Child sexual exploitation

FILE - This Sept. 1, 2008 file photo shows former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen in Des Moines, Iowa. A lawsuit, filed Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, seeking class-action status has been filed on behalf of hundreds of victims of Stephen, a former Iowa youth basketball coach now facing 15 to 180 years in prison for sexually exploiting them. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
November 03, 2018 - 2:38 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A lawsuit seeking class-action status has been filed on behalf of hundreds of victims of a former Iowa youth basketball coach now facing 15 to 180 years in prison for sexually exploiting them. The lawsuit, which was filed Friday in state court by law firm Grefe & Sidney...
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FILE - This Sept. 1, 2008 file photo shows former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen in Des Moines, Iowa. Stephen, a prominent youth basketball coach in Iowa, pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018, to sexually exploiting minors and possessing and transporting child pornography. (Michael Zamora/The Des Moines Register via AP, File)
October 19, 2018 - 3:28 pm
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A prominent Iowa youth basketball coach faces potentially decades in prison after admitting to a yearslong pattern of sexually exploiting and abusing at least 400 boys, including former players, their friends and other young athletes. Greg Stephen, 42, posed as girls on...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney William McSwain is shown at a news conference in Philadelphia. McSwain sent out grand jury subpoenas last week to Pennsylvania dioceses as part of a federal investigation of clergy abuse in Catholic churches. The investigation, which follows a state grand jury probe, was confirmed by multiple sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. McSwain wouldn't comment. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
October 19, 2018 - 1:17 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Two years ago, a federal prosecutor in Pittsburgh considered filing a racketeering lawsuit against a Roman Catholic diocese over its handling of child sex-abuse complaints, but left office before he could make the bold move. A colleague in Philadelphia is now taking new aim at...
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FILE - In this Aug. 29, 2018, file photo, U.S. Attorney William McSwain is shown at a news conference in Philadelphia. McSwain sent out grand jury subpoenas last week to Pennsylvania dioceses as part of a federal investigation of clergy abuse in Catholic churches. The investigation, which follows a state grand jury probe, was confirmed by multiple sources who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. McSwain wouldn't comment. (David Maialetti/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP, File)
October 18, 2018 - 4:28 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe. The subpoenas, served...
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This Sept. 27, 2018 booking photo provided by Missoula County Sheriff's Office shows Eric Franklin Rosser. Rosser, 66, who has served a federal prison term for a child pornography case with roots in Thailand and Indiana, pleaded guilty to accessing the internet to view child pornography while on a bus traveling through Montana last summer. The former keyboardist for rocker John Mellencamp who was once on the FBI's Most Wanted list said he cashed out his life savings and was fleeing Washington state at the time of his arrest because he was charged with violating the terms of his supervised release in the Indiana case. Rosser faces at least 10 years in prison when he is sentenced in January. (Missoula County Sheriff's Office via AP)
October 16, 2018 - 2:57 pm
HELENA, Mont. (AP) — The first-ever child pornography suspect named to the FBI's Most Wanted list cashed out his life savings and was fleeing law enforcement on a bus traveling across Montana last year when another passenger noticed child pornography on his laptop screen. When the bus pulled into...
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October 10, 2018 - 4:16 pm
DALLAS (AP) — All 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release early next year the names of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of a minor, the Diocese of Dallas said in a statement Wednesday. Texas bishops decided last month to release the lists of names by Jan. 31 as part of...
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Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette, the Republican nominee for governor, speaks about his prosecution of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018, at the Kent County Republican Party headquarters in Grand Rapids, Mich. Schuette is questioning Democrat Gretchen Whitmer's handling of the case. [AP Photo/David Eggert]
September 24, 2018 - 10:01 pm
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) — Michigan's attorney general alleged Monday that his opponent in the governor's race did not tell the truth about her handling of the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar, accusing her of an "integrity gap" that disqualifies her for the state's top job...
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FILE--This undated file photo provided by Scotty Barr shows Ashley Johnson-Barr. An Alaska man linked to the 10-year-old girl's death has pleaded not guilty to lying to federal authorities investigating the case. (Scotty Barr via AP)
September 24, 2018 - 9:05 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska man was charged Monday in the death of a 10-year-old girl whose remains were found more than a week after she was reported missing. State prosecutors charged Peter Wilson of Kotzebue with first-degree murder, kidnapping, sexual abuse of a minor and tampering with...
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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a news conference with prosecutors and victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar on Friday, Sept. 21, 2018, at the Ingham County courthouse in Lansing, Mich. Whitmer called for the Michigan Republican Party to pull a digital ad that accuses her of not prosecuting Nassar on sexual assault charges. (AP Photo/David Eggert)
September 21, 2018 - 6:16 pm
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Democrat Gretchen Whitmer on Friday tearfully denied Republicans' allegation that she refused to prosecute disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assaulting gymnasts and other victims before the charges were brought by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette,...
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FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 14, 2018, file photo, security guards are stationed at the entrance to the Sunspot Solar Observatory to turn away the visitors curious about the site's sudden closure, in Sunspot, N.M. The observatory, which has been closed since early September because of an undisclosed security concern, is now scheduled to reopen on Monday, Sept. 17, officials managing the facility said. (Dylan Taylor-Lehman/Alamogordo Daily News via AP, File)
September 20, 2018 - 5:23 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The mysterious closure of a solar observatory in southern New Mexico earlier this month happened after the FBI started opened a child pornography investigation involving a janitor's computer found at the observatory and agents tracked wireless signals used to access child...
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