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French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims

Apr. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — France's highest court confirmed on Wednesday that the former archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, did not cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a predator priest. The ruling by the Court of Cassation closes a long, emotional drama that...

Iowa man sentenced to nearly 3 decades in federal prison

Apr. 13, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for making and receiving child pornography. Ryan Don Andrew Ford, 49, of Centerville, was sentenced Monday to 27 years in prison for the two counts, federal prosecutors for...

Ex-children's museum leader pleads not guilty to child porn

Apr. 09, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former leader of a Connecticut children's museum has been charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse online, including while he worked for the museum. Robert Eckert, 56, of Simsbury, former executive director of the Lutz Children's...

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

Apr. 08, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl. Daschbach was idolized...

Ex-Kansas sheriff's official faces child porn, sex counts

Apr. 08, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) — A former official with a western Kansas sheriff’s office has been arrested on charges of trafficking in child pornography and sex crimes involving children. Blaine Dryden, 62, of WaKeeney, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with...

Ex-officer working with D.A.R.E. program charged with abuse

Apr. 07, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former suburban Philadelphia police officer has been charged with sexual abuse of four teenage boys while he was working with a youth drug prevention program decades ago, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Bucks County district attorney's office...

Soldier gets 12 years for sex with girl, staged kidnapping

Apr. 07, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A soldier who was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for taking a 12-year-old across state lines for sex after staging her kidnapping. WRAL reports that Pvt. James Murdock Peele, 22,...

Man convicted of sexually abusing child gets 204 years

Apr. 07, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Junction City man who was convicted of nearly two dozen charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child has been sentenced to 204 years in prison. Michael Long, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in Linn County Circuit Court. A jury found him...

Police: Teacher offered $200 for sex with 2-year-old

Apr. 05, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district fired a teacher shortly after a law enforcement report was released Monday saying he offered to pay for a father’s motel room if he could sexually molest the man’s 2-year-old daughter. Xavier Alexander, a...

Few in GOP rush to defend Gaetz amid sex trafficking probe

Apr. 02, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political peril for conservative Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz deepened Friday as the often outlandish, Trump-styled provocateur appeared politically isolated amid a federal sex-trafficking investigation. Few Republicans rushed to offer any kind of...