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Sexual Abuse

Apr 3, 2023

Sex abuse case against ex-Alaska attorney general thrown out

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A judge dismissed a sex abuse case against former acting Alaska Attorney General Clyde “Ed” Sniffen, citing the statute of limitations in place when the alleged abuse happened over 30 years ago. The case, thrown out on Friday, involved allegations that Sniffen, 58, sexually abused a then-17-year-old student in 1991 when […]

May 31, 2022

Top Southern Baptists plan to release secret list of abusers

Top administrative leaders for the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest Protestant denomination in America, said Tuesday that they will release a secret list of hundreds of pastors and other church-affiliated personnel accused of sexual abuse. An attorney for the SBC’s Executive Committee announced the decision during a virtual meeting called in response to a scathing […]

Aug 25, 2021

Jury awards $3.41M to woman sexually abused by father 

  A Wake County jury has awarded $3.41 million to a 23-year-old woman for sexual abuse she endured for nearly a decade.  Ian Richardson of Vann Attorneys and Daniel Barker of Barker Richardson, both in Raleigh, report that their client, Moriah Taylor, was repeatedly sexually abused by her father, David Taylor, from the time she […]

Aug 15, 2018

Sex offender stripped of US citizenship, will be deported

RALEIGH (AP) A North Carolina man who federal authorities say sexually abused his stepdaughter has been stripped of his United States citizenship and will be deported to Ghana. The News & Observer cites a U.S. Justice Department statement that says Prempeh Ernest Agyemang lied during his 2000 naturalization interview when asked if he had committed a crime […]

Sep 24, 2015

7 family members sentenced in sex abuse case; 1 to be tried

HERTFORD (AP) — Authorities say one of six brothers accused of sexually abusing a young girl over 10 years has refused a plea bargain and is scheduled for trial next year. The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported ( ) that five brothers and the girls’ parents have been sentenced. The parents pleaded guilty to felony sex abuse […]

Jul 14, 2015

COA draws lines between secular, religious issues

The Bible instructs followers to “be subject for the Lord’s sake to every human institution,” but the judicial branch has generally preferred to avoid getting tangled up in church governance, at least when disputes would require judges to parse through ecclesiastical laws alongside secular ones. Following that same measured path, the North Carolina Court of […]

Jul 7, 2015

Lawyers: Cosby’s drugs-sex admission could help women’s suit

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s admission that he obtained quaaludes to give young women he was pursuing for sex could bolster defamation claims lodged by his accusers, the women’s lawyers said after The Associated Press reported on newly released court documents. Cosby in sworn testimony unsealed Monday admitted that he gave the now-banned sedative to […]

Mar 7, 2013

Criminal Practice – Indecent Liberties – Evidence – Witnesses’ Testimony – Victims’ Credibility – Attorneys – Ineffective Assistance Claim

State v. Dew While describing her emotional state at the time her daughters told her that defendant had sexually abused them, witness Angela M. testified that she believed her daughters. Assuming, without deciding, that the admission of this testimony was error, defendant has not shown prejudice.

Nov 2, 2012

School sex suit raises questions about sovereign immunity

The plaintiffs’ attorneys in a far-reaching sexual abuse lawsuit against a North Carolina school board are facing several big challenges, including the possibility of a sovereign immunity defense.

Oct 17, 2012

Criminal Practice – Sex Offenses – Minor Victims – Expert Testimony – Credibility – No Plain Error

State v. Black The state’s expert was improperly allowed to assert that defendant’s daughter was a sexually abused child despite the lack of physical evidence of abuse.

Aug 3, 2012

Priest’s victim still trying to collect $100M judgment

After more than two years of trying to get what a South Carolina trial court judge says he’s owed for his suffering, Allan C. Ranta still hasn’t collected one dime of a whopping $100 million civil judgment against the priest who raped him as a boy. And chances are he won’t ever see that money, unless he and his attorneys can convince the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reverse itself[...]

Jun 18, 2012

Criminal Practice – Plain Error Standard – Sexual Abuse – Expert Testimony

State v. Towe In the absence of physical evidence of sexual abuse in this case, the only bases for expert witness Dr. Everett’s conclusory assertion that the victim had been sexually abused were the victim’s history as relayed to Dr. Everett by the victim’s mother and the victim’s statements to a social worker that were observed by Dr. Everett — evidence that, standing alone, is[...]

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