Category Archive: Mental Illness

YOUR LOVED ONE IS NOT WILLING TO GET MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT

Court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment under Laura's Law in California.

Your son or daughter is now 18 or older. They are mentally ill. They refuse to continue with treatment and take their medication. They are saying and doing things that make you scared for your safety, the safety of your loved ones, and the people in the community. You are at a loss. You have removed any guns or weapons from your home. You have conferred with mental health providers familiar with your loved one’s case and they cannot help. You call the police and describe the situation to them. You hope they do not just come out to your home and arrest your loved one on criminal charges of making a terrorist threat, California Penal Code section 422, a strike for adults if a felony. You tell the police you want your son or daughter taken into custody on a Welfare & Institutions section 5150 hold and placed in an Emergency Psychiatric Facility on a 72-hour hold. The police come to your home and investigate. They agree your son or daughter has mental health issues that qualify them to be placed in an emergency psychiatric facility on a 72-hour hold. This same scenario occurs several times. You are back to square one in trying to get help for your loved one who refuses to get treatment and continues to act out. You cannot understand why your loved one is not referred for a mental health conservatorship and be involuntarily committed.

California has adopted Laura’s Law in California Welfare and Institutions Code sections 5345-5349. It is a California state law that allows for court-ordered assisted outpatient treatment (AOT). It is patterned after a similar law in New York called Kendra’s Law. The following counties in California have approved its implementation in their jurisdictions: Los Angeles County, Nevada County, Orange County, Placer County, San Diego County (effective January, 2016), Yolo County, Contra Costa County, and the City and County of San Francisco. To qualify for the program, the person must have a serious mental illness plus a recent history of psychiatric hospitalizations, jailings or acts, threats, or attempts of serious violent behavior towards themselves or others.

How does Laura’s Law help families? To obtain an evaluation of your loved one for Laura’s Law, a request can be made to the Behavioral Health Services Director or his designee in your county for the initial AOT examination by:
-Anyone at least 18 years of age living with the person;
-Any parent, spouse, sibling, or child at least 18 years of age;
-A director of a public or private agency, treatment facility, charitable organization, or licensed residential care facility providing Mental Health services to the person ;
-A director of the hospital where the person is hospitalized;
-The Licensed MH treatment provider supervising treatment of or treating the individual;
-A peace officer, parole officer, or probation officer assigned to supervise the individual.

Upon receiving a request, the BH Director or his designee must conduct an investigation into the appropriateness of the filing of the petition. Substance abuse alone does not meet the criteria for AOT services. Aggressive or violent behavior as a result of substance use solely does not meet eligibility for AOT services. Homeless status with substance use solely does not meet eligibility requirements.

What must a court find to order AOT services? A person may be placed in assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) if, after a hearing, a court finds that the following 10 criteria have been met. The patient must:
-Be eighteen years of age or older;
-Be suffering from a mental illness;
-Be unlikely to survive safely in the community without supervision, based on a clinical determination;
-Have a history of non-compliance with treatment that has either:;
-Been a significant factor in his or her being in a hospital, prison or jail at least twice within the last thirty-six months or resulted in one or more acts, attempts, or threats of serious violent behavior toward self or others within the last forty-eight months;
-Have been offered an opportunity to voluntarily participate in a treatment plan by the local mental health department but continue to fail to engage in treatment;
-Be substantially deteriorating;
-Be, in the view of his or her treatment history and current behavior, in need of assisted outpatient treatment in order to prevent a relapse or deterioration that would likely result in the person meeting California’s inpatient commitment standard, which is being a serious risk of harm to himself or herself or others; or gravely disabled (in immediate physical danger due to being unable to meet basic needs for food, clothing, or shelter);
-Be likely to benefit from assisted outpatient treatment; and
-Participation in the assisted outpatient program is the least restrictive placement necessary to ensure the person’s recovery and stability.

