April 17, 2014 |
A Woodbury Board of Education member who resigned from the post abruptly this year did so after, according to court records, he was charged with giving two minors unspecified medication. Curtis Campbell, 43, was arrested Feb. 24 and charged with distributing prescription drugs to two unidentified minors, child endangerment, and child abuse relating to the drug disbursement, according to complaints filed by the Woodbury Police Department and provided by the Gloucester County Prosecutor's Office.
April 4, 2014 |
JUST 3 1/2 HOURS into its first full day of deliberations, a Philadelphia jury convicted a former public-school teacher yesterday of raping his daughter over an eight-year span. Sumo Dukulah, 40, showed no reaction when the jury foreman announced "guilty" to all the charges Dukulah faced: rape, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, unlawful contact with a minor, rape of a child, child endangerment and corruption of a minor. Dukulah, who taught at L.P. Hill Elementary School in Strawberry Mansion when he was arrested last April, faces a mandatory minimum of 10 to 20 years in state prison when he is sentenced by Common Pleas Judge Gwendolyn Bright on Aug. 29. He also faces the possibility of receiving a maximum sentence of 64 to 128 years, Assistant District Attorney Branwen McNabb said.
March 27, 2014 |
THERE'S NO QUESTION that Joseph Zysk landed the liver-lacerating blows that led to 3-year-old Jason Larkin's death by blunt-force trauma and internal bleeding Jan. 15, 2011. The question for the Philadelphia jury that began hearing evidence in Zysk's trial yesterday is whether he committed third-degree murder or involuntary manslaughter. Zysk, 30, dressed in a blue suit, appeared pensive and often gazed down at the defense table while listening to opening arguments, during which his attorney and the prosecutor agreed that what he did to his former girlfriend's child was horrific.
January 24, 2014 |
COMMON PLEAS Judge M. Teresa Sarmina, who has made headlines and stirred controversy with her rulings in criminal court, has been transferred to civil court. Sarmina, who has been on the state bench since 1998, begins her new assignment Monday. She is on vacation and was not available for comment, her office said. Sarmina, 61, requested the transfer, according to Common Pleas Administrative Judge John Herron. She became one of the city's highest-profile judges when she presided over a number of headline-grabbing cases.
January 5, 2014 |
THE ARCHDIOCESE of Philadelphia for the first time yesterday confirmed that it paid the $25,000 needed to bail out Monsignor William Lynn so that he could be released from state prison while prosecutors appeal his recently overturned conviction for child endangerment. In a statement yesterday, Archbishop Charles Chaput said the decision to provide the $25,000, or 10 percent of Lynn's $250,000 bail, was made at "my direction. " "Monsignor Lynn remains on administrative leave," Chaput said.
December 31, 2013 |
DISTRICT ATTORNEY Seth Williams is taking an appeals-court ruling to the state Supreme Court in attempt to keep Monsignor William Lynn behind bars. But Lynn - whose felony child-endangerment conviction was overturned in state Superior Court last week - could walk free any day this week by posting 10 percent of $250,000 bail, which was granted yesterday by Common Pleas Judge M. Teresa Sarmina. "We can say with great confidence that the way the Superior Court read this law is not how this law is supposed to work," Williams said during a news conference yesterday.
December 30, 2013 |
PHILADELPHIA Prosecuting Msgr. William J. Lynn was never going to be an open-and-shut case. As far back as 2005, after scores of alleged victims told a grand jury about being abused by Philadelphia-area priests, prosecutors were divided over whether criminal charges would stick against the archdiocese's former secretary for clergy. "Every prosecutor who looked at it could say, factually, these guys were endangering children," said Will Spade, an assistant district attorney at the time.
December 28, 2013 |
Advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse said Thursday that the dismissal of Msgr. William Lynn's conviction on child-endangerment charges was nothing short of a travesty of justice. "What a disgrace," Marita Green, president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Voice of the Faithful, a group of activist Catholics, said in a statement. "I don't care whose 'orders' Lynn followed, whether [Cardinals] Bevilaqua's, Krol's, or even O'Hara's. It is appalling that the laws in the state of Pennsylvania have been so ineffective that none of these enablers, facilitators, and cover-upers have gone to jail.
November 2, 2013 |
Police have arrested on child-endangerment charges two Upper Darby women who they say kept two young boys barricaded in a roach-infested house. The boys, ages 8 and 9, had not been to school in months, had no clean clothing, and had not eaten in about two days, Police Superintendent Michael Chitwood said Thursday. They could not tell police where they were or even their own names. Chitwood said Delaware County Children and Youth Services workers had visited the home, on the 8000 block of Lennox Road, at least a half-dozen times in recent months, and no one answered the door.