Latest Crimes against children News

Ex-priest sues over inclusion on list of suspected abusers

Dec. 15, 2019 12:20 PM EST

PROVIDENCE (AP) — A former Rhode Island priest has sued his old diocese for including his name on a list of clergy “credibly accused” of sexually abusing minors. In a defamation lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Providence, ex-priest John Tormey said he never sexually assaulted...

Louisiana husband and wife indicted on child rape charges

Dec. 14, 2019 5:58 PM EST

MANY, La. (AP) — A north Louisiana husband and wife have been indicted on child rape charges stemming from their arrests this summer. Sabine Parish District Attorney Don Burkett tells local news outlets that the indictments were handed up Thursday. Dustin Lee Crow, 30, of Noble, faces six counts of...

Wyoming State Penitentiary inmate dies after lengthy illness

Dec. 14, 2019 5:46 PM EST

RAWLINS, Wyo. (AP) — A 71-year-old inmate at the Wyoming State Penitentiary has died after a lengthy illness. The Wyoming Department of Corrections says Carl Stewart, Jr., died Wednesday while serving a 10 1/2- to 12-year sentence for second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. That 2011 sentence was the second...

Cops:mom left kids overnight on old bus to smoke pot on boat

Dec. 14, 2019 4:26 PM EST

A Florida mom is behind bars after police say she left her three kids alone on a dilapidated bus overnight while she smoked marijuana on a boat. Gulfport Police say an officer noticed a small bus parked in a city lot Saturday morning and found the three children, ages 3, 6, and 9-years-old, inside. The children...

Michigan man who admitted sharing child porn gets 12 years

Dec. 14, 2019 4:24 PM EST

BRIGHTON, Mich. (AP) — A southeastern Michigan man who admitted sharing several thousand pornographic images and videos of children using social media has been sentenced to 12 years in federal prison. A federal judge sentenced 36-year-old Mark Allen McCormick on Thursday following the Brighton man's May...

Man nabbed in sex-trafficking sting gets prison sentence

Dec. 14, 2019 3:58 PM EST

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A Nebraska man who thought he was meeting a 15-year-old girl at an Iowa motel for sex has been sentenced to three years in prison. The Des Moines Register reports a federal judge sentenced John Daniel Nielsen for travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct. The...

Tennessee pastor gets 38 years in child sex abuse sentence

Dec. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pastor faces 38 years in prison after being found guilty on 24 counts involving child sex abuse. News outlets report that 41-year-old Ronnie Gorton received the sentence Friday in Tipton County. He was convicted on charges including sexual battery and statutory rape in...

Panel's proposal to end grand jury reports draws opposition

Dec. 14, 2019 9:41 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A state court system task force wants Pennsylvania to stop issuing grand jury reports, an idea that faces long odds in the Legislature, which would have to pass a new law to halt the practice. The Supreme Court-appointed task force, consisting of five lawyers and two judges, issued...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

Police: Suspect said she saw child being sexually assaulted

Dec. 13, 2019 7:16 PM EST

Two people charged in the death of a 3-year-old girl each blamed the other for harming the child in their statements to police, according to testimony from a police investigator. Birmingham police homicide Detective Jonathan Ross testified Friday during a hearing that Derick Irisha Brown told police she saw her...