A group of up to 1,000 men of “Arab background” sexually assaulted dozens of women New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, according to police. The assaults, however, were not confirmed for days, leading to public accusations of a cover-up.
Cologne Police Chief Wolfgang Albers confirmed Monday as many as 60 reports were filed by women sexually assaulted by a large mob of “Arab or North African men” during celebrations in Cologne New Year’s Eve. Albers stated the claims were in fact true.
“There was a very large number of sexual assaults there – and in a massive way. Women were grabbed and attacked,” said Albers during a press conference Monday.”The crimes were committed by a group of people who, from appearance, were largely from the north African or Arab world.”
As many as 80 women were assaulted and robbed by the mob, according to police reports. Some women reported being encircled by large groups of men who had “fingers on every orifice.” One report claimed a woman was raped.
The several day delay of confirmation of the attacks from officials roused suspicions of a cover-up. Anabel Schunke wrote on Huffington Post’s German language site Monday accusing police officials and public media outlets of covering up the issue entirely.
The attacks appeared to be coordinated, according to a report by German news outlet The Local. One group of men allegedly threw firecrackers into a large gathering of people celebrating near a famous cathedral located in the heart of Cologne, while another group of men allegedly began sexually assaulting and robbing women while the crowds were distracted by the firecrackers. It is not confirmed, however, the two groups were working together.
Five arrests were made in response to the allegations, however it is unclear if anyone was charged.
A man accused in a fatal hit-and-run on Tuesday is an illegal alien who has been deported at least six times since 2001.
Santa Ana, California police say Ramon Jaime Horta was driving on a suspended license when he allegedly struck and killed 24-year-old Marcello Bisarello, the Orange County Register reports.
Bisarello was sitting on a street curb around 1:00 p.m. in the afternoon when he was struck by a driver of a “swerving” van police say was intoxicated.
He died at the scene while Horta fled and was pursued by a witness. He was apprehended a short time later.
“He has previous DUI convictions so it is possible the charges can be upgraded to second-degree murder if he was given a Watson Advisement,” police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna says, referring to a document a convict signs acknowledging the dangers of drinking and driving.
A witness claims Horta didn’t realize he had hit someone.
“I parked next to him and told him, ‘Hey, stop the car and give me your keys and throw them through the window. You run over a person,’” Cesar Guzman tells ABC 7. “And he was like, ‘What? I didn’t do anything.’ And then after that he actually like stopped the car. He threw the keys through the window.”
According to NBC 4, Horta has a lengthy rap sheet:
Ramon Jaime Horta was convicted in 2001 for sale and possession of a controlled substance and driving on a suspended license, according to Orange County Superior Court records.
He got nine months in jail and was deported by immigration officials.
In 2008, the Santa Ana man pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell. He was sentenced to two years in state prison. This happened after he already been deported in 2002 and 2006.
All told, Horta was deported in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2009 and 2012. He was booked into Orange County jail and held in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to the Register.
A TSA screener is accused of sexually assaulting a woman at LaGuardia Airport after telling her she needed to be searched in the bathroom.
According to authorities, 40-year-old Maxie Oquendo was arrested following an investigation of the claims made by the 21-year-old victim, a college student from Korea.
Prosecutors say the victim was in Terminal B at around 8 p.m. Tuesday when she was told by Oquendo to go into the bathroom for a secondary search. Once there, the agent allegedly molested her.
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown on Friday announced Oquendo’s arrest on charges of second-degree unlawful imprisonment, official misconduct, third-degree sexual abuse and second-degree harassment.
“The defendant is accused of an egregious abuse of his position as a government screener at LaGuardia Airport to sexually victimize a young woman,” Brown said. “Such alleged conduct cannot, under any circumstances, go unpunished.”
According to the charges, the 21-year-old female college student was exiting LaGuardia Airport after her Salt Lake City flight landed when Oquendo approached her in Terminal B after she had walked out of the sterile checkpoint area and into an area where passengers do not need to be screened. He allegedly stated to her, in sum and substance, “Hey, ma’am, I need to scan your body and your luggage.”
It is alleged that Oquendo motioned with his hand for the female victim to follow him to a bathroom, where they waited outside for approximately 10 minutes before entering the bathroom. Inside, the victim alleged stated to Oquendo, in sum and substance, “You can’t scan me, but you can have a woman scan me because I am a girl.” In response, Oquendo allegedly told her to face the mirror and raise both arms up. When the victim asked him if he checked all of the passengers, Oquendo allegedly replied yes.
It is further alleged that Oquendo had her lift up her shirt and unzip her pants and touched her breasts and other areas of her body over and under her clothing. Afterwards, Oquendo told her that he was not going to check her luggage and stated, in sum and substance, into his cell phone, “She’s clear. She doesn’t have any weapons or knives.”
According to the TSA, screeners do not have the authority to conduct a secondary patdown outside of a checkpoint area and that opposite-gender screening requiring a pat-down can only be done when there are no female officers present and a witness is present during such pat-downs, which must be conducted in a designated private screening area in a TSA checkpoint.
If convicted, Oquendo faces up to one year in jail.
