Pastor working in Florida prison faces charges over male inmate’s rape

Florida Department of Corrections employee accused of sexual assault in prison

Antonio Carlisle (Photo via Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – As a Florida Department of Corrections’ education supervisor, Rev. Antonio Carlisle was supposed to help rehabilitate inmates. An inmate is accusing him of doing just the opposite when he allegedly raped him in prison.

Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Mark Inch released a statement on Friday saying the charges against Carlisle “are deeply disturbing and abhorrent.”

According to the FDC’s Office of the Inspector General, investigators said a sexual assault forensic exam including Carlisle’s DNA was part of the case.

Inch also said Carlisle, of the Greater True Vine Missionary Baptist Church in Lake City, was dismissed from his job with the department.

The inmate reported Carlisle was pretending to help him when he moved to overpower him and rape him on Aug. 6 at the Florida State Prison in Bradford County. The sexual assault forensic exam was performed the next day. 

Investigators collected Carlisle’s DNA on Jan. 29 and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement reported it was a match and issued a warrant for his arrest on Wednesday.

Carlisle was arrested on Thursday in Duval County and he was being held on a $1.5 million bond. He is facing charges of sexual battery and sexual misconduct in Bradford County.

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Minneapolis man who opened fire at party over ‘Happy Birthday’ snub sentenced to 28 years in prison

He’s going to be missing a lot of birthday songs now.

A Minneapolis man has been sentenced to nearly 28 years in prison for opening fire at a birthday party, wounding three people, because partygoers didn’t sing “Happy Birthday” to his girlfriend, officials said Monday.

Delonte Thomas, 20, was convicted of three counts of attempted murder and sentenced to 333 months, or 27 and 1/4 years, in prison for his rampage, the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office announced.

In a bizarre court statement, Thomas called himself a “peacemaker” and claimed he had no recollection of the shooting.

NYC subway thief thanks Democrats after his 139th arrest, release: ‘Bail reform, it’s lit!’

Charles-BarryCharles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since New York’s new bail reform law took effect Jan. 1.

 

A New York City man who’s now been arrested 139 times thanked Democrats for guaranteeing his immediate release despite repeatedly swiping hundreds of dollars from unsuspecting subway commuters since the state’s new bail reform law went into effect Jan. 1.

Charles Barry, 56, has been arrested six times since the start of this year. He’s been released each time without having to post bail under New York’s new bail reform law since his alleged offenses were nonviolent, the New York Daily News reported. In the past, Barry’s served several stints in state prison and has a lengthy record, including six felonies, 87 misdemeanors and 21 missed court hearings, the newspaper reported, citing court records.

“Bail reform, it’s lit!” Barry yelled to reporters Thursday outside the NYPD Transit District 1 headquarters in the Columbus Circle station before officers transported him to Manhattan Central Booking. “It’s the Democrats! The Democrats know me and the Republicans fear me. You can’t touch me! I can’t be stopped!”

After his most recent arrest Thursday, Barry was held in custody for about 36 hours until his Saturday morning arraignment hearing in his Manhattan Criminal Court. He was then released before trial without paying bail. He had two warrants out for his arrest for missing court dates related to past alleged subway theft, including one instance in January when he allegedly snatched a $50 bill out of a woman’s hand while she was trying to buy a Metro card at a Bryant Park station machine.

Officers arrested him Thursday after he was spotted jumping a subway turnstile in Penn Station. Barry, a career criminal, has repeatedly duped subway-goers by dressing as MTA officials and robbing people after offering to help them buy their tickets, police said.

“I’m famous! I take $200, $300 a day of your money, cr—-r! You can’t stop me!” Barry shouted to reporters.  “It’s a great thing. It’s a beautiful thing. They punk’ed people out for bullsh– crimes.”

A high-ranking official in the New York City Police Department said because of the new bail reform law, offenders like Barry are released and then repeat the same crimes because judges cannot order them to be held in jail before trial. Sometimes, what begins as a nonviolent crime often turns violent if a robbery goes awry, he added.

