Latest Sexual abuse News

Mourners call Australian Cardinal Pell victim of injustice

Feb. 02, 2023 06:20 AM EST

SYDNEY (AP) — Mourners at the Sydney funeral for Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was once the most senior Catholic convicted of sex abuse, remembered him Thursday as a victim of a campaign to punish him regardless of his guilt. Meanwhile, a few hundred protesters yelled...

Judge drops R. Kelly sex-abuse charges at prosecutor's wish

Jan. 31, 2023 11:50 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A judge dismissed sex-abuse charges against R&B singer R. Kelly on Tuesday based on the recommendation of a Chicago prosecutor. The hearing lasted just minutes and came a day after Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx said she was comfortable dropping the case...

Chicago prosecutor dropping R. Kelly sex-abuse charges

Jan. 31, 2023 06:43 AM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago prosecutor said Monday that she's dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly following federal convictions in two courts that should guarantee the disgraced R&B star will be locked up for decades. Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx announced...

Chicago prosecutor dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly, after convictions, long prison sentence elsewhere

Jan. 30, 2023 16:49 PM EST
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago prosecutor dropping sex-abuse charges against singer R. Kelly, after convictions, long prison sentence elsewhere.

Woman in groping case with former lawmaker speaks out

Jan. 27, 2023 20:52 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman who told police she was groped by a former state lawmaker and Trump fundraiser said she is outraged by him calling the incident “laughable” and said he did an about-face on his apology after she asked to dismiss the criminal charge against him. ...

Jury awards $4.5M for sex abuse that happened 3 decades ago

Jan. 27, 2023 12:24 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — A jury has awarded $4.5 million in damages to a woman whose lawsuit contended she was sexually abused three decades ago by a family friend in Maine. The federal jury found in favor of 36-year-old Julia Russell on Thursday on one civil count of assault and...

Pope opens up on sex abuse cases, says church must do more

Jan. 25, 2023 07:56 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has shed light on the Catholic Church’s handling of sex abuse allegations against East Timor’s Nobel Peace Prize-winning independence hero, suggesting that he indeed was allowed to retire early rather than face prosecution or punishment. Francis...

Man sues Denver archdiocese over abuse by convicted priest

Jan. 19, 2023 17:19 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — A man who says he was repeatedly sexually abused as a teen by his Catholic priest more than two decades ago filed a lawsuit against the now-defrocked priest and the Archdiocese of Denver on Thursday, taking advantage of a recently passed law that allows victims to sue even if the...

Trial begins for ex-New York doctor accused of sexual abuse

Jan. 09, 2023 14:14 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors in New York began laying out their case Monday against Robert Hadden, a former gynecologist accused of sexually abusing scores of patients over nearly two decades, including the wife of former presidential candidate Andrew Yang. A grand jury...

Former Paris archbishop target of sexual assault probe

Jan. 04, 2023 07:01 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French police are investigating an allegation that the former archbishop of Paris sexually assaulted a woman who is under legal protection as a vulnerable person, prosecutors said Wednesday. Michel Aupetit, who unexpectedly resigned in 2021 after admitting to an...