The prevalence of child abuse and using children in porn videos in the United States is of epidemic proportions. This abuse is coming from people who are close to the children, not strangers. Fathers, doctors, teachers, school aides, police, etc. all have been involved of instances of abuse and child porn production — not only violating basic decency, but also a child’s trust in those who they should be able to trust. Almost every day, there is another case of such abuse revealed. Two cases came to light in just the past few days.
In the first case, a school side, a 22-year-old man, was arrested after he allegedly filmed children performing sex acts on each other at a Maryland elementary school, police say. Deonte Carraway allegedly “videotaped sexual acts between minors during the school day” at Judge Sylvania Woods Elementary School in Glenarden, where he was a volunteer teacher’s assistant, the Prince George’s County Police Department said in a news release. A relative of one of the victims found a nude photo on the child’s cell phone that was sent to Carraway through a social messaging app, according to the news release. Investigators have identified at least ten victims ranging in age from 9 to 13, according to the news release. Carraway is believed to have “targeted the victims,” the document adds.
Police say they have uncovered 40 videos showing the young children performing sexual acts on each other or alone at the direction of Carraway. He is also believed to have sexually abused some of the children, according to the news release. The alleged videos were filmed at the school, a municipal center, aquatic center, and in private homes, police say. Carraway allegedly admitted to his involvement in manufacturing and producing the child pornography, according to the news release. He was charged with ten counts of child pornography, sexual abuse of a minor, and a second-degree sexual offense.
In the second case, social workers were sent to a home to investigate the man, a licensed foster parent who was later found to be involved with one of the worst child pornography rings. He lived in a two-bedroom house with two adopted sons, a preteen boy for whom he was seeking guardianship, and a neighborhood teenager who had moved in after an argument with his parents. When questioned, the children denied the abuse. But the tipster, it seemed, had been at least half right. Searching the man’s computer, social workers found two photos of children, unrelated to the parent, posing in their underwear. The pictures had been taken by one of the foster parent’s friends, one of the boys said. Sometimes they spent time with that friend, the boy said. To these social workers, these underwear pictures were concerning, but they were not concerning enough. Social workers classified the investigation as “inconclusive,” then closed their inquiry, according to Riverside County court documents. The boys were left in the man’s home. His foster license was left intact.
Today, that same parent, John David Yoder, sits behind bars, a suspect in what officials have called one of the worst child pornography rings in Southern California in recent years. Yoder and three other suspects have been accused of victimizing as many as 15 children in Desert Hot Springs, including some of the boys that lived with him. Yoder was arrested in February as result of a separate investigation by law enforcement in Nevada. The charges he now faces are nearly identical to the allegations that were reported to the Riverside County Department of Public Social Services shortly before Christmas. If social workers had acted differently in December, the boys in Yoder’s home could have been rescued six weeks earlier.
Like in Ariana-Leilani’s case, government officials are notorious for ignoring signs of abuse and neglect.
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