Category Archives: Child Sexual Abuse

Taking the Honor, then the life of a Child

2014-11-14-FloridaExecution-1After 22 years, the debt is paid for a Wife and Step-Daughter

TALLAHASSEE Fla. (Reuters) – A man convicted of fatally shooting his sleeping wife, then raping and murdering her 10-year-old daughter, was executed by lethal injection Thursday evening at Florida State Prison after spending almost half his life on death row, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

The execution of Chadwick Banks, 43, was delayed by about an hour because of an unsuccessful late appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court for a stay, DOC spokeswoman Jessica Cary said.

Attorneys had challenged the state’s lethal injection methods and argued that Banks’ post-conviction legal representation was inadequate. State and federal courts have frequently turned down such arguments in past cases.

Banks shot his sleeping wife, Cassandra Banks, at their mobile home near Quincy in north Florida in 1992. He was arrested four days later and confessed that he then killed his stepdaughter, Melody Cooper, after sexually assaulting her.  Evidence and trial testimony showed Banks was drinking and shooting pool at a neighborhood bar with his wife on the night of the crimes. She went home and Banks followed an hour later.

Banks was sentenced to death in 1994 for the child’s slaying and to life in prison for his wife’s murder. After some 20 years of appeals in the case, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed Banks’ death warrant in September. Banks had a visit on Thursday with his parents and nine siblings, as well as a spiritual adviser, Cary said.

It was the 20th execution of Scott’s first term in office, one fewer than former Governor Jeb Bush presided over in two terms as governor, according to the Florida Department of Corrections website. Scott was re-elected this month to his second four-year term.

Banks’ death also marked the 89th execution in Florida since the death penalty was reinstated in the United States in 1976.

Sexually Violent Predator and Pedophile

2014-11-12-Gary_Snavely-VSP-1State again proposes placing Child Predator in San Diego County

Posted: Nov 12, 2014 8:38 PM CST Updated: Nov 12, 2014 8:38 PM CST
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The Department of State Hospitals Wednesday proposed housing sexually violent predator and pedophile Gary Snavely in Jacumba Hot Springs.

In August, a judge determined that Snavely, 51, could be safely released in San Diego County as long as he continued to get treatment. Public comment related to his release from prison will be accepted at a Dec. 19 court hearing. Last month, officials proposed placing Snavely in Borrego Springs, but that plan was withdrawn.

Snavely was convicted in 1987 of molesting two Orange County girls younger than 10 and served three years in prison. He was released, but violated his parole and was returned to prison.
In 1996 while living in San Diego after his release, Snavely was convicted of failing to register as a sex offender and was sentenced to 16 months behind bars.

Prior to his release from prison, the District Attorney’s Office filed a petition to civilly commit Snavely as a sexually violent predator. In 1998, Snavely was found to be an SVP and was ordered to undergo treatment at a state mental hospital.

 In 2008, the court granted Snavely’s request for conditional release, but he was returned to the hospital several months later for medication misuse.

In April, Snavely filed a petition for conditional release, which Judge Louis Hanoian granted after hearing testimony from two mental health experts and reviewing reports from other experts.

Members of the public can comment on Snavely’s proposed placement in Jacumba Hot Springs by going to the court hearing on Dec. 19 or do the following by Nov. 21:

— email to sdsafesheriff.org;

— call (858) 495-3619; or

— send mail to SVP Release/SAFE Task Force, 9425 Chesapeake Drive, San Diego, CA, 92123.

Decades in Prison for 2 Producing Child Porn

WARNING!!!!  This Post is VERY GRAPHIC!!!!

I agonized for over an hour, but it would be wrong not to post this.  Just over 2 months ago, when I started the Google+ Page of the same name, I was met with a view toward, or an attitude that shocked me at first.  HOW DOES ANYONE LOOK ON CHILD ABUSE WITH APATHY OR INDIFFERENCE.  I always knew people knew what was happening.  And while I am holding the presses on my post, let’s just go ahead and clear the air.  The first thing you are going to hear from someone is PEDOPHILE.  No, No, No, not that many out there, although they are something different altogether.  No My Friends, the majority of people who Sexually Abuse Children don’t come from the west side of town, nor do they come from south of the border.  It is a NARCISSISTIC and  HEDONISTIC attitude shared equally among

the races and social classes, whatever some people want, they are going to do it even if it’s their daughter, grandson, neighbor, or student.  But I know in my heart that this will awaken some of you. I honestly wish I didn’t have to post this.  GOD Bless you all.

