Latest Child abuse News

Lawsuit: McCarrick victim told pope of sex abuse in 1988

Dec. 5, 2019 3:47 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A man claims in a lawsuit filed under a recently enacted New Jersey law that he told Pope John Paul II in 1988 about being sexually abused as a child by the priest who would become Cardinal Theodore McCarrick but that the Vatican did nothing — claims he also made in a lawsuit...

Illinois mother pleads guilty in beating death of boy, 5

Dec. 5, 2019 3:27 PM EST

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois woman charged in the beating death of her 5-year-old son pleaded guilty to murder Thursday. At a hearing in the McHenry County courthouse, JoAnn Cunningham, 36, entered her plea in the April slaying of Andrew “AJ” Freund. Prosecutors dropped other charges...

West Virginia father charged in shaking death of infant boy

Dec. 5, 2019 1:29 PM EST

MCMECHEN, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man accused of violently shaking his 3-month-old son has been charged in the boy's death, police said. Daniel Jacob Messner, 25, was arrested Tuesday and charged with death of a child by a parent by child abuse, McMechen Police Chief Don Dewitt told news outlets....

Ex-Maryland pastor pleads guilty to sex offense against teen

Dec. 5, 2019 1:26 PM EST

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — The former pastor of an independent, fundamentalist Baptist church in Maryland has admitted to assaulting a 17-year-old. Cameron Giovanelli, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault charges as part of a deal that dropped charges including...

Former priest sues over inclusion on list of alleged abusers

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 AM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former priest has sued the Archdiocese of St. Louis, alleging it libeled and slandered him by including him on a list of clerics credibly accused of abusing children. Michael Toohey, 77, of Creve Coeur, claims in the lawsuit filed last month in St. Louis County Circuit Court that the...

Police: Mom hit student on head during middle school fight

Dec. 5, 2019 9:11 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A Florida mother accused of hitting a student on the head with a stun gun during a fight at her daughters' middle school has been charged with child abuse, police said. Susan Mary Strahsmeier was charged with two felonies — child abuse and possession of a weapon on school...

Judge sets Sept. 14 trial date for R. Kelly's state trial

Dec. 4, 2019 7:23 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County judge on Wednesday ordered singer R. Kelly to stand trial on one of four sexual abuse cases on Sept. 14, but it remains unclear which of the cases prosecutors will take to trial first. During the hearing in Chicago, Judge Lawrence Flood told prosecutors he wants to know by...

Tejano singer convicted of rape to launch comeback tour

Dec. 4, 2019 6:46 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A Tejano singer who was convicted of raping an underage female relative and imprisoned for more than a decade is preparing to relaunch his career with a sold-out show in Houston, despite the original terms of his release barring him from visiting the city and surrounding county because the...

Man sentenced to 15 to 30 years in prison for sexual assault

Dec. 4, 2019 5:57 PM EST

A man who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old relative was sentenced last week to 15 to 30 years in prison, according to New Hampshire prosecutors. John Knott Jr., 63, was sentenced during an appearance at Carroll County Superior Court, according to a case summary. Prosecutors agreed to suspend...

Buffalo bishop resigns under fire for handling of misconduct

Dec. 4, 2019 2:54 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo resigned Wednesday, forced to step aside amid mounting calls for his ouster from his staff, priests and public over his handling of allegations of clergy sexual misconduct. The Vatican said Pope Francis accepted the resignation and appointed Edward...