MASON CITY — A Lake Mills man accused of sexual abuse in Cerro Gordo County has pleaded not guilty. 20-year-old Benjamin Monson is accused of committing sexual abuse in Mason City twice, on October 31st and November 15th of last year. Court documents state the incidents happened at two different locations, with one of the female victims being unconscious and physically helpless at the time, with the other being forced against her will. Monson recently pleaded not guilty to two counts of third-degree sexual abuse. His trial is scheduled to start on January 14th. If convicted of both charges, he’d face up to 20 years in prison. Monson continues to be held in the Cerro Gordo County Jail on $20,000 bond.
This is not the first time President Weah has been linked to fraudulent acts in the football world.Despite the long-standing bilateral relationship between Liberia and the USA, which goes as back as the 1820’s, and the country’s support for the one-China policy, there are indications that President George Weah may encourage improved ties with the European Union to get more financial and technical support.On Monday, January 22, during his inaugural speech at the SKD Complex, President Weah said in order to change the ‘structure of the Liberian economy,’ it will require huge investments in agriculture, infrastructure, human capital, and technology.While appreciating international development partners who have assisted Liberia over the years, President Weah thanked the United States and the People’s Republic of China, promising to support the One China Policy. He however noted that the continuous support of the European Union will be important as “we forge a new path of transformation.”He added “China has emerged as one of Liberia’s most dependable allies… It is my hope that the Chinese-Liberian relationship will grow stronger during my tenure as President.”Weah said without Europe, he would not be “standing here delivering this inaugural address as the 24th President of the Republic of Liberia. It was my success in European football that enabled me to give back to my beloved country.”He said Europe will always have a special place in his heart, and, “as President, I intend to strengthen my relationship with the European community for the benefit of all Liberians.”According to sources, Weah’s government may depend on the EU’s assistance to Liberia in agriculture and rural development.The Liberia–EU partnership is based on three key pillars: supporting modernization and professionalization of the Ministry of Agriculture and related institutions to help them better assist farmers; promoting and developing the cooperative model of farming in Liberia; and promoting employment opportunities beyond agriculture in rural areas through rural development approaches.In all three pillars, the EU will provide training, funding and professional assistance to the Ministry of Agriculture and other related institutions to help them become more efficient and capable of helping farmers and people in rural areas.Furthermore, the government is also expected to seek budgetary support. “This is a way of fostering partner countries’ ownership of development policies and reforms, focusing on results for people and sustainable development,” a source told the Daily Observer.“But before the budget support from the EU, there are five challenges which should be addressed, including, promotion of human rights and democratic values; better financial management, macroeconomic stability, inclusive growth and less corruption and fraud; sector reforms and sector service delivery; state-building in fragile states/addressing the specific challenges of small island development states (SIDS) and overseas countries and territories (OCTs); better domestic revenue mobilization and less aid dependency,” the source added.Meanwhile, to attract international support, President Weah said: “It is my belief that the most effective way to directly impact the poor, and to narrow the gap between rich and poor, is to ensure that public resources do not end up in the pockets of Government officials. I further believe that the overwhelming mandate I received from the Liberian people is a mandate to end corruption in public service. I promise to deliver on this mandate. As officials of Government, it is time to put the interest of our people above our own selfish interests.“It is time, to be honest with our people. Though corruption is a habit among our people, we must end it. We must pay civil servants a living wage so that corruption is not an excuse for taking what is not theirs. Those who do not refrain from enriching themselves at the expense of the people – the law will take its course. I say today that you will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”He added: “To the private sector, I say to you that Liberia is open for business. We want to be known as a business-friendly government. We will do all that is within our power to provide an environment that will be conducive to the conduct of honest and transparent business. We will remove unnecessary regulatory constraints that tend to impede the establishment and operation of a business in a profitable and predictable manner.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The victims of paedophile Michael Ferry WILL be able to see a report into why he was allowed to work at a Donegal school AFTER he was found guilty of child sex abuse.Michael Ferry, right, being taken into court in Donegal Town in December.Donegal Daily reported today how two Government Departments had told victims at Colaiste Cholmcille in Gaoth Dobhair they would not have access to the report.Ferry was allowed to continue to work as a school caretaker after being found guilty of abusing one boy, and despite being placed on the sex offenders register in 2002. A Garda investigation into the school and its directors was passed onto the Director of Public Prosecutions but it was decided not to press charges.A separate investigation was carried out by the HSE but victims were told by both departments they were not entitled to see the reports.However, the Child and Family Agency has said today that victims can contact their office to see the report.Gordon Jeyes, Chief Executive of the CFA said his agency is completely committed to being transparent and accountable in all its dealings. “This review has been undertaken by local services in Donegal in order to ensure that all those involved in working with children and families engage in reflective practice and continue to improve the quality of services being offered.“I commend staff for the open and honest way in which they engaged with this process and believe that service to children in the area has greatly improved since the tragic events of 2002 and subsequently.“It behoves all of us as professionals to constantly review our working standards to ensure that the injustices of the past do not continue. The events surrounding this review also remind us of our collective, societal obligations to keep children safe.“I wish to confirm that there is no intention to keep this internal document secret from victims and any request from victims to my office for a copy of the report will be facilitated.“It is not normal practice to publish internal staff review documents and it is for this reason that there are no plans for wider publication.” VICTIMS OF PAEDO FERRY WILL BE ALLOWED TO SEE REPORT INTO COLLEGE INVESTIGATION was last modified: March 27th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:abusecolaiste cholmcilleGaoth DobhairMichael Ferrypervert