If the court finds that the individual meets the statutory criteria, the recipient will be provided intensive community treatment services and supervision by multi-disciplinary teams of highly trained mental health professionals with staff-to-client ratios of not more than 1 to 10 and specified additional services for persons with the most persistent and severe mental illness. The law specifies various rights of the person who is the subject of a Laura’s Law petition as well as due process hearing rights. The bill also provides for voluntary settlement agreements as an alternative to the hearing process.

HELP FOR MENTALLY ILL YOUNG ADULTS FASCINATED WITH GUNS AND VIOLENCE

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Adam Lanza is the 20-year-old who shot and killed his mother, entered Sandy Hook Elementary School, and shot and killed 6 adults and 20 first graders. As reported in the New York Times, the State of Connecticut has issued a report with more details about Adam’s life at home and his bizarre behavior. His case is an extreme example of a young man who was clearly mentally ill. His mother had him in counseling and he reportedly was prescribed medication but would not take it. He spent the final months of his life mostly alone in his room. He was preoccupied with violent video games, one of which was called “School Shooting.” He possessed a video of a child being shot. One of his pictures was of himself with a gun to his head. He had clippings throughout his room of school shootings. For a 5th grade class project he produced a book called “The Big Book of Granny.” It depicted a Granny with a cane that shot people. In the 7th grade, a teacher noted he was intelligent but was obsessed with violent imagery. His mother would take him to a shooting range. She was planning on buying him a pistol for Christmas. Instead he took several of her guns, killed her while she slept in bed, and went to Sandy Hook School to shoot the staff and the children.

What to do and where to go for help:

1. Remove any guns, weapons or implements for hurting others or themselves from the home. Do not have guns and ammunition available for your young adult with mental illness to access. Do not promote shooting or possession of any weapons with a mentally ill adult. Generally the first person killed by a mentally ill adult, young or old, who commits violence will be against their parents, their spouse or their relatives in the home.

2. Seek mental health treatment for your young adult. Consult a psychiatrist and a psychologist. Make sure the treating doctors know all that is taking place at home and your concerns about the mental health of your young adult.

3. It is quite common for a mentally ill young adult to not take the medication that has been prescribed for them by a psychiatrist. If your young adult is making threats to harm someone else or themselves, call the police and request a mental health detention and examination to determine whether they are a danger to themselves or others. In California this is called a Welfare and Institutions 5150 evaluation. If your adult has had such a commitment, they are not permitted to possess or own firearms.

4. The likelihood is that your young adult will be kept a day or two in a mental health unit for an evaluation and released. Be sure to let the staff at the mental health unit know all the concerning facts about your young adult and why you believe they are a danger to others or to themselves.

5. Have the psychiatrist to make a referral to County Mental Health for an evaluation to determine whether a mental health conservatorship should be established for your adult child.

It has been my experience most County Mental Health evaluators don’t want to impose a conservatorship on young adults. If the schizophrenia and paranoia is drug induced, they will not want to handle them. Young adults are harder to handle than older adults and trying to find a suitable placement can be difficult.

Assuming you have tried all of the above and gotten nowhere. Your mentally ill young adult is not taking their medication. They still have fantasies of death and dying. They still want to watch and play violent video games. You are scared of being killed or that someone close to you may be killed. I would tell you to see if you can have your young adult arrested for a violation of the law. Have they stolen from you, assaulted you, and/or broken into your room/home? If so, call the police and demand they be arrested. Sadly our mental health hospitals today are our county jails and state prisons. When your young adult is in custody, they will soon enough come to understand that if they want to get out of custody they will have to agree to regularly take their medication and abide by the conditions of their release. If they are not following the orders of the court, they are subject to going back to custody.

If none of the above has worked, give consideration to removing your mentally ill adult from your home. Once again, generally if someone is going to get killed, it starts in the home. If you get a restraining order against your young adult and they violate the order, you can ask the court that they be arrested for violations of the restraining order. If they are having to make it on the streets on their own, you are hoping they will come around to agreeing to take their medication and co-operate with their treatment providers as a condition of returning home..

