Crimes against children

November 16, 2019 - 2:18 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — A scandal over alleged sexual molestation and abuse at the Vatican’s youth seminary is growing, with more former papal altar boys alleging inappropriate behavior by priests inside the Vatican walls. Le Iene, an Italian investigative television program, plans to air the new...
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FILE - This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)
November 16, 2019 - 1:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors offered a plea deal to two correctional officers responsible for guarding Jeffrey Epstein on the night of his death, but the officers have declined the offer, people familiar with the matter told The Associated Press. The existence of the plea offer signals the...
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Pope Francis delivers his blessing in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican at the end of an audience with students and teachers of the LUMSA Catholic University, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 14, 2019 - 9:28 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Australia's highest court agreed Wednesday Nov. 13, 2019, to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
November 13, 2019 - 5:45 pm
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear an appeal from the most senior Catholic to be found guilty of sexually abusing children, giving Cardinal George Pell his last chance at getting his convictions overturned. The decision by the High Court of Australia comes...
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FILE - This file booking photo provided by Pinal County Sheriff's Office shows Machelle Hobson. Hobson, accused of abusing her adopted children who starred on her popular YouTube channel has died, authorities said Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019. Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said Wednesday that Hobson died Tuesday at a Phoenix-area hospital. Alvarado had no information on the circumstances of Hobson’s death. (Pinal County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
November 13, 2019 - 11:43 am
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman accused of abusing her adopted children who starred on her popular YouTube channel has died, authorities said Wednesday Maricopa Police Department spokesman Ricardo Alvarado said Wednesday that Machelle Hobson died Tuesday at a Phoenix-area hospital. Alvarado had no...
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November 13, 2019 - 9:53 am
BERLIN (AP) — A German court has convicted a 49-year-old woman of child abuse and fraud for claiming her children suffered from bogus medical conditions for years to receive additional social assistance. News agency dpa reported the woman was sentenced to eight years in prison in Luebeck state...
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FILE - In this July 15, 2019 file photo, Annie Farmer, one of Jeffrey Epstein's accusers who spoke at his bail hearing, attends a news conference outside federal court in New York. Farmer is among three women who are suing Epstein's estate. Farmer filed a lawsuit Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, in Manhattan federal court. The lawsuit said Epstein touched her inappropriately after climbing into bed with her when she was 16. It said the attack occurred after Epstein flew her to his ranch in New Mexico in 1996.. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
November 12, 2019 - 5:13 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A woman who confronted Jeffrey Epstein at a July bail hearing to tell a judge he touched her inappropriately when she was 16 sued his estate Tuesday, alleging he had subjected her to sex trafficking as part of his attacks on young women and girls. Lawyers for Annie Farmer filed the...
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November 08, 2019 - 7:09 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — "Jersey Shore" star Ronnie Ortiz-Magro has pleaded not guilty to domestic violence, child endangerment, false imprisonment and other misdemeanors after his arrest last month in the Hollywood Hills. The 33-year-old Ortiz-Magro entered the plea Friday in Los Angeles to seven...
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FILE - This 2012 photo provided by Juozas Valiusaitis shows Neringa Venckiene in Lithuania. A family member says the U.S. extradition appears to be underway for Venckiene, a former Lithuanian judge who faces charges in her homeland tied to her claims a ring of pedophiles victimized her 4-year-old niece. Her son tells The Associated Press that his mother messaged him Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, to say jail guards in Chicago ordered her to gather her belongings and that she was being taken away. The son, Karolis Venckus, said that could only mean the extradition process has begun. (photo courtesy Juozas Valiusaitis via AP File)
November 08, 2019 - 5:39 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A Lithuanian court has remanded in custody for two months a former judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring in Lithuania. Friday's ruling by the Kaunas district court was in line with the prosecution's request as Neringa Venckiene, 48, was...
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FILE - This 2012 photo provided by Juozas Valiusaitis shows Neringa Venckiene in Lithuania. A family member says the U.S. extradition appears to be underway for Venckiene, a former Lithuanian judge who faces charges in her homeland tied to her claims a ring of pedophiles victimized her 4-year-old niece. Her son tells The Associated Press that his mother messaged him Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, to say jail guards in Chicago ordered her to gather her belongings and that she was being taken away. The son, Karolis Venckus, said that could only mean the extradition process has begun. (photo courtesy Juozas Valiusaitis via AP File)
November 07, 2019 - 9:23 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A former Lithuanian judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring appeared at a detention hearing Thursday after being extradited to her home country from Chicago. Neringa Venckiene, who faces charges that include submitting false reports regarding...
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