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California imposes more safeguards on youth organizations

Sep. 16, 2021 21:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California imposed more safeguards on youth service organizations Thursday to protect against future child abuse complaints like those that drove the Boys Scouts of America into bankruptcy last year. Legislation approved by Gov. Gavin Newsom...

Beshear slams school leaders that refuse to require masks

Sep. 16, 2021 19:51 PM EDT

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky's governor on Thursday berated school leaders who refuse to extend mask requirements, accusing them of endangering children at a time the coronavirus is raging throughout the state. While more than 80% of Kentucky school districts have...

Lawsuit: Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick abused man in 1980s

Sep. 16, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

Three sex abuse lawsuits filed against a New Jersey diocese and announced Thursday include claims that defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a young man in the 1980s. The lawsuit accuses McCarrick of sexual battery against the man, who was in his late teens and...

Chicago-area priest back under scrutiny for possible abuse

Sep. 16, 2021 18:25 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago priest cleared last week of of allegations he sexually abused children 25 years ago is back under scrutiny because new information has become available, Cardinal Blase Cupich said Thursday. Cupich wrote a letter to parishioners of St....

Catholic orphanage's ex-residents ask church to fund therapy

Sep. 16, 2021 18:16 PM EDT

SOUTH BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Some of the residents of a long-closed Vermont orphanage want the Catholic Church to pay for therapy as they continue to recover from what they described as abuse at the hands of the nuns and priests who were supposed to care for them. The...

Former firefighter gets 5 years for child porn

Sep. 16, 2021 17:53 PM EDT

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A former firefighter and union leader was sentenced to five years in prison Wednesday for possessing child pornography, federal prosecutors in Delaware said. Joseph Leonetti Jr., a former Wilmington firefighter and union president, pleaded...

Judge invites Prince Andrew to request unsealing of records

Sep. 16, 2021 17:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Prince Andrew can request the unsealing of a 2009 settlement agreement that his lawyer claims protects him from a lawsuit alleging he sexually assaulted a girl two decades ago, a U.S. judge said Thursday. Judge Loretta A. Preska in Manhattan said in a...

Convicted rapist set for release arrested in 2004 rape case

Sep. 16, 2021 17:46 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A convicted rapist set for release from Washington state's McNeil Island Special Commitment Center has been arrested because of DNA linking him to a 2004 rape in Spokane, police said. Scott Raymond Halvorson, also known as Raymond Reynolds, faces...

Kansas man sentenced to 40 years for producing child porn

Sep. 16, 2021 17:22 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — An Ellis man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for producing child pornography involving an 8-year-old child, federal prosecutors announced Thursday. Acting U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard’s Office said in a news release that Clinton Wade...

Police officer admits bid to sexually assault 2 young girls

Sep. 16, 2021 15:35 PM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A northern New Jersey police officer admitted Thursday that he traveled to Atlantic City earlier this year in a bid to sexually assault two young girls. Stephen Wilson, 34, a Bayonne resident who served on the Jersey City force, pleaded guilty to...