Obama portrait artist vehemently denies sexual assault allegations from BLM cofounder, fellow artists

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An American artist best known for painting the official White House portrait for former President Barack Obama has vehemently defended himself against accusations of sexual assault from several men, including two fellow artists and a BLM cofounder.

In the past few weeks, Joseph Awuah-Darko, a Ghanan-British artist and curator, and Derrick "Dwreck" Ingram, a BLM cofounder, have both accused Kehinde Wiley of assaulting them sometime in 2021. British artist and filmmaker Nathaniel Lloyd Richards likewise accused Wiley of touching him inappropriately on a date sometime in 2019, but when Richards came forward with the allegations is unclear.

'I have a decorated past. I have carried so much shame. But I refuse to be a victim any longer.'

Last month, Awuah-Darko took to Instagram to claim that Wiley assaulted him on two occasions in 2021. That June, Wiley and Awuah-Darko met for the first time, and during that first meeting, Wiley allegedly grabbed Awuah-Darko's buttocks and made a suggestive statement. Awuah-Darko claimed Wiley's behavior that evening was "unsolicited," "unwelcome," and "unprovoked."

Awuah-Darko also referenced a second attack, which he described as "much more severe and violent" but gave no further details about it. He claimed these assaults brought him "shame" and that he spent months processing and coming to terms with them.

"Whatever I may have lost from speaking my truth today was never mine to begin with," his post continued. "All I can do is pray for the strength, resources and support to see justice through and hope that others come forward to put an end to this pattern of abuse."

Indeed, someone else did come forward. About three weeks later, Ingram followed suit, taking to Instagram to level accusations against Wiley.

Ingram claimed that he and Wiley were in a romantic relationship between late July and October 2021. During that time, Ingram said, Wiley had subjected him to significant physical and mental abuse by punching him, slapping him, and otherwise engaging in "emotional manipulation."

Wiley also regularly pressured Ingram to use illegal drugs, Ingram said, including "cocaine, meth and weed." Ingram claimed he always refused these offers.

Then on September 10, 2021, Wiley "raped ... and sexually assaulted" Ingram at Wiley's Soho apartment in New York City, Ingram claimed. Ingram described the attack as "unprotected." He also said Wiley asked him to sign an NDA about it but that he had declined.

"I am not the ideal representative for survivors," Ingram wrote in an attending message. "I have a decorated past. I have carried so much shame. But I refuse to be a victim any longer. This part of my story isn’t pretty or glamorous. The veil will be raised for everyone to see the ugliness that permeates these elite spaces."

'We live in a world where a single false social media post can destroy someone's life. ... This is dangerous and wrong.'

Just 24 hours later, Wiley responded in kind, taking to Instagram to defend himself against what he called "baseless and defamatory" accusations and to share screenshots he claims are exculpatory. While he admitted to having sexual encounters with Awuah-Darko and Ingram, he claimed that such encounters were "consensual" and that Awuah-Darko and Ingram "wanted far more than [he] was willing to give them."

To demonstrate, he shared screenshots that seem to indicate that Awuah-Darko continued to pursue and flirt with Wiley for more than a year after the alleged "severe and violent" assault in June 2021. According to the screenshots, Awuah-Darko was even willing to fly from London to Nigeria just to attend Wiley's birthday party in February 2022.

"Since our first encounter in 2021, he has consistently sent me messages via phone and Instagram professing his love for me, my talent, and my work," Wiley wrote of Awuah-Darko.

As for Ingram's accusations, Wiley suggested Ingram had exaggerated the extent of their relationship. He also included screenshots that appear to show Ingram texting Wiley in October 2021 — more than a month after the alleged rape in Wiley's Soho apartment — calling Wiley "handsome" and asking to see him again.

"I miss your company," Ingram apparently wrote to Wiley on October 16, 2021.

Wiley's attorney Jennifer Barrett also denied that Wiley ever asked Ingram to sign an NDA.

Wiley insisted he doesn't know why these former lovers have come forward to hurl these accusations against him now, though he suggested they may feel jilted.

