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DNA Clears Man in Prison for 16 Years for Rape

'Shaky witness' testimony erroneously landed Luis Vargas in jail in 1999

(Newser) - A California man imprisoned for 16 years for sexual assault was exonerated Monday after DNA tests showed another man committed the crimes, USA Today reports. Luis Vargas, 46, broke down when an LA Superior Court judge granted a petition to release him from his sentence of 55 years to life... More »

Bloomingdale's Bashed for Holiday 'Date Rape' Ad

The overwhelming response to the ad has been 'creepy'

(Newser) - "Bloomingdale's must be pleased everyone is too distracted by red cups to notice its pro-roofie holiday ad," tweets one Washington Post writer. That's right, another company has found itself in some holiday hot water this week. The Wall Street Journal reports the Internet is in an... More »

Woman Jailed After Pretending to Be Man for Sex With Pal

Gayle Newland gets 8 years for sexual assault

(Newser) - A British woman who pretended to be a man to have sex with a female friend has been sentenced to eight years in prison for sexual assault. Prosecutors say 25-year-old Gayle Newland went to great lengths to create a male persona, setting up a Facebook account in the name "... More »

1K Cops in 6 Years Lost Badges for Sex Misconduct

AP investigation highlights a system rife with underreporting

(Newser) - In a yearlong investigation it calls "jolting," the AP takes a look at instances of sexual misconduct among the nation's law enforcement and finds at least 1,000 police officers who lost their badges over a period of six years for offenses ranging from rape and sex... More »

Prep School Sex Convict Gets a Year in Jail

Owen Labrie also ordered to serve probation

(Newser) - The graduate of an elite New Hampshire prep school has been sentenced to a year in county jail for sexually assaulting an underage classmate as part of a game of sexual conquest on the campus. A judge on Thursday also ordered 20-year-old Owen Labrie to serve probation. Labrie, of Tunbridge,... More »

2 Teens Arrested for Raping Toddler in India's Capital

In separate incident, 3 men are arrested for gang-rape of 5-year-old

(Newser) - Police arrested two teenagers Sunday for allegedly raping a toddler in New Delhi, the latest incident of sexual violence against a young child in the Indian capital. Police said they questioned more than 250 residents of the western Delhi neighborhood where the 2 1/2-year-old girl was raped and left bleeding... More »

Babysitter Who Had Sex With 11-Year-Old Boy Avoids Jail

Judge says her immaturity and boy's maturity 'narrows the arithmetic age gap'

(Newser) - A 21-year-old UK babysitter who admits to having sexual intercourse last November with the 11-year-old boy in her care has been spared a prison term in a controversial court ruling, reports the Guardian . Jade Hatt, who admitted to police that she straddled the boy, took off her clothes and then... More »

New Cosby Accuser Alleges He Stole Her Underwear

Another says she was drugged, woke up with 'naked people' nearby

(Newser) - Bill Cosby has three new accusers to add to the growing list of more than 40. In a Wednesday news conference with lawyer Gloria Allred, Sharon Van Ert said Cosby walked her to her car after she left a California jazz club in 1976, reports Reuters . She says she blacked... More »

Warren Jeffs' Kids Say He Molested Them

New accusations against the polygamous Mormon sect leader

(Newser) - Two adult children of imprisoned, polygamous Mormon sect leader Warren Jeffs tell CNN Jeffs sexually abused them as children. Becky and Roy Jeffs recently left the 10,000-member Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints; two of Jeffs' other children have done the same. Becky Jeffs tells CNN... More »

Saudi Prince, 28, Accused of Sex Assault at LA Mansion

Majed Abdulaziz al-Saud allegedly tried to force a worker to perform oral sex on him

(Newser) - A Saudi prince was arrested Wednesday in Los Angeles for allegedly attempting to force a worker to perform oral sex on him, the Los Angeles Times reports. A neighbor tells the paper that someone described as "a resident" reportedly saw a bloody woman attempting to climb over the 8-foot-high... More »

