Latest Sexual abuse News

El Salvador questions child molestation ruling

Nov. 14, 2019 7:32 PM EST

SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — Church and civic groups in El Salvador are expressing outrage after a court reduced a sexual abuse charge against a judge to a misdemeanor. At issue is the case of a judge who allegedly touched a 10-year-old girl’s genitals through her clothes on a street in San...

Epstein estate seeks to form fund to compensate accusers

Nov. 14, 2019 4:45 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The estate of Jeffrey Epstein wants to set up a fund using the late financier’s fortune to compensate women willing to forgo a spate of lawsuits seeking damages for sexual abuse, according to a court document filed on Thursday. In the papers in the U.S. Virgin Islands, the...

Virginia pastor acquitted in West Virginia sex abuse case

Nov. 14, 2019 3:15 PM EST

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. (AP) — A Virginia pastor has been acquitted of charges that he sexually abused a girl under the age of 12 in West Virginia. The Exponent Telegram reports a jury on Wednesday found 77-year-old Daniel Houston Shafer of Elk Creek, Virginia, not guilty of first-degree sexual abuse. Harrison...

Data shows upswing in child exploitation cases

Nov. 14, 2019 1:42 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Government investigators who uncover child exploitation initiated more than 4,000 cases around the world in the 2019 budget year, resulting in thousands of arrests and the identification of more than 1,000 victims, according to data obtained by The Associated Press. The caseloads are...

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...

Pope taps fellow Jesuit as Vatican’s finance minister

Nov. 14, 2019 8:26 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Thursday appointed a fellow Jesuit to be the Vatican’s finance minister, filling a crucial position left vacant for more than two years after Cardinal George Pell left Rome to stand trial on sex abuse charges in his native Australia. The appointment of the Rev....

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...

Australia’s highest court will hear Cardinal Pell’s appeal

Nov. 13, 2019 5:45 PM EST

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes...

Real estate developer, lawyer plead not guilty

Nov. 13, 2019 3:34 PM EST

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Portland real estate developer and his former attorney have pleaded not guilty in Eugene to charges of felony computer crime. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports Terry Bean and his former lawyer, Derek Ashton, pleaded not guilty Wednesday. Bean and Ashton are accused of illegally using a...

Virginia Lyft driver accused of sexually abusing passenger

Nov. 13, 2019 1:44 AM EST

MIDLOTHIAN, Va. (AP) — A Lyft driver in Virginia is accused of sexually abusing a passenger. Citing a Chesterfield County police statement, news outlets report 51-year-old Robert W. Sauvager has been arrested on charges of aggravated sexual battery and object sexual penetration. Police say the passenger...