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MD HS Coach Accused Of Child Sexual Abuse

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Ernest Jackson, Mercy High School former part-time coach.

Mercy High School sends out letter to parents amid former coach’s Child Abuse charges

BALTIMORE, MD  –  Mercy High School officials sent out a letter to parents following news of its former athletic coach being charged with child sexual abuse.

The statement says “we continue to be deeply upset as we learn additional information from media reports about our former part-time coach Ernest Jackson. The details of the charges against Mr. Jackson revealed in local news coverage early this evening are very disturbing to our entire community—our students, parents, faculty and staff, board, alumnae and friends.”

Officials say that Ernest Jackson was a part-time coach for indoor track, outdoor track and soccer.  He coached at the school on a seasonal basis, beginning in November 2015 until last month.  He is no longer a coach and he was reportedly banned from campus when the school learned of a report of abuse before Thanksgiving.

Jackson has reportedly been released on bail.  School officials say “Student safety has been and always will be of paramount importance to us.  I want you to know that in our hiring process we comply with all federal, state and local employment laws.  All candidates for employment are interviewed, and their references are carefully checked.  Candidates also undergo a fingerprint criminal background check through the FBI’s Criminal Justice Identification Services (C.J.I.S) Division.

The C.J.I.S. system provides automatic updates to the school if employees are subsequently charged with crimes flagged by the C.J.I.S system.  The results of background checks are carefully reviewed.  The school regularly provides safe environments training for child and youth protection to employees.

Our first responsibility is to the safety and privacy of our girls.  We must balance transparency with student privacy, and I thank you for understanding and respecting this.  In addition, because there is an ongoing criminal investigation that involves child sexual abuse, we are limited in what we can share, as we respect the legal process and must not interfere with an ongoing criminal case.”

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call Baltimore Police’s Child Abuse Unit at 443-984-7378 or Metro Crime Stoppers at 1-866-7LOCKUP

NY Coach Charged With Child Sex Abuse

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Mariano Velazquez, 51

Former N.Y. state champion girls basketball coach charged with Sexual Assault of student

New York  –  A paraprofessional at Edison Career and Technology High School has been charged with sexual abuse and endangering the welfare of a child involving an incident with an East High School student in 2015.

Mariano Velazquez, 51, of Rochester was a paraprofessional and athletic coach at East at the time of the alleged incident, according to a release from police.

A letter from Edison to families of the school said Velazquez was suspended when the allegations first surfaced in early 2015, but “the allegations could not be proved and he was allowed to return to work.”

In the past two weeks, new information was brought to police that led to Velazquez’ arrest and days later he was placed on leave and “will not be allowed to have contact with students in any district school until this legal matter is resolved,” the letter reads.

Velazquez is the former girls varsity basketball coach at East.  He was named All-Greater Rochester coach of the year after leading his team to the state championship in 2012.

“We have no reason to believe that inappropriate activity occurred on school property or that other students were involved,” reads the letter from Principal Walter Larkin and School Chief of Secondary Schools Amy Schiavi.  “However, if you or your child have information relevant to Mr. Velazquez or this case, please call 911 and speak with the police.

“We regret having to share this news, which creates a painful situation for the student and family involved.  We ask our entire community to respect their privacy as we allow the justice system to run its course.”

Serial Child Molester Has Awards Revoked

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Dennis Hastert, a serial Child Molester

National Wrestling Hall of Fame
Revokes Hastert’s Awards

“In the 40 years since it was founded, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has never had to remove an individual who had received one of its highest awards…”

The National Wrestling Hall of Fame said Monday that it has revoked all honors for Dennis Hastert after the former House speaker was accused of sexually abusing teenagers decades ago.

The Oklahoma-based organization said its Board of Governors approved the revocation after its ethics committee found that Hastert’s actions were “detrimental to the ideals and objectives” of the Wrestling Hall of Fame.  Executive Director Lee Roy Smith said the organization decided to wait for the outcome of Hastert’s criminal case before taking any action.

“In the 40 years since it was founded, the National Wrestling Hall of Fame has never had to remove an individual who had received one of its highest awards,” Smith said in a statement Monday.

Hastert was sentenced to 15 months in prison Wednesday after pleading guilty to breaking federal banking rules in a scheme to cover up sexual abuse.  Federal prosecutors accused Hastert of sexually abusing high school athletes when he was a wrestling coach in Yorkville, Illinois.

