Latest Sexual abuse News

Tribal members settle abuse cases against Mormon church

Sep. 22, 2018 4:52 PM EDT

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Four Native Americans who claimed they were sexually abused while enrolled in a now-defunct Mormon church foster program decades ago filed paperwork to dismiss their cases after reaching financial settlements, a lawyer said. Allegations have been made against the church by more than...

Pope battered by abuse scandal gets warm welcome in Baltics

Sep. 22, 2018 12:25 PM EDT

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — Tens of thousands of Lithuanians lined the narrow streets of the Old Town of Vilnius and cheered Saturday as Pope Francis' popemobile passed by, an exuberant greeting that must have been welcome to a pope battered by new revelations in the Catholic Church's long-running sex abuse...

Fugitive New Mexico priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Sep. 21, 2018 7:37 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A fugitive priest who fled the U.S. decades ago amid allegations of child sex abuse has been returned to New Mexico to face charges after being arrested in Morocco last year, federal officials said Friday. Arthur J. Perrault, 80, a former Catholic priest in the Archdiocese of Santa...

The Latest: Fugitive priest pleads not guilty to sex abuse

Sep. 21, 2018 6:02 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of a fugitive priest from New Mexico on child sexual abuse charges (all times local): 3:50 p.m. A fugitive priest suspected of child abuse decades ago in New Mexico has pleaded not guilty to seven counts of abuse. Arthur Perrault entered his plea Friday in...

Pennsylvania dioceses consider victims' compensation fund

Sep. 21, 2018 6:01 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses said late Friday they are willing to set up a victims' compensation fund as they face the prospect that state lawmakers will give victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to sue the church. The Pennsylvania Catholic Conference...

Report: Trainer acknowledges sexual abuse of students

Sep. 21, 2018 5:50 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — An athletic trainer at a Montana high school sexually abused at least 18 student athletes decades ago under the guise of boosting their athletic performance, according to a lawsuit filed Friday. The deception was aided by the team winning five state football championships in 16...

The Latest: Report: Trainer accused of abuse says he's sorry

Sep. 21, 2018 4:56 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on a former Montana high school athletic trainer being sued for sexually abusing athletes (all times local): 2:50 p.m. A former Montana high school athletic trainer has apologized to student-athletes via media interviews after they accused him of sexual abuse in the...

Pope lets more bishops go as part of Chile sex abuse fallout

Sep. 21, 2018 8:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignations of two more bishops in Chile, as fallout mounted from widespread sex abuse scandals there. Without citing reasons, the Vatican said the latest to leave their posts were the bishops of San Bartolome de Chillan, Monsignor Carlos Eduardo...

Catholic priest in Slovakia challenges celibacy rules

Sep. 21, 2018 3:20 AM EDT

KLAK, Slovakia (AP) — A priest in the conservative Roman Catholic stronghold of Slovakia has challenged the church's celibacy rules, voicing his dissent at a time when clerical celibacy is once again a topic of debate amid ongoing sex abuse scandals. The Rev. Michal Lajcha has written a book in two...

Sex offenders want to be deported but California keeps them

Sep. 20, 2018 6:43 PM EDT

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — At least 30 immigrant men who are living in the United States illegally and have sex crime records remain in custody in California despite having completed their sentences and wanting to be deported, a newspaper reported Thursday. The men committed crimes and served their prison...