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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 »

Accused Rapist Spills on Prep School's Sexual Conquest Rite

Older students take 'great pride' in stealing younger ones' virginity: ex-prefect

(Newser) - St. Paul's School boasts a glittering roster of alumni that includes senators, congressmen, a Nobel laureate, and the current secretary of state. The elite prep school also allegedly has a sordid tradition of sexual conquest in which graduating boys try to take the virginity of younger girls before getting... More »

Accuser: Cosby Gave Me Spiked Drink in Gucci Shoe

'A princess should always drink champagne out of a glass slipper,' he allegedly said

(Newser) - Three more women are accusing Bill Cosby of sexual assault and harassment, and the details are among the most graphic yet. "It is my turn to take the empty chair," an emotional Linda Ridgeway Whitedeer said at a press conference yesterday in Gloria Allred's office, referring to... More »

Sweden Lets Assange Off Hook on Some Sex Charges

Statute of limitations has expired, but other rape allegations are still pending

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped two cases of sexual crimes against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because they've expired, but they'll continue to investigate accusations of rape against him. The Swedish Prosecution Authority says it has been unable to charge the 44-year-old Australian, who escaped a Swedish arrest... More »

Woman: Cops Did Forced Cavity Search in Parking Lot

Charnesia Corley says she didn't give consent for vaginal search

(Newser) - A 21-year-old Texas woman with no criminal record has accused Harris County cops of pulling her over for allegedly running a stop sign, claiming they smelled pot, then conducting a body cavity search on her in a gas station parking lot, the Guardian reports. "I feel like they sexually... More »

College Demands Sexual History of Alleged Rape Victim

Virginia Wesleyan College wants names of anyone she's ever had relationship with

(Newser) - A woman is suing Virginia Wesleyan College for $10 million after she says she was drugged and raped during freshman orientation in 2012, but the school is digging in. The college's lawyers have been battling with a lawyer for the student, "Jane Doe," for her complete sexual... More »

Cosby Faces New Deposition in Playboy Mansion Lawsuit

Woman says comedian assaulted her in '70s when she was 15

(Newser) - The world may soon get another dose of Bill Cosby TMI : The beleaguered comedian must next answer questions regarding a woman who says he sexually assaulted her in 1974 at the Playboy Mansion, according to NBC News . A California judge ruled yesterday that he'll be deposed Oct. 9 in... More »

We Haven't Tested 70K Rape Kits, and Probably Lots More

'USA Today' investigation shows staggering number of languishing kits

(Newser) - Gathering forensic evidence after a sexual assault is a meticulous but invasive process that can take 3 to 6 hours, though it's a process that most victims hope will lead to catching their attackers. But according to what USA Today calls the "most detailed nationwide inventory of untested... More »

Cosby's Agent Dumps Him

Victims' group wants his Medal of Freedom revoked

(Newser) - Bill Cosby's acting career is incredibly unlikely to survive the news that he admitted drugging women before having sex with them , and it looks like his talent agency saw the writing on the wall months ago. CAA, which lured Cosby away from the William Morris agency in 2012, "... More »

We've Only Seen a Portion of Cosby's 2005 Deposition

Sources say the women involved in the case may ask judge to unseal it all

(Newser) - The bombshell testimony in which Bill Cosby admitted to drugging women before having sex with them might not be the last we hear from the comedian in regards to the sex-assault case. A lawyer for the plaintiff in the lawsuit— which was settled before trial in 2006 —says she... More »

Bill Cosby Confessed About Getting Drugs for Sex

Comedian testified about obtaining sedatives in 2005 lawsuit

(Newser) - Guess he's embarrassed now: In documents obtained by the AP , Bill Cosby testified during a 2005 court case that he obtained Quaaludes to drug women he sexually desired, and admitted to giving one woman and "other people" the sedative. Cosby was testifying in a lawsuit filed by former... More »

Journey Drummer Indicted on Rape, Slew of Charges

Deen Castronovo bombarded victim with texts, calls after order to stay away

(Newser) - Journey drummer Deen Castronovo was arrested in Oregon on June 14 and charged with misdemeanor assault and menacing, but he was released on $20,000 bail and told to stay away from the alleged victim, per the Statesman Journal . A few weeks later, he's back behind bars after reportedly... More »

Cosby Fights Release of 'Embarrassing' Court Docs

AP seeking release of decade-old settlement comedian made

(Newser) - A lawyer for Bill Cosby argued yesterday that it would be "terribly embarrassing" for the comedian if documents from a 2005 sex-assault lawsuit by former Temple University employee Andrea Constand were unsealed; the AP is seeking the release. The settlement was confidential. Cosby's lawyer argued that his client'... More »

Marital Rape Often Not Treated Like 'Normal' Rape

Several states still prosecute sex crimes differently for married couples

(Newser) - "Marital privilege" sounds more pleasant than what it actually refers to: exemptions written into state laws that treat marital rape differently than the rape of someone other than the perpetrator's spouse. And while RAINN notes that marital rape has technically been illegal in all 50 states and DC... More »

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