Latest Child abuse News

School worker charged with indecent assault on student

Nov. 26, 2021 16:18 PM EST

LOWELL, Mass. (AP) — The former athletic director at a Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has been charged with assault and battery on a child under 14, prosecutors said. James Parker, 24, who was hired at St. Michael School in Lowell in September, was released on...

Judge sends Wichita woman to prison for ex-stepdad’s murder

Nov. 24, 2021 17:11 PM EST

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A Sedgwick County judge on Tuesday sentenced a Wichita woman to life in prison for murdering her ex-stepfather during a plot designed to get back at him for allegedly molesting her as a child. Micaela L. Spencer, 27, will serve at least 50 years for...

Montana jury orders state to pay $16M to child abuse victim

Nov. 24, 2021 16:29 PM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana jury has awarded $16.6 million in damages to a victim of child abuse after a judge ruled the state failed to properly investigate abuse allegations before the 6-month-old girl suffered a traumatic brain injury that led to blindness, developmental delays...

Interpol adopts resolution to fight online child abuse

Nov. 24, 2021 12:03 PM EST

ISTANBUL (AP) — Interpol member countries are calling on nations to urge local online end-to-end encryption providers “to take responsibility” and design products with the aim of protecting children against abuse, the international policing body said Wednesday. A...

Former youth football coach gets 45 years in sex abuse case

Nov. 24, 2021 10:13 AM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A former youth football coach from Massachusetts who authorities say was filmed sexually abusing 11- and 12-year-old children has been sentenced to 45 years in prison, federal prosecutors said. Derek Sheehan, 51, of Norwell was sentenced Tuesday after...

Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick named in sex abuse lawsuit

Nov. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EST

Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims McCarrick abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey. In the lawsuit filed in state court and announced Tuesday, Michael Reading alleged McCarrick engaged in sexual contact with...

Iowa man pleads not guilty to child pornography

Nov. 23, 2021 16:58 PM EST

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) — A Waterloo, Iowa man last week pleaded not guilty to federal child porn charges connected to an international investigation. A federal grand jury charged 31-year-old Mychal Paul Olson with receipt and possession of child pornography, the...

Chicago-area priest reinstated year after abuse probe began

Nov. 23, 2021 15:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago priest has been reinstated as a pastor after a review board for the Archdiocese of Chicago found there was “insufficient reason to suspect” he had sexually abused children 25 years ago. The Rev. David F. Ryan was first asked to step...

Tennessee man charged in California with kidnapping, assault

Nov. 22, 2021 19:31 PM EST

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A Tennessee man has been charged in Southern California with kidnapping his 3-year-old son and sexually assaulting his 16-year-old niece after authorities said he drove across the country with the children. The kids were found safe and Jacob...

Abused Turpin kids now 'betrayed' by social services system

Nov. 19, 2021 17:24 PM EST

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The 13 Southern California siblings rescued three years ago from horribly abusive conditions that included being locked in their home for years, shackled to beds and starved by their parents have been failed at different points by a social services system that was...