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Judge won’t dismiss church sex-abuse suits

A dozen lawsuits against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Spokane alleging clergy sexual abuse now will move forward after a judge on Thursday rejected the diocese’s motion to dismiss them. …


Diocese numbers higher

The percentage of priests accused of sexual abuse in the Catholic Diocese of Spokane is higher than the national average. About 4 percent of all American clerics who served from …


Ex-Civic Leader Sentenced For Molestation Former Kootenai Democratic Party Chief Apologizes To Step-Grandson

Bob Brown


District, Teacher Share Liability For Conduct Family Awarded $11,000 For Class Incident In 1994

A Spokane judge Friday awarded $11,000 to a Spokane family for the “wrongful” conduct of a former Central Valley School District teacher who made an allegedly lewd remark to a …


Former Valley Teacher Facing Suit Suspended

A former Spokane Valley teacher who was fired 2-1/2 years ago has been suspended from a West Side teaching job. The Kent School District has put Anthony Benson on administrative …


Suit Accuses ‘Frugal Gourmet’ Of Sexually Molesting Teen Boys Television Chef Jeff Smith Denies Allegations In Lawsuit

Jeff Smith cooks up a meal during the taping of a segment from the “Frugal Gournet” in this file photo. A lawsuit accuses him of molesting boys in the 1970s. …


Jungblom Denies Raping Student Ex-Counselor Testifies From Prison In Civil Case Against School District

A former Davenport High School teacher and coach says he didn’t have sex with a high school student who is suing the district for civil rights violations. Charles “CJ” Jungblom, …


Let’s Hope School Has Girls’ Courage

Little can divide a community like allegations of sexual misconduct against a trusted and well-liked figure. People take sides. People suffer. One side is always unhappy with the outcome. In …


Judge Bars Allegations In Abuse Trial Teacher Takes Stand But Doesn’t Have To Answer Questions About 1989 Rape Investigation

When Paul Mather took the stand Thursday to defend himself against sexual misconduct charges, he did not have to answer accusations that he had sex with a 16-year-old several years …


Accused Priest Commits Suicide

A Roman Catholic priest who had been accused of molesting Southern California boys over two decades committed suicide in Washington, D.C., police said Saturday. Father Ted Llanos, 50, killed himself …


Claim Of Rape Kept From Jury Teacher Wins Motion At Abuse Trial

The jury at teacher Paul Mather’s upcoming sex abuse trial can’t be told that he once allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old, Judge Gary Haman ruled Monday. However, Haman reserved …


Officer Charged With Sex Crimes

A King County police officer has been charged with several sex crimes involving a 16-year-old girl. William Arthur Erdt, 48, was charged Friday with unlawful imprisonment, sexual exploitation of a …


Social Worker Fired Over Abuse At Boys Ranch Three Others Sanctioned For Handling Of Complaints

Three state social workers have been sanctioned for their handling of abuse complaints at the OK Boys Ranch and a fourth has been fired for giving confidential police files to …


Weaver Lawyer To Defend Doctor

A Boise lawyer who helped win acquittals for Randy Weaver on all charges connected with the deadly 1992 siege at the white separatist’s Panhandle cabin has joined the defense team …


Deer Park Teacher Accused Of Molesting Students In ‘70s Recent ‘Teacher Of The Month’ Linked To Montana Allegations

A Deer Park Junior High teacher and recent “Teacher of the Month” is under investigation for allegedly molesting students during the 1970s, when he was a school principal in Philipsburg, …


Serial Molester On The Loose

A monster is on the loose - snatching little girls from their homes, usually at night in their sleep, often molesting them and then dropping them off on sidewalks near …


Protect The Kids - Not Bad Teachers

How could it have happened? Why did the Coeur d’Alene School District allow a middle-school teacher to instruct after he’d admitted to others in 1989 he’d had sex with a …


Police Reports Say District Knew Teacher Had Sex With Girl In 1989

In 1989, the Coeur d’Alene School District knew that teacher Paul T. Mather had had sexual intercourse with a 16-year-old girl, according to police reports. School officials could have fired …


District, State Probing Harassment Charges

The Moses Lake School District is investigating charges that a teacher and coach sexually harassed students. Lonnie Humphrey, a 23-year veteran of the district, was put on paid leave May …


Cda Teacher Accused Of Sexual Abuse Five Students Say Coach Molested Them At School

Paul T. Mather File/The Spokesman-Review


Furness Free On Bond Until Assault Hearing

A magistrate has decided state Sen. Rex Furness, R-Rigby, can remain free under $20,000 bond until his June 11 preliminary hearing on sexual battery charges involving his 17-year-old adopted granddaughter. …


Boys Abused By Politics, Charitable Donor Report Outlines Abuses Beyond State Neglect At Now-Closed Group Home

Boys who were sexually abused and beaten at the now-closed OK Boys Ranch suffered not only from state neglect but from politics, timid prosecutors and even a charitable donor who …


Sex At Boys Home ‘A Horrible Mistake’ Closed Facility Looked Other Way At Sexual Activity Among Boys

State social workers have been instructed that it is not OK for boys in group homes to have sex together even if the activity is “consensual,” a Senate committee was …


Teenagers Say Chores Lead To Molestation Harrison Man Denies Charges, But Trial Ordered

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Principal Scheduled For Trial Ex-St. Patrick’s Administrator Pleads Innocent To Molestation

The former principal of St. Patrick’s Elementary is scheduled to go to trial this month on charges of molesting an eighth-grade student while watching a movie at the administrator’s apartment. …


Schools Sweep Sex Abuse Under Rug

Teachers and school administrators never tire of telling us, often in the most syrupy of tones, how committed they are to the welfare of the wonderful, wonderful children in their …


Murdered Man Target In Sex Probe Victims Allegedly Abused Killer’s Daughter

Ronald D. Bingham, who was shot to death with his wife at a Lewiston auto body shop on Wednesday, was being investigated for alleged sexual contact with his accused killer’s …


Woman Admits Lewd Acts But Says She Was ‘Coaxed’ Into Having Sex With Boys

A 21-year-old woman Friday admitted having sex with 13- and 14-year-old boys, but said she was “coaxed” into it by her boyfriend, who watched. Kimberly Ward, of Lancaster, Calif., pleaded …