Latest Sexual assault News

R Kelly defense emerges, including saying accusers are lying

Mar. 22, 2019 12:08 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly yelled through tears in a recent TV interview before an audience numbering in the millions, saying he's in a fight for his life to disprove sexual abuse charges. That fight will ultimately be waged in court, with an audience numbering just 12 jurors. While the day lawyers deliver...

35 years in prison: Man exonerated in rape case and freed

Mar. 21, 2019 7:19 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A man convicted of a 1982 rape in Louisiana's capital city walked free Thursday after 35 years in prison, following his exoneration using an updated fingerprint database. The Innocence Project, which works to free wrongly convicted defendants, said Archie Williams was freed after...

Michigan priest acquitted of sexual assault charges

Mar. 21, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — A 72-year-old Michigan priest has been acquitted of sexually assaulting two teens with his hands in the first of three trials. There were gasps Thursday as the jury's verdict was announced. The Rev. Robert DeLand testified in his own defense and denied the allegations during a two-day...

Prosecutors: Clear dead serial rapist of 1983 Florida murder

Mar. 21, 2019 5:28 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — For almost 40 years, no one doubted serial rapist Ronald Stewart murdered Regina Harrison in a South Florida park — not police, not prosecutors and not her family. He pleaded guilty in Fort Lauderdale to three rapes, was convicted of other attacks in Mississippi and when...

Busted: NCAA bracket filled with tales of transgression

Mar. 21, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The NCAA Selection Committee has spoken, seeding 64 teams for the tournament that starts Thursday. What if the Committee on Infractions had a say, too? Records would still matter — but not the sort compiled during the regular season. Rap sheets, academic fraud, bad...

Judge sends teen's locker-room rape case to juvenile court

Mar. 21, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 15-year-old accused of instigating the rape of fellow members of his Maryland high school football team will be tried as a juvenile. NBC Washington reported Thursday that the teen is one of five boys charged with rape last fall. He is also the last of four...

Report: Myanmar, China failing to stop 'bride' trafficking

Mar. 21, 2019 11:57 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Authorities in China and Myanmar are failing to stop the brutal trafficking of young women, often teenagers, from the conflict-ridden Kachin region for sexual slavery, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The report released Thursday says women are often tricked into traveling to...

Mom admits plotting girl's death: 'I wanted her to go away'

Mar. 20, 2019 7:44 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The mother of a girl who was raped, murdered and dismembered testified Wednesday that she helped plot the attack and carry it out, telling her daughter before her death that "I can't help you anymore." Appearing to smirk at times, Sara Packer calmly recounted how she watched her...

Trio of child-sex documentaries puts a spotlight on parents

Mar. 20, 2019 7:16 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The mothers of the two accusers in HBO's "Leaving Neverland" said they were lulled by Michael Jackson's forlorn demeanor and fairytale world when they allowed him to take their boys into his bed. An aunt who introduced her underage niece to R. Kelly and suspects abuse said in the six-part...

Attorney slams Engler for attending game amid Nassar probe

Mar. 20, 2019 4:35 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — John Engler's front-row interest in Michigan State University basketball has led to a war of words over the former school president's availability to speak to investigators about the Larry Nassar scandal . Things have become so nasty that Engler's attorney has advised him not to cooperate if...