In the News 2/19/15

School districts screen substitute teachers carefully

Idaho Fall School District reports that rigorous pre-hire screening of all substitute teachers, including fingerprinting and background checks, are conducted, but nothing about substitute teacher Paul E. “Rick” Landon sent up any red flags.

Landon was arrested last week and charged with four counts of sexual abuse of a minor under 16. He has no prior criminal history and easily passed the background check, said school district communications director Margaret Wimborne.

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Judge: 3rd rape charge against ex-teacher stays

Altice, 35, was an English teacher when she allegedly had sexual relationships with three Davis High students, boys who were 16 and 17 at the time. She is also accused of having sex with a student while she was out on bail for earlier charges.

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Retired teacher, scoutmaster charged with sex abuse of child
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Chicago-area imam charged with sexually abusing Islamic school worker, also faces civil suit

CHICAGO (AP) — The longtime head of a suburban Chicago Islamic school has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman who worked there, and a civil suit filed Tuesday accuses him of abusing that employee and three teenage students. The legal actions shed light on an issue that even many Muslims say is too often pushed into the shadows within their communities.

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Child sexual abuse survivors urge lawmakers to eliminate statute of limitations

SALT LAKE CITY — An adult survivor of child sexual abuse told state lawmakers Wednesday that the molestation she endured at the hands of a middle school choir teacher haunts her to this day.

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Defense expected to present case in Hewitt ex-teacher’s sexual abuse trial

During her testimony, the alleged victim detailed various sex acts and instances where Gates reportedly touched her inappropriately, starting around the age of five and continuing until she was around 13.

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Jury begins deliberating child sexual assault charges against former teacher James Parks of Southampton

James L. Parks, 56, of Southampton has admitted to touching the girl inappropriately over her clothes when she was between the ages of 11 and 15, sometimes while she watched pornography. But he denies other crimes that she described on the witness stand Friday, including that he raped her with an object, attempted to rape her, and videotaped her when she was naked.

Parks told jurors that he regrets touching the girl “more than anything” because it hurt his family, ended his career, and harmed the girl. He testified it occurred two to three times a week for most of the time when she was 11 to 15 years old.

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Brian Hutchinson: Judge throws out sexual assault case against John Furlong, former Vancouver Olympic committee CEO

In her reasons for judgment released Tuesday, Madam Justice Miriam Gropper determined from school records and examination for discovery statements that claimant Grace Jessie West was not an Immaculata student during the school year she claimed to have attended. Ms. Grace would have been nine years old at the time.

The judge noted that Ms. West gave conflicting accounts of her educational history during her April 2014 examination for discovery. Her then-lawyer, Jason Gratl, withdrew from the case, and Ms. West did not appear for subsequent proceedings. “In all the circumstances,” wrote Judge Gropper, “I must dismiss Ms. West’s action.”

The findings and related events throw into question other claims of abuse made against Mr. Furlong. He has denied each and every one of them.

Beverley Abraham abandoned her civil claim against the former VANOC boss in December, because, she told the CBC, “it’s been stressing me out and this has been years.”

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