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Vatican Envoy Accused of Sex Abuse Is Dead

Jozef Wesolowski was to be first high-ranking official tried for such crimes

(Newser) - Jozef Wesolowski will never see his day in court. The 67-year-old ex-envoy for the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children there, died today of apparent natural causes, the Vatican reports via the AP . His body was found in the room at... More »

Decorated Coach Accused of Molesting Preteen Gymnast

Police reportedly found thousands of images of child porn, too

(Newser) - An Olympic gymnastics coach was arrested Sunday on charges of molesting a preteen gymnast and keeping thousands of sexual images of young girls and boys in a safe at his home and a file cabinet at his gymnasium in Indianapolis, the Indy Star reports. Marvin Sharp, 48, coached two female... More »

Teen Could Get Life Over Alleged Nude-Photo Scheme

Cops say Cesar Estrada-Davila posed as a modeling agent

(Newser) - A 19-year-old California man is facing life in prison after allegedly posing as a modeling agent to extort nude and sexually explicit photos and videos from nearly two-dozen underage girls, ABC 7 reports. According to NBC Los Angeles , Cesar Estrada-Davila befriended the girls—ages 12 to 17—on social media,... More »

'Jared Fogle Is a Monster': FBI Informant

Rochelle Herman-Walrond spent 4 years secretly recording Fogle for FBI

(Newser) - "I'm numb and I'm shocked. I'm relieved most of all," says the Florida woman who secretly recorded Jared Fogle for the FBI for four years, building up evidence that led to charges that will send the ex-Subway pitchman to prison . Per WWSB , Rochelle Herman-Walrond, IDed... More »

Did Something 'Heinous' Occur at Rocker's Home?

LAPD says Simmons, family members are not suspects

(Newser) - Los Angeles police served a search warrant at the home of KISS rocker Gene Simmons yesterday, and while the details are sparse, the probe is being handled by the LAPD's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. Officers say "no one in the Simmons family is a suspect in... More »

Jared Fogle’s Wife Quickly Dumps Him

Katie Fogle is 'shocked and outraged,' filing for divorce

(Newser) - Katie Fogle will most definitely not be standing by her man. The wife of former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle quickly announced that she's filing for divorce as news of his plea deal related to sex with underage girls and child pornography surfaced. "Obviously, I am extremely shocked and... More »

Law & Order Director Arrested for Child Porn

Jason 'Jace' Alexander faces up to 7 years in prison if convicted

(Newser) - Director Jason "Jace" Alexander worked on Law & Order over the course of 11 years. He's now getting a first-hand taste of "the police, who investigate crime; and the district attorneys, who prosecute the offenders." This is Alexander's story, according to the Westchester County District... More »

Subway Wipes Jared Fogle From Website

Longtime spokesman suspended after FBI raid

(Newser) - Jared Fogle hasn't been charged with anything, but after an FBI raid on his home yesterday, Subway didn't waste any time in cutting its ties with its longtime spokesman. The company announced that they had "mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation"—... More »

Police Raid 'Subway Guy' Jared Fogle's House

Sources say warrants served in connection with child porn investigation

(Newser) - "Subway Guy" Jared Fogle is grabbing headlines this morning over the presence of something (police) rather than an absence of something (pounds): The Indianapolis Star reports that FBI agents and state police today entered Fogle's home in Zionsville, Ind. An evidence truck was observed in the driveway. An... More »

In First, US Bishop Convicted in Porn Coverup Resigns

Missouri's Robert Finn was under pressure after failing to report priest's porn

(Newser) - Pope Francis today accepted the resignation of a US bishop who pleaded guilty to failing to report a priest suspected of child abuse in the first known case of a pope sanctioning bishops for covering up for pedophiles. The Vatican said today that Bishop Robert Finn had offered his resignation... More »

Ex-Principal: I Paid for Sex With 12,700 Women, Girls

Yuhei Takahashi allegedly kept 147K photos in 400 albums

(Newser) - Police say they've discovered a disturbing collection of 147,600 photos of women and minors in the home of an ex-principal they arrested in Japan. Yuhei Takahashi, 64—who faces child pornography charges stemming from photos he allegedly took of sex acts involving a teen in the Philippines in... More »

3 Kids Nabbed for Instagram Child Porn

Account posted nude photos, personal information of minors

(Newser) - Three youths in Florida are charged with electronic transmission of child pornography over an Instagram account that shared sexually explicit photos of minors. Two boys, 12 and 15, and a girl, 13, are accused of creating the account, which encouraged its 500 followers to "expose" their peers. Victims' names... More »

Vatican Probes Own Child-Porn Cases

(Newser) - The Vatican investigated two cases of child pornography possession in the past year, officials said yesterday. The chief prosecutor of the Vatican city state's criminal tribunal, Gian Piero Milano, cited the two cases in a speech summarizing the tribunal's work in 2014. The Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico... More »

200K Facebook Shares Force Suspect's Surrender

Ohio man said he couldn't take the pressure

(Newser) - After his picture was shared on Facebook almost 200,000 times, child porn suspect Jeremiah Malfroid "called his mother and said, 'I can’t take the pressure any more, I am going to turn myself in,'" authorities say. The 33-year-old, who was wanted in Ohio, surrendered... More »

Guy Tries to Hide Child Porn From Wife, Gets Busted

James Rivers charged after tech finds homemade videos on laptop

(Newser) - Apparently worried that the porn stash on his MacBook might get him in hot water with his wife, James Rivers hired a computer tech to wipe the computer. But, as the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports, the tech instead discovered homemade child porn hidden on Rivers' hard drive, which promptly got Rivers... More »

John Grisham: Let's Ease Up on Men Who View Child Porn

He thinks some sentences are too harsh ... but apologizes for saying so

(Newser) - John Grisham appears to have stepped in it, and has now apologized for doing so. In a recent interview with the Telegraph , the lawyer and novelist criticized America's sentencing laws—and, for some reason, decided it would be a good idea to use child pornography as an example. "... More »

Jury: Woman Downloaded Child Porn to Frame Hubby

Meri Woods faces up to 9 years and $20K in fines

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania jury convicted a woman on Wednesday of downloading child pornography onto the family computer and trying to blame it on her husband, Raw Story reports. Prosecutors said Meri Woods of Clymer, Penn., downloaded more than 40 child-pornography images, then delivered the computer to state police and tried to... More »

Guy Emailing Kid Porn Busted by ... Google

Big Brother is watching your email for illegal images

(Newser) - When registered Texas sex offender John Henry Skillern, 41, allegedly tried to email a pornographic image of a young girl to a friend, Google was watching with its email scanning software. "I can't see that information, I can't see that photo, but Google can," a detective... More »

Cops Back Off Plan to Photograph Boy's Erection

They won't serve warrant in Virginia sexting case

(Newser) - Sanity appears to have prevailed in Manassas, Virginia, where authorities had planned to chemically induce an erection in a 17-year-old boy accused of making child pornography by sending explicit photos of himself to his 15-year-old girlfriend. Police had obtained a search warrant allowing them to take photographs of the teen'... More »

Huge Bust Shows 'Dirty Old Man Stereotype' Obsolete

'Operation Broken Heart' reels in former sheriff's deputy, US Army soldier

(Newser) - "The dirty old man stereotype no longer applies." That was the pronouncement of ICE Homeland Security agent Claude Arnold yesterday, during a press conference that revealed the results of "Operation Broken Heart." Authorities announced that more than 275 people were arrested in May as part of... More »

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