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Gwinnett man convicted of molesting juvenile relative for 11 years AJC.com Amanda C. Coyne The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

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A Gwinnett County man has been convicted on molestation and incest charges for sexually abusing a juvenile female relative for more than 10 years, the district attorney’s office said.

Mongkhon Leekomon, 64, was convicted of aggravated child molestation, child molestation and incest on Nov. 17 after a four-day trial.



Leekomon began abusing the girl at his DeKalb County home when she was “four to five years old,” the DA’s office said. Leekomon would babysit the girl when his wife and the girl’s mother went to run errands. Leekomon would molest the girl during these babysitting periods, telling her that they were “just playing games” and “not to tell Mommy,” the DA’s office said.

The abuse continued when Leekomon moved to Norcross about five years later. Leekomon began forcibly performing oral sex on the victim when she was 10 years old, the DA’s office said. In order to keep the victim from telling her parents, Leekomon told the victim that her parents would get divorced and another family member would lose her business if the victim spoke out.

The victim eventually told a college friend about the abuse in 2013 and told a therapist in 2014, the DA’s office said. After telling her mother in 2014, the victim’s mother reported the abuse to the police and the victim spoke to DeKalb County and Norcross police officers.

The jury returned a guilty verdict on all three counts after three hours of deliberation. Leekomon will be sentenced on Dec. 6. The maximum sentence possible is 60 years in prison.


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Debate Forum: 11/21 DAYTON CITY PAPER OPINION By Ron Kozar

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Dateline:  Comanche County, Oklahoma.  In 2014, Patricia Spann, then 42, met up with her long-lost daughter Misty, 21.  They “hit it off,” says Patricia, and became (cough!) lovers.  In March 2016, after same-sex marriage came along, Patricia and Misty tied the knot, with Patricia giving a different last name to hide their kinship from the registrar.  The honeymoon ended last month when a court annulled the marriage after a welfare worker told on them.  Incest being a crime in Oklahoma and practically every other state, Misty was sentenced to ten months.  Patricia, awaiting a January trial, was heard to mumble something about thinking it was legal because her name isn’t on Misty’s birth certificate.

There’s more.  In 2008, the selfsame Patricia had married her adult son.  Fifteen months later, the courts annulled that marriage, at the son’s request.  Word is that there’s a third child, another son, who has managed to resist his mom’s wiles.

FWIW, though she’s their mother, Patricia did not raise her children.  They were removed from her custody at an early age (we can’t imagine why) and raised by their grandmother.  And Heaven knows what may have been done to Patricia in her own childhood to give her such a prodigious sexual appetite for her own kin.

Whatever prompted their affection for each other, Patricia and Misty Spann now find themselves at the epicenter of another battle in the Culture Wars.

On the one side of that battle are those, wanting incest laws to remain on the books, who rub their eyes in amazement at what seems to them the surreal, Oedipal madness of it all.  They can say I told you so; when many of the same people opposed same-sex marriage, they warned us that it would put us on a slippery slope, that in no time people would be agitating to let parents marry their own kids, and now here we are.  Portraying incest as just another morally indifferent choice on the big buffet of life, they argue, moves the boundaries of normality perilously close to our most vulnerable citizens, children, in their most vulnerable place, at home.

On the other side are libertarians, libertines, and love-is-love folks who say of these and other incestuous pairs that it ain’t no one’s business but their’n.  Whether or not science has confirmed or debunked the supposition that incest results in defective hatchlings, that concern doesn’t apply to adult same-sex practitioners of incest.  Patricia and Misty, they rightly observe, were consenting adults who hadn’t harmed a soul and certainly didn’t procreat any new ones in the process when the Sex Police hauled them off to the hoosegow.

To some, such debates are creepy.  To others, they’re just fun.

Ron Kozar is a lawyer in Dayton. Reach him at RonKozar@DaytonCityPaper.com.


The Police Were Arresting Him for INCEST When They Found the Hidden Lab FRISKY CHEWY BOESE @ChewyPie | 11.20.17 | 3:42 pm

Throw away the key, please

Nature or nurture? It’s the old question that researchers and scientists have spent countless hours on. What makes a bad seed? Was Hitler born evil? Was he bullied? Did he have mental health issues? Family issues?

