GoLocalProv | EDITORIAL: Churches, Scouts and Youth Sports
Thursday 11 November 2021
There are now almost uninterrupted reports of child victims of sexual abuse. Abusers work in places we think are the safest environments for our children – places prove they are not safe.
In fact, many of these crimes date back decades. It takes years for law enforcement and prosecutors to prosecute.
– On Monday, the Rhode Island Attorney General’s Office announced that the state grand jury has issued an indictment accusing a former staff member of the Yawgoog Scout Reserve of sexually assaulting one younger male victim 13 years old in 1986. The establishment is operated by scouts. from America.
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– On Tuesday, the GA announced that the State Grand Jury had issued an indictment of 11 charges accusing a former priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence of sexually assaulting a male victim under the age of 14 years old between 1989 and 1990.
– Last week, Father James W. Jackson, 66, who was arrested on October 30, 2021 by the Rhode Island State Police Task Force on Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) on child pornography charges, first appeared in United States district court. on a federal criminal complaint charging him with distributing child pornography and possessing and accessing with intent to view child pornography. Distributing child pornography carries a legal sentence of up to twenty years in federal prison, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years. Possession and access with intent to view child pornography is punishable by up to twenty years in prison.
– Additionally, over the past few weeks there have been allegations that the former North Kingstown High School basketball coach forced students to undress for alleged fat tests. At best, it’s horribly bizarre.
– And, Rhode Island businessman turned watchdog Stephen Griffin opened up about how one of the biggest youth programs – Global Premier Soccer – which has now disappeared and two of its employees have been charged by the federal government, created a ploy to violate immigration laws to bring coaches into the United States and some allegedly committed heinous crimes.
Too often, those who promise to protect our children are now seen as a significant danger. Simple background checks are not enough. Parents need to be empowered to ask more questions – and lawmakers need to be much more aggressive in creating protections for children.