Child exploitation

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2018, file photo, Larry Nassar listens as Melissa Alexander Vigogne gives her victim statement in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich. USA Gymnastics is overhauling its Safe Sport policy in hopes of providing better protection for athletes and clearer guidelines for coaches, parents, trainers and club owners on what constitutes abuse. The organization released the new policy on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, after consulting with a wide spectrum of people inside and outside the sport. The group included child welfare advocates and survivors of emotional and sexual abuse, including one athlete abused by former national team doctor Larry Nassar. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)
June 19, 2019 - 3:02 pm
USA Gymnastics is overhauling its Safe Sport policy in hopes of providing better protection for athletes and clearer guidelines for coaches, parents, trainers and club owners on what constitutes abuse. The organization released the new policy on Wednesday after consulting with a wide spectrum of...
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June 12, 2019 - 11:59 am
BOSTON (AP) — A former Harvard University assistant track coach who also coached at a suburban Boston high school has pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography. The U.S. attorney's office in Boston says 71-year-old Walter Johnson, of Framingham, pleaded guilty Tuesday. He faces up to 20...
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Former gymnasts Jordan Schwikert, left, Amy Baumann, center, and Tasha Schwikert, right, take part in a hearing about the statute of limitations child sex abuse victims have to sue their abusers, Monday, May 13, 2019, in Austin, Texas. In Texas, lawmakers quietly removed a bill's provision allowing child sex abuse victims to sue institutions and are now shielding the very groups that lobbied them to do so. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
May 13, 2019 - 7:28 pm
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Former U.S. national team gymnasts backing a Texas bill that would allow victims of sexual abuse more time to sue in civil court on Monday urged the state's lawmakers to restore a key provision allowing those individuals to sue institutions. A push to expand the statute of...
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FILE - This Sept. 1, 2008, file photo, shows former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen in Des Moines, Iowa. Federal prosecutors are seeking the equivalent of a life sentence for the former elite Iowa youth basketball coach who sexually abused and exploited 400 boys over a decade. In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, April 18, 2019, prosecutors asked a judge to sentence the former Iowa youth basketball coach to 180 years in prison. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)/The Des Moines Register via AP)
May 02, 2019 - 7:12 pm
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) — A judge sent an influential youth basketball coach to prison for the rest of his life on Thursday, saying he secretly collected sexual images of 440 boys and molested more than a dozen over a 20-year period. U.S. District Judge C.J. Williams sentenced former Iowa...
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FILE - This Sept. 1, 2008, file photo, shows former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen in Des Moines, Iowa. Federal prosecutors are seeking the equivalent of a life sentence for the former elite Iowa youth basketball coach who sexually abused and exploited 400 boys over a decade. In a sentencing memorandum filed Thursday, April 18, 2019, prosecutors asked a judge to sentence the former Iowa youth basketball coach to 180 years in prison. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)/The Des Moines Register via AP)
April 19, 2019 - 1:27 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former elite youth basketball coach who sexually exploited more than 400 boys over a decade in Iowa deserves to spend the rest of his life in prison, federal prosecutors argue. Prosecutors are asking a judge to sentence 43-year-old Greg Stephen to the maximum possible...
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FILE - In this Oct. 29, 2015, file photo, former Penn State University assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky arrives for an appeal hearing at the Centre County Courthouse in Bellefonte, Pa. Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, but a Pennsylvania appeals court ordered him to be re-sentenced for a 45-count child molestation conviction. Superior Court on Tuesday said Sandusky was improperly sentenced using mandatory minimums. The 75-year-old former Penn State assistant football coach was sentenced in 2012 to 30 to 60 years in state prison for sexual abuse of 10 boys. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar, File)
February 05, 2019 - 6:10 pm
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Seven years after Jerry Sandusky was convicted of child molestation and sentenced to decades behind bars, an appeals court has ordered a resentencing hearing for the former Penn State assistant football coach whose crimes have cost the university a fortune and triggered...
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Lawyers for alleged victims of Vincent Leroyer, from the left, Come Lionnard, Pascale Badina, and Marie-Anne Raymond gather at the opening Monday Jan.21, 2019 in Bordeaux, southwestern France. Lionnard is on trial in southwest France for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of young boys and adolescents when he ran an ice hockey club in the 1980s and 1990s. (AP Photo/John Leicester)
January 21, 2019 - 11:12 am
BORDEAUX, France (AP) — A former French swimming champion is on trial in southwest France for the alleged rape and sexual abuse of young boys and adolescents during the decade he ran an ice hockey club in northern France. Vincent Leroyer told a jury as his three-day trial got underway in Bordeaux...
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A line of school buses with new decals to draw attention to human trafficking make their way on a road in Atlanta, Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. The Georgia attorney general used the new decals on dozens of school buses. (AP Photo/Sarah Morgan)
January 02, 2019 - 5:13 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A line of six dozen school buses wound through Atlanta traffic Wednesday in an attempt to illustrate the scope of the problem of child sex trafficking in Georgia. State Attorney General Chris Carr and Gov.-elect Brian Kemp were joined by other elected officials and anti-trafficking...
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December 17, 2018 - 6:07 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed more legislation inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case. Laws enacted Monday will give judges more flexibility to admit evidence of a defendant's prior commission of a sex assault, stiffen prison terms related to child pornography...
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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Larry Nassar, a sports doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University appears in court in Lansing, Mich., where he pleaded guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault. Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018, advanced more bills inspired by the Nassar sexual abuse case - voting to ease the prosecution of alleged abusers, stiffen child pornography penalties and let more people speak at sentencings under certain circumstances. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)
December 04, 2018 - 10:56 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers on Tuesday advanced more bills inspired by the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case — voting to ease the prosecution of alleged abusers, stiffen child pornography penalties and let more people speak at sentencings under certain circumstances. The legislation,...
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