Archive for May, 2010

Second-grader brings home porn DVD from school

Posted in News, People Behaving Badly with tags , on May 27, 2010 by punauni

CITRUS COUNTY  — A Citrus County family was shocked when a DVD that was handed out to a second-grade class contained pornography.

Dana Hill’s 8-year-old daughter brought home a DVD that was passed out to her class at Rock Crusher Elementary School. When Hill’s daughter and her 12-year-old son put it in the DVD player, a pornographic movie came on.

“I was in disbelief. I said, ‘No, that can’t be what you are telling me,’ and I was very shocked and angry and embarrassed at the same time,” Hill said.

Her daughter’s teacher put together 19 discs at home with pictures from the school year on them. They were handed out, and according to the sheriff’s office, somehow one of those discs got mixed up with a pornographic DVD.

“I’m still trying to deal with it,” Hill said.

Hill says her kids watched a few minutes of it and realized something was wrong. Hill called the sheriff’s office. Investigators say what happened was a mistake.

Citrus County sheriff’s officials say as of now there will be no criminal charges.

But Hill says something needs to happen so a mistake like this doesn’t happen again. She also says she and her kids are still waiting for an apology.

“I have had no approach from the teacher — regardless if it’s through the school board or through the school — with an apology. She has made no approach at all,” Hill said.

Sheriff’s officials say the teacher has been out of the classroom on leave, and the teacher who handed out the DVDs was a substitute.

School district officials say an internal investigation has been done, but a decision on a possible punishment has not been made yet.

Officials expect a punishment to be decided in the next few days.

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Man Must Register as Offender Over Teen Sex

Posted in News on May 27, 2010 by punauni

MADISON, Wis. — A man who was 18 and had sex with a 14-year-old girl must keep registering as a sex offender, a Wisconsin appeals court ruled Wednesday.

The District 2 Court of Appeals adopted a new rule for interpreting a law that exempts offenders who are less than four years older than their victims from registering. The three-judge panel decided that the age difference is to be calculated by comparing the birth dates, and not the calendar year ages, of the two.

The court ordered Matthew C. Parmley of Sheboygan to continue to register as a sex offender, noting that he was four years and four months older than the girl at the time they had intercourse in 2004.

Parmley had pleaded no contest to second-degree sexual assault of a child, was sentenced to five years of probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. Now 24, he had asked to be exempted from the registration requirements last year, saying he served his probation without violations.

A Sheboygan County judge granted the request, ruling “there is a four-year difference, not more than a four-year difference” between Parmley and the victim.

Prosecutors appealed. They argued that the age difference should be calculated by comparing birth dates and that Parmley should first undergo an examination to determine his probability of reoffending before being exempted.

The three-judge panel of the appeals court agreed, saying lawmakers intended to carve out a narrow exemption in cases in which two minors have consensual sex. Comparing calendar year ages would allow a nearly five-year age difference in some cases, which was not the intent, Judge Daniel P. Anderson wrote.

In adopting the rule, Anderson wrote: “This method of calculating age disparity between an actor and a child victim promotes the overarching state policy of protecting our children from those who would abuse them.”

Anyone convicted of a wide range of sex crimes in Wisconsin is required to report their address, offense information, place of employment and other personal details annually for 15 years. Some of the worst offenders can be required to register for life.

Parmley’s attorney did not immediately return a phone message.

Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen said the registry, which currently lists 21,405 offenders, has improved public safety and helped law enforcement officials investigate crime and arrest offenders.

“The court of appeals’ decision safeguards those interests by keeping the narrow exemption for underage sexual activity from being expanded to offenders who are more than four years older than their victims,” he said in a statement.

Ohio church day care worker endangered kids by putting sleep supplement in their candy

Posted in News, People Behaving Badly with tags on May 27, 2010 by punauni

CINCINNATI – A former Ohio church day care worker has been found guilty of endangering children by slipping an over-the-counter dietary supplement into candy to help them sleep.

Prosecutors say a Hamilton County Municipal Court judge on Thursday found the woman guilty of three counts each of child endangering and misrepresentation by a child care provider.

The 56-year-old woman could be sentenced to up to 18 months behind bars.

The woman directed a suburban Cincinnati church day care. She and a co-worker were fired and charged after another worker said they gave melatonin to children at nap time.

The naturally occurring hormone helps control sleep cycles. Possible side effects of the supplement form include dizziness and nightmares.

Parents say their children often seemed groggy after coming home from the day care.

Georgia Teacher of the Year Accused of Student Affair

Posted in News, People Behaving Badly, Teachers behaving badly with tags , on May 27, 2010 by punauni

SNELLVILLE, Ga. — A woman who had been voted Teacher of the Year at a Gwinnett County high school has resigned amid allegations she had a sexual relationship with a 17-year-old student.

