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Cops: Man Trekked 350 Miles to Meet 'Underage Girl'

Except the person Tommy Lee Jenkins allegedly wanted to meet was an undercover investigator

(Newser) - The distance between Whitestown, Ind., and Neenah, Wis., is just over 350 miles—not usually a distance one would want to travel mostly on foot. That apparently didn't faze Tommy Lee Jenkins, however, as he allegedly thought a 14-year-old girl was waiting for him for possible sex. What was... More »

Calif. Suspends Sex Abuse Statute of Limitations

Churches, Boy Scouts braced for lawsuits

(Newser) - California is giving childhood victims of sexual abuse more time to decide whether to file lawsuits, joining several states in expanding the statute of limitations for victims over warnings from school districts that the new rules could bankrupt them. The law signed Sunday by Gov. Gavin Newsom gives victims of... More »

Vázquez Admits Sexual Contact With 13-Year-old: Police

Pitcher says he met girl in the bullpen

(Newser) - Felipe Vázquez has told police he tried to have sex with a 13-year-old girl in 2017, a criminal complaint says. The Pittsburgh Pirates closer, who was arrested and jailed Tuesday, faces a series of charges in Pennsylvania and Florida concerning his contact with the girl, who is now 16.... More »

Michael Jackson Cried Talking to Brando About His Sex Life

At least according to an upcoming podcast

(Newser) - Seems Marlon Brando once asked Michael Jackson about his sex life, and the pop star became surprisingly emotional. In Telephone Stories: The Trials of Michael Jackson , host Brandon Ogborn reads from a transcript of Brando talking to prosecutors in 1994 about sex-abuse accusations against the pop icon. "It's... More »

Epstein Accuser's Suit: 3 Girls Made Available to Him Daily

Jennifer Araoz files a civil suit against estate, 4 others

(Newser) - We've heard from Jennifer Araoz before , just not quite like this. The 32-year-old went public with her accusations against Jeffrey Epstein in July . But on Wednesday she filed suit against his estate and four alleged accomplices—and she's out with an opinion piece in the New York Times ... More »

Suit: Boy Scouts Hiding 'Pedophilia Epidemic'

Lawyer group says it has 800 clients in the wings and has identified 350 new alleged abusers

(Newser) - A lawsuit was filed Monday in Philly against the Boy Scouts of America on behalf of a man who says a Scout leader sexually abused him for years in the '70s, and the lawyer group that filed the complaint says there's new proof that the BSA tried to... More »

Sundance Co-Founder Hears His Fate for Child Sex Abuse

Sterling Van Wagenen, 72, pleaded guilty to touching girl twice, gets at least 6 years in prison

(Newser) - A filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival and produced a movie whose lead actress won an Oscar in the mid-1980s was sentenced Tuesday to at least six years in prison after pleading guilty to sexual abuse of a child. The judge who delivered the sentence of six years to... 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 »

Cops: Pizza Delivery Man Helped Rescue Abused Girls

He called police after he saw something disturbing

(Newser) - Kentucky police have honored a pizza delivery driver they say rescued two girls who were being abused by their father. Mark Buede was honored Tuesday by the Lexington Police Department, the Lexington Herald-Leader reports. Police say Buede was delivering a pizza to an area motel last November and knocked on... More »

Lawyer: 7.8K Suspects Named in Boy Scout 'Perversion Files'

He says expert found there were more than 12K victims

(Newser) - The Boy Scouts of America "perversion files" contain the names of a staggering number of suspected pedophiles and their victims, an attorney revealed Tuesday. Jeff Anderson, who represents former Scouts who say they were abused, said an expert hired by the Scouts to audit the files on suspected abusers... More »

Sundance Co-Founder Accused of Touching Girl

Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, faces count of felony sexual abuse of a child

(Newser) - A Utah filmmaker who co-founded the Sundance Film Festival with Robert Redford and produced an Oscar-winning movie in the mid-1980s has been charged with sexual abuse of a young girl. Sterling Van Wagenen, 71, is accused of inappropriately touching a girl on two occasions between 2013 and 2015, according to... More »

Ex-Pediatrician Guilty of Molesting Dozens of Patients

Johnnie Barto could have been stopped years ago

(Newser) - A former Pennsylvania pediatrician was sentenced Monday to at least 79 years in prison for sexually assaulting 31 children, most of them patients, as his now-adult victims blasted not only their abuser but the system that let him get away with it for so long. Dr. Johnnie Barto of Johnstown... More »

Feldman Changes His Tune on Neverland

The former child star speaks out

(Newser) - Corey Feldman is backpedaling a little on Michael Jackson. The former child star and friend to Jackson, who initially said he "took issue" with the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, struck a different tone Wednesday: "I don't want to be perceived as I'm here to defend Michael... 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 »

Judge: Teen Girls Were the 'Aggressor' in Sex Abuse Case

Kansas judge says girls, 13 and 14, voluntarily took money for sex

(Newser) - Prosecutors are researching an appeal after a Kansas judge called two teenage girls the "aggressor" in a sexual encounter with a 67-year-old man and eased his prison sentence, the AP reports. The Kansas City Star reports Leavenworth County District Judge Michael Gibbens sentenced Raymond Soden in December to five... More »

Ex-MLB Pitcher Accused of Abusing 4-Year-Old

John Wetteland arrested at Texas home

(Newser) - A retired Major League Baseball pitcher has been arrested on an extremely disturbing charge that could send him to prison for the rest of his life. John Wetteland, a former World Series MVP who played for the Texas Rangers from 1997 to 2000, was arrested in Texas on Monday on... More »

Australia to Child Sex Abuse Victims: 'We Say Sorry'

'Today as a nation we confront our failure to listen, to believe, and to provide justice'

(Newser) - Prime Minister Scott Morrison delivered a formal apology on Monday to Australia's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long, painful journey and say sorry. His emotional speech delivered in Parliament before hundreds of survivors followed the conclusions of a Royal Commission into Institutional Responses... More »

Hospital Admits Abuse by Pediatrician

Rockefeller University Hospital in New York says the late Reginald Archibald molested boys

(Newser) - Rockefeller University Hospital in New York says multiple people experienced "inappropriate" behavior at the hands of a late doctor who treated children there for decades, inklings of which were known since 2004. An investigation that year, said to be in response to a single patient's claims, found that... More »

'Egregious Incidences' of Sex Abuse Lead to $27.5M Payout

Judge found Brooklyn priests ignored signs of abuse

(Newser) - Four young men who were repeatedly raped by their catechism teacher have received one of the Catholic Church's biggest-ever settlements with abuse victims. The New York Diocese of Brooklyn says the men, who were abused between the ages of 8 and 12 and are now ages 19 to 21,... More »

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