Crimes against children

April 30, 2019 - 6:39 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out former Penn State President Graham Spanier's child-endangerment conviction, less than a day before he was due to turn himself in to jail. U.S. Magistrate Judge Karoline Mehalchick in Scranton, Pennsylvania, issued a decision late Tuesday that...
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April 29, 2019 - 6:04 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A woman accused of starving her stepdaughter to death in a suburb north of Atlanta in 2013 has been convicted of the girl's murder. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that 36-year-old Tiffany Moss was found guilty of all counts including murder, cruelty to children and trying...
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Mourners gather outside the home of 5-year-old Andrew "AJ" Freund for a vigil Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Crystal Lake, Ill. Andrew's body was found in a wooded area in Woodstock Wednesday, and the boy's parents have been charged with his murder. (John J. Kim/Chicago Tribune via AP)
April 25, 2019 - 1:14 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Police believe an Illinois couple who reported their 5-year-old son missing last week killed him days earlier by beating him and forcing him to stand in a cold shower for an extended period of time, according to court documents released Thursday. The allegations are included in a...
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FILE - In this June 2, 2017, file photo, former Penn State President Graham Spanier departs after his sentencing hearing at the Dauphin County Courthouse in Harrisburg, Pa. A federal judge will consider ex-Penn State president Graham Spanier's argument that his conviction should be thrown out, a week before he's due to report to jail. The hearing Thursday, April 25, 2019, concerns Spanier's argument he was wrongly convicted in Pennsylvania state court for mishandling a 2001 complaint about Jerry Sandusky under a version of the law that wasn't in place at that time. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
April 25, 2019 - 12:05 pm
SCRANTON, Pa. (AP) — Former Penn State President Graham Spanier is asking a federal magistrate judge to overturn his conviction, less than a week before he is scheduled to start serving two months in jail. Spanier was in a Scranton, Pennsylvania, courthouse Thursday as his lawyers argued it...
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April 21, 2019 - 10:30 pm
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — California police say a teenage victim of sexual assault was lured through a dating app. KABC-TV reports that Santa Ana police arrested 59-year-old Michael Komoto April 18 on a charge of engaging in sex acts with a minor. Police say Komoto told a 15-year-old boy he was 39...
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In this photo from video by KABC-TV, Louise Turpin sobs and dabs her eyes as one of her children speaks during a sentencing hearing Friday, April 19, 2019, in Riverside, Calif. David and Louise Turpin, who pleaded guilty to years of torture and abuse of 12 of their 13 children, have been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 25 years. (KABC-TV via AP, Pool)
April 20, 2019 - 1:48 am
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The eldest son and daughter of a couple who starved and shackled 12 of their children spoke publicly for the first time Friday, alternately condemning and forgiving their parents before a judge sentenced the pair to up to life in prison. Since being freed from their prison-...
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FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2018 file photo, Louise Turpin, left, and her husband, David Turpin appear in Superior Court in Riverside, Calif. The Turpins, who starved a dozen of their children and shackled some to beds, face sentencing for years of abuse. The couple is due Friday, April 19, 2019, in Riverside County Superior Court for a proceeding that is largely a formality. The couple pleaded guilty in February to torture and other abuse and agreed to serve at least 25 years in prison. (Watchara Phomicinda/The Orange County Register/SCNG via AP, Pool, File)
April 19, 2019 - 1:27 pm
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing of a California couple who starved and abused a dozen of their children for years (all times local): 10:26 a.m. A California couple who pleaded guilty to years of torture and abuse of 12 of their 13 children have been sentenced to life in prison...
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In this 2016 photo, arts teacher John Zeretzke, right, applauds his students after they performed a piece with flutes they built in his class in Lake Forest, Calif. Zeretzke, the founder of a nonprofit group investigated over allegations it gave flutes possibly tainted with semen to schoolchildren has been charged with committing lewd acts against girls. The California attorney general’s office announced Thursday, April 18, 2019, that Zeretzke was indicted last month on charges involving five young girls in Orange and Los Angeles counties. The Orange County Register says he’s pleaded not guilty. (Nick Koon/The Orange County Register via AP)
April 18, 2019 - 11:28 pm
SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — The founder of a nonprofit group that was investigated over allegations it gave flutes possibly tainted with semen to schoolchildren has been charged with committing lewd acts against girls in California, it was announced Thursday. John Zeretzke, 60, of Ventura was indicted...
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FILE - In this Feb. 22, 2019 file photo, Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx speaks at a news conference, in Chicago. Text messages show Fox, the Chicago prosecutor whose office handled the case of "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett told her top deputy that Smollett was a "washed up celeb" who was overcharged. The office of Cook County State's Attorney released thousands of documents from the investigation late Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in response to media requests. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)
April 17, 2019 - 6:10 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Chicago's top prosecutor injected herself into the criminal case accusing Jussie Smollett of staging a racist, anti-gay attack in January despite having recused herself, telling a deputy in a text message weeks before charges were suddenly dropped that she believed the office had...
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FILE - In this March 3, 2017 file photo, Monsignor Michael Byrnes poses for a photo in front of his residence in Hagatna, Guam. The Vatican officially named Byrnes as Guam's archbishop on Saturday, April 6, 2019, following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. (AP Photo/Grace Garces Bordallo, File)
April 06, 2019 - 6:48 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. Byrnes in 2016 had been named coadjutor bishop for the U.S. Pacific island territory, giving him the right of succession after...
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