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Vatican Diplomat Recalled Amid Child Porn Investigation

US officials asked high-ranking priest to be charged with child porn possession

(Newser) - A high-ranking priest working in the Vatican's embassy in Washington has been recalled after US prosecutors asked for him to be charged there and face trial in a child pornography investigation, the AP reports. The diplomat was suspected of possessing child pornography including images of pre-pubescent children, a US... More »

Priest Blames Child Porn on God Making Him Lose at Poker

Fr. Kevin Gugliotta says he wanted to get back at God

(Newser) - A New Jersey priest was sentenced to up to two years in prison Thursday for uploading child pornography to his computer, the New York Daily News reports. But don't worry—he says he only did it to punish God for making him lose at poker. According to WNEP , Fr.... More »

Elderly Brothers Arrested After Relative Makes Disturbing Find

Cops uncover staggering amount of child porn

(Newser) - Neighbors say they thought three elderly brothers who shared a home in Seattle were weird but harmless. What police have found in the home, however, suggests that the Emery brothers were extremely disturbed and potentially dangerous individuals. Police say former Seattle Children's Hospital janitor Charles Emery, 82; Thomas Emery,... More »

YouTube Sensation Hit With Child Porn Charges

Austin Jones is facing 30 years in prison

(Newser) - An Internet singing sensation with hundreds of thousands of young fans was charged in federal court Tuesday with two counts of production of child pornography. Prosecutors in Chicago say 24-year-old Austin Jones, a pop singer who has nearly 550,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel , persuaded two underage female fans... More »

For 2 Years, PSA Told How to Hide Child Porn

Arizona's KAVV ends announcement after threats

(Newser) - An oldies country music radio station serving a rural Arizona area that aired a public service announcement for two years telling people how to hide potential evidence in child pornography cases has stopped doing so after advertisers received threats, the station's owner says. Paul Lotsof, owner of KAVV-FM in... More »

Navy SEAL Arrested on Child Porn, Molestation Charges

Gregory Seerden was being investigated on suspicion of rape

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL has been arrested after authorities say they found 78 images of apparent child pornography on his phone, including videos of the SEAL molesting a young girl while she slept, the Virginian-Pilot reports. According to the AP , Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Seerden was arrested April 3 in... More »

Former Philly Cop in Jail Until He Gives Up His Passwords

Francis Rawls is suspected of possessing hundreds of child sex abuse images

(Newser) - It's been a year and a half since former Philadelphia police sergeant Francis Rawls was issued a court decryption order, but he has yet to provide the passwords to two encrypted hard drives. On Friday, an appeals court upheld the September 2015 decision to hold him in contempt of... More »

Priest Arrested on Drug, Child Pornography Charges

Father Christopher King is the vicar of an Episcopal church in Long Island

(Newser) - A New York priest was removed from his parish home Friday evening after police allegedly found meth and child pornography inside, the New York Daily News reports. Acting on a tip, police conducted a search of Father Christopher King's home at St. James of Jerusalem Episcopal Church in Long... More »

Anthony Weiner May Get Hit With Child Porn Charge

He may face a mandatory 15 years in prison—minimum

(Newser) - Anthony Weiner could face child pornography charges—and a minimum 15 years in prison, according to a report in the Wall Street Journal . The Hill reports the 51-year-old Weiner allegedly sent a 15-year-old girl shirtless photos of himself, descriptions of sexual acts he wanted to perform with her, and more.... More »

Army Colonel Gets 12 Years in Child Porn Case

Robert Rice once headed war games division

(Newser) - A colonel who once headed the US Army's strategic war gaming division sobbed and apologized Wednesday before being sentenced to 12 years for receiving and distributing child pornography. Col. Robert Rice, 59, told a federal judge in Harrisburg, Pa., that he was deeply ashamed and acknowledged that the victims... More »

Man Accused of 'Massive Sextortion' Plot Gets 38 Years

Anton Martynenko 'terrible human being' for luring teen boys into sending nude pics: victim

(Newser) - What's said to have been the biggest child-pornography production case in Minnesota history ended Tuesday in a St. Paul courtroom, and two of the victims faced down their tormenter there. "We all can now be given freedom from this," one of the unnamed victims, now a young... More »

Judge Orders Man to Give Teen Prostitute Feminist Books

But one author says the john should read them instead

(Newser) - A judge in Rome handed down an unusual sentence to a man convicted of hiring a child prostitute, ordering him to give the 15-year-old girl 30 books on the subject of women's dignity, reports the BBC . In addition to two years in jail, the 35-year-old man must buy the... More »

The FBI Took Over a Child Porn Site—and Users Loved It

Users raved about site's improvements while agency tried to secretly find suspects

(Newser) - For two weeks in early 2015, the FBI infiltrated a child porn website on the dark web and kept it running , hoping to use special software to ID users. Not only was the mission successful—nearly 190 people have been charged in the sting as of July, per the DOJ—... More »

Guy Used Neighbor's WiFi to Download Child Porn: Cops

And this is why you should password-protect

(Newser) - Prosecutors say a New Jersey man used his neighbor's Wi-Fi to download thousands of child porn images and hundreds of videos, the AP reports. Camden County authorities executed a search warrant at a Clementon home on Sept. 1. But they determined the homeowners weren't involved after speaking with... More »

Outrage After Facebook Censors 'Napalm Girl' Photo

Editor accuses Mark Zuckerberg of 'abusing your power'

(Newser) - Norway's largest newspaper is blasting Facebook for deleting an iconic photograph of a naked child during the Vietnam War from its Facebook page—and suspending the writer who posted it. The photo by Nick Ut showing children fleeing a napalm attack triggered Facebook censors because the central figure is... More »

Woman Filmed Child Sex Assault and Sold the Footage

Pamela Dziminski gets 25 years in prison

(Newser) - A woman who videotaped herself sexually assaulting a 4-year-old relative and then sold the footage is headed to prison, the AP reports. Pamela Dziminski received a 25-year sentence Friday. The 30-year-old New Jersey woman had pleaded guilty last year to aggravated sexual assault after authorities discovered the videos online. More »

Charges: HS Coach Filmed Girls in Locker Room for Years

Timothy Vallier is facing up to 30 years in prison

(Newser) - A high school rowing coach in Michigan is facing up to 30 years in prison after authorities say he secretly took dozens of videos of female students changing in locker rooms, WZZM reports. According to MLive , 30-year-old Timothy Vallier allegedly admitted to filming girls through peepholes at the Rockford Crew... More »

Undercover Cop's Online Demo Leads to Arrest

Nova Scotia officer posing as young teen girl is bombarded with graphic images, texts

(Newser) - The arrest of a St. Louis-area man charged with eight counts of sexual misconduct involving a child younger than 15 has its roots in Nova Scotia, where an undercover officer was performing a simple demonstration. The officer, who is a member of the provincial Internet Child Exploitation (ICE) unit, was... More »

Cops: Sex With Teen Was OK, Topless Photos Weren't

Math tutor texted girl: 'I want to poke you with my Robin'

(Newser) - A 51-year-old math tutor in Houston is facing criminal charges stemming from his alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old high school student. But it's not the physical contact that has Aldo Leiva looking at up to 20 years in prison. At issue are the topless images that police say... More »

Ex-Cop Held Over Encrypted Computers in Child Porn Raid

Lawyers say he shouldn't have to give up passwords

(Newser) - A former Philadelphia cop has been held in solitary confinement for seven months as part of a child porn investigation, but his case is unusual in that no charges have been filed against him yet. As Gizmodo reports, law enforcement officials raided Francis Rawls' home last year and seized an... More »

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