"Does that give them the right to commit character assassination? No it does not," he said.

"We live in a world where a single false social media post can destroy someone's life, where people are tried and convicted online without regard for the truth. This is dangerous and wrong."

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‘Quiet On Set’ Exposes How Pornography Inspired Abuse Of Nickelodeon Child Actors

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Mother fights home invader amid sexual assault after he follows her daughters inside

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A Missouri mother of two told WDAF-TV she fought with a home invader amid a sexual assault last week while her daughters were upstairs — and that a rescuing police officer had to pull the attacker off her.

Sarah Bommarito recounted to the station that after her two daughters were done playing outside, a male followed them into her home last Monday in Lee's Summit, which is about a half-hour southeast of Kansas City.

’I wanted to set myself on fire. I wanted to be clean. I wanted all of those things ...'

“’Hey, I think you’re in the wrong house.’ That’s what I said to him," Bommarito recalled to WDAF. "I said, 'I think you’re in the wrong house.'"

The intruder wouldn't leave, but the station said Bommarito was able to get him out, lock her door, and call 911.

But she told WDAF the intruder still wouldn't leave.

“He went to my front door and incessantly rang the bell, just over and over and over again, just pounding,” Bommarito recalled to the station.

Investigators told WDAF that Khalil Cooper broke through a different door and began sexually assaulting Bommarito while her two daughters and their friend were upstairs.

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Bommarito also was on the phone with a 911 dispatcher, and the entire attack was recorded, the station said.

WDAF said Bommarito fought with her attacker, and the arriving police officer had to pull the attacker off her and then wrestle with him until backup arrived.

“The outcome of what happened to me is so different because of the officer that came in that side door and didn’t wait; he didn’t wait for backup,” Bommarito told the station.

She added to WDAF that "the 911 person, the dispatcher ... said, ‘You’re safe now, Sarah. They have him in handcuffs.'"

Cooper was charged with three felonies — including two counts of sodomy or attempted sodomy as well as burglary, the station said, adding that he was being held in jail without bond.

WDAF also noted Bommarito's warning to women who might find themselves in such a horrific circumstance: “Before you do anything to destroy evidence, do not wash your hands, do not wash your body. I wanted to set myself on fire. I wanted to be clean. I wanted all of those things, and you have to fight to not do that because you will destroy your evidence, so fight back."

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Illegal alien allegedly kidnaps 11-year-old Florida girl, rapes her in van

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An illegal immigrant in Florida is being held without bond after he allegedly grabbed an 11-year-old girl by the hand, dragged her into a van, and sexually assaulted her.

Around 9 p.m. last Thursday, 20-year-old Marvin Perez Lopez, a Guatemalan national, was standing near a van parked outside his apartment in Lake Worth Beach, Florida, just a few miles south of West Palm Beach. He then spotted an 11-year-old girl who likewise lived in the apartment complex.

"I asked Marvin what would he do if she got pregnant."

Lopez allegedly grabbed the girl by the hand and ordered her to "get into the van," an affidavit claimed. He then allegedly began touching the girl in a way that made her uncomfortable. At one point, she managed to escape, but the suspect grabbed her once again and threw her back inside the vehicle, where he forced himself on her.

Meanwhile, the girl's mother had gone looking for her daughter. When she spotted the van, she began screaming and banging on the windows. Police soon arrived, but the perpetrator had fled the area.

On Saturday, police found Lopez and booked him into the Palm Beach County jail on several charges, including kidnapping to sexually assault a minor, sexual assault of a victim under 12, and resisting an officer. His bond was denied.

The evidence against Lopez at this point appears overwhelming. For one thing, Sheriff Ric Bradshaw told reporters that "he’s confessed to the crime."

Hermencia Vasquez, Lopez's sister-in-law, confronted him shortly after the alleged attack, and he confessed to her as well. "I asked Marvin what would he do if she got pregnant and if he would be responsible, and he said yes he would be responsible for the child," Vasquez told WPTV in Spanish.

