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[UPDATED] [AUDIO] Sandusky Sentenced to 30-60 Years in Prison: Jerry Sandusky Claims His Innocence Prior to Sentencing
UPDATED: TUESDAY October 9th, 2012 at 9:30 AM – Jerry Sandusky has been sentenced to 20-60 years in prison. Seeing as he’s already 68-years-old, this pretty much means that it is very likely he will die in prison. Judge Cleland said prior to giving him the maximum of 60 years:
‘I’m not going to sentence you to centuries in prison, although the law would permit that. It’s too abstract, only a big number.
‘You are sentenced to spend not less than 30 and not more than 60 years in prison; that has the unmistakeable impact of saying the rest of your life.
‘I think it cannot be disputed that you have done much positive work, tragedy that all the
qualities that made you successful continue to conceal the vices that brought you down.
‘Continuing to conceal those vices from yourself and everybody else, in my view, makes you dangerous.
‘The crime is not only what you did to their bodies, but the assault to their psyches and souls and the assault to the well-being of the larger community in which we all live.’
I think one of the most eloquent statements that was made, was that of the lead prosecutor:
‘Sandusky’s statement yesterday was an insult to the true victims…and an insult to human decency…but that’s not a surprise.’
‘He displayed deviance, narcissism, a lack of acknowledgement for the pain he caused others.
‘It was a masterpiece of banal self-delusion. The self-referential and ludicrous statement should disappear as if it never existed.
‘It was, in short, ridiculous. He displayed the same cowardice that he displayed when he preyed on children.’
Click here to hear the man himself —-> Jerry Sandusky’s Statement
“I’m responding to the worst loss of my life. First, I looked at myself. Over and over, I asked why? Why didn’t we have a fair opportunity to prepare for trial? Why have so many people suffered as a result of false allegations? What’s the purpose? Maybe it will help others; some vulnerable children who could be abused, might not be because of all the publicity. That would be nice, but I’m not sure about it. I would cherish the opportunity to become a candle for others, as they have been a light for me. They could take away my life, they could make me out as a monster, they could treat me as a monster, but they can’t take away my heart. In my heart, I know I did not do these alleged disgusting acts. My wife has been my only sex partner that was after marriage. Our love continues. A young man who was dramatic a veteran accuser, and always sought attention, started everything. He was joined by a well-orchestrated effort of the media, investigators, the system, Penn State, psychologists, civil attorneys and other accusers. They won. I’ve wondered what they really won: Attention, financial gain, prestige… will all be temporary. Before you blame me, as others have, look at everything and everybody. Look at the preparation for the trial and the trial. Compare it to others. Think about what happened. Why, and who made it happen? Evaluate the accusers and their families. Realize they didn’t come out of isolation. The accusers were products of many more people and experiences than me. Look at their confidants and their honesty. Think about how easy it was for them to turn on me given the information, attention and potential perks. I never labeled or put down them or their families. I tried and I cared, then asked for the same. Please realize all came to the Second Mile because of issues. Some of those may remain. We will continue to fight. We didn’t lose the proven facts, evidence, accurate locations and times. Anything can be said. We lost to speculation and stories that were influenced by people who wanted to convict me. We must fight unfairness and consistency and dishonesty. People need to be portrayed for who they really are. We’ve not been complainers. When we couldn’t have kids, we adopted. When we didn’t have time to prepare for a trial, we still gave it our best. We will fight for another chance. We have given many second chances, and now we’ll ask for one. It will take more than our effort. Justice will have to be more than just a word; fairness more than just a dream. It will take others: somebody apolitical with the courage to listen, to think about the unfairness, to have the guts to stand up and take the road less traveled. I ask for the strength to handle everything and willingness to surrender only to God, regardless of the outcome.”
Jodi Rock is a 19-year-old mother who severely abused her 13-month-old son the other day, by burning his genitals with a flat-iron and being the cause of broken bones.
