Latest Child exploitation News

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...

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...

Maryland man gets 12 years in prison for sharing child porn

Oct. 10, 2019 8:42 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Maryland man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for distributing child pornography. The office of the U.S. Attorney in Maryland Robert Hur said Wednesday that 47-year-old Stephen Bayne Fields Jr. also must have supervised release for the rest of his life after leaving prison....

Politician charged in human trafficking adoption scheme

Oct. 9, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona elected official ran a human smuggling scheme that promised pregnant women thousands of dollars to lure them from a Pacific Island nation to the U.S., where they were crammed into houses to wait to give birth, sometimes with little to no prenatal care, prosecutors allege. Paul...

Clarification: Police Officer-Sexual Misconduct story

Oct. 9, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — In a headline for a story on Oct. 8, The Associated Press reported that a former Kentucky police officer was sentenced to 5 years for "unwanted sex" with 5 women. The headline should have simply repeated the charges of "sexual misconduct" that former Louisville Police Officer Pablo...

EU police: Cybercrime threats now focus on profits, data

Oct. 9, 2019 10:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — Cybercriminals are using new technology and exploiting existing online vulnerabilities as they shift their focus to larger and more profitable targets, the European Union's police agency said in a report published Wednesday. Europol said in its annual Internet Organized Crime...

Man accused of sexually exploiting girls on Instagram

Oct. 8, 2019 8:31 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A 19-year-old man from Troutdale has appeared in federal court, accused of using Instagram to coerce children to send him sexually-explicit images and videos of themselves. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the FBI arrested Anthony Lozowski after raiding his home Friday based on a tip...

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...

Report critical of church leaders' response to clergy abuse

Oct. 1, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

Past Roman Catholic leaders in Bridgeport, Connecticut, including eventual New York Cardinal Edward Egan, were often hostile toward people who alleged clergy sexual abuse and merely transferred many accused priests thus allowing them to continue their misconduct, an independent report released Tuesday found....

Mar-a-Lago Army officer lied during child porn investigation

Sep. 28, 2019 5:53 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A military officer who had been in charge of the U.S. Army's White House communications at President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago club received probation Friday for lying to federal agents during a child pornography investigation. Staff Sgt. Richard Ciccarella tearfully apologized...