What makes someone become attracted to their own blood relative? Many anthropologists have studied different societies, including ones where incest is not taboo. But in here in the U.S., we are revolted by the idea — and it’s illegal depending on your state and what act you perform.

It makes one wonder how someone like Tony Ray Aldridge got to be the way he is. This meth dealer/maker apparently loved his family a little too much and officials had no idea what was really going on…

The Police Department in Stanfield, North Carolina had been investigating 49-year-old resident Tony Ray Aldridge for 10 months before they finally got enough to act. After almost a year of watching and listening, they had gathered enough evidence to obtain a felony arrest warrant for the man. The charge? Incest.

In North Carolina, the legal definition of incest is “carnal intercourse” with a person that is grandparent, grandchild, parent, child or stepchild or adopted child, brother or sister, uncle, aunt, nephew, or niece. In short, penetrative sex with a blood relative.

The investigation started from reports from the Department of Social Services. It turned out a child had been born from an incestuous relationship Tony — who had a previous sex offense on the books from a 1989 incident — had with a non-specified member of his family.

 

Pedigree Insights: Persian Knight TDN THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS By Andrew Caulfield

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Almost exactly 30 years ago, I was lucky enough to visit Japan as a guest of the JRA, to report on the Japan Cup and international jockeys’ series. Because of my interest in bloodstock, I was also treated to a tour of the stallion farms on Hokkaido.

The vast majority of the stallions I saw were imports, including the Derby heroes Grundy and Empery and the Irish Derby winner Tyrnavos. Other notables included Northern Taste, a Prix de la Foret winner who had become the dominant force in Japanese breeding, and Linamix’s classic-winning sire Mendez. Then there were the likes of Junius (Middle Park S.), Pas de Seul (Prix de la Foret), No Lute (Prix Lupin), Gay Mecene (Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud), Saint Estephe (Coronation Cup) and Crystal Glitters (twice a winner of the Prix d’Ispahan).

This foreign invasion was reflected on Japan’s leading sires’ table for 1987. With Northern Taste leading the way, there were 14 imports among the top 20, comprising eight from the U.S., two from Canada, two from Ireland and one each from Britain and France. Only one Japanese horse, Tosho Boy, ranked among the top eight.

It was a similar situation here in Europe. The top 20 on the 1987 Anglo-Irish table featured 11 stallions carrying the (USA) suffix and another from Canada, with the American-breds Mill Reef, Riverman, Nureyev, Alleged and Be My Guest occupying five of the top six places.

Despite their birth place, all five of these stallions had done their racing in Europe and they demonstrate how breeders worldwide usually prefer to use stallions which have proved themselves under local conditions.

American-bred stallions are few and far between on this year’s leading sires’ list in Britain and Ireland, the highest-ranked being War Front in 14th place. The Japanese industry has gone very much the same way, thanks largely to the remarkable Sunday Silence. This American-bred transformed the Japanese thoroughbred to such an extent that his sons still occupy seven of the top 12 places on the current sires’ table. In fact, there are only three stallions in the top 20 who did their racing outside Japan (although the likes of King Kamehameha, Kurofune, South Vigorous, Kinshasa No Kiseki and Symboli Kris S. were conceived or foaled elsewhere).

The few exceptions in the top 20 include 13th-ranked Empire Maker (now back in the U.S.) and 20th-ranked Sinister Minister. These two, together with the American-breds Kurofune and South Vigorous, owe their high positions largely to their Japanese dirt runners.

The only European interloper among the top 20 is the British-bred Harbinger, who will always be best remembered for his imperious 11-length victory over Cape Blanco in the 2010 King George. That performance–on his first appearance at Group 1 level–was a marked step up on Harbinger’s previous form, even though he had won the G3 Gordon S. at three and was unbeaten in three previous appearances at four.

Timeform considered his King George display to be worthy of a rating of 140, which put him among some very select company, and Harbinger was officially rated the best horse in the world. Unfortunately, within weeks, Harbinger had fractured his near-fore cannon bone and his career was over before he had had a chance to confirm his superstar status. By early September the son of Dansili had been sold to the Shadai Group.