On April 26, police arrived at the Tahlequah City Hospital in Oklahoma, where a baby boy was being treated for several broken bones and severe burns to his genital area. Police say that when they arrived at the hospital, the baby appeared to be “glassy eyed” and “withdrawn.”
Initially, Rock had fabricated many stories to explain the abuse and even explained that her aunt, uncle and boyfriend were to blame. Shortly after, the mother then confessed to “burning [the baby] with a flat-iron hair straighter… she then said she took and closed the iron [on the baby’s] private parts”, as stated in the arrest affidavit. She then continued and explained that where his genitals were burnt “raised in a white blister which fell off.”
As far as how the child’s arms had broken, Rock said that she or her boyfriend could be responsible because “both play rough with him…pulling him up by the arms and throwing him up in the air and on the bed.”
The baby has been taken out of his mother’s custody and was immediately placed with DHS, while in the hospital being treated for the injuries his mother inflicted.
She is currently being held on a $200,000 bond at the Cherokee County Detention Center on charges of felony injury to a child.
- InStyler Turns Hair Right Round, Baby, Right Round (bellasugar.com)
- Mom Admits Burning Infant’s Genitals With A Flat Iron Hair Straightener (dreamindemon.com)
- Oklahoma mom accused of burning son with hair iron (newsok.com)
- 19 Yr Old Mom Burns Infant’s Genitals With Hair Straightening Iron! (oldschool945.com)
- Teen Mom Burns Infant’s Genitals With Hair Straightening Iron! (newstalkcleveland.com)
- Oklahoma mom arrested after allegedly burning infant’s genitals (newsok.com)
The woman in the video who can be seen abusing the 10-month-old, is the small child’s 18-year-old biological mother. Her friend had witnessed the mother being abusive prior to this incident and decided that she would attempt to get it on camera and take it to police.
The mother was arrested after this incident was revealed and sentenced to 18 months in prison. During that time, the child was placed with a foster family and no longer has to endure these brutal attacks. I couldn’t even watch the full video without looking away and crying. The brutality is so vicious and unwarranted, it’s sickening to see a mother act this way with her innocent child.
- Mom’s Quick Action Saves Fallen Baby From Busy Intersection (947thewave.radio.com)
- Send Mom a Skype Video this Mother’s Day! (eightymphmom.com)
- Ali Sweeney: My Mother’s Mother (huffingtonpost.com)
- Best Mother’s Day Ever – 12 real moms share their fondest memories (theinsider.retailmenot.com)
Clip provided by: Jeremy Hooper of the blog Good as You
I am disgusted by this man, the people who can be heard saying “Amen!” and frankly, anyone who views feminine boys and masculine girls as flawed and in need of abuse to stop them from behaving how they have naturally developed.
Sean Harris, senior pastor of Berean Baptist Church in Fayettesville, NC, made this anti-gay speech to his congregation and it has since made its way to the ears of many. As someone who’s representing ‘God‘ and suppose to instill good morals within those he preaches too, you’d think he’d be less ignorant, hateful, cruel, belittling and the list could go on and on.
The reason this issue was even something he chose to speak about is because he supports North Carolina’s proposed Amendment 1, which would outlaw same-sex marriage. I hope that this ridiculous audio recording will hope voters see why they shouldn’t support Amendment 1 and instead allow homosexuals, like myself, the right to be able and choose if we’d like to get married. If we were to preach such hateful things about this man and his congregation and try to stop them from getting married, all hell would raise. Ironically, he’s the one who says things I could never say to someone: beat your children if they act in a way that strays from the original idea of how boys and girls should act.
“So your little son starts to act a little girlish when he is four years old and instead of squashing that like a cockroach and saying, ‘Man up, son, get that dress off you and get outside and dig a ditch, because that is what boys do,’ you get out the camera and you start taking pictures of Johnny acting like a female and then you upload it to YouTube and everybody laughs about it and the next thing you know, this dude, this kid is acting out childhood fantasies that should have been squashed.
