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More Rape Charges Against Reality Show Doctor, Girlfriend

California surgeon and his partner are accused in crimes against 7 victims now

(Newser) - A California surgeon and his girlfriend were charged Wednesday with crimes against five additional victims in addition to two women they were previously charged with drugging and sexually assaulting. Dr. Grant Robicheaux, 38, and his girlfriend, Cerissa Riley, 31, were charged with rape by use of drugs, kidnapping with the... More »

After 1am Traffic Stop, It's the Cop Who's Charged

Maryland's Ryan Macklin accused of forcing woman into sex act

(Newser) - A Maryland police officer has been stripped of his badge amid charges that he raped an undocumented immigrant during a traffic stop. Ryan Macklin, a six-year veteran of the Prince George Police Department, was suspended without pay hours after the woman showed up to police headquarters to report the incident,... More »

Rape Kit That Sat Untested for 11 Years Turns Up a Match

Darin Bolar arrested for kidnapping, rape of 14-year-old Seattle girl in 2007

(Newser) - In October 2007, a 14-year-old girl was kidnapped while looking for a pay phone in the Beacon Hill section of Seattle and repeatedly raped by her abductor over the next couple of days before escaping. Now, 11 years later, police may have their man—but they may have had him... More »

Man at Heart of Nobel Literature Scandal Convicted of Rape

Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, sentenced Monday to 2 years in prison

(Newser) - The man at the center of a sex abuse and financial crimes scandal in Sweden that has tarnished the academy that awards the Nobel Prize in Literature was convicted of rape and sentenced Monday to two years in prison. Jean-Claude Arnault, 72, a major cultural figure in Sweden, had faced... More »

Ronaldo Accuser: He Raped Me, Said He's 'Usually a Gentleman'

Lawsuit brought by Kathryn Mayorga says soccer star sodomized her in Las Vegas hotel

(Newser) - "She was supposed to be invisible, damned to silence. … Her name is Kathryn." That's how this weekend's Der Spiegel article starts, and it's about Kathryn Mayorga, a 34-year-old American who filed a lawsuit Friday against Portuguese soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, accusing him of raping... More »

Teen Reported Her Rape, and Texas City Abandoned Her

'Washington Post' revisits what Amber Wyatt said happened in 2006

(Newser) - Amber Wyatt said she was raped by two seniors at a party on Aug. 11, 2006. The next month, the word "FAITH" started appearing on cars of fellow students at James Martin High School. It wasn't a declaration of solidarity with Wyatt, then 16, but rather a vulgar... More »

What Happened Inside Sen. Flake's Head?

Ana María Archila and Maria Gallagher made an angry impact

(Newser) - Did two women just affect the course of Supreme Court history? One of the women who angrily confronted Sen. Jeff Flake outside an elevator Thursday—perhaps influencing him to demand an FBI investigation into sexual-assault claims against Brett Kavanaugh—says they did alter things. "His reaction shows the power... More »

Inspired by Ford, Woman Makes an Accusation

Candace Faber points finger at Washington State Sen. Joe Fain

(Newser) - A woman has accused a Washington state lawmaker of raping her 11 years ago, saying she was inspired to speak out as she watched the televised allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, the AP reports. The lawmaker denied the claim. In a tweet Thursday afternoon, Candace Faber said Republican... More »

Here's What Kavanaugh's 3rd Accuser Alleges

Julie Swetnick's sworn declaration is released by Michael Avenatti

(Newser) - Michael Avenatti on Wednesday tweeted a copy of a sworn declaration from Julie Swetnick—the third woman to accuse Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. In it, she describes meeting Kavanaugh and Mark Judge—friends so close they were "joined at the hip"—around 1980 or 1981 at a... More »

Padma Lakshmi: 'I Let My Rapist Off the Hook'

But now she's telling her story in the New York Times

(Newser) - "I think if I had at the time named what happened to me as rape—and told others—I might have suffered less," writes Padma Lakshmi in a New York Times op-ed. "Looking back ... I let my rapist off the hook and I let my 16-year-old self... More »

