Latest Sexual abuse News

Founder of German Schoenstatt Movement accused of abuses

Jul. 2, 2020 3:18 PM EDT

Another founder of a 20th century lay Catholic movement has been accused of abusing his power, including sexually and spiritually, with nuns in his care. A German researcher says she found evidence in newly released Vatican archives that the Holy See investigated the Rev. Josef Kentenich during the 1950s and...

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

FBI arrests Epstein pal, accused of enabling abuse of girls

Jul. 2, 2020 2:59 PM EDT

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped recruit three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of assaulting dozens of girls and women over many years. According to the indictment, Maxwell, who lived for...

Bishop: North Carolina priest kept on leave on abuse claims

Jul. 2, 2020 8:39 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — A Catholic priest in North Carolina will remain on administrative leave after allegations of sexual abuse against him were revealed last year, the Charlotte diocese's bishop said. Bishop Peter Jugis made the announcement to St. Matthew parishioners in a letter Wednesday, writing that...

FILE - In this Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007 file photo, Pope Benedict XVI, center left, applauds, as his brother, Georg, right, looks on, during a concert by the German Symphonic Orchestra Bayerischer Rundfunk and the Bamberger Symphoniker, at the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican. The Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI, who earned renown in his own right as a director of an acclaimed German boys’ choir, has died at age 96. The Regensburg diocese in Bavaria, where Ratzinger lived, said in a statement on his website that he died on Wednesday, July 1, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)

Funeral planned Wednesday for retired pope's elder brother

Jul. 2, 2020 8:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A funeral is to be held in Germany next week for the Rev. Georg Ratzinger, the older brother of Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI who died Wednesday at the age of 96. The Diocese of Regensburg said Thursday that Ratzinger will be laid to rest in the Bavarian city's Catholic cemetery Wednesday...

Outrage in Colombia over alleged soldier abuse of Indigenous

Jul. 1, 2020 3:06 PM EDT

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Accusations that a group of soldiers sexually assaulted two young Indigenous girls in rural Colombia have sparked protests outside army bases and rekindled fears about the military’s human rights record, especially in parts of the country still recovering from decades of...

FILE - This Sept. 21, 2019, file booking image made from video and provided by the Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office in New Orleans, La., shows George Brignac. Brignac, a longtime Roman Catholic deacon and schoolteacher awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans, died Monday, June 29, 2020, after a brief hospitalization. (Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Former New Orleans deacon, 85, dies awaiting rape trial

Jun. 30, 2020 2:55 PM EDT

A former Roman Catholic deacon awaiting trial on rape charges in New Orleans has died, his defense attorney said Tuesday. George F. Brignac, 85, had been accused of sexually abusing children for years before being removed from the ministry in 1988. He was charged last year with first-degree rape after a former...

FILE - This Feb. 26, 2016 file photo, shows the entrance to St. Paul's School in Concord, N.H. A former student detailed her account of sexual assault in the 1990s at the New Hampshire boarding school in a recent Vanity Fair article, and school officials commended her for speaking out.   (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)

Correction: Prep School Abuse story

Jun. 29, 2020 4:06 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — In a story published June 28, 2020, about an allegation of sexual assault at a New Hampshire prep school, The Associated Press erroneously reported that former student Lacy Crawford was kicked out of St. Paul’s School in Concord. The school had threatened to expel her if she...

Pope Francis speaks during the Angelus prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, after celebrating a Mass for the Feast of Rome's Patrons Saints Peter and Paul, at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2020. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

Polish group seeks pope's action against sex abuse, cover-up

Jun. 29, 2020 2:02 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican says Pope Francis has been informed about an appeal launched by a group of Catholics in Poland urging intervention into cases where bishops have continued to cover up for priests who sexually molest children. The group “EnoughHarm” took out a full-page advertisement...

German authorities fear vast network in child abuse probe

Jun. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in western Germany said Monday they have evidence that tens of thousands of people may have been involved with an online child sex abuse network uncovered last year. The justice minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Peter Biesenbach, said that allegations against members of...

FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2018, file photo victims of clergy sexual abuse, or their family members, react as Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro speaks during a news conference at the State Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday, June 25, 2020 that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

US Catholic bishops: clergy sex abuse claims tripled in 2019

Jun. 25, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that the church tallied 4,434 sex abuse allegations against clergy in the 2018-19 audit year, triple the number seen the previous year, with much of the increase stemming from a wave of lawsuits and claims by survivors of decades-old molestation. In...