Dads, the second you see your son dropping the limp wrist, you walk over there and crack that wrist. Man up. Give him a good punch. Ok? You are not going to act like that. You were made by God to be a male and you are going to be a male. And when your daughter starts acting too butch, you reign her in. And you say, ‘Oh, no, sweetheart. You can play sports. Play them to the glory of God. But sometimes you are going to act like a girl and walk like a girl and talk like a girl and smell like a girl and that means you are going to be beautiful. You are going to be attractive. You are going to dress yourself up.’”
- Gay Facebook Millionaire Stiffs NC Amendment Battle (bilerico.com)
- Idiot Films Himself Shooting Sign Against North Carolina’s Gay Marriage Ban [Video] (gawker.com)
- The North Carolina Legislature Really Doesn’t Like Gays (buzzfeed.com)
- Big Business Silent On NC Gay Marriage (wspa.com)
- A holy war over gay marriage (salon.com)
- NC gay marriage ban gets Sunday push in churches (wcnc.com)
- North Carolina ACLU and Equality NC launch video project against Amendment One (wilmingtonfavs.com)
- Gingrich Urges Support For Discriminatory Amendment, Warns Of Gay Marriage ‘Danger’ In North Carolina (thinkprogress.org)
- Pastor Speaks Out Against Amendment 1: ‘We Should Not Be Putting Discrimination Into Our Laws’ (thinkprogress.org)
- First Ads Go Up Against North Carolina’s Anti-Gay Amendment 1 (crooksandliars.com)
The father of a 13-year-old boy and his girlfriend have been arrested after keeping the young teen caged and deprived him of food. Michael Marshall, 38, and his live-in girlfriend, Sharon Glass, 48, were discovered to have kept the boy caged, strapped to a bed, and locked in a bathroom up to weeks at a time. In the end, he was found lying on the bathroom floor weighing only 40 pounds.
Hospital staff said the condition of the child resembled images of ‘concentration camp survivors’. He was severely malnourished and treated for dehydration.
The couple is from Orlando and have been charged with three counts of aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect. The police in Titusville went to the home in Brevard County on Thursday evening after they had received a child abuse complaint. While the police were tending to the teen in very poor condition, the couple returned home.
Marshall and Glass confessed to keeping the boy caged as well as punishing him. According to these sick people, they punished the boy for stealing food after he had been denied food for a good amount of time.
The Florida Department of Children and Families has taken the boy into custody, along with two other children living at the home.
They are still trying to investigate whether the other two children had to face the same type of abuse as the 13-year-old teen. Sadly, in many of these cases, one child is singled out, and this seems to be the case in this household as well. What a sad excuse for a father!
- Hearings for starved Wis. girl’s parents postponed (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Teen Girl Tortured, Starved by Family (abcnews.go.com)
- Stepbrother charged with sexual abuse of starved Wis. teen – USA TODAY (usatoday.com)
- Fifteen-Year-Old Girl Weighing 70lbs. Rescued From Years Of Torture And Sexual Abuse (dreamindemon.com)
- Mom who starved her kids faces life (japantimes.co.jp)
- Man Accused Of Having Sex With 12-Year-Old After Being Dared To (dreamindemon.com)
Aubrey Thomas, 58, and his wife Laura, 47, have been arrested for violently beating and sexually assaulting all four of their adopted children. The crimes they committed were so heinous that authorities are referring to the abuse they endured as torture.
Some of the allegations against them are that they forced the children to throw up and eat their own vomit, beat them with a large paddle called ‘Mr Awesome’ as well as making them soak in a bath of ice to reduce the swelling inflicted from the abuse. If they wet the bed, they were also required to put the urine-soaked underwear in their mouths. Another horrific punishment was to eat horse manure if they failed to clean the horse’s pen.
There were two girls and two boys in the home who range from ages 13 through 15-years-old.
The children said they were sexually abused, claiming they were forced to eat gum off Aubrey Thomas’ penis and made to perform oral sex on their adoptive siblings in exchange for food.
