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    Labor nominee Acosta cut deal with billionaire guilty in sex abuse case

    There was once a time — before the investigations, before the sexual abuse conviction — when rich and famous men loved to hang around with Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire money manager who loved to party.

    They visited his mansion in Palm Beach, Fla. They flew on his jet to join him at his private estate on the Caribbean island of Little Saint James. They even joked about his taste in younger women.

    President Trump called Epstein a “terrific guy” back in 2002, saying that “he’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”

    Now, Trump is on the witness list in a Florida court battle over how federal prosecutors handled allegations that Epstein, 64, sexually abused more than 40 minor girls, most of them between the ages of 13 and 17. The lawsuit questions why Trump’s nominee for labor secretary, former Miami U.S. attorney Alexander Acosta, whose Senate confirmation hearing began Wednesday morning, cut a non-prosecution deal with Epstein a decade ago rather than pursuing a federal indictment that Acosta’s staff had advocated.

    Although Epstein’s friends and visitors once included past and future presidents, rock stars, and some of the country’s richest men, he is no longer a social magnet. Epstein pleaded guilty to a Florida state charge of felony solicitation of underage girls in 2008 and served a 13-month jail sentence. Politicians who had accepted his donations, including former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and former New York governor Eliot Spitzer, have scurried to give them back. (Harvard University kept a $6.5 million gift, saying it was “funding important research” in mathematics.)
    But Epstein’s unusually light punishment — he was facing up to a life sentence had he been convicted on federal charges — has raised questions about how Acosta handled the case.

    Former Palm Beach police chief Michael Reiter, whose department conducted the initial investigation into Epstein’s behavior, said in a civil lawsuit deposition that Epstein got off easy.

    “That wasn’t an appropriate resolution of this matter,” Reiter said, arguing that the charges leveled against Epstein were “very minor,” compared with what the facts called for. In a letter to parents of Epstein’s victims, Reiter said justice had not been served.

    Prosecutors in Acosta’s Miami office who had joined the FBI in the investigation concluded, according to documents produced by the U.S. attorney’s office, that Epstein, working through several female assistants, “would recruit underage females to travel to his home in Palm Beach to engage in lewd conduct in exchange for money … Some went there as much as 100 times or more. Some of the women’s conduct was limited to performing a topless or nude massage while Mr. Epstein masturbated himself. For other women, the conduct escalated to full sexual intercourse.”

    Epstein has a near-legendary reputation in New York financial circles as a money manager who made many millions for his clients. Although he never graduated from college, he taught advanced math at the Dalton School, one of the city’s top private schools, and went on to be a successful trader at Bear Stearns before starting his own firm, J. Epstein& Co., which managed the finances of clients who had a minimum of $1 billion in assets.

    Federal prosecutors detailed their findings in an 82-page prosecution memo and a 53-page indictment, but Epstein was never indicted. In 2007, Acosta signed a non-prosecution deal in which he agreed not to pursue federal charges against Epstein or four women who the government said procured girls for him. In exchange, Epstein agreed to plead guilty to a solicitation charge in state court, accept a 13-month sentence, register as a sex offender and pay restitution to the victims identified in the federal investigation.

    “This agreement will not be made part of any public record,” the deal between Epstein and Acosta says. The document was unsealed by a federal judge in a civil lawsuit in 2015.

    Reiter said in the 2009 deposition that federal prosecutors in Miami told him “that typically these kinds of cases with one victim would end up in a ten-year sentence.” Reiter said he was surprised not only by the decision to pull back from prosecuting the case, but also by the light sentence and liberal privileges granted to Epstein during his jail term.

    During Wednesday’s confirmation hearing Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) pressed Acosta about the plea agreement reached with Epstein.
    Acosta told the committee that the case started at the state level before the Department of Justice decided to get involved. He said the original charge debated would not have led to any jail time and that “based on the evidence,” prosecutors decided to go with a deal where Epstein would have to register as a sex offender and agree to a two-year prison sentence.