Sex Assault? Syracuse Yanks Kiss Cam After Complaint

Writer says displays not only encourage assault, but may have been assault

(Newser) - The "Kiss Cam" at Syracuse University's Carrier Dome is gone and won't be back until officials have had a chance to review a letter claiming it eggs on sexual assault, the Post-Standard reports. Steve Port says he was at a Sept. 12 football game between the school'... More »

Students: Here's How Often We Get Raped

Survey adds to 'rape crisis' data in US colleges

(Newser) - A new survey only adds to the growing perception that there's a rape crisis in US colleges, the Washington Post reports. According to 150,000 students responding at 27 schools, more than one in five female undergraduates have been sexually assaulted (including forced kissing or groping) and 11% experienced... More »

Cosby Accusers Are 'Unrapeable' Money Hustlers, Actor Says

Damon Wayans wades into controversy over Bill Cosby rape allegations

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's accusers? "Unrapeable." Their accusations? "A money hustle." So said Damon Wayans in a radio interview with "The Breakfast Club" on Power 105 in New York City on Friday. "If I was him, I would divorce my wife, wink-wink, give her all... More »

TSA Officer Accused of Molesting Passenger

Police say he lured her into a bathroom at LaGuardia

(Newser) - A Transportation Security Administration officer has been arrested after police say he molested a female passenger after luring her into a bathroom at LaGuardia Airport. A Port Authority police spokesman says 40-year-old Maxie Oquendo was arrested last night. Prosecutors say Oquendo approached the 21-year-old woman on Tuesday as she was... More »

Teen Cleared of Most Serious Charge in Prep School Rape Case

Owen Labrie convicted of misdemeanor sexual assault

(Newser) - The man accused of raping a 15-year-old girl while they were students at a prestigious New Hampshire boarding school was found guilty of misdemeanor sexual assault but acquitted of more serious felony charges today, the Boston Globe reports. The victim claims Owen Labrie, 18 at the time, forced sexual intercourse... More »

Alleged Teen Rapist: 'Divine Inspiration' Stopped Me

NH detective says Owen Labrie told her 'he had a moment of self-restraint'

(Newser) - The rape trial of former prep-school student Owen Labrie continued in New Hampshire yesterday, and a Concord police detective took the stand to testify about her interactions with the 19-year-old when she questioned him about the alleged May 2014 assault on a 15-year-old freshman, the AP reports. "He was... More »

Signs 'Welcome' Freshman Girls in Worst Way Possible

Old Dominion University president decries 'freshman daughter drop off' banners

(Newser) - Students, college officials, and the public at large are infuriated after banners hung from a private house near Virginia's Old Dominion University "welcomed" this year's freshman class with banners described by WAVY as "upsetting." A photo captured in a screengrab by the Huffington Post (which... More »

Cops: Counselor Promised Harvard Admission for Sex

Female prep school official accused of trying to seduce 16-year-old boy

(Newser) - A Harvard graduate with an impeccable Ivy League resumé has been charged with repeatedly attempting to have sex with a student at an elite all-boys prep school in Pennsylvania, even promising the teen she would get him into her alma mater if he did what she wanted, the New York ... More »

Alleged Victim on Prep School Rape: 'I Felt Frozen'

'I didn't want to offend him,' she said on the stand

(Newser) - Disturbing details of the alleged rape gripping St. Paul's School were laid out yesterday in the second day of Owen Labrie's trial in Concord, NH. The alleged victim, then 15, says she initially declined to meet Labrie, then 18, on the roof of a campus building as part... More »

Women Recall Rapes Accurately Even While Intoxicated

They may not remember as much, but what they do is trustworthy

(Newser) - Undergoing questioning as a rape victim is difficult, but even more so if the victim is made to feel her recollections are untrustworthy—a reaction that's more probable if she was intoxicated during the assault. "Out of these concerns, the police might forgo interviewing victims," University of... More »

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