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Children Sexually Abused And Videotaped At School

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Deonte Carraway

Volunteer charged with videotaping sexual
acts between kids at elementary school

PALMER PARK, MD – Prince George’s County police have arrested a 22-year-old elementary school volunteer for producing videos of young victims performing sex acts on school grounds during the school day.

Deonte Carraway was arrested Friday and is facing 10 counts of felony child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor and second-degree sexual offense.

Police said there are ten known victims discovered so far-ranging from 9 to 13 years old.  Detectives found Carraway had about 40 videos showing the victims performing sex acts on each other or alone under his direction.  Police also believe Carraway abused some of his victims.

Carraway was a volunteer teacher’s assistant at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden.  In the previous 2014-2015 school year, he was also a paid assistant at the school.  He was also the director of the Glenarden Voices of Youth Choir.

According to police, the videos were produced at the elementary school as well as the Glenarden Municipal Center, Theresa Banks Memorial Aquatic Center and in private homes.

Police said the arrest was sparked last Thursday by an uncle of a student who discovered a nude photo on his nephew’s cell phone and it had been sent to Carraway through the Kik messaging app.

Carraway has admitted his involvement in the manufacturing and production of child pornography, according to police.  They said additional charges are likely as this investigation will likely last several months.

Police are urging other possible victims of this crime to contact their Child and Vulnerable Adult Abuse Unit at 301-772-4930.

Carraway is being held on $1 million bond.

Statement on Deonte Carraway from Prince George’s County Public Schools:

“Prince George’s County Public Schools is shocked by the recent allegations.  We will cooperate fully with law enforcement in this investigation.  It’s important to note that every PGCPS employee goes through a proper screening process before they are hired.  The safety of our students is a top priority for PGCPS.  We will have counselors available to help victims in their recovery process.”

Teacher Abused Two Children

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Timothy Wingate, 30

Child Center Administrator Accused Of
Failing To Report Child Abuse

West Palm Beach, Florida  –  An administrator with a child educational center spent Thursday in jail on charges he failed to promptly report allegations of child abuse in 2014 that happened under his watch, authorities say.

Timothy Wingate, 30, of West Palm Beach, is listed as the chief operating officer of Apostolic Child Development Center Inc. of West Palm Beach, according to its website.

The center, whose name was redacted from a report, had a video that showed a teacher abusing two children, according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office.  But Wingate didn’t provide the video surveillance in the classroom to police until 10 days after their initial visit to the center, sheriff’s deputies said.

Wingate also failed to notify the state Department of Children and Families of the abuse, which he is required to do, deputies said. Wingate was recently held on the charge of failure to report child neglect, which authorities say happened at the center on May 12, 2014.

A number listed for Apostolic Child Development Center was no longer in service.  Wingate could not be reached for comment despite phone calls to numbers listed in his name.

Zully Marilu Ruiz Yapan, the teacher held on the child abuse-related charge in 2014, was listed on the center’s website at the time the abuse allegation was made.  Yapan was sentenced to three years of probation in April 2015, court records show.

According to the arrest report, a child in Yapan’s class told her father her teacher had hit her and she complained she couldn’t eat potato chips and was in pain.

The report states the child’s mother reported the incident to Wingate, who told her he spoke to two teachers who said “nothing happened.”

He told the family he conducted a full investigation into the matter and placed the child back into the care of Yapan, according to the report.  He told someone, whose name was redacted from the arrest report, that he was “not going to allow her drag his school down,” the report said.

Wingate told investigators under oath he didn’t review the video surveillance before giving it to police, the report states.  He was released from Palm Beach County Jail on Thursday after posting $3,000 bail.

Indiana Child Abuse Registry

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Stop Child Abuse

Bill creating Child Abuse registry
moves forward

Indiana  –  Angie Garza stood in front of lawmakers on Wednesday with a tearful plea.  She asked them to prevent another child from dying as her 19-month grandson did.

Those lawmakers responded.

With a unanimous vote, the Senate Judiciary Committee took the first step toward creating what may be the nation’s first public registry of people convicted of child abuse and neglect.

The bill, authored by Sen. Carlin Yoder, R-Middlebury, requires the state to create a publicly searchable website that lists all persons convicted of crimes against children, akin to the sex offender registry.

Such information exists but access is limited to police and employers doing background checks for workers in licensed child care facilities.

The origins of the proposal lie in the tragedy of Garza’s family.

Her grandson, Kirk Coleman, died in October 2014 while in the care of an Elkhart County woman whom Garza later learned was previously charged with battering a toddler and temporarily barred from caring for children.

While the woman told Garza that her grandson accidentally choked while eating, a pathologist later ruled his death a homicide caused by blunt-force injuries to the head.

