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Anglican Church in Tasmania covered up abuse

A judge this week ordered the Anglican Church in Tasmania to pay $2.4 million in damages to John Steen after the church covered up his abuse for decades. Paedophile priest Louis Victor Daniels abused John Steen in the 1980s. John Steen told the ABC that he reported the abuse to then-bishop Philip Newell in 1987. …

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‘Groomer’ vandal charged with child porn

Charles Sutherland, a former school librarian charged after spray-painting ‘groomer’ on libraries, now faces additional charges of possessing child pornography. Maryland police arrested Charles Sutherland last June on charges of malicious destruction of property and multiple hate crimes. They allege he vandalised public libraries in the towns of Greenbelt and New Carrolton. During Pride Week …

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William and Zachary Zulock pimped adopted sons

American couple William and Zachary Zulock raped and pimped out their two adopted sons. Both men have pleaded not guilty to charges including incest, aggravated sodomy, aggravated child molestation, and felony sexual exploitation. If convicted, William and Zachary Zulock will each serve nine consecutive life sentences. The Zulocks adopted the boys, now aged eleven and …

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Hillsong founder: ‘reasonable excuse’ for not reporting abuse

Hillsong founder Brian Houston has returned to Australia to defend a charge of concealing the serious indictable offence of another person. He claims he has a ‘reasonable excuse’ for not reporting his father’s abuse of a 7-year-old boy. Police allege that Houston failed to report his father’s indecent assault of a 7-year-old boy despite knowing …

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Catholic diocese asks if boy, 12, took pleasure in abuse

The Catholic diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec in Poland and Bishop Roman Pindel have asked a court to determine if a 12-year-old altar boy took pleasure in his abuse at the hands of a priest. A church court already found the priest guilty of abusing Janusz Szymik as a child. Janusz Szymik alleged a priest known only …

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Hervey Bay couple fantasised about adopting child to abuse

One of a Hervey Bay couple arrested earlier this year on child abuse charges pleaded guilty this week to multiple offences. The Hervey Bay District Court heard that hairdresser Jackson McGill did not possess a ‘keen interest’ in child abuse himself but wanted to boost his sex life with his partner. When McGill discovered his partner’s …

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Hillsong founder charged: concealing historic child sex abuse

NSW Police today charged Hillsong founder Brian Houston with concealing historic child sex abuse by his father. The police charges follow a two-year police investigation. The charges related to allegations Houston failed to report information relating to the sexual abuse of a young male in the 1970s. Houston’s father Frank Houston faced multiple allegations of …

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Defrocked Cardinal charged with sexual abuse of a minor

Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces criminal charges for the alleged sex abuse of a minor nearly 50 years ago. McCarrick resigned from the College of Cardinals in 2018 over allegations of sexual abuse against minors and adult men. The Vatican removed him from the clergy the following year. McCarrick now becomes the highest-ranking US …

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Record damages for Christian Brothers child abuse

A West Australian judge yesterday awarded the highest payment ever to a victim in a case of Christian Brothers child abuse. Judge Mark Herron ordered the Christian Brothers to pay damages of $1.32  million to 75-year-old John Lawrence. Judge Herron described the abuse of child migrant Mr Lawrence as insulting, humiliating and degrading. He also …