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IL CPS Close Cases Without Police Or Doctor Contact

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George Sheldon, director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

DCFS under fire for quickly closing
Child Abuse investigations

Illinois Department of Children and Family Services investigators are overwhelmed by high caseloads and are being pressured to quickly close their abuse probes, even when they have not performed basic tasks like contacting police and doctors, according to several experts and lawmakers who spoke Tuesday at a joint House-Senate hearing in Springfield.

Front and center at the 90-minute hearing was state child welfare director George Sheldon, who faced intense criticism about the recent deaths of youth who had been the subject of DCFS investigations as well as the agency’s failure to protect vulnerable children and their families.

The hearing was prompted by a May 11 Tribune report on three Cook County cases in which children died of beatings or starvation shortly after DCFS closed investigations into mistreatment in their homes, as well as the case of 17-month-old Semaj Crosby, who was found dead last month in her Joliet Township home after the agency closed four neglect probes, and was in the midst of two more.

At the hearing Tuesday, the agency revealed it had conducted several additional probes involving other youth in the same house.

State Rep. Mary Flowers, D-Chicago, said she also was troubled by the Tribune’s account of a new DCFS program called Blue Star that offers overtime pay to Cook County investigators who significantly boost the percentage of cases they close within 14 days.

“Enough is enough,” Flowers said.  “Our families are suffering.”

Sheldon defended the agency but acknowledged that investigations sometimes failed and children were harmed because his workers often were not communicating properly with each other or with outside agencies and private contractors.

“We’ve got to do a better job of coordination,” Sheldon said at the hearing.

Sheldon’s testimony came as he continues to weigh whether or not to leave the agency.  Last week a Florida nonprofit offered him its top job with a $210,000 annual compensation, but Sheldon said he needs until the end of this month to make up his mind.

In addition to headlines about child deaths, he is facing state ethics probes into DCFS contracts that benefited his friends and political associates in Florida, the Tribune has revealed.

At Tuesday’s hearing, Sheldon said that the Tribune reports prompted him to ask the agency’s general counsel to review whether Illinois laws should be changed to enable DCFS to retain records of past unproven allegations.  The agency currently must expunge and shred most investigators’ files if it determines there is no credible evidence of abuse or neglect.  That handicaps investigators because patterns of mistreatment may only emerge by analyzing the information in those “unfounded” cases, Sheldon said.

“How can our workers have a full view of what is going on in a family?”  he asked, noting that Florida and most other states keep records in unfounded cases.

Heidi Dalenberg,general counsel for the ACLU of Illinois and cooperating counsel in a three-decade-old consent decree governing DCFS, expressed frustration that Sheldon was proposing new laws and a smorgasbord of improved technologies and programs.  She said the agency is simply failing to conduct thorough investigations and ensure children are safe.

“It is this kind of flailing about that is not helpful,” Dalenberg said at the hearing.  The agency’s entrenched problems cannot be repaired “by leaping to the first easy solution.”

‘Overwhelmed’ by cases

Danielle Gomez, a supervising attorney for the Cook County Public Guardian’s Office, which represents state wards in juvenile court, detailed a litany of recent investigations she said were botched when DCFS did not interview key witnesses or gather critical evidence.  In one case the agency investigator interviewed youth in front of the alleged perpetrator, she said.

“We are seeing this a lot … I could go on and on,” Gomez said.

DCFS investigators told her staff that they were “overwhelmed” by high caseloads, Gomez added, saying:  “They are sometimes in tears about the things they are unable to do, about the pressures on their caseloads.”

Stephen Mittons, a 22-year child protection investigator who heads the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2081 union representing those workers, underscored that point with caseload statistics from March.  Eleven of the 15 investigators in Rockford had caseloads well over the limit of 12 cases per investigator mandated by the federal court consent decree, Mittons told legislators.

“It’s the same all over the state,” he added.  “We are short-staffed and carrying high caseloads. … I am sitting on 25 investigations and just received my 18th investigation for this month.”

One of the lawmakers questioning Sheldon, state Rep. La Shawn K. Ford, D-Chicago, separately introduced a house resolution asking the state auditor general to assess the agency’s protocols for investigating reports of abuse and neglect.  That proposed audit would review DCFS investigations within the past five years.

