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Cardinal George Pell has a light moment during an interview with the Associated Press inside his residence near the Vatican in Rome, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The pope’s former treasurer, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Judge refuses to dismiss media charges in Pell trial

Dec. 4, 2020 12:09 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Supreme Court judge in Australia's Victoria state on Friday dismissed submissions from news media organizations and journalists that there is no case to answer on charges they breached a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse convictions in 2018. ...

French lawyer Thibaut Kursawa, right, defending retired French surgeon Joel Le Scouarnec attends the opening day of the trial in the courthouse of Saintes, western France, Friday, March 13, 2020. A retired French surgeon accused of raping or sexually abusing more than 300 girls – often on the operating table - goes on trial, in a case that took decades to come to light and may be France's worst single sexual abuse case to date. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French surgeon gets 15-year jail in massive pedophilia case

Dec. 3, 2020 5:48 PM EST

LYON, France (AP) — A French retired surgeon accused of sexually abusing over 300 young children over decades – primarily his patients in their hospital rooms — has been sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison in the first trial of what may be the largest-ever pedophilia case in the country....

Chicago archdiocese to pay $1.5 million in sexual abuse suit

Dec. 3, 2020 3:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who says he was sexually abused as a child by a defrocked priest who was convicted of sexually abusing several boys, the man's attorney said Thursday. The settlement agreement announced in a news...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, from front to back, Samuel Aquila, archbishop of the Denver diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Very Rev. Randy Dollins, vicar general, and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser listen about the plan to have a former federal prosecutor review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses at a news conference in Denver. Nine more Catholic priests, including one well known for helping Denver's homeless, have been identified as sexually abusing children in Colorado in a follow-up report released Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, by Weiser. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

9 new Catholic priests named in Colorado sex abuse report

Dec. 1, 2020 6:21 PM EST

Nine more Catholic priests, including one well known for helping Denver's homeless, were found to have sexually abused children in an updated report on sex abuse in Colorado's Catholic churches released Tuesday by state Attorney General Phil Weiser. The late Rev. Charles B. Woodrich, known as Father Woody, and...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, reinstated former Penn State President Graham Spanier's conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy in a football team shower.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Ex-Penn St. president's Sandusky-related conviction restored

Dec. 1, 2020 2:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated former Penn State President Graham Spanier's conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy in a team shower. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of...

Cardinal George Pell answers' a journalists question during an interview with the Associated Press inside his residence near the Vatican in Rome, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The pope’s former treasurer, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

AP Exclusive: Cardinal Pell on the Vatican and vindication

Nov. 30, 2020 3:56 PM EST

ROME (AP) — The pope’s former treasurer, Cardinal George Pell, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. Pell made the comments to The Associated Press...

A female worker sprays herbicide in a palm oil plantation in Sumatra, Indonesia, on Saturday, Sept. 8, 2018. Many women are hired by subcontractors on a day-to-day basis without benefits, performing the same jobs for the same companies for years and even decades. They often work without pay to help their husbands meet otherwise impossible daily quotas. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

Rape, abuses in palm oil fields linked to top beauty brands

Nov. 24, 2020 1:31 PM EST

SUMATRA, Indonesia (AP) — With his hand clamped tightly over her mouth, she could not scream, the 16-year-old girl recalls – and no one was around to hear her anyway. She describes how her boss raped her amid the tall trees on an Indonesian palm oil plantation that feeds into some of the...

Epstein ex Maxwell isolated after prison staffer gets virus

Nov. 23, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Ghislaine Maxwell, the one-time girlfriend of Jeffrey Epstein, is in quarantine at a New York City federal lockup after a staff member there tested positive for the coronavirus, prosecutors said Monday. In a letter to a judge, prosecutors said Maxwell, 58, was put in isolation last...

A group protests against a planned holiday event outside the former Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center Friday Nov. 20, 2020, in Waltham, Mass. A plan to create a large drive-thru holiday lights display on the grounds of the disgraced former state facility, where mentally disabled youths once were warehoused and subjected to experiments, has touched off angry protests by activists who say it's inappropriate. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Advocates want light show moved from former mental facility

Nov. 20, 2020 2:33 PM EST

WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A battle is underway in a Boston suburb over whether it is appropriate to hold a joyous holiday celebration at the site of a now-closed institution where developmentally disabled children were once abused, neglected and warehoused under deplorable conditions. The Waltham Lions Club...

Dutch court convicts 58-year-old man of sexually abusing boy

Nov. 20, 2020 9:56 AM EST

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A Dutch court convicted a man Friday of sexually abusing an 11-year-old boy and depriving him of his liberty leading to his death more than 20 years ago, but acquitted him of deliberately killing the boy. The court in the southern city of Maastricht sentenced 58-year-old Jos...