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Felon to Be Released Due to Gender Change

Josie Smith will be released due to lack of male hormones

(Newser) - It's all in the hormones, apparently. A convicted sex criminal won't be serving a full prison sentence in Iowa after changing gender identity from male to female, KYouTV reports. Joseph Matthew Smith—now Josie Smith—was sent to prison in December 2015 after molesting up to 15 children,... More »

Cops: Woman Posed as Boy, Seduced Teen Girls

Gemma Watts, 21, may have sexually assaulted up to 50 victims, police say

(Newser) - A 21-year-old UK woman has been accused of posing as a teen boy, grooming four teen girls online, then meeting up with and sexually assaulting them—and cops say she could have as many as 50 victims all together. Per the BBC , police say Gemma Watts pretended she was 16-year-old... More »

As Weinstein Trial Starts, Big New Charges

He is charged with rape in California as New York case is getting underway

(Newser) - The # MeToo movement was born of sexual misconduct and assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein from dozens of women—and on Monday, the disgraced film producer's criminal trial began in Manhattan. If convicted, Weinstein faces a long prison sentence. If acquitted, however, his legal trouble may not be over:... More »

Cops Make Huge Find in Pedo Suspect's Closet

The German case makes international news

(Newser) - Police searching the home of a suspected pedophile got a huge surprise when they opened a closet—and found a missing teenage boy, Deutsche Welle reports. Police stumbled on the 15-year-old Friday in Recklinghausen, a small city in Germany, and identified him as someone who vanished from a shelter in... More »

Epstein Prison Video Emerges

Nicholas Tartaglione's lawyer is 'very pleased'

(Newser) - Looks like there's video footage of Jeffrey Epstein's cell after all. This after federal prosecutors said earlier in the week that footage around his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Manhattan had gone missing, CNBC reports. "We are very pleased the video was preserved, as we... More »

Lawyer to British Royal: Your Name Was Used as Bait

Gloria Allred writes striking letter to Prince Andrew

(Newser) - Dear Prince Andrew: Your name was used in an attempt to lure a 15-year-old girl to a sex fiend's Caribbean hideaway. That's the upshot of a letter written to the British royal by a Jeffrey Epstein accuser's lawyer, the New York Post reports. "Your Royal Highness,... More »

Before His Hearing, R. Kelly Couldn't Be Found

The singer pleads not guilty in a New York federal court

(Newser) - Perhaps not a big surprise, but R. Kelly pleaded not guilty Friday on multiple charges and was denied bail. The singer appeared in a New York federal court on a five-count indictment involving alleged sex crimes, including sexual exploitation of underage girls, while two girlfriends attended "for moral support"... More »

Eminent Lawyer Has TMI Moment on Fox News

Alan Dershowitz defends his 'perfect sex life'

(Newser) - Alan Dershowitz surprised TV viewers Thursday with a defense of his "perfect, perfect sex life." Appearing on Fox News, the celebrated lawyer denied having sex with a minor who claims she was prostituted by convicted sex criminal Jeffrey Epstein, the New York Post reports. The accuser, Virginia Giuffe,... More »

15-Year-Old Told Him She'd Been Raped. Then, This

Neil David Kimball is probably facing a 3-year sentence

(Newser) - This time, Neil David Kimball is likely going to prison. Accused of raping a teenage girl, the veteran LA detective pleaded guilty last week to lighter charges that should trigger a three-year sentence—after he skirted charges on two earlier allegations, the New York Times reports. The Ventura County district... More »

Bill Clinton: I Knew Nothing of Epstein's 'Terrible Crimes'

He admits traveling with financier

(Newser) - Bill Clinton—one of numerous powerful people with links to Jeffrey Epstein—says he flew on the financier's plane, but knew nothing about his "terrible crimes." In a statement, the former president said that when he flew on Epstein's plane, he was unaware of the crimes... More »

