Court: Probe found over 300 'predator priests' in 6 dioceses
FILE: A cross stands at the top of St. Monica Church in Sunbury.
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HARRISBURG (AP) — Pennsylvania's highest court says a landmark grand jury report identifies more than 300 "predator priests" in six of the state's Roman Catholic dioceses.
The Supreme Court issued a unanimous ruling Friday allowing the report on clergy child sexual abuse and allegations of cover-up efforts to be made public. But the names of priests and others who have challenged the findings will be blacked out in at least the initial version to be released.
The court wants the redaction process to be completed by Aug. 8, when the 900-page report is expected to be made public.
The court says it will still consider the challenges by some priests and others who say their constitutional rights to their reputations and to due process of law are being violated.
Tough Spot for a bunch of out-of-work-at-the-moment-actors
That Was A Mistake, patience would have served them well, kimosabe
There was going to be a different director, one who wasn't a pedophile, the studios were going to see about that, but, that letter shouldn't have been produced, now I've seen it, and thousands of others who'll pass it on to hundreds of thousands
perhaps more people will know about this than watch CNN
Two Pedophile Illegal Aliens Charged for Molesting Five, Eight, and Ten-Year-Old Children
There's disturbing news coming out of North Carolina, where a pair of illegal aliens inside the United States of America as per immigration law violations, is now facing charges related to the sexual assault of a five, eight, and ten-year-old child in Raleigh.
37-year-old pedophile and illegal alien Francisco Cervantes-Gutierrez. Credit: CBS 17.
Law enforcement in Wake County stated that 37-year-old Francisco Cervantes-Gutierrez, a Mexican National who resides in North Carolina illegally, has been charged in connection to a series of forced child sexual abuse that occurred between the dates of early 2017 and the time of his arrest; on July 27th of 2018.
The investigation begins with authorities being told that the two children may have been sexually exploited and abused by Francisco Cervantes-Gutierrez, which led to Detectives further investigating the allegations only to determine that several incidents occurred where Cervantes-Gutierrez was preying upon the children, before sexually assaulting them.
The News & Observer also reports that a second man, 44-year-old Furmencio Miranda-Cortazar, was also arrested in Raleigh, for what authorities say was the forced sexual relationship of a five-year-old girl.
Miranda-Cortazar was arrested on Saturday night, at an apartment complex located on Fox Manor Ridge Road in Raleigh, where police say he continued to abuse that child for over eight years sexually.
Police say that Miranda-Cortazar is also a Mexican National, inside the United States of America illegally and that the sexual abuse of the five-year-old girl began in October of 2007 only to end in November of 2015.
Arrest warrants for Miranda-Cortazar also show that from 2015 until May of 2018, the pedophile Illegal alien then began another sexual relationship with a sixteen-year-old, which resulted in her parents contacting authorities.
There aren't many details of this case being announced as of yet, but CBS local affiliate Channel 17 reports that law enforcement executed a search warrant at 4300 blocks of Hollow Tree Court in Raleigh, North Carolina on July 27th, which resulted in the arrest of Cervantes-Gutierrez.
After taking Cervantes-Gutierrez into custody on the charges of eight counts of indecent liberties with a child, and one count of first-degree statutory sex; the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, alongside the Department of Homeland Security, began their own investigations into the background of the accused child molester.
It was then discovered that Cervantes-Gutierrez was inside the United States of America illegally, originally a Mexican National, albeit the connection to the child victims, in this case, has yet to be revealed.
In addition to the six child-sex crimes Cervantes-Gutierrez now faces, the ICE agency also placed a detainer on the illegal alien, to prevent his release into society if he were to make bond, and to ensure a speedy deportation process after his criminal trial and potential sentence for the horrific sexual abuse of two prepubescent children.
Cervantes-Gutierrez will remain in the custody of the Wake County Detention Center, where he's held on a $1.5 million bond, and scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday morning.
To further showcase how broken our correctional system is, the arrest records for Francisco Cervantes-Gutierrez on the Wake County Detention Center website show that his race is “white,” clearly a skewered and politically correct attempt to depict a Mexican National as being a white criminal.
Questionable data on Wake County Detention Center website for Francisco Cervantes-Gutierrez, showing the illegal alien as being “white,” when he's a Mexican National. Credit: WCSO.
The race of the criminal alien isn't a factor here, but when the Federal Bureau of Investigation releases their annual crime report, it no doubt affects the outcome of such a document.
Cervantes-Gutierrez, and Miranda-Cortazar are the prime examples of why Americans stand firmly against criminal illegal aliens coming into the United States of America in violation of federal immigration laws, as well as the Immigration and Nationality Act.