“We’ve been trying to get justice ever since, not only for him, but for all children,” Garza said during emotional testimony.

Yoder said he was approached by Garza last fall, after Jackie Rolsten of New Paris, Ind., was charged in Kirk Coleman’s death.

Garza said her family had known Rolsten for many years, but they had no knowledge of her criminal history.  In 2006, Rolsten was arrested on a felony child-battery charge involving a 2-year-old.  She later pleaded to child neglect.

Though her prison term was suspended, Rolsten was ordered by a judge to stop her in-home childcare business while on probation. That order expired before she started taking care of Kirk.

“We had no idea,” Garza said.

Rolsten, now awaiting trial in Elkhart County on a charge of felony-battery resulting in death, didn’t need a state license to care for Kirk. Because she never cared for more than five children in her home, she fell outside of state licensing requirements.

Officials say thousands of such unlicensed childcare providers operate across the state.

Yoder said a registry will fill a gap by giving parents a place to see if someone coming into contact with their children has any prior child-abuse convictions.

“If there’s any good that can come from this, this may be it,” he said.
Still, the bill faces hurdles.

On Wednesday, a State Police official estimated it may cost up $300,000 a year to create and maintain such a registry.  At this point, Yoder’s bill comes with no funding.

Supporters of the idea – including Senate Judiciary Chairman Brent Steele, R-Bedford – promised to find it a way to pay for it.

“I don’t care about the fiscal impact,” said Sen. Greg Taylor, D-Indianapolis.  “When it comes to the safety of children, I don’t care if we have to spend a million dollars.”

Other states have child abuse registries, but public access is limited.

Michigan lawmakers debated creating a public registry like the one Yoder wants after lawmakers there heard testimony from a family with a story similar to Garza’s.

That measure stalled when the American Civil Liberties Union raised concerns that the registry could have an unintended consequence: Someone may be less willing to report a spouse or family member suspected of abuse because they know the individual will be placed on the registry.

The ACLU also argued the registry is a kind of perpetual punishment, not allowing for people who’ve been rehabilitated to get off the list.

Larry Landers, head of the Indiana Public Defender Council, said a public child-abuse registry may face similar challenges.  He noted that Indiana’s sex offender registry, a public website that lists the names and addresses of persons accused of sex crimes, has faced multiple court challenges.

Those issues matter little for Kirk’s mother, Anissa Garza, who wept quietly Wednesday as she sat with a dozen family members to watch the hearing.

The measure must still pass the Senate, then move to the House for a hearing, but Garza said she is relieved that it is gaining support.

“I wouldn’t want to see this ever happen to any other parent,” she said.

ACCORDING TO WHO’S DATA????

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Dr Martin Luther King Jr

New Federal Data Shows Nearly 3 Percent Rise in Child Abuse

The number of U.S. children victimized by abuse and neglect increased by nearly 3 percent in the latest annual reporting period, according to new federal data.

According to the report released Monday by the Department of Health and Human Services, the estimated number of victimized children in the 2014 fiscal year was 702,208 — up from 682,307 in 2013.

The report estimated fatalities attributable to child abuse and neglect at 1,580 — up from 1,530 in 2013.

HHS said Rafael Lopez, commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, had sought input from child welfare officials in states with the increases in reported abuse and neglect.

According to Lopez, the officials cited substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence as factors contributing to the increased maltreatment.

I Can’t Help But Say It….

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How could our Children NOT MATTER????

Quiet Possibly A Statement From The
Master Architect And Master Builder

We hope everyone caught in this bad weather is safe and warm tonight, and before I continue, I want every single one of you to know that you are in my Prayers.

I am quiet sure that there will be more than a few that takes exception  to my choice of words….  SO, just so they don’t have to think too hard, I want to call your attention to HEADING #2, and I am talking about THE MASTER ARCHITECT AND MASTER BUILDER OF THIS EARTH, AND EVERY OTHER THING.

You see, I Happen To Know That HIS SON Cares A Great Deal About Children!!!!

Our Children are still being ignored by Washington.

But I do want to say THANK YOU!!!! to the state of Colorado, to Law Enforcement, and TO CPS, this is a VERY POSITIVE thing for CPS to work so closely with Law Enforcement for THE GOOD of Children, Parents, and in fact EVERYONE in Colorado,

I find it ironic that “someone” STRETCHED THE TRUTH by saying temperatures had risen since the 1800’s, and ocean temperatures had risen.

What’s ironic????  (I got 1 little thing to say first)

I will say that a whole lot of people should be glad for “The Climate Change” (LOL), otherwise this could very well be the next ice age beginning….

OK, what is ironic is the fact that the last time there was this much snow around NY was in 1859.

SO, without further ado, I have one (1) Award to hand out tonight, and I’m quiet sure you all will figure out the recipient.