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Workers clean up a duplex that was set on fire following an incident Tuesday, in Milwaukee, Wednesday, June 24, 2020. Milwaukee police say two missing teenage girls were never at the Milwaukee house that was set on fire during unrest that saw three people shot and 10 police officers and a firefighter injured as a large unruly crowd gathered at the scene of the investigation. (RIck Wood/Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel via AP)

Police: Missing girls were never at Milwaukee home set afire

Jun. 25, 2020 11:09 PM EDT

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Two missing teenage girls were never at a Milwaukee house that was set on fire during unrest that saw three people shot and 10 police officers and a firefighter injured as a large unruly crowd gathered at the scene of the investigation, police said Wednesday. Police fired tear gas and...

FILE - In this July 27, 2006, arrest file photo provided by the Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, in Florida, is Jeffrey Epstein. A fund set up to compensate victims of the late sex offender Epstein opened for claims on Thursday, June 25, 2020, enabling dozens of women attacked by the financier when they were as young as 14 to seek a cut of his $630 million estate. In August 2019, Epstein killed himself while awaiting trial in a Manhattan lockup. (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, File)

Fund of up to $630 million for Jeffrey Epstein victims opens

Jun. 25, 2020 4:15 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A fund set up to compensate victims of the late sex offender Jeffrey Epstein opened for claims Thursday, enabling dozens of women attacked by the financier when they were as young as 14 to seek a cut of his $630 million estate. A judge in the Virgin Islands approved the fund this month,...

FILE - In this Oct. 28, 2014, file photo, assistant U.S. attorney Dave DeVillers, left, discusses updated charges against members of an alleged gang as Columbus Deputy Police Chief Ron Gray listens during a news conference in Columbus, Ohio. A federal indictment accuses Larry Dean Porter of exchanging drugs for sexual access to children of drug-addicted parents. The indictment says Porter repeatedly traded drugs for sex with three girls, with several other adults helping transport the victims to Porter's house. Porter both raped the girls and filmed himself raping them, U.S. Attorney Dave DeVillers said Wednesday, June 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Andrew Welsh-Huggins, File)

Ohio man accused of trading drugs for sex with children

Jun. 24, 2020 5:05 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio man exchanged drugs for sexual access to children of drug-addicted parents and took sexually explicit photos of the girls to create child pornography, according to an indictment made public this week. Larry Dean Porter repeatedly traded drugs for sex with three...

California man allegedly ran sex trafficking websites

Jun. 18, 2020 7:57 PM EDT

FREMONT, Calif. (AP) — A San Francisco Bay Area man was arrested for allegedly running international sex trafficking websites that included ads featuring children and earned him $21 million. Wilhan Martono, 46, was arrested Wednesday in Fremont and was being held without bail until he is extradited to...

Police: Woman charged with sex trafficking teens in Alabama

Jun. 16, 2020 5:57 PM EDT

HOMEWOOD, Ala. (AP) — A Georgia woman was arrested and accused of bringing two teenage girls to Alabama to sex traffic them, authorities said Tuesday. The teens were found and brought to an advocacy agency. Marlette Lychelle Smith, 26, of Rome, Georgia, was charged with first-degree human trafficking on...

Kansas man sentenced to prison for trafficking runaway girl

Jun. 9, 2020 4:07 PM EDT

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Wichita man was sentenced to 12 years in prison for the sex trafficking of a 15-year-old runaway girl, prosecutors said Tuesday. Sedgwick County District Judge David Kaufman sentenced James Sexton, 27, on Friday. He was convicted in February of commercial sexual exploitation of a...

Suspected child webcam cybersex operator, American David Timothy Deakin, from Peoria, Ill., waits following his arrest as investigators gather evidence during a raid at his home in Mabalacat, northern Philippines, April 20, 2017. A Philippine court has convicted Deakin who exploited Filipino children sexually using webcams to sell videos, images and livestreams to pedophile buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday, May 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Philippine court convicts American of online child abuse

May. 27, 2020 9:13 PM EDT

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court has sentenced an American to life in prison on charges of sexually exploiting Filipino children using webcams to sell videos, photos and livestreams to buyers abroad, an official said Wednesday. The conviction of David Timothy Deakin is a strong warning to...

Wife of minister convicted of sex charges sent to prison

May. 20, 2020 11:26 AM EDT

TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — The wife and stepdaughter of a former Ohio minister convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl have been sentenced to prison after they earlier pleaded guilty to witness tampering. Prosecutors had accused the two women of abducting the victim and warning her not to testify at...