11After Being Convicted for Molesting Student, Former Teacher Seeks $20,000 in Legal Fees From Student
Former geography teacher Neville Gilbert Betteridge was convicted of molesting one of his students in the 1970s. Now, Betteridge is reportedly seeking nearly $20,000 in legal fees from the very same student he formerly abused.
Betteridge worked at the Blue Mountains Grammar School in the early 1970s as a house master and geography teacher. Mark Wurth, one of Betteridge’s students, recalls the sexual abuse he was subjected to.
“He was coming into the dormitory through the infirmary ... and taking me from my bed back to his room,” Wurth said, adding that the teacher “was a very big drinker.”
In 2004, Betteridge was convicted of two counts of indecent assault on Wurth and was given a three-year suspended jail term.
It wasn’t until 2011 that Wurth took further action, suing the Anglican Church Diocese, which ran the school at the time, and suing Betteridge for damages. When the church paid Wurth an out-of-court settlement, Wurth offered to withdraw his claim against Betteridge.
Instead of accepting the offer, however, Betteridge’s lawyers demanded that Wurth pay for Betteridge’s legal costs.
Wurth recalls thinking, “You’re joking, you know, like when does a victim pay a perpetrator’s costs?”
As they delved into the legal concerns of Betteridge’s claims, Wurth described feeling traumatized again. “It feels very similar to how I felt when he was abusing me as a kid. I got no control. I’m just made to do what he says, in effect. There’s nothing I can do.”
The process is eating away at the settlement he was given by the Anglican Church; Wurth said that “it seems like the settlement was just here to feed the legal profession.”
The Anglican Church, for its part, is calling on Betteridge to drop his “absurd” claim against Wurth and spare Wurth “further anguish in court proceedings.” The Church also issued a statement in which it expressed its “total abhorrence of sexual misconduct or any form of abuse of abuse involving children.”
The statement went on to note that “it seems absurd there is now an action by the perpetrator to recover costs from the victim in relation to the separate claim made against him.”
Although Betteridge declined to comment, his barrister, Paul Glisson, stated that, “Mr. Wurth has been compensated by the Victim’s Compensation Tribunal and by the Church and he has decided to bring an action against a 70-year-old pensioner with no assets.”
A Disney Cruise line worker was arrested by Port Canaveral police in Florida after he was accused of molesting a 13-year-old passenger.
Ahmed Sofyan, 36, a Disney Cruise Line steward was charged with two counts of lewd or lascivious molestation and one count of false imprisonment, WKMG reported.
Sofyan, a native of Jakarta, Indonesia, has since been terminated by Disney Cruise Line.
Police say they were called to Charles M. Rowland Drive just after 8 a.m. Thursday by Disney Cruise Lines regarding a molestation claim made while it was docked in Port Canaveral.
The 13-year-old victim did not know Sofyan. She told authorities that he lured her to an unoccupied cabin and touched her against her will.
She says she tried to leave several times, but he restrained her. He finally let her go when she told him her parents would be looking for her.
Sofyan admitted his behavior was wrong and said he knew the girl was only 13, according to police.
He was transported to the Brevard County Sheriff's Office Jail.
"We have no tolerance whatsoever for the behavior alleged in this incident," Karl Holz, President of Disney Cruise Line, said in a release. "We are sorry that anything of this nature could have occurred on one of our ships. We place enormous value on the trust our guests have in us, and nothing is more important to us than the safety and security of each and every one of our guests."
The cruise line reported this incident immediately to Port Canaveral police, as well as the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard, unlike an August 2012 incident when an employee was caught on camera molesting an 11-year-old in a ship's elevator.
Disney Cruise Line did not immediately report the incident to police and the girl’s family declined to press charges. It then allowed the employee, Milton Braganza, to fly home to India.
11High School Officer, 56, Second Employee Arrested For Having Sex With The Same 16-Year-Old Student
A former officer at Edgewood Independent School District’s police department in Texas has been arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child after a 16-year-old student told authorities that she had sex with him on school grounds.
56-year-old Manuel Hernandez is now in Bexar County Jail after the 16-year-old girl came forward saying that she had sex with the school officer in December of last year when she was just 15 years old.
The allegations come after another Edgewood ISD employee, a 44-year-old science teacher named Marcus Revilla, was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child after admitting to having sex with and impregnating the same 16-year-old girl as Hernandez.
As of last week, the Texas Rangers have officially taken over the investigation from San Antonio police, and now, Edgewood ISD has released a statement condemning both former employees.
"While investigating the incident involving the ex-Memorial High School teacher and his alleged relationship with a female student, Edgewood uncovered evidence that another staff member may have been involved with the same student from Memorial,” said the school in the statement. “Upon further investigation it was revealed that the second suspect is an ex-officer with the Edgewood Police Department. To avoid the appearance of bias or impropriety, Edgewood immediately reached out to the Texas Rangers, who have taken charge of this new facet of the investigation from its inception. Edgewood's dedication to student safety is absolute and the district wishes to assure the public that the actions of two individuals do not reflect the values of the overwhelming majority of EISD employees, whose commitment to the health and safety of its students is total. Let it be known that Edgewood will not tolerate conduct that violates employee-student boundaries; individuals who break that public trust will be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible."