Lopez first crossed the border from Mexico into the United States in January. He then turned himself in to Border Patrol and was soon afterward released with a hearing date scheduled for some time in 2027 — three years from now.

Immigration attorney Richard Hujber told WPTV that many illegal aliens take advantage of the backlogged system and buy time by turning themselves in. "They know they'll get a hearing date many years from now," Hujber explained, "and during that time, just with that hearing notice, for example, they can get a driver's license.

"If they seek asylum, they can also get a work permit," Hujber added, "and nobody is looking at the merit as to whether they have a legitimate valid asylum claim."

"The federal government is victimizing the people who live in this country by letting these people in here," Sheriff Bradshaw claimed.

Immigration concerns may even have led the mother of the 11-year-old alleged rape victim to hesitate to report the attack, the affidavit said. Not only was the woman allegedly concerned about her "immigration status," but she also claimed that a "prior incident" had caused her to be separated from her daughter for a period of time, WPTV reported.

Bradshaw claimed that, immigration issues aside, justice for the young girl would be done. "[Lopez is] gonna get tried for a capital crime before he even remotely thinks he’s gonna get deported," the sheriff said.

"He’s gonna do the time here first."

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New Jersey female teacher, 38, accused of sexually abusing 13-year-old girl, school received bomb threats

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A New Jersey middle school teacher has been accused of sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl. After the allegations came to light, bomb threats were made against the female teacher and the school.

Marlboro Memorial Middle School teacher Jenna Sciabica, 38, was charged with one count of harassment-offensive touching. The charge carries a penalty of up to 30 days in jail.

The teacher was hit with the charge after the Marlboro Police Department conducted a month-long investigation, which included a review of surveillance camera footage, interviews, and written statements, according to NewJersey.com. The Marlboro Police Department consulted the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office before charging the teacher.

Sciabica's attorney, Mitchell Ansell, called the allegations "outrageous and defamatory."

"Jenna intends to plead not guilty and vigorously defend herself in court," Ansell said in a statement. "We are confident that once a judge hears all the facts in this case, Jenna will be completely exonerated and her good name, character, and reputation be restored."

Ansell added, "There was absolutely nothing illegal, improper or immoral about the interaction between Jenna and this student on March 13, 2024. Quite frankly, it’s outrageous and defamatory for Jenna to have been accused of committing a crime.”

Ansell noted that Sciabica "has been dedicated to the education of students for over 15 years" and "has never had any prior allegations and/or accusations filed against her and has an exemplary record."

Sciabica has reportedly known the alleged victim for three years.

"Jenna has a very close relationship with this student’s family, even going as far as having been invited into their home on numerous occasions," Ansell stated.

The statement read, "Sadly, as a result of these false and baseless accusations, Jenna and her family have been the victim of bomb and death threats."

School officials allegedly informed the police that the teacher inappropriately touched the student over the clothes. Following the accusations, Sciabica was immediately placed on leave by the school district.

"As soon as we became aware of the situation, action was taken, and the staff member in question was immediately removed from her position,” Superintendent Michael Ballone said in a letter to parents sent on Wednesday.

However, the mother of the alleged victim is furious about the response to the accusations.

On Tuesday night, the mother of the purported victim blasted the school board over the alleged teacher sex scandal and levied sexual assault accusations against Sciabica.

The mother said the female teacher "groped" her 13-year-old daughter in a hallway. She called Sciabica a "predator" who "sexually abused" her daughter.

During the Marlboro Board of Education meeting, the mother blamed the school for "failing to prevent the atrocity that happened down that hallway" to her daughter.

The mother said in a statement, "While we are happy that action is finally being taken, we are disappointed at the charge. It seems like they rushed to make it seem like they’re doing something. We are hopeful they will do the right thing for our family and community."

On Thursday, someone made a bomb threat against the school. The school was closed and police launched a search but did not find any explosives.

There was another bomb threat at the school on Friday. Authorities did not find a bomb.

Police said there was a good possibility of a connection between the sexual assault accusations and the bomb threats.

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Nebraska deputies catch naked married substitute teacher in car with student, chase ensues that ends in vehicle crashing: Police

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A married substitute teacher was allegedly caught unclothed in the back of a vehicle with a high school student. When Nebraska deputies confronted the couple, the car sped off and crashed into a yard, according to police.

Shortly before 3 a.m. on April 13, Douglas County deputies noticed a suspicious vehicle parked on a dead-end road in Omaha, Nebraska.

Deputies said they saw two people in the backseat of a gray Honda Pilot. After they were confronted by police, one of the individuals reportedly moved into the front seat of the vehicle. Authorities said the person quickly drove the vehicle away from the scene until it crashed into a yard about two blocks away.

As officers approached the crash site, deputies said the female passenger was naked and trying to put her clothes on in the back seat.

The driver, a teenage male, allegedly fled the scene on foot.

The other individual in the vehicle was identified as 45-year-old Erin Ward.

It turns out that Ward is a substitute teacher at Burke High School in Omaha, Nebraska.

Deputies claim that Ward admitted to having sexual relations with the teen despite being married.

The 17-year-old boy was later identified as a student of Burke High School, KLKN reported.

Officers located the teen driver around 4 a.m. on the same day, but he was reportedly only wearing underwear and a t-shirt.

The teen and Ward were reportedly taken to a local hospital to treat minor injuries from the car crash.

Authorities said the 2015 vehicle involved in the crash belonged to Ward and her spouse.

Ward was charged with one count of felony sexual abuse by a school employee. In Nebraska, the charge carries a maximum of 20 years in jail.

Omaha Public Schools released a statement on the substitute teacher's arrest.

"We are writing to share that law enforcement has arrested a metro-area substitute teacher for inappropriate conduct with a minor," stated Burke's principal Darren Rasmussen. "The individual worked at Burke High several days during the 2023-24 school year. They will not be returning to our school or any others in our district."

Rasmussen added, "Our top priority is always the safety and well-being of the students we serve. We take this most seriously. Counselors will be available on Tuesday for students in need of support. If you are ever concerned about inappropriate behavior, please call Child Protective Services at 1-800-652-1999 or contact law enforcement."

The incident remains under investigation.

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Married New Jersey teacher and her student caught in 'states of undress' by officers at nature preserve: Prosecutor

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The latest alleged teacher sex scandal involves a married New Jersey teacher who was caught with her student caught in "states of undress" by officers at a nature preserve, according to a prosecutor. The teacher previously said, "I truly enjoy getting to know the students here."

Jessica Sawicki, 37, was arrested earlier this week and charged with five counts of second-degree sexual assault and five counts of second-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

Sawicki, of Point Pleasant, is an English teacher at Hamilton High School West in Mercer County.

The Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office said Sawicki allegedly engaged in sexual acts with the victim at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area in Upper Freehold Township "on several occasions."

An investigation conducted by the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Bureau, the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office, and the New Jersey State Police found that Sawicki's alleged sexual assault of one of her students began earlier this year.

The Mercer County Prosecutor's Office has accused Sawicki of engaging in illegal sexual activities with the student on several occasions at the Assunpink Wildlife Management Area – roughly 20 minutes from the school.

The New York Post reported that Sawicki admitted to investigators that she and the teen had “unprotected” sex at least five times since December in the 6,393-acre state-owned wildlife management area, according to an affidavit of probable cause.

The teacher reportedly had sex with the student in the back seat of the victim's vehicle, according to the affidavit.

The married teacher was allegedly busted when she and the student were caught in "states of undress" by officers from New Jersey Fish and Wildlife on Sunday near a bank on the Assunpink Lake, according to officials.

The victim was described as being "at least 16 but not yet 18" in the criminal complaint.

Police seized two mobile phones and an Apple Watch in the investigation, according to the affidavit.

Sawicki was placed on administrative leave from her $$40,669-a-year-position.

