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Former officer charged with sex crimes against student

Child Sex Abuse
Lee Carrell Perry

Former Jackson County school resource officer charged with sex crimes against student

Jackson County, AL – March 25 2015,  A former student of a Jackson County School is pursuing sex crime charges against a former Jackson County sheriff’s deputy who was stationed at her school more than a decade ago.

Lee Carrell Perry (Jackson County Jail)

The charges are against Lee Carrell Perry, who was a school resource officer at Skyline School in 2003 and 2004. The student says she and Perry were involved sexually during that time. She said it started when she was 13 years old.

Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips said an investigation was opened back then, but the victim and her family did not pursue charges. He said Perry resigned then in the midst of the investigation.

Now an adult, the former student has come forward with charges. A Jackson County grand jury heard the evidence and indicted Perry on nine counts of sexual offenses on March 12. The charges include statutory rape, second-degree sodomy, enticing a child for immoral purposes and sexual contact without consent.

Perry was arrested on Sunday. He bonded out of the Jackson County Jail on $65,000 on Monday.

Phillips said Perry didn’t work the sheriff’s office long, He started in 2003 and resigned the following year after the investigation started.

A school representative could not be reached for comment Monday afternoon.

U.S. Jails Sex-Trafficked Kids

I want you all to know that THIS makes me sick to my stomach.  There’s no wonder Our Children have never been protected, these poor kids have no chance to get away from the pimps and traffickers.

U.S. Jails Sex-Trafficked Kids in Human Rights Abuse, Groups Say

http://www.nytimes.com/reuters/2015/03/16/us/16reuters-trafficking-us-children.html?_r=0

WASHINGTON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – The United States violates human rights by treating sex-trafficked children as criminals and throwing them into jail, rights groups told an international commission on Monday.

Federal and international law requires that children in the commercial sex trade are treated as victims of trafficking, not as prostitutes.

But most U.S. states and localities fail to apply the law, the groups said at a hearing before the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR), which reviews human rights abuses in the region.

Criminalizing child victims of the sex trade traumatizes youngsters, Yasmin Vafa, legal director at the Human Rights Project for Girls, and Santiago Canton, executive director at the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights, told the commission.

“When girls are incarcerated for the experience of being propertied and serially raped, their ability to return to family, community and school is less likely, which only serves to tighten the traffickers’ control,” they said in prepared remarks.

Approximately 300,000 American children are at risk for commercial sexual exploitation and sex trafficking each year, with 13 to 14 being the average age a child is first forced into sexual acts, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigations.

Each year, more than 1,000 children are arrested in the United States for prostitution, most of them not of a legal age to consent to sex, the U.S. Justice Department says.

One study found that the city of Dallas, Texas, detained 165 juveniles on prostitution and related charges in 2007, and that in Las Vegas over 20 months, 226 children were brought before the juvenile court.

Despite U.S. federal law and international protocols, many state and local law enforcement officers continue to arrest and incarcerate children as prostitutes, even in the 15 states that have adopted “safe harbor” laws designed to shield children from prison where they can be raped again.

By bringing the issue before the IACHR – an agency of the Organization of American States (OAS) – the rights groups are seeking to apply international pressure on the U.S. government to strengthen its anti-trafficking laws and set national standards of care for child victims of sex trafficking.

“I am quite alarmed and deeply disturbed,” said Rose Marie Belle Antoine, an OAS member who presided over the hearing.

The IACHR offers a human rights forum for the 35 OAS member countries in the Americas, but because the United States has not recognized its judicial authority, no court case can be brought.

Ambassador Patricia Butenis, acting director of the U.S. State Department’s Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, told the commission the United States agrees children should not be criminalized as prostitutes, as federal law specifies, and recognizes that “tragically it still occurs”.

Asked what more the United States can do to implement federal law, she said, “Politics in the United States are complicated.”
Government officials spelled out a series of programs they run to support state and local law enforcement, families and welfare agencies in tackling child sex trafficking.

A number of bills are before the U.S. Congress to improve services for sex-trafficking victims, but both federal and state budgets are extremely tight to fund victim support programs.

9-year-old Boy malnourished and physically abused

Lafayette Child Abuse Police Report: School Called DFACS 13 Times

Lafayette, Tennessee – A Lafayette woman and her son are facing charges of accused of physically abusing a nine-year-old boy.
Police say the boy’s school reached out to them for help after more than a dozen reports to Child Family Services.

Most 9-year-old boys spend their time going to school and making friends. But police say the boy living at the Pledger Parkway home, was only worried about when he would get his next meal.

