What the Hell is Going on in Memphis, Tennessee?

My friend Dodia Fae sent me this story of two children in Memphis raping a toddler which was bad enough, but the story gets worse. Apparently children raping toddlers isn’t unheard of in the area:

Two boys, ages 7 and 9, have admitted to raping a toddler.

The 2-year-old victim’s brother, age 5, saw the two neighborhood boys abusing his sister and told his mother. The boys initially blamed each other but gave similar details about the Aug. 9 crime, which included penetration.

Both boys later admitted to the crime to avoid a trial.

During a Shelby County Juvenile Court hearing Monday, Magistrate Dan Michael is scheduled to decide whether to remove the boys from their South Memphis homes.

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Barry Mitchell, chief probation officer for Juvenile Court, said the two boys are the youngest to be charged with rape in Shelby County during his 11-year tenure.

However, sex crimes by juveniles are common, Lareau said.

I’m seeing three of these sorts of cases a month,” he said.

In one recent case, a 10-year-old raped a 6-year-old, and three boys, ages 11, 13 and 15, are awaiting trial in adult court on charges of raping a toddler.

Juvenile sex crimes, ranging from sexual touching to penetration with injury, increased by 19.5 percent in 2010 compared to the previous year, said Jerry Maness, the director of court services for Juvenile Court.

More than 150 sexual offenses were blamed on minors last year, compared to 128 in 2009, he said.

What the hell is going on in Memphis? MyFox Memphis has more. I’d get out of Memphis if I were a parent. Greenville County is much more family friendly.

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30 Responses to “What the Hell is Going on in Memphis, Tennessee?”

  1. Loup Garou on March 30th, 2011 10:52 am

    guess that whole “hormones” in our food thing isn’t just making girls mature faster. What is going on these days???? Rob I’m starting to believe what you say….. end times. This is a long way from “I’ll show you mine if you show me yours” when I was a kid, which even back then we both got our asses fanned for. If I were a betting man I would say there are some culture issues in Memphis. Between what this kids see on tween shows and music videos, they are bombarded with sex. I can’t even watch local channels with out a Cialis commercial coming on and talking about being healthy enough for sex and erections lasting more that 4 hours… I cringe, change the channel and hope my daughter doesn’t doesn’t ask. SORRY I’M BEING LONG WINDED TODAY

  2. Rob Taylor on March 30th, 2011 1:51 pm

    Drugs and an entitlement culture. The victim’s mother didn’t know where her two year old was – that says it all.

    But clearly there is some molestation going on. It reminds me of the Afghans – almost all the men there were molested and molest boys.

  3. Ajax the Great on March 30th, 2011 6:53 pm

    Hate to burst anyone’s nostalgic bubble, but this kind of stuff (kids raping kids), horrible as it is, occurred back in the “good old days” as well, only then it was routinely swept under the rug. Didn’t Judith Reisman start her whole crusade against Alfred Kinsey because her 10 year old daughter was raped by a 13 year old in 1966, which was also blamed on Playboy magazine? Of course, both then and now, this stuff is relatively rare–children are far more likely to be sexually victimized by an adult (often by a relative or other trusted adult) than by another child. And despite the explosion of the Internet and increasingly salacious media, and people being more likely to report it, such heinous crimes have fortunately declined since the early 1990s. In fact, statistically, a child is actually safer on the Internet unsupervised than in a church unsupervised, believe it or not.

  4. Rob Taylor on March 30th, 2011 7:21 pm

    The point of the article is that it’s not rare- the cops says he gets three a month. And you’re making up that last stat.

  5. Ajax the Great on March 30th, 2011 7:56 pm

    Maybe in Memphis (a high-crime city) it happens more frequently (36 per year in a city of 650,000), but in most of the USA it’s relatively rare.

    Also, I did not make anything up:

    http://www.youthfacts.org/cyber.html

  6. Rob Taylor on March 30th, 2011 8:29 pm

    So a progressive website that claims “poverty” kills more kids than suicide is your proof that kids are molested more at church than unsupervised on the web. Got it. But where do they say that? What they say in that study is that the University of New Hampshire claims that there aren’t a lot of kids molested by predators. Of course, I just wrote an article about a study from the University of Hawaii that claims you can cut down on child abuse by legalizing child porn. I suppose you support that too.

    You do know that the site you link to is a pro-pedophilia site, no? That in that article they make the point that since most adult child molestations are not violent in nature we should not “panic” about them?

    But what’s the point of all this beside your need for my attention? This is the second rape of a TODDLER by CHILDREN in Tennessee in a month or so and your answer is to try to claim it’s no big deal? Really?

  7. DodiaFae on March 31st, 2011 4:01 pm

    Actually, Ajax, it’s not all that uncommon…
    If you check these statistics (which list the resources in which they were found) “Approximately 40% are abused by older or larger children whom they know.” That’s not all that uncommon.

