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2 priests suspended amid decades old abuse complaints

Jan. 19, 2020 3:32 PM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — Two retired Catholic priests in Massachusetts have been suspended amid separate allegations of sexual abuse. The Diocese of Fall River said Sunday that Fathers James Buckley and Edward Byington have been accused of abusing minors decades ago. The diocese didn't specify the nature...

Former French priest Bernard Preynat, center, arrives at the Lyon court house, central France, Monday Jan.13, 2020. Bernard Preynat, is accused of sexually abusing some 75 Boy Scouts went on trial Monday _ but the proceedings were delayed until Tuesday because of a strike by lawyers. Preynat admitted in the 1990s to abusing boys, but was only removed from the priesthood last year. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

French trial exposes how church covered for predator priest

Jan. 19, 2020 10:28 AM EST

LYON, France (AP) — One of the first people to notice Bernard Preynat's unhealthy obsession for young boys was the supervisor at the seminary where, still a teen, the future priest started training for his career in the church. "At 14, 15 years old, I became interested in the youngest boys and the...

Feds: DEA investigator tried to entice 14-year-old boy

Jan. 18, 2020 8:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigator has been arrested on charges he sent sexually explicit images to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old boy. Frederick L. Scheinin, 29, was charged with attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor....

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein's jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt.  (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Documentary 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein' to air on Lifetime

Jan. 18, 2020 2:04 PM EST

PASADENA, Calif. (AP) — An investigative documentary about Jeffrey Epstein and how the millionaire sex offender avoided scrutiny is coming to Lifetime. The four-hour film, “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein,” will air this summer, the cable channel said Saturday. Epstein, 66, killed himself in his...

Dex Rumsey, 15, is photographed with his mother Robyn and father Clay Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Roy, Utah. Dex Rumsey, 15, came out as transgender at age 12. In consultation with a counselor and doctors, he gradually began wearing short hair and boy's clothes, then began using puberty blockers and eventually testosterone. His parents say he's gone from a shy, withdrawn child to a happy, thriving kid. He scared he could become depressed and suicidal again a ban on hormone therapy and sex-reassignment surgery for minors were to pass. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LGBT activists say new bills target transgender youth

Jan. 18, 2020 10:55 AM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — At the urging of conservative advocacy groups, Republican legislators in more than a dozen states are promoting bills that focus on transgender young people. One batch of bills would bar doctors from providing them certain gender-related medical treatment; another batch would bar...

Man convicted of raping girl sentenced to life in prison

Jan. 18, 2020 8:11 AM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Mill City man has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole following his second rape conviction. The sentence Thursday came more than 20 years after he was first convicted of raping a minor, the Statesman Journal reported. A Marion County jury earlier this...

North Carolina charged in death of infant son

Jan. 17, 2020 9:31 PM EST

CLEMMONS, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his infant son, authorities said. The Forsyth County Sheriff's Office said on Friday that Brandon Scott McDaniel, 20, sought medical care for the baby on Monday, at which time he was charged with felony...

Sexual misconduct charges filed against 2 Michigan priests

Jan. 17, 2020 7:50 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Criminal sexual conduct charges have been filed against two priests who worked in the Upper Peninsula’s Catholic diocese of Marquette, Michigan prosecutors announced Friday The charges against Gary Allen Jacobs of Albuquerque, New Mexico, and Roy Joseph were announced Friday by...

Ex-USA Gymnastics trainer has sexual assault count dropped

Jan. 17, 2020 7:27 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Friday dropped a sexual assault charge against a former trainer who worked alongside imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar at the famed Karolyi gymnastics ranch. Debra Van Horn, 64, was charged in Walker County, Texas, in June 2018 with a count of...

Ex-youth center counselor's lawyer sees greed behind charges

Jan. 17, 2020 5:44 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — An attorney for a man charged with repeatedly raping a teenage boy at New Hampshire's state-run youth detention center in the 1990s said Friday the allegations are motivated by “money and greed.” Stephen Murphy, 50, was charged in July with 26 counts of rape. He and...