This is why the nation stands with President Trump, who wants to protect Americans from these dangers.
Those who commit the federal crime of illegally entering the country, or illegal re-entry if previously deported, have no desire to assimilate into the nation lawfully in the first place, let alone obey the laws of the land.
If you know of any child who may have been a victim of sexual exploitation, please call the National Center for Missing or Exploited Children (NCMEC) at 1-800-THE-LOST (1-800-843-5678) or visit themissingkids.com> NCMEC’s web site where you can find assistance directly dependent upon the specific case you're interested in finding information for.
Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE tip line at 1-866-347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) is also bringing down suspected child-sex offenders through Operation Predator.
You can also contact ICE via the Operation Predator application for mobile devices. ICE has created a smartphone app – the first of its kind in U.S. federal law enforcement – designed to seek the public's help with fugitive and unknown suspect child predators.
We should also reach out to our elected officials, and demand no possible bond for child-sex offenders, and to introduce legislation that would punish those convicted of these terrible crimes against children via the death penalty.
Now, because of the open-borders policies of previous Administrations, two innocent children, eight and ten-years-old respectively; as well as the five-year-old who suffered eight years of molestation, will be forever tormented at the hands of the sexual abuse committed by Francisco Cervantes-Gutierrez and Furmencio Miranda-Cortazar.
President Trump is right, we need a wall along our southern border with Mexico, and we need to report and deport criminal illegal aliens at every chance we have.
Francisco Cervantes-Gutierrez and Furmencio Miranda-Cortazar are monsters, and they're the exact reason why every upstanding American citizen should keep their children away from strangers.
Nathan Larson, a 37-year-old accountant from Charlottesville, Virginia, is running for Congress as an independent candidate in his native state. He is also a pedophile, as he admitted to HuffPost on Thursday, who has bragged in website posts about raping his late ex-wife.
In a phone call, Larson confirmed that he created the now-defunct websites suiped.org and incelocalypse.today ― chat rooms that served as gathering places for pedophiles and violence-minded misogynists like himself. HuffPost contacted Larson after confirming that his campaign website shared an IP address with these forums, among others. His sites were terminated by their domain host on Tuesday.
On the phone, he was open about his pedophilia and seemingly unfazed about his long odds of attaining government office.
“A lot of people are tired of political correctness and being constrained by it,” he said. “People prefer when there’s an outsider who doesn’t have anything to lose and is willing to say what’s on a lot of people’s minds.”
When asked whether he’s a pedophile or just writes about pedophilia, he said, “It’s a mix of both. When people go over the top there’s a grain of truth to what they say.”
Asked whether there was a “grain of truth” in his essay about father-daughter incest and another about raping his ex-wife repeatedly, he said yes, offering that plenty of women have rape fantasies.
According to Larson’s campaign manifesto, his platform as a “quasi-neoreactionary libertarian” candidate includes protecting gun ownership rights, establishing free trade and protecting “benevolent white supremacy,” as well as legalizing incestuous marriage and child pornography.
In the manifesto, Larson called Nazi leader Adolf Hitler a “white supremacist hero.” He urged Congress to repeal the Violence Against Women Act, adding, “We need to switch to a system that classifies women as property, initially of their fathers and later of their husbands.” He also showed sympathy for men who identify as involuntary celibates, or incels, suggesting it is unfair that they “are forced to pay taxes for schools, welfare, and other support for other men’s children.”
Using the pseudonyms Leucosticte and Lysander, Larson frequently participated in conversations on his own message boards, he confirmed to HuffPost.
Larson posted as "Lysander" on his now-defunct website, suiped.org. (suiped org)
As Lysander on suiped.org, a forum for “suicidal pedophiles,” Larson wrote numerous posts endorsing child rape and other forms of sexual abuse.
“Why doesn’t every pedo just focus on making money so they can get a pedo-wife and then either impregnate her with some f---toys or adopt some f---toys?” he wrote on the platform in October. “That would accommodate both those who are and aren’t into incest. And of course, the adoption process lets you pick a boy or a girl.”
Larson has a 3-year-old daughter who lives with relatives. He told HuffPost that he relinquished his parental rights during a custody battle. His ex-wife got a court-ordered restraining order against him in 2015before committing suicide. He has since remarried, he says, and is now living in Catlett, Virginia.
Larson used the moniker “Leucosticte” on incelocalypse.today ― a forum for incels who are pedophiles that was removed this week after the website Babe contacted the domain host. There, he identified as a “hebephilic rapist,” noting that he’s not a typical incel because he’d had sex by raping his ex-wife.