    His testimony Wednesday reflected Acosta’s explanation of his decision in a “To whom it may concern” letter that he released to news organizations three years after the decision: “The bottom line is this: Mr. Jeffrey Epstein, a billionaire, served time in jail and is now a registered sex offender. He has been required to pay his victims restitution, though restitution clearly cannot compensate for the crime.” Acosta wrote that the case against Epstein grew stronger over the years because more victims spoke out after Epstein was convicted.

    Acosta is Trump’s second nominee to be secretary of labor; the first, Andrew Puzder, withdrew last month after Senate Republicans questioned his past employment of an undocumented housekeeper. Support for Acosta seems strong, as some Democrats and union leaders have joined with Senate Republicans in praising the nominee, who has been confirmed for federal positions three times in the past.

    In the 2011 letter explaining his decision in the Epstein case, Acosta said he backed off from pressing charges after “a year-long assault on the prosecution and the prosecutors” by “an army of legal superstars” who represented Epstein, including Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz; Kenneth Starr, who as independent counsel led the investigation that brought about President Bill Clinton’s impeachment; and some of the nation’s most prominent defense attorneys, such as Roy Black, Gerald Lefcourt and Jay Lefkowitz.

    “The defense strategy was not limited to legal issues,” Acosta wrote. “Defense counsel investigated individual prosecutors and their families, looking for personal peccadilloes that may provide a basis for disqualification.”

    Dershowitz said in an interview that no such effort to rattle the prosecutors ever took place. “That’s just dead wrong,” he said. “I would never participate in anything of that kind. Of course we investigated the witnesses but not Acosta’s deputies. That’s absurd.”

    Acosta’s “intention was to indict, and he fought hard and tried to get the best deal he could,” Dershowitz said. “We outlawyered him.” Epstein did not return a call seeking comment.

    Conchita Sarnoff, the author of “TrafficKing,” a book on the Epstein case, said in an interview that Acosta told her a few years after his decision not to prosecute that “he felt incapable of going up against those eight powerful attorneys. He felt his career was at stake.”

    In his letter about the decision, Acosta, who has been dean of the law school at Florida International University since 2009, acknowledged that “some prosecutors felt that we should just go to trial, and at times I felt that frustration myself.” He also complained that Epstein “received highly unusual treatment while in jail,” including being allowed to serve much of his sentence in the county jail rather than a state prison, and being permitted to leave the jail six days a week to work at home before returning to jail to sleep.

    “The treatment that he received while in state custody undermined the purpose of a jail sentence,” Acosta said.

    Dershowitz said Acosta “was very anxious to prosecute” Epstein, but “we persuaded them that they didn’t have enough evidence of interstate transportation” of the underage girls to warrant federal charges.

    But Reiter, the former police chief, said the FBI had evidence “from flight logs or something” that an underage victim “was transported on an aircraft of Mr. Epstein.”

    “Some may feel that the prosecution should have been tougher,” Acosta wrote. “Evidence that has come to light since 2007 may encourage that view.” But the prosecutor argued that his office’s investigation allowed state prosecutors to strengthen their charges against Epstein. And Acosta said that those who disagree with his decision “are not the ones who at the time reviewed the evidence available for trial and assessed the likelihood of success.”

    The deal Acosta made with Epstein precluded any new federal prosecution based on offenses he may have committed between 2001 and 2007, but in Florida, Trump is on the witness list in a civil case in which two attorneys accuse federal prosecutors of having deceived Epstein’s victims by failing to inform them that they would not charge Epstein.

    Lawyers for the women argue that they had a right under the federal Crime Victims’ Rights Act to know about Acosta’s deal with Epstein. They say Acosta sought to keep the deal under wraps to avoid “the intense public criticism that would have resulted from allowing a politically-connected billionaire” to escape from federal prosecution.

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    Although Trump and Bill Clinton flew on Epstein’s plane and visited his homes, neither president has been accused of taking part in the sexual misdeeds. But lawyers for Epstein’s victims say Trump nonetheless may have useful information. Trump banned Epstein from his Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach “because Epstein sexually assaulted an underage girl at the club,” Bradley Edwards, an attorney who represents three of the young women, said in court documents.

    Lawyers involved with the various Epstein cases said there is virtually no chance that the president will be required to testify in a matter in which both sides agree his involvement was tangential.