“We have to find out why DCFS closes so many cases so fast.  They are closing cases too soon,” Ford told the Tribune outside the hearing.  The death of Semaj Crosby “tipped the scales.  DCFS seems to be a pool of trouble,” Ford said.

Despite high-profile child deaths and repeated warnings about high caseloads, DCFS was failing to improve, said the agency’s Inspector General Denise Kane.  “There are organizational flaws.”

Crosby investigation

In a Joliet courtroom Tuesday, a DCFS attorney said the agency will give some cases in Will County a second look in the wake of Semaj’s death.

The agency plans to review a random portion of the 110 cases where children remain under their parents’ care but still require services, said Susan Barker, an attorney representing the agency. DCFS typically contracts with outside agencies to provide those services.  In Will County, the agency works with Aunt Martha’s and Children’s Home + Aid.

Barker told Will County Judge Paula Gomora that the agency plans to do a quality assurance review of 10 to 30 percent of the cases each of those outside agencies handles for DCFS.

Sheldon said at the Springfield hearing Tuesday that he had received his agency’s internal Quality Assurance Review and recommendations about Semaj’s case, and will release it shortly, after consultations with the Will County State’s Attorney.

“The more information that is out there, the more we can learn from these kinds of situations and the more we can make changes,” Sheldon added.

While declining to provide details of that internal report, Sheldon noted that DCFS had opened abuse and neglect investigations that referenced five children at Semaj’s home — three youth, including Semaj, belonging to Sheri Gordon, and two others belonging to a relative who lived there.

The residents at the home were being contacted by at least four units of government, state Sen. Pat McGuire, D-Joliet, said at the hearing, including DCFS and an agency contractor, Will County probation services and the region’s special education cooperative.

But DCFS had no process to amass and compile reports from those various government agencies, and was not communicating with them.

DCFS had a total of 11 abuse or neglect investigations into that household, DCFS Senior Deputy Director for Operations Michael Ruppe said at the hearing, including probes into an aunt of Semaj’s and another adult resident.  Those investigations were handled by at least four different DCFS workers, Ruppe added.

Sheldon said: “When you’re not connecting these cases and you have five persons going out … each person doesn’t necessarily know what the other person did.”

Sheldon said he was working on a technology overhaul that would improve communication between workers, but he and Ruppe declined at the hearing to say when those upgrades might be implemented.

Flowers said that Tuesday’s hearing was just the first of several she plans through the summer “or maybe longer.”

As the hearing closed, she addressed her final comments directly to Sheldon.

“This one is on you — whether you leave or whether you stay, this agency is supposed to work,” Flowers said.   “This needs to be fixed, and the hurt and the pain and the suffering families are going through needs to stop.”

Your Child Needs You – Pt 2

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Your Child Needs YOU
BEFORE It Is Too Late

The Time To Communicate With Your Children Is Now Or Never

Our Country is besieged with an epidemic of monstrous proportions, yet the true numbers have been hidden even by the CDC.  But even with the stats I will post, I have something very alarming to share tonight.  May Our Dear GOD protect us and Bless us all.

The legacy of the Obama Administration was and is an attempt at genocide.  He not only brought in people that hate us, he didn’t bother to test any for diseases, even though all of these people are from countries with HIV/AIDS epidemics worst than what we have, and the fact that Ebola was brought into Our Country is yet another indictment against his legacy.

Our X President also took the ban off homosexuals giving and selling blood. 

I will take this time to address two (2) different groups before we continue.

To all the people that agree with, and the ones that simply turn a blind eye, to the wholesale murder of Our Babys, don’t leave yet when I tell you I TOLD YOU SO, because I also have something that includes all of you with the next group.  Just imagine for one (1) minute, that if a full-sized hospital could not protect everyone from Ebola, how  can you be so ignorant in believing Planned Parenthood was protecting everyone from HIV/AIDS????

