Latest Crimes against children News

Former victim advocate pleads guilty to child porn charge

Jan. 24, 2022 17:20 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who worked as a victim advocate in the Connecticut state court system pleaded guilty Monday to a federal child pornography charge. Robert Eccleston, 58, of Canton, pleaded via video conference to one count of distributing child pornography. He faces a...

Afghan refugee convicted of assaulting girl, 3, at Quantico

Jan. 24, 2022 15:55 PM EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A federal jury has convicted an Afghan refugee housed at Quantico Marine Corps Base after he fled the country with a sexual assault. The jury in U.S. District Court in Alexandria on Friday found Mohammed Tariq, 24, guilty of abusive sexual contact. ...

Indianapolis police probe infant girl's death as a homicide

Jan. 24, 2022 12:50 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis police are investigating a 2-month-old girl's death as a homicide after detectives said the infant suffered injuries they believe were not accidental. Police found the baby unresponsive Thursday in an apartment on Indianapolis' west side. The child...

Chicago substitute charged with groping himself in class

Jan. 24, 2022 10:56 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A substitute teacher has been charged with three counts of sexual exploitation of a child after he allegedly touched himself inappropriately in front of students in a Chicago elementary school classroom. James Ruml, 29, of Chicago, turned himself in last week and...

Family sues Iowa school district over sexual assault

Jan. 23, 2022 14:00 PM EST

DUBUQUE, Iowa (AP) — Attorneys for an Iowa family said in a lawsuit that they believe the way the Dubuque school district responded to bullying contributed to a girl being sexually assaulted at school in 2019. The lawsuit says the district refused to allow the girl to transfer to...

DA's office gets $1.2M grant to aid drug-endangered children

Jan. 23, 2022 09:43 AM EST

BROCKTON, Mass. (AP) — The Plymouth district attorney’s office has received a nearly $1.2 million federal grant to help its ongoing efforts to assist children facing danger because of adult drug use. The money from the Bureau of Justice Assistance’s Comprehensive Opioid,...

Ex-coach admits posing as girl to get pics from other teens

Jan. 22, 2022 17:09 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former assistant boys high school basketball coach in Topeka has admitted to posing as a teenage girl on social media to get explicit photos from other teens. The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that 41-year-old Jeffrey Pierce pleaded guilty Friday to one...

Georgia teacher arrested in sting for seeking sex with girl

Jan. 22, 2022 10:49 AM EST

DALTON, Ga. (AP) — A northwest Georgia high school teacher has resigned after being arrested in a child sex sting. The Daily Citizen-News of Dalton reports that 36-year-old Michael David Powers was arrested Tuesday by the Floyd County Police Department. Powers is...

Abuse victims see inequity in payouts at 2 Michigan schools

Jan. 21, 2022 19:35 PM EST

Two former University of Michigan football stars who stand to receive as much as $500,000 each through the school's sexual abuse settlement with more than 1,000 students say the per-victim payouts should be much higher, pointing to a similar case at rival Michigan State. Dwight Hicks...

Church victims push to expand lawsuit window in Nebraska

Jan. 21, 2022 19:08 PM EST

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent. The proposal comes on the...