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Nassar Attorney Has 'Hard Time' Buying Accusers' Stories

Shannon Smith called 'vile' by victims' attorney for saying number of accusers was 'really extreme'

(Newser) - The dozens of victims who spoke at Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing earlier this month served up scathing rebukes against the ex-USA Gymnastics doctor, who received up to 175 years in prison for his crimes. One person not as moved by their testimony: a Nassar defense attorney, who said during... More »

Scott Baio Says He Didn't Molest Underage Co-Star

'What I'm being accused of is horrible'

(Newser) - "Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep," Nicole Eggert tweeted Saturday, setting off a storm of claims and counterclaims between her and her former Charles in Charge co-star. In later tweets, Eggert, 46, said the inappropriate behavior had started... More »

Ex-Husband: Judy Garland Was Groped by Munchkins on Oz Set

'They thought they could get away with anything because they were so small'

(Newser) - Judy Garland's third husband has a posthumous memoir out, and parts of it will be very uncomfortable reading for Wizard of Oz fans. In Judy and I: My Life With Judy Garland, Sid Luft claims that the 16-year-old Garland was groped by Munchkins on set, People reports. "They... More »

Ex-Lawyer Who Put Clients in Trance to Molest Them Learns His Fate

Women would leave Michael Fine's office with foggy memories after consultations

(Newser) - How does someone abduct someone else without ever leaving the room they started out in? The AP and Washington Post report ex-lawyer Michael Fine of Ohio is going to prison for just that after pleading guilty to kidnapping and attempted kidnapping charges involving six female clients who said he hypnotized... 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 »

Syracuse Fires Coach in Wake of Molestation Claims

Bernie Fine's employment terminated, 'effective immediately'

(Newser) - Syracuse University has fired associate head basketball coach Bernie Fine in the wake of an investigation of child molestation allegations against him. "At the direction of Chancellor Cantor, Bernie Fine's employment with Syracuse University has been terminated, effective immediately," the school's senior vice president for public... More »

Victim Gets Molester to Confess ... on YouTube

Man tracks down alleged attacker 40 years later, questions him on video

(Newser) - A man who was molested 40 years ago not only tracked his alleged attacker down and got him to confess … he got him to confess on YouTube. Ron Tebo, 47, claims he and a younger sister were sexually assaulted in 1970 by a teenage neighbor. He decided to track... More »

Mom: My Boy Was Molested by Kindergarten Classmates

She's suing NYC schools for bathroom attack

(Newser) - A Queens mother is suing the New York City school district after reporting that her 5-year-old son was sexually assaulted in his school bathroom by four kindergarten classmates. "I couldn't believe this was happening to my son," mom Yenny Valero told the New York Daily News . "I... More »

Donald Duck Molested Me: Disney World Lawsuit

Woman sues Disney for $200K over alleged boob grab

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania woman is suing Disney World, alleging that an employee in a Donald Duck costume felt her up in the autograph line at Epcot 2 years ago. That didn’t just embarrass 27-year-old April Magolon, the lawsuit alleges, but caused “severe physical injury” and a “shock to... More »

36 USA Swimming Coaches Molested Teen Athletes

Families sue coaching authority for lax oversight

(Newser) - USA Swimming has been rocked by the disclosure that 36 coaches have been banned for life for molesting teen athletes over the last 10 years, according to a suit brought by victims' families. Coaches secretly videotaped, fondled, and were otherwise indecent with their charges, court papers reveal. One coach in... More »

Man Pleads No Contest in Killing of His Alleged Molester

Victim, 32, was 'pushed to breaking point'

(Newser) - A week before he was to stand trial for the murder of the former Boy Scout leader he says molested him as a child, a California man has reached a deal to plead no contest to voluntary manslaughter, a charge that will bring anywhere from probation to 10 years in... More »

Parents Track Sex Offender Homes for Halloween

But critics warn that friends, family members are responsible for most kid assaults

(Newser) - Parents are preparing for their kids' trick or treating this year with a costume, candy bag—and a map of all the sex offenders in the neighborhood. Concerned families are turning to an iPhone application locating sex offender addresses to plan routes on the spooky night. "With Halloween, I'm... More »

Federal Judge Gets 3 Years in Sex Abuse Case

Congressmen press for resignation of Kent in first-ever such case

(Newser) - A Texas judge was sentenced yesterday to 33 months in prison for lying to investigators in the first sex abuse case ever against a sitting federal judge, the AP reports. Samuel Kent pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice in February; five sex-crimes charges related to two female employees were dismissed.... More »

Pedophile Plotters Convicted in Landmark Case

(Newser) - An international pedophile gang that preyed on infants through teens has been convicted in a groundbreaking case in Scotland that sentenced lawbreakers for the first time for conspiring to carry out sex attacks, reports the Times of London. The eight men will be imprisoned for an indefinite period until they... More »

Pope Will Address Abuse Crisis During US Visit

Pontiff aims 'to open the path of healing and reconciliation'

(Newser) - Pope Benedict XVI will address the clergy sex-abuse crisis during his visit to the US next week, a top aide tells the AP. The pontiff, who begins the six-day trip Tuesday in Washington, "will try to open the path of healing and reconciliation" during a mass for clergy members... More »

Remains Sought in UK Kid Home

140 adults have come forward with abuse complaints at children's institution

(Newser) - British officials who discovered the remains of a youngster in a children's home fear there could be at least six other bodies beneath the concrete floors, reports the Guardian. Complaints of abuse launched an investigation of the home, which has been closed for years, and other government institutions on the... More »

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