Saturday, April 07, 2007

12 Year Old Boy Gang Raped By Teenagers

THE RAPE of a 12-year-old boy by five teenagers was not "natural behaviour" for children, prompting fears the attackers may also have been abused, the head investigating police officer told a Darwin court today.

The victim says he was sexually assaulted more than 20 times at Maningrida, a remote Aboriginal community about 500km east of Darwin, by a group of five teenagers and four adults. The youngest alleged attacker was 13, the oldest was 39.

The juveniles face a total of 18 charges, including sexual intercourse without consent, deprivation of liberty, aggravated assault and administering a stupefying drug.

Their committal hearing in Darwin Magistrates Court today heard detectives seized a jar of vaseline, baby oil, a cannabis wood pipe and five pornographic DVDS from a house where one of the alleged attacks occurred.

Titles including Teenage Brother Lovers, Gang Banging Whores, Barely 18 and Ass Eaters were among the collection.

The officer in charge of the investigation, Sergeant Travis Wurst, today said the age of some of the accused made him concerned they could have also been victims.

“It isn't the natural behaviour of children that age and naturally we were concerned that they may have been subjected to something in the past,” he said.

“It could have been anything, we had no idea. However, our concern didn't stop with the fact that they had been charged with these offences.

“Our concern was that they might have been involved not as perpetrators but as victims.”

But, he said, no evidence had emerged to confirm his suspicions.

Investigations into the case started soon after the boy presented to Darwin Hospital in May last year with gonorrhoea. He was later found during a medical examination to have anal fissures.

During earlier court proceedings, the crown alleged the victim was bound with shoelaces, drugged and forced to watch porn during one of five attacks that began in April 2006.

He was also allegedly held under water, raped with a stick and made to perform oral sex while being sodomised.

The men have been charged with a total of 10 offences, including sexual intercourse with a minor without consent and aggravated assault.

The second half of their separate committal hearing resumes on April 16.

The hearing for the juveniles will continue before Magistrate Dick Wallace on May 11.


Friday, April 06, 2007

Boyfriend Of 14 Year Old Girl Revealed As Woman 30

The "boyfriend" of a 14-year-old US girl, who lived with her and her family for more than a year, was actually a 30-year-old woman, police said.

Lorelei Corpuz posed as a 17-year-old orphan to gain the family's trust, then beat and molested the teen, hitting her and twice biting her on the back, police in the Washington state city of Everett alleged.

Corpuz was charged with two counts of third-degree child rape and one count of third-degree child molestation and was being held in lieu of $US150,000 ($A183,590) bail.

Everett Police Sergeant Robert Goetz said he did not know whether Corpuz had a lawyer.

Police said Corpuz was arrested on Sunday after an officer checked her vehicle, parked at a petrol station, to see whether it was stolen.

The check pulled up an outstanding traffic warrant under an alias, Mark Villanueva.

The 14-year-old also was in the vehicle.

"She indicated it was her boyfriend," Goetz said.

"That obviously piqued the concern of the officer."

Although Corpuz had sexual contact with the girl, "the suspect never let victim see her/his private parts and victim always thought that suspect was male until officer informed her otherwise," Officer Don de Nevens wrote in a police statement.

The two met at a mall in 2005, police said, and Corpuz, acting as a boy, told the girl that his mother had died of cancer and that his father committed suicide.

They talked on the phone and went on a date, and soon her family let him move in.

"They were all surprised that this individual was not who she said she was, both in name and sex," Goetz said.

Female Orgasm And The Brain

Female sexual response is a thrilling field for research, writes Deborah Smith.

Twenty-five years after she made the G-spot famous, Professor Beverly Whipple is still probing the mysteries of the female orgasm. She has shifted her focus higher up the body - to the brain - exploring the areas that light up when women climax. But the motivation for her research remains the same: "Orgasm is a remarkable phenomenon. It's one of life's most intriguing experiences."

Whipple, of the College of Nursing at Rutgers University in New Jersey, also remains inspired by the many women who have helped her over the decades to delve into this poorly studied aspect of life. Her latest brain research on orgasms has relied on the good will of a variety of women, including those with spinal injuries caused by gunshot wounds and those who can climax just by thinking about it.

Not only did the women have to stimulate themselves in the laboratory, they had to do it lying as still as possible inside a giant magnet, so their brain activity could be captured on an MRI scan. "It's just unbelievable the things they will do for science," says Whipple, in a phone interview from the US.

The pioneer sex researcher Alfred Kinsey claimed more than 50 years ago that orgasm involved the entire nervous system and all parts of the body.

It may have seemed like an exaggeration, says Whipple, who will be in Sydney this month to address the World Congress for Sexual Health. But her recent research with colleagues indicates that orgasm is a very complex neurological event, with a large number of brain areas activated during the experience. "This may be the reason why most drugs impair, rather than improve sexual response," she says.

The team has also identified three nerve pathways not previously linked to female sexuality. They carry sensations from the vagina, cervix and uterus to the brain.

"There is good evidence that activation of these nerves, by physical stimulation of these uniquely female organs, can generate orgasms," says Whipple, who summarises the research in a new book, The Science of Orgasm, with colleagues Professor Barry Komisaruk and Carlos Beyer-Flores.

Whipple helped discover the controversial G-spot, and named it after the German gynaecologist Ernst Grafenberg, during the 1970s when she was training women how to improve their pelvic muscle control.

An examination of more than 400 women revealed an erogenous zone located about a third of the way up the vagina, on the front side. Pressure on the underlying tissue, which is near the female prostate gland, causes it to swell, triggering orgasm in some women.

Many doctors have expressed scepticism about its existence, but that's not surprising, says Whipple. The region is blocked by the metal speculum used to examine women internally. And the G-spot has to be manipulated to be felt. "Doctors can't sexually stimulate their patients. That's why they didn't find it," she says.

Not all women are sensitive in this region, adds Whipple. And it is only likely to be aroused by pressure during intercourse in some positions, when the woman is on top, or the man enters from behind. This may partly explain why only about 30 per cent of women experience orgasm during intercourse.

For their research, Whipple and her colleagues use a specially designed small stimulating rod which is attached with velcro to a diaphragm that covers the cervix. The women control its movement.

"Women using this device tell us that when they pull outward with the stimulator, it produces a very pleasurable suction on the cervix that they have never experienced before," says Whipple. One woman described these cervical-based orgasms as like a "shower of stars".

The clitoris has been a focus of attention, because it is easy to stimulate, but clitoris-based orgasms tend to be restricted to around this region. Research also shows the vagina balloons out in this case and the uterus pulls up.

Vaginal orgasms, triggered by the G-spot, are felt deeper inside. The uterus pushes down. "It's like a bearing down sensation," says Whipple.

The different nature of the orgasms is probably due to the four different nerves systems carrying sensations from these different regions to the brain. The pudendal nerve, the same nerve that provides penile sensation, is linked to the clitoris. The vagina is supplied by the pelvic nerves, and the cervix and uterus by the hypogastric, pelvic and vagus nerves. Combined stimulation of all regions can produce more encompassing "blended" orgasms, says Whipple.

Publicity about the G-spot may have led to a feeling of inadequacy for men and women who couldn't find it. But Whipple says her intention was never to suggest this was a must-have experience. When it comes to sexual pleasure, no way is best. "Different people have different tastes. It's what feels good to you," she says.

Men and women differ in their sexual responses. Men move in order from desire to arousal to orgasm. Women are more complicated, says Whipple. "They can experience sexual arousal, orgasm and satisfaction without desire, and they can experience desire, arousal and satisfaction without orgasm."

Sexual problems can occur if people have a goal-oriented approach to sexual activity, if they think of it as a staircase, that starts with touching and ends at orgasm on the top step. "If the sexual experience does not lead to orgasm, one or both partners feel unsatisfied," says Whipple.

A better way to think about it is like a pleasure circle, where any activity has its place along the perimeter. "Each is an end in itself and satisfying."

Whipple also says people can experience orgasm - an intense pleasurable response - from stimulation of many parts of their bodies, not just the genitals.

