Jehovah’s Witnesses Sexual Abuse Case Goes to Trial

As a teenager, Stephanie Fessler was an active member of her local Jehovah Witnesses congregation.  That’s when she met Terry J. Monheim, an adult member of the church who befriended the then 14-year-old teen. According to court records, Fessler had met Monheim when she became friends with her children in 2002 or 2003. Monheim started […]

Utah Boy Scout Leader Sent to Prison for Molesting 11-year-old

Lyle Scott Mackay, a former Boy Scout leader, has been sentenced to three years to life at the Utah State Prison.  Mackay was charged in 3rd District Court with one count of first-degree felony aggravated sexual abuse of a child. He pleaded guilty in November to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, also a […]

Jeffrey Sandusky – Like Father, Like Son

The son of former Penn State assistant football coach and convicted sexual abuser Jerry Sandusky has been arrested on 14 criminal counts, including soliciting sex from a child under age 16 and soliciting child pornography. The charges involve incidents with two girls, one in 2013 and one in 2016. The alleged sexual abuse crimes were […]

Timothy Kellis, Convicted Idaho Child Molester, Faces New Charges

Timothy Kellis, a former Camp Grizzly Boy Scout counselor, is already serving a prison term in Idaho. He was convicted eight years ago by a Latah County jury who found Kellis guilty of nine counts of lewd conduct with a minor, two counts of sexual abuse of a child, and one count of attempted lewd […]

Utah Civil Rights Group Offers Assistance to Victims of Mormon Sexual Abuse

Restore Our Humanity, a Utah civil rights group, has announced a two-part initiative to assist those who have been sexually abused by member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (Mormons).  The ROH initiative intends to raise awareness of sexual abuse within the Mormon Church and provide assistance and support to survivors […]

Sex Abuse Lawsuits Filed Against Catholic Church

In two lawsuits filed today in U.S. District Court in Portland, two brothers, now adults, allege that their Catholic priest sexually abused them when they were children living in St. Paul, Oregon. Father James Harris served as a Catholic priest in the St. Paul Parish in Silverton, Oregon in the mid to late 1960s when […]

Jehovah Witnesses Charity Ends Legal Dispute Over Sex Abuse Inquiry

After more than two years of legal wrangling, obfuscation, and a stubborn refusal to cooperate with an investigation launched by the United Kingdom’s Charity Commission, the Jehovah Witnesses has dropped its attempts to fight the inquiry. The Charity Commission launched an inquiry into safe practices at the organization’s main UK outlet in May 2014, after […]

Backpage Comes Under Fire During Senate Hearing

During a week that media attention was focused on President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet nomination Senate hearings, another US Senate hearing investigated Backpage, a Dallas-based classified ads website that displays advertisements for cars and furniture, as well as “escorts” and “body rubs.” The Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations released a report concluding that Backpage had knowingly […]

Rex Tillerson and Boy Scout Sex Abuse

Rex Tillerson, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Secretary of State, has a long history with the Boy Scouts of America. Tillerson was President of the Boy Scouts of America from 2010 to 2012, during the landmark Oregon Boy Scout sex abuse trial involving Kerry Lewis. That trial resulted in a $19.9 million verdict for the […]

USA Gymnastics Doc Sued for Sexual Abuse by 18 Women

Eighteen young women have come forward and filed a federal civil lawsuit against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar for sexual assault during physical examinations. The sexual assaults began in the 1990’s and lasted until 2016. In addition to the civil sexual abuse lawsuits, Nassar faces criminal charges including sexual assault with a person under […]

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