NEWS: Former Child Counselor Guilty on 51 counts of Child Molestation

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posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 03:06 PM
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Former child counselor Paul Whitmore was convicted Wednesday of 51 counts of child molestation and pornography with special allegations that could put him behind bars for life when he faces sentencing Feb. 3.
 



www.signonsandiego.com
Man convicted of 51 felonies in child porn ring
By Dana Littlefield
UNION-TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
December 1, 2005

A former San Diego child counselor involved in a huge international child pornography ring was convicted yesterday of child molestation and pornography.

Paul Gordon Whitmore, 47, was convicted of 51 felony counts including committing lewd acts upon a child, aggravated sexual assault of a child and posing a minor for pictures involving sexual conduct.

A San Diego Superior Court jury deliberated about two days before convicting Whitmore. He could be sent to prison for life at a sentencing hearing scheduled for Feb. 3.

Prosecutors contended during the monthlong trial that Whitmore engaged in sexual conduct with several children and sometimes took photographs and made videos of the victims, which he distributed on the Internet.

Deputy District Attorney Jeffrey Dort said in a previous interview that investigators found 750,000 total images when they busted the pornography ring in the United States and Europe. More than 100 victims were identified.

The investigation, called Operation Hamlet, began with an anonymous tip to a Swedish child-welfare organization, which led to the arrest of 24 men in the United States and 10 convictions overseas, Dort said.



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This man was entrusted with the emotional care of children, and yet he was deeply involved in an international child porn ring. It makes me sick.

What more can I say?

I hear guys like him are real popular in prison, if you know what I mean.




posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 03:32 PM
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Its quite common for these kinds of people to work their way to positions where they get to work with children that have had emotional or abuse problems from early on in their life.

They are already broken and so easely manipulated to do with whatever these sickos want.

For some of these kids that have been abused both mentaly and physicaly from a young age, the only way for them to feel loved and express love is trough violence and sex.



posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 03:38 PM
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This stuff makes my skin crawl.

Whatever happened to the documentary about the White House kiddie-porn ring? ...IMO - when the big guyz do this stuff - ordinary a-holes are more likely to crawl further out of the woodwork.

We need to clean it up from the top down.



posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 04:57 PM
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That is sad, I suppose.

I do not feel any emotional outbursts towards this news, it does not disgust or anger me.

Though I would think, that the people who employed him, would have done a very thorough backround search on him, not just at time of employment, but periodically.


EDIT: Out my thoughts, because I don't want to put up with the onslaught that they would create.

[edit on 12/1/2005 by iori_komei]



posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 06:08 PM
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voted

what about trying to help the victims... it seems they are focusing on what to do to these bastards, while the victims are forgotten.

Take these guys for everything they have, and maybe start a college fund for the victims or something.



posted on Dec, 1 2005 @ 07:29 PM
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Yes, the victims should be the focus going forward. The article states that over 100 have been identified so far, but their identities are being kept secret to shield them from further trauma.

I don't in any way feel that these children are now condemned to a life in which


o.p. by thematrix
the only way for them to feel loved and express love is through violence and sex.


It would probably benefit these kids to get some satisfaction out of seeing their abusers getting the punishment they deserve, to see that there is justice in the world and these scummy perpetrators have been depriving them of it all along. It will take some time to rebuild their trust and undo the damage done by the circumstances they've endured. They must be taught to spot the telltale signs of predatory pedophiles. Everything they have fallen victim to can be turned around and used in their favor to stop the sub-human demons responsible for these horrific crimes.



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 12:41 PM
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Unfortunatly, all to often, victims of abuse grow up to be abusers...

it is an either or situation...

they either become totally aborhent to those actions, or end up doing them themselves... not much middle ground.

With proper counseling and support, they will become another soldier in the fight against these crimes.... I can only pray.



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 12:57 PM
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Icarus, alot of these kids never have their wounds healed, not because there isn't care provided, but because its so deeply rooted and for some because it has been going on from ages 2 and up(some even younger).

I deal with investigations and aftercare of these children every day. I know first hand what damage these sick excuses for human beings do to these kids and how deeply rooted their mental and emotional problems are.



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 01:15 PM
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o.p. by thematrix
I deal with investigations and aftercare of these children every day. I know first hand what damage these sick excuses for human beings do to these kids and how deeply rooted their mental and emotional problems are.


I understand from previous threads what kind of work you do. I in no way meant to single you out, only to reference your statement as an example of the worst possible outcome for these kids.

We need to research and develop the proper care for the traumatic psychic injuries suffered by these children and give them the full benefit of our best efforts, just as their abusers should get the maximum punishment for what they have done.



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 04:04 PM
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Honestly I believe that public hanging should be brought back into capital punishment for specifically these kinds of crimes. What kind of sick bastard would dare to even look at a child once he hears that neck snap and sees a lifeless body hanging for the crimes that they may be thinking of perpetuating in their mind.

A jury just recommended the death sentence for a local bay area man who raped and killed an 11 year old girl. I personally want to see him hang.

Not much can be done for the victim seeing as she is also dead.



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 05:09 PM
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I really just want to let something out real quick, I hate that what our children have in mind as role models are really child molesters and rapist. VERY sick people. Children are some of the most innocent things that live on this planet and the world that is so sick and twisted gets are kids mixed up and exposed to this stuff. The pain and damage these kids will live with is horrific. I am a lover of people and am broken hearted about the things I read on a daily bases. I hate living in a world that is so twisted and sick. Please know that I am mature enough to know that there is good in this world but I also know, the bad parts run it. And there isnt alot of things that could happen to a rapist or molester that I wouldnt support, ecspecially when it comes to innocent children. Sorry for any offense.



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 05:43 PM
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Thematrix, thank you for mentioning the fact that "these people" work their way into such "respected" positions as that is one of the reasons there so few successful prosicutions. The "experts" who are supposed to help the victims are often working to keep them silent.

I've found one of the greatest handicaps to people healing, is the strong encouragement to keep everything private. Whether they are consciencely aware or not, "instinct" tells them privacy does more to protect the perpetrators that feed the child sex industry than it's victims who continue to have a personal shame strongly implied against them by being "discouraged" from openly speaking out AGAINST the "bad guys".

If some drunk runs a stop sign, crashes into your yard where he kills your child you were playing with and cripples you for life, you tell your story and aren't blamed or questioned as to what you did to deserve it or whether you just "imagined" it, but find community support to do something about drunk drivers, like making sure the rich and powerfull are also made examples of.

The injustice of the public not giving paramount attention to the rampant, life crippling, crime network of child sex traders, but having wide public discussion on, for instance, the "problems" of "false memoury" is a constant dripping of poison into the spirit of those trying to heal.

[edit on 2-12-2005 by suzy ryan]



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 09:20 PM
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Suzy Ryan, jsut wanted to let you know that what you said was very wise and I respect you for what you said. Thank you for stating it so gentle and lightly. Very well said.



posted on Dec, 2 2005 @ 09:26 PM
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suzy ryan

I too quite agree. Very well said.

These kind of people are an example of the few where I could imagine doing grave bodily harm to another. I feel pure outrage everytime I hear one of these stories.



posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 07:58 AM
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Yet another chance on ATS to discuss the worlds worst PROVEN conspiracy that's been quickly buried. Don't talk about the "good old boy's" favourite pass time, they don't like it.

[edit on 7-12-2005 by suzy ryan]



posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 11:46 AM
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Take heart, suzy ryan.

It has to be broken to them gently, and they must be given a chance to repent of their ways. Remember, they were brought into this system not of their own volition, and taught that it was the way of the world. Now, the tables are turning, and the truth is slowly coming to light. There will eventually be no place for them to hide, or bury, their wickedness. Have patience. All in good time, all in God's time.

I know, they are being given a chance they never provided to their victims, but which in turn was never provided to them. They must repent or they will be destroyed.



posted on Dec, 7 2005 @ 04:54 PM
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It was easier to be patient decades ago when it was so secret but now it's everyones face and undeniable yet those rare few who do get charged, still get gentle, all but insignificant, justice while their victims are still punished in countless ways.

The worst horror is that the industry is growing despite all the known leads to shut it down. What is being 'advertized' when the issue does make the media, is that it's unstoppable so don't bother trying.

The evil are laughing all the way to their child sex parties.



posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 03:43 PM
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This case has really been played down in the media. It is also about a person that is a "master of deception". I have known "Whitmore" for over 5 years! I spoke with him everyday, he worked with my child on a daily basis, and I would NEVER have thought he was capable of this. He is a "Master of Deception". I don't want to say to much (I have learned from this experience to trust NOONE). I can not think of a sentence that would bring justice to his victims. But I do know he will burn in HELL. Until then, NEVER trust anyone with your child. As hard as it is to raise a special needs child, never let your guard down. It's people like this that make you realize our courts haveto do more to protect the people who can not protect themself.



posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 05:46 PM
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Oh Fairfax, damn I'm crying...sympathy or gratitude or both, I don't know.

People please think about this; GUILTY on 51 counts of child molestation, yet it is SO PLAYED DOWN in the media and a parent still has to be carefull of what they say.

"Master of Deception", get it, these people are the LAST you would suspect.

It is very hard for people to see through the 'public image' of these monsters so when some one does, and they get busted, PLEASE OH PLEASE, DO NOT 'support' them because you can't or don't want to admit you were deceived.
That's like not admitting Tiger Woods beat you in a round of golf.

Likewise, supporting them because, "they were always great", with your child, is why they are 'so good' with others, to get people on their side, in 'public opinion' and the witness box should 'public opinion' fail to 'protect' them.

Fairfax, you are a hero, just by admitting you could be deceived and warning others because an awfull lot of parents leave their kids in danger rather than admit they were tricked into trusting a paedophile. The monsters rely on that inability for people to face and admit the ugliest truth they could imagine.

I wish you and yours all the best and just want you KNOW, survivers can and do become successfull thrivers, when they have at least one champion in their corner. You are a Champion.



posted on Jan, 8 2006 @ 06:44 PM
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Actually, my child was the victim of a different Perpertrator. GET THIS, Whitmore was the "Counselor " that supposedly was helping my son deal with all of the emotional trama he had endured. Whitmore was the driving force in my pressing charges. He pushed me every step of the way to prosecute. He kept telling me "How are you going to live with yourself when they do this to another child, and you didn't stop them". He even helped write the victim impact statement. AND THE WHOLE TIME, HE WAS A SICK PERVERT doing the same thing to other children.
So, as you see, he was actually "working" in the capacity of someone who counsels children that have been victims!!!!! (I HAVE NEVER SEEN THAT FACT MENTIONED IN ANY ARTICLES.)
YES, I was decieved by him, It never occured to me that a person counseling victims was indeed one of the "SICK PERVERTS".
What can I say, we are moving on with our lives. I NEED EVERY PARENT TO LEARN FROM MY EXPERIENCE!!!! TRUST NO-ONE, EVEN IN YOUR WEEKEST MOMENT, YOU HAVE TO PROTECT YOUR CHILD.



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