Katheryn L. Carmean, Teacher’s Assistant, Had Sex With 14-Year-Old Boy ’40 Times’

Reposted from a story on the Huffington post By Simon McCormack Posted: 02/08/2013 11:14 am EST

Katheryn L. Carmean A 35-year-old paraeducator is accused of repeatedly raping a 14-year-old boy during a 10-month period who was friends with her son.

Katheryn L. Carmean, 35, was arrested in Seaford, Del. on Wednesday and charged with ten counts of third-degree rape, continuous sexual abuse of a child and endangering the welfare of a child, according to a press release from the Delaware State Police.

Delaware Online reports that Carmean was arrested at Seaford Middle School where she works as a paraeducator who assists children with disabilities. She has been suspended from her position.

Carmean allegedly admitted to police that the two had sex about “40 times” from November 2011 to August 2012, according to Delaware Online.

Delaware State Police learned of the allegations after the boy told a family member about the relationship and she alerted authorities. The boy was a friend of Carmean’s son, according to the release.

The alleged victim told police he would “periodically” sleep over at Carmean’s house, the release said.

Carmean is being held on a $57,000 secured bond

L.A. church leaders sought to hide sex abuse cases from authorities



Documents from the late 1980s show that Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and another archdiocese official discussed strategies to keep police from discovering that children were being sexually abused by priests

By Victoria Kim, Ashley Powers and Harriet Ryan, Los Angeles TimesJanuary 21, 2013, 2:31 p.m.

Fifteen years before the clergy sex abuse scandal came to light, Archbishop Roger M. Mahony and a top advisor plotted to conceal child molestation by priests from law enforcement, including keeping them out of California to avoid prosecution, according to internal Catholic church records released Monday.

The archdiocese’s failure to purge pedophile clergy and reluctance to cooperate with law enforcement has previously been known. But the memos written in 1986 and 1987 by Mahony and Msgr. Thomas J. Curry, then the archdiocese’s chief advisor on sex abuse cases, offer the strongest evidence yet of a concerted effort by officials in the nation’s largest Catholic diocese to shield abusers from police. The newly released records, which the archdiocese fought for years to keep secret, reveal in church leaders’ own words a desire to keep authorities from discovering that children were being molested.

In the confidential letters, filed this month as evidence in a civil court case, Curry proposed strategies to prevent police from investigating three priests who had admitted to church officials that they abused young boys. Curry suggested to Mahony that they prevent them from seeing therapists who might alert authorities and that they give the priests out-of-state assignments to avoid criminal investigators.

One such case that has previously received little attention is that of Msgr. Peter Garcia, who admitted preying for decades on undocumented children in predominantly Spanish-speaking parishes. After Garcia’s discharge from a New Mexico treatment center for pedophile clergy, Mahony ordered him to stay away from California “for the foreseeable future” in order to avoid legal accountability, the files show. “I believe that if Monsignor Garcia were to reappear here within the archdiocese we might very well have some type of legal action filed in both the criminal and civil sectors,” the archbishop wrote to the treatment center’s director in July 1986.

The following year, in a letter to Mahony about bringing Garcia back to work in the archdiocese, Curry said he was worried that victims in Los Angeles might see the priest and call police.

“[T]here are numerous — maybe twenty — adolescents or young adults that Peter was involved with in a first degree felony manner. The possibility of one of these seeing him is simply too great,” Curry wrote in May 1987.

Garcia returned to the Los Angeles area later that year; the archdiocese did not give him a ministerial assignment because he refused to take medication to suppress his sexual urges. He left the priesthood in 1989, according to the church.

Garcia was never prosecuted and died in 2009. The files show he admitted to a therapist that he had sexually abused boys “on and off” since his 1966 ordination. He assured church officials his victims were unlikely to come forward because of their immigration status. In at least one case, according to a church memo, he threatened to have a boy he had raped deported if he went to police.

The memos are from personnel files for 14 priests submitted to a judge on behalf of a man who claims he was abused by one of the priests, Father Nicholas Aguilar Rivera. The man’s attorney, Anthony De Marco, wrote in court papers the files show “a practice of thwarting law enforcement investigations” by the archdiocese. It’s not always clear from the records whether the church followed through on all its discussions about eluding police, but in some cases, such as Garcia’s, it did.

Mahony, who retired in 2011, has apologized repeatedly for errors in handling abuse allegations. In a statement Monday, he apologized once again and recounted meetings he’s had with about 90 victims of abuse.

