This story of abuse and betrayal as reported in the Toronto Star is disgusting and horrifying beyond belief. These are acts of evil, pure evil. The only bright light in this dark and true story? The child is reported to have recovered significantly since being placed with Children's Aid.
Mother, 6 men accused in abuse of girl
Molesters gave crack cocaine to 12-year-old, police allege
May 04, 2007 04:30 AM Henry Stancu Staff Reporter
Six men and the mother of a 12-year-old developmentally challenged girl have been charged in what police call a "horrendous" case of child sexual abuse.
Investigators allege the victim was given crack cocaine for various sex acts at her Rexdale home by numerous men over the course of a year.
"It's something I don't think many of us in policing have seen and many in the community are quite frankly going to be outraged," said Toronto police Supt. Ron Taverner.
Youth bureau officers from 23 division station in Etobicoke began probing the case on Jan. 2, focusing on a unit in a housing complex near Rexdale Blvd. and Hwy. 27.
Police learned a developmentally delayed girl living with her mother was being routinely molested in the home that served as a safe haven, or crack house, for users and dealers of cocaine and other drugs.
"It was some very horrendous acts that were taking place on this poor victim. My information is that it was going on quite frequently," Taverner said.
A medical examination of the child revealed cocaine in her system.
"I think we're all outraged that these sort of things are taking place. This shouldn't be happening in our society," added Taverner.
On Tuesday, police arrested the girl's 42-year-old mother, who cannot be identified to protect the child's privacy.
Investigators had to get the provincial attorney general's consent to charge the woman with the rare infraction of corrupting children.
"It took several months to get that permission," Taverner said.
Because police had only street names when they began tracking down suspects, and because it took time to apply for the child corruption charge, investigators were unable to move more swiftly on the allegations.
The young victim is in the care of the Toronto Children's Aid Society and has "has improved immensely" already, said Taverner.
More suspects are being sought in the attacks on the girl, police said.
Those currently charged are:
Harold Cover, 55, of Mississauga; sexual assault, sexual interference, invitation to sexual touching and trafficking cocaine.
Radcliffe Parchment, 19, of Toronto; sexual assault, sexual interference, and invitation to sexual touching.
Muralee Balasubramaniam, 50, no fixed address; sexual assault, sexual interference, weapons dangerous, an assault with intent to resist arrest.
Neil Rose, 44, of Brampton; sexual assault and sexual interference.
Dennis Guthrie, 52, of Whitby; sexual assault and sexual interference.
Linton Lewis, 47, of Brampton; sexual assault and sexual interference.