Latest Sexual abuse News

Judge considers lowering bail for ex-youth center worker

Apr. 20, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire youth center worker accused of sexually assaulting four teenagers, including one at gunpoint, asked a judge Tuesday to release him from jail or lower his bail pending trial. Jeffrey Buskey, 54, of Quincy, Massachusetts, was...

Abuse lawsuit filed against former Christian camp counselor

Apr. 20, 2021 13:46 PM EDT

BRANSON, Mo. (AP) — A former counselor who is already in prison for abusing children at a Christian camp near Branson has been sued by another person alleging he was abused while attending the camp. A lawsuit filed April 8 by an anonymous plaintiff accuses Peter Newman...

Report: Missouri lawmaker should be ousted for alleged abuse

Apr. 19, 2021 20:20 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A state House committee report released Monday called for a new Missouri lawmaker’s ouster over allegations that he physically and sexually abused his children years ago. The Missouri House Ethics Committee found the claims against Lee's Summit...

Ghislaine Maxwell attorneys to 2nd Circuit: She's no monster

Apr. 19, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Defense lawyers insisted Ghislaine Maxwell is “no monster” as they asked an appeals court Monday for her release on bail so she can better prepare for trial on charges she procured girls for Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse. The lawyers told the 2nd...

Convicted sex offender set free after prosecutor error cited

Apr. 19, 2021 04:34 AM EDT

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia man serving a long prison sentence for sex crimes has been set free after a judge said a county prosecutor erred in instructions to a grand jury. Marshall County Circuit Judge David Hummel last week dismissed the case against...

Survivors of childhood sexual assault raise awareness

Apr. 18, 2021 09:08 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When Fatima M. Smith and two of her friends told parents and police that their cheerleading coach had sexually abused them, they were ostracized by the families of their teammates. Years later, in high school, that experience — the death threats,...

The Hartford agrees to pay $650M in Boy Scouts bankruptcy

Apr. 16, 2021 20:41 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Insurance company The Hartford has agreed to pay $650 million into a proposed trust fund for victims of child sexual abuse as part of the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case. In exchange for the payment, the Boy Scouts and its local councils would...

Mother in California says she drowned 3 children to protect them from father's sex abuse

Apr. 16, 2021 02:10 AM EDT
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (AP) — Mother in California says she drowned 3 children to protect them from father's sex abuse.

Former Maine corrections officer charged with sexual abuse

Apr. 15, 2021 16:32 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A former Maine corrections officer turned himself in to investigators on Thursday after facing charges of sexually abusing a former inmate. Jonathan Williams, 30, was charged with gross sexual assault, unlawful sexual contact and unlawful sexual...

Missouri House delays lawmaker resignation to finish review

Apr. 15, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — The Missouri House on Thursday refused to accept a lawmaker's resignation so the Ethics Committee can fully investigate allegations that he physically and sexually abused his children years ago. The GOP-led House voted 153-0 to prevent Republican...