Unlawful neglect of a child is a felony charge in South Carolina. It can be punished by up to 10 years in prison.
Updated November 06, 2022
An Horry County elementary school principal was arrested this week after police determined she failed to properly report suspected child abuse as part of a law designed to catch potential abuses as early as possible.
Rebecca Schroyer, principal of Ocean Bay Elementary, is facing two counts of failing to report child abuse of neglect, as defined by South Carolina’s mandated reporter law. The misdemeanor charges each carry a penalty of up to six months in prison and/or a $500 fine. She was placed on administrative leave Tuesday.
Schroyer’s arrest came in conjunction with charges against special education teacher Grace McColgan, who was accused of unlawful conduct toward children related to multiple occasions during the current and past school year.
Attorney Morgan Martin, who is representing Schroyer, described the charges against his client as an “overreach” by law enforcement because he believes the principal was “vigilant” in her actions, and didn’t violate the law. He didn’t say what actions Schroyer took, and the warrants for her arrest don’t offer many details either.
Each failure to report charge stems from alleged incidents of abuse in February, when McColgan placed hand sanitizer in a child’s open wound and hit a child back after the child hit her, the warrants state. The reports do not detail how police determined Schroyer knew about these abuses or whether she did anything with that information.
The Horry County Police Department arrested an elementary school teacher and a principal Wednesday morning.
Rebecca Schroyer, 47, who is the principal at Ocean Bay Elementary School, is accused of two counts of failing to report a child neglect allegation for an incident that happened during the 2021-22 school year.
The alleged incident, which happened in February, involved a teacher “putting hand sanitizer in a child’s open wound,” an arrest warrant states.
Schroyer, employed with the district since 2001, was placed on administrative leave on Tuesday pending the investigation. At the Wednesday bond hearing, Schroyer was given a $10,000 bond and released.
Grace McColgan, 60, a special education teacher at Ocean Bay Elementary, was charged with six counts of unlawful conduct towards a child, stemming from the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years, according to an arrest warrant.
According to a redacted witness statement, McColgan smacked three male students with an open hand on two separate occasions after the students would not get their heads off the table. These incidents happened in late September.
There were always three adults in the room with McColgan, according to the incident reports. She was placed on administrative leave October 11.
McColgan was given a $60,000 bond on Wednesday.
Mark Porter, executive director for elementary schools, will oversee Ocean Bay elementary school for the time being, according to Lisa Bourcier, the Horry County schools spokesperson.
A bond hearing for both McColgan and Schroyer is scheduled for 3 p.m. Wednesday. No bail has been set.
Indiana State Police said the boy had never been reported missing, slowing the investigation of the case.
His mother, 37-year-old Dejaune Ludie Anderson, of Atlanta, is wanted on an arrest warrant on a murder charge. She also is charged with neglect of a dependent and obstruction of justice.
An autopsy found that the boy died from an electrolyte imbalance most likely due to gastroenteritis, or vomiting and diarrhea that led to dehydration, state police said in May. Investigators said the boy had died within a week prior to his body’s discovery.
“No matter what progress is made, what happens in the case, we’re still dealing with the tragic death of a precious young child,” Indiana State Police Sgt. Carey Huls said.
Huls said Anderson remains at large, and police are seeking the public’s help in finding her. He said Anderson has traveled to numerous locations, including Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Diego and San Francisco since police began their investigation last spring after her son’s body was found.
Huls said “the physical evidence led to the suspects” in Jordan’s death.
Another woman, 40-year-old Dawn Elaine Coleman, of Shreveport, Louisiana, also is facing neglect and obstruction charges. She was arrested on Oct. 19 in San Francisco.
Cairo was buried in June at a Salem, Indiana, cemetery about 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky, after a memorial service where a police chaplain called the then-unidentified child an “unknown angel.”
Huls said the Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted Indiana authorities in contacting Jordan’s father after investigators confirmed the boy’s identity.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed Oct. 14 seeking the arrest warrant against Coleman, investigators found both Coleman’s and Anderson’s fingerprints on black plastic bags the boy’s body had been placed inside within the suitcase .
The affidavit contains posts that Anderson allegedly made on her Facebook account, including posts on April 11 after she was released from jail in Louisville, Kentucky, on a shoplifting charge. In those posts, made using a vanity name, Anderson wrote: “Just got out of a jail mission” and “Yes had to do some healing and killing,” the affidavit states.
A series of earlier Facebook posts Anderson allegedly made discuss exorcism, spells and other supernatural topics, with one posted on Feb. 19 mentioning “a very powerful demonic force from within my son,” according to the affidavit.
Online court documents do not list an attorney who could speak on behalf of Coleman, who is expected to be transported to Indiana within about a month, Huls said.
Indiana’s online court records do not reflect a murder charge against Anderson, and it is unclear if she has an attorney who could speak on her behalf.
The Washington County Prosecutor’s office declined Wednesday to discuss the status of the murder charge against Anderson.
Huls said the prosecutor’s office obtained an arrest warrant on a murder charge for Anderson from a judge Tuesday based on an affidavit that would be released once Anderson is in custody.
Manchester United striker Mason Greenwood has been charged with attempted rape by the Crown Prosecution Service.