I know many of you can remember the time when more than a few people thought I just set up here and made things up about Planned Parenthood, and also just pulled numbers out of no where and said they were more near correct for stats than the lie so many were believing.  (That was a joke, but I see Our Senior Editor, and several more of Our Circle not laughing, and in fact are looking at the floor, My friends, they know me, you might want to get in position where you aren’t so obvious).

Huh, something just blew dirt in my eyes…. My Friends, even I can’t stay dry-eyed. 

Not only have the antivaxxers been right, HEY THIS IS FOR ALL THE HILLARY AND PLANNED PARENTHOOD SUPPORTERS, how many remember the days when people thought I made up the fact that PPH was making $!,000,000 to $10,000,000 a day selling illegal fetal tissue for highly illegal research on fetal tissue, and for the viable baby organs.

I never saw any where that said it wasn’t still illegal to research on fetal tissue.

SO YOU TELL ME HOW THE CDC OWNS A WHOLE LOT OF VACCINATION PATENTS, some of these vaccinations are grown in dead cow blood along with metals and heavy metals.

But what might come as a shock is the fact that some of these vaccinations are grown in fetal tissue.

Before we continue with the rest of the epidemic material, I want everyone to know that I will attempt to bring you all the numbers, but there is more and more Children adversely affected by these vaccinations every day, this year is due to set records very early on.

  • This year alone, 10,000,000 young people, 13 years-of-age to 23, will contract one (1) or more STI or STD
  • 35 percent of teens ages 14 to 19 have Human papillomavirus (HPV)
  • Girls age 15 to 19 have the highest rates of Gonorrhea and the second highest rate of Chlamydia of any age group

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) <>
Sent: Thursday, May 4, 2017 10:50 AM
Reply To:
Subject: CDC Releases ‘Call to Action’ to Reduce Syphilis

Public Health Service
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Dear Colleague,

As we close the door on another STD Awareness Month, I am pleased to announce the release of CDC’s Call to Action: Let’s Work Together to Stem the Tide of Rising Syphilis in the United States.

CDC’s Division of STD Prevention is calling on public and private sectors, as well as affected communities, to help reduce syphilis through research, prevention, and outreach.

Historically low syphilis rates are in the rearview mirror, and today, we face increasing syphilis rates across almost every demographic. Of utmost concern is the continued high rate among gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men, as well as a sudden surge of congenital syphilis rates.

We must act now to disrupt syphilis.  And we need for everyone to pitch in with specific action steps encouraged in the Call to Action. For example:

  • Public health departments need to improve surveillance; partner with healthcare providers and patient advocacy groups; conduct partner services; increase screening; and ensure collaboration between State and local STD, HIV, and maternal and child public health programs
  • Healthcare Providers need to take complete sexual histories; follow CDC testing recommendations; treat diagnosed patients immediately per CDC guidelines; and work with the health department to report all cases of syphilis by stage, including cases of congenital syphilis
  • Decision-makers and community leaders need to talk to STD program professionals in their jurisdiction and address any policy barriers to affected populations seeking or obtaining recommended screening and treatment

While getting back to the basics of syphilis prevention will help make a difference, it will not put a full stop to this disease.  For these reasons, the Call to Action also outlines action steps needed from affected communities, universities, industry, and even electronic medical records vendors.

I understand that we’re asking for a lot from everyone; however, we’re committed to undoing these worsening syphilis trends with you.

CDC pledges to unite and strengthen new and old tools of prevention to protect the public from this dangerous disease.  We will, for example, improve surveillance; make a syphilis specimen repository available for technological developments; and help develop novel diagnostic tools and better prevention tools.  At the same time, we will continue ongoing work to prevent all STDs, including syphilis.

Together, we can put syphilis behind us where it belongs.

Thank you for your commitment to STD prevention.

Best Regards,

Gail Bolan, MD
Director, Division of STD Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 

Prosecutor Says CPS Covering Up Own Misbehavior

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Protesters gathered outside the headquarters of LA County’s Department of Child and Family Services.

Social Workers Charged in Gabriel Fernandez Child Abuse Case Plead Not Guilty

April 17, 2017

‘Red flags were everywhere,’ a judge said following a preliminary hearing in the Child Abuse case

Los Angeles, CA  –  Two former social workers and their supervisors, who are accused of failing to protect an 8-year-old Palmdale boy from deadly abuse by his mother and then-boyfriend, pleaded not guilty Monday to child abuse and falsifying records.