Two from Northwest Arkansas sentenced for producing child porn

Two Northwest Arkansas men were sentenced Friday to decades in prison for creating child pornography, in one case involving a 2-year-old girl and in the other case an 8-year-old boy, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge.

Scott Sholds, 32, of Fayetteville was sentenced to 80 years in prison for a child pornography offense involving the rape of a 2-year-old girl. Randy Bise, 52, of West Fork was sentenced to 30 years in prison for a child pornography offense involving the sexual abuse of an 8-year-old boy, according to the news release.

In both cases, authorities began investigating after receiving reports that child porn was on the defendants’ cell phones.

Videos on a phone that had been in Sholds’ possession depicted him performing sex acts on the girl, according to the news release. Photos on Bise’s phone included sexually explicit images of an 8-year-old boy, who was later identified as a family friend, according to the news release.

“The actions taken by these two defendants against these very young and innocent children shocks the conscience and will forever impact their lives,” Eldridge said in the news release.A two-year-old little girl and an eight-year-old little boy were the victims of these child predators. Crimes such as these are reprehensible, and we must do everything in our power to both prevent abuse and prosecute those responsible to the fullest extent of the law.”

Ex-Baltimore Raven Rapes Boy

Molly Shattuck
Molly Shattuck

Ex Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck arrested, charged with rape

(CNN) — The woman who was once the oldest cheerleader in the NFL faces rape charges for alleged sexual encounters with a teenager at a Delaware vacation home.

Former Baltimore Ravens cheerleader Molly Shattuck, 47, turned herself in to authorities on Wednesday and was arraigned on charges of third-degree rape, unlawful sexual contact and providing alcohol to minors, police said. Shattuck’s alleged relationship with the 15-year-old boy “began in the area in which they resided near Baltimore, Maryland, and culminated with Shattuck providing alcohol to minors and engaging in a sexual relationship with the 15-year-old male at a vacation rental home in Bethany Beach, Delaware, over Labor Day weekend,” Delaware State Police said.

She has pleaded not guilty and posted $84,000 bail, CNN affiliate WBAL reported. “This is a difficult situation for everyone involved. Thank you for your time,” defense attorney Michelle Lipkowitz said, according to WBAL

Shattuck became the oldest cheerleader in the NFL when she joined the Ravens’ squad in 2005 at age 38. In 1997, she married Mayo Shattuck III, the former CEO of Constellation Energy. The two are separated and going through a divorce, according to WBAL. A 2008 profile of Shattuck on the Ravens’ website described her as a “well-known civic leader in Baltimore.” That year, she appeared on the FOX reality show “Secret Millionaire,” living for a week on low wages in a coal-mining town in eastern Pennsylvania, according to the profile.

Shattuck was nominated for a service award from Maryland’s governor’s office this year for her work. She also published a book, “Vibrant Living,” detailing her 21-day “back-to-basics approach to better health and better habits.”

Teen Pimps Children

Teenager who ran Canadian prostitution ring jailed2014-11-04-TeenPimpsChildren-1

A teenage girl was jailed for six-and-a-half years Tuesday for drugging and beating girls as young as 13 into prostitution in Canada’s capital Ottawa after luring them through social media. The 18-year-old ring leader was only 15 when she was arrested along with two other girls in 2012.

She had faced a maximum sentence of three years under Canadian law for youths, but prosecutors took the rare step of asking that she be sentenced as an adult, which carries a much higher penalty.  One of her accomplices was previously sentenced to three years in prison while the other is still awaiting sentencing.

Acting on their own without adult guidance, the girls used social media to lure victims to a suburban Ottawa home where they would be encouraged or forced to take drugs, and then delivered up to adult clients. If they refused, they were threatened with violence and blackmail.
One victim was forced kicking and screaming into a man’s car at a gas station. She escaped but was quickly caught and dragged back. Another’s clothes were ripped off in the basement of a house and she was photographed naked.

The youngest victim’s mother dropped off her daughter at the home of one of the accused for a sleepover. The girl returned home distraught the next day, wearing makeup, heels and a trench coat that didn’t belong to her.

The court heard that one of the accused would send photographs of a new recruit to prospective men from her cellphone, and if they agreed, she would send the girl by taxi to the man’s home to sell sex. Police eventually broke up the prostitution ring in June 2012 after one of the victims complained to her mother, who informed authorities.