The Hamilton School District notified parents of the teacher's arrest in a letter released this week, but did not name the teacher.

"The alleged incident goes against our professional standards as a school district and is far removed from the expectations we have for the personal conduct of an employee," the letter to parents read. "We have no tolerance for any actions that harm or could potentially harm our students. The actions of one staff member do not represent the hard work and dedication of our entire school community."

The school district said there is "no indication" that any illegal sexual assaults took place on school property.

Valencia Foster – a sophomore student at Hamilton High School West – told WPVI-TV, "I was just like, that's crazy. I always see her in the hallway, she always says, 'Hi,' smiling."

Kristen Stillwell – whose nephew attends Hamilton High School West – told the news outlet, "I think it's terrible. I think our kids come here for an education and not to be preyed upon."

In Sawicki's now-deleted "about the teacher" page, she said: "This is my 7th year working at Hamilton West teaching English...I truly enjoy getting to know the students here and helping them become the best versions of themselves while they strive for their futures."

If convicted on all counts, Sawicki could spend the rest of her life in state prison.

Anyone with information about Sawicki’s alleged crimes is urged to contact MCPO Detective David Sidorakis at 800-533-7443.

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NYC Taxpayers Pay for Celebrity Lawyer To Defend Mayor in Sexual Assault Suit

New York City Hall on Monday indicated it will use taxpayers’ money to pay for a celebrity lawyer to defend New York City mayor Eric Adams against a lawsuit containing allegations of sexual assault dating back to 1993. 

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Teacher of the year finalist pleads guilty to sexually assaulting student, 18-year-old victim asked judge to not punish instructor

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A teacher of the year finalist pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an 18-year-old student, despite the victim asking for the judge not to punish the instructor. The New Hampshire teacher faced sexual assault charges for the relationship with the adult because of a relatively new law.

In March 2022, Bridgette Doucette-Howell, 40, was indicted on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault for engaging in intercourse and a lesser count of felonious sexual assault for kissing the student.

The unidentified victim did not speak at the court hearing held on Thursday. However, he did submit an impact statement to the Rockingham Superior Court judge that asked for Doucette-Howell not to be punished for her crimes.

"I do not wish for Bridgette to be punished under criminal law for our reactions from our unhealthy circumstances of life," the student wrote.

Despite the victim's opposition to the charges, the judge sentenced Doucette-Howell to a year in jail.

According to WMUR-TV, the former teacher's plea deal means that she will only have to spend a minimum of 14 days at the House of Corrections pending good behavior. Doucette-Howell will then be sent on administrative home confinement for 50 weeks.

Doucette-Howell must also have no contact with anyone under the age of 18, except for her children. She must also register as a sex offender.

The former teacher is also required to attend mental health counseling with a therapist who is certified by the Association for Treatment and Prevention of Sexual Abuse. She must also "meaningfully comply with all treatment recommendations."

Rockingham County Sheriff Chuck Massahos stated, "It was very important to us to see justice was served today."

"We've got a lot of hours into this case. I think we had over 400 hours into this case, just working with the state to make sure this case was presented in the right way," Massahos said.

The former teacher was charged under a relatively new law that does not factor in the age of the student in cases of sexual abuse.

Starting in January 2021, a new law went into effect that prohibits an employee, contractor, or volunteer at a primary or secondary educational institution from having sexual relationships with students, regardless of the student's age. The law means that even 18-year-olds cannot consent to sex with a teacher. The law also states that there can be no sexual encounters between teachers and students up to 10 months after the student's graduation or departure from the school.

Doucette-Howell admitted to the teacher sex scandal with her 18-year-old student in April and May 2021.

At the time of the crime, Doucette-Howell was a teacher at Sanborn Regional High School in Kingston, New Hampshire. She was working as a drama teacher at the school during the sexual relationship.

In 2016, Doucette-Howell was recognized as one of eight finalists for the teacher of the year award presented by the New Hampshire Department of Education. At the time, she was teaching history to special needs students.

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