Former Boy Scout Leader and Legislator Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison

A disgraced former NY State legislator and Boy Scout leader has been sentenced to the maximum 7 years in prison after being found guilty on May 12 on all counts of an indictment charging him with one count of first-degree sexual abuse and one count of first-degree attempted sexual assault, both felonies. Michael Kelsey also […]

Oregon Orthodox Priest Arrested on Sex and Drug Charges Involving a Minor

An Orthodox Christian priest, Father Daniel James Mackay, 42, has been arrested on criminal charges including purchasing sex with a minor, sexual misconduct, patronizing a Prostitute, endangering the welfare of a minor, unlawful possession of cocaine and using a minor in a controlled substance offense. Mackay has been an Orthodox priest since 2011 when he […]

Portland Nursing Assistant Indicted on 18 Sex Charges

Adeladilew Mekonen, a 34-year-old Portland, Oregon nursing assistant, has been indicted on 18 criminal charges involving at least two of nine victims at Providence St. Vincent Hospital in Portland.  The charges include rape, kidnapping, unlawful sexual penetration and sexual abuse.  His bail is set at $1,000,000. Police are also investigating similar complaints against Mekonen at […]

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 […]

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