Consult with a local defense attorney in your community who has a reputation for handling mentally ill clients and is familiar with the services in your community for such individuals.

THE BROTHERS TSARNAEV-OLDER DOESN’T MEAN WISER

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The parents of Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the Boston Marathon bombers, could not believe their sons committed the horrible crimes attributed to them. Certain facts have emerged from news media reporting which we as parents should be cognizant of how these same warning signals could impact our families. Consider these five facts:

1. The older brother Tamerlan, age 26, said, “I don’t have a single American friend. I don’t understand them.”

2. The uncle of the brothers, Rusian Tsarni, called the two boys, “Losers.” He relayed that they struggled to settle in the U.S. and they ended up “thereby just hating everyone.”

3. For the past five years, Tamerlan, the older brother, was becoming a follower of radical Islamist religious groups as was his mother. His activities in Russia got the attention of Russian security personnel. The Russian authorities contacted the FBI in 2011 and asked the FBI for assistance in investigating Tamerlan. Recently he got into a heated argument with a 18-year-old neighbor and espoused how the Bible is a poor version of the Koran, that U.S. troops are killing innocent civilians in Afghanistan, and “the United States uses the Bible as an excuse for invading other countries.” He had become more confrontational about his religion. He was told anymore outbursts at his Cambridge, Mass., mosque and he would be “out.”

4. Tamerlan’s application for U.S. citizenship was on hold. He was not chosen for the U.S. Olympic boxing team because he was not a citizen. He was married with a young child, but reportedly had no job. He was a community college dropout and was a disappointment to his parents especially his father. His younger brother, Dzhokhar, was considered by his parents to be a “true angel” and the smartest of the two brothers.

5. The younger brother, Dzhokhar, was failing his classes at the University of Massachusetts. He had been a very good student in a prestigious high school, was well liked by his classmates, was captain of his high school wrestling team, and was liked by an attractive co-ed. His residential adviser in his dorm reported “he talked about his brother in good terms.”

I recently attended a seminar on violence. Experts set forth that people resort to violence when they feel that they can wipe out shame only by shaming those who they feel shamed them. The most powerful way to shame anyone is by means of violence. The boys uncle is correct. The boys would be considered “losers.” They hate everyone and want to engage in violence.

What can we as parents learn from this experience.

1. Don’t let your son/daughter associate with older classmates/acquaintances. We see on a regular basis how a younger student is manipulated by older friends into doing their dirty work or fighting their battles. A young minor should not be spending time alone with an eleven or twelve-year-old. An 8th grader should not be associating with high school kids. Likewise, a freshman should not be associating with 10th grade or older high school kids. The maturity level is significantly different and it is much harder for the younger minor to say “No.”

2. If an older sibling is a “loser” and into very questionable behavior, a younger sibling should be told to stay away and not associate with them. Suppose an older sibling is a drug addict. Would you want the younger sibling/s to be hanging around with them? I don’t think so.

3. Be a parent. Parenting doesn’t stop at age 18. Don’t enable an older sibling who is on a self-destructive path to involve others. Banish them from the family until they are willing to stop their harmful ways. Warn other siblings to stay away from the older sibling. From what we know of the two brothers, the younger brother had a chance to lead a productive life if he had been kept away from the older brother’s jihad philosophy and his conspiracy to “shame” the United States.

What role the boys’ mother played in their turn toward radical Islamic beliefs is still not fully known. There is no question she became very strict about Islam and how she should dress upon Tamerlan’s urgings. Her marriage broke up about two years ago reportedly in part due to her fundamentalist Islamic beliefs and actions. The mother is wanted for stealing dresses from a department store and is subject to being prosecuted if she returned to the United States. Parents have no conception how their views can incite their children towards violence. The parents may be able to control their behavior, but their children may not be able to with devastating results.

