exploiting them and it’s illegal,” she said.
The study found 94 per cent of females reported they had been sexually exploited by men.
But the study found that young males were being preyed upon by sexual predators of both sexes, yet the social systems in place to deter and prevent sexual predation were only designed to help females and the criminal justice system wasn’t concerned with what was happening to young males.
“Women seeking young men and boys offer transportation or other things and some go to nightclubs and bars where they can pick up under-age youth. And a certain percentage have been picked up by couples,” she said.
Saewyc said it was indicative of the prevailing myths about sexual abuse that the rehabilitation program for persons arrested by police for attempting to buy sexual favours on the street was called “John School”.
“I think it’s time we had a Jane School. There should be an equal opportunity school for women predators,” she said.
“Part of the challenge is that young males are not seen as being exploited because they are not coming to the attention of the police and the police aren’t out there picking up the perpetrators. The system is set up to handle the sexual exploitation of young women, not young men,” she said.
Community research associate Jayson Anderson said most of the programs to deal with sexual exploitation were designed by women for women. “There’s really nothing out there for males. So we need programs for young boys,” he said.
The study showed that the following youth were most likely to suffer from sexual predation:
- those who were lesbian, gay or bisexual
- those with physical or mental health issues
- those who had been abused by family members
- youth that had been in government care.
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Sexual abuse by women of children and teens is a subject most parents and caregivers are not familiar with. Female sexual predators go unreported because of a lack of awareness by the public.
Female Sex Offenders- Sexual assault of children by females
75% of sexual predators are male and 25% are female.
86% of the victims of female sexual predators aren’t believed, so the crimes go unreported and don’t get prosecuted.
Considering these facts, arrest statistics for child sexual offenders by gender are meaningless.
From “The Sexual Abuse by Women of Children and Teenagers”
UK TV programme – Panorama – BBC1 – 10 pm Monday, October 6th, 1997
Female Perpetration of Child Sexual Abuse: An Overview of the Problem
The American Humane Association which was responsible for gathering data from the yearly reports provided by the 50 U.S. states child protective agencies from 1973 through 1987 on child sexual abuse. They found that approximately 20 percent of substantiated cases of child sexual abuse during that time period had been perpetrated by females. More ..
We bring you this section of our website to increase your awareness of the problem. Hopefully, this increased awareness will protect more boys and girls from male and female sexual predators.
Notice how in some of the articles the term “affair” or “relationship” or “slept with” is used if the perpetrator is female. When the perpetrator is male it is more likely called “sexual assault” or “rape”.
According to David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, U.S.A. and stated in one of the largest newspapers in the U.S.A., the rise in recognition and prosecution of female sexual predators is due at least in part to the increased number of female police officers. Apparently, this results in prosecution of female sexual predators for their crimes without the police being labelled misogynistic.
From the Health Canada report of 1996
The Invisible Boy: Revisioning the Victimization of Male Children and Teens
As recently as 10 years ago, it was a common assumption that females did not or could not sexually abuse children or youth. Even some professionals working in the field believed that women represented only about 1% to 3% of sexual abusers at most. However, mounting research evidence about sexual abuse perpetration at the hands of teen and adult females has begun to challenge our assumptions, though these earlier and dated views still tend to predominate.
The percentage of women and teenage girl perpetrators recorded in case report studies is small and ranges from 3% to 10% (Kendall-Tackett and Simon, 1987; McCarty, 1986; Schultz and Jones, 1983; Wasserman and Kappel, 1985). When the victim is male, female perpetrators account for 1 % to 24% of abusers. When the victim is female, female perpetrators account for 6% to 17% of abusers (American Humane Association, 1981; Finkelhor and Russell, 1984; Finkelhor et al., 1990). In the Ontario Incidence Study, 10% of sexual abuse investigations involved female perpetrators (Trocme, 1994). However, in six studies reviewed by Russell and Finkelhor, female perpetrators accounted for 25% or more of abusers. Ramsay-Klawsnik (1990) found that adult females were abusers of males 37% of the time and female adolescents 19% of the time. Both of these rates are higher than the same study reported for adult and teen male abusers.
Dynamics of Female-Perpetrated Abuse
Some research has reported that female perpetrators commit fewer and less intrusive acts of sexual abuse compared to males. While male perpetrators are more likely to engage in anal intercourse and to have the victim engage in oral-genital contact, females tend to use more foreign objects as part of the abusive act (Kaufman et al., 1995). This study also reported that differences were not found in the- frequency of vaginal intercourse, fondling by the victim or abuser, genital body contact without penetration or oral contact by the abuser.
Females may be more likely to use verbal coercion than physical force. The most commonly reported types of abuse by female perpetrators include vaginal intercourse, oral sex, fondling and group sex (Faller, 1987; Hunter et al., 1993). However, women also engage in mutual masturbation, oral, anal and genital sex acts, show children pornography and play sex games (Johnson, 1989; Knopp and Lackey, 1987). The research suggests that, overall, female and male perpetrators commit many of the same acts and follow many of the same patterns of abuse against their victims. They also do not tend to differ significantly in terms of their relationship to the victim (most are relatives) or the location of the abuse (Allen, 1990; Kaufman et al., 1995).
