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Man who fled Massachusetts convicted of 2003 sexual assaults

Dec. 06, 2021 15:14 PM EST

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man who fled the state in 2010 just before he was scheduled to face trial on sexual assault charges involving two young girls has finally been brought to justice, prosecutors said Monday. Juan Harry, 54, was convicted on Friday of three...

Scenes from Week 1 of Ghislaine Maxwell's sex-abuse trial

Dec. 04, 2021 08:03 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first week of the sex-abuse trial of Ghislaine Maxwell saw the first of her four main accusers taking the witness stand to give emotional testimony accusing the British socialite of coaxing her — at just 14 — into sexual encounters with financier Jeffrey Epstein. ...

Duggar trial focusing on computer where child porn was found

Dec. 03, 2021 17:40 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A computer used by Josh Duggar at work contained child pornography behind a partition that allowed the user to circumvent an application that monitors internet use, and metadata indicates the images were downloaded when the former reality TV star was working,...

Ex-Democratic Party figure charged with sex assault on child

Dec. 02, 2021 15:00 PM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A former chair of the Erie County Democratic Committee pleaded not guilty Thursday to charges he sexually assaulted a child who was younger than 11. G. Steven Pigeon, 61, was ordered held without bail after his arraignment on five felony charges...

Portugal experts to study church sex abuse, not investigate

Dec. 02, 2021 13:39 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The lay head of a new Portuguese Catholic Church committee on child sex abuse urged victims Thursday to come forward but stressed his group's task is to study what has happened, not launch formal investigations. The Independent Committee for the...

Ohio priest pleads guilty to raping altar boy

Dec. 02, 2021 13:18 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Ohio on Thursday pleaded guilty to raping an altar boy during a three-year period in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Under terms of a plea agreement, Father Geoff Drew, 59, will be sentenced to seven years in prison and must...

Ex-sheriff, facing life for rapes, pleads guilty to bribery

Dec. 01, 2021 20:06 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana sheriff pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge on Wednesday, weeks after a state jury convicted him of sexually abusing boys. Rodney J. “Jack” Strain, who lost a reelection bid in 2015 after five terms as St. Tammany...

Man sentenced to life in prison for abusing two children

Dec. 01, 2021 17:43 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man cursed at a judge and threatened the mother of his victims during a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for sexually abusing two young girls. Jorge Maldonado, 30, was sentenced Monday for abusing two...

Past molestation evidence allowed in Duggar child porn trial

Dec. 01, 2021 14:45 PM EST

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — Jurors in former reality TV star Josh Duggar's trial on child pornography charges can hear evidence that he admitted to molesting four girls nearly 20 years ago, a federal judge ruled Wednesday. U.S. District Judge Timothy Brooks rejected a...

Coroner releases names of slain California kids, grandmother

Nov. 30, 2021 21:22 PM EST

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles County coroner has identified the victims in the brutal slaying of a grandmother and her four grandchildren, including a boy not yet 2 years old, in the Southern California high desert. The children's father, Germarcus Lamar...