Irving teacher molested 7-year-old girl, then went to teach in another school, police say
IRVING, TX – A former Irving elementary school teacher has been arrested and accused of molesting one of his students in the second grade during the 2020-21 school year, Irving police said Thursday.
Irving police believe other students may have been sexually abused by the teacher.
Police identified the suspect as 28-year-old Victor Hugo Moreno, who was arrested last week and was released from jail after posting a $15,000 bond.
He faces charges of continuous sex abuse of a young child and improper relationship between student and educator, Irving police said.
The 28-year-old former teacher is accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl who was in the second grade at Townsell Elementary in Irving. Moreno was her teacher.
Irving school district officials received an outcry in the spring semester of the 2021-22 school year.
Moreno resigned from the Irving school district at the end of the 2020-21 school year after failing to meet his certification requirements, Irving police said.
Moreno taught in the Plano school district during the 2021-22 school year and was fired because of a code of conduct violation, police said.
School and police officials are encouraging anyone whose whose child could have interacted with Moreno in the Irving and Plano school districts to talk with their children, family members, and friends to make them aware of Moreno.
If you know of a victim or are a victim, contact the Irving Police Department at 972-273-1010 or call your local police department, or dial 911.
Vicksburg 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.
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.
MILWAUKEE, WI – Tragedy strikes on Mother’s Day. A 19-year-old Navy sailor was killed in West Allis Sunday morning, May 8. Phoenix Castanon is usually the first sibling to tell his mom “Happy Mother’s Day.” This year he didn’t get a chance to call her.
He was shot to death near 84th and Rogers around 2:40 a.m.
“He had a heart of gold, he was a protector,” Tiata Nez-Dunklin said. She is Castanon’s mother.
Protecting was what he was doing the night he was murdered.
West Allis police say Castanon was hanging out with a few friends. One of the women was harassed by a man in a car while she was walking down 84th Street. She was scared and ran to the car Castanon was sitting in at the time. He got out and approached the man. The two exchanged words. The man pulled out a gun and shot Castanon.
“I’m proud of him, that’s how we raised him, defend the weak. He’s my hero.”
Fiancée of slain Arizona sailor held him as he died.
Castanon is originally from Arizona. He was stationed in Great Lakes, Illinois. Castanon was at the end of his training to become a Gunner’s Mate. That goal was ripped away.
‘I’m mad at the world for being the way it is,” Nez-Dunklin said.
West Allis police say the shooter is still out there. Anyone with helpful information should call police at 414-302-8019
Moffat County caseworker accused of fabricating child abuse, neglect investigations has been charged with forgery
A Moffat County caseworker accused of fabricating reports to make it seem as if she checked on children who were the subject of abuse and neglect claims is now facing charges of forgery and abuse of public records.
Hester Renee Nelms, 43, was under investigation for more than a year by the district attorney’s office in Moffat County, where a crew of 15 caseworkers from across Colorado set up operations in 2020 to re-investigate more than 80 reports of child abuse and neglect. Numerous families, including some who spoke to The Colorado Sun, said that no caseworker ever came to check on their children — despite detailed reports in the state’s child welfare database that those visits had occurred.
An arrest warrant in the case, released this week after a request from The Sun, describes how Nelms’ notes regarding several children were made up and inaccurate. Investigators discovered that in multiple cases, she had never visited homes or interviewed kids and parents, despite writing in detail about the contents of their bedrooms or family members’ jobs and medical conditions.
Investigators found at least 50 cases containing falsified details, including many in which Nelms never made contact with the children or parents. They included entries into the state child welfare database about people that do not exist, and false documentation regarding the “death of parents, false medical issues, fictitious supports and/or employment,” according to the arrest warrant.
In one 2019 case, Nelms wrote that a mother had cervical cancer and wanted to spend as much time as she could with her four children, including a 5-month-old baby. Her report described a house fire the family had endured and said the mother was in nursing school. Neither detail was true, nor did the mother ever have cancer, investigators found. Also, there was no baby in the family.
In another case, Nelms wrote that the mother of the child who was the subject of a sexual abuse report worked as a cook and that her daughter had a boyfriend. But in reality, the daughter is gay and the mother worked at an auto lube shop, according to the investigator.
No children were found to have been injured or killed because of the shoddy casework, according to records previously released by the state to The Sun under open records laws.
