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# Child Sex Abuse

This month
March 2023
# Child Sex Abuse
St John Ambulance still has ‘quasi-military structure’ not appropriate for children
The report details a wide range of child grooming and abuse tactics allegedly employed by a former senior St John’s Ambulance volunteer.
Last month
February 2023
# mick finnegan
Survivor vows to protest outside St John's Ambulance HQ until child abuse report is published
‘I know it’s a bank holiday, but what I experienced as a child I carry every day,’ Mick Finnegan said.
This year
# Chicago
Prosecutor drops sex abuse charges against singer R Kelly after federal convictions
Kelly, born Robert Sylvester Kelly, is serving a 30-year prison sentence in a New York case.
Last year
# cyber crime bureau
The number of child sex abuse image investigations jumped 25% last year
The number of new cases handled by the Garda cyber crime bureau last year increased to 490.
# Catholic Church
Ex-pope Benedict failed to act in four child abuse cases, report finds
The report analyses how abuse cases were dealt with in the archdiocese of Munich and Freising between 1945 and 2019.
All time
# Courts
Former Franciscan friar jailed for indecent assault and rape of child in 1980s
A jury found Joseph Keegan guilty on two counts of indecent assault on the boy.
# Courts
Student jailed for 16 months for accessing child abuse images 'of the most depraved nature' online
Albaraa Turkistani was sentenced today.
# Kieran Creaven
Former RTÉ producer charged with 17 child sex offences sent for trial
Creaven has not yet indicated how he will plead.
# Cardinal Vincent Nichols
UK Catholic Church leader says he won't resign over report into child sex abuse allegations
It found Cardinal Nichols “seemingly put the reputation of the church” above his duty to sex assault victims.
# Australia
Pope tweets of 'unjust sentence' as Cardinal George Pell has child sex abuse conviction quashed
Cardinal George Pell was released from prison today.
# Courts
Explainer: How a woman was prosecuted over deleted child sex abuse images she was sent without consent
The woman believed she had deleted the video, but it had saved automatically to her phone.
# richard huckle
One of Britain’s worst paedophiles stabbed to death in prison
Richard Huckle was given 22 life sentences in 2016 for an unprecedented number of offences against children.
# Courts
Father-of-five jailed for 18 months after being sent two child sexual abuse videos
He had plead guilty to two charges of knowingly possessing child pornography on 31 October 2018.
# Released
Convicted child sex offender Tom Humphries released from Midlands Prison
The former sports journalist was jailed for the sexual exploitation and defilement of a child.
# Damning
Chelsea staff 'turned blind eye' to sexual abuse
An independent report found that the club’s former chief scout was able to operate ‘unchallenged’, abusing boys in the 1970s.
# Child Sex Abuse
Cardinal Pell told he 'may not live to be released' as he's sentenced to six years in jail
Pell was found guilty of assaulting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral in 1996-97.
# redress scheme
Manchester City launch redress scheme for survivors of historic child sex abuse at club
Convicted paedophile Barry Bennell was a former youth team coach at Man City.
Opinion: Is the Catholic Church still covering up child sex abuse on the grounds that it is a 'pontifical secret'?
The summit heard that the canon law protection of ‘pontifical secret’ had been applied to numerous clerical abuse cases. Bizarrely, it was suggested that this practice should not continue – indicating that it is ongoing. writes Shane Dunphy.
# Illinois
Almost 700 clergymen accused of child sex abuse in US state - far more than was disclosed by Church
The state’s attorney general said it was clear from its investigation that the “Catholic Church cannot police itself”.
# Catholic Chuch
Pope accepts resignations of two more Chilean bishops over child sexual abuse scandal
An entire Chilean delegation of 34 bishops tendered their resignation to the pope in May. He has now accepted seven of them.
# Catholic Church
Number of sex abuse cases against the Chilean clergy has tripled to 119
A total of 167 bishops, priests and lay members of the church are now under investigation for sexual crimes committed since 1960.
# Child Sex Abuse
Pope Francis accepts resignation of Australian archbishop found guilty of abuse cover-up
When sentencing, the magistrate in Australia said Philip Wilson showed “no remorse or contrition”.
# Human Rights
'Three men abused me but 46 years later, I'm still fighting the State'
‘Instead of standing right beside me, the State has stood right in front of me and blocked me every way and it’s going to fight me all the way to Europe.’
# sex tourism
'Children's lives have been taken from them': Bill proposes to restrict foreign travel of convicted paedophiles
Campaigners have said sex tourism from Ireland is growing.
# Garda Inspectorate
'Untrained' investigators: Garda approach in child sex abuse cases criticised
Chief Inspector Mark Toland said that “child sexual abuse is one of the most serious types of crime” that Gardaí deal with.
# Guilty
'Devil incarnate' football coach Barry Bennell sentenced to 30 years for child sex abuse
The 64-year-old was found guilty on 50 counts.
# Courts
Dublin man who used Snapchat and Skype to exploit young girls jailed for 9.5 years
The final two years were suspended by the judge.
# Historical Abuse
Former PM Ted Heath allegedly sexually assaulted boys as young as 10
After a landmark, two-year investigation, police said he would have been questioned if he were still alive.
# Child Sex Abuse
Commissioner orders review of sex abuse victim's claims that gardai 'forgot to send file to the DPP' has been highlighting the woman’s case, which was shelved by gardai for 11 years.
# fight for justice
Woman's rape claims against father and brother were 'shelved' by gardaí for 11 years
Alleged victim claims she was told gardai ‘forgot’ to send file to DPP.
# historic failings
Church of England admits it 'colluded and concealed' sex abuse claims against a bishop
The Archbishop of Canterbury offered an unreserved apology to victims today.
# retracing steps
New website will show clues from child sex abuse cases to help track down paedophiles
Europol has shared 20 images of mundane objects that could help track down the perpetrators of child sex abuse.
# Historical Abuse
Rolf Harris freed from prison as he awaits outcome of indecent assault trial
He will attend the trial at Southwark crown court from next week.
# Europol
Crackdown on paedophile ring that uses Whatsapp to share images of child sex abuse
Arrests were made across Europe and Latin America.
# reach out
'Courage must lead to convictions': New garda phoneline set up for victims of child sex abuse
Garda Commissioner Nóirín O’Sullivan said the courage of those who report the crime must be rewarded.
# resistant to change
Abuse survivor Marie Collins resigns from Vatican commission
Collins said that some members of the Vatican hierarchy were unwilling to make changes.
# Mistake
False sex abuse allegations against McCabe circulated due to 'clerical error'
Sinn Féin’s Mary Lou McDonald said revelations that such an error was made were “quite frankly disgusting and vile”.
# Allegations
FA to investigate child sex abuse allegations up to 2005
Clive Sheldon QC has been appointed to replace Kate Gallafent in leading the investigation.
# george crombie
Man forced stepdaughter to wear dog collar as he carried out abuse, court hears
George Crombie told his victim there would be “murder in this flat” if she told her mother about the abuse.
# imprisoned
Convicted child rapist Patrick O'Brien has been sentenced to 13 years in prison
The former lay worker at St Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin had pleaded guilty to a number of charges.