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ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 10:25 AM

1/2...Met creating team to deal with historical child abuse cases…

The Metropolitan Police is creating a team of 90 officers and staff to tackle the increasing workload resulting from allegations of historical child abuse.

The new team will handle 29 separate allegations that previous inquiries were blocked because prominent people were identified as suspects.

It will also deal with work resulting from Justice Lowell Goddard's child abuse public inquiry.

It will consist of reorganised staff rather than new recruits.

The BBC understands the controversial Operation Midland - which is investigating claims of child abuse by establishment figures will continue as a "standalone operation" because it is also examining allegations of child killings.

Scotland Yard has finished a routine review of the Midland investigation which began in April, partly to consider further lines of inquiry. The results have not yet been made public.

The Met has made no detailed comment about Operation Midland for months.

There have been reports it will be scaled back because it has not uncovered substantial evidence, despite a 10-month investigation.

In a statement on Friday the Met said the investigation involved 27 officers from the Homicide and Major Crime Command, who would remain there.

"As part of their duties they undertake on-call responsibilities where they deal with calls for initial management of new cases. The team are taking no new investigations and their main focus is on Midland," the statement said.

The inquiry began when a man in his 40s alleged he had been abused by MPs, senior figures in the security services and men of high rank in the military.

As a potential victim of sexual abuse he has remained anonymous, known by the name 'Nick'.

Midland's detectives have travelled across the UK and abroad to speak to potential witnesses.

They have visited, with 'Nick', a number of the locations he claims to have been taken to as a child.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 10:21 AM

2/2...Abuse claims

In December last year, following an appeal for witnesses, experienced detectives who had questioned 'Nick' said they regarded his allegations as "credible and true".

The statement has been widely criticised, most recently by the former Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald who told the Daily Mail it was a "shocking" comment which showed "how far officers have become detached from principles of objectivity and impartiality".

The Met has also been criticised by former Conservative MP Harvey Proctor, who has been interviewed twice by detectives investigating the Operation Midland claims. He described the inquiry as a "witch-hunt".

A separate Suffolk Police investigation, Operation Millpond, into the claims of another man, known as 'Darren', has been halted for lack of evidence.

Suffolk Police said some of his claims, which included a description of a murder on a country estate, had been "fully investigated" but were "unsubstantiated".

'Darren' told police he had been abused by a range of people in the county, but also by senior politicians in London at the Dolphin Square apartment complex.

However, two sources have told the BBC that when questioned by detectives,

'Darren' said he was uncertain of the identities of these politicians and as a result the police decided they could not investigate.

'Darren' denied this and also said he had not been told definitively the investigation is at an end. Suffolk Police responded that its officers had made this clear during a series of conversations with him.

One of the politicians named by 'Darren' has also been named by 'Nick', who told police last year he was abused at Dolphin Square along with other central London locations and private addresses in the late 70s and early 80s.

However 'Darren' is younger than 'Nick' and because his allegations are from the 90s, his account does not corroborate 'Nick's'.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:41 PM

‘We need to talk to our children about grooming’…

A leading Irish Interpol officer has warned of a “huge increase” in online grooming and says children as young as six are being encouraged to share intimate pictures with predators.

Mick Moran, who heads up the human trafficking and child exploitation unit as assistant director with Interpol, says he has come across some of the sickest sex offenders in the world.

“There’s a load of theories why people are attracted to children and you can debate them until you’re blue in the face but the reality is they exist,” he said.

“And unless we, as a society, acknowledge that there are people with a sex interest in children and we deal with it with prevention mechanisms, we’ll forever have the problem.

We are failing victims as a society because of our reluctance to talk about sexual issues. It’s essential we start talking about them openly and not in a tittering, schoolyard way.”

Mr Moran said there was a growing trend of ‘sextortion’, which is “all about the control of the sexuality of the child”.

“Whereas before we’d see sex offenders who would engage with children with a view to meeting up with the kids and having sexual relations with them, now this is about control of the child and getting the child to do acts that they wouldn’t normally do,” he said.

“They will get to know all the child’s online activity and then threaten to share that picture on all their gaming and social media platforms.

The child is then told to get into more intimate pictures involving sex acts on themselves and others until such a time as the child cracks or worse.