    Trump and Clinton are both among the dozens of names that appeared in a “black book” of Epstein’s phone contacts that his houseman, Alfredo Rodriguez, obtained. Rodriguez, who died in 2015, was convicted of obstruction of justice in 2010 after he tried to sell the book for $50,000 to lawyers representing Epstein’s victims. In the book, Rodriguez circled the names of contacts he said were involved in sexual misbehavior at Epstein’s properties. There were no circles around the names of Trump, Clinton or other boldfaced names such as former Israeli prime minister Ehud Barak, former British prime minister Tony Blair, and celebrities Mick Jagger, Michael Jackson, David Frost and Jimmy Buffett.

    Rodriguez spent 18 months in prison, five months longer than Epstein served in jail.

    Epstein has continued to move among his homes in New York City, where he owns one of the largest private residences in Manhattan, Palm Beach and the Caribbean.


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    BUSTED: Trump campaign chair caught in a motel room with an underage boy

    by Sarah K. Burris - 15 Mar 2017

    Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey
    is facing numerous charges from Moore police after he was caught in a Super 8 Motel room with a minor boy.

    According to KOCO reporter Bret Buganski‏, police are recommending the Republican lawmaker be charged with soliciting prostitution of a minor, prostitution within 1,000 feet of church and transporting purpose of prostitution.

    "On March 9 ... officers of the Moore Police Department were contacted in reference to a welfare check at a local hotel," Lt. Kyle Dudley told NewsOK.com. "Responding officers found a juvenile male in a hotel room which was also occupied by an adult male. The circumstances surrounding this incident are currently under investigation and no additional information can be released at this time."

    An employee of the hotel confirmed to KOCO that a man named "Ralph Allen Shortey" checked in at approximately 12:20 a.m. asking for a room with two beds. Just 30 minutes later the police arrived responding to a "welfare check," though no one has come forward admitting to the call.

    No one has been arrested and no charges have been filed, but text messages between the boy and Shortey are being investigated by police. Shortey's legislative office door was found to have a note saying that he would be gone for the week.

    Shortey was the state chair of President Donald Trump's campaign during the primary elections.

    "I am proud and honored to have been tapped as Chairman of the campaign for Oklahoma," Shortey wrote on his Facebook Sept. 2015, according to The Lost Ogle. "We are very excited for the opportunity to have Mr. Trump here," he said announcing a rally for Trump at the Oklahoma State Fair.

    Shortey has been in office since 2010 and is most known for a bill he proposed to ban fetuses in food. NewsOK reports Shortey has been married to his high school sweetheart since 2002 and that he studied at Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City in preparation for mission work in Uganda. A direct mail piece sent to Shortey's constituents show that he was also endorsed by Sheriff Joe Arpaio for his opposition to immigration and immigrants and by Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) for his "conservative principles." Beth and Dog the Bounty Hunter hosted a rally for Shortey's election in 2014.

    "The Oklahoma Republican Party takes all accusations against elected officials seriously, especially when the welfare of a minor is involved," Pam Pollard of the Oklahoma Republican Party said in a statement. "We have reached out to Senator Shortey for comment and have not heard back from him at this time. We await the report from law enforcement on whether charges will be filed."



    First Trump supported his editor, Milo Yiannopolos, at Breitbart for promoting pedophilia; then Trump made comments that boys raped by women enjoy it and like it; and now his campaign chair is arrested for pedophilia...not to forget lawsuit against Trump for raping a 13 year old girl starts in December.

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    Israeli Paid Colombians To Film Violent Child Pornography

    February 26, 2017/1 Comment/in Jewish Sex crimes /by Joe Levin

    An Israeli man was charged on Sunday with commissioning the production of violent child pornography and possessing huge quantities of exceedingly graphic videos and pictures.

    According to the charge sheet in the Tel Aviv District Court, the suspect has been consuming abusive and often pedophilic pornography for years, downloading thousands of videos and tens of thousands of pictures from the so-called “dark web,” an unmapped portion of the internet that is often used by criminals to buy and sell illicit wares.

    The man’s name was being withheld by the court, but he is described as approximately 50 years old and from central Israel.

    He is an employee of Israel’s defense services, though the court did not specify which branch.

