Judge cites “deceptive” accusers in acquitting Ghomeshi

Jian GhomeshiFormer radio star Jian Ghomeshi (inset) is not guilty of four sexual assaults and one charge of choking, a judge in Toronto ruled today, citing the “deceptive and manipulative” evidence of his accusers. The charges were laid against the former CBC personality after allegations that he assaulted three women between 2002 and 2003. The judge in the sensational case, William Horkins, made it clear in his ruling (read complete decision after the jump) that a finding of “not guilty” doesn’t mean the incidents didn’t happen. Horkins wrote that his finding “is not the same as deciding in any positive way that these events never happened.” But Horkins had harsh criticism for the accusers, saying he found it impossible to have “sufficient faith in the reliability or sincerity of these complainants.”

 

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Internal records reveal “evil” pedophile’s deviousness

James Alfred CooperPedophile James Alfred Cooper (inset) knew that he was being watched closely while he was out of prison on early release. Yet he still schemed to procure children while he was free in 2014. The depth of Cooper’s deviousness is detailed in the internal parole records (read them after the jump) of the Ontario man who tortured and raped children. Cooper was convicted only of 16 crimes involving six children over a span of 17 years but it is likely there are other victims. Most predatory pedophiles do not abuse just a handful of victims. The six victims for whom convictions were registered were aged seven to 14 at the time of the abuse that included whippings and beatings and forced sex including intercourse. Five of them, four girls and one boy, were his stepchildren from two of his marriages. One was a neighbour’s daughter.

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71-year-old child molester, Canada’s worst, a “significant risk”

Gary WalkerChild molester Gary Walker (inset) has languished behind bars for nearly one third his 71 years, tormented by his desire for sex with young boys. The septuagenarian has never had a sexual relationship with an adult. He has confounded keepers. Despite undergoing a battery of treatment programs to root out his sexual deviance, experts say he grapples still with “intrusive sexual thoughts” and remains a “significant risk” to molest more young boys if he is released.

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“Vile” serial rapist blames victims for his imprisonment

Selva SubbiahAfter more than two decades behind bars, serial rapist Selva Subbiah (inset), a predator who assaulted hundreds of women, still blames his victims for his predicament. The “disturbing” revelation appears in the latest decision on his case by the Parole Board of Canada. The board ruled, in a decision in July this year, that Subbiah is too dangerous to be released from prison before he completes every day of his 24-year prison sentence. The board ordered Subbiah detained in prison until his sentence expires in January 2017, when he’ll immediately be deported to his home country of Malaysia. This marks the sixth consecutive year that the board has taken the unusual step of keeping him locked up, rather than granting conditional release, a form of early freedom that is given to most imprisoned criminals. [Read more…]

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Horrifying truth of what child porn depicts – torture

Tom Flanagan’s outrageous public comments about child pornography have mostly stopped attracting mainstream media coverage, but the  horrifying truth about child pornography persists. It is everywhere around us, every day. Today, a 54-year-old woman from suburban Houston, Texas was sentenced to 25 years in prison on child pornography charges. The evidence in her case is heartbreaking. Investigators found photos of a naked, nine-year-old girl who is “related” to the woman, who was sexually abused and tortured.

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Tom Flanagan, child porn and defence of the indefensible

Some people have come to Tom Flanagan’s defence today, over his remarks about child pornography. They are misguided in supporting him, even when they attempt to contort this into a debate about free speech or academic freedom. Our history in this country, when it comes to the sexual abuse of children, is so horrendous, so appalling, that there can be no debate about whether child pornography, regardless of how or when it is consumed, is terribly damaging and worthy of jail sentences. It is one component in a continuum of exploitation and degradation. Consumers of child porn are complicit in a life-destroying criminal enterprise that has been concealed, rationalized and underreported for decades, perhaps centuries. The consumption of child pornography cannot be extracted and isolated from this continuum, to somehow insulate the consumers from the horrors done to the children captured in the images.

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The victim you know, the evil you cannot fathom

Violence against women is still largely an invisible and hidden problem yet still a significant social scourge. Many victims don’t bear scars of their abuse that are plain to see and the damage is often not easy to understand.  I know this, because my wife bears a scar I cannot see and suffered a trauma that I, as a man, can never fully understand. Before we met, she was a victim of a violent, sexually-based attack by a stranger. She has posted online at her blog an account of the horrifying incident and I’ve reproduced it here, after the jump.

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Con man Rupert spotted in Ottawa?

Colleague Don Peat at the Toronto Sun has this update today, April 14, on con man Richard Rupert:

The hunt for an alleged senior-defrauding scumbag wanted by Toronto Police may end in Ottawa.
Detectives on the trail of Richard Earl Rupert told the Sun they are eager to cast a dragnet on the Ottawa area if they can confirm a sighting of him there — a tip that Crime Stoppers originally hung up on.
Ottawa resident Marie White claims she spotted Rupert at a bar Saturday night — only to have Crime Stoppers hang up on her when she tried to report the sighting.
Det. Darlene Ross of Toronto Crime Stoppers said Tuesday she was meeting with Alternative Answers, the call centre that takes Crime Stoppers calls, to find out exactly what happened.
Rupert, 54, is wanted on a Canada-wide warrant for eight counts of fraud under $5,000, six counts of theft under $5,000, three counts of attempted fraud, robbery and breaking and entering.
The alleged fraudster first caught Toronto cops’ attention after an 81-year-old woman was mugged in November.
In January, cops tied Rupert to several alleged frauds across Canada.
Det. John Dunlop of 32 Division said Tuesday police are still trying to confirm the weekend sighting.
“I’m hoping that is confirmed and we’ll be able to intensify our search,” he said.
Dunlop said anyone else who spots Rupert should call police, either 911 or Crime Stoppers.
“The information did get forwarded and we are following up,” he said.

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Predator Richard Rupert a four-decade con man

Richard Earl Rupert (above) is a remorseless, ruthless predator with no regard for the senior citizens he tricks and swindles. Unbelievably, Rupert has been doing it for nearly four decades, archived parole records reveal. Cancrime recently obtained six years worth of records (available after the jump) for the con man that police across Canada are still hunting. The records disclose his abysmal record of failures on early release from prison after five federal penitentiary terms and they show that he has duped prison and parole authorities in the past into believing that he has remorse for his victims and that he wants to go straight.

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Fired prison manager-harasser gets new hearing

Fred Tobin, a married supervisor at a federal prison in Kingston, had an affair with a junior female employee who he then harassed. The woman was left terrified. When Tobin was convicted of criminal harassment, Corrections Canada fired him in 2004.

Five years later, they’re having a hard time keeping him fired.

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