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Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards

Nov. 18, 2019 7:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and...

Lawsuits by Michael Jackson accusers likely to be restored

Nov. 18, 2019 6:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court appeared strongly inclined Monday to give new life to lawsuits filed by two men who accuse Michael Jackson of repeatedly molesting them when they were boys. Three judges from the 2nd District Court of Appeal said in a tentative ruling that lawsuits from James...

Spain: men convicted in rape case stand trial in 2nd case

Nov. 18, 2019 8:44 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Four Spanish men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman in a notorious case are standing trial on charges of sexual abuse in a separate incident. The men had a WhatsApp group named "La Manada," or "The Animal Pack," and are currently serving 15-year sentences handed down by the Supreme...

Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims

Nov. 16, 2019 2:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls. Le Iene, an Italian investigative television program, plans to air the new...

AP sources: Jail guards at time of Epstein death reject deal

Nov. 16, 2019 1:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice...

Jury rules USA Swimming not liable in sexual abuse case

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A jury in California has ruled that USA Swimming was not negligent in the case of a former coach who sexually abused a 13-year-old swimmer, although she will receive $1,125,000 from two USA Swimming affiliates in a civil lawsuit. In the criminal case, former Stockton Swim club coach...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

Man abused by teacher settles lawsuit with school district

Nov. 15, 2019 1:23 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district has settled a lawsuit with a man who says he was sexually abused by a teacher and fathered four of her children. The Intelligencer reports Ohio County Schools settled with Christopher Birch on Thursday. The April lawsuit said Bridge Street Middle...

Polish archbishop banned for abuse of clerics dies at 84

Nov. 15, 2019 5:44 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Juliusz Paetz, the former Roman Catholic archbishop of Poznan in Poland who was banned from active service after allegations he sexually abused young priests and clerics, has died. He was 84. Poland’s Episcopate said Friday that, in consultation with the Vatican, the funeral...

El Salvador questions child molestation ruling

Nov. 14, 2019 7:32 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Church and civic groups in El Salvador are expressing outrage after a court reduced a sexual abuse charge against a judge to a misdemeanor. At issue is the case of a judge who allegedly touched a 10-year-old girl’s genitals through her clothes on a street in San...