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Teen Who Impregnated Teacher Gets $6M From District

He says district officials knew about the abuse but didn't stop it

(Newser) - A former student who impregnated a California high-school teacher received a $6 million settlement from the school district Friday, the Los Angeles Times reports. The victim's attorney, Vince Finaldi, says it's the largest child sexual abuse settlement against a public entity in US history, reports the Redlands Daily ... More »

Documents: Michael Jackson Had Horrifying Porn Collection

'Images of pornography, animal torture, S&M, and gore'

(Newser) - Radar Online claims to have obtained official documents depicting the “images of pornography, animal torture, S&M, and gore” that Michael Jackson allegedly used while molesting children at Neverland Ranch. “The documents exposed Jackson as a manipulative, drug-and-sex-crazed predator who used blood, gore, sexually explicit images of... More »

Cops: Couple Gave Teen Daughter to Man as Thanks

Lee Kaplan allegedly sexually assaulted the girl and had 2 kids with her

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania couple is accused of child endangerment after police say they gave away their 14-year-old daughter to a man who helped them financially, the AP reports. The friend is charged with sexually assaulting the teen, who had two children with him. Officials acting on a tip Thursday found 51-year-old... More »

Taliban Exploiting Afghan Police's Addiction to Sex With Boys

'The Taliban are sending boys—beautiful boys, handsome boys'

(Newser) - The Taliban is using child sex slaves as Trojan Horses to destroy Afghanistan's police forces from within, AFP reports. "Bacha bazi" is an ancient custom of having sex with young boys, and it's rampant among police commanders, for whom "boys without beards" are "objects of... More »

Elijah Wood Dials Sex Abuse Comments Way Back

Turns out he was just remarking on news articles, documentary

(Newser) - In a series of tweets Monday , Elijah Wood rolled his comments about pedophiles in Hollywood way, way back. "The Sunday Times interviewed me about my latest film but the story became about something else entirely. It prompted a number of false and misleading headlines," Wood tweeted. "I... More »

Ronan Farrow: Media Gives Woody Allen, Cosby a Pass

He takes on PR, reporters, himself for being complicit in silencing sex-abuse survivors

(Newser) - Woody Allen's star-studded Cafe Society is the opening flick Wednesday at the Cannes Film Festival , and in a probably-not-coincidentally-timed piece in the Hollywood Reporter , his son with Mia Farrow, Ronan Farrow, pens a scathing essay on the "culture of acquiescence" surrounding his famous filmmaker dad, specifically regarding Allen'... More »

Boko Haram Used 44 Kids as Suicide Bombers Last Year

They're brainwashed, sexually abused, and threatened

(Newser) - Boko Haram, the Islamist extremist group terrorizing Nigeria and surrounding countries, is drastically increasing its use of children as suicide bombers, according to a UNICEF report released Tuesday. The Los Angeles Times reports Boko Haram used four children as suicide bombers in 2014. Last year, they used 44—33 of... More »

Decades Later, Alleged Pedophile 'Mr Wonder' Busted

Feds think Frank Selas, wanted in Louisiana, was living in Calif. for decades

(Newser) - Neighbors in a well-to-do section of this San Diego suburb knew him as Frank Szeles, a friendly Cub Scouts leader who gave swimming lessons to kids in his backyard pool. The feds who arrested him last week knew him as "Mr. Wonder," the host of a popular kids... More »

Hundreds of Military Kids Sexually Abused Each Year

The AP reveals Defense Department data

(Newser) - Cpl. Aaron Masa became fast friends with a fellow Marine during field training in North Carolina. But behind his buddy's back, Masa was sexually abusing his friend's 3-year-old stepdaughter. He also took sexually explicit photos of the girl and the Marine's infant daughter. The case, in which... More »

Guy's Views on Sex Disqualify Him as Teacher

He thinks it's fine for adults to have relationships with minors

(Newser) - The University of Hawaii didn't violate First Amendment rights when it denied a teaching certificate for an aspiring high school teacher who expressed views condoning adults having sex with minors, says a federal court ruling. Mark Oyama enrolled in the secondary education certification program at the University of Hawaii'... More »

