Articles Posted in Sexual Offenders / Predators

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By  David Wolf, Attorney

Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Handcuffs - Criminal - Child AbuseIn Washington and other States, parents rely on day care center to provide a safe, clean, and healthy environment for their children during working hours.  Parents, with children in day care centers, should visit frequently and at odd times.  In other words, a parent should visit at different times of the day in order to see how the staff is supervising the children under their care.  The staff in the morning may be different than the staff in the afternoon.  Furthermore, if the day care center staff believes that a parent could walk in at any moment of the day, this may, in turn, make the day care center staff more attentive to the duties and responsibilities at hand.   For most children, day care centers, schools, and summer camps provide that certain educational environment that certainly contributes to the growth and happiness of a child.   Unfortunately, some child care providers use their position of trust and access to abuse and neglect the very children that they are responsible for supervising and protecting from harm.   Certainly, the good child care providers outnumber the bad ones; however, one bad child care provider who abused and neglects children is frankly one too many.  Day care centers should carefully screen all day care center employees with background checks that are not only completed by an electronic search but also follow up calls to work and personal references.  Once hired, day care center employees should be trained and supervised.
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By Jonathan Safran, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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Education%20Day%20Care%20Building%20Block%20F.jpgIn Wisconsin and other States, day care centers should be safe havens for children. They should be placed where children are well cared for in supportive, nurturing environment. Unfortunately, some day care center employees and volunteers abuse the children under the care of a day care center. These reckless employees and volunteers use their positions of trust to prey on children. Some are caught while many others go undetected only to go on to abuse more children along the way.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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technology%20mobile%20phone%20cell%20black%20with%20color%20screan%20on%20white%20background.jpgEvidence can be presented in different forms and a civil or criminal case involving the molestation or an abuse of a child. A controlled recorded telephone call or a wiretap can serve as evidence in these cases. A controlled recorded telephone call or a wiretap is set up and coached to some extent by the police or investigators.

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By David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network

Statute%20of%20Limitations%20Hourglass.jpgIn every state, there are laws in place that set forth the time limits, restrictions, procedures in which a criminal case or a civil personal injury case can be filed when a child is victimized by a molestation or abuse incident.

With respect to time limits, the statute of limitations is the deadline in which a lawsuit can be filed or for a criminal case in which charges can be filed against a criminal defendant.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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DNA%20Evidence%20Lab%20Testing.jpegWhen a child is subject to the abuse or molestation by adult teacher, coach, teacher’s assistant, volunteer, neighbor, or other person, DNA evidence can be used to establish a case or claim against the perpetrator and possible other entities. DNA evidence is not always available or collected in each case. Because the DNA evidence can be a powerful tool in helping establish a civil or criminal case involving the abuse or molestation of a child, investigators will typically inquire and research whether DNA evidence can be obtained. There are various sources of DNA evidence following the abuse or molestation including the following:

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By David Wolf, Attorney
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In Pennsylvania, the first civil lawsuit has been filed against Jerry Sandusky, Penn State, and the charity founded by former Coach Jerry Sandusky. The victim, who is now 29 years old, alleged that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused him more than 100 times. It is anticipated that other lawsuits will follow by other victims of Jerry Sandusky. In an attempt to use public relations, Jerry Sandusky has given some interviews to major news outlets. He has admitted to “horsing around” and to “showers” with or near the boys. Mr. Sandusky’s judgment was certainly poor and it appears that he continued his bad behavior or poor judgment for years without any appreciable intervention by the police, Penn State University, or any of his superiors at the college. It will be interesting to see what evidence is developed through the lawsuit as well as the criminal investigation that is currently pending. In light of the criminal investigation and the multiple reports from different victims / witnesses of Jerry Sandusky’s bad acts, it is difficult to comprehend Sandusky’s ongoing denial of any criminal or abusive conduct. Of course, Sandusky will be entitled to a criminal defense in the prosecution(s) against him. The case will result in a dismissal, plea deal, or trial. Since there appears to be plenty of evidence against him, it is unlikely that there will be a dismissal of the criminal charges. As such, the case will either be tried in front of a jury or will result in a plea deal. As for the civil case, there will be a settlement, trial, or court order establishing the case or throwing it out. Time will tell how all of these cases turn out. Hopefully, the truth will shine through and justice will prevail. See Sandusky Sued for Abuse in Pennsylvania.

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By David Wolf, Attorney

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building%20blocks.jpgIn Pennsylvania and other States, there are day care center workers who unfortunately use the day care center as a location to abuse and neglect children under their care. IN Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, Matthew Keith Byars (age 26) has been accused and charged with crimes in multiple instances of abuse and neglect of children. It was reported that Byars previously worked at Tender Care Learning Center in Pennsylvania.

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By Kevin Leach, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney

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judge.jpgFacebook is one of the most popular sites in the world, claiming over 400 million users. It is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family, but headlines suggest that minors may become victims of sexual solicitation from fake “friends.”

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By John Jensen, Attorney and David Wolf, Attorney
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A former Asheville, North Carolina day care worker has been sentenced to at least 19 years in state prison. 46-year-old Michael Roy Carter began molesting a girl when she was 3-years-old, the abuse continued for almost a decade. According to the lawsuit, Carter’s attention was drawn to the victim recently after she was enrolled at Rainbow Child Care in 1989, an Asheville day care center that is no nonexistent. The lawsuit claims Carter would take the victim into the bathroom, fondle her, performed a sex act on her and forced her to perform one on him. The suit also names Carter’s wife, Angela P. Carter, and his parents, who owned the center. The suit alleges each conspired with Carter to hide his serial abuse of the children at the center. Carter would persuade the victim’s mother to allow her to stay over night with Carter at his home he shared with his wife. The lawsuit alleges Carter began to molest and rape the victim when she was about 11-years-old. Once the victim reached the age of fourteen, she ceased contact with Carter to develop relationships with friends, fellow students and her peers. Carter continued to contact the victim via email and telephone calls. According to the lawsuit, one email stated, “I still love you more than anything … I know in your heart you still care but I don’t understand why we can’t talk.” The victim began to seek counseling for sexual abuse in September 2008. Through her extensive therapy, the victim finally reported the abuse to police, which prompted the investigation and, ultimately, Carter’s arrest and criminal conviction. The facility was shut down in the early 1990s, however records don’t indicate the reason it closed. Carter pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree statutory rape. Carter was sentenced to 230-285 months in state prison and will be required to register as a sex offender after his release from prison. For more details please read Former Asheville day care employee gets 19 years after serially abusing a child at the care center.