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Victims relive trauma as Wisconsin Clergy sexual abuse grows

Nov. 17, 2019 1:05 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — When she was 7, Patty Gallagher was chosen to bring the priest who served her parish and school in Monona, Wisconsin, his daily milk. The Rev. Lawrence Trainor was practically a member of the family. He came over for dinner and visited the family cottage. Trainor, a priest at...

Ohio bill would erase time limits, loophole in cases of rape

Nov. 16, 2019 12:17 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — State senators in Ohio are debating a proposal to lift the statute of limitations on rape. It would also close a loophole that allows rape inside marriage to go unpunished. During Senate hearings that began Wednesday, Democratic co-sponsor Sen. Nickie Antonio, of Lakewood, said...

County to help fund testing of 1,700 Minneapolis rape kits

Nov. 16, 2019 11:35 AM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — County officials in Minneapolis say they will pay for additional help to examine about 1,700 rape kits that have never been tested, some of which date back 30 years. The city announced Friday it discovered the untested kits in July when the department was doing an inventory. Deputy...

Hickman man sentenced to prison for sex abuse of girl

Nov. 16, 2019 10:01 AM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A 42-year-old Hickman man has been sentenced to up to 25 years in prison for sexually abusing a young girl over a four-year period. The Lincoln Journal Star reports that Jeremy Marteney was sentenced Wednesday in Lancaster County District Court to 8- to 25-years. He was convicted...

Haiti to investigate alleged rapes of 10 female inmates

Nov. 15, 2019 8:54 PM EST

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (AP) — Authorities in Haiti said late Friday they are investigating allegations that a group of male inmates raped 10 women in a makeshift jail in the northern city of Gonaives. Prosecutor Sérard Gazius told The Associated Press that more than 50 men broke out of their cells last...

Kentucky detectives make arrest in 1978 rape case

Nov. 15, 2019 7:28 PM EST

PARK HILLS, Ky. (AP) — Authorities in Kentucky say they’ve arrested a man who raped a woman in 1978 and who may be responsible for other crimes. News outlets report 77-year-old Michael Dean Tate was charged Thursday with rape, sodomy and kidnapping. In October 1978, a woman told Park Hills police...

Texas appeals court blocks inmate Rodney Reed’s execution

Nov. 15, 2019 7:20 PM EST

HOUSTON (AP) — Texas’ top criminal appeals court on Friday halted the scheduled execution of inmate Rodney Reed, whose conviction is being questioned by new evidence that his supporters say raises serious doubt about his guilt. The stay of execution by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals came just...

AP Explains: El Salvador child molestation ruling

Nov. 15, 2019 7:07 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — A court ruling in favor of a judge accused of sexually abusing a 10-year-old girl has provoked outrage in El Salvador, where some see it as a sign that the wheels of justice turn differently for the powerful. The girl’s mother accused Eduardo Jaime Escalante...

Feds: Sex workers escaped kidnap attempts

Nov. 15, 2019 6:15 PM EST

CORAM, N.Y. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Long Island man with a history of violence toward sex workers twice attempted to kidnap women, but each escaped by jumping from his moving vehicle. Andrew Frey pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of attempted kidnapping and attempted trafficking by force. The...

Minneapolis officials discover 1,700 untested rape kits

Nov. 15, 2019 6:09 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis officials say they have discovered the city has roughly 1,700 rape kits that have never been tested, with some dating back 30 years. The number revealed Friday is nearly nine times more than the 194 untested kits the city disclosed it had in 2015. Deputy Police Chief Erick...