“We often find with this type of offender that they have multiple victims often as many as 70 victims all over the world and they’re driving them from their bedroom or their mobile phone.”

Garda Moran, who has been on secondment to France from An Garda Siochána since 2006, urged parents to make their child understand the dangers of the internet.

“Parental controls are essential on the internet but just because you’ve locked all the windows and doors in your house doesn’t mean you won’t be burgled,” he said.

“Your children are exposed to the dangers online anywhere.

Even if they’re online in plain sight of you in the kitchen, they could be communicating with someone in Timbuktu and you’ve no idea what’s being said.”

Parents can get advice and support from several websites, including ho

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:04 PM

1/2 'Clear action' needed on child sexual exploitation - Children's Commissioner...

The Government's response to child sexual exploitation in Northern Ireland is fragmented, the Children's Commissioner has said.

Despite improvements, some recommendations from an independent inquiry have yet to be implemented.

Commissioner Koulla Yiasouma said: "It is time to remind all those in government that this is about some of our most exploited and vulnerable children, whose lives do not always fit into the neat boxes of government departments.

"There needs to be clear action to prevent and protect from abuse, prosecute the abusers and support those children who have been abused recover."

She noted improvements since last year's publication of the report of the Independent Inquiry Into Child Sexual Exploitation led by Professor Kathleen Marshall.

The commissioner added: "However, I am concerned that a number of the recommendations have yet to be put in place and that the plans are fragmented."

She is hosting a seminar today involving agencies from health, education and policing. Professor Marshall is among the speakers.

"I believe that there can be no further delay we must strengthen the systems and services for these children.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:02 PM

2/2..."And, we must listen to children, we must make sure they have trusted and meaningful support.

"This seminar is an opportunity to review how far we have come and make sure that we have the right mechanisms in place that confirm all actions takes actually make our children safer."

Professor Marshall's report said between 100 and 145 children are at significant risk of exploitation, but most people consulted by the inquiry said what is known is likely to be the tip of the iceberg.

A Health Department spokeswoman said implementation of the Marshall recommendations was ongoing and good progress was being made, with completion expected by November 2017.

"The Marshall recommendations were made for individual government departments and their agencies and, consequently, are being progressed by individual departments and their agencies. Some recommendations require either cross departmental or cross-agency approaches.

Where it is required, departments and agencies are working together to implement the Marshall recommendations.

"In response to previous comments by the Children's Commissioner, a composite implementation plan has been produced and it will be supported by a composite progress report, reflecting the activities across a number of government Departments. All plans and reports will be published."

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:31 PM

1/2...Abuse survivor Marie Collins speaks out on pope’s child agency

Abuse survivor Marie Collins has described as “sickening” apparent attempts to block an abuse survivor’s nomination to the Pope’s child protection commission.

Ms Collins, who is a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, last year nominated Chilean abuse survivor Juan Carlos Cruz, to become a member.

Last week leaked emails between two senior Chilean Church members the Archbishop of Santiago, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati and his predecessor Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz were published by Chilean newspaper El Mostrador.

The emails appear to show that the two men lobbied to block Mr Cruz’s nomination over fears it could damage the Chilean Church.

Cardinal Ezzati has since claimed that he was quoted out of context.
The current controversy has its roots in the ordination earlier this year of Bishop Juan Barros who has been accused of protecting Chilean priest and paedophile Fr Fernando Karadima. Bishop Barros has denied the allegations.

Karadima, who once considered one of the most respected priests in Chile, was found to have abused children by the Vatican (a court dismissed criminal charges against him having ruled that the prosecution had run out of time).

In an email to cardinal Errázuriz sent in June last year cardinal Ezzati said he hoped Mr Cruz would not be nominated to the commission:

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:29 PM

2/2...“It would mean, among other things, giving credit to and validating a construction of the truth that Mr Cruz has astutely constructed ” an excerpt from one email read. Mr Cruz has strenuously defended himself against this claim.

In his response Cardinal Errázuriz said he would speak to the prefect of the congregation for the doctrine of the faith to prevent the “evil” referred to in the earlier email.

In later correspondence Cardinal Errázuriz appeared to inform Cardinal Ezzati that Mr Cruz’s nomination had been blocked.

