Nation and world news briefs
‘That ’70s Show’ star Danny Masterson must head to trial on charges he raped 3 women, judge rulesDanny Masterson, an actor on “That ‘70s Show,” failed to get his Los Angeles rape case dismissed Monday and must appear for arraignment Nov. 2, a judge ruled Monday.The former sitcom star is accused of forcibly raping three women in separate incidents at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.His defense filed a demurrer motion that was denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter early Monday, sources confirmed to the New York Daily News.Masterson’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau d...
Tribune News Service
'That '70s Show' star Danny Masterson must head to trial on charges he raped 3 women, judge rules
Danny Masterson, an actor on “That ’70s Show,” failed to get his Los Angeles rape case dismissed Monday and must appear for arraignment Nov. 2, a judge ruled Monday.The former sitcom star is accused of forcibly raping three women in separate incidents at his Hollywood Hills home between 2001 and 2003.His defense filed a demurrer motion that was denied by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Eleanor J. Hunter early Monday, sources confirmed to the New York Daily News.Masterson’s lawyer Thomas Mesereau declined to comment when reached by phone after the hearing.Mesereau and co-counsel Sharon Appelba...
New York Daily News
'Home Improvement' actor Zachery Ty Bryan is arrested, faces assault charge
Zachery Ty Bryan, who played the character Brad on the sitcom “Home Improvement,” was arrested overnight in Eugene, Oregon, after allegedly assaulting a woman he’s been in a relationship with, police said Saturday.Bryan, 39, was booked into the Lane County Jail and faces charges of strangulation, assault in the fourth degree and interfering with making a report, according to authorities.The Eugene Police Department said officers responded to a report of a physical dispute around 10:24 p.m. local time Friday night.Officers arrived to find Bryan sitting outside a residence while the victim, 27, ...
New York Daily News
'Log off! Log off!' teacher orders students when sexual assault livestreamed during first grader's remote learning class
CHICAGO — An 18-year-old man out on bond for a gun case was held without bail after he livestreamed himself during a sexual act with a 7-year-old first grader on break from her Chicago Public Schools remote learning class on Thursday prosecutors said.Catrell A. Walls, of the West Chesterfield neighborhood on the South Side, was arrested Thursday afternoon shortly after 3:30 p.m., after he was seen molesting the girl, police said.Walls, charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a victim under 13 years old, appeared for a bond hearing Saturday afternoon before Judge Charles Beach.Police ...
Investigators find University of Minnesota knew of abuse allegations involving former hockey coach, did nothing
MINNEAPOLIS — Former members of the University of Minnesota athletics department were aware of sexual abuse allegations involving a former assistant men’s hockey coach in 1984-1985 but failed to act, a law firm hired to investigate the matter has concluded.The U hired law firm Perkins Coie in February to investigate allegations that former coach Thomas “Chico” Adrahtas sexually abused multiple members of the hockey team between June 1984 and June 1985. The allegations were first reported by The Athletic in February.The Star Tribune could not reach Adrahtas for comment Friday. In an interview w...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
Former Chicago police superintendent sued for alleged sexual misconduct
CHICAGO — Former Chicago police Superintendent Eddie Johnson allegedly committed “shockingly violent” acts of sexual assault against his former driver, an officer who was with him on the controversial night that ultimately led to his firing last year.In a lawsuit filed late Wednesday, Officer Cynthia Donald said Johnson raped and abused her repeatedly for more than three years, and later destroyed evidence of that abuse on his cellphone when the city Inspector General was investigating his conduct.The stunning allegations further complicate a case that has already brought significant embarrass...
Amy Cooper made a second bogus 911 call about Black birdwatcher in Central Park, claiming he tried to assault her: prosecutors
NEW YORK — Manhattan prosecutors want to educate a white woman who went viral in May after calling in fake 911 threats on a Black man who requested she leash her dog per park rules.Prosecutors revealed Amy Cooper made two bogus 911 calls on May 25 regarding avid birdwatcher Christian Cooper: first stating that he was threatening her and her dog, then in a second call, claiming he tried to assault her. Though they share a last name, the two are not related.In reality, Christian, a dedicated conservationist, who is Black, had asked Amy to put her Cocker Spaniel on a leash — as the small section ...
New York Daily News
ICE deports yet another Miami man accused of rape before he could stand trial
MIAMI — Immigration agents have deported another accused rapist before he could stand trial in Miami state court.The Miami Herald has confirmed that a man named Alcedis Ortiz, 42, who is accused of sexually assaulting a 12-year-old girl, was deported to Colombia, even though he was still awaiting trial on two felony charges, one punishable by life in prison.He spent nearly five months in immigration custody before he was deported on Sept. 28, an ICE spokesman confirmed Friday.The deportation comes less than two months after U.S. authorities had to extradite another suspected rapist back from C...
Feds cobbled criminal cases together in missing children operation, creating false perception
ATLANTA — Trevontae Shareef says he didn’t know that his girlfriend of seven months was a runaway from state foster care. At least, not until early August, he said, when about a dozen federal agents and police officers clad in body armor showed up at the front door of his mother’s house in Covington and pushed their way past him.Guns drawn, they searched the house until they found the 17-year-old girl hiding under furniture in the garage.“We were all just shocked,” Shareef, 21, said.Federal authorities weren’t just looking to find a missing teenager that day, but also to make a public impressi...
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
5 sailors granted immunity to testify in San Diego Navy SEAL sexual assault trial
SAN DIEGO — Five sailors, including three Navy SEALs, have been granted immunity to testify in the case of a SEAL charged with sexually assaulting a fellow sailor during a deployment to Iraq in 2019, prosecutors said during a motions hearing this week.Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Adel Enayat, in his dress blue uniform, was in a Naval Base San Diego courtroom Tuesday for a hearing in his ongoing court-martial. His legal team, led by civilian attorney Jeremiah Sullivan, argued that previous SEAL cases involving Enayat’s SEAL Team 7 have tainted the Navy legal community and the investigativ...
The San Diego Union-Tribune