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FILE - In this Oct. 19, 2015, file photo, Ronald David Guinto appears in a courtroom during the first day of his preliminary hearing at the A.F. Bray Courthouse in Martinez, Calif. Guinto's twelve former students, who he was convicted of sexually abusing when he was their teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school, will receive a combined $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit against the school, an attorney said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. Guinto, 38, is serving a 931-year sentence after being convicted in 2017 of molesting 15 boys when he was their teacher at Making Waves Academy in Richmond and ran a youth program. (Susan Tripp Pollard/Bay Area News Group via AP, File)

Child molester victims to get nearly $11M in settlement

Jan. 23, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MARTINEZ, Calif. (AP) — Twelve former students of a man convicted of sexually abusing them when he was their teacher at a San Francisco Bay Area school will receive a combined $10.9 million to settle a lawsuit against the school, an attorney said. Ronald David Guinto, 38, is serving a 931-year sentence...

Philadelphia Archbishop-elect Nelson J. Perez addresses those assembled at the Archdiocese's offices after his introduction by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, as the 14th Bishop and 10th Archbishop of Philadelphia, on Thursday, January 23, 2020.   (Michael Bryant/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP )

Cleveland bishop named Philadelphia’s next archbishop

Jan. 23, 2020 4:23 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Vatican announced Thursday, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock. Nelson Perez, who spent most of his early pastoral career...

Pope Francis touches his ear as he meets faithful in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican during his weekly general audience, Wednesday Jan. 22, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Vatican women's magazine blames drop in nuns on abuses

Jan. 23, 2020 4:14 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican women’s magazine is blaming the drastic drop in the number of nuns worldwide in part on their wretched working conditions and the sexual abuse and abuses of power they suffer at the hands of priests and their own superiors. “Women Church World”...

Police: Teacher had sexual relationship with student

Jan. 23, 2020 4:03 PM EST

FALL CHURCH, Va. (AP) — A Virginia high school teacher has been arrested and accused of having a sexual relationship with a student, authorities said. Fairfax County police arrested Philip Spivey, 57, on Wednesday and charged him with four felony counts of indecent liberties by a custodian, news outlets...

Legislation seeks to close school sex abuse loophole

Jan. 23, 2020 12:37 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Sexual assault survivors, parents and other advocates urged lawmakers Thursday to close a loophole in state law they argue enabled a Concord High School teacher accused of abuse. Primo "Howie" Leung was charged in April with sexually assaulting a student off school property in...

Jury convicts man of sexually assaulting woman on flight

Jan. 23, 2020 10:17 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A 42-year-old California man has been convicted by a federal jury in Seattle of two felony charges stemming from the sexual assault of a woman on a flight from London to Seattle. Babak Rezapour, of Van Nuys, California, was convicted Wednesday of abusive sexual contact in a special aircraft...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. State prosecutors said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that the first of the four Chicago sexual abuse cases against Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who alleges that Kelly tried to force himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Kelly, who remains jailed, faces a raft of charges in several jurisdictions, including four separate indictments on Illinois state charges involving four women who accuse the singer of sexually abusing them during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Illinois prosecutors make plan for their 1st R. Kelly trial

Jan. 22, 2020 3:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors said Wednesday that the first of four Chicago sexual abuse cases against R. Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who says the R&B singer forced himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Although Cook County prosecutors told Judge Lawrence Frank...

Justices order child sexual abuse jury report be kept sealed

Jan. 22, 2020 11:36 AM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury's findings about a central Pennsylvania man who said he victimized about 16 to 18 people will remain permanently sealed because the child sexual abuse report did not recommend government changes in the public interest, the state Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The...

Faculty member fired after sexual abuse allegation

Jan. 21, 2020 8:37 PM EST

FARMINGTON, Maine (AP) — University of Maine at Farmington officials announced the termination of a part-time faculty member Tuesday after the school reviewed allegations that he sexually abused a minor at a New York City school in the 1990s. University President Edward Serna announced in a statement that...

Child sex abuse substantiated against ex-Oklahoma priest

Jan. 21, 2020 5:14 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Archdiocese of Oklahoma City said Tuesday that it has substantiated allegations of child sexual abuse against another priest. The archdiocese said in a news release that allegations of abuse of a minor were substantiated against Father Marvin Leven by the archdiocese following an...