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Teacher Convicted Of Raping 15-Year-Old Student Now Has To Pay Victim $1 Million

An Oklahoma City federal judge has awarded $1 million in damages to a teenage boy who was raped by his middle school teacher, according to The Oklahoman newspaper

Jennifer Caswell, 31, was sentenced to 15 years in prison, five of which were suspended, after pleading guilty to six counts of second-degree rape, child enticement and forcible sodomy in June 2015.

In his judgment, U.S. District Judge Robin J. Cauthron wrote that following the incident, which garnered national headlines after Caswell appeared on the “Dr. Phil” show, the victim experienced “depression, isolation, and self-blame for the events that transpired.”

The boy and his father sued Caswell and the Hollis Oklahoma school district in 2015 due to the boy’s emotional duress and in order to bring attention to the plight of sexual abuse by teachers, according to their attorney Bob Wyatt.

Following the judgment, Wyatt said, “”We are pleased that the judge

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Mom Of Charlottesville Victim Killed By White Supremacist Speaks Out: ‘I Want Her Death To Be A Rallying Cry’

The mother of the woman murdered during the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia this weekend said her daughter’s death should be “a rallying cry for justice.”

Thirty-two-year-old Heather Heyer died after a man plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protesters.

“Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred,” Susan Bro, Heyer’s mother told HuffPost. “Heather was about bringing an end to injustice. I don’t want her death to be a focus for more hatred, I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion.”

Twenty-year-old James Alex Fields Jr. has been arrested for the attack. He was photographed demonstrating at the rally, carrying symbols of Vanguard America, a white nationalist group.

Federal law enforcement are conducting a civil rights investigation into the incident, which has been called an act of domestic terrorism by numerous politicians and officials. The incident injured 19 others.

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Northwestern Professor Accused Of Killing Hair Dresser Sent Video To Victim’s Family: ‘Worst Mistake Of My Life’

A Northwestern University associate professor and an Oxford University employee have each turned themselves into police after the pair became suspects in the death of a 26-year-old man, People magazine reports.

Police found the body of Trenton Cornell-Duranleau at the home of Wyndham Lathem, 42, an associate professor of microbiology-immunology at Northwestern. The victim was apparently stabbed to death.

Police searched for Lathem and Andrew Warren, 56, for more than a week before they agreed to turn themselves in.

While on the run, Lathem allegedly sent a video to Cornell-Duranleau’s family, apologizing for “the worst mistake of my life,” investigators claimed.

One of the suspects also made a $1,000 donation to a local library in Cornell-Duranleau’s name, the Associated Press reports.

Lathem, who has been placed on administrative leave and banned from Northwestern’s campuses, plans to plead not guilty to the charge of murder, his attorney told People.

[Image: Chicago Police Department]

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Parents Of Texting Suicide Victim React To Michelle Carter’s Light Sentencing: ‘We Want To Put It Past Us’

Conrad Roy’s mother is ready to move on following the suicide death of her son. “We want to put it past us. We want to move on. Best way we can,” Lynn Roy tells 48 Hours after hearing Roy’s girlfriend, Michelle Carter, may never have to serve jail time for her role in the death. 

Roy and Carter were on the phone together when the 18-year-old was dying of carbon monoxide poisoning inside his truck in July 2014. She never called for help. When Roy apparently got out of his car, she told him to get back inside. Carter sent several texts encouraging Roy, who suffered from depression, to kill himself. One stated, “Hang yourself, jump off a building, stab yourself I don’t know there’s a lot of ways.”

“Michelle Carter exposed my son’s weaknesses and used him as a pawn. Where was her humanity?” asked Roy’s father.

Prosecutors in Plainville, Massachusetts charged her with involuntary manslaughter.

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Video Shows Murderer Laughing In Court As Statement From Victim’s Crying Mother Is Read

It was an emotional and shocking scene in a Michigan courtroom. A teenager who admitted to killing 18-year-old Jordan Klee, grinned and laughed as a statement written by the victim’s mom was read.

“I’ve lost my only child, my son, my baby, my friend. More than that, I lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren,” a family member read on behalf of Klee’s mother as the mom weeped and wiped tears from her eyes.

