Latest Sexual assault News

Prosecutor: Teen should get life for killing elderly woman

May. 26, 2018 5:44 PM EDT

WARREN, Ohio (AP) — A prosecutor in Ohio says a teenager who tried to rape and beat to death a 94-year-old neighbor with a flashlight should spend the rest of his life in prison with no chance for parole. Trumbull County Assistant Prosecutor Christopher Becker wrote in a sentencing document filed Friday...

Mom cleared after years in prison agrees to $1.9M settlement

May. 26, 2018 4:26 PM EDT

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. (AP) — A county in southwestern Michigan has agreed to a $1.9 million settlement with a woman who spent seven years in prison before her sexual assault conviction was thrown out. Calhoun County made the deal Wednesday with Lorinda Swain. In 2002, she was convicted of molesting a family...

Morgan Freeman says he did not assault women

May. 26, 2018 1:46 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Morgan Freeman says he likes to compliment people to make them feel at ease around him but that he has never sexually assaulted women. The Academy Award-winning actor is fighting back against charges of bad behavior made by multiple women in a CNN report this week. He said in a statement...

Legal hurdles may make Weinstein's prosecution an exception

May. 26, 2018 9:39 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Harvey Weinstein's arrest in New York Friday is a landmark moment in the #MeToo movement. Yet as authorities work through dozens of cases against famous figures in entertainment and other industries brought on by the Weinstein-inspired wave that began in October, legal hurdles may make...

With grant and DNA, DA's office aims to close unsolved rapes

May. 26, 2018 12:06 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — She was a teenage girl - only 16 - when a man took her at gunpoint from a bus stop in Bywater, beat her and raped her behind a shed in July 1986. New Orleans police collected physical evidence from her. But a year passed, then 10, and eventually more than three decades without an arrest...

Some Alabama women feel left behind by the #MeToo movement

May. 26, 2018 12:05 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Some women in Alabama have a hard time identifying with #MeToo, a movement they feel often doesn't leave space for conservative women's voices. Elizabeth Sheth of Huntsville is one of two women engineers in her office, a mother of three and a conservative Christian. She thinks the...

Senate orders Pentagon to review child-on-child sex abuse

May. 26, 2018 12:04 AM EDT

The Senate committee that oversees the U.S. military ordered an independent investigation of how the Defense Department handles sexual violence among children on bases as part of legislation that would overhaul how the Pentagon must respond when assaults are reported. Military officials had quietly resisted an...

The Latest: Weinstein takes books on theater, film to arrest

May. 25, 2018 8:44 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the sexual misconduct probe of film producer Harvey Weinstein (all times local): 11:40 a.m. Harvey Weinstein was in and out of custody so quickly in his rape case, he probably didn't have time to read the books he brought with him. The film mogul carried three books under his...

Senate orders Pentagon to review child-on-child sex abuse

May. 25, 2018 8:26 PM EDT

The Senate committee that oversees the U.S. military ordered an independent investigation of how the Defense Department handles sexual violence among children on bases as part of legislation that would overhaul how the Pentagon must respond when assaults are reported. Military officials had quietly resisted an...

Defendant in statutory rape of child gets 90 days detention

May. 25, 2018 6:38 PM EDT

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A 79-year-old man who pleaded no contest to felony statutory rape of a child was sentenced to 90 days detention and will not have to register as a sex offender. The sentence upset the parents after they gave emotional testimony at the hearing. "I want other kids to be protected by...