Vatican Envoy Accused of Sex Abuse Is Dead

Jozef Wesolowski was to be first high-ranking official tried for such crimes

(Newser) - Jozef Wesolowski will never see his day in court. The 67-year-old ex-envoy for the Vatican to the Dominican Republic, who was awaiting trial on charges of sexually abusing children there, died today of apparent natural causes, the Vatican reports via the AP . His body was found in the room at... More »

Sex Abuse Was Rampant at Elite Private School: Report

64 kids allegedly abused by 22 staffers at NYC's Horace Mann over decades

(Newser) - "There was this widespread assumption that if you put your child in a private school that they were in safer space." That's the reaction of a professor who consulted on a new independent report into sexual abuse at NYC's elite Horace Mann School—an investigation that... More »

Cannes Film Spotlights Hollywood Child Abuse

Victims hope the documentary will help others come forward

(Newser) - A dark side of the movie world has played out onscreen at Cannes in An Open Secret, a documentary about child sexual abuse that calls itself "the movie Hollywood doesn't want you to see." The film, screened outside the festival selection, features interviews with former child actors... More »

10-Year-Old Rape Victim Denied Abortion

Paraguay only allows abortion in cases that threaten mother's health

(Newser) - The girl is 10 years old, 22 weeks pregnant with the child of the stepfather who raped and impregnated her even after he was reported to social services. And she's the subject of a fierce debate among adults over the moral, legal, physical, and psychological implications of whether she... More »

French Soldiers Accused of Raping Refugee Children

Allegations hit French soldiers at Central African Republic camp

(Newser) - Residents of a squalid refugee camp in the Central African Republic said yesterday that French soldiers tasked with protecting civilians had sexually abused boys as young as 9 years old, luring the children with army rations and small change when their families had nothing to feed them. The accounts given... More »

Judge: Sex Offender 'Didn't Intend to Harm' 3-Year-Old

Judge blames convict's 'dysfunctional' childhood, gives him just 10 years

(Newser) - Twenty-five years to life was the least amount of time Kevin Jonas Rojano-Nieto should have gotten under California law for sexually assaulting a 3-year-old girl. But an Orange County judge decided Friday that punishment was too draconian, instead sentencing the 20-year-old to just 10 years in prison, the Washington Post ... More »

Law & Order Spurs Girl to Report Abuse; Man Arrested

12-year-old told her mom she'd been touched inappropriately

(Newser) - The case is a little murky, but a prominent Maryland businessman is under arrest almost a year after he emailed his nanny/housekeeper a photo of her 11-year-old daughter in underwear changing into a shirt. The mom reported the photo to Robert Shapiro's wife, reports WJLA , and the couple began... More »

Native American 'Healer' Faces Gamut of Sex Charges

Charles Chipps Sr.'s indictment highlights sex-abuse issues

(Newser) - An Indian medicine man is sitting in a Missouri federal prison, accused of sexual abuse—a crime that critics say is not unusual on Native American reservations but is snarled by a complex legal system, abuse of tribal power, and families who prefer to keep such allegations under wraps, the... More »

Alleged Stephen Collins Victim: His Kid's Babysitter

Details trickle out in scandal surrounding '7th Heaven' dad

(Newser) - One of the victims in the alleged child molestation scandal swirling around 7th Heaven actor Stephen Collins may have been a babysitter who watched Collins' daughter in the mid-1990s; she was a preteen at the time. The information comes from an email from Collins' estranged wife, Faye Grant, to another... More »

7th Heaven Dad Dumped From Scandal Over Scandal

Stephen Collins pulled from upcoming episode

(Newser) - Stephen Collins continues to lose jobs in the wake of his child molestation scandal : Scandal is the latest to dump the 7th Heaven actor, with ABC confirming to the Huffington Post that his appearance in an upcoming episode has been pulled. He first appeared in the show, playing a reporter,... More »

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