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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 »

Decorated Coach Accused of Molesting Preteen Gymnast

Police reportedly found thousands of images of child porn, too

(Newser) - An Olympic gymnastics coach was arrested Sunday on charges of molesting a preteen gymnast and keeping thousands of sexual images of young girls and boys in a safe at his home and a file cabinet at his gymnasium in Indianapolis, the Indy Star reports. Marvin Sharp, 48, coached two female... More »

Arkansas Cops Shred Duggar's Police Record

But online copy has details of child-molestation case

(Newser) - Arkansas cops destroyed Josh Duggar's police file last week, but an online copy is revealing details of his alleged sexual crimes . A judge ordered police to erase the records amid allegations that the reality TV star on 19 Kids and Counting had molested five underage girls as a teenager,... More »

Louis CK on SNL: Finally, Too Much?

The comic actor makes light of child molestation, racism

(Newser) - Louis CK gave a predictably polite, sensitive monologue yesterday on the closing night of SNL's 40th season—making light of racism, child molestation, and the Israel-Palestine conflict. "Child molesters are very tenacious people," CNN quotes him as saying. "From their point of view, it must be... More »

7th Heaven Dad: Yes, I Molested Girls

Stephen Collins admits to inappropriate sexual contact with minors

(Newser) - The accusations are true: 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins has confessed in a statement to People that he did, in fact, have inappropriate sexual contact with three minors. The 67-year-old says the incidents, which he "deeply regret[s]," took place between 1973 and 1994 and that he has "... More »

Cake's Ex-Drummer Could Spend Life in Prison

Peter Ivan McNeal sentenced for molesting girl, 3

(Newser) - Peter Ivan McNeal, who was the drummer for Cake from 2001 to 2004, was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison yesterday for molesting a 3-year-old girl, E! reports. McNeal was convicted last year of molesting the girl on Thanksgiving 2009 at a Hollywood Hills home where he was... More »

Honey Boo Boo Canceled After Child Molester Claims

TLC says it's ending show after reports of Mama June canoodling with ex-con

(Newser) - Little Alana Thompson's reality-TV career is over, at least on TLC. A TMZ report yesterday claimed that Here Comes Honey Boo Boo matriarch June Shannon is dating a convicted child molester who abused one of Shannon's own 8-year-old relatives—and now TLC has officially axed the hit show.... More »

Alleged Stephen Collins Victim: His Kid's Babysitter

Details trickle out in scandal surrounding '7th Heaven' dad

(Newser) - One of the victims in the alleged child molestation scandal swirling around 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins may have been a babysitter who watched Collins' daughter in the mid-1990s; she was a preteen at the time. The information comes from an email from Collins' estranged wife, Faye Grant, to another... More »

7th Heaven Dad Dumped From Scandal Over Scandal

Stephen Collins pulled from upcoming episode

(Newser) - Stephen Collins continues to lose jobs in the wake of his child molestation scandal : Scandal is the latest to dump the 7th Heaven actor, with ABC confirming to the Huffington Post that his appearance in an upcoming episode has been pulled. He first appeared in the show, playing a reporter,... More »

7th Heaven Dad Allegedly Confessed to Molesting Kids

Stephen Collins now reportedly under investigation

(Newser) - Well, this is disturbing: Stephen Collins, who played the patriarch—not to mention the pastor—on 7th Heaven, has allegedly confessed to molesting underage girls. Collins is going through a contentious divorce, and back in 2012 he told wife Faye Grant—in the presence of a therapist—about the incidents,... More »

Woman Molested Child ... When She Was a Man

Susan Elizabeth Rye pleads guilty to 1990 crime

(Newser) - Susan Elizabeth Rye was writing a book when she was arrested in Utah in January—"a fictional book about incest and the sexual abuse of children," says the Duchesne County prosecutor. Fast forward to yesterday, when Rye, 61, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual abuse for molesting... More »

Feminist 'Lynch Mob' Is Wrong on Woody Allen

Cathy Young: It's ridiculous to presume he's guilty based on dogma

(Newser) - In an essay at Time , Cathy Young takes issue with those in the "feminist camp" who are arguing so strongly that Woody Allen must be guilty of molesting daughter Dylan Farrow. The problem is that they're convicting him based on principle rather than on fact, writes Young. Women... More »

Woody Allen: Sex Abuse Claims 'Untrue, Disgraceful'

State attorney believed Allen molested his daughter

(Newser) - Woody Allen called Dylan Farrow's allegations of child molestation "untrue and disgraceful" a day after Farrow renewed claims dating back to Allen's tempestuous relationship with actress Mia Farrow in the early 1990s. The movie director's publicist Leslee Dart said in an email today that Allen has... More »

Alabama Lawmaker: Let's Castrate Child Molesters

Steve Hurst re-introduces bill

(Newser) - Steve Hurst, an Alabama state representative, is apparently determined to make surgical castration a legal punishment for child molesters. After a bill that would have done just that failed to make it past committee during the 2013 session, Hurst has re-submitted it for the 2014 session, the Florence Times Daily... More »

Mom Charged With Helping Jailed Boyfriend Rape Son

Sabrina Bonner, Lionel Barthelemy on trial in France

(Newser) - A mother in France is on trial for allegedly helping a man to rape her 4-year-old son. Sky News describes Lionel Barthelemy, 31, as the boy's stepfather but also as the boyfriend (not husband) of Sabrina Bonner, 25. Whatever the relationship, Bonner is accused of going to visit Barthelemy... More »

Guy Who Raped Stepchild: Give Me My Spousal Support

Ed Abar files to have alimony reinstated now that he's out of jail

(Newser) - Warning: This story may make you want to punch something. Ed Abar has filed to have the alimony his ex-wife used to pay him reinstated—even though he was convicted of raping his ex-wife's daughter, CBS 2 of Los Angeles reports. Carol Abar married Ed in 1991, when her... More »

Texas Teacher: I'm Too Racist to Molest Black Student

Esther Irene Stokes denies touching 7-year-old, was fired Tuesday

(Newser) - Texas elementary school teacher Esther Irene Stokes had a novel defense to an accusation she fondled a 7-year-old student—Stokes said she's too racist to have touched a black child, reports Raw Story via the Houston Chronicle . The girl claimed that Stokes touched her "private part," outside... More »

2nd LA Teacher Accused of Widespread Sex Abuse

Robert Pimentel arrested, accused of abusing 20 students

(Newser) - A fourth-grade teacher who worked for nearly 40 years in the Los Angeles Unified School District has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing 20 students, a year after another veteran teacher accused of molesting nearly two dozen students brought national attention to the district and the problem of classroom... More »

Texas Millionaire Hit With 11 Counts of Child Molestation

Stanley Marsh 3 faces 20 years in prison

(Newser) - Texas millionaire and eccentric artist Stanley Marsh 3 has been charged with 11 felony counts of child molestation. Police sought the 74-year-old, whose claim to fame is his "Cadillac Ranch" display along a Texas interstate, following a series of lawsuits saying he paid 10 teens to perform sex acts.... More »

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