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Pope cites plight of migrants, children on Good Friday

Apr. 19, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis used a Good Friday ceremony to decry "all the crosses" of suffering in the world, including those borne by migrants who find doors closed due to "political calculations" and children who are harmed in their "innocence and purity," in a reference to pedophile clergy. From a...

Feds seek 180 years for Iowa coach who exploited 400 boys

Apr. 19, 2019 1:27 PM EDT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former elite youth basketball coach who sexually exploited more than 400 boys over a decade in Iowa deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, federal prosecutors argue. Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence 43-year-old Greg Stephen to the maximum possible penalty of...

Music program founder charged with lewd acts against girls

Apr. 18, 2019 11:28 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a nonprofit group that was investigated over allegations it gave flutes possibly tainted with semen to schoolchildren has been charged with committing lewd acts against girls in California, it was announced Thursday. John Zeretzke, 60, of Ventura was indicted by an...

Pennsylvania House OKs new child sex abuse reporting rules

Apr. 17, 2019 5:02 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania House of Representatives moved Wednesday to toughen penalties for people who do not report suspicions about repeated child sexual abuse and make it explicit that nondisclosure terms in contracts cannot prevent people from talking to police in child molestation...

Former youth pastor admits exploiting teenage girl

Apr. 12, 2019 4:05 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A former youth pastor at a Vermont Baptist church who admitted exploiting a teenage girl in a youth group will avoid jail time and not be placed on the sex offender registry if he stays out of trouble for the next five years. The Burlington Free Press reports 29-year-old Michael...

Former coach pleads not guilty to sex abuse, child porn

Apr. 12, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A former high school fishing coach has pleaded not guilty to charges of sex abuse and child pornography. The Paducah Sun reports John Parks appeared in court Thursday to answer to one count of first-degree sexual abuse and 10 counts of possession or viewing of matter portraying a sexual...

Sundance Film Festival co-founder charged with sex abuse

Apr. 11, 2019 8:05 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s has been charged with sexual abuse of a young girl. Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, is accused of inappropriately touching a girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015, according...

Washington sexting bill aims to shield teens from adult law

Apr. 11, 2019 7:43 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Legislation aimed at keeping youth who send sexually explicit texts from being charged under adult sex crime laws has cleared the Legislature in Washington state. The bill , which passed late Wednesday night, would create a new group of crimes reserved specifically for minors who are...

Japan Catholic Church to begin investigating sex abuse cases

Apr. 11, 2019 7:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Catholic Church in Japan is preparing to investigate allegations of sexual abuse against minors by its priests, including accusations from 20 years ago, officials said Thursday. The Catholic Bishops' Conference in Japan said it has established a committee in each diocese to take claims and...

Spain's Supreme Court upholds priest's sex abuse conviction

Apr. 10, 2019 12:41 PM EDT

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — Spain's Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a priest for the sexual abuse of two 12-year-old boys and confirmed a lower court's sentence of 17 years and seven months in prison. A Supreme Court statement issued Wednesday said the judges also rejected an appeal by the Romanian...