Methodist Pastor Arrested in Underage Sex Sting

A Methodist pastor was one of 22 men arrested earlier this month by Florida police in “Operation Undertow,” an Internet sting in which undercover agents lured suspected child predators via computer. Hoping to engage in sex with children, the men were arrested instead. According to police, Pastor David Donald Hoppenjan, 52, But the 14-year-old was actually […]

Oregon Coach and Football Players Face Criminal Charges in Hazing Case

A volunteer football coach and six varsity football players have been charged in an aggravated hazing incident involving freshmen football players at Philomath High School in Philomath, Oregon. The hazing incidents involved sexual harassment of the younger players during which the coach and older players aggressively targeted the players’ sexual organs. Volunteer assistant coach and […]

Assistant Scout Leader Admits to Abusing Young Boy

Thirty-eight-year-old Michael Kellon of Parkesburg, Pennsylvania was arrested by local police in August on criminal charges of involuntary deviant sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault of a minor, and related offenses. Kellon has ties to multiple youth organizations including the Boy Scouts of America, volunteer fire companies, and emergency medical providers.  During a police interview, Kellon […]

Utah Judge Waits to Decide if Mormon President Will Be Forced to Testify

Robert J. Shelby, US District Court Judge for the District of Utah, said yesterday that he will not decide whether Thomas S. Monson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, will be forced to provide deposition testimony in a sex abuse lawsuit against the church. Monson has been subpoenaed to give his […]

Oregon’s Cascade Policy Institute Names Manuel Castañeda New Board Member

I am pleased to congratulate Manuel Castañeda, an Oregon entrepreneur, as the newest Cascade Policy Institute board member. Manuel started his own business, now called PLI Systems, when he emigrated to Oregon from his native Mexico in 1986. PLI Systems is now a full-service landscape, design, building, and maintenance company, specializing in innovative solutions for […]

Elite New England Private School Settles 30 Sex Abuse Claims

St. George’s School in Rhode Island has agreed to settle approximately 30 sexual abuse claims by alumni. The agreement was reached during a mediation led by Paul Finn, a mediator who also worked on the Catholic sex abuse settlements in Boston. According to the Boston Globe, the amount of the settlements is confidential under the […]

Idaho Boy Scout Sex Abuser Denied Appeal

Timothy Kellis is in prison in Idaho for sexually abusing boys at Camp Grizzly Boy Scout camp in 2007. He appealed his criminal sentence on the standard grounds of “ineffective assistance of counsel.” As expected, the Idaho Court of Appeals denied his appeal. Kellis will continue to serve concurrent sentences of life with a minimum […]

Utah State Official Charged with Rape of Two Children

Michael Hepworth, a senior forensic scientist with the Utah Department of Public Safety crime lab, has been arrested and charged with sexual abuse and rape of two children in Woods Cross, Utah. Hepworth admitted to police that he abused the children multiple times.  Hepworth is accused and charged with raping and sexually abusing a boy […]

Oregon Coach and Boy Scout Volunteer Pleads Guilty to Sex Abuse

Wyatt Deremer, a former wrestling coach at Gresham High School and a Boy Scout volunteer, has plead guilty to three counts and no-contest to one count of first-degree sex abuse, said Chris Ramras, a Multnomah County deputy district attorney. In October 2015, he plead not guilty to ten counts of sexual abuse for which he […]

Sandusky: Child Told Paterno of Abuse in ’76

A new bombshell dropped in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal: “[I]n 1976, a child allegedly reported to PSU’s Head Coach Joseph Paterno that he (the child) was sexually molested by Sandusky.” That quote is from a court order in a current lawsuit is between Penn State and its insurance companies. Penn State is suing […]

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