Friday News: Undeserved trust

SECURITY GUARD CHARGED WITH STATUTORY RAPE OF 14 YEAR-OLD: On Monday, an on-duty private security officer was assigned to drive a 14-year-old in need of psychological treatment to a Charlotte hospital. Along the way, police say, he pulled over and had sex with the girl. Now, David Logan Marsh of Waxhaw faces an array of criminal charges, including statutory rape of a child and two counts each of indecent liberties with a child and sexual activity by a custodian. G4S is a British security company with offices in Charlotte and across the country. Its area clients include health care facilities and the Charlotte Area Transit System. The company’s website highlights its handling of behavioral-health patients, saying its staff provides “a dignified, empathetic and respectful transportation service for mental health patients in order to decrease law enforcement involvement and further patient trauma.” Some in the General Assembly think she's old enough to get married, especially if she gets pregnant.

LEXINGTON DEPUTY FIRED AFTER ASSAULTING A FEMALE: A North Carolina sheriff’s deputy has been fired after he was accused of assaulting a female, authorities said. The Davidson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that Donald Ray Mabe, 47, of High Point, no longer works for the department, WGHP reported Thursday. Mabe had been suspended. High Point police responded to a report on Aug. 19 of an assault at a home, officials said. Mabe, is accused of hitting or striking a woman, causing her minor injuries, according to arrest records. Mabe is specifically charged with misdemeanor assault on a female and is being held in the city jail pending a court appearance on Sept. 27. It's not known if he has an attorney. I wonder if he was one of Gerald Hege's good 'ol boys.

AND OF COURSE THERE ARE THOSE WHO PROSTITUTE YOUNG GIRLS: A federal judge has sentenced a North Carolina man to 13 years in prison for sex trafficking of a minor and for aiding and abetting, authorities said. Antoine Lamar Wallace of Garner, was sentenced on Wednesday to for sex trafficking of a minor and aiding and abetting, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina said in a news release. According to court records and evidence presented at the trial of co-defendant, Jonathan Lynn Jenkins, Wallace and Jenkins prostituted women between November 2014 and October 2015, including minors. After luring the victims with promises of food and shelter, Wallace and Jenkins isolated and abused the women, then kept the money they had earned. Wallace and Jenkins were arrested in January 2016. Jenkins, the ringleader of the two, was convicted of multiple human trafficking charges at a federal trial in February and was given three consecutive life sentences.

USING TAXPAYER MONEY FOR PRIVATE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS NEEDS TO STOP: While North Carolina private schools span the political and religious spectrum, more than 75% of families use vouchers to enroll their children in conservative Evangelical schools that teach through an ideological lens called a “biblical worldview.” Some aspects of “biblical worldview” curriculums may be better known: They espouse Young Earth Creationism which proclaims our planet is between 6,000 to 10,000 years old (Scientists calculate the earth dates back 4.5 billion years). Instead of teaching the big bang and gradual evolution as facts, these curriculums teach the opening chapter of Genesis literally to mean the world was created in six days. And “biblical worldview” lessons typically teach that being gay, bisexual, or transgender is immoral; many of the schools that received the most opportunity scholarships last year refuse to enroll LGBTQ students, parents, and allies. If Mark Robinson had half a brain, he would be going after these people instead of dedicated public school teachers.

BIDEN'S DOJ SUES TEXAS OVER UNCONSTITUTIONAL ABORTION LAW: The Biden administration sued the state of Texas on Thursday to try to block the nation’s most restrictive abortion law, which bans the procedure as early as six weeks into pregnancy and allows private citizens to take legal action against anyone who helps a woman terminate her pregnancy. The law took effect Sept. 1, effectively ending the vast majority of abortions in the nation’s second-most populous state. The suit filed by the Justice Department in federal court in Austin asks a judge to “protect the rights that Texas has violated” by declaring the abortion law unconstitutional and issuing an injunction blocking its enforcement. At a news conference, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the ban “is clearly unconstitutional under long-standing Supreme Court precedent.” “This kind of scheme to nullify the Constitution of the United States is one that all Americans, whatever their politics or party, should fear,” said Garland, warning that what he called the “bounty hunter” element of the law may become “a model for action in other areas by other states and with respect to other constitutional rights or judicial precedents.” The suit filed Thursday argues the Texas law violates the 14th amendment’s due process clause, saying the measure deprives women in Texas of the right to an abortion and imposes an “undue burden” — and that the Constitution generally takes precedence over state laws. Go get 'em, Uncle Joe.