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Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards

Nov. 18, 2019 7:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and...

Lawsuits by Michael Jackson accusers likely to be restored

Nov. 18, 2019 6:37 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A California appeals court appeared strongly inclined Monday to give new life to lawsuits filed by two men who accuse Michael Jackson of repeatedly molesting them when they were boys. Three judges from the 2nd District Court of Appeal said in a tentative ruling that lawsuits from James...

Diocese denied access to children's fund for abuse payouts

Nov. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has denied a request by Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic Diocese to use an $8 million-plus fund for needy children to help compensate victims of sexual abuse by priests. The diocese unsuccessfully argued that compensating adults traumatized as children would fit the spirit of...

Spain: men convicted in rape case stand trial in 2nd case

Nov. 18, 2019 8:44 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Four Spanish men convicted earlier this year of raping a woman in a notorious case are standing trial on charges of sexual abuse in a separate incident. The men had a WhatsApp group named "La Manada," or "The Animal Pack," and are currently serving 15-year sentences handed down by the Supreme...

Conviction upheld for child abuser serving lengthy sentence

Nov. 18, 2019 8:32 AM EST

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction of a man serving a lengthy sentence for sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl nearly nine years before his trial. The Huntington Herald-Dispatch reports the court unanimously ruled last week that there’s no...

Man gets prison for repeatedly raping Delaware girl

Nov. 18, 2019 6:28 AM EST

WILMINGTON, Del. (AP) — A man has been sentenced to 28 years in prison for raping a Delaware girl. The News Journal of Wilmington reports Evaristo Martinez was sentenced Friday for the repeated rapes, which started when the girl was about 11 years old. Court records say he would tell the victim, now 18,...

2 new lawsuits accuse Jesuit priests in Albuquerque of abuse

Nov. 17, 2019 12:56 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two new lawsuits have been filed that allege three Jesuit priests who once ministered at a downtown Albuquerque church sexually abused two victims. In a copyright story Sunday, the Albuquerque Journal reports one of the alleged victims contends he was sexually abused eight years...

Victims relive trauma as Wisconsin Clergy sexual abuse grows

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When she was 7, Patty Gallagher was chosen to bring the priest who served her parish and school in Monona, Wisconsin, his daily milk. The Rev. Lawrence Trainor was practically a member of the family. He came over for dinner and visited the family cottage. Trainor, a priest at...

Lawsuit: Driver’s ed instructor molested students

Nov. 16, 2019 1:31 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for three teenage girls who say they were sexually abused by their driver’s education instructor has filed $6 million in lawsuits against the instructor and Portland Community College. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the three lawsuits, filed this week in Multnomah...

Teacher’s assistant gets prison in sex abuse sting operation

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A man who worked as a substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant at two Virginia elementary schools has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for trying to entice a child to engage in illegal sexual conduct. The Justice Department said in a news release that...