Edgewood ISD went to say that they are providing support to the teenage victim and her family while the investigation continues.
A married Army brigadier general has agreed to accept a plea deal in a military court where he had been accused of forcing a female captain to perform oral sex on him. The New York Daily News reports that Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair will avoid sexual assault charges that would require him to register as a sex offender by taking the deal.
The deal will bring to an end the highly publicized case in which Sinclair had admitted to carrying on a three-year affair with the female subordinate. The prosecution’s case had begun to crumble recently as questions arose as to whether the woman had lied in a pre-trial hearing according to Fox News.
Sinclair is expected to enter guilty pleas to lesser charges Monday when his court martial reconvenes at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. Among those charges are that he misused a government issued credit card while traveling to visit his mistress. He has already pleaded guilty to conducting the extra-marital affair, which is considered a crime in the military.
Sinclair’s attorney, Richard Scheff, said the general is admitting to his mistakes but added that the he is pleading guilty to behavior that wouldn’t be considered criminal in the civilian world.
"After wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, the Army finally admitted what it's known for many months: General Sinclair is innocent of sexual assault," Scheff said. "Brigadier General Sinclair has admitted to mistakes that are normally a matter between husbands and wives, or employees and HR departments. It's time to put this matter to rest.”
The deal was approved by Fort Bragg commander Maj. Gen. Clarence K.K. Chinn. According to Sinclair’s attorney a separate agreement with Chinn will detail the punishments Sinclair is to receive. He still could face more than 15 years in prison and dismissal from the Army. The agreement, though, is likely to call for much lesser penalties.
Col. James Pohl will conduct the sentencing hearing later this week.
A Border Patrol agent found dead in his South Texas home allegedly kidnapped and sexually assaulted three undocumented women from Honduras, FBI officials said.
Esteban Manzanares, 32, was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound in his home in the border town of McAllen Wendesday.
"He is the subject of the investigation and we believe he is responsible for the kidnapping of all three of the victims," Michelle Lee, an FBI spokeswoman in San Antonio, told the Los Angeles Times.
Agents were led to Manzanares' home by an undocumented immigrant who was injured and claimed she and two teen girls had been attacked by a man.
Investigators found one teen near the border in the brush. Hours later the second teen was found at Manzanares’ home in the suburb of Mission.
When authorities approached the home, they heard a gunshot. A SWAT team found Manzanares’ body inside.
Manzanares, who worked for Border Patrol since 2008, allegedly picked up the women on duty.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement Friday that the actions of Manzanares are not representative of CBP agents and employees are held to “the highest ethical standards.”
“I am deeply sorry that this incident occurred and am committed to doing everything in my power to prevent incidents like this from occurring again,” R. Gil Kerlikowske, Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said in the statement.
A spokeswoman for the Honduran Embassy, Karol Escalante, said the three women were recovering at a hospital in McAllen.
California authorities are investigating allegations that a third grade boy repeatedly sexually assaulted another boy at their Riverside school.
An incident was reported March 17 at Adams Elementary School in Riverside. Students at an afterschool program told a staff member “they wanted to report something they knew.”
Over the last year, the victim was sexually assaulted five to seven times in the school bathroom and sometimes while videos were shown in class.
Teachers may have been present during some of the incidents without being aware of what was happening, KNBC reported.
"One of the young boys apparently was coercing another young boy to perform sexual acts," said Jacquie Paul, spokeswoman for the Riverside Unified School District.
The assaults began when the students were still in second grade.
Teachers were reportedly “extremely distraught” to learn of the abuse.
Child Protective Services officials and local police are investigating.
The accused student was suspended and may eventually be expelled.
District officials sent a letter to parents over the matter and a meeting is scheduled at the school at 7 p.m. Thursday to address their concerns.
An heir of one of America’s most famous families is in legal trouble again.
Robert H. Richards IV, 47, is a member of the Du Pont family. In 2008, a savvy legal defense helped him avoid prison time after he pleaded guilty to the rape of his three-year-old daughter. He has been on probation ever since. But if a new lawsuit from his ex-wife is to be believed, Richards has more trouble coming his way.
Tracy Richards filed a Superior Court lawsuit on behalf of her children seeking compensatory and punitive damages for assault, negligence, and intentional infliction of emotional distress by Richards. The lawsuit claims that in addition to Richards’ rape of his daughter, he sexually abused his son from a young age as well.
The lawsuit first recounts Richards’ 2005 rape of his three-year-old daughter. Richards admitted that on multiple occasions, he went into the girl’s bedroom late at night and penetrated her with his fingers while he masturbated. He would tell the girl “to keep what he had done to her a secret.” The girl eventually told her grandmother about Richards’ repulsive behavior, and charges and convictions ensued.
The allegations that he abused his son stem from a 2001 polygraph test administered by his probation officer. The test was administered to gain information about additional criminal activity in Richards’ past.