“At least before, he’d be remanded and be behind bars for a couple of days. He wouldn’t be able to victimize people,” Assistant Chief Gerald Dieckmann, the No. 2 officer in the NYPD’s Transit Bureau, told the New York Daily News. “When someone doesn’t pay them or give them the money, it’ll turn into a robbery, a slashing an assault.”

But Legal Aid Society, which represents Barry, argued the NYPD is using a few cases to spread fear over the new bail reform law.

“Mr. Barry’s case underscores the need for economic stability and meaningful social services, not a need to roll back bail reform,” the society said in a statement. “Locking up Mr. Barry on unaffordable bail or worse, remanding without bail, ultimately does nothing to protect the public and fails entirely to address his actual needs.”

 

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Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti found guilty in Nike extortion trial

KEY POINTS

  • Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike.
  • The verdict in Manhattan federal court came two years after Avenatti gained widespread notoriety for his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal disputes with President Donald Trump.
  • Trump’s then-lawyer Michael Cohen paid Daniels hush money to keep her quiet about claims of an affair with the president on the eve of the 2016 election.

Disgraced lawyer Michael Avenatti was convicted Friday by a jury of all three charges related to his efforts to extort up to $25 million from athletic apparel giant Nike, in what a top prosecutor called “an old-fashioned shakedown.”

The verdict in U.S. District Court in Manhattan came two years after Avenatti gained widespread notoriety for his representation of porn star Stormy Daniels in her legal disputes with President Donald Trump.

The bombastic attorney, who briefly flirted with running for the Democratic presidential nomination, faces two other pending federal criminal cases this spring related to alleged thefts of millions of dollars from clients, including Daniels, and other serious charges.

“I think he’s in a bit of a state of shock,” one of his defense attorneys, Danya Perry, told reporters after the verdict, which Avenatti plans to appeal.

“But he’s a fighter, as you all know, and he’s staying strong.”

Daniels posted a statement on Instagram, saying: “Sadly, it appears what Michael Avenatti did to me was just the tip of an iceberg of deceit. I am not surprised his dishonesty has been revealed on a grand scale.”

She added: “His arrogant, fraudulent and overly aggressive behavior became so pervasive that the jury found his true character. Although clearly a just result, I do feel sad for his children and foolish for believing his lies for so long.”

Avenatti, 48, was accused in the Nike case of trying to shake down the publicly traded company by threatening to go public with alleged evidence that the company had bribed amateur basketball players and their families unless Nike paid him millions of dollars.

Avenatti warned Nike’s attorney that the claims could “take ten billion dollars off your client’s” stock market capitalization.

Avenatti had claimed to represent amateur basketball coach Gary Franklin, who testified at trial that he was unaware of the lawyer’s tactics.

Prosecutors said Avenatti was motivated by a desperate need to get out from crushing personal debt of more than $11 million.

“I’m not f—ing around with this, and I’m not continuing to play games,” Avenatti told Nike’s lawyers, shortly before his arrest last March.

Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti walks out of a New York court house after a hearing in a case where he is accused of stealing $300,000 from a former client, adult-film actress Stormy Daniels on July 23, 2019 in New York City.
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“You guys know enough now to know you’ve got a serious problem,” he said.

“And it’s worth more in exposure to me to just blow the lid on this thing. A few million dollars doesn’t move the needle for me.”

Avenatti’s lawyer Howard Srebnick argued to jurors that Avenatti was behaving to Nike’s lawyer “exactly” how “the clients wanted.”

“He acted in good faith,” Srebnick said in his closing argument.

“In the words of Nike itself, he went in there to ‘Just Do It,’ for his client.”

Jurors began deliberating in the case on Wednesday, after nearly three weeks of testimony and evidence.

