Latest Sexual assault News

Kentucky man arrested in 1990 rape after DNA tests performed

Dec. 8, 2019 11:56 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — DNA from previously untested items in a rape kit led police in Kentucky to arrest a man in a 1990 case. News outlets report Roscoe C. Smith, 71, of Louisville, was arrested Saturday on charges of rape, sodomy and burglary. Smith is accused of forcing his way into a woman's home in...

Maryland police officer arrested, charged with rape

Dec. 8, 2019 11:49 AM EST

BALTIMORE COUNTY, Md. (AP) — A police officer in Maryland is in jail and facing rape and assault charges, Baltimore County Police said Sunday. Officer Anthony Michael Westerman, 25, was charged with two counts of second degree rape and three counts of second degree assault. Police did not provide details...

Michigan adds texting option to sexual assault hotline

Dec. 8, 2019 11:27 AM EST

YPSILANTI, Mich. (AP) — Michigan has added a texting option to a hotline that allows victims of sexual assault to seek help and support from trained professionals. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced this past week that victims can text 1-866-238-1454. It is an expansion to the 855-VOICES4 hotline, which...

Capital murder defendant wants declaration of innocence

Dec. 8, 2019 1:06 AM EST

WACO, Texas (AP) — During his 26 years in prison, Richard Bryan Kussmaul heard scraps of news from the world he left behind: the death of his brother from cancer, followed by the deaths of his parents and the incarceration of his son. Meanwhile, he sewed prison clothes and found a faith that would sustain...

Correction: Uber-Sexual Assaults-Reaction story

Dec. 7, 2019 8:07 PM EST
NEW YORK (AP) — In a story December 6, 2019, about Uber's safety report, The Associated Press erroneously reported that the company found that 99.4% of the 464 people who were raped while using its services in 2017 and 2018 were riders. Uber's report says the number is 92%.

Frenchman found guilty in deadly kidnap attempts suicide

Dec. 7, 2019 2:43 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — A man has been hospitalized in critical condition after apparently trying to poison himself in a French courtroom when a judge pronounced him guilty of rape and kidnapping that led to death. The dramatic gesture came at the end of a high-profile trial into one of France's bigger cold cases:...

Man, former wife sentenced for child sex crimes in E. Idaho

Dec. 7, 2019 11:59 AM EST

POCATELLO, Idaho (AP) — A man and his former wife have been sentenced in eastern Idaho after pleading guilty to child sex crimes. Lance Parry, 50, was sentenced to 56 years in prison and must serve at least 16 before he is eligible for parole. Jessica Parry, 41, received a 25-year-sentence and must serve...

Indian woman who alleged gang rape dies after burn attack

Dec. 7, 2019 5:10 AM EST

NEW DELHI (AP) — An alleged rape victim in northern India who was set on fire while heading to a court hearing in the case has died in a New Delhi hospital, officials said Saturday. The woman was attacked in the state of Uttar Pradesh by a group of men that included two of the five she had accused of gang...

State trooper relieved of duty, charged with sex abuse

Dec. 6, 2019 7:07 PM EST

A trooper has been relieved of duty and charged with sexual assault in connection with incidents alleged to have occurred when he worked at a southern Illinois high school, according to the Illinois State Police. James Dierkes, 29, of Greenville was arrested Friday on aggravated criminal sexual abuse and criminal...

Queens church leader charged with sexually assaulting boy

Dec. 6, 2019 4:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of a church in Queens has been charged with sexually assaulting a congregant over a three-year period, starting when the victim was 12, prosecutors said Friday. Bishop Jesé Milagrosa of Our Lady of La Salette Church was arraigned Thursday on charges including...