Latest Sexual assault News

Harvey Weinstein gets into a vehicle as he leaves the courthouse following the second day of his rape trial, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Why didn’t accusers abandon Weinstein? Expert to weigh in

Jan. 24, 2020 5:59 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — It's the defense's go-to question at Harvey Weinstein’s rape trial: If the once-revered Hollywood mogul is a revolting sexual predator, as prosecutors and scores of women allege, why did some of his accusers keep interacting with him for years after their alleged assaults? ...

Actress Annabella Sciorra returns after a lunch break in Harvey Weinstein's rape trial, Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

'Sopranos' actress says Weinstein raped her in the mid-1990s

Jan. 23, 2020 8:41 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — “Sopranos” actress Annabella Sciorra confronted Harvey Weinstein from the witness stand Thursday, testifying that the former Hollywood studio boss overpowered and raped her and made other crude overtures that included sending her X-rated chocolates and showing up uninvited in...

Robert Eugene Koehler in court at his first appearance before Judge David Silverman via closed circuit Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020 at the Brevard County Jail in Sharpes, Fla. Several law enforcement agencies believe the 60-year-old Palm Bay, Fla. man to be the infamous Pillow Case Rapist, who is thought to have attacked over 40 victims when in South Florida in the early 1980s. He was arrested on Saturday, January 18, 2020. (Tim Shortt/Florida Today via AP)

Prosecutor: DNA match leads to Florida 'pillowcase rapist'

Jan. 23, 2020 8:24 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Prosecutors announced Thursday that a sophisticated DNA match has led to the cold case arrest of a Florida man believed to be the “pillowcase rapist" who terrorized greater Miami with a series of assaults on women in the 1980s. Robert Koehler, 60, was arrested over the weekend and was...

Repeat offender sentenced to 10 years for having child porn

Jan. 23, 2020 8:09 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sex offender was sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing child pornography. Barney Knotts, 74, was sentenced Wednesday to a decade in prison, news outlets reported. Knotts, who pleaded guilty in September, was a registered sex offender in Alabama at the time of his...

Wisconsin lawmaker accuses Kaul of bullying to pass kit bill

Jan. 23, 2020 5:52 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Republican chairman of the Assembly's health committee accused Wisconsin's Democratic attorney general Thursday of trying to bully him into passing a bipartisan bill designed to prevent backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits. The charge from Rep. Joe Sanfelippo came...

Teacher charged with sex with multiple students takes plea

Jan. 23, 2020 5:34 PM EST

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey high school teacher who was charged with having sex with multiple students pleaded guilty on the eve of her criminal trial. The Essex County prosecutor's office said Thursday that Nicole DuFault entered a plea Wednesday as jury selection was underway. DuFault, 40,...

Maryland lawmakers look to repeal state’s ‘archaic’ sex laws

Jan. 23, 2020 5:17 PM EST

Maryland lawmakers hope to repeal “archaic” provisions in the state’s spousal defense for sex crimes and sodomy laws with the reintroduction of legislation this session. Lawmakers on Jan. 30 expect to hear Senate bill 230, which would repeal the use of marriage as a defense to prosecution of...

North Carolina pastor charged with more than 100 sex crimes

Jan. 23, 2020 4:20 PM EST

NORTH WILKESBORO, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pastor has been charged with more than 100 felony sex offenses involving three children, authorities said. News outlets reported Tuesday that Rodney Luffman, 58, was arrested without incident at his home last week in eastern Wilkes County, according to the...

Lawsuit cites negligence after disabled student assaulted

Jan. 23, 2020 4:06 PM EST

DOBSON, N.C. (AP) — A disabled student was sexually assaulted by a van driver because the North Carolina school system responsible for her transportation was negligent and systematically violated school policies, according to a lawsuit. A hearing was held this week in the lawsuit, filed in Stokes County...

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail shows Christopher Cantwell, of New Hampshire. Cantewell was to be arraigned Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020, in Concord, N.H., on federal charges of threatening to harm the wife of a person with whom he was having a dispute in June 2019. (Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail via AP, File)

Leading white nationalist pleads not guilty to making threat

Jan. 23, 2020 4:05 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A leading white nationalist pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges that he threatened to rape the wife of a person with whom he was having a dispute. Christopher Cantwell, a New Hampshire resident who rose to prominence in 2017 after a violent rally in Charlottesville,...