TN DCS Child Abuse Registry Now Public

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TN DCS Child Abuse Registry now public

MEMPHIS, TN – There’s an easier way to learn the names of people responsible for child abuse or neglect in your area.

Some people said the way the state is going about it is unfair.

WREG found out how and why the Tennessee Department of Children’s Services is sharing the names of these people online even if they weren’t prosecuted.

Some were shocked to learn The Department of Children’s Services abuse registry is now public.

DCS started sharing that online in July.

That applied to anyone believed to have something to do with child abuse or neglect, even if they weren’t prosecuted.

Keith Armstrong said that’s a risky move.

“I do think that will raise some type of controversy,” he said.

DCS said the department is making the move after discovering a law that dates back to 1987.

“It requires state agencies to share names of substantiated abusers with the health department, DCS has long maintained its own database, we’ve maintained our own internal registry and we have 154,000 names,” said Rob Johnson with DCS out of Nashville.

Armstrong said he’s afraid this will ruin someone’s reputation who may be innocent.

“To put somebody in that particular category and put their name out in the public before they’re accused in the court of the law, then it’s like a witch hunt because they could actually be innocent,” he said.

Others believed it’s the right thing to do.

“People do have the right for a file review, they have the right before a hearing administrative law judge and if they wish to appeal those findings to a chancery court they can do so,” he said.

DCS said the Department of Health will operate it.

Asst. principal arrested for child abuse, battery

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Harold Stormer, 34

Asst. principal arrested for child abuse, battery.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — A Duval County Public Schools employee was arrested Wednesday night after he allegedly threw a juvenile over a doggy barricade, according to the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office.

Harold Stormer, 34, has been charged with child abuse and domestic battery. Stormer is an assistant principal assigned to a Department of Juvenile Justice site, a DCPS spokesperson told First Coast News.

Stormer is currently on leave and will be assigned to report to an alternate work location upon his return, pending the outcome of investigations, spokesperson Marsha Oliver said.

According to the incident report, a 35-year-old woman told police she was at home when she got into a dispute Stormer. She said the argument got loud and a child started screaming at the suspect to stop. Stormer told the juvenile to go to their room and when the juvenile refused, Stormer went to go strike the child, but the woman got between them to stop him.

Police say Stormer then pushed her with both hands and grabbed the juvenile by the arms and dragged them across the living room. The woman told police Stormer picked up the juvenile and threw them over a doggy barricade.

Stormer then allegedly dragged the victim down the hall and threw them over a second doggy barricade.

The report says when Stormer reached the child’s bedroom, he allegedly tossed the victim into the room. The woman said she grabbed Stormer’s shirt and ripped it trying to stop him. She said she finally got in front of the bedroom door and stayed between Stormer and the juvenile. She says Stormer then left the home, and the victims left the house.

The juvenile victim suffered bruises under the left arm and scratches on the left arm, according to the police report.

MD Nanny Arrested On Multiple Child Sex Abuse Charges

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Jerry Parnecio, 46

TAKOMA PARK, MD – A live-in nanny was arrested on multiple charges of child sex abuse, according to authorities.

Police said 46-year-old Jerry Parnecio was arrested Tuesday and is accused of sexually abusing two children— one in his care, the other, a neighbor.

Parnecio, authorities said, lived with the victim during the time of the abuse.

“How do you know something like that?” asked Michael McFarland, a neighbor. “Something as awful as that could happen?”

Even Parnecio’s Bethesda housemate, Genie Alcandera, was shocked at the accusation.

“He’s a good guy,” Alcandera said. “Are you surprised he would be doing something like this?” he was asked. “Yes of course, sir,” Alcandera answered.

“Even in some very extremely good communities, you can still find some evil guy,” said Barry He, who lives next door to Parnecio’s former address in Takoma Park.

Court records show the alleged abuse occurred there, between 2002 and 2010.

There are eleven criminal counts listed against Parnecio. But it’s unclear how many times the children were victimized.

No one answered the door at Parnecio’s current Bethesda address.

But his housemate, Alcandera said the 46-year-old is a popular figure, with many friends.

“He helps me to find work,” he explained. “But for me he can’t do that…” “To kids? Yeah, little kids.”

Detectives won’t reveal if the victims are boys or girls, but only said that they are both 15-years-old or younger.

“Sometimes people, you cannot really tell if someone is safe or kind from their appearance,” He said.

Parnecio is now in jail and being held on $175,000 bond.
Investigators said if you know him, or if he worked for you, especially in the Potomac or Bethesda areas, they would like to hear from you.

For many this is a cautionary tale for any parent.

“You have to do what you can to make sure you’re leaving your children in the right hands, because that’s unspeakable,” McFarland said. 

MD Teacher’s Aide Charged With Child Sex Abuse

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Arsenio Malondras, 48

POTOMAC, MD – There is trouble for a Montgomery County Public School employee charged with child sex abuse, and now some parents are upset that school leaders did not immediately notify them about his arrest.

Arsenio Malondras, 48, of Montgomery Village, is accused of repeatedly beating and molesting a four-year-old female relative. Police said the abuse happened throughout 2004. The victim, now 15-years-old, kept quiet until May 2015 when she contacted police.

The charges are especially concerning because Malondras works as a special education teacher’s aide at Winston Churchill High School in Potomac, a post he’s held for the last two years.

