Child abuse

An Italian Police officer watch over faithful as he patrols in St. Peter's Square during Pope Francis' Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, Sept. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
September 17, 2019 - 1:27 pm
ROME (AP) — The Vatican's criminal prosecutor is seeking to indict a onetime seminarian who is accused of sexually abusing younger boys who lived inside the Vatican and served as altar boys at papal Masses in St. Peter's Basilica. The Vatican said Tuesday an indictment was also being sought for the...
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FILE - This 1989 file photo shows Father Arthur Perrault in Albuquerque, N.M. The former Roman Catholic priest found guilty of aggravated sexual abuse in New Mexico is scheduled to be sentenced Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in Santa Fe. Federal prosecutors are requesting a sentence of more than 30 years in prison for Perrault, once a pastor at an Albuquerque parish and a chaplain at Kirtland Air Force Base. The 81-year-old maintained his innocence throughout his trial in April. (The Albuquerque Journal via AP, File)
September 13, 2019 - 7:05 pm
SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who fled the country decades ago was sentenced Friday in New Mexico to 30 years in prison after a jury found him guilty of sexually abusing an altar boy at a veterans' cemetery and military base. In ordering the sentence, U.S. District Judge...
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September 13, 2019 - 12:56 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching...
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This police appeal published Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 on the French National Police Twitter account shows a call for witnesses in the Epstein case. French police are appealing for victims and witnesses to come forward to aid their probe of Jeffrey Epstein and any enablers of the disgraced financier's alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls, and have already interviewed three people who identified themselves as victims. (Police Nationale via AP)
September 11, 2019 - 7:35 am
PARIS (AP) — French police are appealing for victims and witnesses to come forward to aid their probe into Jeffrey Epstein and anyone else involved in the disgraced financier's alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls, and say they have already interviewed three people who identified...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, a photo of Rev. Robert Brennan, right, is displayed during a news conference in Philadelphia, where attorneys for the family of Sean McIlmail, an alleged priest-abuse victim, announced a wrongful death lawsuit against Roman Catholic church officials. McIlmail claimed Brennan abused him for years, beginning at age 11. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged Brennan, a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew the accuser and his family. Authorities say Brennan was arrested in Maryland and is expected to be arraigned Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
September 05, 2019 - 1:31 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed their first charges Thursday in a sweeping investigation of child sexual abuse by clerics in Pennsylvania, accusing a former Roman Catholic priest of lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family. Robert Brennan, 81, was arrested in...
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In this Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019 photo, Greg Hunt poses for a photo in St. Petersburg, Fla. Attorneys for victims from around the country of alleged childhood sex abuse by Boy Scout officials say they are preparing to sue the organization in New Jersey when the state's new civil statute of limitations goes into effect. Hunt, 62, is planning to be on the suit in New Jersey. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)
August 30, 2019 - 1:16 pm
TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The Boy Scouts of America is facing a threat from a growing wave of lawsuits over decades-old allegations of sexual abuse. The Scouts have been sued in multiple states in recent months by purported abuse victims, including plaintiffs taking advantage of new state laws or court...
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HFM 0900 27 AUG*In this undated photo released by the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office, Dragon Con co-founder Ed Kramer poses for a booking photo, in Ga. In the nearly two decades since Ed Kramer was accused of molesting teenage boys, a strange legal odyssey has unfolded, including a proposed move to Israel, a trial delay because of a presidential election and an extradition by air ambulance. Dragon Con, which Kramer co-founded in 1987, now attracts tens of thousands of visitors to Atlanta every Labor Day weekend, but Kramer hasn't been involved in it since his arrest in August 2000 on charges of molesting two brothers aged 13 and 15. (Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office via AP)
August 27, 2019 - 10:47 am
LAWRENCEVILLE, Ga. (AP) — As Dragon Con fans flood Atlanta this week, a co-founder of the sci-fi and gaming convention finds himself once again in trouble with the law. Ed Kramer was arrested in August 2000, charged with molesting teenage boys. He was sentenced over a decade later on three counts...
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In this undated photo provided by the Essex Co. Prosecutor's Office shows Robert Williams, 53, of Newark. Williams is facing multiple charges after police found mummified remains in a closet in his home. Williams is due for an initial court appearance on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019. He's charged with multiple crimes including aggravated sexual assault, child endangerment and desecration of human remains. (Essex Co. Prosecuters Office via AP)
August 26, 2019 - 5:11 pm
NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors called a New Jersey man "dangerous to society" after pieces of a human body were found in his closet, including a head, part of an arm, and a torso dressed in a necktie and suit jacket. Robert Williams, of Newark, pleaded not guilty Monday to desecrating human...
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These photos provided by the Madison County Alabama Jail show Ashley Elizabeth Catron and Frederick Anthony Fink. An Alabama couple who police said didn’t believe in doctors could face life in prison if convicted of aggravated child abuse in the starvation death of their 3-year-old boy. News outlets report Ashley Elizabeth Catron and Frederick Anthony Frink were denied bond Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019. Huntsville officers testified that the couple’s boys were severely malnourished. (Madison County Jail via AP)
August 26, 2019 - 8:35 am
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama couple who police said didn't believe in doctors could face life in prison if convicted of aggravated child abuse in the starvation death of their 3-year-old boy. News outlets report Ashley Elizabeth Catron and Frederick Anthony Frink were denied bond Thursday...
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August 25, 2019 - 12:27 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A lawyer for former U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman denied on Sunday accusations leveled in a lawsuit that the New York Democrat is a sexual "predator" who violated a teenager at a Boy Scout camp five decades ago. In a suit filed this month in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, Ackerman is...
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