child abuse

A Vatican prosecutor has indicted the Holy See's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic on charges that he sexually abused minors.

NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports the trial of Jozef Wesolowski will begin July 11 at a Vatican court. She filed this report for our Newscast unit:

"Wesolowski was called back to the Vatican in 2013 after reports circulated in Santo Domingo that he had allegedly paid shoeshine boys to masturbate.

GALVESTON — A pediatric doctor at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston who faces charges of receipt and possession of child pornography has resigned and the state medical board has suspended his license to practice.

Houston media outlets report 49-year-old Dr. Dennis Patrick Hughes announced his resignation in a statement Thursday. Shortly after, the Texas Medical Board said a disciplinary panel temporarily suspended Hughes’ license, after determining “his continuation in the practice of medicine poses a continuing threat to the public welfare.”

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AUSTIN — An Austin Independent School District bus driver has been fired as he faces allegations of sexual assault of a 6-year-old girl aboard the vehicle.

Williamson County jail records show 61-year-old Leon Ralph Young of Pflugerville was being held Friday on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Online records do not list an attorney to speak on behalf of Young, whose bond was set at $500,000 follow his arrest Thursday.

Investigators say the student allegedly was touched in an inappropriate manner several times since last August. The incidents, including some apparently witnessed by other children, were reported to police April 17.

HOUSTON — A South Texas man working for the Department of Defense in Honduras faces up to 30 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

William Curry McGrath of San Antonio remains jailed pending sentencing this summer in federal court in Houston. The 55-year-old McGrath on Tuesday pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.

McGrath was a civilian employee with DOD, working as director of the Network Enterprise Center at Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua, Honduras.

GARLAND — Dallas police say a woman has been arrested after leaving her 7-year-old daughter to spend the night alone outside a spa. Alicia Carroll of Garland faces a charge of abandoning and endangering a child. The 28-year-old remained in Dallas County Jail Monday on $25,000 bond. A person listed as her attorney did not immediately return a call.