“I have a 3 x 5 card for every victim I met with on the altar of my small chapel. I pray for them every single day,” he wrote. “As I thumb through those cards I often pause as I am reminded of each personal story and the anguish that accompanies that life story.”

“It remains my daily and fervent prayer that God’s grace will flood the heart and soul of each victim, and that their life-journey continues forward with ever greater healing,” he added. “I am sorry.”

Curry did not return calls seeking comment. He currently serves as the archdiocese’s auxiliary bishop for Santa Barbara.

The confidential files of at least 75 more accused abusers are slated to become public in coming weeks under the terms of a 2007 civil settlement with more than 500 victims. A private mediator had ordered the names of the church hierarchy redacted from those documents, but after objections from The Times and the Associated Press, a Superior Court judge ruled that the names of Mahony, Curry and others in supervisory roles should not be blacked out.

Garcia’s was one of three cases in 1987 in which top church officials discussed ways they could stymie law enforcement. In a letter about Father Michael Wempe, who had acknowledged using a 12-year-old parishioner as what a church official called his “sex partner,” Curry recounted extensive conversations with the priest about potential criminal prosecution.

“He is afraid … records will be sought by the courts at some time and that they could convict him,” Curry wrote to Mahony. “He is very aware that what he did comes within the scope of criminal law.”

Curry proposed Wempe could go to an out-of-state diocese “if need be.” He called it “surprising” that a church-paid counselor hadn’t reported Wempe to police and wrote that he and Wempe “agreed it would be better if Mike did not return to him.”

Perhaps, Curry added, the priest could be sent to “a lawyer who is also a psychiatrist” thereby putting “the reports under the protection of privilege.”

Curry expressed similar concerns to Mahony about Father Michael Baker, who had admitted his abuse of young boys during a private 1986 meeting with the archbishop.

In a memo about Baker’s return to ministry, Curry wrote, “I see a difficulty here, in that if he were to mention his problem with child abuse it would put the therapist in the position of having to report him … he cannot mention his past problem.”

Mahony’s response to the memo was handwritten across the bottom of the page: “Sounds good —please proceed!!” Two decades would pass before authorities gathered enough information to convict Baker and Wempe of abusing boys.

Federal and state prosecutors have investigated possible conspiracy cases against the archdiocese hierarchy. Former Dist. Atty. Steve Cooley said in 2007 that his probe into the conduct of high-ranking church officials was on hold until his prosecutors could access the personnel files of all the abusers. The U.S. attorney’s office convened a grand jury in 2009, but no charges resulted.

During those investigations, the church was forced by judges to turn over some but not all of the records to prosecutors. The district attorney’s office has said its prosecutors plan to review priest personnel files as they are released.

Mahony was appointed archbishop in 1985 after five years leading the Stockton diocese. While there, he had dealt with three allegations of clergy abuse, including one case in which he personally reported the priest to police.

In Los Angeles, he tapped Curry, an Irish-born priest, as vicar of clergy. The records show that sex abuse allegations were handled almost exclusively by the archbishop and his vicar. Memos that crossed their desks included graphic details, such as one letter from another priest accusing Garcia of tying up and raping a young boy in Lancaster.

Mahony personally phoned the priests’ therapists about their progress, wrote the priests encouraging letters and dispatched Curry to visit them at a New Mexico facility, Servants of the Paraclete, that treated pedophile priests.

“Each of you there at Jemez Springs is very much in my prayers and I call you to mind each day during my celebration of the Eucharist,” Mahony wrote to Wempe.

The month after he was named archbishop, Mahony met with Garcia to discuss his molestation of boys, according to a letter the priest wrote while in therapy. Mahony instructed him to be “very low key” and assured him “no one was looking at him for any criminal action,” Garcia recalled in a letter to an official at Servants of the Paraclete.

In a statement Monday on behalf of the archdiocese, a lawyer for the church said its policy in the late 1980s was to let victims and their families decide whether to go to the police.

“Not surprisingly, the families of victims frequently did not wish to report to police and have their child become the center of a public prosecution,” lawyer J. Michael Hennigan wrote.

He acknowledged memos written in those years “sometimes focused more on the needs of the perpetrator than on the serious harm that had been done to the victims.”

“That is part of the past,” Hennigan wrote. “We are embarrassed and at times ashamed by parts of the past. But we are proud of our progress, which is continuing.”

