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Category: violence against women

Augusta girl, 17, launches app designed to combat sexual violence

Augusta, Ga. – An Augusta-Richmond County teen girl has launched an app that is actually very important.

Anika Kablan, 17, of Augusta, Ga., officially launched an app called Recoup Incorporated this week. The app, which is designed to combat sexual violence, is available on the IPad.

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Man booby traps door in deliberate attempt to murder wife

Palm Coast, Fla. – A man booby trapped the front door to his residence in an attempt to murder his pregnant wife via electrocution.

Officers with the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office were called to the scene by the father of the wife after worrying statements 32-year-old Michael Scott made.

The wife’s father overheard Mr. Scott that only his wife use that door and told the kids not to do so, because he “did not want them to get hurt”.

When they arrived, officers noticed suspicious burn marks alongside portions of the front door and appeared to be barricaded in such a manner. One officer kicked in the door and found an electrical device hooked up to the top lock and lower door handle, with all of it hooked up to an electrical outlet on the inside of the residence.

Officers noted one set of electrical wiring appeared to be a cord that had been cut from a lamp’s electrical bulb used for a lamp in a nearby bedroom. The cord had circular switch for easy on and off power and had the cut end of wiring wrapped into the doors locking features. The other end still had the wall outlet plug adapter affixed as seen on a standard electrical cord, officers added.

By then, officers knew it was Mr. Scott who booby trapped the door in a manner similar to how Problem Child’s Junior rigged a ringer on the door to electrocute LaWanda in Problem Child 2 – in a deliberate attempt to injure or kill anyone who opened the front door.

Officers listed these following items used to booby trap the door:

• two normal chairs
• one high chair
• shower type rod
• electrical cords
• wiring
• a battery charger with clamps

Additionally, Mr. Scott stole a concealed firearm from the residence belonging to the victim or her father, officers noted.

There were no injuries.

“This is one of the most bizarre domestic violence cases I have seen in my career,” said Flagler County Sheriff Rick Staly in a Facebook wall post. “Not only did this man plan to electrocute his wife, but he could have injured a deputy or any person attempting to enter this residence.”

Mr. Scott was captured in Knoxville, Tenn. and was held for extradition to Bunnell, Fla. on charges of attempted aggravated murder, attempted battery on a pregnant person and possession of a stolen firearm, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports. All of the charges are Class A felonies.


Woman stabbed to death by “friend zoned” roommate – whose father was a killer himself – in South Florida

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West Palm Beach, Fla. — The apple certainly did not fall far from the tree here.

A 24-year-old Palm Beach County man is jailed on capital murder charges after stabbing his soon-to-be ex-roommate to death after she told him she was moving back to suburban Wilkes-Barre, Pa. to be with her boyfriend. Read the rest of this entry »

Former UFC fighter convicted on all but five charges in near-fatal assault on sex worker


Las Vegas — A former Ultimate Fighter was convicted of the near-fatal assaulting his then-girlfriend, who is also a sex worker.

Jonathan Koppenhaver was convicted on all but five charges in the rape and assault of Christy Mack 31 months ago. The duo dated while he was still a UFC fighter. Read the rest of this entry »

Local gun extremist who supported guns in educational institutions resigns after indictment on domestic violence charge


Rainbow Falls — Gun extremist Chris Corley, who supported guns in schools and colleges, has resigned in disgrace tonight.

Jay Lucas, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, sent a letter to WJBF-DT News Channel 6.

“I have received and accepted Representative Chris Corley’s letter of resignation. The South Carolina Constitution clearly states that the House of Representatives has the sole authority to expel one of its members for disorderly conduct. Even though I prepared a resolution calling for his removal, I am grateful that the House did not have to take such extraordinary measures and expel Rep. Corley from this Institution.”

The South Carolina Election Commission says the tentative schedule for the special election is as follows:

  • Filing for District 84 House Representatives candidates will open at high noon on Friday, February 10.
  • Filing closes at noon 11 days later (on Tuesday, February 21).
  • If a Primary Election needs to be held it would be on April 11.
  • If Run-off is necessary it would be held on April 25.
  • The Special Election will tentatively be held on May 30.

As you may well know, Corley was arrested for first-degree criminal domestic violence. He is among the first people in the state to be indicted on the new charge since it was created on July 1, 2016.

