Latest Child abuse News

Anti-abuse activists pan US Catholic bishops' new proposals

Sep. 20, 2018 4:17 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Lawyers and advocates for victims of clergy sex-abuse are assailing as inadequate some new steps announced by U.S. Catholic bishops to curtail the abuse scandals that have deeply shaken the church this year. The initiatives, announced Wednesday, include developing a code of conduct for...

Woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart released from prison

Sep. 19, 2018 10:50 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart and stood by as the Utah girl was sexually assaulted was released from prison Wednesday amid concerns that she remains a threat 15 years after the chilling crime. Wanda Barzee, 72, quietly left the state prison in the Salt Lake City suburb of...

Nevada detective fired after sex abuse charge in Utah

Sep. 19, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

MESQUITE, Nev. (AP) — A veteran Nevada police detective was fired Wednesday following his arrest last week on charges accusing him of sexually abusing a southern Utah teen he met on a social networking app geared toward gay and bisexual men. Gary Erickson, who was arrested Sept. 12 in Las Vegas, is...

Oklahoma board denies commutation in domestic violence case

Sep. 19, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Pardon and Parole Board has denied a request to commute the 30-year prison sentence of a woman convicted of failing to report the abuse of her children by her boyfriend, who received only two years behind bars for the abuse. The board denied the request for 34-year-old...

Jehovah's Witnesses accused of mishandling abuse in Montana

Sep. 19, 2018 6:42 PM EDT

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Two women who say they were sexually abused as children have alleged that the Jehovah's Witnesses failed to report their abuser to authorities in Montana and instead punished him internally by expelling him from the congregation until he repented the following year. A trial begins...

Bills' McCoy says child abuse allegations are 'ridiculous'

Sep. 19, 2018 6:27 PM EDT

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Buffalo Bills running back LeSean McCoy said allegations that he abused his 6-year-old son were "ridiculous" and being made by people attempting to further their own agendas. "These people honestly have so much to gain by doing this," McCoy said after practice Wednesday. "But I'm...

Paraguay suspends judges over sentence for abusive priest

Sep. 19, 2018 4:32 PM EDT

ASUNCION, Paraguay (AP) — Three Paraguayan judges who gave a Roman Catholic priest convicted of abusing a 14-year-old a minor sentence have been suspended, authorities said Wednesday. A report by a special jury in charge of the prosecution of magistrates said judges Fabian Iglesias, Nelio Prieto and Blas...

Argentina: Key points in study of pedophile priest Grassi

Sep. 18, 2018 10:39 PM EDT

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Here are some key points from a church counter-inquiry into the legal case against a famous Argentine priest accused of sexual abuse. The four-volume study was commissioned by Argentina's bishops' conference, then led by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before he was named Pope...

California jury: Career criminal guilty of killing 2 teens

Sep. 18, 2018 9:10 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A Northern California jury on Tuesday found guilty a career criminal thought to be the "Gypsy Hill Killer" of raping and murdering two teenage girls more than 42 years ago. The San Mateo County jury deliberated for a little more than an hour before finding Rodney Halbower guilty....

Police: Man threatens to shoot child after losing video game

Sep. 18, 2018 6:13 PM EDT

HUNTINGTON, N.Y. (AP) — A New York man was arrested Tuesday after threatening to shoot an 11-year-old boy after losing to him in the video game "Fortnite," according to police. Suffolk County Police Chief of Department Stuart Cameron said Michael Aliperti, 45, of Long Island, threatened to go to the boy's...