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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 »

Kayaker Goes Missing Off Georgia, Is Found in Okla.

It was all a ruse to evade child porn charges: cops

(Newser) - For two days, authorities conducted a sea and air search for a missing kayaker last spotted in a creek on Georgia's Tybee Island on Sunday night. Then came a bench warrant for his arrest. The 38-year-old kayaker, Cody Magee, happened to be facing charges including attempted child molestation and... More »

Most of Remote Island's Men Guilty of Child Sex Crimes

The latest from Pitcairn Island is a former mayor

(Newser) - Efforts to rehabilitate the image of a tiny British territory in the South Pacific that was rocked by a 2004 sex abuse scandal have hit a roadblock. The former mayor of Pitcairn Island has been convicted of possessing more than 1,000 images and videos showing the sexual abuse of... More »

A New Mission for Wounded Vets: Hunting Child Predators

The HERO Corps gives vets the opportunity to 'go after the bad guys again'

(Newser) - A group of elite warriors pulled off the battlefield by injury or illness has a new mission here in the US: helping law enforcement take down people who possess and produce child pornography. The HERO Corps (Human Exploitation Rescue Operative) trains veterans in computer forensics, CNN reports. Participants then work... More »

SCOTUS Upholds Guy's Porn Sentence Based on a Comma

Punctuation is important, people

(Newser) - We already know punctuation saves lives . Now a Supreme Court ruling proves it also makes or breaks legal cases. Per Courthouse News Service , the high court on Monday upheld a prison sentence for Avondale Lockhart, who pleaded guilty in 2011 to child porn charges. He had been facing an eight-year... More »

Jared Fogle Claims He Was Punished for His Thoughts

And he wants his sentence shortened

(Newser) - Former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle wants his child pornography sentence reduced, claiming that the judge who sentenced him was, in part, punishing him for his fantasies, TMZ reports. According to the New York Daily News , Fogle's plea deal called for a maximum sentence of 12.5 years; the judge... More »

Judge Sentences Man to 5 Days in Jail for Child Porn

He argues child porn is widely available and punishments are too harsh

(Newser) - NBC News has a shocking story about a federal judge in New York City who gave a man facing up to 10 years in prison for child pornography a sentence of only five days in jail—time he'd already served following his initial arrest in 2013. Investigators found... More »

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