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UPDATED: Sun., May 3, 2020

Washington’s first female sexually violent predator released to Spokane

Laura F. McCollum, the second woman in the U.S. determined to be a sexual predator and the first to be committed to McNeil Island, was released to Spokane two weeks …


UPDATED: Tue., April 28, 2020

University of Michigan hopes to settle doctor abuse lawsuits

The University of Michigan hopes to settle lawsuits from hundreds of people who say they were sexually abused by a sports doctor who worked at the university for decades, officials …


UPDATED: Thu., March 5, 2020

Abuse allegations, calls for state inquiry build in Michigan

More men came forward Thursday with allegations of sexual abuse by a late doctor at the University of Michigan, as the state’s attorney general insisted that the school must commit …


Lawsuit accuses Mead School District of failing to protect student from teacher’s sexual abuse

Seattle attorneys representing the former student and her mother filed the lawsuit last week in Spokane County Superior Court, seeking damages for the abuse committed by the former teacher, 38-year-old …


UPDATED: Fri., Jan. 31, 2020

Shawn Vestal: Moses Lake man’s abuse of toddler shows how monstrous thrive in internet age

It’s not the kind of language you often see in court documents – even in prosecutor’s strongest sentencing arguments for the worst convicts. However, in the case of Mikhail Yuriy …


Lawsuit: Famed Jesuit abused boy 1,000 times around world

A lawsuit filed Monday in state court in San Francisco alleges that a Jesuit priest with ties to Mother Teresa sexually abused an American boy “more than 1,000 times, in …


Marc A. Thiessen: Theodore McCarrick still won’t confess

Disgraced ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick was defrocked in February and ordered by Pope Francis to live a “life of prayer and penance.” It seems the message did not get through.


Actor Hosea Chanchez alleges abuse by former college administrator

Actor Hosea Chanchez says a friend’s father sexually assaulted him in Alabama when he was 14 years old


Judge: Epstein civil filings name hundreds of third parties

Sealed court records contain the names of at least hundreds of third parties who were mentioned in a civil case involving sexual abuse allegations against the late financier Jeffrey Epstein, …


UPDATED: Mon., Aug. 19, 2019

Early Epstein accuser: Police could have stopped him in 1997

More than two decades before Jeffrey Epstein took his own life, a woman went into a California police station and filed one of the earliest sex-crime complaints against him: that …


David Von Drehle: Why is sexual abuse so often common knowledge before it becomes a lawsuit?

If everyone knew, everyone whispered, everyone warned their kids – yet nothing changed – why would children think there was any value in reporting?


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 …


Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

A lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota seeks to trace a direct line from clergy sex abuse victims, through Minnesota church officials, to the Vatican, with claims made by three …


Victims of clergy abuse to sue Vatican, seek abusers’ names

Five men who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests when they were minors are planning to sue the Vatican and are demanding the names of thousands of …


Gonzaga students worked with accused priests at Bea House

For years, Gonzaga University students held part-time jobs at Cardinal Bea House, a Jesuit-owned building on the school’s campus that has drawn attention as a retirement home for priests, including …


Kent Roberts: The Catholic Church cannot reform itself

Contrary to what Pope Francis believes, the Catholic Church is incapable of the reform necessary to stop sexual abuse.


Pope vows to end abuse cover-ups but victims disappointed

Pope Francis closed out his summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing to confront abusers with “the wrath of God” felt by the faithful, end the cover-ups by their …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 23, 2019

Prosecutors paint dark portrait of manipulative R. Kelly

R. Kelly arrived Saturday in a Chicago courtroom for his first hearing since the R&B star was charged with sexually abusing four people, including three minors, years ago in a …


Southern Baptist leaders condemn decades of sexual abuse revealed in investigation

Revelations published Sunday, of years of sexual abuse perpetrated by hundreds of Southern Baptist church leaders, have not only led to condemnation and calls for restructuring but have also pushed …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 9, 2019

Vatican tries to rein in expectations for sexual abuse summit

Pope Francis is preparing to convene an unprecedented summit on sex abuse this month, widely viewed as among the most pivotal moments of his papacy, but the Vatican is cautioning …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 5, 2019

Pope acknowledges priests, bishops have sexually abused nuns

Pope Francis has for the first time publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and says he is committed to doing more to fight the problem.


Vatican: No prior accusation of sex abuse against Argentine

The Vatican is insisting there were no accusations of sexual abuse against an Argentine bishop close to Pope Francis when he resigned suddenly in 2017 and was promoted to a …


Jesuits in Northeast post list of priests accused of abuse

The governing body for the Jesuit order in the northeastern United States has released a list of 50 priests who have been credibly accused of sexual misconduct with minors


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 28, 2018

Vatican hears testimony from alleged McCarrick abuse victim

The Vatican has taken testimony from a man who says ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused him for years starting when he was 11, evidence that the initial case against the …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 21, 2018

Spokane Catholic Diocese says bishop wasn’t told about 7 accused priests at Gonzaga University

The Catholic Diocese of Spokane weighed in Thursday on recent controversy over the housing of sexually abusive priests at Gonzaga University, expressing concern that some accused priests may have been …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 19, 2018

Gonzaga Prep points out error in Jesuit list of accused priests

The president of Gonzaga Prep says a widely circulated list of priests accused of sexual abuse contains at least one inaccuracy about a priest who worked at the Catholic school …


UPDATED: Tue., Dec. 18, 2018

Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh responds to report on Jesuits sending abusive priests to live on campus

Gonzaga University’s president responded late Monday to an investigative report detailing how Jesuit priests accused of sexually abusing children were sent to live in a retirement home on the school’s …


Vatican investigates after nuns report sex abuse by priests

The Vatican has launched an investigation into a small Chilean religious order of nuns after some sisters denounced sexual abuse at the hands of priests and mistreatment by their superiors, …


Seattle reaches settlement with one of ex-Mayor Murray’s accusers

The city of Seattle will pay $75,000 to settle a lawsuit by the former foster son of ex-Mayor Ed Murray, who had accused Murray of misusing his official position to …


UPDATED: Thu., Nov. 15, 2018

Spokane’s Bishop Daly doubles down on criticism of Vatican after order to hold off on internal reforms

Spokane’s bishop doubled down on his criticism of the Vatican Thursday, saying its decision to bar U.S. dioceses from taking action on the ongoing sexual abuse crisis within the church …