Terry Bean, a former ‘gay porn kingpin’, revered gay rights pioneer and bundler for the 2012 reelection campaign of President Barack Obama, is scheduled to host a “VIP” fundraiser for the Multnomah County, Oregon Democratic Party next month – nine days after the start of his September 1 trial for having sex with a fifteen-year-old boy. Bean faces charges of two felony counts of third-degree sodomy and one misdemeanor count of sexual abuse in the third degree. Prosecutors have alleged in court that Bean has a “history of abusing young boys.”
“A VIP Party will take place on Thursday night, Sept. 10th at 6:30 at the home of Mr. Terry Bean, address to be provided. The Golf Tournament will tee off on Friday morning, Sept. 11th followed by the Banquet and Awards, at Riverside Country Club, NE 33rd, Portland.”
Gay activist and accused child molester Terry Bean with President Barack Obama.
Terry Bean and Kiah Lawson, photos Mutlnomah County Sheriff via KOIN-TV.
The announcement of the fundraiser came just days after it was reported that Bean, who usually does not donate to the county party, gave $5,000 to the Multnomah Democrats.
Democratic Party officials are standing by Bean in comments made to Portland media.
“Multnomah County Dems spokeswoman Sue Hagmeier says the party is comfortable accepting Bean’s money and hospitality. “He’s a friend of the party,” Hagmeier says. “He’s been accused of something that is a lurid crime, but he’s only been accused, not convicted. If he were convicted, we’d take another look.””
“Sue Hagmeier, the county party’s spokeswoman and a former Portland School Board member, defended accepting Bean’s help while he is under indictment.
“”He is an old friend, and that makes it kind of hard to pile on when he is accused of something – but only accused,” she said.”
Bean, 66, and his former boyfriend Kiah Lawson, 25, were charged last November with having sex with the then fifteen-year-old boy at a Eugene, Oregon motel in 2013.
According to Willamette Week, Bean and the boyfriend arranged the sexual abuse of the boy through the gay hook-up app Grinder.
“According to prosecutors, Bean and Lawson traveled to Eugene for a University of Oregon Ducks football game against California on Sept. 28, 2013. The night before, according to court records, Bean and Lawson contacted the 15-year-old via Grindr, a gay male hookup app.
“Bean and Lawson, prosecutors allege, met the minor at a west Eugene 7-Eleven and then drove him in Bean’s Mercedes to the Valley River Inn, where they had sex with him before calling him a cab and giving him $40.”
Bean blamed the charges on an extortion ring allegedly led by Lawson. Bean reportedly tried to buy off Lawson with a $40,000 payment for not disclosing Bean’s “alleged illicit sexual activities” and returning images of Bean engaged in sex. The investigation in to Bean’s activities began after reports Bean had surreptitiously videotaped sexual encounters with Lawson and other males with hidden cameras in Bean’s Portland home.
At the time of Bean and Lawson’s arrest, Lawson’s mother told KOIN-TV that Lawson was used by Bean to groom and ‘get young kids’ for sex and that as part of the grooming Bean plied Lawson with alcohol and Viagra. The alleged victim’s attorney told KOIN that the boy was “traumatized” and that the two adults needed to be held to account.
The case has taken several bizarre turns recently. In July Bean petitioned the court to dismiss the charges and allow him to pay off the boy with an undisclosed amount. The court rejected Bean’s request. Soon after that the boy disappeared with the help of his mother. Authorities have spent weeks trying to track the boy down from San Diego, California to Eugene, Oregon.
Bean’s attorney Derek Ashton contradicted the alleged victim’s attorney’s statement from November that the boy was traumatized with his statement in court last month that the boy now downplays the incident.
“…Ashton said the 15-year-old, now living in California, did not want to see Bean stand trial.
“”What he is saying is the events leading up to the indictment were not meaningful in his life,” Ashton said. “He wants the case to end now.””
Prosecutors reportedly have filed evidence in court demonstrating Bean’s sexual abuse of underage boys dates back to the 1979 when Bean would have been 30 years old.
“In court records filed July 8, prosecutors introduced evidence dating back to 1979. They say Bean, then 30, engaged in sex with a teenager, providing the 16-year-old with alcohol and drugs. The court documents allege Bean and his adult partner at the time both had sex with the teenager. The alleged victim later tried to kill himself after Bean broke off the relationship, court records say.
“The alleged victim is now a 52-year-old doctor in California who says he stepped forward because he wanted to help make sure Bean did not “keep on abusing young boys.” In court documents, he expressed concern Bean had the money to escape criminal charges with “minimal damage.””
Bean’s attorney Ashton denied the allegation, saying the only other witness was Bean’s then boyfriend who died form AIDS twenty-five years ago.
““Since Mr. Bean’s partner died of AIDS 25 years ago, there is no other witness to deny this scurrilous charge, and the prosecutor knows this,” Ashton said in a statement about the prosecutors’ July 8 filing.”
Prosecutors also alleged in court on July 16 that Bean has a history of preying on local young boys:
“”According to our investigation, our belief is that this man has a history of abusing young boys right here in Lane County,” said Clackamas County Deputy District Attorney Scott Healy. “Our biggest concern is the ongoing public safety. The defendant travels a lot and has access to young boys.”
