Officer Rodney Vicknair had an established history of misconduct over his years of his service; from harassment to stalking. The latest allegations against him are shaping out to be the most horrific yet. When the teenage girl was released from the hospital, Vicknair allegedly began the next four months gaining her trust, sexually harassing her, and eventually progressing to sexually abusing her.
A settlement has been reached in the sexual misconduct case against Oscar-Nominated actor James Franco. Sarah Tither-Kaplan and Toni Gaal filed the suit in 2019 but agreed to drop their claims against Franco last week after reaching a preliminary settlement agreement. Tither-Kaplan and Gaal were students of Franco’s Studio 4 acting school and alleged that the actor set out to “create a steady stream of young women to objectify and exploit” via his course on sex scenes.
Sexual assault, kidnapping, and sexually motivated abductions impact victims to have short-term and long-term mental and/or physical illness. Sexual assault is highly reported on, but kidnapping and sexually motivated abductions are underreported. Victims affected by these crimes are reported to have high levels of PTSD and depressive/anxiety disorders.
On January 30th, at about 12:30 p.m., Shadina Smith was groped by a man after leaving her New York City apartment. The 29-year-old mother of a 1-and-a-half-year-old boy told her fiancé, 26, what had happened, and the two went to confront the man.
India’s police arrested a man in connection with the rape and attack of a 14-year-old girl. Despite being buried alive, the school girl survived the ordeal.
Following its release last Wednesday, Netflix’s new docuseries Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer has gained significant media attention for its unique coverage of Richard Ramirez’s rampage of horror during the 1980s.
Zephaniah “Zephi” Trevino, a teenaged sex trafficking victim, appeared on Wrongful Conviction with Jason Flom Wednesday to denounce the capital murder charges that she is currently facing. Trevino continues to maintain her innocence and shared her story on Jason Flom’s podcast in order to clear her name.
Peter Nygard, the CEO of now-defunct fashion company Nygard International, has been arrested and charged with sex trafficking and racketeering after being extradited from Canada to the United States on Monday. Nygard, 79, has been accused of using his fortune and influence to “recruit and maintain adult and minor-aged female victims” over the last 25 years for the “sexual gratification” of himself and “his friends and business associates.”
‘Tis the season for Christmas carols and cheer, but here’s a list of holiday’s to fear: The 12 Murders of Christmas, or the 12 Christmases that went terribly wrong and were decidedly devoid of good tidings, comfort, and joy.
Luis Rodriguez-Mena was extradited from Mexico and arrested by Des Plaines, Illinois police on Thursday for the 1999 murder of flight attendant Young Kavila. Kavila, 30, was killed on November 30, 1999 after arriving in Chicago on a flight. She headed to her apartment in Des Plaines around 10 p.m., where Rodriguez-Mena had allegedly been waiting for her, and was attacked in her kitchen.
Fort Hood, the Army’s Armored Corps base, is under intensified scrutiny after the Army announced Tuesday that investigations into the 31 soldier deaths that occurred in 2020 will result in the punishment of 14 senior officers. According to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, the issues at Fort Hood (including sexual harassment and sexual assault) are “directly related to leadership failure.”
Four months after her daughter Daisy Coleman took her own life, Melinda Coleman died of apparent suicide on Sunday night. Melinda’s husband died in 2007 and her youngest son, Tristan, died in 2018 — both in car crashes. On August 4, Melinda lost Daisy to suicide.
A Fort Hood soldier was arrested Tuesday after expedited DNA tests connected him with the death of Chelsea Cheatham back in 2019. Cheatham was found deceased in June 2019 at a Days hotel in Killeen.
Nate Burrell, who had participated in two seasons of A&E’s 60 Days In, publicly committed suicide in downtown Allegan, Michigan on Saturday. Prior to his suicide, Burrell posted a long note on Facebook outlining his plan and saying goodbye to his loved ones. Burrell, a former Marine, also used his suicide note to urge for mental health care reform within America — especially for veterans.
In an update to a previous article, Wednesday Luis Martinez-Romero was charged with kidnapping of a minor and second-degree sexual assault. Martinez-Romero, 34, was caught on video kidnapping a 9-year-old girl Monday.
Friday the Los Angeles County announced Harvey Weinstein faces an additional 6 sexual assault charges. The incidents date between 2004 to 2013. Weinstein was initially charged back in January for sexually assaulting two women.