The emails have been authenticated by the Archdiocese of Santiago.

El Mostrador reported on Sunday that Cardinal Ezzati said all correspondence was sent using his personal computer and he was concerned the “private conversations” were taken out of context.

The publication in the media was a “clear intention to create confusion” he said and that there would be an internal investigation into exactly what had happened.

Reacting to the controversy Ms Collins said the content of the emails revealed the “real attitude” of many church leaders.

“This is the sort of attitude that’s there towards many survivors. They are looked on as enemies of the church out to damage the church and efforts are made to silence them”.
Ms Collins said she could not pre-empt the work of the commission but said this was a “very serious mater” which would be examined by it.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:26 PM

Nuns at a Belfast care home beat children for slow learning in the classroom, the High Court has heard.

One former resident at Nazareth Lodge is also entitled to damages for punishments meted out after boys wet their beds, it was claimed.

Michael McKee (65) is suing The Sisters of Nazareth over the physical abuse he allegedly suffered during his stay as an eight-year-old boy in 1958.

Lawyers for the congregation are defending the case by challenging the reliability of his account and questioning why he waited 50 years to take action.

According to records Mr McKee spent 73 days at the home after being admitted with his older brother. In evidence he claimed he was attacked on a daily basis.

Although he couldn't remember their names, he said two of the nuns were responsible for violence. He claimed he was beaten about the head, grabbed by the hair, pulled to the ground and hit round the legs.

Mr McKee told how he came from a mixed marriage, but was baptised as a

Catholic after going into the home. He said he was fast-tracked for holy communion, only to suffer further ill-treatment at the hands of another nun.

In closing submissions yesterday, Ashley Underwood QC, for Mr McKee said: "The core complaints here are the hitting while in the classroom as a punishment for slow learning, and the collective punishment for bed wetting".

The court was told Mr McKee only wet the bed once, but was marched around in the middle of the night with everyone else any time it happened to another boy. Mr

Underwood contended that this "collective punishment" left him in fear of future violence.

All that his client experienced contributed to his future difficulties in holding down jobs, forming friendships and anger towards others, he argued.

Turlough Montague QC, for the defendants, told Mr Justice Horner that the Sisters of Nazareth has accepted at the ongoing Historical Institutional Abuse inquiry that some children were mistreated by some nuns.

He added: "The plaintiff depicted a very bleak, harsh environment where children were not allowed to speak in the dormitories and not allowed to play outside, with no areas for football.

"That is directly rebutted by the contemporaneous inspections, records that were referred to in the course of evidence and Nazareth Lodge diaries about activities children engaged in.

Reserving judgment, Mr Justice Horner pledged to give his verdict as soon as possible.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 09:40 AM

Disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien to keep his degree…

St Andrews University says it will not strip disgraced Northern Ireland-born cardinal Keith O'Brien of his honorary degree.

The university considered revoking the 2004 award following a request from a member of staff.

Cardinal O'Brien, originally from Ballycastle, resigned from the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh in 2013 after several priests accused him of inappropriate behaviour.

He admitted his sexual conduct had at times "fallen below the standards expected of me'', and he no longer plays a public role in the Catholic Church in Scotland.

A St Andrews committee ruled that revoking the award would not change the past and would be "no more than an empty gesture".

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 04:15 PM

1/2...'Evil' Paedophile Gang Sentenced To 107 Years…

The judge slams seven men for their "terrifying depravity" and "most horrific abuse" of a baby and very young children.

A gang of paedophiles, described as "evil beyond rational understanding", has been sentenced to a total of 107 years, with a minimum of 78 years in prison.

:: Robin Hollyson, 30, from Bedfordshire,

:: Christopher Knight, 35, from Manchester,

:: Adam Toms, 33, from Somerset,

:: Matthew Standfield, 34, from Hampshire,

:: John Denham, 50, from Wiltshire,

:: David Harsley, 51, from Hull and Matthew Lisk, 32, from East Sussex were convicted of more than 30 charges between them.

Judge Lambert said at Bristol Crown Court: "In the worst nightmare, from the very deepest recesses of the mind, at the darkest hour of night, few can have imagined the terrifying depravity which you men admit.

"What you contemplated and what you did involved the most horrific abuse of a baby and very young children.

