Actor Charged With Child Pornography

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Mark Salling indicted on child-porn charges

Ex-‘Glee’ star Mark Salling indicted on
Child-Porn charges

LOS ANGELES, CA  –  Mark Salling, who played bad-boy Noah “Puck” Puckerman on the Fox musical dramedy “Glee,” was charged Friday with receiving and possessing child pornography.

The 33-year-old actor was charged with two counts, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Federal officials said he has agreed to surrender to authorities next Friday, at which time he’s also expected to be arraigned in federal court.

His publicist did not immediately respond to phone and email messages.

Salling was arrested at his home in Shadow Hills last December after Los Angeles police officers and federal agents seized a laptop, hard drive and flash drive they say contained images and videos depicting child pornography.

He was charged with one count of using the Internet to obtain a pornographic still image and video of young girls and a second count of possessing two other child porn videos that also featured young girls.

If convicted, he could face as much as 20 years in prison on each of the charges.

“Those who download and possess child pornography create a market that causes more children to be harmed,” U.S. Attorney Eileen M. Decker said in a statement announcing the indictments.

“Young victims are harmed every time an image is generated, every time it is distributed and every time it is viewed.”

Although best known for his long-running role on “Glee,” which aired from 2009 to 2015, Salling is also a musician.  He released his debut album, “Pipe Dreams,” in 2010.

He shared a Screen Actors Guild award with the “Glee” cast in 2010 when the show was honored for outstanding TV comedy ensemble.

TX Couple Force Children To Eat Vomit

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John Granado, 39

BCSO Arrest Two In Child Abuse Case

San Antonio, TX  –  Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested a couple Friday morning and charged them with injury to a child by contact following multiple allegations of child abuse ranging from forcing children to eat vomit, to beating one with a small wooden bat.

Authorities arrested John Granado, 39, and his wife Jennifer Ramirez, 34, after a 16-year-old girl came to school with bruises on her eye, arm and calf as well as scratch marks on both sides of her hips on Thursday, an affidavit said.

The teen told school staff that Granado and Ramirez hit her with a small wooden bat, fists and a leather belt.  When the teen spoke with an investigator, she said the beatings had occurred since she was 9-years-old, the affidavit said.

After further investigation, Granado confirmed to police he had to take the teen to an emergency room several years prior where she was treated for a head injury.

The teen alleges the injury was caused by Granado throwing a bed leg riser at her head, which also left her with a scar.

Additionally, the teen said she and her younger sibling were forced to eat jalapenos until they vomited, after which they were forced by the couple to eat the vomit.

According to the affidavit, Granado told investigators he and his wife had lost their temper and did assault the girl on May 20, causing the injuries that authorities came to the school to investigate on Thursday.

Both Granado and Ramirez face third degree felony charges for their alleged role in the beatings of the teen.  It is unclear if the teen or her younger sibling are related to the couple, or if separate charges will be filed for the allegations involving the younger sibling.

OK Baby In Critical Condition

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Ruth Lewis

Police: Tulsa Child Abuse case ‘more serious’
than most

TULSA, OK  –  A baby is in critical condition and police believe his mother put him there.

Tulsa police arrested Ruth Lewis for child neglect and abuse Wednesday.

They said Lewis’ seven-month-old child has injuries they believe only an adult could cause, and the child was in her care.

Corporal Greg Smith with the Tulsa Police Child Crisis Unit said he has seen his fair share of child abuse cases.

“This one is a much more serious injury than average,” Smith said.

Doctors called police when a seven-month-old baby showed up in the hospital Tuesday with a serious brain injury.

Smith said it was similar to a concussion, but worse.  He said it was likely caused by shaking or being dropped from a high distance.

Smith said it appears the child’s mother, Ruth Lewis, may not have called an ambulance immediately after the injury.

He said she may have even waited an hour.

Police found Lewis’ other child, an 18-month-old, suffered severe diaper rash they believe would have taken days to cause.

Officers arrested Lewis for child abuse injury and two counts of child neglect Wednesday.  They said those charges will change if the baby does not survive.

Though Smith said the case is more severe than most, but Tulsa police get around 1,500 child abuse reports each year.