It is interesting to note in the study by Kaufman et al. (1995) that 8% of the female perpetrators were teachers and 23% were babysitters, compared to male perpetrators who were 0% and 8% respectively. Finkelhor et al. (1988) also report significantly higher rates of sexual abuse of children by females in day-care settings. Of course, Finkelhor’s findings should not surprise us given that women represent the majority of day-care employees.
Research on teen and adult female sexual abuse perpetrators has found that many suffer from low self-esteem, antisocial behaviour, poor social and anger management skills, fear of rejection, passivity, promiscuity, mental health problems, post-traumatic stress disorder and mood disorders (Hunter et al., 1993; Mathews, Matthews and Speltz, 1989). However, as in the case of male perpetrators, research does not substantiate that highly emotionally disturbed or psychotic individuals predominate among the larger population of female sexual abusers (Faller, 1987).
There is some evidence that females are more likely to be involved with co-abusers, typically a male, though studies report a range from 25% to 77% (Faller, 1987; Kaufman et al., 1995; McCarty, 1986). However, Mayer (1992), in a review of data on 17 adolescent female sex offenders, found that only 2 were involved with male co-perpetrators. She also found that the young women in this study knew their victims and that none experienced legal consequences for their actions.
Self-report studies provide a very different view of sexual abuse perpetration and substantially increase the number of female perpetrators. In a retrospective study of male victims, 60% reported being abused by females (Johnson and Shrier, 1987). The same rate was found in a sample of college students (Fritz et al., l 981). In other studies of male university and college students, rates of female perpetration were found at levels as high as 72% to 82% (Fromuth and Burkhart, 1987, 1989; Seidner and Calhoun, 1984). Bell et al. (1981) found that 27% of males were abused by females. In some of these types of studies, females represent as much as 50% of sexual abusers (Risin and Koss, 1987). Knopp and Lackey (1987) found that 51% of victims of female sexual abusers were male. It is evident that case report and self-report studies yield very different types of data about prevalence. These extraordinary differences tell us we need to start questioning all of our assumptions about perpetrators and victims of child maltreatment.
Finally, there is an alarmingly high rate of sexual abuse by females in the backgrounds of rapists, sex offenders and sexually aggressive men – 59% (Petrovich and Templer, 1984), 66% (Groth, 1979) and 80% (Briere and Smiljanich, 1993). A strong case for the need to identify female perpetrators can be found in Table 4, which presents the findings from a study of adolescent sex offenders by O’Brien (1989). Male adolescent sex offenders abused by “females only” chose female victims almost exclusively.
Victim Gender Based on Who Previously Abused the Perpetrator
|Gender of Perpetrators’ Own Victimizer||Gender of Victim Male or Both||Female Only|
Berkowitz (1993), in a Winnipeg-based study of sexually abused males in treatment groups, found the following rates of perpetration.
Gender of Abusers of Male Victims in Treatment Groups
|Gender of Abusers||N||%|
|Intrafamilial Abuse (N=54)Male perpetrated||54||100.0|
|Extrafamilial Abuse (N=55)Male adult||50||90.9|
Read the complete report The Invisible Boy: Revisioning the Victimization of Male Children and Teens – 1996
Video Documentary – Female Sexual Predators
When girls do it: an examination of female sexual predators
The Canadian Children’s Rights Council recommends this video documentary to all law makers, police, child protection workers, educators, school teachers and organizations concerned about recognizing female sexual predators.
This documentary originally aired on CTV in August, 2001
Reporter comments about a female sexual predator:
“In September 1997, she was making her first court appearance and I remember the first time I saw her I was immediately flabbergasted because she looked so innocent. She was so slight, small in her build, and so young, and I thought, ‘she can’t be a sex offender, it’s impossible.'”
- Reporter Cheryl Jahn, speaking about convicted sexual offender Crystal Henricks
From the website of “When Girls Do It” ( website deleted Oct. /04)
“When Girls Do It” is a 45-minute video examining the motivations of female sexual predators, the destructive effects of their actions on their victims, and the reluctance of victims to come forward.
“When Girls Do It” features compelling testimony and powerful interviews with survivors of abuse by female sexual offenders, therapists, and psychologists. The documentary delves into related issues including the long-held misconception that sexual abuse of children is exclusively a male crime.
Vancouver filmmaker Glynis Whiting produced, a hard-hitting investigation of one of the most under-reported crimes in North America. When Girls Do It: The Story of Female Sexual Predators is a provocative and passionate look at the motivations of women who abuse and the devastating effects of their crime on their victims.
“We’re always shocked to hear stories of sexual abuse, but it seems all the more disturbing when the abusers are women,” said Whiting, who wrote and directed the groundbreaking documentary.
Maureen Prentice, who produced When Girls Do It with Whiting, added, “There is a long-held perception in society of women as nurturing mother figures. Victims of female sexual abuse are often reluctant to come forward because they fear not being believed.”
The most common offenders are relatives, with mothers topping the list. But it could be anyone baby-sitters, neighbours or teachers.
