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Far-right Sheboygan alderman resigns amid charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy

A Sheboygan alderman has resigned following accusations he was sexually involved with a 15-year-old boy.

Sheboygan Press Media reports the city clerk’s office confirmed it received a resignation letter from Kevin MatiChek. The now ex-alderman didn’t admit to any wrongdoing, but some local media reports have quoted him as saying that he and the boy were “dating.”

In 2010, MatiChek, a right-wing Republican, challenged incumbent state Rep. Mike Endsley in a failed primary race for the state’s 26th Assembly District.

Posts on MatiChek’s Facebook page promote fundamentalist Christianity and right-wing ideology. One person posted on the page, “I see Kevin attended Sheboygan Liberty Coalition meetings — that’s where all of THE most extremist righties in the County gather to share conspiracy theories and hate on Obama.”

In his resignation letter, MatiChek said, “In light of the criminal accusation against me, it is clear that I am currently unable to effectively serve in my position as alderman for the City of Sheboygan. Because I do not want the charge to detract from the City’s business, please accept this letter as my official resignation as Fourth District Alderman on the Sheboygan Common Council.”

MatiChek is charged with repeated sexual assault of a child. He allegedly gave movies and a cellphone to the teen he met last summer.

According to a criminal complaint, MatiChek acknowledged having a “friendship” with the boy and kissing him but denied any sexual contact. His defense attorney has said he is presumed innocent.

MatiChek is scheduled back in court Feb. 18.

Senegal judge finds women not guilty of ‘homosexual acts’

A judge in Senegal says there is insufficient evidence to convict four women accused of violating the country’s law banning homosexual acts.

Adama Traore announced the verdict and freed the women on Nov. 20.

The four women were arrested Nov. 11 at a restaurant in Dakar’s Yoff district. Among them was an assistant director of Women’s Smile, the only group in Senegal devoted specifically to advocating for lesbians’ rights.

Police said the women had been kissing in public, something they denied in court earlier this week — noting that such behavior would surely have elicited a hostile response from other diners.

Homosexual acts are punishable in Senegal by up to five years in prison.

A fifth woman arrested in the same raid is a minor and will be tried separately.

Lesbian teen accused of underage sex back in Florida jail after plea deal withdrawn

A lesbian teenager accused of having sex with her underage girlfriend was taken back into custody in Florida after the prosecutor withdrew a negotiated plea deal.

Kaitlyn Hunt, who is now 19, was booked into the Indian River County Jail on Aug. 19. She was still in jail early Aug. 20 but expected to post bail.

Hunt is charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery on a child.

The regional state attorney’s office withdrew a plea offer on Aug. 19 alleging that Hunt violated pretrial conditions by contacting the girl.

The Scripps Treasure Coast Newspapers reported that the bond company that posted her initial bail brought Hunt to the jail.

Hunt, according to authorities, engaged in sexual relations with her 14-year-old girlfriend last year. Florida law says that an individual under 16 years old cannot legally consent to having sex. So, such a relationship is a felony.

Hunt’s family – and a growing legion of Internet supporters – says that the teenager was arrested because the girlfriend’s family objected to a same-sex relationship.

Hunt’s supporters also maintain that she likely would not be facing criminal prosecution if she were a boy.

Calif. Senate votes to curb ‘ex-gay’ therapy for kids

The California Senate has approved what supporters say would be the nation’s first ban on a form of psychotherapy aimed at making gay people straight.

The bill would prohibit what is known as reparative therapy for minors.

Democratic Sen. Ted Lieu of Torrance says he is seeking the ban because he believes so-called conversion therapy is dangerous. He says it has led some people to attempt suicide.

Psychiatric, family therapy and mental health associations are split on the bill.

There was no spoken opposition, but some religious groups say it would interfere with parents’ rights to seek psychological care for their children.

SB1172 passed on a 23-13 vote this week and goes to the Assembly.

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Video of ex-sheriff’s interrogation released

A former Arapahoe County, Colo., sheriff who pleaded guilty to trading methamphetamine for sex with a man told investigators after his arrest that it was possible he had had sex with a minor before.

A prosecutor had said at Patrick Sullivan’s sentencing this month that Sullivan couldn’t confirm or deny it during his interrogation.

Denver television stations obtained video this week of the interrogation. The video shows Sullivan saying he is bisexual and had smoked meth. When investigators asked about minors, Sullivan responded he couldn’t remember ever being with a child sexually. When pressed, Sullivan responded it was possible he had been with a teen.

Sullivan was never charged with having sex with a minor.

His jail term has ended.


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Christian right politician says she prayed away the gay after having an affair with an underage female

A Christian right candidate seeking a House of Delegates seat from Appomattox, Va., says when she was a junior high teacher 40 years ago, she had an affair with a female student. But she was a “different person” back then, before she learned to pray away the gay, she said.

In an Associated Press interview on Wednesday, Linda Wall confirmed her sworn 2006 testimony in a lawsuit in which she admitted to “sexual relations with a minor” in the early 1970s when she taught physical education in Prince George County. Wall, 61, said the affair was a long-ago, youthful mistake, not who she is now.

“I’ve never tried to hide that I was in homosexuality. If anybody Googles me, they would find that out there,” Wall said.

“Forty years ago I was a different person. I was a heavy pot smoker with … impaired judgment and made some bad choices,” she said. “You do that out of college sometimes. Some people do, some people don’t.”

She credits a Christian conversion years ago with turning her from drugs and changing her sexual orientation. She also has lobbied Virginia’s General Assembly on behalf of the conservative Family Foundation, a staunch opponent of same-sex marriage, adoption by same-sex couples and abortion.

Wall resigned from the school after the district superintendent confronted her about the affair, according to the transcript deposition. She was never criminally charged.

She declined to identify the school or its location in Prince George, saying she did not wish to risk identifying or traumatizing the girl who had been her partner.

There is no statute of limitations on most felonies in Virginia, so Wall still could be prosecuted, said Prince George County police Sgt. Michael Taber. But for that to happen, the victim would have to come forward and file a complaint, he said.

“If it’s a felony – especially on a sexual offense – there’s not going to be an expiration on that,” Taber said.

The determination of whether Wall is charged is up to the local commonwealth’s attorney, not police. An after-hours call and e-mail to the attorney was not immediately returned.

The disclosure came two weeks before the election in which Wall, Democrat Connie Brennan and Republican Matt Fariss are vying for the vacant seat of Del. Watkins M. Abbitt Jr., an independent from Appomattox who is retiring after 26 years in the House.

The AP obtained the opening portion of Wall’s deposition from former Republican candidate Paul Jost, who sued Wall and state Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr., R-James City, for defamation over claims made in a bitter 2003 GOP primary when Jost unsuccessfully challenged Norment.

“I did it because it shows Linda Wall is not fit to hold public office,” said Jost, who moved to Florida several years ago but retains business interests in Hampton Roads.