Stuart Meloy, an American doctor treating people for chronic back pain, revealed last year that when he applied electrical stimulation through the spine, 10 out of 11 of his female patients reported experiencing orgasms.

People with spinal cord injuries also say that when hypersensitive skin near their injury is stimulated in the right way, by the right person, they have pleasurable orgasmic feelings that can seem to emanate from the genitals. Some of Whipple's earlier research demonstrated that these people also had increased heart rates and blood pressure, just as in genital orgasm.

One woman she studied had been told by her doctors she could not experience orgasm because she had no feeling below her breast. Yet she experienced six orgasms during her three 12-minute sessions of genital and non-genital stimulation in the laboratory.

"She was so thrilled and I was so happy for her. It was a moving experience," recalls Whipple.

For its recent studies of brain activity the team chose women with spinal injuries who'd had a gunshot wound, rather than compressive damage, to ensure they had no activity left in the spinal cord.

When these women used the laboratory device to stimulate the vagina and cervix, the part of their brains where sensations from the vagus nerve are recorded lit up. This shows sensations can go directly from these regions to the brain, bypassing the spinal cord, the team concluded.

Some of these women, as well as able-bodied ones and women who can climax through imagery alone, also experienced orgasm, and the researchers were able to compare their brain scans before, during and after the event.

Many of the same areas lit up in the three groups, including regions linked to the experience of pain and those triggered by pleasure-producing drugs like cocaine. A third area involved in the production of the hormone oxytocin, which is secreted in large amounts during orgasm in women and stimulates uterine contractions, was also active.

The research is still in its infancy, says Whipple. "Where in the brain orgasm is produced is an unanswered but, we hope, not unanswerable question."

Thursday, April 05, 2007

Night Of Teen Sex Ment 10 Year Prison For 17 Year Old Boy

Georgia, USA -- It was not exactly Richie and Potsie getting lucky up at Inspiration Point.

Not, in other words, what people of a certain age are inclined to think of when they think of teen sex. Rather, it was a squalid, loveless and depressing example of what teen sex too often devolves to these days: a New Year's Eve party in adjacent hotel rooms, a cache of liquor and marijuana, and at least two girls servicing at least six boys, orally and vaginally, while a video camera ran.

Three years later, Genarlow Wilson of Douglasville, Ga., is a convicted child molester serving 10 years without parole. Last week, the Georgia Senate allowed a legislative deadline to pass without acting on a bill that would have empowered a judge to reconsider -- and reduce -- his sentence.

But Emanuel D. Jones, a senator who co-sponsored the bill, told me that isn't the end: "We are looking for another vehicle we can attach it to, another bill we can amend. And I will find one. ... This bill isn't going to die until I'm dead."

If you wonder why all this sympathy for a child molester, there are a few things you need to know. First, the "molester" was 17 at the time. Second, the "child" was 15. Third, she willingly performed oral sex on him. In fact, she initiated it.

None of that is in dispute. But the next day, the girl told police she was gang raped. And three years later, Wilson sits in prison, waiting for justice to prevail, willing to settle for common sense.

Jones calls this "unconscionable," and the word is apt -- especially when you consider that as Wilson's trial was unfolding, a 27-year-old teacher was being found guilty just down the hall of sex with a 17-year-old student, the kind of crime for which child molestation statutes were written. She got three years' probation and 90 days in jail.

Makes you wonder what the hell is wrong with Georgia. Makes you think its Bible belt is too tight.

After all, we're talking about the same state that in 2003 gave 18-year-old Marcus Dixon 15 years for consensual sex with a 15-year-old girl. Race hung over that case like a bad smell: Dixon was black and the girl, white. The smell has been less pronounced here, where both accused and accuser are black.

For the record, Wilson -- like the other five young men who stood trial for what happened that night -- was offered a plea bargain. The others accepted. Wilson refused. Most of them had been in trouble before, but Wilson was a homecoming king with a 3.2 GPA and no criminal record, a budding football star.

He could not see himself admitting to something he did not do, becoming a registered sex offender, having that follow him the rest of his life, being forbidden to live in the same house with his younger sister. So he turned them down and waited for somebody to understand he wasn't a child molester, he was a kid who had sex with another kid.

Instead, he got 10 years from a judge bound by that monstrosity of the "tough on crime" era, mandatory sentencing guidelines.

Even the prosecutor says the sentence was "fairly harsh." The "victim" agrees. The jury forewoman told Atlanta magazine that when the panel realized its verdict meant 10 years in jail, "the room exploded."

None of which helps Genarlow Wilson, still waiting for justice, willing to settle for common sense. Yes, he did a stupid and ugly thing. But he did not abuse a child.

Georgia, however, did.

LEONARD PITTS JR. is a columnist for the Miami Herald

Single Women Reach Orgasm More Often

A new sexuality survey has confirmed what women know and some men fear - single females have far more luck achieving orgasm than those partnered off.

Taking men out of the picture allows women to "better connect with themselves", according to sex therapists behind the Queensland study of 500 older women.

The research found that 56 per cent of sexually-active women with no current partner could reach orgasm every time with masturbation compared with only 24 per cent of women with partners.

"That's a significant difference and I'd imagine there are few men out there a little surprised and unimpressed that women have better luck without them," said medical sex therapist Dr Jane Howard.

The findings come from the study What Does Sexuality Mean To Older Women?, which assessed the sex lives of women in their 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s to find trends over the ages.

Dr Howard said she believed women on their own were better at achieving orgasm because they don't have the "distraction" of having to please a man or subscribe to male-type sexual fantasies.

"Arousal is a lot about what erotic thoughts go through the mind, and for women that's very different to men," Dr Howard said.

"It may be focusing on Colin Firth's smouldering eyes, some romantic novel or a waterfall or whatever."

The therapist said the most outstanding aspect of the study was the variety of ways people lived their lives.

"Some people are in relationships and having sex, some are in relationships with no sex, others are single and are having sex ... it was just so varied," Dr Howard said.

She said her results destroyed the cultural myth that people stay in life-long relationships and are sexually functional until they die.

"We like to think of people having wild sex for their whole lives but the reality isn't quite like that," Dr Howard said.

More than 80 per cent of women in their 40s were sexually active, but this figure declined to 27 per cent for those in their 70s.

The fact that 70 per cent of men in their 70s were not capable of having an erection could affect this figure.

But results showed that three quarters of women over 70 were indifferent to sex.

While their libido dropped off and arousal was less, their capacity to orgasm was seemingly unaffected by age.

"That was quite surprising, actually," Dr Howard said.

She said the results would help people understand the true impact that ageing had on sex.

The findings are part of the Longitudinal Assessment of Ageing in Women, conducted by the Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital.

Mother Accused Of Offering Daughter For Sex

The five children of a Taylor woman charged during the weekend with trying to sell one of her daughters to an undercover police officer for sex were interviewed Monday by investigators trying to determine whether other child abuse or exploitation had occurred.

Results of those interviews were not disclosed, as the Wayne County Sheriff's Office tries to determine whether any other adults may have been involved in the alleged scheme to profit from child sexual abuse, officials said.

The 33-year-old woman, whose name is being withheld by the Free Press to protect her children, is being held in lieu of a $1-million bond pending an April 19 preliminary examination in 34th District Court in Romulus on several sex-abuse charges.

She was arrested Friday when she allegedly brought her 7-year-old daughter to a Romulus hotel after arranging to allow someone she met on the Internet to sexually abuse the girl for pay.

The man police say the woman was trying to sell her daughter to turned out to be an undercover sheriff's deputy posing as a photographer interested in taking pornographic pictures of children. During several online chats with the deputy, police said, the woman said her daughter had been used in sex acts for money before.Sheriff's deputies confiscated the woman's computer and were assisted by Child Protective Services investigators, who placed the children -- four girls and a boy ages 6-12 -- in foster care.

On Saturday, the Wayne County Department of Human Services filed a petition in Wayne County Family Court seeking to terminate the rights of the mother and the children's father, whose involvement in any abuse was being investigated, officials said.

