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2 Omaha men sentenced to prison in separate child porn cases

Sep. 14, 2019 2:57 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Federal prosecutors for Nebraska have announced prison terms for two Omaha men convicted in separate child pornography cases. Officials say 36-year-old Chad Pedersen was sentence Friday to more than seven years in federal prison for receiving child pornography. Officials say searches of...

Janitor charged with hiding camera in girls' locker room

Sep. 14, 2019 3:05 AM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A janitor at a Florida high school has been charged with hiding a camera in a girls' locker room. Court records show that 42-year-old Jason Brian Goff was arrested this week and charged with attempted production of child pornography. His next hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in...

Minnesota man sentenced to 28 years for child pornography

Sep. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Minnesota man has been sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for producing child pornography. The U.S. attorney's office says 37-year-old Nicholas Campbell, of Otsego, produced sexually explicit images and videos of two minors. He admitted in court documents that he...

Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution

Sep. 13, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching cover-up."...

Kansas City officer charged with possessing child porn

Sep. 13, 2019 3:59 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A new Kansas City police officer has been charged with possessing child pornography. Twenty-year-old Vincent Andrew Spilker, whom is a probationary officer, was charged in Jackson County Circuit Court with five counts of possessing child pornography. The Kansas City Star reports...

Jehovah's Witnesses ask court to reverse $35M abuse verdict

Sep. 13, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities. Last year, a jury awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $31 million in punitive...

Autopsy: Colorado police fatally shot armed man in the back

Sep. 13, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — An autopsy report says an armed man who was fatally shot by police in western Colorado was hit twice in the back. The Glenwood Springs Post Independent reported Thursday police were trying to arrest 57-year-old Allan George on child pornography charges when he was killed Aug....

Ex-Michigan pastor enters plea deal in child porn case

Sep. 13, 2019 6:10 AM EDT

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan pastor who authorities say coerced underage girls to engage in sex acts online has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography. The Times Herald of Port Huron reports 64-year-old Jack Woodburn entered the plea deal with prosecutors this week in U.S. District...

Harvard reviewing nearly $9M in donations from Epstein

Sep. 12, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — Harvard University says it's reviewing donations from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and will donate all unspent funding to victims of sexual crimes. University President Lawrence Bacow announced the review Thursday but says he ordered it two weeks ago. He said Epstein's...

Catholic diocese in upstate New York files for bankruptcy

Sep. 12, 2019 5:34 PM EDT

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rochester in upstate New York filed for bankruptcy protection Thursday amid a wave of lawsuits over alleged sexual abuse of children, becoming the first of the state's eight dioceses to do so and the 20th nationwide. New York passed a law this year giving victims of childhood sexual...