 

YOUNGER LESS MATURE MINDS CAN BE INCITED TO VIOLENCE

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The recent issue of Military Press dated April 1, 2013, has on the front cover the title “Guns in America” showing a gun on an American flag and three hollow point bullets. The Military Press is a free publication. They advertise that they serve active and retired military, DOD workers and civilians. There are several feature articles–“Gun control debate rages on” and “Hey Uncle Sam, why the bulk ammo buy?” In very small print below the latter title it states, “This is from a conspiracy-theorist’s blog.” Following that article is another article with a picture and caption “Retired captain pens letter of concern.” The letter was also posted on Facebook and was sent to a Senator from Texas. It warns that the Department of Homeland Security is preparing to go to war with the citizens of the United States. The captain states in his letter “there can be no doubt that Barack Hussein Obama is preparing for the bloodiest war in America history and it’s going to take place here on American soil. When? It has to be prior to the 2016 election, unless he manages to force a constitutional amendment allowing himself to run for a third term.”

When I read these articles it reminded me of the time I was present in a football stadium at the University of California Santa Barbara in 1970. Attorney William Kunstler delivered a speech to the students railing against the United States Government. There was a lot of student unrest at the time for many reasons. I left the stadium saying to myself that his speech will incite the students to riot. Sure enough what followed thereafter were students rioting in Isla Vista, a community located beside the campus and where a lot of students resided and shopped. Places were burned and a lot of damage done.

Young minds are very impressionable. My point is that parents should not assume your minor is not capable of doing something horrendous. The number of teenagers killing in our schools should convince you of that by now. If you allow minors access to guns or deadly weapons, it is likely they do not have the same maturity to control their behavior as more mature adults. A minor threatening to kill someone, shoot up a school, or do serious harm to others will cause fear to many. If there is a cache of weapons in the home, the concern goes up dramatically even if reportedly under lock and key. Tell your minors to never threaten to do serious bodily harm to others. Regularly review their texts, Facebook, and Instagram messages. Examine any computer they are using as to the sites they are visiting and emails they are sending.

I would like to believe that those who espouse warnings of our government going to war against its citizens can control their behavior; but can we have the same confidence that other men, women and teenagers hearing and reading this type conspiracy-theorist rhetoric will not be incited to violence.

HOME SWEET HOME? NOT IF YOUR TEENAGER IS OUT OF CONTROL

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Is your teenager out of control at home, running away, into sex and drugs, or battering you or your spouse? If so, you have lost control of your minor. They are running the show and you need to re-establish your parental and household authority. If you have tried counseling and/or significant parental and family intervention unsuccessfully, the next best thing is to seek the assistance of Juvenile Probation and the Juvenile Court.

If your minor batters you, call the police and insist they be arrested and taken to Juvenile Hall. Battery is the non-consensual touching of another without permission of the person. If your minor slaps you, pushes you, throws the phone and it hits you, threatens you with a knife or other weapon, restrains you, takes your car, or steals from you, they are committing a crime. When physical violence or domestic violence is involved, the police are most likely to intervene. If the police will not arrest your child, insist charges be requested from the Juvenile District Attorney’s office. Call the Juvenile Probation office in your area and insist on a petition being filed. I can guarantee you your child will not like being in Juvenile Hall. Once they have been there long enough, you will hear a different tune from them. They eventually will be saying they will change and behave. Talk is cheap. All the kids say they will reform. If allowed, some will revert to their old ways. Let your minor know in no uncertain terms all probation violations will be reported to the probation officer. The goal is regaining control of your house and of your minor. If it has gotten this bad at home, you will not be able to do it on your own without the assistance of Juvenile Probation and the Juvenile Court. You don’t want to risk getting too personally involved with discipline and being accused of excessive discipline which could result in police and court involvement for your actions.

I don’t want my child to have an arrest or a juvenile record? Of course you do not.  However, your child is beyond control and needs intervention and help now. You may not be able to do it yourselves and your best bet is to get them the help they need while they are still minors and can be handled in the juvenile system. Once they are 18 and they get into further trouble, they will be tried as adults and will have arrest and criminal records for life. The adult court system is focused strictly on punishment while the juvenile court’s mission is to rehabilitate and punish. The emphasis is on rehabilitation.

