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Child sexual abuse lawsuit 'window' moves near referendum

Jan. 27, 2021 4:05 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state House has given its final approval to a proposal to change the Pennsylvania Constitution to give those who say they were victims of child sexual abuse a retroactive two-year “window” in which to file civil lawsuits, no matter how long ago the alleged abuse...

Texas man pleads guilty in plot to attack Trump Tower

Jan. 26, 2021 9:09 AM EST

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — A Texas man has pleaded guilty to a terror charge after authorities accused him of plotting attacks on the White House and Trump Tower in New York City. Jaylyn Christopher Molina, 22, of Cost, also pleaded guilty Monday to one count of receiving child pornography after authorities found...

Bill to eliminate mandatory minimums wins committee approval

Jan. 25, 2021 6:12 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A proposal to eliminate most mandatory minimum sentences in Virginia won approval from a key legislative committee Monday. The legislation cleared by the Senate Judiciary Committee would end mandatory minimum jail and prison terms for more than 200 crimes, including drunken driving,...

Ex-officer gets 6 years on child pornography conviction

Jan. 25, 2021 12:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former Massachusetts police officer was sentenced Monday to six years in prison on child pornography charges, federal prosecutors said. Paul Hodson, 44, a former New Bedford officer, was also sentenced to five years of probation. The Acushnet resident pleaded guilty in December 2019 to...

Man pleads guilty to sex trafficking women, girl in Arizona

Jan. 25, 2021 12:02 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A man has pleaded guilty to sex trafficking two women and a juvenile girl, according to Arizona prosecutors. They said 27-year-old Louis Broadway-Phillips is facing 10 years in prison, lifetime probation and sex offender terms when he’s sentenced. The Arizona Attorney General’s...

2 inmates breach fence, escape from state prison in Florence

Jan. 24, 2021 4:10 PM EST

FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) — Authorities were searching Sunday for two inmates who escaped from the state prison in Florence by breaching a fence using tools retrieved from a facility room. Arizona Department of Corrections officials said John Charpiot and David Harmon escaped Saturday from the medium custody...

California man sentenced after traveling to abuse children

Jan. 21, 2021 6:51 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Southern California man who authorities said traveled across the country to sexually abuse children, including a 6-year-old girl drugged by her mother, was sentenced Thursday to federal prison. Daniel Seibert, 29, of Lake Forest was sentenced to more than 24 years in prison....

Commissioner pleads guilty to possessing child rape images

Jan. 21, 2021 5:31 PM EST

WOODINVILLE, Wash. (AP) — A suburban Seattle water district commissioner has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in a U.S. District Court in Seattle. U.S. Attorney Brian T. Moran said Wednesday that Woodinville Water District Commissioner Dale Knapinski, 67, was indicted in November 2019. ...

Idaho man sentenced to 25 years for child pornography

Jan. 21, 2021 12:42 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho man has been sentenced to 25 years in federal prison for producing child pornography. Andrew Neil Smith, a 33-year-old Caldwell resident, was sentenced Wednesday. U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill also ordered Smith to serve 10 years of supervised release following his...

Former teacher pleads guilty to sex trafficking girl

Jan. 20, 2021 11:29 AM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A former Eugene elementary school teacher on Tuesday pleaded guilty to sex trafficking involving a child. Federal prosecutors will seek a prison sentence of more than 13 years for William Cantu Hamann, 38, when he’s sentenced in U.S. District Court in Eugene in March....