Monday, July 2, 2012

#Rochester: Paedophile Teacher Bruce Roth - Victim Of Roth's Attempted Suicide.

On trial: Teacher Bruce Roth is accused of sexually abusing students while working at King's School in Rochester, Kent, and Wellington College in Berkshire

On trial: Teacher Bruce Roth is accused of sexually abusing students while working at King's School in Rochester, Kent, and Wellington College in Berkshire

A young boy took an overdose of tablets after he was allegedly abused by his teacher at a top public school, his mother told a jury today.
The boy only told his parents what had happened after details of the police investigation into his teacher Bruce Roth’s alleged molesting of boys appeared in a national newspaper.
Roth is on trial for sexually abusing boys in his care at two schools he worked at - King’s School, in Rochester, Kent, and the prestigious Wellington College, in Crowthorne, Berkshire.
The boy's mother today told Reading Crown Court that her son, who was then a student at Wellington College, blamed his paracetamol overdose on 'trouble with a girl'.
She said: 'I think we had gone to bed and he came in and told us he had done it. He must have been 14 or 15 years old.
'I took him to the hospital and he was treated and we came home early in the morning the following day and I talked to him and he said he had broken up with a girlfriend and he hadn’t realised how many [pills] he had taken, and I believed him.'
But many years later, while her son was at university, he told his parents what had really happened.
In 2010, when the boy was no longer at Wellington College, the parents were contacted by a friend who told them of the investigation into Roth.
She said: 'I asked my daughter if she knew anything about it or if there was anything I should be concerned about and she said we should talk to our son.'
The worried parents drove to see their son at university and took him out for a meal, sitting in a dark corner of a restaurant, where they asked him directly what had happened.
His mother continued: 'He went very quiet and started fidgeting. He told us he had been abused by Mr Roth at Wellington for nine months in his first year.

The schoolboy claims he took a drug overdose after being abused by Roth while a pupil at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire
The schoolboy claims he took a drug overdose after being abused by Roth while a pupil at Wellington College, Crowthorne, Berkshire

Roth also faces allegations of abuse while he a teacher employed at King's School, in Rochester, Kent

Roth also faces allegations of abuse while he a teacher employed at King's School, in Rochester, Kent

'He said: ‘I never want to talk about it again'. He has only ever referred to it as ‘it’ since then.'
The parents arranged a meeting with Wellington’s Master, Dr Anthony Seldon, who put the police in touch with them.
The court heard how Roth had befriended the boy’s parents and would be invited for dinner at their home.

His mother told the jury: 'He came on more than one occasion.
'He had been so helpful to our son, musically and academically. I don’t know how it happened, we invited him to supper on occasion.'
The mother said that when he would arrive at their home he would often bring a bottle of wine or Champagne or a box of chocolates.
Historic: Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh meet staff at Wellington College in 1959, one of several royal visits to the school
Historic: Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh meet staff at Wellington College in 1959, one of several royal visits to the school
He also gave his alleged abuse victim gifts, including a computer game, a cockerel toy and a polo shirt.
His mother continued: 'I think we probably said at the time that that was too generous and not needed.'
She added: 'Our son hated it but I just put it down to a master coming to dinner.
'He was also very rude [to Roth], which I thought was a little out of turn.'
Roth, aged 46 years, denies all 17 charges against him, four of indecent assault on a male person under 16, four counts of sexual activity with a child, three counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in a sexual activity and six counts of sexual activity with a child by a person in a position of trust.
The hearing continues.

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Saturday, June 23, 2012

Paedophile Sandusky: GUILTY - Faces 500 Years In Jail.

Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has been convicted of 45 of the 48 counts against him. He was convicted of sexually abusing ten young boys. Eight men who said that Sandusky had abused them testified during the trial; their accounts — often graphic and certainly troubling — described abuse by Sandusky in the facilities of the Penn State campus or in his home. He now faces up to 500 years in prison after being found guilty of 45 counts of serial pedophilia.

