Twenty-seven year old Derek M. Ripley of Fort Worth was sentenced Friday on one count of child pornography. Derek was a youth volunteer at Trinity Chapel Church in Benbrook. He received a 10 year sentence and has to be under supervised release for life. In May Mr. Ripley pleaded guilty and was sentenced August 26, 2011.
This is one case of child pornography and one count of possession of child pornography but their are numerous accounts of child pornography. The North Texas court system is littered with cases of possession of child pornography, sex trafficking, child abuse, enticement or solicitation of minors.
Here is a list of sexually related cases that are either convictions or allegations. August 24, Jury convicts Lubbock man for sex trafficking of a child. August 15 in Fort Worth, A Farmer’s Branch man was sentenced to 14 years for attempting to entice an 11-year-old to engage in sexual activity. August 8 in Dallas, Hunt County man sentenced to 78 months on child pornography conviction. This are just the cases from August that have press releases.
Alliance for Children a non-profit based in North Texas is trying to bring awareness to the problem of child sexual abuse. By offering a program to the community to train people on the signs of sexual abuse, how to report abuse and policies to put in place for organizations, churches and schools to implement to prevent sexual abuse.
Traffick911 is working tirelessly to bring awareness to the communities of North Texas on the dangers of traffickers. The recruiting methods of pimps in schools, amusement parks and malls exposing the tactics used to trick children into sex slavery. The curriculum is called “Traps of the Trafficker.”
TraffickStop, founded by T.L. Grover brings awareness to local churches, law enforcements and the community about domestic minor sex trafficking. They also implement the “Darkness to Light” (a child abuse prevention curriculum) to bring into light the guidelines needed within any family, organization or church to protect children from child abuse.
The community of North Texas is working hard to prevent child abuse. When speaking with different organizations fighting to protect children two common themes of opposition in reporting abuses; because it would make the organization, church or school look bad and out of fear that the person is not guilty. In the United States you are innocent until proven guilty. A blatant example of a church turning a blind eye is the Catholic church, which did not work out well for them and still several years later they are tarnished with shame.
Information from this article is from AP news, Texas Court Press releases and information provided from organizations working against child abuse in North Texas.