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Kristin Smart’s Body Moved by Killer’s Father

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Kristin Smart’s case saw a staggering development this week when the father of her alleged killer was arrested under charges of moving her body from underneath his deck. Kristin was a former California Polytechnic State University student who disappeared in 1996 while walking home from a party.

An Ohio Man Terrorizes a Teen For Weeks From Under Her Bed

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Ohio native, Jaret Wright, 20, has been accused of raping a teenage girl for weeks while living under her bed for weeks. Wright has been charged with three counts of rape, and one count of producing child pornography in the form of taking nude photos of her.

14-year-old Girl Raped and Groomed by New Orleans Police Officer

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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.

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Franco Settles Sexual Misconduct Case

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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 and Abduction Victim Trauma Treatment

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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.

Woman Murdered After Confronting Man That Groped Her

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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.

Buried Alive School Girl Survives

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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.

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“Night Stalker” Docuseries: Review

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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. 

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Trevino Speaks Out Against Wrongful Conviction

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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.

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Nygard Charged with Sex Trafficking

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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.”

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The 12 Murders of Christmas

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‘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. 

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Rodriguez-Mena Arrested for 1999 Murder

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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.

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Fort Hood Review: 14 Senior Officers Punished

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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.”

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Daisy Coleman’s Mother Dies by Suicide

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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.

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Nate Burrell, “60 Days In” Star, Commits Suicide

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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.

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Women sexually assaulted by masked cyclist

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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.

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Fort Hood commander removed from position after investigations into mysterious deaths

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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.  

Read more about the Fort Hood update at Crime Online and Stars and Stripes.

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Released prisoner accused of raping, killing Virginia woman has died

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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.

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Black Trans Women Face Constant Sexual Violence In Prison. CJay Smith Is Fighting Back.

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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.

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Woman Who Recruited Girls for Jeffrey Epstein as Teen Rape Survivor: ‘I Was Confused’ When He Died

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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.

How You Can Help End the Statute of Limitations on Sexual Assault in Texas

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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. 

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Chanel Lewis sentenced to life in prison for murder of Queens jogger Karina Vetrano

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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.

Sex crimes rise in Wood County

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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.

Judge: Arkansas man to get third trial in son’s death

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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.

Harvey Weinstein sentenced to 23 years on rape and sex assault convictions

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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. 

Mom found guilty of murdering boyfriend seeks lighter sentence under new law

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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.

When Can a Woman Who Kills Her Abuser Claim Self-Defense?

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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.

Bikram yoga founder Bikram Choudhury trapped in Mexico after passport seized; fleet of CA cars to be auctioned

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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.

He Moved With His Daughter To College. Then He Allegedly Started A Sex Cult With Her Classmates.

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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.

Corey Feldman’s new documentary that will expose Hollywood’s ‘pedophile ring’ will be aired only ONCE

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Actor Corey Feldman’s new documentary called ‘(My) Truth: The Rape of 2 Coreys’, which is set to release on March 9, is touted to be a provocative exposé where the musician and one-time teen idol will reveal the details of the most “emotionally trying” period of his life. However, there’s a catch for the much-anticipated documentary — viewers will only get one chance to watch the film.

Hometown Murder: The Ken & Barbie Killers

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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.

Hometown Murder: I met Esme the Night She Was Murdered

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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.

Israeli political appointment a ‘slap in the face’ to alleged Malka Leifer child abuse victims

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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.