"Your thoughts and your deeds are beyond human instinct and reason and are evil beyond rational understanding."

Described by prosecutor Robert Davies as "sickening, cruel, callous and depraved", the men's crimes all involved children under the age of five.

The offences included rape, sexual assault, conspiracy to rape, conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13 and making and sharing indecent images of children.

Three of the men Hollyson, Toms and Knight all admitted to raping a baby.

:: Hollyson received a 24-year prison sentence plus an extension of eight years on licence.

:: Toms was jailed for 12 years plus an extension of four years on licence.

:: Knight was jailed for 18 years plus an extension of six years on licence.

:: Stansfield received a 10-year prison sentence plus an extension of four years on licence.

:: Denham was jailed for eight years plus an extension of four years on licence.

:: Lisk was jailed for four years plus an extension of three years on licence.

:: Harsley was jailed for two years.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 04:07 PM

2/2...Police say an organised criminal network was at the heart of the abuse, where the men from across the country met online, discussed their sexual preferences for very young children and then conspired to carry out the abuse.

Some of the men drove for hours just to get a small window of time with the victims.

Abuse footage was also streamed online, with images being shared worldwide.

The group has been described as "monsters in disguise" after police discovered that they became adept at grooming unwitting parents, including a pregnant mother, in order to gain access to their children.

Call logs between some of the defendants discuss drugging a toddler in order to facilitate the abuse.

In a statement, one of the victim's families said: "No family ever wants to find that their child has been the victim of abuse, nor would they ever knowingly put their child at risk.

"As a family we now need to mend - seeing the perpetrators being brought to justice is the first step."

The offences were uncovered as part of Operation Voicer which was launched last September.

Seven UK police forces worked with the National Crime Agency (NCA) and detectives around the world to bring the men to justice.

The investigation began in September 2014 when Toms was arrested by Avon and Somerset police, after admitting that he had sexually abused a child under the age of five.

As a result of these admissions, other offenders involved in the organised crime group were later identified.

Officers were also able to identify three victims a baby, a toddler and a pre-school age child.

Andrew Quinn from the National Crime Agency said: "The offending is the worst you could ever imagine.

It does actually make me feel physically sick.

"I've been a police officer for 28 years and this is the worst, horrendous crime I can ever talk about."

Police say they are still trying to identify some of the victims and have put measures in place to protect 24 at risk children.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 11:40 AM

Paedophile gang 'sick, callous and cruel'….

A paedophile gang behind the abuse and rape of young children, including a baby, have been described in court as "sick, depraved, callous and cruel."

The seven men to be sentenced at Bristol Crown Court arranged for the abuse to be streamed on the internet between 2013 and 2014.

They were convicted of 29 child sex offences including the multiple rape of a child under 13.

Judge Julian Lambert is expected to sentence the men on Friday.

Bristol Crown Court heard the men preyed on the families of youngsters to gain access to them, in one case grooming a mother and father before their baby was born.

Members travelled hundreds of miles to carry out the attacks together, or used internet streaming to provide real-time encouragement and directions to those involved in abuse.

Online chat logs revealed the gang would offer advice on using "date rape" drugs or over-the-counter medication to drowse children and babies, the court was told.

Prosecuting, Robert Davies told the court he would not go into graphic detail about the offences, nor the content of chat logs, footage and images recovered.

"The manner of it is sufficiently disturbing that it would not be capable of being reported by the press in any eventuality," Mr Davies said.

"It clearly makes for almost unrepeatable, sick, depraved, cruel, callous all of these words can be used appropriately when looking at this material."

Previously a jury convicted former actor John Denham, 50, from Wiltshire - previously known as Benjamin Harrop - of conspiracy to sexually assault a child under 13.

Matthew Stansfield, 35, from Hampshire, was found guilty of conspiracy to rape a child under 13. Denham was cleared of the same charge.

Five others pleaded guilty to offences including rape of a child and conspiracy to rape at an earlier hearing.

They are:

§ Robin Hollyson, 31, from Bedfordshire

§ Christopher Knight, 35, from Manchester

§ David Harsley, 51, from Yorkshire

§ Matthew Lisk, 32, from East Sussex

§ Adam Toms, 33, from Somerset

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 10:13 AM

Just 2% of allegations of child abuse against eight male religious orders have resulted in a criminal conviction, according to an inspection body.

