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Nebraska police officer charged with child sexual assault

Sep. 25, 2021 12:34 PM EDT

WAHOO, Neb. (AP) — A Nebraska police officer charged with sexually assaulting a child turned himself in and was jailed Friday. Prosecutors charged Sean Vilmont, a 51-year-old Fremont resident, with three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child. He was booked in...

Man accused of killing transgender teen dies in jail suicide

Sep. 25, 2021 10:15 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A Woodburn man accused of kidnapping and killing a transgender teenager and shooting at police has died by suicide in his jail cell, authorities said. The Marion County sheriff’s office said Kenneth William Peden III was found unconscious early...

Ex-school counselor gets new trial on charges of raping boy

Sep. 24, 2021 17:52 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former central Kansas middle school counselor convicted of raping a student will get a new trial to consider her arguments that the then-13-year-old boy forced her to have sex the first time and blackmailed her into continuing. The Kansas Supreme...

Mississippi session requested on medical marijuana proposal

Sep. 24, 2021 17:50 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi legislative leaders said Friday that they are asking Republican Gov. Tate Reeves to call the House and Senate into special session to enact a medical marijuana program and approve financial help for hospitals. They also want legislators...

Former teacher pleads guilty to human trafficking

Sep. 24, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher accused of soliciting sexually explicit videos from a student for money and making and possessing child pornography has pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images. Joshua...

Hastert's settlement with accuser to be finalized Monday

Sep. 24, 2021 14:34 PM EDT

YORKVILLE, Ill. (AP) — The deadline for attorneys to finalize an out-of-court settlement between former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert and a man who accused him of child sexual abuse was delayed until next week, the court clerk's office said Friday. A hearing on the...

R. Kelly jury asked to make him 'pay' or not fall for 'lies'

Sep. 23, 2021 18:14 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A prosecutor in closing arguments at the sex-trafficking trial of R. Kelly urged jurors on Thursday to make the R&B superstar “pay” for his alleged crimes, while a defense lawyer told them they've been misled by opportunistic accusers about consensual relationships....

Virginia woman gets 2 life sentences for child sex abuse

Sep. 23, 2021 17:55 PM EDT

CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge sentenced a woman on Thursday to two life sentences after she was found guilty earlier this year of sexually abusing and making child pornography of her 2-year-old son. Kayla Nicole Thomas was sentenced for the sexual abuse of...

A Polish bishop punished over abuse cover-up has died

Sep. 23, 2021 13:03 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Edward Janiak, a retired Roman Catholic bishop from Poland punished this year by the Vatican for the alleged cover-up of sex abuse of minors by other priests, has died. He was 69. The Kalisz diocese where Janiak had served as bishop said he died...

McCormack, bishop panned for role in sex abuse scandal, dies

Sep. 23, 2021 10:56 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Retired Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack, who faced criticism for his role in Boston’s clergy sex abuse scandal and led New Hampshire’s diocese during its own reckoning, has died. McCormack, 86, died Tuesday at Mount Carmel Rehabilitation...