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Married cheerleading coach, 28, who had sex multiple times with her 15-year-old student while she was pregnant gets six years in prison

A married middle school teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison after she pleaded guilty to having sex multiple times with a 15-year-old student while she was pregnant.

Katherine Ruth Harper, 28, was an English teacher and cheerleading coach at the time she began sending nudes to an underage student before having sex with him.

Harper was arrested in April of last year and charged with having an improper relationship with a student in Trophy Club, Texas, a wealthy suburb northwest of Dallas. She pleaded guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of having an improper relationship with a student, the Denton County District Attorney's Office said.

After her prison sentence, Harper will be placed on 10 years' probation. She will also be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life.

Harper, a seventh-grade teacher at John M Tidwell Middle School, traded several nude photos with the boy by cell phone, according to the Star-Telegram. The affidavit says police launched an investigation into the alleged inappropriate relationship after receiving an anonymous tip through the school district website naming Harper and the student, whose identity is being withheld because he is a juvenile. When a school official confronted the boy with questions about the relationship, he cried and admitted to sex with the teacher, according to the affidavit.

The teacher and student began exchanging racy text messages before meeting at the boy's home for sex over the summer break, the affidavit claims. In an interview with a state child protective services investigator, the boy said that Harper came over to his house and they drank alcohol together before taking their clothes off, according to the affidavit.

"One thing led to another and she told me to 'put it in' and I did," the boy told investigators, according to Fox4.

The boy said he and Harper had sex multiple times after that in June and July of 2016.

Police seized the boy's cell phone and found records indicating the two communicated 76 times over that time period.

Harper is now pregnant, but it's unclear from the affidavit whether the boy is the father of the child.

"She's about eight months pregnant, so if we go back in time it's around when that event took place, but she is married, we believe, still. So we're not sure what that leads to," Trophy Club Police Chief Patrick Arata told Fox4.

''Obasanjo was not elected as President in 1999, he was appointed'' MKO Abiola's daughter says

Tundun Abiola who is one of the daughters of the presumed winner of the 1993 Presidential election, MKO Abiola, was a guest on Rubbing minds yesterday to discuss the recent honor done on her Father's memory by President Buhari.

Last week, President Buhari announced that June 12th will become the official democracy day and that the highest honorary title, GCFR, will be conferred posthumously on Abiola.

Speaking during her interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, Tundun criticised former president Olusegun Obasanjo for failing to recognise her father who was elected unlike him that was appointed.

''Obasanjo was appointed the president, he was not elected president. We did not have any election in 1999, we had a coronation. When you know you were not elected, you know you were selected and just appointed president by the military, it is galling for him to have acknowledged a democratic process. President Obasanjo and my father had a relationship then; so what happened in their lifetime continued even after my father was dead. He cannot bear the idea of Moshood Abiola – so he did not do it,” she claimed

Kate Middleton, Prince George, and Princess Charlotte enjoy a fun day in the sun as they watch dad Prince William take part in Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy

Kate Middleton and her kids Prince George and Princess Charlotte joined their father for a day of fun at the polo yesterday.

William, 35, was competing in the Maserati Royal Charity Polo Trophy at Beaufort Polo Club in Gloucestershire and his wife and kids were there to support him.

The Royal family let their guard down as they enjoyed a fun day in the sun with other royals and friends.

Actor Vince Vaughn arrested for DUI. See his mugshot (Photos)

Amercian actor and comedian, Vince Vaughn was on Sunday arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated at the Manhattan Beach police station.

According to the Manhattan Beach Police Department, The Wedding Crashers actor was arrested in Hermosa Beach for driving while intoxicated and resisting arrest.

A source told TMZ that Vaughn was stopped while he was driving with a passenger.

According to a Facebook post by the Manhattan Beach police, the department held a DUI and driver's license checkpoint event from 8pm Saturday night until 3am Sunday morning.

'The purpose of the checkpoint was to promote public safety, increase the awareness of the dangers associated with drinking and driving, and deter impaired driving and unlicensed driving,' the post read.

He was charged with DWI and resisting while his passenger was also arrested and charged with public intoxication, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Vaughn was later released on $5,000 bail.

His wife, Kyla Weber was pictured entering the back entrance to the Manhattan Beach police station. She later left with a police escort alongside Vaughn who hid his face in the back of her car.

Dino Melaye makes U-turn, says Abiola deserves GCFR title

Senator Dino Melaye has reversed his position on the GCFR title to be conferred posthumously on MKO Abiola by President Buhari tomorrow June 12th.

