Latest Child abuse News

Diocese: Priest returned to duty now declared 'unsuitable'

Dec. 8, 2019 12:45 PM EST

Catholic authorities in Philadelphia say a priest formerly returned to ministry following an allegation of sexual abuse has been found unsuitable for ministry following a new allegation. Seventy-four-year-old Reverend Monsignor Joseph Logrip had been placed on administrative leave in January following the new...

Arkansas couple facing charges after hiding corpse in home

Dec. 7, 2019 1:17 PM EST

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) — A Texarkana, Arkansas, couple is facing charges after police discovered a skeletonized corpse that might have been inside one of their homes for the past two years. The Texarkana Gazette reports Tony Ken Hooker, 63, and Debbie Sue Himes, 55, have each been charged with abuse of a...

Charges: Bismarck man hit girl with broomstick over beliefs

Dec. 6, 2019 8:15 PM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Bismarck man is charged with felony child abuse for allegedly hitting his teenage stepdaughter with a broomstick because she wouldn't wear clothing in line with his Muslim beliefs. According to charging documents, Youness Moussaid caused several bruises when he hit the girl. He's...

Queens church leader charged with sexually assaulting boy

Dec. 6, 2019 4:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The spiritual leader of a church in Queens has been charged with sexually assaulting a congregant over a three-year period, starting when the victim was 12, prosecutors said Friday. Bishop Jesé Milagrosa of Our Lady of La Salette Church was arraigned Thursday on charges including...

The AP names 'Surviving R. Kelly' top TV show of 2019

Dec. 6, 2019 2:14 PM EST

1. "Surviving R. Kelly," Lifetime. No other series made the kind of real world impact that this one did. Allegations of sexual abuse against minors followed R. Kelly for years: The superstar was even acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008. But it wasn't until after the airing of Lifetime's six-part...

Woonsocket man pleads guilty to molesting 13-year-old girl

Dec. 6, 2019 2:08 PM EST

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man was sentenced to serve nine years in prison this week for sexually molesting a 13-year-old girl, prosecutors said Friday. George Dugas, 56, of Woonsocket, was sentenced Tuesday to 25 years with nine years to serve and the balance suspended with probation. He was...

Trial underway for child killing that led to reforms

Dec. 6, 2019 2:01 PM EST

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A Maine woman accused in the brutal death of her 10-year-old daughter confessed that both she and her husband beat the girl a couple of times a day — beatings that amounted to torture over a period of months, a prosecutor told jurors Friday. Sharon Carrillo knew her daughter...

Lawsuit: W.Va. department put child in sexually abusive home

Dec. 6, 2019 1:18 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A woman says in a lawsuit that the West Virginia Department of Health and Human Resource knowingly placed her in an abusive and unsafe home where her father impregnated her when she was 11 years old. The woman, who is now 21, says in her lawsuit that the agency was negligent and...

A locker, a chirp: How tiny clues help solve child sex cases

Dec. 6, 2019 9:24 AM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately,...

Police: Teen held captive at Louisiana motel by Alabama man

Dec. 6, 2019 8:38 AM EST

ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) — Authorities say a missing Florida teen has been rescued from a Louisiana motel where she was being held captive by a man now charged with kidnapping and rape. Jonathan Andrew Gibson, of Lillian, Alabama, was jailed without bond in Alexandria, Louisiana, as of Thursday, according to...