BRITAIN: ‘ Inquiry Finds at Least 1,400 Children in Town Were Sexually Exploited Predominantly by Asian Criminal Gangs ‘

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​​​#AceWorldNews – BRITAIN (Rotherham) – August 27 – South Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has vowed to stay in the job despite calls for him to quit over widespread child abuse in Rotherham.

An inquiry found at least 1,400 children in the town were sexually exploited by predominantly Asian criminal gangs between 1997 and 2013.

PCC Shaun Wright was the councillor in charge of children’s services at Rotherham Council from 2005 to 2010.

He said he believed he was the most appropriate person to hold the post.

A report commissioned by the council was published on Tuesday and revealed the massive scale of abuse in Rotherham.

The inquiry team noted fears among council staff of being labelled “racist” if they focused on victims’ descriptions of the majority of abusers as “Asian” men.

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Opinion: Pope’s apology on sex abuse still doesn’t cut it

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Pope Francis speaks during the feast-day Mass on a one-day trip to the Calabrian region of Italy on Saturday, June 21. The Pope spoke out against the Mafia's "adoration of evil and contempt for the common good," and declared that "mafiosi are excommunicated, not in communion with God.'

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After meeting Monday with six victims of sexual abuse by clergy members, Pope Francis apologized for the crimes committed against them and begged forgiveness “for the sins of omission on the part of church leaders who did not respond adequately to reports of abuse.”

Apologies are all well and good, but this one brings to mind two trite but true sayings: “Too little, too late” and “Actions speak louder than words.” Unfortunately, Francis has more to do so that future popes won’t have to keep saying “I’m sorry” for these crimes and the Catholic Church’s cover-up.

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Autopsy: Ariel Castro hanged himself in prison cell

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Ariel Castro, who was sentenced to life in prison last month for abducting and sexually abusing three young women in his Cleveland home, hanged himself in his cell Tuesday night, according to preliminary results of an autopsy performed early Wednesday.


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Castro, 53, was found at 9:20 p.m. ET hanging in his cell at the Correction Reception Center in Orient, Ohio, where he was being held under protective custody.

Prison medical staff attempted lifesaving measures on the scene before he was transported to the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and pronounced dead at 10:52 p.m. ET, according to JoEllen Smith spokeswoman with the Ohio Rehabilitation and Correction Department.

Franklin County coroner Jan Gorniak said preliminary results of the autopsy confirmed that Castro’s death was a suicide and the cause of death was hanging. She said toxicology tests would be completed later.

Castro was not under suicide watch, but was being checked on by guards every 30 minutes. Smith said in a statement that a “thorough review” of the incident was underway.

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Teacher on FBI 10 Most Wanted list held in Nicaragua over child porn

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One of the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted fugitives — Eric Justin Toth, a former D.C. teacher accused of producing and possessing child pornography — was detained by police in Nicaragua, sources said.

Toth was found over the weekend. He had rented a room in a small town near Managua, was using an assumed name and had a fake passport.

Nicaraguan National Police Chief Aminta Granera said he would be deported immediately because he was in the country illegally, the Associated Press reported.

Toth taught third grade at Beauvoir Elementary School on the grounds of the Washington National Cathedral.

On June 12, 2008, Beauvoir sent a letter to parents saying that a teacher was found in possession of a school-owned camera with inappropriate pictures of a boy. Sources said that pictures of at least three other boys being touched in inappropriate ways were on a thumb drive.

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Pope seeks decisive action against sex abuse

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Pope Francis, in one of his first substantive actions since his election three weeks ago, signals that local bishops’ conferences should step up to discipline priests, serve victims.

Pope Francis has called for strong, specific worldwide measures for the Roman Catholic Church to act “with determination” against clergy sex abuse — the scandal that has rocked the church for more than a decade.

It is one of the first actions on a major issue in Francis’ weeks-old papacy, one marked chiefly by attention to his humble, cut-the-pageantry style.


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After he met Friday with the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller, the Vatican said in a statement: “The Holy Father recommended that the congregation continue the line sought by Benedict XVI, to act with determination in regard to cases of sexual abuse.”

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Hannity defends Rutgers coach: ‘My father hit me with a belt, I turned out okay!’

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It’s highly debatable whether either one of them turned out OK!!!! Yes, your father can hit you with a belt because he’s YOUR FATHER! LG

Fox News host Sean Hannity and conservative pundit Michelle Malkin on Wednesday both defended a former Rutgers basketball coach who verbally and physically abused his players, both saying that they had received plenty of spankings and “turned out okay.” On Wednesday Rutgers announced that the school had fired coach Mike Rice after ESPN revealed video tape of him kicking players, throwing balls at the heads of players and shouting homophobic slurs like “fucking faggot” and “fucking fairy.”

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