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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.

Woburn Allowed Students To Play Football After Hazing, Assault

Police seek charges against seven students after Woburn locker room incident

Woburn, MA  –  Police are pursuing criminal charges against seven students at Woburn Memorial High School after a freshman football player, 14-year-old Johnathan Coucelos, was allegedly assaulted by a throng of teammates last fall in a locker room and attacked twice afterward in the school, according to the boy’s parents and attorney.

A hearing is scheduled Tuesday in Lowell Juvenile Court before a clerk magistrate to determine whether probable cause exists to issue criminal complaints against the seven students, said the family’s attorney, Peter Hahn.

Johnathan’s parents, Kevin and Jeanny Coucelos, also notified Woburn’s city solicitor that they plan to sue the city and school department for $750,000 for the trauma Johnathan and the family have suffered over his ordeal.

“No one in the school administration has been held to account despite what has happened to Johnathan — no coach and not Principal [Jessica] Callanan,” the parents stated in their letter.

“I want them to get what they deserve,” Kevin Coucelos added in an interview.

City Solicitor Ellen Callahan Doucette declined to comment, other than to say the letter has been sent to Woburn’s insurance carrier.

The Woburn case, first reported by the Globe in December, is among a wave of troubling alleged misconduct in Massachusetts high school sports in the past year, from Duxbury to Danvers and beyond.

Woburn School Superintendent Matt Crowley said he “takes this matter seriously and is treating it with the utmost sincerity and gravity.”

“We acknowledge and support the student and family that had the strength to come forward to report this deeply troubling matter,” Crowley said in a statement.

Crowley said the school district has retained outside counsel, Patrick Hanley and the Butters Brazilian law firm, to conduct a Title IX investigation, which will be followed by “a thorough administrative review and policy analysis” by a second outside firm led by former Massachusetts secretary of public safety and security Daniel Bennett, former State Police colonel Kerry Gilpin, and attorney John Benzan.

“We pledge to be forthcoming regarding the results of those investigations and pledge to enact their findings and recommendations,” Crowley said.

Johnathan, who stopped attending the Woburn school in December out of fear for his safety, plans to enroll soon at the Cambridge Matignon School, where officials have pledged the community will welcome him, his parents said.

The Globe does not identify alleged victims of sexual assault unless they give their consent.

Johnathan and his parents said they appreciated hearing from Woburn police Wednesday and the Middlesex district attorney’s office Thursday that a joint investigation had produced sufficient evidence for the police to seek charges against his alleged assailants.
The family expressed frustration, however, that nearly four months had passed since they reported the incident, while a football player who allegedly groped Johnathan during the locker room episode was permitted to remain on the football team and compete in the program’s first-ever Thanksgiving week game at Fenway Park.  Two other players who face possible charges remained on the team as well.

“It’s outrageous,” Kevin Coucelos said.  “If there was an assault and battery on Main Street, someone would have been arrested on the spot and gone before a judge.  It never should have taken this long.”

Worse, Coucelos said, is that none of the football coaches or the athletic director has been disciplined for their alleged failure to properly supervise the team and monitor the locker room.  Johnathan’s parents particularly blamed athletic director Jim Duran, head football coach Jack Belcher, and assistant coach Chase Andrews.

Johnathan said he immediately reported the locker room incident to Andrews but felt ignored by him.  Hahn said prosecutors declined a request to file charges against Andrews, but that the family has not ruled out pressing charges.

The Woburn police and Middlesex DA’s office declined to comment.

As for Belcher, Hahn said, “There needs to be at least some disciplinary consequence to the head coach because it’s his coaching squad and his team.”

The Globe’s attempts to reach Belcher, Andrews, and Duran were unsuccessful.

The Coucelos family said Callanan, the school principal, failed to protect Johnathan in part by waiting to impose a safety plan on the student who allegedly groped him until they obtained a harassment prevention order against him in juvenile court in December, more than two months after the incident.

Efforts to reach Callanan also were unsuccessful.

If the clerk magistrate finds probable cause Tuesday to issue criminal complaints against the students, they would go before a Juvenile Court judge for arraignment.  Police have applied for criminal complaints of assault and battery against all seven students, and an additional charge of indecent assault and battery for the student who allegedly touched Johnathan’s genitals.

Johnathan said he was attacked in the freshman locker room Sept. 25 as retribution for junior varsity and freshman players being disciplined after he fought a student who repeatedly poked him under the bleachers during a varsity game Sept. 10.  The players had been instructed not to congregate under the bleachers.

A video recording of the locker room incident shows about a dozen players swarming Johnathan, spraying him with water, and throwing water bottles at him.  One player is seen punching him and another is heard shouting, “Take his [stuff],” before one of them rips his Apple watch from his wrist.

Another teammate is seen bending toward Johnathan, who said the player pulled down his pants and grabbed his genitals.

Johnathan said he later was targeted by students who chided him for not fighting back and for “snitching.”  One student who faces a possible assault charge allegedly punched him several times in a school bathroom.

