Latest Sexual abuse News

Fewer kids report sex abuse in US juvenile detention centers

Dec. 11, 2019 8:12 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new federal report has found the number of kids who say they have been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. compared with past years. But remarkably high rates of sexual abuse persist in 12 facilities stretching from Oregon to Florida,...

Epstein lawyer disappointed women won't give up lawsuits

Dec. 11, 2019 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein's estate said Wednesday he is disappointed that women who say the financier sexually attacked them aren't suspending lawsuits to join a special compensation fund, but an attorney for one woman says lawsuits are the better route, at least for now. Attorney Bennet...

72-year-old man sentenced to 30 years for sexual child abuse

Dec. 11, 2019 5:20 PM EST

HAYDEN, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man was sentenced to 30 years in prison for repeated sexual abuse of a girl over a 10-year span. Herbert Writesman, 72, was sentenced Wednesday on over 30 counts of sex crimes including first-degree rape, first-degree sodomy, sexual abuse of a child under the age of 12 and...

Tennessee music producer indicted on child sex charges

Dec. 11, 2019 12:04 PM EST

FRANKLIN, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee music producer has been arrested and accused of sexually assaulting two children. Samuel Sylvester, 50, was indicted Friday by a Williamson County grand jury on seven counts of statutory rape by an authority figure, seven counts of sexual battery by an authority figure,...

Man arrested on 25 years’ worth of child sex abuse charges

Dec. 11, 2019 10:35 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A man was arrested last week on dozens of child sex abuse charges, some of which date back to 1994. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Michael Hern has pleaded not guilty to 26 counts related to the sexual abuse of at least six children, who were between 4 and 15 years old at the time...

Man jailed in New Orleans rapes faces charges in Kansas City

Dec. 11, 2019 9:20 AM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man jailed in New Orleans in a series of rapes has been charged with three sexual assaults in Kansas City. Thirty-five-year-old Daniel Meridy faces three counts of kidnapping, nine counts of armed criminal action and four counts of forcible rape, sodomy and sexual abuse in...

New Mexico county sees more lawsuits on inmate abuse claims

Dec. 11, 2019 12:29 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A New Mexico county involved in one of the largest prisoner civil rights settlements in U.S. history is facing more federal lawsuits over its treatment of inmates in its jail. Attorney Matt Coyte recently filed two lawsuits in U.S. District Court on behalf of inmates who allege...

Ex-assistant pastor of Illinois church accused of sex crimes

Dec. 10, 2019 5:00 PM EST

URBANA, Ill. (AP) — A former assistant pastor of an Illinois church was charged Monday with sexually assaulting a teenager in the congregation. Roger VanRaden, 48, was arraigned on sexual assault and abuse charges in a Champaign County courtroom, The (Champaign) News-Gazette reported. He was released from...

Colorado pastor gets 2 years in jail for sexual misconduct

Dec. 10, 2019 4:00 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A judge has sentenced a pastor at a Denver church to two years in jail after she pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl for more than three years. The Denver Post reports that 36-year-old Erika Gonzalez received the maximum possible sentence Thursday. Gonzalez met the girl...

California dioceses expect subpoenas in priest investigation

Dec. 10, 2019 2:41 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Half of California's Catholic dioceses expect to be subpoenaed by the state attorney general as part of an investigation into whether they have properly handled allegations of sexual abuse by priests, a church spokesman said Tuesday. The subpoenas are expected for the six dioceses...