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Tuesday
Nov062012

Rape Suspect Left Name, Phone Number for Victim

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) -- A suspect in two violent Washington, D.C., attacks was arrested after he left his name and phone number for his second victim, officials said.

Demarco Myles, 19, is accused of raping a Howard University student in her dorm room on Nov. 2, then pinning the victim to her bed with his leg and writing down his name and phone number.

“He stated something to the effect of, ‘Since you don’t know me, here’s my number b—–,’” according to court documents.

The victim told Myles she did not need his number, the documents said, so he took a marker and crossed it out.

Police arrived at the scene and were able to trace the number to a residence belonging to Myles’ mother.

When he was brought in for questioning, Myles admitted he stabbed a woman on Oct. 26 after barging into her home, but claimed he only wanted to take her belongings, according to the court documents.

Myles said he did not mean to kill anyone and asked if the victim, who suffered multiple stab wounds but survived, had died, the court documents said.

The 19-year-old maintained, according to the documents, that the alleged incident at Howard University was “consensual.”

A statement on the university’s website said a mass email alert was sent out to students immediately after the assault.

“The safety of our campus community is paramount; we have consistently enhanced security and will take additional steps to bolster security in residence halls on a 24-hour basis,” the statement said.

Cathy Lanier, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia, said detectives worked “around the clock since the first assault” in order to make the arrest.

“Had we not located him, it is our belief that he would have continued to attack women,” she said.

A message left with Myles’ public defender, Liyah Brown, was not immediately returned.

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Wednesday
Oct032012

Waseem Daker Stabbing Victim: 'He Didn't Break Me'

ABC News(NEW YORK) -- Days after they were grilled in court by the man who made their lives hell for years, Nick Smith and Lottie Spencer say justice prevailed.

“He didn’t break me,” Nick Smith told 20/20′s Chris Cuomo after the conviction of Waseem Daker, who was tried last month for the 1995 murder of Smith’s mother, Karmen, and stabbing Smith 18 times when he was just 5 years old.

In court, Daker served as his own attorney, cross-examining both Smith and Spencer, Karmen Smith’s good friend who lived upstairs from the Smiths.

Daker is believed to have committed the crimes as revenge against Spencer.  Before being tried for the Karmen Smith murder, Daker spent 10 years in prison for stalking Spencer.

Spencer, who endured hours of questioning by Daker, said she was inspired by Nick Smith.

“I just kept on thinking, that poor Nick has got to confront the man that stabbed him eighteen times, and murdered his mom,” she told Cuomo.  “And if he’s going to do it, I gotta be strong for him, to show him that we can do it.”

On the stand, Spencer broke down sobbing after Daker called her testimony “inappropriate.”

“It’s really inappropriate that you stalk me and harass me, and you’re sitting here asking me questions, and I have to come back with you and answer your questions, that’s hard for me!” she said.

During his time on the stand, Nick Smith shot back after Daker asked if Smith remembered saying in 1995 that his attacker’s eyes were blue.

“I was in the hospital and had gotten stabbed repeatedly by you, so I don’t really think that that was a very good time to be asking a 5-year-old questions like that,” he said.

A jury convicted Daker last week and on Monday, he was sentenced to life in prison plus 47 years.  During his sentencing, he maintained his innocence.

Smith, meanwhile, says he sleeps much easier now.

“I just feel a little more free than I did before,” he said.

Watch the full story on 20/20 Friday at 10 p.m. ET.

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

Monday
Jun252012

Jerry Sandusky Verdict: Victim 1's Mother Speaks Out

Mark Wilson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The 45 guilty verdicts made it clear: The jury believed the eight young men who testified against Jerry Sandusky.

But before the jury read the verdicts to the court, the biggest fear for the victims and their families was that Sandusky would walk away a free man.

"That was my biggest fear ... that he would not be found guilty," said Victim 1's mother, who spoke exclusively to ABC News over the weekend.

She shared the fears and emotions of her son -- an 18-year-old boy whose testimony helped send Sandusky away for possibly 400 years.

"It was very hard on him," said Victim 1's mother.  "Even after therapy, he doesn't feel comfortable saying what happened to him to me."

Victim 1, who has just graduated from high school, was on his way to work when his mother called him with the news of the guilty verdicts.

"I, of course, called my son right away and told him ... guilty, guilty, guilty," she said.  "He had to pull over his car. ... We talked about it for a few minutes, and he was extremely happy."

