Category Archives: criminal youth

Burch Middle School: Mandatory Reporting Failure

After all of the publicity surrounding the Steubenville case, it is hard to comprehend that ANYONE in their right mind would attempt to protect their own when it comes to sexual abuse allegations within a school system.  That is exactly what is happening in Delbarton, WV by school administration at Burch Middle School.

On Thursday West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrissey filed an injunction against several employees at Burch Middle School and the Mingo County Board of Education seeking injunctive relief based on allegations of sexual abuse by two juvenile boys who are alleged to be related to school administrators, as well as  civil rights violations against the victims.  The complaint seeks to prevent the school administration and teachers from preventing or interfering with the criminal investigation and Human Rights Commission investigation into the sexual assault allegations.

On Friday a statement was issued by school administrators which read:

“We are aware of the complaint that has been filed in the Circuit Court of Mingo County. Once the county has been formally served, we will respond accordingly. Mingo County Schools takes student safety seriously and remains committed to providing a secure environmental for all students.”

Tweeting Sexual Pictures

We all realize that kids do stupid things.  They are kids, but bring social media into the mix and it can have disastrous effects.  I don’t think anyone here is going to argue about the long-lasting effects that social media can have on someone’s life.   A 16-year old Stow, Ohio high school boy is facing a felony charge after he took a picture of himself and a female classmate engaged in a sex act and posted it to Twitter.  According to a police report, the 16-year old student took a photo of himself while engaged in a sex act with a 14-year old female student.  He texted the photo to three of his friends and then tweeted it.  He removed it from Twitter approximately 10-15 minutes later, but by that time it was too late.  Once it hit Twitter it was seen by countless people who circulated it around the school.

A student told a teacher about the photo that was circulating, and the school contacted police.  The 16-year old is now facing a second degree felony for pandering obscenity involving a minor and a misdemeanor charge of  telecommunications harassment.  Again, I cannot stress enough the importance of having “that talk” with your kids about the use of social media and what is considered proper use of the internet.

Collateral Damage

I watched the “Nodi Wylin About a Dead Girl” video today and it took nearly an hour to finish listening to it.  It was a very painful 12 minutes 29 seconds.  The content of the video was just THAT horrible.  Almost two months ago when I first started writing about the Steubenville case, I detailed how shocked and upset I was at the tweets that I discovered.  Reading those tweets was a walk in the park compared to actually hearing the filth roll off of another human being’s tongue about the events of that night.  I cannot imagine if Nodi were my son or my brother, but I can feel compassion and sorrow for his family — unlike the lack of emotion he showed for the victim.  I cannot imagine the humiliation and shame that his actions have brought upon his family – who are also innocent victims.  They did not ask for this shame.  Many lives were forever changed that night by the actions of all of those involved.

I think what most find disturbing is the lack of empathy and compassion from so many of those who witnessed the brutality.  What kind of  person stands by and watches gleefully as another is violated and publicly humiliated?   There are so many questions and it is my hope, and has always been my motivation that those questions somehow be answered.

Mallory Owens Beating Not a Hate Crime

I first became aware of the Mallory Owens case on the Justice for Mallory Facebook page.  The page contained graphic photographs of the victim after she had been beaten while attending Thanksgiving dinner at her girlfriend’s home in Mobile, AL.   She suffered multiple skull fractures and crushed bones.  Her attacker?  Her girlfriend’s brother, 18-year-old Travis Hawkins Jr.

Hawkins was arrested on  second degree assault charges.  Initially, it was reported that Travis beat Mallory Owens because she is gay but Mallory is now stating to the media that it was not a hate crime.   Alabama does not consider sexual orientation a hate crime – perhaps they should.  Everyone else does.

Mallory was released from the hospital yesterday and has returned to the Hawkins’ home.   Regardless of whether the attack was spurned because of her sexual orientation or not, one has to ask what kind of man beats a woman to the extent that Travis Hawkins beat Mallory?  It is alleged that his family stood by and did nothing as he beat her.  What type of person stands by as another human is violated and does nothing?   Wait…don’t answer that.  It happens far too often in our society.

