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Megachurch Founder Accused of Molesting 4-Year-Old

Girl told police Bob Coy abused her for years

(Newser) - The founder of one of Florida's biggest megachurches was in 2015 accused of molesting a young girl for years, starting when she was just four years old, the Miami New Times reveals for the first time. In August 2015, a woman contacted police to say she had discovered that... More »

Plane Passenger Reads Man's Chilling Texts, Alerts Crew

Woman called a 'hero' after alleged child predators charged

(Newser) - An airline passenger is being hailed as a "hero" after she helped stop two suspected child predators—whom she uncovered by glancing at text messages easily read over a fellow passenger's shoulder. According to police, the unnamed Seattle-area preschool teacher became alarmed after spotting "certain words" in... More »

Judge Orders Child Molester to Stop Living Near Victim

Harold English had moved in next-door upon his release from prison

(Newser) - A woman who was molested as a child by her uncle has won a measure of relief from a court in Oklahoma: Her molester must stop living next door to her. Last week, a judge ruled that Harold English, 65, cannot be within 1,000 feet of Danyelle Dyer, 21,... More »

Child Molester Allowed to Live Next Door to His Victim

Danyelle Dyer hoping to change law in Oklahoma

(Newser) - Earlier this month, 21-year-old Danyelle Dyer happened to see her new next-door neighbor in Bristow, Oklahoma, out mowing the lawn. As she tells People , Dyer instantly recognized him—he'd been convicted of molesting her 14 years earlier. Dyer and her parents sought the help of authorities to make Harold... More »

Navy SEAL Arrested on Child Porn, Molestation Charges

Gregory Seerden was being investigated on suspicion of rape

(Newser) - A Navy SEAL has been arrested after authorities say they found 78 images of apparent child pornography on his phone, including videos of the SEAL molesting a young girl while she slept, the Virginian-Pilot reports. According to the AP , Petty Officer 1st Class Gregory Seerden was arrested April 3 in... More »

Woman Says Gymnastics Doc Molested Her for Years

Larry Nassar will now face criminal charges in addition to multiple civil suits

(Newser) - A former US Gymnastics doctor already facing federal child pornography charges and dozens of civil lawsuits from gymnasts who say he molested them will have to stand trial for criminal sexual conduct, a Michigan judge has ruled. CBS News reports the decision was made after a 25-year-old woman testified against... More »

Woman Becomes Cop, Catches Her Childhood Molester

She wore a wire while Erlis Chaisson confessed to his crimes

(Newser) - A Texas woman molested for four years as a child brought her abuser to justice as a cop more than a decade later, the Daily Beast reports. The unnamed victim says Erlis Chaisson, a family member, started sexually abusing her in the mid-'90s when she was 8 years old.... More »

Teen Who Impregnated Teacher Gets $6M From District

He says district officials knew about the abuse but didn't stop it

(Newser) - A former student who impregnated a California high-school teacher received a $6 million settlement from the school district Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim's attorney, Vince Finaldi, says it's the largest child sexual abuse settlement against a public entity in US history, reports the Redlands Daily ... More »

Documents: Michael Jackson Had Horrifying Porn Collection

'Images of pornography, animal torture, S&M, and gore'

(Newser) - Radar Online claims to have obtained official documents depicting the “images of pornography, animal torture, S&M, and gore” that Michael Jackson allegedly used while molesting children at Neverland Ranch. “The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of... More »

LA Pride Suspect Fled a Child Molestation Probe

He allegedly had sex with 12-year-old

(Newser) - It still isn't clear what James Howell was doing en route to an LA Pride event with weapons and explosives in his car—police say he had no connection to the Orlando shooting—but we now know more about him: The 20-year-old Indiana man was charged with child molestation... More »

Elijah Wood Dials Sex Abuse Comments Way Back

Turns out he was just remarking on news articles, documentary

(Newser) - In a series of tweets Monday , Elijah Wood rolled his comments about pedophiles in Hollywood way, way back. "The Sunday Times interviewed me about my latest film but the story became about something else entirely. It prompted a number of false and misleading headlines," Wood tweeted. "I... More »

Reports: Joe Paterno Knew About Sexual Abuse for Decades

And 6 other coaches had witnessed it as far back as 1976

(Newser) - According to new reports, legendary Penn State football coach Joe Paterno may have known about Jerry Sandusky molesting children as far back as 1971—a full 30 years earlier than he had previously claimed. Based on court documents and inside sources, NBC News reports up to six assistant coaches had... 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 »

Jared Fogle's Disturbing Text History Revealed

'I'll pay you big for a 14- or 15-year-old'

(Newser) - When former Subway pitchman Jared Fogle was sentenced to more than 15 years in prison , the judge said he "went to great lengths to engage in commercial sex acts with underage minors." Thanks to Fogle appealing his sentence, we now know what more of those lengths were, the... More »

Ex-Cop Hears Verdict, Drinks Poison

Georgia man had been found guilty of molesting family member

(Newser) - A retired cop in Georgia tried to end his life as soon as he discovered that he was likely to spend the rest of it in prison for molesting a young girl. Kelless Twohearts Lory, 58, drank what authorities say was a poisonous liquid from a vitamin bottle when a... More »

Hundreds of Military Kids Sexually Abused Each Year

The AP reveals Defense Department data

(Newser) - Cpl. Aaron Masa became fast friends with a fellow Marine during field training in North Carolina. But behind his buddy's back, Masa was sexually abusing his friend's 3-year-old stepdaughter. He also took sexually explicit photos of the girl and the Marine's infant daughter. The case, in which... More »

Coroner: Ex-Olympic Coach Killed Himself in Cell

Marvin Sharp was facing child sex charges

(Newser) - An award-winning gymnastics coach facing disgrace and a long prison sentence suffocated himself in his jail cell, according to the Marion County Coroner's Office. Indianapolis resident Marvin Sharp, the USA Gymnastics 2010 coach of the year, was found dead on Sept. 19 , weeks after his arrest on three counts... More »

Cop in Sexting Case Kills Self to Avoid Arrest

He was accused of inappropriate contact with children

(Newser) - If you thought there was something fishy about police who were investigating a sexting case trying to obtain photos of a teen's erect penis , you may have been onto something. The lead investigator in that case, David Edward Abbott, killed himself Tuesday morning when officers showed up at his... More »

19 Accuse Former Scoutmaster of Sexual Abuse

One plaintiff claims he was molested more than 1,000 times

(Newser) - In a potentially historic lawsuit, 17 former scouts and two women have sued the Boy Scouts of America claiming a Connecticut scoutmaster sexually abused them hundreds of times over a period of 12 years in the 1960s and 1970s, the Hartford Courant reports. “Our nationwide search shows it was... More »

Ex-Olympic Coach Found Dead in Jail Cell

Marvin Sharp was facing several felony charges

(Newser) - An award-winning gymnastic coach charged with crimes against underage children was found dead yesterday in his jail cell, WRTV Indianapolis reports. Authorities say Marvin Sharp, 49, took his own life but gave no further details. Arrested just last month, Sharp was accused of molesting a preteen gymnast and storing thousands... More »

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