Local lawmakers introduce bill for child sexual abuse task force

Sen. John Grabinger, D-Jamestown, and Rep. Bernie Satrom, R-Jamestown, are sponsoring a bill that would create a task force on preventing sexual abuse of children and reporting recommendations for legislation. Senate Bill 2342 was introduced by Grabinger and had a hearing in the Human Services Committee on Jan. 30. No…

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CHILDLINE: CHILD ABUSE IS GETTING THE ATTENTION IT DESERVES

JOHANNESBURG – Childline South Africa says the conviction of an Ekurhuleni man charged with distributing child pornography is a step in the right direction towards achieving justice. On Monday, Warren Troy Knoop was handed 32 life sentences and 170 years in prison for crimes including raping a minor. Knoop had…

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Growing concern about substance abuse near children

More than 1,400 calls have been made to the NSPCC’s helpline over the last three years by people in Scotland concerned about alcohol, drug or other substance abuse around children, the charity has revealed. Last year alone (2015/16), the charity received 494 contacts from Scotland, a rise from 408 in…

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POLICE BLOTTER: Pender man faces cocaine, child abuse charges

The arrest of Vaughn Develle Pearsall, 46, follows an investigation that began in April concerning the sale of illegal narcotics, Capt. James Rowell of the sheriff’s office said. By StarNews Staff PENDER COUNTY — A Willard man arrested Wednesday by narcotics detective with the Pender County Sheriff’s Office faces cocaine…

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Parents of 8-month-old girl jailed on abuse charges

A baby girl, state troopers say was born addicted to drugs, is in the hospital and her parents are in jail; charged with covering their 8-month-old’s face in bruises. One state trooper described it as the most disheartening case of child abuse he’s ever seen. Those troopers were actually called…

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Teen mom accused of sexually abusing her baby and creating child porn

A young mother is accused of sexually abusing her infant son and producing child sexually abusive material. Jazmine Nichole Pacyga, 19, of Muskegon Township “admitted” to performing oral sex on her 3-month-old baby, according to an abuse and neglect petition filed by the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services….

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Winter Haven woman accused of throwing baby across room

A 30-year-old Winter Haven woman is accused of throwing a 7-month-old across a living room, breaking his arm and fracturing his leg. Jeri Lorraine Sorenson, of 291 Cherry Laurel Lane in Winter Haven, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of aggravated child abuse. While Sorenson was visiting a friend in…

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