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Former Texas priest gets prison for sexually abusing child

Jul. 16, 2019 9:39 PM EDT

EL PASO, Texas (AP) — A Texas jury has sentenced a former Roman Catholic priest to 18 years in prison for sexually assaulting an altar server over several years. An El Paso County jury sentenced Miguel Luna. Jurors had found the 69-former priest guilty Monday of several charges that include six counts of...

Catholic order releases names of members accused of abuse

Jul. 14, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore-based Catholic religious order that sponsors schools across the U.S. has released a list of dozens of members accused of sexually abusing children. The list released Friday by the Xaverian Brothers includes two current members "with a credible or established offense." The...

Priest removed from duties after sex abuse allegation

Jul. 14, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago has removed a priest from pastoral duties in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse that took place two decades ago. In a Saturday letter to members of two South Side parishes, Cardinal Blase Cupich says the Rev. William McFarlane was asked to step...

Priest's friends see 'lack of due process' for allegations

Jul. 13, 2019 3:06 AM EDT

EBENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Donald Dusza, Tony Stopka, Frank Wyland, Shari Stopka and Sam Piccioni grew up together, attended Bishop Carroll High School together, traveled together and shared life's joys and sorrows together. And now, the longtime friends are standing together as one of them faces a serious,...

Attorney general continues review of church abuse claims

Jul. 12, 2019 1:28 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general said Friday that it will be several more months before he is finished reviewing allegations of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy in the state. Democrat Peter Neronha said he continues to review allegations of clergy sexual abuse to figure out what...

Timeline of R. Kelly's life and career

Jul. 12, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly, long trailed by lurid rumors, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse involving multiple victims dating back two decades. A timeline of his life and career: — Jan. 8, 1967: Robert Sylvester Kelly is born in Chicago to Joann Kelly, a school teacher. R....

Woman accuses North Dakota priest of abuse

Jul. 11, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A woman who says she was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest in North Dakota is filing a civil complaint against her alleged accuser for assault and against the Fargo Diocese for allegedly failing to protect her. Kateri (kah-TARE'-ee) Marion choked back tears at a news conference...

Woman accuses North Dakota priest of abuse

Jul. 11, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

FARGO, N.D. (AP) — A woman who says she was sexually abused by a Roman Catholic priest in North Dakota said Thursday she is suing the priest for the alleged assault and the Fargo Diocese for failing to protect her. Kateri Marion choked back tears at a news conference in Fargo Thursday describing the...

Former Baylor player's sex assault conviction overturned

Jul. 11, 2019 5:56 PM EDT

WACO, Texas (AP) — A Texas appeals court has overturned for a second time the sexual assault conviction of a former Baylor University football player whose case ignited a scandal that rocked the nation's largest Baptist school. The Dallas-based 10th Court of Appeals ordered a new trial for Sam Ukwuachu. It...

North Carolina pastor accused of sex acts with 13-year-old

Jul. 10, 2019 9:49 AM EDT

FOUR OAKS, N.C. (AP) — A pastor at a North Carolina church is accused of engaging in sexual acts with an underage girl. Johnston County Sheriff's officers charged 61-year-old Stephen Arthur Morris on Friday with statutory rape/sex offense and indecent liberties with a child. Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Jeff...