Latest Sexual abuse News

Tennessee pastor gets 38 years in child sex abuse sentence

Dec. 14, 2019 2:35 PM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee pastor faces 38 years in prison after being found guilty on 24 counts involving child sex abuse. News outlets report that 41-year-old Ronnie Gorton received the sentence Friday in Tipton County. He was convicted on charges including sexual battery and statutory rape in...

Cries of abuse in Catholic Church start to be heard in Japan

Dec. 14, 2019 2:56 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — During Pope Francis’ recent visit to Japan, Harumi Suzuki stood where his motorcade passed by holding a sign that read: “I am a survivor.” Katsumi Takenaka stood at another spot, on another day, holding up his banner that read, “Catholic child sexual abuse in...

Mexico's most famous living author stands by sex abuse claim

Dec. 13, 2019 9:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexico's most famous living author, Elena Poniatowska, is standing by her claim that she was sexually abused by an older colleague in 1954. Poniatowska, 87, reacted this week after relatives of deceased novelist Juan Jose Arreola lashed out publicly at her. Poniatowska has said that...

Missouri sex offender expert charged with abusing 2 boys

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A forensic psychologist from Missouri who has worked with national groups on management of sex offenders has been charged with sexually abusing two boys. Kurt M. Bumby, 50, of Columbia, was charged Thursday in Boone County with two counts of statutory sodomy. He was charged in November...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 13, 2019 3:47 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A video circulating online shows a person firing an AR-15 rifle, and...

Ex-Roman Catholic deacon indicted on child rape charge

Dec. 12, 2019 7:49 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Roman Catholic Church deacon in New Orleans was indicted Thursday on a charge that he raped an altar boy nearly 40 years ago. George Brignac, 84, was charged by a grand jury Thursday with one count of aggravated rape. He was arrested in September. The victim in the case came...

Catholic dioceses spar over Archbishop Sheen sainthood

Dec. 12, 2019 5:16 PM EST

In an unusual public spat, the Roman Catholic diocese of Peoria, Illinois, is accusing the Rochester, New York, diocese of trying to “sabotage” the beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen. Sheen, who before his death in 1979 was famous for his radio and TV preaching, had been scheduled to be...

Fewer kids report sex abuse in US juvenile detention centers

Dec. 11, 2019 8:12 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A new federal report has found the number of kids who say they have been sexually victimized in juvenile detention centers has dropped across the U.S. compared with past years. But remarkably high rates of sexual abuse persist in 12 facilities stretching from Oregon to Florida,...

Epstein lawyer disappointed women won't give up lawsuits

Dec. 11, 2019 5:37 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for Jeffrey Epstein's estate said Wednesday he is disappointed that women who say the financier sexually attacked them aren't suspending lawsuits to join a special compensation fund, but an attorney for one woman says lawsuits are the better route, at least for now. Attorney Bennet...

Spanish judge sends man to prison over gang rape website

Dec. 10, 2019 8:09 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — A Spanish judge has sentenced a man to 18 months in prison for creating a website showing where an infamous gang rape took place in Pamplona and the route the convicted perpetrators took. A Pamplona court statement Tuesday said the judge also ordered the 39-year-old Madrid man, identified...