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Sydney teacher Monica Young accused of seducing teenage boy student

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Monica Young, a teacher in Sydney, Australia, allegedly sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student after she pleaded with him over Snapchat to send naked pictures of himself, The Sun reports.

Sydney authorities have slammed Monica Young, 23, with multiple charges of aggravated sexual intercourse with the boy while she was his teacher. She also allegedly sent images of her genitalia to him over Snapchat.

The disgraced teacher, Monica Young, has pleaded not guilty to all 12 charges in the Sydney court that will decide her fate.

At a recent hearing, Judge Kate Traill indicated that the court will hear pre-recorded testimony from the alleged victim at a trial to be held later this year.

Two further witnesses will also give evidence it was heard.

Sydney teacher Monica Young to stand trial over student sex allegations

Monica Young has retained the services of the high-profile Sydney defense attorney Margaret Cuneen. The former crown prosecutor is expected to put up an aggressive defense in an attempt to get the teacher off the hook.

Cuneen made a name for herself prosecuting big-ticket pedophile, gang rape and murder cases. But now she’s switched to the other team and has hung up a defense shingle in private practice.

Monica Young was arrested at her home in Greenacre, which lies just southwest of Sydney, on July 10. The teacher is alleged to have committed the offenses for which she was charged between June 24 and July 3.

News.com.au reports that the court previously heard that Young allegedly sent the teenage boy a Snapchat message in which she showed herself lying in a bed and wrote, “I’m waiting for you.”

Ms Young spent a month in custody on remand after her arrest in July last year amid allegations she allegedly assaulted the boy.

Sydney teacher Monica Young to stand trial over student sex allegations

Monica Young’s trial for what she allegedly did to the Sydney boy while she was his teacher is expected to last for five days.

At the recent hearing, the judge adjusted the conditions of Young’s bail. Her house arrest has been lifted, but with considerable conditions.

Monica Young still must remain at home between 8pm and 8am, and she may only leave during the days if accompanied by her mother, father or grandmother. The disgraced teacher must also check in with the Sydney police once each day.

The Daily Mail reported in October that when the Sydney judge first placed Monica Young under house arrest, her parents begged for leniency so that the teacher could accompany them on a five-day vacation they had already planned.

The family appeared in Burwood Local Court on Wednesday to beg Magistrate Susan Horan to let the accused paedophile come along.

EXCLUSIVE: Female geography teacher, 23, accused of repeatedly having sex with her 14-year-old student begs court to let her out of house arrest so she can go on a family holiday

Horan dismissed the Sydney family’s desperate attempts to keep to their vacation plans and held firm on giving Monica Young house arrest for her alleged misdeeds as a teacher.

“The defendant engaged in risk-taking behavior, sometimes in proximity to students and serious lack of judgement,” the magistrate insisted. “The Supreme Court imposed strict bail conditions for good reason. The risks are not mitigated [by the defence’s submissions] and would allow her freer movement.”

The Herald Sun reports that Monica Young uttered the words “not guilty” 12 times at the hearing where she was charged with heinous acts of immorality while working as a teacher. 

Her matter will be mentioned in court next month before her September trial.

Sydney teacher Monica Young to stand trial over student sex allegations

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Protesters gather in Minneapolis on eve of Derek Chauvin trial

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of Minneapolis on Sunday, as tension builds on the eve of ex-cop Derek Chauvin’s trial in the death of George Floyd.

The marchers displayed a white coffin draped with flowers and called for racial justice and a halt to police brutality, one day before jury selection is to begin in the volatile case.

“We have to remember that a man lost his life, a family lost a brother, a family lost a father, they lost a son, they lost an uncle,” Mohamed Ibrahim, deputy director of CAIR-MN, told the Star Tribune.

The march remained peaceful and included the music of Bob Marley, Prince, and Sam Cooke. It followed a prayer by clergy members with Pray for MN, an interfaith group formed after Floyd’s May 25 death that now has 150 member churches.

