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UPDATED: Tue., March 17, 2020

Spokane man charged with raping coworker

A cook at at local hotel was charged with sexually assaulting a co-worker.


UPDATED: Wed., March 11, 2020

Weinstein sentenced to 23 years for sexual assaults

Harvey Weinstein was sentenced Wednesday to 23 years in prison for rape and sexual assault, a sight the Hollywood mogul’s multitude of accusers thought they would never see.


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Military still struggles to handle kid-on-kid sex assaults

The U.S. Department of Defense is struggling to change how it handles the abuse of military kids, including cases involving sexual assault by other children, according to a report commissioned …


Cross-examination drives key Weinstein accuser to tears

A key accuser in the New York City rape trial of Harvey Weinstein broke down in tears on the witness stand on Monday during an exhaustive cross-examination over the nature …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 20, 2020

Weinstein trial is a milestone for #MeToo and a moment of wrenching truth for survivors

This month Louise Godbold plans to watch as Harvey Weinstein is tried in Manhattan on five sex crime charges from two separate incidents in 2006 and 2013. She is one …


UPDATED: Mon., Jan. 13, 2020

Gigi Hadid among potential jurors for Weinstein’s rape trial

Supermodel Gigi Hadid is in the running to be a juror in Harvey Weinstein’s New York City rape trial after telling a judge Monday that she thinks she’d be able …


Spokane man who raped, impregnated 13-year-old while awaiting child rape trial sentenced

A 46-year-old man who raped and impregnated his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter while he was out of jail awaiting trial for raping his ex-wife’s daughter was sentenced in December.


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 10, 2019

Spokane man involved in youth gymnastics arraigned on charges of child rape, molestation

The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said it began investigating Mark S. Hoffmeister in mid-September after receiving an anonymous tip “regarding sexual abuse of a young female.” Now, the sheriff’s office …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 3, 2019

Spokane man charged with raping, molesting girl, possessing 500 images of her abuse

Daniel N. Osorno, a 52-year-old Spokane man accused of child rape and molestation, possessed more than 500 images of himself abusing a girl beginning when she was 3, according to …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 14, 2019

Spokane police investigating man’s death following rap battle, fistfight; victim was withdrawing rape plea

Witnesses told police Robert R. Ellison, 37, and another man competed in a rap battle that resulted in an argument and punches being thrown, according to court documents. One of …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 12, 2019

3 Spokane men sentenced for rape, imprisonment of runaway girl

The victim ran away from home and was befriended by William C. Jackson, 44, who gave her alcohol and brought her back to his apartment, where he, Harold W. Sherman, …


UPDATED: Tue., Nov. 5, 2019

$1M bail set for 22-year-old man accused of rape, kidnapping, animal cruelty, assault

A 22-year-old man suspected of sexually assaulting his girlfriend and abusing her and her dog during two separate incidents in October is being held on $1 million bond while he …


Spokane County man wanted for child rape arrested in California

After an investigation by multiple law enforcement agencies, Marco Rocha, 32, was arrested on warrants for rape of a child and first degree child molestation.


Man previously convicted of incest sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for rape of 4-year-old

A registered sex offender who was convicted of incest as a 14-year-old was sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the first-degree rape and molestation of a 4-year-old …


Jeffrey Epstein accuser urges more women to speak out

One of Jeffrey Epstein’s accusers urged other women Tuesday to come forward with allegations against the wealthy financier as federal authorities prosecute him on sex charges.


Jeffrey Epstein will remain jailed as judge mulls bail

Financier Jeffrey Epstein will remain behind bars for now as a federal judge mulls whether to grant bail on charges he sexually abused underage girls.


UPDATED: Wed., June 12, 2019

Former Warden City Council member gets 10 years in prison for child pornography

A federal judge on Wednesday sentenced a former substitute teacher, Boy Scout troop leader and Warden City Council member to 10 years in prison after he previously pleaded guilty to …


5-year-old girl paralyzed by rape shocks Sierra Leone

5-year-old paralyzed by rape shocks Sierra Leone; sexual violence now a national emergency.


UPDATED: Wed., June 5, 2019

Neymar accuser in first comments: ‘I was the victim of rape’

A woman who has accused Brazilian soccer star Neymar of raping her in a Paris hotel went on television Wednesday to reaffirm her allegation against him in her first public …


Man charged with raping woman as she slept outside near Division and Mission

A man is facing accusations that he raped a woman as she slept outside near the parking lot of a Division Street strip mall.


Abortion debates prompt rape testimony from female lawmakers

For more than two decades, Nancy Mace did not speak publicly about her rape. In April, when she finally broke her silence, she chose the most public of forums – …


UPDATED: Thu., May 16, 2019

Caldwell man arrested as suspect in 1996 rape, murder

Police have arrested a man in connection with the rape and murder of a young Idaho Falls woman more than two decades ago with the help of DNA and a …


UPDATED: Wed., April 17, 2019

Spokane police investigating man linked to half dozen sexual assaults in Spokane

A man with a criminal history is being investigated in connection to a half dozen rapes and sexual assaults in the Spokane area, at least four of them dating back …


UPDATED: Thu., April 11, 2019

Woman who alleged rape by ex-MSU players speaks publicly

A Michigan State University student is speaking out after suing the school, alleging that three former men’s basketball players raped her in 2015 and that she was discouraged from reporting …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Loon Lake man, 77, awaits sentencing for raping girl in three Washington counties

In an interview with detectives last year, Merlyn R. Schmelzer described how he raped the girl, a relative by marriage, at his cabin near Loon Lake and at a home …


UPDATED: Tue., April 2, 2019

Longer time limits for rape charges approved by Washington House committee

House committee supports longer statute of limitations to file charges in sexual assault cases.


UPDATED: Tue., March 19, 2019

Washington gets $750,000 grant to test backlogged rape kits

The attorney general’s office estimated the Washington State Patrol, which runs the state’s two crime laboratories, will be able to test about 1,150 kits with the grant from the U.S. …


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019

Police suspect man awaiting trial on child rape charges has impregnated another girl

A 45-year-old man is under investigation for raping and impregnating his girlfriend’s 13-year-old daughter while he was out of jail on a charge of raping a 7-year-old.


UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 22, 2019

Nine Mile Falls man accused of violently raping woman he met on dating website

Police arrested a man Wednesday on suspicion he attacked and repeatedly raped a Spokane woman he met on a dating website.


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 30, 2019

SFCC student reports she was raped on campus

The student told Spokane police she was raped by a male student, whom she knows, at about noon Monday in a first-floor restroom in the school’s gymnasium building, according to …