Crystal Henricks, a 19-year-old woman convicted of drugging and molesting children, serves as a case study. The one-hour documentary also includes interviews with a female sexual offender, victims who have survived female sexual abuse, and international experts who provide insight and debate into the crime.
Filmed on location in Prince George, Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Dallas, When Girls Do It explores the human reality behind female sexual abuse. It underscores the urgent need for victims to feel secure in identifying female sexual predators in order to prevent countless other children from becoming victims.
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Female Sexual Offenders / Predators in the News
Teacher gets six months
The Standard-Freeholder, Cornwall, ON, By DAVID NESSETH, October 30, 2008
Former Ingleside teacher Jennifer Dorland was sentenced to six months in jail Tuesday for a sexual relationship with a male student in 2004.
Dorland is in her early 40s; the boy – whose identity is protected by a publication ban – was 13 at the time of the incident at Dorland’s Ingleside home.
Dorland, who is now known as Jennifer Toews, was found guilty of sexual assault, sexual interference and invitation to sexual touching on Dec. 20, 2007. More..
Female Teacher’s licence revoked following sex convictions
Ottawa Citizen, Andrew Seymour, Wednesday, May 28, 2008
A Cornwall-area teacher convicted of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student has had her teacher’s licence revoked.
The Ontario College of Teachers withdrew the teaching licence of Jennifer Dorland, 42, earlier this month after finding her guilty of eight counts of professional misconduct under the Ontario College of Teachers Act.
Ms. Dorland, who now goes by the name Jennifer Toews, pleaded no contest to the accusations. She did not attend the May 6 hearing or have a lawyer make arguments on her behalf.
In their decision, the three-member disciplinary panel found that Ms. Dorland’s actions “betrayed the trust of students, parents and the public.” More..
Babysitter jailed for sexually assaulting boy
Woman, 40, handed 2 1/2 years for multiple sexual encounters
CanadianCRC Editor: Notice the discriminatory wording if the sexual offender is female and the child that was sexually assaulted is male. The use of the words “affair”, “relationship”, “sexual encounter”, “sexual tryst”. Notice that she didn’t get jail time. The female judge agreed that the offender should get 2 1/2 years in jail and then gave her time “in the community”, effectively no sentence. The female sexual predator also blamed her actions on her ex-husband and the boy victim, a common pattern these days in which female perpetrators of domestic violence are told they are always the victim.
The Chronicle Herald, Halifax, N.S., January 19, 2008, by Jennifer Stewart, Court Reporter
For months Pamela Ruth Collins bonded with the 12-year-old boy she was hired to babysit.
But that’s not all the former Halifax woman was doing.
Ms. Collins, 40, was sentenced Monday to 2½ years in prison for seducing the now 15-year-old Halifax boy into having sex with her on dozens of occasions between July 1, 2004, and May 20, 2005. More..
Quebec woman gets 15 months for having sex with boy when he was 13
Canadian Press, various newspapers and media across Canada, Thursday, March 29, 2007
QUEBEC (CP) – A Quebec woman who had sex with a 13-year-old boy has been sentenced to 15 months in prison.
The relationship between Julie Dorval, 31, and the boy began after the youth made advances over the Internet. Within about three months they had sex on several occasions. Youth protection services were called after Dorval and the teenager were seen walking hand-in-hand and hugging each other. Dorval pleaded guilty last April to sexual assault.
Prosecutors had been seeking a sentence of at least two years in a federal penitentiary, while the defence suggested a conditional sentence of nine to 12 months.
© The Canadian Press 2007
CanadianCRC editor’s note: Notice how in cases in which the adult sexual predator is a female, the articles use words such as above “having sex” or below “having an affair” and not sexual assault. If this had been a 31 year old male who sexually assaulted a 13 year old female, the sentence is typically more. In addition, sentencing a male perpetrator to at least 2 years in prison would put the prisoner in federal penitentary.
Convicted female sex offender:
Claire Lyte on her way into court.
‘How I found my 13-year-old daughter having sex with her lesbian tennis coach’
Daily Mail, Liverpool, UK, By JAMES TOZER – 3rd October 2007
The mother of a young tennis star yesterday described the moment she allegedly found the 13-year-old and her female coach naked in bed together.
The woman said she screamed “You are nothing but a paedophile!” at 29-year-old Claire Lyte after stumbling across the pair performing sex acts on each other.
However, she told a court she did not report the incident to police because Lyte’s father begged her not to ruin her coaching career and insisted it would not happen again. More..
“Wicked” lesbian tennis coach jailed for nearly three years over affair with 13-year-old pupil
Daily Mail, Liverpool, UK,By LIZ HULL, 2nd November 2007
A tennis coach who molested a 13-year-old girl pupil was condemned as “wicked” yesterday as she was jailed for almost three years.
Claire Lyte, 29, was entrusted with helping to develop the next generation of young stars, but instead took advantage of the infatuated teenager.
Her breach of trust was exposed when the girl’s mother discovered them naked in bed together, but such was the hold Lyte had on the youngster that the abuse continued for months afterwards.
Yesterday, a judge told the former Wimbledon player that she corrupted and manipulated the youngster for her own “selfish sexual ends”. More..
Not Only Men Are Molesters
There is just one female violent sexual predator locked up in the state, but experts say rape and child abuse by women is vastly underreported.
The Los Angeles Times, By MAURA DOLAN, Times Staff Writer, August 16, 2002
There are 351 men in California locked up in a state mental hospital as sexually violent predators, prone to attack again and again.
Then there is Charlotte Mae Thrailkill.
The 43-year-old mother of two is California’s only female violent sex offender, confined to a maximum-security state mental hospital after experts decided she was too dangerous for release.
Only a handful of women, including Thrailkill, have ever been confined to mental institutions under state laws that allow for civil commitments of sex criminals after they have served their prison terms.
Women are less likely than men to commit sex offenses, but they also are less likely to be reported and prosecuted. Many experts contend that women commit sex offenses far more often than is generally believed.
“It happens a lot more than gets reported, and I think part of that is due to our culture,” said Steven B. Blum, a consulting psychologist to a sex offender program in Nebraska. “There are a lot of women who have sexual contact with teenage boys, and they don’t get reported.”
Paul Federoff, a forensic psychiatrist in Ottawa, Canada, said one of the female sex offenders he counsels is an exhibitionist. She opens her living room curtains and strips off her clothes when people pass by.
He told her that unless she stopped this illegal activity, she would be arrested.
” ‘Doctor, if someone calls up and says he saw me disrobing in the window, who do you think they are going to arrest? Me or him?’ ” Federoff said she replied.
“And she is absolutely right.” More..
Tracy woman faces charges of kidnapping, raping and killing girl, 8
The Los Angeles Times, By Alexandra Zavis, April 15, 2009
Melissa Huckaby, 28, cries during her arraignment in which she’s charged with murder with the special circumstances of kidnapping, rape with a foreign object and lewd or lascivious conduct with a child.
With distraught members of the suspect’s and victim’s families present, a judge continues Melissa Huckaby’s arraignment to April 24. She is being held in the death a neighbor girl, Sandra Cantu. More..
Female Flasher begs to be free
Second time she’s been convicted
The Winnipeg Sun, SUN MEDIA, by DEAN PRITCHARD, May 29, 2008
A 21-year-old woman convicted for the second time of exposing herself in front of school children begged to be released from jail yesterday, claiming she has learned her lesson.
“I promise I won’t do it again, I mean it this time,” said the woman…
Police arrested the woman May 12 after she exposed her breasts to a passing truck at the intersection of St. John’s Avenue and Charles Street, in plain view of a nine-year-old boy a short distance away.
“I didn’t mean to do that in front of the kid, I didn’t see him,” the woman said.
Court heard the woman “frequently acts impulsively” and lives on her own with the support of around-the-clock social workers.
At the time of her arrest, the woman was bound by a strict probation order in connection with a similar incident two months earlier.
The woman was standing across the street from an elementary school at 8:30 a.m. when she exposed her breasts to three passing school buses and dozens of children walking on the sidewalk, community prosecutor Susan Helenchilde told court. More..
No jail time for Lafave
The former middle school teacher pleaded guilty to the charges in Hillsborough and Marion counties. She will serve three years of community control.
Ste. Petersburg Times, Tampa, Florida, U.S.A., By CANDACE RONDEAUX, November 22, 2005 More..
Plea Deal in Teacher-Student Sex Case Garnering National Attention
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, January 5, 2007
A Tooele prosecutor is defending his decision to make a plea deal for a substitute teacher accused of having sex with a student. It’s an issue that’s getting national attention.
Sean Hannity: “Another teacher accused of sex with a student.”
In September, a judge ordered the substitute teacher, 29-year-old Cameo Patch, to serve three years of probation, pay a two-thousand dollars fine, undergo psychosexual evaluation and take part in treatment. More..
Newspaper claims confirmation of Homolka baby
National Post, Friday, February 09, 2007
The Toronto Sun is claiming it has confirmation that released sex killer Karla Homolka has given birth to a baby boy.
Citing an anonymous letter sent to the Journal de Montreal, which Ms. Homolka was first admitted to St. Mary’s Hospital with contractions last Tuesday, well before the rumour mill about her possible baby kicked off.
The Sun story claims under the name Leanne Teale, Homolka gave birth to a 7-pound baby boy Saturday at St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal. More..
Woman who cut off her newborn son’s private parts handed 5-year prison term
Mainichi Daily News, Sakai, Osaka, Japan, November 26, 2006
SAKAI, Osaka — A woman accused of cutting off her newborn son’s private parts in 2004 was ordered Monday to spend five years behind bars.
The Sakai branch of the Osaka District Court convicted Shizue Tamura, 27, a resident of Izumi, Osaka Prefecture, of inflicting bodily injury.
“The way she committed the crime was unprecedented, inhumane and cruel,” Presiding Judge Masahiro Hosoi said as he handed down the ruling. Prosecutors had demanded an eight-year prison term. More ..
Female Sex Offenders: Double Standard?
Many Say They Don’t Get Treated As Harshly As Men
CBS, HAMMONTON, N.J., USA, June 15, 2006
Are all sex offenders treated the same? Does the public take the cases as seriously when the offender or alleged offender is a woman? Many people are asking those questions after several highly-publicized scandals involving female teachers and male students.
