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The Latest: Woman living with Kelly tells parents she’s OK

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 2:40 p.m. A 23-year-old woman described by R. Kelly as one of his girlfriends has told her family that she is “happy” with the embattled R&B artist. Joycelyn Savage said Wednesday during a phone call with her parents … Continue reading The Latest: Woman living with Kelly tells parents she’s OK

Livid R. Kelly cries, calls sex abuse accusers liars

CHICAGO (AP) — R&B star R. Kelly cried, angrily stood up and ranted about being “assassinated” during his first interview since being charged with sexual abuse, calling his accusers liars and saying people are after him for his money. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, told Gayle King of “CBS This … Continue reading Livid R. Kelly cries, calls sex abuse accusers liars

Michael Jackson’s legacy clouded by dark documentary

LOS ANGELES  (AP) — Can the memory of Michael Jackson survive “Leaving Neverland”? After all, it has bounced back before. The superstar’s image was tarnished by allegations of sexual abuse that shadowed him throughout much of his adult life and even stood trial on child molestation charges in 2005, for which he was acquitted. His untimely … Continue reading Michael Jackson’s legacy clouded by dark documentary

The Latest: Convicted Australian cardinal taken to prison

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 6:40 p.m. The most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse has been sent to prison and will wait two weeks to learn his sentence for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago. … Continue reading The Latest: Convicted Australian cardinal taken to prison

R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — After R. Kelly met a girl celebrating her 16th birthday at a restaurant, it was his manager who handed her Kelly’s business card with the R&B star’s personal phone number on it, telling the teen that Kelly wanted her to give him a call, according to prosecutors. The 52-year-old singer-songwriter was charged … Continue reading R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

CHICAGO (AP) — After R. Kelly met a girl celebrating her 16th birthday at a restaurant, it was his manager who handed her Kelly’s business card with the R&B star’s personal phone number on it, telling the teen that Kelly wanted her to give him a call, according to prosecutors. The 52-year-old singer-songwriter was charged … Continue reading R. Kelly insiders may have helped R&B star with sexual abuse

The Latest: Pell’s bail revoked, sentencing set for March 13

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the sentencing hearing for Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 2 p.m. A judge has revoked Cardinal George Pell‘s bail and said he would announce the disgraced cleric’s sentence on March 13. The bail revocation means the most senior Catholic cleric ever convicted of child sex abuse will … Continue reading The Latest: Pell’s bail revoked, sentencing set for March 13

10 Things to Know for Today

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about today: KIM JONG UN MAKES GRAND ARRIVAL IN HANOI After a marathon train journey, the North Korean leader’s armored limo rolls into Vietnam‘s capital with much fanfare ahead of a nuclear summit with Trump. AUSTRALIAN PRELATE CONVICTED OF MOLESTATION … Continue reading 10 Things to Know for Today

German arena cancels concert after R. Kelly charges

BERLIN (AP) — A German concert arena canceled its contract Tuesday with the organizer of an R. Kelly tour, days after the R&B star was charged in the United States with sexually abusing four people, including three underage girls, dating back to 1998. “Regarding the new and objective facts, we have decided to cancel the … Continue reading German arena cancels concert after R. Kelly charges

Differences between Cardinal Pell’s prosecution and defense

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The lawyers representing Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse, and those prosecuting the case painted very different pictures of the events that led to his conviction. Pell was found guilty in December of sexually abusing two 13-year-old choirboys in the sacristy of a … Continue reading Differences between Cardinal Pell’s prosecution and defense

The Latest: Victim of Cardinal Pell sex abuse speaks out

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Latest on the sex abuse case against Cardinal George Pell (all times local): 1:40 p.m. An Australian man who was sexually abused decades ago by Cardinal George Pell says he has experienced “shame, loneliness, depression and struggle.” The man issued a statement after it was publicly revealed that Pell had … Continue reading The Latest: Victim of Cardinal Pell sex abuse speaks out

The Latest: Suburban Chicago woman posts R. Kelly’s bail

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 7:35 p.m. A suburban Chicago woman posted the $100,000 bail for R. Kelly to be freed from jail while he awaits trial on sexual abuse charges. The Chicago Tribune reports that court records show a 47-year-old Romeoville, … Continue reading The Latest: Suburban Chicago woman posts R. Kelly’s bail

Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic cleric ever charged with child sex abuse has been convicted of molesting two choirboys moments after celebrating Mass, dealing a new blow to the Catholic hierarchy’s credibility after a year of global revelations of abuse and cover-up. Cardinal George Pell, Pope Francis‘ top financial adviser and the … Continue reading Most senior Catholic charged with child sex abuse convicted

Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis‘ summit on preventing sexual abuse was never going to meet the expectations placed on it by victims groups, the media and ordinary Catholics outraged over a scandal that has harmed so many and compromised the church’s moral authority so much. Indeed, no sweeping new law was announced to punish … Continue reading Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

Lawyer: Arrangements being made to pay R. Kelly’s $100K bail

(AP) — R. Kelly, one of the best-selling music artists of all time, remained jailed over the weekend as confidants make arrangements to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free him as he awaits trial for aggravated sexual abuse, his lawyer said. The 52-year-old R&B star had hoped to walk out of the 7,000-inmate Chicago … Continue reading Lawyer: Arrangements being made to pay R. Kelly’s $100K bail

CHICAGO | The Latest: Lawyer: R. Kelly to stay jailed 1 or 2 more days

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 4:15 p.m. R. Kelly’s attorney says the R&B singer won’t get out of jail until Monday or Tuesday as arrangements are made to pay the $100,000 bail needed to free him while he awaits trial for aggravated … Continue reading CHICAGO | The Latest: Lawyer: R. Kelly to stay jailed 1 or 2 more days