In the juvenile court you, as the parent, are responsible for support costs, attorney and investigator fees, restitution and fines, and psychological services rendered for your child. Depending on how long your child is incarcerated or detained out of the home, the costs can amount to thousands of dollars. However, if the court finds the father, mother, spouse or other person liable for the support of the child is the victim of the crime, the court can make what is called and Welfare and Institutions Code Section 903(e) finding. This means you are not liable for these costs. It is critical that your attorney requests this finding from the court.

The Individual Education Plan (IEP) is also an additional way to try and get assistance for your beyond control child. The schools can provide services, counseling, tutoring, non-public schools, and residential programs. Request in writing with your school for an IEP evaluation for your minor. The IEP process will be the subject of a future blog.

 

GUNS-ONE OF THE LEADING CAUSES OF DEATH OF CHILDREN UNDER 18 IN THE UNITED STATES-PART 2

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This is the second of a series of blogs about legal consequences to minors and their parents from gun-related incidents. You can read part 1 of this series here

The legal consequences to both minors and their parents from gun-related incidents can be devastating. Because of the number of school shootings and the fear a minor may actually carry out their threat, everyone including the schools, the police, the courts, the prosecutors, the judges, and parents must take the threat of gun violence very seriously.

A 14-year- old boy is tired of being bullied at school. He believes certain students and teachers are responsible for the bullying or, by their inaction, allow the bullying to continue. He drops an anonymous note in a peer-reviewed “bully box” at school detailing how he is being bullied. Students who read the note recognize the note must have come from the minor and talk to him. The minor tells them he plans to smuggle in a gun to school to kill certain students and staff and any attackers. The students immediately report these comments to the administration. The minor is brought in and questioned by administrators. He admits he made these statements and had this plan but he was not going to actually do it. The police are immediately notified. The minor’s parents are shocked to hear about his plan and allow the police to search the minor’s room and their home. They search for guns, ammunition, weapons, and written comments and drawings done by the minor. The boy is immediately suspended from school pending an expulsion. He is later arrested and incarcerated in Juvenile Hall. Psychological evaluations are ordered. The parents want their son detained at home. His attorney tells them they have to rid the home of all guns, ammunition, and any and all weapons for the court to consider releasing their son to their home. The minor is charged in Juvenile Court with multiple felony counts of California Penal Code section 422, Threatening Crime with Intent to Terrorize. He is charged with a number of counts because he specifically mentioned a number of people he intended to kill. Under California sentencing law, the maximum time in custody he could potentially face would be three years for the first count and an additional 8 months for each subsequent count.

Two months prior to this incident, the minor’s grandmother bought her grandson and his father a .22 rifle to shoot thinking it would be a bonding experience for them. In the police and probation reports, it was highlighted that the minor had access to the 22. rifle and its ammunition at home. Brenda Spencer, who had just turned 16 when her offense occurred, had access to the .22 rifle and the ammunition she had received as a Christmas gift when she killed the principal and custodian and wounded eight children at the school across the street from her home. She is serving a life sentence in prison.

We represent minors who have come under the same scrutiny for pictures they have drawn of violence, guns, and death. Also, minors can make impulsive comments to fellow students or teachers about wanting to kill someone. We are seeing more of these types of comments being reported from Facebook and Twitter entries resulting in school suspension, expulsion proceedings and Juvenile Court proceedings. Recently Instagram has become a place for minors to post pictures trying to impress one another with their outrageousness. A picture of a minor posturing with guns invites a great deal of concern.

What should parents do?

1. If you have guns in your home, keep them securely locked, unloaded and only an adult have access to the key. The ammunition should be stored separately and also be in a locked box with only an adult having access to the key.

2. Be aware of what your minor is posting on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Be aware of what they text and what they have in their rooms. Control the home environment and be the leader of the pack. You can be your minor’s friend when they turn 18.

