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A mother saw Storms taking pictures of her children.  She called the police.

 
"Don't ignore that sense that you have in your gut. Anything could have happened.  If we hadn't been paying attention and noticed that things were off, who knows what could have happened.”

 Video of news broadcast from April, 2012 May Be Triggering

While the high profile Sandusky trial was taking place in Bellefonte, PA, another pedophile in the same city was arrested and charged with over 300 counts of child sexual abuse.  

According to a criminal complaint obtained by 6News, a teenager went to state police [in] December 2012, to report repeated abuse that happened at a mobile home park in Huston Township when she was 6-year-old.

Following several interviews, troopers at the Philipsburg barracks seized a computer and several drives from [then] 41-year-old Jeffrey Storms’ home in Bellefonte, and found dozens of pornographic videos and images, as well as altered images that Storms took of several neighborhood children.

Charges include felony possession of child pornography, aggravated indecent assault, attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, attempted rape and dissemination of sexual materials to minors. Misdemeanor charges include indecent assault, terroristic threats, corruption of minors and simple assault.

At a preliminary hearing in May, 2012, a young victim who was abused from 6 to 8 years old testified that "[Jeffery] Storms told her that if she ever disclosed her abuse to anyone, he would "put her in the ground.""

Another victim, "a 17-year-old girl reported in December that Storms sexually abused her on numerous occasions from the time she was 5 years old until she was 11.  The girl said Storms touched her inappropriately and forced her to touch him. He also made her watch pornography."


Today, that man plead guilty to all charges

The trial was set to begin today with Centre County President Judge Thomas Kistler presiding. (I met him while I was at the Sandusky trial.)  However, Storms plead out before trial started.

42-year old Jeffrey Storms plead guilty Monday morning for charges including Attempted Rape, Sexual Abuse of Children and Possession of Child Pornography.

Storms is accused of victimizing several young children over a 10 year period from 2001 to 2011.

Pennsylvania State Police investigated the case. During the investigation, they found a total of 133 pictures and 42 videos of child pornography on Storms' personal computer.

The District Attorney’s Office said Storms could serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 65 years for 13 counts of attempted involuntary deviate sexual intercourse alone.

He faces up to 20 years for a charge of attempted rape and up to 10 years for a charge of aggravated indecent assault on a person less than 13 years old.
Sentencing is scheduled for June.

Follow me below the jump for information on what to do if you suspect someone may be a child abuser

What to Do

Report any suspicion of child abuse. If the abuse is within the family, report it to the local Child Protection Agency. If the abuse is outside of the family, report it to the police or district attorney’s office. Individuals reporting in good faith are immune from prosecution. The agency receiving the report will conduct an evaluation and will take action to protect the child.

Parents should consult with their pediatrician or family physician, who may refer them to a physician who specializes in evaluating and treating sexual abuse. The examining doctor will evaluate the child’s condition and treat any physical problem related to the abuse, gather evidence to help protect the child, and reassure the child that he or she is all right.

Children who have been sexually abused should have an evaluation by a child and adolescent psychiatrist or other qualified mental health professional to find out how the sexual abuse has affected them, and to determine whether ongoing professional help is necessary for the child to deal with the trauma of the abuse. The child and adolescent psychiatrist can also provide support to other family members who may be upset by the abuse.

While most allegations of sexual abuse made by children are true, some false accusations may arise in custody disputes and in other situations. Occasionally, the court will ask a child and adolescent psychiatrist to help determine whether the child is telling the truth, or whether it will hurt the child to speak in court about the abuse.
When a child is asked to testify, special considerations–such as videotaping, frequent breaks, exclusion of spectators, and the option not to look at the accused–make the experience much less stressful.

Adults, because of their maturity and knowledge, are always the ones to blame when they abuse children. The abused children should never be blamed.

When a child tells someone about sexual abuse, a supportive, caring response is the first step in getting help for the child and reestablishing their trust in adults.

