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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 »

This Case Is 'Worst of Its Kind in German Criminal History'

Mother, partner sentenced to jail for selling boy to pedophiles via the dark web

(Newser) - A warning before you read on: As far as child abuse cases go, the Guardian calls this one "the worst of its kind in German criminal history." A 48-year-old woman and her 39-year-old partner (himself a convicted pedophile) have been convicted of selling the woman's now-10-year-old son... More »

Feds: HIV-Positive Shelter Worker Sexually Abused Immigrant Kids

Southwest Key, largest operator of US immigrant youth shelters, also plagued with other allegations

(Newser) - While the controversy surrounding immigrant children separated from their parents at the US border continues to swirl, the AP reports on troublesome news out of a shelter outside Phoenix. Per federal authorities, Levian Pacheco, who used to work for Southwest Key's Casa Kokopelli facility in Mesa, has pleaded not... More »

Advocate for Kids Accused in 'Sickening' Case

FBI accuses Joel Davis of 'the highest degree of hypocrisy'

(Newser) - His public push to end sexual violence against children was so significant it reportedly nabbed him a nomination for the 2015 Nobel Peace Prize. Joel Davis' private actions couldn't have been more contradictory, say police. The 22-year-old Columbia University student, who started Youth to End Sexual Violence before becoming... More »

These Dolls Made One Lawmaker 'Nauseous.' Now, a Possible Ban

US House approves bill barring import, sale of child sex dolls and robots

(Newser) - The concept behind a bill that made its way to the US House of Representatives made at least one lawmaker "nauseous," and apparently others, too, because the group passed the bill Wednesday and sent it onto the Senate. The Fresno Bee reports on the CREEPER (Curbing Realistic Exploitative... More »

He Doled Out Hail Marys to Abuse Victim. Now, a Verdict

Archbishop Philip Wilson found guilty of covering up child sex abuse

(Newser) - An archbishop accused of turning a blind eye to the abuse of altar boys by a pedophile priest has become the most senior Catholic ever convicted of concealing child molestation. An Australian court has found Philip Wilson, archbishop of Adelaide, guilty of covering up the abuse in the 1970s, the... More »

Vigilante Couple Who Tied Up Alleged Predator Could Face Charges

They say he visited home for sex with girl, 13

(Newser) - After a 28-year-old man who allegedly wanted to have sex with their 13-year-old daughter showed up at their home, a Canadian couple restrained him with zip ties and called the Mounties. Now they're the ones who could face charges. In Facebook Live video of the incident , the mother can... More »

Child Sex Offender Serving 300 Years Is Set Free

'We are without remedy,' DA says about Michael McFadden's release

(Newser) - He was set to pay for his crimes in prison for at least 316 years. But on Tuesday, 46-year-old Michael McFadden walked out of Colorado's Arkansas Valley Correctional Facility a free man, released under circumstances that have left Mesa County's district attorney "appalled," per the Daily ... More »

Larry Nassar Handed His Final Sentence

Given 40 to 125 years in prison over Twistars abuse

(Newser) - Larry Nassar was sentenced Monday to a third prison term of 40 to 125 years behind bars for molesting young athletes at an elite Michigan training center. He had pleaded guilty to penetrating girls with ungloved hands when they sought treatment for injuries at Twistars, a gymnastics club that was... More »

Nassar Attorney Has 'Hard Time' Buying Accusers' Stories

Shannon Smith called 'vile' by victims' attorney for saying number of accusers was 'really extreme'

(Newser) - The dozens of victims who spoke at Larry Nassar's sentencing hearing earlier this month served up scathing rebukes against the ex-USA Gymnastics doctor, who received up to 175 years in prison for his crimes. One person not as moved by their testimony: a Nassar defense attorney, who said during... More »

Scott Baio Says He Didn't Molest Underage Co-Star

'What I'm being accused of is horrible'

(Newser) - "Ask @scottbaio what happened in his garage at his house when I was a minor. Creep," Nicole Eggert tweeted Saturday, setting off a storm of claims and counterclaims between her and her former Charles in Charge co-star. In later tweets, Eggert, 46, said the inappropriate behavior had started... More »

Report: US Funds Afghan Army Despite Use of Child Sex Slaves

And that appears to be against US law

(Newser) - The Leahy Law requires that US aid be cut off from foreign military units involved in gross human rights violations. A report commissioned by the Obama administration following stories of the "rampant" use of young boys as sex slaves by commanders—the practice is known as "bacha bazi"... More »

Dylan Farrow Speaks on TV for First Time About Woody Allen

32-year-old says of alleged 1992 sexual assault: 'I want to show my face and tell my story'

(Newser) - One person vigorously reupping her claims in the wake of the #MeToo movement: Dylan Farrow, who continues to insist her father, Woody Allen, molested her when she was a child at the home of her mother, Mia Farrow. On Thursday, Farrow appeared on CBS This Morning and says she wishes... More »

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