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  Australia...

Australian Catholic Brother jailed for abuse...
Link Here 1st April 2013

Australia flagA former Catholic Brother who sexually abused boarders at a Catholic high school has today been jailed for at least 18 months.

The County Court judge said Edward Mamo, 68, had breached his duty of care by sexually interfering with the seven victims.

Judge Leckie said that as a brother, Mamo had been responsible for the welfare and safety of these boys and the impact of his offending on his victims had been profound.

It was clear they suffered and continued to suffer emotional and psychological trauma from Mamo's actions.

Mamo had pleaded guilty to seven charges of indecent assault of a child under the age of 16 between 1976 and 1980. He was jailed for a total of two years and three months with a non-parole period of 18 months and placed on the serious sex offenders register for life.

 


  Austria...

Catholic Priest in Austria...Defrocked and sentenced to 15 years in jail
Link Here 20th August 2013
Austria flagAn Austrian court has found a defrocked Roman Catholic priest guilty of sexually and physically abusing dozens of boys and has sentenced him to 15 years in prison.

Alfons August Mandorfer was convicted on charges arising from his time as a director of a school run by a monastery in the Upper Austrian town of Kremsmuenster. He held that position between 1973 and 1993.

 


  Ireland...

Christian Brother jailed for assaults in a Cork school...
Link Here 19th April 2013

IrelandA former Christian Brother was jailed for five years for putting three boys through hell in a five year campaign of sexual abuse.

Edward Bryan was jailed as Judge Sean O'Donnabhain warned Cork Circuit Criminal Court that the former cleric hadn't shown one shred of remorse for what he had put the boys through in the 1980s.

Bryan of Athboy Road, Trim, Co Meath had vehemently denied indecently assaulting the boys at the North Monastery secondary school in Cork in the late 1980s. Bryan denied a total of 11 counts which related to various dates between 1987 and 1990. All the complainants were in their teens in the Cork school at the time.

 


  UK...

Burgess Hill Priest and Choirmaster...
Link Here 17th May 2013

HM Courts ServiceA former Church of England priest and a retired organist were found guilty today of a string of child sex abuse offences.

Father Keith Wilkie Denford, 78, and Michael Mytton, 69, abused their access to young boys while they worked together at St John the Evangelist Church in Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

See article from brightonandhovenews.org

A retired Church of England priest has been jailed for 18 months at Hove Crown Court for sexually abusing two teenage boys.

Father Keith Wilkie Denford, 78, of Broad Reach Mews, Shoreham, was convicted of indecent assault last month.

Church organist Michael Mytton, 69, of East Chiltington, near Lewes, was also sentenced after also being convicted last month.

Judge Paul Tain gave him a nine-month prison sentence suspended for two years for indecently assaulting another boy.

He was made the subject of a sex offender programme and ordered to be supervised for two years.

Langdale Vicar...Jailed for indecent assault
Link Here 9th May 2013

HM Courts ServiceA vicar has been jailed for eight months for indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy. He was also put on the sex offenders register for 10 years.

The Reverend Andrew Folks, who retired five years ago, was based in Langdale, when he abused his victim.

Appearing at Carlisle Crown Court, the 70-year-old admitted one count of indecent assault and another of attempted indecent assault.

Church of England, Chichester...Priest jailed for 8 years for child sex offences in Chichester
Link Here 25th March 2013

The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out as former priest was jailed for child sex offences.

A retired priest, Robert Coles, was sentenced to eight years in prison for 11 child sex offences. Coles appeared at Brighton Crown Court and was sentenced for sexual offences against young boys.

At a hearing on December 14, at Chichester Crown Court, Coles pleaded guilty to 11 offences against a boy in Chichester between 1982 and 1984 and offences against two other boys, aged ten at the time.

A further seven offences were ordered to lie on file.

Update: Victorian Nightmare...Former evangelical minister found guilty of raping his wife and stepdaughter
Link Here 11th March 2013

HM Courts ServiceA former evangelical church minister subjected his family to a total Victorian nightmare of cruelty and sex abuse that saw him rape his wife and stepdaughter and cruelly humiliate his stepchildren.

