Latest Sexual abuse News

Chicago archdiocese settles sex abuse suit for $1.2 million

May. 17, 2022 16:15 PM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $1.2 million to a man who alleged that he was sexually abused when he was 12 years old by a defrocked priest who was convicted of sexually abusing several boys, the man's attorney announced on Tuesday. The settlement of...

Catholic school in Mississippi Delta closing after 70 years

May. 17, 2022 15:06 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — A Catholic elementary school that primarily serves Black and Hispanic families in the Mississippi Delta is closing after more than 70 years, following a sex abuse scandal, declining enrollment and a steep decrease in donations. St. Francis of Assisi School...

Ex-police chief's partner accused of false sex abuse report

May. 16, 2022 22:00 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — The partner of a former embattled suburban Denver police chief is accused of falsely reporting that a vocal opponent of the chief was sexually abusing her son, authorities alleged in court documents filed Monday. Robin Niceta, a county social worker at the time,...

Chilean filmmaker sentenced to five years for sexual abuse

May. 16, 2022 19:20 PM EDT

SANTIAGO (AP) — Chilean director Nicolás López, one of the country's highest-profile filmmakers, was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for sexual abuse against two actresses. The sentence coincided with what was requested by prosecutors after a court found him guilty at...

NY teen found dead after 13 years; SC sex offender charged

May. 16, 2022 15:57 PM EDT

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The body of a 17-year-old girl from New York who disappeared while visiting South Carolina's Myrtle Beach on spring break 13 years ago has been found and a sex offender has been charged with murder, kidnapping and rape, authorities said Monday. Brittanee...

Professor gets new job after pedophilia research caused stir

May. 15, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A professor whose research on pedophilia created a stir at Old Dominion University in Virginia has landed a new job with Johns Hopkins University’s Moore Center for the Prevention of Child Sexual Abuse. Allyn Walker stepped down from ODU in November after they...

Former officer gets 3 years for violating rights, sex abuse

May. 13, 2022 16:59 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — A former South Florida police sergeant has been sentenced three years in prison for sex crimes against three women. Jesus Manuel Menocal Jr., 34, was sentenced Thursday in Miami federal court, according to court records. The former Hialeah police officer pleaded guilty...

Convicted ex-friar won't be tried in 2nd sex abuse case

May. 12, 2022 15:52 PM EDT

GREENWOOD, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi prosecutors have dropped a second set of charges against a former Franciscan friar who was convicted last month of sexually abusing a student during the 1990s at a Catholic school. Paul West, 62, received a 45-year sentence on April 13 and is in...

Women settle suit alleging Liberty mishandled assault cases

May. 12, 2022 11:23 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A settlement has been reached in a lawsuit twelve women brought last summer against Liberty University, accusing the Christian institution of fostering an unsafe environment on its Virginia campus and mishandling cases of sexual assault and harassment. A notice...

Former Maryland priest gets 22 years for abuse

May. 11, 2022 19:15 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — A former Maryland priest was sentenced Wednesday to 22 years in federal prison followed by lifetime supervised release for coercion and enticement of a child he met through the church to engage in illegal sexual activity. Fernando Cristancho, 65, who served as a...