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RARE GLIMPSE INTO THE PERSONAL SEXUAL HISTORY OF A PEDOPHILE (Part 2)

Rare look into the sexual history of a pedophile. Juvenile Law. JuvenileLawCenter.com

If you haven’t already, please read part 1 of this story.

The young seminarian moved to Berkeley to pursue a masters degree and started a boys choir for local children. His first victim was a boy of about 7 and he molested his 5-year-old nephew.

4. His sexual fires are stoked and he is looking for ways to engage in sexual play with someone who is available and will not disclose. He turns to one of his choir boys and his nephew. Once again whatever he did with these two boys is probably similar to what occurred to him in the infirmary. It was not bad enough for these two young boys to disclose what he did. He probably made some kind of game out of it. How did the choir boy come to be left alone with this choir director where the molest could occur in the first place? Who would have thought your future priest brother would molest his nephew? At what age do you talk to your kids and tell them about good and bad touch and no one is to give them a bad touch? If they do get a bad touch, they must tell mom or dad.

 

He finished his work at Berkeley and was ordained a priest. He returned to the seminary where he was molested as a youngster. He hated his assignment and started another boys choir as a release. He preferred boys between 8 and 11. “The priest would fondle his singers under the guise of tickling games or back rubs during one-on-one choir rehearsals. He had boys play dart games that ended in sexually charged wrestling. He rubbed the genitals of high school seminary students in their dorms and photographed young boys in the shower on a choir trip to Europe.” The priest seemed oblivious to the damage he was doing until one of his most frequent victims resisted him for the first time at the age of 11, after about four years of molestation. “He started to cry and that snapped something in my head. For the first time, I was seeing signs that he really did not like this.”

 

5. Usually the victims in these types of cases do not resist and go along with what is occurring. They may take it as a game, an experimentation, or a chance for them to also do a daring act. Normally when a child says they do not like to do it anymore, it does stop. The offender is normally oblivious that they are damaging the victim from the start. Why are these boys not saying anything to their parents, siblings or friends? As parents we leave our kids in situations with other adults where these things could happen and we are not along to watch and supervise. A priest, a choir director, an uncle, a coach, a Boy Scout leader, a youth director, a family friend, a babysitter, or a mentor are all capable of engaging in inappropriate behavior with your child. You must be observant and communicate with your child. Be aware of any potential situation where they could be molested. The usual victim is someone who is available and is likely not to disclose.

In an attempt to reform, the priest dated three women. Two of the women had their children in his choir. The priest was shocked when he was assigned to investigate another priest accused of molesting two brothers who were also his victims. Eventually one of the choir boys did disclose. The priest was removed from the ministry and prosecuted.

Write to us and tell us your comments. Share experiences you may have had that could be helpful to others. If you need legal consultation and you are in the State of California call us. Visit our educational videos on You Tube at JuvenileLawCenter.com or McGlinn & McGlinn.

 

RARE GLIMPSE INTO THE PERSONAL SEXUAL HISTORY OF A PEDOPHILE (Part I)

Look into the sexual history of a pedophile. Juvenile Law. JuvenileLawCenter.com

On June 2, 2012, the Santa Barbara News Press published on their front page an article regarding the “sex history” to a pedophile priest’s mind. The priest involved was at a local seminary for boys wanting to become priests. As shocking and distasteful as the article is to some, I want to highlight five topics that may be helpful from portions of the sexual history set forth in the article.

The priest described his early childhood as lonely with an authoritarian father. The boy was one of seven in the family. At the age of 13, his father forced him to read a sex education book that terrified the young boy. He dreaded the onset of puberty. The next year he entered the junior seminary to escape his father and his own sexual anxieties.

1. Don’t force your minor into becoming more sexually interested at an early age. Some minors may get out of high school never even kissing a girl or boy. Some never go to a prom. There’s plenty of time for that later as they mature at their own pace. Was this boy having sexual identity issues at an early age? I have had minor boys tell me from their earliest memories they were never interested in girls. They were afraid to tell their parents they liked boys. Are some minors born gay or lesbian? Perhaps some are and perhaps some develop a same sex orientation by experiencing both types and deciding one is better than the other.

