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Judge Sends Disgraced Cardinal to Prison

He was unswayed by reference from ex-PM

(Newser) - The former third highest-ranking official in the Catholic Church is now the newest inmate in the Melbourne Assessment Prison. Cardinal George Pell, who has been found guilty of sexually assaulting two children , will spend his first night behind bars Wednesday after being remanded into custody pending sentencing, reports Reuters . The... More »

Pope Francis: Predator Priests Become 'Tool of Satan'

Francis closes out summit on sexual abuse with harsh words, but leaves survivors disappointed

(Newser) - Pope Francis closed out a four-day summit meant to tackle the sexual abuse scandal that has roiled the Catholic Church for decades, reports the AP , promising that abusive priests will face "the wrath of God." The pontiff compared sexual abuse to "the cruel religious practice ... of sacrificing... More »

R. Kelly Is Put Behind Bars

The singer is jailed on a $1M bond

(Newser) - R. Kelly was ordered jailed on $1 million bond Saturday at his first court hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, in a case that seemed likely to produce another #MeToo trial involving a celebrity, the AP reports. The 52-year-old Grammy... More »

R. Kelly Turns Himself In

R&B star is now in police custody in Chicago

(Newser) - He was acquitted over a decade ago on child pornography accusations. Now, R. Kelly is about to face the music on a whole new set of charges , and he turned himself in Friday to begin that process. The Chicago Sun-Times reports the 52-year-old R&B star, real name Robert Kelly,... More »

Jackson Accuser: He Taped Sex Act With Me, Erased It

2 subjects of 'Leaving Neverland' say star also slammed women, was jealous of Sheryl Crow

(Newser) - They've faced backlash and even death threats, but the two men who say they were abused by Michael Jackson when they were kids are still speaking out. Wade Robson and James Safechuck, subjects of the new Leaving Neverland documentary by Dan Reed, sat down with USA Today and offered... More »

Pope at Sex Abuse Summit: 'Listen to Cry of Little Ones'

Skeptics hope his vow for 'concrete and efficient measures' isn't an empty one

(Newser) - "Simple and predictable condemnations" aren't what's needed to fight sex abuse within the Catholic Church; "concrete and efficient measures" are. That's according to Pope Francis, who kicked off on Thursday a four-day global summit on the matter in Rome in front of nearly 200 bishops,... More »

Pope Makes 'Almost Revolutionary' Move Against Ex-Cardinal

Theodore McCarrick has been defrocked by Pope Francis

(Newser) - Cardinal Donald Wuerl may have forgotten about sexual abuse allegations against his predecessor, but Pope Francis didn't. The New York Times reports that word has been handed down from the top: Theodore McCarrick, the former cardinal of Washington, DC, has been defrocked. "The Holy Father has recognized the... More »

Ryan Adams Dangled Offers of Success for Sex, Women Say

But he calls the 'Times' article a 'smear piece'

(Newser) - Ryan Adams, a soulful modern troubadour? Maybe so, but several women are painting a much darker picture. They say the acclaimed singer-songwriter abused his power by dangling career opportunities as he engaged in psychologically abusive behavior and pursued them for sex, the New York Times reports. One young bass player,... More »

Latest Church to Face Rampant Sex Abuse: Southern Baptists

Texas newspapers uncover pattern going back 20 years

(Newser) - Two Texas newspapers are out with an investigation into the Southern Baptist church that reveals a long pattern of sexual abuse by church leaders, workers, and volunteers. The Houston Chronicle and San Antonio Express-News found that 380 people—everyone from ministers to youth pastors to Sunday school teachers to church... More »

Facility Where Incapacitated Woman Gave Birth Is Closing

State regulators say it is 'disturbing news'

(Newser) - A long-term care facility in Arizona where an incapacitated woman was raped and later gave birth announced Thursday that it would shut down operations. Officials with Hacienda HealthCare said its board of directors determined that it's not sustainable to keep operating its intermediate care facility in Phoenix. It serves... More »

