Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Bishop: $1.2M from sale will go to help sex abuse victims

Sep. 15, 2019 2:22 PM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say $1.2 million from the sale of the diocesan home of former West Virginia Catholic Bishop Michael J. Bransfield will go to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Intelligencer reports Bishop Mark E. Brennan released the information in a letter Friday to...

Trial to begin for rabbi accused of sexually assaulting teen

Sep. 15, 2019 9:37 AM EDT

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — A jury trial is set to begin for a Connecticut rabbi accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a teenage boy who attended a school the rabbi founded. State prosecutors are scheduled to begin presenting their case against Daniel Greer on Monday in New Haven Superior Court. The...

In Alaska hometown, Native women say police ignored rapes

Sep. 14, 2019 1:14 AM EDT

NOME, Alaska (AP) — There's not much that scares Susie. As an Alaska Native woman, she thrives amid sub-zero winters in her village near the Arctic Circle, and camps with her family each summer at the Bering Sea, catching, drying and smoking salmon to put away for winter. But Susie is afraid to return to...

Fugitive ex-priest sentenced to 30 years in sex abuse case

Sep. 13, 2019 7:05 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base. In ordering the sentence, U.S. District Judge Martha...

Dismissed NFL suit cited in sexual abuse suit against church

Sep. 13, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana court's recent dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL over officiating at a January playoff game is now being cited by attorneys for the Catholic Church as they fight civil lawsuits over alleged sex abuse by clergy. A Tuesday filing by church attorneys quotes from the Supreme...

Retired Wisconsin priest acquitted of sexual assault

Sep. 13, 2019 5:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin jury on Friday acquitted a retired Catholic priest on charges alleging that he had sexually assaulted an altar boy over several years, starting in 2006. The Jefferson County jury found William Nolan, 66, not guilty of five counts of sexual assault following a weeklong...

The Latest: Dismissed NFL suit cited in 2 sex abuse defenses

Sep. 13, 2019 5:03 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Latest on lawyers for the Catholic Church citing the Louisiana Supreme Court's dismissal of a lawsuit against the NFL in efforts to end lawsuits against the church over sexual abuse (all times local): 4 p.m. For the second time this week, Catholic Church attorneys fighting sex abuse...

Missouri investigation: 12 ex-clergy could face prosecution

Sep. 13, 2019 4:11 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching cover-up."...

Jehovah's Witnesses ask court to reverse $35M abuse verdict

Sep. 13, 2019 3:34 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An attorney for the Jehovah's Witnesses asked the Montana Supreme Court on Friday to reverse a $35 million verdict against the church for not reporting a girl's sexual abuse to authorities. Last year, a jury awarded $4 million in compensatory damages and $31 million in punitive...

The Latest: Fugitive priest sentenced in US sex abuse case

Sep. 13, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a former New Mexico priest convicted of sex abuse case (all times local): 1:15 p.m. A former Roman Catholic priest who authorities say fled the country in the early 1990s as he faced sex abuse allegations in New Mexico has been sentenced to 30 years...