Religious scandals

August 22, 2017 - 12:02 am
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A former member of a military-style Christian sect says that for years she's been trying to draw attention to the New Mexico group whose leader has been charged with dozens of counts of child sexual abuse. Maura Alana Schmierer told The Associated Press on Monday that she...
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August 21, 2017 - 7:44 pm
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A leader of a New Mexico military-style Christian sect is facing dozens of child sexual abuse charges in a case that authorities say is connected to widespread abuse by the religious commune. Peter Green of the Aggressive Christianity Missions Training Corps in the remote...
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August 14, 2017 - 1:21 am
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's most powerful investigative authority has recommended that priests who fail to tell police about suspected child sexual abuse should face criminal charges, even when they learn of abuse through confession. Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child...
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In this July 4, 2017 photo, Rufino Varela shows a portrait of himself on his cell phone when he was 9-years-old, during his first communion ceremony in 1974 at the Cardenal Newman school in Buenos Aires, Argentina. After nearly four decades, Varela broke his silence about sexual abuse he suffered at the hands of Rev. Finnlugh Mac Conastair at the school when he was 12 years old, which has led several other former students to denounce clerical abuse at a school that has educated President Mauricio Macri and many other members of Argentina's elite. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)
August 14, 2017 - 12:13 am
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Rufino Varela was a distraught, confused 12-year-old when he went looking for help from the school chaplain to tell him he'd been sexually abused by a mason at his family's home. Instead of aiding, Varela says, the Rev. Finnlugh Mac Conastair took off the boy's pants...
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August 12, 2017 - 2:21 pm
ATLANTA (AP) — A former Georgia church worker accused of embezzling $315,000 has pleaded guilty to theft-related charges. A statement from federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Sherie Britton of McDonough entered the plea during a hearing Thursday. Britton worked as administrator of a church in...
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August 11, 2017 - 5:55 pm
HOUSTON (AP) — A federal judge on Friday ordered Baylor University to turn over information —including interview recordings and documents — it provided to a law firm it hired amid a sexual assault scandal that rocked the nation's largest Baptist school. Baylor had sought to block the release of...
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In this photo taken Monday, Aug. 7, 2017 an egg is being extracted with a pipette in a laboratory of the Chemical and Veterinary Investigation Office in Krefeld, Germany. Dutch investigators detained two men Thursday who are suspected of being involved in the illegal use of pesticide at poultry farms that sparked a massive food safety scare in several European countries. (Marcel Kusch/dpa via AP)
August 11, 2017 - 7:57 am
COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — The Latest on the contaminated egg scare in Europe (all times local): 1:55 p.m. The European Union says it wants to hold an extraordinary meeting late next month to discuss the egg contamination scandal. European Commission spokeswoman Mina Andreeva said Friday that a...
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August 10, 2017 - 10:52 am
VALLETTA, Malta (AP) — A Maltese priest has been handed a suspended three-month sentence after he was found guilty of violent indecent assault on a woman who was undergoing psychiatric care. The woman testified that Charles Fenech, 57, a priest who was popular in the Mediterranean island nation in...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2004, file pool photo, Bishop Thomas O'Brien, center, is flanked by attorneys, Melissa Berren, left, and Tom Henze, right, as they stand before Judge Stephen Gerst in a courtroom in Phoenix. O'Brien, a former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal, has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago. O'Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes in Phoenix and Goodyear from 1977 to 1982. The Diocese of Phoenix says O'Brien denies the allegation. (AP Photo/Mark Henle, Pool, File)
August 04, 2017 - 4:03 am
PHOENIX (AP) — A former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago. Retired Bishop Thomas O'Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes...
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FILE - In this March 26, 2004, file pool photo, Bishop Thomas O'Brien, center, is flanked by attorneys, Melissa Berren, left, and Tom Henze, right, as they stand before Judge Stephen Gerst in a courtroom in Phoenix. O'Brien, a former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal, has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago. O'Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes in Phoenix and Goodyear from 1977 to 1982. The Diocese of Phoenix says O'Brien denies the allegation. (AP Photo/Mark Henle, Pool, File)
August 04, 2017 - 3:56 am
PHOENIX (AP) — A former bishop who led the Roman Catholic church in metro Phoenix during a worldwide child sexual abuse scandal has been accused of molesting a young boy 35 years ago. Retired Bishop Thomas O'Brien is accused in a lawsuit of sexually abusing the boy on several occasions at parishes...
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