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Nigerian police raid frees scores of beaten, starved boys

Oct. 15, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Beaten. Starved. Sexually assaulted. Chained. For the second time in a month, police in northern Nigeria have raided a building where hundreds of boys were held in dehumanizing conditions, officials said Tuesday. This time, the building was discovered in President Muhammadu Buhari's...

UK child abuser who preyed on Malaysians killed in prison

Oct. 15, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British man serving 22 life sentences for abusing scores of Malaysian children has been killed in prison. Richard Huckle was found dead Sunday at Full Sutton prison in the northern county of Yorkshire. Police on Tuesday declined to comment on the status of their investigation into his...

Court: Boarding school owner can question accuser's history

Oct. 11, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of an Iowa boarding school for troubled youth will get another chance to try to discredit a student whose testimony helped convict him of sexual abuse charges, under a court ruling issued Friday. The Iowa Supreme Court ordered a hearing that will allow Midwest Academy...

Judge pulls bond option for longtime 'most wanted' fugitive

Oct. 11, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has reversed his decision to set bond for a man who spent nearly a decade on a federal "most wanted" list on charges alleging he kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old Detroit girl in 2007. Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards set a $250,000 cash bond Thursday for 41-year-old Corey Gaston,...

Defense lawyer for Florida pastor dated his client's accuser

Oct. 11, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Christian radio co-host accused of repeatedly raping a girl at his church has hired as his defense attorney a man who later dated the alleged victim. The 59-year-old Rev. Bryan Fulwider pleaded not guilty Thursday to 30 counts of child sexual abuse, which allegedly began when the...

Mercy Corps CEO resigns amid turmoil over abuse allegations

Oct. 10, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Mercy Corps CEO resigned Thursday, two days after an Oregonian/OregonLive investigation found that executives at the global humanitarian aid group allowed co-founder Ellsworth Culver to remain in a top role after his daughter accused him of serial sexual abuse. The 65-year-old...

Fugitive returned to Detroit to face kidnapping, rape charge

Oct. 10, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man who had been on a federal "most wanted" list for nearly a decade has been returned to Michigan after his arrest in Mexico for the 2007 kidnapping and rape of a 10-year-old Detroit girl. The Wayne County prosecutor's office says 41-year-old Corey Gaston was arraigned Thursday in...

Pope accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

Oct. 10, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a New York City bishop who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1980s, the Vatican said Thursday. Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik denied the allegation when it was first brought to the New York City archdiocese last year. He...

Oklahoma board recommends release in failure-to-protect case

Oct. 8, 2019 6:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma woman who has already served 15 years in prison for failing to report her boyfriend, who served just two years behind bars for abusing her children, on Tuesday moved a step closer to freedom. Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board voted unanimously to recommend 35-year-old...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

Oct. 5, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an...