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Report: NOLA Cops Blew Off 1K Sex Crimes

Inspector general finds 5 detectives ignored vast swath of cases

(Newser) - In the latest blow to New Orleans' scandal-weary police department, a city inspector general's report claims five detectives failed to do substantial investigation of more than 1,000 cases of sex crimes and child abuse—with one detective cited for stating that simple rape should not be considered a... More »

Computer-Generated Child Nabs 1K Predators

Organization warns that 'webcam child sex tourism' is on the rise

(Newser) - Dutch children's rights activists have come up with a novel way to catch online predators: They created a very realistic computer-generated 10-year-old girl. Researchers from the organization, Terre des Hommes, then posed as "Sweetie," who was supposedly from the Philippines, and logged onto Internet chat rooms. During... More »

New on FBI's Most Wanted: Ex USC Prof

Walter Lee Williams accused of sexually exploiting children

(Newser) - If you took Professor Walter Lee Williams' anthropology class at USC, you might be surprised to learn that as of yesterday he's one of the FBI's 10 Most Wanted fugitives. Williams, 64, became the 500th name added to the list in its 63-year history, the Los Angeles Times... More »

Military's Latest Sex Scandal: Recruiters

Defense Dept. has promised to address

(Newser) - The latest sex crime scandal for the military involves recruiters, the Washington Post reports in a detailed look at some of the cases of sexual assault and rape found in its ranks recently. One example: An Air Force recruiter is charged with raping or committing other crimes over three years... More »

Ex-Con Charged in 'Unspeakably Traumatic Attack' on LA Girl

Disturbing details of crimes released

(Newser) - Tobias Summers, the recently released prisoner suspected of abducting a 10-year-old LA girl last week, has been charged with 36 counts of sexual assault, kidnapping, and first-degree burglary, the LA Times reports. A second man, Daniel Martinez, who is believed to have driven the getaway car, according to the AP... More »

USAF Recruit: I Was Supposed to Report Rape to My Rapist

Virginia Messick speaks about attack by her superior as scandal breaks open

(Newser) - Soon after Virginia Messick reported to basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in March 2011, her training instructor, Staff Sgt. Luis Walker , started giving her special treatment. One day, while she was in his office using his computer—a rule violation that he allowed—he started groping her. Though... More »

US Locks Up Perverts for Crimes They Might Commit

The 'New Yorker' looks into America's sex-crime laws

(Newser) - The US justice system is punishing child-porn consumers in an unusual way—for crimes they may one day commit, writes Rachel Aviv in The New Yorker . Using sex crime laws that first arose in the 1980s, officials have discarded First Amendment protections for child porn users, and now keep prisoners... More »

Aide: General Threatened to Kill Me if I Revealed Affair

Army captain testifies against Jeffrey Sinclair

(Newser) - The military hearing for an Army general accused of sex crimes involving female subordinates began this week, and an Army captain who allegedly had a 3-year affair with Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair testified yesterday that Sinclair threatened to kill her if she revealed the relationship. She admitted that, "in... More »

Sex Offenders Sue Over Law Prohibiting Halloween Decor

They say it violates their free-speech rights

(Newser) - A California city cracked down on sex offenders' Halloween celebrations last month, passing a law prohibiting those convicted of sex crimes from decorating for the holiday or passing out candy at their homes. Now Simi Valley is getting sued by five registered sex offenders and some of their wives and... More »

Cops Nab Guy for Having Sex With Teddy Bear

Charles Marshall arrested on same charge for 4th time

(Newser) - Ohio police have arrested a man for masturbating with his teddy bear in public for the fourth time, the Daily Mail reports. Charles Marshall, 28, was arrested in a Cincinnati alley near a health clinic this week and given a citation for disorderly conduct. Over the past two years, officers... More »

Indiana Man Charged With 'Sextortion'

Richard Finkbiner befriended teenage boys online: FBI

(Newser) - The FBI has arrested an Indiana man who allegedly blackmailed 14-year-old boys into uploading sexually explicit images and videos of themselves, MSNBC reports. According to chilling court documents, Richard Leon Finkbiner, 39, befriended the boys online and enticed them into uploading the explicit material. He then threatened to show it... More »

Sports World Hit With Fresh Sex Abuse Allegations

2 accuse boss of the Amateur Athletic Union of assault when they were teens

(Newser) - In yet more accusations of sex attacks on children in the sports world, the boss of the Amateur Athletic Union has been axed amid a sex crime probe. The AAU booted Bobby Dodd last week and Memphis police launched an investigation after two men stepped forward to say that he... More »

Sheriff Joe's Office Fell Short on Sex Crimes

More than 400 cases, many involving children, not properly examined

(Newser) - Sheriff Joe Arpaio calls himself "America's Toughest Sheriff," but apparently his office has not been so tough when it comes to sex crimes. More than 400 such crimes—dozens of them alleged child molestations—were barely investigated or completely uninvestigated after being reported to Arpaio's office... More »

FBI Urged to Broaden Definition of Rape

Crime stats don't reflect reality, top cops say

(Newser) - Many more rapes take place in the US than the FBI's figures suggest, say campaigners urging the federal government to broaden its definition of rape. The FBI's definition, written more than 80 years ago, defines rape as "the carnal knowledge of a female, forcibly and against her... More »

Queen's Pilot Confesses to Sex Murders

Commander guilty of dozens of underwear fetish break-ins

(Newser) - A Canadian Air Force commander who piloted planes for many heads of state, including Queen Elizabeth II, has pleaded guilty to a series of sex crimes that culminated in the murder of two women. Col. Russell Williams, who commanded Canada's largest air base, stole hundreds of pairs of underwear in... More »

EMT With 'Fireman's Key' Busted in NYC Rapes

Alleged rapist once honored for bravery by FDNY

(Newser) - A decorated New York City EMT with special access to grates and elevators via a universal 'fireman's key' has been arrested in a string of armed sexual assaults starting in 2001. Earlier this month an 11-year-old girl was raped in a Brooklyn elevator; Police now believe Angus Pascall used the... More »

CIA 'Star' Pleads Guilty to Rape

Former Algeria station chief faces up to decade in prison

(Newser) - A former CIA station chief officials once described as a "rising star" in the organization has pleaded guilty to drugging and raping a Muslim woman in Algeria. Andrew Warren, 42, will be held in federal custody until he is sentenced, and could face up to a decade in jail,... More »

Girl, 8: I Lied About Boys Raping Me

Brit was worried mom would think her 'naughty'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old British girl admitted today in court that she lied about two 10-year-old boys having raped her because she was worried that her mother would deny her sweets for having been "a tiny bit naughty." Prodded by a defense attorney, the girl admitted she was with the... More »

Boys, 10 and 11, on Trial for Rape

British pair accused of raping 8-year-old

(Newser) - Two of the youngest defendants in British history went on trial in London yesterday for the rape of an 8-year-girl. The girl, clutching a teddy bear, testified via videolink from a different room in the courthouse how the boys had taken her scooter away and said she wouldn't get it... More »

Polanski Files New Appeal

Lawyers allege judicial misconduct in 1977 case

(Newser) - Roman Polanski's lawyers filed a new appeal yesterday, alleging judicial misconduct in the director's 1977 case. Polanski's team says that a prosecutor from the case gave secret testimony on the matter earlier this year. They are now asking for the transcripts of the testimony to be unsealed. They are also... More »

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