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Church releasing sex abuse files on Chicago clergy

CHICAGO — The Archdiocese of Chicago will on Wednesday hand over thousands of pages documenting clergy sex abuse allegations to victims’ attorneys who have fought for years to hold the …


Judge: No new trial for Jerry Sandusky

HARRISBURG, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky lost a bid for a new trial today when a judge rejected his argument that his lawyers were not given enough time to prepare for …


Spokane Diocese claims lawyers mishandled bankruptcy

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has accused its own lawyers of mishandling its historic bankruptcy, which exposed decades of clergy sex abuse and cost parishioners and insurers $50 million. A …


Jerry Sandusky sentenced to at least 30 years

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — Jerry Sandusky was sentenced today to at least 30 years in prison — effectively a life sentence — in the child sexual abuse scandal that brought shame …


Court orders new trial in CDA sex abuse case

COEUR d’ALENE — The Idaho Court of Appeals has ordered a new trial for a Coeur d’Alene man convicted in 2010 of fondling two young girls at his home.


Report: Penn St. officials concealed sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA — Joe Paterno and other top Penn State officials hushed up child sex abuse allegations against Jerry Sandusky more than a decade ago for fear of bad publicity, allowing …


WSU combats rise in drug, sex abuse

PULLMAN — Washington State University will do more this fall to ensure that incoming freshmen are better prepared to make healthy choices when it comes to drugs, alcohol and sex.


Prosecutors rest case in Sandusky sex-abuse trial

The mother of one of Jerry Sandusky’s alleged victims says her son’s underwear was frequently missing from the laundry and he claimed he’d thrown it away because he had an …


Priest sex abuse suit filed against Gonzaga Prep

A Seattle man has sued Gonzaga Prep for failing to protect him from a Catholic priest who he says sexually abused him as a student in the 1960s. The lawsuit …


Jerry Sandusky to face accusers at preliminary hearing Tuesday

The case against Jerry Sandusky, the former Penn State assistant football coach accused of sex abuse, moves into a criminal courtroom Tuesday, when as many as 10 men could testify …


Sandusky’s wife defends husband in sex abuse case

The wife of ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky said today her husband is innocent of the child sex abuse allegations made against him and that his accusers are making …


Sandusky jailed on new child sex abuse charges

Ex-Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was jailed Wednesday after new child sex abuse charges were filed against him based on the claims of new two accusers, including one …


New sex abuse claims made against priests, nuns

A second child sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena in as many weeks.


Boys ranch joins talks on abuse claims

A mediation effort designed to resolve ongoing legal problems faced by the Catholic Diocese of Spokane now includes the Morning Star Boys Ranch, according to court records. It sets up …


Morning Star joins diocese in mediation effort

A mediation effort designed to resolve ongoing legal problems faced by the Catholic Diocese of Spokane now includes the Morning Star Boys Ranch, according to court records. It sets up …


Michigan man sentenced for luring girl via the Internet

A Michigan man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty in March to grooming a 13-year-old Ferry County girl and then traveling across the country to …


‘Oprah’ shows discuss abuse

Oprah Winfrey is again taking on sexual abuse in a pair of shows she calls “two of the most phenomenal” she’s ever done. Each of 200 men in “The Oprah …


Vestal: Dad essential in making church address abuse

Did Spokane just lose its greatest man? Terry Corrigan’s son thinks so. And you have to grant that Corrigan – who died Saturday in a heart-rending accident – cleared a …


Diocese seeking legal mediation

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has turned to mediation in hopes of resolving a host of legal appeals and other problems. U.S. District Judge Michael Hogan, of Oregon, has been …


Morning Star suit awaiting ruling

A lawsuit against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch by a former resident who claims to have been abused there has been stayed by the state Court of Appeals while that court …


Court delays Morning Star trial pending review

A lawsuit against Morning Star Boys’ Ranch by a former resident who claims to have been abused there has been stayed by the state Court of Appeals while that court …


Boy Scouts found negligent, victim awarded $1.4 million

Jurors today found the Boy Scouts of America negligent and awarded $1.4 million to a former Portland man who was abused by an assistant Scoutmaster in the early 1980s, following …


Vatican to bishops: follow law, report sex abuse

The Vatican on Monday made clear for the first time that bishops and other church officials should report clerical sex abuse to police if required by law. But the policy …


Missouri drops charges against Idaho man

Sex abuse charges against a Coeur d’Alene man have been dismissed in Missouri because of a technicality. Randall L. Tetzner, 50, left the Adair County Detention Center on Monday after …


Defense questions accuser

Attorneys defending Morning Star Boys’ Ranch rested their case on Monday after bringing the ranch’s accuser, Kenneth Putnam, to the stand in the civil trial’s last day of testimony. Closing …


Putnam often combative, witness says

A former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch employee and close friend of a counselor accused of abusing a former ranch resident testified Thursday that he never saw inappropriate conduct. Ray Roberts, …


Witness says ranch knew of abuser

Attorneys for a former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch resident rested their civil case in Spokane County Superior Court on Wednesday after bringing to the stand an 84-year-old woman who testified …


Sex procurement alleged in boys’ ranch trial

An unexpected witness may testify that former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch director Joseph Weitensteiner had him procure boys for sex and then gave the witness money years later to keep …


Attorney alleges ranch director paid for witness’ silence

An unexpected witness may testify that former Morning Star Boys’ Ranch director Joseph Weitensteiner had him procure boys for sex and then gave him money to keep it quiet years …


Diocese appeals bankruptcy court rulings

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane has appealed a recent series of bankruptcy court rulings that could cost it millions of dollars more. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams last month affirmed …