Accused child rapist caught — 24 years after alleged assaults
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. — A man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl 24 years ago in Broward County was nabbed Monday at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.Arnold Prochette, 63, formerly of Pompano Beach, was charged with lewd and lascivious molestation on a victim under 16 years old by an offender over 18 years of age, records show.Back in the summer of 1995, a 12-year-old girl awoke twice to find the same man forcing himself on her. He was caught in the act by the girl’s uncle the second time, and that was the last the suspect was seen in the vicinity until Monday, investigators s...
Fingertip injuries may point to child abuse, research finds
Fingertip injuries may be a signal to health-care providers that a child has been physically abused, according to a new Rutgers study.The researchers found that young children who had suffered a fingertip injury were 23% more likely to have a documented history of abuse or neglect than children who never had fingertip injuries.The study looked at a New York database that tracks medical discharge records from more than 4.9 million children from infancy to age 12 who received emergency department care between 2004 and 2013. Of those, the researchers identified more than 79,000 children who were ...
The Philadelphia Inquirer
Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspends Jerry Sandusky prosecutor
PHILADELPHIA — The state Supreme Court on Wednesday suspended former state prosecutor Frank Fina from practicing law for a year and a day, ruling that he violated ethical rules in his investigation of Pennsylvania State University’s former president for covering up child abuse.The suspension was a harsh blow for Fina, 54, who had won a degree of fame for his aggressive and successful prosecution of a string of corrupt politicians but became entangled in controversy over the Penn State probe and an unrelated conflict with former state Attorney General Kathleen Kane.By a 6-0 vote, with one justi...
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Fashion mogul Peter Nygard accused of sex trafficking, drugging and raping teen girls
NEW YORK — Rags-to-riches garment business legend Peter Nygard was accused of trafficking underage “girlfriends” to satisfy his sexual peccadilloes and lure new victims to drug-fueled “pamper parties” at his beachfront home in the Bahamas, a lawsuit alleged Thursday.The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan Federal Court, alleges that the 76-year-old Nygard raped seven teenage girls, ages 14 to 16, at his private Nygard Cay getaway in the Bahamas — with some of the terrified teens drugged before they were sexually assaulted.Among the guests at Nygard’s luxury property over the years was Prince Andrew, w...
New York Daily News
A sordid secret life? Priest, now dead, accused of raping 7-year-old girl, fathering another child
SAN DIEGO — Decades after his death, the Rev. Efrén Neri is accused of leading a sordid secret life, raping a seven-year-old girl and fathering a child out of wedlock in the 1950s.At that time of both incidents, he was assigned to Christ the King parish in Rialto, a town in San Bernardino County, then part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego.Outside the diocesan offices Wednesday morning, “Jane Doe” accused Neri of raping her in 1958. Wearing a heavy coat, hat and sunglasses to disguise her identity, the 68-year-old woman told reporters that she had spent decades beset by depression, an...
The San Diego Union-Tribune
Michael Jackson sex abuse accusers can sue the King of Pop's business properties
Two men accusing Michael Jackson of child molestation can move forward with their case against the late singer’s business interests.A California appeals court overturned a lower court’s ruling that James Safechuck and Wade Robson had waited too long to tell their stories.Friday’s decision was made possible by a California law that went into effect on New Year’s Day, allowing victims of child sexual abuse to wait until as late as their 40th birthdays to sue third-party nonperpetrators. The previous cutoff was 26.When Robson and Safechuck initiated their cases against the King of Pop, in 2013 an...
New York Daily News
Boy's hand blown off during explosion after dad lights fireworks in Chicago
CHICAGO — The left hand of a 5-year-old boy was severed after a fireworks accident Wednesday night in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood and his father had been charged with child endangerment, police said.It happened shortly before 7 p.m. in the 5600 block of South May Street after the boy’s 37-year-old father lit a sparkler and handed it to his son while “other fireworks were in the area,” according to a police report.The father heard an explosion, turned around and saw blood seeping from his son’s left hand.Police officers who were called to the scene applied a tourniquet and paramedics rushe...