Crimes against children

June 21, 2019 - 1:07 pm
Michigan State University's authorization Friday of what officials said will be an independent investigation into the handling of sexual assault complaints against now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar is the latest development stemming from the case. Numerous people have been charged,...
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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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FILE - In this June 11, 2019 file photo, William Strampel, center, the ex-dean of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine and former boss of Larry Nassar, appears during closing arguments in his trial before Judge Joyce Draganchuk at Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing, Mich. Strampel was found guilty Wednesday of neglect of duty and misconduct in office but acquitted on a more serious criminal sexual conduct charge. (J. Scott Park/Jackson Citizen Patriot via AP File)
June 12, 2019 - 12:25 pm
William Strampel, a former Michigan State University dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar, was found guilty Wednesday of neglect of duty but was acquitted on a more serious criminal sexual conduct charge. It's the latest development stemming from the sexual assault...
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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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May 24, 2019 - 4:59 pm
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An internal Indianapolis police investigation has determined that a detective didn't violate department policies by working with USA Gymnastics' former chief executive to deflect criticism of the organization's child abuse reporting policies. The Metropolitan Police Department...
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Former NFL player Cierre Wood, who along with his girlfriend is charged with first-degree murder in the death of her 5-year-old daughter, La'Rayah Patra Nicole Lamont Davis, appears in court at the Regional Justice Center on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, in Las Vegas. (Bizuayehu Tesfaye/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
May 22, 2019 - 6:31 pm
LAS VEGAS (AP) — A former pro football player was ordered Wednesday to stand trial on murder and child abuse charges in the death of his girlfriend's 5-year-old daughter soon after they moved into his Las Vegas apartment this year. A judge told former NFL and Canadian Football League running back...
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This 1992 image made from video provided by WBNS-TV, shows Dr. Richard Strauss. A report released on Friday, May 17, 2017, found that the now-dead Ohio State team doctor sexually abused at least 177 male students from the 1970s through the 1990s, and numerous university officials got wind of what was going on over the years but did little or nothing to stop him. (WBNS-TV via AP)
May 20, 2019 - 5:42 pm
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gov. Mike DeWine declared the late Ohio State University team doctor Richard Strauss a monster Monday as he ordered a review of the state medical board's handling of his case decades ago and called for lawmakers to lift the statute of limitations on rape charges. The...
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May 15, 2019 - 8:28 am
DAMASCUS, Md. (AP) — A Maryland school district says no adults were watching when several junior varsity football players at a Maryland high school allegedly raped or attempted to rape four teammates with a broomstick. WTOP-FM reports Montgomery County Public Schools Superintendent Jack Smith says...
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FILE - This undated file photo provided by the Denton County Jail shows John Wetteland. An attorney for Wetteland, Derek Adame said Monday, May 13, 2019, that his client is "completely shocked" by the allegations as the former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher made his first court appearance in Texas on child sex abuse charges nearly five months after his arrest. (Denton County Jail via AP, File)
May 14, 2019 - 6:00 pm
DENTON, Texas (AP) — John Wetteland is stunned by and innocent of charges accusing him of child sex abuse, said an attorney for the former All-Star and World Series MVP pitcher. Attorney Derek Adame commented Monday after Wetteland attended an arraignment hearing in Denton County, Texas. Wetteland...
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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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