Willamette Week has done in depth reporting on Bean’s problems and his use of his money and power in getting one of his lawyers to “represent six young men who know Bean” and employing Hilary Rosen of SKDKnickerbocker to manage media relations.
Willamette Week also raised the question of how the Secret Service allowed Bean to bring Lawson to a White House function and to a fundraiser where he was photographed meeting President Obama despite Lawson having a criminal background of assault, theft and driving on a suspended license and having several restraining orders filed against him by former male lovers.
Got News captured and reported on a 2007 tribute video to Bean by Basic Rights Oregon that featured photos of Bean with former President Bill Clinton and other prominent Democratic Party officials. Former Vice President Al Gore recorded a spoken tribute to Bean for the video. Former Republican Senator for Oregon Gordon Smith, whom Bean contributed to, also was featured in the video.
Bean’s Wikipedia page entry intro reads:
“Terrence Patrick “Terry” Bean is an American political fundraiser, a civil rights activist, and a pioneer of the LGBT rights movement. He is known for co-founding several national LGBT rights organizations, including the Human Rights Campaign, the Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund and the National Gay Games. As of 2012, he is the CEO and President of Bean Investment Real Estate and resides in Portland, Oregon. In 2014 he was arrested on charges of sexual abuse in a case involving a 15-year-old boy.”
The Washington Times reported Bean was appointed in 2009 to be a member of the Democratic National Committee and was appointed in 2013 to the DNC’s budget and finance committee. The Times also reported Bean has hosted Obama, Bill Clinton and Al Gore for fundraisers at his Portland home and that Bean’s access to Obama has included a trip on Air Force One and numerous visits to the White House.
Hillary’s top aide Huma Abedin is being accused of criminal violations that would have allowed her to be overpaid while at the State Department under the Hildebeast.
From the Washington Post:
The State Department concluded this year that Huma Abedin, one of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aides, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because of violations of rules governing vacation and sick leave during her tenure as an official in the department.
The finding – which Abedin has formally contested – emerged publicly Friday after Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and others seeking more information about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Abedin concerning her pay.
Grassley’s letters also questioned the status of an inquiry into whether Abedin had violated conflict-of-interest laws related to her special employment status, which allowed her to work simultaneously for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and a private firm with close ties to the Clintons.
The finding that Abedin, a longtime Clinton confidant who now serves as vice chairwoman of her presidential campaign, had improperly collected taxpayer money could prove damaging to Clinton’s candidacy, as Republicans charge that government rules were routinely bent to benefit Clinton and her aides.
The Hillary campaign has broken all sorts of news today, and very little of good. It looks like Huma is gonna have a crappy weekend.
To be clear, we’re talking about the most recent mess at State – not the lethal parade of failures known as “Benghazi.” Keeping these scandals straight is getting exhausting. Katie wrote yesterday about CBS News’ report on damning findings of an Inspector General investigation into Hillary Clinton’s State Department. The basics:
CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks. The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department’s security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide… according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” – a problem the report says was “endemic.” The memo also reveals details about an “underground drug ring” was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.
So we have a drug ring, an “endemic” prostitution problem among Hillary Clinton’s security detail, and pattern of alleged sexual assault in Beirut (where, by the way, our embassy astoundingly isn’t up to snuff on security measures), investigations into which were manipulated or terminated by State Department higher-ups. As we know from the Benghazi matter, they’re hyper-sensitive about bad political optics. The CBS News story also mentioned the IG’s discovery that one US Ambassador “routinely ditched” security to solicit prostitutes in a public park. The Ambassador in question was recalled to Washington, then sent on his merry way by by Undersecretary of State Patrick Kennedy – a familiar name from the Benghazi imbroglio. It gets worse. The ambassador in question is also alleged to have solicited sexual acts from “minor children,” according to NBC News:
The ambassador who came under investigation “routinely ditched his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” according to documents obtained by NBC News…Former State Department investigator Aurelia Fedenisn has said that investigators dropped the ball in the case, and that a final report published in March of this year was “watered down,” according to her attorney. “She felt it was important that Congress get this information,” Fedenisn’s lawyer Cary Schulman told NBC News.
Did the State Department keep a known (or at least heavily suspected) pedophile on the job, try to block the investigation, then “water down” the final report? State denies any undue influence on internal probes, and the ambassador is decrying the allegations “smears.” Who is he? The New York Post unearths a name with deep financial ties to President Obama and Democrats:
A DS agent was called off a case against US Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman over claims that he solicited prostitutes, including minors. “The ambassador’s protective detail and the embassy’s surveillance detection team… were well aware of the behavior.” Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy ordered the investigation ceased, and the ambassador remains in place, according to the memo. Gutman was a big Democratic donor before taking the post, having raised $500,000 for President Obama’s 2008 campaign and helping finance his inaugural.
Why did Kennedy “order the investigation ceased”? The Post story also notes that Clinton’s Secretary of State Cheryl Mills – you remember her, too, right? – personally involved herself in a separate investigation, effectively shutting it down.