Latest Child abuse News

Bosnian govt fires care home overseers over abuse claims

Nov. 22, 2019 8:23 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The government of one of Bosnia’s two autonomous parts has fired members of the oversight team of a public care home, yielding to popular pressure after an opposition lawmaker published photos of abuse of children entrusted to its care. The decision was taken the...

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits

Nov. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the...

Protesters decry Bosnia’s ‘systemic’ abuse of disabled kids

Nov. 21, 2019 12:34 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Around 1,000 people protested outside a government building in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo after an opposition lawmaker published shocking photos of special needs children tied to beds and radiators in a nearby government facility. The protest included scores of...

Judge: Charges may be dropped due to detective’s lies

Nov. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of molesting a child and possession of child pornography could go free after a judge in Florida found that a detective lied to obtain a search warrant in the case. The Tampa Bay Times reports Circuit Judge William Burgess III found Pinellas County Sheriff’s...

Bus driver gets 30 years for sexually abusing second-grader

Nov. 21, 2019 9:14 AM EST

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi school bus driver has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing an 8-year-old passenger. Sergio Sandoval, 69, was sentenced Wednesday on charges including sexual battery and touching a child for lustful purposes, according to news...

DC priest says he was ‘too busy’ to abuse parishioners

Nov. 21, 2019 8:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. priest convicted of sexually abusing two child parishioners is asking for mercy at his sentencing and maintaining his innocence, saying he was “too busy to do a crazy thing.” WTOP-FM reports 47-year-old Urbano Vazquez submitted a nine-page written letter to a judge...

Pennsylvania lawmakers near finish on church scandal bills

Nov. 20, 2019 11:08 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania’s Legislature moved closer Wednesday night to settling a yearslong battle over lifting criminal and civil statutes for child sexual abuse crimes in a debate growing out of Roman Catholic Church scandals. The Republican-controlled state Senate voted to dramatically...

Highlights of Pennsylvania’s church scandal legislation

Nov. 20, 2019 10:36 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania state Senate on Wednesday passed a package of legislation inspired by Roman Catholic Church scandals to relax criminal and civil statutes of limitations on sexual abuse crimes. Here is a look at the bills: ___ CRIMINAL PROSECUTION There would be no statute of...

Court ponders discipline against Sandusky case ex-prosecutor

Nov. 20, 2019 5:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A lawyer for the agency that investigates misconduct by lawyers told Pennsylvania’s highest court Wednesday that a yearlong law license suspension is justified against one of the primary prosecutors in Jerry Sandusky’s 2012 child molestation trial. Amelia Kittredge with...