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Florida Vet Held on Child Pornography, Bestiality Charges

MIAMI (AP) — A South Florida veterinarian is facing charges of possessing child pornography and sexually abusing a dog, authorities said. Prentiss Madden, 40, was arrested by federal agents on Tuesday and ordered held pending a Friday bond hearing, court …

Chicago Parish Fiercely Backs Priest After Sex Abuse Claims

CHICAGO (AP) — When her teenage son was murdered outside a church in 2006, Pam Bosley contacted ministers around Chicago, hoping someone would help make sense of it. Only one wrote back. Michael Pfleger, a charismatic priest of a thriving …

Democrats Seek Closure of Youth Center Amid Abuse Claims

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Three Democratic lawmakers are asking Republican Gov. Chris Sununu to shut down the state’s youth detention center amid growing allegations of sexual and physical abuse. Rep. Mary Jane Wallner and Sens. Cindy Rosenwald and Becky Whitley …

Mormon Church Sued for Alleged Role in Boy Scouts Sex Abuse

PHOENIX (AP) — The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints was hit with several lawsuits Monday for allegedly covering up decades of sexual abuse among Boy Scout troops in Arizona, marking the latest litigation before the state’s end-of-year deadline …

8 Abuse Suits Filed in Arizona Against Boy Scout Councils

PHOENIX (AP) — Eight lawsuits filed Monday allege that Boy Scout leaders in Arizona had sexually abused children dating back decades, signaling what is expected to be a flood of lawsuits in the state before the end of the year …

Judge: Suit Filed by 29 Women Can Proceed Against Ex-Doctor

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A judge has denied a request by a former suburban Portland doctor to put a two-year hold on a civil case filed against him by 29 patients who allege he sexually abused them. Multnomah County Circuit …

Sex Abuse Victims Want Archdiocese Eliminated, Lawyer Says

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — An attorney for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe has claimed that alleged victims of clergy sexual abuse and their lawyers are seeking to eliminate the archdiocese in New Mexico by asking about the church’s holdings. Tom Walker, …

‘It’s Crushing’: Survivors React to McCarrick Abuse Report

RICHMOND, Va. — Men who have come forward with allegations of abuse by former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick expressed disgust, frustration and outrage after an internal Vatican report outlined what was known about the clergyman’s behavior _ and what was ignored. …

Justices Review Priest Abuse Lawsuit’s Ruling on Time Limits

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Pennsylvania’s highest court on Tuesday grappled with whether a woman’s lawsuit on claims of sexual abuse by a priest decades ago should be allowed to proceed — a lower-court ruling that has launched many other lawsuits since …

Abuse Victims Win Right to Sue for $245 Million of Church Assets

The federal judge overseeing the bankruptcy of the Archdiocese of Santa Fe granted a motion to allow lawyers representing a group of victims of clergy abuse to pursue over $245 million of church assets for their clients. The Archdiocese of …