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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...

US court will rehear Epstein victims' claims over plea deal

Aug. 7, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A federal appeals court decided Friday to reconsider claims that Florida federal prosecutors violated the rights of Jeffrey Epstein's sex abuse victims by not informing them about a secret plea deal. The Atlanta-based 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals vacated a previous...

TAKES OUT REFERENCE OF FORMER FOOTBALL PLAYER - FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson.  Dozens of more victims who said they were molested by the University of Michigan doctor have filed a lawsuit against the school. They include a former student who claims he told legendary coach Bo Schembechler about the abuse in 1982.  (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP)

Judge: U-Mich. must tell alumni about doctor abuse lawsuits

Aug. 7, 2020 1:35 PM EDT

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — A judge has ordered the University of Michigan to inform alumni about a class-action lawsuit against the school over sexual abuse by a longtime campus doctor. U.S. District Judge Victoria Roberts intervened after lawyers argued that the university shouldn't be communicating with...

This undated booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Tsai, the head pastor of a Los Angeles-area church, who has been charged with sexually assaulting young girls after a woman told detectives he repeatedly abused her in her home when she was a child. Tsai is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26. 2020, on charges including lewd acts on a child under 14. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Los Angeles area pastor accused of sexually assaulting girls

Aug. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — The head pastor of a Los Angeles area church has been charged with sexually assaulting young girls after a woman told detectives he repeatedly abused her in her home when she was a child, authorities said. Jonathan Tsai is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26. on charges...

Germany: French man arrested in child abuse investigation

Aug. 6, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A French man has been arrested in connection with a child abuse investigation in Germany in which 11 people are now in custody, authorities said Thursday. The 62-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday in Saarbruecken, near the French border, police and prosecutors in Cologne said in a...

This 1982 photo, provided in New York, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020, shows Girl Scout Alice Weiss-Russell, age 11. As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. She has detailed her alleged ordeal in a new lawsuit filed against Girl Scouts of the USA, part of a flurry of child sex-abuse cases in New York using a

Girl Scouts sex-abuse claim included in NY civil case flurry

Aug. 5, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. Weiss-Russell has detailed her alleged ordeal in...

Child sex abuse convictions reversed over disputed theory

Aug. 5, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

New Jersey’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the reversal of several child sex abuse convictions in which experts testified about a now-disputed theory, in a ruling that could affect dozens of other similar cases. The justices concluded 7-0 that a 2018 state Supreme Court ruling restricting the use of a...