Latest Child abuse News

Sandusky arrives at court for resentencing in sex abuse case

Nov. 22, 2019 11:23 AM EST

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky has arrived at a Pennsylvania courthouse to be resentenced. The 75-year-old Sandusky smiled as he was escorted into Centre County Court on Friday in Bellefonte (BELL’-font) with his hands handcuffed in front of him....

Corvallis man sentenced to 6 years for child sex abuse

Nov. 22, 2019 10:43 AM EST

ALBANY, Ore. (AP) — A Corvallis registered sex offender was sentenced to more than six years in prison for sex abuse that happened in Albany. The Democrat Herald reports 30-year-old Shawn Truett pleaded no contest to first-degree sex abuse in Linn County Circuit Court. Court documents say the crime...

Bosnian govt fires care home overseers over abuse claims

Nov. 22, 2019 8:23 AM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — The government of one of Bosnia’s two autonomous parts has fired members of the oversight team of a public care home, yielding to popular pressure after an opposition lawmaker published photos of abuse of children entrusted to its care. The decision was taken the...

AP: Catholic boards hailed as fix for sex abuse often fail

Nov. 21, 2019 6:52 PM EST

Facing thousands of cases of clergy sex abuse, U.S. Catholic leaders addressed their greatest crisis in the modern era with a promised reform: Mandatory review boards. These independent panels with lay people in each diocese would review allegations fairly and kindly. And they would help bishops ensure that no...

Pennsylvanians to get more time on sex abuse charges, suits

Nov. 21, 2019 3:30 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The state where a grand jury’s groundbreaking report set off a new wave of reckoning over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church passed legislation Thursday giving victims more time to sue and police more time to file charges. The Pennsylvania House sent the...

Lawsuit alleges neglect, abuse of child in foster system

Nov. 21, 2019 2:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A lawsuit filed against Oregon’s foster system alleges a 15-year-old foster child saw two state workers having sex and suffered neglect and abuse at an out-of-state facility. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported Thursday that the child was raised in a Bulgarian orphanage until...

Protesters decry Bosnia’s ‘systemic’ abuse of disabled kids

Nov. 21, 2019 12:34 PM EST

SARAJEVO, Bosnia-Herzegovina (AP) — Around 1,000 people protested outside a government building in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo after an opposition lawmaker published shocking photos of special needs children tied to beds and radiators in a nearby government facility. The protest included scores of...

Judge: Charges may be dropped due to detective’s lies

Nov. 21, 2019 10:18 AM EST

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — A man accused of molesting a child and possession of child pornography could go free after a judge in Florida found that a detective lied to obtain a search warrant in the case. The Tampa Bay Times reports Circuit Judge William Burgess III found Pinellas County Sheriff’s...

Bus driver gets 30 years for sexually abusing second-grader

Nov. 21, 2019 9:14 AM EST

PASCAGOULA, Miss. (AP) — A former Mississippi school bus driver has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for repeatedly sexually abusing an 8-year-old passenger. Sergio Sandoval, 69, was sentenced Wednesday on charges including sexual battery and touching a child for lustful purposes, according to news...

DC priest says he was ‘too busy’ to abuse parishioners

Nov. 21, 2019 8:10 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A D.C. priest convicted of sexually abusing two child parishioners is asking for mercy at his sentencing and maintaining his innocence, saying he was “too busy to do a crazy thing.” WTOP-FM reports 47-year-old Urbano Vazquez submitted a nine-page written letter to a judge...