Latest Sexual abuse News

Former teacher charged with sexually abusing former student

Apr. 25, 2019 11:27 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A former West Virginia teacher has been charged with sexually abusing a former student. The Intelligencer reports Ohio County sheriff's deputies arrested 42-year-old Elizabeth Harbert on Wednesday. According to information provided by the magistrate's office she posted $10,000 bond...

Therapy worker sentenced to 8 years for raping autistic boy

Apr. 25, 2019 7:50 AM EDT

GRESHAM, Ore. (AP) — A judge sentenced a 29-year-old therapy worker to more than 8 years of prison for raping a 13-year-old boy during on-the-job visits to his Gresham home. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports a jury took about an hour to find Abigail Minjung Kim guilty of six counts of first-degree sexual...

Baltimore Archdiocese names 23 clergy accused of sex abuse

Apr. 24, 2019 7:22 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Catholic archdiocese in Baltimore on Wednesday published the names of 23 dead priests and religious brothers who it says were credibly accused of child sex abuse after their deaths. The release of the names marks a revision to an archdiocese policy that once prohibited the naming of...

Prosecutors: Texas couple filmed sex abuse of dozens of kids

Apr. 24, 2019 6:15 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A Texas couple were sentenced Wednesday to 60 years each in prison for filming themselves sexually abusing kids, a case that prosecutors say involved more than two dozen young victims including babies. A federal judge in Waco gave Christopher Almaguer and his wife Sarah Rashelle Almaguer the...

Boy Scouts could be hit with more sex abuse claims

Apr. 24, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The lawyers' ads on the internet aggressively seeking clients to file sexual abuse lawsuits give a taste of what lies ahead this year for the Boy Scouts of America: potentially the most fateful chapter in its 109-year history. Sexual abuse settlements have already strained the Boy Scouts'...

Man indicted on dozens of new child sex abuse charges

Apr. 24, 2019 5:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Portland man has been indicted on 43 new counts of child sexual abuse after he was charged in January with 25 counts of encouraging sexual abuse of a child and an animal. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Stacy Curtiss was charged Wednesday with the new counts. Court documents say...

Boy Scouts: Handful of sex-abuse cases emerged in 2018

Apr. 24, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Under pressure over past allegations of child sex abuse, the Boy Scouts of America defended its current prevention policies on Wednesday and said there were five known victims in 2018 out of roughly 2.2 million youth members. "Scouting programs today are safe," said Erin Eisner, a chief...

Another Pennsylvania diocese opens victim compensation fund

Apr. 24, 2019 10:26 AM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Diocese of Allentown has become Pennsylvania's seventh diocese to open a victims' compensation fund since a landmark grand jury report accusing senior church officials of systematically covering up the sexual abuse of children. The diocese's program began Tuesday...

Amal Clooney seeking Islamic State woman for Yazidi crimes

Apr. 23, 2019 8:07 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Human rights lawyer Amal Clooney said Tuesday she is requesting the transfer of a female member of the Islamic State extremist group to face justice for crimes against women from Iraq's Yazidi minority and American hostage Kayla Mueller, who was killed in 2015. Clooney represents...

2020 Olympic gymnastics trials heading to St. Louis

Apr. 23, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

The 2020 U.S. Olympic men's and women's gymnastics team trials are heading to St. Louis. USA Gymnastics announced Tuesday the trials will be June 25-28, 2020, at the Enterprise Center, home of the NHL's St. Louis Blues. Making the announcement 14 months in advance is a signal that USA Gymnastics is optimistic it...