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American mom charged with murdering 3 children


By BEN McCONVILLE, Associated Press Writer Ben Mcconville, Associated Press Writer Fri Aug 6, 5:47 pm ET

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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Md. woman sentenced for severe child abuse

By: SARAH KARUSH
Associated Press
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.”

22:30 12/8/2009

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.

39 year old Wendy Rogers of O’fallon (pictured left) is charged with Criminal Sexual Assault.

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.

http://www.kmox.com/pages/5850196.php?

http://www.bnd.com/breaking_news/story/1042233.html

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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

– Aboriginals

– those with physical or mental health issues

– those who had been abused by family members

– youth that had been in government care.

© Vancouver Sun 2008

1:57 PM

Pennsylvania Woman, Katherine Dennery, Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Boy

September 17th 2009

A 26-year-old Souderton woman has admitted to having sexual and indecent contact with a 13-year-old boy.

Katherine M. Dennery, (pictured left) of the 200 block of East Chestnut Street, pleaded guilty in Montgomery County Court on Wednesday to charges of indecent assault, statutory sexual assault and corruption of minors in connection with incidents that occurred in April.

The open plea means Dennery, formerly of the 800 block of Walnut Street in Lansdale, has no deals with prosecutors regarding her potential sentence. Dennery faces a possible maximum sentence of 15 to 30 years in prison on the charges.

Judge Thomas P. Rogers deferred sentencing so that court officials can complete a background investigative report about Dennery. The judge will use that report to assist him in sentencing Dennery later this year.

Dennery, who remains in prison without bail pending sentencing, also faces an evaluation by the Pennsylvania Sexual Offender Assessment Board, which will determine if she meets criteria under Megan’s Law to be declared to be a sexually violent predator.

Those deemed to be predators face more stringent restrictions under Megan’s Law, including mandatory counseling, a lifetime requirement to report their addresses to state police and community notification about their living arrangements.

An investigation of Dennery began in May when a former neighbor of Dennery’s notified Lansdale police that she discovered Dennery having sexual contact with a 13-year-old boy inside Dennery’s then Walnut Street home in April.

The neighbor, according to a criminal complaint, retrieved Dennery’s camera phone and photographed the assault.

However, Dennery then confronted the neighbor, grabbed the phone and deleted the photograph, according to the criminal complaint filed by Lansdale Police Officer Michael Trail.

When police interviewed the boy, he told authorities that he was at Dennery’s home when she propositioned him for sex and lured him to her basement by furnishing him with alcohol to drink, according to court papers.

The boy told police that Dennery had sexual contact with him during that evening. Another 13-year-old boy also witnessed the assault, court documents indicate.

The investigation revealed that Dennery also furnished alcohol to the second 13-year-old boy that day, according to the criminal complaint.

When Dennery was interviewed by police, she allegedly admitted to the sexual contact with the boy and admitted that she knew he was only 13 years old.

http://www.thereporteronline.com/articles/2009/09/17/news/srv0000006411674.txt

Previous News Video Report On This Case:-

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cn1KLhn3p54

To Catch A Female Predator: Pennsylvania Woman, Katherine Dennery, Pleads Guilty To Sexually Assaulting 13-Year-Old Boy.

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

By Robert Franklin, Esq.

For the better part of a decade, a Queens woman portrayed herself — in the news, on her blog and in court — as the long-suffering victim of domestic violence and a devoted mother forced to kidnap her son to save him from abuse!!

In fact, it was the woman herself, Jing Kelly, who was the “perpetrator of domestic violence,” who repeatedly lied on the stand and who had “a history of neglecting the child,” according to a Manhattan Family Court decision that an appellate court unanimously upheld last week.

The lengthy, very public legal battle that Kelly waged for years — in which she claimed her then-husband raped her, threatened her at gunpoint and used prostitutes has ended with her permanently losing custody of their now 9-year-old son, Tristram.