On the floor of the senate last Thursday, Melaye argued that President Buhari cannot confer such a honor on Abiola since he is dead. According to Melaye, a dead Nigerian is no longer a Nigerian.

“No matter how beautiful a situation is, the law of the land remains the law of the land. Section (2) says ‘ a person shall be eligible for appointment to any rank or holder unless he is a citizen of Nigeria. A dead man is not a citizen of the federal republic of Nigeria.’ We should not be emotional about this,” Dino had siad during plenary on Thursday.

However in a statement he released on social media, Melaye says his stance on the conferrment was misconstrued and that the politician deserves the award. Read his statement below

For the last couple of days, I have been inundated with calls and text messages from well-meaning Nigerians, especially my constituents, who want to inquire on my exact position on the declaration of June 12 as the new Democracy Day and the conferment of the highest National Honours of GCFR on the late Chief MKO Abiola, *the winner* of June 12, 1993 presidential election.

For the avoidance of doubt, my views and belief on the sanctity of June 12 and the place of the late Chief MKO Abiola in Nigeria's democratic history, have not changed and will not. Hence, in my view the decision by the Federal Government led by President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the late business mogul is deserving and long overdue save for attendant legal issues raised.

It is a verifiable fact that I have canvassed for this recognition for Chief Abiola over the years, and granted an interview to Channels Television two years ago, where I advocated for same.

Let me also make it abundantly clear that while both Chief Abiola and the late legal luminary, Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAN) deserved more than the GCFR and GCON Honours respectively to be bestowed on them posthumously next Tuesday, it is however important that the right thing is being done in their memory and therefore should not have any blemish in the guise of the current debate for legality or otherwise of the historic Honours as we are witnessing now.

I urge the Federal Government to do the needful and display sincerity of purpose by officially recognising Chief Abiola as President-elect and cause the official results of the June 12, 1993 presidential election to be released by INEC since President Buhari himself had admitted in the Presidential Order designating June 12 as Democracy Day, the freest and most credible election. By so doing, the GCFR title will therefore have a meaning.

If the right thing is done now by the Federal Government by proposing amendments to the National Honours Act 1964 to accommodate the current developments, no government in future will reverse the decision. This is my stand as a lawmaker

The Goldbergs actor Jackson Odell is found dead aged 20

The Goldbergs actor Jackson Odell has died at the age of 20.

He was reportedly found unresponsive in a sober living home in San Fernando Valley, California on Friday.

According to police, there was no signs of foul play. Authorities said an investigation is ongoing and details surrounding the actor's death have not been released.

Odell, an actor, singer, and songwriter, launched his acting career at the age of 12. He starred in several hit TV shows including iCarly, Arrested Development and Modern Family.

The Colorado native wrote several songs for the soundtrack of Forever My Girl, which launched earlier this year.

On Tuesday, Odell appeared on Controlled Chaos with Josh Wolf, whose wife, Bethany Wolf directed Forever My Girl. During the podcast, Odell said he's good friends with the Wolf family, and that he was "lucky enough to help write the soundtrack" for the movie.

We are no longer contemplating court action against Falz, we'll take him to appropriate government agencies' - MURIC

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) in a statement have declared that instead of suing Falz to court, they would report him to appropriate agencies.

The Muslim group last week threatened to sue Falz if he did not take the video down and tender an apology. The rapper didn't apologise rather he explained himself in a couple of media interviews.

Now, MURIC has said, 'In view of the intervention of well-meaning Nigerians, counseling from several quarters and commitments given by us to those who interfaced with us on this matter, an emergency meeting of MURIC’s Think-Tank was convened on Sunday, June 10, 2018 to review the situation and resolved to drag the artist to government agencies saddled with the responsibility of censoring films and videos. It is not a U-turn but a sudden change in tactics'.

See the full statement below...

The Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) last week resolved to sue Folarin Falana (Falz the Bahd Guy), a Nigerian artist, who produced the video song titled ‘This is Nigeria’ in which a Fulani man was seen beheading somebody. The video also featured hijab-wearing female choreographers dancing the ‘shaku-shaku’ (a dance associated with drug). A seven-day ultimatum was given for the withdrawal of the video and an apology failing which a legal tussle would be launched.

Our office has since been inundated with solidarity visits, while our telephone lines have been flooded with a deluge of calls from members, friends, well-wishers, journalists and other concerned Nigerians, majority of whom are of the Islamic faith.

