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FILE - In this May 2, 2012 file photo, Kate and Gerry McCann pose for the media with a missing poster depicting an age progression computer generated image of their daughter Madeleine at nine years of age, to mark her birthday and the 5th anniversary of her disappearance during a family vacation in southern Portugal in May 2007, during a news conference in London. Madeleine McCann’s family is hoping for closure in the case after a key suspect was identified in Germany and as authorities there say they believe the missing British girl is dead. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)

Germany investigating McCann suspect in another case

Jun. 5, 2020 8:03 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors have opened an investigation into whether a 43-year-old who has emerged as a possible suspect in the disappearance of British girl Madeleine McCann in Portugal may have been involved in a similar crime in Germany. Prosecutors in the northern town of Stendal, 100 kilometers...

A view of the block of apartments from where British girl Madeleine McCann disappeared in 2007, in Praia da Luz, in Portugal's Algarve coast, Thursday, June 4, 2020. German police have identified a 43-year-old imprisoned German citizen as a suspect in the 2007 disappearance in Praia da Luz of British girl Madeleine McCann. (AP Photo/Armando Franca)

Police think Madeleine McCann is dead; parents still hope

Jun. 4, 2020 12:18 PM EDT

PRAIA DA LUZ, Portugal (AP) — German police said Thursday they presume a British girl who went missing in southern Portugal 13 years ago is dead, but Madeleine McCann's parents still nurture hope their daughter will be found alive. McCann was 3 at the time of her disappearance from an apartment while her...

Suspected child webcam cybersex operator, American David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., waits following his arrest as investigators gather evidence during a raid at his home in Mabalacat, northern Philippines, April 20, 2017. A Philippine court has convicted Deakin who exploited Filipino children sexually using webcams to sell videos, images and livestreams to pedophile buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine court convicts American of online child abuse

May. 27, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday. The conviction of David Timothy Deakin is a strong warning to...

FILE - This Feb. 27, 2018 file photo, Australian Malka Leifer, right, is brought to a courtroom in Jerusalem. An Israeli court ruled Tuesday, May 26, 2020, that Leifer who is wanted on pedophilia charges in Australia, is fit to stand trial for extradition. The ruling capped a years-long legal battle in the case of Leifer, a former educator who is accused of sexually abusing former students. She has been fighting extradition from Israel for six years and the legal wrangle to bring her before an Australian court has caused a diplomatic strain between the two allies. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean, File)

Israeli court: Alleged child sex abuser fit to stand trial

May. 26, 2020 9:59 AM EDT

JERUSALEM (AP) — An Israeli court Tuesday ruled that a former teacher accused of sexually abusing her students in Australia is fit to stand trial for extradition, capping a years-long battle that has strained relations between the two allies and angered Australia's pro-Israel Jewish community. The ruling...

Children sue day care owner, state agencies over sex abuse

May. 23, 2020 9:11 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The representatives of three children who attended a Polk County day care are suing multiple people and state agencies over sexual abuse for $5.1 million. The children attended the now-closed Stinky Feet Childcare in Independence owned by Ceola Harden, the Statesman Journal reported. ...

ER doctor charged with child porn, hiding camera in bathroom

May. 22, 2020 7:52 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former emergency room doctor at Vermont's largest hospital who was charged last month with setting up a video camera in a staff bathroom is now facing federal child pornography charges. Eike Blohm, 38, of South Burlington appeared in court Friday where he was ordered held pending...

3 indicted in sex trafficking investigation

May. 20, 2020 7:50 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Three people have been indicted by a grand jury in connection to a sex trafficking investigation in Portland. Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill said Wednesday that Basukumbi Wamulumba was charged with 16 counts of sexual abuse, 10 counts of promoting prostitution 10...

In this May 27, 2015, image made from video released by Royal Commission, pedophile priest Gerald Ridsdale gives evidence, asked by an official, lower right, during a child sex abuse royal commission, in Ballarat, Australia. Ridsdale was sentenced to more jail time Thursday, May 14, 2020, after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. (Royal Commission/AAP Image via AP)

Australian pedophile priest sentenced to more jail time

May. 14, 2020 4:47 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian pedophile priest was sentenced to more jail time Thursday after admitting to crimes against another four boys in the 1970s. In all, Gerald Ridsdale is known to have abused at least 69 children. He has been behind bars since 1994 after he was sentenced to 34 years....

Sheriff: Grandmother filmed man perform sex acts on infant

May. 12, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

HARTFORD, Ala. (AP) — A man is accused of performing sexual acts on a 1-year-old girl while the child's grandmother livestreamed it on a pornographic site, authorities in Alabama said. Lisa Williamson, 41, and Steven Anthony Jackson, 19, both of Hartford, were arrested and charged after someone called in a...

In this Jan. 31, 2020 photo, Pakistani children take part in rally against child abuse, in Islamabad, Pakistan. The Associated Press collected dozens of police reports from police stations across Pakistan that allege sexual harassment, rape and physical abuse by Islamic clerics teaching in madrassas or religious schools in Pakistan, where many of the country’s poorest study. (AP Photo/B.K. Bangash)

Child sex abuse in Pakistan's religious schools is endemic

May. 11, 2020 8:05 AM EDT

PAKPATTAN, Pakistan (AP) — Muhimman proudly writes his name slowly, carefully, one letter at a time, grinning broadly as he finishes. He’s just 11 years old and was a good student who had dreams of being a doctor. School frightens him now. Earlier this year, a cleric at the religious school he...