Sandusky was the long-time defensive coordinator for Penn State’s powerhouse college football team. The charges against Sandusky tarnished not only the university’s famous football program but the reputation of legendary late football coach Joe Paterno who was fired as details of the scandal emerged. Penn State’s president Graham Spanier was also fired by the Board of Trustees after Sandusky’s arrest last November. Two other high-ranking university administrators face ongoing criminal proceedings for allegedly knowing about the abuse committed by Sandusky but failing to report more

Friday, June 22, 2012

#Rochdale: #Muslim Bashing - The Sting In The Tail.

The Heywood grooming case had a surprising coda yesterday as Shabir Ahmed was convicted at Manchester Crown Court on 30 counts of rape. The 59 year old divorced father of four was revealed to be the one presence of the Heywood case that, at the time, could not be named for legal reasons. Once the jury had found him guilty, reporting restrictions were lifted, and very soon after he was duly more

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Jerry #Sandusky's son says his father abused him; he was ready to testify at Penn State trial

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for an adopted son of Jerry Sandusky says the man has told authorities the former Penn State assistant football coach abused him.

Matt Sandusky is one of Jerry Sandusky's six adopted children.

His lawyer issued a statement Thursday naming Matt Sandusky and saying that the 33-year-old had been prepared to testify on behalf of prosecutors at his father's sex abuse trial.

The statement says Matt Sandusky is "a victim of Jerry Sandusky's abuse," but doesn't go into specifics.

The statement came after jurors began deliberating 48 charges against the ex-coach. Prosecutors say Sandusky met the 10 sex-abuse victims through his charity.

Lawyers for Matt and Jerry Sandusky and prosecutors did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Matt Sandusky's lawyer says his client met with investigators very recently.

Sunday, June 17, 2012

#Sandusky Trial : Assessing Histrionic Personality Disorder.

A short news article (found here) tells that Jerry Sandusky is to be evaluated for a personality disorder today by a prosecution psychologist. Jerry is on trial for some 50 counts of child sexual abuse. The article says that the defense team plans to argue that Jerry has Histrionic Personality Disorder and that explains his verbal and written behavior with the boys who are accusing him of abuse–rather than see those same behaviors as attempts to groom the boys.
Just how will a psychologist go about determining the presence of HPD? In a non-forensic setting, a psychologist would attempt to determine the presence of a personality disorder by gathering several kinds of more

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Yiddish Nechemya Weberman :Ultra-Orthodox Jews turn out by the hundreds for accused sex offender

Members of the Satmar Hasidic sect gather in the Continental catering hall in Williamsburg. | Photo: Zoë Blackler
Source: Guardian | Zoë Blackler

Tempers flare on street outside Brooklyn hall while inside the Satmar Hasidic sect raises money for Nechemya Weberman

"The community will come," Brooklyn's Yiddish press had declared. And on Wednesday night, the community answered the call. 

On the street outside the Continental catering hall in Williamsburg, they filled the sidewalk, at times spilling onto the road to be pushed back by police. Inside the packed room, men of all ages dressed in the traditional garb of the Satmar Hasidic sect – long black coats, round hats and side curls – listened to their community elders speak out in support of a man they claim has been wrongly accused.

With the issue of child sexual abuse in the ultra-Orthodox community gaining ever greater press attention, the approaching trial of Nechemya Weberman has become a touch paper, igniting passions on both sides of the growing divide in this community – between those who claim most alleged child sex crimes are hushed up and those who refute the charge.
Weberman stands accused of the repeated sexual abuse of a teenage girl he was counselling. But in the minds of many who joined last night's rally, he has already been condemned by a mainstream media hostile to their community.

Few in the crowd on Wednesday evening would speak to the press. Female reporters were banned from entering the hall. But a few of the younger men gathered outside did reluctantly explain their presence, though none would give their names.

"People are here because the community thinks that he's innocent," said one man, who was watching from a distance. "If the community knows him and they think he's innocent, then he deserves to clear his name."