According to the site, which HuffPost viewed before it was taken down, “incelocalypse” refers to “the day we make the jailbaits our rape-slaves.” (The term “jailbait” is slang for a person who is under the legal age of consent for sex.)
Larson posted as "Leucosticte" on incelocalypse.today. (incelocalypse today)
HuffPost did not view any posts explicitly stating that he has engaged in sexual activity with minors, although he repeatedly expressed a desire to have sex with infants and children, including his own daughter. In the phone call, Larson said that the word “pedophile” is “vague” and “just a label,” adding that it’s “normal” for men to be attracted to underage women. He said he did not commit any crimes.
In a 3,300-word essay on incelocalypse.today, titled “Here’s How to Psyche Yourself Up to Feel Entitled to Rape,” Larson tells other members: “Don’t forget: feminism is the problem, and rape is the solution.” On the platform, he also advocated for father-daughter marriage, killing women and raping virgins.
Larson is less worried about his run for Congress than about his sites coming down. He told HuffPost that the termination of his websites is an affront to his freedom of speech and that he’s going to try to get them hosted elsewhere. Not that it’ll matter ― there are still plenty of forums where incels and other such communities can congregate. The removal of Larson’s sites caused an uproar on incels.me, a separate, much larger forum for incels.
Larson’s political ambitions span more than a decade. He first ran for Congress in Virginia’s 1st District in 2008 on what he described as an “anarcho-capitalist” platform. That same year, he sent a letter to the Secret Service threatening to kill the president, which landed him in federal prison for 14 months and barred him from seeking public office.
But in 2016, then-Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) restored voting and other civil rights to thousands of felons, allowing Larson to campaign yet again. In 2017 he ran in Virginia’s House of Delegates District 31 and secured less than 2 percent of the vote. Now he is gunning for a seat in Virginia’s 10th Congressional District.
On websites, Nathan Larson, 37, has advocated for rape, pedophilia, incest and kidnapping.
Until it was pulled down, Larson’s site Nathania.org, a wiki page with details about his latest candidacy, featured posts titled “A Man Should Be Allowed to Choke His Wife to Death as Punishment for Cutting Her Hair Short Without Permission, or Other Acts of Gross Insubordination,” “Advantages of Father-Daughter Incest” and “The Justifiability of an Incel’s Kidnapping a Girl and Keeping Her as His Rape-Slave for Sex and Babymaking.” Wiki pages can be edited by other people, but Larson confirmed he wrote these posts as well as several other disturbing entries.
In “Let’s Define What Rape Is,” a 3,000-word essay posted on Nathania.org as well as other incel sites, Larson wrote: “Women are objects, to be taken care of by men like any other property, and for powerful men to insert themselves into as it pleases them, and as they believe will be in women’s own interests. In most cases, their interests are aligned, as long as the man is strong. Female sex-slaves actually get a much better deal than animals, because in most cases, they are allowed to reproduce, unlike animals raised for meat or companionship.”
When asked what his constituents would think about his pedophiliac writings, he said, “People are open-minded.”
He continued, “A lot of people who disagreed with someone like Trump … might vote for them anyway just because the establishment doesn’t like them.”
Harrisburg Catholic diocese names 71 priests, clergy accused of abuse. See the list here
The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg has released a list of more than 70 of its clergy members accused of sexually abusing children. John Buffone, firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg released a list of 71 names of clergy members accused of sexually abusing children in cases dating back decades.
The list includes priests, deacons, seminarians and clergy affiliated with an order. The list also includes clergy members from other dioceses and Archdioceses from across the nation.
In the release, the diocese said the list includes those who were accused of abuse of a child since the 1940s, and does not include assessments of credibility or guilt. The church said it was releasing a list of every allegation made in recent decades against clergy in the diocese that had not been proven false.
Of the 71 names, 37 were priests in the Diocese of Harrisburg, three were deacons of the diocese, six were seminarians of the diocese, nine were clergy of other dioceses and 16 were from religious communities.
'Suddenly I don't feel like I'm going to Hell': Priest abuse victim reacts to diocese report
The diocese broke the list into three categories: cases in which abuse was first alleged while the accused was living; cases in which abuse was first alleged after the accused's death; and cases in which the abuse was alleged to have occurred in another diocese.
