West Memphis 3, Casa Pia pedophile ring convictions, Facebook - child porn, DID
West Memphis 3 Follow-Up Larry King Live - Statement from Diana
Six men jailed for Portugal child sex abuse and related articles
Pentagon declined to investigate hundreds of purchases of child
Move over Wikipedophilia, Facebook is in the house
'Forgotten' kids forced into prostitution
An Infinite Mind - DID Conference
West Memphis 3 Follow-Up Larry King Live September 2, 2010
During last nights show on the "West Memphis 3," we shared
statements from Diana Moore, mother of murder victim Michael Moore, and
the Arkansas Attorney General, whose office will defend the conviction
of Damien Echols before the Arkansas Supreme Court later this month.
Statement from Diana Moore, mother of murder victim Michael Moore:
In 1993, all I wanted was justice for Michael, Christopher, and Stevie,
and closure for myself, and my family. 17 years later, still no justice,
Since the convictions, the media has made it a point to make this case
all about the convicted. I would like to take this opportunity to remind
people that three innocent 8 year old children were brutally murdered,
and these three men were convicted on the evidence presented to 24 , (in
total), juror members that voted unanimously to convict.
Not one of the celebrities interviewed in this program has ever bothered
to personally read the case file at West Memphis PD, or speak to anyone
involved in prosecuting this case.
My little boy died that day. I'm his mother, and wish to say that
the public remains ignorant about what happened in court primarily as a
result of the Paradise Lost films, and the writing of Mara Leveritt. My
voice is small compared to theirs, but I believe more relevant. They
weren't there during the trials, and they didn't lose anybody. I
lost almost everything, and not a day goes by that I don't mourn for
Michael. The public should think about that before casting their lot in
with Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines .
(Eddie Vedder and Natalie Maines replied to this statement.)
Statement from Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel:
Our office knows that there are concerns about this case, but be assured
that we take the utmost care in handling the appeals of death sentences
handed down by Arkansas jurors. Though some celebrities have brought
more attention to this case than to the dozens of other pending
death-row appeals in this state, every one is an extremely serious
We are committed to fairness and justice not just for the three inmates,
but also for the three little boys who didn't live to see middle
>Six men jailed for Portugal child sex abuse 9/3/10
Six Portuguese men have been jailed after they were found guilty of
sexual abuse at a state-run children's home.
Carlos Silvino was given an 18-year sentence after confessing to 639
charges relating to the abuse of children or procuring them for others.
His co-defendants, including the former TV presenter Carlos Cruz, were
jailed for between five and seven years.
The boys, now aged between 16 and 22, were all residents at the Casa Pia
children's home in the capital, Lisbon. The panel of three judges in the
case spent most of the day reading the full verdict in each of the
hundreds of sexual abuse accusations.
After ruling that the vast majority of the charges had been proven, they
handed down guilty verdicts to six of the seven people on trial.
Silvino, a 54-year-old former driver for Casa Pia who abused boys on
hundreds of occasions and later offered them to other men for cash, was
convicted on all charges.
Cruz and Joao Ferreira Diniz, a doctor, were each given seven-year
sentences, while retired ambassador Jorge Ritto got six years and eight
Hugo Marcal, a lawyer, was sentenced to six years and two months, while
former Casa Pia governor Manuel Abrantes was sentenced to five years and
But Gertrudes Nunes, a woman who was alleged to have allowed her house
in Elvas to be used by the abusers, was acquitted on all charges....The
case is one of the longest-running in Portuguese history, lasting more
than five years, with testimony from more than 800 witnesses and
During the trial, the 32 victims gave gruesome testimony about being
raped by adults in dark cellars, cars and secluded houses....The abuse
at Casa Pia is said to have started in the mid-1970s, but was not
discovered until 2002, when the mother of a boy placed at a state-run
home in Lisbon said he had been abused by staff there.
Casa Pia, or Pious House, is a 230-year-old institution which cares for
about 4,500 orphans and underprivileged children through a network of
homes and schools.
This case is not the only one spawned by the investigation that began in
Seven other trials have already run their course, with some of those
found guilty themselves former Casa Pia pupils.
In March 2006, a court ordered the Portuguese government to pay 2m euros
(£1.66m) in compensation to 44 former Casa Pia residents, saying it
had failed in its duty to protect them.
7 defendants convicted in Portugal sex abuse trial By BARRY HATTON AP
September 3, 2010
LISBON, Portugal -- Seven people were convicted of child sex abuse in
Portugal on Friday in a major trial that lasted nearly six years and
shocked the country.
The six men and one woman were found guilty of crimes including sexually
abusing minors and adolescents, raping children and running a pedophile
ring at a state-run children's home in Lisbon during the 1990s.
The six men were handed jail sentences of between six and 18 years for
sexual abuse. The woman, whose house was used by the ring, was not given
a custodial sentence because of a 2007 change in the law, the judge said
in the televised ruling without elaborating.
The longest sentence was given to a 53-year-old former driver at the
home, Carlos Silvino, who confessed to more than 600 crimes and gave
evidence against the other defendants.