A series of reports published yesterday documented a total of 325 allegations since 1941, involving a total of 141 priests or brothers resulting in eight convictions.
The National Board For Safeguarding Children in the Catholic Church said that of the 79 allegations against Jesuits, 72% were reported to Gardaí and none resulted in a conviction.

It criticised the Rosminian order, saying that 57 of the 98 allegations against its members were reported to gardaí more than two years after the complaint.
The board published 43 audit reports on eight male religious orders and 35 female religious orders.

Overall, it said there was a “striking” difference in how cases were managed before and after 2009, when the Church introduced standards and guidelines.
It said that while there had been historically “an absence of compassionate response”, there was now “a determination to respond pastorally” and report allegations to civil authorities and seek guidance.

Of the 325 allegations:
• 98 involved the Rosminians (against 43 members), all of which were reported to gardaí, resulting in four convictions;
• 79 involved the Jesuits (against 36 members), 57 of which were reported, resulting in zero convictions;
• 72 involved the Capuchins (against 21 members), all of which were reported, resulting in two convictions.

In relation to the 22 allegations to the Jesuits which were not referred to gardaí, a spokesman for the order said they included, as the report states, “complaints and expressions of concern”, and that every allegation requiring reporting had been referred.

All but one of the 325 allegations related to the period 1941 and 1995.
In relation to the 43 female orders, the board said those who had allegations against them had dealt with them appropriately. It said the orders recognised that previous care of children was “often harsh”.

In relation to the Jesuits, it said just eight of the 36 members against whom complaints had been made were still alive. It said there were “deficits” in the actions taken by the order in cases where the DPP directed no prosecutions and said internal investigations should have been initiated.

The report added: “Prior to 2009 the vast majority of allegations coming to the attention of the Rosminians were not reported to civil child protection agencies

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:53 PM

New fostering and adoption measures announced…

Measures to secure fostering and adoption services have been announced by the Welsh government.

In August, the largest professional association of social workers wrote to the Welsh government to voice concerns.

That stemmed from the collapse of one of the largest charities in the field, the British Association of Adoption and Fostering (BAAF), in July.

The Wales Adoption Register, which it had run, will now pass to the National Adoption Service (NAS).

Training, consultancy, legal advice and a helpline for the public and professionals will be operated by a new body, set up by adoption agency St David's Children Society.

It will be known as the Association for Fostering and Adoption Cymru @ St David's.

The new body will recruit from former BAAF Cymru staff, with some others transferring to the NAS, an organisation which promotes and supports best practice in adoption across Wales.

Last month, the British Association of Social Workers wrote to Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford to say it was "very concerned" by the BAAF's closure.

Announcing the new arrangements on Wednesday, Mr Drakeford said they would "strengthen and secure" the future of the adoption and fostering services previously provided by BAAF Cymru and safeguard jobs.

"I see these new arrangements as a step towards making the register even more effective and easier to use," he added.

He said there had been "no interruption" to services, with steps taken to ensure the BAAF continued to operate into September.

The BAAF also runs an independent review mechanism, which considers applications for potential adopters who have been turned down.

Mr Drakeford said he hoped to be able to make an announcement on the future of that service "very soon".

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:50 PM

The PSNI has investigated 27 rape allegations in schools across Northern Ireland over the past three years, it has been reported…

Over the weekend an investigation by the BBC found that the PSNI recorded 259 reports of sex offences in Northern Ireland schools between 2012 and 2015.

On Wednesday, the BBC reported a more detailed breakdown showed that 27 of those reported attacks were allegations of rape.

Police also revealed reports of 76 sexual assaults on female victims and 55 sex attacks on male victims on school premises.

The figures were released under Freedom of Information and may relate to historical incidents that may have only been reported during the three year period.

Figures also showed that 79 complaints were about sexual activity with a child while indecent exposure and voyeurism accounted for 17 of the overall number of complaints to police.

The Department of Education has said it takes child protection "very seriously" and has issued advice to schools.

"The needs and safety of the children and young people concerned must always be paramount," said a spokeswoman.

