Latest Crimes against children News

Parents who starved and shackled children sentenced to life

Apr. 19, 2019 11:25 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison. Since being freed from their...

The Latest: Lawyer: Shackled children want normal adulthoods

Apr. 19, 2019 8:57 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a California couple who starved and abused a dozen of their children for years (all times local): 2 p.m. The attorney for the adult children who were tortured and abused by their California parents for years says they're trying to live their lives as...

Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Emotional statements from parents, kids in torture case

Apr. 19, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California couple who pleaded guilty to locking up and abusing 12 of their 13 children for years, as well as some of the victims, made their first public comments Friday during an emotion-charged hearing where the parents were sentenced to 25 years to life in prison....

Feds seek 180 years for Iowa coach who exploited 400 boys

Apr. 19, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former elite youth basketball coach who sexually exploited more than 400 boys over a decade in Iowa deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, federal prosecutors argue. Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence 43-year-old Greg Stephen to the maximum possible penalty of...

California couple sentenced to life in prison for severe abuse, neglect of 12 of their children

Apr. 19, 2019 1:21 PM EDT
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — California couple sentenced to life in prison for severe abuse, neglect of 12 of their children .

California parents who admitted abusing 12 of their children in tears as one of their sons speaks at sentencing.

Apr. 19, 2019 1:02 PM EDT
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — California parents who admitted abusing 12 of their children in tears as one of their sons speaks at sentencing.

A daughter of a California couple convicted of abusing 12 of their children is speaking at their sentencing.

Apr. 19, 2019 12:58 PM EDT
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — A daughter of a California couple convicted of abusing 12 of their children is speaking at their sentencing.

Oregon man who police say touched girls at stores sentenced

Apr. 19, 2019 12:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who authorities say sexually assaulted girls at stores has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported Thursday that 56-year-old Ricardo Sanchez-Garcia of Portland was sentenced Thursday. Authorities say Sanchez-Garcia groped a 10-year-old...

Music program founder charged with lewd acts against girls

Apr. 18, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a nonprofit group that was investigated over allegations it gave flutes possibly tainted with semen to schoolchildren has been charged with committing lewd acts against girls in California, it was announced Thursday. John Zeretzke, 60, of Ventura was indicted by an...