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Another Cop Charged With Sex Assault After 911 Call

This time, San Jose officer accused of rape

(Newser) - In the second such story in a week , a police officer responding to a 911 call has been charged with sexually assaulting a woman involved in a domestic disturbance. This time, San Jose officer Geoffrey Graves, 38, is accused of rape, reports the San Jose Mercury News . According to the... More »

Cop Accused of Assaulting Woman Who Called for Help

Detroit officer charged with sex offenses

(Newser) - In the heinous-if-true department: A Detroit cop has been suspended amid allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman who called 911 for help, reports MLive . Prosecutors say officer Deon Nunlee and his partner answered a domestic violence call from a woman who said her boyfriend had assaulted her. While Nunlee'... More »

Homophobia Drove Statutory Rape Charge: Mom

Slams 'religious zealots' seeking to 'destroy my daughter'

(Newser) - A Florida teen has been charged with statutory rape and kicked out of school, and her mother says the case hinges on homophobia, the Raw Story reports. The parents of the alleged victim—some three years younger than suspect Kaitlyn Hunt, 18—"are bigoted, religious zeolites (sic) that see... More »

Student in Rape Comment Video Drops Out of College

Teen is 'ashamed' of his comments, says his lawyer

(Newser) - The Ohio teenager caught on a video joking about the alleged rape of a teen girl has left Ohio State University amid an avalanche of negative attention, reports the Steubenville Herald-Star . Michael Nodianos decided it would be an "insurmountable distraction" to return after his first semester, says his lawyer,... More »

2 Attackers Turn Informers in India Gang-Rape Case

First pre-trial hearing today

(Newser) - The five men accused of the brutal gang-rape and murder of an Indian student had their first court appearance today, Reuters reports, and they could end up facing different sentences. Two of the alleged rapists requested to be made informers against the others over the weekend, presumably in an effort... More »

Steubenville Rape Case Prompts Official Website

Ohio authorities try to dispel rumors in high school case

(Newser) - A case involving rape allegations against two high school football players in Steubenville, Ohio, has grown so volatile that city and police officials have taken the unusual step of launching a website— here —to lay out the facts, reports AP . The allegations themselves are awful: Two 16-year-old boys are... More »

19 in Military File Suit Over Alleged Rapes

Lawsuit targets defense secretaries for 'ignoring' cases

(Newser) - Nineteen US military service members have filed suit over rapes they say were ignored by the military, the Daily Beast reports. Following a lawsuit in March by eight women—and the conviction of an Air Force instructor this summer—the new lawsuit targets past and present secretaries of defense for... More »

Rape Conviction Cleared, Thanks to Facebook

Brian Banks served five years in prison

(Newser) - A 26-year-old man has been exonerated of rape charges, with a big assist from Facebook. Brian Banks, who spent five years in prison on the charges, was, needless to say, surprised when the woman who claimed he raped her in 2002 added him as a friend on Facebook. He got... More »

NYPD Chief's Son Won't Face Rape Charges

Greg Kelly was accused by paralegal

(Newser) - The son of NYPD chief Raymond Kelly will not face rape charges over a high-profile accusation that emerged last month, reports DNAinfo . Both the Daily News and New York Times also say that Greg Kelly—TV host of Good Day New York and the son of police chief Raymond Kelly—... More »

UK Denies Assange's Extradition Appeal

WikiLeaks founder likely headed to Sweden within 10 days

(Newser) - Julian Assange is likely headed to Sweden after a British court today rejected his claim that extraditing him to face sex assault charges there would be "unfair and unlawful." Charges of rape and sexual coercion, stemming from alleged incidents last August, await the WikiLeaks founder in Sweden. "... More »

Saudi Prince Faces Revived Rape Case

Spanish court reopens alleged attack on 20-year-old model

(Newser) - A Spanish court has reopened a rape case against Prince Alwaleed bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al-Saud of Saudi Arabia, a man Forbes recently dubbed the richest man in the Arab world. Prince Alaweed allegedly drugged and raped a 20-year-old model aboard a luxury yacht in the Mediterranean in August 2008,... More »

Strauss-Kahn Charges Dropped

Prosecutors say they don't believe accuser beyond reasonable doubt

(Newser) - A New York judge dropped all charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn today, officially closing the criminal case, CNBC reports. The dismissal came at the District Attorney’s office’s request, after prosecutors said they had lost faith in alleged victim Nafissatou Diallo, whose testimony had changed repeatedly. “If we do... More »

Source: DA to Drop Charges Against DSK

He could go free Tuesday; accuser feels 'abandoned'

(Newser) - Prosecutors will ask a judge to drop all criminal charges against Dominique Strauss-Kahn in a court hearing on Tuesday, which could allow him to go free immediately, a source tells the New York Post . The Manhattan DA will seek dismissal because Nafissatou Diallo, the maid accusing Strauss-Kahn of rape, faces... More »

Warren Jeffs Will Defend Himself

... and the judge sounds just thrilled with the prospect

(Newser) - Polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs fired his defense team today and will represent himself on charges that he raped two underage girls at his compound, reports KSL TV . But if it was an attempt to delay the trial, Jeffs is out of luck. "The court is not going to... More »

Let's Stop Naming Rape Suspects

Too many people get unjustly smeared: attorney Roy Black

(Newser) - Those who make rape accusations generally do so with anonymity. It's time to grant the same privilege to those being accused, argues attorney Roy Black in Salon . There's no justice in parading someone in public as if he were "nuclear waste" when he hasn't been convicted... More »

Rapist Nabbed by Sperm-Sniffing Dog

Rapports Opus is the only dog of his abilities in southern Sweden

(Newser) - Forget drug-sniffing dogs: Sweden has its very own sperm-sniffing dog named Rapports Opus, and he recently helped police catch an alleged rapist. Rapports Opus trained for a year to become the only sperm-sniffing dog in southern Sweden, and he was brought to a park where a man had been accused... More »

Texas Woman Loses Rape Case Against KBR

She claimed employees of the military contractor assaulted her

(Newser) - A woman who brought a high-profile rape case against military contractor KBR has lost her suit. A jury in Houston yesterday rejected Jamie Leigh Jones' claims that she was drugged and raped by several KBR firefighters while working in Baghdad in 2005, reports the Houston Chronicle . One of the firefighters... More »

Strauss-Kahn Accuser Sues New York Post

Her lawyers say report that she's a prostitute is libelous

(Newser) - The Dominique Strauss-Kahn case in New York City may disappear soon , but the DSK headlines keep coming. The maid who accused him of rape is suing the New York Post for reporting that she was a prostitute , notes Reuters . The stories were "an apparent desperate attempt to bolster its... More »

Here's the Letter From Prosecutors in DSK Case

It lays out lies the accuser told about her personal history

(Newser) - The Toronto Globe and Mail has the full letter that prosecutors in the Dominique Strass-Kahn case wrote to defense lawyers raising doubts about the maid's credibility. Among other things, it details lies she admits telling in her 2004 asylum application to improve her chances of being accepted, including a... More »

Jury Clears 2 NYPD Cops of Rape Charges

Woman claimed she was assaulted while drunk

(Newser) - Two New York City cops have been cleared of rape charges in a high-profile case. Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were accused in the assault of a drunken woman in her apartment after being called to help her out of a taxi. The 29-year-old woman accused Moreno of raping... More »

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