Victim 1 was the first boy to come forward and accuse Sandusky of sexual abuse, which triggered a grand jury investigation against the former Penn State football coach.  Victim 1 testified that Sandusky performed oral sex on him after meeting him through Sandusky's charity, the Second Mile.

The boy described staying in Sandusky's basement bedroom, where a water bed and television were sequestered away from a pool table.  It was there that Sandusky began abusing him, he said.  

The mother and her son say they've been haunted since the verdict, seeing Sandusky's picture everywhere even though his mug shot signals life in prison for him.

"I'm just disgusted.  I really don't want to look at him," said Victim 1's mother.  "[I] didn't want to look at him then ... really don't want to look at him now."

She said her son was working through his anger and disgust in counseling and had become involved with a foundation called Let Go ... Let Peace Come In.

Victim 1's mother said she is relived the trial is over and that while the damage has been done, her son will move on.

"He's a strong one," she said.  "He's a survivor and he'll get through it."

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Tuesday
Jun122012

Victim 1 Cries on Stand in Penn State Sex Abuse Trial

Rob Carr/Getty Images(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) -- The 18-year-old man who launched the sex abuse investigation into Jerry Sandusky wept on the stand Tuesday and brought some jurors to tears as he recalled the first time the former Penn State coach allegedly performed oral sex on him, when he was about 12 years old.

"After rubbing, cracking my back and rubbing his hands down back of my shorts, and the blowing on the stomach," he said, pausing to cry, "he put his mouth on my privates.  I spaced, I didn't know what to do.  With all the thoughts running through my head, I just kind of blacked out and didn't want it to happen.  I was froze."

The man, known as Victim 1, reported the alleged sexual abuse to his mother and his high school in 2008, launching a three-year investigation that led to 52 charges of child sex abuse against Sandusky.

The recent high school graduate was the second accuser to testify during the trial, which began Monday in Bellefonte, Pa., 10 miles from Penn State University.

He described meeting Sandusky through Sandusky's charity for underprivileged boys, the Second Mile, and spending time with Sandusky playing sports, doing activities and sleeping over his house.

Victim 1 described staying in Sandusky's basement bedroom, where a water bed and television were sequestered away from a pool table.  It was there that Sandusky began abusing him, he said.

Jury members placed their hands over their mouths or wiped tears away from their eyes as the man testified that Sandusky forced him to perform oral sex.

"lt was back cracking, rolling around in bed, back massages, hands down back of my shorts.  The same thing," he said, pausing to cry.  "Except this time he sat there and he looked at me and said something along the lines of, 'It's your turn,' and he made me, he made me put my mouth on his privates.  In the basement room."

Joseph Amendola, the defense attorney for Sandusky, tried during cross-examination to pick through the accuser's account of events, showing that he told investigators with Children and Youth Services and the state police different timelines for when the oral sex abuse began and ended, and showing that he didn't even mention oral sex to investigators until about eight months into the investigation, when troopers told him there were other young people with similar claims.

The back-and-forth between Amendola and Victim 1 became tense at times, as the accuser dismissed Amendola's suggestion that he was lying.

Victim 1 was adamant that staying at Sandusky's house affected his behavior.

"After I started staying with him it [my behavior] changed noticeably.  I acted out, I started wetting the bed, I got into fights with people, stuff I would never normally do," he said.

Sandusky also came to the boy's school frequently and pulled him out of class for conferences, he testified.

Once, Sandusky and the boy were working out in a wrestling room when Sandusky pulled the alleged victim off of a rock climbing wall and down onto him on a wrestling mat, where he began rolling around with the boy and blowing on his stomach.  Then, a coach walked in.

"Then the door opened and Joe Miller walked in on me.  I felt kind of like a relief that nothing was going to happen in the school," he said.

Amendola, however, went back over the incident with Victim 1, noting that in his grand jury testimony, Victim 1 said it was "hilarious" when he fell of the rock wall with Sandusky when they were climbing, and that he was "laughing hysterically."  Amendola reiterated that there had been no sexual contact during the incident.

Amendola also hinted that Victim 1 had discussed getting rich by bringing a civil suit against Sandusky, part of the defense strategy Amendola has described since the beginning of the case.

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Monday
Apr162012

Alleged Rape Victim Released from Detention After 20 Days

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- After nearly three weeks in custody at a youth detention center in California, a 17-year-old alleged rape victim was finally released Monday, with the apologies of the presiding judge.

