Latest Sexual abuse News

Former VA doctor pleads guilty to molesting patients

Sep. 17, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

A former doctor at a Veterans Affairs hospital in West Virginia pleaded guilty Thursday to federal charges that he molested three male patients and violated their civil rights. Jonathan Yates pleaded guilty in court filings to three counts of depriving veterans of their civil rights under color of law, which...

Mexico asks info on alleged migrant abuse at US centers

Sep. 16, 2020 9:30 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Wednesday it has requested information from the United States about claims that migrants were subjected to hysterectomies at a detention center in Georgia and that a migrant allegedly suffered sexual abuse at a facility in Texas. “A formal request has...

FILE - This file photo, date and location not known, provided by the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan, shows Dr. Robert E. Anderson. A retired University of Michigan administrator told lawyers that he was “furious” to learn in the late 1970s that Anderson was sexually abusing students. But the administrator also acknowledges that he failed to ensure that Anderson was kicked off campus. (Robert Kalmbach/Bentley Historical Library University of Michigan via AP, File)

Michigan considers extension for lawsuits naming late doctor

Sep. 16, 2020 2:52 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Two Michigan lawmakers sought Wednesday to expand the state's statute of limitations for some sexual assault cases to allow more time for accusers of the late sports doctor Robert Anderson to file lawsuits against the University of Michigan. State Reps. Ryan Berman, a Commerce...

FILE - In this June 1, 2018 file photo, a masked protestor holds up a Nicaraguan flag above the Spanish graffiti phrase:

Nicaraguans testify of abuses in crackdown on protests

Sep. 11, 2020 1:34 PM EDT

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — Eighteen Nicaraguans who say they suffered torture and sexual abuse at the hands of their country's security forces testified to a panel of legal and psychological experts this week, determined not to allow the pandemic to further forestall their search for justice. The exercise,...

2 German men get lengthy sentences in big child abuse case

Sep. 11, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A court in western Germany convicted two 39-year-old men Friday of serious sexual abuse of children in a case linked to a large network of suspects uncovered last year. The regional court in Moenchengladbach sentenced a man from nearby Krefeld to 13 years and six months in prison for raping...

FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2019, file booking photo provided by the Cook County Sheriff's Office, is Michael Hayward in Chicago. A federal judge has ordered the former security guard at a suburban Chicago high school to pay $3 million in damages to the family of a former student who alleges that he sexually abused her dozens of times. The default judgment granted Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, against 35-year-old Haywood of Evanston, Ill., awards the student’s family $2 million in compensatory damages and $1 million in punitive damages. (Cook County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)

Judge: Ex-school security guard to pay $3M in sex abuse case

Sep. 10, 2020 12:57 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a former security guard at a suburban Chicago high school to pay $3 million in damages to the family of a former student who said in a lawsuit that he sexually abused her dozens of times. The default judgment granted Tuesday by U.S. Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer...

In this Feb. 23, 2016 photo, Robert Hadden appears in Manhattan Supreme Court in New York. Hadden, a former New York gynecologist accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen patients, including children and the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang, is now facing federal charges. (Alec Tabak via AP)

NY doctor charged in serial sexual assaults on patients

Sep. 9, 2020 8:04 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A former New York gynecologist accused of sexually abusing dozens of patients, including the wife of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, was charged Wednesday with attacking girls and women for nearly two decades using the cover of medical examinations. Prosecutors...

FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2015 file photo, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and two-time Costa Rican President Oscar Arias looks at the media during the opening ceremony of the XV World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates at the University in Barcelona, Spain. The prosecutors' office said Monday, Sept. 7, 2020, that two women who had lodged sexual abuse complaints against the Nobel Peace Prize laureate and two-time Costa Rican President have withdrawn those complaints. (AP Photo/Manu Fernandez, File)

2 women drop sex abuse case against Costa Rica ex-president

Sep. 7, 2020 7:48 PM EDT

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica (AP) — Two women who had lodged sexual abuse complaints against Nobel Peace Prize laureate and two-time Costa Rican President Oscar Arias have withdrawn those complaints. The prosecutors office said Monday that “the two victims decided not to continue the criminal...

Priest tapped as Duluth, Minnesota bishop resigns amid probe

Sep. 7, 2020 3:13 PM EDT

DULUTH, Minn. (AP) — A priest recently tapped by Pope Francis to become a bishop for a northern Minnesota diocese has resigned after an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor in the 1980s surfaced before he could take up his post. The Vatican announced Monday that Francis had accepted the resignation of...

Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 6, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope: Gossiping is "plague worse than COVID"

Sep. 6, 2020 6:54 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis said Sunday that gossiping is a “plague worse than COVID” that is seeking to divide the Catholic Church. Francis strayed from his prepared text to double down on his frequent complaint about gossiping within church communities and even within the Vatican...