Latest Sexual assault News

Evangelicals confront sex abuse problems in #MeToo era

Aug. 17, 2018 7:11 PM EDT

As the Roman Catholic church struggles with a new wave of clergy abuse cases, several prominent evangelical institutions have been rocked in recent weeks by their own sexual misconduct allegations against pastors and church leaders who exploited the trust they had gained from faithful churchgoers. In many ways,...

Uber driver charged with assaulting woman in San Francisco

Aug. 16, 2018 8:35 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — An Uber driver from San Francisco is accused of picking up a woman while off-duty and sexually assaulting her, police said Thursday. Kevin Barillas-Saballas, 30, was charged Thursday by the Alameda County district attorney's office with sexual assault, sexual battery, kidnapping,...

Vatican in 'shame and sorrow' over abuses in Pennsylvania

Aug. 16, 2018 8:03 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican expressed "shame and sorrow" Thursday over a scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report about clergy who raped and molested children in six dioceses in that state, calling the abuse "criminally and morally reprehensible" and saying Pope Francis wants to eradicate "this tragic...

Man convicted of sexual assaulting fellow plane passenger

Aug. 16, 2018 5:39 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A federal jury has convicted a Detroit-area man of sexually assaulting a sleeping Spirit Airlines passenger. U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider announced the verdict Thursday, saying 35-year-old Prabhu Ramamoorthy of Rochester Hills faces the possibility of life in prison when he's sentenced on...

Police: Man charged with rape claims he was sleepwalking

Aug. 16, 2018 4:58 PM EDT

LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — Police say a Georgia man accused of crawling into bed with his son's girlfriend and attempting to have sex with her said he'd been sleepwalking. Citing a police report, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports 54-year-old Ricardo Arturo Cole Sr. was arrested on a rape charge...

Coach charged with aggravated statutory rape resigns

Aug. 16, 2018 2:18 PM EDT

SCOTTS HILL, Tenn. (AP) — Officials say a football coach charged with statutory rape by an authority figure has resigned. Henderson County Schools Superintendent Steve Wilkinson tells news outlets Daniel Duncan turned in his letter of resignation Tuesday. Wilkinson says Duncan taught history and was...

'Weaponization of faith': Examples from clergy abuse report

Aug. 16, 2018 9:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A landmark grand jury report on clergy abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania detailed how priests often used religious rituals, symbols of the faith and the threat of eternity in hell to groom, molest and rape children. Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro called...

Australian sex abuse victim settles with Catholic order

Aug. 16, 2018 5:02 AM EDT

PERTH, Australia (AP) — A 74-year-old man with terminal cancer said on Thursday he could die happy after reaching a 1 million Australian dollar ($727,000) landmark settlement against a Catholic religious order for sexual abuse he suffered in Australia more than 50 years ago. Paul Bradshaw was to testify on...

Bishops accused of brushing off sexual abuse complaints

Aug. 15, 2018 9:08 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A priest raped a 7-year-old girl while visiting her in the hospital after she had her tonsils removed. Another priest forced a 9-year-old boy into having oral sex, then rinsed out the youngster's mouth with holy water. One boy was forced to say confession to the priest who sexually...

Ex-ICE agent pleads not guilty to sexual assault

Aug. 15, 2018 7:43 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A former special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been arrested on suspicion of sexually assaulting two women and using his position to make sure they didn't report the crimes. Authorities say John Olivas of Riverside was arrested Wednesday and pleaded not...