The BBC Radio 5 Live investigation discovered that more than 5,500 alleged sex crimes in UK schools were reported to police between 2012 and 2015.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 12:48 PM

325 allegations, eight convictions against religious orders…
The latest reports by the Catholic Church's child protection watchdog, focusing on 43 religious congregations, reveal that 325 allegations were made against 141 priests or brothers in Ireland since 1941, resulting in eight criminal convictions.

The watchdog's audit of eight male religious orders and 35 smaller orders of nuns found that the Jesuit Order failed to tell the gardaí about at least 22 allegations of child sexual abuse made against its members in the past 40 years.
The order says it did not meet the threshold for reporting.

As well Pope Francis' order, the Jesuits, this tranche of audits by the National Board for the Protection of Children in the Catholic Church covers in depth the Camillians, Capuchins, Carmelites, Cistercians, Sacred Heart Fathers, Slalesians and Rosminians.

The finding that only eight criminal convictions have been obtained following 325 allegations highlights what the board's Chief Executive Teresa Devlin calls the undeniable fact that once again, a significant number of children were abused in the care of religious.

Her board says the Jesuits failed to tell the gardaí about at least 22 allegations of child sexual abuse made against its members since 1975. But a Jesuit spokesperson said these cases were suspicions and concerns for which there were no reasonable grounds and that the board states that every allegation requiring reporting has been reported.

Also criticised is the Rosminian Order for its significant delays in making written reports of allegations before 2009.
Both the Jesuits and Rosminians have welcomed the reports and apologised to victims abused in their care.

The board says that, overall, the reports show a considerable improvement in safeguarding practice in all eight male orders.
The Jesuit Order said in a statement: "We are ever conscious of the terrible damage inflicted on people who are victims of abuse, and we recognise the importance of ongoing review of our child protection procedures, and of the handling of allegations.

"We wish to unreservedly apologise to any person who has been abused under our care. It is a cause of great sadness to us that anybody was ever abused by a Jesuit."

The Order also said the process had already begun to fully implement all the recommendations contained in the NBSCCCI report.
The Rosminians said it was committed to working with former residents as best as it could in the continuing healing process

Victim of Jesuits Sep 9th, 2015 @ 11:33 AM

The latest reports by the Catholic Church's child protection watchdog reveal that 325 allegations were made against 141 priests or brothers in Ireland since 1941 resulting in eight criminal convictions.

The watchdog's audit of eight male religious orders and 35 smaller orders of nuns found that the Jesuit Order failed to inform gardaí about at least 22 allegations of child sexual abuse made against its members in the past 40 years.

The National Board for the Protection of Children in the Catholic Church also criticised the Rosminian Order for significant delays in making written reports of allegations before 2009.

Both the Jesuits and Rosminians have welcomed the reports and apologised to victims abused in their care.

The Board said that, overall, the reports show a considerable improvement in safeguarding practice.

The Jesuit Order said in a statement: "We are ever conscious of the terrible damage inflicted on people who are victims of abuse, and we recognise the importance of ongoing review of our child protection procedures, and of the handling of allegations.

"We wish to unreservedly apologise to any person who has been abused under our care. It is a cause of great sadness to us that anybody was ever abused by a Jesuit."

The Order also said the process had already begun to fully implement all the recommendations contained in the NBSCCCI report.

The Rosminians said it was committed to working with former residents as best as it could in the continuing healing process.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 04:59 PM

A woman groomed to have sex with almost 70 men before she turned 16 watched as members of the child abuse ring who "took away" her teenage years were
handed lengthy prison sentences.

The Asian men groomed under-age white girls for sex in Aylesbury between 2006 and 2012.

Six were convicted at the Old Bailey of offences including multiple rape of a child under 13, child prostitution and administering a substance to "stupefy" a girl in order to engage in sexual activity.

Most of the offences related to Child A, who told the court in a statement that she was now battling depression and alcohol addiction.

"I feel my teenage years were taken away from me," she added.

The woman was in court as Vikram Singh, Asif Hussain, Arshad Jani, Mohammed Imran, Akbari Khan and Taimoor Khan were jailed for between three and 19-and-a-half years.

Judge John Bevan QC paid tribute to her bravery.

