Jonathan High, 30, of Steinhatchee, Florida, has been convicted of two counts of use of a child to produce child pornography. The guilty verdict, returned yesterday, at the conclusion of a one-day bench trial, was announced by Jason R. Coody, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Florida. Prior to the trial, High pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography.
In August 2021, law enforcement officers received a Cybertip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) that a user of a cloud storage account uploaded files constituting child pornography. An investigation revealed the account belonged to High. Law enforcement officers obtained a search warrant for High’s cell phones and desktop computer, and after an examination of their contents, confirmed that High was in possession of multiple child pornography images and videos that depicted prepubescent boys engaged in sex acts or exposing their genitals in a lascivious manner. Further investigation revealed that some of these images and videos were produced by High personally; High produced separate video recordings of two young boys using the bathroom in a Perry, Florida church where High served as a deacon.
High’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for January 9, 2023, at 1:30 p.m., at the United States Courthouse in Tallahassee before United States District Judge Allen Winsor. High faces a minimum mandatory sentence of 15 years in prison and a combined maximum of 70 years in prison for all three counts.
This conviction was the result of a joint investigation conducted by Homeland Security Investigations, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, and the North Florida Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Assistant United States Attorneys Justin M. Keen and Kaitlin Weiss prosecuted the case.
LAPD officer Houston Tipping who died during police training was targeted because he was investigating fellow cops for an alleged gang rape, his lawyer has claimed.
The 32-year-old suffered a fatal spinal cord injury after he fell down while holding another officer in a ‘bear hug’ grappling exercise on May 26 at the Police Academy in what a coroner ruled was an accident.
But Brad Gage, the attorney for Tipping’s mother Shirley Huffman, has made the bombshell claims that the officer was a whistleblower in an assault case that involved four other officers 10 months before his death.
Tipping wrote a report on the alleged assault and one of the cops said to be involved was present when he died, Gage said.
The department said at the time that Tipping, a five year veteran of the LAPD who also served as a bike instructor in the City of Angels, was injured while ‘grappling’ with another officer and referred to his death as a ‘horrible accident.’
But in her lawsuit, Huffman alleges he was ‘repeatedly struck in the head severely enough that he bled’ during the training activity.
An autopsy found Tipping suffered broken ribs that suggested the use of a LUCAS device, an automatic CPR machine, suggesting there were attempts to revive him.
Bu Gage said: ‘The problem with that is other medical reports show the LUCAS device was never used.’
He has also raised questions as to why no security footage was available.
Mark Williams-Thomas, the former police detective-turned-TV journalist who exposed Savile, claimed that the other individual has so far evaded justice because he is ‘untouchable’.
Williams-Thomas was the leading investigator on the ITV Exposure documentary, The Other Side of Jimmy Savile, which revealed how one of Britain’s most loved entertainers systematically and disturbingly preyed upon young and vulnerable girls.
The award-winning film, broadcast just over a decade ago on 3 October 2012 – a year after Savile’s death – prompted hundreds of other unheard victims to come forward with their experiences.
In the documentary, five women stated that they had been sexually abused by Savile as teenagers. This exposure of Savile as a paedophile led to extensive media coverage, including 41 days on the front pages.
The film led to the Met Police’s Operation Yewtree investigation, which ultimately resulted in sexual abuse convictions for multiple celebrity personalities.
By October 2015, 19 people had been arrested by Operation Yewtree; seven of those arrests led to convictions.
However Williams-Thomas, a child protection expert has expressed his frustration that his pursuit of one high-profile target has so far been thwarted.
‘There are still people out there who are untouchable,’ the former Surrey Police and family liaison officer told i.
‘There is one very significant person who I’ve done everything to try and get prosecuted because he is clearly a child sex offender.’
Students in religious public schools in Israel are at a higher risk of sexual harassment and assault than any other of the Jewish education streams, a new study examining cases of sexual abuse from the religious Zionist sector by the Ne’emanei Torah Va’avodah movement has found.
“[These results] are a first step in the necessary in-depth discussions that oblige us to fight this phenomenon, recognize it, and to wake up from the illusion that a separated society [of men and women] is a guarantee of preventing harm.” Ne’emanei Torah Va’avodah’s Shmuel Shatach
Researcher Ariel Finkelstein analyzed the scope and profile of sexual abuse victims in Israeli local authorities’ social services departments in 2020, by sector or stream.
In Israel, there are a number of educational streams: Secular public school (Mamlachti), religious public school (Mamlachti Dati) and ultra-Orthodox schools, which are either private or semi-private.
The distribution of the data on sexual abuse was filtered by sector, according to the type of educational stream where the victims are currently or were educated in their childhood.
The Utah County Sheriff’s Office has arrested a suspect in an ongoing ritualistic child sex abuse investigation.
