Latest Sexual abuse News

KBI has 74 clergy abuse investigations in 33 counties

Jul. 23, 2019 6:34 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — State authorities have opened more than 70 investigations into alleged sexual abuse by Catholic clergy after receiving over 100 abuse reports in less than six months, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation said Tuesday. The agency's brief statement was its first update since announcing in...

Champion bodybuilder turns himself in on Utah rape charges

Jul. 23, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A champion bodybuilder accused of raping a woman has turned himself in after an arrest warrant was issued earlier this month. Court records indicate Shawn Rhoden attended a court hearing Tuesday in a Salt Lake City suburb and was booked into a county jail. He remained behind bars...

Florida lawmaker: Look into Epstein work release from jail

Jul. 23, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker known as a champion for child sexual abuse victims asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's freedom to leave jail on work release a decade ago. Democratic...

Ex-youth pastor charged with child sex abuse dies in jail

Jul. 23, 2019 1:04 PM EDT

SPARTANBURG, S.C. (AP) — A former youth pastor intern accused of sexually abusing children in the 1970s has died in a South Carolina jail. News outlets report that 64-year-old Peter William Cooper was pronounced dead Sunday morning, according to Spartanburg County Coroner Rusty Clevenger. Cooper had been...

Attorney general given diocese files to review abuse claims

Jul. 23, 2019 12:03 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's attorney general announced Tuesday that he has gained access to nearly 70 years of records from the Diocese of Providence for his review of allegations of sexual abuse by clergy. The Roman Catholic diocese earlier this month released a list of 50 clerics, religious...

Man gets 6 months for sexual abuse of teen girl

Jul. 23, 2019 10:50 AM EDT

BEND, Ore. (AP) — A Redmond, Oregon, man will serve roughly six months in jail for sexually abusing a teenage girl who reached out to him through a Craigslist room rental ad. The Bulletin reports that 31-year-old Anthony Joseph Moore was arrested in January for crimes he committed in July 2015. He's been...

Deceased Knoxville priest, bishop accused of sexual abuse

Jul. 22, 2019 4:26 PM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee man has sued the Catholic Diocese of Knoxville, claiming he was sexually abused by a priest and bishop while serving as an altar boy in the 1990s. The Knoxville News Sentinel reports Michael Boyd filed the suit in Knox County on Thursday. It claims Boyd was abused by...

Girl wins $2.75M in lawsuit over abuse by former golf coach

Jul. 22, 2019 2:07 PM EDT

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. (AP) — The Scottsbluff School District is paying a girl $2.75 million to settle a lawsuit she filed over sexual abuse committed by her former high school golf coach. The former coach, Mike Klein, is serving a 24-to-32-year prison sentence for four counts of abuse he was convicted of. The...

Wyoming justices uphold kidnapping, molestation conviction

Jul. 22, 2019 12:59 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The Wyoming Supreme Court has upheld a former carnival worker's conviction for sexually assaulting a child. The justices say in an opinion released Monday that Joshua Winters' attorney wasn't ineffective and that a lower court didn't make certain errors. Prosecutors say Winters molested...

Wisconsin abbey names 22 priests accused of sexual abuse

Jul. 21, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

DE PERE, Wis. (AP) — St. Norbert Abbey in Wisconsin has released the names of 22 priests who faced "credible" allegations of sexually abusing minors. The abbey says an independent review deemed more than 40 allegations credible. About half came from the 1960s, and 12 Norbertine priests faced multiple...