As Susan Koeppen observed on The Early Show Thursday, the majority of sex offenders are men, but it’s the women who get a lot of the attention.
When a beautiful teacher seduces a student, some people think, “What’s the harm?”
But Koeppen spoke with one student who says his “affair” with a teacher left him devastated.
“I’m still trying to battle back,” Jason Eickmeyer told Koeppen. “This happened in 2003, and it’s 2006, and I still can’t get it out of my mind.” More ..
A History of Sex With Students, Unchallenged
New York Times, U.S.A., By DAVID KOCIENIEWSKI, October 10, 2006
BAYONNE, N.J. Many in this gray, insular city are at a loss to explain why Diane Cherchio West was allowed to continue working in the public school system for two decades after she was caught in 1980 kissing and groping a 13-year-old student at an eighth-grade dance.
Why, after her promotion to guidance counselor at Bayonne High School, no one alerted social services, school officials or the police when she became pregnant by an 11th grader she supervised, Steven West, and married him upon his graduation in 1985.
Or why, when that baby, Steven Jr., grew to be a teenager, no one balked as his 15-year-old friend moved in with Ms. West, who then seduced the friend with Scooby-Doo boxer shorts and evening jaunts to sports bars and used her school authority to rearrange his classes around their secret trysts.
It was not until 2001, when relatives of the boy, Christopher Castlegrande, filed a complaint with the police of statutory rape against Ms. West, that she left her $74,000-a-year job and lost her unfettered access to Bayonne High Schools students. More ..
Female Teacher charged with sexual assault
Media Release – Peel Regional Police Services
MISSISSAUGA, ON, Investigators with the Special Victims Unit have arrested and charged a 36 year-old Mississauga teacher in relation to alleged inappropriate conduct and contact with a student.
It is alleged that the 17 year-old victim, who is a Mississauga resident, was taught by the accused at Streetsville Secondary School. During October of 2006, it was discovered the accused had corresponded on-line with the victim, with e-mails containing sexually explicit content.
It is also alleged that during October 2006, the victim and the accused met in Mississauga, and at that time a sexual assault occurred. More ..
Woman who lied about rape gets prison
THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, Thursday, October 12, 2006
COLUMBUS, Ohio — A woman who lied about getting pregnant through date rape and abandoned her newborn in a trash bin was sentenced to prison for the statutory rape of the baby’s father, her 12-year-old cousin.
Twyana Davis, 30, claimed in 1995 that she had been raped at a party, and told her story in a book and on television.
Davis was sentenced Tuesday in Franklin County Common Pleas Court to 10 to 25 years in prison. She had confessed to having a sexual relationship with the cousin, leading to her pregnancy.
Judge Michael J. Holbrook labelled her a sexual predator and fined her $10,000. More ..
Female Sex Offenders: Double Standard?
Many Say They Don’t Get Treated As Harshly As Men
CBS NEWS USA, The Early Show, HAMMONTON, N.J., June 15, 2006
(CBS) Are all sex offenders treated the same? Does the public take the cases as seriously when the offender or alleged offender is a woman? Many people are asking those questions after several highly-publicized scandals involving female teachers and male students.
As Susan Koeppen observed on The Early Show Thursday, the majority of sex offenders are men, but it’s the women who get a lot of the attention.
When a beautiful teacher seduces a student , some people think, “What’s the harm?”
But Koeppen spoke with one student who says his “affair” with a teacher left him devastated. More..
North Country Gazette
Woman Seeking Child Support Jailed On Rape Charge
North Country Gazette, New York, U.S.A., October 5, 2006
WARRENSBURG, NY, U.S.A. –A woman who went to Warren County Family Court in an effort to make the father of her child pay child support is in jail, charged with second degree rape and faces up to seven years in prison.
Kimberly A. Baker, 22, of Evergreen Lane, was criminally charged with statutory rape after it was learned that father of her 2-year-old child was only 13 years old when he had sex with her. The child was born on June 14, 2004. More ..
Teacher Sentenced For Sex With Student
Woman Had Faced 66 Months In Prison
NBC Sandiego, U.S.A., September 26, 2006
Danielle Walls, rapist
Danielle Walls, 27, a former Clairemont High School history teacher, was accused by prosecutors of having sex two years ago with a male student in her 10th-grade history class. Deputy District Attorney Dwayne Moring said Walls had sex with the boy 10 to 25 times at four or five hotels around the county.
On Tuesday, Walls was sentenced to one year in jail and will also be on probation for five years. Walls had faced up to five years and six months in prison. She could have been sentenced to as much as 16 years in prison if she had been convicted of all the original charges. More ..
Husband Cooker Loses Appeal
Karen Knight stabbed her common-law husband, 44-year-old Mr Price, 37 times with a butcher’s knife before skinning him and hanging his hide from a meat hook in their lounge room on February 29, 2000.
She then decapitated him and put his head in a pot on the stove, baked flesh from his buttocks and cooked vegetables and gravy as side dishes to serve to Mr Price’s children. More..