He Molested 11-Year-Old Girl. He'll See No Time Behind Bars

The girl tested positive for chlamydia after sexual encounter with Joseph Meili of Missouri

(Newser) - Joseph Meili's lawyer is praising a "just outcome" for his client in a case prosecutors slam as one of "willful ignorance." And the 22-year-old Missouri man's crime is a heinous one: Per the Springfield News-Leader and Washington Post , Meili pleaded guilty last week to third-degree... More »

5-Year-Old Left Paralyzed by Rape Shocks a Nation

Her case highlights the struggle of prosecuting sex crimes in Sierra Leone

(Newser) - At first no one knew why the 5-year-old girl could no longer move her legs or control her urine. For months she lay on the ground, unable to walk or play. Some blamed witchcraft but the real reason was more horrific: The child had been brutally raped and left paralyzed... More »

Nobel Peace Prize Winner Won't Keep Her $500K

Activist Nadia Murad will be donating it to help sex crime survivors

(Newser) - If any Nobel Prize winners strive for the award solely for the money, Nadia Murad isn't among them. The Hill reports the 25-year-old Yazidi human rights activist, who shared this year's Peace Prize with Congolese doctor Denis Mukwege, will be giving her $500,000 portion of the Nobel... More »

Harvey Weinstein Enters a Plea: Not Guilty

He quietly answered a series of yes and no questions from the judge

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein pleaded not guilty Tuesday to rape and criminal sex act charges in New York, reports the AP . Weinstein quietly answered a series of yes and no questions from Judge James Burke asking if he understood his rights at the hearing in Manhattan after a grand jury indicted the... More »

Cops: Chief Solicited Sex From Officer Posing as Girl, 14

Pennsylvania chief faces felony charges

(Newser) - Leechburg Police Chief Michael Diebold had part of his arm blown off in a fireworks accident in 2017—but his 2018 is likely to be a lot worse. The Pennsylvania chief was arrested Friday in an undercover sex sting when he went to meet what he apparently thought was a... More »

No Jail for 18-Year-Old Accused of Raping 2 Teens

David Becker's lawyer says his client can now enjoy 'college experience' without sex offender 'stigma'

(Newser) - A Massachusetts teen accused of raping two unconscious teens at a house party in April has been sentenced by a Palmer judge to two years' probation, the New York Daily News reports. The case was ordered continued without a finding for two years, meaning if 18-year-old David Becker gets through... More »

Brock Turner Judge Steps Away From New Sex-Crimes Case

Aaron Persky says he thinks some may doubt his ability to be impartial

(Newser) - A California judge under fire for the light sentence he gave to ex-Stanford University swimmer Brock Turner has recused himself from making his first key decision in another sex-crimes case, per the AP . Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky filed a statement with the court saying that some people might... More »

4 Men Raped 9-Year-Old While Mom Got High: Cops

Alleged crime happened on Easter Sunday

(Newser) - "I want justice." That's what a woman is seeking for her 9-year-old granddaughter, who allegedly endured a brutal Easter Sunday attack by four men while her mom got high on meth in a friend's garage, KTSU reports. The men are accused of raping, sodomizing, and threatening... More »

DNA Clears Man in Prison for 16 Years for Rape

'Shaky witness' testimony erroneously landed Luis Vargas in jail in 1999

(Newser) - A California man imprisoned for 16 years for sexual assault was exonerated Monday after DNA tests showed another man committed the crimes, USA Today reports. Luis Vargas, 46, broke down when an LA Superior Court judge granted a petition to release him from his sentence of 55 years to life... More »

Sweden Lets Assange Off Hook on Some Sex Charges

Statute of limitations has expired, but other rape allegations are still pending

(Newser) - Swedish prosecutors say they've dropped two cases of sexual crimes against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange because they've expired, but they'll continue to investigate accusations of rape against him. The Swedish Prosecution Authority says it has been unable to charge the 44-year-old Australian, who escaped a Swedish arrest... More »

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