Latest Crimes against children News

Girl's sex-assault lawsuit reinstated by appeals court

Jun. 16, 2021 17:47 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday reinstated a lawsuit from a northern Virginia student who said her school failed to take appropriate action after she said she was sexually assaulted on a band trip. The student, who has since graduated, said...

Wisconsin justices order new trial in brother-in-law's death

Jun. 16, 2021 15:37 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A man convicted of killing his brother-in-law after he allegedly discovered child pornography on his computer deserves a new trial because a jury could decide he acted in self-defense, a divided Wisconsin Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The justices...

Idaho officials pay $2.6M for wrongful convictions of 2 men

Jun. 16, 2021 12:49 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho officials on Tuesday approved payments of $1.4 million and $1.2 million, respectively, to two men who spent decades in prison for crimes they didn’t commit. Republican Gov. Brad Little and two other statewide-elected members of the Idaho...

Ex-school bus driver pleads guilty in child pornography case

Jun. 16, 2021 08:05 AM EDT

RIDGELAND, Miss. (AP) — A former Jackson Public School band volunteer and bus driver has pleaded guilty to producing child pornography, authorities said. Jerrell Lea’Shun Jackson, 34, took young girls to his Ridgeland apartment and recorded himself engaging in sexual...

7 relatives charged in Tennessee boy's starvation death

Jun. 16, 2021 04:02 AM EDT

BARTLETT, Tenn. (AP) — Seven members of a Tennessee family have been charged with murder in the starvation death of a 14-year-old boy, authorities said. A mother and six relatives who lived together in a community home arrangement in the Memphis suburb of Bartlett have...

Former NFL player, Wisconsin star is accused of assault

Jun. 15, 2021 14:38 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A former NFL player and University of Wisconsin football star is accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. Thomas Allen Burke, 44, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in St. Louis County, Minnesota. According to a...

Former softball coach dies while serving prison sentence

Jun. 15, 2021 13:31 PM EDT

PEARL, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi softball coach who was serving a 12-year prison sentence has died. WTOK-TV reports that Rick Roberson, 68, was taken from Central Mississippi Correctional Facility on Monday to a Rankin County hospital,...

Wichita police officer charged with child sex crime

Jun. 15, 2021 12:58 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A five-year veteran of the Wichita police department was charged Tuesday with sexual exploitation of a child, police said. The Sedgwick County District Attorney's office charged Officer Thomas Wallace, who was placed on unpaid administrative leave...

Louisiana will give child victims more time to file lawsuits

Jun. 15, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has signed legislation removing deadlines for Louisiana's child sex abuse victims to pursue damages in civil court, delivering a victory to survivors of abuse at the hands of Catholic clergy. The new law, taking effect Aug....

Child sex abuser sentenced to a total of more than 600 years

Jun. 15, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

A child sex abuser from southwest Missouri was sentenced to more than 600 years in prison for 10 felony convictions. The jury that convicted Daniel Franklin, 62, of rural Joplin, in April recommended that he be sentenced to six terms of 99 years, three of 30 years and one...