Four Social Workers Charged

LA Judge Walking Tall Against 4 CPS Employees

Stefanie Rodriguez, 32, Patricia Clement, 66, Kevin Bom, 37, and Gregory Merritt, 61, were fired from their jobs following an internal investigation into the May 24, 2013 death of Gabriel Fernandez.

On March 20, all four were ordered to stand trial on one felony count each of child abuse and falsifying records.  Each defendant faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

They are set to return to court April 27 for a pretrial hearing.

Pearl Fernandez, 33, and her then-boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 36, are awaiting trial on a murder charge stemming from her son’s death. The District Attorney’s Office plans to seek the death penalty against the two.

Following a preliminary hearing, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge M.L. Villar found that the social workers and their superiors had a duty to protect the boy and had plenty of reason to suspect that the youngster might be seriously injured or killed.

“Red flags were everywhere, yet no referrals were ever made for a medical exam,” Villar said, citing reports of injuries by Gabriel’s teacher, who took photos, and a welfare office worker.

“The abuse was clearly escalating.  Reckless and criminal negligence is found here,” the judge ruled.

Clement’s attorney, Shelly Albert, told reporters early this month that the prosecution was “an aberration” and said it amounted to holding the social workers “vicariously liable for acts of the parents.”

Gabriel’s death prompted a firestorm of criticism of the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services over reports that social workers repeatedly visited the family’s home in response to allegations of abuse but left the boy in his mother’s custody.

James Barnes, one of two attorneys for Merritt, told reporters following the preliminary hearing that Villar’s ruling was “totally incorrect legally,” contending the legal duty that the social workers had was not to the child, but to control the mother’s behavior.

There was simply not enough evidence for the Department of Children and Family Services to take the child away from his mother, the defense attorney said.

He said the escalating violence cited by the judge occurred months after Merritt had already closed the case file on Gabriel.  The only complaint his client was aware of was bruising on the boy’s bottom, and parents are allowed by law to use corporal punishment, Barnes said.

“My client and the others are being scapegoated,” he said, calling the case an excuse for DCFS’ lack of sufficient staffing to handle child abuse cases.

Palmdale elementary school teacher Jennifer Garcia testified that she called Rodriguez multiple times to report that Gabriel said his mother punched him and shot him in the face with a BB gun.  Her first call came more than six months before Gabriel was killed.

An autopsy showed the child had a fractured skull, several broken ribs and burns over his body, according to authorities.

Villar said records were incomplete and inadequate, parties weren’t talking to one another, incidents went undocumented and some people who are mandated to report abuse failed to do so.

Defense attorneys argued during the preliminary hearing that others were culpable in the boy’s death and were better positioned to have saved the boy.

“Gabriel was certainly not left on an island by himself” when the case was transferred to another DCFS unit, argued Joseph Gutierrez, another attorney for Merritt.  He said one therapist failed to report serious injuries because her supervisor told her not to.

The case was transferred to the Family Preservation Unit to “put more eyes” on Gabriel, said Rodriguez’s attorney, Lance Filer. “(Rodriguez) was the only one … to substantiate any of the claims … she did exactly what she was supposed to do and had been trained to do.”

Gabriel was seeing a counselor twice a week and a sheriff’s deputy stopped by at one point to check on the boy and found no evidence of abuse, according to the defense.

“This was unanticipated, not foreseeable,” Gutierrez argued, adding that it’s “contrary to human nature, to human reason” that a mother could kill her child.

“I don’t think there’s anyone who feels worse than these four social workers,” Gutierrez said.

But Deputy District Attorney Ana Maria Lopez accused the defendants of making “a deliberate choice to circumvent the system,” taking shortcuts and violating procedures.

Prosecutors allege that Rodriguez and Clement falsified reports that should have documented signs of escalating physical abuse and the family’s lapsed cooperation with DCFS.

Prosecutors also contend that Bom and Merritt knew or should have known they were approving false reports that conflicted with evidence of Gabriel’s deteriorating physical health, allowing the boy to remain in the home until he died.

