Latest Sexual abuse by clergy News

Priest already deemed sexually violent sentenced again

Aug. 16, 2019 4:33 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The first Catholic priest in the U.S. to be labeled sexually violent when he was convicted in Illinois was sentenced Friday to 10 years in prison for abusing two boys in Missouri in the 1990s. Fred Lenczycki, 75, pleaded guilty in May to two counts of sodomy for crimes that occurred from...

Latter-day Saints announce new training to curb child abuse

Aug. 16, 2019 3:22 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Church of Jesus-Christ of Latter-Day Saints has launched a new online training program for local leaders to curb child abuse in congregations. Church members who hold volunteer leadership positions at the regional and congregational level and those who work with children or youth...

DC priest convicted of sexually abusing 2 kids in parish

Aug. 16, 2019 6:51 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Catholic priest faces up to 45 years in prison for sexually abusing two children in his parish in Washington, D.C. News outlets report 47-year-old Urbano Vazquez was convicted Thursday after a weeklong trial. The girls, now 12 and 18, testified he assaulted them, even during Mass....

Former Catholic Bishop faces Wyoming sex abuse allegations

Aug. 15, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — A former Catholic bishop is facing multiple allegations of sexual abuse of boys during his career, including 25 years in Wyoming. The Casper Star-Tribune reports at least three Wyoming men say former Bishop Joseph Hart abused them while he worked in the Diocese of Cheyenne. A spokesman...

Timeline of Cardinal George Pell's career and accusations

Aug. 14, 2019 10:37 PM EDT

An Australian court will rule next Wednesday on the appeal for Cardinal George Pell on his five convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than two decades ago. Some events in Pell's career and the criminal case: July 16, 1996: Auxiliary Bishop George Pell is appointed Archbishop of Melbourne. He...

Australian court to rule next week on Cardinal Pell's appeal

Aug. 14, 2019 9:23 PM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian court will announce its verdict next week on the appeal of the most senior Catholic clergyman to be found guilty of child sex abuse. Cardinal George Pell could walk free if the judges acquit him of the five convictions for molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more...

Over 400 sex abuse suits filed as litigation window opens

Aug. 14, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts, schools and hospitals, the late financier Jeffrey Epstein are some of the targets named in a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday in New York as the state began accepting cases once blocked by the statute of limitations. Hundreds of...

New York sex abuse cases: A look at lawsuits filed Wednesday

Aug. 14, 2019 6:29 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A look at some of the organizations named as defendants in child sexual abuse lawsuits filed in New York on Wednesday, as that state opens a one-year window allowing for the filing of civil molestation cases once blocked by the statute of limitations: ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH: Each of the...

The Latest: More than 400 sex abuse lawsuits filed across NY

Aug. 14, 2019 6:04 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the filing of child sex abuse lawsuits in New York (all times local): 6 p.m. More than 400 sex abuse lawsuits have been filed across New York on the first day of a new one-year window for older molestation cases. Hundreds, if not thousands, of people had been expected to...

Wyoming police seek abuse charges for men linked to church

Aug. 14, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming police have recommended sexual abuse charges against a member of the Catholic clergy and another man in connection with events in the 1970s and 1980s. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports the Cheyenne Police Department made the recommendation to the Laramie County District...