The petition said the woman was wanted for a probation violation after being convicted of credit card fraud in Oakland County in 2004. Both parents face a pretrial hearing Monday in juvenile court on the termination of rights petition.

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Share Gang Rape Footage - Go To Jail

Anyone caught forwarding video footage of the gang rape of a 17-year-old girl in Sydney's south-west faces up to three years in prison, police have warned.

Five 17-year-old boys have been arrested on Wednesday over the alleged rape of the girl at a private home in January this year.

They are alleged to have filmed the rape on a phone video camera. The footage was allegedly circulated for weeks among students at a Sydney high school before education authorities found out and informed police.

Police said the boys will be charged with a range of offences, including aggravated sexual assault.

The sexual assault is alleged to have occurred at a private home in January this year.

The 17-year-old victim reported the assault to police nine days ago after she was allegedly threatened by a person not involved in the assault.

Following the arrests, Liverpool Local Area Commander Detective Superintendent Mick Plotecki warned any further circulation of the video was a criminal offence attracting serious penalties.

"Anyone who has a copy of this video who publishes it in any way, including forwarding it to other individuals via mobile or internet, is committing a serious offence under the Commonwealth Criminal Code," Supt Plotecki said.

"Any person convicted of this offence could face up to three years' jail."

Supt Plotecki said the "harrowing" footage has left police "shocked and horrified".

He told ABC radio that police would be going over phone records to track down all copies of the video.

He said anybody who received the video footage should contact police immediately.

A police spokeswoman said the top priority for police was to stop the circulation of the video.

"There are ongoing investigations to trace who had that video and who forwarded it on," she said.

"Prosecution will follow if we can identify persons who have forwarded that video, either by the internet or mobile."

© 2007 AAP

Pupils Arrested After Sex In Class Claims

Louisiana, US -- Five secondary school pupils in Louisiana have been arrested after an investigation into claims that youngsters had sex in an unsupervised classroom, with other classmates present.

“After 44 years of doing this work, nothing shocks me anymore,” Union Parish Sheriff Bob Buckley said. “But this comes pretty close.”

The alleged incident took place on March 27, at the Spearsville school in rural north Louisiana. Two 11-year-old girls, a 12-year-old boy and a 13-year-old boy were arrested on charges of obscenity. Another 11-year-old boy who was the alleged lookout was charged with being an accessory after the fact.


It's A Happy Hooker That Works Legally

by Tamara McLean (The Courier Mail)

Legal prostitutes are just as happy as women with regular day jobs, according to a survey reporting high job satisfaction in parts of the sex industry. But illegal sex workers who sell sex on the streets had a much grimmer outlook, with half saying they had been raped or bashed in the past year.

The unique survey compared the mental and physical health of nearly 250 Queensland prostitutes, aged 18 to 57, who worked in registered brothels, at home or street side. Legal workers reported similar job satisfaction to women in the general community, but street workers were far less happy in the job.

"The general picture is that those women whose families know about their work reported greater job satisfaction than those who kept their work secret," said researcher Charrlotte Seib.
Asked why they entered the sex industry, 82% per cent said they did it for the money and 52% pointed to the flexible working hours. And 39% said they had a particular goal in mind such as new car, a house or a holiday," said Ms Seib, from Queensland University of Technology.

One in four of the women surveyed had a Bachelor degree or higher, which is contrary to the popular stereotype that sex workers come from socially disadvantaged backgrounds. More than 60% were employed before joining the industry.

84 Year Old Woman Admits Sex With Boy 11

Portland, US -- An 84-year-old woman who confessed to having sex with an 11-year-old boy in her foster care has reached a deal with US prosecutors and pleaded guilty to attempted sex abuse.
Georgie Audean Buoy will serve 36 months in prison, said Leslie Wolf, chief deputy district attorney for Wasco County, Oregon.

Buoy was originally charged with six counts, including attempted rape, for which she faced 8 years in prison, Mr Wolf said. In taped confession, Buoy admitted to having sex with the boy while he was in her car in 2004, he said. Her age and lack of criminal convictions played a role in the plea deal. Buoy, of The Dalles, Oregon, was a longtime member of her church and volunteered at the county jail, Mr Wolf said.

She must register as sex offender after serving her sentence, and must pay $US 5000 to the victim, and up to US$ 7500 in restitution for counseling.

Source: AP

Saturday, March 03, 2007

City Manager Sacked Because Of Sex Change

LARGO, Fla. -- Steve Stanton professed his love for the city and asked the people of Largo to support his decision to undergo a sex change and allow him to keep his $140,000-a-year job as city manager. The answer came back no.

Almost 500 people packed City Hall on Tuesday night for a special meeting to decide whether they would accept someone named Susan instead of Steve as their top official. And while many spoke eloquently in his defense, more called for his ouster.

"If Jesus was here tonight, I can guarantee you he'd want him terminated," said Pastor Ron Saunders of Largo's Lighthouse Baptist Church. "Make no mistake about it."

At the end of the 31/2-hour meeting, the City Commission voted 5-2 to begin the legal process of firing Stanton, who went public about his sex-change plans after learning that a local newspaper was about to reveal his secret. The 48-year-old married man and father of a teenage boy can appeal his dismissal, and the commission must vote again to formally fire him from the job he has held for 14 years.

On Wednesday, transgender activists called Stanton's firing a "shameful display of ignorance and bias." But they suggested Largo's dismissal of the respected government official may be the example they need to persuade Congress to extend employment protections to gays and transsexuals.

"We think this is a really clear example of the type of employment discrimination that transgendered people face every day," said Simon Aronoff, deputy director of the National Center for Transgender Equality in Washington. "By all accounts, he was doing a good job. The only reason he was fired is because he made the brave decision to live openly." Mathew Staver, founder of the conservative Liberty Counsel legal group, said the city of 76,000 near St. Petersburg had a duty to reconsider the employment of a top official planning such a drastic change.

"The city hasn't changed the work environment. He has changed the work environment," Staver said. "I think it would be more difficult for the city to retain this person because of how it might undermine the representation of the city in the eyes of the community." The Human Rights Campaign Foundation estimates 10 states and more than 90 local governments have included gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies. Stanton supported a similar ordinance in Largo that failed to pass in 2003, and the fact that he kept his personal life to himself back then intensified the anger directed at him Tuesday night.

"I do not feel he has the integrity, nor the trust, nor the respect, nor the confidence to continue as the city manager of the city of Largo," said Commissioner Mary Gray Black, who introduced the resolution to fire Stanton. Stanton listened with hands clasped. "It's just real painful to know that seven days ago I was a good guy and now I have no integrity, I have no trust and, most painful, I have no followers," Stanton told the crowd before the vote. Stanton said he has struggled with his secret desire to be a woman since childhood and hoped to "outrun it." In 2003, he began counseling.

In a memo to city employees last week, Stanton said he intends to live as a woman for a year to learn whether he is ready for the operation. He said he has gone out in public as a woman only a few times in cities far from Largo.

"I'm going to be embarrassed if we throw this man out on the trash heap after he's worked so hard for the city," said Mayor Patricia Gerard, one of the few people with whom Stanton shared his secret before last week. "We have a choice to make: We can go back to intolerance, or we can be the city of progress."

Female Teacher Had Sex With 5 Teen Boys

GREENVILLE, S.C. — A 23-year-old former teacher accused of having sex with five teenage boys was released from jail today after her father posted her bail.

Allena Williams Ward will be confined to her home, able to leave only for church and lawyer visits, and must wear an electronic monitor. She also must have no contact with the boys with whom she is accused of having sex.

According to arrest warrants, Ward, who is married, had sexual encounters in the past three months with the 14- and 15-year-old boys at Bell Street Middle School, at a motel, in a park and behind a restaurant. She is charged with sexual misconduct.

Her father paid $11,000 in cash today — the required 10 percent of her $110,000 bail.

She was arrested Wednesday and fired that night. Her defense attorney has declined to comment.

Her next court appearance is scheduled for April 2.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Man Charged In Sex Pact With Underage Girl And Her Mother

MUSKEGON, Mich. – A man who police said entered into a sex pact with his girlfriend and her 15-year-old daughter pleaded no contest to felony sex charges.

