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2 inmates have escaped from the state prison in Florence

Jan. 24, 2021 9:20 AM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities were searching Sunday for two inmates who escaped from the state prison in Florence. Arizona Department of Corrections officials said John Charpiot and David Harmon escaped Saturday from the medium custody south unit. They said the two weren’t accounted for during...

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French leader tells child sex abuse victims 'we believe you'

Jan. 23, 2021 1:16 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Amid a national French reckoning with sexual abuse of children by family members, President Emmanuel Macron told victims Saturday: “We believe you. You will never again be alone.” The French government pledged on Thursday to toughen laws on the rape of children after a massive...

Judge: Youth club facing sex abuse suits had lax oversight

Jan. 23, 2021 12:45 PM EST

STAMFORD, Conn. (AP) — A youth club in which six men say they were sexually abused as children lacked proper training and supervision for staff and had no system in place for reporting abuse, a Connecticut judge said. The Greenwich Boys & Girls Club had a “very lax method of conducting its...

Rep. Aaron Coleman, D-Kansas City, makes remarks during a special hearing regarding complaints and calls for removal from his position Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. (Evert Nelson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)

Kansas House panel to warn new member over past behavior

Jan. 22, 2021 7:54 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A newly elected Kansas lawmaker accused of threatening two state officials and abusive behavior toward girls and young women before taking his seat will get a public warning about his past conduct rather than facing possible removal from office, a committee decided Friday. A state House...

Vegas gym sued over allegations of US Gymnastics coach abuse

Jan. 22, 2021 4:59 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Eight women who were taught by a former USA Gymnastics coach now facing lewdness and sexual assault charges are suing the Las Vegas gym where he trained them from 2009 to 2015. A civil negligence and liability lawsuit filed Tuesday in Nevada state court accuses Brown’s Gymnastics...

Fairfax teacher charged with decades-old child sex assault

Jan. 22, 2021 4:15 AM EST

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (AP) — A northern Virginia teacher has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a student more than 20 years ago. Fairfax County Police say Marc Cheatham, 51, of Woodbridge has been a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools for nearly 30 years. He was arrested Wednesday night...

California man sentenced after traveling to abuse children

Jan. 21, 2021 6:51 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who authorities said traveled across the country to sexually abuse children, including a 6-year-old girl drugged by her mother, was sentenced Thursday to federal prison. Daniel Seibert, 29, of Lake Forest was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison....

Commissioner pleads guilty to possessing child rape images

Jan. 21, 2021 5:31 PM EST

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle water district commissioner has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in a U.S. District Court in Seattle. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said Wednesday that Woodinville Water District Commissioner Dale Knapinski, 67, was indicted in November 2019. ...

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French victims of child abuse speak out in new #MeToo wave

Jan. 21, 2021 12:58 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — “I was 9. ... It was my father. He raped me until I was 17.” The French government pledged on Thursday to toughen laws on the rape of children after a massive online movement saw hundreds of victims share accounts about sexual abuse within their families. The move comes in the...

Pima County jail inmate with COVID-19 dies at hospital

Jan. 21, 2021 12:48 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — The Pima County Sheriff's Department says a 47-year-old inmate being treated for COVID-19 complications died Wednesday at a hospital. The department did not release the inmate's identity but said the inmate had been in custody since January 2020 on charges of drug possession for sale,...