Child exploitation

FILE - In this May 19, 2017, file photo, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange greets supporters from a balcony of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. The Justice Department inadvertently named Assange in a court filing in an unrelated case that raised immediate questions about whether the WikiLeaks founder had been charged under seal. Assange’s name appears twice in an August 2018 filing from a prosecutor in Virginia in a separate case involving a man accused of coercing a minor. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, File)
November 16, 2018 - 8:57 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange will not willingly travel to the United States to face charges filed under seal against him, one of his lawyers said Friday, foreshadowing a possible fight over extradition for a central figure in the U.S. special counsel's Russia-Trump...
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October 21, 2018 - 9:07 pm
SYDNEY (AP) — Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has delivered a formal apology to the country's victims of child sex abuse, saying the nation must acknowledge their long and painful journey, and say sorry. Morrison's speech in Parliament on Monday was heard by hundreds of abuse survivors and...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney William McSwain is shown at a news conference in Philadelphia. McSwain sent out grand jury subpoenas last week to Pennsylvania dioceses as part of a federal investigation of clergy abuse in Catholic churches. The investigation, which follows a state grand jury probe, was confirmed by multiple sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. McSwain wouldn't comment. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
October 19, 2018 - 12:17 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. A colleague in Philadelphia is now taking new aim at...
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FILE--This undated file photo provided by Scotty Barr shows Ashley Johnson-Barr. An Alaska man linked to the 10-year-old girl's death has pleaded not guilty to lying to federal authorities investigating the case. (Scotty Barr via AP)
September 24, 2018 - 8:05 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man was charged Monday in the death of a 10-year-old girl whose remains were found more than a week after she was reported missing. State prosecutors charged Peter Wilson of Kotzebue with first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual abuse of a minor and tampering with...
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FILE - In this Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018 file photo, Pope Francis prays for the victims of the Kerala floods during the Angelus noon prayer in St.Peter's Square, at the Vatican. Pope Francis has issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning the "crime" of priestly sexual abuse and cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, File)
August 20, 2018 - 6:15 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis vowed Monday that "no effort must be spared" to root out priestly sex abuse and cover-up from the Catholic Church, but gave no indication that he would take action to sanction complicit bishops or end the Vatican culture of secrecy that has allowed the crisis to...
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FILE – In this May 15, 2018, file photo, acting New York state Attorney General Barbara D. Underwood speaks to lawmakers evaluating a dozen candidates to succeed former Attorney General Eric Schneiderman after he resigned amid domestic abuse allegations, during interviews in the Legislative Office Building in Albany, N.Y. Underwood's appointment to serve as state attorney general through year's end was approved May 22, 2018, and her office said Friday, Aug. 17, 2018, it is exploring teaming up with local district attorneys to conduct an investigation of child sex abuse in Roman Catholic dioceses like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread abuse in six dioceses statewide. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink, File)
August 17, 2018 - 5:08 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Attorneys general around the U.S. have been largely silent this week about any plans to conduct an investigation like Pennsylvania's that uncovered widespread child sexual abuse in six Roman Catholic dioceses, although New York's top prosecutor is an exception, saying she is...
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July 30, 2018 - 4:27 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The judge who presided over Jerry Sandusky's child molestation trial will help figure out what can be made public in a grand jury's report into child sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses. The state Supreme Court on Monday has named McKean County Judge John...
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Pope Francis waves to faithful from his studio window overlooking St. Peter's Square during the Angelus noon prayer at the Vatican, Sunday, July 29, 2018. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
July 30, 2018 - 9:39 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Monday accepted the resignation of an Australian archbishop convicted in criminal court of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest, taking action after coming under mounting pressure from ordinary Catholics, priests and even the Australian prime...
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July 28, 2018 - 1:51 pm
MOUNT HOLLY, N.J. (AP) — A former pastor who co-founded a Christian music festival before admitting he had sexual contact with children and being branded a "wolf" has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. Harry Thomas, who's 75 years old, was the pastor of Come Alive New Testament Church in Medford...
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FILE - In this Jan. 24, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar sits during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Mich. Lawyers for the imprisoned former sports doctor on Tuesday, July 24, 2018, filed motions in Ingham County asking that he be re-sentenced by a different judge in the first of the major molestation cases he faced. Nassar, who's serving a 60-year federal sentence for possessing child pornography, was also sentenced to up to 175 years in state prison for molesting young athletes. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
July 25, 2018 - 10:00 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Larry Nassar's attorneys say the disgraced former sports doctor was assaulted within hours of being placed in the general population at the federal prison in Arizona where he is serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography possession. In motions filed Tuesday seeking to...
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