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Italy police ID kids sharing child porn, dark web videos

Jul. 11, 2020 5:19 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian authorities said Saturday they have identified a group of 20 teenagers who shared child porn and dark web videos of suicides and mutilations on their cellphones. Police said they were tipped off to the images by the mother of a 15-year-old boy in the Tuscan city of Lucca who found them...

French man accused of molesting 305 Indonesian children

Jul. 10, 2020 9:47 AM EDT

JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesian authorities have arrested a French man for alleged sexual abuse of minors after finding videos on his laptop computer showing him molesting over 300 children, police said Friday. Jakarta police spokesman Yusri Yunus said Francois Camille Abello was arrested late last...

FILE - Actress Naya Rivera arrives at Logo's NewNowNext Awards in Los Angeles on April 13, 2013. Authorities say former “Glee” star Naya Rivera is missing and being searched for at a Southern California lake. Rivera played Santana, a cheerleader in the musical-comedy “Glee” that aired on Fox from 2009 until 2015. (Photo by Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP, File)

'Glee' star Naya Rivera believed drowned in California lake

Jul. 10, 2020 12:49 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Authorities said Thursday that they believe “Glee” star Naya Rivera drowned in a Southern California lake but they are continuing the search for her a day after her 4-year-old son was found alone in a rented boat. “Investigators believe Rivera drowned in what...

Editorial Roundup: US

Jul. 8, 2020 3:57 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ July 7 The Washington Post on a new U.S. guideline forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools only offer online classes this fall: The Trump administration has used the novel coronavirus...

Italian police smash nationwide child pornography ring

Jul. 4, 2020 6:05 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — Italian police say they have broken up a child pornography ring involving sharing of illicit material, including photos of newborns, via an instant messaging platform. Police on Saturday said the crackdown involved dozens of search warrants and led to the arrests of three people for allegedly...

Audrey Strauss, Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, speaks during a news conference to announce charges against Ghislaine Maxwell for her alleged role in the sexual exploitation and abuse of multiple minor girls by Jeffrey Epstein, Thursday, July 2, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Epstein pal arrested, accused of luring girls for sex abuse

Jul. 2, 2020 6:55 PM EDT

British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested Thursday on charges she helped lure at least three girls — one as young as 14 — to be sexually abused by the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was accused of victimizing dozens of girls and women over many years. According to the indictment,...

FILE - In this Friday, Feb. 21, 2020 file photo, German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht speaks during a press conference in Berlin, Germany. German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said Wednesday July 1, 2020, it's planning to toughen child sex abuse and child pornography laws, a move that comes after authorities uncovered a vast online child abuse network last year. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, File)

Germany plans to toughen child abuse laws

Jul. 1, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The German government said Wednesday it's planning to toughen child sex abuse and child pornography laws, a move that comes after authorities uncovered a vast online child abuse network last year. German Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said she wants to improve the protection of children...

German authorities fear vast network in child abuse probe

Jun. 29, 2020 12:20 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Authorities in western Germany said Monday they have evidence that tens of thousands of people may have been involved with an online child sex abuse network uncovered last year. The justice minister of North Rhine-Westphalia state, Peter Biesenbach, said that allegations against members of...

FILE - This 1998 file frame from video provided by C-SPAN shows George Nader, then-president and editor of Middle East Insight. Nader, a businessman who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's report and who helped broker the release of American hostages, is slated to receive at least a 10-year prison sentence on child sex charges. Prosecutors in federal court in Alexandria, Va. are not seeking a longer sentence than that at the sentencing hearing on Friday, June 26, 2020 but the judge could still impose one.  (C-SPAN via AP, File)

Mueller report witness gets 10 years on child sex charges

Jun. 26, 2020 12:50 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Lebanese American businessman who was a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's report and who helped broker the release of American hostages was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison sentence on child sex charges. George Nader pleaded guilty in January to bringing a...

FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister who was convicted and then absolved of sexual abuse in his native Australia, is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Psalms, the church, politics and sports. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press told The Associated Press on Saturday the first installment of the 1,000-page diary would likely be published in Spring 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

Cardinal Pell to publish prison diary musing on case, church

Jun. 20, 2020 3:28 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — Cardinal George Pell, the former Vatican finance minister who was convicted and then acquitted of sexual abuse in his native Australia, is set to publish his prison diary musing on life in solitary confinement, the Catholic Church, politics and sports. Catholic publisher Ignatius Press told The...