Man Who Attacked Woman Gets 'Breathtaking' Deal

Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting woman in Anchorage

(Newser) - An Alaska man ducked prison time Wednesday in a deal the presiding judge called "breathtaking." Justin Schneider, 34, pleaded guilty to assaulting a woman who says he strangled her unconscious and masturbated on her prone body, CNN reports. Charged with four felonies including assault and kidnapping, Schneider cut... More »

Serial Rape Suspect Arrested After 27 Years

California authorities say they have the 'NorCal Rapist' in custody, thanks to DNA

(Newser) - It's taken nearly three decades, but California authorities think they've finally nabbed the "NorCal Rapist." At a Friday presser, Sacramento Police Chief Daniel Hahn and Sacramento County DA Anne Marie Schubert said Roy Charles Waller, 58, was arrested Thursday as he showed up to work at... More »

17th-Century Sailor Admits Rape in Concealed Diary Entry

'I did not enter her body, all though I did attempt something in that nature'

(Newser) - The elegant script and color illustrations of Edward Barlow's 225,000-word diary documenting the 17th-century sailor's life at sea have been admired for some 300 years. Hidden beneath was his darkest secret: a note providing what the Guardian calls an "excruciatingly frank account" of his rape of... More »

Calif. Surgeon, Girlfriend May Have Raped Hundreds

California prosecutors say they drugged victims

(Newser) - "We've all heard of a wolf in sheep's clothing," Orange County DA Tony Rackauckas told reporters Tuesday. "Well, a wolf can wear scrubs or doctor's clothing. Or a wolf can be a beautiful woman." Rackauckas announced that a prominent surgeon and his girlfriend... More »

He Raped Her at Gunpoint. 6 Years Later, Revenge

Spotted by victim at subway, Antonio White gets life in prison

(Newser) - A woman raped in 2007 had the jarring experience of spotting her rapist six years later in an Atlanta subway station, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution . At that point, she didn't think much about what to do next. "She was overcome by the moment and began to yell... More »

Suit: MSU Knew About Video of Nassar Raping Teen in 1992

Former athletic director George Perles accused in cover-up

(Newser) - Michigan State University had knowledge of a videotape showing Larry Nassar raping a 17-year-old field hockey player some 25 years before his downfall, according to a new lawsuit. The federal suit filed Monday on behalf of several plaintiffs specifically describes Erika Davis visiting the MSU sports doctor for help with... More »

A Decade Later, Serial Rapist Sunk by Family Ties: Cops

Genealogy data identifies NC's Darold Bowden, accused in 6 rapes

(Newser) - Online genealogical data led authorities to the suspected Golden State Killer. Now it may have identified the "Ramsey Street Rapist" responsible for at least six rapes in Fayetteville, NC, from March 2006 to January 2008, most following apartment break-ins in the area of Ramsey Street. Arrested shirtless at his... More »

Sentence for Doctor Guilty of Raping Patient Stuns Lawyers

Shafeeq Sheikh isn't going to prison

(Newser) - A former doctor in Houston found guilty of raping a sedated patient receiving treatment for a severe asthma attack doesn't have to serve a day in prison, a jury decided Friday. Shafeeq Sheikh was instead sentenced to 10 years' probation for the 2013 assault at Ben Taub hospital, the... More »

Weinstein Accuser's Emails: 'Hate Feeling Like a Booty Call'

Movie producer's lawyers hope emails derail her case by proving a consensual relationship

(Newser) - Before telling authorities Harvey Weinstein had raped her, his accuser sent emails after the alleged attack welcoming plans to get together, seeking advice, and telling him no one "understands me quite like you," per court papers his lawyers filed Friday. The woman, who hasn't been publicly IDed,... More »

Insurance Companies to Weinstein: Forget About It

Accused rapist is locked in a legal battle with his insurers

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein is locked in a messy battle with insurance companies over his steadily mounting legal bills, the AP reports. The insurance giant Chubb and other carriers that wrote liability policies for Weinstein and his film company are arguing in court that they shouldn't have to pay for his... More »

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