Crimes against children

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 - 2:34 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, texting a deputy that the "Empire" actor had been overcharged by her own office, according to newly released texts...
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April 17, 2019 - 1:10 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A father convicted of injuring his infant daughter years ago by shaking her was charged Wednesday with criminal homicide following the teenager's death. The 13-year-old girl, who had been in the care of a family friend, died in February of "complications of a seizure disorder...
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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 - 5:48 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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FILE - In this March 29, 2018 file photo, Deputy Bill Holcomb looks down the cliff near the crash site near Mendocino, Calif., as search and rescue volunteers scour the area behind him on and resume looking for children, still missing after their parent's SUV plunged into the ocean Monday. A California Highway Patrol investigator testified Thursday, April 4, 2019 that Sarah Hart searched whether death by drowning was relatively painless hours before her wife drove an SUV off a cliff, killing them and six adopted children in waters below. A special coroner's jury in Mendocino County is trying to determine whether the March 2018 deaths were murder-suicide or accidental. (Kale Williams/The Oregonian via AP)
April 04, 2019 - 9:10 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A special coroner's jury in California ruled the deaths of two women and their six adopted children was a murder-suicide after hearing testimony that one of the women had searched death by drowning online and the other deliberately stepped on the gas, sending their SUV plunging...
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Archbishop designated by Pope Francis to the Archdiocese of Washington, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, speaks during a news conference at Washington Archdiocesan Pastoral Center in Hyattsville, Md., Thursday, April 4, 2019. Archbishop-designate Gregory will succeed Cardinal Donald Wuerl. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
April 04, 2019 - 12:22 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Archbishop Wilton Gregory promised Catholics he would "rebuild your trust" after Pope Francis on Thursday named him the new archbishop of Washington, D.C., the archdiocese that has become the epicenter of the clergy sex abuse crisis in the U.S. Gregory, 71, the archbishop of...
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FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2015, file photo, Kim Foxx, then a candidate for Cook County state's attorney, speaks at a news conference in Chicago. Foxx, who became the state's attorney, removed herself from the Smollett case before he was charged, saying she had discussed the case with a Smollett family member. The case was handed to First Assistant State's Attorney Joseph Magats. Foxx defended the decision by her staff to drop charges, saying the matter was handled properly. She pointed to Smollett forfeiting his $10,000 bond and doing community service. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)
April 01, 2019 - 9:18 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Cook County State's Attorney Kim Foxx was elected in 2016 mainly because of anger that the prosecutor she ousted had waited a year to charge a Chicago police officer in the killing of black teenager Laquan McDonald. Then Foxx, who is a survivor of sexual assault as a child, grabbed...
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R. Kelly, front, leaves the Leighton Criminal Court after a hearing on Friday, March 22, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Matt Marton)
April 01, 2019 - 2:50 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's attorney accused the state's attorney Monday of succumbing to pressure from attorney Michael Avenatti in bringing sex-abuse charges against the R&B singer in Illinois, saying his involvement has irreparably tainted the case. Steve Greenberg made the accusations in a...
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Pope Francis, flanked by interim director of Holy See Press Office, Alessandro Gisotti, speaks to reporters on board the flight back to Rome from a two-day trip to Morocco, Sunday, March 31, 2019. Francis sought Sunday to encourage greater fraternity between Christians and Muslims in Morocco, telling his flock that showing the country's Muslim majority they are part of the same human family will help stamp out extremism. (Alberto Pizzoli/Pool Photo via AP)
March 31, 2019 - 4:42 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis defended his decision to reject French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin's resignation after he was convicted of covering up for a predator priest, saying Sunday the appeals process must run its course before a final decision is made. Francis also explained why...
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FILE - In this Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, the sun sets on a sign in front of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe offices in Albuquerque, N.M. A priest who fled the United States decades ago faces a federal trial on charges that he sexually abused a New Mexico boy in the early 1990s at an Air Force base and veterans' cemetery. Arthur Perrault, a one-time pastor in Albuquerque, has been charged with aggravated sexual abuse and others counts. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)
March 30, 2019 - 2:49 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A priest who was captured in Morocco after fleeing the U.S. decades ago is facing a federal trial on charges that he sexually abused a New Mexico boy in the early 1990s at an Air Force base and veterans' cemetery. The trial of 80-year-old Arthur Perrault is set to begin...
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FILE - This file booking photo provided by Pinal County Sheriff's Office shows Machelle Hobson. Hobson, who used to operate a popular YouTube channel featuring children, was indicted Monday, March 25, 2019, on charges that she abused and kidnapped five of her seven adopted children. (Pinal County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
March 29, 2019 - 3:54 pm
PHOENIX (AP) — An Arizona woman who had a popular YouTube channel featuring children pleaded not guilty Friday to charges she abused some of her seven adopted children by pepper-spraying them, striking them with a clothes hanger and making them take ice baths. Pinal County Attorney's spokeswoman...
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