Category Archives: Child Innocence

Mistrial in Child Sexual Assault case against ex-Texas Rangers pitcher John Wetteland

 

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Former Texas Rangers pitcher John Wetteland appeared in a Denton County Court on Monday to respond to charges of three counts of aggravated assault against a child

Former Texas Rangers pitcher John Wetteland appeared in a Denton County Court on Monday to respond to charges

DENTON, TX  –  A Denton County judge on Friday declared a mistrial in the child sexual assault case against John Wetteland, a former Texas Rangers player who is accused of molesting a boy three times more than a decade ago.

The jury told the judge three times that it was split.  At one point, the judge said she heard loud arguing coming from the deliberation room.

Wetteland, who testified in his defense during the trial last week, faced three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.  He played for the Rangers from 1997 to 2000, as well as for the New York Yankees and Seattle Mariners, and is in the Rangers’ Hall of Fame.

At 4:40 p.m., the jury sent its third note to the judge.  It said it was deadlocked and some jurors were “unwilling to budge.”  The jurors asked how long they were expected to deliberate.  Some were concerned about child care.

Judge Lee Ann Breading had pressed the jury to keep trying to reach a verdict.  But after questioning the jury about 5 p.m., she declared a mistrial.

Wetteland, 56, faced 25 years to life in prison if convicted.  It was unclear Friday whether prosecutors would pursue a second trial.  Defense attorneys declined to comment.

Since Tuesday, jurors in 462nd District Court heard from the accuser, Wetteland and other witnesses.

According to authorities, Wetteland sexually assaulted the child three times between 2004 and 2006, starting when the child was 4 years old.  Wetteland pleaded not guilty and said the accuser’s account of sexual abuse is a lie.

According to the accuser’s mother, he first told her in 2016 — when he was 16 — that Wetteland raped him as a child.  She said she did not report the allegation to police.  In his testimony, the accuser said he did not want to report the abuse and wanted an apology from Wetteland, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

The accuser testified on Tuesday.  He said he looked up to Wetteland and wanted to please him.  The first time Wetteland sexually abused him, he said, he was confused.  The abuse impacted him deeply into his teenage years, he testified, causing incontinence, suicidal thoughts and self-harm.

When the boy was 18, his mother testified, she told him to write a letter about the abuse and planned to send it to people connected with Wetteland.

On Wednesday, Argyle school district’s former chief of police read the letter to the jury. The letter, which the accuser wrote in Google Docs, detailed allegations that Wetteland sexually assaulted him in a shower.

According to prosecutor Lindsey Sheguit, the document was saved on the Argygle school Google account, and the school district’s monitoring system flagged it.  Employees discovered the letter, the school district’s chief technology officer testified Wednesday, and reported it to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.

On cross examination from Derek Adame, one of Wetteland’s defense attorneys, the technology officer testified that the district could not know who wrote the letter, only that it was written on the accuser’s account.  Adame and defense attorney Caroline Simone argue the abuse allegations are not true and were possibly fabricated by a man named Chris.  Chris is not biologically related to the accuser but lived with him when the accuser was a teenager.

Three members of the Wetteland family testified that they also believe Chris instructed the accuser to write the letter, the Denton Record-Chronicle reported.  They described Chris as aggressive and jealous of Wetteland.

A grand jury indicted Wetteland, who lives in Trophy Club, in 2019. Bartonville police have said DFPS contacted the department about the case on Jan. 9, 2019.

FOUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARRESTED FOR ABUSE OF 2 SPECIAL NEEDS BOYS

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Family members arrested for abuse of 2 special needs young boys.

Police Arrest 4 In Connection With Abuse Of 2 Boys

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  –  The start of school is around the corner for metro students. Oklahoma City police officials said on Wednesday with the start of school, officers would see an increase of reported child abuse cases.

One case currently under investigation started last December with a metro school counselor and resulted in the arrest of four adults this week.  They were accused of child abuse and not reporting the abuse of two elementary age boys.

A concerned school counselor tipped off police to the alleged abuse.  According to a report, a 6-year-old student returned from Thanksgiving break with injuries to his face and his 10-year-old brother did not return to class following the break.

“Both had some pretty substantial injuries that nobody could seem to explain,” said Msgt. Gary Knight, Oklahoma City Police Department.

Investigators found the family living at the Red Roof Inn near I-40 and south Meridian Avenue.  Court documents indicated the boys’ mother Krista Cox claimed their injuries were self-inflicted during emotional outbursts.  Police learned the brothers were diagnosed with autism and intellectual disabilities.

“It’s bad enough when you’ve got a child that’s unable to defend themselves,” said Knight. “Then you throw in its special needs child that has certain disabilities that makes it an even more egregious act.”