Avenatti, who was ordered jailed last month without bail for alleged violations of his release bond, faces a maximum possible sentence of 20 years in prison, although he is likely to get far less time than that.

He is scheduled to be sentenced June 17 on the charges of extortion, transmission of interstate communications with intent to extort, and wire fraud.

Geoffrey Berman, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, whose office prosecuted Avenatti, said in a prepared statement, “While the defendant may have tried to hide behind legal terms and a suit and tie, the jury clearly saw the defendant’s scheme for what it was — an old fashioned shakedown.”

Nike said in a statement, “The verdict speaks volumes. We thank the jurors for their time and service which is the bedrock of the American judicial system.”

Perry, Avenatti’s other lawyer, said, “We are obviously disappointed in the verdict, and even surprised by it.”

She said that the defense has “preserved some significant issues” on which to appeal.

Perry also said that the defense soon will file a motion seeking to change Avenatti’s conditions of detention in the special housing unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, the federal jail in lower Manhattan.

Perry said Avenatti is being kept in “inhumane” conditions in solitary confinement.

“He’s housed like a caged animal,” she said.

In his next scheduled trial, also in Manhattan federal court, Avenatti is charged with swindling Daniels out of $300,000 in proceeds for a book she wrote.

The book “Full Disclosure” by Stormy Daniels is seen for sale in New York, October 2, 2018.
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In his other pending case, in California, Avenatti is accused of defrauding other clients out of millions of dollars, tax crimes and perjury.

Daniels was paid $130,000 by Trump’s then-personal lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen on the eve of the 2016 presidential election to keep her quiet about her claims of having had sex with Trump years earlier.

Trump has denied Daniels’ allegations but reimbursed Cohen for the hush money.

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Russia won’t have gay marriages as long as I am president, vows Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks as he meets with members to discuss constitutional amendments. Picture: Alexei Druzhinin, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP

Moscow – Russia will not legalise same-sex marriage as long as Vladimir Putin is president, the country’s leader said on Thursday.

“While I am president, it will not happen,” Putin told a meeting to discuss possible amendments to the constitution, according to comments carried by state media.

Public promotion of homosexuality is a crime in Russia under federal legislation signed into law by Putin in 2013.

Putin, 67, has been in power as president or prime minister for two decades, with his current term set to end in 2024. He is the longest-serving Russian or Soviet leader since Joseph Stalin.

Some of the amendments under consideration could enable Putin to retain authority after his term ends, as prime minister with expanded power, a lifetime senator or head of the advisory State Council.

SICKENING I’ve seen UK paedos preying on Gambian children and it’s Britain’s fault, says UN official

THE government has been slammed over its failure to protect Gambian children from British paedophiles, the Sun Online can reveal.

United Nation’s independent expert Maud de Boer-Buquicchio says more needs to be done to stop predators travelling to the poor West African country to indulge in sick child abuse holidays.

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A man with a British accent holds a scared toddler in his arms

The human rights expert, who was invited by the Gambia government to investigate the problem in October last year, spoke out after we revealed how the tourist hotspot had become a ‘paedophile’s paradise’ due to weak law enforcement there.

In an exclusive interview with Sun Online, Maud said: “It is a huge concern that child abusers are travelling from the UK and the Home Office needs to assume responsibility for this.

“The British government should work with the tourist agencies and make it clear this is not acceptable.

“Interpol has a green list of convicted offenders and those people are not allowed to travel.

NINTCHDBPICT000549626526-e1577094222524A tourist wades into the sea with a small African child in The Gambia – there is no proof child abuse was taking place here Credit: My Story Media

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“The problem is that there are lots of paedophiles who are not on the list and they are difficult to identify.

“What I saw during my mission to The Gambia in October was shocking and I am concerned.

“The child abusers are coming from the UK and other countries and this means that those countries should be active in trying to prevent it.

“The abuse is happening, not only in hotels, but also in private residences where it is difficult to monitor and The Gambia is a poor country and that makes children vulnerable to exploitation.

