Child abuse

Matt Dwyer
October 23, 2019 - 2:33 pm
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A Connecticut man who prosecutors say repeatedly raped a 7-year-old girl has been sentenced to 10 years in prison. The Hartford Courant reports that 29-year-old Jerry Zapata, of Avon, was sentenced Tuesday after pleading guilty in August to first-degree sexual assault. In an...
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AP
October 09, 2019 - 3:07 pm
NEW HAVEN (AP) -- A Hamden mother and the babysitter she hired have been sentenced in connection with injuries to the mother's two children. The mother, Rachael Tobias, was sentenced to more than two years in prison. The babysitter, 29-year-old Christina Ares-Roman, of New Haven, got 2 1/2 years...
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Retired Judge Robert Holzberg of Pullman & Comley. Photo by WTIC's Matt Dwyer.
Matt Dwyer
October 01, 2019 - 12:58 pm
(WTIC-AM) -- At least 281 children have been abused in the Catholic Diocese of Bridgeport over the years, by at least 71 priests. That is according to a report issued today by a law firm hired by the diocese. Retired judge Robert Holzberg is a member of the law firm, Pullman & Comley. "The...
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September 28, 2019 - 8:54 am
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The last victim compensation funds at Pennsylvania's Roman Catholic dioceses are closing as lawmakers plunge back into a years-old fight over whether to let long-ago victims of child sexual abuse sue perpetrators and institutions. It's more than a year after a landmark grand...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2019, file photo, Naason Joaquin Garcia, the leader of a Mexico-based evangelical church with a worldwide membership, attends a bail review hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. Garcia, who is considered the church’s apostle, and two co-defendants were arrested in June on suspicion of sexually abusing three girls and a woman in Los Angeles County. All three have pleaded not guilty and a fourth defendant remains at large. (Al Seib/Los Angeles Times via AP, Pool, File)
September 19, 2019 - 12:21 am
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Prosecutors will detail Thursday accusations of child rape and human trafficking against the leader of Mexican megachurch La Luz del Mundo. Naason Joaquin Garcia, who is considered the church's apostle, and two co-defendants were arrested in June on suspicion of sexually abusing...
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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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