Tuesday, November 21, 2017

UPDATE:: Palmdale Man Found Guilty In Torture-Murder Of 8-Year-Old Boy « CBS Los Angeles

A Palmdale man was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday for the torture-killing of his girlfriend’s 8-year-old son, whose agony-filled life shocked the community and led to criminal charges against social workers accused of ignoring his plight.

Isauro Aguirre, 37, faces a possible death sentence for the killing of Gabriel Fernandez, who was routinely beaten, shot with a BB gun, fed cat feces and forced to sleep while gagged and bound inside a small cabinet. In addition to convicting Aguirre of murder, the seven-woman, five-man jury also found true a special circumstance allegation of murder involving the infliction of torture.

The jury deliberated for about 5 1/2 hours over two days before reaching its verdict late Wednesday morning.

Palmdale Man Found Guilty In Torture-Murder Of 8-Year-Old Boy « CBS Los Angeles

Dad accused of murder ‘would rather have a dead son than a gay son’ | New York Post

Giovanni Melton, 14, was gunned down by his father, Wendell Melton, after an argument Thursday about him having a boyfriend, news station KSNV reported.

“He hated the fact that his son was gay,” Sonia Jones, the teen’s former foster mom, said. “I’m sure that inside of his mind, he would rather have a dead son than a gay son.”

Jones said that the 53-year-old dad had caught the teen with his boyfriend before and “pulled out a gun on him.”

Dad accused of murder ‘would rather have a dead son than a gay son’ | New York Post

Trenton pastor steals from local family by deception, must pay $12K restitution

A man of God who recently confessed to theft by deception has started paying back some of the $12,000 he owes in restitution.

The Rev. Terry Wells, 42, pastor of My Brother’s Keeper Outreach Ministries, duped a family into financial loss over two years ago but appeared in Mercer County Superior Court on Friday to try to make things right.

Dressed up in a suit and tie, Wells formally presented the victimized family with $5,300 via cashier’s check on Friday. He still owes $6,700, and the state has the right to terminate his plea agreement and prosecute him on numerous counts of credit card theft, forgery and theft by deception if he fails to pay the balance by Jan. 5, 2018.

Wells gained the trust of the local family through his ministry and then exploited them as the unwitting victims of his deception. The whole shebang is presented as a misdemeanor under his plea agreement, but the pastor was originally accused of achieving self-enrichment through a staggering set of devilish deeds.

Trenton pastor steals from local family by deception, must pay $12K restitution

Former Oklahoma state senator has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense | News OK

This despicable POS is more concerned about his well-being than that of his victim, "'Mr. Shortey feels this is a necessary step in putting this painful and humiliating ordeal behind him, for both himself, his family and for the state of Oklahoma,' the attorney said Friday."
Former state Sen. Ralph Shortey has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense for offering to pay a 17-year-old boy for sexual "stuff" last March.

In exchange for his guilty plea, U.S. prosecutors have agreed to drop three child pornography counts against him.
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By making a deal, Shortey, 35, hopes to avoid being locked up for most of the rest of his life. Still, he will be required to serve at least a 10-year prison term, the mandatory minimum time for child sex trafficking.
Former Oklahoma state senator has agreed to plead guilty to a child sex trafficking offense | News OK

Indiana GOP councilman charged with 3 counts of child molestation after allegedly assaulting two ten-year-old girls

Republican Indianapolis city councilman Jeff Miller has been charged with three counts of child molesting, fondling or touching after two 10-year-old girls alleged he inappropriately touched and massaged them, Fox 59 reports.

The charges come after Channel 8 WISH-TV Friday reported Miller was under investigation for an Oct. 20 incident listed as “sex crime — child fondling.” Authorities reportedly executed a search warrant in Miller’s home the following day.

According to the affidavit, Miller submitted the two young girls to fondling between Sept. 1 and Oct. 20, including massaging one of the victim’s legs and patting her buttocks. During a search of Miller’s home, police looked for “a bin of massage stuff.”

Indiana GOP councilman charged with 3 counts of child molestation after allegedly assaulting two ten-year-old girls

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Appeals court scolds Jehovah's Witness organization over failure to turn over molestation records - The San Diego Union-Tribune

The governing body of the Jehovah’s Witness church received another rebuke this week by a state appeals court for “obstinately” refusing to turn over internal documents about knowledge of church leaders who have been accused of sexually abusing children.

The ruling, filed Thursday by the 4th District Court of Appeal, upholds a $4,000-a-day penalty against Watchtower Bible and Tract Society of New York for its failure to comply with a court order in a lawsuit filed by a man who claimed to have been molested in the 1990s.

“Here, Watchtower has abused the discovery process. It has zealously advocated its position and lost multiple times. Yet, it cavalierly refuses to acknowledge the consequences of these losses and the validity of the court’s orders requiring it to produce documents…,” the opinion concluded.

Appeals court scolds Jehovah's Witness organization over failure to turn over molestation records - The San Diego Union-Tribune

Former Mitchell Youth Pastor Sentenced - WBIW.com / Local

Former youth pastor at Mitchell Church of Christ Gary Spear was sentenced Wednesday in Lawrence County Superior Court.

On October 4th Spear pleaded guilty to the crime after a negotiated plea agreement.

Judge Michael Robbins followed the plea agreement and sentenced Spear to 1.5 years of house arrest and 1.5 years to supervised probation on one count of child seduction, a Class D felony.

Former Mitchell Youth Pastor Sentenced - WBIW.com / Local