Latest Sexual abuse News

Cheerleading abuse accusations increase to 20 with Ohio case

Dec. 01, 2022 13:37 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The latest lawsuit in a series alleging widespread sexual misconduct across competitive cheerleading alleges that officials allowed two choreographers to continue working after they were investigated for sexual abuse. Snowballing accounts of cheerleaders'...

US Virgin Islands reach $105M settlement with Epstein estate

Nov. 30, 2022 18:16 PM EST

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — The U.S. Virgin Islands announced Wednesday that it reached a settlement of more than $105 million in a sex trafficking case against the estate of financier Jeffrey Epstein. The settlement ends a nearly three-year legal saga for officials in the U.S....

Report: Many female Israeli conscripts suffer sexual abuse

Nov. 29, 2022 15:22 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — Roughly one in four women performing compulsory national service in Israel’s police force and prison service have suffered sexual abuse on the job, according to a report by Israel’s official government watchdog agency. The findings by the State Comptroller...

Man sentenced for faking death to avoid sex abuse charges

Nov. 29, 2022 14:12 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 21 months in prison for faking his own death in Alabama to avoid criminal charges of impregnating a teenage girl in his home state of Mississippi. Jacob Blair Scott was sentenced Monday in Alabama. U.S. District Judge Jeffrey...

Ex-prison warden faces trial over inmate abuse allegations

Nov. 28, 2022 23:06 PM EST

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The former warden of an abuse-plagued federal women’s prison known as the “rape club” went on trial Monday, accused of molesting inmates and forcing them to pose naked in their cells. Ray J. Garcia, who retired after the FBI found nude photos of inmates...

Woman asks for charge to be dropped against Perry Hooper

Nov. 28, 2022 18:42 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman who in August accused a former state legislator of groping her at a Montgomery restaurant is asking that a criminal charge against him be dropped. The woman's attorney, Dianne James Davis. shared the statement with news outlets, saying that the...

Paul Swain, former bishop of Sioux Falls Diocese, dies at 79

Nov. 28, 2022 16:38 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Bishop Emeritus Paul Swain, who gained a reputation as a humble, prayerful leader when he was oversaw the Diocese of Sioux Falls for 14 years, has died. Swain died Saturday at Avera Dougherty Hospice, according to an obituary from Miller Funeral Home. He...

Former principal sentenced for sexually abusing students

Nov. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EST

HILTON, N.Y. (AP) — A former elementary school principal was sentenced Wednesday to 63 years in prison for sexually abusing 21 students over several years. Kirk Ashton, 52, was the top administrator at Northwood Elementary School in Hilton from 2004 to April 2021. ...

Superior diocese publishes list of credibly accused clergy

Nov. 23, 2022 10:55 AM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Superior published names late Tuesday of almost two dozen clergy that it says have had credible claims of sexually abusing minors made against them. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that many of the allegations date back 30 years or more....

Former Alabama lawmaker indicted on sex abuse charge

Nov. 22, 2022 09:35 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama lawmaker accused of sexually abusing a woman at a restaurant earlier this year was indicted on a felony charge, court records show. Perry Hooper Jr., 68, of Montgomery, allegedly grabbed a woman's breasts and waist, kissed her on the neck...