Mother pleads guilty to molesting son for ‘master’
Ottawa Sun, By TONY BLAIS, May 2 , 2006
EDMONTON — A 38-year-old Edmonton woman admitted yesterday she sent sexual pictures of herself and her young son to her Ottawa “master” in an online chat room specializing in bondage.
The woman, who has cerebral palsy and uses a motorized wheelchair, pleaded guilty to one count of sexual interference with a person under 14 and one count of transmitting child pornography. More ..
More women charged in sex cases
By Wendy Koch, USA TODAY, November 30, 2005
In courtrooms nationwide this month, at least seven women four of them teachers have been charged or sentenced for having sex with boys, mostly teenagers. One of the women is pregnant.
Tuesday in Georgia, Lisa Lynette Clark, 37, was indicted in the molestation of her son’s 15-year-old friend, who she says is the father of the baby she’s expecting. She was arrested one day after marrying the boy.
No definitive data exists on whether more females are sexually abusing children. Yet the number arrested for sex crimes has risen in five of the past six years as more people consider molestation of boys as heinous as that of girls.
“There’s been a decline in the double standard. That’s why you’re seeing more of these cases,” says David Finkelhor, director of the Crimes Against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. As more women enter law enforcement, he says the old attitude that boys are willing, even lucky, participants has changed. More ..
Female Teacher Re-Arrested in Alleged Sex Assault Case
ABC News – KVIA-TV, TX, U.S.A. October 5, 2005
EL PASO, TX. [U.S.A.] – An El Paso school teacher faces another criminal complaint in New Mexico, which means she’s now been charged six times. ABC-7 has learned that Las Cruces Police have again arrested 52-year-old Donna McKnight for alleged sexual misconduct with a 14-year-old boy.
Ms. McKnight was previously charged with one count of Criminal Sexual Penetration, one count of Criminal Sexual Contact, and two other related charges in Dona Ana County. She was also charged with one count of Indecency with a Child by exposure in El Paso County. More..
EP Teacher/Husband Face More Abuse Accusations
KFOX News, TX, USA, August 29, 2005 — by: Elizabeth O’Hara
An El Paso teacher and her husband face new allegations of sexual abuse, this time allegedly involving their children
Las Cruces Police arrested 53 year old Donna McKnight and her husband, Ronald, Monday morning at the Century-21 Motel off North Main Street. Police were alerted to the couple by a family member and say the two were not trying to flee but were allegedly going to see an attorney. Both are being held on $50,000 dollar cash bonds. More..
Female Teacher’s Sex Trial Begins
NBC5i TV, Dallas-Fortworth, Texas, U.S.A. August 2, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas — A 13-year-old boy took the witness stand in the Tarrant County Courthouse Tuesday to testify against a teacher at a Catholic school. The boy told jurors that he and the teacher had a sexual relationship , and that she promised the boy she would leave her husband so she and the boy could get married when he turned 18.
The allegations of sexual contact included episodes of bondage, during which 30-year-old Dawn Reiser is accused of tying up the boy to engage in repeated sexual encounters. The prosecution produced scarves allegedly used by Reiser to bind the boy.
The jury also saw love letters allegedly sent by Reiser to the boy. A DNA expert testified about saliva that sealed the envelopes. More ..
Judge Delivers Sentence In Teacher’s Sex Trial
Dawn Reiser To Serve 8-Year Prison Sentence
NBC5i TV, Dallas-Forthworth, Texas, U.S.A., August 3, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas — A Fort Worth judge Thursday sentenced a Grapevine teacher for having sex with her 13-year-old student.
Judge Wayne Salvent followed the jury’s recommendation and sentenced former seventh-grade teacher Dawn Reiser, 30, to as many as eight years in prison and at least two years of probation.
NBC 5 reported that Reiser was sentenced to 10 years of probation to be served concurrently with her prison term. If she serves the full eight years, she would serve two years of probation. More ..
Is Johnny sleeping with his teacher?
Edmonton Sun, By MINDELLE JACOBS, February 2, 2006
Once upon a time, if parents found out their teenage sons were having sex, the most they had to worry about was if the kids were using birth control.
These days, there’s another worry: Is little Johnny sleeping with his teacher?
When I was in high school three decades ago, I don’t recall reading about a single instance anywhere of a female teacher becoming sexually involved with a male student.
In the past few years, however, the reported incidence of female educators engaging in sexual hijinks with male students has been, if not routine, certainly far from a rarity.
The latest case to hit the press is that of a 40-year-old Ontario teacher charged last week with sexually assaulting a 13-year-old male student. More ..
8-Year-Old Boy Charged For Sexual Conduct With 14-Year-old Female Sitter After She Initiates Sexual Misconduct
KUTV, CBS Broadcasting, Salt Lake City, U.S.A., July 28, 2005
(KUTV) SALT LAKE CITY, Utah. – A mother is upset after a 14-year-old babysitter engaged in sexual conduct with her eight-year-old boy, and the eight-year-old was charged with lewd conduct.
Prosecutors have since dropped the charges against the boy, but his mother is still concerned.
The sexual conduct occurred during a game of “truth or dare” while the boy was being watched by the babysitter.
