Mafia reputed mobsters, pediatrician 103 children, Church pedophilia scandal

April 21, 2010 § Leave a comment

Mafia hits ‘new low’: Reputed Gambino mobsters charged with running Craigslist teen prostitution ring
BY Alison Gendar and Rich Schapiro DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITERS April 20th 2010 The Mafia is alive and kicking – and pimping out teenage girls for sex on Craigslist. Authorities on Tuesday charged seven reputed members of the Gambino crime family with running an interstate sex-trafficking ring – calling it a “new low” for the mob. Another seven wiseguys – including the family’s current boss, Daniel Marino – were also busted for a litany of crimes, some dating back to the era when John Gotti was in charge. Authorities said the prostitution service was a first for an organized crime crew. “No crime seems too depraved to be exploited if it was a money-maker, including the sexual exploitation of a 15-year-old,” said FBI Special Agent-in-Charge George Venizelos.

Delaware pediatrician faces more sex charges By the CNN Wire Staff April 19, 2010  (CNN) – A Delaware pediatrician was indicted Wednesday on 58 additional counts of rape and other sexual offenses in the alleged child abuse of his patients, state Attorney General Beau Biden announced Monday. Dr. Earl Bradley, 56, previously pleaded not guilty to 471 felony counts involving 102 girls and one boy. Wednesday’s indictment — which includes charges of rape, unlawful sexual contact, continuous sexual abuse of a child and sexual exploitation — involves 24 girls he saw as patients from 1999 to 2009. Biden has said the charges are based on “video and digital evidence” seized from Bradley’s home and medical practice in December, when the doctor was arrested.

Church pedophilia scandal grows in Latin America By TALES AZZONI AP April 20, 2010 SAO PAULO – The detention of an 83-year-old priest in Brazil for allegedly abusing boys as young as 12 in a case involving lurid videotape and a congressional investigation has added to the scandals hitting the Roman Catholic Church in Latin America. The allegations against Monsignor Luiz Marques Barbosa — and two other Brazilian priests — have made headlines throughout the world’s most populous Catholic nation and come amid accusations of sexual abuse by priests across the world….Congressional investigators said more than 20 witnesses were called and some testified Barbosa and two other priests in the same northeastern archdiocese had abused boys as young as 12, plying them with money, clothes and other gifts.

Chile priest charged with abusing daughter, others AP   By FEDERICO QUILODRAN, Apr 14, 2010
SANTIAGO, Chile – A Chilean priest has been charged with eight cases of sexually abusing minors, including his own daughter, and his diocese says he was suspended from his duties in the Roman Catholic Church early this year. Ricardo Munoz Quinteros, 55, is accused of paying young girls for sex. State television broadcast video Tuesday night that it said shows the priest entering a motel with a young girl he paid for her services. Prosecutors in Curacavi, on the outskirts of Santiago, formally charged Munoz on Tuesday with crimes dating back five years, expanding the initial sex abuse charges for which he was jailed in January. Prosecutor Cristian Caceres said investigators are looking at whether the diocese tried to cover up for Munoz’s activities, noting a series of transfers of the priest among four parishes in a few years, according to Radio Bio-Bio. According to the charges, the priest abused girls between 16 and 18 years old, as well as his own daughter who was 5 years old at the time.

Priest accused of sexual abuse – Father Chase is on administrative leave from parish By Alicia Ebaugh Staff Writer April 20, 2010  MICHIGAN CITY — Facing an allegation of sexual abuse from 19 years ago, Father Terrence Chase of Queen of All Saints Catholic Church has been placed on administrative leave. Parishioners were first made aware of an investigation into the incident this weekend, although it was reported to Bishop Dale Melczek and Chesterton police nearly a month ago, officials said….The alleged sexual misconduct took place in 1991 while Father Chase was a pastoral associate at St. Patrick Church in Chesterton, Plaiss said. On Thursday, the day Father Chase was officially placed on leave, he issued a statement maintaining his innocence, saying the allegations are “simply not true.”

Movie: All God’s Children – Through the eyes of three families, All God’s Children tells the personal story of the first boarding school for children of missionaries to be investigated for abuse at the hands of the parents’ missionary colleagues. The survivors and parents share their journey of seeking justice, redemption and healing. The Beardslee, Shellrude and Darr families left North America for West Africa during the 1950s. They followed what they believed to be “God’s Calling” – to spread Christianity throughout the world. Their children however – starting at the age of 6 – were required to attend the boarding school in Mamou, Guinea, run by the Christian and Missionary Alliance. Cut off from their families for 9 months out of the year and without any reliable means of communication, the children quietly suffered emotional, spiritual, physical and/or sexual abuse at the hands of the all-missionary staff. It took the children decades to acknowledge the effects the abuses had on their lives. When they finally dared to break the silence and speak out, the Church denied all allegations and refused to help. But through years of persistent activism the survivors and their parents finally compelled the Christian and Missionary Alliance to conduct an investigation and acknowledge the abuses. The healing could begin.

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