Petition for Travis Hawkins to be tried for attempted murder here:  http://www.change.org/petitions/mobile-county-alabama-prosecutor-bring-travis-hawkins-jr-to-justice?utm_campaign=autopublish&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition&utm_term=6826624

Arrest Made in Jessica Ridgeway Murder

Jessica Ridgeway, 10-years old went missing from her Westminster, Colorado home on after leaving her house to go meet a

friend.  She never returned home but was found many miles away from her home in an open space park – her remains left in a garbage bag.  Law enforcement had released a photo of a wooden cross pendent that was found at the crime scene, and days later announced that an attempted attack at a nearby park on Memorial Day weekend was definitely connected to the case, but would not go into details as to what that connection was.

Austin Reed Sigg, 17, was arrested for Jessica’s murder and he made his first court appearance on Thursday.  He was ordered held without bail, pending his next court appearance when prosecutors will ask that he be tried as an adult, however due to his age they will not seek the death penalty.

Authorities have DNA evidence linking the teen  to Jessica’s murder.  Sigg was arrested 18 days after Ridgeway disappeared on her way to school  after his mother called police and he turned himself in.   Sigg is being described as a loner by those who knew him and he was interested in mortuary science.

These types of cases make one wonder what is happening in our world.  Has it always been this dangerous or are we more apt to hear about all of the atrocities of our world because we can get information in real time?  Whatever the case may be, I am glad that her murderer has been caught and is off the streets.

 

 

 

Wheeling Park Student Arrested

On Thursday, Wheeling Park High School senior, Cody Brautigam was arrested at the school’s campus for allegations that he sexually assaulted two girls younger than 10 years old.  He was booked into the Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of first-degree sexual abuse.  He is being held on $100,000 bond.

The Wheeling Intelligencer reported:

According to a police report, a 9-year-old girl told a sexual assault counselor earlier this month that Brautigam engaged in sexual behavior with her at the girl’s home in July. The girl said Brautigam illegally touched and kissed her, sometimes while both were undressed, according to the report.

The following day, an 8-year-old girl told the counselor that Brautigam on multiple occasions pulled her by her hair into a room, where he sexually assaulted her. Those alleged crimes occurred around the same time as those involving Brautigam’s other accuser, the police report states.

Teens Savagely Beat Disabled Woman

Three Pennsylvania teens are currently in police custody waiting to be charged as adults for aggravated assault and other related offenses while the other three are supposed to turn themselves in. On Monday or Tuesday night, the six teens viciously attacked and beat a 48-year old mentally disabled woman while one of them used her cell phone to record the assault. They then posted the video on Facebook; obviously more dumb teens believing that it was cool to brag about criminal behavior. Thankfully, it caught the attention of a local parent who reported it to police. Without the information being reported by the parent, police Commissioner Joseph Bail said that the crime could have gone unnoticed. In a way, I am glad these girls are dumb as rocks, otherwise no one would have known about the attack because the victim did not report it to police.

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We Didn’t Know What Rape Was

MARK COLE:

Mark Cole II, 17, said the victim was leaving one house and was so intoxicated she could barely walk.

“She wasn’t capable of walking on her own and was stumbling as walking,” Cole said.

Cole said he shot a video of sexual conduct in his car between Mays and the victim as they were driving to Cole’s house. Cole said he later deleted the video from his phone.

He said, at his house, Mays attempted to get the victim to perform oral sex on Mays.

Cole said it “wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault. He said he didn’t believe it was necessary to call his mother, who wasn’t at home, another adult or the police.

Cole did say the victim wasn’t moving at his house when the sexual assault took place.