Chien “Howard” Hwa Shen, owner of several Billings restaurants was charged in the Yellowstone District Court with one felony count of rape and misdemeanor count of sexual assault
A woman was sexually assaulted near her coffee shop on Monday in Chicago. It was a typical day for Allison Howe. She headed to her usual coffee shop in the Wicker Park neighborhood around 10:00 am. Not owning a car, Howe walks anywhere she needs to go. As she walked towards the coffee shop near the Damen Blue line stop, she got assaulted from behind, reports CBS Chicago.
“This is a sad case involving a teacher, as well as a family friend abusing the trust placed in her by both the parent and the child,” said Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer.
A father is arrested for the murder of his infant daughter. A 9-month-old baby has died in Houston, Texas on the morning of August 24. According to Click2Houston, Ya’Niece Mason had taken her daughter to stay with her father, Luis Luna on August 21.
Former general commander, Gen Scott Efflandt, has been removed from his position at Fort Hood as of Tuesday after investigations into numerous deceased/missing soldiers. Efflandt’s replacement will be decided in the next coming days.
The decision was reached after a minimum of 10 soldiers this year were reported missing or dead under suspicious circumstances. Victims such as Elder Fernandez and Vanessa Guillen told family members that they had been sexually assaulted before their deaths.
Moira Jones was abducted yards from her home in Glasgow and forced into a nearby park, where she was raped and murdered.
As her family struggled to come to terms with their loss and the brutal nature of her death, her mother, Bea, started to write a diary.
A Fort Hood soldier who has been missing for a week was the victim in an ongoing “abusive sexual contact” investigation, the Army said in a statement.
A 27-year-old Los Angeles police officer accused of fondling a dead woman was sued Tuesday by her family, court documents show.
A Brooklyn cab driver was arrested Tuesday after he allegedly raped a 12-year-old girl in the back of his vehicle.
A Tennessee couple is accused of kidnapping, torturing and sexually assaulting a woman before murdering her. They had initially offered her a place to stay, according to police.
A man accused of murdering an Alexandria woman, who had accused him of sexually assaulting her last fall, died Saturday from a self-inflicted gunshot wound that occurred as police tried to arrest him again on Wednesday. The man’s family issued a statement Saturday night saying they were grieving the loss of both lives.
In the United States, one out of every two Black transgender people has been incarcerated. And trans women who are incarcerated in men’s prisons are 13 times more likely to be sexually assaulted than cisgender men. Yet more than 50 percent report fearing for their safety if they are vocal about harassment, discrimination, or violence.
A Georgia man who received a 1,000-year sentence for possessing more than 26,000 files of child pornography has been released on parole after serving just seven years behind bars.
A U.S. Forest Service firefighter was arrested Wednesday after allegedly groping a 12-year-old girl in Newport Beach a month ago, officials said Thursday.
A Florida middle school teacher was arrested on Thursday after she allegedly had sexual contact with a 15-year-old boy at a graduation party.
Nassau County Police have arrested a man they say crept into a bedroom window of a brother and sister and groped the girl as she slept early Wednesday.
A former Harrisonville High School coach has turned himself in after Cass County prosecutors filed criminal charges alleging he had sexual contact with a student.
Hollywood producer David Guillod, who has been battling public allegations of sexual assault since 2017, has been charged in California with alleged attacks on four women. The alleged assaults date back to 2012.
Gloria Guillen said her daugther Vanessa Guillen told her that a sergeant was sexually harassing her and even following her when she went jogging, weeks before she vanished.
A former Oklahoma Department of Corrections employee is accused of sexually assaulting and forcibly sodomizing several inmates, according to authorities.
A 51-year-old Lyft found guilty of sexual assault and battery will spend 5 years behind bars.
The new four-part docuseries Filthy Rich, which premieres today on Netflix, chronicles the years-long trail of abuse of well-connected financier Jeffrey Epstein. But instead of focusing on the disgraced multi-millionaire’s story, it gives a much-needed voice to his many accusers.
For survivors of sexual assault, the impact and trauma of the attack is likely to stick with them for a lifetime. It may be disheartening to learn that many states have a limitation on the length of time prosecutors can charge a perpetrator with rape or sexual abuse, and some states have such extensive backlogs of rape kits, that it could take years to process a rape kit. In Texas, the statute of limitations on sexual abuse or rape of an adult is ten years, so if DNA from your rape kit matches with a rapist 11 years after your assault, you may never see justice.