Former therapist David Hamblin, 68, was previously charged with 18 counts of sexual assault. He was taken into custody Wednesday morning and booked on the following:
- 3 counts of sodomy on a child
- Rape of a child
- 2 counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child
- Lewdness involving a child
According to records obtained by FOX 13 News, Hamblin had previously confessed to sexually assaulting at least one of his female family members in an undercover phone recording.
“I am sorry for raping you,” Hamblin reportedly said. “I’m not saying it isn’t true… I’m not saying somebody in my body didn’t do it.”
The Utah County Attorney’s Office dropped all charges.
Hamblin lost his license and was excommunicated from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
In an interview with FOX 13 News in April, alleged victim Brett Bluth described a long period of abuse and grooming by Hamblin as he tried to “heal” Bluth of his homosexuality.
Three Massachusetts police officers are being accused of sexually abusing a girl who had participated in a police youth program. She later committed suicide while pregnant and told friends the child belonged to one of the cops.
The shocking accusations were made in a 60-page redacted internal affairs report about the Stoughton Police Department.
The girl was a part of the Stoughton Police Explorers Program when she was 13 and was involved in an inappropriate relationship with officer Matthew Farwell when he was 27 years old and she was 15 years old, according to the Boston Globe.
The other two officers involved in the alleged sexual assault of the girl were his twin brother William Farwell, and the supervisor of the explorers program, Robert C. Devine.
The investigation found hundreds of explicit messages between the officers and the girl over several years.
In February 2021, the girl was found dead at the age of 23 and a medical examiner found that she had died from suicide. The examiner also found that she was pregnant.
A member of the FBI Police has been charged with soliciting a minor via computer by Bridgeport Police.
Dale Edward Cheuvront Jr. was charged by Bridgeport Police Detective Lt. Gary Weaver, who has prosecuted scores of similar cases.
Cheuvront Jr., 52, of Fairmont, used the profile name “Don Marco” to contact a female Aug. 19 on a social media site who “stated she was 13,” Weaver alleged.
Despite the age reference, Cheuvront continued to communicate with the female, and a day later “stated that he wanted to meet with the female and the conversation turned sexual,” Weaver alleged.
Cheuvront described a sex act, set up a meeting location and was to “sneak into the house to have sex with her,” Weaver alleged.
The FBI Police work to protect the FBI, its employees and U.S. facilities and also identify potential threats and prevent and investigate crimes, the agency said in a job description brochure posted to the internet.
The supreme court of the commonwealth of Kentucky has temporarily suspended a prosecutor after it was discovered that he had repeatedly requested nude photos from a defendant in exchange for prosecutorial favors.
On Friday, the commonwealth supreme court issued its suspension of Ronnie Goldy, who has been the commonwealth’s attorney for Rowan, Bath, Menifee, and Montgomery Counties since 2013. According to investigations, Goldy has been caught requesting — and receiving — nude photos of incarcerated defendant Misty Helton of Salt Lick. The Courier Journal reported that since their meeting in 2015 or 2016, Goldy and Helton have exchanged 230 pages of messages on Facebook Messenger. During their conversations, Goldy repeatedly promised to do legal favors for Helton in return for the photos.
For example, after Helton sent him a series of nude photos of herself in May 2018, Goldy replied, “Wow Nice I do have most of those I think But they are very nice I’m sure you have some even better.” Then later that summer, Goldy told Helton that she “owed” him a video and that “It better be worth the wait.”
A Utah state representative told a Mormon bishop not to report a church member’s sexual abuse, advice that led to seven years of rape and abuse committed by the church member against his own daughters, according to new lawsuit documents.
State Rep. Merrill Nelson (R-UT), a prominent lawyer for the Mormon church, allegedly answered the first call from a help line when Bishop John Herrod told him that Arizona church member Paul Adams had admitted to sexually abusing two of his daughters. For more than two years, Nelson communicated with Herrod and another bishop who knew about the abuse allegations, according to call records, the Associated Press reported.
Nelson told Herrod “that he could be sued if he reported, and the instruction by counsel not to report Paul [Adams] to the authorities was the law in Arizona and had nothing to do with Church doctrine,” according to the plaintiff’s filings. However, as the AP reported, Arizona law allows blanket immunity for those who report child sexual abuse or neglect.
The sex abuser’s two daughters and one of his sons are trying to gain access to records from the Mormon church, but the church has refused them based on confidentiality. After a county judge ruled in the victims’ favor to see the records, the Mormon church took the case to the Court of Appeals.
A former bishop of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been arrested as part of an ongoing sex abuse investigation involving multiple victims over the course of several decades.
Carl Johnson, 77, was arrested in Orem on Wednesday and booked into the Davis County Jail on seven counts of aggravated sexual abuse of a child.
Detectives say Johnson abused children as young as 2 years old and held numerous positions of trust in the Church, including as a bishop. Johnson also served as Mayor of West Bountiful City in the 90s.
“In all these cases, the victims were told not to tell anyone else about what happened to them. In some cases, these crimes were suppressed in one way or another by Johnson when any disclosures were made. Johnson used his position of trust to influence any disclosures,” a police affidavit says.