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Roy Moore's accuser: 2nd day of testimony in defamation case

Jan. 26, 2022 21:58 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman who said failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore sexually touched her when she was 14 testified on Wednesday that she was glad people were “seeing him for what he did to me” with the allegations that upended his 2017 campaign. Leigh Corfman took...

Oklahoma City woman accuses ex-lawmaker of sexual misconduct

Jan. 26, 2022 19:53 PM EST

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma state lawmaker who resigned abruptly last week has been accused by an Oklahoma City lobbyist of touching her inappropriately during a New Year’s Eve party at her home. Former first-term Democratic state Rep. Jose Cruz, 31, resigned from his House...

High court upholds ex-coach's sex offender classification

Jan. 26, 2022 16:08 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld a lower court's decision that found that a former high school soccer coach convicted of child pornography charges should remain classified as a Level III sex offender, considered a high risk to reoffend. The...

Man who raped child in Oregon and Washington gets 27 years

Jan. 26, 2022 15:19 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An Oregon man who repeatedly raped and abused a child in Oregon and Washington state and placed a hidden camera to capture video of another child using a bathroom has been sentenced to 27 years in prison. U.S. District Judge Karin J. Immergut sentenced...

South Carolina 'fetal heartbeat' bill heads to appeals court

Jan. 26, 2022 12:54 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — An appellate court is preparing to hear arguments over a lawsuit challenging South Carolina’s abortion law, as states around the country await U.S. Supreme Court action in another case that could dramatically limit abortion rights overall. On Thursday, the...

Kansas to pay about $900,000 to man wrongfully convicted

Jan. 26, 2022 12:24 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A man who spent more than 13 years in prison after being wrongfully convicted of sex crimes against an 8-year-old Kansas girl could receive nearly $900,000 in compensation from the state. Merardo Garcia Jr., 52, was convicted in 2008 of aggravated indecent...

Lawmaker criticized for slurs arrested on shoplifting counts

Jan. 25, 2022 17:30 PM EST

DOVER, Del. (AP) — A Delaware lawmaker who came under fire last year for using a racist and sexist slur to refer to sex workers was arrested on shoplifting charges Tuesday, just days after announcing that he was resigning for health reasons. Newark police said a warrant was issued...

Florida senator fights back over nude images stolen from her

Jan. 25, 2022 13:12 PM EST

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — State Sen. Lauren Book often has told the story about how she was sexually abused by her nanny for six years when she was a child. She channeled the pain into a lifetime of helping other abuse survivors. Now after years of working hard to heal herself and...

Counselor charged with sexually assaulting teen student

Jan. 25, 2022 10:21 AM EST

CALAIS, Maine (AP) — A behavioral health counselor in a Maine school district has been charged with sexually assaulting a student. The counselor has been charged with sending sexually explicit photos and videos to a 16-year-old student in an alternative district school in Calais,...

New Mexico considers clampdown on violent criminal cases

Jan. 24, 2022 21:09 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Mothers who lost their sons to violence in New Mexico testified Monday that something has to be done to keep suspects accused of brutal crimes behind bars ahead of their trials — marking the official start of a legislative debate over a proposed change to the state's...