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Feds bring new sex crime charges against singer R. Kelly

Singer R. Kelly, already facing sexual abuse charges brought by Illinois prosecutors, was arrested in Chicago on sweeping federal indictments that accuse him and members of his entourage of recruiting …


Pope sends sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate bishop

Pope Francis is sending the Vatican’s most respected sex crimes expert to Chile to investigate a bishop accused by victims of covering up for the country’s most notorious pedophile priest.


UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 10, 2017

Celebrity publicist Clifford dies during sex crimes sentence

Disgraced celebrity publicist Max Clifford, a confidant to the stars who fell from grace amid Britain’s investigation of past sexual abuse, died Sunday after collapsing in prison. He was 74.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 17, 2017

Court: Juvenile sex crimes can be basis of civil commitment

Civil commitment of offenders who have been designated as sexually violent predators can be indefinitely extended for those whose crimes occurred when they were juveniles, the Washington Supreme Court unanimously …


UPDATED: Tue., July 25, 2017

Idaho’s rape charges rarely result in sex crime convictions

A new state analysis shows that just 4 percent of reported rapes in Idaho result in a guilty conviction of a sex crime.


Supreme Court strikes down sex offender social media ban

The Supreme Court struck down a North Carolina law Monday that bars convicted sex offenders from Facebook, Twitter and other popular sites.


UPDATED: Wed., June 14, 2017

Spokane police, prosecutors gain ability to charge low-level sex crimes in municipal court

The department and city’s legal team said adding a fourth-degree assault charge, along with the ability to argue sexual motivation for city-level crimes, will enhance their ability to track and …


UPDATED: Fri., May 26, 2017

Man accused of sex crimes arrested after north Spokane standoff

The Spokane police SWAT team late Thursday arrested a man accused of multiple sex crimes.


Study: Bullying persists in school, reports of sex crime up

One in every 5 middle and high school students has complained of being bullied at school and the number of reports of sexual assault on college campuses has more than …


UPDATED: Thu., May 11, 2017

Bonner County detectives arrest sex crime suspect

Bonner County detectives arrested a registered sex offender Thursday, accusing him of meeting teens online to commit sexual abuse.


UPDATED: Thu., April 13, 2017

U.S. says countries must punish U.N. troops for sexual abuse

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley on Thursday urged all countries that provide troops for U.N. peacekeeping missions to hold soldiers accountable for sexual abuse and exploitation, an appeal that came after …


U.N. child sex ring left victims but no arrests

In the ruins of a tropical hideaway where jetsetters once sipped rum under the Caribbean sun, the abandoned children tried to make a life for themselves. They begged and scavenged …


Officials hid years of sex abuse at boarding school, report says

A grand jury report issued Wednesday found that teachers at a Pennsylvania boarding school sexually preyed on children for half a century while administrators turned a blind eye.


Man wanted for sex crimes arrested in Arizona

A man wanted for sex crimes against children was arrested near Phoenix last week.


Convicted child rapist Morgenstern gets multiple life sentences

Dr. Craig Morgenstern, the former Veterans Affairs physician who led a secret life as a serial child molester, received multiple life prison sentences Monday morning in federal court in Spokane.


Defense secretary investigating accuracy of military sex crimes cases

Defense Secretary Ash Carter says he’s investigating whether his department misled Congress in order to derail a bill changing how the military handles sexual misconduct allegations.


Grand Coulee school official pleads not guilty to child pornography charge

Nate Piturachsatit, 37, faces a mandatory minimum 15-year federal prison sentence if found guilty of soliciting explicit pictures from a Wisconsin teenager via Instagram.


Convicted child rapist Morgenstern will not receive new trial, judge rules

A federal judge threw out Craig Morgenstern’s request for a new trial Thursday after questioning jurors the former Veteran Affairs surgeon said were inattentive and biased during his February trial.


Trial of Spokane attorney accused of rape moved to August due to illness

Robert E. Caruso, 78, had been scheduled to stand trial on a rape charge earlier this month. The pain medication he takes following surgeries to treat cancer would have made …


Morgenstern attorney seeks new trial based on jurors’ ‘prejudicial’ behavior

The attorney defending Craig Morgenstern on more than 30 counts of child sexual assault and production of child pornography has filed for a new trial, claiming that jurors reacted to …


UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 12, 2015

Ex-Veterans Affairs doctor seeks change of venue in child sex case

Craig Morgenstern, the former VA medical doctor indicted on 36 federal counts of child sex crimes, is seeking a change of venue for his February trial because of extensive media …


Washington appeals court overturns child rape conviction

An Airway Heights Correction Center inmate has been granted a new trial by the Washington Appeals Court, who said his 2006 conviction on a child rape charge violated his constitutional …


Sackett, who took on EPA, gets prison in sex case

A Priest Lake man who beat the Environmental Protection Agency in a wetlands dispute decided by the nation’s highest court will spend more than a year in prison for a …


Man pleads guilty to killing woman in 2011, days after prison release

A 28-year-old man faces 30 years in prison for killing a 48-year-old woman in August 2011 just days after his release from federal prison on unrelated child sex charges. Derrick …


Spokane inmates sold girls for sex, according to court records

Spokane County inmates orchestrated sex crimes from their jail cells by arranging prostitution of underage girls, according to phone calls recorded by local and federal police. Some calls originated inside …


Jury denies release of repeat sex offender

A 54-year-old with a history of sexual violence was ordered by a jury to remain in state custody following his latest stint in prison on rape charges.


UPDATED: Mon., May 12, 2014

Sheriff: Davenport bus driver arrested on sex crime charges

Daniel Abell is in custody of the Lincoln County Jail facing charges of sex crimes against a child. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office said the alleged crimes did not take …


WSP asking for tips to capture accused cultist, sex offender

A minister accused of sexual misconduct with young women is thought to have settled near Spokane. The Washington State Patrol is asking anyone with information about Victor Barnard’s whereabouts to …


Sex offender who told police he was doing ‘Lord’s work’ arrested again

William “Billy” Ogan, a 23-time convicted felon and self-proclaimed purveyor of the Lord’s work, was arrested on a felony indecent exposure charge Monday night after allegedly showing his genitalia to …


Colville officer pleads guilty to sex crimes

Colville Police officer Rex Newport pleaded guilty to five criminal felony and misdemeanor counts Tuesday, according to the Washington Attorney General’s Office. Newport admitted to having sex on the job …