Latest Sexual abuse News

Accusers sue W Virginia jailer who sexually abused inmates

Nov. 12, 2019 6:30 AM EST

BECKLEY, W.Va. (AP) — A former federal prison worker convicted of sexually abusing female inmates is now being sued by three of his accusers. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports two women recently filed lawsuits against former Capt. Jerrod Grimes, former Warden Scott Hall and the federal body that governs...

Judge: Georgia boarding school sex abuse suit can go forward

Nov. 12, 2019 6:06 AM EST

ROME, Ga. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a lawsuit can move forward against a Georgia boarding school and a former teacher accused of sexually abusing students there decades ago. News outlets report Judge Adele Grubbs rejected the Darlington School's request to dismiss a suit filed by 17 former students who...

Catholic bishops' agenda: immigrants, gun deaths, sex abuse

Nov. 11, 2019 5:19 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — US Catholic bishops received a challenging to-do list Monday as they opened their national assembly — notably to support immigrants and refugees, extend the campaign to curtail clergy sex abuse and work harder to combat gun violence. They also were urged by Pope Francis' envoy to be...

Australian court to say if will hear Cardinal Pell's appeal

Nov. 11, 2019 12:24 AM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children will learn this week whether Australia's highest court will hear his appeal against convictions for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. The High Court of Australia confirmed on...

Hispanic immigrant in line to lead US Catholic bishops

Nov. 10, 2019 1:09 PM EST

Clergy sex abuse is once again on the agenda as U.S. Catholic bishops meet this week — but so is a potentially historic milestone: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez, an immigrant from Mexico, is widely expected to win election as the first Hispanic president of the bishops' national conference. Gomez, 67,...

Man faces sexual assault charge after incident on a plane

Nov. 9, 2019 5:21 PM EST

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Utah man accused of groping another passenger on a Salt Lake City-bound American Airlines flight that diverted to Tulsa for his arrest has been charged with abusive sexual contact. The man, identified in court records as James Clayton Cholewinski-Boy, 32, was charged by federal...

French bishops approve payments for church sex abuse victims

Nov. 9, 2019 7:55 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French bishops on Saturday approved plans to financially compensate people abused sexually within the Roman Catholic Church. Any person recognized by their bishop as a victim will be eligible to receive money, they said, and the church will appeal for donations to foot the bill. Bishops also...

Self-described 'manny' charged with abusing 17 young boys

Nov. 8, 2019 8:50 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A male nanny who was charged last May with sexually abusing four Southern California boys is now facing additional counts that prosecutors say bring the number of alleged victims to 17. In announcing the additional charges Friday, prosecutors say Matthew Antonio Zakrzewski's...

USOPC to add athlete reps in wake of Nassar sex abuse

Nov. 8, 2019 4:26 PM EST

The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee will add athletes to its board and enhance its oversight of individual sports organizations in a package of reforms stemming from the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal. The reforms were approved Thursday and go into effect in January. They come with Congress proposing its...

New suit claims Ohio State doc raped wrestler, abused minors

Nov. 8, 2019 10:14 AM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The latest federal lawsuit against Ohio State over two decades of alleged sexual abuse by a now-deceased team doctor means nearly 300 men are listed plaintiffs in the matter. Forty-three plaintiffs filed a new case Thursday, including a wrestler alleging Richard Strauss raped him and...