Making a Report

Reporting Child Abuse can be difficult. The abuser may be someone you know-a friend, a neighbor, or even a member of your own family. Many people who know or suspect that someone close to them is sexually abusing a child may have a hard time believing it- the person may not seem capable of such a horrible act.

It is important to remember that most child abusers seem perfectly normal. They come from all different backgrounds and walks of life. Most sexual abusers are married and have children of their own. In fact, the majority of sexual abuse actually takes place within the family.

You may also be afraid of making an allegation against someone that turns out to be false. It is important to know that false allegations of sexual abuse are very easily disproven. While there was a wave of very high-profile false allegations in the 1980′s, investigative techniques have improved considerably over the past few decades, and the rate of wrongful convictions for sexual abuse is among the lowest of any crime. If you are afraid of getting into trouble for filing a false report, rest assured that as long as you make a report in good faith, you will not face any kind of legal trouble.

Bottom line-you should always err on the side of protecting the child.

Legal Requirements for Reporting

To find out the requirements for reporting for your state, please check www.childwelfare.gov or call ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-422-4453.  While there are laws in every state that require certain professionals who work with children (i.e. teachers, nurses, daycare providers) some states mandate that ANY adult who suspects a child is being abuse report their suspicions to the proper agency.

TREE Climbers believes that all adults should consider themselves mandatory reporters, and have a moral obligation to protect vulnerable children.

Agencies That Handle Reports of Child Abuse

Two agencies handle most reports of child abuse:

Child Protective Services (in some states this agency has a different name)-This agency investigates child abuse that occurs within the home

Law Enforcement- Most law enforcement agencies have specialized units that deal with child abuse, and sexual abuse in particular. Law enforcement should be contacted if you suspect abuse outside of a child’s home.

To find out where to make a report in your state, go to the Child Welfare Information Gateway website ,or call the ChildHelp USA National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-422-4453.  Depending on what state you live in, you may contact either child protective services or the police.  

Remember that the most important thing is to call! When in doubt, call your local police station, and they will be able to direct you to the right agency.

If the legal system does not provide adequate protection for a child, contact Justice for Children at (713) 225-4357 or www.jfcadvocacy.org.

For more information visit Tree Climbers

Originally posted to TreeClimbers on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:35 PM PST.

Also republished by House of LIGHTS.

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  •  Words Fail. How many more children must suffer? (30+ / 0-)

    We must do better by our children.  Every day another life is shattered.  It's late, I'm tired, and I'm sick of writing these stories day after day.  

    We must do better.

    "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

    by Roxine on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:31:40 PM PST

  •  This monster like Sandusky (12+ / 0-)

    will die in jail and never harm another child. Thank Goddess.

    The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

    by irishwitch on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:54:30 PM PST

    •  Now that I've had a few hours sleep - and have (7+ / 0-)

      had time to reflect, in reality, perhaps it was the bravery of the Sandusky victims that gave these young girls the courage to speak out.

      And their bravery removed this pedophile from society at age 42.  Sandusky was 67 before he was caught.

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:16:31 AM PST

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      •  So many of them live so long (1+ / 0-)
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        before they're caught.  That's 25 years less than Sandusky had of molesting boys.

        It helps that the climate has changed. I wrote here about a girl who was 12 when she was raped by the neighbor--and the damned prosecutor in 78 figured it was "just statutory rape"  because she  was "though" (had he seen this child crying in my arms, he wouldn't have thought so. ANd the prosecutor KNEW this S.O.B. had knocked up a 15 year old and married her--and had raped another 12 year old whose family chose to drop the charges because he'd harassed them over the phone and made threats. My first husband, also a rape crisis volunteer,  had to be physically restrained from punching the guy out--spoiled brat  newly hatched lawyer all of 17.

        The last time we mixed religion and politics people got burned at the stake.

        by irishwitch on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 05:06:05 PM PST

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  •  I despise pedophiles. (3+ / 1-)
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    Villanova Rhodes

    It's one of the few situations in which I would do violence to another person.