Prosecutors say that, while the babysitter initiated the contact, the young boy was a willing participant. More ..
Abuse cases face double standard
USA TODAY, By Charisse Jones, U.S.A. national newspaper, February 11, 2005
When a female teacher in Tennessee was charged this week with having sex with a 13-year-old male student, the case focused attention on a type of sexual abuse that often goes unreported.
While there is a greater awareness of such crimes, the Tennessee prosecutor pursuing the recent case, along with several psychologists, say such incidents are still viewed less seriously than those involving grown men and girls.
“Unfortunately, they look at it as the ‘Mrs. Robinson syndrome’ and think everything is OK,” says Dale Potter, district attorney for Warren and Van Buren counties in Tennessee. He was referring to the woman in the 1967 film The Graduate who seduces a younger man.
“But it’s my understanding there are some long-term effects for male victims in this kind of situation,” he says. “And from my perspective, a sex-abuse case is a sex-abuse case. We don’t look the other way as to who the victim is and who the suspect is.”
Pamela Turner, 27, an elementary school teacher in McMinnville, Tenn., was charged Monday with having sex with a student at his home and at school. More ..
Female teacher jailed over affair
Thursday, May 5, 2005
SYDNEY, Australia (Reuters) — An Australian female teacher has been jailed for six months for having sex with a teenage student, with a warning from the judge that future offenders could not expect such “lenient” treatment.
Karen Louise Ellis, a 37-year-old physical education teacher, had earlier received a suspended sentence of 22 months after she pleaded guilty to six counts of sexual penetration with a boy aged under 16.
But the Supreme Court of Victoria’s Court of Appeal in Melbourne upheld an appeal by prosecutors against the leniency of that sentence, saying that mother-of-three Ellis should have been sentenced to two years’ jail on each of the counts. More ..
Mother faces 22 boy-sex charges
The Age, Australia, By Selma Milovanovic, December 4, 2004
A female integration aide at a Victorian school has been charged with sexual offences against a boy in her care aged under 16.
The woman, 36, an integration aide at a government secondary school on the Mornington Peninsula, worked with the boy, who suffers from language difficulties, three days a week.
The student is not intellectually disabled.
Most of the offences are believed to have happened at the boy’s home. The woman is believed to have lived with the student and his family for some time this year while going through a traumatic separation. The alleged sexual affair took place over eight months.
The teenager is believed to have recently confessed the details to his parents. More ..
New York Post, By LEONARD GREENE and DAN MANGAN, November 8, 2004
A 29-year-old Connecticut woman accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy for months says she considers the little neighbor her “boyfriend” and hopes to marry him someday, authorities said yesterday.
“I don’t want anyone but you!” Tammy Imre allegedly wrote in a letter to the boy, who was a playmate of Imre’s 7-year-old daughter. More ..
Media / Media Bias
Media makes light of sexual assault on 8-year-old boy
Canada Free Press, by Arthur Weinreb, Associate Editor, November 12, 2004
Earlier this week, a 29-year-old Connecticut woman, Tammy Imre was charged with one count each of sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor. The charges stem from sexual assaults committed on an 8-year-old boy, who was a playmate of her 7-year-old daughter. Imre claimed that the little boy was her “boyfriend” whom she planned to marry some day and did not know how many times she had sexually assaulted him. On some occasions these assaults took place in front of the single mothers little girl. More ..
29 Year old female perpetrator of sexual assault on 8 year old boy claims she’s the “victim”
Tammy Imre, 29, a receptionist in Stratford, Conn., was charged with repeatedly having sex with an 8-year-old boy. Imre’s mother blamed the boy. Its not her . . . she was just too friendly; that’s all, said the mother. He’s the one who needs to be looked at.
Picking Up the Pieces
Husband of Teacher Accused of Having Sex With Student Stunned, Confused
Owen Lafave (left) says he still loves his wife, Debra, a teacher, even though she allegedly had sex with one of her students.
ABC NEWS Sept. 16, 2004 The estranged husband of a 23-year-old Tampa teacher accused of having sex with her 14-year-old student says he still loves his wife even after filing for divorce last week. More ..
Acceptable Suspects? Why Female Sex Offenders Generate So Much Less Outrage Than Males
Mary Kay Letourneau with Barbara Walters during her exclusive interview with 20/20. (Virginia Sherwood/ABC Photo) By Bryan Robinson
Sept. 30, 2004 Mary Kay Letourneau’s plans to marry the former student she was convicted of sexually assaulting when he was just 12 years old are shocking, but have generated relatively little public outrage. More..
Mistake for Love – Former High School Teacher Regrets Affair With Her One-Time Student
Heather Ingram says she now regrets having an affair with her former student.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, Sept. 30 /04 Until Heather Ingram met Dusty Dickeson, she never considered risking her successful teaching career for the attention of a boy, even if he embodied everything she desired during her own high school days. More..
Rapist of 12 year old gets out of jail today
Notorious teacher seduced preteen student
Associated Press, CNN, various newspapers, U.S.A., Wednesday, August 4, 2004 More..
Study finds girls molest young boys
THE PRESS, NZ, By TIM HUME, July 1, 2004 More..
