Children Are In Danger On-Line

Cyber Safety

The proliferation of child predators using the Internet to target young victims has become a national crisis.  A study shows one in seven children will be solicited for sex online in the next year.

The Texas Attorney General is urging all parents and teachers to realize the risks our children face online, and take steps to help ensure their children’s safety.

Internet Chase Video

So why are some teens so trusting of people they meet online?  For many students there is a sense that what happens online can’t hurt them.  Unfortunately, we are finding that many teens are posting personal information in chat rooms and on social networking sites making them easy prey for child predators.

In this video, provided from the I-Safe curriculum, you can see what happens when one student finds out the hard way that you can’t trust what people tell you online. Click the image to watch the video.

If for any reason you fear any one, or have any doubts about your safety, contact Law Enforcement immediately.

Texas Attorney General’s office 1 (800) 252-8011

The CyberTipline
https://report.cybertip.org/
1-800-843-5678

Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website
http://www.nsopw.gov

The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children®
http://www.missingkids.com

Connecticut Man Charged With Abusing Toddler

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Joseph Mullikin, 37, of Ashford, Connecticut.

Ashford man in custody following
Child Abuse investigation

DANIELSON, CT  –  A man is facing several charges after an investigation into his suspected abuse of a seven-month-old female child.

The investigation led to the arrest of 37-year-old Joseph Mullikin, of Ashford on a warrant Tuesday.

State Police say the child was being treated at Connecticut Children’s back in September, when physicians reported to DCF that the child had suspicious injuries they believed were indicative of abuse or neglect.

According to a release, the seven-month-old has bruises on both sides of her face, eyes and eyelids.  The bruising also extended to her ears.

After a lengthy investigation, State Police were granted a warrant charging Mullikin with 1st degree Assault, 2nd degree Strangulation/Suffication and Risk of Injury.

Mullikin was held on $200,000 bond and is due in Danielson court Wednesday.

UPDATE – TN Teacher Charged With Child Abuse

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April Chandler, 45

UPDATE – Special Ed teacher arrested, charged with CA

HENDERSONVILLE, TN  –  A George A. Whitten Elementary School special education teacher was arrested and charged with child abuse.

According to Sumner County School officials, 45-year-old April Chandler was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

The arrest affidavit said an aide at the school told police Chandler forcefully and angrily grabbed a 5-year-old nonverbal autistic boy, causing him to have scratches and red marks.

The witness detailed another incident when Chandler was reading a story to the students as the young boy tried to sit in her lap.  The affidavit says Chandler pushed the boy off of her and he fell down.

A second aide told officers Chandler was roughly changing the boy’s clothes.  When the boy began to cry, she mocked the boy’s appearance.

After officers spoke with the school employees, Chandler was arrested on November 18.  She has since been released on bond.

Chandler is expected to appear in court on December 11.

TN Teacher Suspended, Charged With Child Abuse

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April Chandler

Special Ed teacher arrested, charged with Child Abuse

HENDERSONVILLE, TN  –  A George A. Whitten Elementary School special education teacher was arrested and charged with child abuse.

According to Sumner County School officials, April Chandler was suspended without pay pending the outcome of the criminal investigation.

NewsChannel 5 is working to get the details of the incident from the affidavit.  We will update this story when more information becomes available.

Doctor Charged With Child Sexual Assault, Meth Possession

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Timothy Morris Collins, 53, of Arlington Texas.

Physician’s license suspended

The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of a North Texas physician after his arrest on charges of child sex assault and drug possession.

Timothy Morris Collins, 53, of Arlington was booked into the Tarrant County jail Oct. 30 on two counts of sexual assault of a child and one count of possession of 1 to 4 grams of a controlled substance.  He posted $52,500 bond the following day, court records show.

A disciplinary panel of the state’s medical board temporarily suspended his license without notice Thursday “after determining his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to public welfare,” the board said in a written statement.

Collins, who specializes in family medicine, has been licensed since 1995.  According to the board and his LinkedIn profile, he practices at Plano-based North Texas Medical Specialists.

Court records indicate that the incidents that led to the sexual assault charges took place in 1995 and 2012.  Police have not released any additional information about those charges.

A criminal complaint for the drug charge says Collins was in possession of methamphetamine Oct. 29.

Collins was arrested in 2016 on a drug-possession charge after authorities said he had meth, but a Tarrant County grand jury opted not to indict him.

The state medical board has twice taken disciplinary action against him in the past.

In 2011, the board found Collins had failed to keep accurate records about his purchases and disposal of controlled substances and ordered him to take continuing medical education and pay a $1,000 fine.

Three years later, the board found that Collins had solicited a patient for financial help, kept medical records that didn’t support multiple patients’ prescriptions to controlled substances and didn’t cooperate with the board.

In lieu of suspending his license, the board put Collins on a probationary period that included a public reprimand, oversight of his practice by another physician and the requirement that he reapply to the Drug Enforcement Admin-istration and Texas Department of Public Safety to be able to prescribe controlled substances.