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Mississippi probation officer faces child porn charge

Nov. 9, 2019 6:21 PM EST

PETAL, Miss. (AP) — A probation officer for the Mississippi Department of Corrections has been arrested on one count of child pornography. Officials say Jeff Knight turned himself in at the Petal Police Department on Thursday. WDAM-TV reports Knight's initial appearance in Petal Municipal Court was on...

17 arrested in Florida child porn sting; 2 worked for Disney

Nov. 9, 2019 3:52 PM EST

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in central Florida say two Disney workers and a former assistant principal at a middle school were among 17 arrested in a child porn sting. In a news release , Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Friday that the 17 men arrested range in age from 19 to 77. Authorities...

Sequim man gets 5 years for child porn images, videos

Nov. 9, 2019 9:50 AM EST

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Sequim man has been sentenced to five years in prison after federal agents discovered over 8,400 images and videos of child pornography on his computers. The Peninsula Daily News reports 40-year-old William Daracunas pleaded guilty in September to dealing in depictions of...

Repeat child porn offender receives 20-year sentence

Nov. 8, 2019 11:59 AM EST

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who had hundreds of child pornography videos and images has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Joseph Fini will also be put on lifetime supervised release and must pay $40,000 in restitution to his victims under the sentence imposed Wednesday. It was made public...

Navy employee gets 40 years in prison for child pornography

Nov. 8, 2019 9:20 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man who was employed by the U.S. Navy when he coerced children into sending him sexually explicit videos and photos has been sentenced in Maryland to 40 years in federal prison. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Grimm also on Thursday sentenced 36-year-old Spencer Steckman to lifetime...

Lithuanian ex-judge jailed for 2 months after US extradition

Nov. 8, 2019 5:40 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian court has remanded in custody for two months a former judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring in Lithuania. Friday's ruling by the Kaunas district court was in line with the prosecution's request as Neringa Venckiene, 48, was considered...

WV judge tosses church abuse case, wants high court's take

Nov. 7, 2019 1:17 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia judge is looking to the state Supreme Court for guidance after dismissing a case that alleges a Catholic diocese and its former bishop knowingly employed pedophiles. Wood County Circuit Court Judge J.D. Beane on Wednesday tossed the suit against the Diocese of...

Ex-Montana teacher sentenced to prison for sex with student

Nov. 7, 2019 12:41 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Montana teacher to two years in prison after she admitted to having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old student in 2015. Former East Glacier Park School teacher Sierra Shawnee Taylor was sentenced in U.S. District court Wednesday after pleading...

Man who tried to abduct Colorado girl sentenced to 25 years

Nov. 7, 2019 12:04 PM EST

AURORA, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado judge has sentenced a sex offender who tried to abduct an 11-year-old girl off an Aurora street last year to 25 years in prison. The Sentinel reports that an Arapahoe County District Court judge sentenced 33-year-old Tyler Christensen after Christensen pleaded guilty to...

Lithuania ex-judge returns home after US extradition

Nov. 7, 2019 9:24 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A former Lithuanian judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring appeared at a detention hearing Thursday after being extradited to her home country from Chicago. Neringa Venckiene, who faces charges that include submitting false reports regarding claims...