Latest Sexual abuse News

Clergy abuse survivor Saviano lauded at funeral for courage

Dec. 03, 2021 13:00 PM EST

Phil Saviano was a clergy sex abuse survivor whose courage to go public and resolve to hold abusers and their enablers accountable inspired and strengthened survivors from around the world, his brother said at his funeral Mass on Friday. Saviano, who died Sunday at age 69...

Maxwell jury to see video of notorious Epstein home

Dec. 03, 2021 12:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors at the sex-abuse trial of Ghislaine Maxwell are expected Friday to see a law enforcement videotape of the interior of a Florida estate where prosecutors say she and financier Jeffrey Epstein exploited underage victims when the pair lived there together. ...

Portugal experts to study church sex abuse, not investigate

Dec. 02, 2021 13:39 PM EST

LISBON, Portugal (AP) — The lay head of a new Portuguese Catholic Church committee on child sex abuse urged victims Thursday to come forward but stressed his group's task is to study what has happened, not launch formal investigations. The Independent Committee for the...

Ohio priest pleads guilty to raping altar boy

Dec. 02, 2021 13:18 PM EST

CINCINNATI (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Ohio on Thursday pleaded guilty to raping an altar boy during a three-year period in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Under terms of a plea agreement, Father Geoff Drew, 59, will be sentenced to seven years in prison and must...

Paris archbishop who had 'ambiguous' relationship resigns

Dec. 02, 2021 10:49 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of the archbishop of Paris, who unexpectedly offered to step down last week after admitting to an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012. Paris Archbishop Michel Aupetit said in a statement...

$71M fund set up for victims of NY doctor charged with abuse

Dec. 01, 2021 20:59 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Columbia University and New York-Presbyterian Hospital announced a settlement Wednesday with 79 women who say they were abused by former gynecologist Robert Hadden, who faces federal criminal charges of sexually abusing patients over nearly two decades. ...

Ex-sheriff, facing life for rapes, pleads guilty to bribery

Dec. 01, 2021 20:06 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana sheriff pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge on Wednesday, weeks after a state jury convicted him of sexually abusing boys. Rodney J. “Jack” Strain, who lost a reelection bid in 2015 after five terms as St. Tammany...

Man sentenced to life in prison for abusing two children

Dec. 01, 2021 17:43 PM EST

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa City man cursed at a judge and threatened the mother of his victims during a hearing where he was sentenced to life in prison without parole for sexually abusing two young girls. Jorge Maldonado, 30, was sentenced Monday for abusing two...

1st of 4 accusers takes stand at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

Nov. 30, 2021 20:22 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The first of four women described as key accusers in the indictment against British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell testified Tuesday that Maxwell was often in the room when the witness, then just 14, had sexual interactions with the financier Jeffrey Epstein. ...

Former camp counselor pleads not guilty to assaulting camper

Nov. 30, 2021 16:41 PM EST

CONCORD, NH. (AP) — A former prep school teacher in Pennsylvania who pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge in 2015 involving a student is now facing charges that he sexually abused a camper years earlier when he worked as a counselor at a New Hampshire summer camp. ...