Michael J. Fitzgibbon, 37, also pleaded no contest to more serious sex charges involving sex acts with a 12-year-old girl, a relative.

Authorities say Fitzgibbon's girlfriend was afraid of losing him while she recuperated from gastric bypass surgery, so she arranged for him to have sex with her daughter for two months.

All three of them allegedly signed a contract that allowed the girl privileges such as piercings and hair dye in exchange for the sex acts. She testified earlier that she and Fitzgibbon had sex two to three times each week for two months last summer.

Fitzgibbon faces sentencing for the six counts of criminal sexual conduct on March 23. A no-contest plea is not an admission of guilt but is treated as such at sentencing.

The girlfriend, whose name is not being made public to protect her daughter's identity, is scheduled to stand trial in February on three counts of criminal sexual conduct.

Authorities investigated after the 15-year-old told a relative in July. The 12-year-old came forward after charges were filed.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Women Chose Apparel Over Sex

NEW YORK, US -- Last week we carried a UK survey that revealed how women prefer mobiles to sex. Now, a new US survey says that women also rate clothes over sex.

According to the survey, the choice between sex and a new closet full of clothes for women is simple - they go for the apparel.

Women on average say they would be willing to give up sex for 15 months for a closet full of new apparel, with 2% ready to abstain from sex for three years in exchange for new duds, according to a new survey of about 1,000 women in 10 US cities.

Sixty-one per cent of women polled said it would be worse to lose their favourite article of clothing than give up sex for a month.

"Some people say clothes make the man, but the right clothes can even replace him," fashion designer, stylist and TV personality Carson Kressley from the reality TV show 'Queer Eye for the Straight Guy' said in a statement accompanying the poll.

The study also suggested that clothes often wear better than relationships.

The average woman between 18 and 54 years of age has hung on to her favourite article of clothing for 12 and a half years, a year longer than she's held on to her longest relationship.

Almost three-quarters of respondents, or 70%, also said they believed in love at first sight when it came to finding the perfect article of clothing, while only 54% of women were as confident in spotting the right man.

Nearly half of the women, or 48%, taking part in the survey by consumer products giant Unilever said their favourite article of clothing was more reliable than their man in giving them confidence and making them feel sexy.

Because clothing and adornment have such frequent links with sexual display, humans may develop clothing fetishes. They may strongly prefer to have sexual relations with other humans wearing clothing and accessories they consider arousing or sexy.

In Western culture, such fetishes may include extremely high heels, lace, leather, or military clothing. The men of Heian Japan lusted after women with floor-sweeping hair and layers of silk robes.


Uys Breaks The Ice On Teenage Sex

South Africa

By Roy Barford

Educating teenagers about sex and HIV and Aids has never been a pleasant job. That is, until legendary satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys decided to take on the challenge.

Schools around Durban were this week entertained and educated by the straight-talking entertainer.

"I grew up being told about the 'birds and the bees', and I'm sorry, but how does a bird fuck a bee?" asked Uys, causing fits of laughter from 1 000 schoolgirls at Durban Girls' High School.

Uys said many of the problems surrounding HIV were due to society being afraid to discuss the issue.

"Sex happens, and Aids comes, because we cum (ejaculate), so let's talk about it."

The 61-year-old, arguably better known as his alter-ego, Evita Bezuidenhoudt, believes that to educate young South Africans about HIV, one needs to "speak their language".

He has been perfecting this for the past five years, during which he has given HIV talks at more than 750 schools.

Applying an approach infinitely more entertaining than the conventional distribution of HIV pamphlets, Uys is travelling the country at his own expense, addressing schools free of charge.

In between the humour and performing skits parodying individuals such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, Uys cuts to the core of the HIV problem, and several touches of seriousness make his point clear. He said that each time he addressed a school, he could feel the energy of the pupils, and found their responses hugely rewarding.

Speaking to the Tribune after receiving a standing ovation from the Girls' High audience, Uys said that if one pupil had learned something, he had made a difference.

"What I hope will happen is that each of the thousand girls here goes and tells three or four friends about what I said, and as a result, young people get talking about a topic they would normally avoid."

Uys said it was inevitable that he would become involved in HIV education.

"I have always performed satires about the problems faced by South Africans, and five years ago, when government denial about HIV started getting worse, I decided that it was time to get involved."

Uys has never been shy to have a go at politicians, and his talks about HIV are no different. "I find that it is so easy to make a political joke these days. You just mention an individual's name and people start laughing, because they immediately associate them with either a beetroot (Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang) or a shower cap (Jacob Zuma)."

Uys said that while many individuals and organisations in South Africa were trying their hardest to combat HIV and Aids, the messages being sent out rarely caught the attention of the youth. "I was giving a talk at a school in the Cape Flats a few years back, and mentioned something about 'oral sex'. Afterwards, two boys came up to me and asked, 'Is oral sex when you and the girl talk like you are having sex?'."

After Uys explained oral sex to the boys, they replied, "Ah, why didn't you just say blow-job?"

Uys encourages pupils to empower themselves with knowledge about sex and sexually transmitted diseases.

He said such information was far more easily obtainable now than it was when he was growing up.

"My first sexual experience happened when I was 14, and I was all by myself. I didn't know what had happened," he said, again causing hysterics.

Uys has been working on a play, Evita For President, which will be coming to Durban later this year. The play addresses the question of who will succeed Thabo Mbeki as president.

Uys said that while it was a serious issue, "we mustn't look away from it".


Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Chatroom Rape Plotters Jailed

THREE British men who used an internet chatroom to hatch a "harrowing" plot to rape two young schoolgirls have been jailed.

The three were the first people convicted in Britain of such a serious offence from online exchanges alone.

David Beavan, 42, Alan Hedgcock, 41, and Robert Mayers, 42, were found guilty in a London court of conspiracy to rape. Beavan was sentenced to 11 years in jail, while Hedgcock and Mayers received eight-year sentences. They pleaded guilty to possessing pornographic images of children.

Prior to their arrests, they had never physically met. However, the court was told that this had not prevented them from "drooling" over the possibility of turning their fantasies into chilling reality.

Passing sentence, Judge Geoffrey Rivlin said the men posed a "serious risk of physical and psychological harm to children" and instructed that they be registered as sex offenders for life.

Referring to their chatroom logs, he said: "You were drooling over the prospect to take these children into the woods and rape them. These logs were further spiced, if that is the right word, by the swapping of pornographic images of young children.

"All three of you were found to be in possession of very many photographs of children, some of them … very shocking."

Police first heard of their plan when "rape-obsessed" Beavan, of Hampshire, got cold feet and walked into Bournemouth police station in January last year to tell officers what had been going on.

The greeting-cards salesman claimed he was just a "vigilante" gathering evidence against pedophiles, but he was convicted of two counts of conspiracy to rape.

Hedgcock, a film make-up artist from Twickenham, south-west London, and Mayers, of Cheshire, were found guilty of the same charge.

During their trial, the court was told that, after meeting in an incest chatroom, "child-porn addict" Hedgcock had told Beavan he wanted to abuse two sisters aged 13 and 14.

His plan was to pounce on the girls as they walked through woods to school. Beavan immediately made it clear he was interested in helping and sought to recruit Mayers. But Beavan lost his nerve when he thought the authorities might be closing in and contacted police. Police found more than 5000 child porn images on his computer.

All three admitted various charges, including 50 counts of distributing, making and possessing thousands of indecent images of children.

Outside the court, Detective Constable Dave Adams said: "These three men took a step beyond fantasy and have actually identified the children they would target, the location where they would approach them and what exactly they planned to do to them."

He said: "For the first time, internet chat logs have been used to prove a charge of conspiracy to rape a child.

"This case should act as a really stark warning that the internet is not a hiding place to plan and participate in criminal acts."


Teen Sex May Take Emotional Toll

(WebMD) Teen sex — oral or vaginal — may have negative emotional consequences, especially for girls, according to a new study in Pediatrics.