    The suspect was arrested on February 13, but was released to house arrest two days later on condition that he keep away from computers and cellphones.

    According to the State Attorney’s Office, while under house arrest the suspect accessed the internet anyway and “solicited the abuse of children.”

    On Sunday, the Tel Aviv court agreed to a demand by the state prosecutors to keep the suspect in custody until the end of his trial.

    The man is not accused of personally assaulting children, but is suspected of paying others to do so on multiple occasions.

    He allegedly used websites on the dark web to contact producers of graphic, violent pornography, as well as consumers of it.

    According to the charge sheet, the suspect made contact with two movie producers in Colombia in April 2015 and paid them NIS 5,700 ($1,550) to make him a film that would include a woman viciously attacking a young boy.

    “The demand was that it should hurt the boy during filming and that you should be able to see the boy suffer,” according to the indictment.

    He allegedly reached out to the producers through the internet and paid them through the Paypal money transfer website.

    The suspect remained in contact with the Colombian producers until his arrest in January and commissioned eight additional videos showing sexual violence perpetrated against children.

    These videos featured both physical violence against the young children and rape according to the indictment.

    After watching the videos, the man allegedly complained to the producers that “they were not as extreme as he demanded.”

    Nevertheless, he allegedly promised to purchase more videos from them and put the producers in touch with other potential customers, according to the indictment.

    On two separate occasions in October 2016, the suspect allegedly contacted women online and offered to pay them NIS 1,100 ($300) to sexually abuse a child so that he could watch through the Skype video messaging application.

    In both instances, the women said they “would not be able to make a movie in accordance with” his requests, according to the charge sheet.

    The suspect is also accused of helping disseminate child pornography, as well as videos of severe animal cruelty.

    According to the indictment, the suspect had in his possession “hundreds of gigabytes” of pornographic content, which included videos showing bestiality and the rape of women, children and infants.

    The suspect also collected videos of animals being dismembered while they were still alive
    , according to the charge sheet.

    He allegedly gave out passwords to his collection on 280 occasions so that others could watch the videos that he had collected.

    The suspect will be prosecuted by the state attorney’s cyber crimes division.

    He was charged with soliciting the use of a minor’s body for the creation of child pornography, attempting to solicit the use of a minor’s body for the creation of child pornography, soliciting the abuse of a child, attempting to solicit the abuse of a child, publishing illegal pornography, publishing child pornography and two counts of possession of child pornography.


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    Father imprisons daughter for decades fathering children in incest rape

    'No one will believe me': Chilling first words of Josef Fritzl's daughter who was held prisoner for 24 years by her evil father who raped her

    The heartbreaking first words of the woman held captive by Josef Fritzl for 24 years have been revealed as 'no one will believe me'.

    Elisabeth Fritzl was interviewed by police chief Willibald Reitner shortly after she was freed from the clutches of her evil father, who raped her 3,000 during her captivity.

    Mr Reitner has spoken about the horrific case for the first time in an interview for a Channel 5 documentary.

    He revealed that during conversations about her father, Elisabeth, now 52, refused to refer to Josef by his name, simply saying 'him'.

    The head of criminal investigation in Amstetten, Austria added: 'Elisabeth didn't say anything. She said: 'No one will believe me anyway'.

    'Then we changed our tack and we told [her] "well, maybe you are the victim?2 Suddenly Elisabeth had a different expression about her.

    'After that she said, "If I tell this exactly how it all happened, no one will ever believe me".

    'Then Elisabeth put down some conditions, she didn't want to see him again – she meant Fritzl. She never spoke about Fritzl, or her father, she always referred to him as 'him'.

    'And she was really afraid that no one would believe her, and that everyone would only believe the father.'

    Fritzl, now 82, is serving a life sentence after repeatedly raping Elisabeth and fathering seven children by her while keeping her imprisoned in his cellar.

    She gave birth to the children while held captive - with three of them ending up trapped inside with her.

    But the cellar has now been closed up with 200 tons of concrete after the house became a bizarre tourist attraction.

    Fritzl was jailed in March 2009 after pleading guilty to imprisonment and rape.

    He kept three of them with him and his wife Rosemarie, who was oblivious to what lay beneath her home.

