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FBI looking for players victimized by Connecticut AAU coach

Oct. 22, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

The FBI has identified “quite a few” sexual abuse victims of a former Connecticut girl's AAU basketball coach and authorities are seeking the public's help in finding others, an official said Friday. Danny Lawhorn, 30, of Hartford, faces both state sexual assault and...

Day care owner gets 6 years for hiding 26 kids in basement

Oct. 22, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado day care owner convicted of keeping 26 children hidden in the basement of her business two years ago has been sentenced to six years in prison after parents said some of the children suffered trauma including sleeping problems and anxiety. ...

Investigation into Maine child deaths yields recommendations

Oct. 21, 2021 18:02 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — An independent organization that investigated the deaths of five children in a single month issued a series of recommendations Friday, and a state lawmaker quickly criticized them for not going far enough. Casey Family Services recommended that...

Offender with commuted sentence pleads guilty to new charge

Oct. 21, 2021 10:37 AM EDT

PADUCAH, Ky. (AP) — A man who was charged by federal prosecutors with producing child pornography after former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin commuted his state sex crime convictions has entered a guilty plea. Dayton Jones, 27, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, pleaded guilty...

Bail denied for California mom in drunken teen party case

Oct. 20, 2021 20:01 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Bail was denied Wednesday for a former Silicon Valley mother accused of hosting alcohol-fueled parties for her teenage son and his friends where she encouraged them to drink and have sex with intoxicated underage girls. Shannon Marie O'Connor, 47,...

Silverton man gets 25 years for child rape

Oct. 19, 2021 20:06 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A Silverton man convicted of raping a child was sentenced to 25 years in prison on Monday. The Statesman Journal reports a jury found Mauricio Barba Duran guilty of first-degree rape and sodomy in Polk County Circuit Court following a four-day trial,...

Coach for AAU basketball team founded by WNBA player charged

Oct. 19, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A coach in an AAU girl's basketball program founded by a former WNBA player was charged Tuesday with child enticement for the alleged sexual abuse of three players. Danny Lawhorn, 30, of Hartford, who was already in custody on state charges of...

Former teacher sentenced on sex abuse, trafficking charges

Oct. 19, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A former New Hampshire high school teacher who pleaded guilty to human trafficking and manufacturing child sex abuse images was sentenced to prison on Tuesday. Joshua Harwood, 38, of Manchester, pleaded guilty to the charges last month. ...

Lawmaker cited for open beer fellow legislator says was his

Oct. 19, 2021 13:41 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska state lawmaker was cited for driving with an open can of beer in his vehicle that another lawmaker said was actually his. Republican Sen. Josh Revak plans to challenge the $220 ticket, which was issued in August, the Anchorage Daily News...

Woman pleads not guilty to beating death of 3-year-old son

Oct. 19, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

BELFAST, Maine (AP) — A woman charged in the fatal beating of her 3-year-old son has pleaded not guilty to murder. Jessica Trefethen, 35, of Stockton Springs, entered the plea on Monday, about four months after her son, Maddox Williams, arrived unresponsive at a...