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'Prolific sextortionist' gets 40 years for harming 150 girls

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — A Georgia man has been sentenced to 40 years in prison for coercing more than 100 girls to send him sexually explicit photos and videos. Benjamin Jenkins, 25, also faces a lifetime of supervision after his eventual release, according to the U.S. Justice Department, which described him as a...

FILE - In this Feb. 9, 2020 file photo, Greta Gerwig, right, talks to Jerry Harris on the red carpet at the Oscars at the Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday, Sept. 17 on child pornography charges. (AP Photo/John Locher File)

'Cheer' star Jerry Harris arrested on child porn charges

Sep. 17, 2020 10:23 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Jerry Harris, the star of the Netflix documentary series “Cheer,” was arrested Thursday and charged with producing child pornography, three days after twin boys filed a lawsuit alleging he sent them sexually explicit photos of himself and cornered one of them in a bathroom and...

New York education leader convicted for child sex crime

Sep. 16, 2020 6:34 PM EDT

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — A high-ranking New York City education official and former Wisconsin principal accused of swapping explicit sexual images with a 15-year-old boy has been convicted in federal court. David Hay, 40, pleaded guilty Tuesday to child enticement and possession of child pornography. Court...

Doctor pleads guilty to child porn charges involving teen

Sep. 16, 2020 6:27 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County doctor pleaded guilty to child pornography charges involving a teenager who he impregnated and claimed to have married. Dr. Ashu Joshi pleaded guilty Wednesday to distributing child pornography. The plea deal calls for him to be sentenced to eight years in prison and pay...

Ex-southwestern Missouri teacher sentenced for child porn

Sep. 10, 2020 9:43 AM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A former southwestern Missouri high school teacher has been sentenced to six years in prison on a federal child porn charge. Matthew McCroskey, 51, was sentenced Wednesday, the Springfield News-Leader reported. Prosecutors said McCroskey admitted to searching out and downloading...

A map of Germany shows the number of raid places at a press conference at the police department in Cologne, Germany, about nationwide child pornography raids, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. Special police units, coordinated by the Cologne Prosecutor's Office, have raided 60 places across Germany yesterday, linked to an ongoing investigation that started last year in the city of Bergisch Gladbach. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner)

German police raid 50 homes in child porn investigation

Sep. 2, 2020 7:02 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A thousand police officers in Germany raided the homes of 50 people as part of a nationwide crackdown on the online sharing and distribution of child pornography, Cologne police said Wednesday. None of the 48 men and two women suspected of involvement was arrested during Tuesday's raids, but...

FILE - Musician R. Kelly arrives at the Daley Center for a hearing, Wednesday, March 6, 2019, in Chicago. The lawyer for R. Kelly says the R&B singer, who is awaiting trial on child pornography and other charges, was assaulted by a fellow detainee at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Attorney Steve Greenberg says in a Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020 tweet that he learned of the attack on his client Wednesday. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, file)

Attorney: R&B singer R Kelly attacked in federal detention

Aug. 27, 2020 7:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The lawyer for R. Kelly said Thursday the R&B singer, who is awaiting trial on child pornography and other charges, was assaulted by a fellow detainee at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Chicago. Attorney Steve Greenberg revealed in a tweet that he learned of the attack on his...

Ex-Dallas cop admits surfing child porn on police computers

Aug. 21, 2020 5:10 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — A former Dallas police officer has admitted that he surfed child pornography on police computers. Daniel Lee Collins, 35, pleaded guilty before a federal magistrate Friday morning to possessing child pornography, prosecutors said. Collins admitted accessing and occasionally sharing child...

Prosecutors: Man sought to have his child porn victim killed

Aug. 13, 2020 1:40 PM EDT

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey man who sought and exchanged sexually explicit videos and images with a 13-year-old New York girl paid $20,000 in bitcoin in a bid to have the child victim murdered before eventually calling it off, prosecutors announced Thursday. John Michael Musbach, 31, of Haddonfield,...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of fundamentalist Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. California on Wednesday, July 29, 2020, charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was charged with three dozen felony counts  (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Child rape charges refiled against Mexican megachurch leader

Jul. 31, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California on Wednesday charged the leader of a Mexican megachurch with child rape and human trafficking, months after a court dismissed the previous allegations because of prosecution errors. Naasón Joaquín García, the self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, was...