Latest Sexual assault News

Harvey Weinstein gets into a vehicle as he leaves the courthouse following the second day of his rape trial, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Why didn’t accusers shun Weinstein? Expert: It's not unusual

Jan. 24, 2020 11:53 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the defense's go-to question at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial: If he's such a monster, why did some of his accusers stay in friendly contact with him for years after the alleged assaults? Prosecutors sought to give jurors some answers Friday by calling to the stand a forensic...

Police in Wichita explore use of genetic genealogy databases

Jan. 24, 2020 11:29 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — Police in Wichita are looking into using genetic genealogy databases to help solve cold murder and rape cases. Capt. Jeff Weible said the department isn’t ready to decide whether it will use the technique, which has revolutionized cold-case investigations across the U.S. while...

Psychiatrist pleads guilty to criminal sexual conduct

Jan. 24, 2020 11:17 AM EST

HASTINGS, Minn. (AP) — A Twin Cities psychiatrist has pleaded guilty to having a sexual relationship with a woman who sought help for past sexual assaults. Gavin Meany, 38, of Apple Valley, entered the plea Thursday to four counts of felony third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Dakota County District...

Former diver settles University of Idaho sex assault lawsuit

Jan. 24, 2020 10:59 AM EST

MOSCOW, Idaho (AP) — A former University of Idaho athlete is expected to receive a settlement payment in exchange for dropping a lawsuit claiming the school mishandled her sexual assault complaint, the university said. The state of Idaho will pay $160,000 to Mairin Jameson, who says she plans to work with...

Jury gets case of ex-religious leader accused of sex abuse

Jan. 24, 2020 10:06 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The case against a disgraced religious leader accused of sexually abusing a former member went to the jury Thursday after a week of testimony that included graphic descriptions of abuse that the accuser said she endured as a child. This is the second sexual abuse trial for Michael...

Actress Annabella Sciorra returns after a lunch break in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

'Sopranos' actress says Weinstein raped her in the mid-1990s

Jan. 23, 2020 8:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra confronted Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand Thursday, testifying that the former Hollywood studio boss overpowered and raped her and made other crude overtures that included sending her X-rated chocolates and showing up uninvited in...

Robert Eugene Koehler in court at his first appearance before Judge David Silverman via closed circuit Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes, Fla. Several law enforcement agencies believe the 60-year-old Palm Bay, Fla. man to be the infamous Pillow Case Rapist, who is thought to have attacked over 40 victims when in South Florida in the early 1980s. He was arrested on Saturday, January 18, 2020. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)

Prosecutor: DNA match leads to Florida 'pillowcase rapist'

Jan. 23, 2020 8:24 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors announced Thursday that a sophisticated DNA match has led to the cold case arrest of a Florida man believed to be the “pillowcase rapist" who terrorized greater Miami with a series of assaults on women in the 1980s. Robert Koehler, 60, was arrested over the weekend and was...

Repeat offender sentenced to 10 years for having child porn

Jan. 23, 2020 8:09 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sex offender was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Barney Knotts, 74, was sentenced Wednesday to a decade in prison, news outlets reported. Knotts, who pleaded guilty in September, was a registered sex offender in Alabama at the time of his...

Wisconsin lawmaker accuses Kaul of bullying to pass kit bill

Jan. 23, 2020 5:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican chairman of the Assembly's health committee accused Wisconsin's Democratic attorney general Thursday of trying to bully him into passing a bipartisan bill designed to prevent backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits. The charge from Rep. Joe Sanfelippo came...

Teacher charged with sex with multiple students takes plea

Jan. 23, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school teacher who was charged with having sex with multiple students pleaded guilty on the eve of her criminal trial. The Essex County prosecutor's office said Thursday that Nicole DuFault entered a plea Wednesday as jury selection was underway. DuFault, 40,...