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Woman accused of raping child, posting video on social media

Apr. 25, 2019 12:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee woman is accused of raping a 4-year-old boy and posting videos of the sex act on social media. News outlets report Memphis police arrested 24-year-old Tamara Marion on Tuesday and charged her with child rape and sexual exploitation of a minor. A police affidavit says...

Penn State ex-president asks US court to overturn conviction

Apr. 25, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is asking a federal magistrate judge to overturn his conviction, less than a week before he is scheduled to start serving two months in jail. Spanier was in a Scranton, Pennsylvania, courthouse Thursday as his lawyers argued it violated the...

Baltimore Archdiocese names 23 clergy accused of sex abuse

Apr. 24, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore on Wednesday published the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse after their deaths. The release of the names marks a revision to an archdiocese policy that once prohibited the naming of...

Police: Man killed baby after learning he wasn't the dad

Apr. 24, 2019 6:22 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man beat an infant to death after discovering that he wasn't the child's father, police said. Jose Avila-Agurcia, 33, is charged with murder in the death of 4-month-old Alexander Lizondro-Chacon, Memphis police said. News outlets cited an affidavit of complaint that says...

Prosecutors: Texas couple filmed sex abuse of dozens of kids

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas couple were sentenced Wednesday to 60 years each in prison for filming themselves sexually abusing kids, a case that prosecutors say involved more than two dozen young victims including babies. A federal judge in Waco gave Christopher Almaguer and his wife Sarah Rashelle Almaguer the...

Boy Scouts: Handful of sex-abuse cases emerged in 2018

Apr. 24, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure over past allegations of child sex abuse, the Boy Scouts of America defended its current prevention policies on Wednesday and said there were five known victims in 2018 out of roughly 2.2 million youth members. "Scouting programs today are safe," said Erin Eisner, a chief...

Day care workers charged over video of child scared of doll

Apr. 24, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

MONTICELLO, Ky. (AP) — Two Kentucky day care workers face charges over an online video that shows one of them scaring a toddler with a doll. WKYT-TV in Lexington reports Wendy's Wonderland worker Tasha Cox is accused of filming Diana Willett waving a doll at a 2-year-old girl when Willett knew the child...

Another Pennsylvania diocese opens victim compensation fund

Apr. 24, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown has become Pennsylvania's seventh diocese to open a victims' compensation fund since a landmark grand jury report accusing senior church officials of systematically covering up the sexual abuse of children. The diocese's program began Tuesday...

5 accused in abuse, rape, starvation of Louisiana girl

Apr. 24, 2019 6:29 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A little girl in Louisiana allegedly endured years of beatings and rapes before she ended up in a mental health facility in Mississippi and was able to report being abused. Now five people have been arrested on charges related to rape. The girl is now 12 years old. Authorities testified...

2020 Olympic gymnastics trials heading to St. Louis

Apr. 23, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

The 2020 U.S. Olympic men's and women's gymnastics team trials are heading to St. Louis. USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday the trials will be June 25-28, 2020, at the Enterprise Center, home of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. Making the announcement 14 months in advance is a signal that USA Gymnastics is optimistic it...