Here is the full list of the accused:
1. Cases where abuse was first alleged while accused was living Cases involving allegations of indecent behavior
Alexander Dario Agudelo Cano – Alive – Diocese of Harrisburg (DOH) (seminarian)
Francis (Scotty) Allen II– Dead – DOH (seminarian)
John Allen – Alive – DOH (priest)
Francis Bach – Dead – DOH (priest)
Luis Jesus Barajas Arias – Alive – Order (Order of the most blessed Trinity)
Richard Barry – unknown – Order (OMI)
James Beeman – dead – DOH (priest)
John Bostwick III – alive – Diocese of Richmond
Augustine Giella – dead- Archdiocese of Newark
Ronald Gonzalez – alive – Diocese of Dallas
Thomas Ronald Haney – dead – DOH (priest)
William Haviland – dead – DOH (priest)
John Herber – dead – Order (CPPS)
Philip Hower – alive – DOH (seminarian)
George Koychick – dead – DOH (priest)
Kevin Labuda – alive – DOH (seminarian)
Arthur Long – dead – Order (SJ)
David Luck – alive – DOH (priest)
Guy Marsico – alive – DOH (priest)
Anthony McGinley – dead – DOH (priest)
Joseph Pease – alive – DOH (priest)
Charles Procopio -dead - DOH (priest)
Guido Miguel Quiroz Reyes – unknown – Order (OFM)
John Rebovich – dead – order (OSJ)
Thomas Scala – alive – DOH (priest)
Herbert Shank – alive – DOH (priest)
Timothy Sperber – alive – DOH (priest)
Carl Steffen – dead – DOH (priest)
John Tokarick Jr. – alive – DOH (seminarian)
Salvatore Zangari – dead – DOH (priest)
Cases involving allegations of inappropriate behavior (e.g. kissing)
Walter Emala – dead – Diocese of Memphis
Ibarra Mercado – unknown – Archdiocese of the Military
James Rush – alive – Archdiocese of New York
Cases involving allegations of child pornography
Donald Cramer II – alive – DOH (priest)
Paul Fisher – alive – DOH (priest)
Donald (Tim) Hackman – alive – DOH (deacon)
Kevin Kayda II – dead- DOH (priest)
Thomas Kujovsky – dead- DOH (priest)
Cases involving allegations of inappropriate communications with children
Robert Logue – alive – DOH (deacon)
Bryan Schlager – alive – DOH (seminarian)
2. Cases where abuse was first alleged after the accused’s death Cases involving allegations of indecent behavior
John Bolen – dead - DOH (priest)
Patrick D’Alessandro – dead – DOH (priest)
Philip DeChico – dead – DOH (priest)
Raymond Dougherty – dead – DOH (priest)
Joseph Driscoll – dead – ORDER (CSSR)
Joseph Hager – dead – DOH (priest)
Francis Hudak – dead- DOH (priest)
Thomas Lawler – dead – DOH (priest)
Robert Maher – dead - DOH (priest)
Daniel Mahoney – dead - DOH (priest)
Neil Murphy – dead - DOH (priest)
James Noel – dead - DOH (priest)
Stephen Rolko – dead - DOH (priest)
John Suknaic – dead - DOH (priest)
Francis Taylor – dead - DOH (priest)
Frederick Vaughn – dead - DOH (priest)
James Vecera – dead - DOH (deacon)
Cases involving allegations of inappropriate behavior (e.g., kissing)
Frederick Bradel – dead - DOH (priest)
John McDevitt – dead – Order (Oblates of St. Francis DeSales)
3. Cases where abuse was alleged to have occurred in another diocese
Gerard (or Gerald) Bugge – dead – Order (Redemptorist)
William Cawley – alive – Diocese of Great Falls/Billings
Bernard Flanagan – alive - Diocese of Allentown
William Geiger – dead- Order (Redemptorist)
Edward Konat – unknown – Order (SJ)
Reginald Krakovsky – dead – Order (Franciscan Friars of the Third Regular Order)
Jerome Kucan – dead – Order (OFM)
Robert Poandl – alive – Order (Glenmary Home Missioners)
Worker Charged With Sexually Molesting Eight Children at Immigrant Shelter, New Records Show The allegations against the Southwest Key youth care worker are the latest in a series of serious accusations of sexual abuse inside the government’s immigrant youth shelters. TOPHER SANDERS AND MICHAEL GRABELLAUG. 2, 2018 7:44 PM
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This story was originally published by ProPublica. It includes graphic details of alleged sexual violence against minors.
A youth care worker for Southwest Key has been charged with 11 sex offenses after authorities accused him of molesting at least eight unaccompanied immigrant boys over nearly a year at one of the company’s shelters in Mesa, Arizona, federal court records show.