Parents and health professionals should help teens prepare for and cope with the emotions attached to sex, say Sonya Brady, Ph.D., and Bonnie Halpern-Felsher, Ph.D. The two researchers work at the University of California, San Francisco.

They studied a diverse group of 273 sexually active students at two California public schools between 2002 and 2004. The students, 56 percent of whom were girls, all reported having had vaginal and/or oral sex by spring of 10th grade.

Of the students, 116 said they had had only oral sex, 43 said they had had only vaginal sex, and 114 said they had had both.

For the study, the students completed surveys every six months between 9th and 10th grade about the consequences they experienced from sex.

Overall, the teens reported positive consequences — such as pleasure, popularity, and stronger relationships. But a sizeable percentage noted negative consequences such as feeling used, getting pregnant, contracting a sexually transmitted infection, or feeling bad about themselves.

Those reporting at least one negative effect included 31 percent of those who had had only oral sex, 58 percent of those who had had only vaginal sex, and nearly 62 percent of those who had had both.

Girls were more than twice as likely as boys to say they felt bad about themselves. Girls were also more than three times as likely to say they felt used as a result of having sex.

Those findings may partly stem from society's double standard about sex.

"These findings are consistent with research showing that boys are encouraged to be sexually experienced, whereas girls are encouraged to restrict sexual behavior," the researchers write.

Boys were more likely to say their popularity rose when they became sexually active. But they were also more likely to report a pregnancy or sexually transmitted infection as a result of their sexual activity.

The reasons for those findings aren't clear. The boys may have been more sexually active, had more partners or risky sex, or been more willing to admit those consequences, say the researchers.

Teens may need help in coping with the emotions that surround sex, the researchers say. They encourage health professionals and other adults to talk with adolescents "about how decisions to engage in any type of sexual activity may have important consequences."

The study has limits. For instance, it's not clear if the results apply to all sexually active 9th- and 10th-grade students.

Also, the surveys didn't label the listed consequences as good or bad; the researchers classified consequences as positive or negative without teen input.

"We do not know whether consequences were viewed as positive or negative by adolescents," write Brady and Halpern-Felsher.

Well, how about the emotional toll of not having a sex at all? How about all those fucked up people that go through life sexually frustrated because they haven't had sex with anybody until they were 25 and then were unable to establish a normal sexual relationship with another human being?

NASA Love Triangle

ORLANDO, Fla. — A NASA astronaut accused of trying to kidnap a romantic rival for a space shuttle pilot's affections was charged with attempted first-degree murder Tuesday as her lawyer sparred with prosecutors to effort her release.

Lisa Marie Nowak was ordered released on $10,000 bail and told to wear an ankle tracking device. That is in addition to the $15,500 bail that was ordered for Nowak earlier in the day for the attemped kidnapping charges.

Meanwhile, WFTV in Orlando reported that after the alleged recent attack, Orlando police encouraged the alleged victim, Colleen Shipman, to file for a restraining order against Nowak and a no contact order from Nowak's Navy commander.

In the petition for the restraining order, when asked how long the conduct has been going on, Shipman said the attack was one day, but indicated she was being stalked for approximately two months, according to WFTV. Also in the petition, Shipman says Nowak researched her personal information, including the flight, using government contacts or computer.

Nowak, a 43-year-old Navy captain and married mother of three, had already been charged with attempted kidnapping, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, destruction of evidence and battery.

A judge earlier Tuesday said she could be freed on $15,500 bail provided she stay away from the other woman and wear a monitoring device. But as Nowak was about to be released, she was notified more charges were pending, Orange County jail spokesman Allen Moore said.

"The intent was there to do serious bodily injury or death," Orlando Police Sgt. Barb Jones, referring to a new steel mallet, knife, rubber tubing and large garbage bags that police found in Nowak's possession.

Chief astronaut Steve Lindsey, who flew with Nowak to the international space station last July aboard space shuttle Discovery, and fellow astronaut Chris Ferguson attended the earlier hearing.

"Our primary concern is her health and well-being and that she get through this," Lindsey told reporters afterward.

Ferguson said he was "perplexed" by Nowak's alleged actions.

For now, NASA has put Nowak on a 30-day leave and removed her from mission duties. NASA spokesman John Ira Petty at Johnson Space Center in Houston said he was concerned about the people involved and their families. But, he added, "We try not to concern ourselves with our employees' personal lives."

Police said Nowak drove 900 miles, donned a disguise and was armed with a BB gun and pepper spray when she confronted a woman she believed was a competitor for the affections of Navy Cmdr. William Oefelein, an unmarried fellow astronaut.

Oefelein, 41, piloted the space shuttle Discovery in December. He and Nowak trained together but never flew a mission together.

Nowak told police that her relationship with Oefelein was "more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship," according to an arrest affidavit. Inside Nowak's vehicle, which was parked at a nearby motel, authorities found a pepper spray package, an unused BB-gun cartridge, latex gloves and e-mails between Oefelein and Colleen Shipman.

They also found a letter "that indicated how much Mrs. Nowak loved Mr. Oefelein" and Shipman's home address, the arrest affidavit said.

Police said Nowak told them that she only wanted to scare Shipman into talking to her about her relationship and didn't want to harm her.

"If you were just going to talk to someone, I don't know that you would need a wig, a trench coat, an air cartridge BB gun and pepper spray," Jones said. "It's just really a very sad case."

Defense attorney Donald Lykkebak said Tuesday that he believes the attempted murder charge was filed because police were unhappy Nowak would be released on bail.

"I guess they didn't like the ruling in court this morning, did they? You think they would have done it if she was still in jail?" he said.

According to authorities, Nowak believed Shipman was romantically involved with Oefelein, and when she found out Shipman was flying to Orlando from Houston, she decided to confront her early Monday, according to the arrest affidavit.

Nowak raced from Houston to Orlando wearing diapers in the car so she wouldn't have to stop to go to the bathroom, authorities said. Astronauts wear diapers during launch and re-entry.

Dressed in a wig and a trench coat, she waited for Shipman's plane to land and then boarded the same airport shuttle bus Shipman took to get to her car, police said. Shipman told police she noticed someone following her, hurried inside the car and locked the doors, according to the arrest affidavit.

Nowak rapped on the window, tried to open the car door and asked for a ride. Shipman refused but rolled down the car window a few inches when Nowak started crying, the statement said. Nowak then sprayed a chemical into Shipman's car, the affidavit said. Shipman drove to the parking lot booth and police were called.

An officer reported following Nowak and watching her throw away a bag containing the wig and BB gun. Police also found a steel mallet, a 4-inch folding knife, rubber tubing, $600 and garbage bags inside a bag Nowak was carrying when she was arrested, authorities said.

Oefelein and Shipman, who worked at Patrick Air Force Base near the Kennedy Space Center, did not immediately return calls seeking comment.

According to NASA's official biography, Nowak is a Naval Academy graduate who has a master's degree in aeronautical engineering. She has a teenage son and younger twin girls.

Oefelein has two children and began his aviation career as a teenager flying floatplanes in Alaska, according to a NASA biography. He studied electrical engineering at Oregon State University and later earned a master's degree in aviation systems at the University of Tennessee Space Institute. He has been an astronaut since 1998.

Sunday, February 04, 2007

Are Showers Made For Bathing or Sex?

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Sex is not a taboo subject at Yale, home to Sex Week, a biennial celebration that’s one of the most provocative campus events in the nation.
But a randy couple’s frolic in a shower at one of Yale’s undergraduate residential colleges prompted a professor to issue an e-mail of protest, which in turn has sparked debate on the Internet.
With the subject line “Shower Stalls are for Showering,” the e-mail begins “OK, well THIS is the most awkward college-wide e-mail I’ve ever had to send.”
The e-mail was sent Jan. 30 by Professor Jonathan Holloway, master of Calhoun College, one of 12 residential colleges at the Ivy League university. About 330 students received the e-mail from Holloway. His e-mail warns against “intimate activity” in the showers, “especially that kind of activity that leaves the showers in a decidedly less hygienic state.

