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Wichita man sentenced for abusing his 2-month-old son

Apr. 22, 2019 6:47 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man has been sentenced to more than six years in state prison for abusing his 2-month-old son. Prosecutors dropped an attempted murder charge against Thomas Avery Harper in exchange for his guilty plea to aggravated battery and child abuse. Sedgwick County authorities say...

Judge denies lower bond for ex-priest accused of abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 5:33 PM EDT

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — A St. Louis County judge on Monday refused to lower bail for a former Catholic priest who was previously imprisoned and labeled sexually violent. Fred Lenczycki, 74, of suburban Chicago, was charged in February with two counts of sodomy for allegedly abusing two boys in the early 1990s...

School district settles sex assault case involving student

Apr. 22, 2019 5:04 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho school district and a girl who sued after she was sexually assaulted by an older student and forced to move to another community reached a settlement, hours after a jury began deliberating. The family of the girl sued the Shoshone School District alleging that school principal...

Police end search of landfill for Southern California baby

Apr. 22, 2019 12:55 PM EDT

CULVER CITY, Calif. (AP) — Police have called off the search of a huge Southern California landfill where they believe the body of a 6-month-old boy is buried. The Culver City Police Department said Monday that an exhaustive investigation was unable to narrow down a location where the remains of Jacsun...

Wrestling coach accused of ignoring hazing pleads not guilty

Apr. 22, 2019 12:31 PM EDT

FRANKLIN, Ohio (AP) — Police say a youth wrestling coach in Ohio accused of knowing about hazing among wrestlers but not stopping it has pleaded not guilty to charges of child endangerment and hazing. Franklin police say 58-year-old Bart Freidenberg turned himself in last week and was released after making...

Authorities probe preschool accused of overlooking sex abuse

Apr. 22, 2019 4:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The attorney general of Washington, D.C., and the Office of the State Superintendent of Education are investigating a preschool accused of ignoring signs that a teacher was sexually abusing children. The Washington Post reported Friday that both offices declined to specify the purpose and...

California police say teen lured to assault with dating app

Apr. 21, 2019 10:31 PM EDT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — California police say a teenage victim of sexual assault was lured through a dating app. KABC-TV reports that Santa Ana police arrested 59-year-old Michael Komoto April 18 on a charge of engaging in sex acts with a minor. Police say Komoto told a 15-year-old boy he was 39 years old...

Ex-Alaska teacher, pastor sentenced for sex abuse of teen

Apr. 21, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A former high school teacher and pastor in southeast Alaska will be going to prison for sexually abusing a teenage girl at a school, a church and his home. Douglas Edwards, 60, was sentenced last week to 18 years in prison with 12 years suspended after pleading guilty in February...

Woman convicted of child abuse now advocating for prevention

Apr. 21, 2019 1:05 AM EDT

SAGINAW, Mich. (AP) — After serving time in prison for child abuse related to the death of her son, a Saginaw woman is now speaking out against child abuse and domestic violence. Mio Campbell served four years and nine months behind bars for second-degree child abuse before being released on Dec. 4, 2018....

Parents who starved and shackled children sentenced to life

Apr. 20, 2019 1:48 AM EDT

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison. Since being freed from their...