Latest Child sexual exploitation News

Ex-teacher admits hiding camera in summer camp bathroom

Jul. 17, 2019 8:20 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey elementary school teacher has admitted recording boys with a hidden camera at a summer camp and taking an explicit photo of a student. Thomas Guzzi Jr. pleaded guilty Tuesday to official misconduct, manufacturing child pornography and distributing child pornography...

Judge orders R. Kelly held in jail without bond in sex case

Jul. 16, 2019 7:09 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday ordered R. Kelly held in jail without bond after a prosecutor warned that the singer accused of having sex with minors and trying to cover up the crimes would pose an extreme danger to young girls if set free. "If he was attracted to middle school girls in 1999...

Omaha woman accused of allowing girl to be abused

Jul. 16, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha woman accused of allowing a 13-year-old girl to be sexually assaulted will stand trial on sex trafficking and child abuse charges. Omaha television station KETV reports that a judge on Tuesday found there is enough evidence for prosecutors to try 21-year-old Britnee Gossett....

Police: 21,000 child porn images found in Alabama man's home

Jul. 16, 2019 6:24 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama musician has been accused of possessing and intending to distribute more than 21,000 child porn videos and images. News outlets report 30-year-old Logan Brent Maughon filed a "not guilty" motion Monday. He was charged last week with possession and dissemination of child...

California man gets 30-year child pornography sentence

Jul. 15, 2019 9:04 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A 62-year-old Sacramento man who paid to direct child sex abuse and watch it live through a webcam has been sentenced to 30 years in federal prison. Mark Corum was sentenced Monday for producing and distributing child pornography. Prosecutors say Corum sent people in the...

Avenatti: R. Kelly paid $2M to silence girl he assaulted

Jul. 15, 2019 8:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti said Monday that R&B singer R. Kelly paid $2 million to keep the alleged victim in a child pornography case off the witness stand during a 2008 trial that ended with his acquittal on all charges. "R. Kelly bought his acquittal," Avenatti said at a news...

Women urge jail until trial for Epstein as judge weighs bail

Jul. 15, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two Jeffrey Epstein accusers urged a judge Monday to keep the wealthy financier behind bars until he goes on trial on federal charges that he sexually abused underage girls. The women stood just feet from where Epstein was seated in his blue jail outfit as they asked a federal judge to...

Suspended NJ deputy facing federal charges in teen sex case

Jul. 15, 2019 1:10 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A suspended New Jersey sheriff's deputy accused of having sex with a 17-year-old Pennsylvania girl and posting the video online is now facing federal charges. NJ.com reports that 33-year-old Joshua Padilla of Eatontown was indicted by a federal grand jury in Pennsylvania on charges of...

Florida man sentenced to 70 years for producing child porn

Jul. 15, 2019 11:54 AM EDT

BRADENTON, Fla. (AP) — A 31-year-old Florida man has been sentenced to 70 years in federal prison for recording himself having sex with a 1-year-old child and distributing the videos on the dark web. Chief U.S. District Judge Steven D. Merryday sentenced James Lockhart on July 11 to the maximum penalty...

Feds bring new sex-crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Jul. 12, 2019 8:24 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly and his entourage recruited girls and women to engage in illegal sexual activity with the singer and covered up the crimes by paying off and threatening victims and witnesses, federal prosecutors alleged Friday in indictments that could keep the Grammy winner behind bars for...