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NC School Employee Accused Of Child Sex Abuse

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Todd Van Nguyen, 61

Wake County bus driver charged in
Child Sex Crimes

RALEIGH, NC  –  A Wake County Public School System employee is suspended without pay after being accused of sex crimes against a child.

Todd Van Nguyen, 61, is a bus driver for Knightdale High School, Lockhart Elementary School, and Douglas Elementary School, according to a spokesperson with the school district.

He is facing three charges of indecent liberties with a child.

The arrest warrant alleges that Nguyen “unlawfully, willfully and feloniously did commit and attempt to commit a lewd and lascivious act upon the body” of a child under the age of 16.

Court records indicate all three charges involve the same child, a 14-year-old girl.
Raleigh police said the charges are not related to his job as a bus driver.

School officials released this statement following the incident:

Parents,

Because it’s important to keep you informed, I want to share information about a recent incident.  None of our students have been directly affected by this incident.

On July 19, bus driver Todd Nguyen was arrested for taking indecent liberties with minors.  It is important to note that the alleged victims were NOT students.  I wanted to notify you immediately because our records indicate that Mr. Nguyen was the assigned driver for your student’s bus route.

While privacy laws prevent us from sharing specific details, I want to assure you that upon learning of the arrest, WCPSS officials took swift and appropriate action.  They immediately began an investigation and suspended the bus driver, which prevents him from being present on any WCPSS property.

While we are fortunate none of our students were affected, the alleged behavior is abhorrent and deeply distressing.  Please know that our primary concern is the safety of your child.  We will continue to take every measure to ensure that safety.

Justice for KS Toddler Cooper Clark

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Benny Clark was charged with Child Abuse and first-degree murder in the death of his 6-month-old son.

After Kansas child’s death, father
sentenced to 30 years in prison for
abuse, murder

The father of a Kansas boy who died in August 2017 was sentenced to 30 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to second-degree murder and child abuse.

Benny William Clark, 23, of Reece, pleaded guilty in March to intentional second-degree murder and child abuse, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a release Thursday.

He was sentenced to 364 months in the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Clark had been charged in August with first-degree murder in the death of his 6-month-old son, Cooper Clark,  The Eagle reported at the time.

Greenwood County Sheriff Heath Samuels had said deputies were called to the emergency room at the county hospital, where they were told the infant had injuries inconsistent with the parents’ story.

In court, Clark said he “vigorously shook” Cooper for 6 to 7 seconds after the baby took off his diaper and urinated over his bedding, the Eureka Herald and Emporia Gazette reported.

Clark also said that he was putting a fresh diaper on Cooper when he fell off an ottoman and hit his head.

The Wichita Police Department’s Exploited and Missing Child Unit assisted the Greenwood County Sheriff’s Office with the investigation.

CA Family Arrested For Torture Of Child

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Yulonda Parker, Shalonda Rae Hill, Louis Hill and Delores Parker are all facing felony charges.

Anaheim family members accused of
torture, Child Abuse on teen girl

SANTA ANA, CA  –  A hammer, pins, a chair and an awl are just some of the things a criminal complaint alleges a 15-year-old Anaheim girl was assaulted with by her own family.

Anaheim police arrested the girl’s father, stepmother and two other family members over the weekend.

A neighbor didn’t want to show her face but said she’s heard issues at the home.

“Sometimes they would threaten each other, (saying) stuff like, ‘I’m going to kill you,’ but I never really thought they would hurt a child,” she said.

Yulonda Parker, Shalonda Rae Hill, Louis Hill and Delores Parker are all facing felony charges of torture, child abuse and assault with a deadly weapon.

Neighbor Mary Perez said she saw law enforcement at the home.

“When I saw the social services car, I knew there was something wrong because I had a foster home for about 10 years,” Perez said.

Neighbors said they believe other children live at the home, and they’ve tried to step in during loud arguments.

“Usually they’re arguing and the little kids are crying, but our neighbors come and try to calm them down,” said the unidentified neighbor.  “But they don’t like the advice we give them.”

The Orange County District Attorney is not commenting on the case.

Two of the suspects have hired private attorneys.  ABC7 reached out to both — one did not respond and the other had no comment.

All four suspects are being held at the Orange County Jail.  Each of their bails is set at $1 million.

NV Teacher Accused Of Felony Abuse

Las Vegas school teacher arrested on
Child Abuse charge

A Las Vegas elementary school teacher was arrested Friday on a felony child abuse count after an incident with a student, Clark County School District police announced.

Officers arrested Melody Carter, 58, after an investigation was opened in May at Harmon Elementary School, 5351 Hillsboro Lane, near Nellis Boulevard and Hacienda Avenue, police said in a release.

She was booked into the Clark County Detention Center.

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No details about the nature of the incident were immediately released.

Carter was hired by the school district in September 1996 and works at the school.

Carter has been assigned to her home, the release said.

PROTECT ALL CHILDREN

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Be The Difference, Protect ALL Children From Child Predators.

End The Silence: a documentary to shine a light on Child Abuse on the eastern shore

SALISBURY, Md  –  It’s an ugly topic that is swept under the rug far too often, child sex abuse.  It’s a taboo subject both nationally and right here on the eastern shore.

Now a documentary, shot on the eastern shore by Urban Vision Works, is telling the stories of several eastern shore women.  Their tragedies, their hardships, and their triumphs.

End The Silence: a documentary

The statistics are shocking.  According to Victims of Crime, a website with national statistics on child abuse, one-in-five girls, and one-in-twenty boys, are victims of sexual abuse.

“These numbers are incorrect, the actual statistics are:  Child rape occurs every two minutes.  1 in 3 girls will be sexually molested before the age 17, and 1 in 6 boys will be sexually molested before the age 17 (1 in 5 in Canada).
A sex offender will molest an average of 120 victims, most of whom do not report it, and 90% of molesters abuse children they know.”
Robert StrongBow

“What we learned and what I personally learned is once you start talking about it, once you actually get somebody not to be hush-hush and quiet and talk about it then you realize they know somebody who knows somebody,” says Oasis, the executive producer of the documentary.

The idea for the documentary was born from Wanda Martin Palmer, the founder of #ProtectOurGirlsCampaign.

Wanda says she and her daughter were victimized by the same person, prompting her to create the campaign, which she now uses to give resources and information to other victims.

“She’s going to make sure that it goes to the highest level as it can possibly go,” says Javenna Smith Myrieckes, director of the film.

End The Silence, which centers around Palmer, brings out a series of emotions, from anger to sadness.

“A couple of the young ladies have such extreme experiences that what makes it difficult for them to go on is that some of the predators and violators are still in their family structure,” said Javenna.  “And then, I start to find out about their victories and their healing, and I actually start to get a little afraid. Because it’s a subject matter that not everyone wants to avoid and ignore.”

The hope is this film will accomplish its two main goals.  To show victims that there are ways to get the help they need, and to begin the conversation, a conversation long overdue.

“It’s not going to be the perfect discussion, it’s uncomfortable.  But it’s necessary,” said Javenna.

End The Silence will premiere at the Black Diamond Lounge in Fruitland on August 24, and again at the Senator Theater in Baltimore on August 30.

You can find out more information at endthesilencedocumentary.com.