Latest Crimes against children News

Mississippi man gets 30 years for producing child porn

Nov. 14, 2019 3:56 PM EST

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a 46-year-old Mississippi man to 30 years in prison for producing child pornography. U.S. Attorney Mike Hurst, in a news release, said Senior U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. sentenced Dannie Curlee Jr., of Picayune, on Thursday to the maximum...

Tucson man gets 173 ½ year prison sentence for sex offenses

Nov. 14, 2019 3:51 PM EST

TUCSON, Ariz. (AP) — A Tucson man who’s a registered sex offender has been sentenced to 173 ½ years in prison for violations involving underage victims. State prosecutors say 44-year-old Patrick Michael Winkler was convicted earlier this year on 10 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, two...

Epstein estate seeks to form fund to compensate accusers

Nov. 14, 2019 3:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The estate of Jeffrey Epstein wants to set up a fund using his fortune to compensate women willing to forgo a spate of lawsuits seeking damages for sexual abuse, according to a court document filed on Thursday. In the papers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the co-executors of the estate asked...

Virginia pastor acquitted in West Virginia sex abuse case

Nov. 14, 2019 3:15 PM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports a jury on Wednesday found 77-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek, Virginia, not guilty of first-degree sexual abuse. Harrison...

Data shows upswing in child exploitation cases

Nov. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year, resulting in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The caseloads are...

Ex-County deputy indicted for using stun gun on student

Nov. 14, 2019 1:06 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a former Rio Arriba County deputy Wednesday on a child abuse charge and other counts after authorities say he used a stun gun on a high school student. New Mexico authorities say former deputy Jeremy Barnes is suspected of shocking a 15-year-old student with...

Kansas man sentenced for attempted rape of 4-year-old

Nov. 14, 2019 12:58 PM EST

LEAVENWORTH, Kan. (AP) — A 77-year-old northeast Kansas man has been sentenced to more than five years in prison for the attempted rape of a 4-year-old girl. Fox4kc reports Galen Hurt, of Linwood, was sentenced Wednesday to 5.5 years in prison. He pleaded guilty in September in Leavenworth County to...

Authorities find malnourished girl after online teacher tip

Nov. 14, 2019 12:22 PM EST

A teacher administering an online test who heard an 11-year-old student say she was hungry and only allowed to eat a small plate of rice each day alerted investigators in Ohio that something was amiss. Authorities found the girl was severely malnourished, living in filth and had been isolated for years. The girl...

Report: Neighbor say missing Florida girl wandering alone

Nov. 14, 2019 11:05 AM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A neighbor of a missing Florida girl told investigators the 5-year-old child was “alone and often wandering” around the apartment complex where she lived with her mother, who reported her missing last week. Brianna Williams was charged Tuesday with child neglect and providing...

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nov. 14, 2019 9:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...