Latest Crimes against children News

Italian police smash nationwide child pornography ring

Jul. 4, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have broken up a child pornography ring involving sharing of illicit material, including photos of newborns, via an instant messaging platform. Police on Saturday said the crackdown involved dozens of search warrants and led to the arrests of three people for allegedly...

A police K-9 walks outside the Merrimack County correctional facility, Friday, July 3, 2020 , in Boscowen N.H., where Ghislaine Maxwell was being held after her arrest Thursday at a wooded estate in Bradford, N.H. The British socialite faces charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)

Epstein cohort's arrest becomes new test for plea deal

Jul. 3, 2020 5:47 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Before Jeffrey Epstein’s jailhouse suicide last year, his defense hinged on a 2008 deal with federal prosecutors in Florida over his alleged sexual abuse of multiple teenage girls. His lawyers said it prevented him from being charged with further crimes. Could that same deal now help...

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Jul. 2, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women over many years. According to the indictment,...

Three arraigned in restraint death of Black teen in Michigan

Jul. 1, 2020 9:39 PM EDT

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — Three former Michigan youth center staff members charged in the death of a Black teenager who was restrained after throwing a sandwich have been arraigned. Michael Mosley of Battle Creek and Heather McLogan of Kalamazoo turned themselves in Wednesday to authorities and appeared in...

Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous

Jul. 1, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany. German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said Wednesday July 1, 2020, it's planning to toughen child sex abuse and child pornography laws, a move that comes after authorities uncovered a vast online child abuse network last year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Germany plans to toughen child abuse laws

Jul. 1, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it's planning to toughen child sex abuse and child pornography laws, a move that comes after authorities uncovered a vast online child abuse network last year. German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said she wants to improve the protection of children...

UN says 140 million females `missing' due to son preference

Jun. 30, 2020 11:47 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — More than 140 million females are considered “missing” today because of a preference for sons over daughters and extreme neglect of young girls leading to their death, the U.N. Population Fund said in its annual report released Tuesday. The agency, known as UNFPA, also...

Youth sports coach faces child pornography charge

Jun. 30, 2020 3:10 PM EDT

WARREN, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island youth sports coach has been charged with possessing child pornography, state police said in a statement Tuesday. Michael “Bird” Witherell, 59, of Warren, was arrested after investigators received a tip from the National Center for Missing and Exploited...

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2019, file booking image made from video and provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in New Orleans, La., shows George Brignac. Brignac, a longtime Roman Catholic deacon and schoolteacher awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans, died Monday, June 29, 2020, after a brief hospitalization. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Former New Orleans deacon, 85, dies awaiting rape trial

Jun. 30, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

A former Roman Catholic deacon awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans has died, his defense attorney said Tuesday. George F. Brignac, 85, had been accused of sexually abusing children for years before being removed from the ministry in 1988. He was charged last year with first-degree rape after a former...

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, shows the entrance to St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. A former student detailed her account of sexual assault in the 1990s at the New Hampshire boarding school in a recent Vanity Fair article, and school officials commended her for speaking out.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Correction: Prep School Abuse story

Jun. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a story published June 28, 2020, about an allegation of sexual assault at a New Hampshire prep school, The Associated Press erroneously reported that former student Lacy Crawford was kicked out of St. Paul’s School in Concord. The school had threatened to expel her if she...