Latest Child abuse News

Ex-priest in molestation case returned to Arizona from Italy

Jun. 15, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A former Catholic priest who fled from Arizona to Italy in 2003 after being indicted on child molestation charges has been returned to the state. The Maricopa County Attorney's Office announced that 70-year-old Joseph John Henn appeared before a judge on Friday after Italian authorities...

Man sentenced in deaths of 2 girls found on Colorado farm

Jun. 14, 2019 1:39 PM EDT

CORTEZ, Colo. (AP) — A man was sentenced to 24 years in prison in the 2017 deaths of two sisters who were banished to a car without food or water by members of a doomsday religious group because the girls were thought to have been impure. Ashford Archer was found guilty in March of two counts of fatal...

Vatican investigator of child sex abuse meets Polish bishops

Jun. 14, 2019 9:08 AM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Vatican's sex crimes prosecutor, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, met with Poland's Catholic bishops on Friday to share his experience in tracking crimes, after the Polish church admitted knowing about hundreds of cases over the years where priests abused minors. Scicluna attended the...

Bishops OK anti-abuse steps, but skeptics seek tougher moves

Jun. 14, 2019 8:46 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Under intense public pressure, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops approved new steps this week to deal more strongly with the clergy sex-abuse crisis. But activists and others say the moves leave the bishops in charge of policing themselves and potentially keep law enforcement at arm's...

Man says he abused 16 to 18, now wants identity shielded

Jun. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A man who told a grand jury investigating child sex abuse that he had victimized 16 to 18 people, but who couldn't be prosecuted because the cases were too old, is now seeking to keep his name and any other identifying information from being made public. Details of the 2018...

Jury: Man held stepdaughter for 19 years, fathered 9 kids

Jun. 13, 2019 3:20 PM EDT

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (AP) — A 64-year-old man accused of abducting his stepdaughter and holding her captive for 19 years in Mexico and elsewhere while fathering her nine children has been found guilty of kidnapping and other charges. A jury found Henri Michelle Piette guilty June 6 on federal charges of...

Catholic bishops approve new sex-abuse reporting hotline

Jun. 12, 2019 7:53 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to create a new national sex-abuse hotline run by an independent entity, a decision that represents one of the church's most tangible steps yet in confronting its sex-abuse crisis. The hotline, which would field allegations that bishops committed abuse...

Ex-Mormon bishop given 4 months in sex abuse of teenage boy

Jun. 12, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WEST JORDAN, Utah (AP) — A former bishop with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has been sentenced to four months in jail after being found guilty of sexual abuse of one teenage boy and lewdness with another. The Deseret News reports that during sentencing Wednesday in the Salt Lake City...

Teen accused of leaving newborn in dumpster cited for abuse

Jun. 12, 2019 5:27 PM EDT

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A teenager accused of abandoning her newborn baby in a building's dumpster in Northern California in scorching heat was cited for child abuse and will be released to her parents after she leaves the hospital, police said Wednesday. Two people found the boy wrapped in a blanket...

New court ruling may help older clergy abuse claims proceed

Jun. 12, 2019 3:37 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania court has ruled that an evolving legal landscape means a woman can pursue her lawsuit claiming officials in the Altoona-Johnstown Roman Catholic Diocese worked to conceal her alleged molestation by a priest. A three-judge Superior Court panel Tuesday reinstated Renee...