Latest Sexual misconduct News

Documents reveal sexual abuse at California women’s prisons

Nov. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A state prison inmate incarcerated at the Central California Women’s Facility was awaiting her group therapy session on Aug. 23, 2017. She stepped backward in her cell toward the door, where Correctional Officer Israel Trevino waited with waist restraints. As he attached the...

Wisconsin Guard whistleblower fighting discharge decision

Nov. 14, 2019 4:35 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin National Guard sergeant whose complaints spurred investigations into sexual misconduct in his unit is fighting his commanders’ decision to discharge him. Wisconsin Air National Guard Master Sgt. Jay Ellis’ complaints of sexual assault and sexual harassment...

Grad student publicly accuses UC regent of groping

Nov. 14, 2019 3:33 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The University of California confirmed Thursday it is investigating a graduate student’s allegations that a UC regent touched her upper thigh during a dinner five years ago. Doctoral student Rebecca Ora made the claim during a public UC regents meeting Wednesday, saying Regent...

Mississippi tax official, ex-employee settle harassment suit

Nov. 14, 2019 6:54 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A sexual harassment lawsuit filed by a former Mississippi employee against a county tax collector has been settled. The Clarion-Ledger reported Wednesday that the suit against Hinds County Tax Collector Eddie Fair was settled by the county for $100,000 late last month. A county...

Speaker: Tennessee House GOP won’t pursue rep’s expulsion

Nov. 13, 2019 6:29 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee House speaker said Wednesday his GOP supermajority won’t pursue a vote to expel a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago, citing a state attorney general opinion that acknowledges the move isn’t prohibited, but cautions against it. In deciding...

Catholic bishops’ new anti-abuse hotline to be ready soon

Nov. 13, 2019 5:36 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — A new national hotline to report sexual misconduct accusations against Catholic bishops in the U.S. could be operating by the end of February, three months ahead of the deadline set by Pope Francis. That forecast came Wednesday from Anthony Picarello, general counsel for the U.S....

Baldwin asks DOD to investigate Wisconsin discharge decision

Nov. 13, 2019 4:46 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin wants the Department of Defense to investigate whether a Wisconsin National Guard sergeant is being discharged in retaliation for complaining about sexual misconduct in his unit. Master Sgt. Jay Ellis’ complaints about sexual assault and harassment within...

The Latest: Tennessee House GOP won’t pursue rep’s expulsion

Nov. 13, 2019 4:36 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Latest on a Tennessee lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct (all times local): 3:15 p.m. Tennessee’s House speaker says his chamber’s GOP supermajority will not move forward with a possible expulsion vote of a lawmaker accused of sexual misconduct decades ago. In a...

Georgia editorial roundup

Nov. 13, 2019 2:47 PM EST

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers: ___ Nov. 12 The Augusta Chronicle on Paine College’s response to a reported sexual assault on campus: When we met with Paine College’s then-President Dr. Jerry Hardee earlier this year, he explained how the school treats its student body like a tight-knit...

Singer Andrea Bocelli: 'Absurd' to shun opera legend Domingo

Nov. 12, 2019 8:14 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli is staunchly defending opera legend Placido Domingo, calling it "absurd" that opera houses have canceled the star's performances over sexual harassment allegations before they are fully investigated. "I am still appalled at what happened to this incredible artist,"...