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FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. An updated federal indictment filed on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, in Chicago, refers to yet another minor accusing R. Kelly of sexual misconduct, adding to the jailed singer's mounting legal challenges across three states. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Reworked charges in Chicago cite another R. Kelly accuser

Feb. 14, 2020 3:59 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — An updated federal indictment against R. Kelly unsealed Friday in Chicago includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser, adding to the jailed singer's mounting legal challenges across three states. The 13-count superseding indictment doesn't add more charges against Kelly. It...

Man pleads to having child porn on cell phone, which he lost

Feb. 13, 2020 5:03 PM EST

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A man who lost a cell phone containing child pornography at a truck stop pleaded guilty Thursday in the case. Christopher Lee Caven, 39, of Belton, admitted he used the phone to receive child pornography via Kik, prosecutors said. He pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography...

Mehana Mouhou lawyer representing the victims representing the victims of French writer Gabriel Matzneff, left, and child rights activist Latifa Bennari arrives at Paris' court house, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. The legal woes of 83-year-old once celebrated writer, Gabriel Matzneff, are mounting, with a police investigation opened for rape of minors and a new case brought by an NGO for actively promoting pedophilia in recent articles in which he defended an affair decades ago with an underaged girl. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Raid, court case against writer mark France's #MeToo moment

Feb. 12, 2020 2:52 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Police raided a noted French publishing house Wednesday in their investigation of an 83-year-old writer who celebrated pedophilia in his work as court proceedings opened in another case against him. Investigators searched the offices of French publishing house Gallimard in connection with a...

Jury seated in trial of coach's knowledge of Nassar abuse

Feb. 10, 2020 7:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A jury was selected Monday in the trial of a former Michigan State gymnastics coach who is charged with lying to investigators in connection with sexual assault complaints against sports doctor Larry Nassar. A jury of seven women and seven men, including alternates, was seated in...

In this booking photo provided by Miami Dade Dept. of Corrections, Rene Pedrosa, 48, is under arrest. Pedrosa, a former TV personality and aide to Miami Mayor Francis Suarez, was arrested, Friday, Feb. 7, 2020, in Miami. Pedrosa has been charged with groping a teenage boy at City Hall and then sending him a lewd photograph. It wasn't immediately clear if Pedrosa had a lawyer to speak for him. (Miami Dade Dept. of Corrections via AP)

Ex-aide to Miami mayor charged in underage sex case

Feb. 7, 2020 3:49 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — A former aide to the mayor of Miami has been charged with groping a teenage boy at City Hall and then sending him a lewd photograph. Rene Pedrosa, 48, was charged Friday with battery and transmitting pornography to a minor, court records show. It wasn't immediately clear if he had a lawyer...

Ex-cop freed after years without charges in child porn probe

Feb. 7, 2020 3:06 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A former Philadelphia Police sergeant has been released after spending more than four years in jail without charges because he failed to unlock two of his hard drives for investigators who suspected he'd stored child pornography on them, his lawyer said Friday. The 3rd U.S. Circuit...

Reserve deputy fired amid child pornography investigation

Feb. 7, 2020 12:27 PM EST

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — A southwest Missouri sheriff has fired a reserve deputy who is charged with sharing child pornography online. Thirty-three-year-old Joseph Ferzely is free on bond after he was charged Thursday with possessing and promoting child pornography. No attorney is listed for him in online...

David Kruchten, 37, a Madison East teacher charged in Wisconsin with seven counts of attempting to create child pornography was charged today in Minnesota, where students found cameras in their hotel room in December during a trip he chaperoned. (Dane County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Wisconsin teacher charged in Minnesota hidden camera case

Feb. 6, 2020 3:44 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — A Wisconsin high school teacher leading a business club trip to Minnesota was accused in a criminal complaint of placing surveillance cameras hidden in air fresheners and a smoke detector in students' hotel room bathrooms, only to have a student discover one of the devices when she tried...

Man called largest child porn 'facilitator' pleads guilty

Feb. 6, 2020 1:19 PM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man once described by an FBI agent as the world's largest “facilitator” of child pornography websites pleaded guilty Thursday to operating a web hosting service that allowed users to anonymously access hundreds of thousands of images and videos depicting the rape and...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, a lawmaker is silhouetted as he walks past a window in the Pennsylvania Capitol in Harrisburg, Pa. While most states have not yet considered law changes to screen former clergy members who seek licenses for jobs that put them in contact with children, at least 20 state attorneys general are conducting investigations of how church officials handled abuse allegations, including reporting them to civil law enforcement, largely in the wake of the Pennsylvania attorney general office’s 2018 grand jury report that looked at how abuse allegations were handled in six dioceses. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

States use Catholic clergy abuse lists to screen applicants

Feb. 6, 2020 10:26 AM EST

In the wake of revelations that scores of Roman Catholic priests and religious workers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living unsupervised in communities across the country, state officials face a quandary: Should they screen former clergy members who seek licenses for jobs that put them in contact...