Child abuse

A group protests against a planned holiday event outside the former Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center Friday Nov. 20, 2020, in Waltham, Mass. A plan to create a large drive-thru holiday lights display on the grounds of the disgraced former state facility, where mentally disabled youths once were warehoused and subjected to experiments, has touched off angry protests by activists who say it's inappropriate. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
November 20, 2020 - 2:32 pm
WALTHAM, Mass. (AP) — A battle is underway in a Boston suburb over whether it is appropriate to hold a joyous holiday celebration at the site of a now-closed institution where developmentally disabled children were once abused, neglected and warehoused under deplorable conditions. The Waltham Lions...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry shows Jeffrey Epstein. A Justice Department report has found former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta exercised “poor judgment” in handling an investigation into wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein when he was a top federal prosecutor in Florida. The report was obtained by The Associated Press and is a culmination of an investigation by the Justice Department’s Office of Professional Responsibility over Acosta’s handling of a secret plea deal with Epstein, who had been accused of sexually abusing dozens of underage girls. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
November 12, 2020 - 3:06 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Justice Department report has found former Labor Secretary Alex Acosta exercised “poor judgment” in handling an investigation into wealthy financier Jeffrey Epstein when he was a top federal prosecutor in Florida. The report, obtained by The Associated Press, is a culmination of...
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FILE - In this Feb. 23, 2001 file photo, U.S. Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick, archbishop of Washington, D.C., shakes hands with Pope John Paul II during the General Audience with the newly appointed cardinals in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican. McCarrick was one of the three Americans on a record list of 44 new cardinals who were elevated in a ceremony at the Vatican on Feb. 21, 2001. (AP Photo/Massimo Sambucetti, File)
November 12, 2020 - 3:03 am
ROME (AP) — The Vatican’s report into ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has raised uncomfortable questions the Holy See will have to confront going forward, chief among them what it’s going to do about current and future clergy who abuse their power to sexually abuse adults. Priests, lay experts and...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis reaches out to hug Cardinal Archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick after the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. bishops, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, the Vatican is taking the extraordinary step of publishing its two-year investigation into the disgraced ex-Cardinal McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019 after the Vatican determined that years of rumors that he was a sexual predator were true. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via AP, File)
November 11, 2020 - 10:05 am
ROME (AP) — Pope Francis pledged Wednesday to rid the Catholic Church of sexual abuse and offered prayers to victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a day after the Vatican released a detailed report into the decadeslong church cover-up of his sexual misconduct. The Vatican report blamed a...
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FILE - In this Sept. 23, 2015 file photo, Pope Francis reaches out to hug Cardinal Archbishop emeritus Theodore McCarrick after the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. bishops, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. On Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, the Vatican is taking the extraordinary step of publishing its two-year investigation into the disgraced ex-Cardinal McCarrick, who was defrocked in 2019 after the Vatican determined that years of rumors that he was a sexual predator were true. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via AP, File)
November 10, 2020 - 5:39 pm
ROME (AP) — A Vatican investigation into former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick found that bishops, cardinals and popes downplayed or dismissed multiple reports of sexual misconduct and determined that Pope Francis merely continued his predecessors’ handling of the predator until taking action when a...
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FILE - In this Jan. 21, 2001 file photo, Cardinal-designate Theodore E. McCarrick, right, is congratulated by Cardinal William Keeler of Baltimore before a Sunday evening Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Pope John Paul II elevated McCarrick, the current archbishop of Washington, to cardinal. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
November 10, 2020 - 11:02 am
The Latest on the Vatican's investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and allegations of sexual misconduct (all times local). ___ 10:45 a.m. Top U.S. Roman Catholic leaders are reacting to the Vatican's investigation of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. The archbishop of Newark, New Jersey,...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. High-profile Australian journalists and large media organizations went on trial on Monday, Nov. 9, 2020, on charges that they breached a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell's sex abuse convictions in 2018 that have since been overturned. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
November 09, 2020 - 12:56 am
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — High-profile Australian journalists and large media organizations went on trial on Monday on charges that they breached a gag order on reporting about Cardinal George Pell’s sex abuse convictions in 2018 that have since been overturned. A total of 18 individual...
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October 22, 2020 - 11:06 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Jeffrey Epstein’s ex-girlfriend denied introducing Britain’s Prince Andrew to underage sex partners in a defensive and combative deposition made public Thursday, calling the prince's accuser an “awful fantasist.” “Are we tallying all the lies?” Ghislaine Maxwell asked during the...
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FILE - Audrey Strauss, acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, points to a photo of Jeffrey Epstein and Ghislaine Maxwell during a news conference, July 2, 2020, in New York. Transcripts of interviews lawyers conducted with Maxwell, the ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, should be released as soon as possible, a judge ordered on Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2020. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska said the transcripts of two days of depositions in 2016 of the British socialite and related documents along with the deposition transcript of an anonymous accuser should be released publicly as soon as is practicable. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
October 20, 2020 - 5:43 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Transcripts of interviews lawyers conducted with the ex-girlfriend of the late convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein can be immediately released, a judge said Tuesday. U.S. District Judge Loretta A. Preska's order allowed the public release of transcripts of two days of depositions...
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FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015 filer, judge Giuseppe Dalla Torre, the now retired president of the Vatican tribunal, center, attends the inauguration ceremony of the 86th Judicial Year of the Vatican tribunal at the Vatican. Two priests are going on trial in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal this week, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy who served at papal Masses in St. Peter’s Basilica, and the other accused of covering it up. The case marks the first known time that the Vatican has criminally prosecuted allegations of sexual abuse of minors that allegedly occurred within the confines of the Vatican City State. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca, File)
October 14, 2020 - 7:26 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A trial opened Wednesday in the Vatican’s criminal tribunal for two priests, one accused of sexually abusing an altar boy in the Vatican’s youth seminary and the other of covering it up. The charges read aloud in the courtroom marked the first time the Vatican had publicly...
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