That’s the latest on a custody battle that has raged in a Manhattan Family Court for the better part of a decade. (Read about it here (New York Post, 9/14/09).) In addition to Jing’s repeated and very public false claims of rape and other forms of abuse, she fled to China with Tristram for 18 months. She was returned to this country in 2003 and jailed for kidnapping. Jing’s husband and Tristram’s father, Craig Kelly, died of stomach cancer shortly after she kidnapped the child. His brother Doug, Tristram’s uncle, has permanent custody of the boy who is now nine years old.

In order to put this case in some perspective, go back to this article in August of 2005 (New York Post, 8/27/05). By that time Craig Kelly was long dead. Notice that Jing Kelly, who has kidnapped Tristram, fled to China, returned to Canada and been imprisoned is now “Surrounded by Chinese-American leaders and women’s rights advocates…” And notice further how respectful they are of the dead when one refers to Craig Kelly as “an abusive bastard of a husband.”

Nice. I wonder what these people have to say now. I even wonder why they said what they said then given that there were photos of Craig Kelly with massive bite marks on his neck and his head entirely wrapped in a gauze bandage from being struck by Jing with a lamp.

Glenn’s written before about claims of DV or sexual violence made by women in the middle of divorce cases. Very frequently “women’s rights advocates” are there front and center with their ready-made support for the “victim,” regardless of facts.

Will Mr. John Liu, NY City Councilman, or the women’s rights advocates who were so quick to libel the good name of Craig Kelly come forward now and apologize for their shameful wrongdoing? Or will they do as they’ve done in every similar case – either not say a word or claim that in some way, the court is wrong and they are right, despite all the evidence?

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’ | Glenn Sacks on MND.

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

By Robert Franklin, Esq.

For the better part of a decade, a Queens woman portrayed herself — in the news, on her blog and in court — as the long-suffering victim of domestic violence and a devoted mother forced to kidnap her son to save him from abuse!!

In fact, it was the woman herself, Jing Kelly, who was the “perpetrator of domestic violence,” who repeatedly lied on the stand and who had “a history of neglecting the child,” according to a Manhattan Family Court decision that an appellate court unanimously upheld last week.

The lengthy, very public legal battle that Kelly waged for years — in which she claimed her then-husband raped her, threatened her at gunpoint and used prostitutes has ended with her permanently losing custody of their now 9-year-old son, Tristram.

That’s the latest on a custody battle that has raged in a Manhattan Family Court for the better part of a decade. (Read about it here (New York Post, 9/14/09).) In addition to Jing’s repeated and very public false claims of rape and other forms of abuse, she fled to China with Tristram for 18 months. She was returned to this country in 2003 and jailed for kidnapping. Jing’s husband and Tristram’s father, Craig Kelly, died of stomach cancer shortly after she kidnapped the child. His brother Doug, Tristram’s uncle, has permanent custody of the boy who is now nine years old.

In order to put this case in some perspective, go back to this article in August of 2005 (New York Post, 8/27/05). By that time Craig Kelly was long dead. Notice that Jing Kelly, who has kidnapped Tristram, fled to China, returned to Canada and been imprisoned is now “Surrounded by Chinese-American leaders and women’s rights advocates…” And notice further how respectful they are of the dead when one refers to Craig Kelly as “an abusive bastard of a husband.”

Nice. I wonder what these people have to say now. I even wonder why they said what they said then given that there were photos of Craig Kelly with massive bite marks on his neck and his head entirely wrapped in a gauze bandage from being struck by Jing with a lamp.

Glenn’s written before about claims of DV or sexual violence made by women in the middle of divorce cases. Very frequently “women’s rights advocates” are there front and center with their ready-made support for the “victim,” regardless of facts.

Will Mr. John Liu, NY City Councilman, or the women’s rights advocates who were so quick to libel the good name of Craig Kelly come forward now and apologize for their shameful wrongdoing? Or will they do as they’ve done in every similar case – either not say a word or claim that in some way, the court is wrong and they are right, despite all the evidence?

Court: NY Mom Who Kidnapped Son is the ‘Perpetrator of Domestic Violence’ | Glenn Sacks on MND.


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