Child sexual exploitation

Erin Burke, Section Chief of the Child Exploitation Investigations Unit at Homeland Security, poses for a portrait inside the Victim Identification Lab, part of Homeland Security's Child Exploitation Investigations Unit, in Fairfax, Va., Friday, Nov. 22, 2019. The Homeland Security Investigations section's little-known Child Exploitation Investigations lab is where agents scour disturbing photos and videos of child sexual abuse. They look for unlikely clues that help them identify the children and bring their abusers to justice. In one case, it was the loud, persistent chirping of a bird. Another time, it was unusual playground equipment. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)
December 06, 2019 - 12:44 am
FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — It was the odd-looking locker handles that caught their eye. Investigators spent hours poring over graphic images of little boys changing in and out of their swimsuits at what looked like a YMCA. They were hunting for any clue to help them identify the location — and ultimately...
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FILE - This combination photo shows singer R. Kelly after the first day of jury selection in his child pornography trial at the Cook County Criminal Courthouse in Chicago on May 9, 2008, left, the late R&B singer and actress Aaliyah during a photo shoot in New York on May 9, 2001. Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994 according to a revised indictment filed Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019. (AP Photo/File)
December 05, 2019 - 10:52 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — Federal prosecutors are accusing singer R. Kelly of scheming with others to pay for a fake ID for an unnamed female a day before he married R&B singer Aaliyah, then 15 years old, in a secret ceremony in 1994. The revised indictment, filed Thursday in New York, accuses Kelly of...
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November 26, 2019 - 10:41 am
READING, Pa. (AP) — A Pennsylvania law ending time limits for authorities to file charges in future child sexual abuse cases is now in effect with the signature of the state’s governor. The legislation signed Tuesday by Gov. Tom Wolf also gives future victims more time to sue. A landmark grand jury...
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November 25, 2019 - 8:23 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Federal prosecutors say a 21-year-old man has pleaded guilty to sending false shooting and bomb threats to schools in the U.S. and Britain. The Department of Justice says Timothy Vaughn of Winston-Salem, North Carolina was a member of the Apophis Squad, a collective of hackers...
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Workers secure a 26mt (85 feet) tall fir tree in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019. The tree, which will be trimmed as a Christmas tree, comes from the Asiago Plateau in north-eastern Italy and was donated by the Veneto region. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 23, 2019 - 3:44 pm
TOKYO (AP) — The Vatican’s Caritas Internationalis charity says it learned in 2017 of pedophilia concerns involving its Central African Republic director, but left it for his superiors to investigate and he remained in place and in ministry until this year. CNN revealed the scandal over the Rev...
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Pope Francis delivers his blessing in the Paul VI Hall at the Vatican at the end of an audience with students and teachers of the LUMSA Catholic University, Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
November 14, 2019 - 9:28 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis called Thursday for Facebook, Apple, Microsoft, Google and other tech companies to urgently take measures to remove child porn from the web and prevent children from accessing pornography online. Francis told a Vatican conference of religious leaders and high-tech...
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FILE - This Nov. 14, 2007 file photo shows Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn, N.Y. speaking during a news conference at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops fall meeting in Baltimore. DiMarzio, named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church in November 2019. (AP Photo/ Steve Ruark, File)
November 13, 2019 - 5:57 pm
NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic bishop named by Pope Francis to investigate the church’s response to clergy sexual abuse in Buffalo, New York, has himself been accused of sexual abuse of a child, an attorney for the alleged victim notified the church this week. The attorney informed Catholic...
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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)
October 16, 2019 - 3:15 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A digital image of a Sally Mann photograph depicting the genitals of a young boy has prompted a child pornography charge against a co-founder of a popular sci-fi, fantasy and gaming convention. Gwinnett County District Attorney Danny Porter last week secured an indictment against Ed...
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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)
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)
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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