The Hall of Fame revoked its Order of Merit and Outstanding American awards given to Hastert, along with separate awards given by the Illinois Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame and the Dan Gable Museum in Waterloo, Iowa.

A Serial Child Molester

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Dennis Hastert, a serial Child Molester

Dennis Hastert Loses Teacher Pension

Dennis Hastert was the nation’s longest-serving GOP speaker and was second in the line of succession to the presidency.

The lead prosecutor in the Dennis Hastert hush-money case says he wishes the former U.S. House speaker could have been charged with the sexual abuse he was trying to cover up.

Dennis Hastert pleaded guilty to breaking banking law as he sought to pay someone $3.5 million.  Prosecutors say it was hush money to conceal past sexual abuse against a student wrestler while Hastert was a high school teacher and coach.

A federal judge has described Dennis Hastert as a “serial child molester”

Hastert will become one of the highest-ranking politicians in American history ever to be incarcerated.

The truly sad part is that he wasn’t convicted of Child Sexual Abuse, I urge everyone to contact every Law Maker you can and tell them it is time for the Statute of Limitations for Child Sexual Abuse to be abolished entirely.
~Robert StrongBow~

DE Teacher Indicted On 50 Counts To Plead Guilty

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Richard “Dickie” Howell II

Former CR teacher, wrestling coach to plead
guilty in Child Sex Abuse case

DOVER, DE  –  A former high school teacher and wrestling coach who is facing child sex abuse charges has agreed to enter a guilty plea.

A Kent County judge scheduled a plea hearing Friday for Richard “Dickie” Howell II.

Howell was arrested in January 2015 after a female student at Caesar Rodney High School reported that he had sex with her over several months in 2014 that included encounters at school and his home.

Howell was later indicted on 50 felony counts of sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust and sexual solicitation of a child.  He had initially been charged with fourth-degree rape and continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Howell’s trial, which had been repeatedly postponed, was scheduled to begin March 8.

Previous trial dates scheduled for Sept. 9, 2015, Nov. 2, 2015, and Tuesday were postponed.  Last week at a scheduled Final Case Review, the case was placed on a control status and the trial date was postponed pending Tuesday’s appearance.

Deputy Attorney General Kathy Dickerson was prosecuting for the state, with lawyer Alex Funk representing Mr. Howell.

According to the Delaware State Police at the time of his arrest, preliminary investigation found that Howell, 51, of Wyoming, allegedly was involved sexually with a 17-year-old female Caesar Rodney High student from as early as March 2014 until late December 2014.

After indictment on April 6, 2015, the Caesar Rodney School Board accepted Howell ’s resignation.

At the time, Howell ’s arrest on Jan. 14, 2015, was the third of a Kent County public school teacher regarding sexual misconduct allegations involving students in 10 months.

Former Smyrna High teacher and coach Jennifer J. Suarez turned herself in to the Smyrna Police Department on April 25, 2014, and was sentenced 10 years in prison, suspended after six months on Feb. 25, 2015, after pleading guilty to a fourth-degree rape charge involving a male student.

In December 2014, former Caesar Rodney School District teacher Stephanie L. Seabury was sentenced to 18 months probation after pleading to a fourth-degree rape charge regarding a male student at Fred Fifer III Middle School.

Ms. Seabury turned herself in to the Dover Police Department on April 28, 2014.

Both Ms. Suarez and Ms. Seabury were required to register as Tier 2 sex offenders.

Last spring, Howell pleaded not guilty to 50 felony counts in an indictment alleging the sexual relationship with a female student in 2014.

Exiting the courthouse on that day last year, Howell responded with a polite “no thanks” when asked for comment from newspaper and television media.  His lawyer Mr. Funk also declined comment earlier.

Deputy Attorney General Kathleen Dickerson said in court the state would not prosecute two unindicted fourth-degree rape charges initially brought by the Delaware State Police upon Howell ’s arrest in mid-January.

Howell submitted a letter of resignation to the Caesar Rodney School District on April 9, according to a spokesman earlier.  His resignation was approved by board members April 21 at the district’s monthly meeting, officials said.

On April 6, Howell was indicted by a Kent County grand jury on 43 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a child by a person in a position of trust, authority or supervision, and seven counts of sexual solicitation of a child.

Howell taught physical education and health at CR, and also served as wrestling coach.  He was suspended without pay Jan. 15, a day after police announced the arrest and initial charges against him.