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Wisconsin boy says man strapped him to chair in basement

Oct. 16, 2019 6:41 PM EDT

SHAWANO, Wis. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy told authorities that a man who lives with him and his mother strapped him to a chair in the basement of their northeastern Wisconsin home, but that he escaped and sought help from strangers. The boy told police he finally escaped on Saturday, Oct. 5, when he "could...

Mississippi minister accused of abusing girl 45 years ago

Oct. 16, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi youth minister is accused of sexually abusing a 10 year old girl nearly 45 years ago. The Clarion Ledger reports 71-year-old Dural Reece Ragsdale surrendered Monday. He was indicted last month on a felony charge of fondling a child under 14. District Attorney John...

Florida man arrested in sex assault of girl met on Snapchat

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. News outlets report 22-year-old Austin Wyatt Altman was arrested Saturday on charges including sexual battery on a child and violating probation. Pasco County deputies say Altman picked her up from...

Oregon man sentenced to 25 years for child sexual abuse

Oct. 15, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of a girl over the course of three years. The Salem Statesman Journal reports 35-year-old Terry David Powell was convicted of six counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Powell pleaded not guilty and opted to stand...

Nigerian police raid frees scores of beaten, starved boys

Oct. 15, 2019 12:45 PM EDT

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) — Beaten. Starved. Sexually assaulted. Chained. For the second time in a month, police in northern Nigeria have raided a building where hundreds of boys were held in dehumanizing conditions, officials said Tuesday. This time, the building was discovered in President Muhammadu Buhari's...

UK child abuser who preyed on Malaysians killed in prison

Oct. 15, 2019 5:21 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — A British man serving 22 life sentences for abusing scores of Malaysian children has been killed in prison. Richard Huckle was found dead Sunday at Full Sutton prison in the northern county of Yorkshire. Police on Tuesday declined to comment on the status of their investigation into his...

Court: Boarding school owner can question accuser's history

Oct. 11, 2019 12:25 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The founder of an Iowa boarding school for troubled youth will get another chance to try to discredit a student whose testimony helped convict him of sexual abuse charges, under a court ruling issued Friday. The Iowa Supreme Court ordered a hearing that will allow Midwest Academy...

Judge pulls bond option for longtime 'most wanted' fugitive

Oct. 11, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A judge has reversed his decision to set bond for a man who spent nearly a decade on a federal "most wanted" list on charges alleging he kidnapped and raped a 10-year-old Detroit girl in 2007. Circuit Court Judge Prentis Edwards set a $250,000 cash bond Thursday for 41-year-old Corey Gaston,...

Defense lawyer for Florida pastor dated his client's accuser

Oct. 11, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Christian radio co-host accused of repeatedly raping a girl at his church has hired as his defense attorney a man who later dated the alleged victim. The 59-year-old Rev. Bryan Fulwider pleaded not guilty Thursday to 30 counts of child sexual abuse, which allegedly began when the...

Mercy Corps CEO resigns amid turmoil over abuse allegations

Oct. 10, 2019 8:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Mercy Corps CEO resigned Thursday, two days after an Oregonian/OregonLive investigation found that executives at the global humanitarian aid group allowed co-founder Ellsworth Culver to remain in a top role after his daughter accused him of serial sexual abuse. The 65-year-old...