A tattoo-laden Florida man has been arrested for allegedly abducting, drugging, and sexually assaulting a woman earlier this year.
Tad Cummins, the former Tennessee teacher who was captured after more than a month on the run with a 15-year-old girl, was sentenced to 20 years in prison Wednesday afternoon.
More than two and a half years after the murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano, and after two trials and the postponement of the killer’s initial sentencing, Chanel Lewis learned his fate Tuesday.
The 22-year-old convicted in the August 2016 murder and sexual assault will serve life in prison, without the chance of parole.
There were 109 victims of sex offenses in Wood County last year. That’s up from 86 in 2018. Those numbers put Wood County at the second-highest per capita rate of sex offenses in the state. Eau Claire County had the highest per capita rate.
Peel Regional Police are searching for a man involved in an alleged sexual assault in Brampton on Tuesday, May 5. Reports of the incident came in shortly after 11 a.m. in the area of Moldovan Drive and Father Tobin Road.
The justices affirm 10 of the 11 convictions against Ronald Paquin, 77, a former Catholic priest from Massachusetts, leaving his 16-year prison sentence unchanged.
Andrew Vineyard, 18, beat his father’s girlfriend, Kimberly Forness, to death with two baseball bats, slit her throat, and abused her corpse in 2017.
The convicted rapist is serving a 23-year sentence in New York, and faces another trial in Los Angeles.
William Gordon, 34, targeted woman in Elephant and Castle shortly after prison release
Tonya Ethridge McKinley was 23 years old and had an 18-month-old son waiting for her at home when she was killed in the early-morning hours of Jan. 1, 1985, in Pensacola.
Detectives in Pensacola said that “evil won” in the unsolved murder of Tonya Ethridge McKinley — until today.
A Benton County jury found Torres, 50, of Bella Vista, guilty of capital murder and battery during his retrial in the 2015 death of Isaiah Torres. He faced death or life in prison without parole.
Mauricio Torres’ 2016 conviction and death sentence were overturned by the Arkansas Supreme Court, which ruled 4-3 last April that Arkansas authorities couldn’t use rape as a justification for the murder conviction because the assault occurred in Missouri. Torres’ son died at an Arkansas hospital a day after the assault.
The family of a man murdered in Indianapolis nearly two decades ago finally got some long-awaited justice Tuesday.
Disgraced film producer Harvey Weinstein was sentenced to 23 years in prison Wednesday for his rape and criminal sex act convictions following an emotional trial that was a landmark moment in the #MeToo era. Weinstein was convicted Feb. 24 of rape in the third degree for assaulting aspiring actress Jessica Mann in a New York City hotel room in 2013, and of committing a criminal sex act for forcing oral sex on former production assistant Mimi Haley in 2006.
The Harvey Weinstein jurors, in 26 “stressful” hours in the jury room, focused on the question of consent in the sexual encounters central to the case.
Anthony Sampieri will die in jail after raping a seven-year-old girl in a “horrifying and degrading” attack inside a public toilet at a Sydney dance studio.
Two men who drugged and sexually assaulted a 24-year-old woman for hours inside a now-shuttered Toronto bar have each been sentenced to nine years in prison.
Grammy award-winning singer Duffy has revealed she was drugged and raped after being held captive by an attacker.
In a matter of weeks, Poughkeepsie mom Nikki Addimando could become the first person in New York state to receive a lighter murder sentence under a new law that shields survivors of domestic abuse.
In April, a jury found Addimando guilty of second-degree murder of 29-year-old Christopher Grover — her live-in boyfriend and the father of her two children.
Nicole Addimando met Christopher Grover in 2008, when they were coaches at Mr. Todd’s Gymnastics, in Poughkeepsie, New York. At first, they were just friends. Addimando lived with her mother, Belinda, in an apartment complex that Belinda managed. She was nineteen, tiny and delicate, with inky-black hair that fell down her back like a scrim. Her sister described her as shy and introverted. Grover, who was twenty-one, had a gymnast’s build, short and powerfully muscular. People who knew him described him as charming, childlike, and playful, if sometimes short-tempered. He loved video games and had a black belt in tae kwon do. Addimando called him her best friend.
Once at the top of an international yoga empire, Bikram Choudhury is now on the run from creditors, hiding from an arrest warrant and trapped in Mexico where his bills are only growing.
Eyewitness News learned that the founder of the hot yoga brand, whose international Bikram Yoga empire is headquartered in West Los Angeles, had his passport seized in Mexico, where he failed to pay a $180,000 bill at the Princess Mundo Imperial Hotel.
The 76-year-old yogi is also accused of using his trademark name to market his teacher training sessions at the Acapulco resort in violation of court orders.
The father of a former Sarah Lawrence College student has been charged with sex-trafficking her classmates, according to a federal indictment released Tuesday.
Lawrence Ray, also known as Lawrence Grecco, allegedly physically, sexually, and psychologically abused his victims starting in 2010, when he moved into his daughter’s on-campus residence in Yonkers, New York, after being released from prison.
“Rider isn’t here.”
That was the reason for cancellation Uber driver Marlon Allamby selected on his app on Nov. 25, 2017 when Tess Richey didn’t show up for her Uber Pool ride.
Paul Brown, also known as Paul D Smart, was convicted of 15 counts of rape relating to six women and six counts of voyeurism relating to five others at Exeter Crown Court.
The lead defense attorney in Harvey Weinstein’s rape and sexual assault trial said in an interview that she has never been sexually assaulted “because I would never put myself in that position.”
A state’s attorney’s office in Illinois has welcomed its newest member: Hatty the black lab
The Brookside Police Department on Sunday rolled back part of their original story from Friday, Jan. 31 about a woman who was held in forced prostitution by two men in an abandoned house.
A New Jersey groom accused of sexually assaulting a teen waitress in a bathroom at his wedding reception copped a wrist-slap plea deal over the incident that spares him prison time.
Ashraq Haji Hamid was just 14 when she was abducted by Isis, separated from her family, and sold on for 100 dollars as a sex slave.
Sexual assault survivors will now be able to monitor the location and status of their rape kit.
This is through a new statewide electronic tracking system. New innovations happen nearly every day. A genetic analyzer, for instance, processes rape kits and works harder than its predecessor did 14 years ago.
A woman who posed as a teenage boy to groom girls as young as 13 online and travelled around the country to sexually abuse them has been jailed for eight years.
The story of Paul Bernardo and Karla Homolka is a familiar one to many true crime aficionados (particularly Canadians like myself), but it’s my closest brush with murder – at least that I am aware of!
Paul Bernardo was called the Scarborough Rapist, the Schoolgirl Killer, and he and Karla Homolka were dubbed the “Ken & Barbie Killers” because of their unsuspecting appearance. Both were good-looking, wealthy young blondes who worked together to lure, torture, sexually assault, and murder young girls. Their victims included Leslie Mahaffy, Kristen French, and Karla’s own younger sister Tammy.
In Austin in 2011, the city had an escalating serial rapist. The attacks started out as a man flashing runners along the hike and bike trail along Town Lake, and his flashing quickly turned into sexual assault. I was 29, the same age as Esme, and often walk around Town Lake. I would hear about the attacks from friends, and about a friend of a friend who had been flashed while running.
Doubt has been cast over Australia’s efforts to extradite alleged child abuser Malka Leifer from Israel, with concerns a new controversial political appointment could stall the process.
Ms Leifer faces 74 counts of sexual assault in Victoria relating to her time as principal of the Adass Israel School between 2001 and 2008.
She has been fighting to stay in Israel since an Australian extradition request was lodged in 2014, citing mental health concerns.
The ABC has apologised for a blunder which saw the names and faces of abuse victims identified in a preview for an upcoming documentary about the Me Too movement without their consent.
The boy, 17, is on trial accused of the attempted murder and rape of the girl, the mother of his child, who was 16 at the time.
A serial rapist who met victims through a dating website will serve an extra two-and-a-half years in prison for sex attacks on five more women.
Bob Higgins was the star-maker, the super-coach. He worked with the likes of the former England great Alan Shearer, the Southampton legend Matt Le Tissier and the ex-Chelsea skipper Dennis Wise when they were promising juniors, hungry for success.
A grand jury has formally charged a 22-year-old man with capital murder and rape in the death of Nabra Hassanen, who was killed on her walk back to a Virginia mosque.
Phillip Wayne Lett’s 26-and-a-half-year jail sentence will end on June 23 for murdering six-year-old Damien Luke Noyes in Sydney’s west, in 1992 and raping a young boy between 1988 and 1992.