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Indiana panel backs longer time limit on sex abuse charges

Jan. 21, 2020 12:24 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana authorities would have more time to press criminal charges in child sexual abuse cases under a bill endorsed by a legislative committee. The Senate criminal law committee voted unanimously in support of the bill Tuesday after rolling back its original provisions to eliminate the...

US attorney: Agencies aim up to curb Vegas child sex traffic

Jan. 20, 2020 6:28 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Several agencies are aiming to curb child prostitution in Las Vegas, where 14 child sex trafficking victims were found when the FBI rescued more than 100 across the U.S. last July, the area’s top federal prosecutor said. Nevada was the district with the most youngsters recovered,...

In this Jan. 14, 2020 photo, tears well up in Ana Lucia Salazar's eyes as she tells her story of abuse, during an interview in Mexico City. Salazar says that she was sexually abused by a Legion of Christ priest when she was eight. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)

10 years after Vatican reform, Legion in new abuse crisis

Jan. 20, 2020 3:57 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in...

Sex offender agrees to plead guilty to enticing girl

Jan. 20, 2020 8:31 AM EST

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) — Court records show a convicted sex offender plans to plead guilty to enticing an 11-year-old Rapid City girl by sending her explicit messages and photos. The agreement with prosecutors has John Carl Sanders entering a guilty plea to enticing a minor using the internet as a...

Feds: DEA investigator tried to entice 14-year-old boy

Jan. 18, 2020 8:24 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration investigator has been arrested on charges he sent sexually explicit images to an undercover officer posing as a 14-year-old boy. Frederick L. Scheinin, 29, was charged with attempted production of child pornography and attempted enticement of a minor....

Ex-USA Gymnastics trainer has sexual assault count dropped

Jan. 17, 2020 7:27 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) — Texas prosecutors on Friday dropped a sexual assault charge against a former trainer who worked alongside imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar at the famed Karolyi gymnastics ranch. Debra Van Horn, 64, was charged in Walker County, Texas, in June 2018 with a count of...

Man convicted of child sex abuse sentenced for child porn

Jan. 17, 2020 10:06 AM EST

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont man whose initial 60-day sentence for sexually abusing a child caused an outcry has been sentenced to 10 years in prison after pleading guilty to possession of child pornography. Mark Hulett, of Ferrisburgh, was sentenced in federal court on Thursday. In a previous case,...

Maryland man sentenced for sex abuse of child 40 years ago

Jan. 17, 2020 7:29 AM EST

WESTMINSTER, Md. (AP) — A Maryland man convicted of sexually abusing a child in the 1970s and 80s has been sentenced to 30 years in prison. William Rodney Cox, 55, was sentenced Wednesday by Carroll County Circuit Court Judge Fred Hecker. Cox pleaded guilty to two counts of second-degree sexual offense and...

Germany gives investigators more tools against child porn

Jan. 17, 2020 5:12 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — The German parliament on Friday approved legislation that will allow investigators to use computer-generated child pornography to gain access to suspect internet portals. The Justice Ministry said that investigators will need a court's approval to use the technique and will only be allowed to...

Advocates push to better the foster care crisis in Kansas

Jan. 17, 2020 1:01 AM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Natalie Zarate entered state custody when she was 11 years old, removed from a physically abusive mother and placed in a group home for foster children. Now 23, she trembles when she thinks about her time at EmberHope Youthville in Newton. Physicians placed Zarate on “crazy...