Latest Child abuse News

Rapid City priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse charges

Nov. 17, 2018 6:48 PM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A priest who served in Rapid City, South Dakota has pleaded not guilty to sexually abusing a child. Thirty-eight-year-old John Praveen was charged last month with sexually touching a 13-year-old girl over her clothes. The Rapid City Journal reports he entered his plea Friday. Bond...

Lawsuit seeking church abuse records filed in Philadelphia

Nov. 16, 2018 4:59 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two survivors of alleged child sexual abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese are suing for the release of church records from all of Pennsylvania's dioceses. The lawsuit filed in Philadelphia Thursday names the state's Roman Catholic dioceses and seeks the release of records related to...

Pittsburgh diocese hit with lawsuits over child sexual abuse

Nov. 16, 2018 1:34 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Fourteen people who say they were sexually victimized as children by Roman Catholic priests decades ago are filing new lawsuits against the Pittsburgh Diocese. Among the priests accused in the 12 lawsuits, filed Thursday, are several who weren't identified in a state grand jury report...

Convicted in child porn case, rogue priest still preaching

Nov. 16, 2018 12:10 PM EST

YORK, Pa. (AP) — Harry Spencer realized that he was home. He'd grown uncomfortable with the direction of the Catholic Church, particularly since Vatican II. The doctrines had changed. The Mass had changed. So had all the traditions and rituals. Then, about seven years ago, Spencer started going to what...

Italy's bishops respond to long-ignored clergy sex abuse

Nov. 15, 2018 11:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian...

Mexican citizen executed in Texas for killings of wife, kids

Nov. 14, 2018 11:46 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Mexican citizen on death row in Texas was executed Wednesday night for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children more than 26 years ago. Roberto Moreno Ramos was condemned for the 1992 deaths of his 42-year-old wife Leticia, 7-year-old daughter Abigail, and...

Chile: Former bishop questioned in sexual abuse case

Nov. 14, 2018 5:08 PM EST

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — A former Chilean bishop was questioned by authorities Wednesday about allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of minors by a former air force chaplain. Juan Barros was interrogated for almost four hours by prosecutor Sergio Moya in Rancagua, 50 miles (80 kilometers) south of the...

Sex offender gets life in prison for raping 7-year-old

Nov. 14, 2018 9:57 AM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas man has been sentenced to life in prison for raping a 7-year-old girl in a stranger's apartment six weeks after he was freed from prison for another rape. The Wichita Eagle reports that 24-year-old Corbin Breitenbach won't be eligible for parole under the sentence ordered...

Investigation launched into abuse claims by "Garlic Girls"

Nov. 14, 2018 2:44 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The so-called Garlic Girls who swept to fame during their stirring run to an Olympic curling silver medal have alleged they were verbally abused by a South Korean official and subjected to unreasonable orders from coaches. South Korea's sports ministry on Wednesday announced a...

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

Nov. 13, 2018 5:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a...