He said: "She sought friendship amongst Asian males in their 20s and for the price of a McDonald's, a milkshake and cinema ticket, she became 'liked' by stall holders in Aylesbury market, taxi and bus drivers.

"By the age of 13 she was sexually experienced, confusing sexual gratification for friendship and love."

He added that Child A had slept with just under 70 men by the age of 16, even though her vulnerability would have been "blindingly obvious".

The girl was conditioned into thinking it was normal behaviour, jurors were told.

He added: "Why these defendants focused their attention on white underage girls is unexplained but I have no doubt vulnerability played a substantial part in it.

"The combination of inadequate parenting leading to rebellious children lacking supervision provided an opportunity.

"If they pursued Asian underage girls, they would have paid a heavy price in their community."

Like Child A, the other victim, Child B, came from a troubled background.

The pair were groomed by the men, who showered them with alcohol, DVDs, food and occasionally drugs.

Some of the defendants were married with children, with some working as market traders and others taxi drivers.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 11:47 AM

Former bishop Peter Ball admits sex offences…

A former bishop has admitted sexually assaulting two young men in the 1980s and 1990s.

Peter Ball, 83, former Bishop of Lewes and Bishop of Gloucester, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault at the Old Bailey.

He also admitted misconduct in a public office between 1977 and 1992.

Ball faced allegations of abusing boys and young men in Litlington, East Sussex, after a review by the Church of England in 2012 prompted police action.

He had failed in a bid to get his case thrown out on the word of a former Archbishop of Canterbury.

It was argued Ball and Lord George Carey had been assured in 1993 that there would be no future action over the allegations.

But Mr Justice Sweeney refused to dismiss the case earlier this year.

The court was told the church avoided scandal in 1993 when Ball accepted a caution for a single allegation of gross indecency and resigned, despite Gloucester

Police being aware of allegations from two more men.

Ball's lawyer, Richard Smith QC, suggested the Crown Prosecution Service may have settled on the caution to avoid the publicity of a bishop in the dock.

The court heard Lord Carey also sought assurances the case was closed.

But allegations resurfaced when the Diocese of Bath and Wells reviewed the cases, prompting Sussex Police to reopen the investigation.

The Sussex force later charged him with misconduct and a string of sex offences.

Ball, who has suffered ill health but was deemed fit to stand trial, pleaded guilty to the charges weeks before his trial was due to start.

Appearing via video link from Taunton, near his home in Langport, Somerset, Ball admitted assaulting two victims between 1980 and 1983 and between 1990 and 1991.

He denied two other counts of indecently assaulting boys - one aged 12 or 13 and the other aged 15 which will lie on file.

According to the charge, Ball committed misconduct by "misusing his position in authority to manipulate and prevail upon others for his own sexual gratification."

Details of the history leading to the former clergyman being charged could only be reported after Mr Justice Wilkie lifted reporting restrictions.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

Notorious clerical sex abuser dies in prison awaiting trial…

Fr Bill Carney, as he was known, was found dead in his cell on Saturday at the Midlands Prison, Portlaoise, Co Laois.

He had been extradited from the UK two years ago and was on remand awaiting trial in relation to 34 historical sexual assaults.

The Irish Times understands the 65-year-old was suffering from a cardiac condition and that foul play is not suspected.

The report of Commission of Investigation into the Catholic Archdiocese of Dublin, published in 2009, said he was one of the most serious sexual abusers it had reviewed.

He was based in the parish of Ayrfield in north Dublin for a period, having been appointed curate in the parish in 1977.

He was finally dismissed from the clerical state in 1992 almost a decade after complaints were first made that he sexually abused children.

The commission said there was evidence he acted in concert with other convicted clerical sex abusers, Fr Francis McCarthy and Fr Patrick McGuire, during the 1970s and 1980s.

The commission was aware of allegations of abuse in respect of 32 individuals, although there was evidence he abused many more.

Carney had access to numerous children in residential care and swimming classes.

At one point, he inquired into the possibility of fostering children.

The first of many complaints were made by altar boys in 1983 whom he took swimming.

The commission says the mishandling of these complaints by the archdiocese was “nothing short of catastrophic” and displayed no concern for child welfare.

He pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent assault in 1983 and the archdiocese paid compensation to six of his victims.

