Latest Child abuse News

Mexican megachurch leader back in court in child rape case

Sep. 19, 2019 12:21 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors will detail Thursday accusations of child rape and human trafficking against the leader of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo. Naason Joaquin Garcia, who is considered the church's apostle, and two co-defendants were arrested in June on suspicion of sexually abusing three...

Phoenix woman, boyfriend accused of abusing her young son

Sep. 18, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix woman and her boyfriend are facing child abuse charges for allegedly hitting and punching her 6-year-old son because he was having trouble pronouncing words and reading sentences. Police say 26-year-old Nicole Lynne Marker and 28-year-old William Johnson were taken into custody...

Judge, Dragon Con co-founder accused of criminal trespass

Sep. 18, 2019 6:30 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A grand jury on Wednesday indicted a Georgia judge, along with a co-founder of DragonCon and two other people, after prosecutors accused them of illegally accessing a courthouse computer network. The indictment charges Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Kathryn Schrader, DragonCon...

Ex-Atlanta Falcons player gets prison for molesting girl, 12

Sep. 18, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — A former Atlanta Falcons player has been sentenced to at least 12 years in prison for molesting a 12-year-old girl. The Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reports 23-year-old Justin Kenyuno Crawford pleaded guilty Tuesday to child molestation and sodomy as part of deal that dropped other...

Judge takes himself off Jerry Sandusky resentencing case

Sep. 18, 2019 11:34 AM EDT

The judge handling the pending resentencing of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky took himself off the case Wednesday, citing an unspecified recent action by the state attorney general's office. Judge John Foradora's order recused himself and directed Centre County court officials to ask...

Jury convicts man in death of 8-month-old girl

Sep. 18, 2019 10:47 AM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia jury has convicted a Charleston man in the death of his ex-girlfriend's 8-month-old daughter. News outlets report William Ellis Bowen IV was convicted Tuesday on charges of child abuse causing death and failure to provide medical care for a child resulting in death....

Grandmother given 9½ years for accessory to grandson's death

Sep. 18, 2019 10:34 AM EDT

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — A grandmother has been sentenced in South Dakota to 9½ years in prison for being an accessory to the beating death of her 2-year-old grandson. Federal Judge Jeffrey Vixen gave 51-year-old Sonya Dubray a sentence longer than guidelines recommend on Tuesday afternoon in Rapid...

Everett pastor sentenced for rape of 14-year-old girl

Sep. 18, 2019 9:46 AM EDT

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — A church pastor was sentenced to nearly three years in prison for raping a 14-year-old girl in his congregation. The Daily Herald reports 36-year-old Eli Antonio Diaz-Valdez was sentenced last week in Snohomish County Superior Court for third-degree rape of a child and communicating...

Man gets 2 years for sex crimes against teen boy

Sep. 18, 2019 9:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The ex-boyfriend of a wealthy Portland activist has been sentenced to two years in prison for sexually abusing a 15-year-old boy in a Eugene motel room. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports during the trial last week of defendant Kiah Lawson, the victim testified that both activist Terry...

Former Michigan teacher gets probation in student abuse case

Sep. 18, 2019 8:21 AM EDT

MOUNT CLEMENS, Mich. (AP) — A former suburban Detroit special education teacher accused of physically abusing autistic students has been sentenced to two years of probation. Twenty-nine-year-old Brittany Stevens of Mount Clemens was given her punishment Tuesday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor...