Latest Sexual assault News

Australian court upholds sex abuse verdict of Cardinal Pell

Aug. 21, 2019 6:16 AM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — An Australian appeals court Wednesday upheld convictions against Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, in a decision cheered by scores of abuse survivors and victims' advocates demonstrating outside the court. A unanimous...

Man set to be executed for killing of Texas college student

Aug. 21, 2019 1:20 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — A Texas death row inmate is set to be executed for the abduction, rape and murder of a suburban Houston college student more than 20 years ago, even though he has always maintained his innocence and contends his conviction was based on junk science. Larry Swearingen, 48, is...

Tennessee State QB indicted on rape, sexual battery charges

Aug. 20, 2019 7:59 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee State quarterback Demry Croft has been indicted on six counts of rape and two counts of sexual battery. The 22-year-old Croft was released from jail Monday on $50,000 bond. An arraignment has been scheduled for Sept. 4. The indictment against Croft says he engaged in...

Ex-Michigan State star Cleaves acquitted in sex assault case

Aug. 20, 2019 6:37 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — A jury acquitted former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves on Tuesday of allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in a motel room four years ago. The verdict announced in a Genesee County courtroom in Cleaves' hometown of Flint came after a nearly-two week trial that...

3 women sue Epstein's estate, citing rape, other sex acts

Aug. 20, 2019 6:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Three women filed lawsuits Tuesday accusing Jeffrey Epstein of raping them or subjecting them to other forced sex acts, including one case while he was serving a Florida jail sentence that allowed him out to work during the day. The lawsuits in Manhattan federal court were filed on behalf...

The Latest: Cleaves thanks jury for 'giving me my life back'

Aug. 20, 2019 6:11 PM EDT

FLINT, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the trial of Mateen Cleaves (all times local): 6:10 p.m. Former Michigan State basketball star and NBA player Mateen Cleaves is thanking jurors for "giving me my life back" after they acquitted him on sex assault charges. Cleaves was accused of raping a woman in a...

Report: Yale professor sexually assaulted 5 students

Aug. 20, 2019 5:17 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Yale University psychiatry professor sexually assaulted five students at a research facility on the Caribbean island of St. Kitts and committed sexual misconduct against at least eight others, according to a former federal prosecutor's report released Tuesday. Commissioned by Yale,...

Jury acquits former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves of sexual assault

Aug. 20, 2019 4:44 PM EDT
FLINT, Mich. (AP) — Jury acquits former Michigan State basketball star Mateen Cleaves of sexual assault.

3rd family sues DC charter school over child sex abuse

Aug. 20, 2019 5:16 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A third family has sued a Washington, D.C., charter school over a teacher convicted of sexually assaulting six of his students. The Washington Post reports the $30 million federal lawsuit against Latin American Montessori Bilingual Public Charter School accuses school workers of not...

Wisconsin WR Quintez Cephus reinstated, not eligible to play

Aug. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Former Wisconsin receiver Quintez Cephus was cleared Monday to return to school after a jury acquitted him of sexual assault charges, though it was unclear when he will be eligible to play in a game. The school announced Chancellor Rebecca Blank's decision in a statement that said the...