An investigation revealed that at times over an eight-month period preceding his death, Gabriel — among other instances of violent abuse — was doused with pepper spray, forced to eat his own vomit and locked in a closet with a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams, authorities have said.

“It was their responsibility to protect Gabriel,” Lopez said, “to remove this child and put him in a safe place.  That’s where they failed.”

The prosecutor accused the social workers of “professional arrogance” and questioned whether they were “covering up their own misbehavior” in failing to reconsider their earlier decisions when the violence began to escalate.


The Real Slavers: Yankee Teachers – Pt#4 of 4

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It’s legal for a teacher to have sex with a high school student in some states


Across region, outdated Sex Abuse laws have

Statutes of limitations bottle up information about who the perpetrators are and which institutions are covering up the incidents…

BOSTON, MA  –  Licensure

Public school teachers are generally required to be licensed, allowing the state to investigate complaints of misconduct and ban educators who are found guilty.  Some experts say private school teachers should be licensed or registered with states as well.


Private school teachers are generally not required to be licensed.


Private school teachers are not required to be licensed if the school is accredited by the New England Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools.


Private school teachers are generally not required to be licensed.

New Hampshire

Private school teachers are generally not required to be licensed.

Rhode Island

Private school teachers are generally not required to be licensed.


Private school teachers are generally not required to be licensed.

Privacy Laws

Some states have privacy laws that discourage schools from warning other schools about teachers who have been fired for misconduct.  In addition, most states allow schools to reach confidential settlements that can keep incidents secret.  Some advocates are urging states to pass laws banning confidentiality pacts and requiring schools to disclose misconduct to other schools.


The state recently passed a law barring public schools from signing confidentiality agreements that would suppress information about sexual misconduct by staff members.  The law also requires educators, when they are seeking new jobs, to provide a list of past employers and give those employers permission to disclose any information about past misconduct.  But the provisions only apply to public schools, not private schools.  And a separate law bars employers from disclosing personnel information without written permission from the worker.


There is no legal requirement for schools to warn other institutions when a worker who has been accused of sexual abuse applies for jobs elsewhere.  Nor is there any law barring schools from signing confidentiality agreements to resolve allegations of sexual abuse.


There is no legal requirement for schools to warn other institutions when a worker who has been accused of sexual abuse applies for jobs elsewhere.  Nor is there any law barring schools from signing confidentiality agreements to resolve allegations of sexual abuse.

New Hampshire

There is no legal requirement for schools to warn other institutions when a worker who has been accused of sexual abuse applies for jobs elsewhere.  Nor is there any law barring schools from signing confidentiality agreements to resolve allegations of sexual abuse.

Rhode Island

There is no legal requirement for schools to warn other institutions when a worker who has been accused of sexual abuse applies for jobs elsewhere.  Nor is there any law barring schools from signing confidentiality agreements to resolve allegations of sexual abuse.


There is no legal requirement for schools to warn other institutions when a worker who has been accused of sexual abuse applies for jobs elsewhere.  Nor is there any law barring schools from signing confidentiality agreements to resolve allegations of sexual abuse.

Mandatory Reporting

States generally require certain professionals, including educators, to report cases of child abuse to state welfare officials.  But some advocates say the laws do not always include tough enough penalties or rigorous enforcement.


If educators fail to report sexual abuse of a student by a school employee, they could face a fine of up to $500.  The state has prosecuted a number of people for violating the mandatory reporting law in recent years.


If educators fail to report abuse of a child, they could face a fine of up to $500.  State and county officials could not identify any examples where educators have been prosecuted for violating the mandatory reporting law.


If educators fail to report abuse of a child under 18, they could face a fine of $1,000 (or criminal charges in the event of the child dies from the abuse).  At least a half-dozen school officials have been charged for violating the law in the past three decades.

New Hampshire

If school officials fail to report sex abuse or child abuse, they could face a fine of up to $1,000 and up to a year in prison.  The state could not provide any examples of cases where schools or administrators have been criminally prosecuted for violating the law.