They investigate 900 of those and end up charging around 100 people for actually hurting kids.

The boy’s father was also arrested during the interview process, but police said that was the result of other warrants and had nothing to do with abuse.

Drop Child Abuse SOL For Civil And Criminal Prosecution

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Elijah Wood Speaks Out on Child Abuse

Elijah Wood Speaks Out on Child Abuse in
Hollywood

“There Are a Lot of Vipers in This Industry”
~Elijah Wood~

Elijah Wood’s long career in Hollywood, beginning when he was just 8, taught him that there “are a lot of vipers” in the industry, he told the Sunday Times in a new interview.

Wood compared unnamed child abuse allegations in America to the Jimmy Savile abuse scandal that rocked the United Kingdom after the longtime entertainer faced hundreds of sexual abuse allegations following his death (and thus his loss of protection from scrutiny).

“You all grew up with Savile – Jesus, it must have been devastating,” Wood, 35, said.  “Clearly something major was going on in Hollywood.  It was all organized.  There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.

“There is darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

The Lord of the Rings star, whose first film role came at age 8, told the Times he avoided that underbelly, thanks to a mother who was “far more concerned with raising me to be a good human than facilitating my career.”

“I never went to parties where that kind of thing was going on.  This bizarre industry presents so many paths to temptation,” he said.  “If you don’t have some kind of foundation, typically from family, then it will be difficult to deal with.”

Asked by the Times if he thinks sex crimes are “still a problem for Hollywood,” Wood said “these things probably still are happening.”

“From my reading and research, I’ve been led down dark paths to realize that these things probably are still happening,” he said.  “If you’re innocent, you have very little knowledge of the world and you want to succeed, people with parasitic interests will see you as their prey.”

Such abuse is double-edged, Wood said.

“What upsets me about these situations is that the victims can’t speak as loudly as the people in power,” he said.  “There’s the tragedy of attempting to reveal what is happening to innocent people:

“They can be squashed, but their lives have been irreparably damaged.”

San Antonio Students Not Indifferent

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San Antonio Students at KIPP University Prep Not Indifferent

Students pledge to put an end to Child Abuse

SAN ANTONIO, TX  –  Kids chained up like dogs.  A toddler, sexually abused and beaten to death.

Those are just two of the horrific cases of child abuse in our area we’ve reported on in the past few weeks.

A group of local teenagers says, no more  –  they’re pledging to put an end to child abuse.

Hundreds of students at KIPP University Prep gathered Friday afternoon to recite a pledge written by their peers.

“I pledge to protect the innocence of all children in my world;  to support efforts to end child abuse in my community;  to believe a child, intervene and report if I suspect child abuse,” they said in unison.

Students wrote the pledge after learning about the epidemic of child abuse in Bexar County.

“One in four girls is going to get abused, and one in six boys is going to get abused,” KIPP freshman Destiny Urdiales says.

“Last year in the state of Texas there were 171 deaths because of child abuse,” KIPP senior Jamila Guajardo says.

“They don’t have a voice and they’re being abused,” KIPP senior Ray Morales says.

Through the pledge, students are taking it upon themselves to give those victims a voice.

“Oftentimes we sell teenagers short,” KIPP school leader Abby Morton-Garland says.  “And they have such an ability to impact our world and impact our communities.”

Their words made an emotional impact on State Senator Carlos Uresti (D – San Antonio).

“I’m so proud of them,” he said.  “This is the kind of stuff that chokes me up.  That makes me happy when I think about the work that I’ve done as a Senator on this issue.”

Right now, State Sen. Uresti is focusing on how to keep caseworkers at Child Protective Services on the job.  He’s working on legislation to raise salaries and spend more money on prevention and education.

“At a minimum we have a 20% turnover rate with our caseworkers,” State Sen. Uresti says.  “Over five years, generally speaking, there’s a 100% turnover rate.  There’s not a business in this country that can operate like that.”

A broken system, but the students’ pledge brings renewed hope the next generation will make sure our children are protected.

“They are the future of this whole world and if they can make a difference, even one by one, it will change everything,” Urdiales says.