Latest Crimes against children News

The Latest: Epstein jail guards plead not guilty

Nov. 19, 2019 8:56 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — The latest on charges against two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein the night he killed himself (all times local): 4 p.m. Two jail guards charged with falsifying prison records the night Jeffrey Epstein killed himself have pleaded not guilty. A grand jury...

Pirates pitcher Vazquez faces more child sex-related charges

Nov. 19, 2019 5:04 PM EST

GREENSBURG, Pa. (AP) — Suspended Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Felipe Vázquez is facing additional charges stemming from an alleged illegal sexual relationship with an underage girl. Authorities in Westmoreland County filed 21 new charges against Vázquez on Tuesday, including 10 counts of child...

Lawyers investigate Arizona official in child smuggling case

Nov. 19, 2019 2:57 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Officials in Arizona have hired two law firms and a former attorney general to investigate an elected county assessor who is trying to keep his job as he defends himself against human smuggling charges. Maricopa County Attorney Allister Adel said Tuesday that the lawyers will investigate...

Cops: Woman left child alone in hotel so she could gamble

Nov. 19, 2019 12:00 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) — Authorities say a New Jersey woman left a 4-year-old girl alone in a hotel room while she gambled at a Pennsylvania casino. Police went to the Wind Creek Casino in Bethlehem around 4 a.m. Saturday after the girl was found wandering alone in the casino’s hotel lobby. The girl...

Dad facing charges after toddler accidentally shoots mom

Nov. 19, 2019 8:36 AM EST

DERRY, Pa. (AP) — A woman was accidentally shot and wounded when she tried to take a loaded gun from her toddler son at the family’s Pennsylvania home. Authorities disclosed details of the shooting when they announced Monday that the woman’s husband would face charges of reckless endangerment...

Criminal charges expected this week against Epstein guards

Nov. 18, 2019 7:36 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein when he took his own life are expected to face criminal charges this week for falsifying prison records, two people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The federal charges could come as soon as Tuesday and...

Diocese denied access to children's fund for abuse payouts

Nov. 18, 2019 5:26 PM EST

PITTSBURGH (AP) — A judge has denied a request by Pittsburgh’s Roman Catholic Diocese to use an $8 million-plus fund for needy children to help compensate victims of sexual abuse by priests. The diocese unsuccessfully argued that compensating adults traumatized as children would fit the spirit of...

Man pleads not guilty after son brings drugs to school

Nov. 16, 2019 12:13 PM EST

HOLYOKE, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts man has pleaded not guilty to drug charges after authorities said his 5-year-old son brought heroin to school and told his teacher that when he tastes the powder he becomes Spider-Man. The Daily Hampshire Gazette reports that 29-year-old Benny Garcia, of Holyoke, was...

Husband of malnourished girl’s legal guardian charged

Nov. 16, 2019 11:07 AM EST

GEORGETOWN, Ohio (AP) — Authorities have charged the husband of a malnourished 11-year-old girl’s legal guardian. WXIX-TV reports 61-year-old Charles Breeze is in custody at a Cincinnati hospital. Breeze was indicted Thursday in Brown County on endangering children, felonious assault and kidnapping...

Vatican youth seminary scandal grows with new abuse claims

Nov. 16, 2019 2:24 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls. Le Iene, an Italian investigative television program, plans to air the new...