Latest Sexual abuse News

Southern Baptists oust one church for having woman pastor, two others over sexual-abuse policy

Feb. 20, 2024 20:59 PM EST

The Southern Baptist Convention's top administrative body voted Tuesday to oust four congregations — one for having a woman as senior minister, two for what it said were failures related to the denomination's sexual-abuse policy and one for lack of financial participation. The...

New Hampshire considers greatly expanding scope of settlement fund for youth center abuse victims

Feb. 20, 2024 15:56 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Lawyers representing 1,400 men and woman who allege they were abused as children at New Hampshire’s youth detention centers said Tuesday they will recommend the state’s out-of-court settlement option for most of their clients if lawmakers approve a plan to greatly expand...

German suspect in Madeleine McCann case goes on trial over unrelated sexual offense charges

Feb. 16, 2024 06:11 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — A man who is also a suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann went on trial Friday over several unrelated sexual offenses he is alleged to have committed in Portugal between 2000 and 2017. The trial was quickly adjourned until next week. The...

Hungary's president resigns over a pardon to a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case

Feb. 10, 2024 16:45 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary’s conservative president resigned Saturday amid public outcry over a pardon she granted to a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case, a decision that unleashed an unprecedented political scandal for the long-serving nationalist government. ...

Hungary's president has resigned amid outrage over her pardoning of a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case

Feb. 10, 2024 11:37 AM EST
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Hungary's president has resigned amid outrage over her pardoning of a man convicted in a child sexual abuse case.

Ex-Catholic priest gets nearly 22 years in prison for attempted sexual abuse of a South Carolina boy

Feb. 09, 2024 18:39 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A former Catholic priest in South Carolina has been sentenced to nearly 22 years in prison for trying to sexually assault a boy and showing him pornography. Jamie Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias, 69, could have faced a life sentence. Federal Judge Mary Geiger Lewis on...

Protesters demand Hungarian president's resignation over a pardon in a child sexual abuse case

Feb. 09, 2024 14:02 PM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Calls for Hungary's conservative president to resign grew Friday amid outrage over her pardoning of a person convicted of covering up a child sexual abuse case, which has unleashed an unprecedented political scandal for the long-serving nationalist government. ...

Climate scientist Michael Mann wins defamation suit over comparison to molester, jury decides.

Feb. 08, 2024 17:26 PM EST
WASHINGTON (AP) — Climate scientist Michael Mann wins defamation suit over comparison to molester, jury decides.

200 victims allege child sex abuse in Maryland youth detention facilities

Feb. 08, 2024 17:05 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Since Maryland lawmakers eliminated the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse lawsuits last year, the number of victims suing the state’s juvenile justice agency has grown to 200. The latest lawsuit, which was filed Thursday on behalf of 63 plaintiffs,...

Pressure mounts on Hungary's president to resign over pardon in child sexual abuse case

Feb. 08, 2024 10:19 AM EST

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Pressure is mounting on Hungary's head of state to resign after it was revealed that she issued a presidential pardon to a man convicted as an accomplice in a child sexual abuse case. Hungary's opposition parties say that President Katalin Novák, Hungary's...