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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell, Pope Francis' former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a newspaper has reported, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Church says Cardinal Pell returning to Vatican in crisis

Sep. 28, 2020 2:57 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis’ former finance minister, will soon return to the Vatican during an extraordinary economic scandal for the first time since he was cleared of child abuse allegations in Australia five months ago, a church agency said Monday. Pell will fly...

SC councilman arrested, accused of child molestation

Sep. 26, 2020 5:59 PM EDT

BAMBERG, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina county councilman is in custody, accused of molesting a child, state authorities said. The South Carolina Law Enforcement Division on Friday arrested Bamberg County Council Chairman Kerry Trent Kinard on a charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a minor,...

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...

Residents demand Fresno police reviewer resign over report

Sep. 25, 2020 4:47 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — Community members in Fresno are calling for the resignation of an independent police reviewer who admitted to withholding his report into allegations of police abuse involving a 17-year-old who was repeatedly punched in the face by a police officer. Independent police reviewer John...

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...

Oklahoma court says child neglect charge applies to unborn

Sep. 24, 2020 5:11 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Unborn children are included in the definition of a “child" for purposes of prosecuting child neglect cases, an Oklahoma appeals court ruled on Thursday. The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals overturned a lower court ruling in a case involving Kearline Datara Anderson of Rogers...

Andrew Polovin, right, a former supervisor with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, walks to the podium in the courtroom of Judge Robert Wilbrandt during his arraignment hearing at the McHenry County Courthouse on Thursday, Sep. 17, 2020 in Woodstock, Ill. Polovin, one of two former Illinois child welfare workers who investigated abuse allegations involving 5-year-old Andrew

Abuse investigator pleads not guilty in slain boy case

Sep. 24, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — A former Illinois child welfare worker who investigated allegations of abuse involving a 5-year-old boy who was later beaten to death pleaded not guilty Thursday to child endangerment and reckless conduct charges. Carlos Acosta, 54, of Woodstock, entered the plea in a McHenry County...

Father charged after police say toddler shoots himself

Sep. 24, 2020 11:12 AM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A Milwaukee man is facing criminal charges after police say his 2-year-old son shot himself in the head with a loaded gun he found in his father's SUV. A criminal complaint signed Wednesday says the child is hospitalized in critical condition and it's not yet known whether he will...