Latest Sexual abuse News

French child rape case is another lesson about sports abuse

Jan. 24, 2019 2:43 AM EST

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — The victims' parents regarded him as a family friend, unaware of the tortures he was inflicting on their children behind closed doors. His past glories as a champion swimmer helped lull admirers into thinking that Vincent Leroyer was reliable, someone to look up to. Yet the truth,...

States move to ease restrictions on child sex-abuse lawsuits

Jan. 23, 2019 5:19 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In many states across the U.S., victims of long-ago child sex-abuse have been lobbying for years, often in vain, to change statute of limitation laws that thwart their quest for justice. This year seems sure to produce some breakthroughs, due in part to the midterm election results and...

Former swimming champ sentenced for child rape, sexual abuse

Jan. 23, 2019 1:49 PM EST

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A former French swimming champion and ex-manager of one of the country's most successful hockey clubs was found guilty Wednesday of child rape and sexual abuse and sentenced to 12 years in jail. Vincent Leroyer, 61, was found guilty of abusing five boys between the ages of 6 and 14...

South Korea human rights body to investigate abuse in sports

Jan. 23, 2019 2:29 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea's human rights commission plans to interview thousands of adult and child athletes about a culture of abuse in sports after a wave of female athletes came forward to say they had been raped or assaulted by their coaches. The yearlong investigation will cover 50 sports...

Vatican: No prior accusation of sex abuse against Argentine

Jan. 22, 2019 3:26 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is insisting that there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned suddenly in 2017 and was promoted to a job at the Vatican. Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti repeated Tuesday that the Vatican only received the...

More sexual abuse claims rock South Korean skating

Jan. 21, 2019 7:55 PM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — More South Korean female skaters are accusing their coaches of sexually abusing them, a group representing the athletes disclosed Monday following claims by two-time Olympic champion Shim Suk-hee that her former coach had repeatedly raped her. The announcement came amid a growing...

Former French swimming champion on trial for child sex abuse

Jan. 21, 2019 11:13 AM EST

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A former French swimming champion is on trial in southwest France for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of young boys and adolescents during the decade he ran an ice hockey club in northern France. Vincent Leroyer told a jury as his three-day trial got underway in Bordeaux on Monday...

Ex-deputy to Argentine bishop says Vatican knew of misdeeds

Jan. 20, 2019 8:27 PM EST

ORAN, Argentina (AP) — The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior and had been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told The Associated Press, undermining Vatican claims...

Wisconsin diocese considers investigation of child sex abuse

Jan. 19, 2019 4:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Madison, Wisconsin, Diocese is considering an investigation into the number of substantiated allegations against clergy of sexual abuse of minors. Diocese spokesman Brent King told the State Journal Friday that staff members were taking steps toward launching an investigation and...

AG: New Jersey priest arrested after sex abuse hotline call

Jan. 19, 2019 11:14 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the arrest of a New Jersey priest on sexual assault charges dating back almost three decades came just two days after a call to the state's clergy abuse hotline. NJ.com reports that the state attorney general's office said the Rev. Thomas Ganley, parochial vicar at St....