“The government should work with airports and airlines to stop sex offenders travelling.”

NINTCHDBPICT000549627410-1-e1577100117956Lamin Fatty, National Coordinator of the Children’s Protection Alliance, said this boy shouldn’t be in a bar so late at night, adding: “We do not encourage physical affection with minors”Credit: My Story Media

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‘I’ve seen men in their 70s with little local girls’

And like myself, Maud has seen the abuse happening first hand.

“I have no doubt that tourists are abusing children because I have seen it myself,” she says.

“I saw an elderly Western man in his 70s with a little local girl who cannot have been older than 14.

“I walked past them and she did not look comfortable with him.

“Of course I do not have evidence that he was a paedophile, but the girl’s mother was not there and I have reasonable suspicion. This type of thing is taking place openly in The Gambia.”

Last week the Sun Online revealed how Westerners are paying as little as £2 a time for sex with Gambian kids and one expert described it as a “paedophile’s paradise”.

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We came across a number of tourists with young children in the West African resortCredit: My Story Media

Other predators are posing as Good Samaritans to worm their way into Gambian families.

Convictions are rare. The only foreign man successfully jailed for abusing little children, Norwegian teacher Svein Agesandakar, 57, who was arrested in 2006, was later pardoned by the president.

Our hard hitting report went viral around the world and led to a huge outcry as people took to social media – and wrote to the Sun Online – to demand action.

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Older British women are famed for holidaying in The Gambia, where some pick up African gigolosCredit: My Story Media

A culture of silence

Yet the Gambia Tourism Board described our findings as “malicious”.

An NCA spokesperson issued a statement saying: “International partners implement their own laws and are responsible for their own policing.

“The NCA leads the UK’s fight against serious and organised crime and where crimes fall into our remit, internationally or domestically, we work with partners to bring offenders to justice and disrupt organised crime groups.

“Offences committed abroad should be reported immediately to that country’s law enforcement and or safeguarding organisations, where the offence  happened.

“Safeguarding child sexual abuse victims, which is the NCA’s priority, is almost always best achieved through local intervention and local support.

Maud is the UN’s Special Rapporteur on the sale and sexual exploitation of children and her full report on the Gambian issue will be released in March next year.

She added: “One positive is that neighbourhood watch groups have been created near the tourist areas and they do what they can to identify places that are being used for child abuse.

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“But the people need law enforcement to follow through and make arrests yet there has not been a successful conviction to date.

“There is a culture of silence around child sexual abuse that prevents children from reporting it.

“The message they get from parents is that it brings shame and stigma on the family if they speak out, so they often end up withdrawing their allegations.

“Law enforcement is also extremely weak. That is because of the culture of silence but also because the police and judiciary lack experience and expertise.

 

 

Investigation: Former Atlantic High football coach sexted students, made racist comments to players

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The former head football coach at Atlantic High School lost his teaching license after investigations revealed he sexted a female student at the school, made racist statements to players and used profanity.

 

A former head football coach at Atlantic High School was accused of sexting 15-year-old female students and making racist comments to football players at the Port Orange school in late 2017, recently released investigative reports show.

The allegations resulted in the permanent loss of his teaching license in Florida.

Kendall Bradley denied all the allegations against him and said he did not know they existed.

“During my time at Atlantic, my only focus was to be a positive influence on the students, players, and community,” he said in a statement to The News-Journal this week. “At no point did I communicate or interact inappropriately with any student. Nor was I discriminatory or out of line in my communication with student athletes.”

Public records obtained by The News-Journal outlined a series of complaints that plagued Bradley’s tenure with Volusia County Schools.

Investigative reports from the Volusia County school district, the Port Orange Police Department and the Florida Department of Education show that Bradley lost his job as coach after accusations surfaced that he made racist statements to students.

But after that, he was allowed to substitute teach in the district. And during his time as a substitute more allegations surfaced that Bradley had sent sexual text messages to female students.