He said Richmond was lying beside her with his hands around her groin area but couldn’t tell if Richmond was sexually touching the victim. He said he didn’t intervene because he didn’t at any time see the conduct by the defendants as “forceful.”  Source:  Mark Law, Herald Star

While on the stand Mark Cole incriminated himself.  Filming or photographing a nude minor is the manufacture of child pornography under the state laws of Ohio and under federal law.  Yet he remains AT LARGE.   Mark Cole’s claims that it wasn’t his place to determine if there was a sexual assault are despicable.  Did his parents do that piss poor of a job raising him that he doesn’t know that a comatose female does not have the ability to consent and that DECENT men do not take advantage of females who are passed out?   Historically, men who have sex with women who are comatose are charged with RAPE.  Surely, someone who RECORDED VIDEO of what is legally considered child porn would KNOW that if someone cannot say NO — that means it is rape!  Right?  Would he let someone have sex with a female relative if they were incapacitated?  In his world, it’s not rape according to his skewed thought process?   The state said the video had been deleted, could not be retrieved and that because of that, Mark Cole was not facing charges even though he ADMITTED UNDER OATH that he recorded what amounts to child porn.  Hmmm, how’s that happen unless a deal has been offered?

EVAN WESTLAKE:  Poor Evan was also so scared and “stunned” about what was happening that he had to pause for a moment to post to social media, and upload a video on Youtube.  How about on his way to Mark Cole’s house?  Was he scared and stunned while his friend was videotaping sex acts involving the victim?  Didn’t he know then that this was wrong?  How stunned was he when he uploaded  video to his Youtube account in which Michael Nodianos gave a play by play of what was happening?  Was he also documenting this in case the victim forgot and needed to be reminded of what had happened to her?  These are guys that you want to leave your teenage daughters alone with, right?  These are guys that you should be applauding as they rush across the field, right?

Evan Westlake, 17, said he was at Cole’s house and was getting ready to leave when he saw the victim naked on her side. He said the victim wasn’t moving.

Westlake said Richmond was beside her and performing a sexual act and Mays was smacking his penis off her side.

When asked why he didn’t help, Westlake said, “I was stunned with what I saw. I wanted to get out of there. I didn’t know what to do.”

What did Evan Westlake do? He was SO STUNNED with what he saw that HE MADE A VIDEO and posted it on youtube featuring his good pal, Michael Nodianos aka Nodi yapping about a “dead girl”.   She was so incapacitated that they referred to her as “the dead body” or the dead girl.

 

He was so stunned that he took to Twitter to tell all of his pals how upset he was.  He and  Nodianos were obviously beside themselves with fear and confusion.  I bet they were shaking so hard they had to console each other because it was just so horrifying. They quickly got over their fear and confusion about what was happening and created youtube videos instead.

 

ANTHONY CRAIG:   Here’s another standup guy who took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening, even though he tweeted to Trent Mays that “Chris Hanson” was his worst nightmare.  We all know who Chris Hanson is.  Did Anthony Craig think that Chris Hanson would understand that photos have to be taken of comatose victims – you know…just in case they don’t remember anything or was it because the videos involved an underage girl who was nude and being sexually assaulted?   Anthony Craig thought better of reminding the victim.  Instead, he deleted the evidence from his cellphone.  How come?  It was important to remind the rape victim what happened according to his testimony.    Did you have a change of heart, Anthony?

Anthony Craig, 18, said he could see the victim getting more drunk throughout the night.

“Just the way she handled herself and was walking and talking to people,” Craig said.

He said he went to Cole’s house where Cole showed him a video of what happened in Cole’s car.

Craig, who admitted to having a relationship with the victim, said he saw the victim naked in Cole’s basement. He said he saw Richmond laying beside her but couldn’t tell what Richmond was doing. He said Mays was smacking his penis off her side.

Craig said the victim was not responsive or participating.

Craig said he tried to tell Mays, his best friend, to stop it, and told him not to do anything he will regret.

Craig said Mays told him, “It is all right … don’t worry.”

When asked how it feels to testify against his friend, Craig said. “It kills me.”

Craig said he took a picture of the incident in case the victim didn’t know what was happening. He said he later deleted the picture from his cell phone.

Craig testified Mays sent him a naked picture of the victim the next day.

Just color me disgusted.  I’m ashamed to have to share my oxygen with SUPERSTARS like them.

Author note:  I have turned off comments to all Steubenville articles at this time but am leaving the posts up so that this crime does not go unforgotten!