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Trial opens against controversial Turkish televangelist

Sep. 17, 2019 6:00 AM EDT

ISTANBUL (AP) — A controversial Turkish Islamic televangelist and cult leader has gone on trial on more than a dozen charges, including forming a criminal gang, blackmail and sexual abuse of minors. The trial against Adnan Oktar and 225 of his followers or associates opened in Istanbul on Tuesday. They...

Tucson sex offender convicted of seeking minors via app

Sep. 17, 2019 12:29 AM EDT

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A registered sex offender in Tucson has been convicted of soliciting minors and downloading child porn. The Arizona Attorney General's Office said Monday that a jury convicted 44-year-old Patrick Michael Winkler on 16 counts related to sexually exploiting a minor. Prosecutors say...

Santa Fe Institute received $275,000 through Jeffrey Epstein

Sep. 16, 2019 1:19 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico scientific research center that received $275,000 in funding over the years from financier Jeffrey Epstein is hoping to donate some of the money. The Albuquerque Journal reported Sunday that Santa Fe Institute officials want to donate $25,000, the equivalent of a...

28 years in prison for producing, distributing child porn

Sep. 16, 2019 12:05 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to 28 years in federal prison for producing and distributing child pornography. Thirty-seven-year-old Nicholas Campbell, of Otsego, was also given 25 years of supervised released during sentencing last week in federal court in St. Paul. Prosecutors...

2 Omaha men sentenced to prison in separate child porn cases

Sep. 14, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal prosecutors for Nebraska have announced prison terms for two Omaha men convicted in separate child pornography cases. Officials say 36-year-old Chad Pedersen was sentence Friday to more than seven years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. Officials say searches of...

Janitor charged with hiding camera in girls' locker room

Sep. 14, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A janitor at a Florida high school has been charged with hiding a camera in a girls' locker room. Court records show that 42-year-old Jason Brian Goff was arrested this week and charged with attempted production of child pornography. His next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in...

Minnesota man sentenced to 28 years for child pornography

Sep. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for producing child pornography. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Nicholas Campbell, of Otsego, produced sexually explicit images and videos of two minors. He admitted in court documents that he...

Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution

Sep. 13, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching cover-up."...

Kansas City officer charged with possessing child porn

Sep. 13, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Kansas City police officer has been charged with possessing child pornography. Twenty-year-old Vincent Andrew Spilker, whom is a probationary officer, was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with five counts of possessing child pornography. The Kansas City Star reports...

Jehovah's Witnesses ask court to reverse $35M abuse verdict

Sep. 13, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities. Last year, a jury awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $31 million in punitive...