“I am truly sorry for all that you have been through,” a Sacramento County judge told the girl, who was held as a material witness in the case against her alleged rapist, ABC News affiliate KXTV reports.

The teen had previously skipped court dates in which she was expected to testify against the man she said raped her, inciting authorities to serve her with a warrant and keep her in custody to ensure that she would be available to testify in the future.

“The last thing we ever want to do is put a victim or a witness in custody, but when you have serious crimes of violence and a multiple offenses, you have to balance the protection of the community here,” Sacramento County Assistant District Attorney Albert Locher said earlier this month.

The teen was released on the condition that she would be monitored by a GPS system, but her location would be kept confidential.

Locher told ABC News Monday that the teen and her defense attorney had reached an agreement with prosecutors to permit her release. The terms of the agreement were confidential, the attorney said.

Prosecutors were forced to re-file charges against the alleged rapist, Frank William Rackley, after the teen skipped out on a preliminary hearing and the Feb. 28 trial. The new trial has been set for April 23, when the alleged victim is once again expected to testify, Locher said.

Rackley, an ex-convict with a criminal history that dates back to 1992, was previously arrested for rape, though according to court documents, those charges were dropped.

Locher said the teen victim’s testimony was imperative and cited the potential public safety issue if Rackley is let go on the charges.

The teen’s attorney, Lisa Franco, did not return calls for comment. She previously told ABC News affiliate KXTV that the detention of her client was preventing the girl from moving on with her life.

“She needs to be released.  It’s the only way she can start moving on, stop being victimized and move on with her life after what’s happened to her,” Franco said.

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Thursday
Apr052012

Alleged Rape Victim Jailed to Ensure Testimony

Hemera/Thinkstock(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- A 17-year-old alleged rape victim is being held in juvenile detention to ensure she’ll testify at her alleged rapist’s trial, which was rescheduled after she previously failed to appear.

The unidentified girl did not show up to a preliminary hearing for Frank William Rackley or to his Feb. 28 trial, causing prosecutors to re-file the case and set an April 23 trial date.

“The last thing we ever want to do is put a victim or a witness in custody, but when you have serious crimes of violence and multiple offenses, you have to balance the protection of the community here,” Sacramento County Assistant District Attorney Albert Locher told ABC News.

A judge signed off on the teen, who is reportedly in the state’s foster system and has a history of running away, being held on a material witness warrant on March 14.  She appeared before a judge on March 27 and has been in custody ever since, the Sacramento Bee reported.

“I think it’s outrageous that the DA’s office wants to put a rape victim -- a juvenile rape victim -- in custody, as if she were the criminal, in a case where she is the victim,” the girl’s attorney, Lisa M. Franco, told the newspaper.

Rackley has a criminal history in the area dating back to 1992. He has a previous arrest for rape. However, those charges were dropped, according to court documents.

Locher said the girl’s testimony was imperative and cited the potential public safety issue if Rackley is let go on the charges.

Material witness warrants are subject to judicial review every 10 days.

The girl’s next hearing will be Friday, April 6.

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Friday
Mar092012

Washington Woman Planned to Marry Her Alleged Stalking Victim

Misty Bedwell / Design Pics/Thinkstock(SEATTLE) -- The judge was booked, the rings were chosen, but the romance was missing.

Seattle authorities have charged a woman with one count of felony stalking after she allegedly made plans to marry a man who had a restraining order against her.

Madaline Desmet, 64, met the unidentified man briefly two years ago at church. She professed her undying love for him in more than 50 love letters and allegedly followed him around, the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported.

Despite the man’s rebuffing of her advances and getting a restraining order, the single real estate agent allegedly continued to pursue him.

Church officials banned Desmet from their property after she apparently would not leave the man alone, the Seattle Times reported.

Desmet decided in December that the two should tie the knot. She booked a room at a Seattle courthouse and went to Jared the Galleria of Jewelry, where she chose a ring.

The object of Desmet’s affection alerted authorities when the courthouse called him about the wedding. He also received a phone call from the jewelry store asking him to pay for the ring she had selected.

The lovelorn bride was released last week on $50,000 bail and reportedly told police that the man had pursued her online.

Desmet, who has not yet entered a plea, did not respond to a request for comment.

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Friday
Feb102012

9/11 Victim Identified More Than 10 Years After Attacks

ALEX FUCHS/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- More than ten years after 9/11, forensics teams at the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner are still identifying human remains from the World Trade Center.  Karol Ann Keasler is the latest victim identified through retesting of fragments recovered from Ground Zero.

To date, 59 percent of victims from the 9/11 attacks have been identified.

Keasler, originally from Arizona, was engaged to be married when she went to her job as an event planner on the 89th floor of 2 World Trade Center.

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Friday
Dec092011

Virginia Tech Shooter was Not a Student, Police Say

Jared Soares/Getty Images(BLACKSBURG, Va.) -- The suspected gunman in the ambush of a Virginia Tech police officer was not a student of the university, a Virginia Tech spokesman said Friday.

The shooter killed Virginia Tech police officer Deriek W. Crouse and then the man believed to be the gunman was found dead in a nearby parking lot.

"We found him laying on the ground and he had suffered what appears to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound and the handgun was found nearby," Corinne Geller of the Virginia State Police said at a news conference Friday morning.

"We know who this person is," Geller said, but won't release his identity until next of kin are notified.

Authorities have not yet identified a motive for the ambush. Very few details about the gunman have been released.

"At this time we have made no connection that the shooter and Officer Crouse knew each other at the time of the shooting," Geller said.

She also said, "We are very confident that he was the only individual involved in this."

Crouse, who was ambushed as he sat in his police car, was not able to return fire, Geller said.

There are indications that Crouse was targeted by the gunman. Geller said there was a, "likelihood he is connected to a stolen vehicle from Radford," that the shooter used to get to the campus. Radford is about 18 miles from the Virginia Tech campus.

Blacksburg police also recovered a discarded backpack with clothing in it that seemed to match the original description of what the gunman was wearing, leading authorities to believe that the gunman changed his clothes after shooting Crouse and was part of a plan to escape. Early Friday, officials confirmed that Crouse and the suspected gunman were killed by the same handgun.

The shooting came almost five years after the deadly massacre at the Blacksburg, Va., school, when Seung Hui-Cho killed 32 other people before killing himself.

Crouse, 39, of Christiansburg, Va., was a four-year veteran of the force and father of five.

Crouse joined the school's police force in 2007 and was trained as a crisis intervention officer and firearms instructor. He was a member of the Virginia Tech Police Emergency Response Team, according to officials. Crouse was also a U.S. Army veteran and worked at the New River Valley Jail and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Department, officials said.  

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Monday
Nov212011

Bullying of Alleged Sandusky Victim Prompts Joe Paterno to Speak Out

Justin K. Aller/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- The boy who first came forward to accuse former Penn State coach Jerry Sandusky of sexual assault has been harassed so intensely that he had to leave high school, prompting ousted coach Joe Paterno to speak out against bullying.

The mother of the alleged victim, who set off the investigation and led to 40 counts of child sexual assault against Sandusky, told ABC News that students at her son's high school blame him for the firing of Paterno, the beloved head coach who oversaw the university's Nittany Lions football team for 46 years.

Speaking exclusively with ABC's Good Morning America, the attorney representing Paterno said that the former coach denounces bullying, and called for respect in the name of the school.

"Coach Paterno strongly condemns harassment or bullying of any kind, and he asks anyone who truly cares about Penn State to conduct themselves honorably and with respect for others," attorney J. Sedgwick Sollers told ABC News.

Paterno had previously called for a prayer for the victims of abuse in the wake of the scandal breaking.  He hasn't spoken publically since his ouster from the school and is reportedly battling lung cancer.

Psychologist Mike Gillum has been counseling the unnamed young man, who is referred to as Victim 1 in the Sandusky case grand jury report, for the past three years while the case was being investigated.  He said that scorn and bullying can be a major concern for victims of abuse.

"It's very scary," Gillum told GMA Monday morning when discussing the state of mind of someone who's come forward after being victimized for years.

"You wonder what kind of push-back or what kind of reaction and how far that reaction might go in terms of people in the community.  Will people threaten you?  How hostile will things become?" he said.

Victim 1, who according to his testimony was 11 or 12 years old when he was first sexually abused by the 67-year-old former defensive coach, has been accused of changing his story as the case evolved.  Sandusky's defense attorney has already publicly said he's going to go after the credibility of the boy's story based on the fact that his statements escalated.

But Gillum says that victims of abuse often take time to reveal the full details of what happened.

"The level of humiliation, the level of insight into how deviant what's occurred is, means that they're not going to reveal that until they really feel comfortable," he said.  "And that may take months, that might take a year or two."

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