Latest Sexual assault News

No jail time for Baylor fraternity president accused of rape

Dec. 10, 2018 3:29 PM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge on Monday accepted a plea bargain allowing a former Baylor University fraternity president accused of rape to avoid serving jail time, prompting outrage from the former Baylor student who filed the complaint and her parents. Judge Ralph Strother accepted the plea deal for...

Bond denied for suspect in North Carolina teenager's death

Dec. 10, 2018 2:50 PM EST

LUMBERTON, N.C. (AP) — A judge has denied bond for the man accused in the death of a North Carolina teenager. News outlets report 34-year-old Michael Ray McLellan appeared in a Robeson County court Monday, days after he was arrested and charged with first-degree murder and other offenses in the death of...

Nobel Peace winners urge global action vs. sexual violence

Dec. 10, 2018 12:50 PM EST

STOCKHOLM (AP) — The Congolese doctor who shares this year's Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to end the use of rape and sexual violence as weapons of war called Monday for strong international action against the abuse, including reparations for victims. Dr. Denis Mukwege, founder of a hospital in eastern...

At scene of South Sudan mass rape, 'no one could hear me'

Dec. 9, 2018 9:50 AM EST

NHIALDIU, South Sudan (AP) — Wrapping an arm around her stomach, the young woman hung her head and recounted the day in early November when she and a friend were bound, dragged into the bush and raped by four men with guns. "My body hasn't been the same since," the 18-year-old said. The men attacked during...

Man convicted of serial rape, holding women as 'sex slaves'

Dec. 7, 2018 7:36 PM EST

EASTON, Pa. (AP) — A jury has convicted a Pennsylvania man of serial rape and human trafficking charges that could put him in prison for life. Prosecutors say 31-year-old Seth Mull assaulted four women in the Bethlehem area and Philadelphia in a two-month span last year. The accusers say Mull claimed them...

Weinstein's lawyers: New evidence undermines rape charge

Dec. 7, 2018 4:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who claims Harvey Weinstein raped her in 2013 attended one of his screenings the same day of the alleged assault, Weinstein's lawyers said Friday in a letter to a New York City judge overseeing his criminal case. The letter says a friend of the alleged victim received an invitation...

Indiana man pleads guilty to 1988 killing of 8-year-old girl

Dec. 7, 2018 2:24 PM EST

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the 1988 abduction, rape and killing of an 8-year-old Fort Wayne girl. John D. Miller, of Grabill, pleaded guilty Friday to murder and child molestation charges in long-unsolved killing of April Tinsley. Miller was arrested in July and had been...

Top state court rejects appeal of deaf, mute defendant

Dec. 7, 2018 11:15 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia's top court says it doesn't have jurisdiction in the appeal of a deaf and mute man who has been confined for 13 years despite never having stood trial for the 2005 slaying he is charged with. Forty-three-year-old Oswaldo Elias Martinez has been repeatedly found not competent...

Vatican investigates after nuns report sex abuse by priests

Dec. 7, 2018 11:12 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors, a turning point that shows the Holy See is now willing to investigate allegations of sexual...

University of Tennessee fraternity under investigation

Dec. 7, 2018 10:43 AM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Police at the University of Tennessee are investigating a fraternity after two women reported being drugged and sexually assaulted. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports the university sent a safety notice Friday around the Knoxville campus, saying it happened Nov. 29 at a fraternity...