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Man pleads guilty in rape, murder of Pennsylvania teen

Feb. 19, 2019 6:28 PM EST

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. A jury...

Ex-detective faces charges in sexual assault of witnesses

Feb. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer was arrested Tuesday on allegations he sexually assaulted male witnesses and suspects over his decade-plus career as a detective. A judge ordered 52-year-old Philip Nordo held without bail in protective custody during a preliminary arraignment...

The Latest: Ex-officer held without bail on rape charges

Feb. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of former Philadelphia police detective Philip Nordo on sexual assault charges related to witnesses and suspects (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A judge has ordered a former Philadelphia police officer accused of raping and sexually assaulting multiple male...

DA, defense clash in push to seal records in officer's case

Feb. 19, 2019 2:41 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday that family members of an armed black man who was fatally shot from behind by a white Nashville police officer want a slew of records made public in the officer's first-degree murder case. But the attorney for Nashville Officer Andrew Delke responded in...

Sex assault victims prompted to waive investigation rights

Feb. 19, 2019 10:03 AM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore Sun survey found Baltimore-area police departments prompted sexual assault victims to waive their rights to an investigation more than 200 times in 2017 and 2018. The newspaper reports that the practice is contrary to guidance from experts and the International Association of...

Teen's locker-room rape case to be sent to juvenile court

Feb. 19, 2019 5:57 AM EST

DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — The case against one of four Maryland teens charged as adults with rape in a Damascus High School locker room attack is now being sent to juvenile court. The Washington Post reports Friday's ruling is the first of requests by the teens attempting to have their adult cases sent to the...

Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial delayed until June

Feb. 18, 2019 8:47 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's sexual assault trial in New York City is being delayed until June 3. Court spokesman Lucian Chalfen confirmed the delay on Monday. The fallen film mogul is still expected to appear at a pretrial hearing March 8. Weinstein's trial had been slated for May 6, but that date...

Brazil's #metoo moment: Spiritual guru accused of sex abuse

Feb. 18, 2019 11:15 AM EST

ABADIANIA, Brazil (AP) — For over 40 years, spiritual healer Joao Teixeira de Faria drew people from all over the world to this small city in central Brazil, offering treatment for everything from depression to cancer. His work was both praised — Oprah Winfrey called de Faria "inspiring" while...

French judge refuses to block Catholic sex scandal movie

Feb. 18, 2019 11:07 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — A French judge refused Monday to block the release this week in French cinemas of a movie based on a Catholic sex scandal. French director Francois Ozon's film "Grace a Dieu" ("By the Grace of God") won the Berlin Film Festival's jury grand prize on Saturday. The movie, which opens Wednesday,...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Feb. 18, 2019 8:30 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen abuse victims who have descended on Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to the crisis and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders, officials said Monday....