sexual abuse http://michiganradio.org en Former Kent County commissioner to serve a year in jail for sex crimes against minor http://michiganradio.org/post/former-kent-county-commissioner-serve-year-jail-sex-crimes-against-minor <p></p><p>A former Kent County commissioner will spend a year in jail after pleading guilty to fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.</p><p>Gary Rolls resigned his county commission seat earlier this year. He was accused of beginning a sexual relationship with a girl when she was nine. She's now in her late 20s.</p><p>Rolls said nothing before he was sentenced Thursday afternoon. &nbsp;</p><p>In a statement, the victim told the judge Rolls used his position in power to threaten her.</p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 21:46:22 +0000 Lindsey Smith 18080 at http://michiganradio.org Former Kent County commissioner to serve a year in jail for sex crimes against minor Michigan Court of Appeals rules in favor of minister who didn't report suspected child abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-rules-favor-minister-who-didnt-report-suspected-child-abuse <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals says a minister cannot be charged with failing to report child abuse based on conversations with a parishioner.</p><p></p><p>The court ruled those were privileged conversations.</p><p></p><p>This particular question had never been litigated before. And it is how far do privacy protections for clergy extend when it comes to reporting child abuse?</p><p></p><p>In this case, a woman went to her pastor, John Prominski, for advice when she suspected her husband was abusing her daughters. Their first talk was in 2009.</p><p></p> Fri, 23 Aug 2013 19:46:46 +0000 Rick Pluta 14121 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals rules in favor of minister who didn't report suspected child abuse Michigan Court of Appeals rules against former school teacher, who was fired after reporting abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-court-appeals-rules-against-former-school-teacher-who-was-fired-after-reporting-abuse <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals has tossed a big jury award in a former Detroit school teacher's whistleblower lawsuit.</p><p>In 2004, Beverly Garvin claims a fourth grade student told her that two boys had forced her to perform oral sex. Garvin says she reported the alleged assault to her superiors and nothing happened. Garvin says when she persisted, including contacting police, she was transferred and eventually fired.&nbsp;</p><p>A jury awarded Garvin $750 thousand in damages.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Feb 2013 20:28:24 +0000 Steve Carmody 11446 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Court of Appeals rules against former school teacher, who was fired after reporting abuse Michigan Scouts leader decries documented abuse http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-scouts-leader-decries-documented-abuse <p>A Michigan Boy Scouts official says it's "painful" to look back on the sexual abuse that took place over a 25-year period and that came to light in the release of a nationwide archive.<br><br>Boy Scouts of America has an estimated 78,000 members in Michigan.<br> Sun, 04 Nov 2012 21:14:09 +0000 Associated Press 9763 at http://michiganradio.org Appeals Court: Sexually abused female prisoners must pay debts before collecting settlement money http://michiganradio.org/post/appeals-court-sexually-abused-female-prisoners-must-pay-debts-collecting-settlement-money <p>The Michigan Court of Appeals says women who were sexually abused in state prisons must pay the victim restitution and child support they owe before collecting settlement money from their class-action suit.<br /><br />A three-judge appeals court panel ruled today that an order protecting the names of the women who sued should remain in effect.<br /><br />But the court also says that where there&#39;s a conflict between protecting the women&#39;s identities and making sure that they pay victim restitution and child support, the courts must make sure the debts get paid.<br /> Wed, 08 Aug 2012 19:58:03 +0000 The Associated Press 8603 at http://michiganradio.org Appeals Court: Sexually abused female prisoners must pay debts before collecting settlement money Warren priest put on leave after sex abuse report http://michiganradio.org/post/warren-priest-put-leave-after-sex-abuse-report <p>The Roman Catholic <a href="http://www.aodonline.org/AODOnline/AODOnline.htm">Archdiocese of Detroit</a> says it has placed a 66-year-old priest on leave after finding &quot;sufficient substance&quot; behind a complaint that he engaged in sexual misconduct with a minor early in his ministry.</p><p>The 1.3 million-member archdiocese <a href="http://www.aodonline.org/AODOnline/News+++Publications+2203/Press+Releases+2303/2011+18610/111030.htm">announced Sunday</a> that the Rev. Gary Schulte went on administrative leave Friday from St. Sylvester Parish in Warren. The Associated Press left a phone message Sunday for Schulte.</p><p>The archdiocese says its victim assistance coordinator received a complaint in September. The archdiocese says it &quot;found the complaint to be of sufficient substance&quot; to require restrictions on Schulte&#39;s work as a priest, including barring him from celebrating Mass.</p><p>Schulte was ordained in 1972 and also has worked at parishes in the Detroit suburbs of Clawson, Beverly Hills, Royal Oak and Madison Heights. Sun, 30 Oct 2011 22:26:32 +0000 The Associated Press 4756 at http://michiganradio.org Warren priest put on leave after sex abuse report