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German suspect in McCann case faces new rape investigation

Sep. 22, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann faces another investigation over the alleged rape of an Irish woman in Portugal 16 years ago, German prosecutors said Tuesday. German authorities in June said they had identified the German man as a suspect in the case of...

California man guilty of putting semen in co-worker's water

Sep. 21, 2020 8:28 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A California man who put his semen in a co-worker's water bottle and on her computer was convicted Monday of assault and battery for sexual purposes. Stevens Millancastro, 30, of Palmdale was convicted of misdemeanors by an Orange County judge and must register as a sex offender,...

Nevada joins federal lawsuit against campus Title IX changes

Sep. 21, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has joined 17 other states and the District of Columbia in a federal lawsuit arguing that U.S. Department of Education changes to university Title IX regulations weaken student protections against sexual harassment and violence. State Attorney General Aaron Ford announced...

N. Carolina man faces over 300 sex-related charges

Sep. 20, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

RAEFORD, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man was in jail on Sunday, facing more than 300 separate counts for sex-related crimes involving a juvenile, authorities said. Joshuah Taylor Bradshaw, 30, was apprehended by the FBI in Etta, Mississippi, Hoke County Sheriff Hubert Peterkin said in a news release....

Maine nonprofits get aid assisting domestic violence victims

Sep. 19, 2020 10:16 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Three nonprofit groups that provide services for victims of domestic violence are among the recipients of more than $2.3 million in federal aid in Maine. The federal Office of Violence Against Women is providing the grants, which are designed to support rape crisis centers and...

Native American activist guilty of rape but not kidnapping

Sep. 18, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico jury on Friday convicted a Native American activist of rape and voyeurism, but acquitted him of kidnapping — the most serious charge against him. Santa Fe jurors deliberated for less than four hours before announcing their verdict against Redwolf Pope. ...

Actor Danny Masterson, left, stands with his attorney, Thomas Mesereau as he is arraigned on rape charges at Los Angeles Superior Court, in Los Angeles, Calif. on Friday, Sept. 18, 2020. (Lucy Nicholson/Pool Photo via AP)

Actor Masterson's lawyer denies and denounces rape charges

Sep. 18, 2020 4:33 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “That ’70s Show” actor Danny Masterson, charged with raping three women, made his first appearance Friday in a Los Angeles courtroom, where his attorney declared his innocence and denounced the charges against him as “politicized.” Masterson, 44, who...

Search underway for 2 in sex assault cases in western Maine

Sep. 18, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

RANGELEY, Maine (AP) — Police are searching in western Maine for a convicted sex offender who skipped a meeting with his probation officer and another man who's on bail on a sexual assault charge. Shawn Batchelder, who served time for rape and was last seen in Augusta on Sept. 12, is believed to be...

FILE - In this Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 file photo, Harvey Weinstein arrives at a Manhattan courthouse for jury deliberations in his rape trial, in New York. Britain has stripped disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of an honor recognizing his contribution to the UK film industry. The 68-year-old Weinstein was given the honor in 2004 and the decision to take it away was announced Friday Sept. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

Disgraced mogul Harvey Weinstein stripped of UK honor

Sep. 18, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Britain on Friday stripped disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein of an honor recognizing his contribution to the U.K. film industry. Weinstein, 68, was given the honor in 2004. The 68-year-old former Hollywood producer was convicted earlier this year of rape and sexual assault against two...

Yury Ambrazevich, Head of Belarus' delegation and Permanent Representative to the UN Office, listen to the speeches, during the opening of 45th session of the Human Rights Council, at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, September 14, 2020. (Martial Trezzini/Keystone via AP)

After showdown, UN rights body OKs more scrutiny of Belarus

Sep. 18, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The U.N.'s top human rights body on Friday passed a resolution backed by the European Union seeking quick and enhanced scrutiny of alleged violations in Belarus by authorities under President Alexander Lukashenko, after rejecting efforts to squelch speakers and water down the text. The Human...