Focus of Catholic sexual abuse suits now includes nuns
Associated Press, various newspapers U.S.A. and some Canadian newspapers, ELLEN R. STAPLETON, Aug. 2, 2004 More..
Hurting the cradle: women seducing boys
Jamaica Gleaner, Kingston, Jamaica, by Avia Collinder, Sunday Gleaner Writer, March 4, 2007
Health professionals worry that the reported incidents of women raping young boys are few, the actual occurrence is believed to be higher and is causing long-term psychological damage to victims.
“In terms of the most current statistics on child abuse, this is not reflected as a large problem. But it is my sense that it is even more grossly under-reported and under-recognised than the typical child abuse scenario involving an older male perpetrator and younger female victim,” says Dr. Judith Leiba, head of the Child Guidance Clinic at the Bustamante Hospital for Children in Kingston. “We have seen a few examples where the helper was involved, and in another situation, it was an older female cousin. Usually these boys were in the age group of five to eight years old,” Dr. Leiba reports. More..
Female Teacher Charged With Sex Assault on Seventh-Grade Boy
Associated Press, Fox News, various newspapers in U.S.A. and Canada, Tuesday, February 25, 2003
MORRISTOWN, N.J. — A 35-year-old seventh-grade teacher was charged with having sex with one of her students at least 20 times at the teacher’s home.
Jodi Thorp, 35, surrendered to authorities Monday on charges of aggravated sexual assault, aggravated sexual contact and endangering the welfare of a child. Prosecutors claim she had sex with the boy at her Mendham home between June 2001 and September 2002. The boy is now 15.
The boy, whose name was withheld, had been in Thorp’s seventh-grade social studies class and was one of the first participants in a nonprofit business Thorp ran called HUGS, Helping Underprivileged and Gifted Students, prosecutors said. More..
Judge upholds teacher’s sex indictment
Details of Mendham Township woman’s behavior toward boy, 14, called relevant
By Peggy Wright, The Daily Record, Morristown NJ, U.S.A. June 25, 2004 More..
Teen killer and sexual mutilator, Karla Homolka, gets out of jail July 5th, 2005, 1 year from today
The Globe and Mail
.. she badly, badly wants to be a mother. More ..
Kids of abusive ‘monster’ got life sentence
Toronto Sun, By HIMANI EDIRIWEERA, March 9, 2003
He’s a man in pain, chased by the ghosts of his past. His greatest fear as a child wasn’t the monsters in his closet; his greatest fear was the monster he called “mom.” More..
ABUSING THEIR TRUST.
What Drives Women Like Convicted Paedophile Carolyn Bromily to Hurt the Children They are Supposed to be Caring For?
The Manchester Evening News ( UK ) Page 10. Friday, January 28, 2000
The discovery over the last decade that child abuse was endemic in care homes across England and Wales was a body blow to society. The idea that vulnerable youngsters were taken from perceived danger only to be placed in the hands of evil paedophiles was deeply shocking.
Several men are currently serving significant jail sentences and long- term police inquiries are continuing in Greater Manchester and across the country
The latest appalling case to come to light was that of a care worker who abused boys as young as 12 for 15 sordid years at a residential school in Cheshire. But this was more startling than any of its predecessors, for in this case the predatory paedophiles was a woman.
Carolyn Bromiley, 36, from Warrington, had sexual intercourse with boys from 1984 until her arrest last year. More ..
The Manchester Evening News
Pervert Woman Carer who Preyed on Boys is Jailed
The Manchester Evening News ( UK ) Page 4, Friday January 28th. 2000, BY ANDREW NOTT
A WOMAN preyed on little boys for sex for 15 years while working as a house mother in a care home for troubled youngsters.
Today Carolyn Bromiley was starting a five-year jail term for what the judge said was “the worst case of a woman abusing children in her care any court in the land has had to face.”
The serial paedophiles groomed boys between the ages of 12 and 14 before involving them in intercourse and other sexual activity.
Warrington Crown Court heard she had a warped perception of the boys and referred to her abuse as “relationships.” The 37-year-old mother-of-one believed her virgin victims desired her sexually and after sex she would tell some of them that she loved them. More ..
When Ms. Teacher Goes After Male Pupil
FOX News, U.S.A., By Catherine Donaldson-Evans, February 12, 2005
Female teachers accused of sex crimes against underage male students have been grabbing headlines lately. Many of them are young and beautiful, their stories sordid and intriguing.
But to law enforcement, they’re something else criminals who have committed statutory rape against a minor.
This week alone, two cases have hit the news: Cops say one Texas teacher, Kathy Denise White had sex with a 17-year-old, and Tennessee teacher Pamela Rogers Turner had sex with a 13-year-old boy.
They join at least three other recent cases: Florida teacher Debra LaFave (search), 24, is expected to plead insanity to charges she had sex with a 14-year-old student , according to her lawyer; California teacher Sarah Bench-Salorio, 28, allegedly molested two boys when they were 12 and 14; and 33-year-old California teacher Rebecca Boicelli was arrested last month on statutory rape and related charges after DNA tests confirmed that a former student fathered her 2-year-old baby when he was 16. More ..