Latest Child abuse News

Investigation launched into abuse claims by "Garlic Girls"

Nov. 14, 2018 1:35 AM EST

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The darlings of South Korea's Winter Olympics are back in the headlines eight months after their stirring run to a curling silver medal in Pyeongchang. South Korea's sports ministry on Wednesday announced a joint investigation with the national Olympic committee into allegations...

Mexican man who killed wife, 2 children set to die in Texas

Nov. 14, 2018 1:03 AM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Attorneys for a Mexican citizen scheduled to be executed in Texas for the sledgehammer killings of his wife and two children say his life should be spared because he is a "bipolar, brain-injured" person who was severely abused as a child. Roberto Moreno Ramos was set to die by...

Seattle Archdiocese pays $7M to settle sex abuse claims

Nov. 13, 2018 9:54 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Archdiocese has agreed to pay nearly $7 million to settle claims by six men who say priests sexually abused them when they were children. The Seattle Times reports the Seattle Archdiocese admitted no wrongdoing as part of the latest settlements, all of which were paid within the...

Appeals panel orders prison sentence for man in sex case

Nov. 13, 2018 6:39 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska Court of Appeals panel has ordered that a man who got some jail time and probation for attempted child sexual assault be resentenced to prison. A majority of the panel found that a Sarpy County district judge was too lenient when he sentenced 42-year-old Jason Gibson to six...

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

Nov. 13, 2018 5:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a...

Reno man, 56, facing life sentences for child sex conviction

Nov. 13, 2018 4:39 PM EST

RENO, Nev. (AP) — Prosecutors say a 56-year-old Reno man faces multiple possible sentences of life in prison after a jury found him guilty of 17 child sexual assault, lewdness and pornography charges involving a 14-year-old female victim. A deputy public defender who represented Jeffrey Lynn Fluckiger at...

Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia have agreed to pay uncapped compensation offers for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy as part of a claims process that started Tuesday. Details of the Philadelphia program were discussed at a news conference held by...

Cost of defense for murder suspect nears $1 million

Nov. 13, 2018 2:05 PM EST

KINGMAN, Ariz. (AP) — The cost to defend an Arizona murder suspect already is approaching a million dollars and the suspect's trial isn't until April. The Mohave Valley Daily News reports Justin James Rector, of Bullhead City, is charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, child abuse and abandonment of...

Ex-Mississippi officer indicted on fondling charge

Nov. 13, 2018 1:52 PM EST

SENATOBIA, Miss. (AP) — A former police officer in Mississippi accused of inappropriately touching children has been indicted on fondling charges. Tate County sheriff's deputies say former Senatobia officer Arthur Avant remains jailed Tuesday. It's unclear if bail has been set or if he has a lawyer. An...

Exam ordered for man accused of attack in welfare office

Nov. 13, 2018 1:19 PM EST

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — A judge has ordered a mental competency examination for a 19-year-old man charged with sexually assaulting a girl in a child welfare office. Michael Anthony Hamer is charged in Johnson County with rape and aggravated indecent liberties with a child. Prosecutors allege Hamer assaulted a...