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PA Man Arrested For Child Sex Abuse

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Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives at the Centre County Courthouse for a hearing about his appeal on his child sex-abuse conviction.

Jerry Sandusky’s son Jeffrey charged with
Child Sexual Abuse

BELLEFONTE, PA  –  Jerry Sandusky’s adult son is in a Pennsylvania jail, awaiting a hearing next week on charges he pressured one teenage girl to send him naked photos and asked her teen sister to give him oral sex.

Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, faces 14 counts, including solicitation of statutory sexual assault and solicitation of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse.  His lawyer isn’t commenting on the allegations.

A child abuse expert says the allegations raise the possibility that he may not have been raised in a healthy sexual environment, whether or not he was himself victimized.

University of Pennsylvania professor Richard Gelles said adult men who seek sexual contact with adolescent girls are seeking power over them and can’t have a mature relationship with another adult.

“The sexual development in that household must depart significantly from normal.  Mom is denying (her husband’s serial abuse) or didn’t know.  Jerry was accused of having some sexual contact with one of his adopted children.  It’s hard to imagine that this young man (Jeffrey) is going to develop normally,” said Gelles, chair of child welfare and family violence at Penn’s School of Social Policy and Practice.

Jeffrey Sandusky is one of six people adopted by Jerry Sandusky. He’s been a stalwart supporter of his father, regularly attending his court proceedings alongside his mother, Dottie Sandusky, who also has consistently supported her husband and fought to clear his name.

Jeffrey Sandusky has not made any public allegations of abuse by Jerry Sandusky, but one of his siblings, Matt Sandusky, alleged at the time of their adoptive father’s 2012 criminal trial that he had been abused by him.  Matt Sandusky was not called as a witness, and Jerry Sandusky has never been charged with those allegations.

Abbie Newman, chief executive of the Mission Kids Child Advocacy Center of Montgomery County, a private agency that helps coordinate child abuse investigations, said it’s not unusual for patterns of abusive behavior to exist among different generations of the same family.

“We certainly see cases at Mission Kids of allegations of intergenerational child abuse,” she said.

Sandusky also was charged with six counts of unlawful contact with a minor and two counts each of solicitation to photograph or depict sexual acts, sexual abuse of children and corruption of minors.

Sandusky knew the girls through their mother.

A state trooper said in the arrest affidavit that on Nov. 21, the alleged victims’ father turned over to investigators text messages from Sandusky in which he asked one of the girls for nude photographs.

The affidavit said Sandusky told the teen in texts in March that “it’s not weird because he studied medicine” and instructed her “to not show these texts to anyone.”

The girl’s mother told investigators that when she confronted Sandusky, he told her “he knows it was wrong and inappropriate,” police said.

The girl told police the texts made her uncomfortable and that “he kept pressuring me and asked me multiple times not to show the texts to anyone,” police said.

Gelles gave the teen accuser credit for reporting the alleged contact.

“This girl was mature beyond her years, and smart beyond her years, and certainly not vulnerable to the kind of grooming that predators tend to use,” he said.

Prosecutors allege Jeffrey Sandusky sought oral sex from a second girl in 2013.  She was 15 years old at the time.

That teen told investigators that Jeffrey Sandusky told her in March: “I can’t even say anything except I’m sorry.”

Jerry Sandusky is serving a lengthy prison sentence for sexual abuse of 10 boys, maintains he was wrongly convicted and is appealing.

The state Corrections Department said that because of the charges, Jeffrey Sandusky was suspended without pay Monday from employment as a corrections officer at Rockview State Prison, near State College.  He was hired in August 2015.

Central Controller Of Playpen Draws 20 Years

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David Lynn Browning helped keep the site running and oversaw day-to-day operations.

Child Sex Abuse site operator jailed for
20 years

An American man who ran a site that traded images of child sexual abuse has been jailed for 20 years.

David Lynn Browning was the central controller of the Playpen site, which was hosted on the Dark Web.

Browning will also be subject to a life-time of supervision when he eventually leaves prison.

He is the second key Playpen operator to be jailed.  In January another administrator received a similar sentence.

