sexual abuse

Sexual Harassment Lawsuit
4:55 pm
Thu June 9, 2011

Illinois jury awards $95M for sexual harassment

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A federal jury has awarded a woman $95 million in a sexual harassment lawsuit against an Illinois rent-to-own business in suburban St. Louis.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported on its website Thursday that the award against Aaron's Inc. includes $15 million in compensatory damages and $80 million in punitive damages.

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MO Statehouse
5:56 pm
Tue May 17, 2011

Teacher sexual misconduct bill waits for governor’s action

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Among the more than 150 bills sent to Governor Jay Nixon this year is one designed to keep teachers who engage in sexual misconduct with students from jumping to another school district.

The sponsor, GOP Senator Jane Cunningham of Chesterfield, says the practice is called “passing the trash:”

“Teachers and educators and principals and superintendents are moving from one district to another because districts are signing confidentiality agreements with them, and oftentimes even giving them a severance package to keep everybody quiet,” Cunningham said.

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Morning round-up
9:29 am
Fri March 18, 2011

Morning headlines: Friday, March 18, 2011

The Missouri State Capitol building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)
  • The Missouri Senate has approved legislation requiring people convicted of sexual assault to complete a state treatment program before they qualify for probation or parole. The treatment program aims to prevent future sexual assaults. Currently, convicts can complete the program after they are granted early release. The bill would also forbid people convicted of sex crimes against children from living within 1,000 feet of any residence, business or church that claims to be a child care facility. Currently, the 1,000-foot rule only applies to some child care centers that meet a specific definition. The bill now goes to the House.

  • St. Louis police say a woman was fatally shot after being hit by a stray bullet while she was driving in North St. Louis.  The 39-year-old victim died at the scene of the shooting shortly before 10 p.m. Thursday. Police have not released her identity. The woman, reportedly, was talking on a cell phone with her fiance when several shots were fired. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that investigators suspect she was shot in the head by crossfire. Her sport utility vehicle then swerved into oncoming lanes and hit at least one parked car. There was no immediate word on any arrests.

  • An eastern Missouri sheriff's office wants to hear from anyone who might have received unsolicited and sexually explicit text messages on a cell phone. The Park Hills Daily Journal reports that one person has been identified and taken into custody after several people complained to the St. Francois County sheriff about getting the photographs. The images are described as extremely graphic photos of a sexually explicit nature. The sheriff's department says the suspect sent photographs to random cell phone numbers from last October until Wednesday of this week, sometimes following up with text messages. The sheriff says it doesn't appear that children were targeted but that some youngsters likely received the messages because of the large number sent out.

Ft. Leonard Wood
12:25 pm
Wed February 16, 2011

Commander: Army investigating sexual assault complaints at Fort Leonard Wood

The main headquarters building at U.S. Army Fort Leonard Wood. (via Wikimedia Commons / DanMS)

The commanding general of Fort Leonard Wood says the Army is aggressively investigating sexual assault complaints.

Major General David Quantock met with reporters on Wednesday, one day after 17 current and former soldiers filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the Pentagon of failing to take their complaints of sexual abuse by other soldiers seriously.

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Diocese of Belleville
10:09 am
Fri January 14, 2011

Belleville Diocese's appeal of $5 million judgment fails

A map of the area of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville, Ill. (via Wikimedia Commons/AlexiusHoratius)

A southern Illinois appeals court has refused to overturn a $5 million jury award against the Diocese of Belleville to a former altar boy who claimed he was sexually abused by a priest.

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