Latest Sexual abuse News

Victims relive trauma as Wisconsin Clergy sexual abuse grows

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When she was 7, Patty Gallagher was chosen to bring the priest who served her parish and school in Monona, Wisconsin, his daily milk. The Rev. Lawrence Trainor was practically a member of the family. He came over for dinner and visited the family cottage. Trainor, a priest at...

Lawsuit: Driver’s ed instructor molested students

Nov. 16, 2019 1:31 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawyer for three teenage girls who say they were sexually abused by their driver’s education instructor has filed $6 million in lawsuits against the instructor and Portland Community College. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the three lawsuits, filed this week in Multnomah...

Teacher’s assistant gets prison in sex abuse sting operation

Nov. 16, 2019 11:18 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A man who worked as a substitute teacher and teacher’s assistant at two Virginia elementary schools has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison for trying to entice a child to engage in illegal sexual conduct. The Justice Department said in a news release that...

Hickman man sentenced to prison for sex abuse of girl

Nov. 16, 2019 10:01 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 42-year-old Hickman man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl over a four-year period. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Jeremy Marteney was sentenced Wednesday in Lancaster County District Court to 8- to 25-years. He was convicted...

Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims

Nov. 16, 2019 2:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls. Le Iene, an Italian investigative television program, plans to air the new...

AP sources: Jail guards at time of Epstein death reject deal

Nov. 16, 2019 1:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The existence of the plea offer signals the Justice...

Jury rules USA Swimming not liable in sexual abuse case

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

STOCKTON, Calif. (AP) — A jury in California has ruled that USA Swimming was not negligent in the case of a former coach who sexually abused a 13-year-old swimmer, although she will receive $1,125,000 from two USA Swimming affiliates in a civil lawsuit. In the criminal case, former Stockton Swim club coach...

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...

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...

Former tribal official under indictment faces more charges

Nov. 15, 2019 6:41 AM EST

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A former member of the Tribal Council for the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians is facing more charges. Randy Anderson of Conehatta is already accused of defrauding a tribal government. Now the 46-year-old Choctaw faces a superceding indictment accusing him of committing an abusive...