Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

New Hampshire bishop denies allegations of past sexual abuse

Jul. 25, 2021 12:47 PM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The head of the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire “categorically denies” recent allegations that he committed sexual abuse while serving as a priest in New York in the 1980s, according to a statement issued by his lawyer on Saturday. A...

California church leader held for alleged child sex abuse

Jul. 23, 2021 19:23 PM EDT

RANCHO CUCAMONGA, Calif. (AP) — The co-founder and “'apostle” of a Southern California church was arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a child for years, beginning when she was 9 years old, authorities said Friday. Puredi Hillary, 67, of Rancho Cucamonga, was...

New Hampshire bishop accused of abusing teenage boy

Jul. 22, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

A lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses the head of the Roman Catholic Church in New Hampshire of committing sexual abuse decades ago while he served as a priest in New York. In a lawsuit filed July 14 in state Supreme Court in Suffolk County, Bishop Peter Libasci of...

Richmond diocese adds 4 to clergy sex abuse allegation list

Jul. 21, 2021 16:45 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Richmond has added four more names to a list of clergy members with “credible and substantiated" allegations of sexual abuse against a minor. The dioceses announced the additions last week, noting that allegations date back...

Justices deal blow to outdated claims of child sexual abuse

Jul. 21, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's high court on Wednesday dealt a blow to victims of child sexual abuse, throwing out a lawsuit by a woman whose lower court legal victory had given hope to others with similarly outdated claims who'd sued in the wake of a landmark report that documented...

Lawsuit against Liberty alleges mishandling of sex assaults

Jul. 20, 2021 18:38 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Twelve women filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of a pattern of mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment, and fostering an unsafe campus environment. The federal lawsuit filed in New...

Lawyer in Vatican abuse trial says no evidence of misconduct

Jul. 16, 2021 14:46 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The lawyer for a former altar boy accused of sexually abusing a younger boy at the Vatican’s youth seminary asked a Vatican court to absolve her client Friday, saying there was no evidence of misconduct and that “this trial never should have occurred." ...

Catholic school teacher sentenced for sex assault of student

Jul. 16, 2021 14:01 PM EDT

STEUBENVILLE, Ohio (AP) — A former teacher at a Catholic high school who sexually assaulted a 15-year-old student was sentenced Friday to a probation term after she pleaded guilty to sexual battery. Corissa McCalister, 22, of Steubenville, will also have to perform...

Connecticut diocese files for bankruptcy amid abuse claims

Jul. 15, 2021 19:06 PM EDT

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Connecticut filed for federal bankruptcy protection on Thursday to resolve dozens of lawsuits alleging the abuse of teenage students decades ago at the former Academy at Mount Saint John School, a residential treatment center for troubled...

Vatican prosecutor seeks prison for priest in abuse trial

Jul. 15, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A prosecutor for the Holy See asked a Vatican court Thursday to convict and sentence an Italian priest for the alleged sexual abuse of a former altar boy on Vatican City property. The charges against the Rev. Gabriele Martinelli stem from abuse that...