The 40-year-old man was a regular churchgoer but twisted the Bible's teachings to justify his behaviour, a trial at Gloucester Crown Court was told.

He had denied 13 charges of sexual and psychological abuse of his family over a 15-year period from 1995 to 2010 when the children were growing up, but was found guilty of all but one offence.

This defendant used his particular understanding of the scriptures as a way of determining how his wife should behave towards him, Ian Fenny, prosecuting, said. He had clear ideas of obedience.

The man believed his wife and children should be obedient to him and thought that a wife should always submit herself to her husband - and would otherwise be committing a sin, Fenny said: (On) many occasions she did not want to engage in sexual intercourse with him but did so. He overstepped the mark and pressed himself upon her sexually when she manifestly did not want it.

He was unanimously found guilty of raping his wife, sexual activity with the girl, inciting her to sexual activity, cruelty to her and her brother, and raping his wife. By majority verdicts of 11-1 he was also convicted of raping the girl twice, and sexually assaulting her by penetration twice. On the judge's legal directions, the jury found the man not guilty of a further charge of raping his wife.

Dispatches: Britain's Hidden Child Abuse...Spotlight falls the orthodox jewish community
Link Here 3rd March 2013

dispatches logoA Channel 4 documentary has claimed that religious leaders have been protecting child abusers.

Dispatches found 19 cases where crimes were not reported as the Orthodox Jewish community prefers to deal with it internally

The show claimed that those who go to authorities face being spat at and driven out of their area.

It will show senior Rabbi Ephraim Padwa order an alleged victim to stay away from the police because the force is non-Jewish .

The person tells him someone did bad things to me when I was younger and he replies: I know of whom you are talking. We're dealing with this.

Defending his actions, Rabbi Padwa, of Stamford Hill, North London, says in a letter that child safety is paramount and his church works with authorities.

 


  US...

Monk in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan...
Link Here 7th April 2013

Pennsylvania state sealAbout 50 more people have come forward to say they were sexually abused at Catholic schools in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan by a Franciscan brother who killed himself in January, said an attorney who settled 11 alleged abuse cases against the friar.

Brother Stephen Baker, 62, stabbed himself in the heart at a western Pennsylvania monastery on Jan. 26, a little over a week after the disclosure of financial settlements in cases in Warren, Ohio. A coroner told the Altoona Mirror that Baker left a short apology for his actions.

Baker was at Kennedy in the late 1980s and early 1990s and at Bishop McCort in Johnstown from 1992 to 2000. He taught in Michigan in the mid-1980s.

Catholic Priest in Philadelphia...
Link Here 5th March 2013

Pennsylvania state sealA Roman Catholic priest and a former Catholic school teacher were convicted on nine charges relating to the sexual abuse of a 10-year-old boy at different times more than a decade ago.

A jury found the teacher, Bernard Shero, guilty of five charges, including rape and involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, after hearing testimony that he had assaulted the boy in the back of his car.

After deliberating for about 19 hours over four days, the jury also convicted the Rev. Charles Engelhardt on four counts, including indecent assault and endangering the welfare of a child.

The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse against Father Engelhardt, who was accused of abusing the boy in a church sacristy during the 1998-99 school year.

New York Hasidic Jewish counsellor jailed for 103 years...
Link Here 19th February 2013

New York State seal

FOLLOWING our report last December about the sexual abuse trial of Nechemya Weberman, we learn today that the New York Hasidic Jewish counsellor has received a jail sentence totalling 103 years without the prospect of parole. Weberman

Nechemya Weberman

Weberman, 54, according to this report, was sentenced by Justice John Ingram in the Brooklyn Supreme Court. He was found guilty on 59 counts, including sexual conduct against a girl he was advising over the course of three years.

District Attorney Charles Hynes said in a statement:

The abuse of a child cannot be swept under the rug or dealt with by insular groups believing only they know what is best for their community.