Browning was a senior member of the group that had operated Playpen, said the US Department of Justice (DoJ) in a statement.

Shut down

He had been responsible for the day-to-day running of the site, moderating discussions and managing membership lists.

The DoJ said the members-only website had been run via The Onion Router (Tor) anonymising network.

Tor bounces data requests through lots of different nodes, encrypting at every step to conceal who and where users are.

A long-running FBI operation led to Playpen being shut down in 2015.

Prior to it being closed, the FBI ran the site for two weeks, gathering data on its users.

Playpen is believed to have had about 150,000 members who shared tens of thousands of postings about the sexual abuse of children.

The DoJ said the FBI action had led to the arrest of 51 people connected to the site and to the rescue of 55 children who were being abused.

Browning’s co-administrator Steven W Chase, from Florida, who was also arrested as a result of the FBI investigation, is expected to be sentenced soon.

Children Never Have A Day Off From Abuse

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Ark of Hope for Children

Walking Pneumonia?
But I Couldn’t Get Out Of Bed

Hello, I hope each of you are well and preparing for the time to think of others who are less fortunate than ourselves.

This is not the time of year to be pulling up lame, I have dedicated my life to doing all I can for others.

The Adverse Childhood Experience study of the 1990s proved that child abuse is strongly linked to drug addiction, mental illness, violent crime (both as a victim and a perpetrator), poverty, cancer, diabetes and heart disease.  In other words, the most pernicious and costly problems in our society.

This year alone, 10,000,000 young people, ages 13 to 24, will contract ONE (1) or MORE STI or STD.

Victims of Child Maltreatment and/or Trafficking have almost no hope of staying straight or away from the Sex Industry, due to the fact that not one state has viable LAWS in place to provide Safe, Protected Housing, On-going Counseling, Support Groups for as long as needed, or Guaranteed Continuing Education for these Dear Child Victims.

ARK OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN is the 24/7, Caring People that have dedicated their lives to giving these Children their lives back.

“Breaking the chains for those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying to lead survivors into lives filled with faith, hope and love.”

Ark of Hope for Children is empowering advocates and donors to bring care and awareness to those victimized as children by human trafficking, child abuse and bullying.  Ark of Hope is a human rights umbrella organization using a trauma informed approach to serve survivors through our various programs.

This approach acknowledges that traumatized people often respond to daily life quite differently even years after their traumatic experiences ended.  If we can address their trauma, we can change lives.  Unconditional Love, Understanding and Mentoring Support can empower victims to mold the challenges of their past into hope filled futures as thriving survivors.

I am very proud to say that We Give to this worthy cause, because I see every single day, the fine, selfless work these caring people do.

I want to ask everyone to open your hearts, and your pocketbooks, and join with us as We Give to ARK OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN.

Intervention is needed by these victims, join with us in giving this Holiday season, to ARK OF HOPE FOR CHILDREN.

Professor Charged With Porn, Lewd And Lascivious Acts

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Embry-Riddle professor Mark Fugler, 58

ERAU professor charged with Child Abuse,
9 other counts

Florida  –  A professor at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University has been charged with child abuse and committing lewd and lascivious acts with someone less than 16 years old.

Embry-Riddle professor Mark Fugler was arrested Friday night in Ormond Beach, according to arrest records.  Fugler has been charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious conduct to someone less than 16 years old, two counts of showing obscene material to a minor, one count of child abuse, and three counts of lewd and lascivious exhibition, the arrest records show.  Fugler, 58, is being held at the Volusia County jail on $550,000 bail.

University spokesman James Roddey said in an email that Fugler is a professor of civil engineering at the Daytona Beach campus and that he was hired by the school in 1996.  He said that “university officials will fully cooperate with law enforcement authorities on this investigation.”

A woman at his Ormond Beach home answered the door but declined to comment about the charges.

According to the university’s website, Fugler was currently teaching four classes and his areas of expertise included advanced materials in civil engineering, structural performance prediction, civil engineering in aerospace education, and remote structural condition assessment.

