Latest Child sexual exploitation News

Pope demands tech companies prevent kids from viewing porn

Nov. 14, 2019 9:28 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...

French probe into Epstein sex network stalled, women say

Nov. 14, 2019 8:15 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — Women who say they were raped and sexually assaulted in France by an associate of Jeffrey Epstein are voicing frustration at the apparent glacial progress of a French police probe into their allegations, and are questioning the zeal of investigators who have made only limited efforts to track...

Bishop who investigated sex abuse accused of sex abuse

Nov. 13, 2019 5:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week. The attorney informed Catholic...

Principal who tried to ban books charged with child porn

Nov. 13, 2019 8:35 AM EST

WINCHESTER, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky principal who once made headlines for trying to ban books with what he deemed inappropriate content has been indicted on child pornography charges. News outlets reported Tuesday that a grand jury charged 54-year-old Phillip Todd Wilson, principal of the Clark County Area...

17 arrested in Florida child porn sting; 2 worked for Disney

Nov. 9, 2019 3:52 PM EST

WINTER HAVEN, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in central Florida say two Disney workers and a former assistant principal at a middle school were among 17 arrested in a child porn sting. In a news release , Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said Friday that the 17 men arrested range in age from 19 to 77. Authorities...

Sequim man gets 5 years for child porn images, videos

Nov. 9, 2019 9:50 AM EST

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) — A Sequim man has been sentenced to five years in prison after federal agents discovered over 8,400 images and videos of child pornography on his computers. The Peninsula Daily News reports 40-year-old William Daracunas pleaded guilty in September to dealing in depictions of...

Navy employee gets 40 years in prison for child pornography

Nov. 8, 2019 9:20 AM EST

GREENBELT, Md. (AP) — A man who was employed by the U.S. Navy when he coerced children into sending him sexually explicit videos and photos has been sentenced in Maryland to 40 years in federal prison. U.S. District Court Judge Paul Grimm also on Thursday sentenced 36-year-old Spencer Steckman to lifetime...

Lithuanian ex-judge jailed for 2 months after US extradition

Nov. 8, 2019 5:40 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian court has remanded in custody for two months a former judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring in Lithuania. Friday's ruling by the Kaunas district court was in line with the prosecution's request as Neringa Venckiene, 48, was considered...

Lithuania ex-judge returns home after US extradition

Nov. 7, 2019 9:24 AM EST

VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A former Lithuanian judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring appeared at a detention hearing Thursday after being extradited to her home country from Chicago. Neringa Venckiene, who faces charges that include submitting false reports regarding claims...

Son: Extradition apparently underway for Lithuanian ex-judge

Nov. 5, 2019 4:13 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — The son of a former Lithuanian lawmaker and judge wanted in her homeland in connection to claims she made about a pedophile ring said Tuesday that his mother's extradition from Chicago appears to be underway. Karolis Venckus tells The Associated Press his mother, 48-year-old Neringa...