Day: February 12, 2019

Toronto man jailed for 11 years in U.S. for trying to lure American girl into sex

TORONTO — A Canadian man who admitted to trying to lure an American girl into sexual activity and sent her explicit images has been jailed for 11 years, court files show.

The sentencing of Daniel Wnek, of Toronto, handed down in court in Ohio this week, also includes a decade of supervision after his release.

The prosecution had sought a much stiffer sentence, arguing defence claims that Wnek was intellectually compromised and autistic were not relevant. Instead, they said, Wnek had wilfully and repeatedly threatened underage girls if they didn’t go along with his demands.

“It would be hard to imagine behaviour any more predatory,” the prosecution said. “A lengthy sentence, even if far less than life, is nonetheless necessary to reflect the seriousness of the defendant’s conduct, protect the public, deter future crimes, and afford deterrence, both to the defendant and to the community.”

Wnek, 28, of Toronto, was arrested in Orlando, Fla., in November 2017, on charges of coercion, luring, and passing pornographic material to a minor.

According to American authorities, Wnek had portrayed himself as a 14-year-old boy in online interactions with someone he believed to be a 14-year-old girl in Ohio. In fact, police said, the girl was actually only 11.

Her parents complained to local police that a man had been trying to set up a meeting with their child for sexual purposes and police in turn alerted federal agents, who took over the investigation. They began posing as the girl.

“Numerous sexually graphic conversations occurred between Wnek and the underage female via two different platforms online,” the U.S. attorney’s office said after his arrest. “Wnek acknowledged during the conversations his intent to have sex with the underage female and, potentially, her friends.”

In November 2017, Wnek flew to Orlando — home to Disney World — where FBI agents arrested him at an area hotel.

“It is no coincidence that this defendant travelled alone to a theme park, filled with thousands of minors and young children,” prosecutors said in their submissions. “The defendant’s (admitted) pattern of predatory behaviour involving minors, whether resulting in conviction or not, proves that he poses a serious risk of recidivism and danger to minors far and wide, who are easily accessed online in this digital age.”

Wnek pleaded guilty in November in United States District Court of the Northern District of Ohio before Judge Jack Zouhary, who recommended Wnek receive mental-health treatment as well as specialized sex-offender treatment in custody.

Once released, Wnek will face numerous conditions for a decade, including registering as a sex offender and having to refrain from association with minors unless their parents or guardians are present.

He also forfeited his iPhone, iPad and iPod and was fined $5,100.

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DECATUR, Texas — Deputies on Tuesday discovered two malnourished children crammed into a locked dog cage and two more smeared with feces and urine in a barn in North Texas, in what a sheriff described as the worst case of child abuse he has ever seen.

The barn was “crudely fashioned” into living quarters, Wise County Sheriff Lane Akin said, adding that all the children were hungry and thirsty around 7:20 a.m. when deputies responding to a domestic disturbance found them on the property near Rhome, about 32 kilometres north of Fort Worth.

“There was plenty of food inside the barn, but the refrigerator and the cabinets had been locked so the kids could not get in to get food,” Akin said.

There were three boys, ages 5, 3 and 1, and a 4-year-old girl, he said.

The oldest two were locked in the cage that was just 3-by-3 feet and the other two were filthy and only partially clothed, Akin said.

He told the Dallas Morning News it’s the worst case of child abuse he has seen in his 44 years in law enforcement.

“I’ve not worked one where children are locked inside a dog kennel, and I find that absolutely disgusting,” he said.

The children were taken to Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth for evaluation. A call left with a hospital spokeswoman was not immediately returned.

Deputies were speaking with a man and a woman, both 24, when they heard children’s voices coming from the barn, Akin said. The woman is the mother of all four children and the man is father to one of them, he told the newspaper.

A fight between the two is what brought deputies to the rural home, and the man had cuts to his face. They were arrested and each charged with four counts of child endangerment.

Marissa Gonzales, a spokeswoman for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, said the agency has had contact with the family before, but at a different location. She said the children were being evaluated at the hospital and for the time being were not in state custody.

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ATLANTA — Grammy-nominated rapper 21 Savage was released on bond Tuesday after spending more than a week in federal immigration custody, his lawyers said.

The rapper, whose given name is She’yaa Bin Abraham-Joseph, was arrested during a targeted immigration operation early on Feb. 3. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said at the time that the British citizen had overstayed his visa and had a felony conviction.

