A second intrafamilial child-sex ring was exposed and prosecuted in Bakersfield, with trials continuing into 1985. Seven defendants in another Bakersfield child-sex ring were convicted in August 1985, with multiple charges including child molestation and endangerment, assault with a deadly weapon, and production of child pornography.Five adult defendants were convicted, including: Richard Cox, 47 (14 counts); Ruth Ann Taylor, 31 (14 counts); Anthony Cox, 25 (7 counts); George Cox, 24 (7 counts); and Theresa Cox, 21 (3 counts). Wayne Forsythe, 28, was convicted on 41 separate counts.The Phelps fled town and disapeared after being charged with 33 counts.Ritual elements in the case were ignored by authorities at the time. In August 1996, a judge overturned the child molestation convictions of Alvin and Deborah Mc Cuan and Scott and Brenda Kniffen.** (Northwest Herald, August 14, 1996).During the trial, Patavino wore a pentagram medallion around her neck. More than 50 children accused Fuster and his wife, Iliana, of abuse that included feces-eating, drugging, pornography, animal killings and anal rape with a crucifix.Fuster's 7-year-old son was treated for gonorrhea of the throat.A 1993 survey by the American Bar Association's Center on Children and Family Law determined that 26 percent of prosecutors nationwide have handled cases involving "ritualistic or sexual abuse." (Ross, 1994).The ritualistic aspects of the crimes often are not presented in court but are clearly indicated in the victims' accounts.* West Memphis Three teenagers were convicted in the cult killings of three 8-year-old boys.
She confessed to her role in the crimes against the children and testified against her husband. His office manager, Brenda Williams, 30, was convicted in 1989 and sentenced to 6 years in prison. West, Jr., a former juvenile officer, pleaded guilty on June 20, 1994, to 33 counts of sexual abuse.The alleged victims included their own children, traded between families and used for group sex, as well as children from the Bluebird troop run by Deborah Mc Cuan and the unlicensed day care facility in her home.The Mc Cuans and Kniffens were convicted on all counts in 1983, drawing aggregate prison terms in excess of 1,000 years.Other defendants, each convicted on a minimum of 50 counts, included Forsythe's wife, Colleen Dill Forsythe, 26; Ricky Pitts, 31, and his wife Marcella Pitts, 29; Wayne Dill, 26 (Colleen Forsythe's brother); Grace Dill, 50 (mother of Colleen Forsythe and Wayne Dill); and Gina Miller.Cumulative prison sentences in the case came to 2,100 years. Leroy George Stowe III was convicted on 16 counts of child molestation and sentenced to 30 years in March 1985.