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Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou welcomes Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou, left, at the Presidential Palace in Athens, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. Bekatorou has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou made the allegation Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 while speaking at an online event organized by the ministry of culture and sport. (Alkis Konstantinidis /Pool via AP)

Greek president backs Olympic champion after abuse claim

Jan. 18, 2021 11:14 AM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greece's first female president met Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou on Monday to express her support for the athlete who publicly claimed she had been sexually assaulted 22 years ago by a senior sports official. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, last week...

Prosecutors: man raped woman at gunpoint, filmed encounter

Jan. 17, 2021 5:24 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A Kansas City man has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman at gunpoint after meeting her online. The Jackson County prosecutor's office said Sunday that Jamen Jackson, 23, has been charged with sexual assault and possession of child pornography. According to court...

Missouri youth basketball coach charged with sexual abuse

Jan. 16, 2021 5:41 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A Springfield youth basketball coach has been charged with sexually abusing a half-dozen girls over the past 25 years. The Springfield News-Leader reports that Antwuan Looney Sr., 52, was charged Thursday with multiple counts of statutory rape, statutory sodomy and child...

Indiana man charged in Ohio slaying, sex assaults from 2000

Jan. 16, 2021 11:38 AM EST

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) — A 54-year-old northwestern Indiana man has been arrested in connection with a slaying and sexual assaults that occurred about two decades ago in Ohio. Kenneth Marshall was arrested Friday outside his Hammond home after a DNA sample matched DNA from the Ohio cases, Hammond police told ...

Boston police arrest former prosecutor for rape, burglary

Jan. 15, 2021 6:46 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Suffolk County prosecutor and defense attorney was arrested Friday afternoon by Boston police and charged with rape. Investigators said Gary Zerola — once named one of “People” magazine’s most eligible bachelors — had been wanted on a warrant issued...

FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 21, 2004 file photo, Greek 470 class skipper Sofia Bekatorou, displays her gold medal during the medal ceremony of the women's double-handed 470 dinghy sailing event at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, Greece. Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou made the allegation Thursday Jan. 14, 2021 while speaking at an online event organized by the ministry of culture and sport. (AP Photo/Herbert Knosowski, file)

Olympic sailing champ says she was assaulted by official

Jan. 15, 2021 2:15 PM EST

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Olympic sailing champion Sofia Bekatorou of Greece has accused an unnamed sporting official of sexually assaulting her in 1998 during preparations for the Sydney Games. Bekatorou, who won gold at the 2004 Athens Olympics, said the male official from the Hellenic Sailing Federation...

New Jersey probation officer gets prison for sex assault

Jan. 15, 2021 5:42 AM EST

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — A probation officer in New Jersey is going to prison for coercing a woman he supervised to have sex with him. A judge in Monmouth County on Thursday sentenced Henry Cirignano, 48, of Wall Township, to 10 years in prison. He must serve nearly 7 years before he'll be eligible for...

A soldier walks through a market outside of Yei town in Central Equatoria state, Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020. Ten years after South Sudan gained its independence and two years after its own deadly civil war ended, large-scale fighting has subsided but clashes continue between communities and between the government and groups that did not sign the peace deal — and the use of rape as a weapon remains rampant. (AP Photo/Sam Mednick)

Rare conviction of South Sudan soldiers for rape raises hope

Jan. 15, 2021 3:23 AM EST

YEI, South Sudan (AP) — First, the soldiers stole their belongings. Then they took their food. On their third and final visit, the woman said, the soldiers raped her and her daughter-in-law until they were unable to walk. What sets these assaults in South Sudan apart from many other rapes by soldiers in...

Ham Lake man pleads guilty to 5 sex crimes; faces 46 years

Jan. 14, 2021 6:11 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Ham Lake man suspected in a string of sex crimes in the Minneapolis area pleaded guilty Thursday to five counts of criminal sexual conduct. The plea deal for Jory Wiebrand, 35, calls for a prison sentence of nearly 46 years, the Hennepin County Attorney's Office said. Authorities say...

Ex-Fremont police officer gets prison for child sex assault

Jan. 14, 2021 1:18 PM EST

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A former Fremont police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for sexually assaulting a child. Austin Williams, 35, was was sentenced Wednesday in Dodge County District Court to 30 months in prison, the Fremont Tribune reported. Williams was convicted of...