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Cardinal George Pell has a light moment during an interview with the Associated Press inside his residence near the Vatican in Rome, Monday, Nov. 30, 2020. The pope’s former treasurer, who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, said Monday he feels a dismayed sense of vindication as the financial mismanagement he tried to uncover in the Holy See is now being exposed in a spiraling Vatican corruption investigation. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Judge refuses to dismiss media charges in Pell trial

Dec. 4, 2020 12:09 AM EST

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — A Supreme Court judge in Australia's Victoria state on Friday dismissed submissions from news media organizations and journalists that there is no case to answer on charges they breached a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse convictions in 2018. ...

Ex-Tennessee teacher, coach charged with raping teen student

Dec. 3, 2020 6:10 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A former Tennessee high school teacher and coach was arrested Thursday, accused of raping a 16-year-old student at his home, police said. An indictment charged Timothy Williams, 30, with two counts of aggravated statutory rape of a female student in connection with a June meeting at...

French lawyer Thibaut Kursawa, right, defending retired French surgeon Joel Le Scouarnec attends the opening day of the trial in the courthouse of Saintes, western France, Friday, March 13, 2020. A retired French surgeon accused of raping or sexually abusing more than 300 girls – often on the operating table - goes on trial, in a case that took decades to come to light and may be France's worst single sexual abuse case to date. (AP Photo/Francois Mori)

French surgeon gets 15-year jail in massive pedophilia case

Dec. 3, 2020 5:48 PM EST

LYON, France (AP) — A French retired surgeon accused of sexually abusing over 300 young children over decades – primarily his patients in their hospital rooms — has been sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison in the first trial of what may be the largest-ever pedophilia case in the country....

Chicago archdiocese to pay $1.5 million in sexual abuse suit

Dec. 3, 2020 3:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a man who says he was sexually abused as a child by a defrocked priest who was convicted of sexually abusing several boys, the man's attorney said Thursday. The settlement agreement announced in a news...

Teen charged in fatal beating, burning of Chicago man

Dec. 3, 2020 2:56 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A 15-year-old boy has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of an elderly man who was beaten to death with a baseball bat and then set on fire earlier this year, Chicago Police said Thursday. The boy whose name has not been released because of his age, was arrested Wednesday...

Officer accused of sexual assaults prior to becoming cop

Dec. 2, 2020 10:24 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A police officer was freed on bond Wednesday after being accused of sexually assaulting a high school student and a woman years before being hired by the Chicago Police Department. Winford L. Neely is facing five counts of criminal sexual abuse for alleged assaults dating back to 2013....

Woman charged after infant in her care overdoses on heroin

Dec. 2, 2020 6:03 PM EST

EAST DEER, Pa. (AP) — An infant remains hospitalized after she overdosed on heroin that she ingested while a woman who was supposed to be caring for her slept, authorities said. Sara Tate, 32, told authorities that she left her daughter, 12, and sister-in-law, 10, to watch the 9-month-old girl while she...

FILE - In this Feb. 19, 2019, file photo, from front to back, Samuel Aquila, archbishop of the Denver diocese of the Roman Catholic Church, Very Rev. Randy Dollins, vicar general, and Colorado Attorney General Phil Weiser listen about the plan to have a former federal prosecutor review the sexual abuse files of Colorado's Roman Catholic dioceses at a news conference in Denver. Nine more Catholic priests, including one well known for helping Denver's homeless, have been identified as sexually abusing children in Colorado in a follow-up report released Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, by Weiser. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File)

9 new Catholic priests named in Colorado sex abuse report

Dec. 1, 2020 6:21 PM EST

Nine more Catholic priests, including one well known for helping Denver's homeless, were found to have sexually abused children in an updated report on sex abuse in Colorado's Catholic churches released Tuesday by state Attorney General Phil Weiser. The late Rev. Charles B. Woodrich, known as Father Woody, and...

Parents of Arizona children killed in flood plead not guilty

Dec. 1, 2020 4:30 PM EST

GLOBE, Ariz. (AP) — A couple whose two children and a niece drowned in Arizona floodwaters pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and child abuse charges. Daniel Rawlings and Lacey Rawlings were arraigned in Gila County Superior Court Tuesday, KPHO-TV reported. Daniel Rawlings was indicted by a grand jury on...

FILE - In this Oct. 9, 2012 file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, is taken from the Centre County Courthouse by Centre County Sheriff Denny Nau, left, and a deputy, after being sentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. A federal appeals court on Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2020, reinstated former Penn State President Graham Spanier's conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy in a football team shower.  (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Ex-Penn St. president's Sandusky-related conviction restored

Dec. 1, 2020 2:37 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Tuesday reinstated former Penn State President Graham Spanier's conviction for child endangerment over his handling of a report that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had sexually abused a boy in a team shower. The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of...