Bradley was substitute teaching in Volusia County schools for about a month after law enforcement officers were notified of the sexual text messages, records show.

Port Orange Police spokesman Officer Evan Doyle said officers made contact with the school, but because the incident occurred two years ago, he could not say when.

A police report about the incident does not state that the officers contacted the school district, and there is a gap in the narrative between December 2017 and February 2018. District officials did not remove Bradley from student contact until Feb. 5, 2018, when the father of one of the students notified Atlantic High school officials about the allegations.

No criminal charges were filed against Bradley. The ex-coach’s teaching license was permanently revoked in December 2019.

Throughout the ordeal, Bradley did not speak about the allegations to district investigators and was not contacted by law enforcement. He told state officials he did not wish to contest the charges made against him, the records show.

Bradley started coaching the Atlantic High football team in 2017, and when school started he also taught physical education. He was fired in November 2017.

At the time, Bradley told The News-Journal that he was fired without cause. But district investigators received complaints that he had used inappropriate language in front of students, including derogatory racial statements. The complaints were recorded in his professional standards file. It was the second time he had been warned about using inappropriate language in front of students. Before those complaints were fully investigated, he was released from employment for failing to complete the one-year probationary period of his employment.

Players and their family members complained to the school that Bradley told them to “stop acting black,” read their grades out loud in front of their teammates to embarrass them, and used profanity. During that football season, Atlantic High lost every game it played.

When he was fired, district records show Bradley was disqualified from future employment with Volusia County Schools. But two weeks later, his professional standards file was updated with another memo that declared he was eligible to interview for vacant positions within the schools. That was Dec. 12, 2017.

By Feb. 5, 2018, Bradley was removed from student contact again after a father told officials that Bradley, 31 at the time, had been soliciting sex from two 15-year-old students, an internal report from the school district states.

The inappropriate text exchanges happened on Dec. 3, 2017, the police report stated — less than a week after Bradley lost his coaching job. Copies of the texts between the students and the phone number the school district had on file as belonging to Bradley were included in the district records. In them, he allegedly requested that students meet with him in person, encouraged them to participate in group sex with him and other women, and solicited nude photos of the students.

The Port Orange Police Department was notified of the texts on Dec. 16, 2017. One of the students told an officer that Bradley sent her a nude photo of himself on Snapchat, an app where messages and photos disappear, the police report states.

Officers did not contact Bradley at the time, and did not have evidence of any nude photos being sent, according to the report. They notified the student’s father that if the family wished to pursue criminal charges, he would have to provide a tablet for evidence, but officers did not receive the iPad after multiple reminders. The case was closed due to the uncooperative reporting party, and the report stated it would be reopened if evidence was provided.

Doyle from the Port Orange Police Department said the department could not prosecute without the iPad, without finding evidence of a crime, and without the victim’s parents’ intent to prosecute.

It is also unclear if officers contacted school officials upon hearing the allegations against Bradley. Doyle also said officers believed Bradley had been terminated from his position in the schools, and because of the lack of evidence could not determine if there was probable cause.

The police report was updated in February 2018 to explain that Bradley had been substitute teaching at Spruce Creek High School, and documentation from the school district stated he was removed from student contact on Feb. 5, 2018, after the student’s father notified the Atlantic High School principal of the inappropriate sexual text messages.

At that time, records from the school district stated that Bradley told school officials he did not want to continue working in the district, and that he did not want to address the allegations against him.

The school district closed its investigation and forwarded the information it had obtained to the Florida Department of Education. Bradley did not contest the charges and surrendered his Florida teaching certificate for permanent revocation, which occurred on Dec. 13, 2019.

“As I have just been informed, information that I had no knowledge of, and is not correct, was filed and made public,” Bradley said to The News-Journal. “I have never been approached with, or asked about these situations personally, nor was I made aware that they had been issued when they were.”

 

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