Roman Catholic Baby Rapers & the Church that Enabled them

Independent researchers commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a report on alleged priestly sexual abuse of children in the United States. It said a total of 10,667 people accused priests of child sexual abuse from 1950 through 2002. More than 17 percent of accusers had siblings who were also allegedly abused. Among accusers, 46.9 percent said they had been abused numerous times.

An Irish report Wednesday detailed decades of child abuse in Catholic-run state schools and orphanages. Following are details of other sexual abuse scandals that have rocked the Roman Catholic Church around the world.

AUSTRALIA – 2008 – In July 2008 Pope Benedict during a visit to Australia apologized for sexual abuse by clergy, condemning it as “evil” and saying abusers should be brought to justice. The comments are believed to be the first time the pope has specifically apologized for sexual abuse by clergy and stated clearly that abusers should be brought to justice.

— At that time there had been 107 convictions for sexual abuse in the Catholic Church there.

AUSTRIA – 1995 – The archbishop of Vienna, Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer, was forced to retire after allegations that he had molested a schoolboy 20 years earlier.

– July 2004 – Austrian News magazine Profil ran pictures of priests kissing and groping seminarians studying for the priesthood at a Roman Catholic seminary in the St. Poelten diocese.

BRITAIN – July 2000 – The head of the Roman Catholic Church in England and Wales, Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O’Connor, acknowledged he had made a mistake while in a previous post in the 1980s by allowing a pedophile to continue working as a priest. The priest at the center of the controversy, Father Michael Hill, was jailed in 1997 for abusing nine boys over a 20-year period.

FRANCE – March 2000 – A court sentenced Abbot Jean-Lucien Maurel to 10 years in prison for raping and sexually abusing three boys. The assaults dated to 1994-96, when Maurel was head of a school in the southern French department of Aveyron.

IRELAND – April 2002 – Brendan Comiskey, one of Ireland’s best-known priests, resigned as Bishop of Ferns over the way he had dealt with allegations of sexual abuse against a priest of his diocese, Father Sean Fortune. Fortune committed suicide in 1999 while facing 66 charges of sexual abuse.

March 2009 – John Magee, bishop of Cloyne in the south of Ireland since 1987, under fire for his handling of reports of sexual abuse in his diocese, quit his daily duties to deal with the inquiry.

POLAND – March 2002 – Archbishop Juliusz Paetz quit following accusations, which he denied, of sexually molesting young priests.

UNITED STATES – 2002 – Boston’s Cardinal Bernard Law, the most senior Roman Catholic official in the United States, resigned over his handling of clergy sexual abuse.

— 2002 – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops directed each diocese to promptly investigate all allegations of sexual abuse.

— September 2003 – Boston Archdiocese agreed to pay up to $85 million to settle lawsuits filed by hundreds of people who said they were sexually abused by clergy.

— February 2004 – Independent researchers commissioned by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a report on alleged priestly sexual abuse of children in the United States. It said a total of 10,667 people accused priests of child sexual abuse from 1950 through 2002. More than 17 percent of accusers had siblings who were also allegedly abused. Among accusers, 46.9 percent said they had been abused numerous times.

— In a speech delivered shortly before he was elected pope, the then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger said the Church had to clean out the “filth” in its ranks.

— In July 2007, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles agreed to pay $660 million to 500 victims of sexual abuse dating as far back as the 1940s in the largest compensation deal of its kind.

— In August 2008, Chicago’s Roman Catholic archdiocese announced it would pay $12.7 million to settle 16 claims of sexual abuse involving 10 former priests and a school principal. The Chicago church has settled more than 100 cases.

— In April 2008 Pope Benedict met victims of sexual abuse by priests during his visit to the United States in an effort to heal the scars. The U.S. Church has paid some $2 billion in settlement to victims since the scandal first broke in 1992.

Sources: Reuters/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Judge condemns police for leniency with Repeat Sex Offender

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

Craig Mason, 21, was given a sexual offences prevention order in December 2004 for having sex with underage girls.

But after breaching the order he was only given a caution by police and was allowed to remain free.

