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#324778 - 03/11/10 11:44 AM 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse
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11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse

POSTED: 10:19 am CST February 28, 2010
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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- An 11-year-old northwest Iowa boy has been charged with sexually abusing three children who range in age from 5 to 8 years old.
Lyon County Sheriff Blythe Bloemendaal said the boy is charged with six counts of second-degree sexual abuse, which is a class B felony.
He said the boy and the alleged victims knew each other, but he wouldn't say whether they're related.
Authorities have not released the boy's name.
It was not immediately clear Saturday whether the boy is in custody. The sheriff said he will probably be tried in juvenile court.

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#324892 - 03/12/10 12:50 AM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: SamV]
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I do hope at least they give him a proper assessment and figure out if something happened to him. What he did is wrong, but if he was abused as well then they need to follow that trail to where it leads. That is my take.


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#324915 - 03/12/10 07:43 AM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: ericc]
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He should be punished because not every victim turns around and abuses others. There are some who often work and try to protect others from their perp. However, the trail does need to be followed.

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#324925 - 03/12/10 10:19 AM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: catfish86]
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Lets see if he even did anything first, OK? Parents use their kids to steal and setup false situations for money all the time.

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#325107 - 03/13/10 08:11 PM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: kidneythis]
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I find it surprising that an 11 year old can be charged with anything. In Canada, a "youth" must be at least 12 to be charged. And to state that he "probably" would be tried as a juvenile? The State needs to remember this is a child, not an adult.

Seeking justice should also include using reason to ascertain the facts of the case and any subsequent handing out of justice.

I feel for this child. If he was abused, and then abused others, and if he is a pawn in some sick adult game, just as much.

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#325120 - 03/13/10 09:16 PM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: Geeders]
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there's places in America where they'd fry an 8 year old if they could.

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#325135 - 03/13/10 10:17 PM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: kidneythis]
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Don't get me wrong, I think they definitely need to remember he is a child and to be careful and evaluate what is going on.

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#325138 - 03/13/10 11:53 PM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: catfish86]
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I cannot imagine an 11 year old doing something like this. So sad. I hope they do a thorough investigation before making decisions that will affect that little boy for the rest of his life.


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#325142 - 03/14/10 01:23 AM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: Caleb]
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Just a few questions:

1. Who abused him? Who taught him to do those things?

2. Children do not have the same ability to contain themselves as do adults. The same things cannot be expected of a child as an adult.

3. Why can't judges and lawyers think straight about these things?


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#325157 - 03/14/10 07:37 AM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: pufferfish]
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And law enforcement officials, and Child Welfare staff as well Allen...

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#325163 - 03/14/10 09:23 AM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: Caleb]
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Originally Posted By: Caleb
I cannot imagine an 11 year old doing something like this. So sad. I hope they do a thorough investigation before making decisions that will affect that little boy for the rest of his life.


At the same time guys remember that 11yr olds are capable of this, they have done this, and worse. There are many cases of children that age who have not been sexually abused, but mistreated or negelcted in other ways, who go on to do these kind of crimes at that age. Of course the case of James Bulger has been back all over the news for the past month or so because one of his murderers is back in jail for an undisclosed crime, so it is a good time to remebmer that even children can committ unprovoked horrific crimes.

Those of you who don't know of this story see wikipedia. Here is a quote:

"James Patrick Bulger (born 16 March 1990),[1] a two-year-old child from Kirkby, Merseyside, England, was abducted, tortured, and murdered in 1993. The perpetrators were two 10-year-old boys, Robert Thompson (born 23 August 1982) and Jon Venables, (born 13 August 1982). Bulger disappeared on 12 February 1993 from the New Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle, while accompanying his mother, and his mutilated body was found on a railway line in nearby Walton on 14 February. Thompson and Venables were charged on 20 February 1993 with the abduction and murder.

Thompson and Venables were found guilty of the murder of Bulger on 24 November 1993, making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history. They were sentenced to custody until they reached adulthood, initially until the age of 18, and were released on lifelong licence in June 2001. The case has prompted widespread debate on the issue of how to handle young offenders when they are sentenced or released from custody.[2]"

and i think we also have some threads on MS. Somebody has also updated wiki with venables 2010 imprisonment.

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#325164 - 03/14/10 09:30 AM Re: 11-Year-Old Boy Charged With Sexual Abuse [Re: Geeders]
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Originally Posted By: Geeders
I find it surprising that an 11 year old can be charged with anything. In Canada, a "youth" must be at least 12 to be charged.


Clearly each case is individual, in the case i just mentioned,

"Thompson and Venables were found guilty of the murder of Bulger on 24 November 1993, making them the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history"

These boys were 10 when they committed the crime and 11 when they were convicted, i believe, and their guilt is not disputed.

I do think that the case talked about in this thread needs to be looked at carefully, but to the victims of this boy it does not matter to them if the abuser was 11 or 45 yrs old, the damage is the same, and perhaps more difficult for the victims since it may not be recognised as abuse due to the age of the abuser as readily.

The perpetrator clearly deserves help also, but it doesn't take away from his crime. Like a previous poster said, not everybody who is abused goes onto abuse. In fact, if you do the maths, and recognise that one abuser has many victims, it is clear that only a few people who are abused become abusers thmeselves.

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