Latest Sexual assault News

The Latest: Spain diocese establishes clergy sex abuse panel

Feb. 20, 2019 11:22 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local): 5:05 p.m. A Roman Catholic diocese in northwest Spain has become the country's first to establish a panel to protect and support local victims of clergy sex abuse. Bishop of Astorga Juan Antonio...

Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

Feb. 20, 2019 4:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it. The nun, who recently completed a course on child protection policies at Rome's Jesuit university, has been...

Oklahoma teens accused of rape accept lesser charge

Feb. 19, 2019 9:14 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Four former Oklahoma high school players accused of raping a teammate with a pool cue have been ordered to pay $300 in restitution, plus fines and court costs. The Tulsa World reports , citing court records it obtained, that a juvenile judge allowed the four on Jan. 18 to stipulate to...

Legal hurdles would look familiar in any new R. Kelly case

Feb. 19, 2019 8:32 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors will have to clear a series of high legal hurdles if they intend to charge R. Kelly and convict him, even if there's video evidence. One case illustrates the difficulties: The R&B star's own 2008 trial at which he was acquitted. At the heart of that child pornography trial...

Oregon man who calls for help gets arrested on sex charges

Feb. 19, 2019 8:10 PM EST

ASTORIA, Ore. (AP) — A man who authorities say lured a 13-year-old girl from her Seattle-area home and drove with her into Oregon was arrested when the rental car the two were traveling in became stuck in deep snow, Clatsop County Sheriff Tom Bergin said Tuesday. Christopher Thomas Knox, of Hillsboro,...

Man pleads guilty in rape, murder of Pennsylvania teen

Feb. 19, 2019 6:28 PM EST

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man pleaded guilty on Tuesday in the rape, murder and dismemberment of a 14-year-old girl, and the victim's adoptive mother has agreed to plead guilty and serve a life sentence. Jacob Sullivan, 46, pleaded guilty to all charges in the 2016 death of Grace Packer. A jury...

Ex-detective faces charges in sexual assault of witnesses

Feb. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A former Philadelphia police officer was arrested Tuesday on allegations he sexually assaulted male witnesses and suspects over his decade-plus career as a detective. A judge ordered 52-year-old Philip Nordo held without bail in protective custody during a preliminary arraignment...

The Latest: Ex-officer held without bail on rape charges

Feb. 19, 2019 5:24 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Latest on the arrest of former Philadelphia police detective Philip Nordo on sexual assault charges related to witnesses and suspects (all times local): 5:20 p.m. A judge has ordered a former Philadelphia police officer accused of raping and sexually assaulting multiple male...

DA, defense clash in push to seal records in officer's case

Feb. 19, 2019 2:41 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A prosecutor said Tuesday that family members of an armed black man who was fatally shot from behind by a white Nashville police officer want a slew of records made public in the officer's first-degree murder case. But the attorney for Nashville Officer Andrew Delke responded in...

Sex assault victims prompted to waive investigation rights

Feb. 19, 2019 10:03 AM EST

TOWSON, Md. (AP) — A Baltimore Sun survey found Baltimore-area police departments prompted sexual assault victims to waive their rights to an investigation more than 200 times in 2017 and 2018. The newspaper reports that the practice is contrary to guidance from experts and the International Association of...