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Guam Catholic Church enters bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims

Jan. 15, 2019 9:07 PM EST

HAGATNA, Guam (AP) — Guam's Catholic Church filed for bankruptcy Wednesday, a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits and enter settlement negotiations. Ford Elsaesser, an attorney representing the church, said the Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition was...

Former major leaguer Wetteland charged with child sex abuse

Jan. 15, 2019 7:08 PM EST

DENTON, Texas (AP) — John Wetteland, a former All-Star and World Series MVP, has been charged in Texas with continuous sex abuse of a child under age 14. Wetteland, 52, was arrested Monday and freed on $25,000 bond, according to Denton County jail records. Wetteland lives in the Dallas-area suburb of...

Baltimore church leaders handing over files amid abuse probe

Jan. 15, 2019 4:51 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore has delivered over 50,000 pages of internal files to Maryland's top law enforcement official amid an investigation into child sex abuse and is in the process of handing over more, church leaders announced Tuesday. Archbishop William Lori described the...

Missouri boy's caregiver pleads not guilty in his death

Jan. 15, 2019 4:33 PM EST

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — A caregiver who reported a 4-year-old Missouri boy missing about a week before his body was found has pleaded not guilty in his death. KRCG reports 26-year-old Quatavia Givens, of Jefferson City, is charged with neglect or abuse of a child resulting in death. She entered her plea...

Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse

Jan. 15, 2019 1:17 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States released a list Tuesday of 50 priests under its jurisdiction who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors. All but 15 of the Roman Catholic priests on the list released by the USA Northeast...

Filing: Kansas military school failed to supervise cadets

Jan. 14, 2019 6:18 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas military school failed to adequately supervise cadets entrusted to its care and intentionally inflicted emotional distress in 2014 on a bullied 11-year-old student who had been physically tied together with his harasser in public as punishment, according to an arbitration...

Man accused in death of girl, 4, who spilled juice on Xbox

Jan. 13, 2019 4:33 PM EST

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Prosecutors will seek a life sentence for a suburban Chicago man accused of beating a 4-year-old girl to death after she spilled juice on an Xbox video console. Prosecutors said "heinous" circumstances justify the sentence for 19-year-old Johnathan Fair, of Waukegan, if he is...

Vermont's Catholic bishop holds public meetings

Jan. 13, 2019 12:47 PM EST

ST. ALBANS, Vt. (AP) — Vermont's Catholic Bishop is holding town hall meetings at churches throughout the state this month in an effort to increase transparency amid mounting pressure on the church to respond to sexual abuse claims around the country. Bishop Christopher Coyne says the goal is to listen to...

Priest who abused boys, made 1 confess, sentenced to prison

Jan. 11, 2019 4:55 PM EST

BROOKVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to sexually abusing two boys and making one of them say confession after the assaults was sentenced Friday to 2 ½ to 14 years in prison. David Lee Poulson was sentenced in Jefferson County after pleading guilty in October...

Charlotte diocese undecided about naming accused priests

Jan. 11, 2019 2:10 PM EST

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — As dozens of Catholic dioceses across the country have released lists of priests who have been credibly accused of child sex abuse, the Charlotte diocese remains undecided about whether to join what its spokesman calls the "stampede." But North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein...