Latest Crimes against children News

Detroit woman charged after body of son, 3, found in freezer

Jun. 26, 2022 16:56 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit woman has been charged in the death of her 3-year-old son after police found the boy's decomposing body in a basement freezer. The 31-year-old woman is charged with first-degree murder, child abuse and torture and concealing the death of an individual,...

Former Kentucky choir teacher sentenced in student rape case

Jun. 26, 2022 13:47 PM EDT

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — A former choir teacher at a Kentucky high school has been sentenced to five years in prison in the rape of an underage student. News outlets reported that Haley Reed, a former teacher at Oldham County High School, was sentenced Thursday. Reed...

MS-13 gang members convicted of trafficking 13-year-old girl

Jun. 25, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — Seven members and associates of the MS-13 street gang have been convicted of sex trafficking in federal court after taking in a 13-year-old runaway and coercing her into commercial sex acts in Maryland and Virginia. The seven defendants all face a mandatory...

Senator in 2010 deposition: 13-year-olds can consent to sex

Jun. 25, 2022 11:24 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Before he became a leading voice for conservative causes on Capitol Hill, U.S. Senator James Lankford spent more than a decade as the director of youth programming at the Falls Creek Baptist Conference Center, a sprawling campground about 80 miles south of Oklahoma City that...

Several accusers seek roles at Ghislaine Maxwell sentencing

Jun. 24, 2022 18:51 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Two of four women who testified at Ghislaine Maxwell’s trial that she had a role in their sexual abuse at the hands of financier Jeffrey Epstein may be speaking at her sentencing or have their statements read aloud, court filings Friday show. Prosecutors told a...

Nebraska Supreme Court denies appeal of death row inmate

Jun. 24, 2022 13:54 PM EDT

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The Nebraska Supreme Court on Friday denied the postconviction appeal of a death row inmate who said his defense attorney was so inept that his right to a fair trial had been compromised. Roy Ellis Jr., 68, was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to...

Hearing set for Wisconsin teen accused of killing girl

Jun. 24, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin teenager accused of killing a 10-year-old girl will find out in September whether he will stand trial. Chippewa County Circuit Judge Benjamin Lane on Friday scheduled a Sept. 1 preliminary hearing for the 14-year-old boy, identified in court...

Lawyers for youth center victims oppose settlement process

Jun. 24, 2022 11:16 AM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire’s proposed process for settling decades of sexual and physical abuse allegations at its youth detention center amounts to “setting a trap” for hundreds of financially insecure victims, according to their lawyers. Lawmakers have approved a...

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn't happen this week

Jun. 24, 2022 10:32 AM EDT

A roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts: ___ Posts mislead on photo of Zelenskyy...

California man charged with secretly recording young girl

Jun. 24, 2022 09:07 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — A California man has been accused by federal prosecutors of climbing onto the roof of a Massachusetts family's garage so he could secretly record an 11-year-old girl as she changed in her bedroom. Jacob Guerrero, 23, of Woodland, California, was indicted on a charge...