Latest Sexual abuse News

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

Nov. 13, 2018 5:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a...

Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia have agreed to pay uncapped compensation offers for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy as part of a claims process that started Tuesday. Details of the Philadelphia program were discussed at a news conference held by...

Renowned former drum corps leader charged with sex assault

Nov. 13, 2018 1:21 PM EST

The longtime former leader of a champion Pennsylvania-based drum and bugle corps was charged Tuesday with sexually assaulting two women. George Hopkins, 62, led The Cadets to renown and a slew of national and world championships. He resigned from the Allentown-based group after The Philadelphia Inquirer and Daily...

Pope gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

Nov. 13, 2018 10:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a...

Bishops delay votes on combating church sex abuse crisis

Nov. 12, 2018 7:39 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — At the Vatican's insistence, U.S. Catholic bishops abruptly postponed plans Monday to vote on proposed new steps to address the clergy sex abuse crisis roiling the church. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said he was...

Diocese withdraws offer to house priest at retirement home

Nov. 12, 2018 5:36 PM EST

PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) — The Diocese of Rapid City has withdrawn an offer to house a priest accused of child sexual abuse at a priest retirement home. Some parents in Piedmont objected to the possible release of 38-year-old John Praveen to the diocese's supervision at Casa Maria, a property in Piedmont for...

Private college students kidnapped, sexually assaulted

Nov. 12, 2018 11:19 AM EST

POINT LOOKOUT, Mo. (AP) — A convicted felon has been charged with abducting two Christian college students and forcing them to perform sex acts on each other at gunpoint after they violated curfew and were locked out of their southwest Missouri campus. Robert Hyslop, 49, of Branson, Missouri, is jailed...

Archdiocese: Abuse claim against dead priest deemed credible

Nov. 11, 2018 3:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Archdiocese of Detroit says an allegation that a priest who died in 1994 sexually abused a child at some point has been found to be credible. The archdiocese said in a news release Sunday that the complaint against Monsignor Thaddeus Ozog was brought to a review board and shared with...

Sex abuse crisis tops agenda as US Catholic bishops convene

Nov. 10, 2018 3:42 PM EST

As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out misbehaving priests. The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a series...

Ohio State board to hear from ex-students alleging sex abuse

Nov. 10, 2018 3:27 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio State University's trustees will hear directly from former students who say they were sexually abused by a team doctor, allegations that span the late physician's two decades at the school. Alumnus Brian Garrett says he and other accusers of Dr. Richard Strauss asked to speak so...