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Liberia investigates US-backed charity after alleged rapes

Oct. 16, 2018 10:28 AM EDT

MONROVIA, Liberia (AP) — Liberia's government on Tuesday announced is investigating a charity founded by a young American woman after allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in its care. A rape case has been re-opened in order to determine new evidence, the information ministry said, adding...

Archdiocese releases names of 'credibly' accused clergy

Oct. 16, 2018 8:03 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Archdiocese of Washington has released the names of more than two dozen clergy members it says have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing minors. The archdiocese posted the list of priests on its website late Monday. All of the 31 priests were employed by the archdiocese, and...

Ex-West Virginia player faces child sex charge in Georgia

Oct. 15, 2018 10:04 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Police say a former West Virginia football player has been charged in Georgia with aggravated child molestation. Authorities say Justin Crawford was arrested after a 12-year-old girl told her mother Crawford had sex with her Saturday in his Columbus home. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer...

South Dakota board to hear first 'compassionate parole' case

Oct. 15, 2018 7:07 PM EDT

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — A South Dakota man sentenced in 1999 to nearly 60 years in prison for molesting boys while working as a counselor at a juvenile correctional center will be the first person to have a hearing after the state, facing rising prison health care costs, launched a new "compassionate...

Ex-students file sexual abuse suit against boarding school

Oct. 15, 2018 6:21 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Two former Massachusetts boarding school students who say they were sexually abused by employees in the 1960s and 1970s have filed a lawsuit accusing the institution of trying to sweep misconduct by its staffers under the rug. The lawsuit was filed last week against the Fessenden School in...

Pope defrocks 2 Chilean bishops accused of sex abuse

Oct. 13, 2018 7:41 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he's responding to the church's global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican's unusually detailed statement...

Ex-lawmaker Mary Bono hired as USA Gymnastics interim CEO

Oct. 13, 2018 9:59 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — USA Gymnastics has hired former Congresswoman Mary Bono as interim president and chief executive officer. The organization announced the move Friday. Bono will hold the position while USA Gymnastics searches for a permanent successor to Kerry Perry, who resigned under pressure from the...

Oklahoma City student charged with felony in alleged assault

Oct. 12, 2018 6:20 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma City high school student was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon Friday for allegedly using a broom handle to assault another student. Court records indicate the felony charge was filed against Dawson Michael McClain, 18, of Bethany in connection with...

The Latest: Felony filed against Oklahoma student in assault

Oct. 12, 2018 5:46 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Latest on the alleged assault of a teenager at an Oklahoma high school (all times local): 4:40 p.m. Prosecutors have charged an 18-year-old Oklahoma high school student with assault and battery for allegedly using a broom handle to assault another student. Court records indicate...

Pennsylvania AG: Cardinal faces no penalties by resigning

Oct. 12, 2018 5:20 PM EDT

NORRISTOWN, Pennsylvania (AP) — Amid unfolding sex-abuse scandals, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as archbishop of Washington. But the pope's gentle words and lack of condemnation angered those who feel top Catholic leaders continue to shirk responsibility for the global...