The Cumbee Center to Assist Abused Persons wanted Corley expelled.

Corley’s next court date is Friday, March 3. He faces over 20 years in jail without the possibility of parole if convicted of all charges.

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

Horry County conservative pleads guilty to sexual assault

Surfside Beach — An Horry County conservative who resigned from the state House of Representatives in disgrace 13 months ago has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a woman.

Nelson Hardwick, a conservative GOP politician, pleaded guilty on November 18 to third degree criminal sexual conduct.

However, he as given a slap on the wrist: a $300.00 fine.

Hardwick sexually assaulted a young pager who was employed by him via luring her to his office, according to indictment papers. He resigned in disgrace shortly thereafter.

WJBF-DT News Channel 6

Get ready to be enraged: York nudist Jeannie Jonas will have spent more time in jail than rapist Brock Turner when he is released on September 2

SACRAMENTO — Rapist Brock Turner will be released from jail on Friday.

Mr. Turner, for those unfamiliar with Twitter, MySpace, Facebook and Instagram, was sentenced to jail on June 2 after a March 25 conviction on three rape charges after he raped an unconscious woman in an alley at Stanford University.

Mr. Turner will be released after spending just 89 days in jail. His sentence began on Monday, June 5.

That is less than half of the 183-day jail term Mr. Turner was handed by rape enabling judge Aaron Persky, 54, who is facing a recall election on November 8 over his sentencing in this case.

By comparison, York nudist Jeannie Jonas, now 57, convicted of Mickey Mouse “indecent exposure” charges after an ultraconservative Muslim male neighbor was “offended” by her cutting her grass while legally topless, spent 90 days in jail from January to April 2015.

The extremely light sentence ignited a new bill, now on the desk of Governor Jerry Brown (D), that would prohibit judges or prosecutors from seeking jail sentences of less than three years in cases of rape or sexual assault. That bill also eliminates probation as an option in such cases. Aiken Area Progressive has not taken a position on this bill.

Gov. Brown has vowed to anti-rape advocates that he will sign the bill.

Look at these two cases and prepare to be outraged.

Here are the mugshots of Brock Turner law enforcement didn’t want you to see

Santa Clara, Calif. — It took a while, but after #NoMugshot trended on Twitter in light of the rape conviction of Brock Turner, two were delivered after 16 months.

Amelia McDonell-Parry, the editor-in-chief of the Frisky and a contributor to the Investigation Discovery (ID) blog, tore apart the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department and the Stanford University Department of Public Safety for not posting the mug when he was arrested on January 18, 2015 for raping a co-ed.

AMP wrote:

As I was researching this article, I noticed that none of the news articles about the case were accompanied by Brock Turner’s mugshot, instead using photos of him provided by Stanford University, culled from Turner’s social-media profiles, or pictures taken during trial. Digging a little deeper, I was surprised to discover that Brock Turner’s mug shot does not exist online at all, and seemingly was never released to the public by either the Stanford University Department of Public Safety, which arrested Turner; or the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Department, which booked him. (Others have noticed this as well, using the hashtag #NoMugShot on Twitter.) Given that Turner was not underage at the time of his arrest, and was subsequently charged and prosecuted, it’s unusual that his mug shot photo has never been made public.

It’s unclear why Brock Turner’s mug shot has been withheld for the last 16+ months since his arrest. But the investigation is over now, and he has been charged, prosecuted, and found guilty of the crimes he was arrested for, and in theory, any such exemption no longer applies.

Anyways, they relented about 17:00 EDT Monday and released a duo of mugshots. The one on the left is from Sunday, January 18, 2015. The one on the right is from Thursday, June 2.

ID Crimefeed

Local military serviceman hit with child molestation charges


Grovetown, Ga. — A Fort Gordon US Army Sargent was arrested for molesting a Clemson area girl inside of his residence.

Officers from the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office said that the victim ran away from her home in the Greater Clemson area recently. The suspect had been communicating with the victim online, although officers declined to reveal which social media outlet they were communicating on.

Officers spotted the victim in the laundry room of the suspect’s apartment.

The victim was returned to the custody of her parents on Wednesday.

