In March 2017, a victim of sexual trafficking sued the hotel where the illegal activities took place under a 2014 Pennsylvania statute. While there have been suits filed against individuals under this law, the civil suit against the hotel is the first of its kind and it could open the door for victims of sex crimes to receive damages from businesses such as hotels or strip clubs that ignore these problems in their establishments.
The Pennsylvania attorney general's office will begin a criminal investigation of the Lackawanna County Prison. Several former prisoners have alleged instances of sexual abuse and harassment by staff at the prison, both while they were incarcerated and during work release and probation. They filed a civil lawsuit in 2015 naming 50 people as responsible for the abuse and a subsequent cover-up.
Yesterday evening, it was reported that a Bishop McDevitt teacher, Randi Lynn Zurenko, was arrested 153 counts of sexual abuse related to ongoing sexual relationships she had with two students. Zurenko has reportedly admitted to detectives that she provided the victims with alcohol and that she had inappropriate relationships with them while they were students, which included sexual activity.
The vast majority of high schools in the United States have football programs. While football programs allow students to benefit physically, emotionally, and socially, many of these football programs are plagued by a very troubling trend. For the past few years, the number of hazing incidents involving sodomy has increased significantly. Here is some information about the issue of sexual abuse and hazing in football programs across the country.
The Harrisburg Diocese and Allentown Diocese are under investigation related to allegations of child sexual abuse. They join the growing list of Diocese and Archdiocese in Pennsylvania, including Philadelphia and Altoona-Johnstown, which are alleged to have harbored pedophile priests and clergymen.
Attorney Ben Andreozzi was recently interviewed by ABC27 News about the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese Sex Scandal. Follow the link below to read his statements and watch the interview.
According to Pennlive, a Pennsylvania grand jury recently found that hundreds of children were sexually abused and raped by diocese priests and religious leaders over the past 40 years. The abuse were perpetrated by more than 50 priests and religious leaders. It gets worse. Testimony to the grand jury revealed that diocese superiors concealed the child abuse as part of an effort to protect the institution's image.
Over the last several months, multiple staff members and a prison doctor have been arrested for sexually assaulting female inmates at a Pennsylvania state correctional institute in Muncy, Pennsylvania. SCI Muncy is a medium/maximum security facility for adult female offenders sentenced to prison in Pennsylvania. Female prisoners are especially vulnerable to sexual assaults. Their abusers are often in positions of power over them, and they are less likely to be believed if they report abuse due to their criminal histories.