The allegations against Levian D. Pacheco, who is HIV-positive, include that he performed oral sex on two of the teenagers and tried to force one of them to penetrate him anally. The other six teens—all between 15 and 17—said Pacheco had groped them through their clothing. All of the incidents are alleged to have taken place between August 2016 and July 2017, according to a court filing last week that laid out the government’s case.
The case, initially investigated by local police, is now proceeding through US District Court in Phoenix. Pacheco had worked at Southwest Key’s Casa Kokopelli shelter, one of eight the company runs in Arizona, since May 2016.
Casa Kokopelli was cited by the Arizona Department of Health Services in 2017 for failing to complete background checks, including fingerprinting, to ensure that employees hadn’t previously committed sex offenses and other crimes, records show. Pacheco worked for nearly four months without a complete background check, according to documents and an agency official. Those records did not show any previous arrests or convictions for sex offenses, they said.
Pacheco, 25, was indicted in August 2017 after an investigation by local law enforcement and the US Department of Health and Human Services inspector general’s office. The current charges include eight counts of abusive sexual contact with a ward and three counts of sexual acts with a ward. Pacheco, who is in US Marshals’ custody, could not be reached for comment, but he denied the charges in court documents. His federal public defender, Benjamin Good, said, “We are looking forward to defending Mr. Pacheco in court.”
Trump administration officials have repeatedly asserted that the shelters are safe, even fun, places for kids. But there has been increasingly intense scrutiny of the federally funded, privately run shelters after the administration separated some 3,000 children from their parents at the border and sent them to shelters and foster homes across the country. Last week, ProPublica reported that police nationwide have responded to hundreds of calls reporting possible sex crimes at shelters that serve immigrant children. One of those calls resulted in the conviction of a Tucson shelter worker for molestation.
Now further documents have emerged describing alleged incidents in Arizona involving Southwest Key, the largest operator of immigrant youth shelters nationwide.
In one case, a 46-year-old youth care worker in Tucson was convicted of groping a 15-year-old boy who had just arrived in the United States five days earlier. ProPublica only discovered Pacheco’s case while trying to find additional information about a vague reference to a molestation case in Arizona inspection records. Federal officials had known about the case when answering questions from ProPublicalast week and when describing the conditions of the shelters before Congress, but did not mention it.
In addition to Pacheco, two other cases involving abuse at other Southwest Key shelters have recently surfaced.
On Tuesday, an employee at a Southwest Key facility in Phoenix, Fernando Magaz Negrete, was arrested on allegations that he sexually abused a 14-year-old girl by kissing her and rubbing her breast and crotch, according to Phoenix news outlets. And The Nation reported Friday that a 6-year-old girl who had been separated from her mother was allegedly fondled by a boy at another Southwest Key facility in Glendale, Arizona in June.
At other Southwest Key facilities, police reports and call logs from the last five years detail inappropriate relationships with staff, dozens of runaways, sexual contact among kids at the shelters and other allegations of molestation by employees. In one case, ProPublica found, a 46-year-old youth care worker in Tucson was convicted of groping a 15-year-old boy who had just arrived in the United States five days earlier.
In an email, HHS spokesman Kenneth Wolfe said the agency has issued a stop placement order and removed all unaccompanied minors from the Casa Kokopelli shelter. He declined to say when the stop placement order was issued.
“These are vulnerable children in difficult circumstances, and the Office of Refugee Resettlement at HHS’ Administration for Children and Families treats our responsibility for each child with the utmost care,” he said. “Any allegation of abuse or neglect is taken seriously.”
In response to questions from ProPublica, Jeff Eller, a spokesman for Southwest Key, wrote in an email that he was unable to comment on specific cases. When asked how Pacheco’s alleged actions could have escaped detection for 11 months, Eller didn’t answer the question, but said: “Any employee accused of abuse is immediately suspended and law enforcement called. This is what we did in this case.” Eller said the allegations were also reported to the federal Office of Refugee Resettlement, which oversees the shelter system, and the appropriate state agency.
In response to a question about how the company could assure the public that children are safe in its facilities, Eller wrote: “We find the premise of your question dishonorable.”
“We report these cases to law enforcement and state agencies when they happen,” he said. “We educate every child in our care upon arrival to the facility of their right to be free from abuse or neglect in this program and this country. This message is repeated to the children throughout the duration of their stay at our shelters.”
In the past five years, the Texas-based nonprofit has received more than $1.3 billion in federal funds for the shelters and other services—including more than $500 million so far this year.
This week, following numerous reports of problems at the federally funded facilities, Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) requested that the inspector general for the US Health and Human Services department investigate the allegations of sexual and physical abuse at the shelters.
