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Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

Defense lawyer for Florida pastor dated his client's accuser

Oct. 11, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Christian radio co-host accused of repeatedly raping a girl at his church has hired as his defense attorney a man who later dated the alleged victim. The 59-year-old Rev. Bryan Fulwider pleaded not guilty Thursday to 30 counts of child sexual abuse, which allegedly began when the...

Pope accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

Oct. 10, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a New York City bishop who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1980s, the Vatican said Thursday. Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik denied the allegation when it was first brought to the New York City archdiocese last year. He...

Kenyan man's search for his father runs into church cover-up

Oct. 9, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SAMBURU, Kenya (AP) — When Sabina Losirkale went into labor, her sister Scolastica recalls, priests and religious sisters filled the delivery ward waiting to see the color of the baby's skin — and if their worst fears had come to pass. Scolastica and dozens of villagers peered in from behind the...

Without oversight, scores of accused priests commit crimes

Oct. 5, 2019 9:19 PM EDT

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from religious authorities or law enforcement, decades after the first wave of the church abuse scandal roiled U.S. dioceses, an...

Pastor, radio host charged with sexual battery on child

Oct. 4, 2019 11:32 AM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A popular local Christian radio show host is being held without bail in Florida on allegations that he sexually abused a child numerous times over five years. The Orlando Sentinel reports that 59-year-old Bryan Fulwider was arrested Wednesday. A warrant says he faces 30 counts of...

How AP conducted its investigation into accused priests

Oct. 4, 2019 12:22 AM EDT

In assessing the status of formerly active priests and clergy members from the Roman Catholic Church, The Associated Press started with the official lists published by dioceses and religious orders naming employees who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. The AP hand-compiled a national list of accused...

AP’s major findings on accused priests, by the numbers

Oct. 4, 2019 12:16 AM EDT

In reviewing the status of nearly 2,000 Roman Catholic clergy members and church employees credibly accused of sex abuse, The Associated Press found that the vast majority were living unsupervised by the church or law enforcement authorities _ and that many had put themselves in positions where they were near...

Vatican authorizes investigation into Buffalo diocese

Oct. 3, 2019 7:23 PM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Vatican authorized an investigation Thursday into the embattled Roman Catholic Diocese of Buffalo, whose bishop has been fending off calls to resign over his handling of clergy misconduct allegations. The “apostolic visitation” will take place in the near future, led...

Senators weigh altering child sex abuse lawsuit time limits

Oct. 2, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — State senators are hearing from victims, church advocates, lawyers and others about whether Pennsylvania should alter rules for child sexual abuse claims that occurred too long ago to file a lawsuit. A Senate Judiciary Committee session on proposals to extend the criminal and civil...