    I can soothe my conscience knowing that these are not "people." They are not Human Beings. They are a disease. I  can only hope that medical science will discover the root of this evil and annihilate it. They are worse than any form of cancer, because this disease ripples through generations of family dealing with the fallout and pain.

    In the meantime, I have a plan for any disease which preys upon children, women, the elderly... The beauty is we could watch them dispose of themselves.

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 08:59:48 PM PST

    •  The best way to combat pedophiles is through (2+ / 0-)
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      education.  Educating our children, educating our teachers, administrators, coaches, friends, loved ones, educating ourselves about the warning signs.

      What to look for in a child.
      What to look for in an adult who spends time with children.
      What to look for in ourselves - our own blind spots to CSA.

      And to talk about it.  It is only in the shame and secrets that child sexual abuse continues to thrive.  

      If we shine a bright light on it then pedophiles have nowhere to hide.

      We teach our children about the dangers "out there" - stranger danger, don't talk to strangers, etc., but we fail to teach them about the danger within -

      Within the confines of the family, the four walls of our homes.

      1:4 girls and 1:6 boys are sexually abused by the time they are 18...90% by someone they know...68% by a family member.  

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:21:50 AM PST

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    •  Unacceptable. What's next, "cockroaches"? (1+ / 0-)
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      I hope it is clear to all that the recommenders, including the diarist, have endorsed the view that classifies large numbers of offenders as "non-people" who should be "annihilated." What's an understandable expression of rage and venom in a therapy session should not be acceptable discourse here in a policy discussion. The policy consequences that flow from a determination that a class of people aren't really people at all are not generally those espoused on progressive websites.  

      •  Fuck you. (1+ / 0-)
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        Roxine

        Walk a mile in MY shoes before you criticise my personal opinion, not some mythical policy.

        Anyone who destroys a child -and make no mistake, that's what happens when a child is serially sexually abused- is not deserving of life, much less liberty. Once uncovered, the pain caused is staggering. The financial aspect is staggering.

        Pedophiles are irredeemable.

        Period.

        Yes. I would make myself judge, jury and executioner.

        My "liberal" bona fides are beyond question. I may not be as "compassionate" as you are, or maybe you speak from some lofty position where the dirty, gritty world doesn't smudge you. And I doubt you have kids. But if you do, and something like this happened to you, I fucking PROMISE you, your life will be changed FOREVER. You will never trust anyone completely again. And you will change your attitude about the subject.

        Now, asshole... go back and carefully read what I actually wrote.

         

        They are a disease. I  can only hope that medical science will discover the root of this evil and annihilate it.
        I wasn't calling for a policy to annihilate them by actively killing them. Though it's my preference, I know that's not going to happen. I was asking that medical science find the root cause, be it genetic or bio-chemical and annihilate THAT
        In the meantime, I have a plan for any disease which preys upon children, women, the elderly... The beauty is we could watch them dispose of themselves.
        Note the "In the meantime.." which means it's NOT happening now. This is my personal opinion, my personal plan. I did not share that. You extrapolated and conflated my preference with what would be truly beneficial: A prevention of pedophilia.

        Finally, who made you the arbiter of what should be "discussed" in ANY forum??  

        This isn't about the HR. I could give a shit. HR me all you want. Encourage others to do so. This was about you being a smug dictadorzuelo.

        "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

        by CanisMaximus on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:56:29 PM PST

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        •  I read it several times before rating it, thanks. (0+ / 0-)
          They are not Human Beings. They are a disease.
          Not "they have a disease." (I didn't address your plan at all, and don't care to explore it.)

          All trusted users are arbiters in the first instance, subject to recalibrating or even banning after input from admins or others. For example, the diarist has uprated the clearly HR-able insults in your comment, thus expressing her approval of your behavior even though it violates one of the few site rules that exist. I have my view of what's appropriate discourse here; you and she have a different one. Perhaps the majority (not just the hive mind of tree climbers) would agree with you and the diarist that violent retribution is preferred even if, sadly for you, not currently permitted.

          So, why don't you publish your comments as a diary and encourage discussion of whether describing people as non-human diseases to be annihilated, and expressing a preference for their extrajudicial killing, is within site norms? I'm open to hearing from others rather than flogging this in a dying thread. Failing that, I think we're done.

  •  BTW, good diary... good information. n/t (9+ / 0-)

    "Wealthy the Spirit which knows its own flight. Stealthy the Hunter who slays his own fright. Blessed is the Traveler who journeys the length of the Light."

    by CanisMaximus on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:01:04 PM PST

  •  you know what you do matters a lot. (11+ / 0-)

    it won't stop making you tired, but whether or not we comment, tip and rec, we read. every. word.

    thank you.

    There is no Article II power which says the Executive can violate the Constitution.--@Hugh * Addington's Perpwalk: TRAILHEAD of Accountability for Bush-2 Crimes.

    by greenbird on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:30:22 PM PST

  •  The legal system in Utah used to almost, but not (7+ / 0-)

    quite, consider children to basically be family property.
    And back then child molestation (ususally girls, but not always) was nearly considered to be normal. By that I mean that convicted defendants seldom went to prison, unless the victims were really young and/or numerous.

    Now, not quite so much. Somewhat fewer victims, seemingly older ages also, and the level of incarceration has increased.

    I'm not sure why, but this is a hell of a hard battle. But at least progress is continuing.  

    There can be no protection locally if we're content to ignore the fact that there are no controls globally.

    by oldpotsmuggler on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:34:36 PM PST

    •  I still struggle with this part (even though it's (4+ / 0-)

      on our website) and I almost changed it last night...

      If the abuse is within the family, report it to the local Child Protection Agency. If the abuse is outside of the family, report it to the police or district attorney’s office.
      While this is the language currently in place - I hate the fact that if it's intra-familial you are supposed to notify child protective services in your state.  

      Rape is rape - and it is my opinion that ALL rapes of children should be reported to the police.

      Mine was reported to CPS - but never to the police.  

      This is a law (in many states) that I would like to change.  I want all reports of child sexual abuse to be reported to law enforcement.  

      So no longer, when CPS asks a 13-year-old girl if she wants to press charges against her grandfather can her mother say "no, we'll handle it in-house."

      I never got my due process...

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 03:53:46 AM PST

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      •  Hard to believe what gets written into (2+ / 0-)
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        laws. Families should not be the ones dealing with criminal behavior. Were you provided any counseling?

        BTW, I had the same thought that the Sandusky victims and trial helped the victims of this man and the mother of the children being photographed to act on this perp.

        Glad to hear the MBA is almost done. The last stretch can take a LOT.  While I was checking a link at one site, a photo gallery was also posted there. (Includes two awesome Aurora Borealis pics.)

        The start of the 2013 Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska Sunday. 1131 miles.

         I'd say you are at the equivalent of the White Mountain checkpoint - considered the last sprint to Safety and Nome, a total of 77 miles. Rules are you have to rest the dogs for 8 hours in White Mountain ;0

        Will be watching for the announcement...

        "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

        by Ginny in CO on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 08:33:18 AM PST

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        •  Not as a child- but I began seeing a counselor (1+ / 0-)
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          last spring.  

          And as for the MBA- I'm just tired - I've been going non stop for 2 years now.  

          I want to read for fun again :)

          With the impending weather we're expected to get here in DC tomorrow - I may get a full 24 hours of unexpected leave/rest (cross your fingers!)

          "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

          by Roxine on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 09:55:06 AM PST

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  •  Tipped and rec'd. Thank you for the positive (6+ / 0-)

    action list following the soul harrowing story at the top of your diary.  So often we hear of horrific child abuse, and it rips at your heart, and you're left with the depressing knowledge of another childhood taken by a monster, and you wonder if there's ever enough punishment for the wounds inflicted on an innocent child.

    Knowing that the perpetrator in this case faces life in prison helps mitigate the sick feeling I got from reading what he did.