Caregiver Allegedly Impregnated Disabled Patient

Resident of Florida facility gave birth in 2015

(Newser) - A caregiver at a Florida facility for people with disabilities has been accused of impregnating a resident who gave birth in 2015, the AP reports. Authorities say 58-year-old Willie Shorter was arrested Wednesday on charges of lewd and lascivious battery on a disabled person. An arrest affidavit says Shorter helped... More »

Photographer Accused of Drugging, Molesting Underage Models

FBI is actively seeking alleged victims of Robert Koester

(Newser) - A photographer initially accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old model engaged in numerous sex crimes against minors in two states over 25 years, according to the FBI, which is now urging victims to come forward. Robert Koester, 52, was arrested in Carlsbad, Calif., a day after photographing—and allegedly inappropriately... More »

Pope's Shocker on Nuns: 'Sexual Slavery,' Forced Abortions

'Do we have to do more? Yes. Are we willing? Yes.'

(Newser) - A shocking first emerged from the pope on Tuesday: admission of more sexual abuse within the Catholic Church, this time of nuns at the hands of male clergy. The New York Times notes it's the first time the pontiff has publicly recognized the church's very own #MeToo issue,... More »

Ariz. Nurse Accused of Rape Has His Day in Court

Prosecutors say Nathan Sutherland is father of baby born to incapacitated patient

(Newser) - A nurse facing criminal charges in the rape of an incapacitated woman who later gave birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix pleaded not guilty Tuesday. The only comments by Nathan Dorceus Sutherland came when he identified himself to the court and stated his birthdate, the AP reports. Afterward,... More »

Parents: Woman Who Gave Birth at Care Home 'Not in Coma'

'She is a beloved daughter, albeit with significant intellectual disabilities'

(Newser) - The parents of a woman who gave birth at a long-term care facility in Arizona last month have spoken out on their daughter's condition. The 29-year-old, described by authorities as being in a vegetative state, is "not in a coma," but has "significant intellectual disabilities as... More »

Pope Knew of Allegations vs. 'Spiritual Son' in '15: Report

Argentine diocesan officials say bishop was allowed to quietly resign, then promoted

(Newser) - The Vatican received information in 2015 and 2017 that an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis had taken naked selfies, exhibited "obscene" behavior, and been accused of misconduct with seminarians, his former vicar general told the AP , undermining Vatican claims that allegations were made a few months ago. Francis... More »

Americans Among Brazilian Healer's 300 Accusers

Joao Teixeira de Faria 'calm' despite pending trial for rape, sexual abuse

(Newser) - A Brazilian celebrity faith healer facing rape and sexual abuse allegations from hundreds of women will face trial—a development that might serve to bolster the #MeToo movement in the country. A judge in Abadiania—the site of Joao Teixeira de Faria's spiritual center, where he claims to have... More »

Gaga on R. Kelly Duet: 'I Was Angry'

Singer-actress vows to get 2013 song removed from streaming services

(Newser) - Lady Gaga's 2013 duet with R. Kelly, "Do What U Want (With My Body)," isn't sitting well with the A Star Is Born actress following a Lifetime docuseries highlighting abuse allegations against her onetime collaborator. The allegations of sexual and physical abuse are "absolutely horrifying... More »

Cops Want DNA From All Men at Facility Where Patient Gave Birth

Her family says they're outraged

(Newser) - Police served a search warrant Tuesday to get DNA from all male employees at a long-term care facility in Phoenix where a patient who had been in a vegetative state for years gave birth , triggering reviews by state agencies and putting a spotlight on safety concerns for patients who are... More »

CEO Resigns After Vegetative Patient Gives Birth

Company calls it a 'horrifying situation'

(Newser) - The CEO of an Arizona healthcare company stepped down Monday following reports that a woman in a vegetative state had given birth at a long-term care facility in Phoenix . Hacienda HealthCare's board of directors said in a statement that it had unanimously accepted the resignation of Bill Timmons, the... More »

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