ROME (AP) — The Vatican on Wednesday strongly defended Pope Benedict XVI’s record in fighting clergy sexual abuse and cautioned against looking for “easy scapegoats and summary judgments," after an independent report faulted his handling of four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany.
NEWPORT, Wash. (AP) — A former police officer who most recently worked as the school resource officer northeast of Spokane in Newport is charged with sexually abusing a child.
The Newport Police Department said Raul Lopez is charged with lewd conduct with a child younger than 16 and two counts of sexual abuse of a child younger than 16, KXLY-TV reported.
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A man who worked as a victim advocate in the Connecticut state court system pleaded guilty Monday to a federal child pornography charge.
Robert Eccleston, 58, of Canton, pleaded via video conference to one count of distributing child pornography.
Jon Vaughn's small blue-and-white camper has been parked outside the home of the University of Michigan's president since early October, and he says it won't be moving anytime soon.
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Victims of sexual abuse at the hands of Catholic priests urged Nebraska lawmakers on Friday to pass a law that would let people who were abused decades ago file lawsuits against the church or other organizations that were negligent.
RIVERSIDE, Iowa (AP) — A former southeastern Iowa high school teacher has been charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee after police say he sexually abused an underage girl who was a student at the school.
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Friday to provide justice to victims of clergy sexual abuse and German authorities called for further investigation after an independent audit faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI for having botched four cases of abuse when he was archbishop of Munich, Germany.
BERLIN (AP) — A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich diocese on Thursday faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. The law firm that drew up the report said Benedict strongly denies any wrongdoing.
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire Attorney General John Formella told lawmakers Thursday that spending $100 million to settle sexual abuse claims at the state's youth detention center is the right thing to do.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Most fraternities at the University of Southern California will be allowed to start having parties again in March if security guards are posted at stairs or hallways in fraternity houses that lead to bedrooms, the Los Angeles Times reported.
DETROIT (AP) — Complaints that a University of Michigan sports doctor was committing sexual assault went back decades, long before a $490 million settlement this week with victims, but no one stepped forward to ensure that Robert Anderson would be kicked off campus.
The University of Michigan announced a $490 million settlement Wednesday with more than 1,000 people who say they were sexually assaulted by a sports doctor during his nearly four-decade career at the school.
WASHINGTON (AP) — A fourth worker at a federal women’s prison in California has been charged with sexually abusing an inmate. His arrest comes months after the prison's warden was arrested on similar charges.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — A former Roman Catholic priest who was named in dozens of child sexual abuse lawsuits was found dead in Kansas City on Sunday, police said.
Emergency responders found Thomas Reardon, 80, a former priest in the Diocese of Kansas City-St.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County jail inmate died Monday after being found unresponsive in his cell, according to county jail officials.
Winfred Lowe, 57, of Midwest City died Monday after being found by jail staff who were distributing medications to inmates.
THOMASVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has been charged with multiple sex offenses after he was accused of having sex with a girl younger than 13, authorities said.
Thomasville police said Jeffrey Phillip Lackey, 49, is charged with statutory rape, statutory sex offense and taking indecent liberties with a child, news outlets reported.
NEW YORK (AP) — A late-June sentencing date was set Friday for British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell after her conviction last month on charges including sex trafficking and conspiracy relating to the recruitment of teenage girls for financier Jeffrey Epstein to sexually abuse.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New Yorkers who were sexually abused as adults could sue abusers in civil court under a bill that supporters are again urging the state to pass.
The Adult Survivors Act would provide a one-year litigation window for those individuals to launch lawsuits even if the statute of limitations has passed.