Another student, a former football player, allegedly entered Johnathan’s Spanish class, grabbed him by the shirt, and warned him to stop snitching.

Johnathan’s parents said he was vibrant and outgoing before the attacks.  He has since become isolated, withdrawn, and distrustful, and is now receiving psychiatric care, they said.

Jeanny Coucelos said the experience has made her fearful for the safety of all four of her children.  She has been diagnosed with severe anxiety and panic disorder, she said, and has been unable to resume her job as a day care and pre-kindergarten teacher since December.

Kevin Coucelos, a construction foreman and machine operator, said his job performance also has suffered because of the stress.

Since January, Johnathan has been tutored remotely by a Woburn school teacher.  Now, six months after he proudly joined the Woburn football program, he is preparing for the challenge of starting a new life at Matignon.

The Lack Of Supervision In High School Sports – Supervision – 4

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Lot and Angels at Gates of SODOM

This is not even a drop in the bucket of what I found:

Alleged ‘sadistic hazing rituals’ lead to 13 arrests of male student athletes in small Texas town
April 14, 2017 (La Vernia)
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/04/14/alleged-sadistic-hazing-rituals-lead-to-13-arrests-of-male-student-athletes-in-small-texas-town/

Police report details alleged sexual assault in broomstick hazing of Maryland high school football players
November 7, 2018
https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/crime/bs-md-damascus-hazing-20181107-story.html

Culture of hazing led to boy being sexually assaulted by player at Reed-Custer football practice
November 28, 2018 (Illinois)
https://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/ct-met-will-county-high-school-hazing-lawsuit-20181128-story.html

High School Football Players Sexually Assaulted Younger Teens For A Hazing Ritual
October 7, 2019 (Illinois)
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/paigeskinner/football-players-hazed-sexual-assault

Huntsville parents rip School Board over hazing case
2020 – 2021 (Arkansas)
https://www.nwaonline.com/news/2021/jun/18/huntsville-parents-rip-school-board-over-hazing/

Pojoaque HS students under investigation for alleged sexual hazing
September 17, 2021 (NM)
https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/pojoaque-hs-students-under-investigation-for-alleged-sexual-hazing/6241872/

Sources: Police investigating allegations of hazing, sexual assault on Woburn High School football team
October 15, 2021 (MA)
https://www.wcvb.com/article/woburn-high-school-football-alleged-hazing-october-15-2021/37977735#

Wall Township High School football player already involved in an ongoing investigation into a locker room hazing incident has been accused of sexual assault
November 11, 2021 (NJ)
https://shoresportsnetwork.com/wall-township-high-school-football-player-accused-of-sexual-assault-incident-unrelated-to-hazing-investigation/?utm_source=tsmclip&utm_medium=referral

MA ATTORNEY GENERAL LOOKS IN ON DANVERS – SUPERVISION – 3

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By Jill Harmacinski jharmacinski@eagletribune.com

DANVERS, MA  –  Stopping short of calling it an investigation, a spokesperson for Attorney General Maura Healey said her office has requested “more information” from both the Danvers schools and Police Department in light of allegations of sexual and physical abuse, racism and other unacceptable behavior among varsity hockey players.

Healey, through her spokesperson, described the accusations as disturbing and extremely troubling.

“Racism, homophobia, and bigotry of any kind have no place in our locker rooms, rinks and playing fields.  If you think sports are about bullying and hazing, you’re losing, and our kids are paying the price,” Healey wrote in social media posts this week.  The posts were not specific to the Danvers situation.

Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian, who has represented thousands of Catholic Church sexual abuse victims, on Thursday called on Healey or federal authorities to investigate what he described as an “institutional coverup.”

A former varsity hockey player who declined to be named told authorities and news reporters that teammates engaged in racist and sexual misconduct during the 2019-2020 season.

In previous interviews with The Salem News, his account touched on hazing, racism, homophobic and sexual misconduct by the then- varsity hockey team.  He said the toxic culture allowed younger players to be bullied and hushed.

Police and the district attorney’s office said the unnamed hockey player declined to file a criminal complaint and thus they cannot pursue charges.

Danvers school and police officials conducted investigations into the accusations earlier this year.  They declined to release unredacted copies of the reports, contending privacy laws prevented full disclosure.

Some residents have called for the resignation of the School Committee and Superintendent Lisa Dana over the matter.  The hockey coach, Danvers Police Sgt. Stephen Baldassare, resigned from the team in July.

Healey previously issued guidance to Massachusetts schools regarding “legal obligations to prevent and address hate and bias incidents.”  Details were sent in November 2020 to school administrations throughout the state, according to the AG’s office.

When handling such incidents, Healey’s guidelines call for “transparency.”

“Hate incidents can have a significant and disruptive impact on the school community and are frequently the subject of broad community interest.  Schools should strongly consider issuing a prompt and clear communication to the school community when a hate incident occurs, particularly when dealing with incidents that are serious, public, or likely to be the subject of rumors and gossip,” the guidelines suggest.  “The communication should vigorously condemn hateful or biased conduct, explain the steps that the school is taking to address the incident, and reaffirm the shared values of the school community, such as respect for differences and a commitment to inclusivity, equity, and safety for all students.”