Sadly, this is yet another example of individuals that should never have been allowed to adopt and care for any children. They had originally became foster parents in 2001, when they took in 6 children, while living in Rogers County. Two years later, the Oklahoma Department of Human Services removed two of the children from their custody after evidence of abuse. What the fuck?! You only remove two children out of six from an abusive home? How on earth does this make sense? They realized they must move and took all four children with them to Osage County in 2006.
In October, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office was called in to investigate after one of the girls, who had been put into a psychiatric facility, revealed the allegations to a counselor, reports the Tulsa World.
The children were all home-schooled and found to be malnourished. Along with being in poor health and ousted from society, they were coached to not say anything about the abuse they endured at the hands of their adopted parents.
Kling was able to track down a biological daughter of the Thomas’ who had moved away in 2008. She echoed the stories of abuse.
This is absolutely horrifying. People with a known history of abuse and who have had children removed from their home were able to adopt four children and treat them like personal sex slaves whereas a good homosexual couple still doesn’t stand the chance at even taking in one child who is in need of someone to take care of them. This is why the system is screwed up and this is why we have children with behavioral issues later in life.
- Gay Adoption: Why Not? (practikel.com)
- Adopted Kids’ Drug Abuse Risk Affected by Biological Family (news.health.com)
- Report: Girl suffered torture by parents before death (foxnews.com)
- 92 percent of families with adopted children are satisfied with their decision (physorg.com)
- Weak laws pave way for child sexual abuse Workers can skirt background checks; lawmakers ignored warnings for decades/By MICHAEL LAFORGIA Palm Beach Post Staff Writer (protectivemothersalliance.wordpress.com)
While this may be a controversial topic of conversation, I feel it definitely needs to be addressed. After doing a great amount of research for my blog, I had come across many incidences of babies and/or children who come from homes where they are treated very poorly by their biological AND adopted parents. Obviously, child abuse is not something that has just started to occur, but it is something that is very much a problem.
As a lesbian who is currently spending a lot of money on treatments to get pregnant, I am offended by how easily these adopted parents are able to gain parental rights to these children. More so, I am irritated by the lack of interference that takes place for these abused children born into hostile environments. But the main reason I am choosing to stand up and say something? Because I think it is a rather unfair system especially because gay and lesbians are denied the right to adopt children who are in need of homes. And quite frankly, it seems clear that parents abuse their offspring, whether they conceived them themselves or chose to bring them into their home. Wouldn’t a normal homosexual home be more of a comfort to a child than being pimped out and raped like the children who were adopted by the Troy, Ohio man? The name of the man is being withheld to protect the identity of the children, but two of their “clients” are being named as Jason Zwick and Patrick Rieder.
The sad thing is the father of these children was in the process of adopting a FOURTH child! He was able to get the green light on bringing four children into his home while I cannot even have one. I would do everything in my power, as a mother (lesbian or not) to protect my kids from this type of abuse, educate them, support them, help them to be the greatest that they could possibly be; Yet, that is no longer what is expected of a parent I suppose.
I’d like for you to read a letter written by Zac, a young man with a very tough upbringing. After 12 foster homes and things we could never understand he was adopted by two gay men. In his opinion, this was great and he shares with his family this letter:
To my Family,
This is the first Christmas letter that I have ever written. I feel like since I am getting older, I should start writing a letter to the family or just talk about how I thought the family’s year has gone until Christmas.
Ever since I ended up in this family people have told me that I was lucky. I have always known that I am lucky, especially when I have two dads that love me so much as Dad and Dadio. My family is very special to me. Even when we fight and even when we argue, I know they will always love me. Yes I am a lucky boy to have ended up here after spending so many years in foster care and not knowing if I would ever have a family.
