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Prosecutors: Man sent inmates letters about sexual abuse

Jan. 28, 2020 8:06 PM EST

WALTERBORO, S.C. (AP) — A South Carolina man was sentenced to 10 years in prison for molesting a young relative, a crime that was discovered when the suspect left behind letters from inmates telling him how much they appreciated him recounting the abuse, prosecutors said. Keith Preston Crum, 38, pleaded...

Harvey Weinstein, center, exits following his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)

At Harvey Weinstein’s trial, a big role for other accusers

Jan. 28, 2020 6:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In his former life as a Hollywood big shot, Harvey Weinstein knew the importance of a good supporting role. In his New York City trial, it’s the prosecution’s supporting witnesses who could be a big factor in whether he goes to prison. While Weinstein is charged in sexual...

Ramsey County District Attorney Jon Choi, at podium, and Archdiocese officials hold a press conference Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, after the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis submitted its final progress report on tightened clergy abuse protocols to a Ramsey County District judge  at the Ramsey County Attorney's office in St. Paul, Minn. Ramsey County had sued the archdiocese in 2015 for failure to protect children, and dropped the charges in lieu of three years of court monitoring of the archdiocese. (Anthony Souffle/Star Tribune via AP)

Oversight ends in St. Paul Archdiocese child protection case

Jan. 28, 2020 5:08 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Prosecutors announced Tuesday that they have ended four years of oversight of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as part of settlement designed to protect children from clergy sex abuse. Ramsey County sued the archdiocese in 2015 for its failure to protect children. County...

This booking photo provided by the Oakland County, Mich., Sheriff's Office shows Derrick Mitchell Decoste.  Decoste was booked Monday, Jan. 27, 2020  at the Clark County Detention Center pending a court appearance on armed robbery and murder charges in the shooting death of former priest John Capparelli. (Oakland County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Suspect in ex-priest's slaying sent to Vegas to face charges

Jan. 28, 2020 4:00 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A suspect in the killing of a former priest has been returned to Las Vegas from Michigan to face robbery and murder charges. Records show that Derrick Mitchell Decoste, 26, was booked Monday in the Clark County jail pending a court appearance in the March 2019 shooting death of former...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse to be resentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Jerry Sandusky's legal effort to have his decadeslong child molestation sentence reduced will be the subject of a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in a Pennsylvania courtroom. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Judge rejects Sandusky's latest request for shorter sentence

Jan. 28, 2020 2:19 PM EST

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge flatly rejected Jerry Sandusky's latest request to have his 30- to 60-year child molestation sentence reduced during a brief hearing Tuesday. Judge Maureen Skerda said she purposely fashioned the prison term to have an impact on the former Penn State assistant football coach...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew accompanies Queen Elizabeth II to attend a church service at St Mary the Virgin, in Hillington, England. A U.S. prosecutor overseeing the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking investigation said Monday, Jan 27, 2020 that Britain's Prince Andrew has been uncooperative in the inquiry so far. Speaking at a news conference outside Epstein's New York mansion, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said prosecutors and the FBI had contacted Prince Andrew's lawyers and asked to interview him. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

New pressure on Prince Andrew to help Epstein investigation

Jan. 28, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The pressure on Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew increased Tuesday after the revelation by U.S. authorities that he has failed to cooperate with the FBI’s investigation into his ties with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents five of...

Oregon man arrested in Washington on child enticement charge

Jan. 28, 2020 10:19 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, man was arrested after he authorities say he traveled to Washington state to sexually molest a 5-year-old girl. Dirk Tichgelaar, 44, was arrested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in northwestern Washington. He was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in...

Diocese suspends retired priest over child abuse allegation

Jan. 27, 2020 10:08 AM EST

FALL RIVER, Mass. (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts has suspended a retired priest after a review of files found an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor dating to about 20 years ago, church officials said. The Rev. Herbert T. Nichols is barred from all ministry while the allegation is under...

Police: Man posed as teen online, assaulted children

Jan. 26, 2020 12:37 PM EST

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors in Oregon say a 26-year-old man posed as a high school student on social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram and then sexually assaulted children when they met with him in person. Lafayette Castillo, of Beaverton, Oregon, was indicted on Friday on charges of...

Seaside man gets 20 years for encouraging child sex abuse

Jan. 26, 2020 9:11 AM EST

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A Seaside man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for encouraging child sex abuse. Joshua Allen Pickering, 36, pleaded guilty to eight counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree. He was originally charged with 18 counts of possession of child pornography, The...