A local physician, Raja Chakrapini, was charged with indecent assault and harassment after two of his female patients accused him of inappropriately touching them. Allegheny County police warned that there may be other victims after filing charges on Tuesday.
Parents cannot be with children during every moment of the day. The older a child becomes, the more freedom a son or daughter usually has to be away from adult supervision. Sexual predators often monitor children's activities and wait for opportunities to isolate them.
A 22-year-old man said the sex he had with a teenager girl was consensual. The alleged victim told Westmoreland County authorities that sexual intercourse was not forced, although the 15-year-old attempted to push the man off of her.
State police in northern Pennsylvania arrested a couple and teen for separate criminal acts involving the same victim. Authorities said a Bradford County couple forced a girl to stay in an improvised cage. In the second case, a male teen was charged with the developmentally-disabled girl's sexual abuse.
A science teacher who served as a Pennsylvania summer camp counselor was sentenced recently to up to 61 years in prison for child sex crimes. The 31-year-old defendant pleaded guilty to all 37 charges against him.
The FBI and Pennsylvania law enforcers may soon get their hands on a bail jumper accused of harming a young female relative. The man was released on bond in Montgomery County in January 2011. Immigration records show the defendant fled the U.S. less than one month later for Costa Rica.
Pennsylvania parents transfer the safety of their children to adult professionals every day. Philadelphia child care workers, coaches, spiritual leaders and teachers are expected to act in the best interests of children. A violation of that unspoken trust can produce life-long damage especially for victims of sexual abuse.
Nearly 2,300 more instances of suspected child abuse were reported last year in Pennsylvania than in 2011. Family experts and women and child safety advocates admit national attention on the Jerry Sandusky trial raised awareness among child sexual abuse victims and adults.
Pennsylvania neighbors said children "congregated" at the suspect's Coatesville home. That community member who seemed so "family oriented" was recently arrested and charged with multiple counts of child sexual abuse.