“Maybe we should take time to reflect on how frequently it happens,” demonstrator Ilyas Wehelie told the Tribune.

Protesters then gathered outside the Hennepin County Government Center, site of the upcoming trial that is due to begin with jury selection on Monday morning, WCCO said in a report.

Chauvin, 44, is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter in Floyd’s death. Viral video of the incident shows the ex-cop with his knee on Floyd’s neck for nearly nine minutes while he pleads for air.

The incident sparked worldwide protests condemning police brutality.

Minneapolis officials have beefed up security for the trial, bringing in National Guard troops, and state, county, and city police, and reinforcing the courthouse and police precincts with barricades, security fencing, and barbed wire.

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They were surrounded by soap — but still fighting dirty.

Two women were charged after a wild caught-on-camera brawl at an Arizona Bath & Body Works on Saturday, a report said.

The feud at the Scottsdale store began when one woman was accused of cutting another in line, before devolving into a brawl when employees intervened, police told the Arizona Republic.

“She was standing too close to the African American lady who had a child with her,” witness Genevieve Denslow told the newspaper.

“Race wasn’t the initial problem but racial slurs were called during the fight,” said Denslow, who recorded part of the fracas.

The footage, which was posted to Twitter by Denslow, begins with a woman and an employee exchanging shoves before another worker joins in and wrestles the customer to the ground.

“Oh my god!” somebody can be heard saying as the trio hit the ground.

Two other workers step in, along with a second woman who appears to coming to the defense of the customer.

“Let go of her!” a woman yells, according to the video.

The second woman then starts wrestling with one of the workers before a male employee breaks them up, yelling, “enough!”

“Out now,” the man tells the two women.

“She attacked me,” the first woman responds.

“You attacked her,” the man responds.

It was not immediately clear which two women were charged in the melee.

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FL man arrested for murder after wife found buried in backyard

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A Florida man was busted after his newlywed wife’s remains were found buried in their backyard, authorities said.

Roberto Colon, 66, of Boynton Beach was arrested Saturday on a charge of first-degree murder in the slaying of 45-year-old Mary Stella Gomez-Mullet, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reported.

The couple tied the knot in January just weeks after meeting each other, news station CBS12 reported.

Colon allegedly told authorities that he wed Gomez-Mullet to give her US citizenship in exchange of taking care of his mother, the outlet reported.

Gomez-Mullet was reported missing on Feb. 20 after a friend overheard a concerning encounter between her and Colon over the phone, police said.

The pal told authorities that Gomez-Mullet was yelling, “No, no, no, Roberto!” before the call ended.

She tried calling Gomez-Mullet back, but the phone went straight to voicemail, the outlet reported.

On Feb. 24, a bloody purse containing items belonging to Gomez-Mullet was found about a mile from Colon’s home, authorities said.

When questioned by authorities about her disappearance, Colon suggested that she disappeared while he was at a doctor’s appointment on Feb. 18.

He also said they had got into an argument in which she accused her of stealing his mother’s money, the outlet reported.

Detectives later searched his home and uncovered blood stains on the front door, in the garage and inside of the workshop, the outlet reported.

He claimed that the blood may have belonged to one of his dogs that died years ago, but lab tests confirmed that the samples belonged to a human, the paper reported.

When confronted with the new evidence, Colon allegedly told detectives that Gomez-Mullet was “swimming with the fishes,” news station WPTV reported.

“Find the body,” Colon yelled to detectives. 

Then as officers left his property, Colon said to them, “Well, at least you didn’t find a body at my house,” WPTV reported.

But during a search of the backyard Friday, authorities found human remains that were identified as Gomez-Mullet.

“Our heartfelt condolences are with Mary’s family and loved ones,” Boynton Beach Police Chief Michael G. Gregory said in a statement. “We remain dedicated to this ongoing investigation and bringing justice to her family.”

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