Seventeen-year-old Danta Wright smiled and shook his head as the statement was read. After the statement, he made a statement of his own, saying, “I just want to tell y’all I’ll be home soon…I love my family.”

The judge was less than impressed.

“Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, ‘I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll

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Murderer Laughs In Court As Victim’s Mom’s Statement Is Read …

It was an emotional and shocking scene in a Michigan courtroom. A teenager who admitted to killing 18-year-old Jordan Klee, grinned and laughed as a statement written by the victim’s mom was read.

“I’ve lost my only child, my son, my baby, my friend. More than that, I lost laughter and love. I no longer have the hope of having grandchildren,” a family member read on behalf of Klee’s mother as the mom weeped and wiped tears from her eyes.

Seventeen-year-old Danta Wright smiled and shook his head as the statement was read. After the statement, he made a statement of his own, saying, “I just want to tell y’all I’ll be home soon…I love my family.”

The judge was less than impressed.

“Watching you sit there, smile, laugh, shake your head like this was no big deal— I’m very tempted to just say, ‘I’m not going to accept this sentencing agreement and we’ll

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John Wayne Gacy Victim Finally ID’d After 40 Years

After four decades, James “Jimmie” Byron Haakenson has been identified as one of the 33 men murdered by serial killer John Wayne Gacy. The Minnesota victim went missing when he was 16 years old.

“He had so much life ahead,” his older sister, Lorie Sisterman told the Star Tribune. “But he didn’t get to do that — have fun, get married — because of this awful man. It’s so sad.”

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office in Illinois announced Wednesday that Haakenson was identified as one of the serial killer’s victims. Another seven victims remain unidentified.

Haakenson left Minnesota summer of 1976. He called his mom on Aug. 5, 1976, telling her he was in Chicago. He was never heard from again.

“My brother has been missing for so long, and it’s so nice to know that we’ve found our brother now, even though now it’s not good,” Sisterman told the Chicago Tribune.

According

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Dad Of Son Found Covered Head To Toe In Feces Claims He Is The Victim

A pair of parents in Indiana have been charged with neglect and criminal confinement after their neighbor saw their son playing with his own feces. The mother stated the child was being punished for “pooping on the floor again,” according to Eagle Country Online.

Raymond L. Goodrich II, 52, and Sharon M. Goodrich, 34, allegedly forced their 3-year-old to live in filth. Police were forwarded a case from the Department of Child Services that reported their home was full of soda cans, trash cans and open diapers. The child would also often be left unsupervised.

Police visited the residence in June, where they saw two child gates stacked on top of each other, confining the child to one section of the trailer. Police said the child’s bed, walls and floor was covered with feces, urine and diapers. The officers claimed the child himself was covered in feces from head to toe. According

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Child Molester Is Ordered Not To Live Next-Door to His Victim …

A convicted sex offender is being ordered to stay away from his victim, after he moved next-door to her. According to People21-year-old Danyelle Dyer of Oklahoma was granted an order of protection against her uncle, Harold English (pictured below), who molested her when she was young. 

English, 65, served more than 12 years incarcerated after his 2004 conviction on lewd molestation charges. He was released on June 13 and moved into his mother’s home in Bristow, near Dyer.

“I was coming back from class and he was out mowing in my grandmother’s backyard, and it made me uneasy just being home,” she told People last month. “I go to school in Edmond, [Oklahoma,] so I’m only home half the time, and I think twice before going home now. I have a very close family, so it’s hard for me to not constantly be with them.”

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Child Molester Is Ordered Not To Live Next-Door to His Victim

A convicted sex offender is being ordered to stay away from his victim, after he moved next-door to her. According to People21-year-old Danyelle Dyer of Oklahoma was granted an order of protection against her uncle, Harold English (pictured below), who molested her when she was young. 

English, 65, served more than 12 years incarcerated after his 2004 conviction on lewd molestation charges. He was released on June 13 and moved into his mother’s home in Bristow, near Dyer.

“I was coming back from class and he was out mowing in my grandmother’s backyard, and it made me uneasy just being home,” she told People last month. “I go to school in Edmond, [Oklahoma,] so I’m only home half the time, and I think twice before going home now. I have a very close family, so it’s hard for me to not constantly be with them.”

Some

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