    Unfortunately, I think that many of these instances are far more likely to be brushed off by the adults whom the children go to as “normal sexual exploration” by children, rather than as a sign that the children perpetrating these acts have been abused by someone else.

    And if you believe that a child is safer on the internet, please go to the Perverted Justice website and start reading. The idea that children are safe online is a myth. Most children are not given the tools necessary to be safe online, and in fact are given many tools (in the form of webcams, etc.) that contribute to their victimization.

  8. DodiaFae on March 31st, 2011 9:35 pm

    Ajax… just realized the site you linked, and WOW… if you didn’t realize that was a pro-pedophile site by reading it, then I very strongly recommend you put the pipe down and never pick it up again. Because it is effecting your brain functions and severely limiting your ability to use common sense.

    If you really think this is not such a big deal, then I pray you don’t have children and never do. And please, stay away from all children.

  9. Ajax the Great on April 1st, 2011 11:06 am

    YouthFacts, written by sociologist Dr. Mike Males, is a “pro-pedophile” site? Really? And they say pot smokers are paranoid! LOL!

    Of course child sexual abuse is a big deal, I never said it wasn’t. But fearmongers in the media make it seem that our country is a much more dangerous place than it was 20-30 years ago, and the objective statistics show that is not true.

  10. Loup Garou on April 1st, 2011 11:08 am

    hey guys, what did I miss, I was just strolling down memory lane in nostalgiaville, listening to some feel good Glen Miller and his crazy kooky band. Oh, by the way Ajax, GFYS.

  11. Ajax the Great on April 1st, 2011 11:11 am

    Whatever, I’m done arguing with brick walls. Good day.

  12. DodiaFae on April 1st, 2011 12:27 pm

    Ajax, claiming that someone who has dedicated an entire website to downplaying sex crimes against children is not pro-pedophile is like saying Marshal Burns is not pro-pedophile… or like saying that B4UAct! is not a pro-pedophile organization. (He is and it is… you know, just in case you check out either site and are so oblivious you can’t tell the difference.)

    Though the rhetoric issuing from media reports and “experts” (most self-serving net-nanny software peddlers) has been relentlessly alarmist, new studies find the tens of millions of teens who use the Internet daily face very little real danger.

    Calling those who are interested in protecting childdren “net-nanny” is a typical tactic used by pro-pedophile activists.

    A survey of 2,574 law enforcement agencies by the University of New Hampshire’s Crimes against Children Research Center found just 129 sexual offenses against teens stemming from people they met online in 2001-02.

    A lot has happened in the last ten years. There is a lot more information available on this subject, more current information.

    Of these, just 5% involved any kind of violence; the rest were the routine “statutory” offenses involving sexual encounters between adults and teens that have been going on for thousands of years and are much more prevalent in non-Internet venues today. Adults hid their age in only a few cases.

    OK, here’s where it becomes painfully obvious that he’s downplaying sex crimes against children: “just 5% involved any kind of violence“? “routine “statutory” offenses involving sexual encounters between adults and teens that have been going on for thousands of years“? Exactly the same arguments passed around by pro-pedophile activists and ROSLers daily. Because, you know, they’re just routine offenses, and it’s been going on for thousands of years, so who cares, right?
    Oh, and since most of the adults didn’t hide their ages, that means that the kids they “staturorily raped” should be held accountable, too, right?

    Get over it, Ajax. The guy is obviously a pedophile supporter, at best.

    This country IS more dangerous… in the last two years, the stats for sexually abused children changed from 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys being sexually assaulted by their 18th birthday to 1 in 3 girls and 1 in 6 boys being sexually assaulted by their 18th birthday. The problem isn’t the “fearmongers in the media”, the problem is that the media downplays the problem, which allows people like you to remain in your little mental cocoon, where everything is bright and sunny, happy and safe. The real world isn’t like that. Put down the bong and open your eyes. The statistics you SHOULD be checking are on sites like NCMEC, not sites designed to put parents and children at their ease and make them easy prey.

  13. Ajax the Great on April 1st, 2011 12:48 pm

    Again, I am through with arguing with brick walls. I’ll just let your most recent comment speak for itself, and the reader will figure it out. Good day.

  14. DodiaFae on April 3rd, 2011 9:42 pm

    By all means, let my most recent comment speak for itself. If anyone has more than two braincells (left) to rub together for warmth, they’ll check out the information and see the information I posted earlier and my assessment of the site you posted a link to are valid.

