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Former CHP officer charged with receiving child pornography

Dec. 10, 2019 6:00 PM EST

REDDING, Calif. (AP) — A former California Highway Patrol officer from Redding is charged with receiving child pornography while serving as an officer and is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Sacramento said. Timothy Allen Horwath, 50, allegedly received videos...

Man sentenced to prison for child exploitation offenses

Dec. 10, 2019 6:26 AM EST

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge in Pennsylvania has sentenced a New York City man to 72 months in prison for producing and distributing visual representations of the sexual abuse of children. The judge also ordered 58-year-old Leonard Lewis to three years of supervised release. Federal prosecutors...

Judge upholds former high school coach's sex offender status

Dec. 9, 2019 7:08 PM EST

RICHMOND, R.I. (AP) — A judge upheld a finding that a former Rhode Island high school teacher should be classified as a sex offender. Judge Netti Vogel agreed with a Superior Court judge's ruling on Thursday that former Chariho Regional High School coach Glen Matteson, 59, should be listed as a Level III...

Army major in Georgia jailed on federal child porn charge

Dec. 9, 2019 6:10 PM EST

SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — An Army officer who held a top-secret security clearance shared nude photos of a teenage girl online and discussed plans to drug the girl and have sex with her, according to federal court records unsealed Monday. Army Maj. Jason Musgrove was arrested and charged with distributing child...

Priest accused of having child pornography

Dec. 7, 2019 1:36 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — A Cleveland-area Roman Catholic priest who is accused of having child pornography is expected to make his first court appearance on Monday. Authorities arrested the Rev. Robert McWilliams on Thursday at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Strongsville. He's charged with possessing child...

Elon Musk cleared of defamation in 'pedo guy' tweet trial

Dec. 6, 2019 10:02 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Elon Musk defeated defamation allegations Friday from a British cave explorer who claimed he was branded a pedophile when the Tesla CEO called him “pedo guy” in an angry tweet. Vernon Unsworth, who participated in the rescue of 12 boys and their soccer coach trapped for...

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,...

New Orleans strip club owner charged with raping drunk teen

Dec. 6, 2019 6:16 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of a strip club in a popular New Orleans entertainment district has been charged with raping an intoxicated 16-year-old girl who was visiting the French Quarter during a trip with friends. Louisiana agencies had been investigating complaints of underage dancers, underage...

R. Kelly charged with paying bribe before marrying Aaliyah

Dec. 5, 2019 10:53 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of paying a...

Ex-Maryland pastor pleads guilty to sex offense against teen

Dec. 5, 2019 1:26 PM EST

DUNDALK, Md. (AP) — The former pastor of an independent, fundamentalist Baptist church in Maryland has admitted to assaulting a 17-year-old. Cameron Giovanelli, 42, pleaded guilty Wednesday to fourth-degree sex offense and second-degree assault charges as part of a deal that dropped charges including...