Latest Sexual assault News

In this picture taken on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 Yolanda Martinez Garcia cries during an interview with the Associated Press at her home, in Milan. Her son was sexually abused by one of the priests of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Disgraced religious order tried to get abuse victim to lie

Feb. 17, 2020 1:52 PM EST

MILAN (AP) — The cardinal’s response was not what Yolanda Martínez had expected — or could abide. Her son had been sexually abused by a priest of the Legion of Christ, a disgraced religious order. And now she was calling Cardinal Valasio De Paolis -- the Vatican official appointed by...

Parents allege daughter, 6, was sexually assaulted at recess

Feb. 16, 2020 4:40 PM EST

EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The parents of a 6-year-old southern Illinois girl are suing local school officials, alleging that their daughter was sexually assaulted by another kindergartner during recess. The lawsuit names the Edwardsville School District 7 as the defendant and alleges that the school...

Woman who says Rick James raped her in 1979 sues estate

Feb. 16, 2020 11:46 AM EST

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who says she was raped by late R&B singer Rick James when she was 15 years old is suing his estate for $50 million. The unidentified plaintiff says James raped her while she was staying at a group home in Buffalo, New York, in 1979. The lawsuit was filed on Thursday against...

Middle school band director fired amid sex abuse charges

Feb. 15, 2020 4:03 PM EST

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) — School officials in a North Carolina county on Saturday fired a middle school band director charged with sex crimes involving six alleged victims. The New Hanover County Board of Education unanimously voted to fire Roland-Grise Middle School band director Peter Frank after meeting...

Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves a Manhattan courthouse after closing arguments in his rape trial in New York, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

Week 4 of Weinstein trial: Closing arguments, two universes

Feb. 15, 2020 2:04 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Harvey Weinstein grinned as he left court, and his lawyers said he was confident heading into what could be his last weekend of freedom as his New York City rape trial moves closer to a verdict. Jurors are set to start deliberating Tuesday, their task put off a day because court is closed...

Accuser testifies in ex-college athlete's sex assault trial

Feb. 15, 2020 1:08 PM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — One of six women to accuse a former University of Delaware baseball player of sexually assault has testified that he choked her as she tried to free herself. "It was like fighting a wild animal," the woman said during Clay Conaway’s second trial, The News Journal reported on...

Wisconsin jury reaches verdict in agent assault trial

Feb. 15, 2020 12:13 PM EST

WAUKESHA, Wis. (AP) — A jury found a former federal agent not guilty of sexually assaulting two women but guilty of assaulting a third. The Journal Sentinel reports David Scharlat, 55, of Oconomowoc, was charged in 2018 with five counts of sexual assault against the three women over five years. Scharlat,...

Ex-school principal enters plea for failing to report abuse

Feb. 15, 2020 10:34 AM EST

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A former Omaha elementary school principal accused last year of not immediately reporting a teacher's suspected sexual abuse of students has pleaded no contest to failing to report child abuse. Eric Nelson entered the plea Thursday in Douglas County District Court, television station...

Nebraska man sentenced to prison for producing child porn

Feb. 15, 2020 10:11 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A North Platte man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for conspiracy and production of child pornography. Mathew Goad, 34, was sentenced Thursday in Lincoln's federal court and ordered to undergo a lifetime of supervision upon his release from prison, federal prosecutors for...

Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages testifies, Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Lansing, Mich., during her trial where she faces two counts of lying to police. A jury on Friday found Klages guilty of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged.  She faces up to four years in prison. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Feb. 14, 2020 6:39 PM EST

A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was convicted Friday on charges that she lied to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997. It's the latest fallout from the scandal that has rocked the school. Kathie Klages, 65, was found...