    Have a nice day. :)

  15. Lee on April 16th, 2011 5:38 pm

    You have to use common sense and discretion when reading these articles. Know the facts. The 9 and 7 year old boy did not have intercourse with the little girl. The 9-year-old is special needs and developmentally disabled and the 7-year-old was dared to touch the girl based on curiosity. They never exposed their gentalia. As far as the 10-year-old raping a 10-year-old it’s false and I know for a fact. The 10-year-old boy is ADHD and made a joke to impress a classmate and the classmate told the teacher and the child was arrested. He is non-violent, has a high IQ and is active in the community. He has never been in trouble but he was bullied by his peers and the boy who told on him had just attacked the teacher and was sent to Lakeside. Dan Michael and Chris Lareau are a part of a very corrup system resembling “Cash For Kids”. Know the facts before you judge or assume that what these “officials” claim is the truth.

  16. Lee on April 16th, 2011 5:44 pm

    ETA: 10-year-old raping a 6-year-old. The 10-year-old did not commit rape but made a joke about oral sex. That is why he was charged. The alleged victim denied ever being touched but Juvenile court officials falsified documents and defrauded Tenncare to put the boy in Youth Villages and in DCS custody. The article doesn’t mention the truth-only the charges for which there is no evidence and conflicting reports. You should see the other side of what really goes in in Juvenile Court in Memphis. The FBI should investigate.

  17. Rob Taylor on April 16th, 2011 6:35 pm

    Yes yes, the cops are lying and everyone is actually against you. Blah blah.

    Provide me with one shred of proof and I’ll print it. Proof by the way isn’t you claiming something.

  18. Lee on April 22nd, 2011 5:55 am

    To Rob Taylor: I have proof. Medical history, statements, and all related legal documents to “prove”. If you are an accredited journalist, please tell me what shred of evidence you need. Do you need the photos of the children or to interview the parents? Arressting officers’ names? Court documents? Like I said, I do have proof.

  19. Lee on April 22nd, 2011 6:01 am

    ETAH I find it odd that you said “Cops are lying”. I never once mentioned Cops in my post. You did, Mr. Rob Taylor. Also, before you try to discredit me and hope that my claims are not legitimate, please verify with direct questions or concerns. Saying “Blah Blah” and tossing blanketing statements does make what I know any less true.

  20. Rob Taylor on April 22nd, 2011 1:29 pm

    Let’s see it.

  21. Lee on April 26th, 2011 3:12 pm

    Apparently your post was not serious. Let’s as in “let us” see it. Were you referring to me? If so, what exactly do you want to see? Do you have any specific trial or case questions?

  22. Rob Taylor on April 26th, 2011 4:07 pm

    Yes, let us see the evidence you have for your claims. Email me this proof of what you are saying. Let us see why we should believe a anonymous troll on the web.

    Do you have any proof that a 10-year-old was just joking about oral sex and arrested? No? That’s what I thought.

  23. Lee on May 9th, 2011 1:39 pm

    Dear Mr. Rob Taylor, I don’t have your email address. I’m not an internet troll and I asked you to request specific details. Your statement is very broad. I can’t email 67+pages of documentation to a stranger. I said I will answer questions that you have about the case but you still have not asked any questions.

    What questions about the discovery or legal process do you have about these cases?

    If you are indeed serious, you will make your concerns or requests known or just call Ginger Comstock, who is the Probation Counselor for the Memphis Juvenile Courts and the woman who is the petitioner and Applicant for all charges placed upon juveniles. If a juvenile is charged, she is the petitioner. 901-405-8483.

    Mr. Taylor I thought you were really serious about justice for children but it seems like you have another agenda.

    I don’t find anything your doing to be funny. I actually believed you wanted the truth but it seems you are just creating a melodramatic atmosphere with no real substance.

    If anyone would like to discuss the above cases or if you have any questions for those involved first-hand, please let me know.

    Thanks,

    Lee

  24. Rob Taylor on May 9th, 2011 2:13 pm

    A)Putting someone’s phone number on th web proves you’re a troll.

    B) You do have my email – it’s called a contact form. Yo can email me documentation – as people do everyday. I will not take your word for anything because you’re an anonymous troll pretending that some kid was arrested for making a comment to a third party.

    C) I’m not calling you, you’re no important. You can make no demands on people’s time. you could send this documentation to the media, put it on the web or like i said email it to me. Instead you want me to call you and simply take your word for it that you’re telling the truth without access to the evidence you claim. This is what we call bullshitting in the business.

    E) If this documentation is a public record it is available online – send me the links. But you won’t – because there is no evidence. You’re lying.

    Hey, a person that leaves only their first name on the Internet told me he “knows thee truth” about HAARP. He won’t provide me with evidence but offered to call me at my home. Sounds like a great deal right?

  25. Lee on May 11th, 2011 5:18 am

    I’m not sure of your agenda, Mr. Rob Taylor but Ginger Comstock is the Memphis Juvenile court employee with a published phone number. S
    he is also the Probation counselor and that phone number is PUBLIC as it is her office # for inquiry. As for information, no person is just going to turn over the ss#, home addresses,and health and HIPPA files on a child and related persons. Part of files are coonfidential and used for imformational purposes only. I simply asked for anyone who had real questions to ask them and corroborated specific facts would be presented. In regards to me being a troll, you probably know me and will see me this week. You still continue to deflect from the facts of my original statement when you have not asked me any specifics.
    Also a contact form is one-sided. I will gladly email you directly if you want real information. BTW, I’m not a “he” but a “she”. Nothing you said proves I’m lying about anything since real journalists ask questions pertinent to a case. No rational person is going to email their entire case file to a stranger. That doesn’t evem make logical sense and it is completely in violation of many statutes. I’m not anonymous with nearly 1500 clocked hours on this case. I’m sure you already know that since you won’t ask any specifics and ask me to send you all confidential data about children, their families, medical, and school records. Again, what exactly do you need me to prove? Since you seem to be so concerned and involved in these cases then surely you must have specific questions.

  26. Rob Taylor on May 11th, 2011 1:45 pm

    No one is asking for SS#s etc – just public record police reports. I’ve asked you specifics – to provide evidence of a wild claim. You won’t. I told you t use my contact form – which is in fact email. You won’t. You want me to give you personal information like personal email address or phone number and since you’re probably crazy I say no thanks.

    You’re claiming that reports were falsified – show me proof. Your voice, dulcimer as it may be, is not proof. Show me the police reports – and the affidavits that that refute them. These won’t have HIPPA info on them. Show me the news articles of all these “accredited” journalists you’ve contacted. I don’t need a private medical report that you probably shouldn’t have and I won’t be harassing random people you have an ax to grind with. None of the evidence I’m asking you for would have personal information on it. Stop bullshitting and wasting my time.w

  27. Lee on May 12th, 2011 3:18 am

    Mr. Rob Taylor, you might have me confused with someone else. The fact is that this case is in fact based on this child being under the disability umbrella in that the child has Asberger’s and Autism spectrum so yes, even the reports do name multiple clinicians working with the child. As far as what’s public, this is an on-going case and it is juvenile so it is not within legal limits to publish a child’s private case online since many persons information are on these documents. In the name of privacy, you have MY email address which is (REQUIRED) so there is no anonymity on my part. Again I think you are mis-interpreting something in my posts or either misunderstanding what I stated. There is a professional way to corroborate and verify any specific case facts you might need without me violated the rights of dozens of adults and the children involved in an open and unresolved case. Juvenile records are not typically made public. I am hoping that anyone with common sense and desire for justice look into many problems with juvenile systems regarding evidence and testimony. Juveniles do not get a jury nor a judge, but a referee. Adult defendants are given more substantial rights to be heard and to have evidence actually presented. Most people are not aware of the fact that juveniles do not have true “rights”. This already creates an unfair system that remains unchecked to this day. There have to be adults to advocate for these children. I received another 2 packets today of conflicting information from agencies who testified. When this happens, its my job to bring this to the attention of all parties involved. This happens on a daily basis here at the Juvenile courts on Adams.

  28. Rob Taylor on May 12th, 2011 4:28 am

    What are you rambling about? You’re claiming an autistic kid made a joke about oral sex, was arrested for rape and the system is railroading him? And you have documents that are illegal to publish but you want to read them to me on the phone? Are you kidding.

    Like I said, get lost. Your story pushes the boundaries of belief. I am not anonymous (you can even see my handsome face on sites where I freelance)but there’s no way in hell I’m letting some Internet weirdo have access to my personal or business numbers. Can you email (or even post here)legitimate news article or PUBLIC POLICE REPORT that verifies what you said? No. Because you’re some relative of some kid who got pinched and you’re the worst armchair lawyer I’ve seen in a while.

    I mean, what do you even want? For a crime blogger to get on the phone with you and listen to some yarn you’ll spin without proof? And even if I was dumb enough to believe you then what? I use my adsense revenue to fund your battle against The Man.

    Anyone who thinks kids are treated worse than adults in a trial has their head up their ass. You’re not getting my number or personal email, period.

  29. davis on May 11th, 2012 3:34 pm

    the problem is that the people at dcs wont do their jobs .and they don’t really care these kid out here .i have been trying get some one from dcs to come and look at some videos that i have of some the going ons at my neighbors house that involve very minor children but they just keep giving me the speech and i am about 90% sure that some one in this house has violated some of these kids or they have been exposed to some adult material of some sort. but no seems to care i don’t know what else to do

  30. Rob Taylor on May 11th, 2012 5:30 pm

    Give the videos to police.

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