Sex offender Mason went on to breach the order a further three times between April 2005 and March 2007 and commit four sexual acts against children.

Judge Charles Wide, sitting at Northampton Crown Court [last week – 1/5/09], criticised police for letting Mason off with a caution.

He said: “I’m very concerned that someone was cautioned in these circumstances and at the same time he was committing these serious offences.”

Mason admitted four charges of sexual acts against children, including two of intercourse, as well as three other breaches of the prevention order.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of a sexual act with a child under 16 and admitted two more charges of a sexual act with a child.

He denied two charges of sexual touching.

He breached his sexual offences prevention order on three occasions between April 30 2005 and March 01 2007, between October 28 2005 and July 1 2006, and between January 31 2006 and April 1 2006.

The court heard that Mason, of Irthlingborough, Northants, had previous convictions for three indecent assaults and two of sexual intercourse with underage girls.

A Northamptonshire Police spokesman said they would not comment on ongoing cases.

A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “If the police issued him with a caution for the initial breach that matter would have been considered dealt with.”

Mason was released on bail and the case adjourned for sentencing until May 28.

Michele Elliott, director of children’s charity Kidscape, said: “The reality is that you might as well spit into the wind when it comes to cautioning sex offenders.

“If there are no consequences for their actions there is no deterrent and these people will re-offend, which leaves vulnerable children at risk.”

Sandra Brown, founder of children’s campaign group The Moira Anderson Foundation, said: “It really underlines the need for monitoring arrangements to be absolutely clear cut.

“I do not think we can afford to err on the side of laxity at all.

“Unfortunately there are still examples of occasional leniency that have horrifying repercussions.”

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte

The Usual Suspects


David Hardin, 54, of Chickamauga was one of five people arrested last week on child sex charges, but now he is facing incest and pandering charges. Hardin was initially arrested Oct. 2 on one count of child molestation, but this week he was charged with two additional counts of child molestation, one count of incest and one count of pandering.

Also arrested on Oct. 2 were Linda Hardin, 43, of 599 Lee Ave., No. 18, two counts of hindering apprehension; John Lovell, 58, of 137 Hedrix Blvd., Apt. 5, Red Bank, one count of hindering apprehension; Preston Dennel, 19, of 600 Lee Ave., No. 5, Chickamauga, one count of statutory rape; Kevin Hicks, 21, of 599 Lee Ave., No. 42, Chickamauga, two counts of statutory rape.

Reports said that Hardin would allow male adults to have sex with a child. Dennel and Hicks admitted they had sex with the child, while Hardin watched. Reports added that another person said that they witnessed Hardin having sex with another child.

The children are in the custody of Walker County Family and Children Services.

The Usual Suspects


David Hardin, 54, of Chickamauga was one of five people arrested last week on child sex charges, but now he is facing incest and pandering charges. Hardin was initially arrested Oct. 2 on one count of child molestation, but this week he was charged with two additional counts of child molestation, one count of incest and one count of pandering.

Also arrested on Oct. 2 were Linda Hardin, 43, of 599 Lee Ave., No. 18, two counts of hindering apprehension; John Lovell, 58, of 137 Hedrix Blvd., Apt. 5, Red Bank, one count of hindering apprehension; Preston Dennel, 19, of 600 Lee Ave., No. 5, Chickamauga, one count of statutory rape; Kevin Hicks, 21, of 599 Lee Ave., No. 42, Chickamauga, two counts of statutory rape.

Reports said that Hardin would allow male adults to have sex with a child. Dennel and Hicks admitted they had sex with the child, while Hardin watched. Reports added that another person said that they witnessed Hardin having sex with another child.

The children are in the custody of Walker County Family and Children Services.

Concetta handed over children to Worman to sexually abuse

Concetta handed over children from her baby-sitting service to her former live-in boyfriend so he could sexually abuse


Prosecutors said several of the dozen children who were molested and raped were infants, one just 3 months old. More than 1 million images were found on Worman’s computer, including thousands of videos that Worman produced of himself raping children, prosecutors said.

A woman who prosecutors say handed over children from her baby-sitting service to her former live-in boyfriend so he could sexually abuse them pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to producing child pornography.