    She thought the three children had been abandoned by Elisabeth after Fritzl convinced her that their daughter had ran away and the evil rapist masqueraded as the children's grandfather.

    It was the critical illness of Elisabeth's 19-year-old incest daughter Kerstin in April 2008 which finally heralded the end of the secret cellar and its inhabitants.

    Under pressure from a terrified Elisabeth, who warned that Kerstin would die unless she received medical attention, Fritzl took her to hospital.

    The house on Ybbsstrasse in Amstetten, Austria, became a symbol of evil after the revelation.

    As part of the documentary, psychiatrist Dr Heidi Kastner, who interviewed Fritzl claims that he was 'born to rape'.

    She added: 'What he described with these rather blunt words was his need to dominate women, to dominate somebody. And to dominate the person sexually.

    'And it was a need he felt, he couldn't give a reason for that need but it was something that he knew was inside him.'


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    2 High-Level Govt Child Trafficking Rings Busted and American Media is Silent

    By Jack Burns - March 15, 2017

    In late 2016, the government's spin machine made it a point to feature "pizza gate," only to mock anyone who would ever believe it to be true. The thought that high-level government officials in the U.S. would or could ever be involved in sex-trafficking or pedophilia was presented as far-fetched conspiracy theory, only believed by the fringe elements of society. But as The Free Thought Project has reported on numerous occasions, pedophilia involving high-level government officials is becoming the norm rather than the exception.

    In the North Bengal region of India, a child welfare officer, India's equivalent of a Child Protective Services official was arrested for her role in a child-trafficking ring. Sasmita Ghosh's arrest makes the seventh as of late. The State's Criminal Investigative Department (CID) made the arrests. According to the Hindu, "The CID had unearthed the child trafficking racket during raids at homes and nursing homes in Baduria area of North 24 Parganas district, in Behala in the southern fringes of Kolkata and some other parts of south Bengal in November last year."

    Abortion clinics in the area were convincing mothers to give birth to their children in exchange for money ranging between $1,400 and $4,500 USD. Other birthing centers told mothers their children were stillborn, when they weren't, allowing the clinic to steal the babies for sale on the black market. The children were transported in bread baskets to nursing homes in the area where they would remain until they were sold into servitude, as sex slaves, or brothels.

    "It is a huge network of NGOs, nursing homes, doctors and middlemen dealing in illegal adoption and baby trafficking that the police have busted. Our men are now building on the huge leads they have already got in this case," Rajesh Kumar, CID's Additional Director General told the press. Additionally, investigators believe foreigners were buying the children. Currency from other countries was found at the same time the children were discovered. Several corpses and skeletons of infants were also unearthed in the raided businesses.

    Child trafficking is on the rise in the U.S. In 2006, a woman living in North Carolina, Mercedes Farquharson, fled the country when it was discovered she'd been using two young girls as house slaves, forced to farm the land, and do all the household chores, along with cooking and cleaning. In 2009, she was arrested in Bulgaria, where she'd fled to escape justice.

    The trafficking of children isn't limited to lowly child-protective service workers either. Hama Amadou, an opposition leader in the Sahel state of Niger was sentenced to one year in prison for providing babies to Niger's elite society. "Prosecutors claim that Amadou was one of a group of people accused of smuggling babies from Nigeria via Benin to wealthy couples in Niger by falsely claiming the parenthood of around 30 children," according to Deutsche Welle (DW), Germany's international newsgroup. Childlessness is Niger is looked down upon, so one way the elitists solved their own infertility problem was to take someone else's child as their own.

    DW described what happened after they acquired a child, "At the turn of the last decade, Niger's elite went through a baby boom. Women who had been childless for years were suddenly celebrating the birth of their first child." The miraculous blessings of motherhood reportedly came at the expense of someone else's presumably stolen, purchased, or seized baby. Amadou was tried in asentia and his lawyer says the allegations are politically motivated.

    Closer to home, Child Protective Services, as TFTP has consistently reported, is authorized to kidnap children at will, and place those children in foster care homes. The government's own agency charged with protecting children, routinely displaces babies, children, and adolescents away from their parents in order to supposedly protect those children.

