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Coach for AAU basketball team founded by WNBA player charged

Oct. 19, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coach in an AAU girl's basketball program founded by a former WNBA player was charged Tuesday with child enticement for the alleged sexual abuse of three players. Danny Lawhorn, 30, of Hartford, who was already in custody on state charges of...

Former teacher sentenced on sex abuse, trafficking charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher who pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charges last month. ...

Judge refuses to suppress video evidence in Josh Duggar case

Oct. 19, 2021 13:56 PM EDT

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge has denied motions to suppress video evidence found on electronic devices that were seized from former reality TV star Josh Duggar, who is facing child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge Timothy L. Brooks also said Monday...

Lawmaker cited for open beer fellow legislator says was his

Oct. 19, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state lawmaker was cited for driving with an open can of beer in his vehicle that another lawmaker said was actually his. Republican Sen. Josh Revak plans to challenge the $220 ticket, which was issued in August, the Anchorage Daily News...

Former teacher, coach gets probation in child porn case

Oct. 19, 2021 09:06 AM EDT

DERBY, Kan. (AP) — A former Kansas middle school teacher who was caught with more than 250 images and videos of child pornography has been sentenced to three years of probation. The Wichita Eagle reports that 40-year-old Cody Chitwood also must register as a sex...

House of Representatives staffer faces child porn charges

Oct. 17, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

BURKE, Va. (AP) — A man who works for the sergeant-at-arms of the U.S. House of Representatives has been charged with possession of child pornography, according to police. Stefan Bieret, 41, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 10 felonies...

Education tech charged with sex crimes in Maine district

Oct. 15, 2021 10:17 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An education technician at an elementary school has been arrested on charges including sexual exploitation of a child, police and school officials said. Benjamin Conroy, 32, was being held at York County Jail and is also charged with a battery of...

Ex-music professor expected to plead guilty to sex charges

Oct. 14, 2021 10:16 AM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A former University of Michigan violin professor is expected to plead guilty to charges that he transported a female minor across state lines for sex, according to federal court records. Mlive.com reports that Stephen Shipps is scheduled to...

Former Ky. deputy sheriff pleads guilty to child porn charge

Oct. 13, 2021 04:03 AM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former Kentucky deputy sheriff has pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a minor he met while responding to a call at the victim's home. Joshua Preece, of Morehead, Kentucky, entered the plea Tuesday in federal court in Lexington. His plea was for...

Pennsylvania attorney general jumps into '22 governor's race

Oct. 11, 2021 15:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high-profile attorney general, Josh Shapiro, will formally announce his candidacy for governor on Wednesday, entering the 2022 race months after making his intentions known and effectively clearing the field of potential rivals for the Democratic...