"To support a guy who is not guilty," another said. "We're here to support him financially. He should be able to cover his legal fees."

"To support the Jewish people," said a third.

Across the street, a group of around 100 advocates, abuse survivors and supporters of the alleged victim had set up a counter-demonstration, carrying placards that read "protect victims, not abusers" and chanting "denial enables abuse".

At the start of the evening, there was a brief clash and an arrest as one of the rally-goers crossed the street to confront protesters. The media was also out in force, and included NBC and New York 1, the New York Times and the Daily News. Live broadcast trucks were parked along the street.

Outside the hall, another young Hasidic man, who said he was a father himself and concerned about child molestation, was more outspoken than the others. He wanted not just to answer questions but to debate.

"Why is it that the news media is so interested in this story?" he demanded to know. "There are lots of accused child rapists and none of them make the news.
" People from outside the community are pushing an agenda, he said referring to the advocates gathered on the opposite sidewalk. "That's why you're here."
"Are you part of the community? Can't you see who the community is and who the outcasts are? Those people are the bottom of the barrel, and they are concerned about our community? Is there anything more ironic than that one?"
He said he worshipped in synagogue with Weberman and knew he was innocent.

"This guy is the most lovely person. Anybody needs help, he's there. How would you react if your father was found guilty with the same charges as this guy? That is how I want that you should understand my side."

When any of the men did agree to talk, soon a growing crowd gathered around to listen in. Some observers took photographs with their cell phones, to signal their disapproval. Several men shouted at those answering questions, condemning their conduct as against tznius, the ultra-Orthodox Jewish modesty code that dictates contact between men and women. "You can't stand around over here," one middle-aged man leaving the hall told me. "Respect our religion. Go across the street."

"People came out tonight to support the American ideal of innocent till proven guilty," said Yossi Gestetner, a Satmar Hasid who was appointed official press contact by the rally's organisers the day before the event when news of it reached the media.
"Many people in the community are fed up that this whole case gets tried in the court of public opinion not the court of law. People feel under siege."
Gestetner, whose card describes his business as "outreach services", added: "Based on the coverage here tonight, you'd think that everything in New York is beautiful, everything in Brooklyn worked out great, and the only problem is that some Orthodox Jew was arrested a while ago and everyone comes to attack. This is how people look at it."

In which case, with the community feeling unfairly targeted by the media, perhaps a fundraising rally guaranteed to attract broad public interest might not have been the best strategy?
"You can make this argument," Gestetner conceded. "I wasn't at the decision table to say if such an event would take place or not."

The organisers are now counting the contributions raised on Wednesday – the checks signed inside the hall and the bills dropped off in cardboard boxes at the exit.

Gestetner said the target figure of $500,000 quoted in the Yiddish press was a fantasy. He expected something closer to the five figure mark. But however successful the event may have turned out to be as a fundraising effort, as an attempt to push back at the media's coverage of this community, it had quite the opposite effect.


Until last year, Nechemya Weberman was a therapist in Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn. From the apartment building he owns in Williamsburg, he counselled teenage girls from ultra-Orthodox Jewish families. Girls, who through improper dress, flirtations with boys or a curiosity in life beyond the confines of their sects, were risking disrepute. In the antiquated world of the ultra-Orthodox, the stigma of immodesty can wreck a girl's marriage prospects and her future in the community.

In 2007, two worried parents sent their 12-year-old daughter for counselling with Weberman, at the insistence of her school. For three years, the girl consulted him, seeing him often several times a week. The girl had been questioning her religious teachers, and her parents hoped that Weberman, who had raised his own pious, god-fearing children, would lead her back to the right path.

Later this summer, a jury in Brooklyn – home to the largest Orthodox population outside Israel – will be asked to decide exactly what took place during those many counselling sessions. Whether Weberman repeatedly sexually abused the young girl as she alleges, or whether, as the defence claims, he is the object of misplaced revenge.