“Several times since the start of the spring term some Hounies have come across a couple having the time of their lives in a shower stall,” the e-mail stated, referring to the nickname for college residents. “Last night, the shower flooded and the bathroom could not be used for over 90 minutes. To the as yet unidentified couple, this may be pleasurable and exciting for you, but it is a violation of community standards. Please stop.”
Dan Gelernter, class of 2009, is co-editor of Critical Mass, aimed at “collegiate conservatives,” also weighed in, calling the episode “a new chapter in the story of Yale’s continuing descent into the depths of moral degradation.”

PS: Showers are for bathing, just as bed are for sleeping, elevators for going up and down , and cars for driving from a to b. Still all those places are more than appropriate for a good shagging. There is nothing better and relaxing than a good fuck so just get over it.

Former Prison Guard Guilty Of Female Inmate Rape

CONCORD, N.H. - A former corrections officer was convicted Friday of raping a female inmate under his supervision at a prison halfway house.
A Merrimack County Superior Court jury found Douglas Tower, 62, guilty of all charges against him: two counts of rape and four counts of felonious sexual assault. The jury began deliberating on Wednesday.
The woman, now 23, testified the former corrections sergeant assaulted her in his office at the Shea Farm halfway house two years ago and in a Corrections Department van. She said she felt she had no choice but to submit.
“I had nobody to call, I didn’t have any friends. I didn’t have anybody like that to call,” she said. “There are levels of trust. I didn’t trust anybody to tell them anything like that.”

Tower testified that he kissed and fondled the woman in the van after she made advances to him, but did not rape her.
He denied that he ever forced the woman to perform oral sex on him or assaulted her in his office at the Shea Farm halfway house, as she testified.
His actions were stupid, Tower said, but it wasn’t rape.
“I had let so many people down,” he said. “Doing something that stupid, it devastated my entire life and everybody around me.”
But prosecutor Kirsten Wilson told the jury Tower lied to the police, then changed his story just before he was scheduled to take a polygraph test. He also approved a special visit for the woman the same day they were together in the van, a request he did not have the authority to grant. The state asserts that Tower coerced the woman because he had the power to grant favors and send her back to prison if she refused.
He faces separate trials on sexual assault charges involving a dozen other women.
State Corrections Commissioner William Wrenn said the department will go after employees who take advantage of their authority over inmates.
“We are entrusted with the custody and safekeeping of all offenders who are incarcerated in our facilities,” Wrenn said after the verdict. “We take that responsibility seriously. The employees of the Department of Corrections must uphold the laws of the state and we will continue to have a zero tolerance approach to those who violate that trust.”
Tower was the highest-ranking officer assigned full-time to Shea Farm halfway house, where he worked at night and once was voted officer of the year. He ruled on low-level disciplinary reports, bedroom assignments and inmate visit requests, and had authority over other officers.

Teen On The Rape Trial Was "Scared"

Terrance Terrell said he was as scared as anyone the night he reluctantly found himself in the middle of the sadistic rape, robbery and beating of a young couple on their first date, the Bay Shore teenager tearfully testified in his trial yesterday.

Terrell, 19 - one of three former Bay Shore High School students charged in the Dec. 3, 2005, attack - said when he followed Reginald Dugue, 19, and Douglas Payton, 18, out of a car and approached the couple's parked Jeep, he thought they were only going to scare them.

But before long, things spun out of control, said Terrell, who said he was "shocked" when Dugue produced a gun, pistol-whipped the male victim and ordered him and his girlfriend to strip.

"I didn't want to be part of this anymore," said Terrell, as his voice cracked. Terrell said he quickly returned to Payton's car as his friends stayed with the couple. Moments later, he said Dugue came to the car with the gun and the female victim.

"I sat there, I was scared. I didn't know what he was going to do with this gun," said Terrell, as he recalled reluctantly going along as the girl performed oral sex on him when Dugue ordered it. "I was scared that he would have shot me if I pulled the girl off."

Contrary to the female victim's testimony earlier, Terrell said he was never aroused during the incident.

"I was too scared. I wouldn't be able to get aroused by something like that," Terrell testified, as his mother cried and shook her head from her seat in the courtroom.

Prosecutors say Dugue then raped the woman, as Payton restrained her boyfriend and forced him to watch. Dugue and Payton have both pleaded guilty to rape, sodomy and robbery.

Terrell recalled Dugue laughing about the attack as the three teens drove away, but Terrell said, "I didn't find it funny at all."

"I didn't feel right about the whole situation," Terrell said. "I felt low. How would a person do this?"

Terrell's attorney, James Saladino of Riverhead, asked him, "Why didn't you just say, 'Hey, stop. What's going on Reggie? I didn't sign up for this.' "

"I never had a gun pulled on me before," he replied. "I froze."

Terrell said detectives came to arrest him three days later in his high school locker room, minutes before he was to play for the school's basketball team. He said he maintained his innocence, but police coerced him to sign a confession that he never read by telling him that if he did, they would let him return to his game.

Suffolk Assistant District Attorney Kate Wagner pointed out that he did not tell anyone about the crime in the days after it happened.

"You were the victim?" Wagner asked Terrell.

"Yes," he answered, drawing moans and scoffs from many of the victims' supporters in court. "I was forced to do something I didn't want to do."

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Sex Offender Who Posed As Boy Indicted

A sex offender posing as a 12-year-old has been indicted on 15 counts of child pornography involving sexual exploitation of a minor, the Yavapai County Attorney's office reported today.

Neil Rodreick II had also been charged with fraudulent schemes, failure to register as a sex offender, five counts of forgery, taking the identity of another, possession of a forgery device and a misdemeanor assault charge.

Rodreick, a convicted sex offender from Oklahoma, was arrested last week after trying to enroll at Mingus Springs Charter School in Chino Valley. After searching the home, investigators confiscated computers and videotapes, at least one of which contained images of Rodreick with a juvenile, the Yavapai County Sheriff's Office reports.

Between August and November, Rodreick successfully posed as seventh-grader "Casey Price" and attended class at Imagine School at Rosefield in Surprise. So far, the Surprise Police Department has found no cases of inappropriate behavior.

Rodreick camouflaged his age by shaving his body hair, wearing makeup and dressing the part, investigators report.

Three men living with Rodreick have also been indicted on charges including sexual exploitation of a minor. Two of the men, Robert Snow and Lonnie Stiffler, believed Rodreick was 12. They had a sexual relationship with him, investigators say. Brian Nellis, a former cellmate of Rodreick's, was possibly in on the con, the Sheriff's office reported.

All four men will appear in court 10:30 a.m. Feb. 26 in Division 5 of the Yavapai County Superior Court. If found guilty, each man faces in excess of 100 years in prison.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Dakota Fanning Sex Scenes Raise Ire

HOLLYWOOD -- Consider this your early-warning Sundance Film Festival controversy alert: Cute little Dakota Fanning plays a precocious child-sex-abuse and rape victim in Full Moon Films' upcoming "Hounddog."

The issue: Fanning, who turns 13 next month, is reportedly depicted in the film nude or scantily clad during compromising scenes, and her face is shown in close-up during a rape scene.

Early reports of the film's contents have stirred a minor Internet storm over whether Fanning's mother, Joy, and the girl's agent, Cindy Osbrink, are exploiting the girl in hopes of an Oscar nomination. A spokesman for Osbrink and the filmmakers did not return a message seeking comment.

Child actors being depicted in sexual roles is not new. Jena Malone portrayed a rape victim in "Bastard Out of Carolina" (1996), Brooke Shields' character's virginity was auctioned in Louis Malle's "Pretty Baby" (1978), and Jodie Foster famously played a prostitute in Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" (1976). All were younger than 15 at the time.

Such roles can vault a young actress from the category of "adorable" into being taken seriously as an artist, and Osbrink was quoted this summer as holding out hopes for an Oscar nomination -- despite the subject matter, which, the New York Daily News reported, scared off some investors.

Fanning is an experienced actress with more than 30 roles, including in the slasher film "Hide and Seek" and the remake of "War of the Worlds" (both 2005), and as Fern in "Charlotte's Web" (2006).

