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August 11, 2013 | By Joseph A. Slobodzian, Inquirer Staff Writer
Pennsylvania's Superior Court has set Sept. 17 for oral arguments on the appeal by Msgr. William J. Lynn, convicted last year of child endangerment for his role supervising Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children. A letter setting the date was filed Monday by the intermediate court for criminal and civil appeals. The hearing will be in Philadelphia before a three-judge panel. Lynn's conviction was a landmark: He became the first church official criminally charged for his role supervising Catholic priests accused of child sexual abuse.
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October 9, 2013 | By Sulaiman Abdur-Rahman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Chalfont couple have lost custody of their children and are awaiting a criminal trial on child-endangerment charges after their 1-year-old son became sick from ingesting drugs, authorities said. Steven Aprigliano, 48, and Jennifer Jackson, 32, are also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia after Bucks County detectives raided their Butler Avenue home and found baggies that were allegedly used to transport heroin, according to court documents. The child-endangerment charges accuse the parents of exposing their 1-year-old and 5-year-old boys to opiates.
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December 9, 2004 | By John Shiffman INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
A Camden County math teacher who shot nude pictures of a Philadelphia teenager - and was arrested after he tried to develop them at a drugstore - pleaded guilty yesterday to child endangerment. Under a plea agreement, Kim J. Carlos, 49, is to be sentenced to three years in prison with no chance of parole. He is barred from holding any public job and must register as a sex offender. Carlos met the 15-year-old boy at a Center City coffee shop in May 2003, lured the teenager to his home in Laurel Springs, and snapped three nude photographs, officials said.
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July 20, 2011 | By Allison Steele, Inquirer Staff Writer
A 16-year-old mother from West Philadelphia faces charges of child endangerment after her infant son nearly drowned in a bathtub Sunday, police said. The 7-month-old baby was admitted to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia in critical condition around 10 p.m. Sunday. He remained hospitalized Tuesday, police said. Police did not release the name of the mother because she is a minor. The teenager told police she was bathing her son and left the room briefly to get a towel from the basement, at least one story down.
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January 20, 2012 | By Bonnie L. Cook, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Lansdale mother of three was arrested and charged with child endangerment Sunday after two of her children, ages 5 and 8, wandered into a Kulpsville restaurant cold, hungry, and begging for something to drink. The next day, the woman allegedly was involved in a hit-and-run accident in Lansdale, and on Wednesday, she was arrested again. She was held in the Montgomery County prison on DUI and other charges, with bail set at $25,000. Staffers at Pudge's Steaks & Hoagies, 1555 Sumneytown Pike, reported the two lost children to Towamencin Township police about noon Sunday, according to Chief Paul T. Dickinson.
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November 2, 2013 | By Julie Zauzmer, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 31, 2001 | By Brendan January INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
A state Superior Court judge has agreed that a Cherry Hill couple should be tried separately on charges of child endangerment, prostitution and witness tampering in a case that grew out of an investigation into the 1998 death of a 3-year-old girl in their backyard pool. Dorina Pizio, 51, and her boyfriend, Martin Hunsinger, 54, were playing host to a Memorial Day party when Samantha Wand drowned. Samantha's father, Michael Wand, was smoking a hallucinogen, PCP, and pleaded guilty in June 2000 to endangering her welfare.
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March 28, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state Superior Court panel upheld this week the prison sentences of a Catholic priest and former parochial-school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from Northeast Philadelphia. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero, a former St. Jerome teacher, were sentenced by a Common Pleas Court judge in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s. Their lawyers appealed, contending prosecutorial misconduct and citing new evidence. Engelhardt died Nov. 15, 2014, just weeks after his appeal was heard.
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March 24, 2013
LOWER TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Authorities say seven juveniles and an adult face charges stemming from the alleged sexual assault of a youth during an outdoor gathering last week. Some of those charged drank alcohol during the March 15 gathering in the woods in Lower Township, Cape May County prosecutors told the Press of Atlantic City. The victim was treated at a hospital after being sexually assaulted and physically abused, but details about the alleged victim and attack were not disclosed.
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March 28, 2015 | By Matt Gelb, Inquirer Staff Writer
A state Superior Court panel upheld this week the prison sentences of a Catholic priest and former parochial-school teacher convicted of sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy from Northeast Philadelphia. The Rev. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero, a former St. Jerome teacher, were sentenced by a Common Pleas Court judge in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s. Their lawyers appealed, contending prosecutorial misconduct and citing new evidence. Engelhardt died Nov. 15, 2014, just weeks after his appeal was heard.
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February 6, 2015
WHEN Hillary Clinton repeated the old adage that it takes a village to raise a child, a lot of people criticized her for promoting a vaguely socialist philosophy. Many were disturbed by the idea that children could be viewed as communal property, and blamed Clinton for undermining the rights of parents to raise their own progeny as they - and not the village elders - saw fit. At the time, I found the whole controversy a bit comical. Having spent a good part of my own childhood with my maternal grandparents, I was used to being thwacked on the rear by Mike and Mamie's Italian neighbors when I got mouthy, or being escorted back to their front door and ratted out by the nosy Spillane sisters.
