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Haiti to investigate alleged rapes of 10 female inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said late Friday they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the northern city of Gonaives. Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last...

Kentucky detectives make arrest in 1978 rape case

Nov. 15, 2019 7:28 PM EST

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say they’ve arrested a man who raped a woman in 1978 and who may be responsible for other crimes. News outlets report 77-year-old Michael Dean Tate was charged Thursday with rape, sodomy and kidnapping. In October 1978, a woman told Park Hills police...

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

Minneapolis officials discover 1,700 untested rape kits

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials say they have discovered the city has roughly 1,700 rape kits that have never been tested, with some dating back 30 years. The number revealed Friday is nearly nine times more than the 194 untested kits the city disclosed it had in 2015. Deputy Police Chief Erick...

Justices to consider reinstating military rape convictions

Nov. 15, 2019 2:41 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court will decide whether to reinstate convictions for rape by a military officer and two enlisted men. The issue is whether they could be prosecuted long after the rapes occurred. A military appeals court threw out the convictions because too much time had elapsed between the...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Nov. 15, 2019 2:01 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: Video shows a rigged voting machine in Mississippi as a voter clicks...

Man abused by teacher settles lawsuit with school district

Nov. 15, 2019 1:23 PM EST

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — A West Virginia school district has settled a lawsuit with a man who says he was sexually abused by a teacher and fathered four of her children. The Intelligencer reports Ohio County Schools settled with Christopher Birch on Thursday. The April lawsuit said Bridge Street Middle...

Suspect in ‘Potomac River Rapist’ cold case arrested

Nov. 15, 2019 9:46 AM EST

CONWAY, S.C. (AP) — Genealogy websites and a cheek swab enabled U.S. Marshals to arrest a man suspected of being the “Potomac River Rapist,” who terrorized the nation’s capital in the 1990s. News outlets report 60-year-old Giles Daniel Warrick is now awaiting extradition from Horry...

Judge: Money from rapist was meant to help empower victim

Nov. 15, 2019 8:49 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A judge has defended his reasoning for suggesting that a rapist pay his victim $150,000 in exchange for a possibly reduced sentence. The Advocate reports Special Judge Bruce Bennett filed a court document saying his unsolicited offer was meant to help the victim of Sedrick Hills,...