I didn’t grow with a dad. My birthmom had many boyfriends and she did a lot of drugs and partying. My sisters and me were taken from her on my eighth birthday. It was not fun to have police in my room on that day. It made me sad and this sadness I carried for many years and it got me in a lot of trouble. Then I landed in a great foster home after having lived in 12 different homes in three years. It was when I lived there that both my foster mom and social worker told me there was a family that wanted me. There was a catch: it was two dads!
Honestly, it didn’t matter to me. I told them, “well, I never had a dad, now I get to have two!”
The start was tough and rough, and I put them through hell and back. I did awful and nasty things to them both. I stole their credit card and spent thousands of dollars online. When we went on my first vacation out of the country, I stole stuff from a souvenir stand – they found out and made me go back to the shop to return the souvenirs and made me pay the lady who owned the shop for the stolen property which then I had to give to a local kid. I didn’t get it and thought they were being mean.
When I stole their American Express and maxed it buying stuff online I was only 12 years old. They were very upset, but Dad made sure I got the message of how serious this was. He took me to our local police station and reported me to the police captain for having stolen again. I was taken to an interrogation room and talked to by three police officers. All the time there I only wanted my Dad to come in and bring me home. I wanted to turn time back to before my stealing so I would not be there and I would not have hurt my parents so much. I learned my lesson and NEVER stole again!
But Dad and Dadio brought not just me into this family. They also added my brother Derrick. What I can say about Derrick is that he is really cool, he is funny, he is an awesome gay guy, he is a one of a kind guy, he is my bro. Next they added Nick. Nick can get on my nerves sometimes, but in the end he is pretty cool. He is a fast learner when it comes to math and multiplying numbers. And with that said, I will go to the roots of the family.
Dad and Dadio. They are my parents and they are always here when I need them.
When it is dark they are the light,
When I feel frightened and chill’s,
They are the warmth I feel.
When I am hungry they cook my meals.
I did not put a lot of time into the poem, but in the poem you see my parents. The people that show me the light. The people that warm my heart when it gets dark. The people that cook my meals. If I could only ask for anything for Christmas I would only ask for my family.
Sexuality has nothing to do with your moral capacity and whether or not you can be a good parent. There are many heterosexual people who raise children and severely traumatized the kids. Yes, it is true that children could get adopted by a homosexual couple that’s capable of doing the exact same thing, but that’s the social workers job: to weed people like that out. As of now, they’ve made some mistakes, but the biggest by far, is denying the homosexual community the right to love and care for a child who needs a home.
- Why shouldn’t white people raise black children? (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
- Why Gay Parents May Be the Best Parents (livescience.com)
- Gay Parents Better Than Straight Parents? What Research Says (comingoutus.com)
- Gary J. Gates: Virginia Lawmakers Should Do What’s Best For Kids (huffingtonpost.com)
- Zac, 15, Shares Letter Of Love For Two Gay Fathers Who Adopted Him After Tumultuous Upbringing (practikel.com)
- Los Angeles County Recruits Gay and Lesbian Foster and Adoptive Families Through RaiseAChild.us (prweb.com)
- Abortion apartheid is ending at last. Now let devout Christians foster children, too (blogs.telegraph.co.uk)
An adoptive father, who is not being named at this time to protect the identity of the children, has been arrested for having sex and allowing other men to have sex with his adopted children. The 39-year-old “father” from Troy, Ohio, was also in the process of adopting a fourth child when all the allegations came to light.
Not only was he an adoptive father, but he was also a junior league basketball coach, who has recently been suspended due to the allegations. He has been charged with three counts of rape and one count of compelling prostitution. The part that makes this story even more disturbing is that he pimped out these children to at least two other men that the authorities are aware of at this time.
The man was apparently talking to an undercover officer online and arranging for him to have sex with the 10-year-old boy. The same detective that was arranging that also talked to two other men who claimed to have already slept with the boy. Sadly, the young boys verified that this was in fact happening.
