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Apr. 22, 2021 13:39 PM EDT

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Ex-fire union president pleads guilty to child porn charge

Apr. 22, 2021 11:32 AM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former Delaware firefighter is facing up to 20 years in prison after pleading guilty to possessing child pornography. Thomas Neuberger, an attorney for Joseph J. Leonetti Jr., told a judge at a plea hearing Wednesday that job-related...

Man faces federal child sexual exploitation charges

Apr. 21, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A North Bend, Oregon, man is accused of sexually exploiting a child and prosecutors are concerned there could be other victims. A federal grand jury in Eugene returned a three-count indictment in April, charging Shannon Weatherbee, 47, with sexual...

Court denies former priest's appeal in New Mexico abuse case

Apr. 21, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld a former Roman Catholic priest's convictions and 30-year prison sentence in a New Mexico case centered on sexual abuse of an altar boy at a veterans cemetery and military base. A 58-page decision by...

Ex-Iowa school janitor who sexually abused child gets prison

Apr. 21, 2021 12:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A former Des Moines Public Schools janitor convicted of sexually abusing a young child has been sentenced to 20 years in prison. Jesse Allen McIntosh, 43, of Des Moines, was sentenced last week, after pleading guilty earlier this month to two...

French high court clears cardinal of abuse cover-up claims

Apr. 14, 2021 11:47 AM EDT

LYON, France (AP) — France's highest court confirmed on Wednesday that the former archbishop of Lyon, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, did not cover up the sexual abuse of minors by a predator priest. The ruling by the Court of Cassation closes a long, emotional drama that...

Iowa man sentenced to nearly 3 decades in federal prison

Apr. 13, 2021 13:50 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa man has been sentenced to nearly three decades in federal prison for making and receiving child pornography. Ryan Don Andrew Ford, 49, of Centerville, was sentenced Monday to 27 years in prison for the two counts, federal prosecutors for...

Ex-children's museum leader pleads not guilty to child porn

Apr. 09, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former leader of a Connecticut children's museum has been charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse online, including while he worked for the museum. Robert Eckert, 56, of Simsbury, former executive director of the Lutz Children's...

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

Apr. 08, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl. Daschbach was idolized...

Ex-Kansas sheriff's official faces child porn, sex counts

Apr. 08, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) — A former official with a western Kansas sheriff’s office has been arrested on charges of trafficking in child pornography and sex crimes involving children. Blaine Dryden, 62, of WaKeeney, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with...