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'Rat' Polanski Deserves a Boycott

Confessed rapist 'has never shown remorse'

(Newser) - The Swiss government's decision to free Roman Polanski on a technicality is bad enough; the fact that a lawyer for the filmmaker and confessed rapist called the move "a great relief after the pain suffered by Roman Polanski and his family" is "the definitive textbook example of unmitigated... More »

Grammy-Winning Pianist Charged With Raping Boy

Founder of National Orchestra busted in Thailand

(Newser) - Acclaimed Grammy-winning Russian pianist and conductor Mikhail Vasilievich Pletnev has been charged with raping a 14-year-old boy in a Thai beach town. Pletnev, the founder of the Russian National Orchestra, was also charged with appearing in disturbing photos with several other boys, said a Thai police spokesman. Pletnev has been... More »

California Settles With Jaycee Dugard for $20M

State admits its parole officials failed in her kidnapping case

(Newser) - California lawmakers approved a $20 million settlement today with the family of Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped as a girl and held captive in a secret back yard for 18 years by a paroled sex offender. Dugard, 30, resurfaced last August with two daughters she bore with Phillip Garrido, a... More »

Mom Charged With Failure to Save Child From Beau

Daughter, 4, died with 80 bruises, fractured skull

(Newser) - In a rare court action a Houston mom is facing prosecution for failure to protect her 4-year-old daughter from the vicious lover charged in the girl's death. Emma Thompson had some 80 bruises, a severed pancreas and a fractured skull when she died last year. Her mom's boyfriend faces trial... More »

Girl's Murderer: Cold, Calculating

Melissa Huckaby stuck to claim of innocence as evidence mounted

(Newser) - Sunday school teacher Melissa Huckaby placed the lifeless body of 8-year-old Sandra Cantu into a suitcase with a care that investigators say indicated a "calm, calculating mind at work." This and other macabre pieces of information were revealed in more than 1,800 pages released yesterday, shedding new... More »

Church Forced Girl to Apologize for Being Raped

Girl forced to apologize before being sent away

(Newser) - When a 15-year-old girl was raped and impregnated in 1997, her New Hampshire church took justice into its own hands…by sending her to Colorado, thereby protecting her alleged rapist. Ernest Willis, 51, was finally arrested last month after the victim, now 28, read about similar cases and decided to... More »

Boys Convicted of Attempted Rape of Lying Girl

Case triggers heated controversy

(Newser) - Two young boys have been convicted of the attempted rape of an 8-year-old British girl who admitted lying about her attack. The boys, ages 10 and 11, are the youngest ever in the nation to be convicted of such a crime; the verdict provoked immediate controversy, with the pair's lawyer... More »

Girl, 8: I Lied About Boys Raping Me

Brit was worried mom would think her 'naughty'

(Newser) - An 8-year-old British girl admitted today in court that she lied about two 10-year-old boys having raped her because she was worried that her mother would deny her sweets for having been "a tiny bit naughty." Prodded by a defense attorney, the girl admitted she was with the... More »

Boys, 10 and 11, on Trial for Rape

British pair accused of raping 8-year-old

(Newser) - Two of the youngest defendants in British history went on trial in London yesterday for the rape of an 8-year-girl. The girl, clutching a teddy bear, testified via videolink from a different room in the courthouse how the boys had taken her scooter away and said she wouldn't get it... More »

Pediatrician Hit With 529 Kid Sex Charges

127 victims in case against Delaware doc

(Newser) - A Delaware pediatrician charged with sexually assaulting more than 100 of his small patients has been hit with another 58 counts of sex offenses, reports CNN , boosting the total against him to a record 529 charges. Dr. Earl Bradley, 56, has pleaded not guilty to 471 felony counts involving sex... More »

Abortion Fight Erupts Over Pregnant Girl, 10

Raped Mexican girl wasn't told she could abort

(Newser) - An abortion rights battle is heating up in Mexico, with activists claiming officials didn't tell a 10-year-old girl raped by her stepfather that she could abort her fetus. In the girl's state of Quintana Roo, abortion is only legal in cases of rape, and only during the first 3 months... More »

Dead Yemeni Child Bride Was Tied Up, Raped: Mom

Tragedy underscores girls being forced into marriage

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Yemeni child bride who bled to death shortly after marriage was tied down by her 23-year-old husband and repeatedly forced to have sex, according to the child's mother, police, and medical reports. Nijma Ahmed, who had tried to persuade her daughter to have sex with her husband so... More »

Yemen Bride, 13, Bleeds to Death

Girl Married Off By Brother to Buddy, 23

(Newser) - A 13-year-old Yemini bride married off by her family to a 23-year-old man has died from bleeding from genital tearing. The girl, from Hajja province, died 4 days after her wedding. Her husband has been detained by authorities. The girl was married off as part of a deal between two... More »

Jaycee Dugard Doesn't Want Info on Kids Released

Seeks privacy for pair fathered by abductor

(Newser) - Jaycee Dugard is asking a northern California court to keep information about the two girls fathered by her alleged abductor private—though Phillip Garrido, accused along with his wife of holding Dugard, now 29, for 18 years, wants access to videotaped interviews with the girls for his defense. The two,... More »

15-Year-Old Girl Charged in Gang-Rape of Stepsister, 7

NJ teen faces sex assault, prostitution charges

(Newser) - A 15-year-old New Jersey girl is under arrest after allegedly taking her 7-year-old stepsister to an apartment where the younger child was gang-raped by as many as seven men as her sister not only watched but got paid by those who did it. "We're talking about a kid who... More »

Judge: Smart's Alleged Abductor Fakes Mental Illness

Brian Mitchell ruled competent to stand trial

(Newser) - The man charged in the 2002 kidnap and rape of then-14-year-old Elizabeth Smart has been faking mental illness and is in fact competent to stand trial, a Utah judge ruled today. Nothing “impedes his rational and factual understanding,” Dale Kimball writes of Brian Mitchell, 56. “It is... More »

Pediatrician Indicted on 471 Counts of Sex Abuse

Videotapes show Earl Bradley abusing 103 victims

(Newser) - Delaware pediatrician Earl Bradley has been indicted on 471 counts of sexual crimes against 103 children. The indictment is based on video and digital evidence showing all of the victims, all but one of whom were girls, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden said. "These were crimes committed against the... More »

Polanski Wins Berlin Film Award

Gets Best Director nod for Ghost Writer

(Newser) - Roman Polanski may be stuck in a Swiss chalet under house arrest, but his latest film is packing movie houses and just won him a Best Director award at the Berlin International Film Festival. The Ghost Writer, a thriller starring Ian McGregor, is the story of an author who’s... More »

Jaycee Dugard Diary: 'I Want to Be Free'

In excerpts, she yearned for her own life

(Newser) - California prosecutors today made public excerpts of a journal kept by Jaycee Dugard during her 18 years of captivity. The entries show a yearning for freedom but also demonstrate the amount of control Phillip Garrido wielded over her, reports MSNBC . "How can I ever tell him I want to... More »

Man Charged With Holding, Raping Teen for 6 Months

Buffalo suspect blamed son's burn on runaway

(Newser) - A Buffalo man is charged with holding a 13-year-old runaway in his home for six months, and raping her more than 100 times. Michael J. Abdallah, 26, is jailed on charges of second-degree rape, unlawful imprisonment, and custodial interference. The case came to light after police questioned Abdallah about a... More »

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