Latest Sexual abuse News

Harvey Weinstein, center, exits following his trial on charges of rape and sexual assault, Monday, Jan. 27, 2020, in New York. (AP Photo/Michael Owens)

At Harvey Weinstein’s trial, a big role for other accusers

Jan. 28, 2020 6:58 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — In his former life as a Hollywood big shot, Harvey Weinstein knew the importance of a good supporting role. In his New York City trial, it’s the prosecution’s supporting witnesses who could be a big factor in whether he goes to prison. While Weinstein is charged in sexual...

FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2019, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, center, arrives at the Centre County Courthouse to be resentenced in Bellefonte, Pa. Jerry Sandusky's legal effort to have his decadeslong child molestation sentence reduced will be the subject of a hearing Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020, in a Pennsylvania courtroom. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)

Judge rejects Sandusky's latest request for shorter sentence

Jan. 28, 2020 2:19 PM EST

BELLEFONTE, Pa. (AP) — A judge flatly rejected Jerry Sandusky's latest request to have his 30- to 60-year child molestation sentence reduced during a brief hearing Tuesday. Judge Maureen Skerda said she purposely fashioned the prison term to have an impact on the former Penn State assistant football coach...

FILE - In this Jan. 19, 2020 file photo, Britain's Prince Andrew accompanies Queen Elizabeth II to attend a church service at St Mary the Virgin, in Hillington, England. A U.S. prosecutor overseeing the Jeffrey Epstein sex trafficking investigation said Monday, Jan 27, 2020 that Britain's Prince Andrew has been uncooperative in the inquiry so far. Speaking at a news conference outside Epstein's New York mansion, U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, the top federal prosecutor in Manhattan, said prosecutors and the FBI had contacted Prince Andrew's lawyers and asked to interview him. (Joe Giddens/PA via AP)

New pressure on Prince Andrew to help Epstein investigation

Jan. 28, 2020 11:43 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The pressure on Britain’s disgraced Prince Andrew increased Tuesday after the revelation by U.S. authorities that he has failed to cooperate with the FBI’s investigation into his ties with the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Lawyer Lisa Bloom, who represents five of...

Oregon man arrested in Washington on child enticement charge

Jan. 28, 2020 10:19 AM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — A Portland, Oregon, man was arrested after he authorities say he traveled to Washington state to sexually molest a 5-year-old girl. Dirk Tichgelaar, 44, was arrested by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in northwestern Washington. He was charged Monday in U.S. District Court in...

Police: Man posed as teen online, assaulted children

Jan. 26, 2020 12:37 PM EST

BEAVERTON, Ore. (AP) — Prosecutors in Oregon say a 26-year-old man posed as a high school student on social media platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram and then sexually assaulted children when they met with him in person. Lafayette Castillo, of Beaverton, Oregon, was indicted on Friday on charges of...

Seaside man gets 20 years for encouraging child sex abuse

Jan. 26, 2020 9:11 AM EST

SEASIDE, Ore. (AP) — A Seaside man was sentenced to 20 years in prison Friday for encouraging child sex abuse. Joshua Allen Pickering, 36, pleaded guilty to eight counts of encouraging child sex abuse in the second degree. He was originally charged with 18 counts of possession of child pornography, The...

FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. The warden in charge when Jeffrey Epstein ended his life in his jail cell is being moved to a leadership position at another federal correctional facility, putting him back in the field with inmates despite an ongoing investigation into the financier’s death, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

AP Exclusive: Feds plan to move Epstein warden to prison job

Jan. 24, 2020 8:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The warden in charge when Jeffrey Epstein ended his life in his jail cell is being moved to a leadership position at another federal correctional facility, putting him back in the field with inmates despite an ongoing investigation into the financier’s death, two people familiar...

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2016, file photo, a New Orleans Saints helmet rests on the playing field before an NFL football game in Kansas City, Mo. The Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson, File)

NFL’s Saints fight to shield emails in Catholic abuse crisis

Jan. 24, 2020 7:00 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints are going to court to keep the public from seeing hundreds of emails that allegedly show team executives doing public relations damage control for the area's Roman Catholic archdiocese to help it contain the fallout from a burgeoning sexual abuse crisis. Attorneys...

Jury convicts ex-religious leader of child sexual abuse

Jan. 24, 2020 4:01 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A jury on Friday found a disgraced religious leader guilty of sexually abusing a former church member when she was a child. The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office said 69-year-old Michael Sperou was convicted of two counts of first-degree sexual penetration of a person under...

Man charged with child rape, investigation continues

Jan. 24, 2020 2:43 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A grand jury has indicted a Beaverton man on child sex abuse charges including rape and investigators believe there are more victims. Ricardo Infante-Perez has been under investigation since September by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, KOIN-TV reported. The 32-year-old...