State child welfare officials in 2019 notified Moffat County’s child welfare division that it was behind on meeting requirements for abuse and neglect assessments, which counties are supposed to complete within 60 days. The county hired a former child protection caseworker to perform an audit, which found that of the 120 abuse and neglect cases that were open, 90% of them were assigned to Nelms, according to the arrest warrant.
Annette Norton, then the head of Moffat County Department of Human Services, allowed Nelms to focus solely on closing the 120 cases. Yet, after a month, Nelms had finished work on just 13 of the open cases, so Norton fired her, according to court documents.
The caseworker who took on Nelms’ workload soon discovered inaccuracies — and complete untruths — in the reports. In the first case the new caseworker looked into, in which a little girl’s bedroom decor was described in Nelms’ report, the worker, Markie Green, found that Nelms had never actually been to the child’s home.
“The mother looks at Ms. Green and asked her what contact and by what caseworker,” the investigator wrote. “The mother explained there was no contact and no interview.” The auditor then pulled more of Nelms’ case files, choosing at random, and she and Green made similar discoveries. This led to intervention by the state child welfare division, which rounded up 15 caseworkers from various counties to re-examine every case that Nelms worked. The team discovered a pattern of fraudulent paperwork that stretched over two years.
Nelms did not respond to a request for comment for this story, but in an interview with the investigator, she said she was overwhelmed and overburdened with work in Moffat County and did not receive adequate training. She quit the job once, but returned at the urging of her boss. Nelms, who has since moved to the Denver area, said she was “getting further and further behind and the cases were piling up.” At the time, the department was only 48% staffed.
She did not admit to fabricating documentation, but said she relied on her memory when she entered reports into the statewide database and sometimes mixed up families. Nelms told the investigator she was working “at an extremely fast pace” and couldn’t “remember a lot of the faces of her clients because of how fast the cases were coming in.”
Nelms was charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor abuse of public records. The Sun asked the 14th Judicial District Attorney’s Office about the status of its investigation into Nelms’ caseload eight times over the past year and a half. The office’s spokeswoman, Leslie Hockaday, recently emailed a news release to The Sun, dated March 22, noting that an arrest warrant had been issued for Nelms on Nov. 29. She has not been taken into custody. A judge set a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.
County officials also have been quiet about the investigation that rattled many citizens and child advocates in Craig. Norton, who abruptly left the county’s human services department at the start of the investigation, previously told The Sun the child welfare scandal was a “personnel matter” and refused to discuss it.
A statewide performance-monitoring system, which scores county child welfare divisions on how well they respond to suspected cases of abuse or neglect and whether they make face-to-face contact with suspected victims within required timeframes, alerted state officials in 2019 that Moffat County was slipping.
Around the same time, Colorado Child Protection Ombudsman Stephanie Villafuerte’s office received three separate reports from citizens in Moffat County who said local caseworkers had failed to check on children.
Brave teacher tells school board: Teach education, not left wing ideas
A Louisiana high school teacher laid it on the line recently when he correctly told the local school board that gender identity education was “liberal ideology” that is creeping into New Orleans area classrooms.
Jonathan Koeppel, a third-year Spanish teacher, played a clip from a lesson used by students called “BrainPop,” in which children are directed to stop using personal pronouns like “he” and “she” and begin using gender neutral words like “they.”
While addressing the school board, he said, “This isn’t a political indoctrination camp, it’s public education.” His full address can be heard in viral video circulating the web.
“I was really shocked when I found out that a children’s program was promoting this idea that there are infinite genders to children,” Koeppel told the Daily Caller. “When I saw this was happening, I realized that kids in my area were being exposed to this; I said you know what, I am not going to be quiet about it. I am going to make a very firm stance.”
More and more educators are beginning to stand up and speak out against social experimentation and the indoctrination of public school children into “progressive” ideology.
Jonathon Koeppel is a champion that parents should applaud and an inspirational example to other teachers who want to see common sense teaching returned to the classroom.
Also, check out the powerful video, In His Image: Delighting in God’s Plan for Gender and Sexuality, from American Family Studios. So many families are privately struggling with issues of transgenderism, same-sex attraction, and sexual brokenness. Many pastors and small group leaders desire to reach out with compassion and truth to those who are struggling, but they don’t even know where to begin. This feature-length documentary from American Family Studios is now available for church screenings at no cost to you.
Sincerely, Tim Wildmon, President American Family Association
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