In a statement, lawyers Charles Kuck, Dina LaPolt and Alex Spiro said they’ve been speaking with ICE since his arrest to “clarify his actual legal standing, his eligibility for bond, and provide evidence of his extraordinary contributions to his community and society.”

They said they received notification in the previous 24 hours, “in the wake of the Grammy Awards at which he was scheduled to attend and perform,” that he was granted an expedited hearing.

Abraham-Joseph was nominated for two awards at the Grammys, including record of the year for “Rockstar” alongside Post Malone. His second solo album “I Am I Was,” released in December, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

After his arrest, ICE said Abraham-Joseph entered the U.S. legally in July 2005, when he was 12, but has remained in the country illegally since his visa expired in July 2006. He was convicted on felony drug charges in October 2014 in Fulton County, Georgia, ICE said. He was placed in deportation proceedings in federal immigration court.

Abraham-Joseph’s lawyers disputed that. They said last week that Abraham-Joseph came to the U.S. when he was 7 and remained in the country until June 2005, when he went to visit the United Kingdom for a month. He returned on a valid visa on July 22, 2005, they said.

“Mr. Abraham-Joseph has been continuously physically present in the United States for almost 20 years, except for a brief visit abroad,” his lawyers said. “Unfortunately, in 2006 Mr. Abraham-Joseph lost his legal status through no fault of his own.”

The attorneys also said ICE was incorrect that Abraham-Joseph has a felony conviction on his record. Fulton County prosecutors said they could not provide information on that case because it is sealed.

Abraham-Joseph’s lawyers said he asked them to send a message to his supporters.

“(H)e says that while he wasn’t present at the Grammy Awards, he was there in spirit and is grateful for the support from around the world and is more than ever, ready to be with his loved ones and continue making music that brings people together,” they said.

He added that he “will not forget this ordeal or any of the other fathers, sons, family members, and faceless people, he was locked up with or that remain unjustly incarcerated across the country. And he asks for your hearts and minds to be with them.”

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Nine subtle (and not-so) signals in Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter

Jody Wilson-Raybould’s resignation letter make public on Tuesday offers a masterclass in how to communicate volumes between the lines.

1. Its undermining timing: The former Minister of Veterans Affairs and Associate Minister of National Defence submitted her resignation to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Monday night, hours after he  spoke publicly for his cabinet minister, who was not present, in Vancouver. “In our system of government, her presence in cabinet should actually speak for itself,” Trudeau boasted then. Now, Wilson-Raybould’s resignation from cabinet is doing the talking.

2. Who is thanked:  “[A]ll Canadians, and in particular the residents of Vancouver-Granville, who put their trust in me and supported me,”  along with officials and her staff.

3. Who is not thanked: The Prime Minister.

4. Who is honoured: Canadian veterans and their families. Wilson-Raybould has “the deepest admiration and respect” for them, she writes, adding that her decision to resign from the portfolio she was moved to in January has nothing to do with them: “I only wish that I could have served you longer,” she said, a line recognizing the importance of the ministry and suggesting she is stepping down due to circumstances beyond her control.

5. Omission destined to spark speculation: No reason is given for her resignation, not even the cliched: “To spend more time with my family.”

6. Covert slam of Real Change™: “When I sought federal elected office, it was with the goal of implementing a positive and progressive vision of change on behalf of all Canadians and a different way of doing politics,” Wilson-Raybould writes. Her commitment to “fundamental change” hasn’t changed: “This work must and will carry on.” (Left unsaid: But not in the Trudeau cabinet.)

7. She knows a heavy-hitter lawyer is needed, and has retained one: The former Crown prosecutor named her counsel, the Honorable Thomas Albert Cromwell, CC, a former Puisne Justice on the Supreme Court of Canada. Like her, he’s Vancouver-Ottawa-based. In a nice irony, he’s also a “mentor” at the Trudeau Foundation.

8. Homage paid to her Indigenous roots, a reminder of the central role she formerly played within the government: Wilson-Raybould also signed the letter “Puglaas,” her name in Kwak’wala, the language of the First Nations who live at the north end of Vancouver Island, as well as her Twitter handle. It translates: “woman born of noble people.”  Wilson-Raybould’s appointment as Justice Minister heralded great hope of change; she was at the forefront of the government’s promise to rebuild relationships with Indigenous peoples. Then she was demoted, and now, it appears, had no choice but to leave cabinet for still unknown reasons.

