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Volunteer gets 75 years for abusing boys in church bathroom

Dec. 13, 2019 7:16 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — A former volunteer at a South Carolina megachurch was sentenced to 75 years in prison Thursday following his conviction for molesting boys as young as 3 years old in a bathroom during a children's program . Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 29, was found guilty of six charges related to...

Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

Dec. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago. George Brignac, 84, was charged by a grand jury Thursday with one count of aggravated rape. He was arrested in September. The victim in the case came...

Catholic dioceses spar over Archbishop Sheen sainthood

Dec. 12, 2019 5:16 PM EST

In an unusual public spat, the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois, is accusing the Rochester, New York, diocese of trying to “sabotage” the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Sheen, who before his death in 1979 was famous for his radio and TV preaching, had been scheduled to be...

Ex-assistant pastor of Illinois church accused of sex crimes

Dec. 10, 2019 5:00 PM EST

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A former assistant pastor of an Illinois church was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a teenager in the congregation. Roger VanRaden, 48, was arraigned on sexual assault and abuse charges in a Champaign County courtroom, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported. He was released from...

Colorado pastor gets 2 years in jail for sexual misconduct

Dec. 10, 2019 4:00 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A judge has sentenced a pastor at a Denver church to two years in jail after she pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl for more than three years. The Denver Post reports that 36-year-old Erika Gonzalez received the maximum possible sentence Thursday. Gonzalez met the girl...

California dioceses expect subpoenas in priest investigation

Dec. 10, 2019 2:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Half of California's Catholic dioceses expect to be subpoenaed by the state attorney general as part of an investigation into whether they have properly handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests, a church spokesman said Tuesday. The subpoenas are expected for the six dioceses...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 2:46 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

US Catholic priests describe turmoil amid sex abuse crisis

Dec. 9, 2019 1:14 PM EST

CHICOPEE, Mass. (AP) — More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due...

Diocese: Priest returned to duty now declared 'unsuitable'

Dec. 8, 2019 12:45 PM EST

Catholic authorities in Philadelphia say a priest formerly returned to ministry following an allegation of sexual abuse has been found unsuitable for ministry following a new allegation. Seventy-four-year-old Reverend Monsignor Joseph Logrip had been placed on administrative leave in January following the new...

Priest accused of having child pornography

Dec. 7, 2019 1:36 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area Roman Catholic priest who is accused of having child pornography is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. Authorities arrested the Rev. Robert McWilliams on Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Strongsville. He's charged with possessing child...