Sunday, January 24, 2021

Investigation opened into Pennsylvania Catholic church sex abuse

PHILADELPHIA - The U.S. Justice Department has opened an investigation of child sexual abuse inside the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand confidential files and testimony from church leaders, according to two people familiar with the probe. (Time)

Serial rapist who terrorized Surrey released back into same community

Surrey’s mayor said he’s “appalled” by the release of a dangerous sex offender into his community and is calling for legislative changes to how government deals with high-risk offenders. Earon Wayne Giles was released May 24 after spending 22 years in prison for six counts of break-and-enter to commit a sexual assault. (Vancouver Sun)

Police make arrest after string of York University-area sex assaults

TORONTO - Police have arrested a 20-year-old man after five violent sexual assaults over the last two months near York University, most recently twice last Thursday. (Toronto Sun)

Police charge 28-year-old with aggravated sex assault

EDMONTON - Police released the name of a man Wednesday accused of aggravated sexual assault for failing to disclose his HIV status to a partner. (Edmonton Journal)

Complainant in tears after defence says testimony was ‘scripted’

HALIFAX - A young Halifax woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by British sailors broke down in tears Friday after a defence lawyer suggested her testimony was “scripted.” Under cross examination by lawyer Ian Hutchison, the woman agreed she had gaps in her memory of what happened on the night of April 9, 2015, in the barracks of a Halifax-area military base, and that she cannot explain those gaps. (Toronto Star)

Canadian fashion mogul accused of rape, sex trafficking in class action lawsuit

In a press release on the lawsuit released Thursday, the women state that “Nygard lured and enticed young, impressionable, and often impoverished children and women with cash payments and false promises of lucrative modelling opportunities in order to assault, rape, and sodomize them. When the victims were not swayed by promises, many were drugged to force compliance with Nygard’s sexual desires.” (National Post)

31 arrested, 300 charges laid in multi-provincial sex trafficking operation

TORONTO - Thirty-one people, including a central "kingpin," have been arrested and more than 300 charges laid in a major investigation into a human trafficking and organized crime ring that operated around Canada.   (CBC)
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    VISTA, California - Kellen Winslow Jr., the son of a pro football star who himself earned over $40 million in an injury-plagued NFL career, “took what he wanted,” including raping a 54-year-old hitchhiker and a 59-year-old homeless woman, prosecutors said Monday. (New York Post)

    Angry Kavanaugh denies Ford accusation, sees ‘disgrace’

    WASHINGTON - In a defiant and emotional bid to rescue his Supreme Court nomination, Brett Kavanaugh on Thursday denied allegations that he sexually assaulted Christine Blasey Ford when both were high school students and angrily told Congress that Democrats were engaged in “a calculated and orchestrated political hit.” (CP24)
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