Latest Crimes against children News

Missouri sex offender expert charged with abusing 2 boys

Dec. 13, 2019 4:55 PM EST

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A forensic psychologist from Missouri who has worked with national groups on management of sex offenders has been charged with sexually abusing two boys. Kurt M. Bumby, 50, of Columbia, was charged Thursday in Boone County with two counts of statutory sodomy. He was charged in November...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Dec. 13, 2019 3:47 PM EST

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these is legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the real facts: ___ CLAIM: A video circulating online shows a person firing an AR-15 rifle, and...

Doctor argues marriage to teen is defense against child porn

Dec. 13, 2019 1:31 PM EST

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Lawyers for a Missouri doctor who impregnated a 16-year-old Kentucky girl say the doctor's marriage to the girl is valid and a legitimate defense to child pornography charges. Dr. Ashu Joshi's attorneys contend in recent court filings that enforcement of child pornography laws without a...

Tennessee preacher found guilty of raping child in 1983

Dec. 13, 2019 7:34 AM EST

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — A Tennessee preacher has been convicted of the aggravated rape of a 12-year-old in 1983. The conviction was helped by Rufus Steven Jr. admitting in a recorded 2018 phone call with his victim that he had repeatedly raped and assaulted her, news outlets report, citing according to a...

Volunteer gets 75 years for abusing boys in church bathroom

Dec. 13, 2019 7:16 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, S.C. (AP) — A former volunteer at a South Carolina megachurch was sentenced to 75 years in prison Thursday following his conviction for molesting boys as young as 3 years old in a bathroom during a children's program . Jacop Robert Lee Hazlett, 29, was found guilty of six charges related to...

Alabama man charged with leaving child in cold car at casino

Dec. 13, 2019 3:41 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of leaving a 6-year-old girl in a cold car in a casino parking lot has been charged with endangering the welfare of a child, nearly four years after the crime was reported in February 2016. Zachary Hines was served a warrant for the misdemeanor charge on...

Ex-teacher may plead guilty in New Mexico statutory rape

Dec. 13, 2019 1:13 AM EST

AZTEC, N.M. (AP) — A former New Mexico high school teacher accused of statutory rape involving an underage student is expected to plead guilty to a felony sex charge. James Dee Coulter is scheduled to enter a guilty plea after his jury trial was reset this week, prosecutors and his defense attorney...

Man gets 108 years in prison in child sex trafficking case

Dec. 13, 2019 12:25 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A 30-year-old man faces sentences adding up to 108 years in prison after being convicted of 11 felony counts of child sex trafficking and other crimes. Robert Hood recruited a 16-year-old girl from the streets of Phoenix and forced her to engage in prostitution for six months while...

Tonopah man pleads guilty in 2017 death of girlfriend's dad

Dec. 13, 2019 12:06 AM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — A Tonopah man has pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in the 2017 death of his girlfriend’s dad. Prosecutors say 24-year-old Daniel Stroh is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 7. The Arizona Republic reports Stroh also pleaded guilty Thursday to attempted child abuse and tampering...

Father to stand trial after autistic son drowns in pool

Dec. 12, 2019 8:18 PM EST

HUDSONVILLE, Mich. (AP) — A western Michigan college professor whose severely autistic 16-year-old son drowned in an icy backyard pool in March will go to trial on an involuntary manslaughter charge, a judge ruled Thursday. Ottawa County Judge Judy Mulder said Timothy Koets should stand trial for the more...