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Elementary teacher indicted on child pornography charges

Sep. 26, 2020 10:11 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — An elementary school teacher has been accused of being "in possession of and duplicating child pornography,” according to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office. Brett Cunningham, 40, is a licensed teacher in Oregon, most recently employed at a Hillsboro...

Air vent contractor accused anew of spying on schoolgirls

Sep. 25, 2020 7:02 PM EDT

GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) — A former heating and air conditioning contractor who was charged with recording girls in bathroom stalls at a Camden County school now faces additional charges for the same crime at a different school, authorities said. Cape May County prosecutors and Middle Township...

Ex-worker for Child Protection Services charged with abuse

Sep. 25, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former employee of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has been charged with the sexual abuse of young people under her care while she was working for the agency. The Tishomingo County Sheriff's Department said in a news release Friday that Lauren Rose Cavness, 26,...

Ex-Backpage execs want judge in their criminal case recused

Sep. 24, 2020 7:18 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Former executives of Backpage.com are seeking the recusal of the federal judge presiding over a criminal case in which they are accused of knowingly publishing ads for sexual services, arguing that statements made by the judge’s husband, Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, about...

'Prolific sextortionist' gets 40 years for harming 150 girls

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for coercing more than 100 girls to send him sexually explicit photos and videos. Benjamin Jenkins, 25, also faces a lifetime of supervision after his eventual release, according to the U.S. Justice Department, which described him as a...

Gold Bar ex-council member sentenced for sharing child porn

Sep. 21, 2020 5:35 PM EDT

GOLD BAR, Wash. (AP) — A former Gold Bar city council member has been sentenced to three years in federal prison and 10 years of probation for collecting and sharing images of child sexual abuse. A judge sentenced 49-year-old Brian Diaz recently in U.S. District Court. Federal prosecutors said Diaz used a...

Nebraska man sentenced to 4 years in prison for child porn

Sep. 21, 2020 10:45 AM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A south-central Nebraska man has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for possessing child pornography. Robert Rose, 65, of Guide Rock, was sentenced last week in Lincoln’s federal courthouse, federal prosecutors said in a news release Monday. He also was ordered to...

Tennessee man sentenced in Arkansas child pornography case

Sep. 18, 2020 3:54 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been sentenced to more than 23 years in prison for taking an Arkansas teenager and using her to produce child pornography, according to federal court records. Craig Gillum, 55, of Shelbyville, Tennessee, was sentenced Thursday in federal court in Little Rock to...

Former Episcopal priest gets 6 years on child porn charge

Sep. 18, 2020 3:49 PM EDT

WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — A former Episcopal priest in Massachusetts convicted of downloading child pornography was sentenced Friday to six years in federal prison. Gregory Lisby, 41, received the sentence in U.S. District Court in Worcester during a hearing at which it was disclosed that he had sexual...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Greta Gerwig, right, talks to Jerry Harris on the red carpet at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday, Sept. 17 on child pornography charges. (AP Photo/John Locher File)

'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

Sep. 17, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday and charged with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and...