CHICAGO | Writer tenacious in R. Kelly coverage that has spanned years

CHICAGO (AP) — Music writer Jim DeRogatis introduced himself to R. Kelly’s attorney after posing a question at a press conference following the R&B star’s court appearance Saturday by saying, “I’m the one you ignore.” The longtime chronicler of Kelly took issue with defense attorney Steve Greenberg’s suggestion that one of Kelly’s accusers told authorities … Continue reading CHICAGO | Writer tenacious in R. Kelly coverage that has spanned years

CHICAGO | The Latest: R. Kelly still jailed pending payment of $100K

CHICAGO (AP) — The Latest on the sexual abuse case against R&B singer R. Kelly (all times local): 10:40 a.m. R. Kelly remains jailed a day after a bond court judge ruled the R&B star could go free pending a sex abuse trial if he pays 10 percent of a $1 million bail. The Cook … Continue reading CHICAGO | The Latest: R. Kelly still jailed pending payment of $100K

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Argentine bishop’s behavior may reflect on Pope

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on Pope Francis‘ summit at the Vatican on preventing clergy sex abuse (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The Vatican has announced it will soon issue a child protection policy and guidelines for preventing sexual abuse of minors for Vatican City State. The Associated Press reported last year that Vatican … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Argentine bishop’s behavior may reflect on Pope

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the “wrath of God” and prioritize victims

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis ends summit on clergy sex abuse; vows to confront abusers with the “wrath of God” and prioritize victims. By Associated Press

VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.” Francis delivered his remarks at the end of Mass before 190 … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope vows to end cover-ups, fight sex abuse with God’s wrath

VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Cardinals attending Pope Francis‘ summit on preventing clergy sex abuse called Friday for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors when they fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. On the second day of Francis’ extraordinary gathering of Catholic leaders, the debate … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

PARIS (AP) — Still struggling to come to terms with their share of responsibility in the clerical sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church, France’s bishops have agreed to award financial compensation to victims whose cases fall outside of France’s statute of limitations. “We have agreed in principle to make a financial gesture,” Vincent Neymon, … Continue reading PARIS | French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Latest on the Vatican’s conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 5:45 p.m. A Colombian cardinal has warned fellow Roman Catholic bishops at a Vatican summit they could be imprisoned for covering up crimes if they don’t properly deal with clergy sex abuse cases. In a … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | The Latest: Cardinal condemns how church handles sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis opened a landmark sex abuse prevention summit Thursday by warning senior Catholic figures that the faithful are demanding concrete action against predator priests and not just words of condemnation. Victims then told the bishops of the searing emotional pain of their abuse. Francis opened the four-day summit by telling … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope demands bishops act now on abuse; victims speak of pain

Ohio News: Miami County Man, Shawn Bradley Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Recording Sexual Abuse of Two Minors

DAYTON, Oo. – Shawn Bradley, 37 of Miami County, Ohio, was sentenced in U.S. District Court to 25 years in prison for creating child pornography. Benjamin C. Glassman, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio, and Steve Francis, Special Agent in Charge, U.S. Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), announced the sentence handed down yesterday … Continue reading Ohio News: Miami County Man, Shawn Bradley Sentenced to 25 Years in Prison for Recording Sexual Abuse of Two Minors

Virginia News: NORFOLK, Dashawn Webster Sentenced to 24 Years for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

NORFOLK, Va. – A Portsmouth man was sentenced today to over 24 years in prison for producing child pornography of a 2-year-old boy. “Protecting the most vulnerable from heinous crimes and vile perpetrators, like Webster, will continue to be a top priority,” said G. Zachary Terwilliger, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia. “The … Continue reading Virginia News: NORFOLK, Dashawn Webster Sentenced to 24 Years for Producing Images of Child Sexual Abuse

KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghanistan suspends soccer officials amid abuse allegations

KABUL, Afghanistan — Afghan authorities have suspended the head of the soccer federation and five other senior officials amid allegations of sexual and physical abuse of female athletes. Jamshed Rasooli, a spokesman for the attorney general, announced the suspensions Sunday, saying the move was intended to allow for a transparent investigation into the accusations publicized … Continue reading KABUL, Afghanistan | Afghanistan suspends soccer officials amid abuse allegations

North Carolina News: ASHEVILLE, Derek Shawn Pendergraft, Superseding Indictment Charges Asheville Man With First Degree Murder And Aggravated Sexual Abuse Resulting In Death

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A superseding criminal bill of indictment was returned on December 4, 2018, by a federal grand jury, charging Derek Shawn Pendergraft, 21, of Asheville, N.C., with one count of first degree murder and two counts of aggravated sexual abuse resulting in the death of his Pisgah Inn co-worker, Sara Ellis, announced Andrew … Continue reading North Carolina News: ASHEVILLE, Derek Shawn Pendergraft, Superseding Indictment Charges Asheville Man With First Degree Murder And Aggravated Sexual Abuse Resulting In Death

NEWCASTLE, Australia | Australian archbishop cleared of child sex abuse cover-up

NEWCASTLE, Australia — An Australian appeal court has overturned a conviction against the most senior Roman Catholic cleric ever found guilty of covering up child sex abuse. New South Wales state District Court Judge Roy Ellis on Thursday upheld former Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson’s appeal against his May conviction for concealing the sexual abuse of … Continue reading NEWCASTLE, Australia | Australian archbishop cleared of child sex abuse cover-up