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Actor Cuba Gooding Jr. sits in court during a hearing in his sexual misconduct case, Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in New York. A judge ordered the courtroom outfitted with Plexiglas and other measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, which has delayed the trial indefinitely.  (Steven Hirsch/New York Post via AP, Pool)

Cuba Gooding Jr wears 'Black Lives Matter' mask to court

Aug. 13, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Sporting a “Black Lives Matter” face mask, Cuba Gooding Jr. showed up at a New York City court on Thursday to hear lawyers argue over what restrictions to place on testimony at his sexual misconduct trial. The Oscar-winning “Jerry Maguire” actor Gooding wore the...

Man who set up 'sex dungeon' for girls gets 29-year sentence

Aug. 13, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who federal and state authorities say sexually abused a girl under 12 years old and sought another underage victim for “slave training” in his “sex dungeon” was sentenced Thursday to nearly 29 years in prison. Simon Hessler, 48,...

FILE -- In this Jan. 12, 2007 file photo archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz talks to reporters after an extraordinary meeting of Poland's Catholic Church, in Warsaw, Poland. Friday, Jan. 12, 2007. Pope Francis continued Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, cleaning house in Poland following revelations about clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, replacing Glodz, the powerful archbishop of Gdansk, on his 75th birthday.(AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

Pope cleans house in Poland after abuse, cover-up scandal

Aug. 13, 2020 12:17 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis continued cleaning house in Poland on Thursday following revelations of clergy sexual abuse and cover-up, replacing the powerful archbishop of Gdansk on his 75th birthday. While all Catholic bishops must offer to retire when they turn 75, it is highly unusual for the pope to accept...

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos arrives for an event in the State Dining room of the White House, Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020, in Washington. A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. DeVos said the ruling is “yet another victory for students and reaffirms that students’ rights under Title IX go hand in hand with basic American principles of fairness and due process.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Federal judge refuses to block campus sexual assault rules

Aug. 12, 2020 6:23 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed the Education Department to move forward with new rules governing how schools and universities respond to complaints of sexual assault. The rules, which take effect Friday, expand the rights of the accused, narrow the definition of sexual harassment...

Man charged with sex assault of unconscious hospital patient

Aug. 12, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

EASTON, Md. (AP) — A former Maryland hospital worker has been charged with sexually assaulting an unconscious patient. Easton police said Travis K. Brooks, 35, of Trappe, Maryland, was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree rape, third- and fourth-degree sex offense, abuse of a vulnerable adult and...

Report: At least 41 children alleged assaults at nonprofit

Aug. 12, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Understaffing and inadequate supervision of staff and patients plagued a nonprofit health organization where at least 41 intellectually disabled children have reported sexual assaults over the past quarter-century, a newspaper investigation found. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported...

NYC livery driver charged with rape of 12-year-old girl

Aug. 12, 2020 7:45 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A New York City livery cab driver was arrested for allegedly raping a 12-year-old girl in the backseat of his car, police said. Rafael Martinez, 32, was charged Tuesday with rape, criminal sex act, sexual abuse, endangering the welfare of a child, menacing and assault. Officials said the...

Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend balks at prison conditions

Aug. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The reaction of federal prison officials to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide last year is to blame for onerous conditions a British socialite faces in jail while awaiting trial on charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to abuse a quarter-century ago, her lawyers said Tuesday....

Kentucky middle school teacher charged with child sex crimes

Aug. 11, 2020 2:08 AM EDT

NEWPORT, Ky. (AP) — A middle school teacher in Kentucky has been accused of sexually abusing a child over a period of nearly seven years. Jason Schwartz, of Dayton, was arrested Sunday in connection with the allegations, the Campbell County Police Department said in a news release Monday. The 32-year-old...

Florence prison sergeant arrested in sexual assault case

Aug. 7, 2020 7:54 PM EDT

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — A corrections sergeant assigned to a state prison in Florence has been arrested and accused of crimes that include sexual assault, kidnapping and sexual abuse, the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry said Friday. Jason McClelland, 47, was arrested Thursday...