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Prostitution camp provided women in human smuggling case

Mar. 27, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — A co-defendant in a human smuggling operation told police that a prostitution camp in the Marshall Islands provided many of the pregnant women involved in former Maricopa County Assessor Paul Petersen's allegedly illegal adoption business. Co-defendant Lynwood Jennet told police that...

FILE - In this Sept. 17, 2019, file photo, R. Kelly appears during a hearing at the Leighton Criminal Courthouse in Chicago. In a court filing Thursday, March 26, 2020, R Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges. (Antonio Perez/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R Kelly seeks release from jail, cites coronavirus risk

Mar. 26, 2020 9:00 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly cited the novel coronavirus in asking a federal judge Thursday to free him from a federal jail in Chicago as he awaits trial on child pornography and other charges, a court filing by his lawyers saying scant precautions to stem the spread of the virus behind bars put...

Keith Gartenlaub poses for a pictures near his home Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in Irvine, Calif. A former Boeing engineer, Gartenlaub, who was targeted with a FISA warrant because agents suspected him of having provided the designs of a C-17 transport plane to China. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

How national security surveillance nabs more than spies

Mar. 15, 2020 9:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The case against Nassif Sami Daher and Kamel Mohammad Rammal, two Michigan men accused of food stamp fraud, hardly seemed exceptional. But the tool that agents used to investigate them was extraordinary: a secretive surveillance process intended to identify potential spies and terrorists....

FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R&B singer R. Kelly is due in federal court to enter a plea to an updated federal indictment that includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser.  The 53-year-old is expected to plead not guilty at a hearing Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Chicago to a superseding indictment unsealed last month that includes multiple counts of child pornography. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

Federal prosecutors in NYC add to R Kelly's legal woes

Mar. 13, 2020 2:21 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors hit R. Kelly with more criminal charges Friday, accusing the disgraced R&B singer of having unprotected sex with a girl in 2015 without disclosing he had herpes. The new racketeering charges were included in a revised indictment filed in New York City a week after...

Exterior view of the Courthouse on the opening day of the trial

Accused of abusing 349 children, French surgeon faces trial

Mar. 13, 2020 9:36 AM EDT

SAINTES, France (AP) — A retired surgeon accused of sexually abusing as many as 349 young children over decades – primarily his patients, in their hospital rooms — is facing justice at last, in the worst such case to come to light in France. The trial that began Friday in the western city of...

Miami airport Customs officer charged with fondling girl, 16

Mar. 11, 2020 7:09 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer who works at a South Florida airport fondled a 16-year-old girl and tried to take pornographic photos of her, authorities said. Fabio Lopez, 61, was charged Wednesday with engaging in sexual activity with a minor and attempting to...

Man sentenced for threatening to post lewd photos of teen

Mar. 6, 2020 1:44 PM EST

EAST HEMPFIELD, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania man who threatened to post lewd photos of a teenage co-worker on social media after she stopped talking to him is now headed to state prison. Raymond McClenaghan, 50, of East Hempfield, received a sentence of 18 months to 10 years, and also must register as a sex...

FILE - In this June 6, 2019, file photo, singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty to 11 additional sex-related felonies during a court hearing before Judge Lawrence Flood at Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago. R&B singer R. Kelly is due in federal court to enter a plea to an updated federal indictment that includes sex abuse allegations involving a new accuser.  The 53-year-old is expected to plead not guilty at a hearing Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Chicago to a superseding indictment unsealed last month that includes multiple counts of child pornography. (E. Jason Wambsgans/Chicago Tribune via AP, Pool, File)

R. Kelly pleads not guilty; feds say new charges planned

Mar. 5, 2020 3:41 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday pleaded not guilty to an updated federal indictment that includes child pornography charges and allegations involving a new accuser, while prosecutors said more charges alleging yet another victim are upcoming. Kelly, 53, stood silently in orange prison...

FILE - In this June 19, 2018 file photo, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, left, and Spanish Monsignor Jordi Bertomeu, right, walk in for a press conference, in Santiago, Chile. The Vatican announced Monday, March 2, 2020, that is sending Scicluna and Bertomeu, its top two sex crimes investigators, to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission. (AP Photo/Esteban Felix, File)

Vatican sends top 2 sex crimes investigators to Mexico

Mar. 2, 2020 8:40 PM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican is sending its top two sex crimes investigators to Mexico on a fact-finding and assistance mission as the Catholic hierarchy in the world's second-largest Catholic country begins to reckon with decades of clergy sex abuse and cover-up. Archbishop Charles Scicluna and...

FILE - This undated booking file photo provided by the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department shows former Jared Foundation executive director Russell Taylor. On Friday, Feb. 28, 2020, U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Walton Pratt overturned the child pornography conviction of Taylor, an associate of disgraced former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle, who had provided evidence that led to a criminal case against Fogle. (Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department via AP, File)

Judge overturns porn conviction of Jared Fogle associate

Mar. 2, 2020 3:34 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A federal judge has overturned the child pornography conviction of an associate of Jared Fogle who provided evidence that led to a criminal case the against disgraced former Subway pitchman. Russell Taylor was sentenced to 25 years in prison in 2015 for producing pornography. In a...