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Brazil's women join in anthem denouncing sexual violence

Dec. 13, 2019 8:00 PM EST

BRASILIA, Brazil (AP) — A song protesting sexual violence that has become an anthem for women across Latin America was the focus of a demonstration Friday in the capital of Brazil, where women are increasingly willing to denounce aggressors. About 200 women wearing blindfolds sang the song “The...

Police: Suspect said she saw child being sexually assaulted

Dec. 13, 2019 7:16 PM EST

Two people charged in the death of a 3-year-old girl each blamed the other for harming the child in their statements to police, according to testimony from a police investigator. Birmingham police homicide Detective Jonathan Ross testified Friday during a hearing that Derick Irisha Brown told police she saw her...

State to pay $400K in kidnapping, sexual assault case

Dec. 13, 2019 6:07 PM EST

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has settled a lawsuit brought by a New Hampshire woman police say was kidnapped along with her 4-year-old son and sexually assaulted by a man who believed to have run away from a Vermont addiction treatment center. The woman sued the state of Vermont and the center for not...

Missouri sex offender expert charged with abusing 2 boys

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A forensic psychologist from Missouri who has worked with national groups on management of sex offenders has been charged with sexually abusing two boys. Kurt M. Bumby, 50, of Columbia, was charged Thursday in Boone County with two counts of statutory sodomy. He was charged in November...

Florida officer charged with violating women's civil rights

Dec. 13, 2019 4:49 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida police officer was indicted on federal charges Thursday following allegations that he sexually assaulted several women. A federal grand jury in Miami charged Hialeah police officer Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr., 32, with depriving two women of their civil rights. The FBI arrested him at...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 13, 2019 3:47 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A video circulating online shows a person firing an AR-15 rifle, and...

Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

Dec. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago. George Brignac, 84, was charged by a grand jury Thursday with one count of aggravated rape. He was arrested in September. The victim in the case came...

Man sentenced for sexually assaulting teen on cruise ship

Dec. 12, 2019 4:32 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A Mississippi man convicted of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old on a cruise ship traveling from Boston to Bermuda was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison, prosecutors said. Adam Christopher Boyd, 33, of Bay Springs, Mississippi, pleaded guilty in April to a charge of sexual abuse of a minor,...

Weinstein lawyer says 98% of creditors agreeing to settle

Dec. 12, 2019 4:08 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ninety-eight percent of The Weinstein Co.'s creditors are joining a tentative settlement that plaintiffs say includes $25 million for over two dozen actresses and former employees who claim Harvey Weinstein sexually harassed them, a lawyer said Thursday. The attorney, Karen Bitar, provided...

DNA leads to charges for inmate in 1980 Boston rape, killing

Dec. 12, 2019 3:33 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A man already serving life in prison for killing a woman in Alabama now faces charges in connection with the rape and killing of a woman in a Boston hotel room nearly 40 years ago, Massachusetts prosecutors said Thursday. A grand jury on Wednesday indicted Steven Fike on rape and first-degree...