    Even better yet, you reminded us that there are things we can do, should, and in fact, must do if child abuse is suspected.  Thanks for the excelllent information.

    "In politics stupidity is not a handicap." Napoleon Bonaparte

    by citylights on Mon Mar 04, 2013 at 09:36:39 PM PST

  •  These guys are the absolute lowest... (0+ / 0-)

    ...on the prison social status list.  Trust me - if he was put in the general population he would not last very long.

    Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

    by dov12348 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 02:46:33 AM PST

    •  While I understand your sentiment here - I can't (0+ / 0-)

      recommend this comment because I would never wish rape on anyone - even a convicted pedophile.  

      Merriam-Webster has a brief, but descriptive definition of rape

      Definition of RAPE
      a archaic : to seize and take away by force
      b : despoil
      and if we dig further into despoil:
      de·spoil transitive verb di-ˈspȯi(-ə)l\
      Definition of DESPOIL
      : to strip of belongings, possessions, or value : pillage
      and even further - defining pillage
      Definition of PILLAGE
      transitive verb
      : to plunder ruthlessly
      To ruthlessly take away, to strip by force one's value - Forget belongings or possessions - but rather imagine losing every bit of self-worth, self-value that you have - imagine someone ruthlessly stripping that away from you.

      Once taken, that self-value and self-worth are difficult to recover.  

      My abuse was over 30 years ago - you can listen to an interview I did in November, 2011 - an excerpt follows

      We carry the shame and the guilt and the heinousness of this, we wear it like a coat.  And we don't want people to know because we don't want to be viewed as something....less than

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 04:12:32 AM PST

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      •  Who's wishing rape? (0+ / 0-)

        I'm not.  I'm just stating a fact.

        Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

        by dov12348 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 06:50:20 AM PST

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        •  Certainly not directed at you - and I apologize (1+ / 0-)
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          dov12348

          it's just I hear this all the time that pedophiles will be "taken care of" once they get into "gen-pop" - but that just sickens me.  

          I don't want anyone to be raped.  

          "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

          by Roxine on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:26:15 AM PST

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          •  They WILL be taken care of. (1+ / 0-)
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            Roxine

            Unless they stay in protective custody the rest of their lives - like Sandusky.   I've studied prisons and prison culture and seen a great many inmate interviews.

            Yes, it's terrible - but it's true.

            Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

            by dov12348 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:47:52 AM PST

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          •  And I'm not talking just rape. (1+ / 0-)
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            Roxine

            Rape is all over the place anyway...very common.

            Boehner Just Wants Wife To Listen, Not Come Up With Alternative Debt-Reduction Ideas

            by dov12348 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 07:49:45 AM PST

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  •  Thanks. You're doing good work. (2+ / 0-)
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    It was great meeting you at the MD meetup last Saturday.

    You can't spell CRAZY without R-AZ.

    by rb608 on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 03:53:37 AM PST

    •  Thanks - I enjoyed meeting you as well. (1+ / 0-)
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      Although it appears one of the pictures got cut off a bit -we will have to do better next time.

      If you want to email me you can reach me at Roxine@treeclimbersinc.org

      "...I am the master of my fate/I am the captain of my soul" Invictus - William Ernest Henley Please donate to TREE Climbers, our 501(c)(3).

      by Roxine on Tue Mar 05, 2013 at 03:56:06 AM PST

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  •  (((((Roxine)))))) (1+ / 0-)
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    I was away from the site for awhile, but always have to give you a read, like gunFail, it is hard to read but so very necessary. Thank you as always for the insight, the information and for doing this hard work. It must be very difficult as a survivor to have to go there, but I for one appreciate it. I was never abused by family, and can only imagine the horrors to be so horribly abused and then the further humiliation of telling and the continuation of then not being believed. I believe you, I honor you, and I respect you for your forthrightness. Peace and Blessings

    United we the people stand, divided we the people fall.

    by Penny GC on Wed Mar 06, 2013 at 02:35:50 PM PST

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