Diocese, civil authorities sign abuse reporting agreement

On Jan. 20, Bishop Edward J. Slattery signed a “Memorandum of Understanding” on behalf of the Diocese of Tulsa with members of the District Attorney’s Task Force on Crimes Against Children, pledging mutual cooperation and coordination in response to allegations of sexual abuse.

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Suspect arrested in 1984 slaying

A California man was charged Thursday with the 1984 killing of a 2-year-old Tulsa boy and was arrested later in the day by San Bernadino police on a first-degree murder warrant.

Ray Velez Martinez is accused of killing Steven Ballandby, court records show. Martinez formerly dated the child’s mother, but she broke up with him shortly after Steven’s death, Tulsa Police Detective Danielle Bishop said during a phone interview from California.

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Counselors tour abuse facilities

The Child Abuse Network invited Tulsa area school counselors to its facility Friday so they could learn what happens to a child after abuse is reported to the agency.

Counselors were invited in hopes that a walk-through of the process would alleviate any fears or questions they might have about reporting abuse in the future.

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Agencies stay united against abuse

Eight Tulsa County agencies renewed a pledge Thursday to work together to prevent violence against children.

At a summit at the University of Oklahoma’s Schusterman Center, agency representatives recommitted to the multidisciplinary team approach to investigating child abuse, and new members of the team were educated about its goals and processes.

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Child Abuse Network Honors Advocate

Longtime CHILD ABUSE NETWORK supporter Robert W. Plank received the organization’s Distinguished Service Award during a recent meeting and reception honoring donors and volunteers.

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