Child sexual exploitation

FILE - This 2012 photo provided by Juozas Valiusaitis shows Neringa Venckiene in Lithuania. A family member says the U.S. extradition appears to be underway for Venckiene, a former Lithuanian judge who faces charges in her homeland tied to her claims a ring of pedophiles victimized her 4-year-old niece. Her son tells The Associated Press that his mother messaged him Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, to say jail guards in Chicago ordered her to gather her belongings and that she was being taken away. The son, Karolis Venckus, said that could only mean the extradition process has begun. (photo courtesy Juozas Valiusaitis via AP File)
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November 07, 2019 - 9:23 am
VILNIUS, Lithuania (AP) — A former Lithuanian judge wanted in connection with claims she made about a pedophile ring appeared at a detention hearing Thursday after being extradited to her home country from Chicago. Neringa Venckiene, who faces charges that include submitting false reports regarding...
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FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2012 file photo, San Salvador's Archbishop Jose Luis Escobar Alas celebrates Mass at the Metropolitan Cathedral in San Salvador, El Salvador. On Nov. 3, 2019, Escobar Alas apologized for the alleged sexual abuse of an unidentified minor 25 years ago by priest Leopoldo Sosa Tolentino, who is currently suspended from his duties. (AP Photo/Luis Romero, File)
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November 03, 2019 - 3:40 pm
SAN SALVADOR, El Salvador (AP) — El Salvador's top Roman Catholic cleric apologized Sunday for the alleged sexual abuse by a priest of an unidentified minor 25 years ago. "We have apologized to the victim and now I am repeating it publicly, and we also ask for forgiveness from the community for the...
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FILE - In this June 26, 2019, file photo, musician R. Kelly departs from the Leighton Criminal Court building after a status hearing in his criminal sexual abuse trial in Chicago. On Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019, Kelly’s lawyer told a federal judge that an infected toe prevented his client from attending a hearing in his child pornography case in Chicago. (AP Photo/Amr Alfiky, File)
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October 30, 2019 - 12:19 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — R. Kelly's lawyer has told a federal judge that an infected toe prevented the R&B star from attending a hearing in his child pornography case in Chicago. Kelly is detained at a jail two blocks from the courthouse and had been expected to appear at Wednesday's status hearing. But...
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This Sept. 18, 2019, booking photo released by the Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office shows Ed Kramer, a co-founder of Dragon Con. Kramer was indicted Oct. 9 on a charge of sexual exploitation of children. The indictment says Kramer possessed a digital image showing a minor "engaged in sexually explicit conduct." Kramer’s attorney says the image is a published photograph by artist Sally Mann and can’t be considered child pornography. (Gwinnett County Sheriff’s Office via AP)
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October 16, 2019 - 4:56 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — With the filing of yet another criminal charge against a co-founder of Dragon Con, his attorney has renewed his call for a prosecutor to be barred from any matter involving his client. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter last week secured an indictment against Ed Kramer on...
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This undated photo released by the FBI shows 3-year-old Kamille McKinney, who police say has been missing since she was abducted while attending a birthday party on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. (FBI via AP)
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October 15, 2019 - 11:31 pm
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — One minute, police said, 3-year-old Kamille McKinney was playing outside at a birthday party on a cool fall night. The next moment she was gone, abducted by someone in a dark SUV. Investigators say they've since located the vehicle and arrested two people on unrelated...
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FILE - This July 27, 2006 arrest file photo made available by the Palm Beach, Fla., Sheriff's Office shows Jeffrey Epstein. Harvard University says it’s reviewing donations from disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein and will donate all unspent funding to victims of sexual crimes. University President Lawrence Bacow announced the review Thursday, Sept. 12, 2019 but says he ordered it two weeks ago. He said Epstein’s connections to Harvard and other colleges raise “important concerns.” (AP Photo/Palm Beach Sheriff's Office, File)
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September 24, 2019 - 12:07 pm
PARIS (AP) — French investigators have searched late financier Jeffrey Epstein's residence in Paris and the offices of French modeling agent Jean-Luc Brunel in their probe into alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls. The Paris prosecutor's office said Tuesday that investigators carried out...
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September 17, 2019 - 1:43 pm
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh Pirates All-Star closer Felipe Vázquez has been arrested on charges of pornography and soliciting a child. Vázquez was taken into custody Tuesday morning by Pennsylvania State Police on one count of computer pornography/solicitation of a child and one count of providing...
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FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2013, file photo, Missouri Sen. Eric Schmitt, leads a meeting at the Capitol in Jefferson City, Mo. Now, Missouri's Attorney General, Schmitt on Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, released a report following a 13-month investigation of sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church. The report referred 12 priests for potential criminal prosecution. (Kile Brewer/The Jefferson City News-Tribune via AP, File)
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September 13, 2019 - 1:55 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Friday referred 12 former priests for potential criminal prosecution but stopped short of recommending charges against any top church leaders, despite concluding the Roman Catholic Church was involved in "long, sustained and far-reaching...
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This police appeal published Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2019 on the French National Police Twitter account shows a call for witnesses in the Epstein case. French police are appealing for victims and witnesses to come forward to aid their probe of Jeffrey Epstein and any enablers of the disgraced financier's alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls, and have already interviewed three people who identified themselves as victims. (Police Nationale via AP)
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September 11, 2019 - 7:35 am
PARIS (AP) — French police are appealing for victims and witnesses to come forward to aid their probe into Jeffrey Epstein and anyone else involved in the disgraced financier's alleged sexual exploitation of women and girls, and say they have already interviewed three people who identified...
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FILE - In this Nov. 13, 2013, file photo, a photo of Rev. Robert Brennan, right, is displayed during a news conference in Philadelphia, where attorneys for the family of Sean McIlmail, an alleged priest-abuse victim, announced a wrongful death lawsuit against Roman Catholic church officials. McIlmail claimed Brennan abused him for years, beginning at age 11. Federal prosecutors in Philadelphia have charged Brennan, a former Roman Catholic priest with lying to the FBI about whether he knew the accuser and his family. Authorities say Brennan was arrested in Maryland and is expected to be arraigned Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
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September 05, 2019 - 1:31 pm
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Federal prosecutors filed their first charges Thursday in a sweeping investigation of child sexual abuse by clerics in Pennsylvania, accusing a former Roman Catholic priest of lying to the FBI about whether he knew an accuser and his family. Robert Brennan, 81, was arrested in...
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