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Former French swimming champion on trial for child sex abuse

Jan. 21, 2019 11:13 AM EST

BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A former French swimming champion is on trial in southwest France for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of young boys and adolescents during the decade he ran an ice hockey club in northern France. Vincent Leroyer told a jury as his three-day trial got underway in Bordeaux on Monday...

Wisconsin diocese considers investigation of child sex abuse

Jan. 19, 2019 4:27 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Madison, Wisconsin, Diocese is considering an investigation into the number of substantiated allegations against clergy of sexual abuse of minors. Diocese spokesman Brent King told the State Journal Friday that staff members were taking steps toward launching an investigation and...

AG: New Jersey priest arrested after sex abuse hotline call

Jan. 19, 2019 11:14 AM EST

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say the arrest of a New Jersey priest on sexual assault charges dating back almost three decades came just two days after a call to the state's clergy abuse hotline. NJ.com reports that the state attorney general's office said the Rev. Thomas Ganley, parochial vicar at St....

Police: 4 boys charged with kidnapping, raping girl

Jan. 18, 2019 6:31 PM EST

BEAR, Del. (AP) — Four boys ranging in age from 12 to 14 have been charged with kidnapping and raping a girl in Delaware last month. New Castle County Police said in a release that officers called to a community in Bear on Dec. 11 learned the boys forced the girl into a home and raped her. They say two...

2 West Virginia troopers fired for using excessive force

Jan. 18, 2019 5:58 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Two West Virginia state troopers accused of beating a 16-year-old male suspect during an arrest have been fired, state police announced Friday. Trooper First Class Derek Walker and Trooper First Class Michael Kennedy have been dismissed after an investigation of the Nov. 19...

Low-profile administrator replaces Engler at Michigan State

Jan. 17, 2019 6:40 PM EST

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State University ousted its interim president on Thursday, a week ahead of his scheduled departure, as the school stepped up efforts to finally move beyond the Larry Nassar sex abuse scandal. Its new temporary leader, Satish Udpa, is a high-ranking but low-profile...

Man pleads guilty in abuse death of then-girlfriend's son

Jan. 17, 2019 12:35 PM EST

JOPLIN, Mo. (AP) — A 22-year-old man has pleaded guilty in the abuse death of his then-girlfriend's 3-year-old son in southwest Missouri. The Joplin Globe reports that Leonard Valdez pleaded guilty Thursday to second-degree murder in the November 2017 death of Jonathan Munoz-Bilbrey. The plea agreement...

Alabama man accused of placing child in washer, dryer

Jan. 17, 2019 9:56 AM EST

COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of placing a child in a clothes dryer and turning it on is charged with aggravated child abuse. Court documents allege 25-year-old Steven Garrett Todhunter of Wilsonville repeatedly put a child in a dryer or washing machine, over the course of a year. A...

How the Larry Nassar scandal has affected others

Jan. 17, 2019 9:06 AM EST

Michigan State University's governing body on Thursday accepted interim president John Engler's resignation , but said it would be effective immediately rather than next week. It's the latest development stemming from the sexual assault investigation of now-imprisoned gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar. Engler took...

Michigan State President Engler says he'll resign next week

Jan. 16, 2019 9:33 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The former governor brought in to help Michigan State University recover from the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal resigned Wednesday as the school's interim president amid backlash over his comments about some of the ex-sports doctor's victims. John Engler, who had resisted pressure to...