Latest Sexual assault News

Charity founder resigns after alleged rapes at Africa school

Apr. 20, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

An American woman who established a charity to help vulnerable girls in Liberia has resigned six months after taking a leave of absence in the wake of allegations that a local staffer raped several girls in the charity's care. More Than Me founder and chief executive officer Katie Meyler announced her resignation...

Woman's brutal killing in Bangladesh triggers protests

Apr. 19, 2019 8:36 PM EDT

DHAKA, Bangladesh (AP) — Dozens of protesters took to the streets in Bangladesh's capital to demand justice for an 18-year-old woman who died after being set on fire for refusing to drop sexual harassment charges against her Islamic school's principal. Nusrat Jahan Rafi told her family she was lured to the...

Officer says partner fired before he could analyze threat

Apr. 18, 2019 8:34 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The partner of a Minneapolis police officer who fatally shot an unarmed woman as she approached their squad car testified Thursday that he didn't fire his own gun because he was still trying to determine if he was in danger, agreeing with a prosecutor's characterization that it would...

New trial ordered for Arkansas man convicted in son's death

Apr. 18, 2019 6:43 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Arkansas Supreme Court ordered a new trial Thursday for a death row inmate who was convicted in the killing of his 6-year-old son, whom investigators say died from an infection caused by the father sexually assaulting him with a stick. Justices overturned the 2016 capital...

The Latest: Officer's partner explains why he didn't shoot

Apr. 18, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Latest on the trial of a former Minneapolis police officer in the fatal shooting of an unarmed woman who had called 911 (all times local): 5:10 p.m. The partner of a former Minneapolis cop charged in the shooting death of an unarmed woman is explaining why he didn't shoot when the...

Prosecutor wants suspect in fatal SC police ambush evaluated

Apr. 18, 2019 3:31 PM EDT

FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina prosecutor wants a judge to order a mental health evaluation for the man accused of ambushing several officers as they approached an upscale home to question a man in a child sex assault case. WBTW-TV reports Solicitor Ed Clements said Thursday he's filing an order of...

Man set to be extradited in decades-old Alaska cold case

Apr. 18, 2019 12:33 PM EDT

LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Maine Gov. Janet Mills signed a warrant allowing the extradition of a man who is wanted in Alaska to face charges he sexually assaulted and killed a woman more than two decades ago. But Steven Downs, 44, will likely challenge the governor's warrant as he seeks additional time to get...

Pennsylvania government watchdog to probe teen's murder

Apr. 17, 2019 7:04 PM EDT

A Pennsylvania state government watchdog agency has launched an investigation into the horrific case of a 14-year-old girl who had extensive contact with the child welfare system before her 2016 rape, torture and murder, a lawmaker who requested the review announced Wednesday. The Office of State Inspector...

Couple accused of forcing day laborer into sex at gunpoint

Apr. 17, 2019 6:52 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A Phoenix couple are accused of forcing a Mexican day laborer into sex at gunpoint and filming another encounter to blackmail him. Jorge Murrieta, 45, and Brenda Acuna-Aguero, 39, were arrested last week on suspicion of sexual assault, aggravated assault and unlawful recording of a person,...

Both sides want Weinstein hearing closed to media, public

Apr. 17, 2019 2:28 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Both sides in Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault case want the media and the public barred from the disgraced movie mogul's next court appearance. Prosecutors argue the April 26 hearing should be closed to protect Weinstein's right to a fair trial and for the privacy of women whose...