In view of the intervention of these well-meaning Nigerians, counseling from several quarters and commitments given by us to those who interfaced with us on this matter, an emergency meeting of MURIC’s Think-Tank was convened on Sunday, June 10, 2018 to review the situation.

In deference to pleas made by well-meaning Nigerians, in order to keep faith with our avowed motto (Dialogue, Not Violence) and to further confirm that MURIC is a listening, mature and responsible organization committed to promoting peace in Nigeria, the Think-Tank resolved to drag the artist to government agencies saddled with the responsibility of censoring films and videos. It is not a U-turn but a sudden change in tactics.

This will have a more enduring impact not only on Falz but the entire entertainment industry. It will also make the agencies sit up to their responsibilities and inject a huge dose of discipline in the music and film industries in general.

MURIC expresses deep appreciation to its members nation-wide, particularly Muslim lawyers who volunteered to take up the case gratis, leaders of Islamic organizations across the country who offered their solidarity as well as senior civil servants who shared their rich experiences with us.

Although he stopped short of apologizing, the artist has tried to clear himself in published interviews made available to us. According to him, he did not intend to ridicule Muslims. He said his intention was to call attention to the plight of the Chibok girls although we think he has done that the wrong way.

A scene in the video in which the ‘Chibok girls’ are in pensive mood would have been more representative of the reality on ground because kidnapped girls cannot be dancing like people under the influence of drug. They are in captivity and so they have no cause under the sun for jubilating.

Again, the Fulanis (Muslims) were painted as killers while Benue militias (Christians) who rustle Fulani cattles and slaughter their wives and children were not featured. This is grossly unfair. Falz should find a way of balancing his video. The kidnappers of the South East (also Christians) were spared while the oil saboteurs of the Niger Delta (Christians too) were ignored. Falz video is loaded with Islamophobia. That video should be titled ‘This is not Nigeria’. It is Islam-bashing. Nigeria’s video regulatory agency should therefore ban the video or ask the artist to edit it properly.

With this latest development and even before the seven-day ultimatum expires, MURIC is no longer contemplating court action against Falz, neither are we demanding any apology from him or his management. The likely pecuniary gain in the event of a court validation of our claims does not interest us. We are no longer looking at Falz but at a larger picture.

The courts will only be interested in legalities, judiciability and technicalities but the video board will look beyond all that. Is it professional? Is it balanced? Is it truly representative of our country? Is it morally justifiable? These are what will interest the board and they are in tandem with our thinking. We appreciate artists and our aim is not to punish Falz. He is not a lazy Nigerian youth.

The matter will now go to those government agencies who are supposed to do their jobs in the first place. Instead of creating media tension and granting cheap popularity, this matter will now be handled by professionals who know what to do.

Our emphasis is going to be mainly on the portrayal of Fulanis as killers in the video with the concomitant ugly perception it is likely to create among Nigerians as well as its bandwagon effect on the image of Muslims in general. This is one area Falz has not been able to explain away, yet he refused to apologise. That aspect of the video would have been edited had the censorship agencies done what was expected of them or if Falz had followed due process.

In the interest of peace, law and order, we are calling on the National Film And Video Censors Board (NFVCB) to take up the matter from this moment. Although MURIC will still do a followup with an official petition, we expect the board to have begun its independent investigations on the matter particularly with the furore generated by the issue.

In a nutshell, we insist that Falz video “This is Nigeria” is offensive and provocative. It portrays Fulanis (and Nigerian Muslims) as killers. It is capable of igniting crisis and precipitating a general breakdown of law and order. The video board must therefore do the needful.

Professor Ishaq Akintola,


Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC)

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry announce their first Royal Tour to Australia, New Zealand, Tonga and Fiji

The new Duke and Duchess of Sussex; Meghan Markle and Prince Harry who made her Buckingham Palace balcony debut on Saturday as the couple helped Queen Elizabeth celebrate her 92nd birthday will also head to other countries part of the Commonwealth of 53 nations linked to the U.K.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex will undertake an official visit to Australia, Fiji, the Kingdom of Tonga, and New Zealand in the Autumn. Their Royal Highnesses have been invited to visit the Realms of Australia and New Zealand by the countries’ respective governments. The Duke and Duchess will visit the Commonwealth countries of Fiji and Tonga at the request of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office” reads the announcement.

It’s an important step for Meghan, who along with Harry is to take a key role in the Commonwealth. Among her royal commitments is her upcoming first solo public duty alongside the Queen. On Thursday, Meghan will accompany the monarch on a visit to Chester, which is about 165 miles northwest of London.
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