The former player spoke confidentially to the Salem News because he said he wanted to alert the community.  He did not want his name used, fearing retribution from teammates and town hockey fans.  He also spoke to school and police investigators.


He said he sensed his accounts of bad behavior were not taken seriously.  He did not file a criminal complaint in order to protect himself.

He said he was told to strip naked for “Gay Tuesdays,” when older players would turn off the locker room lights and inappropriately touch younger players.  Players who resisted were made to do so with force, he said.

He also said he was beaten with a sex toy for refusing to shout a racial slur on “Hard-R Fridays,” named for the final ‘r in the n-word.  Players would line up in front of their hockey bags and scream racial slurs, one by one, he said.

“There was a team dildo,” he said, named the Pink Dragon, for use on those who refused to join in the ritual.

He said he believes Hard-R Fridays came about from a toxic culture where racist players wanted teammates to be like them.

Danvers High School Hockey – Supervision – 2

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Raymond J. Bourque Arena

Danvers High School hockey needs a dose of sunshine

Boston Globe Opinion
By The Editorial Board – Updated November 8, 2021, 6:12 p.m

Its ‘Lord of the Flies’ locker room shows a failure of adult supervision.

If sunshine is indeed the best disinfectant, then it’s high time Danvers school officials aired out the high school hockey team locker room and let the rest of the community in on how badly the adults who should have been in charge failed the young people in their care.

Over the course of 16 months — and three investigations — school officials of that North Shore community continue to play hide-and-seek with the facts, forcing parents and potential student athletes to guess at whether an athletic program tainted by racism, sexism, homophobia, and antisemitism has changed.

The community has been kept largely in the dark even about the investigative reports, heavily redacted copies of which were obtained by the Globe following a six-month-long public records battle.

And without full disclosure of what went wrong during that 2019-20 season, there can be no “teachable moments,” and no confidence that those who have spent the past year trying to keep a deplorable situation under wraps have learned anything in the process.

The first investigation was launched by high school officials after spectators complained that three senior members of the hockey team, riding in a Jeep at the head of the school’s pandemic-induced rolling graduation parade, shouted racial slurs at Black sanitation workers they encountered en route.

What that probe turned up was a vivid account of a “Lord of the Flies” locker room where “Gay Tuesday” — where players allegedly stripped naked and ran around in the dark touching each other — was a regular event.  So too was “Hard R Fridays” — where some players were allegedly commanded to shout the n-word. Failure to do so, according to the account, could get a player targeted with a sex toy, nicknamed “The Pink Dragon,” held to his face long enough to make an indentation.

The public body of evidence of the allegations includes the yearbook profiles of three seniors who listed “G Tuesday” and “R Friday” among their interests and activities. A senior hockey player also listed the “Pink Dragon” as part of the “class will,” bequeathing it to a younger player.

But unlike in “Lord of the Flies,” there were supposed to be responsible adults in charge in Danvers — especially in the locker room.

“Athlete-to-athlete problems, such as sexual abuse, bullying, harassment or hazing, often occur when a coach or other responsible adult is not in a position to observe — this is especially true in locker rooms,” reads USA Hockey’s locker room policy, which requires “proper supervision” at all times.  (This organization is the national governing body for US amateur ice hockey and certified the Danvers head coach.)

One player interviewed by investigators and by the Globe told of an assistant coach walking in during the lights-out naked ritual only to be told it was “Gay Tuesday.”  He reportedly said, “I don’t want to know,” turned off the lights again and walked out.  The assistant coach denied the incident to investigators.

The head coach at the time, Stephen Baldassare, a former Danvers High athlete and longtime member of the local police department, also denied any knowledge of the locker room activities, although in a letter to “DHS Hockey Families,” he wrote, “I have learned from this experience and we will focus on creating a positive, supportive, respectful, and inclusive team environment for seasons to come.”

In July, however, the school system posted the head coaching job, and Superintendent Lisa Dana announced Baldassare had resigned.  Certainly anyone who was part of the coaching staff at the time should follow.  Willful blindness is never a desirable quality in a coach.

Dana’s announcement of Baldassare’s departure and a statement issued to the Globe about continuing “to move forward as an equity seeking district” is about as transparent as she has gotten to date.

Meanwhile, around the country and around this state, parents are demanding a greater role in the education of their children, demanding to be better informed, particularly when it comes to student safety.  They will not be mollified by platitudes — nor should they be.  And they are certainly entitled to a full accounting not just of how things went wrong but also how a toxic environment will be fixed.

It will rest with newer members of the School Committee, like Robin Doherty, to make sure that comes to pass.

“Transparency is the key to trust,” Doherty told the Globe.  “In order to learn from these events and ensure they never happen again, we must be open with our community.”

That’s part of her mandate now.  It would be even better if she got the support of her colleagues in the effort.