Latest Sexual abuse News

UNH gets grant to help child sex abuse investigators

Oct. 16, 2019 12:28 PM EDT

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) — A research center at the University of New Hampshire is getting a federal grant to support police officers and others who investigate crimes involving child sexual abuse images. Officials say a surge of such images online and new technology designed to intercept them means more...

Mississippi minister accused of abusing girl 45 years ago

Oct. 16, 2019 7:22 AM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi youth minister is accused of sexually abusing a 10 year old girl nearly 45 years ago. The Clarion Ledger reports 71-year-old Dural Reece Ragsdale surrendered Monday. He was indicted last month on a felony charge of fondling a child under 14. District Attorney John...

Florida man arrested in sex assault of girl met on Snapchat

Oct. 16, 2019 4:50 AM EDT

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man is accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl he met on Snapchat. News outlets report 22-year-old Austin Wyatt Altman was arrested Saturday on charges including sexual battery on a child and violating probation. Pasco County deputies say Altman picked her up from...

Oregon man sentenced to 25 years for child sexual abuse

Oct. 15, 2019 5:55 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sexual abuse of a girl over the course of three years. The Salem Statesman Journal reports 35-year-old Terry David Powell was convicted of six counts of first-degree sexual abuse. Powell pleaded not guilty and opted to stand...

After delay, Sandusky resentencing set for early November

Oct. 15, 2019 1:31 PM EDT

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will learn next month what his new prison sentence will be for a 45-count child sexual abuse conviction. An order was filed Tuesday in Centre County that set Sandusky's resentencing for Nov. 8 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania....

California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Oct. 14, 2019 8:09 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of lawsuits will be filed against alleged child molesters as well as the institutions that employed them under a new California law taking effect next year, attorneys predicted Monday. The California School Boards Association called the new law an "existential threat" to...

Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

Doctor charged with child sex crimes found dead in jail

Oct. 13, 2019 6:24 PM EDT

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (AP) — A Northern California neurosurgeon awaiting trial on charges that he sexually abused children has been found dead in his jail cell. The Santa Cruz County Sheriff's office says James Kohut was found alone in his cell Sunday morning. Medical examiners are investigating the cause and...

Sex-assault case dropped against Michigan State trainer

Oct. 12, 2019 12:47 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Prosecutors have dropped a felony sexual-assault case against a Michigan State University athletic trainer who separately was among several people at the school implicated in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. David Jager was charged with assault with intent to commit sexual...

Editorials from around New England

Oct. 11, 2019 7:37 PM EDT

Editorials from around New England: CONNECTICUT We need to stop calling the pattern of sex abuse in the Catholic Church a travesty. It was a criminal conspiracy and the state hasn't done enough to hold the guilty accountable. Hartford Courant Oct. 6 The latest revelations about sexual abuse aren't new but they...