Child Abuse

Couple from St. Lawrence County Sentenced For Child Exploitation

Dec 17, 2015
Saint Lawrence County Sheriff's Office

  A couple from Saint Lawrence County was sentenced Thursday to hundreds of years in prison for the exploitation of six children, including two girls abducted from their family’s  roadside vegetable stand in August 2014. 

U.S. Attorney Richard Hartunian sentenced 39-year-old Steven Howells II to 580 years in prison. He pleaded guilty to all 21 federal charges, which consisted of conspiracy to sexually exploit minors, 15 counts of sexual exploitation of children, involving six victims, and five counts of possession of child pornography. 

Anjali Alwis/WAER News

  April is a month in which some local organizations are doing their best to prevent some of the worst crimes from scarring the lives of Central New York’s Children.  If you look around the community, one simple symbol might help.

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A former Miss America is in Syracuse to help kick-off National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Marilyn Van Debur shared a personal message to stop the harm to children.

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  According to a study out of Cornell University, the Great Recession caused higher instances of child abuse and neglect. An analysis of instances of child abuse between 2005 and 2009 in all of the 3,144 counties and county equivalents in the U.S pointed to rising income inequality as a major factor in increased rates of child abuse.