Eleven-year-olds are sold for sex in Orange County. Help us stop it.

My son is eleven years old. He likes to play basketball. Oree Freeman was eleven when she was sex trafficked on the streets of LA and Orange County. Men bought her for sex across the street from Disneyland. Bought her through websites like Backpage or via text. They knew full well that she hadn’t hit…Continue reading Eleven-year-olds are sold for sex in Orange County. Help us stop it.

ICYMI – USA Swimming has a scandal on its hands

Last week, The Orange County Register published an excellent two-part series on the sex abuse cover-up scandal inside of USA Swimming. Some of horrific facts reporter Scott M. Reid unearthed: • Top USA Swimming executives, board members, top officials and coaches acknowledge in the documents that they were aware of sexually predatory coaches for years,…Continue reading ICYMI – USA Swimming has a scandal on its hands

The next domino falls: Rockville Center NY

The Catholic Diocese of Rockville Center, NY has announced an Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Plan. These plans, administered by Ken Feinberg and funded by the individual dioceses, aim to compensate victims for abuse.  You can read more about them in my four-part series here. Victims of sexual abuse in the Long Island Catholic diocese of…Continue reading The next domino falls: Rockville Center NY

Richard Alan Giese

Accused former All-American Boys Chorus vocal coach can be extradited, UK judge rules

A former vocal coach for Orange County’s All-American Boys Chorus—and a member of the FBI’s Most Wanted List—can be sent back to California from the UK, a judge there ruled this week. Roger Alan Giese, 42, according to KABC: has been charged with five counts of lewd acts upon a child under the age of…Continue reading Accused former All-American Boys Chorus vocal coach can be extradited, UK judge rules

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Three: A Priest Admits Abusing, Chicago Cardinal Does Nothing

<– Back to Part Two: Is There a Crook in the Diocese of Crookston? In 2014, Fr. Bruce Wellems was banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Church officials there found out that he had sexually abused a seven-year-old boy when Wellems was fifteen. Los Angeles booted him back to Chicago where he had ministered for years.…Continue reading Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part Three: A Priest Admits Abusing, Chicago Cardinal Does Nothing

Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part One: The Altoona-Johnstown Grand Jury Report

Read the Introduction to this series here. In 2016, the Pennsylvania Office of the Attorney General announced that “a statewide investigating grand jury has determined that hundreds of children were sexually abused over a period of at least 40 years by priests or religious leaders assigned to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Altoona-­Johnstown.” The two-year investigation…Continue reading Fifteen Years After Dallas, Part One: The Altoona-Johnstown Grand Jury Report

Fifteen Years After Dallas, A Seven-Part Series: Introduction

The 2002 Dallas Bishops’ Conference was a barn-burner. On the heels of the Spotlight series and scandals in dioceses across the nation, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) got together at their annual June meeting to put together “massive reforms.” Those reforms became the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People and…Continue reading Fifteen Years After Dallas, A Seven-Part Series: Introduction

Banned priest and admitted abuser slated for San Gabriel Mission award

Not fake news. They’re really doing it. And Edward James Olmos is gonna be there, too. Bruce Wellems is a problematic guy, to say the least. He’s been banned from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. He’s been removed from ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago and by the Claretian order. Last year, he was sued…Continue reading Banned priest and admitted abuser slated for San Gabriel Mission award

New lawsuit rocks Orange, LA dioceses – sex abuse, wrongful death

The problem with child sex abuse is that for the victims and their families, the pain never goes away. This month, the family of one of the alleged victims of one of Orange County’s most notorious predator priests filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the Diocese of Orange and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The…Continue reading New lawsuit rocks Orange, LA dioceses – sex abuse, wrongful death

The All-American Boys Chorus and the Cycle of Abuse

The recent lawsuit against Fr. Richard T. Coughlin, The All-American Boys Chorus, and the Diocese of Orange has sparked a flurry of conversation and controversy online. Why? A whole generation of kids was destroyed by Coughlin. And of course, a lot of people were quick to defend the chorus and say, “Things are different now.”…Continue reading The All-American Boys Chorus and the Cycle of Abuse

California outlaws secret abuse settlements, hidden evidence

The era of secret child sex abuse settlements in California is over. I am usually quick to beat up on California Governor Jerry Brown for his poor record on protecting institutions who cover-up child sex abuse. But a new law enacted January 1, 2017, slipped under my radar— and organizations who harbor men and women who…Continue reading California outlaws secret abuse settlements, hidden evidence

San Diego parishioners kept in the dark about sexual assault

For the second time in four years, a San Diego priest credibly accused (and later criminally charged) with sexual assault was allowed to stay in a parish while parishioners were kept in the dark. Apparently, Bishop Robert McElroy doesn’t think that’s a big deal. He’s wrong. Priest charged under Minnesota Law Fr. Jacob Andrew Bertrand is…Continue reading San Diego parishioners kept in the dark about sexual assault

House of Representatives introduces SOL reform bill

Back in December, I wrote about a US Senate bill that that would give states money if they enacted legislation that extended or eliminated unexpired statutes of limitation for child sexual abuse. Now, the House of Representatives has put together a bipartisan bill that “harmonizes the statute of limitations for sex abuse victims and sex trafficking…Continue reading House of Representatives introduces SOL reform bill

Mater Dei: Loving abusers and cover-up after all these years.

As I stated in my previous post, little has changed in the Diocese of Orange since 2005, when church officials settled sex abuse and cover-up lawsuits with 87 child victims. I’d thought I share a little Facebook proof with you. Now I will admit, I have been sitting on this information for a while. The…Continue reading Mater Dei: Loving abusers and cover-up after all these years.