Records obtained by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution show 29-year-old Keenon Aampay Hall left her job as an English teacher at Shiloh High School after being accused of seducing a student who came to her for help with homework.

An investigative file shows the student, who is a graduating senior, claims Hall gave him gifts and pressured him to get her pregnant.

When he declined, the student’s family says Hall gave him a failing grade, prompting him to report the relationship to officials.

Hall’s mother, Connie Hall, says her daughter resigned for medical reasons.

Infant whose throat was slit dies; Lehigh Acres grandfather faces murder charge

Posted in News, Parents Behaving Badly, People Behaving Badly with tags , , , on May 26, 2010 by punauni

LEHIGH ACRES — A 43-year-old Lehigh Acres is accused of slashing the throat of his 21-year-old daughter and his 3-month-old grandson. The boy eventually died from his wounds on Friday.

Manuel De Jesus Rosales, of 1137 Gilbert Ave. S., left his daughter lying in the driveway late Thursday night after cutting her throat multiple times with a knife, according to a Lee County Sheriff’s Office report. He then cut the throat of her 3-month-old son as the mother looked on.

Rosales now faces one charge of first-degree murder and one charge of attempted first degree murder.

Deputies arrested Rosales after he exited the house for a third time with another child in his arms. An arrest report gave the following details:

A witness reported that Rosales and his daughter, whose name was redacted in the report, argued outside their home on Thursday night, around 9:10 p.m. As the quarrel moved inside the house, Rosales slapped or struck his daughter several times. When she called for help, another resident of the house, whose name was given as Maurice Afaro, 25, and also as Mauricio Maldonado, tried to intercede.

Rosales grabbed a knife, threatened Maldonado and then chased his daughter outside the house, the report stated. Maldonado locked himself inside the house. Soon after, Rosales kicked in a door and entered the house, sending Maldonado fleeing outside to the front yard.

There, the witness found the 21-year-old daughter lying at the edge of the driveway in a pool of blood, her throat cut almost entirely around the neck. As Maldonado called 911, Rosales emerged from the house with the three-month-old son, whom he placed in front of the mother before cutting the child’s throat. Rosales then cut his daughter’s throat two more times before returning to the home, Maldonado recalled.

Rosales was arrested on two counts of attempted first-degree murder.

The attack was the third episode of domestic violence at the home, according to the report, and a neighbor told deputies that Rosales drank heavily, sometimes appeared intoxicated in the neighborhood and was known to be abusive.

An incident report suggests someone at the home had a protective injunction filed against Rosales that expired May 20, the day of the attack.

Biden Jokes About Avoiding ‘Blumenthal Mistake’

Posted in Connecticut, News, Politics with tags , , on May 26, 2010 by punauni

WASHINGTON — Vice President Joe Biden has joked about avoiding a “Blumenthal mistake,” a reference to Attorney General Richard Blumenthal’s frequent misstatements about serving in Vietnam. Biden met with veterans visiting his official residence on Tuesday night and tried to joke about Blumenthal’s gaffe, for which he apologized last week. The Democratic attorney general is seeking the Senate seat. Biden said: “I didn’t serve in Vietnam. I don’t want to make a Blumenthal mistake here. Our attorney general from Connecticut, God love him.” He later added: “I have a bad habit of saying exactly what I think.” Blumenthal is looking to succeed Sen. Chris Dodd, a Democrat who is retiring. Republicans have been consistent in their criticism and will likely nominate wrestling executive Linda McMahon.

Weight Loss Pills Could Cause Liver Damage

Posted in News with tags , , on May 26, 2010 by punauni

WASHINGTON — Federal health officials are warning consumers that the weight loss pills alli and Xenical may cause severe liver damage in rare cases. The Food and Drug Administration said Wednesday it has added a warning about the risk to the label of the drug alli, which is sold over-the-counter by GlaxoSmithKline. The prescription version Xenical is manufactured and marketed by Roche. The FDA identified 13 instances of liver damage associated with the drugs. A causal effect between the drugs and the problem has not been established. The FDA urged doctors and patients to watch for signs of liver injury, including itching, yellow eyes and skin and loss of appetite. Glaxo said in a statement it is “committed to ensuring that consumers and physicians understand the safety profile” of alli. More than 10 million people worldwide have used alli since it was launched, according to Glaxo. Roche said the “safety profile of Xenical is based on more than 10 years of clinical experience and more than 36 million patients worldwide have received Xenical.” The FDA first approved Xenical in 1999 and alli in 2007. U.S. sales of alli more than doubled last year to $293 million, though they have come nowhere near the blockbuster numbers originally expected by Wall Street after the drug’s 2007 launch. Analysts say the brand has been hurt by lower consumer spending as well as unpleasant side effects, such as anal leakage. GlaxoSmithKline, based in London, is one of the world’s largest drug companies. The FDA first requested information from Glaxo about liver toxicity nearly two years ago.