Although police arrested Malondras on Wednesday, June 24 MCPS did not notify the at-large school community until after ABC7 News inquired about the incident five days later.

“It just makes me concerned. What else are they not telling us or sharing with us,” WCHS parent Avi Goldscheider stated.

Although the alleged abuse happened off-campus and did not involve a student, parents like Goldscheider feel MCPS should have been swifter in communicating.

“We haven’t heard… I don’t know when this happened, but there has been no public announcement, there’s been nothing that I’m aware of,” Goldscheider added.

An MCPS spokesman said administrators were not keeping the case a secret, but instead working closely with police to craft a proper notification method.

That parental announcement came by way of email Monday afternoon. WCHS assistant principal Doreen Brandes wrote, in part:

“Naturally, such charges are deeply disturbing to us all and I want to ensure our community that we are doing everything we can to ensure a safe environment for all students. We will be communicating separately to families of students that Mr. Malondras worked with at Churchill to inform them of this arrest.”

Malondras lives with his wife of six years in a townhome along the 9400 block of Walburg Way in Montgomery Village. No one answered the front door. When reached by telephone, the 48-year-old teacher’s aide promptly hung-up. His defense attorney was also unavailable for comment.

“Four-years-old? That’s terrible,” Malondras’ neighbor Bob Isackson exclaimed. “It’s something that’s just beyond my comprehension. Four-years- old? No… that’s incredible.”

The timing of Malondras’ arrest is ironic as Montgomery County’s Board of Education voted Monday evening on a new and improved child sex abuse policy. However, many questions still linger, including the timeframe in which parents must be notified following the arrest of an MCPS employee in a case of sexual abuse.

Malondras is charged with sex abuse of a minor, second-degree child abuse and three counts of third-degree sex offense. His next court appearance is July, 24 at 10 a.m. in Montgomery County District Court.

“It’s very upsetting to hear this. It’s devastating, absolutely devastating, and I wish the school had done more,” Goldscheider concluded. 

Man Jailed for Child Porn May Review Computers

RICHMOND, Va. – A Fairfax County, Virginia man jailed for possessing child pornography can reexamine computers tied to the case in an effort to show his father was the real collector of the material, a federal judge ruled.

At the time of his 2012 arrest, Robert Fenn lived at home with his parents and a brother, and worked as a special education teacher at the Poplar Tree Elementary School in Chantilly, Virginia.

The charges against him stemmed from a search of his home by the Department of Homeland Security in which suspected child pornography was found on several computers in the home, as well as on two portable hard drives.

During a subsequent interview, Fenn admitted that he downloaded and viewed Hentai images – basically porn featuring animated characters — and images of girls ages nine to 14. But he steadfastly denied any knowledge of child pornography.

Fenn was convicted of one count of receipt of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography and sentenced to 120 months in prison on each count (to run concurrently), and a 20-year term of supervised relief.

Since then, he has repeatedly appealed his conviction and filed motions for a new trial, all to no avail.

But as time has gone on, Fenn has argued, compelling “evidence” has emerged that suggests his father may have been the individual who downloaded the child porn.

The court documents note that “although agents found the Acer Desktop in Petitioner’s bedroom, other witnesses testified that the Acer Desktop was located in the basement of the residence from 2010 to June of 2012, where the father spent a lot of time alone working on his electronics and HAM radio.”

Then, in February 2014, Fenn claims, he learned that his father “had sexually abused his stepdaughters when they were the same age as the children depicted in the child pornography files at issue in the prosecution.”

Still his motions for a new trial were denied.

But something very different happened with his latest pair of motion – one seeking to vacate, set aside or correct his sentence, and the other an instant motion for discovery.

In his motions, Fenn claimed he received ineffective representation during his first trial, and asked that his new counsel be able to copy, analyze, or otherwise inspect the seized computer equipment.

Fenn argued that such an examination – particularly of the Acer desktop computer is “critical’ because at trial, the Government ‘sought to exclude William and John Fenn as suspects by proving they were elsewhere during the times the Acer indicated that child pornography was accessed.”

Fenn contended that the analysis would also reveal whether anonymous logins were the source of the child pornography. He also sought an examination of his father’s Toshiba laptop, which contained suspected child pornography, “to determined if further evidence exists linking him to the confirmed pornography found on the Acer.”

On June 23, U.S. District Judge James Cacheris held that “Based on these specific allegations, Petitioner has demonstrated good cause for discovery and has given the Court reason to believe that the petitioner may, if the facts are fully developed, be able to demonstrate that he is entitled to relief.”

“Petitioner’s ineffective assistance of counsel claim is based, in part, on the allegation that trial counsel failed to secure an independent forensic expert to analyze the computer media at issue … This is not a fishing expedition, as the Government contends,” Cacheris wrote. “Instead, Petitioner’s request is narrowly tailored to a forensic examination of the four computer media at issue.”

The judge concluded: “Ultimately, Petitioner shoulders a heavy burden in seeking to vacate his judgment of conviction. For the foregoing reasons, the Court will grant the motion for limited discovery as to only the computer media at issue.”

Fenn’s appeal is handled by James W. Hundley and Erin L. Blanch of Briglia Hundley of Vienna, Va., who did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Courthouse News.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office declined to comment on the ruling.