Children are often the targets of deceit, manipulation, exploitation, abuse and violence. Almost daily a new story appears demonstrating this tragic reality.
The Amistad Journey will highlight just a few of these stories in order to allow you to gain an understanding of the scope of the problem.
Our laws requiring abortion providers to report child abuse are part of national safety net for children. Often, victims of abuse are taken to abortion clinics in order to conceal the evidence of abuse. Why are these laws not being enforced? Because no one has worked to ensure such enforcement, until now.
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California Man Sentenced to Death for Murder of Teen He Feared Was Pregnant
Riverside, California – July 30, 2010
After a night of plying 16 year-old runaway Kayla Wood with alcohol and repeatedly engaging in sex acts with Miss Wood and two 15 year-old boys, 23 year-old Roman Aldana decided that Miss Wood had to die because he feared she was pregnant. Aldana stood over Miss Wood as she was repeatedly bludgeoned with broken bottles and even hit with a toaster. He then set fire to the abandoned duplex in which he was staying leaving Miss Wood behind bleeding to death in the duplex’s bathtub.
On Friday Mr. Aldana was sentenced to death for his actions. Although Aldana did not strike the blows that killed Miss Wood, he ordered his two 15 year-old companions to murder Wood. As Miss Wood struggled and fought with her attackers, pleading for mercy and asking “why,” Aldana stood over her laughing, according to evidence presented at hearing.
“As the victim was terrified and begged him to stop, the defendant (Aldana) heartlessly ignored her cries for help,” commented Riverside County Superior Court Judge Jean P. Leonard. “His actions were cold, callous and brutal. The weight of these crimes is enormous. It’s impossible to believe he was only a passive participant. He was not a follower, but a leader of these attackers,” the Judge added.
Earlier this year, Anthony Baodadilla, now 19, pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter in Miss Woods death and was sentenced to 23 years in return for his testimony against Mr. Aldana. In April, Jose Solrza, pleaded guilty in the death admitting that he slit Miss Wood’s throat. Solorza, now 18, and Baodadilla are cousins. Solorza received a sentence of 29 years to life in prison.
The teens testified that at one time Aldana was planning to “fatten Kayla up” so she could work for him on the street as a prostitute. The teens said Aldana thought she was “too skinny” to be profitable.
During the attack, Miss Wood was repeatedly stabbed and cut with broken bottles and a screw driver. The September 9, 2006 attack lasted 45 minutes. Miss Wood was still struggling for her life as the duplex burned around her.
To Read More click the following links:
“Man Set to Die for Killing Teenage Runaway Kayla Wood,” by John Asbury, The Riverside Press Enterprise, July 30, 2010, read by clicking here.
“Teen Admits He Killed Moreno County Girl in 2006,” by John Asbury, The Riverside Press Enterprise, March 25, 2010, read by clicking here.
Florida Business Leader Sentenced to 30 Years forRape and Filming ofChildren.
Lake Buena Vista, FL – July 31, 2010
William Irey, 53, the CEO of Frank Irey Construction, was sentenced to 30 years in prison for multiple crimes involving Irey’s rape and sexual torture of girls ranging in age from 4 to 16 years old. Irey committed the crimes in Cambodia and posted images of his crimes on the Internet when he returned to the United States.
Evidence at sentencing proved that Irey repeatedly travelled to Cambodia to participate as a “sex tourist” in order to rape, torture and molest young girls. Irey filmed the interaction and was a part of sharing such productions with other pedophiles on the Internet. Irey, who has a young daughter and lived in a half million dollar home in Florida, was netted as part of the Federal government’s “Operation Emissary” a joint investigation by various federal agencies into child pornography.
Human sex trafficking and sexual tourism is a growing problem and is increasing even in the United States where officials estimate a $9 billion market exists.
Read more by clicking on the following:
“President of Construction Company Arrested on Child Porn Charges,” WFTV Channel 9: click here.
Ruling, 11th Circuit Court of Appeals, Chief Circuit Judge Edmondson, United States of America v. William Irey: click here.
Court Ruling May Release Repeat Molester.
Baltimore, MY, July 30, 2010
For years middle school teacher John Joseph Merzbacher preyed on his middle school students using intimidation and force to molest and rape scores of students. An investigation into Merzbacher’s activities revealed numerous victims and a warning to authorities given by one of Merzbacher’s co-workers at the parochial Baltimore middle school. The warning, at the time, was ignored.
Merzbacher, now 68, in 1995 was convicted of raping preteen Elizabeth Ann Murphy at gunpoint and sentenced to multiple life terms of which he has served 15 years.
But last week a federal judge reversed Merzbacher’s sentence finding that the convicted child rapist was not informed of a plea deal offered prior to the 1995 trial by the prosecution.
U.S. Circuit Judge Andre M. Davis , in a filed a 72 page opinion on Friday (July 30, 2010) writes that Merzbacher was denied his 6th Amendment rights when he was not informed of the plea offer. The court remanded the case back to the State District Court to allow Merzbacher to consider the original plea deal and accordingly, have his sentenced shortened to 10 years. If so, he will be released.
“My question is what judge is going to clean up the body of the child John Merzbacher rapes and murders if he gets out of prison…this is a violent, serial rapist, and if he gets out, he’ll do it again,” Elizabeth Ann Murphy, one of Merzbacher’s victims.
Merzbacher repeatedly raped Murphy, holding a gun to her head and once molesting her with a pipe. Merzbacher had over 100 charges of sexual abuse pending against him by the time he went to trial. Prosecutors, however, decided not to pursue the other cases after he was convicted and sentenced to life. With Merzbacher locked up, they reasoned it was best to avoid the trauma of trial for the other victims. Now prosecutors may be forced to reconsider. Although Merzbacher may be released, prosecutors are not prohibited from bringing other cases.
Mary Lewandowski-Stylic is a Merzbacher victim whose case was not tried. She was stunned when she learned of the news on Friday. Quoted in the Baltimore Sun, the 46 year-old woman stated she was in 8th grade when Merzbacher raped her.
“When all this came out years ago, and more and more people came forward, I started hearing stories, I was dumbstruck,” the Sun quotes Lewandowski-Stylic. “Some of them were worse than mine and there was actually torture…the man is just so devious, he has just ruined so many lives,” she said.
“I thought he would die in prison,” she adds.
To read more about this story click on the following links:
“Judge’s Ruling Could Nullify Four Life Sentences, by Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun, July 30, 2010: click here.
Anchorage Police Officer Gets Four Years for
Raping 14 Year Old Daughter.
Anchorage, Alaska – July 30, 2010
An former Anchorage police officer convicted of raping his 14 year-old daughter received a 12 year prison sentence this week, however, the district court suspended 8 years of the sentence allowing Cohen to be released immediately. Cohen had served four years during trial and the sentencing investigation.
Popular Men’s Website Gives Advice on How to Pressure a Woman
to Have an Abortion.
The column on askmen.com encouraged men to speak plainly that they did not want to be a father and to ensure their girlfriend understood all of the life changes and burdens that would result if the girl gave birth to her child. Such was the advice offered by frequent askmen correspondent Isabella Snow. Snow wrote a column published on askmen on how to pressure a woman, or girl, into having an abortion. The column drew significant controversy.