While in an infirmary at the seminary, a priest molested him. The priest told him it would draw out his fever by making him sweat. “While I don’t think it is of crucial importance in my life, it is curious that this is nearly the exact activity I would perform 10 to 15 years later.”

2. Did this sex molest by the priest at 14 or 15 years of age make this adolescent a molester? What about a pedophile? No matter who we are most of us can recall our first kiss and our first experience early in life where we became sexually aroused. The sexual history doesn’t tell us what the priest did to him but it was probably confusing to this boy. It wasn’t so bad he wanted to tell on the priest. It may have played into any sexual identity thoughts he may have been having before the event. It certainly imprinted on his mind a behavior that if not checked and corrected was to be replayed out later in his life. I have represented many minors this age and younger who did receive proper therapy after an incident like this. They became law abiding and responsible citizens. Educating minors as to proper and legal ways to act out their sexual desires and interests is the key whether they are gay or straight.

He discovered pornography near his college seminary and purchased magazines featuring naked children. He used a telephoto lens to take pictures of young children and bought books featuring nude boys.

3. Pornography is like pouring gasoline on a fire. You hope they have not been molested or molested another. His wanting to take pictures of young children and views pictures of nude boys is even more concerning. It would seem at this point he was fixated on young boys to satiate his sexual desires. This gets back to education. You can be gay or straight but you have to learn how to engage legally in your sexual desires. Did any of his friends or relatives notice he had pictures around of young kids, nude boys? Would you tell on a friend or relative if you had some concerns about their abnormal interest in young children? Part 2 to follow.

 

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YES, WOMEN CAN BE MOLESTERS

Women child molesters. Juvenile Law. JuvenileLawCenter.com

It’s not often you read that talk about women and girls who molest.  A 38-year-old cheerleading coach and mother of a cheerleader invited a 14-year old football player (the victim) to whom she was attracted to drink alcohol with her friends and his friends.  She encouraged the victim to get drunk and she got drunk herself.  She followed the victim into the computer room where she drew her initials in lipstick on the victim’s cheek.  She took off his football jersey, put it on, and took a  picture of herself sitting in the victim’s lap.  The woman then insisted, over the objections of her husband, to drive the victim and his friends home in her truck.  She insisted only the victim sit in the front seat with her. While driving, she proceeded to put her hand down the victim’s pants and proceeded to stroke the victim’s penis in an up-and-down motion. The victim finally was able to get one of his friends to get in the front seat with him so the woman would stop her groping.  She was given a huge break by the prosecutor and the judge by being allowed to plead only to felony child endangerment.  The court sentenced her to four years in prison, suspended execution of the sentence and held in abeyance the decision whether to require her to register as a sex offender.  The woman violated probation twice; once by having unauthorized contact with children at a skate park and lying about it.  The second time was for embezzling over $10,000 from her employer.  The court sentenced her to four years in prison  and required her to register as a sex offender.  The victim fell into a tail spin after the molestation. He was ridiculed by his friends and by other students at school, he quit school, began drinking alcohol, using drugs and ran away from home.  People v. Toni Rae Allexy, (2012) 2012 DJDAR 4747 (Los Angeles Daily Journal Cite)

Girls do molest as well as boys.  We hear stories of how boys were first introduced to sex by an older sister exposing their private areas to their younger brother.  It is too often we see cases of brothers, sisters, step-sisters, half-sisters, and girls in blended families engaging in inappropriate sexual acts. The reported incidents of girls and women molesting is negligible compared to the reports of boys and men molesting girls.  The above case demonstrates how easy it is to let one’s guard down and engage in sexual molest of a minor with very severe consequences.  It is foolish to think most minors and adults cannot become sexually attracted to a minor of the opposite sex.  Do not allow yourself to become attracted in the first place.  Inappropriate touching will eventually be disclosed.  It is like playing with a bomb–handle it the wrong way and it will likely explode and cause serious damage.