Police said there were two other adults living in the hotel rooms besides Cox and her boyfriend Christopher Aucoin.

“As the case evolved, it turned out there were two other people involved,” said Knight.  “A parent of the mother of the child and a parent of the boyfriend.”

After combing through multiple Oklahoma Department of Human Services referrals and hospital records for the brothers, investigators determined the injuries were from abuse. They are holding all four adults criminally responsible.

“The children were placed into protective custody,” said Knight.  “That’s important to note.”

DHS was contacted for the story to confirm the children were placed in state custody.  An agency official said they could not comment on the case due to confidentiality laws. 

Couple Indicted For Sexually Abusing Two Children And Creating Child Porn

.jpg photo of arrest of couple wanted for child sex abuseVicksburg pair indicted on child abuse, porn charges

GRAND RAPIDS, MI  –  A couple whose home was raided by the FBI last week in Vicksburg are accused of sexually abusing two children and creating child porn.

Virgil Chandler Knowles III and Samantha Jean Batts have each been charged with one count of sexual exploitation of a child.  Knowles has also been charged with one count of distribution of child pornography.

Batts was in federal court Tuesday.  Knowles’ hearing was rescheduled.

The charges stem from a complaint filed in federal court that alleged 47-year-old Knowles and 35-year-old Batts sexually abused two family members, neither older than 10.

Knowles used to be a custodian and maintenance employee at Vicksburg Community Schools, but had not worked there since 2018, a release from the district said.

Vicksburg couple arrested for child sexual abuse

Undercover FBI agents discovered Knowles in a private online chat room, where he admitted he abused the children.  He also told undercover agents that Batts said she wanted to get “something” to make one of the victims sleep, the complaint says.  It says Knowles shared several explicit photos with the agent, some featuring Batts.

FBI was able to locate the couple using Snapchat data and geolocation. Agents raided two homes in Vicksburg on Thursday, leading to the arrests of Knowles and Batts.

MEXICAN POLICE ARRESTED DUTCH CITIZEN SUSPECTED OF BEING LEADER OF INTERNATIONAL PEDOPHILE RING, MEXICO CITY’S AG

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Mexican Police Arrested Nelson Maatman, 27, suspected of being Leader Of International Pedophile Ring

Mexico arrests alleged leader of international child sex ring

MEXICO CITY  –  Mexican police have arrested a Dutch citizen accused of being the leader of an international pedophile ring,  Mexico City’s attorney general said.

The arrest was the result of a “broad investigation” by prosecutors in collaboration with the Operation Underground Railroad (O.U.R.),  Godoy said in a video posted on social media.

The O.U.R., dedicated to combating the sexual exploitation of children, reported the Dutchman’s presence in Mexico to the authorities.

The group “had information that Nelson ‘N’ was in our country, possibly in order to expand his human trafficking and child pornography network,” Godoy said.

Operation Underground RailRoad Team was able to successfully provide information to Mexico City authorities that led to the arrest of suspected pedoactivist Nelson Maatman.

The suspected boss of an international pedophile crime gang was arrested after he was found hiding out in Mexico City.

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Mexico arrests alleged leader of international child sex ring.

Nelson Maatman, 27, was caught near a train station in the Mexican capital on Sunday.

According to local authorities, Maatman was caught in possession of a gun, cocaine, and electronic devices with child porn stored on them.

After arresting the suspect, authorities searched the place where he was believed to be staying in the north of the city and said they found photographs featuring child pornography, as well as computers, hard drives, memory cards and two Dutch passports.

Mexico City Attorney General Ernestina Godoy said Maatman was identified as the suspected leader of an international pedophile and child porn network.

Maatman founded the Party for Neighborly Love, Freedom and Diversity (PNVD), a political party in the Netherlands that is not represented in the Dutch Parliament, which supports the idea that laws should be introduced to allow sex with minors from the age of 12.

According to the investigation, the subject had, between 2014 and 2021, promoted various publications on social media that advocated the legalization of sex with children.

Nelson Maatman had been arrested several times in the Netherlands, the prosecutor said, but had been on the run since at least February of this year.

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, HAVE YOU SAW THIS MAN?

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HAVE YOU SEEN THIS MAN, or DO YOU KNOW THIS MAN? Please call Oklahoma City OK Law Enforcement immediately!

Man wanted for assault of 13-year-old at
Quail Springs Mall

Friday · April 22, 2022

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK  –  Oklahoma City police need help to identify a man seen on video punching a 13-year-old at Quail Springs Mall.

The incident happened back on April 9. Police said a 13-year-old saw a man with a dog and walked up to him to ask if he could pet the dog.