    Many of those same CPS workers are abusers as well, who sometimes place those kidnapped children in the homes of sexual predators, where they are routinely victimized. The terrorist organization evokes fear in the hearts of so many parents. The power CPS possesses is legally unmatched in all of society. If you'd like to peruse our archives of CPS articles, you can do so by clicking here. Children are being ripped from their parents for something as innocent and well-intentioned as homeschooling.

    If child trafficking arrests of government officials can happen around the world, why is it so far-fetched to think it cannot and does not happen here in the U.S.? The reality of the situation is that it is not at all far-fetched and even admitted. But the American spin machine is able to make anyone who talks about it look like a crazy person. The problem is getting so large, however, these sickos are having a hard time keeping it under wraps. As the Free Thought Project previously reported, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney says if the government actually investigated it, child trafficking would destroy both Democrats and Republicans.


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    More Very Bad Behavior: Navy SEAL Accused of Hoarding Child Pornography


    Hot on the heels of revelations of the widespread dissemination of pornography within the forces of the US military, including web hosting by soldiers of illicit content and service members moonlighting as adult film stars, a new accusation has charged a Navy SEAL with rape, sexual abuse and possession of child pornography.

    According to recent charges revealed in a Virginia-based federal court, a Navy SEAL based in San Diego, California, kept an undisclosed number of images containing child pornography on his cell phone, filmed himself molesting a sleeping girl, and raped a woman after she passed out while the two were drinking alcohol together.

    Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Kyle Seerden, of the Navy's SEAL Team One, was arrested in San Diego earlier this month after investigators with the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) discovered evidence of child pornography on Seerden's phone in the process of investigating his rape of a 27-year-old woman, as reported by the Los Angeles Times.

    Seerden is accused of raping the woman after she fell asleep while the two were drinking alcohol at his hotel room in a Norfolk, Virginia, military base.

    He is also accused of being in possession of an undetermined number of child pornogaphy images, as well as video-recording himself sexually molesting a girl, whose age was not disclosed by NCIS, while she was asleep.

    Alongside the notorious online network of US Marine service members sharing and hosting illicit photographs and personal information of female members of the force, often without their consent or knowledge, and the outing of a decorated Navy SEAL who was working as a pornographic film star to make ends meet, the US military's branded image has been battered recently by two other incidents of note, according to the Los Angeles Times.

    Just last month Virginia-based SEAL Chief Special Warfare Operator Stephen Varanko III was found guilty of sexual harassment and battery by a US military tribunal, and, last summer, SEAL Petty Officer 2nd Class Theo Andrew Krah, stationed in San Diego, was arrested after beating and stabbing to death a man, following a fight on the Santa Monica Pier in Los Angeles.



    Elbert Angus: This is normal behavior for the psycho US forces. They are sick and that is why they do what they do.

    Jana Kravina: Over 800 U.S. military bases , hundred of rapists and pedophiles.

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    The Vatican Has Paid Close To $4 Billion To Settle Child Molestation Lawsuits

    By Alexa Erickson - August 12, 2016

    The reality of child molestation by the Roman Catholic Church has surfaced time and time again, and yet, somehow, it continues to happen. If you watched the movie Spotlight, perhaps you have an idea of just how things are going down. But let’s break it down to date.

    While you can’t put a price on the innocence of a child, you can put a price on just how much the Roman Catholic Church has paid out in lawsuits over the never-ending epidemic of child molestation wreaking havoc in its ranks.

    According to Jack and Diane Ruhl of the National Catholic Reporter, who decided to research this particular topic, since 1950, the Vatican has spent a disgusting $3,994,797,060.10. That’s nearly $4 billion to keep things hush hush. That number may even be a bit conservative, as we cannot know for sure the agreed upon “under the table” amount.

    The figure is based on a three-month investigation of data, which includes a review of over 7,800 articles from LexisNexis Academic and NCR databases and information from BishopAccountability.org. Reports from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops were also used.

    If the amount of money dished out was divided evenly amongst the U.S.’s 197 dioceses, each one would get almost $20 million. An incredible amount of cash from hard working people who support the good faith and intentions of the Church — people who are parents to little boys being sexually abused — is being used to cover up unfathomable crimes executed by priests.

