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Court filings: Probe of billionaire Sanford remains open

Jan. 11, 2022 19:58 PM EST

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The South Dakota attorney general's office and the lawyer for billionaire banker and philanthropist T. Denny Sanford have confirmed in recent court filings that an investigation into Sanford for possible possession of child pornography is still ongoing. The...

NCSBI gets record number of online child exploitation tips

Jan. 11, 2022 12:45 PM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. State Bureau of Investigation said it has received a record number of reports of suspected online child exploitation for a second year despite many students' return to classrooms and parents' return to offices. According to the NCSBI, its Computer...

Man gets 25 years for sex trafficking at 2020 Super Bowl

Jan. 07, 2022 15:05 PM EST

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A Connecticut man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for sex trafficking at the 2020 Super Bowl in South Florida. Edward Walker, 48, of New Haven, Connecticut, was sentenced Thursday in Fort Lauderdale federal court, according to court records. A...

Former police dispatcher pleads guilty to child porn charges

Jan. 07, 2022 13:03 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former dispatcher for a Massachusetts police department has pleaded guilty to federal child pornography charges, federal prosecutors said Friday. Spencer Hughes, 33, of Randolph, pleaded guilty Thursday to receipt of child pornography and possession of child...

Former social worker sentenced for sex crimes with minors

Jan. 05, 2022 17:27 PM EST

IUKA, Miss. (AP) — A former social worker with the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services has received eight years in prison for sex crimes involving two teenage boys under her care. Lauren Rose Cavness, 27, of Tishomingo, appeared Wednesday before Tishomingo County...

Fact Focus: Misinformation persists after Maxwell trial ends

Dec. 31, 2021 00:20 AM EST

The sex-trafficking trial of Jeffrey Epstein’s former girlfriend, Ghislaine Maxwell, ended with a guilty verdict, but that hasn't stopped the flow of false news that has swirled around the case. On Thursday, posts emerged falsely claiming that trial documents were sealed to...

Authorities say mother sex trafficked slain child

Dec. 30, 2021 23:45 PM EST

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama law enforcement officials claim a Georgia woman charged in her 5-year-old daughter’s death had accepted payment to let a man have sex with the child. An arrest warrant included in court records claim Kristy Siple agreed to accept payment from...

Ghislaine Maxwell convicted in Epstein sex abuse case

Dec. 29, 2021 22:43 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell was convicted Wednesday of luring teenage girls to be sexually abused by the American millionaire Jeffrey Epstein. The verdict capped a monthlong trial featuring sordid accounts of the sexual exploitation of girls as young as...

Retired Virginia priest charged with child sex abuse

Dec. 28, 2021 17:56 PM EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — A retired priest who once oversaw the safety of children in a Catholic diocese in the Washington suburbs has been charged with sexually assaulting a child, Virginia’s attorney general announced Tuesday. A Fairfax County grand jury indicted Terry Specht, 68, of...

Russia extends prison term for researcher of Stalin purges

Dec. 27, 2021 06:25 AM EST

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian court on Monday extended the prison term handed to an activist who investigated Stalin-era repression to 15 years on what he says are trumped-up charges. Yuri Dmitriyev, 65, rose to prominence after uncovering mass graves of victims of Stalinist repressions....