“These allegations demonstrate a long-term pattern of abuse warranting a thorough investigation into the claims, including the process and procedure by which any guards or contracted staff are hired, trained, and vetted,” the senators wrote in a letter to the inspector general.
HHS said Thursday that shelter operators reported 264 allegations of sexual abuse to the FBI last year. While those can include anything from “touching of the buttocks” to sexual assault, the agency said, 53 allegations involved an adult. The agency did not say how many of those allegations were founded or how many constituted more serious assaults.
Federal court records show that officials at the Southwest Key shelter in Mesa were unaware that Pacheco was abusing boys for months—and that it wasn’t until one of the boys spoke up last summer that the extent of the abuse allegations against Pacheco was uncovered.
Shelter officials first learned that Pacheco may have abused a boy at the facility when a teen identified in court records as “John Doe 1” told a teacher that a staff member had entered his room in the early morning hours of July 24, 2017 and touched his body, including his penis, over his clothing. The teen then told his roommate about the incident and that boy, known as “John Doe 2,” said the same staffer had fondled him in a similar way.
The second teen initially denied the incident when he was approached by staff members. Several hours later he told staffers that Pacheco had come into his room early one morning, tickled him and touched his “private parts.”
Pacheco was then removed from the facility and local law enforcement launched an investigation, records show.
The next day, July 25, a third teen told a shelter counselor that he had heard about Pacheco’s dismissal for inappropriately touching other boys. The teen told the counselor that Pacheco had also fondled him and that he was aware of three other boys Pacheco had molested. That child would later tell a “forensic interviewer” that Pacheco had groped him twice.
Local law enforcement and shelter staff tracked down those three teens and two others, who all said that Pacheco had molested them.
The fourth teen in the court records reported that Pacheco had touched him over his pajama pants sometime in June or July of 2017.
A fifth boy, who had been moved from Casa Kokopelli to another facility in Arizona, said he was brushing his teeth, and when he opened the bathroom door, Pacheco was standing there holding toilet paper. The boy said Pacheco then touched his penis over his clothing, the records show.
A sixth teen reported that Pacheco opened the shower door while he was bathing and stared at him but did not touch him. The boy later told social workers that on another occasion, he was changing his clothes after a soccer game when Pacheco walked into his room and said “My love, I have arrived,” according to court records. Pacheco proceeded to grab the boy’s penis, the teen said. Pacheco then laughed and told the child he “had it big,” the records show.
The boy said Pacheco took down his pants and put his mouth on the teen’s penis three times.
The seventh teen, “John Doe 7,” is the same victim whose allegations were briefly referenced in ProPublica‘s story last week. The boy had been at the Mesa facility and was transferred to Tucson, where he revealed the molestation allegations to officials. The teen said he had been recovering from surgery in early June of 2017 and was groggy from pain medication when he awoke to find Pacheco in this room. Pacheco told the boy that he had a “big one.” The teen said he could tell that Pacheco had “ejaculated on himself,” according to court records.
On another occasion, the teen told officials, he was playing video games when Pacheco entered the room and told the boy to take out his penis. The boy refused and Pacheco grabbed the teen’s penis through his pants, according to court records. During a third incident, the teen said Pacheco pushed him down on a bed, pulled down his pants and underwear and began to shake his penis. The boy said he attempted to push Pacheco away, but was unable to because of his injury and surgery. Pacheco put the boy’s penis in his mouth, the court records state.
The eighth boy alleged that Pacheco came into his room and woke him by making noise with the blinds. Pacheco then told the boy he was going to “suck his,” according to court records. The boy said Pacheco took down his pants and put his mouth on the teen’s penis three times. The boy describes a separate incident in which Pacheco entered his room around midnight, took off his own pants and underwear and told the boy he wanted the teen to put his penis in Pacheco’s “butt,” records state.
Pacheco then attempted to force the boy’s penis into his anus, but the boy pushed him away and threatened to report him, according to the records.
Pacheco disclosed he was HIV positive when he was arrested, according to court records. Officials with the Southwest Center for HIV/AIDS educated the teenage boys about HIV and how it is transmitted and a “couple” of the eight children sought testing, records state. It’s unclear what the results were.
Five of the eight teenagers that Pacheco is accused of molesting either denied or didn’t disclose the allegation when first approached by interviewers and staff members.
Nayeli Chavez-Dueñas, a clinical psychologist who helped develop shelter guidelines on behalf of the National Latina/o Psychological Association, said she wasn’t surprised that alleged abuse went on for so long “because a lot of the children are terrified.” Many of the children have experienced sexual and physical violence, she said, and in the shelters, they face a lot of uncertainty.