9. Wilson-Raybould’s unifying rallying cry for the future intimates one is needed: “Regardless of background, geography, or party affiliation, we must stand together for the values that Canada is built on, and which are the foundation for our future,” she wrote. Left unsaid, but very clear, is the impression that Jody Wilson-Raybould has every intention of helping to build that foundation.

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Women in Retirement: How to Retire the Way You Want

Presented by HSBC Bank Canada

As a woman, you have more choices than ever before – from career and leadership opportunities to raising a family or pursuing your creative passions. And when you are thinking about retirement, there are many ways to help you optimize your later years. To help you plan, and in partnership with HSBC, we help you explore the paths to successful retirement in order to hit your stride later in life, whatever it is you choose to do!

Here are some things to consider:

Some women choose to keep working and saving past retirement age, either full or part-time. According to Statistics Canada, the average retirement age for women in Canada is 63, however many are working longer, either continuing their full-time employment because they enjoy it, or because they do not feel financially secure enough to stop working. Others continue to work part-time, well past 63 because they want to challenge themselves or try out a different career. As with all of life’s major milestones, having a solid plan in place will make all the difference, and will ensure retirement is a positive step for you – whenever you choose to do it.

Working with a professional financial advisor is crucial to helping make your money work for you. A financial advisor can help you look at your resources and financial priorities, and help you decide what your options are. Additionally, if you feel more comfortable with a female advisor, (a recent study by State Street Global Advisors shows that 55% of women between ages 25 and 34 prefer working with female advisors), do a search in your area.

But planning for today is not enough. Ensuring you are maximizing your savings for those golden years is equally important. A recent report in The Future of Retirement Series, Bridging the Gap: Women in Retirement1, commissioned by HSBC, found that 25 per cent of Canadian women have contributed less to their retirement savings than their spouses, because women often have to take time off during their careers to raise children. If this is the case with you, there are ways to catch up.

Remember, if you haven’t already, now is the time to start investing for retirement. The HSBC-commissioned study1 found that 51 per cent of working-aged women either don’t know how much they are saving for retirement, or haven’t started saving all, compared with 38 per cent of men. There are numerous savings plans to consider, including Registered Retirement Savings Plans (RRSPs), Tax-Free Savings Accounts (TFSAs) along with your company pension plan, if you have one. Start your retirement conversation with your workplace’s human resources or pension department and seek the advice of a financial advisor.

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Do some research and educate yourself. Get knowledgeable now about your future. You need to know what percentage of your pre-retirement income you’ll need for a comfortable retirement. Many women are not aware of what this number is. Good resources exist to help you, including retirement calculators that are available on numerous websites, along with the federal government’s Canadian Retirement Income Calculator, which will help you estimate your retirement income from the Canada Pension Plan and Old Age Security benefits.

Plan for a variety of scenarios. Women are unique when it comes to retirement planning because studies including one from World Health Organization show they tend to outlive men; resulting in the need for greater retirement savings for a longer period of time. Knowing how to manage your finances and following through with a plan should help to bring you one step closer to your retirement aspirations. One way to start building monetary confidence is by opening your own investment accounts and investing regularly towards achieving your retirement goal.

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Take time to dream about the ways you want to pursue your passions. Retirement is a unique opportunity in life for women. At this point in your life, children have grown up, you’ve fulfilled many career goals – so what’s next? Now is the time to really think about what you could do to make the golden years among your most meaningful for you.

Some women choose to go back to school to re-train and perhaps start a second career or a new business. If that’s your goal, you may want to start a registered education savings plan (RESP) now. And remember, many universities offer low-cost or free courses. Other women may be inspired to volunteer or pursue cherished hobbies, such as art. Still others see travelling to places they’ve never been as a part of their bucket list. Again, whatever your dreams, you will want to ensure that your retirement plan offers you the peace of mind to go in whatever direction you choose.

If you’re ready to learn more about how to make the most of your hard earned money, HSBC has the tools and expertise to help pave the way to financial freedom.

It should be noted that these tips are for informational purposes only, are subject to change without notice, and are not intended to provide specific financial, investment, tax, legal or accounting advice to you, and should not be relied upon in that regard. You should not act or rely on the information without seeking your own financial, investment, tax, legal or accounting advice.

1Reproduced with permission from The Future of Retirement: Bridging the Gap, published in 2018 by HSBC Holdings plc.

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