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Man Facing 60 Counts of Child Sex Abuse Gets Off With 1-Year Deferred Sentence in Plea Bargain

A man in Montana who initially faced over 60 counts of child sex abuse has received a deferred sentence of only one year after agreeing to a plea deal.

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(TMU) – A man in Montana who initially faced over 60 counts of child sex abuse has received a deferred sentence of only one year after agreeing to a plea deal.

William Edward Miller Jr., a 51-year-old man from Great Falls, was arrested last February after a 14-year-old girl accused him of raping her. Miller also allowed an 11-year-old boy to rape her while he watched.

Last August, Miller was also charged with 64 counts of felony sexual abuse of children after investigators found images on his phone and laptop of children and animals being sexually abused.

Police had received a warrant to search his home after Miller called people in jail asking them to destroy his phone, reports the Great Falls Tribune.

During the investigation, officers also found a loaded gun under a mattress as well as Miller’s laptop. Upon examining his laptop, investigators found several images depicting child abuse as well as thousands of images related to b*********.

Among the images were those depicting him engaging in sexual acts with a 17-year-old minor, who Miller later married when she became 19.

In a plea deal Miller later reached with prosecutors, the vast majority of charges ended up being dismissed. Based on a single photo of the 17-year-old girl that was found in his possession, Miller pleaded guilty to one count of felony sexual abuse of children and one count of misdemeanor unsworn falsification to authorities.

On Monday, Cascade County District Judge Elizabeth Best sentenced Miller to six months in prison for the misdemeanor. However, he received credit for 384 days of time served.

For the felony charge, Miller was given a one-year deferred sentence and was ordered to undergo sex offender treatment in the community. However, the deferred sentence allows Miller to have the child sex abuse charge wiped from his record provided he doesn’t commit another crime over the next year, reports KFBB.

The felony charges to which Miller pleaded guilty are connected to a photo of 17-year-old teenager Shiloh Young. The woman, who is now 19, and has been married to Miller for three months. She claims that she had taken the photo of herself to help her deal with body issues that she had.

“William is a kind, compassionate, empathetic man. Never has he manipulated or controlled me,” Young explained to the judge. “I ask that we be free of this charge. I feel that we have suffered enough, and I am not a victim of my husband.”

During sentencing, Judge Best said that she was only able to impose sentencing on Miller based on the charges that had been presented to her and what was able to be proven, rather than on the myriad accusations against the sex offender.

“I think it’s really easy and it’s easy for courts, from the bench, to use these offenses as an opportunity to grandstand and to make statements for the newspaper and TV,” Best explained.

“They’re very, very loaded charges. They’re very difficult charges to defend against,” she added.

During sentencing, Miller complained that his time in jail was served “for stuff that I didn’t even do,” and that he tries to be a good person but suffers from “really bad luck.”

After Miller completes a year of unsupervised probation, he will also be able to petition to have himself removed from sex offender registries.

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Adam Toledo: Chicago Police Video Shows 13-Year-Old’s Hands Were Up When Cops Shot Him

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The Chicago Police Department has released gruesome footage depicting the moment that police officers fatally shot 13-year-old Adam Toledo while his hands were up.

In new bodycam footage from the March 29 slaying, an officer pursuing Toledo can be heard shouting at the young boy to show his “f*cking hands” before shooting him a single time, leaving the boy covered in blood and gasping for air.

While the officer can be heard shouting “drop it,” the teenager appeared to have empty hands when he raised his arms in the moment before he was shot. Video also shows officers discovering a handgun near the scene.

Adam was later pronounced dead at the scene.

The video released Thursday by the Civilian Office of Police Accountability the footage from the officer who shot Toledo, along with 16 other body-warn camera video clips, two recordings of 911 calls, an incident report, and a response report, along with other materials.

The mother of Adam, Elizabeth Toledo, reported the boy one week prior to the shooting, although he did return hom on March 27 before leaving that night, reports WBEZ.  Because Adam did not have any form of identification, the family wasn’t informed by police about his death until March 31. In a GoFundMe page set up by Elizabeth, it was noted that one of Adam’s “dreams was to become a police officer.”

“It weighs heavy on our hearts to be planning our last goodbyes instead of watching him grow up and live out those dreams,” the family noted on the page.

The child has been described as having a “big imagination” and was a fan of children’s shows and zombie movies.

