Latest Sexual assault News

Man who killed Wetterling faces civil trial in related case

Oct. 19, 2018 11:52 AM EDT

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — A man who was kidnapped and sexually assaulted as a child by the same man who abducted and killed Jacob Wetterling will get a chance to tell his story in court. Jared Scheierl was 12 when Danny Heinrich assaulted him in Minnesota, nine months before 11-year-old Jacob was kidnapped...

Suspect says he didn't mean to kill Bulgarian journalist

Oct. 19, 2018 11:23 AM EDT

SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — A 21-year-old suspect in the rape and slaying of a Bulgarian television journalist said Friday that he killed Viktoria Marinova, but didn't mean to. Handcuffed and surrounded by police officers, Severin Krassimirov spoke to reporters inside a courtroom where he appeared for a custody...

20 men jailed for sex abuse of teenagers in northern England

Oct. 19, 2018 10:34 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Twenty men have been jailed for raping and abusing more than a dozen teenage girls in the city of Huddersfield in northern England. The men were found guilty in a series of trials this year. A judge lifted the reporting restrictions Friday. Amere Singh Dhaliwal, whom prosecutors said was the...

Teacher found dead, accused of sexually assaulting student

Oct. 19, 2018 7:18 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ga. (AP) — Police say a middle school English teacher in Georgia has been found dead of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound after being accused of sexually assaulting a sixth-grade boy. News outlets report a Gwinnett County police release says 28-year-old Zachary Meadors was found dead in a...

Attorney: Ex-USA Gymnastics head didn't know of indictment

Oct. 18, 2018 8:06 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny was arrested while in Tennessee on a family vacation, unaware a Texas grand jury had indicted him for allegedly tampering with evidence in the sexual assault investigation of imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, an attorney for the former top...

Utah school sued after alleged football team sex assault

Oct. 18, 2018 7:02 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah mother said in a lawsuit Thursday that school officials brushed aside an alleged sexual assault of her son by his football teammates as "boys being boys" and hazing that went too far. The woman said her 14-year-old son was pinned down by two teammates while a third rubbed his...

All Illinois Catholic dioceses targeted in sex abuse lawsuit

Oct. 18, 2018 6:29 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Three men and one woman who say they were sexually abused by priests decades ago filed a lawsuit Thursday against every diocese in Illinois for an alleged ongoing scheme to cover up sexual assault by priests. The lawsuit was filed in Chicago by attorney Jeff Anderson, who has represented...

APNewsBreak: California revisits three-strike life sentences

Oct. 18, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Up to 4,000 California inmates serving life sentences for nonviolent convictions will have a chance at parole following the state's decision to let stand a judge's ruling saying those prisoners are eligible for freedom under a voter-approved law. The state will craft new...

Another gymnastics official faces charge in Nassar fallout

Oct. 18, 2018 1:53 PM EDT

The Texas indictment of former USA Gymnastics President Steve Penny for allegedly tampering with evidence is the latest fallout from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Numerous other people have been criminally charged, fired or forced out of their jobs during the...

Oklahoma police officer accused of sexually assaulting women

Oct. 18, 2018 1:47 PM EDT

MCLOUD, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma police officer is accused of sexually assaulting at least five women while he was on duty and in uniform. Justin Rahlf, who resigned Sept. 21 after several years with the McLoud Police Department, was booked into Pottawatomie County's jail on Tuesday on preliminary charges...