Former Bronx Pastor and High School Principal Michael Clare Pleads Guilty to Raping Two Teenagers

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Michael Clare, 2009
Four years ago, Michael Clare was a married pastor at Harvest Worship Center in the Bronx, as well as a principal at Harvest Preparatory Academy, also in the Bronx. Three years ago, in March 2011, he'd made a swift and thorough fall from grace, after a teenage girl, a member of his congregation, then 15, told her parents that Clare had been sexually abusing her since she was 12 years old. Clare was charged with first-degree rape and offered a plea deal that would have required just three years in prison, a very generous offer considering that the teenager had become pregnant, had an abortion, and DNA from the fetus had reportedly been matched to Clare.

Clare rejected that deal, with his attorney Paul Brenner telling the Daily News, "He turned down the plea deal because he's innocent." Clare remained free on a $50,000 bond. And then, in March 2012, he was accused of rape again , this time a 14-year-old student at Harvest Prep.

On Wednesday, January 15, Clare, who is now 41, was convicted of two counts of rape in the second degree.

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New York's Senator Gillibrand Prepares to Introduce Military Sexual Assault Bill Next Week

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Sexual assault in the military has persisted with nauseating frequency, and this week brought new attention to the rampant problem. On Monday, the officer in charge of the Air Force's Sexual Prevention and Response unit was charged with sexual battery for assaulting a woman in a parking lot. On Wednesday, the Pentagon put out this report: In 2012 alone, 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted, a 35 percent rise since 2011.

On Tuesday, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) ripped into military officials, asking Air Force Secretary Michael Donley why the chain of command was failing its soldiers. Next Wednesday, the lawmaker plans to introduce a set of reforms she's been developing with Senator Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), among others, to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

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13 Charged in Sex Trafficking Ring Promised Women a "Better Life in New York," Says US Attorney

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On Tuesday, the federal government charged 13 men, nine of whom live in Queens, with crimes related to running an international sex trafficking ring from the rural enclave of Tenancingo, Mexico to New York. Homeland Security Investigations issued search warrants for four brothels in Yonkers, Poughkeepsie, Newburgh, and Queens. Nine men were arrested, though three were already incarcerated, and one suspect remains on the loose.

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Settlment Reached in Poly Prep Sex Abuse Scandal

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Prestigious Brooklyn private school Poly Prep has reached a settlement with plaintiffs from a 2009 lawsuit that alleges decades of sexual abuse by former football coach Phil Foglietta, according to the Daily News.

The News has closely followed the lawsuit--which highlights a situation eerily similar to the recent scandal at Penn State University--for more than two years. Details of the settlement have not been disclosed, but Poly Prep did admit, at least on some level, to Foglietta's guilt in a statement to the News from the school's current headmaster David Harman:

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Here's the Sick Bastard Who Groped a Sleeping Woman on the 4 Train

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Around 4 a.m. on Saturday, October 20, a woman was passed out on the southbound 4 train around 42nd Street and Lexington Avenue when a man decided it would be a good idea to grope her. 

NYPD describes the still-unidentified suspect as a Latino in his thirties. He was caught on a passenger's cell phone camera wearing blue jeans, a jean jacket, and a black hoodie. He was taped sitting next to the victim, also Hispanic, while groping between her legs with his left hand while waving the camera away with his right. When the onlooker didn't turn the camera off, he continued and escalated the fondling by using his right hand as well to reach under the sleeping woman's skirt.

The victim only stirred once, to push him away, but he continued to sexually abuse her. Authorities say if you know or are the late-night scumbag, to call the Crime Stoppers anonymous hotline at (800) 577-TIPS, or to visit the website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
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NYPD Searching for Man Accused of Abusing 10-Year-Old in Queens Library

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The NYPD is asking for the public's help in identifying the man who sexually abused a 10-year-old girl yesterday inside of a Queens Borough Public Library.

The incident happened after around 4:00 p.m. yesterday in the Forest Hills, Queens, a neighborhood in the 107th precinct. Authorities don't have many details on the crime, but told the Voice that the girl, an African-American visiting the library after school hours, was groped and fondled.

So far, all police have is a sketch of the suspect, who they say is a Hispanic male, 25-30 years old and just under six feet tall. According to witnesses, the man weighs about 200 pounds, with a light complexion and slick, dark hair pulled back and knotted in a bun.

Police are asking for anyone with any information to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS, or to anonymously tip at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

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