Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Law gives child sex assault victims more time to file suits

Oct. 13, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov....

Defense lawyer for Florida pastor dated his client's accuser

Oct. 11, 2019 10:06 AM EDT

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) — A Christian radio co-host accused of repeatedly raping a girl at his church has hired as his defense attorney a man who later dated the alleged victim. The 59-year-old Rev. Bryan Fulwider pleaded not guilty Thursday to 30 counts of child sexual abuse, which allegedly began when the...

Alabama preacher convicted of sexually abusing underage girl

Oct. 11, 2019 6:32 AM EDT

DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama preacher has been convicted of sexually abusing an underage girl in 2016. Al.com reports 63-year-old Gregory Lucy pleaded guilty in Marengo County court this week to one count of first-degree sex abuse. Three other counts of sexual abuse and one count of attempted rape...

Pope accepts resignation of NYC bishop accused of abuse

Oct. 10, 2019 9:33 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a New York City bishop who was accused of sexually abusing a teenage boy in the 1980s, the Vatican said Thursday. Auxiliary Bishop John Jenik denied the allegation when it was first brought to the New York City archdiocese last year. He...

Kenyan man's search for his father runs into church cover-up

Oct. 9, 2019 12:50 PM EDT

SAMBURU, Kenya (AP) — When Sabina Losirkale went into labor, her sister Scolastica recalls, priests and religious sisters filled the delivery ward waiting to see the color of the baby's skin — and if their worst fears had come to pass. Scolastica and dozens of villagers peered in from behind the...

More accusers come forward after pastor's sex crimes arrest

Oct. 9, 2019 12:35 PM EDT

BELMONT, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina prosecutors say three people have come forward and accused a pastor of sexually assaulting them, after the man was arrested on similar accusations. News outlets report after 24-year-old Nicholas Martin's arrest Sunday, three more people contacted Gaston County police and...

Priest takes plea deal in sexual abuse investigation

Oct. 8, 2019 5:11 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Catholic priest has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor after a Detroit-area jury said it was having trouble reaching a unanimous verdict in his sexual abuse trial. The attorney general's office says the Rev. Patrick Casey pleaded guilty Tuesday to aggravated assault. He was accused of...

Prosecutor: Evidence doesn't support charges against priest

Oct. 8, 2019 11:46 AM EDT

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — A western Kentucky prosecutor has decided not to pursue charges against a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing two juveniles in the 1980s. Prosecutor Bruce Kuegel released a statement last week saying "allegations of criminal contact were not supported by evidence." The Rev. Ed...

Colorado church abuse victims eligible for unlimited payouts

Oct. 7, 2019 4:41 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — People who were abused by Catholic priests in Colorado can file claims to receive unlimited payouts under a church-funded compensation program that began operating Monday. The formation of the Colorado Independent Reconciliation and Reparations Program was announced by Denver Archbishop...

Clergy sex abuse victims call for changes to Connecticut law

Oct. 6, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Advocates and victims of clergy sex abuse are calling for changes to Connecticut's statute of limitations law. The Hartford Courant reports that victims hope the recent release of a report critical of Bridgeport church leaders' response to clergy abuse will aid their fight to change...