Latest Child sexual exploitation News

Ex-children's museum leader pleads not guilty to child porn

Apr. 09, 2021 14:19 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former leader of a Connecticut children's museum has been charged with distributing images of child sexual abuse online, including while he worked for the museum. Robert Eckert, 56, of Simsbury, former executive director of the Lutz Children's...

Defrocked US priest revered in East Timor accused of abuse

Apr. 08, 2021 16:55 PM EDT

It was the same every night. A list of names was posted on the Rev. Richard Daschbach’s bedroom door. The child at the top of the roster knew it was her turn to share the lower bunk with the elderly priest and another elementary school-aged girl. Daschbach was idolized...

Ex-Kansas sheriff's official faces child porn, sex counts

Apr. 08, 2021 13:53 PM EDT

WAKEENEY, Kan. (AP) — A former official with a western Kansas sheriff’s office has been arrested on charges of trafficking in child pornography and sex crimes involving children. Blaine Dryden, 62, of WaKeeney, was arrested Wednesday on a warrant charging him with...

Ex-officer working with D.A.R.E. program charged with abuse

Apr. 07, 2021 23:08 PM EDT

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A former suburban Philadelphia police officer has been charged with sexual abuse of four teenage boys while he was working with a youth drug prevention program decades ago, prosecutors said Wednesday. The Bucks County district attorney's office...

Soldier gets 12 years for sex with girl, staged kidnapping

Apr. 07, 2021 19:12 PM EDT

NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) — A soldier who was stationed at Fort Bragg in North Carolina has been sentenced to more than 12 years in federal prison for taking a 12-year-old across state lines for sex after staging her kidnapping. WRAL reports that Pvt. James Murdock Peele, 22,...

Man convicted of sexually abusing child gets 204 years

Apr. 07, 2021 17:36 PM EDT

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. (AP) — A Junction City man who was convicted of nearly two dozen charges related to the alleged sexual abuse of a child has been sentenced to 204 years in prison. Michael Long, 36, was sentenced Tuesday in Linn County Circuit Court. A jury found him...

Police: Teacher offered $200 for sex with 2-year-old

Apr. 05, 2021 20:21 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida school district fired a teacher shortly after a law enforcement report was released Monday saying he offered to pay for a father’s motel room if he could sexually molest the man’s 2-year-old daughter. Xavier Alexander, a...

Few in GOP rush to defend Gaetz amid sex trafficking probe

Apr. 02, 2021 21:18 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The political peril for conservative Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz deepened Friday as the often outlandish, Trump-styled provocateur appeared politically isolated amid a federal sex-trafficking investigation. Few Republicans rushed to offer any kind of...

Officials: Elementary teacher solicited sex with 2-year-old

Apr. 02, 2021 11:08 AM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Florida elementary school teacher is facing charges alleging he solicited online to have sex with a 2-year-old and traveled to meet the child. The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that Xavier Donte Alexander, 28,...

Deputy: Ex-officer charged with owning pornography images

Apr. 02, 2021 09:20 AM EDT

BRIDGEPORT, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama police officer was arrested on child pornography charges, authorities said. Former Bridgeport Police Officer Geoffrey Gile Booth, 48, turned himself in on Thursday to face two counts of possessing pornography involving a person...