Latest Crimes against children News

Tucson man gets 10-year prison term for girlfriend's murder

Jan. 16, 2022 12:02 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man has been sentenced to a decade in prison for the fatal shooting of his girlfriend in 2020. Pima County prosecutors said Jahkwez Desean Wilson was given a 10-year prison term on a murder charge and eight months for reckless child abuse. ...

2 Southern California childcare workers suspected of abuse

Jan. 15, 2022 18:27 PM EST

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — Two inland Southern California childcare workers have been arrested on suspicion of child abuse after an 8-month old boy was brought to a hospital with skull fracture, authorities said. An investigation began after the boy who attended Kiddie...

June sentence set for Ghislaine Maxwell in sex traffic case

Jan. 14, 2022 21:10 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A late-June sentencing date was set Friday for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell after her conviction last month on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy relating to the recruitment of teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. U.S....

Missouri boarding school doctor says not guilty to 3 charges

Jan. 14, 2022 16:12 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A doctor charged with 11 felony sex abuse crimes involving children at a Missouri boarding school has pleaded not guilty to three of the charges. Dr. David Smock, a longtime physician at Agape Boarding School, entered the plea Thursday in Greene County...

Doubt raised in case of mom accused of putting son in trunk

Jan. 14, 2022 13:18 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — A judge has found no probable cause to support a charge a Houston mother faces after being accused of placing her 13-year-old son in the trunk of her car in an attempt to isolate him after he tested positive for COVID-19. The 41-year-old mother had been charged by...

Judge under fire for tossing conviction sent to small claims

Jan. 13, 2022 19:24 PM EST

QUINCY, Ill. (AP) — A judge in western Illinois who sparked outrage when he threw out the sexual assault conviction of an 18-year-old man, saying the 148 days the man spent in jail was punishment enough, is no longer presiding over a criminal court docket. An administrative order...

Mississippi 13-year-old girl accused of stabbing older teen

Jan. 13, 2022 15:44 PM EST

NATCHEZ, Miss. (AP) — Police arrested a 13-year-old girl for stabbing an older teen earlier this week, authorities said. Two girls were reportedly fighting Monday night and the 13-year-old got in between them and allegedly stabbed a 17-year-old girl, Natchez Police Chief Joseph...

Louisiana art teacher arrested, accused of molestation

Jan. 13, 2022 13:15 PM EST

CONVENT, La. (AP) — A Louisiana art teacher has been arrested on accusations of child molestation, authorities said. Lisa Samuels, 50, of Donaldsonville, was arrested Tuesday. She is being held in the St. James Parish Jail on charges of indecent behavior with juveniles and...

Polish diocese apologizes for asking if abuse victim is gay

Jan. 13, 2022 13:05 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Catholic diocese in Poland apologized on Thursday for having asked a court to determine whether a man who was sexually abused as a child by a priest is gay, and whether the sexual contact may have consequently been pleasurable for him. Following wide...

Police: Father arrested in accidental shooting of 2-year-old

Jan. 13, 2022 10:32 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Authorities say a Phoenix man has been arrested in an accidental shooting that killed his 2-year-old son at the family's apartment. Jail records and police say Joshua Lewis, 29, was jailed Thursday after being arrested on suspicion of child abuse-reckless in the...