“So when you have adults that are taking care of these children that are so vulnerable,” Chavez-Dueñas said, “they know that the children are going to be so afraid for their safety that they are not likely to report.”
Pacheco’s trial is scheduled to begin on August 28.
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Police Seize Vatican Laptops In Largest Ever Pedophile Ring Bust
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Police have been raiding the offices of the Catholic Church since June, seizing laptops and files belonging to Church officials and the Vatican, after prosecutors became frustrated with the Catholic Church’s ongoing protection of pedophile priests.
According to Pope Francis and the Vatican, the Catholic Church is under no obligation to divulge information about pedophile priests, claiming that details of sexual crimes committed by Catholic officials are protected under canon law as ‘Pontifical secrets‘
However, according to a report by Reuters, beginning since mid-June, there have been six raids on the offices belonging to the Catholic Church. Authorities have reportedly seized documents, files, computers, laptops and tablets belonging to Church officials and the Vatican.
The raids are a part of ongoing investigations into allegations of rampant child sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests all over the world. The raids have been staged as surprise sweeps, and are being regarded as the most aggressive ever undertaken by a judicial authority against the Roman Catholic Church.
Reuters reports: Two special envoys sent by Pope Francis to investigate a child sex abuse scandal in Chile were meeting priests and Church workers at a university in the Chilean capital last month when aides rushed into the room with an alarming development: police and prosecutors were about to start raiding Church offices.
The envoys were 90 minutes into a seminar on how to investigate allegations of sex abuse committed by fellow clergy following revelations that hundreds of children might have been molested. For decades, the Roman Catholic Church in Chile quietly investigated such allegations without alerting police, but it now stands accused, even by Pope Francis himself, of a cover-up that allowed abusers to operate with impunity.
One of the clergymen listening to the envoys was Jaime Ortiz de Lazcano, the legal adviser to Santiago’s archbishop. The aides rushed to his side and told him, “‘Father, go to the (Church offices) because there’s going to be a raid’,” Ortiz later recounted.
Police and prosecutors were staging simultaneous raids on Church offices less than a mile away from the university and outside the capital, looking for evidence of sex crimes the Church had not reported to police.
The surprise sweeps, ordered by Emiliano Arias, a provincial prosecutor, marked the start of what experts who track sex crimes in the Roman Catholic Church say is one of the most aggressive investigations ever undertaken by a judicial authority anywhere in the world.
Cardinal George Pell, the third most powerful man in the Vatican, is currently facing trial on child sex offenses.
Since that cold June afternoon there have been five more raids on Church offices to seize documents, phones, tablets and computers, leaving the Vatican scrambling to respond to a rapidly unfolding scandal that is the worst image crisis of Francis’ papacy, now in its sixth year.
Leading the charge against the Church is Arias, 45, who is experienced in fighting organized crime and has a showman’s fondness for taking television news crews on the raids.
Arias told Reuters in an exclusive interview that documents seized by his team contained 30 cases of alleged abuse dating back to 2007 that the Church had not reported to the police. While Reuters was allowed to film his investigators poring through seized documents, he declined to give details from the files because he said they named victims of abuse.
He also alleged that some local Church officials had tried to destroy documents but that his team – made up of two prosecutors, three lawyers and a unit of specialist sex crime police – had salvaged them. He declined to say who had tried to destroy them or how they had tried to get rid of them.
Pope Francis is under fire for protecting pedophile priests, often “punishing” them with a “prayers-not-prison” scheme that has enraged victims who are calling for the church to allow the priests to serve jail time for their crimes against children.
Arias says he wants to arrest both those who perpetrated the abuse and those who he says helped to cover it up. He arrested Oscar Munoz, a top aide to Santiago’s archbishop, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, after seizing church documents in which Munoz confessed to sex crimes. Munoz’s lawyer has acknowledged that some of the accusations in the documents are true but says he will challenge some others.
Arias last week named Ezzati, the most senior Roman Catholic in Chile, as a suspect, accusing him of covering up his aide’s alleged abuses. Ezzati has denied any wrongdoing and promised to cooperate.
Arias said he launched the raids after Church officials in Rancagua, the capital of O’Higgins region, told him he would have to make a formal petition to the Vatican to obtain information he was seeking because it was protected by ‘pontifical secret.’
The Roman Catholic Church says the ‘pontifical secret’ provision in canon law is intended to protect the privacy of all involved in sex abuse claims. Critics say bishops have historically used it as a shield to block inquiries from civil authorities.