Shadai’s interest in Harbinger no doubt owed a lot to the farm’s need to find a suitable outcross for the legions of Japanese mares descending from Sunday Silence. The ploy seems to be working. Harbinger’s first runners reached the track in 2014, when he became Japan’s leading first-crop sire. Since then has quickly established himself among the leading sires. Despite having 223 runners, compared to King Kamehameha’s 569, Harbinger reached 16th place on the 2015 sires’ table and he progressed to 13th place last year. Now he is up to eighth and a highly-rewarding autumn has shown he can sire Group 1 winners–not once, not twice but three times.

The first to hit the heights was Deirdre, who in mid-October landed the mile-and-a-quarter Shuka Sho, the last leg of the so-called Triple Tiara. In an 18-runner field, Harbinger was also responsible for the third-placed Mozu Katchan. This filly, who had finished second in the Japanese Oaks, turned the tables on Deirdre when they met again in the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Cup over an extra furlong. This time Mozu Katchan came out best in a three-way finish.

Then, a week later, Harbinger’s son Persian Knight came out on top in another tight finish, this time in the G1 Mile Championship. Persian Knight clearly isn’t short of speed, even though he had tackled Japan’s 2000 Guineas and Derby equivalents over a mile and a quarter and a mile and a half earlier in the year.

Harbinger sired Deirdre from a granddaughter of Sunday Silence, sired by his Japanese Derby and Japan Cup-winning son Special Week. And Persian Knight has a dam by Sunday Silence, so the signs are encouraging that Harbinger is indeed going to prove a very useful outcross at Shadai. Even Mozu Katchan highlights his potential value to the Shadai team. Although she has no Sunday Silence blood, she is out of a daughter of another of Shadai’s champion sires, the Japanese Derby winner King Kamehameha.

Predictably, all three of Harbinger’s Group 1 winners descend from female lines introduced to Japan in fairly recent years. Mozu Katchan’s second dam, the Storm Boot mare Best Boot, was a $310,000 purchase in 2003, while Deirdre’s second dam, the Machiavellian mare Soninke, is a British-bred daughter of Sonic Lady, Sheikh Mohammed’s top-class Nureyev filly.

Persian Knight also has a second dam by Nureyev, namely the three-time French winner Nikiya. During a long career, Nikiya produced 12 foals in Japan and all but one of them were sired either by Sunday Silence or one of his sons. She struck gold with Sunday Silence when she produced a 1999 colt named Gold Allure. This brother to Persian Knight’s dam Orient Charm developed into a leading dirt performer, with the Japan Dirt Derby and the February S. among his best wins. Gold Allure has since passed on his prowess on dirt to numerous good winners and regularly ranks among Japan’s top two dirt stallions, topping the dirt statistics on two occasions.

With a background like this, Persian Knight surely has a future as a stallion, especially if he can add another Group 1 win or two to his record.

Songbird To Arrogate TDN THOROUGHBRED DAILY NEWS By Bill Finley

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Champion Songbird (Medaglia d’Oro) will be bred to Arrogate (Unbridled’s Song), owner Mandy Pope has told the TDN.

Pope purchased the nine-time Grade I winner for $9.5 million at the Fasig-Tipton November Sale, one of several high profile broodmares she has bought at auction over recent years.

“We went over this for a good three days with Wayne Sweezey and other advisors and looked at a lot of stallions, possible matings and a lot of options,” she said. “Arrogate is a horse with a great pedigree and was a brilliant race horse. On pedigree, it worked. When you look at him physically, it worked. This will be a first-time broodmare going to a first-time stallion, so that will be interesting.”

Pope has been among the more aggressive buyers over the last several years at the fall mixed sales. She made headlines in 2012 when she paid $10 million for Horse of the Year Havre de Grace (Saint Liam), also at the Fasig-Tipton Sale. Some of her other high profile purchases include 2011 GI Kentucky Oaks winner Plum Pretty (Medaglia d’Oro) for $4.2 million at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale, Groupie Doll for $3.1 million at the 2013 Keeneland November Sale and Betterbetterbetter (Galileo {Ire}) for $5.2 million at the 2013 Fasig-Tipton November Sale. The latter is a group stakes-placed mare who was in foal to War Front at the time.

