Latest Child abuse News

Report: At least 41 children alleged assaults at nonprofit

Aug. 12, 2020 1:29 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Understaffing and inadequate supervision of staff and patients plagued a nonprofit health organization where at least 41 intellectually disabled children have reported sexual assaults over the past quarter-century, a newspaper investigation found. The Philadelphia Inquirer reported...

FILE - Curtis Watson, right, stands as a preliminary hearing is recessed in this Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, in Ripley, Tenn. Shernaye Johnson filed a lawsuit in federal court Friday, Aug. 7, 2020 suing the facility and its warden, seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the death of her mother, Debra Johnson. Curtis Ray Watson has been charged with raping and killing Johnson and escaping the prison on a tractor. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, Pool, File)

Lawsuit filed in Tennessee prison administrator's killing

Aug. 11, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The daughter of a Tennessee corrections administrator who authorities say was killed during a prison escape has sued the facility and its warden for negligence in her death. Shernaye Johnson has filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking a jury trial and $5 million in damages for the...

BSA victims committee targets Tennessee property transfers

Aug. 11, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

DOVER, Del. (AP) — The official committee representing sexual abuse survivors in the Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy is asking a judge to void real estate transfers by a local Boy Scouts council in Tennessee, saying they violated court restrictions on sales or transfers of BSA assets. The...

Jeffrey Epstein's ex-girlfriend balks at prison conditions

Aug. 11, 2020 4:31 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The reaction of federal prison officials to Jeffrey Epstein’s suicide last year is to blame for onerous conditions a British socialite faces in jail while awaiting trial on charges that she procured teenage girls for Epstein to abuse a quarter-century ago, her lawyers said Tuesday....

Inmate faces charges in fatal beating of Washington cellmate

Aug. 8, 2020 3:09 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — An inmate who killed his cellmate in Washington state was seeking vengeance against the convicted child rapist who preyed on his younger sister, authorities said. Shane Goldsby, 25, of Longview faces a first-degree murder charge in connection to the June 2 death of his cellmate Robert...

This combination of photos released by Lifetime shows participants in the new docuseries “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” top row from left, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, Teresa Helm, Jena Lisa Jones, Kiki, Rachel Benavidez, Marijke Chartouni, Chaunte Davies, and Courtney Wild. The series premieres on Sunday. (Lifetime via AP)

How an arrest upended filming of 'Surviving Jeffrey Epstein'

Aug. 7, 2020 10:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The filmmakers behind “Surviving Jeffrey Epstein” moved quickly when Ghislaine Maxwell was arrested on federal charges that she acted as a recruiter for the financier’s sexual abuse. The fourth episode of the new Lifetime docuseries, which was intended to be a...

Germany: French man arrested in child abuse investigation

Aug. 6, 2020 8:19 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A French man has been arrested in connection with a child abuse investigation in Germany in which 11 people are now in custody, authorities said Thursday. The 62-year-old suspect was arrested on Wednesday in Saarbruecken, near the French border, police and prosecutors in Cologne said in a...

Trolls doll pulled after complaints it promotes child abuse

Aug. 5, 2020 6:25 PM EDT

PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) — A Trolls doll is being pulled off store shelves amid complaints it promotes child abuse. Toymaker Hasbro said Wednesday that it’s in the process of removing the “Trolls World Tour Giggle and Sing Poppy” from the market and will be offering customers a...

This 1982 photo, provided in New York, Tuesday Aug. 4, 2020, shows Girl Scout Alice Weiss-Russell, age 11. As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. She has detailed her alleged ordeal in a new lawsuit filed against Girl Scouts of the USA, part of a flurry of child sex-abuse cases in New York using a

Girl Scouts sex-abuse claim included in NY civil case flurry

Aug. 5, 2020 5:12 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As a Girl Scout growing up in upstate New York, Alice Weiss-Russell says she lived with a dark secret: The husband of her troop leader was sexually abusing her in the bathroom of a church basement where scout meetings were held in the 1980s. Weiss-Russell has detailed her alleged ordeal in...

FILE - In this July 17, 2020 file photo the federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., is shown. Anti-death penalty activists Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, asked a judge to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing the roadblocks set up unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters' free-speech rights. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy, File)

Anti-death penalty groups sue, say roadblocks impede speech

Aug. 4, 2020 6:09 PM EDT

Anti-death penalty activists asked a judge in a Tuesday lawsuit to order Indiana State Police to stop blocking roads to a prison where federal executions have resumed after a 17-year pause, arguing that the roadblocks constitute unconstitutional no-protest zones and impede protesters’ free-speech rights. ...