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UN: Most Sudan rebels and neighbors back Darfur peace hope

Jan. 20, 2020 8:36 PM EST

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.N. experts say most rebel groups and all of Sudan’s neighbors except Libya support the peace process in Darfur but local security incidents in that troubled western region have increased, ranging from rapes to clashes between farmers and herders. The panel's report to the...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

Harvey Weinstein leaves a Manhattan courthouse after a second day of jury selection for his trial on rape and sexual assault charges, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews)

#MeToo prosecutors deploy experts early to thwart defense

Jan. 20, 2020 9:23 AM EST

When his trial opens in the coming days, Harvey Weinstein’s defense team is expected to go on the offensive against the women who have accused him of rape and sexual assault, in part by questioning if they acted like victims afterward. New York City prosecutors intend to counter with a strategy...

Sex offender agrees to plead guilty to enticing girl

Jan. 20, 2020 8:31 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Court records show a convicted sex offender plans to plead guilty to enticing an 11-year-old Rapid City girl by sending her explicit messages and photos. The agreement with prosecutors has John Carl Sanders entering a guilty plea to enticing a minor using the internet as a...

Former massage therapist sentenced for sexual misconduct

Jan. 19, 2020 4:56 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former massage therapy instructor who was accused by multiple women of sexual misconduct has been sentenced. The Great Falls Tribune reports 48-year-old Gene Watson was sentenced Friday to five years in state prison and a year and a half in the Cascade County jail. The terms...

Russian group reports 8 arrests at Moscow human rights march

Jan. 19, 2020 9:38 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian group that monitors political repressions said eight people were detained by police Sunday at a march in Moscow commemorating a human rights lawyer and a journalist who were fatally shot 11 years ago. There was no immediate information from the OVD-Info group about charges against...

In this undated photo provided by the Denver Police Department is Johnny Leon Alvarez who is currently being held in the Denver Detention Center for investigation of sexual assault. Leon Alvarez, 29, was arrested early Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. He has been suspended without pay from the police department, according to a statement by Denver police officials. (Denver Police Department via AP)

Denver police officer accused of sexually assaulting woman

Jan. 18, 2020 3:27 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A Denver police officer is accused of sexually assaulting a woman he first met while responding to a call for service last month, authorities said Saturday. Johnny Leon Alvarez, 29, was arrested early Friday. He was being held in the Denver Detention Center for investigation of sexual...

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt.  (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Documentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on Lifetime

Jan. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime. The four-hour film, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday. Epstein, 66, killed himself in his...

Man convicted of raping girl sentenced to life in prison

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Mill City man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following his second rape conviction. The sentence Thursday came more than 20 years after he was first convicted of raping a minor, the Statesman Journal reported. A Marion County jury earlier this...

Sexual misconduct charges filed against 2 Michigan priests

Jan. 17, 2020 7:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against two priests who worked in the Upper Peninsula’s Catholic diocese of Marquette, Michigan prosecutors announced Friday The charges against Gary Allen Jacobs of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Roy Joseph were announced Friday by...