“We have a stallion that we believe is one of the best dirt runners in modern times,” said Juddmonte Manager Garrett O’Rourke. “When you simplify how to breed you go back to the strategy of breeding the best to the best. Beyond that, if you look at a specific type of mare we were looking for Arrogate and what Mandy and Wayne said they felt was the ideal mate for Songbird would be we both came to the same answer. They’re hopefully a match made in heaven and hopefully they will produce a product we will all be talking about in three, four years time.

“Songbird won all of her races, really, in the first half of the race. She would just got to the front and nobody could catch her. Arrogate mainly killed most of his opposition off in the second half of a race. If there is any way to improve on either Songbird or Arrogate, when you match two you cover all the bases.”

Want to stop sexual abuse in the workplace? Make sure every company has an HR department. THE WEEK Damon Linker

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If you want to expose and punish past acts of workplace sexual harassment and predation, there’s nothing more effective than journalists talking to women about their experiences with an alleged abuser, verifying their claims, and publishing them. This humiliates the perpetrator, badly damaging or destroying his reputation, and in many cases scuttling his career. And the bad press (especially when combined with numerous other stories) may also serve to deter future bad behavior on the part of other powerful men.

Both considerations — retribution over the past, deterrence for the future — are playing a decisive role in driving the stories that have taken down a slew of men in recent weeks and that threaten to take down many, many more in the days, weeks, and months ahead.

But that doesn’t mean that it’s enough for reformers to rely on the informal deterrence that follows from the threat of bad press. Some abusers aren’t famous enough to justify a splashy news story. Then there’s the possibility that the sheer volume of claims will eventually rob them of their ability to influence opinion about the perpetrators.

That’s why reform needs to take a different, less ostentatious form. Want to protect people against predators in the workplace? Make sure every company in America has a department of human resources.

Readers with experience in the corporate world will likely find the suggestion laughably banal. That’s because it was way back in the 1990s that most corporations first tasked HR departments with overseeing sexual harassment claims. This doesn’t mean that sexual manipulation and predation doesn’t still take place in the corporate sector. But it does mean that in most cases its victims have an established institutional means of reporting the behavior to an ostensibly neutral, bureaucratic entity tasked with solving interpersonal problems and avoiding lawsuits.

Are departments of human resources perfect solutions to the problem of workplace sexual misconduct? Of course not. But victims are indisputably better off with them than without them.

That’s certainly the impression one gets from reading the sordid tales of sexual harassment at media companies — especially upstart ones. As Laura McGann notes in her Vox story about the allegedly inappropriate sexual behavior of The New York Times‘ Glenn Thrush during his time working at Politico, “there was no conventional HR office” at one of the most influential news outlets covering the nation’s capital. McGann goes on to explain that it wasn’t until 2016 that “a VP of human resources position was created” at Politico.

The absence of an HR department has also played a significant part in stories about Leon Wieseltier’s alleged pattern of appalling behavior toward female staffers at The New Republic. When Seyward Darby mildly objectedto Wieseltier sending her a file titled “foreskin,” his response was to proclaim sarcastically, “Oh, report me to HR!” But of course that was impossible, because as former TNR editor Franklin Foer recently explainedin an interview, the magazine had no such office: “There was this sense that it was too poor to afford one.”

TNR in that era certainly was starved for cash. But then again, judgments about exactly what a magazine that perennially loses money can afford to spend its limited resources on are always a question of priorities — and clearly the decision-makers at the magazine (Wieseltier and then-owner Marty Peretz) preferred to run the place like their personal fiefdom, with no bureaucratic oversight or enforcement of workplace norms at all.

Obviously the same was true at Harvey Weinstein’s movie production companies, which he owned and ran however he saw fit, without constraint, and in the hotel rooms where Louis C.K. would strip naked and masturbate in front of female comedians.

The pattern is clear: When a certain kind of sexually insatiable and entitled man is given something close to absolute power, he will abuse it — and the women (and sometimes men) around him — for the sake of his own gratification.