Latest Sexual assault News

California sex abuse law likely to spur thousands of claims

Oct. 14, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Attorneys predict that thousands of lawsuits will be filed against alleged child molesters as well as the institutions that employed them under a new California law taking effect next year. The California School Boards Association calls the new law an "existential threat" to...

Man arrested in 2002 rape of 16-year-old in California

Oct. 14, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California man wanted in the 2002 rape and kidnapping of a 16-year-old girl was arrested after DNA linked him to the crime, authorities said Monday. Juan Lopes, 39, of Santa Rosa was in custody for public intoxication last month when he was linked to the assault on the teenager...

Bosnia seeks extradition of Missouri man in war crimes case

Oct. 14, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A former military policeman in Bosnia who has been living in Missouri for about 17 years is facing extradition to his native country, where he is accused of raping a pregnant Serbian woman who was being held as a prisoner in 1992. Adem Kostjerevac, 58, who lives in unincorporated southern...

GOP leader's firm pulls wording about sex assault defendants

Oct. 14, 2019 4:13 PM EDT

WESTFIELD, N.J. (AP) — The top elected Republican in New Jersey's Assembly race this year said Monday his law firm is removing language on its website that says it would work to "discredit" sexual assault accusers as well as help other clients get their names off a state sex offender registry. Jon Bramnick...

Former inmate's sexual assault lawsuit to proceed to trial

Oct. 14, 2019 2:36 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A judge has ruled that the multimillion dollar lawsuit against Connecticut's prison system and several employees brought by a former inmate who says she was sexually assaulted behind bars can go forward. The Hartford Courant reports that U.S. District Judge Michael P. Shea denied a...

Records: Alabama girl, 10, fought off attempted rapist

Oct. 14, 2019 1:09 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a 10-year-old Alabama girl fought off a man trying to rape her by kicking him in the groin. Citing a court affidavit, the Montgomery Advertiser reports 52-year-old Davin Turner Windham was charged Thursday with attempted rape and jailed. The affidavit says Windham...

Jury acquits massage therapist accused of client sex assault

Oct. 14, 2019 11:17 AM EDT

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A massage therapist accused of touching a female client inappropriately during a session has been acquitted of sexual assault charges. Asmar Berry had been arrested in October 2018 after authorities said he touched the victim's "intimate parts" without her consent. The incident...

Georgia man charged with rape at Georgia Southern University

Oct. 14, 2019 10:15 AM EDT

STATESBORO, Ga. (AP) — A man is accused of raping a woman at Georgia Southern University last year. The Statesboro Herald reports Tyler Christian Richards of Savannah was arrested last week and is being held without bond. Jail records show he was charged with a single count of rape. The newspaper didn't...

Man accused of sexually assaulting man at Maryland hotel

Oct. 14, 2019 2:06 AM EDT

GLEN BURNIE, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man is accused of entering the hotel room of a sleeping man and sexually assaulting him. News outlets report 41-year-old Olman Danilo Lopez-Lopez has been arrested and charged with offenses including second-degree rape. An Anne Arundel County police statement says...

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....