Ronald Charles King
Ronald Charles King

Two men charged with Incest-Rape - Child Abuse and the Net

by Lewis Loflin

Middle aged males molesting children seems to be a growing problem in East Tennessee and Southwest Virginia. While we read about the arrests, we seldom get the reasons why this problem is growing. Let's look at two typical cases in East Tennessee and consider why this problem is growing.

Watauga Man charged with Incest and Rape following investigation

September 14, 2012 According to Sheriff Ed Graybeal, Investigators arrested Ronald Charles King, age 35; 1732 Persinger Road after an investigation into a Domestic Violence situation led to information that King had been involved in inappropriate contact with a minor. A more thorough investigation revealed the inappropriate contact had occurred more than once with a minor living in the home.

King had moved to this area after previously living in Louisiana and Texas.

King was charged with: Aggravated Domestic Violence, Incest, Aggravated Rape, and 2 counts of Aggravated Sexual Battery.

King's bond was set at $260,000 and he was arraigned at 0900 this morning. He is currently housed at the Washington County Detention Center.

Alcoa man faces statutory rape, sexual exploitation charges

ALCOA, Tenn. (WVLT) -- A 47 year-old Alcoa man faces multiple charges of sexual misconduct with a minor. Steven Leroy Myers was charged with statutory rape by an authority figure and soliciting sexual exploitation of a minor, the Alcoa Police Dept. announced on Thursday. He is being held on bonds totaling $75,000 and is set to appear in court on March 18. (2013)

Last Friday, Alcoa police officers were called to the Grayson Apartments around 6:30 p.m. on reports of an adult having sexual relations with a minor, according to police. Following a preliminary investigation, Myers was taken into investigative custody.

Following an investigation that weekend, he was initially charged with two counts contributing or encouraging the delinquency of a child and one count of contributing to or encouraging unruly behavior of a child. Digging deeper, investigators turned up allegations of sexual abuse, leading to the new charges. Police added that the Dept. of Children Services has taken the victim and "any other endangered minors" into protective custody.

While the internet wasn't mentioned in the above cases, even non-kiddie porn viewers would be encouraged to cross the line. Many of the women in porn attempt to depict themselves as little girls or are recruited based on looking under age. We should note the following from "Internet Pornography and Sexual Abuse of Children";

U.S. agencies report a 993 percent increase in violent crime and 5,171 percent more child sex abuse from 1976 to 1999. In 1999, 67 percent of sex victims were children, 64 percent of forcible sodomy victims were boys under age 12, and 19,000 in-school rapes and sex abuses were reported. This essay alleges that this dramatic increase is at least partially explained by the lax, permissive attitudes toward internet library pornography...

More shocking is so-called civil liberties groups such as the ACLU turn schools and public libraries into porn gateways in the name of gay rights and sexual expression/education. To quote,

Meanwhile in this same time frame, weakened laws allowed for American Library Association administrators to quietly turn our public libraries into dirty book stores, protecting internet access to debasing and dehumanizing, adult and child pornographic stimuli. ... UCLA neuropsychologist Dr. Margaret Kemeny's research implicates pornography as precipitating a cascade of changes in the body that have an impact on health. This supports former Surgeon General Everett Koop's diagnosis of pornography as a crushing public health problem. Violence and pornography, he said, are felonies against the human spirit. Those who commit them have an appetite for outrage and devour what we cling to as civilized life.

"Internet Pornography and Sexual Abuse of Children." 15 Mar 2013

Also see Knoxville Man Pleads Guilty To Attempting To Entice A Twelve-Year-Old To Engage In Sex

See Crime by Race in Tennessee

Prescription drug use is a problem in Tennessee

Drug overdose deaths in Tennessee are increasing:

The number of drug overdose deaths in Tennessee increased from 422 in 2001 to 1,059 in 2010; The number of drug overdose deaths in 2010 represents an increase of 250% over the 10 year time period. Includes all drug overdose deaths where the manner of death was listed as one of the following: accidental, undetermined, suicide (intentional), or homicide.

Source: Office of Policy, Planning and Assessment, Tennessee Department of Health - Death Certificates.

The top three most prescribed controlled substances in Tennessee in 2010 are:

275.5 million pills of hydrocodone (e.g., Lortab, Lorcet, Vicodin);

116.6 million pills prescribed for alprazolam (e.g., Xanax: used to treat anxiety);

113.5 million pills prescribed for oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin, Roxicodone) Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both prescription opioids used to treat pain.

The number of drugs prescribed during 2010 to Tennesseans represents:
51 pills of hydrocodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
22 pills of alprazolam for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12;
21 pills of oxycodone for EVERY Tennessean above the age of 12.

Source: Report to the 2011 General Assembly by the Tennessee Department of Health Controlled Substance Database Advisory Committee, Board of Pharmacy.

Prescription drug abuse affects everyone:

Abuse of prescription opioids is the number one drug problem for Tennesseans receiving state-funded treatment services;

Almost 250,000 Tennesseans older than 12 reported abusing prescription opioids in 2009.

Source: Treatment Episode Data Set - Admission (TEDS-A). 1999 - 2009. SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.

Prescription drug abuse hits every profession and every socioeconomic level:

For those seeking state-funded treatment, people who were stable (married, employed and had at least a high school education) were 3.16 times more likely than less stable consumers to use prescription opioids than illicit drugs.

Source: Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services. Tennessee Web Information Technology System (TN WITS) Database.

Prescription drug abuse especially affects women:

While more men were admitted to treatment in 2009 than women, a higher percentage of women abuse prescription opioids;

21% of 6,827 men reported prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

27% of 3,403 women listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse;

35% of 142 pregnant women admitted to state-funded treatment services in Tennessee listed prescription opioids as their primary substance of abuse.

Source: SAMHSA State Estimates of Substance Use and Mental Disorders from the 2008 - 2009 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health.