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Detectives catch bathroom voyeur in child porn investigation

Jan. 23, 2020 11:19 AM EST

Detectives investigating a child pornography case discovered secretly recorded videos of adults using the bathroom at the suspect's house. Jesse Michael Chester, 40, was arrested Wednesday and charged with child pornography and video voyeurism, court records show. Chester was the subject of a Pinellas County...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019 file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. State prosecutors said Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, that the first of the four Chicago sexual abuse cases against Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who alleges that Kelly tried to force himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Kelly, who remains jailed, faces a raft of charges in several jurisdictions, including four separate indictments on Illinois state charges involving four women who accuse the singer of sexually abusing them during a roughly 10-year period starting in the late 1990s. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Illinois prosecutors make plan for their 1st R. Kelly trial

Jan. 22, 2020 3:20 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Illinois prosecutors said Wednesday that the first of four Chicago sexual abuse cases against R. Kelly that they'll take to trial involves a hairdresser who says the R&B singer forced himself on her during a 2003 appointment. Although Cook County prosecutors told Judge Lawrence Frank...

Ohio priest pleads not guilty to child-porn related charges

Jan. 22, 2020 1:56 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Catholic priest pleaded not guilty to 21 child pornography-related counts in a Cleveland courtroom on Wednesday. The Rev. Robert McWilliams, 39, was indicted last week by a Cuyahoga County grand jury. He was arrested last month at a parish in the Cleveland suburb of Strongsville...

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,...

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...

Deputies: Teens forced boy to strip, held him at gunpoint

Jan. 16, 2020 11:51 AM EST

LEESBURG, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida teenagers were arrested after a video posted on Snapchat showed another teen being forced to strip naked in an apartment stairway, sheriff's investigators said in an arrest report. A 13-year-old boy was arrested on Monday and a 15-year-old was arrested Wednesday, according...

Counselor gets 17 years in prison; coerced teen girls online

Jan. 16, 2020 11:28 AM EST

PORT HURON, Mich. (AP) — A man who worked at a Port Huron counseling center for decades was sentenced to 17 years in prison for using internet chat rooms to sexually exploit girls while posing as a teenager. Jackie Woodburn, 65, of Burtchville was charged with seven crimes before pleading guilty to...

Parents sue after Bemidji students sexually exploited

Jan. 16, 2020 11:28 AM EST

BEMIDJI, Minn. (AP) — The parents of two students are suing the Bemidji school district, alleging it was negligent in allowing a former assistant principal to sexually exploit their children. Brandon Bjerknes, who was arrested in 2017, is serving a federal prison sentence for producing child pornography...