Latest Child abuse News

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

Nov. 13, 2018 5:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a...

Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia have agreed to pay uncapped compensation offers for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy as part of a claims process that started Tuesday. Details of the Philadelphia program were discussed at a news conference held by...

Michigan mom charged with abuse months after fire kills kids

Nov. 13, 2018 11:05 AM EST

EASTPOINTE, Mich. (AP) — The mother of two boys who, along with another child, died in a Detroit-area house fire has been charged with child abuse. The children were alone when fire struck the Eastpointe home in March. Amber Swain appeared in court last week on second-degree child abuse charges. The fire...

Diocese withdraws offer to house priest at retirement home

Nov. 12, 2018 5:36 PM EST

PIEDMONT, S.D. (AP) — The Diocese of Rapid City has withdrawn an offer to house a priest accused of child sexual abuse at a priest retirement home. Some parents in Piedmont objected to the possible release of 38-year-old John Praveen to the diocese's supervision at Casa Maria, a property in Piedmont for...

Correction: India-Rape story

Nov. 12, 2018 10:01 AM EST

LUCKNOW, India (AP) — In a story Nov. 4 about an alleged gang rape at a hospital in northern India, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the alleged victim was a 4-year-old girl, based on a telephone interview with a local police official. However, police told AP on Monday that the alleged victim...

Archdiocese: Abuse claim against dead priest deemed credible

Nov. 11, 2018 3:54 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Archdiocese of Detroit says an allegation that a priest who died in 1994 sexually abused a child at some point has been found to be credible. The archdiocese said in a news release Sunday that the complaint against Monsignor Thaddeus Ozog was brought to a review board and shared with...

Child molestation defendant found dead in Georgia park

Nov. 9, 2018 9:27 AM EST

MACON, Ga. (AP) — A jury was deliberating the fate of a man charged with molesting an 11-year-old girl when his body was found in a Georgia park. The Macon Telegraph reports 39-year-old Jermaine Bernard Anthony was present when his trial started Monday, but missed court sessions Wednesday and Thursday....

Teacher sentenced to 90 years in child molesting case

Nov. 9, 2018 8:20 AM EST

CORYDON, Ind. (AP) — A former southern Indiana elementary school teacher who pleaded guilty to child molestation in a deal with prosecutors has been sentenced in 90 years behind bars. Forty-one-year-old Corey Faith learned his punishment Thursday. Under terms of a plea agreement filed in September in...

HIV-infected Thai man accused of raping scores of teenagers

Nov. 8, 2018 11:30 PM EST

BANGKOK (AP) — Police in Thailand have arrested an HIV-infected soldier who allegedly blackmailed and raped more than 70 teenage boys. Police said in a statement they received a complaint that the suspect was using fake social media profiles on Facebook and the gay dating app Blued to win the trust of his...

Pennsylvania dioceses outline child sex abuse victim funds

Nov. 8, 2018 4:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Seven Roman Catholic dioceses in Pennsylvania said Thursday that they have taken steps to set up victim compensation funds, nearly three months after a chilling grand jury report documented decades of child sexual abuse by priests in the state. The Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Scranton...