- Ofsted Plans To Speed Up Adoption Process (news.sky.com)
- Joint call for nation to apologise over forced adoptions (theage.com.au)
- At 30, I learned that my mother was raped by her father…and I was that child (trutherator.wordpress.com)
- Court hearing over baby’s adoption may mark change in fathers’ rights in Utah (fox13now.com)
A mother is facing harsh criticism (rightfully so), after being accused of injecting her 14-year-old and 16-year-old daughters with heroin and sending them off to school. Shantel Parker is also being accused of selling drugs to the girls’ classmates.
Police became aware of the situation after a witness from the school said that both girls seemed to be under the influences of drugs. Soon after, they got a warrant to search Parker’s home in Laurelville, Ohio, and discovered evidence of drug use.
Parker, who spent two years studying for a nursing degree but never graduated, was not at home when a search warrant was issued.
The 35 year old mother of two was arrested later at OSU Hospital and taken into custody.
Both of the young girls are now in the custody of Hocking County Children Services, while their mother is being held on child abuse, drug abuse, and distribution. Who knows if the list will continue to grow, but I assume so based on the seriousness of this crime.
According to the arrest warrant, Parker is not only accused of injecting the girls this one time, but this has allegedly happened numerous times. Along with this offense, the warrant states that she gave them other drugs as well as attempted to sell some to their classmates.
Sheriff’s deputies said that the children told them their mother started to give them drugs to treat pain for a toothache.
Heroin for a toothache?! I would have never thought of that! Apparently it worked because they seem to have gotten through that pain just fine. All jokes aside, this dip shit mother was booked into jail and charged with two counts of felonious assault, two counts of corrupting another with drugs and two counts of endangering children.
- Police say Ohio mom injected teen kids with heroin (seattletimes.nwsource.com)
- Link Between Prescription And Illicit Drug Misuse In High-Risk Populations (medicalnewstoday.com)
- Mexican researchers patent heroin vaccine (smh.com.au)
- Faces Of Addiction In Hunts Point, Bronx (buzzfeed.com)
- Scientists Create Vaccine Against Heroin High (addictionts.com)
- Bayonne man accused of dealing heroin brought his 89-year-old mother to the drug deal, cops say (nj.com)
School Teacher ‘bound and gagged two dozen children, put roaches on their faces, fed them semen and took their photos’
Mark Berndt, a 61-year-old school teacher has been arrested and fired from Miramonte Elementary School he was employed at for thirty years. Berndt was at his home in Torrance when police decided to go forward and arrest him after seeing the evidence of his abuse to over 20 children.
The district attorney’s office said Berndt has been charged with committing lewd acts with 23 boys and girls ages 7 to 10 between 2008 and 2010.
The photos themselves are rather graphic and included Berndt with his arm around the children or with his hand over their mouths. There are also photos that show the girls with a spoon being held by their mouths as if Berndt was going to have them ingest whatever it was. The suspicion was that it was semen, and this was verified after a spoon in his trash tested positive for semen and matched his DNA. Along with that, some of the children had large Madagascar-like cockroaches on their faces in these photos.
Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent John Deasy had said that no students had ever come forward before about this abuse. He immediately took action and removed the teacher, once he heard of the situation.
The sheriff’s department said a search warrant served on Berndt’s home led to the discovery of more than 100 similar photographs depicting children.
This piece of shit doesn’t deserve to spend another second on this planet. What he did is so incredibly sick and he took advantage of his position as a teacher. These kids are supposed to be safe while at school, not fearful of the abuse that they may have to endure. Sadly, this man worked for a good 30 years before being caught and who knows how many children were really involved.
- Teacher Charged with Molesting 23 Kids (myfoxphoenix.com)
- Ex-Teacher Mark Berndt Fed Students Semen, Covered Them with Roaches (ibtimes.com)
- Teacher Accused of Performing Bondage Acts on Elementary School Students (laist.com)
- Teacher ‘bound and gagged pupils’ (bbc.co.uk)
- Teacher charged with lewd acts allegedly told kids it was ‘game’ (latimesblogs.latimes.com)