Among the outraged is Ted Baehr of the Christian Film & Television Commission. Baehr, whose advocacy group runs the Web site, which ranks films based on Christian themes and family appeal, said that he hadn't seen the film but that he was calling on movie distributors to reject the film and report the filmmakers to legal authorities. The movie has its first Sundance screening Jan. 22.

"It's pedophilia," Baehr said earlier this week. "There should be a sense of outrage about it."


Dirty Song Lyrics Can Cause Early Teen Sex

Teens whose iPods are full of music with raunchy, sexual lyrics start having sex sooner than those who prefer other songs, a study found.

Whether it’s hip-hop, rap, pop or rock, much of popular music aimed at teens contains sexual overtones. Its influence on their behavior appears to depend on how the sex is portrayed, researchers found.

Songs depicting men as “sex-driven studs,” women as sex objects and with explicit references to sex acts are more likely to trigger early sexual behavior than those where sexual references are more veiled and relationships appear more committed, the study found.

Teens who said they listened to lots of music with degrading sexual messages were almost twice as likely to start having intercourse or other sexual activities within the following two years as were teens who listened to little or no sexually degrading music.

Among heavy listeners, 51 percent started having sex within two years, versus 29 percent of those who said they listened to little or no sexually degrading music.

'Cool thing to do'
Exposure to lots of sexually degrading music “gives them a specific message about sex,” said lead author Steven Martino, a researcher for Rand Corp. in Pittsburgh. Boys learn they should be relentless in pursuit of women and girls learn to view themselves as sex objects, he said.

“We think that really lowers kids’ inhibitions and makes them less thoughtful” about sexual decisions and may influence them to make decisions they regret, he said.

The study, based on telephone interviews with 1,461 participants aged 12 to 17, appears in the August issue of Pediatrics, being released Monday.

Most participants were virgins when they were first questioned in 2001. Follow-up interviews were done in 2002 and 2004 to see if music choice had influenced subsequent behavior.


Second Teacher Accused Of Sex Offences

For the second time in less than a week, a popular teacher at a Howard County high school has been arrested and charged with multiple counts of sex offenses against students. Police arrested Alan Meade Beier, a 52-year-old science teacher at the top-performing River Hill High School in Clarksville, yesterday at his home.

They say he undressed and photographed a 16-year-old male student Monday evening in his classroom. Police also say he fondled a 17-year-old female student on two occasions, most recently in the fall. Beier, who was chosen River Hill's 2001 Teacher of the Year by the senior class, has been placed on administrative leave by the school system.

Last week, Joseph Samuel Ellis, 25, a popular history teacher at Glenelg High School, was arrested and charged with several sex crimes. He is accused of exposing himself to one student, persuading a second to meet him at a park with the promise of alcohol, and sending a third suggestive computer messages.

"I can say positively that students are safe in our schools and in our classrooms," Howard County Superintendent Sydney L. Cousin said yesterday. "It is unfortunate that incidents of this type take place. We will investigate and take appropriate and deliberative action." Howard County does not have a specific session about student-teacher relationships during its teacher orientation held before the beginning of each school year.

All teachers are required to complete training in recognizing child abuse and then sign a document that gives an "explicit definition" of what child abuse is, according to Howard County's spokeswoman Patti Caplan. In the wake of the latest arrest, Howard County school officials are examining their procedures and policies.

Beier is charged with three counts of sexual child abuse, three counts of second-degree assault and three counts of fourth-degree sex offense. If convicted of all charges, he could be sentenced to a maximum of 108 years in prison and fined $10,500.

An employee at the Howard County Detention Center indicated last night that Beier had bond.
According to charging documents, the male student went with two other students Monday at school and asked Beier for community service hours. Beier allegedly gave the other students "normal assignments to complete" but asked the third youth to come back later in the evening to assist him with a "special job" in connection with the Mr. RHHS (River Hill High School) contest, a lively all-male pageant in which students compete for votes from their peers. Beier served as the teacher adviser to the contest, Caplan confirmed.

The student was asked to bring a bathing suit to the meeting. Later that evening, the student alleges that he met Beier - who brought a camera and lighting equipment - and the two went to his classroom, where they assembled the equipment.

The student said that Beier began to take photos of him with his clothes on. Beier took pictures of the student with his shirt off, then the student removed his clothing except for his bathing suit. Eventually, the charging documents said, Beier "pulled down both [the student's] swimming trunks and boxers" and photographed him.

A search warrant of Beier's home Tuesday yielded a camera with images that supported the student's claims, according to the Howard County Police Department. Sherry Llewellyn, a police spokeswoman, would not provide additional details involving the images on the camera.

While police were investigating the allegations of the male student, they learned about a 17-year-old female student who said that Beier, her teacher, grabbed her buttocks on two occasions.

The first time, during May or June, she said, Beier walked by her and grabbed her buttocks while she was in his room. She said Beier said: "Oh, excuse me." She told police she believed that Beier had intentionally grabbed her.

On the second occasion, in September or October, she alleges that Beier grabbed her buttock and "cupped" it. The Maryland Judicial Database indicates that Beier has no previous criminal history. Beier began teaching at River Hill in 1996, after teaching for 20 years in Prince George's County, according to Caplan.

John White, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Public Schools, could not disclose Beier's status when he left the school system.

Beier was in school Monday but did not return the rest of the week, leading to rumors about his disappearance. On Tuesday, police visited the school, Llewellyn confirmed. Also that day, several students said that Principal William Ryan made an announcement acknowledging Beier's absence and stating that it was "a personal matter."

By Wednesday, students started wearing homemade T-shirts that read "Free Beier." Some students had their T-shirts on yesterday when they learned of Beier's arrest during an announcement.

Students were shocked, according to one 17-year-old senior who has Beier as a physics teacher.
"He was a great teacher," the student said. "He made everyone feel welcome. He always brought fun activities to class for us to learn." Another of Beier's students, a 17-year-old senior, said the teacher was polarizing.

"You either loved him or you hated him," she said. "Most of the kids just loved him."

Margaret Bowers, the parent of a River Hill junior who played on an indoor soccer team and pingpong team that Beier coached, said Beier was "approachable, friendly and very caring."

"He was a respectable gentleman," the Clarksville mother said.

"I encouraged my son to have him as a mentor. He was able to reach students on a level that they appreciated." Neighbors in Beier's Columbia neighborhood were shocked to learn of his arrest.

"I was never around him socially, but he appeared to be a nice guy. ... When I saw him outside mowing the lawn, I would say 'hi' to him," said neighbor Thomas Roberts. "He was a nice guy, as any of my neighbors are."


Wednesday, January 10, 2007

US Buddha Porn Site Banned In Thailand

BANGKOK, Thailand: The Thai government blocked access Monday to a U.S.-based pornography Web site that uses an image of Buddha as its logo and is calling on Buddhists around the world to condemn the site, an official said.

The Chicago-based Web site,, features sexually explicit material beneath an image of a golden statue of a seated Buddha and contains pornographic images divided up in different categories named, the Buddha Galleries, Nirvana Galleries, and Satori Galleries — the last two referring to Buddhist beliefs about reaching enlightenment.

About 90 percent of Thailand's 65 million people are Buddhist.

"It certainly crosses the line in a Buddhist society, " said Culture Ministry official Ladda Tangsuphachai, adding that the site was blocked by the Information Ministry after culture officials brought it to their attention. "We ask Buddhists around the world to send letters to condemn the Web site," he said.

The Foreign Ministry is asking the Web site's administrators, through the U.S. Embassy in Thailand, to remove all Buddhist references from the site, Ladda said.

"I don't know what their intention is, but I assume they did not know that this is unacceptable in our culture," Ladda said.

The Web site's home page offers this disclaimer: "This site is in no way associated with religion and any religious symbols on this site are just a joke."

XXX Domains Proposal - Again

NEW YORK — The Internet's key oversight agency has revived a proposal it earlier rejected to create an online red-light district, after adding stronger provisions to prohibit child pornography and require labeling of Web sites with sexually explicit materials.

