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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 »

Boy Scouts Hid Child Molesters: 'Perversion Files'

400 reviewed cases weren't reported to police

(Newser) - Details from the Boy Scouts' so-called " perversion files "—a decades-old blacklist of child abusers within the organization—are continuing to emerge, and the results aren't pretty. The group helped cover up instances of abuse, as suspects left the Boy Scouts with excuses ranging from "chronic... More »

Behind Disney Town's First Murder, a Dark Past

Matteo Patrick Giovanditto accused of a history of child sex abuse

(Newser) - Celebration, Florida—a subdivision created by Disney in the 1990s— saw its first murder over Thanksgiving 2010. In an extensive Daily Beast article, Barbara Spindel and Maria Elena Fernandez report on the victim, Matteo Patrick Giovanditto, and reveal troubling information about his past. David-Israel Zenon Murillo, the 30-year-old transient accused... More »

Witness: I Saw Sandusky, Booster Molesting Boys

Witness comes forward as part of child porn investigation

(Newser) - The horrifying allegations against Jerry Sandusky seem to have no end: Now a witness says he saw the former Penn State coach and a prominent booster from the school sexually abusing two boys on a private plane. The witness has spoken to the US Postal Inspectors and the FBI as... More »

'Perversion Files' Didn't Block Boy Scout Abusers

Child molesters re-entered organization more than 125 times

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America has long relied on a secret blacklist to keep perverts at bay, but that system hasn't worked too well, the LA Times reports. The paper's review of more than 1,200 files from the 1970s and '80s showed that men suspected of... More »

Bunny Toy Helps Agents Crack Vast Porn Ring

'Family Matters' episode, water bottle also provide crucial information

(Newser) - A toy bunny, a water bottle, and an episode of Family Matters all helped investigators unravel a child pornography ring that ran around the world. Investigators noticed the bunny in a photo of a half-naked 18-month-old boy that one molester thought he was sending to another—but actually emailed to... More »

In Jail, Sandusky Faces Taunts, Suicide Watch

Was taunted by fellow prisoners during his last jail stint

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky is back behind bars and again on suicide watch following his conviction Friday of sexually abusing 10 boys. And he's probably not having a great time at the Centre County Correctional Facility, where he also spent a night in December before being released on bail: The Daily... More »

Sandusky Juror: His Reaction Was 'Confirmation'

Former coach seemed to expect and accept guilty verdicts

(Newser) - Jerry Sandusky spent his first night as a prisoner isolated from other inmates and on a precautionary suicide watch, reports CNN . One of the jurors who sent him behind bars , meanwhile, said Sandusky's lack of emotion in court last night spoke volumes. "I looked at him during the... More »

No Charges for Dad Who Killed Daughter's Molester

Grand jury decides Texas dad used 'authorized deadly force'

(Newser) - A Texas father who beat a man to death when he found him molesting his 5-year-old daughter will not be charged. A grand jury reviewed the evidence and agreed with police that the 23-year-old dad used authorized deadly force to protect his daughter, CNN reports. Jesus Mora Flores, 47, died... More »

Prosecution Rests Vs. Sandusky, Drops 1 Count

Defense begins calling witnesses; Sandusky could testify

(Newser) - Prosecutors rested their case against Jerry Sandusky this morning, clearing the way for the defense to begin calling witnesses that could include the former Penn State assistant football coach himself. The prosecution earlier dropped one of the 52 counts against Sandusky, citing a timing issue in the encounter, which took... More »

Jehovah's Witnesses Must Pay $21M in Molestation

Church kept member's history of abuse secret

(Newser) - A California jury says the Jehovah's Witnesses must shoulder part of the blame for the alleged molestation of a girl by one of its members. The jury's verdict orders the religious group to pay a record $21 million in punitive damages to the victim, now 26, reports MSNBC... More »

Boy Scouts Must Release 'Perversion Files': Court

Documents reveal molestation suspects across 2 decades

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America has two decades' worth of documents on 1,200 suspected child molesters in the organization—and the long-secret files are set to go public. A court has ruled that the "perversion files," cited by attorneys in a 2010 lawsuit, are public record. That... More »

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