“Another child that lived in the house with the victim had confided in a school official that he often times ate out of the leftover bowl or the trash because he was deprived of food,” said Captain Stacy Meeks with the Lafayette Police Department.

Police say they were contacted by the boy’s school guidance counselor earlier this year.

“They had multiple complaints on this child. There was a great concern the school had over the child’s safety and well being,” said Captain Meeks.

But that was after the report says, the school tried contacting DFACS thirteen times before since October of 2014.

“When we brought him into the police department, officers were giving him food and he was eating. He was very hungry and would kept asking for more food while he was there with us,” said Captain Meeks.

Police say when they got to the home, they found Shirley Chandler and Richard Voiveich. Along with them, nine other children living in the home. Four of them related to the family and police say, Chandler served as legal guardian to the other five children. The report says when they got there, they found the 9-year-old with multiple bruises to his back, head and face. The officer also wrote, the boy appeared malnourished.

“I think that just people thought the living situation was a bit peculiar but other than that, I don’t think anyone seen anything,” said neighbor Sandy Kilborne.

Neighbors are shocked by the news and are left wondering, did DFACS investigate the more than a dozen claims that were going on right across the street.

“It was the state that kind of fell through that so I am scared for other children around here in that same situation,” said Kilgorne.

NewsChannel9 has learned Shirley Chandler filed for custody of the 9-year-old in June of 2013.

DFACS Communications Director Sharon Boatwright sent over a statement to NewsChannel9. It reads, “I’m not able to confirm an investigation; however, I can say€“ again in general- that a report from a mandated reporter is given the highest priority. In most cases we would begin an investigation based on the information shared by the mandated reporter and then factor in any additional information shared by the mandated reporter (i.e. additional reports filed) while we are working with the family based on the initial report. This additional information would be included and used in making decisions about the case. “

NOPD: poor handling of sex crimes and child abuse complaints

Indifference to Child Abuse
Russell Johnson and son Rida

NOPD to cite officers who quickly closed child abuse complaint case

NEW ORLEANS – A child abuse complaint filed by Russell Johnson on behalf of his 6-year-old autistic son has been closed without arrests, but action is being taken against the New Orleans police officers who conducted the original investigation.

Rida Johnson, whose autistic condition renders him unable to speak, had a large bruise over his eye when his father picked him up from school one day last year.

Despite his disappointment, Russell Johnson was encouraged this week to see the New Orleans Police Department take action against the officers who failed to properly investigate his original call.

“I was very pleased and very happy to see that finally someone really took a look at the facts and the conduct of the people involved and did what was correct, did the right thing,” Johnson said.

Johnson received a letter from the police department stating that Officer Kimara Woods was found in violation of professionalism for her cursory investigation, taking less than 24 hours to basically close the case without further action.

In addition, Woods’ supervisors were cited because it took more than a day to respond to Johnson’s call to police. Now that PIB has found the officers in violation of departmental policy, the case will now go before a commanding officer to determine the penalties.

Woods’ attorney, Donovan Livaccari of the Fraternal Order of Police, said it would be premature to comment because Woods’ penalty has not been determined. He said the discipline could range from a reprimand to a 10-day suspension.

Johnson’s complaint came after a scathing audit revealed poor handling of hundreds of sex crimes and child abuse complaints. In shoring up the deficiencies, Police Chief Michael Harrison this week changed the commander of that unit.

Johnson said that when he originally called the NOPD last August to investigate what happened to his son, a troubling sequence of events left him wondering if he was getting the same lax treatment as the hundreds of other victims who received little or no investigation after reporting sexual assaults and child abuse over the past three years.

“The toughest part is anytime a parent has to go through something where they have a defenseless child that has something like that happen to him,” Johnson said. “To have someone do that type of physical harm to him. It sends you through a lot of emotions and a lot of despair.”

The school that Johnson attended, Capdau Charter, did not return calls for comment.

Texas Man Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Child Pornography
Aaron Hedges , 25

A man who was arrested last Spring on child pornography charges has been booked into Wichita County jail on charges in seven sealed indictments for possession of child porn.

25-year-old Aaron Hedges is jailed on $350,000 total bonds.

Last April, Hedges and another man were arrested at their home on Louann Street in Burkburnett after police obtrained a search warrant and say they found hundreds of files containing images of child porn on a laptop.

In July, a Wichita County Grand Jury declined to indict the other man.

Hedges now lists his address as Eagle, Texas