During the test, Richards confessed that he “was very concerned that something happened with his son but that he has repressed the memories.’” He told the polygraph examiner that the acts “were similar to what happened with my daughter” but vowed that “whatever I did to my son, I will not do it again.”
The lawsuit asserts that Richards’ proven rape of his daughter and the alleged sexual abuse of his son inflicted “long-term injuries” on the children.
In 2008, Richards used his family’s wealth and standing in the community to avoid mandatory prison time. We’ll see if he is able to pull off that feat again.
In the summer of 2006, Craig Jaret Hutchinson found himself in a flagging relationship. Deciding that impregnating his girlfriend would repair the relationship, he secretly poked holes in his condoms.
When she became pregnant, Hutchison sent her a series of text messages informing her of what he had done. The girlfriend, whose identity is protected by a publication ban, called the police.
Hutchinson, 43, was taken into custody on Thursday night. On Friday morning, after nearly seven years of trials, Canada’s top court unanimously upheld Hutchinson’s sexual assault conviction.
He will serve his 18-month jail sentence on a charge of sexual assault.
The Supreme Court’s 7-0 decision decreed that Hutchinson had deprived the woman of her ability to consent to sex.
“The accused’s condom sabotage constituted fraud…the result that no consent was obtained,” wrote Chief Justice Beverley McLachlin and Justice Thomas Cromwell.
Hutchinson’s case has been moving through Nova Scotia’s court system for more than six years. At his first trial, Hutchinson’s actions were deemed “dastardly,” but he was acquitted. The Crown appealed that decision, leading to a second trial in December 2011, at which he was convicted.
In January 2013, Hutchinson appealed to the Nova Scotia Supreme Court, claiming that his sentence was harsh and excessive, and that the woman voluntarily consented to have sex with him.
The Nova Scotia Court of Appeal split its decision, which gave Hutchinson an automatic right to appeal and led to his appearance before the Supreme Court.
“The victim had consented to protected sex. Condom-protected sex. She did not consent to unprotected sex,” stated Crown prosecutor Jim Gumpert.
“It’s been hard fought and it’s been draining and so obviously it’s a disappointing outcome,” said Hutchinson’s lawyer Luke Craggs, who described the process as a very long battle. “But, at the very least, there’s a measure of closure in it.”
“I don’t know if there are going to be any other cases like this,” added Craggs. “It’s not every day that we normally hear about someone sabotaging the birth control that a woman was counting on.”
In addition to his 18-month sentence, Hutchinson also gave a DNA sample at his trial. His name was placed on the national sex offender registry.
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Two teen girls in Maryland were arrested for torturing a teen boy who has autism and filming the whole thing on their cell phones.
Lauren Bush, 17, and an unidentified 15-year-old girl are accused of stabbing a 16-year-old mentally disabled boy, dragging him by his hair, and forcing him to perform various sex acts.
They also allegedly forced the victim to walk on a partially frozen pond, according to the St. Mary's County Sheriff's Office.
“Another video depicts the male on an icy pond being told to continue to walk out further, actually falling in the water several times and pulling himself out,” St. Mary's County Sheriff Tim Cameron told WJLA.
According to police, girls refused to help their victim out of the frigid water.
Bush allegedly knew the victim well. Investigators say the girls admitted to making the videos, but they don’t understand why.
“Who could harbor the ill will to do something so completely heinous?” said Cameron. “I don't know. It's hard to fathom, really.”
Bush and the other girl were charged with first-degree assault, two counts of second-degree assault, false imprisonment and soliciting the subject in the production of child pornography.
Bush, who is being held at St. Mary’s County Detention Center, was charged as an adult.
In 2013, Brian Cooper was accused of sexually assaulting and killing Alisha Bromfield.
Convicting Cooper of sexual assault proved to be fairly simple. Unfortunately, the jury could not decide on the murder charge because he was drunk during the attack.
Bromfield's family is now trying to overturn a Wisconsin law which prevents a first-degree murder conviction when someone is drunk because "a killer's intent can't be proved if intoxicated," reports The Daily Mail.
Cooper allegedly strangled Bromfield because she refused to rekindle their relationship.
After Bromfield died, Cooper sexually assaulted her body. Bromfield was six months pregnant.
Both Bromfield and her unborn baby girl died in the attack.
According to Jury foreman Mark A. Hagen, the jury's main disagreement was over the meaning of a line in the instructions they were given.
The instructions read: "If the defendant was so intoxicated that the defendant did not intend to kill Alisha Bromfield, you must find the defendant not guilty of first-degree intentional homicide."
Cooper has never denied killing Bromfield, and his defense at trial was that the alcohol he consumed inhibited his ability to form intent.
"This bill is to eliminate voluntary intoxication as a defense for criminal liability," the post read.
The petition gained 6,300 signatures in 48 hours. It will go to the House, Senate, and the Governor of Wisconsin.
"Being drunk is no excuse for murder. We are trying to get a law passed that amends voluntary intoxication that it cannot be used as a defense for murdering," Sherry Anicich, Bromfield's mother, told CBS Chicago.
Cooper will be retried on murder charges for the deaths of Bromfield and her unborn child on May 5.