Sexual Abuse
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Hastert released from prison

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/18/17, 10:15 am

Former Republican U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert has been released from a federal prison in Minnesota, where he served a sentence for bribing people not to disclose a sex-abuse scandal. U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin handed down the sentence in April 2016, calling Hastert a “serial child molester.” The accusation stemmed from Hastert’s time as a coach at a high school in Yorkville, Ill., from 1965 to 1981.

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Judge declares mistrial in Cosby sexual assault case

by Mickey McLean
Posted 6/17/17, 12:42 pm

Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges ended in a mistrial Saturday after jurors, who deliberated more than 52 hours over six days, failed to reach a unanimous decision. Judge Steven O’Neill told jurors at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., that their service was “one of the more courageous acts, one of the more selfless acts that I’ve seen in the justice system. ...

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TBN loses lawsuit over sexual assault cover-up

by Leigh Jones
Posted 6/06/17, 11:39 am

Carra Crouch, granddaughter of Trinity Broadcasting Network founders Jan and Paul Crouch, won a $2 million settlement against the company yesterday over the way it handled her decade-old sexual assault claim. Carra Crouch, then 13 years old, reported the assault by a TBN employee to her mother and grandmother. The company fired the man quietly and Jan Crouch demanded her granddaughter keep quiet about the incident to avoid scandal.

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