Hennigan said that the years in which Mahony dealt with Garcia were “a period of deepening understanding of the nature of the problem of sex abuse both here and in our society in general” and that the archdiocese subsequently changed completely its approach to reports of abuse.

“We now have retired FBI agents who thoroughly investigate every allegation, even anonymous calls. We aggressively assist in the criminal prosecution of offenders,” Hennigan wrote.

Mahony and Curry have been questioned under oath in depositions numerous times about their handling of molestation cases. The men, however, have never been asked about attempts to stymie law enforcement, because the personnel files documenting those discussions were only provided to civil attorneys in recent months. De Marco, the lawyer who filed the records in civil court this month, asked a judge last week to order Curry and Mahony to submit to new depositions “regarding their actions, knowledge and intent as referenced in these files.” A hearing on that request is set for February.

In a 2010 deposition, Mahony acknowledged the archdiocese had never called police to report sexual abuse by a priest before 2000. He said church officials were unable to do so because they didn’t know the names of the children harmed.

“In my experience, you can only call the police when you’ve got victims you can talk to,” Mahony said.

When an attorney for an alleged victim suggested “the right thing to do” would have been to summon police immediately, Mahony replied, “Well, today it would. But back then that isn’t the way those matters were approached.”

Since clergy weren’t legally required to report suspected child abuse until 1997, Mahony said, the people who should have alerted police about pedophiles like Baker and Wempe were victims’ therapists or other “mandatory reporters” of child abuse.

“Psychologists, counselors … they were also the first ones to learn [of abuse] so they were normally the ones who made the reports,” he said.

In Garcia’s 451-page personnel file, one voice decried the church’s failures to protect the victims and condemned the priest as someone who deserved to be behind bars. Father Arturo Gomez, an associate pastor at a predominantly Spanish-speaking church near Olvera Street, wrote to a regional bishop in 1989, saying he was “angry” and “disappointed” at the church’s failure to help Garcia’s victims. He expressed shock that the bishop, Juan A. Arzube, had told the family of two of the boys that Garcia had thought of taking his own life.

“You seemed to be at that moment more concern[ed] for the criminal rather than the victum! (sic)” Gomez wrote to Arzube in 1989.

Gomez urged church leaders to identify others who may have been harmed by Garcia and to get them help, but was told they didn’t know how.

“If I was the father … Peter Garcia would be in prison now; and I would probably have begun a lawsuit against the archdiocese,” the priest wrote in the letter. “The parents … of the two boys are more forgiving and compassionate than I would be.”

It amazes me that so called religious people seem to care more about the priests than the children?

When I was a kid I was pushed along to Sunday school to church to youth group and depending on where we lived whether the church was catholic or Baptist or salvation army, you see don’t think mom was particularly religious she just figured when 3 or 4 of her brood were being looked after by someone else was wonderful and if they learnt something along the way bonus.

The only difference I found between the different churches was the level of flamboyancy in the pictures of Jesus, the Catholics were the worst offenders Jesus always looked like cat Stevens being mobbed by children and the children even though in those days there were no Anglo Saxons in the middle east all the children had fair skin blond hair and blue eyes.

But irrelevant of whether  the munchkins were blonde hair or dark with an afro there were always scripture about how children were everything protect the children suffer unto me the children,what the hell happened?

Every time we read of another priest or Baptist minister or catholic school teacher molesting children, there is an outcry “not father paddy no not father Michael that horrid child probably flirted”?

 Then the Vatican steps in and the offending father is whisked away and ten years later he shows up somewhere as an archbishop or even worse the principal of a catholic boys school or director of an orphanage?

There is no suffer unto me the children anymore, it is more like “suffer under me the little children”! The Vatican has become a joke, they elect a former Nazi as pope, then they spend hundreds of millions a year running rehab centers for pedophile priests on every continent on earth except Antarctica, yet they deny the existence of such priests.

The pope himself recently said he didn’t know what the fuss was, when he was younger sex with children was an excepted choice no one really cared?

Unless the church as a whole irrelevant of whether catholic Baptist or Lutheran or any other denomination can erase the problem of pedophile members once and for all, they should be forbidden to run any institution of learning or any other organization where clergy has unfetted access to minors. The Catholic Church unless it comes completely clean should lose its tax exempt status worldwide.

