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Eight members of religious group charged with child abuse

Oct. 27, 2021 14:45 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — Federal prosecutors allege eight people connected to a Kansas-based organization conspired to provide unpaid child labor to businesses across the country and physically abused them for years. The organization, formerly known as the United Nation...

Alabama man convicted in Louisiana on child porn charges

Oct. 26, 2021 18:43 PM EDT

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) — A federal jury in Louisiana convicted an Alabama man on Tuesday of creating child pornography by coercing a girl under age 12 to send him sexually explicit images of herself. William Malone, 45, of Mobile, was convicted in Lafayette on five counts...

State drops open container citation against Alaska lawmaker

Oct. 26, 2021 15:59 PM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — An open container citation issued to an Alaska state lawmaker has been dismissed because the trooper who issued the citation is no longer in state employment after being accused of sexual abuse of a minor. State Sen. Josh Revak, an Anchorage...

North Carolina parents charged in abuse of 6-week-old

Oct. 26, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, N.C. (AP) — Two parents have been arrested in a child abuse case in which a 6-week-old was diagnosed with life-threatening injuries, a North Carolina sheriff's office said Tuesday. The Davidson County Sheriff's Office said in a news release that deputies...

Port Townsend man sentenced for raping 6-year-old child

Oct. 26, 2021 08:26 AM EDT

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — A 63-year-old Port Townsend, Washington, man was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison and 10 years of supervised release for raping a 6-year-old child while on a vacation in Canada. John Timothy Whicher pleaded guilty to engaging in...

Judge adds federal retainer to AAU coach charged with abuse

Oct. 25, 2021 16:51 PM EDT

A former Connecticut AAU coach accused of sexually abusing players must stay in prison even if he makes bond on state sexual assault charges, a federal judge ruled Monday. Former pro basketball player Danny Lawhorn, 30, of Hartford, also faces federal child enticement...

Priest pleads no contest to abusing 11-year-old altar boy

Oct. 25, 2021 16:24 PM EDT

UNIONTOWN, Pa. (AP) — A western Pennsylvania Roman Catholic priest pleaded no contest Monday to indecent assault that began when the victim was an 11-year-old altar boy. Prosecutors said the Rev. Andrew Mark Kawecki, 66, of Greensburg will have to register as a sex...

EXPLAINER: Just what are 'The Facebook Papers,' anyway?

Oct. 25, 2021 06:59 AM EDT

The Facebook Papers project represents a unique collaboration among 17 American news organizations, including The Associated Press. Journalists from a variety of newsrooms, large and small, worked together to gain access to thousands of pages of internal company documents obtained by Frances...

FBI looking for players victimized by Connecticut AAU coach

Oct. 22, 2021 15:43 PM EDT

The FBI has identified “quite a few” sexual abuse victims of a former Connecticut girl's AAU basketball coach and authorities are seeking the public's help in finding others, an official said Friday. Danny Lawhorn, 30, of Hartford, faces both state sexual assault and...

Day care owner gets 6 years for hiding 26 kids in basement

Oct. 22, 2021 15:04 PM EDT

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado day care owner convicted of keeping 26 children hidden in the basement of her business two years ago has been sentenced to six years in prison after parents said some of the children suffered trauma including sleeping problems and anxiety. ...