Posts tagged: sex abuse
Four former Idaho Boy Scouts, including a Spokane man, filed a federal lawsuit in Boise today charging that they were sexually abused by scout leaders during camping trips and other scouting events in the 1970s and 1980s. The lawsuit, which asks for at least $75,000 in damages for each of the four men, charges that the Boy Scouts of America and the LDS Church, which sponsored three of the four scouts’ troops, failed to prevent the abuse and allowed pedophiles to continue in scouting roles. Secret files kept by the Boy Scouts, but made public as part of an earlier lawsuit in Oregon, documented cases of abuse, and directed, in some cases, that the offenders be excluded from scouting/Betsy Russell, Eye on Boise. More here.
Post Falls man will spend at least five years in prison for sexually abusing a 16-year-old girl. Terence William Turner, 39, (pictured) was sentenced Friday to 15 years in prison with eligibility for parole after five years for lewd conduct with a minor. He will receive credit for time served in the Kootenai County Jail, where he has been since his arrest in March. Turner's previous criminal history includes only misdemeanor traffic offenses. Judge Lansing Haynes cited Turner's “use of violence” during the abuse when he sentenced Turner, according to the Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office/Meghann Cuniff, Sirens & Gavels. More here.
Now the whole, awful pattern seems to be playing out again in Ireland and Germany and beyond. The Pope’s handling of the mess, and his handlers handling of the mess, prompted a well-known parish priest in Idaho, who is also a canon lawyer, to go public with a call for Pope Benedict to resign. Father Tom Faucher in Boise suggested in an Op-Ed in the Idaho Statesman that some of the problem is generational. Benedict is 82. But, there is nothing generational about failing to aggressively, sensitively and completely address this cancer on the Church. We’re talking about the safety and well being of children, after all. Even a bunch of old men must know the importance of doing that/Marc Johnson, The Johnson Post. More here. And: A stronger, younger pope is needed in time of crisis/Rev. W. Thomas Faucher, Statesman
Sisyphus: There’s an op-ed in today’s Statesman by Bishop Driscoll condemning Father Faucher’s request for Pope Benedict XVI to resign and defending the pope.