People are going to flame me for this and I’ll be called all kinds of names, but they’re hypocrites. If it’s bad for Sandusky and Penn state and they were demonized, why is it not good for the church to be treated the same?

I have two nephews under 5 and they’re being raised catholic but I can tell you if any priest or monk or brother ever touches them their will hell to play and hell will receive a new tenant.

Mia what has this got to do with disabled access denied?

Just a few minutes ago someone who thought they had the right to challenge me on the content  of my blog sent me the above comment because I posted a story about disgusting pedophile catholic priests that even when they are proven guilty the church continues to pay their legal bills.

The writer demanded to know “what has this to do with disabled access denied.

em prentiss

Could I ask what this has to do with disability access denied

 I replied the following

1/ it’s my blog
2/ I made it clear when I started this blog that as a survivor of severe child molestation, who had watched their mother abused beaten and almost killed many times as a child by my father, I would write for the disabled because I am and support the fight for tougher laws against pedophiles and child abusers and fight for the wives and women out there who are barely survivng at the hands of their abisuive spouses.
It is my belief that any ongoing wrong action that so inhibits a persons right to live their own life free of fear disables them, So By supporting all these causes I see no difference in my title disabled accessdenied but thankyou for asking.
P.S. if you as a 4 year old have ever witnessed a 6ft2 250lb man sinking steel cap boots over and over agan into your mothers barely dressed body because he just raped her as well, you come out of that so scarred you are in some way disabled

But further to that reply I ask her this?

 If I was writing about the defense of a child molester who had spent 40 years molesting students while working as a teacher, and the education department was paying their defense, would you be so upset, or is it the catholic factor?

Pedophiles has everything to do with disability , I live with debilitating epilepsy as just one of my disabilities and there are several types of epilepsy involved three of them are biological  but one is called Physco-genic non epileptic seizures. Physco-genic non epileptic seizures  are seizures brought on by ptsd, as the brains way of protecting you from horrific memories or   when I have flash backs or become emotional because of a picture or a movie or reading a story about molestation I start to tremor I get face tics and many times I go into full seizure.


This life altering debilitating disability is caused in full by my surviving almost 11 years of daily rape at the hands of a sibling from the age of 3-14.

If my seizures are caused by a pedophiles action why can’t I write about pedophiles? I write about car accidents causing paraplegia, or a roadside bomb causing a closed head injury. So if a monsters action also cause disability, why shouldn’t they be put under a spotlight like every other horrendous plague that causes our lives to be forever changed?.

Get over the catholic guilt, I’m not Christian but I know the Bible. Your virgin carpenter from Nazareth told the world “suffer unto me the little children” and also “the meek shall inherit the earth” and “he who refuses but one of mine refuses me”.

So if you believe in the book of fables called the Bible, then when you turn a blind eye to the sins of the Catholic fathers are you not refusing but one of his therefore refusing him?

So you keep going to confession and going into the little box and confessing to the man in the dress on the other side, but if I was you next time I would be wondering who and what he really is and is he worth more than the soul of a child.

Primary teacher Lisa Gay Carroll avoids suspension after striking two children in classroom incidents

 Mia’s Thoughts-The story below is a travesty of justice, if this woman this so called educator did the same thing walking down the street in Queens street mall in Brisbane to someone elses child she would be arrested and  fired from her job. She would be  sentenced to a custodail sentence and upon release be registered as a child predator for life. So why because we call her teacher does she get a free pass?

Reposted from a story by: Tanya Chilcott  From: The Courier-Mail  September 08, 2012 9:28AM


A PRIMARY school teacher who struck students, including a Year 3 boy who she shook by the shoulders, has escaped a registration ban.

The Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal (QCAT) found although state school teacher Lisa Gay Carroll struck two students and pushed another causing him to fall or jump off his chair, “the evidence does not support a conclusion that she placed her students at an unacceptable risk of harm”.

The decision notes Ms Carroll, whose “employment was terminated” in October 2010 “following a series of incidents which took place whilst she was teaching Information and Communication Technology classes at a State School”, disagreed with the facts alleged by the Queensland College of Teachers (QCT), but did not provide alternative evidence.

“In respect of each of the four allegations the Tribunal is satisfied that, as a matter of fact, each of them occurred as described by the College,” the QCAT decision states.


Ms Carroll was found to have struck two boys during ICT lessons – one Year 7 student to the back of his head on or about November 20, 2008 and another Year 3 boy, who she also shook by the shoulders, on his left arm on or about September 2, 2009.

