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2nd federal prisoner at Marion dies this week of COVID-19

Aug. 7, 2020 3:03 PM EDT

MARION, Ill. (AP) — A second inmate diagnosed with COVID-19 at the federal prison in Marion, Illinois, has died this week, authorities said. Taiwan Davis, 39, died Wednesday at a hospital where he was receiving treatment for the disease, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said. Davis tested positive for...

Police: Sex offender used restaurant Wi-Fi to get child porn

Aug. 7, 2020 1:38 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man previously convicted of possessing child pornography used the Wi-Fi network at a restaurant to access and distribute child pornography again, the U.S. Attorney's Office in Rhode Island said. Police arrested Vincent J. Siravo, 40, of Westerly, on Tuesday, and he...

FILE - In this June 5, 2019, file photo, Naasón Joaquín García, the leader of the fundamentalist Guadalajara, Mexico-based church La Luz del Mundo, appears in Los Angeles County Superior Court. A judge set bail at $90 million for the leader of the Mexican megachurch charged in California with child rape and human trafficking. The staggering bail amount all but ensures that García will remain jailed as he awaits trial. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Bail hiked to $90 million for Mexican megachurch leader

Aug. 7, 2020 12:44 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A judge set bail at $90 million for the leader of a Mexican megachurch charged in California with child rape and human trafficking, according to a newspaper report. The staggering bail amount set Thursday by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge George Lomeli all but ensures that Naasón...

This combination of photos released by Lifetime shows participants in the new docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” top row from left, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Teresa Helm, Jena Lisa Jones, Kiki, Rachel Benavidez, Marijke Chartouni, Chaunte Davies, and Courtney Wild. The series premieres on Sunday. (Lifetime via AP)

How an arrest upended filming of 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein'

Aug. 7, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The filmmakers behind “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” moved quickly when Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier’s sexual abuse. The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to be a...

This undated booking photo provided by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office shows Jonathan Tsai, the head pastor of a Los Angeles-area church, who has been charged with sexually assaulting young girls after a woman told detectives he repeatedly abused her in her home when she was a child. Tsai is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26. 2020, on charges including lewd acts on a child under 14. (Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office via AP)

Los Angeles area pastor accused of sexually assaulting girls

Aug. 6, 2020 2:23 PM EDT

HACIENDA HEIGHTS, Calif. (AP) — The head pastor of a Los Angeles area church has been charged with sexually assaulting young girls after a woman told detectives he repeatedly abused her in her home when she was a child, authorities said. Jonathan Tsai is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 26. on charges...

Feds arrest paroled child rapist who fled Michigan in 1999

Aug. 6, 2020 9:46 AM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A man convicted of raping two Michigan children has been arrested in California, more than two decades after he fled Michigan following his parole. James Meese, 71, was arrested by federal agents last week in central California, where he had been hiding out in a house with the help of a...

Germany: French man arrested in child abuse investigation

Aug. 6, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A French man has been arrested in connection with a child abuse investigation in Germany in which 11 people are now in custody, authorities said Thursday. The 62-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday in Saarbruecken, near the French border, police and prosecutors in Cologne said in a...

Subject of 'Audrie & Daisy' documentary dies by suicide

Aug. 5, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — An advocate for sexual abuse victims who became the subject of a Netflix documentary after alleging she was sexually assaulted at age 14 in Missouri has died by suicide, according to her mother and a co-worker. Melinda Coleman, the mother of Daisy Coleman, announced her daughter's death...

US Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, G. Zachary Terwilliger speaks on an MS-13 sex trafficking case at a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2020 outside the federal courthouse in Alexandria, Virginia.  (AP Photo/Matthew Barakat)

Police charge alleged MS-13 members with trafficking teen

Aug. 5, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Federal prosecutors have charged 11 alleged members and associates of the MS-13 street gang with sex trafficking and other charges after they say a 13-year-old runaway was repeatedly beaten with a baseball bat and forced into prostitution in northern Virginia. Charges were unsealed...

Trolls doll pulled after complaints it promotes child abuse

Aug. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Trolls doll is being pulled off store shelves amid complaints it promotes child abuse. Toymaker Hasbro said Wednesday that it’s in the process of removing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” from the market and will be offering customers a...