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From Left, Geraldine Dubourt, Francis Hart, Marie Ogitchida, Mikayla Maxwell and Michelle Dauphinais Echols stand on the steps of the South Dakota Capitol in Pierre, S.D. on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020. Lawmakers killed a bill that would have given survivors of childhood sexual abuse a two-year window to sue organizations in which abuse occurred. (AP Photo/Stephen Groves)

S. Dakota kills bill from survivors of Catholic school abuse

Feb. 24, 2020 5:32 PM EST

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — Louise Aamot Charbonneau couldn't make her annual trip to the South Dakota Legislature this year to confront lawmakers with her story of surviving childhood rape and abuse at the hands of priests and nuns at a boarding school for Native Americans during the 1950s and 1960s. The...

Latter-day Saints fraud lawsuit moved to settlement hearing

Feb. 24, 2020 2:48 PM EST

Allegations of fraud against The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints have been referred to a settlement conference by a Utah court. McKenna Denson's fraud allegations against Provo Missionary Training Center President Joseph L. Bishop and the church were dismissed more than a year ago because the statute...

Priest accused of sexual assault pleads not guilty

Feb. 24, 2020 1:22 PM EST

DANBURY, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting one boy and groping another has pleaded not guilty. Jaime Marin-Cardona, 51, of Danbury, pleaded not guilty to fourth-degree sexual assault, risk of injury to child and illegal sexual contact, the Danbury News-Times...

Legislation would lift pain-and-suffering caps in rape cases

Feb. 24, 2020 1:15 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Proposed legislation in the Ohio House would lift caps on pain-and-suffering awards in lawsuits brought by rape victims. The bill introduced this month by two Democratic lawmakers stems from a 2016 Ohio Supreme Court ruling that threw out a $3.6 million jury award to a woman raped by...

Church places California priest on leave over groping claim

Feb. 23, 2020 8:08 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Church officials in California placed a priest on leave and opened a new investigation into a sexual misconduct allegation. The San Francisco Chronicle informed officials at the Catholic Diocese of Oakland of a 2002 complaint by a parishioner who said the Rev. George Alengadan groped...

FILE - This Feb. 21, 2005, file photo, shows incoming bishop of the Wheeling-Charleston diocese, W.Va, Michael Bransfield in his new office, in Wheeling, W.Va. West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese has released a financial audit showing its net assets dropped by $4.8 million during a fiscal year that coincided with the resignation of Bransfield amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct. Current Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Mark E. Brennan released the audit last week. (AP Photo/Dale Sparks, File)

Bishop shakeup: West Virginia Catholic diocese issues audit

Feb. 23, 2020 4:24 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The net assets of West Virginia's Roman Catholic Diocese dropped by $4.8 million during a fiscal year that coincided with the resignation of its bishop amid allegations of sexual and financial misconduct, an audit shows. The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released the audit last...

Third-seeded Garin beats Coric to reach Rio Open final

Feb. 23, 2020 11:45 AM EST

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Third-seeded Christian Garin of Chile reached the final of the Rio Open after beating Croatia's Borna Coric 6-4, 7-5 on Sunday. Their match was interrupted shortly after midnight due to heavy rains, when Garin had already won the first set and the score level at 4-4 in the second....

Priest accused of having child porn faces new charges

Feb. 21, 2020 4:38 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area Roman Catholic priest arrested in December was accused of several new charges, including sex trafficking involving a minor, federal prosecutors said Friday. A criminal complaint filed in federal court also charged the Rev. Robert McWilliams with receiving or distributing...

Bankruptcy judge wades in to Harrisburg diocese's finances

Feb. 21, 2020 1:18 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday began the process of figuring out how the Harrisburg Roman Catholic Diocese will remain functioning and able to pay its bills while its 2-day-old bankruptcy filing inches ahead. Chief Bankruptcy Judge Henry Van Eck heard from lawyers for the diocese and the...

State mulls ending statute of limitations on sex abuse suits

Feb. 21, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — One detailed how her father sexually abused her decades ago. Another recalled a priest fondling him as a teenager. And yet another remembered walking directly back to class after a priest raped her in the fourth grade. One by one, they pleaded with lawmakers. Their main message: Please...