About two months later she was found to have “pushed on a Year 7 student’s chair, causing him to jump/fall off his chair” and in the following year upset and scared Year 5 students by yelling at some who weren’t shutting down their computers that “it’s not brain surgery, it’s easy peasy”.

The QCT asked that Ms Carroll be banned from reapplying for registration for at least eighteen months, warning she had not sought or been able to curb her aggressive behaviour towards young students despite being repeatedly disciplined over it and provided with training and counselling by her employer.

“The College submits that Ms Carroll is not suitable to teach as she poses an unacceptable risk of harm to children and as her conduct does not satisfy a standard of behaviour generally expected of teachers,” the QCAT decision notes.

But QCAT found she shouldn’t be prohibited from reapplying for registration “for any period”.

“We come to this view having regard to the history of Ms Carroll’s performance, including that dating back prior to 2008, and in the context of the College’s submission that, in a nutshell, Ms Carroll has not learned from her mistakes,” the decision states.

“However, we have also considered Ms Carroll’s long history of teaching, dating back over 20 years, and the fact that the evidence does not support a conclusion that she placed her students at an unacceptable risk of harm.

“The involvement of a psychologist as provided for in therapeutic conditions will act as a sufficient gatekeeper to ensure that Ms Carroll does not return to the class room unless and until she is ready to meet the requisite standard of behaviour.”

Instead, Ms Carroll will be required to submit a psychologist’s report when she does reapply, addressing her awareness of what is and isn’t appropriate communication and behaviour with students, the trust and power invested in teachers and the QCT’s code of ethics.

Father Benedict Groesche Claims Some Sexually Abused Children Seduce Priests

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Reposted from an online story Submitted by Michael Allen on Aug 30, 2012


By Michael Allen, Thu, August 30, 2012

Father Benedict Groeschel, of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewa, recently told the National Catholic Register that some teen victims of sexual abuse actually seduce some priests.

Groeschel said: “People have this picture in their minds of a person planning to [be] a psychopath. But that’s not the case. Suppose you have a man having a nervous breakdown, and a youngster comes after him. A lot of the cases, the youngster, 14, 16, 18, is the seducer.”

“If you go back 10 or 15 years ago with different sexual difficulties, except for rape or violence, it was very rarely brought as a civil crime. Nobody thought of it that way… And I’m inclined to think, on [a priest’s] first offense, they should not go to jail because their intention was not committing a crime.”

Father Groeschel did not present any proof that states did not enforce sexual abuse crimes between men and boys in the last 10 or 15 years.

Father Groeschel lives in Larchment, N.Y., where he assists with Trinity Retreat, where priests, accused of sexual abuse, stay, if not convicted of a crime.

422 sex abuse claims filed against Christian Brothers


The story below is reposted from a story in

CBCCBC – 5 hours ago

Lawyer Geoff Budden and his Mount Pearl firm filed 90 of the claims against the Christian Brothers before the Aug. 1 deadline.

  • Lawyer Geoff Budden and his Mount Pearl firm filed 90 of the claims against the Christian …

The final number for claims against the Christian Brothers in North America is in, surprising even some of the lawyers handling them.

Christian Brothers entities in North America declared bankruptcy last year. The deadline for filing suit against the order expired Aug. 1.

The total number of claims approved is 422.

About 160 are from Newfoundland and Labrador. The rest originate from the United States.

Mount Pearl lawyer Geoff Budden and his firm filed 90 of the claims from this province.

“We knew that more claims would come forward in the bankruptcy, and that in fact happened,” Budden told CBC News.

“None of us could possibly know exactly how many. I think the lawyers involved certainly were all expecting more to come forward, but we would not have necessarily expected 422 claims.”

Budden said he was surprised by the number from the United States, but was “not shocked” at the number from Newfoundland and Labrador.

The claims are for alleged sexual abuse only.

Those from this province go back as far as 1940 and continue into the early 1960s.

About a third of the American claims come from Washington state where the brothers had an orphanage.

Another third come from New York state.

The rest originate from places as scattered as New Jersey, Illinois, Montana, California and Hawaii.

Budden expects a busy couple of months, as lawyers continue to get their heads around all the claims.

“We will all be taking stock of where things stand, and the work of liquidating or otherwise creating value from Christian Brother assets will be ongoing,” he said