Latest Child sexual exploitation News

Florida lawmaker: Look into Epstein work release from jail

Jul. 23, 2019 3:38 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida lawmaker known as a champion for child sexual abuse victims asked Gov. Ron DeSantis on Tuesday to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of wealthy convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein's freedom to leave jail on work release a decade ago. Democratic...

R. Kelly spokesman steps down for personal reasons

Jul. 23, 2019 1:14 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A spokesman for R. Kelly has stepped down after he went on national television to talk about the federal sex-crime charges against the singer and said he wouldn't allow his adult daughter to be alone with anyone "accused of being a pedophile." Kelly's attorney, Steve Greenberg, says in a...

The Latest: Lawmaker wants probe of Epstein's work release

Jul. 23, 2019 10:59 AM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Latest on sex trafficking charges against financier Jeffrey Epstein (all times local): 11 a.m. A Florida state senator is asking Gov. Ron DeSantis to authorize a state investigation into the circumstances of financier Jeffrey Epstein's ability to leave jail on work release....

Former teacher gets 10-20 years for child porn possession

Jul. 23, 2019 9:01 AM EDT

BELLEVUE, Neb. (AP) — A former suburban Omaha middle school teacher has been given 10 to 20 years for possessing hundreds of images of child pornography. Sarpy County District Court records say 46-year-old Roger Jaeger was sentenced Monday in Papillion. He'd pleaded no contest to four counts. Prosecutors...

Jailed judge alleging pedophile ring on verge of extradition

Jul. 22, 2019 6:21 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A lawyer for a former Lithuanian judge and parliament member jailed in Chicago said Monday that a new court ruling could be a fatal blow to his client's long fight against extradition to Lithuania, saying she could be sent back any day now to the Baltic Sea nation where she says she exposed...

Ex-coach pleads guilty to lesser charge in locker room video

Jul. 22, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — A northeast Mississippi man is pleading guilty to a federal charge of trying to possess child pornography after a judge set aside a plea to a more serious charge. Micah Macay Wilbanks of Corinth on Thursday pleaded guilty to a single count. Authorities say a student found Wilbanks'...

Florida sheriff to investigate Epstein's work release

Jul. 19, 2019 9:28 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A Florida sheriff launched an investigation Friday into whether his department properly monitored the wealthy financer Jeffrey Epstein while he was serving a sentence for soliciting prostitution from underage girls. The inquiry will focus on whether deputies assigned to monitor Epstein in a...

Ames man indicted of federal child pornography charges

Jul. 19, 2019 7:20 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University graduate student accused of sex crimes during his time at the school has been indicted on federal child pornography charges. Federal prosecutors say 33-year-old Jona Shitaleni Paulus, of Ames, was charged Thursday by a grand jury with one count of receiving...

Youth baseball coach sentenced for soliciting minor

Jul. 19, 2019 3:46 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Connecticut youth baseball coach who arranged to meet with a 14-year-old boy to engage in illicit sexual activity has been sentenced to five years in prison. Thirty-four-year-old Christopher Merchant of Woodstock, Connecticut, was sentenced Friday in Providence federal court....

Mueller probe witness now faces child sex trafficking charge

Jul. 19, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A businessman who served as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation now faces a charge of child sex trafficking in addition to transporting child pornography. An indictment made public Friday in federal court in Alexandria charges Lebanese-American businessman...