The use of the proposed ".xxx" domain name would remain voluntary, but any porn sites that choose to use it instead of the more popular ".com" would be subject to the new terms issued late Friday by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers.

The idea of a separate ".xxx" domain has generated significant opposition from conservative groups and even some pornography Web sites.

But ICANN officials said they initially rejected the proposal in May not because of the opposition but because of concerns that the agency might be put in a difficult position of having to enforce all of the world's laws governing pornography. They noted that various nations' speech-related laws sometimes conflict with one another.

The new proposal does not directly address any potential conflicts in laws, but it calls for the company backing it, ICM Registry Inc. of Jupiter, Fla., to hire independent organizations to monitor porn sites' compliance with the new rules.

ICANN, the agency in Marina del Rey, Calif., designated by the U.S. government to oversee domain name policies, opened the proposal to public comment but did not indicate when it would rule.

If approved, ICM would be required to help develop mechanisms for promoting child safety and preventing child pornography, "including practices that appeal to pedophiles or suggest the presence of child pornography on the site."

Porn sites would have to participate in a self-descriptive labeling system, likely one from the Internet Content Rating Association. Under it, Web sites add tags based on such criteria as the presence of nudity and whether it is in an artistic or educational context, such as for sites on breast feeding. Relatively few sites now participate, although major Web browsers have mechanisms for reading the tags.

ICM also would have to develop automated tools to check for compliance and give users ways to report violations.

ICM believes the domain would help the $12 billion online porn industry clean up its act, as those using it must abide by rules designed to bar such trickery as spamming and malicious scripts.

Anti-porn advocates, however, countered that sites would be free to keep their current ".com" address, in effect making porn more easily accessible by creating yet another channel to house it.

Many porn sites also objected, fearing that an ".xxx' domain would pave the way for governments or even private industry to filter speech that is protected in the United States by the First Amendment.

Ex Prison Guard Remains In Jail On Sex Charges

S.Dakota, US -- The man accused of using the Internet to lure a 14-year-old Escondido girl into running away with him to South Dakota pleaded not guilty yesterday to raping her.

Charles “Chuck” Leroy Crowell, 34, a former prison guard, could face up to 30 years in prison on two counts of rape, said officials in Sioux Falls, where he appeared in court yesterday.

Crowell could face more charges in California, according to the Escondido Police Department. Escondido detectives are still investigating, checking e-mails, chat-room messages and text messages that they say were exchanged between Crowell and the girl.

The girl's parents discovered that she was missing Sunday morning. Police found her safe Monday afternoon, as she and Crowell drove up to his apartment in Sioux Falls. The girl is in protective custody, while Crowell remains in jail with bail set at $500,000, according to the Minnehaha County Court Clerk's Office.

The 300-pound, 5-foot-7 Crowell was a correctional officer in the South Dakota State Penitentiary from May 2003 until Nov. 6, 2006, officials said.

In November, Crowell was arrested and charged with assault on a family member, said Sioux Falls police spokesman Loren McManus. He had no other criminal record, McManus said, and is not a registered sex offender.

Officials said Crowell has been married and has at least one child, but was living alone in the apartment where he attempted to take the Escondido girl.

The domestic violence case is scheduled for trial in late February, court officials said. Crowell's trial status could change because there could be a grand jury hearing on the rape charges. South Dakota officials said he also could face federal charges.

In the Escondido case, he faces two counts of fourth-degree rape, which according to South Dakota law applies if the victim is a juvenile 13 to 15 years old and the accused is at least three years older.

Crowell is being represented by the Minnehaha County Public Defender's Office. His public defender declined to comment yesterday.

Since the news broke that a girl may have been taken by a possible Internet predator, Escondido police Lt. David Mankin said his office has been flooded with calls from parents worried about how to protect their children. Mankin tells them to do the same thing the girl's parents did.

“These parents actually did a good job tracking their daughter,” Mankin said. “They checked up on where she visited on the Web and what she wrote, and when they caught her using what they considered inappropriate conversations, they took away her Internet privileges and cut off her text-messaging capabilities.”

He lauded the girl's parents for contacting her friends and asking them not to let her go online or text message on their equipment.

While it may have been technology that introduced the eighth-grader to the the former prison guard, it also helped authorities catch them.

The girl's parents found Crowell's cell phone number on their phone bill and left messages with him, as did Escondido police.

“If she's portraying herself as an 18-year-old online, and he believes she's 18, that's no defense in this case because he has messages from us and from her parents that, 'You're in possession of a runaway 14-year-old,' ” Mankin said.

Twice last weekend the girl's parents foiled her plans to meet Crowell at the Motel 6 near Old Town, the parents and police said. Crowell registered at the motel Thursday after flying to San Diego from Omaha, Neb., which is a three-hour drive from Sioux Falls, officials said.

The girl's parents discovered her plans when the cab company called to confirm that she needed a taxi and her father answered the phone. The girl's name was made public by the media when police were seeking help in finding her. However, The San Diego Union-Tribune no longer is identifying her because it is the policy of the newspaper to not name someone who authorities believe is a victim of sexual crimes.

Although the parents kept close watch on her, the girl slipped out of her home in a gated community sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning. It is unknown whether she knew the man from the Internet was more than twice her age and married.

Staff writer Kristina Davis contributed to this report.

New Year Sex Resolutions

One of the most fun New Year's resolutions I ever heard was from a girlfriend some years back.

Asked what she had resolved to change for the new year, she replied firmly "Have more orgasms!"

I was full of admiration. She boldly stated it in front of friends and, to his chagrin, her husband. She did, after all, add "for me" at the end of her statement.

To his credit, he amiably agreed to help her fulfil and keep her resolution.

I didn't check up with her for a long time after that to see how it all was going but they're still married and they looked blissfully happy in the last photo I received, so perhaps it happened.

Whether or not couples agree (and I hope they do!) sex is a wonderful and joyful part of any relationship and an important glue for holding a marriage together.

But loving intimacy can get pushed far down the scale of priorities in frantically busy and demanding days and whereas some men can manage to get along with the occasional speedy physical release it's not what most women want -- or long for.

A lot of people, men and women, don't believe this, but women want sex as much as men. The difference is in the style and approach.

While there are plenty of great guys who feel the same way, women often feel they're missing loving, caring, skillful, relaxed time spent sexually connecting with a partner they love and desire. And, no, this doesn't necessarily mean taking a lover in order to get this.


Above all, women want satisfaction.

In other words, orgasms are good and women shouldn't accept being denied them.

But if a woman isn't getting them, it's partly her fault. Takes two, after all. She should say so and then direct the action to make it happen. Honesty is also one of the very important factors in making a relationship work.

Faking it, (which according to numerous sex surveys happens all too frequently), only ensures the status quo is maintained and drives an unseen wedge of resentment between couples.

Men, in turn, have to make more effort to learn exactly what it is that excites and pleases their partner. I can assure you, a lot of women love being sexually explored.

But the key here is something that is so often overlooked and discarded. Something that when neglected becomes lost forever.


So how about this for another New Year's resolution: Resolve to communicate more with your partner. Talk, talk, talk together, tell each other (kindly) what you like or dislike, what you expect and dream about, what you resent or appreciate. Make sure you have quality time together in order to do this and, above all, share your lives.


Not just sexually but every day. A shared life with love in it is tough to divide.

But what about singles?

Not everyone is in a relationship. Single are all ages nowadays and many of them are on the hunt for that special someone. And, despite what married folk think, not all of them are having endless hot sex. Chance would be a fine thing.

But for most singles, the New Year's vow is often to make more effort to find a partner. Conversely, they may decide to give up the difficult and sometimes depressing search to focus on other life goals.

This is hard to do, especially for many women, who can feel a life without love and cherishing in a close partnership is empty and unfulfilling despite other successes.

But I'm a single and, yes, my resolution for 2007 is to try harder to find a relationship.

Note I said relationship -- not date or one-night stand despite their obvious instant pleasures. In the world of singles, that's an important point and, let me tell you, narrows the field considerably.

Yes, more orgasms are great but take it from one who knows, nothing beats a really good relationship in which they're included.