The footballer has also been charged with engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Deputy chief crown prosecutor for CPS North West Janet Potter said: “The Crown Prosecution Service has today authorised Greater Manchester Police to charge Mason Greenwood, 21, with attempted rape, engaging in controlling and coercive behaviour, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
“All three counts relate to the same complainant.
“Specialist rape prosecutors from CPS North West’s complex casework unit authorised the charges following a review of a file of evidence received from Greater Manchester Police.
“The defendant’s first court appearance will take place on October 17 at Greater Manchester Magistrates’ Court.
“The Crown Prosecution Service reminds all concerned that criminal proceedings against the defendant are active and that he has a right to a fair trial.
“It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice those proceedings.”
United responded to the news with a statement regarding the development, saying: “Manchester United notes that criminal charges have been brought against Mason Greenwood by the Crown Prosecution Service. He remains suspended by the club, pending the outcome of the judicial process.”
The BBC reported earlier in the day that Greenwood had been arrested for allegedly breaching bail conditions.
A statement from the Greater Manchester Police said they were “aware of an allegation regarding a 21-year-old man breaching his bail conditions and an arrest has been made on Saturday”.
The one-time England international was first arrested in January on suspicion of rape and assault.
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The allegations led United to quickly suspend the forward until further notice at the start of the year.
He was also removed from EA Sports’ FIFA game, while Nike ended their sponsorship deal with him.
Greenwood came through the youth sector at Old Trafford and made 129 appearances for the first team before his suspension, scoring 35 goals.
Utah Investigators Arrest First Suspect in Ritualistic Child Sex Abuse and Trafficking Case
Special investigators with the Utah County Sheriff’s Office in Utah arrested a Provo man on charges of alleged ritualistic child sex abuse stemming from a year-long investigation that is likely to produce more suspects and arrests.
David Lee Hamblin, 68, was arrested in Provo on Sept. 28 by members of the sheriff’s special victims unit and charged with first-degree felony rape of a child, sodomy of a child, aggravated abuse of a child, and lewdness involving a child, a misdemeanor.
A Utah County judge ordered Hamblin held without bail at the county jail pending his arraignment. Juab County Attorney Ryan Peters will serve as special prosecutor in the case in that jurisdiction.
“We feel like we have [made] progress and anticipate there will be more arrests in the future,” Utah County Sheriff’s Sgt. Spencer Cannon told The Epoch Times.
Hamblin’s arrest marks the first break in the investigation that began in early 2021, producing more than 130 witnesses and alleged victims.
One victim, a woman in her forties, told investigators she was 6 or 7 when Hamblin allegedly began sexually molesting her in the mid-1980s
“The victim’s family resided in the same neighborhood as David,” according to Hamblin’s booking statement. “The victim stated she would regularly play with David’s children and had been babysat on a number of occasions by David.”
The document describes in lurid detail how Hamblin allegedly continued sexually assaulting the child, at one point forcing multiple children to take turns performing a sex act on him.
“The female victim recounted several other assaults inflicted upon her by David Hamblin,” the statement added. “This occurred at the Hamblin home in Spring City, Utah” before the victim’s 13th birthday.
The alleged incidents occurred at residences in Provo and Spring City over many years until around 1990.
Suspect Was Licensed Therapist
According to investigators, Hamblin worked as a licensed therapist in Provo, where he faced charges that he sexually abused a male patient in 2012.
While the Utah County Attorney’s Office eventually dropped those charges, Hamblin had his therapy license revoked in Utah.
“Through this investigation, it has been reported that David continues to perform ‘therapy’ under the guise of ‘healing circles’ and upon information and belief, the abuse may be ongoing,” according to a probable cause statement.
“David Hamblin is a threat to the children and citizens of Utah County.”
On May 31, Utah County Sheriff Mike Smith announced an investigation had been underway since April 2021 that involved “ritualistic child sex abuse and child sex trafficking” in Utah County and Juab and Sanpete counties.
A day after authorities announced the case, Utah County Attorney David Leavitt identified himself and his wife, an attorney, as potential suspects while vigorously refuting the claims at a press conference. Leavitt based his remarks on what he said was a leaked 151-page official document obtained online.
“Until we get to a point where we can make an arrest or until we need help from the public in identifying or locating a certain suspect, we don’t discuss names of suspects or witnesses in these cases,” Cannon said.
Cannon dispelled earlier reports that the case was about “Satanic ritual abuse.” However, there appear to be elements of “ritualistic sexual abuse,” he said.
Obey, Or Else
Cannon said ritual child sexual abuse could include authority figures who repeatedly use their influence to get victims to obey, or there will be consequences.
Some victims in the case reported sexual abuse but felt other law enforcement didn’t take them seriously.
“Some never reported it because they feared retaliation by the suspect or people connected to the suspect. /A couple of people I spoke to were scared. They wouldn’t tell me their name. We just had an address and a phone number,” Cannon said.
Investigators said the case is challenging given the time passed and some victims’ potential failure of memory.
“These kinds of things can be very challenging because they become so complex,” Cannon said. “We have to try to get corroborating evidence to support whatever given victim can tell, and we have been able to do that in this case.”
He said many victims reported feeling a “great sense of relief” now that law enforcement is taking them seriously.
“We want them to understand we will take them seriously,” Cannon said, adding that most reports he’s received from victims sounded highly credible.
Cannon said there is no statute of limitations for sexual abuse in Utah.