Army Sgt. Christopher Thomas Muse, 31, was arrested by the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and is charged with child molestation and interstate interference with custody.

Mr. Muse is at the Columbia County Jail in Evans.  He could also be court-martialed by the military on the molestation charge.

WSPA News Channel 7

Five Upstate pupils – four of them girls – arrested for rape and child porn


Greer — Five pupils from Upstate middle schools have been arrested for numerous sex offenses involving an aggravated rape.

Four of the arrested pupils are girls, and they are slated to graduate from Riverside Middle School in Greenville in less than a week and a half.

The fifth pupil, a boy, is slated to graduate from Ralph Chandler Middle in Greer in the same time frame.

Greer Police Office deputies said that Wednesday’s arrests are in relation to a kiddie pornography investigation that has been ongoing for quite sometime. The Greer Police Office is the lead investigating agency in this case.

The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office and the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Department are also assisting the Greer Police Office.

All three law enforcement agencies say an intoxicated girl, a Riverside High School pupil, was raped at a home in Simpsonville over the weekend.

The incident was streamed over Apple’s FaceTime app with one of the four girls behind the camera and that was recorded.

The girls had the video on their phones.

Police say the video was spread through IMessage and standard smartphone texts.

The Greenville County Schools Board suspended all five pupils indefinitely immediately after the arrests and all of them are recommended for expulsion from their respective schools.

Police say that ten IPhones and Android phones were confiscated for forensic tests.

They’ve also taken statements from at five dozen pupils at Riverside MS, where the majority of the arrestees attended.

The quintet are all charged with distribution of child pornography. The boy is also charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor.

More charges against the five are likely.

Here’s a statement from Greenville County Schools:

Four students from Riverside Middle School have been charged by Greer Police Office with Possession of Child Pornography. The four students have been suspended and will be recommended for expulsion.

According to the Greer Police report, an alleged sexual assault occurred on Saturday, May 14th at a private residence in Greenville County. A FaceTime call was made from the residence by several students. The student who received the call recorded it and later sent the video to others.

On Monday May 16th, some students at Riverside Middle began showing the video to other students. One student saw the video and reported it to a school official.

The parents of any students who we are aware were directly exposed to the images or video have been contacted, and those students have received counseling and support from our school counselors and staff. Support services will continue to be available to any students who indicate they have a need.

This is a difficult and complex issue for our school community to process. We encourage parents to discuss with their children the importance of internet safety.

The names of the arrestees, all of whom are fourteen years old, have not been released at this time.

WSPA-HD News Channel 7
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Spartanburg Herald Journal

Violence against women in Estill: Man booked on murder one charges

Estill — A man was arrested for a Tuesday morning murder of a woman in this central Hampton County town.

According to the Estill Police Office (EPO) report, a woman in her 20s was shot at a residence on GRAYSON STREET intersecting LAWTON AVENUE early Tuesday morning. She was taken to the Hampton Regional Medical Center in Varnville, where she died on arrival from the gunshot wound.

Gregory Sanders Jr. was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with first degree murder. He’ll be arraigned on those charges today.

Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

Where were your angry voices when a Presidential candidate suggested that women who don’t want to be raped shouldn’t go to parties?

Where were you when yet another woman was killed by her abusive husband? When a mother was beaten repeatedly. When the “system” that is supposed to protect her allows her violent husband to keep his gun, which he then uses to kill her and her children? Where has your concern been for the 3 women murdered every day by their intimate partner?

Where were your petitions? Where was your concern? WHY AREN’T YOU SHOUTING ABOUT THESE THINGS???

When a state legislator in Tennessee is ordered by the TN Attorney General to stay away from women at work because he is a danger to them?

When a court rules that oral sex is not rape if the victim is unconscious from drinking?

When actual real life Congressmen claimed that rape victims can’t get pregnant because their body “will shut that down.”

Where were you when a child was killed after walking home from buying Skittles? When his murderer was acquitted and went on to make assault two different girlfriends and threaten them with his gun. That he’s still allowed to own.

Where were you when these children were killed? Because I didn’t hear any of you then. I didn’t hear a whole lot of yelling and hand wringing for these children who were mowed down by white male outrage and misguided fear.

Read more: Your Silence Is Deafening: An Open Letter To the Target Boycotters

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