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Cop's Arrest Triggers DNA 'Cold Hit'

William Rodriguez, 33, faces 30 years if found guilty of two rapes

(Newser) - An LAPD officer arrested for rape is now facing a second rape accusation thanks to a nationwide DNA check, ABC 7 reports. Officer William Rodriguez, 33, was arrested Tuesday for allegedly raping a female acquaintance at his home last November. Detectives then linked him to an unsolved 2015 rape by... More »

2 NJ Judges Are Out After Controversial Rape Comments

One has stepped down, another has been suspended

(Newser) - New Jersey's Supreme Court has dealt with two judges amid widespread outrage over remarks they made while overseeing rape cases. The court said Wednesday that it is ending the service of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge James Troiano at his request, NJ.com reports. Protesters called for Troiano's... 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 »

Trump Accuser: I Haven't Been With a Man Since Trump

E. Jean Carroll also keeps a loaded gun by her bed

(Newser) - E. Jean Carroll keeps a revolver by her bed, and it's loaded. The Elle advice columnist who accused President Trump of raping her in a department store dressing room decades ago says she brought out the ammo after getting death threats on social media. "I've always had... More »

Gauge of a 'Political Mood': a Teen Rape Victim's Retrial

Evelyn Hernandez, jailed in El Salvador after a stillbirth, will get a new day in court

(Newser) - A teen rape victim in El Salvador convicted in 2017 of murder and sentenced to 30 years in jail after a stillbirth will face a new day in court Monday. Reuters reports Evelyn Beatriz Hernandez, now 21, will be retried, and this time advocates are hoping she'll be acquitted.... More »

Shocking Child Rape Sparks Angry Protest

Hundreds march in Myanmar over appalling crime

(Newser) - Hundreds of people marched to Myanmar's Central Investigation Department on Saturday in Yangon to demand justice for a 2-year-old girl who was allegedly raped at her nursery school in the country's capital in May, the AP reports. A 29-year-old suspect, Aung Kyaw Myo, was rearrested on Wednesday and... More »

Judge: Teen Accused of Rape 'Comes From Good Family'

James Troiano rebuked by appeals court for noting alleged rapist's likeliness to go to 'good college'

(Newser) - The similarities to Brock Turner haven't gone unnoticed. The New York Times references the Turner case, and others, in mentioning the latest judge to come under fire for the handling of a sexual assault case. In this instance, it's New Jersey Superior Court Judge James Troiano who's... More »

They Had a DNA Match in 1993. It Wasn't Enough

'Mother Jones' looks at the trouble with DNA advances and our statutes of limitations

(Newser) - When law enforcement officials came to Mary-Scott Hunter's door in March 2018 to say the man suspected of raping her was in custody, it wasn't for that crime. She was raped in 1987, when the statute of limitations on rape in Minnesota was just three years. The man... More »

Beauty Queen: Gambia's Ex-Dictator Raped Me

Fatou 'Toufah' Jallow says sexual assault at hands of Yahya Jammeh happened 4 years ago

(Newser) - A Gambian beauty pageant winner has accused former dictator Yahya Jammeh of raping her four years ago, the latest allegation of abuses committed by the ex-president now living in exile in Equatorial Guinea. Fatou "Toufah" Jallow, now 23, said she plans to testify later this year before Gambia's... More »

Trump Says He 'Never Met' New Accuser. There's a Photo

Pic of Trump and columnist E. Jean Carroll, who says he sexually assaulted her in '90s, ran with her story

(Newser) - A bombshell cover story in New York magazine has forced a statement from President Trump, and in it he's denying sexually assaulting Elle columnist E. Jean Carroll in a Bergdorf Goodman dressing room more than 20 years ago. "I've never met this person in my life,"... More »

Ex-Student Fights College Over Fate of Alleged Rapist

Alicia Gonzales says it was terrifying to have her rapist remain on campus

(Newser) - The warnings came in text messages from her friends: He's outside the dorm. He's at the student center. He's at Starbucks. But for Alicia Gonzales, sometimes it didn't matter where he was, the AP reports. She would often hide away in her room on the campus... More »

Jury 'Hopelessly Deadlocked' in Winslow Trial

Mistrial declared on remaining 2 rape charges

(Newser) - A California judge declared a mistrial Tuesday on the remaining charges against former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. after a jury convicted him of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman but could not break a deadlock over two counts of rape involving a 54-year-old hitchhiker and an unconscious teen. Prosecutors did... More »

Former NFL Star Convicted of Raping Homeless Woman

Kellen Winslow Jr. could face life in prison

(Newser) - Former NFL player Kellen Winslow Jr. has been convicted of raping a 58-year-old homeless woman last year in his picturesque California beach community of Encinitas, north of San Diego. A jury returned the verdict Monday in San Diego Superior Court in Vista but was expected to continue deliberating on two... More »

3 Men Get Life in Child's Rape, Murder That Shocked India

3 others sentenced to 5 years, one acquitted

(Newser) - Three men have been sentenced to life in prison for the rape, torture, and murder of an 8-year-old girl that shocked India last year . Eight Hindu men were charged in the slaying of the girl, who was a member of a Muslim tribe, and all pleaded not guilty . In addition... 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 »

Judges on Reversing Cadet's Rape Conviction: Victim Was Too Quiet

Chief of advocacy group for sexual assault victims calls it 'offensively bad decision' in West Point case

(Newser) - A military appeals court's reversal of a West Point cadet's rape conviction and 21-year prison sentence has outraged sexual assault victim advocates who say the decision is filled with victim-blaming and antiquated notions about rape. But the cadet's attorney says the decision demonstrates the need for checks... More »

Woman Raped by Brock Turner Tells Her Story

So far, she's only known as 'Emily Doe'

(Newser) - The woman who was raped by college swimmer Brock Turner and confronted him in court before his sentencing is writing a memoir, the AP reports. Viking Books announced Wednesday that it would publish the book, currently untitled, by the woman known publicly as Emily Doe. The publisher declined comment on... More »

Teen Rape Survivor Who Requested Euthanasia Ends Her Life

17-year-old Noa Pothoven suffered PTSD and depression

(Newser) - "After years of struggling and fighting, it's over." So reads a Dutch teen's "sad last post" Saturday on her Instagram account , noting she'd stopped eating and drinking and would soon be free from "[unbearable] suffering." The Washington Post reports on the right-to-die... More »

Notorious Case That Rocked NYC Gets 'Intimate' New Look

Ava DuVernay's 'When They See Us' on Netflix examines the Central Park Five

(Newser) - It was a story "big enough, terrible enough, to electrify a city grown numb to its own badness." So writes Jim Dwyer for the New York Times on the story that inspired When They See Us, a four-part Netflix movie by Ava DuVernay debuting Friday on the Central... More »

Trial Begins for Former NFL Star Accused of Being Serial Rapist

Kellen Winslow Jr. faces life in prison if convicted

(Newser) - From 2004 to 2013, Kellen Winslow Jr. was an NFL star, raking in $40 million over the course of his career—during which, at one point, he was the highest-paid tight end in the league. Now, the 35-year-old is on trial, accused of being a serial rapist . His father, San... More »

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