Rhode Island

If people fail to report abuse of a child under 18 within 24 hours, they could be charged with a misdemeanor, facing up to a year in prison and a $500 fine.  Until recently, some argued the law did not cover sex abuse by school officials – only abuse by parents and guardians – but the legislature recently amended the law to eliminate that concern.  State law also requires any person to notify police when they witness an assault or attempted assault.


If educators fail to report abuse of a child under 18, they could face a fine of $500.  If there is an “intent to conceal abuse or neglect,” it could result in up to six months of imprisonment or a fine up to $1,000.  There have been criminal charges filed at least twice against school officials for failing to report an incident.

The Real Slavers: Yankee Teachers – Pt#3 of 4

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It’s legal for a teacher to have sex with a high school student in some states


Across region, outdated Sex Abuse laws have

Statutes of limitations bottle up information about who the perpetrators are and which institutions are covering up the incidents…


Child welfare advocates are pushing for changes in a number of areas to discourage educators from abusing students and then continuing to work with children.

Age Of Consent

The age of consent, typically 16 to 18, is the age at which a person is able to legally consent to sexual activity.  But many advocates argue educators should not be able to have sex with high school students of any age.


The age of consent in Connecticut is generally 16, but K-12 school employees are barred from having sex with students who attend the same school, regardless of the student’s age.


The age of consent in Maine is generally 16, but it is a crime for K-12 educators to have sex with their students, regardless of the age.


The age of consent in Massachusetts is generally 16, even in cases involving school employees.

New Hampshire

The age of consent in New Hampshire is generally 16.  But people are also barred from using an authority position to coerce a child under 18 into having sex.

Rhode Island

The age of consent in Rhode Island is generally 16, even in cases involving school employees.


The age of consent in Vermont is generally 16, but increases to 18 for certain cases in which the offender is in an authority position over the teenager.

Statutes Of Limitations

States typically set a deadline for filing a civil lawsuit or criminal charges.  But advocates say the deadlines pose problems for children who were victims of sex abuse because it can often take them decades to come forward.


Victims who were sexually abused as children must generally file civil suits before they turn 48 (unless the defendant was convicted of first degree sexual assault for the crime).  There is no criminal statute of limitations for prosecuting class A felonies, such as aggravated sexual assault of a minor.  However, lesser offenses must normally be filed by the time the victim turns 48 or five years from the date the incident is reported to police, whichever is earlier. Tighter deadlines may apply to offenses committed before May 23, 2002, when the law was changed.


There is no statute of limitations for abused children to sue either the perpetrator or employer.  There is currently no criminal statute of limitations for sex offenses involving victims under 16 (though the deadline may have already passed for some offenses before the law was amended in the 1990s).  Sex offenses involving victims 16 or older must generally be prosecuted within three to six years.


Victims who were sexually abused as children must generally file civil suits within 35 years after they become adults (by age 53) or within seven years after discovering the harm the abuse inflicted, whichever is later.  There is no blanket statute of limitations for criminal prosecuting defendants for sex crimes involving children under 16, but independent corroborating evidence is needed for incidents that happened at least 27 years ago.  Tighter deadlines may apply to offenses that occurred prior to Dec. 20, 2006, when the criminal statute of limitations was last changed.

New Hampshire

Victims of sex abuse as children must generally sue perpetrators or employees by the time they turn 30 or within three years after they discover the harm the incident caused, whichever is later. Prosecutors can seek criminal charges for sexual assault against children so long as the victims are under 40.  Note: In some cases, different deadlines may apply to older incidents that occurred before the current statutes of limitations were put in place.

Rhode Island

Victims who were sexually abused as children must generally file civil lawsuits against the perpetrators within seven years after they become adults (25) or within seven years after discovering the harm the abuse caused.  Victims must generally sue employers within three years after they become adults (21).  There is no criminal statute of limitations for many sex crimes, including rape, first degree sexual assault, and child molestation sexual assault.


Victims who were sexually abused as children must generally file civil suits by the time they turn 24 (or six years from the date they discovered the harm from the abuse, whichever is later).  There is no criminal statute of limitations for aggravated sex assault on a child; some other crimes must be filed within 40 years.  However, the statute of limitations may have already expired for some offenses, before the law was changed three years ago.