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      U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments
      Texas Teacher Accused of Taping Sex With as Many as 70 Children

      US judge asks Vatican to serve court paper to pope
      By DINESH RAMDE , Associated Press
      October 1, 2010 MILWAUKEE - A federal U.S. judge is asking the Vatican
      to cooperate in serving the pope and two other top officials with court
      papers that stem from decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by a
      priest in Wisconsin.

      The request is an incremental step in a lawsuit that accuses the
      officials of conspiring to keep the allegations against the Milwaukee
      priest quiet. The Vatican is not obliged to comply with the request.

      When faced with similar requests the Vatican has made service difficult,
      time-consuming and expensive by insisting, for example, that
      documentation be translated into Latin, one of the Vatican's official
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      U.S. apologizes for Guatemala STD experiments
      Government researchers infected patients with syphilis, gonorrhea
      without their consent in the 1940s
      By Robert Bazell Chief science and health correspondent NBC News NBC
      News 10/1/10 U.S. government medical researchers intentionally infected
      hundreds of people in Guatemala, including institutionalized mental
      patients, with gonorrhea and syphilis without their knowledge or
      permission more than 60 years ago.
      Many of those infected were encouraged to pass the infection onto others
      as part of the study.

      About one third of those who were infected never got adequate treatment.

      On Friday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human
      Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius offered extensive apologies for
      actions taken by the U.S. Public Health Service....
      The episode raises inevitable comparisons to the infamous Tuskegee
      experiment, the Alabama study where hundreds of African-American men
      were told they were being treated for syphilis, but in fact were denied
      treatment. That U.S. government study lasted from 1932 until press
      reports revealed it in 1972.

      The Guatemala experiments, which were conducted between 1946 and 1948,
      never provided any useful information and the records were hidden.

      They were discovered by Susan Reverby, a professor of women's studies at
      Wellesley College in Massachusetts and were posted on her website.

      According to Reverby's report, the Guatemalan project was
      co-sponsored by the U.S. Public Health Service, the NIH, the
      Pan-American Health Sanitary Bureau (now the Pan American Health
      Organization) and the Guatemalan government. The experiments involved
      696 subjects — male prisoners and female patients in the National
      Mental Health Hospital.
      The researchers were trying to determine whether the antibiotic
      penicillin could prevent syphilis infection, not just cure it, Reverby
      writes. After the subjects were infected with the syphilis bacteria
      — through visits with prostitutes who had the disease and direct
      inoculations — it is unclear whether they were later cured or given
      proper medical care, Reverby notes. While most of the patients got
      treatment, experts estimate as many as a one-third, did not.

      Texas Teacher Accused of Taping Sex With as Many as 70 Children
      September 30, 2010 FoxNews.com An El Paso, Texas, high school dance
      teacher was jailed without bond Thursday on charges of sexual
      exploitation of minors and possessing child pornography, allegedly
      including 200 videotapes of himself having sex with as many as 70
      children, some of whom were elementary school age.
      Federal agents testified that they found the videos in the home of
      34-year-old Marco Alferez. The agents said the videos showed Alferez
      having sex with children as young as elementary school age, the El Paso
      Times reported.

      Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Gilbert Campa testified he
      found 12 VHS tapes, each about four to six hours long, and 107 8-mm
      tapes of Alferez having sex with children. Campa said ICE agents have
      been able to identify 65 to 70 victims in the homemade videos, and it
      appeared that Alferez tried hide the camera during the sexual acts....
      Campa also testified Alferez admitted downloading child pornography, as
      well as making the videos of himself with children.

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