Others sent to prison were Carlos Cruz, a popular television presenter
with a three-decade career in show business, who will serve seven years;
and Jorge Ritto, a decorated career diplomat and former UNESCO
ambassador, who was given six years, eight months in jail....The trial,
believed to be Portugal's longest, included testimony from more than 800
witnesses and experts, including 32 alleged victims.
Carlos Cruz jailed for seven years for paedophile offences
Portuguese TV presenter among six convicted over child prostitution at
Casa Pia state-run orphanages
The Guardian 4 September 2010 One of Portugal's most famous television
presenters and a former ambassador were among six men found guilty
yesterday of involvement with a paedophile prostitution ring that
exploited children from state-run orphanages. The guilty verdicts handed
down to TV presenter Carlos Cruz and the five others exposed the truth
of more than three decades of rumours about systematic abuse of young
boys at the 230-year-old Casa Pia network of orphanages. It was only
when Joel, a former orphanage boy, came forward in 2002 and accused some
of the country's best-known names of being involved that Portugal woke
up to full horror of the scandal.
Members of Portugal's media, civil service and professional elite were
alleged to be regular abusers of the boys, some younger than 14. Even
well-known politicians were involved, it was initially rumoured. A flood
of accusations from boys who had passed through the Casa Pia system
followed. Some 32 boys alleged at least 800 crimes.
The case pitted the orphanage boys against a group of well-educated,
influential people including a former ambassador to Unesco, a
lawyer, a doctor and Cruz. Yesterday, eight years after they dared to
speak out, the boys finally won their case.
The four men and two former orphanage employees received sentences of
between just under six years and 18 years. Carlos Silvino, a 53-year-old
Casa Pia worker who confessed to 600 crimes and gave evidence against
other defendants was sentenced to 18 years....Cruz, 68, who was once
voted Portugal's most popular man, had paid for sex with a 14-year-old,
the judges declared. He also abused at least one other boy. The father
of two was known as "Mr Television" after several decades as a national
star. He was sentenced to seven years in jail.
A doctor, Ferreira Diniz, was also sentenced to seven years and a former
ambassador, Jorge Ritto, 74, to six years, and the former Casa Pia
ombudsman, Manuel Abrantes, to five. They were found guilty of abusing
several young boys.
The court found that boys had been regularly taken to a house in the
eastern town of Elvas during the 1990s to meet the paedophile clients.
Abuse had also taken place in Lisbon.
Move over Wikipedophilia, Facebook is in the house
By James R. Marsh on September 3, 2010 It should come as no surprise
that Facebook is now in the world-wide spotlight for harboring and
tolerating child pornography and online child exploitation. Of a recent
rash of articles about the popular site (none of them by the U.S.
media), the following is the most serious:
Facebook fails to alert police on child porn from The Age
The management of Facebook repeatedly failed to reveal the activity
of an international child pornography syndicate operating on the social
networking site and ignored continuing admissions by one of the ring's
The failure was uncovered during an Australian Federal Police-led
international investigation of the syndicate, which had operated via
fake identities on the site.
''We are aware that Facebook knew of the existence of these pages
and even went so far as to remove the profiles,'' said the director of
the AFP High Tech Crime Centre, Neil Gaughan.
But despite closing down the men's pages after finding illegal
material, Facebook did not contact police, Mr Gaughan said.
Pentagon declined to investigate hundreds of purchases of child
pornography by John Cook 9/3/10 A 2006 Immigration and Customs
Enforcement investigation into the purchase of child pornography online
turned up more than 250 civilian and military employees of the Defense
Department -- including some with the highest available security
clearance -- who used credit cards or PayPal to purchase images of
children in sexual situations. But the Pentagon investigated only a
handful of the cases, Defense Department records show.
The cases turned up during a 2006 ICE inquiry, called Project Flicker,
which targeted overseas processing of child-porn payments. As part of
the probe, ICE investigators gained access to the names and credit card
information of more than 5,000 Americans who had subscribed to websites
offering images of child pornography. Many of those individuals provided
military email addresses or physical addresses with Army or fleet ZIP
codes when they purchased the subscriptions....But the vast majority of
those investigated, including an active-duty lieutenant colonel in the
Army and an official in the office of the secretary of defense, were
never charged. On top of that, 212 people on ICE's list were never
investigated at all.
'Forgotten' kids forced into prostitution By TAMARA CHERRY, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Countless "forgotten" children are being trafficked within and
across provincial borders and Canada has no clear plan to help them,
says a new RCMP report obtained by QMI Agency....While Dalley's report
mostly refers to trafficked teens, it mentions children as young as six
are forced into prostitution in Canada.
Some mothers force or coerce their daughters into sex work so they can
buy drugs or pay off drug debts, the report notes.
"As well, some family members consciously force children as young as six
years old into the sex trade. These children are given drugs to ease the
pain and awkwardness of the situation - a practice that exposes them to
drugs at an early age, and consequently may create an addiction
situation," Dalley writes.
Sparse as information was in 2008, Dalley found more than 400 children,
some as young as 11, were reported as working for pimps in Calgary.
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