Concetta Jackson, 45, who ran a baby-sitting service out of her home in suburban Collingdale, pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court to one count of manufacturing child pornography. The charge carries a minimum sentence of 15 years in prison; she had been initially charged with some 30 similar counts.

Speaking barely above a whisper, Jackson said little in court other than replying to Judge Lawrence F. Stengel’s questions with “Yes, sir,” or “No, sir.”

Her former boyfriend, John Jackey Worman, 39, of Colwyn, has been charged in a federal indictment with more than 50 counts of producing and possessing child pornography.

Prosecutors said several of the dozen children who were molested and raped were infants, one just 3 months old. More than 1 million images were found on Worman’s computer, including thousands of videos that Worman produced of himself raping children, prosecutors said.

Police said Worman had installed a video camera in Jackson’s bathroom wall that allowed him, between 2003 and 2005, to videotape children as they used the toilet, undressed and showered. Jackson allowed Worman to videotape the children in exchange for rent, according to court documents.

Jackson also turned over supervision of infant girls in her care to Worman, and knew he was taking them to another room to sexually abuse them and document the abuse in photographs and videos, prosecutors said.

Dorothy Prawdzik, 43, of Drexel Hill, also has been charged in the federal indictment with helping Worman produce the child sex videos. Prawdzik, who prosecutors say was another one-time girlfriend of Worman, undressed the children and posed them in front of the cameras, authorities said.

Stengel also ordered Jackson to continue with psychological counseling, register as a sex offender and have no contact with her four children, ages 15 to 19, or any victims or witnesses in the case until after the trial of Worman and Prawdzik.

Prosecutors will seek a sentence of more than 20 years when Jackson is sentenced in December, Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Rotella said.

Public defender Mark Wilson said his client was also a victim of Worman, who was hired to do construction work at Jackson’s home and moved in not long afterward. Wilson described Jackson as a single mother with a 10th-grade education, divorced amid physical abuse allegations and living on disability assistance after being injured at her convenience store job.

“He saw that, and he took advantage of that vulnerability,” Wilson said. “She’s not a predator and she’s not a pedophile.”

Rotella declined to comment on Wilson’s characterization, citing Worman’s and Prawdzik’s upcoming trials, but said after the hearing that she was pleased with Jackson’s guilty plea.

Jury selection for the pair is slated to begin Thursday. Worman has been in custody since February 2006 and is being held in the Delaware County jail in lieu of $4 million bail.

Glenn Canfield – Repeat Sex Offender – Only lasted 5 weeks

Glenn had been in the program only five weeks before his arrest

Police arrested a registered sex offender Saturday afternoon after four girls said he showed them his genitals.

Glenn Canfield, 28, was temporarily out of prison in a community transition program Saturday when the girls said he followed them to the Taco Bell at 18th Street and Minnesota Avenue and exposed himself.

Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said the girls waved down police after a man showed them his genitals outside the restaurant.

They said he had following them on a bicycle for about an hour.

The girls pointed the man out to police, who arrested Canfield for indecent exposure and indecent exposure involving a child.

The community transition program is intended to prepare inmates for life on parole by helping them find work and save money. Department of Corrections statistics show three of every four inmates who go on the program graduate and are placed in the community.

Canfield, who is in prison for attempted second-degree rape, had been in the program only five weeks before his arrest, Parole board director Ed Ligtenberg said.

Canfield had been sentenced to a prison term of 12 years and six months in Lawrence County in 2002.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte
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Glenn Canfield – Repeat Sex Offender – Only lasted 5 weeks

Glenn had been in the program only five weeks before his arrest

Police arrested a registered sex offender Saturday afternoon after four girls said he showed them his genitals.

Glenn Canfield, 28, was temporarily out of prison in a community transition program Saturday when the girls said he followed them to the Taco Bell at 18th Street and Minnesota Avenue and exposed himself.

Sioux Falls police spokesman Sam Clemens said the girls waved down police after a man showed them his genitals outside the restaurant.

They said he had following them on a bicycle for about an hour.

The girls pointed the man out to police, who arrested Canfield for indecent exposure and indecent exposure involving a child.

