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Underage marriages get new restrictions in California

Sep. 21, 2018 8:38 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Friday putting new restrictions on marriages involving minors. California already allows minors to marry with the permission of a judge and parent. Starting Jan. 1, partners and the parents of minors will have to meet separately with court...

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Sep. 21, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday. Arthur J. Perrault, 80, a former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa...

Sheriff: Boy found naked, chained in Alabama home; 3 charged

Sep. 21, 2018 7:21 PM EDT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A 13-year-old boy was found naked and chained at an Alabama home and three of his relatives have been arrested on child abuse charges, authorities said Friday. The chained boy was discovered Thursday afternoon after deputies responded to an anonymous call of possible child abuse,...

Evansville Diocese to release names of abusive priests

Sep. 21, 2018 6:57 PM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — The bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Evansville says it will collect and release the names of its priests who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors. The announcement Thursday by Bishop Joseph M. Siegel came two days after Bishop Kevin Rhoades of the Diocese of Fort...

The Latest: Fugitive priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Sep. 21, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a fugitive priest from New Mexico on child sexual abuse charges (all times local): 3:50 p.m. A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of abuse. Arthur Perrault entered his plea Friday in...

Pennsylvania dioceses consider victims' compensation fund

Sep. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference...

Michigan AG launches priest probe after Pennsylvania report

Sep. 21, 2018 5:18 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Attorney General Bill Schuette is investigating possible sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Michigan, joining authorities in other states that have launched similar probes since a Pennsylvania grand jury report said more than 1,000 children have been molested there since the 1940s....

Schuette charges 4 with conspiring to kidnap, kill child

Sep. 21, 2018 4:22 PM EDT

COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette (SHOO'-tee) says he has charged four southern Michigan people with conspiring to kidnap and kill a child. Schuette says a Michigan State Police learned the four planned to kidnap a young child at a county fair, torture and sexually assault the...

Attacker gets 4 life terms in 2016 abduction of Texas girl

Sep. 21, 2018 4:19 PM EDT

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A man from El Salvador has been sentenced to four life-prison terms in Texas after being convicted of snatching a 6-year-old from her home and sexually assaulting the girl. A judge in Fort Worth on Friday sentenced 37-year-old Edis Leonel Alas. Jurors on Thursday convicted Alas of...

Former Pasco pastor sentenced for attempted rape of a child

Sep. 21, 2018 12:12 PM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — A Washington father and former pastor entangled in a child sex sting has been sentenced to nearly five years in prison. The Tri-City Herald reports 41-year-old John M. Scheline was ordered Wednesday to serve a mandatory minimum sentence of 58 months after pleading guilty this summer...