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More Day Care and Child Abuse Cases information

This page has information on the McMartin Preschool Case, Michelle Remembers, the
Fells Acres - Amirault Case, the Wenatchee, Washington Case, the Dale Akiki Case,
the Glendale Montessori - Toward case, the Little Rascals Day Care Center case,
Fran’s Day Care case, the Baran case and the Halsey case.

It describes alleged crimes against children and the convictions in most of these

Sexual Abuse in Day Care: A National Study - Executive Summary - March 1988 -
Finklehor, Williams, Burns, Kalinowski “The study identified 270 “cases” of sexual
abuse in day care meaning 270 facilities where substantiated abuse had occurred
involving a total of 1639 victimized children….This yielded an estimate of 500 to
550 reported and substantiated cases and 2500 victims for the three-year period.
Although this is a large number, it must be put in the context of 229,000 day care
facilities nationwide service seven million children….allegations of ritual abuse
(”the invocation of religious, magical or supernatural symbols of activities”)
occurred in 13% of the cases.” The authors divided these cases into “true cult-
based ritual,” pseudo-ritualism” with a primary goal of sexual gratification and
ritual being used to intimidate the children from disclosing and
“psychopathological ritualism” the activities being “primarily the expression of
an individuals obsessional or delusional system.”

The McMartin Preschool Case - What Really Happened and the Cover-up

Archaeological Investigations of the McMartin Preschool Site by E. Gary Stickel,

Ph.D. This is the final report, written by Dr. E. Gary Stickel, describing his
findings at the McMartin preschool site in Manhattan Beach, California.

describes crimes of abuse

Satanism Linked To Scores of U.S. Child Abuse Cases Edward W. Lempinen. San
Francisco Chronicle 11/5/87 p. A1 Satanism and cult rituals have been linked to
scores of child-molestation cases nationwide in the past five years, including
dozens in California. Children as young as 2 and 3 years old have come forward
with harrowing tales of drinking blood, animal sacrifices and sexual abuse as part
of rituals, according to law enforcement investigators, child abuse experts and
parents. Others have even talked of cannibalism and ritual sacrifice of children.
After hearing similar tales over and over from people across the country, many
investigators and child abuse experts now have come to believe in the
unbelievable….In San Francisco, police confirmed last week that they are
investigating reports by a 3-year-old girl who claimed that she was taken from a
day-care center at the Presidio Army base and driven to a home where she was
molested by two men in costumes. Police suspect that the home was the headquarters
of the Temple of Set, a Nazi-Satanic group, and they have listed the temple’s high
priest as a possible suspect. No arrests have been made. Investigators and parents
have declined to give details of the cases of at least 58 children who attended
the Presidio Child Development Center, fearing that they might jeopardize the
prosecution of a former day-care worker. But in other cases across the nation,
experts say there is striking evidence of ritualized sexual abuse that recurs in
case after case: — At West Point, N.Y., Army families have pressed an
investigation into widespread child abuse at a military day-care center in 1983
and 1984….But an increasingly influential group of legal, psychological and
medical experts say they are beginning to amass considerable testimony and
circumstantial evidence of cult and Satanic abuse nationwide - and dating back
four generations or more. Sandi Gallant, an intelligence officer with the San
Francisco police and one of the nation’s most influential experts on cults,
cautions that many cases are proving unfounded. But she says that there have been
60 to 70 “solid” cases of ritual sexual abuse in the past few years nationwide.
She and others have heard hundreds of children and adult - people who have never
met and who live a continent apart - tell stories that are fundamentally the same.
“Independently, the victims are describing incredibly similar circumstances,” said
Catherine Gould, a clinical psychologist in the Los Angeles district of Encino who
has counseled dozens of children who claim they were molested in rituals.

Fran’s Day Care Case - Randy Noblitt, PhD

Baran case

Baran received a fair trial By William W. Simons - Pittsfield 9/13/03 “I have

spent my professional life (going on 50 years) as a prosecutor, defense lawyer and
Superior Court judge….I was the presiding judge in the Superior Court trial of
Bernard Baran that took place in Pittsfield, extending for 10 days in January
1985. Baran was charged with rape and indecent assault and battery on six children
while he was a child-care worker in a Pittsfield day care center. He was
originally represented by the Public Defender’s Office but chose to obtain private
counsel, Leonard Conway of Westfield. After his conviction on these cases
involving five of the children, an appeal was taken on Baran’s behalf by Attorney
David O. Burbank of Pittsfield, also an experienced and able trial and appellate
counsel. The appeal was decided on March 27, 1986, affirming the convictions. Mr.
Burbank sought further appellate review and that application was denied by the
Supreme Judicial Court on May 30, 1986….The concern that young victims are prone
to suggestibility pales in comparison to the suggestibility of grown and
experienced newspapermen. A more serious injury is that distorted claims of
injustice that seek freedom for Baran are not without consequences for society and
this community, should they succeed.”

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Halsey case

The Legend of Robert Halsey - Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v9 n3-4 p37-52 2001 -
Cheit, Ross E. Abstract: A brief narrative description of the journal article,
document, or resource. Examines the criminal conviction of Robert Halsey for
sexually abusing two young boys on his school-van route near Pittsfield,
Massachusetts. Based on a comprehensive examination of the trial transcript,
suggests that the credulous acceptance of the “false conviction” legend about
Robert Halsey provides a case study in the techniques and tactics used to minimize
and deny sexual abuse.

False-conviction chic in the Berkshires

Robert Halsey was convicted in 1993 of sexually abusing two boys on his school van
route in Lanesboro, Mass. There was a mountain of evidence against him, and he was
sentenced to two consecutive life terms. Now a growing movement is trying to
suggest that Halsey was unjustly convicted. A country that cherishes the
presumption of innocence still needs to learn something about the presumption of
guilt. There is a dark side to the growing movement on behalf of persons falsely
convicted by the criminal justice system: phony false-conviction claims. There is
just such a phony claim currently brewing in the Berkshires….As long-time
residents of the Berkshires will remember, Robert Halsey was convicted in 1993 of
sexually abusing two boys on his school van route in Lanesboro, Mass. There was a
mountain of evidence against him. The two boys…had clear medical signs of the
abuse. Their disclosures were extremely detailed and they were written up well
before the boys were involved in any repeat interviews, therapy sessions or other
measures which are commonly cited as sources of “child suggestibility.”….Various
parts of the boys’ testimony were corroborated by three other children, two of
whom had moved to Florida nine months before Halsey was arrested.

The Legend of Robert Halsey: A cautionary tale about the dangers of “false-
conviction chic”