“Adam was really into zombies. And the zombie apocalypse. He even had this zombie apocalypse bag packed and ready to go. Some of his favorite movies and TV shows were ‘Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,’ ‘Ghostbusters,’ ‘SpongeBob SquarePants,’ ‘Toy Story,’ ‘Cars,’ ‘The Walking Dead,’” Elizabeth told the Chicago Sun-Times.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot has appealed for calm over the release of the gruesome footage while businesses in the area have boarded up their windows in anticipation of large protests.

“We live in a city that is traumatized by a long history of police violence and misconduct,” the mayor told reporters. “So while we don’t have enough information to be the judge and jury of this particular situation, it is certainly understandable why so many of our residents are feeling that all too familiar surge of outrage and pain.”

The release of the video comes amid continuing anger and grief over the April 11 shooting of Daunte Wright by an officer in a Minneapolis suburb.

It also comes as authorities fear a new wave of protests as communities await the outcome of the trial of Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis Police officer accused of killing George Floyd last May after kneeling on his neck for 9 minutes and 29 seconds.

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Lil Nas X Song Is #1 In Saudi Arabia, Where Homosexuality Is Illegal Under Sharia Law

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Lil Nas X has been on top of the world for weeks now, whether it’s living rent-free in the heads of homophobes or topping the Billboard charts after his smash hit “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” dominated playlists.

And ironically, the anthem has become the most-played song in Saudi Arabia, the conservative kingdom where open expressions of same-sex love and even private acts of gay sex are punishable by death.

The song, whose video features the artist giving Satan himself a lap dance have dominated news conversations all over the globe, smashed through to the top of the Billboard Global 200, which ranks top tracks in over 200 territories, on Monday.

According to Apple Music, the song is also leading Saudi Arabia’s top 100 charts as the most-played song in the country.

Apparently overjoyed by the ranking, Lil Nas X tweeted: “WE NUMBER 1 IN SAUDI ARABIA WTF LETS GOOOO”

The autocratic kingdom, which has long been governed by a strict yet uncodified interpretation of Sharia law, has an atrocious record on LGBTQ rights and classifies homosexuality as a variety of extremism. N many circumstances, gay sex is punishable by death.

As the Human Dignity Trust explains, “The punishment varies depending on the circumstances: married men and interfaith sex are punished with the death penalty, while non-married men are punished with flogging. Sharia law principles underpinning the criminal law in Saudi Arabia also impose strict dress codes that impact on the gender expression of transgender people.”

However, this does not mean that Saudi citizens abstain from these “illicit” acts. As one fan wrote on Twitter: Period!!!! Let’s correct the narrative about the Middle East! Shoutout Saudi Arabia.”

However, another user responded: “I lived in Saudi Arabia my whole [life] and if I come out I will literally get stoned and people will be happy about it, saying it’s a ‘narrative’ doesn’t help anyone in the contrary, the middle IS homophobic and change NEEDS to happen.”

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Cop Who ‘Accidentally’ Killed Daunte Wright Arrested on 2nd-Degree Manslaughter Charges

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The former Minnesota cop who shot and killed Daunte Wright, a 20-year-old unarmed Black man, during a traffic stop will now face charges of second-degree manslaughter, a prosecutor announced on Wednesday.

The brutal killing of Wright, which comes amid the trial of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for last May’s killing of George Floyd, threatens to spark a new round of nationwide protests against police brutality and discriminatory policing.

On Wednesday, Washington County Attorney Pete Orput confirmed that Potter, a 26-year veteran of the Brooklyn Center Police Department, would be charged.

On Wednesday morning, agents with the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension arrested Potter, the bureau announced in a statement.

Potter was taken into custody in St. Paul and will be booked at Hennepin County jail.

On Tuesday, Potter resigned as demands for justice for Wright reverberated nationwide. Her resignation coincided with that of the city’s former police chief, who claims that Potter accidentally grabbed her Glock when she thought she was reaching for her Taser during the Sunday traffic stop.

Wright’s family and attorneys have rejected the claim that Wright’s death was merely the result of an “accident” and are demanding accountability and sweeping reforms of policing in Minnesota.

Potter could face up to 10 years in prison along with a $20,000 fine, per Minnesota law.

“While we appreciate that the district attorney is pursuing justice for Daunte, no conviction can give the Wright family their loved one back,” said Wright family attorney Ben Crump in a statement.

“This was no accident. This was an intentional, deliberate and unlawful use of force,” the statement added.

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