The community transition program is intended to prepare inmates for life on parole by helping them find work and save money. Department of Corrections statistics show three of every four inmates who go on the program graduate and are placed in the community.

Canfield, who is in prison for attempted second-degree rape, had been in the program only five weeks before his arrest, Parole board director Ed Ligtenberg said.

Canfield had been sentenced to a prison term of 12 years and six months in Lawrence County in 2002.

“25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years”
………Sarah Tofte
Published in: on June 24, 2008 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  

Outgoing mayor vetoes sex offender ordinance

SCUMBAG POLITICIAN

NASHUA, N.H.—Nashua (New Hampshire)’s mayor is leaving office with a strong statement.
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Mayor Bernie Streeter has vetoed an ordinance that would have prevented registered child sex offenders from living within 1,000 feet of schools, parks or day-care centers. It applied to convicted sex offenders whose victims were 13 years old or younger.

Nashua’s board of aldermen passed the ordinance last week.

It had been opposed by the New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

The board would need at least 10 votes to overturn Streeter’s veto. The ordinance passed by a vote of 7 to 6.

A new mayor and a new board are sworn in Sunday.

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Published in: on January 3, 2008 at 11:59 pm  Leave a Comment  

Jeffrey and Steven Matteson – Father & Son Child Molesters

A Waite Drive man is facing life in prison after being charged with a felony sex crime that police said they learned about while investigating a similar accusation against the man’s father.

Jeffrey W. Matteson, 22, of Bennington, pleaded not guilty on Wednesday to a charge of aggravated sexual assault on a victim under the age of 10 in Bennington County District Court. The charge carries a possible penalty of life in prison.

In an affidavit, Bennington Police Detective Lawrence Cole said police first heard this accusation from an 8-year-old girl when they were investigating a case against Matteson’s father, Steven A. Matteson Sr. The girl told police she and a 6-year-old girl had been forced to perform sexual acts with Jeffrey Matteson.

Steven Matteson, 50, is currently scheduled to go to trial in April on two felony counts of aggravated sexual assault on a victim under the age of 10 and a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child based on allegations made by the 8-year-old girl.

In June, Steven Matteson pleaded guilty to a felony charge of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child that police said they filed after a woman came to them and said she had spoken to her daughter after she learned of the other charges against Steven Matteson. The sentence for that charge has been postponed until the other charges are resolved.

According to Cole, he and an investigator from the Vermont Department of Children and Families met with the 6-year-old girl in November 2006 because of the information they received from the 8-year-old girl.

Cole said the girl had a “difficult time” and “would become quiet and put her head down on the table” during the interview so charges were not pursued at that time.

However, the 6-year-old girl continued to meet with a therapist from United Counseling Services in Bennington.

The therapist told the state in February that the girl was beginning to make allegations against Jeffrey Matteson, Cole said.

“(The girl) says that (Steven Matteson) was aware of what was going on and would yell to (Jeffrey Matteson) to stop. He would say he was going to call the police, but (the girl) said he never did,” the therapist wrote, according to the affidavit.

Cole and another investigator from the Department of Children and Families met with the girl again in December.

According to Cole, the 6-year-old girl was able to provide more information in December and said that Jeffrey Matteson “does bad stuff” to her that caused “a lot of hurt.”

Cole said he arrested Jeffrey Matteson on Dec. 13 and Matteson denied ever touching the girl in a sexual manner.

Bennington County District Court Judge Katherine Hayes denied the state’s request to hold Matteson without bail at Wednesday’s arraignment.

Hayes said Cole had not asked her to set cash bail when he contacted her about the charges and said she couldn’t justify holding Matteson without bail because he did not appear to present a risk of flight.

Matteson could have been held without bail, even though he doesn’t have a criminal history, because he faces a sentence of life in prison. Bennington County Deputy State’s Attorney Robert Plunkett requested a hearing so the state could present evidence that Plunkett said he believed would justify the state’s request that Matteson be held without bail.

The hearing was scheduled for Tuesday.

Matteson was released without bail on conditions that included staying away from the girl involved in the case.

Published in: on January 3, 2008 at 11:11 pm  Leave a Comment