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Feds probing charges of sex abuse at Florida prison

Aug. 20, 2018 1:37 PM EDT

OCALA, Fla. (AP) — Federal investigators are looking into allegations of rape, assault, and the smuggling of drugs into a central Florida prison for women. The Miami Herald reports that about 100 former inmates and relatives of inmates at the Lowell Correctional Institution near Ocala, Florida, attended a...

Pope on sex abuse: "We showed no care for the little ones"

Aug. 20, 2018 11:01 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up. He demanded accountability but offered no indication of how he plans to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican's long-standing culture of secrecy....

Police: Driver tries to rape woman who mistook car for cab

Aug. 20, 2018 9:35 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police say a woman fought off a man who tried to rape her at gunpoint after she got into his car thinking it was a livery cab. Police on Sunday released security video of a man in his 20s that they say is suspected in the Aug. 6 attack in Brooklyn. Police say the man picked up...

Report: MeToo activist Argento settled sex assault complaint

Aug. 20, 2018 2:51 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Italian actress Asia Argento — one of the most prominent activists of the #MeToo movement against sexual harassment — recently settled a complaint filed against her by a young actor and musician who said she sexually assaulted him when he was 17, the New York Times reported. ...

Ex-sports doctor Nassar moved to another prison facility

Aug. 19, 2018 5:09 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Authorities say disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar has been transferred to another federal prison facility. The Federal Bureau of Prisons website on Sunday shows the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor is at the Oklahoma Federal Transfer Center in...

Doctor convicted of sexual assault of patient gets probation

Aug. 19, 2018 3:41 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — A former Houston doctor convicted of sexually assaulting a patient while she was tethered to machines and receiving treatment for asthma won't serve any prison time and will instead serve 10 years' probation. The punishment has surprised defense attorneys, disappointed law enforcement and...

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

Aug. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers. In many ways,...

Man accused of campground sexual assault in 2009

Aug. 17, 2018 9:48 AM EDT

HANCOCK, N.H. (AP) — A man listed as a registered sex offender in Massachusetts has been accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old child at a New Hampshire campground nearly a decade ago. Police in Hancock say 65-year-old Dale Earl Cole, of Ayer, Massachusetts, faces three counts of aggravated felonious...

Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

Aug. 16, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Uber driver from San Francisco is accused of picking up a woman while off-duty and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. Kevin Barillas-Saballas, 30, was charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney's office with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping,...

Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

Aug. 16, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic...