NORMAN, OK — An Oklahoma City man has been ordered to trial in connection with 40 counts of sexual abuse involving three children.
Special Judge Steve Stice ruled Tuesday that evidence presented in a preliminary hearing was sufficient to hold Daniel Ryan Chadwell, 31, for trial. Chadwell is accused of sexually abusing a now 12-year-old girl, a now 14-year-old girl and a now 8-year-old boy over a period of years, beginning in 2009.
Most of the charges involve the 12-year-old girl, who testified Chadwell began abusing her when she was 5 or 6 and that the abuse continued for years at two Cleveland County residences.
According to a court affidavit, the girl said Chadwell slapped her and threatened to hurt her or her mother if she reported the abuse. A friend of the girl, now 14, also testified to abuse she said occurred when she spent the night with her friend. Some counts allege Chadwell inappropriately touched the now 8-year-old boy.
Chadwell originally was charged with 32 counts of child sexual abuse. Stice approved the filing of eight more counts following testimony in the preliminary hearing that concluded Tuesday.
Chadwell is being held in the Cleveland County jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.
COPPERAS COVE, TX — The Copperas Cove Police Department said it arrested a local teacher on charges of sexual assault of a child and improper student/teacher relationship.
A news release said Shawn Westley Noordam, 29, of Copperas Cove, a teacher at S.C. Lee Jr. High School, was arrested and released Friday on $50,000 bond.
“The allegation was investigated and on (Thursday), a criminal complaint was filed, charging Noordam with sexual assault of a child and improper relationship between educator and student,” the news release said. “Noordam was taken into custody without incident in the 1100 block of Rhonda Lee Street on (Friday).
He was later arraigned by Justice of the Peace Bill Price.”
Copperas Cove police said Noordam’s alleged victim is a 15-year-old female student at S.C. Lee Jr. High School. The case was reported to Cove police May 31.
Copperas Cove Independent School District officials said Noordam was placed on administrative leave when the allegations surfaced.
District spokeswoman Wendy Sledd said Friday that Noordam was no longer employed by the district and officials continue to cooperate with the police investigation.
I don’t mind saying that the Laws this Country was founded upon, and put in place by Our ForeFathers to protect the innocent and hold the guilty accountable for their crimes, have been manipulated by a perverse group to the point where the guilty go free at the expense of the innocent.
To make this possible, Our Bill Of Rights was dissected, then each and every word analysed as to every possible meaning. The end result casts a shadow of doubt on the motives of the innocent, and not only lets the guilty go free, but leaves the impression that they are the offended and injured party.
Florida – Child rape victims have legal permission to secretly record their rapists under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Scott one day after an ice cream truck driver who was serving a life sentence for sexually assaulting his stepdaughter was acquitted at a second trial.
The bill Scott signed Friday was a response to the Florida Supreme Court ordering a new trial for Richard McDade, who was convicted of repeatedly raping his stepdaughter when she was between 10 and 16. A judge during the first trial allowed recordings of conversations McDade had with his stepdaughter that she secretly recorded with an MP3 player hidden in her shirt.
But the Supreme Court ruled the recording was illegal and ordered a new trial last December. Florida prohibits conversations to be recorded or otherwise intercepted without the consent of both parties. The new law makes an exception for children who are victims or potential victims of rape and other violent acts that record their attackers. The law takes effect July 1.
McDade, 68, walked free Thursday after a Lee County jury that didn’t hear the recordings acquitted him. The Lee County state attorney’s office said the recordings wouldn’t have been allowed at the second trial even if the Legislature and Scott acted sooner because they were illegal at the time they were made.
Sexual abuse victim advocate Lauren Book said the bill signing was one good outcome of the case, though she was outraged at McDade’s acquittal.
“Nobody can or should feel good about this. The only silver lining is this won’t happen going forward,” said Book, who founded Lauren Kid’s, a nonprofit group that raises awareness about sexual abuse and seeks to prevent it. “It’s sort of sad that children need to be their own heroes sometimes, but that is what this bill does.” Lee County Assistant state attorney Tyler Lovejoy, who prosecuted the McDade case, praised the new law.
“It is easy to stand behind legislation that protects children,” Lovejoy said. “Anytime that legislation opens the door for new, corroborative evidence to be admitted in the courtroom, it is both bold and inspiring. What is most exciting about today is the prospect that prosecutors have a new weapon to use against those who seek to harm children, and those same children can provide a new voice to those who still do not believe in monsters.”