However, he was in 1986 restored to priestly duties and continued to abuse children in Crumlin, south Dublin, where he was sent.

He settled in St Andrew’s, Scotland, where he married after being dismissed from the priesthood and also spent time in Spain and lived in England.

His marriage broke down and he was extradited to Ireland to face trial in 2013 in relation to 34 charges of sexual abuse on eight males and three females in Leinster between 1969 and 1989

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 10:33 AM

Cloyne child protection officer quits in bishop row…

The first lay person to assume the position of child protection officer in the Catholic diocese of Cloyne has resigned in a dispute over the handling by Bishop William

Crean of the case of defrocked priest Dan Duane.

Bill Meagher, a former HSE social worker who was appointed the designated liaison person for the diocese in 2011, quit his post yesterday after Bishop Crean sought clarification from the Vatican over the position of the former 75-year-old Mallow priest who has continued to celebrate Mass in defiance of the Church ruling.

Mr Duane, who was laicised after being found to have sexually abused minors, had appealed directly to Pope Francis and the Church’s Supreme Court, the Apostolic

Signatura, the decision of the Canonical Court in Ireland to dismiss him from the priesthood.

He lost that appeal in January and made a further appeal to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, a department of the Roman Curia formerly known as the Inquisition.

In a statement last night, Bishop Crean said when he learned of the second appeal by Mr Duane he believed that he could take no further action against him until after he had received clarification from the CDF.

“This led to Mr Meagher resigning as he did not agree with my position,” said Bishop Crean.

As part of his work, Mr Meagher and his deputy, Fr Patrick Winkle who will now assume the role for 18 months, met Mr Duane in June and was told that he was celebrating Mass privately at his home.

He defended his action on the basis of the second appeal.

The bishop added: “I then sought further advice on the matter which confirmed my conviction that no further appeal was possible.

I then wrote to the former priest to reiterate that, as he is dismissed from the priesthood, he cannot act as a priest in any manner whatsoever.”

One of Dan Duane’s victims said last night: “A good man has gone down as he could not work with the bishop’s interpretation.”

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 08:25 PM

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ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 08:24 PM

1/4...More than 100,000 children in Northern Ireland are living in poverty, shocking new figures have shown.

The research also revealed 376,000 people were classed as being on relatively low incomes last year.

It emerged that, across the region, 213,000 working-age adults and 63,000 pensioners were living on the breadline.

The grim statistics were laid bare in the Households Below Average Income annual report 2013/14, which was published by the Department of Social Development yesterday.

It showed the average (median) household income here dropped by 1% to £404 a week, or £21,100 annually, before housing costs are taken into account which represents a fall for a fifth consecutive year.

Economist John Simpson said the report showed that people here were worse off than in other regions.

"Northern Ireland is still an area with living standards well below those for the rest of the United Kingdom," he said.

"In particular, the trend is the number of working-age adults on lower incomes has tended to increase when it has been decreasing in the rest of Britain."

The widening wealth gap in Northern Ireland was also evident from the research, with the richest households having 3.6 times more income than the poorest.

The most affluent fifth of the population has benefited from a 6% increase in income in the past year, while households in the bottom fifth have seen their income fall by 6%.

For example, the income of the wealthiest households went up from £726 to £772, while the poorest saw it drop from £224 to £211.

That's because people working in professional occupations have done better in the recession than those in unskilled jobs and on low pay, according to Mr Simpson.

ANON Sep 9th, 2015 @ 08:24 PM

2/4...The report also found that the income of the remaining 60% in the middle was almost unchanged, having dropped slightly (by 1%) from £407 to £404.

An individual is considered to be in relative poverty if they are living in a household with an income below 60% of UK median income.

In 2013/14, a couple with no children who have a combined income below £272 per week would be considered to be in relative poverty.

Save the Children's Peter Bryson hit out at the level of child poverty in Northern Ireland.

"It's unacceptable that 23% of children in Northern Ireland are now living in poverty, with numbers expected to rise even further," he said.

"Northern Ireland is the only part of the UK which has experienced an increase in child poverty.

"The legacy for these children will be life-long - damaging their early development, chances of doing well at school and career prospects.

"These figures should be a shot across the bow of the UK Government's plans to further cut benefits and tax credits, but it is also a challenge for the Northern Ireland

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