“We are not talking about a fraud, or a theft, we are talking about crimes against children,” Arias said in an interview in his office in Rancagua, explaining his decision
11 children rescued from filthy compound looked like 'third-world country refugees'
By MARK OSBORNE,
ANNA MARIA GIBSON
Aug 5, 2018, 2:24 PM ET
Taos County Sheriff's Office
Eleven children were held with little food or water in a makeshift compound in Amalia, N.M., for an unknown period of time before police raided the location on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.more
Authorities swarmed a filthy compound in rural New Mexico on Friday and rescued 11 children, ages 1 to 15, after an armed standoff with one of two men, who have since been arrested.
Eight members of the Taos County Sheriff's Office converged on the residence in Amalia, described by authorities as a "makeshift compound" surrounded by tires and an earthen berm that had no electricity or running water, after securing a warrant to search the remote property for a missing 3-year-old boy who was allegedly kidnapped from Georgia by his father, 39-year-old Siraj Wahhaj.
Instead, deputies found five adults and 11 other children who "looked like third-world country refugees," living in squalor with little food and no clean water, according to Taos County Sheriff Jerry Hogrefe.
"I've been a cop for 30 years. I've never seen anything like this. Unbelievable," Hogrefe told ABC News Radio in a telephone interview. "These children were hungry, they were thirsty, they were filthy."
Wahhaj and another man, identified as Lucas Morten, were the two adults at the compound who appeared in charge. There were also three adult women who authorities believe are the mothers of the 11 children. The women and children seemed to be very "intimidated" by the men and were potentially "brainwashed," the sheriff said.
Taos County Sheriffs Office
Eleven children were held with little food or water in a makeshift compound in Amalia, N.M., for an unknown period of time before police raided the location on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.more +
It took law enforcement hours to secure the property, as both Wahhaj and Morten initially refused to follow verbal commands.
Wahhaj remained holed up inside a small, rickety trailer that was partially buried in the ground and covered with white plastic tarps. He was heavily armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, five 30-round magazines and four handguns, according to Hogrefe.
Deputies had to "physically" take Wahhaj down to place him in custody, the sheriff said. Wahhaj and Morten, both from Georgia, were arrested and charged with child abduction and harboring a fugitive, respectively.
The three women were also briefly detained for questioning, but not criminally charged. None of the adults would give a statement about the whereabouts of the missing 3-year-old. Authorities continue to investigate the women's connection to the abduction case.
"It's obvious to me that they were brainwashed and feel great intimidation from the men that were in control of this facility," Hogrefe said of the women and children.
Taos County Sheriffs Office
Eleven children were held with little food or water in a makeshift compound in Amalia, N.M., for an unknown period of time before police raided the location on Friday, Aug. 3, 2018.more +
Once both men were in custody, deputies tried to comfort the children, who Hogrefe said had no shoes and were wearing "rags" for clothing.
"They were skinny, their ribs showed, they were in very poor hygiene and very scared. But they certainly warmed up to us," the sheriff told ABC News Radio. "We gave them our water, our snacks, everything that we had. And these kids were hungry, and they were very grateful that we were there."
Deputies found no fresh water and only "a few potatoes and a box of rice" for food in the filthy trailer.
"Honestly, we don’t know when their last meal was," the sheriff added.
The children were taken into protective custody and later handed over to the New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department when agents arrived on scene a few hours later.
The Taos County Sheriff's Office executed the search warrant after a two-month investigation in conjunction with officials from Georgia and the FBI on the whereabouts of Wahhaj, who was wanted for the abduction of his 3-year-old son, Abdul.
The FBI had provided the sheriff's office with information and surveillance on the location of the compound in the Costilla Meadows subdivision of Amalia, nestled in a mountainous region just miles from New Mexico's border with Colorado.
Authorities knew from the layout of the secluded property, which had a short-distance shooting range, that its occupants were likely armed and would have an advantage on anyone that came across it, including law enforcement, according to Hogrefe.
FBI investigators had reason to believe that Wahhaj was occupying the compound with Morten and others, but they didn't feel there was enough probable cause to obtain a search warrant.
"That all changed for me when a message was forwarded to us from a Georgia detective that we reasonably believed came from someone at the compound –- the message sent to a third party simply said in part, 'We are starving and need food and water,'" Hogrefe said in a press release Saturday. "I absolutely knew that we couldn’t wait on another agency to step up and we had to go check this out as soon as possible, so I began working on a search warrant right after I got that intercepted message."
No one was injured in the all-day operation, according to the sheriff's office.
ABC News' Rex Sakamoto and Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.