Latest Sexual abuse News

Former principal sentenced for sexually abusing students

Nov. 23, 2022 14:49 PM EST

HILTON, N.Y. (AP) — A former elementary school principal was sentenced Wednesday to 63 years in prison for sexually abusing 21 students over several years. Kirk Ashton, 52, was the top administrator at Northwood Elementary School in Hilton from 2004 to April 2021. ...

Superior diocese publishes list of credibly accused clergy

Nov. 23, 2022 10:55 AM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — The Catholic Diocese of Superior published names late Tuesday of almost two dozen clergy that it says have had credible claims of sexually abusing minors made against them. Wisconsin Public Radio reports that many of the allegations date back 30 years or more....

Former Alabama lawmaker indicted on sex abuse charge

Nov. 22, 2022 09:35 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama lawmaker accused of sexually abusing a woman at a restaurant earlier this year was indicted on a felony charge, court records show. Perry Hooper Jr., 68, of Montgomery, allegedly grabbed a woman's breasts and waist, kissed her on the neck...

Wave of sex abuse lawsuits seen as NY opens door for victims

Nov. 22, 2022 00:33 AM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Sexual assault victims in New York will get a one-time opportunity to sue over their abuse starting Thursday, under a new law expected to bring a wave of allegations against prison guards, middle managers, doctors and a few prominent figures including former President Donald...

Ex-UFC champion pleads not guilty to attempted murder

Nov. 21, 2022 17:18 PM EST

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) — Former two-time UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez pleaded not guilty Monday to felony attempted murder, assault and weapons charges in a case involving a man who allegedly sexually abused one of Velasquez's children. Velasquez was charged in March in...

Accused Albany bishop asks to be removed from priesthood

Nov. 19, 2022 02:18 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The retired bishop of Albany, New York, who has admitted to covering up for predator priests and has himself been accused of sexual abuse, has asked Pope Francis to remove him from the priesthood. Emeritus Bishop Howard Hubbard, 84, announced the decision in a...

Vatican urges German Catholic Church to put brakes on reform

Nov. 18, 2022 17:04 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Top Vatican cardinals tried to put the brakes on the German Catholic Church’s controversial reform process Friday, fearing proposals concerning gays, women and sexual morals will split the church and insisting they would be better debated later. The Vatican and the...

Missouri summer camp operators sued over abuse settlement

Nov. 18, 2022 16:34 PM EST

A Tennessee man filed a lawsuit Friday claiming that operators of the Kanakuk Camps in Branson, Missouri, lied to him and his parents while persuading them to sign a settlement over sexual abuse by a camp counselor. Logan Yandell, 27, of Hendersonville, Tennessee, and his parents...

Maryland probe finds 158 abusive priests, over 600 victims

Nov. 17, 2022 21:30 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — An investigation by Maryland's attorney general identified 158 Roman Catholic priests in the Archdiocese of Baltimore who have been accused of sexually and physically abusing more than 600 victims over the past 80 years, according to court records filed Thursday. ...

Spanish minister accuses judges of 'machismo,' faces uproar

Nov. 17, 2022 11:05 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's magistrate associations and main opposition party called Thursday for the country's equality minister to resign after she accused judges of “machismo” for reducing prison sentences under a new sexual aggression law that was never intended to have that effect. ...