    In the early nineties, a monk who worked at the Vatican opened up to The New Yorker, admitting: “You wouldn’t believe the amounts of money the church is spending to settle these priestly sexual-abuse cases.” By 1992, U.S. Catholic dioceses had given 400 million dollars to settle hundreds of molestation cases. That was a shocking chunk of change then, and that figure has only risen exponentially since. The men running the Vatican are well aware of the problem, and yet they refuse to provide justice.

    When Pope Francis addressed hundreds of bishops on the issue, he said:

    I realize how much the pain of recent years has weighed upon you, and I have supported your generous commitment to bring healing to victims — in the knowledge that in healing we too are healed — and to work to ensure that such crimes will never be repeated.

    His words of “generous commitment” only further show just how tightly knit the Church truly is — worried more about reputation than morality.

    “The people he was talking to are the people who moved the pedophiles around to prey on kids,”
    said John Salveson, a 59-year-old Philadelphia businessman who was abused as a child by a priest. “If you gave me 100 years to pick a word to describe the U.S. bishops’ reaction to this crisis, ‘generous’ would never make the list.”

    Terry McKiernan, who runs BishopAccountability.org, noted that Francis overlooked the fact that many dioceses around the country haven’t disclosed the names of abusers, and furthermore, continue to lobby against reforming statute of limitations laws that shield priests from prosecution for crimes from the past.

    David Clohessy, executive director of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, was once optimistic that Francis would push for change in how the Church handled the scandal, but has since lost hope. “There’s nothing he could say that would be helpful, because Catholic bishops have said it all before — ‘I’m sorry, we didn’t know, we’ll do better.’ We’ve heard that for decades,” he said. “This is a pope who has refused to take steps to expose one predator or punish one enabler. . . . He could simply defrock, demote, discipline, or even clearly denounce just one complicit bishop. He refuses, not one.”

    Spanning many hundreds of years, children have suffered
    at the hands of child predators who remain safe in the authority and integrity of an honorable faith, yet organizations, investigators, reporters, etc. continue to raise awareness, while the Catholic Church continues their fight to block bills that would extend the statute of limitations for reporting sex abuse.


    Catholic Church Found Guilty in 400 Child Sex Abuse Cases; Files for Bankruptcy

    Unable to Settle Lawsuits for Victims of Pedophile Priests

    By: Jay Greenberg - April 21, 2017

    A Montana Roman Catholic diocese has filed for bankruptcy following a court ruling finding the church guilty in over 400 cases of child sex abuse.

    Church officials confirmed that the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings is unable to settle the lawsuits that have been so far been filed by 72 of the victims of pedophilia at the hands of Catholic priests.

    This is the second diocese in Montana to file for bankruptcy over child abuse lawsuits in less than three years, with the total number of cases of sex abuse by priests, nuns and church volunteers reaching a staggering 760 victims since 2014 in Montana alone, with payouts from lawsuits in the tens of millions.

    None of the accused in the cases are expected to face criminal charges for the sex abuse crimes
    , due to a large number of the culprits now being deceased, and the church traditionally handles such cases internally, with discipline usually involving a priest being relocated to a different church.

    The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings said it expected to make the Chapter 11 reorganization filing, and the diocese and its insurance carriers would contribute to a fund to compensate victims and set aside additional money for those who have not yet come forward.

    The Billings Gazette reports: "On behalf of the entire Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, I express my profound sorrow and sincere apologies to anyone who was abused by a priest, a sister or a lay church worker," Bishop Michael Warfel said in a statement. "No child should experience harm from anyone who serves the church.

    "None of those who have been credibly accused are active in parish ministry and nearly all are deceased, Warfel said.

    Attorney Timothy Kosnoff, who represents some of the plaintiffs, said it marked the 15th diocesan bankruptcy in the U.S. involving sex abuse claims.

    "Bankruptcy represents the only realistic mechanism for working through the myriad of issues involved in a case of this nature," he said. "Despite this sensible step forward, a speedy resolution is unlikely, and the future of the diocese remains clouded.

    "The Diocese of Helena filed for bankruptcy in early 2014 to settle about 360 claims of abuse and sexual abuse by priests, nuns and lay workers who served in the diocese.


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