Sexual abuse

CORRECTS TO MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS AND REMOVES GYMNAST REFERENCE - In this June 30, 2016 photo, coach John Holman works with a gymnast at Parkettes National Gymnastics Training Center in Allentown, Pa. Holman, who has coached for about 40 years at Parkettes Gymnastics Club, has been barred by USA Gymnastics from being around minors unsupervised while it investigates a misconduct claim. USA Gymnastics tells The Allentown Morning Call that Holman's suspension, issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport, is a requirement when such allegations are reported. (Emily Paine/The Morning Call via AP)
June 07, 2019 - 5:15 pm
ALLENTOWN, Pa. (AP) — The organization tasked with policing abuse in Olympic sports has barred a Pennsylvania gymnastics coach from being around minors unsupervised while it investigates a misconduct claim. John Holman's interim restriction issued by the U.S. Center for SafeSport is a requirement...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse will soon ask an Australian appeals court to reverse convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than 20 years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
June 06, 2019 - 9:06 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse will spend his 78th birthday in an Australian prison on Saturday as three judges consider whether to overturn his convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago...
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Laura Pontikes pauses during an interview in the prayer section of her apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. The 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
June 06, 2019 - 2:55 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Texas couple that accused top U.S. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of mishandling a sexual misconduct case involving his former deputy is denying his office's claims against them, saying the church is mistreating them the way it mistreats other victims. DiNardo's Galveston-Houston...
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ADDS FIRST NAME - Young women pray outside the "La Luz Del Mundo," or Light of the World church, after members learned their church's leader Naasón Joaquín García was arrested in the U.S., in Guadalajara, Mexico, Tuesday, June 4, 2019. California authorities have charged Garcia, the self-proclaimed apostle of the Mexico-based church that claims over 1 million followers, with child rape, human trafficking and producing child pornography in Southern California. (AP Photo/Refugio Ruiz)
June 05, 2019 - 9:13 pm
MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexico-based La Luz del Mundo church said Wednesday that its leader and "apostle" Naasón Joaquín García, who was arrested in California on charges of human trafficking and child rape, remains the spiritual leader of the group, which claims 5 million followers in 58 countries...
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Cardinal George Pell, center rear, arrives at the Supreme Court of Victoria in Melbourne, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. The most senior Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse has begun his appeal in an Australian court against his convictions of molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than 20 years ago. Cardinal George Pell appeared in court wearing a cleric's collar for the hearing being heard by three judges. Formerly the pope's finance minister, Pell had been sentenced in March to six years in prison. (Julian Smith/AAP Image via AP)
June 05, 2019 - 1:19 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Roman Catholic found guilty of child sex abuse began his court appeal Wednesday against his convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral more than 20 years ago. Cardinal George Pell, 77, wore a cleric's collar as he...
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FILE - In this Aug. 14, 2009 file photo, worshippers raise their hands at La Luz Del Mundo, "Light of the World, Restoration of the Primitive Christian Church," during the Holy Dinner celebration, one of the principal religious events of The Light of the World church at the Hermosa Provincia Temple in Guadalajara, Mexico. California authorities have charged the leader and self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz Del Mundo (The Light of the World), a church based in Mexico that claims over 1 million followers, with child rape. Becerra on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 announced that Joaquin Garcia has been arrested and charged with committing 26 felonies in Southern California between 2015 and 2018. The charges also include human trafficking and producing child pornography. (AP Photo/Carlos Jasso, File)
June 04, 2019 - 10:30 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The leader and self-proclaimed apostle of La Luz del Mundo, a Mexico-based church with branches in the U.S. that claims over 1 million followers, has been charged with human trafficking and child rape, California officials announced Tuesday. Joaquín García and a follower of the...
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FILE - In this May 7, 2019 file photo, Musician R. Kelly, center, arrives at the Leighton Criminal Court building for a hearing in Chicago. Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday, May 30, with 11 new sex-related counts, including some that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious against him. (AP Photo/Matt Marton, File)
May 31, 2019 - 2:58 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — A woman has come forward to say publicly that 11 new sex-related felony counts against R. Kelly stem from allegations she made about the R&B singer. Jerhonda Pace writes on her Facebook page that she's the alleged victim prosecutors identify as "J.P." in court papers...
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FILE - This March 13, 2019 file photo shows R. Kelly and his publicist Darryll Johnson, right, leaving The Daley Center after an appearance in court for Kelly's child support case in Chicago. Prosecutors in Chicago have charged Kelly with 11 new sex assault charges, some that are more serious than those first filed against him in February. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Thursday, May 30, on its website that the charges include counts that carry a potential sentence of up to 30 years in prison. The charges say the alleged offenses happened in 2010. (Ashlee Rezin/Chicago Sun-Times via AP, File)
May 30, 2019 - 7:36 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Prosecutors charged R&B singer R. Kelly on Thursday with 11 new sex-related counts involving one of the women who accused him of sexually abusing her when she was underage, including counts that carry a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison, making them the most serious he faces...
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Pope Francis arrives for his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
May 29, 2019 - 4:26 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican communications office on Wednesday corrected the Italian transcript of Pope Francis' comments about disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. Earlier, it had omitted Francis' claim that he didn't remember if he had been told in 2013 of McCarrick's penchant for...
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FILE - In this Feb. 13, 2013 file photo, Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick poses during an interview with the Associated Press, in Rome. Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican travel restrictions in 2008 for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis. Francis defrocked McCarrick in February after a church investigation confirmed that McCarrick sexually abused minors and adults. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini, File)
May 28, 2019 - 2:57 pm
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Email correspondence shows disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was placed under Vatican restrictions in 2008 for sleeping with seminarians, but regularly flouted those travel rules with the apparent knowledge of Vatican officials under Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis...
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