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A Chicago teen was denied bail after admitting to molesting a girl during a virtual learning class on Thursday.

Catrell Walls, 18, is accused of sexually molesting his 7-year-old cousin during her virtual learning class on Google Meets. Walls was arrested on Saturday after the police were contacted by the girl's school.

Police say the girl signed into the class around 1:30 p.m. and students were instructed to mute their microphones and turn their cameras off.

But the girl left her computer camera on and put the microphone on mute. Prosecutors say Walls entered the room and ordered the girl to perform a sex act on him.

At least four children observed the indecent act. The teacher was alerted when one child asked, "What's going on? What's happening?"

When the teacher saw the the girl engaged in a sex act, she yelled for the other children to log off and told the little girl to turn her camera off.

The teacher then observed Walls pick up the laptop and close it, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

The teacher notified the school principal and the school's chief executive officer, who went to the girl's home.

The girl told them Walls "just hit her," prosecutors said. But when the principal spoke to her privately, she told him Walls made her perform oral sex on him and that it had happened before.

"He made me put my lips on (him) and this has happened before, and I don't want my daddy to know, it's a secret," she said, according to Cook County Assistant State's Attorney Andreana Turano.

Police responded to the home and took Walls into custody. The girl was taken to Comer Children's Hospital for evaluation.

During police interrogation, Walls broke down and admitted through tears that he sexually assaulted the girl since she was 6.

"I don't know why. I'm sorry, I'm sorry," he said.

Walls is a senior in high school and has been diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), which impairs his ability to control his impulses, his attorney said.

Walls is expected back in court on Nov. 21.

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An alleged pedophile secretly hid in an underage girl's closet for one month before he was discovered by the girl's parents.

Jonathan Rossmoine, 36, met the 15-year-old girl on social media and hid in a closet in her bedroom to avoid detection by her parents, according to Fox 13 News.

The girl reportedly told Rossmoine she was 18. When they met for the first time, the girl allegedly confessed that she was 18 years old. The suspect drove multiple times from his home in Louisiana to Florida to have sex with the girl in the family's Spring Hill home.

Rossmoine was discovered hiding in the girl's closet after her parents heard voices coming from the girl's bedroom.

He was arrested and charged with four counts of lewd and lascivious behavior, and one count of traveling across state lines to meet a minor for indecent purposes.

"He and the young lady came up with the idea that he could just stay in her room if he hid in the closet whenever the parents came in," Hernando County Sheriff's Office Detective Tom Cameron said.

"They kept the bedroom door closed and locked and whenever someone came to the door it gave them an opportunity to run and hide in the closet and open up the door to where maybe she was changing or something."

Authorities said Rossmoine admitted that he and the girl had sex a number of times in his van, which he had parked near her home, Crime Online reported.

Child experts advise parents to limit their child's access to smartphones and the internet.

"Kids can be doing things under our noses and in your house that you might not be aware of that could shock you," child psychologist Dr. Wendy Rice told Fox 13.

"Get the electronics out of the bedroom. That is key. None of us really need to be sleeping with our phones next to our beds and least of all teens."

Child advocacy groups are lobbying lawmakers to fine social media platforms that allow children to register accounts.

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The Iowa Attorney General's Office is convinced that a man convicted of multiple sex crimes against children is no longer a public menace because he identifies a woman.

The Storm Lake Times reported that Joseph Smith, a 23-year-old convicted child molester was released from prison after undergoing gender reassignment surgery while behind bars.

Smith was imprisoned in 2014 after molesting a fellow high school student and molesting an estimated 15 children ranging in age from 15 to 1.

Smith received treatment for gender reassignment over the past two years at Newton Correctional Prison. In October 2017 he began using female pronouns and calling himself Josie.

Attorney General spokesmen Lynn Hicks suggested that Smith was no longer dangerous because he is taking female sex hormones.

Hicks told DISRN.com that "an offender's hormone levels are an important part of substantiating an offender's likelihood of recidivism."

"We don't believe we have evidence sufficient to prove Josie Smith has a significant chance of reoffending," Hicks said.

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North Carolina deputies rescued a man who was beaten brutally by a father who caught him inside a room with his partially nude toddlers.

Police responded to a "chaotic scene" at a home in the 6800 block of Luce Lane in Spotsylvania County in the early morning hours of Dec. 29, 2019.

Upon arrival, deputies encountered Stanley who had multiple injuries to his face. Another man was holding a gun on Stanley.

The officers ordered the man to drop his weapon, which he eventually did.

The father told police he caught Stanley in his children's bedroom that morning. The children, ages 2 and 3, were "nude from the waist down," the father told cops.

The unnamed father pushed Stanley out of the bedroom and began to beat him savagely. Someone in the home called 911, but dispatchers couldn't understand the caller due to "the loud screaming in the background."

Sheriff's Capt. Liz Scott told reporters his deputies possibly saved Stanley's life.

Stanley was treated for his injuries at a hospital before being booked into the Rappahannock Regional Jail on two counts of indecent liberties and one count of domestic assault.

He is being held without bond. The father was not charged.

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Samuel L. Jackson's new movie The Banker is in jeopardy after allegations of molestation by the family of the main character's son, who produced the movie.

Jackson, 70, stars in a real-life story about Bernard Garrett, a Black businessman who hired a white man as the face of his financial business before the 1964 Civil Rights Act was passed. Garrett Sr. gave loans to Black Americans at a time when few banks would accept loan applications from Black people.

The Banker, which was filmed in Atlanta, also stars Anthony Mackie, Nicholas Hoult, Nia Long, and Jessie Usher. It was written and directed by George Nolfi.

The film was set to premiere at AFI Fest in Los Angeles, CA on November 21, but the premiere was abruptly canceled by Apple+ after family members of the main character's son made serious allegations against him.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cynthia and Sheila Garrett accused one of their 8 siblings, half brother Bernard Garrett, Jr., of molesting them when they were young. Garrett Jr. is listed as a producer of the movie.

The sisters, who are about 15 years younger than their half brother, accused Garrett Jr. of sexually abusing them over the course of a few years when they were young.

Cynthia Garrett, formerly an interviewer on MTV and VH1, has since founded Cynthia Garrett Ministries and speaks to women's groups about the stigma surrounding molestation by family members.

Molestation is a serious problem in the Black community. It often goes unreported to protect the molester, who is typically a male relative.

Another sister, Grace Garett, was upset that Apple+ erased her and her mom from the film.

"Yes it's true. They omitted my mom and my siblings and I entirely. Stole our mom and our life story and did so with our abuser. It hurts. Deeply," she said.

Apple, which purchased the rights to The Banker in 2019, declined to comment on the specifics of Cynthia Garrett's allegations.

In a statement announcing the cancellation of the premiere on Wednesday, the company said:

"We purchased The Banker earlier this year as we were moved by the film's entertaining and educational story about social change and financial literacy. Last week some concerns surrounding the film were brought to our attention. We, along with the filmmakers, need some time to look into these matters and determine the best next steps."

THR reports Apple has a lot riding on The Banker, which is set for theatrical release domestically on Dec. 6. The film is getting an awards-season push.

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The GLAAD Media Awards nominees were announced Friday via a live-stream event from Park City, Utah, during the Sundance Film Festival.

According to Variety.com, the hit movie Bohemian Rhapsody was disqualified amid fresh allegations of sexual misconduct against director Bryan Singer, who was fired from the film.

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