Demand For Sex Slaves Rising

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Demand For Sex Slaves Rising

Reported sex trafficking cases on the rise
in Indiana, Ohio

FORT WAYNE, IN  –  Young children, abused or neglected at home, run away and get picked up by strangers or even people they thought were their friends… selling them for sex.

It sounds like something straight out of a movie, but it actually happens everywhere.  It could be happening right in your own backyard.

The number of sex trafficking arrests are on the rise in the state of Indiana, but so is the supply and demand of the commercial sex industry.

Trafficking is a form of modern slavery, according to the National Human Trafficking Resource Center.

“This crime occurs when a trafficker uses force, fraud or coercion to control another person for the purpose of engaging in commercial sex acts or soliciting labor or services against his/her will,” says NHTRC.

One may think that sex trafficking only happens in under-developed neighborhoods, or only in other countries.  Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller reiterates that is simply not true, as it happens in any neighborhood, and from any computer or phone.

In Marion County alone, there have been 20 sex traffickers prosecuted and 25 victims rescued just in the past six months.

Zoeller, an advocate for education and the ceasing of sex trafficking in the Hoosier state, says many victims may not even see themselves as victims.  They may experience a phenomenon close to ‘Stockholm Syndrome’ or not know any other life than the toxic one they’re exposed to.

The AG says the victims are not to blame, but the main problem is the business world the traffickers are feeding into.

“This is a growing problem, and one we need to recognize is real. Many people don’t even believe this exists,” says Zoeller.  “I’ve called for the fact that people should be arrested and put in jail, the same way we address drunk driving.  You may lose your job, or at least the respect of your friends and community.  So if we start raising the risk factor, I think we can really take a dent out of the demand that’s out there today.”

Northwest Ohio is also no stranger to human trafficking cases either, as Toledo was once rated fourth in the nation for youth-sex trade due to a high number of FBI busts.  Some local coalition members say the busts are actually a good thing.

According to the NHTRC, there have been 289 human trafficking cases reported just this year.  233 of those cases are sex trafficking.

Even higher is the number of phone calls made to report a potential case: 1066.

Jennifer Wedge, a member of the Lucas County Human Trafficking Coalition, says high numbers is not a bad thing, but quite the opposite.

“If there’s a population center with a lot of identified human trafficking victims, it means something in that area is working,” says Wedge.  “They’re getting them identified and getting them help.  It does happen in every single zip code in our country and in every country around the world.”

Many victims are believed to be missing children.

That’s why Tim Wedge, a Forensics Science professor at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio (and Jennifer’s husband) wanted to step in and help.

Wedge helped create FAGIN, Facial Analysis to Gain Information Now, a basic crude prototype that he and his students engineered.

FAGIN is designed to take missing person reports with pictures of missing children, run it through the facial analysis software by comparing them to pictures in ads for people being sold for sex online, and produce a report whenever there’s a match.

It even matches old pictures of the children, from the time when they went missing, to an aged picture years later when they’re being sold.

Wedge says FAGIN has the possibility of rescuing a shocking amount of victims.

“If we can take this crude prototype and turn it into a production system, we potentially can rescue every single one [victim] that’s being advertised online.  That possibility exists.  That [number of victims saved] is very likely going to be in the thousands,” Wedge says.

Wedge has showed the prototype to some law enforcement agencies to show how it works and how it can be made into a full production system.

He believes for that to happen, FAGIN needs the resources of law enforcement officers to officially use it for missing children like from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children database, where 800,000 children are reported missing each year.  One in five of them are sex trafficking victims.

Zoeller says knowing the signs of trafficking is prominent in eliminating the epidemic.  Be on the lookout for young girls with an older man and it seems out-of-place.  There might be some bruising or cuts on the victims, they might seem very controlled, looking down and staying quiet, and they might not have identification on them.

Zoeller says these recognizing these red flags and bringing it to someone’s attention could help get someone’s life back.

To report a potential human trafficking case anonymously, call the NHTRC at 1 (888) 373-7888 or send a text to 233733 (Text “HELP” or “INFO”).  Both are available 24/7.