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NM Man Jailed Over Child Not Sitting

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Joshua Salais, 23

Boy who couldn’t sit down at school
sparks abuse investigation

LAS CRUCES, NM  –  Authorities arrested a Las Cruces man suspected of spanking his young stepson multiple times and hard enough to leave visible bruising on the boy’s buttocks.

Joshua Salais, 23, is charged with one count of child abuse.  The charge is a third-degree felony count.

Investigators learned that on Oct. 22, 2018, a 7-year-old boy was at his elementary school and had difficulty sitting down, according to the Las Cruces Police Department.

The young boy went to the school’s nurse, where it was discovered he had black and purple bruising on his buttocks.

The boy indicated to authorities that he was injured by Salais, who had spanked him.

The boy also indicated that his mother had to intervene to stop Salais.

Las Cruces police detectives believe that Salais used a belt on the young boy’s bare skin 8 to 10 times over the last two weeks.

Investigators subsequently observed bruising, in different stages of healing, that were consistent with allegations of the boy being struck hard, multiple times over several days.

Custody of the young boy has since been turned over to his grandmother.

A warrant was issued for the arrest of Salais.  He was taken into custody Friday evening and booked into the Doña Ana County Detention Center where he was initially held without bond.

Where Is Justice For 12, 6, And 2 Year Old?

Cottondale Child Sex Abuse suspect faces
Child Porn charge

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James Robert Pendley, 48, on five felony counts of first-degree sodomy against victims who were 12, 6, and 2 at the time of his arrest.

TUSCALOOSA, AL  –  A Cottondale man with pending child sexual abuse charges has been arrested for disseminating child porn.

Agents with the Alabama Bureau of Investigation’s Special Victims Unit arrested James Robert Pendley, 48, on Friday.  Pendley is facing one count of dissemination of child exploitation material and could face further charges, according to Lt. Brooke Walker, commander of ALEA’s Special Victims Unit and the Alabama Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

Pendley is currently awaiting trial on a charge of first-degree sodomy and domestic violence.  He was arrested on May 10, 2017, and charged with first-degree sodomy and one count of third-degree domestic violence/assault, a misdemeanor.

According to court records, Pendley is accused of shoving and pushing a family member who caught him abusing a 6-year-old boy in the bathroom of his residence on North Davis Road on May 4, 2017.  A grand jury later indicted Pendley on five felony counts of first-degree sodomy against victims who were 12, 6 and 2 at the time of his arrest.

Tuscaloosa County Circuit Court Judge Al May revoked Pendley’s bond Friday, at the request of the Tuscaloosa County District Attorney’s Office.

The Special Victims Unit was assisted by the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office, Northport Police, the Joint Electronic Crimes Task Force, Alabama State Troopers, ALEA Tactical team and members of the SBI’s Alcohol and Narcotics division while conducting the child pornography investigation.

IL Mother Charged With Attempted Murder

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Celeste T. Christian, 21, was charged with attempted murder after trying to drown her 3-year-old son.

Chicago mom tried to drown son, 3, days
after posting online that he had died: police

CHICAGO, IL  –  Authorities in Chicago this week said a South Side mother falsely wrote on social media that her 3-year-old son had died, then tried to drown him in a bathtub days later.

Celeste T. Christian, 21, was charged with attempted murder as her son remained hospitalized in critical condition, the Chicago Tribune reported.

The child was being treated at University of Chicago Medical Center for asphyxiation and water in his lungs.  Police said someone had held the toddler underwater.

Christian told police the child had wet himself after the father dropped him off, and gave him a bath.  She claimed she left her son by himself for five to 10 minutes to check on her 2-year-old daughter.

She heard splashing and ran back to the bathroom to find the boy limp in the water, with foam coming out his nose and mouth, and called 911.

An hour before the child arrived at the hospital, a doctor received a call from an organ and tissue donor asking if the boy was there yet, police said.  The donor did not reveal who told them the toddler would be there.

When police interviewed the child’s father, he told them Christian had earlier announced on social media that their son had died and wanted to make funeral plans, the paper reported.

Christian was arrested and held without bail at Cook County Jail.

B.A.C.A. Banishes Couple

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Daniel Rodriguez , 42

Biker Group Condemns Round Rock
Members Charged With Child Abuse

AUSTIN, TX  —  The Bikers Against Child Abuse organization released a statement Wednesday condemning the alleged actions of two of its former members in Round Rock related to child abuse.

“The B.A.C.A. Nation is deeply saddened and distressed to have learned that two of its former members, individuals licensed by the State of Texas as foster providers, were charged with numerous criminal acts against the children the state entrusted to their care,” read a prepared statement sent to Patch.  “The reported actions of these individuals not only violates the core of our organization’s mission, which is to empower abused children to not fear the world in which they live, but it violated the very trust afforded foster providers and caregivers.”

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Shirley Rodriguez, 42

Daniel Rodriguez and Shirley Rodriguez have been charged with two counts of injury to a child, according to Williamson County Sheriff Robert Chody.  An arrest affidavit details that the woman, 42, slapped one of the three adopted children before force-feeding the child, and is also alleged to have sent the man, 42, videos of the act, according to the report.

Additionally, Shirley Rodriguez was charged with two new counts of indecency with a child, according to the affidavit.  She is accused of touching two of the children inappropriately while showering with them while simultaneously participating in a video call with her husband, according to the affidavit.

The woman charged with a total of nine counts of indecency with a child, two counts of injury to a child and aggravated assault, according to jail records.  For his part, Daniel Rodriguez was charged with seven counts of indecency with a child and three counts of injury to a child.  Both are being held at the Williamson County Jail as of Tuesday, with bail set for the man at $1.45 million and for the woman at $1.82 million, records indicate.

BACA, the nonprofit group to which both belonged, has several regional bases of operation that include one in Central Texas.  The group was founded in 1995 by John Paul “Chief” Lilly in Provo, Utah.  Chief is a licensed clinical social worker and registered play therapist/supervisor, according to the group’s Wikipedia page.  The group is now in 48 states and nine countries, according to the page.

In the press release, BACA described a thorough background check members undergo before joining the group:  “Each and every member of the B.A.C.A. organization is thoroughly vetted before they are allowed to be involved with children.  This vetting process includes going through criminal background checks on local and federal levels, and strictly adhering to policies, procedures and the code of conduct, which ensures its members are never alone with a child.”

Upon learning of the charges against the Rodriguez’, their membership in BACA was immediately terminated, officials said:  “The moment B.A.C.A. became aware of the allegations, local and State Leadership moved swiftly against these individuals and removed them permanently from the organization.”

Justice Served To Purveyors Of Child Porn In NY

Carthage Woman Sentenced to 90 Years for Child Pornography Production

Tammy Martin and Co-defendant Clif Seaway Filmed the Abuse of Three Child Victims

SYRACUSE, NY  –  Tammy M. Martin, age 48, of Carthage, New York, was sentenced today to serve 90 years in prison for her conviction on three counts of sexual exploitation of a child, announced United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith and Kevin M. Kelly, Special Agent in Charge of the Buffalo Field Office of Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

The sentencing today follows Martin’s earlier plea of guilty during which she admitted that on at least 4 separate occasions in 2002, she and co-defendant Clif Seaway engaged the first of the 3 victims in sexually explicit conduct for the purpose of producing visual depictions.  This criminal conduct resulted in the production of at least 30 separate files depicting the child engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

Martin further admitted to the abuse of a second victim on at least 14 separate occasions from 2001 through 2007, producing at least 104 separate files depicting that abuse.

Finally, Martin admitted that on at least 26 occasions from 2004 through 2008, she and Seaway engaged the third of their victims in sexually explicit conduct, producing at least 211 separate files of that abuse.

Martin was sentenced to serve the maximum sentence allowable under federal law, consisting of 30 years of imprisonment on each count of conviction to be served consecutively to one another.  If Martin is ever released from prison, she is sentenced to a term of supervised release for life, and required to register as a sex offender.

“Over a seven year period, Tammy Martin and Clif Seaway sexually exploited three children, and the 90-year sentence imposed reflects the depravity and gravity of those crimes,” said United States Attorney Grant C. Jaquith.  “Our commitment to prosecutions to protect children and secure just punishment for their predators is unwavering, and we continue to seek sentences which ensure that those predators will never harm another child.”

“Today’s sentence clearly demonstrates the serious nature with which the law enforcement community views crimes committed against children,” said Kevin Kelly, Special Agent in charge of HSI Buffalo.  “HSI and our partners will continue to be relentless in the aggressive pursuit of these cases, and the significant prison term handed down is an appropriate one and should serve as a stark warning about the consequences awaiting those involved in these acts.”

For his part in the abuse of these and other children, Clif Seaway was sentenced on May 3, 2018 to serve 360 years in prison.

Martin’s case was investigated by the New York State Police, and the United States Department of Homeland Security, Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).  The case was prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Lisa Fletcher, Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Northern District of New York, and Carina Schoenberger.

Launched in May 2006 by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood is led by United States Attorneys’ Offices and the Criminal Division’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section (CEOS).  Project Safe Childhood marshals federal, state and local resources to better locate, apprehend and prosecute individuals who exploit children via the Internet, as well as to identify and rescue victims.

For more information about Project Safe Childhood, please visit https://www.justice.gov/psc