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Indiana boy, 16, gets 64 years in slaying of Indiana girl, 6

Mar. 31, 2023 12:25 PM EDT

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — A 16-year-old boy convicted in the molestation and slaying of a 6-year-old northern Indiana girl was sentenced Friday to 64 years in prison. St. Joseph Superior Court Judge Jeffrey Sanford sentenced Anthony Hutchens to 55 years for murder and nine years for...

Kansas moves to help survivors pursue child sex abuse claims

Mar. 30, 2023 18:17 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Abuse survivors and advocates who've pushed for legislation making it easier in Kansas to prosecute abusers and file lawsuits decades later have achieved a breakthrough in the Legislature, where the proposal is advancing quickly. The bill would remove limits on...

Baby sitter gets 25 years for sexually exploiting children

Mar. 30, 2023 09:02 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A baby sitter who sexually abused two children she was supposed to be caring for, produced videos and images of the abuse that she then shared with another person, has been sentenced to 25 years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Nichole Cyr, 27, of Fall River, was...

Girl killed, boy injured, mother charged in Carson home fire

Mar. 29, 2023 15:07 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A Nevada woman has been arrested on suspicion of child abuse and murder in a Carson City house fire that killed her 3-year-old daughter and critically injured her 2-year-old son. SENT: 150 word. The Carson City sheriff’s office says 23-year-old Samantha...

Judge upholds approval of $2.4B bankruptcy plan to help settle child sex abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America

Mar. 28, 2023 13:50 PM EDT
DOVER, Del. (AP) — Judge upholds approval of $2.4B bankruptcy plan to help settle child sex abuse claims against Boy Scouts of America.

Washington moves to end child sex abuse lawsuit time limits

Mar. 27, 2023 18:07 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — People who were sexually abused as children in Washington state may soon be able to bring lawsuits against the state, schools or other institutions for failing to stop the abuse, no matter when it happened. House Bill 1618 would remove time limits that have...

Missouri to restrict gender-affirming care for minors

Mar. 20, 2023 19:27 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri’s Republican attorney general on Monday said he will limit access to gender-affirming care for minors, sidestepping the GOP-led Senate as it struggles to pass a law banning the practice for children completely. As hundreds of activists rallied...

Judge OKs release of Baltimore church sex abuse report

Mar. 14, 2023 15:48 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge on Tuesday granted the Maryland Attorney General’s Office permission to publicly release a redacted version of an investigative report detailing sex abuse allegations against more than 150 Roman Catholic priests and examining the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s response. ...

Polish Church defends John Paul sainthood after abuse claims

Mar. 14, 2023 14:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The leaders of Poland’s Catholic Church on Tuesday defended the late John Paul II’s sainthood and fast-track canonization process in response to a Polish TV report alleging that he covered up clergy sex abuses while archbishop in Poland. The Polish Church...

California ‘Teacher of the Year’ accused of child sex abuse

Mar. 13, 2023 19:42 PM EDT

NATIONAL CITY, Calif. (AP) — A onetime Teacher of the Year at a Southern California school pleaded not guilty Monday to multiple child sex abuse charges involving a former student, prosecutors said. Jacqueline Ma, a 34-year-old teacher at Lincoln Acres Elementary in National City...