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January 28, 2015 | By Robert Moran, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Delaware County couple were charged with child endangerment after their 1-month-old daughter's face was partially eaten by the family's pet ferrets last week. Burnie J. Fraim, 42, and Jessica L. Benales, 24, were each charged Saturday with five counts of endangering the welfare of children - a count apiece for the five children who lived in their Darby Borough home, court records show. The couple could not post their $100,000 bail and were being held Monday night at the Delaware County prison, court records show.
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January 18, 2015 | By Jeremy Roebuck, Inquirer Staff Writer
A West Philadelphia man who told police he accidentally beat his infant son to death while trying to punch the family dog was sentenced to 20 to 40 years in prison Friday. Samuel N. Cabrera, 29, dropped his head to the defense table and cried as his punishment was announced. He said nothing when given his chance to address the court. Judge Sandy L.V. Byrd also had harsh words for the child's mother, Jennifer Wycoff, who was sitting in the courtroom, and the prosecutors who decided not to charge her with a crime.
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January 15, 2015 | By Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writer
Four preteen boys gave graphic testimony Tuesday about their football coach repeatedly sexually assaulting them in his North Philadelphia home. The youths echoed testimony earlier in the week against Leon Watson, 25, who coached the Little Vicks and Rhawnhurst Raiders. One of the boys, an 11-year-old wide receiver for the Vicks, told the Common Pleas Court jury about when he was assaulted last year in Watson's home in the 2400 block of West Diamond Street. The boy said he had been suspended from school for fighting and had gone to Watson's home because his mother could not take care of him during the day. While he watched television with Watson, the coach began fondling him, the youth said.
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November 20, 2014 | By Amy Worden, Inquirer Harrisburg Bureau
HARRISBURG - A Philadelphia prosecutor asked the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Tuesday to reinstate the historic child-endangerment conviction against Msgr. William J. Lynn, former secretary for clergy for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "He had a duty to protect children from priests, and he protected priests," said Hugh Burns, chief of the District Attorney's Office appellate unit. But Lynn's attorney, Thomas Bergstrom, said the monsignor could not be held responsible for a priest's sexual abuse of a child because the law at the time did not recognize him as a supervisor.
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October 30, 2014 | By Maria Panaritis, Inquirer Staff Writer
Citing newly discovered evidence and errors made at trial, lawyers for a Catholic priest and a former parochial-school teacher jailed for sexually abusing a 10-year-old altar boy made their case to an appellate panel Tuesday for overturning the men's convictions. Attorneys Burton A. Rose, representing former St. Jerome teacher Bernard Shero, and Michael McGovern, representing the Rev. Charles Engelhardt, alleged prosecutorial misconduct and "abuse of discretion on the part of the trial judge" who sentenced the men to prison terms in June 2013 for abuse that occurred in the late 1990s.
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July 20, 2014 | By Michael Boren, Inquirer Staff Writer
Charles Reilly was a middle school art teacher and two-term councilman in Pine Hill, a trusted figure in the borough of nearly 11,000 residents. So when a 14-year-old boy told police that Reilly - his favorite teacher - had talked to him in a sexually inappropriate manner, there was backlash. Some residents accused the boy of lying. Online "trolls," as his parents called them, later did the same. But as other students came forward, Reilly's facade of trust began to crumble.
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June 13, 2014 | BY MORGAN ZALOT, Daily News Staff Writer zalotm@phillynews.com, 215-854-5928
IN A 2008 interview, piano teacher Anton Fomin described his work: "Teaching is like playing piano with my students' hands. It's very gratifying and satisfying. " Yesterday, Fomin, 44, was charged with sexually abusing three 6-year-old pupils, Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan said. The instructor is accused of using his position at the Malvern School of Music - from which he has since been fired - to abuse two girls and a boy during one-on-one lessons. The allegations came to light last week, when a girl's father called Malvern police to report that the mother of another 6-year-old pupil had told him that her daughter said Fomin "puts his hand in [her]
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June 4, 2014 | BY MENSAH M. DEAN, Daily News Staff Writer deanm@phillynews.com, 215-568-8278
ALTHOUGH Lashay Patterson beat her 5-year-old son when he didn't concentrate during homeschooling lessons, she preferred the discipline wielded by her boyfriend Christian Patrick - because he hit harder. That's what she told police after Dashawn Harris died of blunt-impact trauma on Dec. 1, 2012. An autopsy found that Dashawn's 38-pound, 3-foot-4-inch frame was covered from head to toe in bruises. His liver was nearly cut in half, his right lung was torn and his bladder, pancreas and a kidney were damaged.
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