A lawsuit says U.S. gymnastics coaches Bela and Martha Karolyi created an environment that allowed Dr. Larry Nassar, a team physician from 1996 to 2015, to abuse young athletes. He is charged with three counts of sexual conduct with a person younger than 13 and with federal child pornography crimes.
A newspaper found that just 15 defendants in more than 450 sex crime cases prosecuted in five central Pennsylvania counties in 2016 were on a sex crime registry at the time of the offense. A prosecutor says the rarity of recidivism may indicate that registries are working.
Jeffrey Sandusky, 41, is charged with crimes involving the daughters of his former girlfriend. Jerry Sandusky is serving a 30-60 year term, and former Penn State University president Graham Spanier is to stand trial on charges of covering up Jerry Sandusky’s crimes.
Some 200 law enforcement officers raid a Detroit hotel, recovering narcotics and 14 victims of human trafficking who were being provided drugs in exchange for “commercial sex dates.” A nonprofit joins the case to help the women.
The civil filings are the latest in a growing list of legal troubles for Backpage.com executives, who face arraignment Feb. 9 in Sacramento on 39 criminal counts brought by prosecutors of money laundering, pimping, pandering and conspiracy connected to alleged sex trafficking and child sex trafficking.
Studies conflict on how many offenders commit sex offenses more than once. “There are repeat offenders who seek out victims and will do this time and time again with impunity because there is no punishment,” said Annie Clark of End Rape on Campus.
Imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis Hastert asked a judge not only to reject a sexual abuse victim’s breach-of-contract lawsuit, but also to make the man pay back $1.7 million in secret hush-money payments.
A California law effective this month bars prosecutors from charging minors with prostitution. But the practice of bringing juveniles who have been victims of commercial sexual exploitation into court happens more often than we would expect in many parts of the country.